Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Waid & Kitson's "Empire: Uprising" #1 Will "Immediately Hook Audiences"

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Barry Kitson's "Empire: Uprising" #1 is "the welcome and triumphant return of a long-missed series."

ADV REVIEW: "Harrow County" #1 Combines Genres for a Compelling Horror Story

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's "Harrow County" #1 is "an enticing enough start that blends a couple of diverse genres with a distinct setting that helps overcome its weak points."

REVIEW: Hawkins & Ekedal Enticingly Blur Right & Wrong in "The Tithe" #1

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

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal's "The Tithe" #1 is "a strong and approachable story with a fresh flavor."

REVIEW: McFarlane, Holguin & Crain Strike Impressive Creative Synergy in "Savior" #1

Mon, April 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Todd McFarlane, Brian Holguin and Clayton Crain's "Savior" #1 has "strong characterization and beautiful art."

REVIEW: "Batman Eternal" #52 Provides a "Fulfilling Ending" for the Series

Wed, April 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Snyder, Tynion, Pansica, Ferreira & crew's "Batman Eternal" #52 is a "tense and satisfying finish to the far-reaching and game changing arc."

REVIEW: Gillen & McKelvie Continue to "Captivate" in "The Wicked + The Divine" #9

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #9 becomes "even more engaging as the characters continue to be explored."

REVIEW: Casey & Mahfood's "Miami Vice Remix" #1 is "Edgy"

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood's "Miami Vice Remix" #1 "has so much swagger that it establishes a look and vibe all its own."

REVIEW: Albuquerque & Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 is a "More-Than-Capable Chapter"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 has a "rougher, grungy style... well-suited to this story."

REVIEW: Heisserer & Massafera's "Shaper" #1 is "Unique"

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Eric Heisserer and Felipe Massafera's "Shaper" #1 "benefits from great characterization."

REVIEW: Zdarsky & Quinones' "Howard the Duck" #1 is an "Impressive Debut"

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Howard the Duck" #1, "Zdarsky and Quinones deliver no shortage of laughs in this punchy and comedic debut issue."

REVIEW: Hickman & Caselli's "Avengers" #42 is "Impressive"

Fri, March 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickman & Stefano Caselli's "Avengers" #42 "remains just as engaging as -- if not more than -- many of the issues leading up to it."

REVIEW: Lemire & Perez's "All-New Hawkeye" #1 is "Impressive"

Thu, March 5th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Lemire and Perez's "All-New Hawkeye" #1 is "a worthy follow up to the prior series but adds a new dynamic that freshens up Hawkguy more than ever."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Swierczynski and Gaydos' "Black Hood" #2 is "a Decent Chapter"

Mon, March 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Despite the shift in the story's focus, both Duane Swierczynski and Michael Gaydos evoke a darker and seedier mood" in "Black Hood" #2.

REVIEW: Gillen and Larroca's "Darth Vader" #2 Has "a Classic Vibe"

Thu, February 26th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's "Darth Vader" #2 "delivers a deeper dive into the trappings of the 'Star Wars' universe."

REVIEW: Motter's "Mister X: Razed" #1 Shows "Eisner-Esque Level of Storytelling Quality"

Wed, February 25th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Dean Motter's franchise hasn't lost any of its edge" in Dark Horse Comics' "Mister X: Razed" #1.

REVIEW: Morrison and Lee's "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1 is "Localized and Accessible"

Thu, February 19th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Morrison and Lee's "The Multiversity: Mastermen" #1 is "a superbly paced and constructed issue, balancing darkness with humor, despair with hope and human drama with high-stakes conflict."

REVIEW: Conner, Palmiotti and Timms' "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is "Lighthearted"

Fri, February 13th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Connor, Palmiotti and Timms' "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 is "a fun, harmless ode to this day of romance."

REVIEW: Joshua Dysart and Doug Braithwaite's "Imperium" #1

Wed, February 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Imperium" #1 "will give existing readers everything that they enjoyed in 'Harbinger,' and new readers will find themselves wanting to stick around."

REVIEW: Aaron & Dauterman's 'Robust' "Thor" #4

Mon, February 2nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The first arc of Marvel's new "Thor" series concludes with a "dynamically illustrated" issue with "great characterization."

REVIEW: Hickman and Bodenheim's "The Dying and the Dead" #1

Wed, January 28th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In Hickman and Bodenheim's "The Dying and the Dead" #1, fans "will find plenty of grandeur here."

Convergence: Justice League of America #1

Fri, April 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Fabian Nicieza and ChrisCross' "Convergence: Justice League of America" #1 is a lead-up to the JLA Detroit/Tangent Secret Six showdown that no one asked for, but the tie-in is a fresh spin compared to its neighbors.

Empire: Uprising #1

Thu, April 23rd, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Barry Kitson's tyrannical, world-dominating supervillain makes a triumphant return after a decade of publishing inactivity in "Empire: Uprising" #1.

Harrow County #1

Mon, April 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook's "Harrow County" #1 stands out as a mostly compelling horror story, an intriguing coming of age narrative and an enjoyable period piece.

Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1

Fri, April 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

Philip Tan's art is the highlight of a dark but enjoyable story by Larry Hama in "Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat" #1.

Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1

Thu, April 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Tony Bedard struggles with "Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax" #1, which has some decent art by Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold.

The Tithe #1

Wed, April 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal combine traditional storytelling with modern day topics like megachurches and hacktivism to deliver a strong and refreshing introduction to a new series in "The Tithe" #1.

Savior #1

Mon, April 13th, 2015 | Category: Review

Strong characterization and beautiful art are the highlights of Todd McFarlane, Brian Holguin and Clayton Crain's "Savior" #1, a terrific example of creative synergy.

Convergence: Justice League #1

Fri, April 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

The heroines of the Justice League seem remarkably accepting of their fate in Frank Tieri and Vicente Cifuentes' "Convergence: Justice League" #1, which is held together by attractive and consistent art.

Convergence: Superman #1

Fri, April 10th, 2015 | Category: Review

The fun and welcome return of the 90's Superman and characters from the "Flashpoint" universe plugs the implausibility of Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Convergence: Superman" #1.

Convergence #0

Thu, April 2nd, 2015 | Category: Review

A bloated and repetitive issue does little to sell the upcoming event in Dan Jurgens, Jeff King and Ethan Van Sciver's "Convergence" #0.

UFOlogy #1

Wed, April 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

James Tynion IV, Noah J. Yuenkel and Matthew Fox' "UFOlogy" #1 is a compelling introduction about two teens' encounter with extraterrestrial life.

Batman Eternal #52

Wed, April 1st, 2015 | Category: Review

Superb layouts, clean illustrations, tense action and powerful dialogue all produce a fitting conclusion in Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV's "Batman Eternal" #52.

The Wicked + The Divine #9

Fri, March 27th, 2015 | Category: Review

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #9 provides some historical context and one recurring character goes through an unexpected transformation.

Hit: 1957 #1

Thu, March 26th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Hit: 1957" #1 doesn't leap to the forefront of current crime comics, but Bryce Carlson and Vanesa Del Rey's new series is nevertheless a well-characterized -- albeit verbose -- entry in the genre.

Miami Vice Remix #1

Wed, March 25th, 2015 | Category: Review

Joe Casey, Jim Mahfood and Justin Stewart give "Miami Vice Remix" #1 its own chic, striking a balance between retro- and neo-cool that gives this comic a bold and confident swagger.

The Fly: Outbreak #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Brandon Seifert and menton3 put together a stylish continuation of a nigh-forgotten property with "The Fly: Outbreak" #1, although it has some of the failings of the movie sequel that it stems from.

EI8HT #2

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson's "EI8HT" #2 introduces a new plot thread and advances the previous one but breaks away to explore the circumstance of a far-off land.

Shaper #1

Wed, March 18th, 2015 | Category: Review

Eric Heisserer, Felipe Massafera and Wes Dzioba's "Shaper" #1 benefits from great characterization and makes a somewhat familiar idea unique.

Spawn Resurrection #1

Mon, March 16th, 2015 | Category: Review

Paul Jenkins, JonBoy and Todd McFarlane's "Spawn Resurrection" #1, features the official return of Al Simmons, even if it doesn't add much to the overall storyline.

Howard the Duck #1

Thu, March 12th, 2015 | Category: Review

Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones collaborate with impressive creative and comic synergy in "Howard the Duck" #1.

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