Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Spurrier & Walker's Elsa Bloodstone is Tough, Heroic in "Marvel Zombies" #2

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Si Spurrier and Kev Walker's "Marvel Zombies" #2 "works as a well-characterized and skillfully illustrated comic with an engaging story."

REVIEW: Ferrante & Parent Make Mindless Fun with "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Anthony Ferrante and Dan Parent's "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1 "does a terrific job of taking the ingredients of a bad story and making it entertaining."

SDCC: "Justice League: Gods and Monsters" Cast, Crew Talk Dark Spin on Classic Heroes

Tue, July 21st, 2015 | Category: TV, Film

Bruce Timm, Sam Liu and more discuss the origins and challenges of developing almost familiar but totally different characters.

REVIEW: Fraction & Aja Deliver a Tense, Satisfying Conclusion in "Hawkeye" #22

Thu, July 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #22 "is a wonderful wrap up to a wonderful series that sets the stage for the character's next ongoing series."

SDCC: Timm Announces "Batman: The Killing Joke" as Next Animated Project

Sat, July 11th, 2015 | Category: TV, Film

Bruce Timm is re-teaming with director Sam Liu to adapt of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic story.

REVIEW: Williamson & Pizzari Deliver Straight Up Fun in "Red Skull" #1

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari's "Red Skull" #1 creates "some cool twists on almost-familiar characters that are part of a punchy introductory chapter."

REVIEW: Hickman & Ribic Impress with "Secret Wars" #4

Thu, July 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic's "Secret Wars" #4 i"s full of micro-level character defining moments that... make for high midterm marks."

REVIEW: Palahniuk & Stewart Compile a Fascinating Chapter in "Fight Club 2" #2

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart "find new elements to explore that few had even realized existed" in "Fight Club 2" #2.

REVIEW: Bryan Hitch's "Justice League of America" #1 Establishes a Solid Base

Fri, June 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Hitch's "Justice League of America" #1 "has a few blemishes but it's a strong start to a new and worthwhile companion series... to 'Justice League.'"

REVIEW: Guggenheim & Pacheco Add Depth to "Squadron Sinister" #1

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"The strong characterization makes a case for Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco's 'Squadron Sinister' to stick around."

REVIEW: "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1 is "an Essential Chapter"

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti and CAFU's "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1 is "a key moment in the character's history."

REVIEW: Aaron & Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #1 is "a Fantasy Lover's Dream"

Tue, June 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #1 "is one of the most fertile and opulent 'Secret Wars' tie-ins thus far."

REVIEW: Jurgens & Chang Get "Batman Beyond" #1 Off to a Successful Start

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang's "Batman Beyond" #1 "smoothly blends elements from both the current and future Bat-mythos."

REVIEW: Guggenheim & Di Giandomencio Make "X-Tinction Agenda" #1 Genuinely Exciting

Thu, June 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Di Giandomencio "X-Tinction Agenda" #1 "is what such an event spinoff should be: accessible and enjoyable."

REVIEW: "Archie" #666 Closes a Decades-Long Run by Celebrating Tradition

Thu, June 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Tom DeFalco, Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Fernando Ruiz, Tim Kennedy and Pat Kennedy's "Archie" #666 is "not a farewell, but a tribute to the franchise."

REVIEW: Waid & Krause Shake Up the Traditional Superhero Story in "Insufferable" #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Peter Krause "prove that there are still good and original superhero stories left to be told" in "Insufferable" #1.

REVIEW: Ellis & Shalvey's "Injection" #1 is "a Convincing Start to Something Big"

Thu, May 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Injection" #1, "Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey establish a basis for the series that makes it attractive enough to lure readers back."

ADV. REVIEW: Barbiere & Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an Emotionally Taut Tale"

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an amazingly strong start."

REVIEW: Paknadel & Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 is "Somber & Engaging"

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 has "a script that throws in some surprises combined with some darkly fascinating art."

REVIEW: Kot & Gorham Deliver a Fast-Paced Romp in "Dead Drop" #1

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ales Kot and Adam Gorham's "Dead Drop" #1 is "a refreshing rollercoaster of an introduction."

Marvel Zombies #2

Fri, July 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Simon Spurrier demonstrates strong characterization and growth while Kev Walker makes it all disgustingly beautiful in "Marvel Zombies" #2, a "Secret Wars" tie-in.

Old Man Logan #3

Thu, July 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Old Man Logan" #3, a few character-driven moments are mixed in with the exploration of selected domains across Battleworld, as Brian Michael Bendis, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo take advantage of the scope of "Secret Wars."

Archie vs. Sharknado #1

Wed, July 22nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Anthony Ferrante, Dan Parent and Rick Koslowski create an over-the-cop campy crossover in "Archie vs. Sharknado" #1.

Planet Hulk #3

Mon, July 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Sam Humphries makes good use of the patchwork playground that "Secret Wars" has given him, but he doesn't have quite enough story to tell in "Planet Hulk" #3, though Marc Laming makes even the slow moments look impressive.

Book of Death #1

Fri, July 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Book of Death" #1, Robert Venditti scripts a grim but compelling future of the Valiant Universe amidst an otherwise passable story that's both beautifully and horrifically illustrated by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite.

Hawkeye #22

Thu, July 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

In "Hawkeye" #22, Matt Fraction and David Aja deliver an emotional and tightly constructed conclusion to a terrific series that defines the character for a new generation.

Years of Future Past #2

Mon, July 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

After a strong opening sequence, Marguerite Bennett attempts a "Chosen One" scenario in "Years of Future Past" #2, while Mike Norton and FCO Plascencia deliver some pleasingly strong and consistent art.

Red Skull #1

Fri, July 3rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Joshua Williamson and Luca Pizzari take a mashup of Marvel villains, pit them against Marvel Zombies and even find a way to work in the villain the series is named after in "Red Skull" #1.

Secret Wars #4

Thu, July 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman, Esad Ribic and Ive Svorcina deliver a strong, character-centered chapter in "Secret Wars" #4 that both moves the story along and serves as a great examination of Drs. Doom and Strange.

Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies #1

Fri, June 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Robinson delivers some entertaining surprises in "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies" #1, but Steve Pugh and Ron Garney deliver more consistency across a diverse array of styles.

Superman #41

Thu, June 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Gene Luen Yang's introductory "Superman" #41 has its moments, but is ultimately a weakly-scripted chapter in the out-of-order "Truth" saga.

Fight Club 2 #2

Wed, June 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart uncover some new history about the man trying not to be Tyler Durden in "Fight Club 2" #2.

Justice League of America #1

Thu, June 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Bryan Hitch pulls double duty as writer and penciller, delivering a somewhat inconsistent but overall enjoyable introduction in "Justice League of America" #1.

Archie vs. Predator #3

Wed, June 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Alex de Campi, Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski prove that two vastly disparate franchises can share the same comic -- mostly -- in "Archie vs. Predator" #3.

Squadron Sinister #1

Tue, June 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

A promising cover by Carlos Pacheco and Mariano Taibo gives way to an even deeper and more engaging character-driven story by Marc Guggenheim in "Squadron Sinister" #1.

Chrononauts #4

Fri, June 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Unwelcome plot twists partially undo Mark Millar's otherwise thrilling conclusion to "Chrononauts" #4, weakening the overall story but still showcasing time-blending excitement captured by Sean Gordon Murphy.

X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1

Wed, June 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

In a single standalone issue, Robert Venditti and CAFU span millennia and the origin of the X-O Manowar armor in "X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special" #1.

Weirdworld #1

Tue, June 9th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo cobble together elements from the Marvel multiverse that don't fit anywhere else within "Secret Wars" and build a splendidly rich, darkly beautiful world of fantasy adventure in "Weirdworld" #1.

Giant Size: Little Marvel: AvX #1

Mon, June 8th, 2015 | Category: Review

Skottie Young delivers a few kid-size laughs while never being worse than amusing in the form of "Giant Size: Little Marvels: AvX" #1.

Batman Beyond #1

Fri, June 5th, 2015 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens, Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo begin to beautifully integrate a once-benign character into the mainstream DC Universe in "Batman Beyond" #1, smoothly blending elements from both the current and future Bat-mythos.

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