Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Slott & Buffagni Make "Amazing Spider-Man" #7 a Punchy, Fast-Paced Ride

Fri, February 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7 shows "how strong this series has been to date, while its twists make it stand apart."

REVIEW: Bendis & Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #1 Welcomes New & Old Readers Alike

Wed, February 3rd, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli's "Spider-Man" #1 is "a worthy introduction... an excellent start to a new series."

REVIEW: Waid & Asrar Bring Fun New Dynamics to "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4

Thu, January 28th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's Avengers team "is still recognizable and just as fun" in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4.

REVIEW: Houser, Portela & Sauvage's "Faith" #1 Truly Shines

Wed, January 27th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage's "Faith" #1 "is the charming continuation of a character who definitely deserved her own series."

REVIEW: Ted McKeever's "Pencil Head" #1 is Offbeat but Delightfully Satiric

Wed, January 20th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

McKeever "takes the odd characters from his world and turns them into strange and often hilarious caricatures" in "Pencil Head" #1.

REVIEW: Hopeless & Bagley Put the Fun Back in "All-New X-Men" #3

Fri, January 15th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley's "All-New X-Men" #3 "is a pleasant reminder that the X-Men don't have to be about revolutions and genocidal agendas."

REVIEW: Aaron & Dauterman's "The Mighty Thor" #3 Delivers Beautiful Suspense

Thu, January 14th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman's "Mighty Thor" #3 "is indeed all-new and all-different, but the beautiful and intense storytelling is the same."

REVIEW: Hickman & Ribic Conclude "Secret Wars" #9 with an Epic Finale

Wed, January 13th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Jonathan Hickmand and Esad Ribic "wrap up the cosmos-crossing epic... with a surprisingly human but ultimately fitting showdown" in "Secret Wars" #9.

REVIEW: Wein & Jones Fill "Swamp Thing" #1 with Straightforward Suspense & Horror

Mon, January 11th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Len Wein and Kelley Jones "take a simple approach to introduce a conflict which fits right in with the character's classic vibe" in "Swamp Thing" #1.

REVIEW: Bemis & Walsh's "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1 Tells a Very Human Story

Tue, January 5th, 2016 | Category: Comic Books

Max Bemis and Michael Walsh's "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1 "is one of the better, if more offbeat, X-Men stories among the latest relaunch."

Paul O'Neill & Greg Hildebrandt Bring Sequential Art to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Tue, December 22nd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

The rock composer and veteran artist collaborate to combine comic storytelling with an all-new album.

ADV. REVIEW: Simone & Calafiore Establish "Surviving Megalopolis" #1 as Strong, Compelling

Mon, December 21st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore sell the superheroes-gone-bad motif to both new readers and those anxious for a sequel" in "Surviving Megalopolis" #1.

REVIEW: "Weirdworld" #1 is a Fast-Paced Roller Coaster of Strangeness

Tue, December 15th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

"Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo know exactly what they need to do to keep readers engaged, and they do an amazing job of it" in "Weirdworld" #1.

REVIEW: Vaughan & Skroce Bring "We Stand On Guard" #6 to a Fitting Conclusion

Fri, December 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce's "We Stand On Guard" #6 "has its share of surprises and keeps readers thinking even after it's all over."

REVIEW: Gillen & Unzueta Go Covert for "Star Wars Annual" #1

Thu, December 10th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Kieron Gillen and Angel Unzueta's "Star Wars Annual" #1 is "a nice departure from the main series."

REVIEW: "Gwenpool Special" #1 Makes Christmastime More Enjoyable for Marvel Fans

Wed, December 9th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule, Langdon Foss and more "frame a series of funny and feel-good holiday features" in "Gwenpool Special" #1.

5-STAR REVIEW: Aaron & Bachalo Make "Doctor Strange" #3 Spectacular

Fri, December 4th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's "Doctor Strange" #3 "is a wonderful reminder of how awesome comic books can be."

REVIEW: Thompson & Bradshaw's "Spidey" #1 Makes a Classic Story Feel New

Thu, December 3rd, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw's "friendly, accessible and done-in-one 'Spidey' #1 is jammed with fights, friends and frenemies."

REVIEW: Soule & Garney Bring a Sense of Comfortable Familiarity to "Daredevil" #1

Tue, December 1st, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #1 is "a return to basics of sorts, albeit with a couple of twists that keep it from seeming derivative."

REVIEW: Waid & Wu's "Archie" #4 Combines Humor with Heart

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

Mark Waid and Annie Wu's "Archie" #4 "shows just how effectively the reimagining lends itself to more modern and varied storytelling techniques."

Amazing Spider-Man #7

Fri, February 5th, 2016 | Category: Review

Spidey faces Mr. Negative and a cleverly altered Cloak & Dagger in Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7.

Invincible Iron Man #6

Thu, February 4th, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato's "Invincible Iron Man" #6 features a stagnant story, contrived character involvement and art containing some surprising lapses.

Spider-Man #1

Wed, February 3rd, 2016 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli introduce Miles Morales to the Main Marvel Universe and establish him in a new, yet familiar setting in "Spider-Man" #1.

All-New Inhumans #3

Fri, January 29th, 2016 | Category: Review

James Asmus, Charles Soule, Stefano Caselli and Andres Mossa continue to cement the identities of both the team and its members while maintaining tension, even during slower moments, in "All-New Inhumans" #3.

All-New, All-Different Avengers #4

Thu, January 28th, 2016 | Category: Review

After establishing the team, Mark Waid focuses on building character in "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #4 and scales back the team's budget as he and Mahmud Asrar make both the grand and the bland a lot of fun.

Faith #1

Wed, January 27th, 2016 | Category: Review

Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage make "Faith" #1 a delightful look at a kind-natured superhero whose life adventures are as fun as her super ones.

Uncanny Inhumans #4

Thu, January 21st, 2016 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven deliver a visually appealing but empty conclusion to the series' first arc in "Uncanny Inhumans" #4.

Amazing Forest #1

Wed, January 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

IDW Publishing picks up Erick Freitas and Ulises Farinas' eclectic digital anthology in "Amazing Forest" #1.

Pencil Head #1

Wed, January 20th, 2016 | Category: Review

Ted McKeever's delightfully offbeat and semi-autobiographical "Pencil Head" #1 will resonate with anyone just trying to make a living.

All-New X-Men #3

Fri, January 15th, 2016 | Category: Review

Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley's "All-New X-Men" #3 is a pleasantly fun and attractive issue where the good guys really do win.

The Mighty Thor #3

Thu, January 14th, 2016 | Category: Review

Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman reintroduce the Prince of Lies in the tensely scripted and beautifully detailed "Mighty Thor" #3.

Secret Wars #9

Wed, January 13th, 2016 | Category: Review

Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic wrap up an epic story in "Secret Wars" #9, which lays the groundwork for a new Marvel Universe and brings a satisfying conclusion to Hickman's "Avengers" run.

Uncanny X-Men #1

Mon, January 11th, 2016 | Category: Review

Cullen Bunn and Greg Land's "Uncanny X-Men" #1 suffers from a generally unlikeable cast and a team that seems to be more primed for a photo shoot than a street battle.

Swamp Thing #1

Mon, January 11th, 2016 | Category: Review

Len Wein returns to the character he co-created with fellow veteran Kelley Jones in "Swamp Thing" #1, which uses simple and solid storytelling punctuated with beautifully creepy illustrations.

Obi-Wan and Anakin #1

Thu, January 7th, 2016 | Category: Review

Charles Soule and Marco Checchetto have a good handle on characterization in "Obi-Wan and Anakin" #1, but the setting and circumstance don't pack the same punch.

X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1

Tue, January 5th, 2016 | Category: Review

Max Bemis and Michael Walsh take the emotional extremes of being a teen, throw in the notion of mutant powers and tell a very human and often emotional story in "X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever" #1.

Justice League of America #6

Thu, December 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Bryan Hitch's story about a Kryptonian God's arrival on Earth approaches its conclusion, but "Justice League of America" #6 doesn't pack much punch.

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1

Thu, December 24th, 2015 | Category: Review

Jen Van Meter and Roberto De La Torre return for "The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives" #1, but the emotion and intimacy falls a little short and the story feels convoluted with the addition of so many new characters.

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Mon, December 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore return to the city they created in "Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis" #1, a compelling and richly drawn introduction to the sequel.

Squadron Supreme #1

Thu, December 17th, 2015 | Category: Review

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk assemble a strong roster for "Squadron Supreme" #1 but deliver a somewhat one-dimensional story with some moments of disbelief.

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