Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Snyder & Jock's "Wytches" #3

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Jock's "Wytches" #3 "succeeds on its ability to stroke readers emotions based on their fears, both real-life and imaginary."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #37

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #37 "delivers surprises, tension, chills and a lot of extra pages to boot" as "Endgame" continues.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Stephenson & Gane's "They're Not Like Us" #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Eric Stephenson & Simon Gane's "They're Not Like Us" #1 is a strong debut that's "definitely not like any other teenage mutant comic."

REVIEW: Aguirre-Sacasa & Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla return with "Afterlife With Archie" #7, "a superbly conceived and executed effort."

REVIEW: Meredith & David Finch's "Wonder Woman" #36

Fri, November 21st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Meredith & David Finch's debut issue of "Wonder Woman" falls short in an uneven and underwhelming start to the creative team's run.

REVIEW: Taylor & Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1

Thu, November 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tom Taylor and Yidiray Cinar's "Superior Iron Man" #1 is "a unique and good-looking spin" on the Iron Avenger's new mid-"AXIS" status quo.

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #36

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue "Endgame" in "Batman" #36, "a strong and well-composed comic" and "the sign of strong craft."

REVIEW: Snyder & Lee's "Superman Unchained" #9

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Jim Lee's final issue of "Superman Unchained" "brings the entirety of the series to a positive close" for the Man of Steel.

REVIEW: Edmondson & Perkins' "Deathlok" #1

Wed, October 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Nathan Edmondson & Mike Perkins' "Deathlok" #1 is "the best take on the property since the original incarnation."

REVIEW: Leth & Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kate Leth and Drew Rausch's "Edward Scissorhands" #1 is "a welcome and respectful return of one of Burton's more beloved creations."

5-STAR REVIEW: Jenkins & Bachs' "Fiction Squad" #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In "Fiction Squad" #1, Paul Jenkins & Ramon Bachs "blend an array of beloved childhood stories, give them a fresh slant with a definitely grown-up feel."

REVIEW: Morrison & Sprouse's "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World" #1

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Grant Morrison & Chris Sprouse put together "one of the multiverse's most entertaining comics" with the latest chapter of "The Multiversity."

REVIEW: Snyder, Fawkes & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Ray Fawkes, Scott Snyder & Aco's "Batman: Futures End" #1 "succeeds the same way some of the better "Elseworlds" comics did back in the day."

SDCC: Comic Creators Offer Varied Thoughts on The Switch to Digital

Sat, August 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid hosted a vast array of creators at the Switch to Digital panel during Comic-Con, discussing the benefits and new challenges of digital.

REVIEW: Seeley, Snyder, Tynion & Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19

Fri, August 15th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tim Seeley & Emanuel Simeoni's "Batman Eternal" #19 demonstrates the series' strength with "an enjoyable standalone reading experience."

SDCC: Suicide Squad Takes Center Stage from Batman in "Assault on Arkham"

Tue, August 12th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

Kevin Conroy and the cast and crew of Batman's newest animated movie explain the more mature tone and how it differs from past efforts.

ADVANCE REVIEW: Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" OGN

Tue, August 5th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jim Starlin's "Thanos: The Infinity Revelation" original graphic novel "is a terrific welcome home for one of comics' first fan-favorite creators."

REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #10

Thu, July 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's "The Wake" concluding issue "exceeds expectations that weren't even in place at the beginning of this series."

5-STAR REVIEW: Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy's "Life With Archie" #36

Wed, July 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Paul Kupperberg, Pat Kennedy & Tim Kennedy craft an icon's death in "Life With Archie" #36, "a magnificent example of solid storytelling."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #32

Wed, June 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's "Batman" #32 is "a superb showcase of collaborative comic book storytelling."

Harbinger: Faith #0

Thu, December 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Harbinger: Faith" #0 gives a well-deserved look at one of the publisher's most likeable characters, and is well-handled by the ever-capable Joshua Dysart and mostly well drawn by Robert Gill.

Wytches #3

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder adds a real-life kind of horror to the supernatural, continuing to evolve the story in "Wytches" #3, while Jock and Matt Hollingsworth make add a sort of surreal haziness to the mood that makes the whole thing even scarier.

Batman #37

Wed, December 17th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder ramps up his "Endgame" arc with more creepiness and some big surprises in "Batman" #37, all effectively and beautifully captured by Greg Capullo, Danny Mike and FCO Plascencia, and a related backup story adds some extra va

They're Not Like Us #1

Tue, December 16th, 2014 | Category: Review

Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane ensure "They're Not Like Us" #1 is not like any other comic about superpowered youngsters, with a well-characterized and nicely detailed issue that takes a minimal approach.

Afterlife With Archie #7

Fri, December 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Archie and most of the gang continue to survive the spreading zombie apocalypse in Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla's "Afterlife With Archie" #7, another powerful and somber issue that continues to deliver surprises.

Deep State #2

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Deep State" #2 could have been tired and clichéd, but instead is remarkably fresh -- thanks to the deftness of Justin Jordan and some creepy renderings by Ariela Kristantina -- and holds together despite a somewhat incoherent cliffhanger.

The Valiant #1

Wed, December 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt have millennia of backstory to establish and don't make The Eternal Warrior seem very competent, but "The Valiant" #1 is still a fun introduction that showcases a diverse array of characters drawn by Paolo Rivera.

Thanos Vs. Hulk #1

Thu, December 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's called "Thanos vs. Hulk" #1, but Jim Starlin barely provides an encounter between the two titans in a story full of painfully awkward moments and exchanges. Still, it's somewhat fun by virtue of Starlin's old-school take on t

Archie #662

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

It's not a Merry Christmas for Mr. Lodge because of Archie's tomfoolery, but Archie tries to make it up to him in the comical "Archie" #662 by Angelo DeCesare, Pat Kennedy, and T.M. Kennedy.

Five Ghosts #14

Wed, December 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

Frank Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham's "Five Ghosts" #14 is a stunningly horrific, fun and welcoming chapter in the timeless, swashbuckling adventures of Fabian Gray, and demonstrates an all-too rare level of creative cooperation.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes #1

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Michael Moreci takes a fairly linear path connecting the last two films in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" #1, but the comparison between the two sides in a changing world, forebodingly drawn by Dan McDaid, make it worthwhile.

Oddly Normal #3

Wed, November 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Otis Frampton builds a fascinating world that he takes his time exploring in "Oddly Normal" #3, but forgets to mention a critical aspect regarding the man character that impacts the flow of the story in an otherwise enjoyable issue.

Lazarus #13

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

By further exploring the character of Forever Carlyle, as well as those of her fellow Lazari, Greg Rucka and Michael Lark pull off what many felt to be impossible in "Lazarus" #13: improving on a strong and well-characterized series.

Uncanny X-Men #28

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Kris Anka structures a wide-open feel to support Brian Michael Bendis' lengthy narrative in "Uncanny X-Men" #28, a less-is-more approach that adds emotion to the continuing story of Cyclops' reaching out to a new and dangerous mutant.

Superman/Wonder Woman #13

Mon, November 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Peter Tomasi and Doug Mahnke lead the title into its second year by examining what two dating superheroes do when not fighting villains in "Superman/Wonder Woman" #13, albeit with some artistic inconsistencies.

Wonder Woman #36

Thu, November 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

New creative team Meredith and David Finch go for shallow and splashy in "Wonder Woman" #36, an uneven and padded issue with a lack of depth and characterization.

Superior Iron Man #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Tony Stark is a jerk, which is nothing new, by Tom Taylor gives it a moderately fresh take in "Superior Iron Man" #1, an attractive looking issue in more ways than one despite a brief artistic stumble that impacts the story.

Unity #12

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt, CAFU, and even cover artist Brian Level bring old-school fun to "Unity" #12 without ignoring the story's modern day context in a friendly and welcoming introduction that kicks off a new arc and a new set of villains.

Drifter #1

Wed, November 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein waste no time engaging readers in "Drifter" #1, even if Brandon's story backs off a bit later on, in a story that is nonetheless an interesting and beautiful looking western/sci-fi mashup.

Boonana Tail Halloween Special #1

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark McKenna's Banana Tail children's character gets his own Halloween anthology in "Boonana Tail Halloween Special," a fun and mostly entertaining set of stories featuring contributions from Jim Calafiore, Fabian Nicieza & more.

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