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REVIEW: "Daredevil" #1.50 Celebrates 50 Years

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Daredevil" #1.50 "one incredible birthday present" for Matt Murdock's 50th Birthday by Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez, Brian Bendis, Karl Kesel, Alex Maleev & more.

REVIEW: Snyder, Tynion & Fabok's "Batman Eternal" #1 is "A Tremendous Start"

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Jason Fabok deliver "a tremendous start" to DC Comics' new weekly series with "Batman Eternal" #1.

REVIEW: Jurgens & Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1 delivers an issue "bold in its confidence as a sister title."

REVIEW: Snyder & Murphy's "The Wake" #7

Fri, March 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue a strong run with "The Wake" #7, an issue that's "equally fascinating, terrifying and mysterious."

REVIEW: Pak, Lee, Rocafort & Tan's "Batman/Superman Annual" #1

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Greg Pak, Jae Lee, Kenneth Rocafort & Philip Tan craft "Batman/Superman Annual" #1, a "worthy issue that carves out a deserved place as part of the series."

REVIEW: Millar & Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4

Fri, March 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 finds "something plenty worthwhile to wring out of the traditional superhero idea."

REVIEW: Bunn & Walta's "Magneto" #1

Thu, March 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Cullen Bunn & Gabriel Hernandez Walta's "Magneto" debut is "a strong introduction with a solid premise" that continues the Master of Magnetism's story.

REVIEW: Fraction & Aja's "Hawkeye" #15

Fri, February 28th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" #15 returns to Clint Barton with "a terrific issue that elevates the threat level."

REVIEW: Waid & Samnee's "Daredevil" #36

Thu, February 20th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid & Chris Samnee wrap up this volume of "Daredevil" with an issue that's "a superb ending to a storyline, and to the series."

REVIEW: Edmondson & Gerads Relaunch "The Punisher" #1

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

Nathan Edmondson & Mitch Gerads' "The Punisher" #1 is "a worthwhile beginning of a new era for the character" in its All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch.

REVIEW: Taylor & Rocha's "Earth 2 Annual" #1 Delves Into Batman's Origin

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Tom Taylor and Robson Rocha's "Earth 2 Annual" #1 is "a great example of comic storytelling" that explores Earth 2 Batman's origin.

REVIEW: Romero & Maleev's "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1

Thu, January 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

George Romero & Alex Maleev's "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1 is "an interesting story ... that fits well with the comic book medium."

REVIEW: Snyder & Capullo's "Batman" #27

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

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo continue "Zero Year" with "Batman" #27, "a fresh story that surprises" as Batman continues his fledgling crusade.

REVIEW: Simone & Gill's "Batgirl" #27 Heads To "Gothtopia"

Thu, January 16th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Gail Simone and Robert Gill's "Gothtopia" crossover in "Batgirl" #27 is "another amazing story in this superbly written and drawn title."

REVIEW: Dysart & Henry's "Harbinger" #20 is a "Must-Read"

Mon, January 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Joshua Dysart & Clayton Henry's "Harbinger" #20 introduces a new character and "remains among the best of Valiant's output."

REVIEW: The Anniversary Celebration of "Detective Comics" #27

Thu, January 9th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Batman celebrates his 75th Anniversary in style with "Detective Comics" #27, "one of the best ever anniversary issues of its kind."

ADVANCE REVIEW: Milano, Lanzing, Kelly & To's "Hacktivist" #1

Mon, January 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly & Marcus To's "Hacktivist" #1 is an issue that "inspires thought, both wondrous and fearful."

REVIEW: Scott Snyder Gives "Superman Unchained" #5 A Shot of Adrenaline

Thu, January 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

"Superman Unchained" #5 features big revelations for Clark Kent as Jim Lee is joined by Dustin Nguyen for several flashback sequences.

REVIEW: Slott & Ramos' "Superior Spider-Man" #24

Fri, December 20th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos bring the Superior Venom to "Superior Spider-Man" #24 in "a very enjoyable and thrilling issue."

REVIEW: Keatinge & Kowalski's "Marvel Knights: Hulk" #1

Thu, December 12th, 2013 | Category: Comic Books

Joe Keatinge & Peter Kowalski's "Marvel Knights: Hulk" #1 is a strong debut issue of the series, and delivers a successful and engaging read.

Daredevil #1.50

Mon, April 14th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Daredevil" #1.50 throws one incredible fiftieth birthday bash for The Man Without Fear, with a trio of stories by Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Javier Rodriguez & more that pay a fun and emotional tribute to the character.

Unity #6

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

Matt Kindt continues to make the case for a legitimate team book in the Valiant Universe, and the accessible "Unity" #6 is a worthy example. Competently and attractively drawn by Cafu, it's a worthwhile gateway comic.

Batman Eternal #1

Wed, April 9th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman Eternal" #1 is an impressive start to DC's new wave of weekly titles, as Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV team up to tell a tightly-paced, well-characterized story that's lavishly illustrated by Jason Fabok.

What If? Age of Ultron #1

Fri, April 4th, 2014 | Category: Review

Joe Keatinge and Raffaele Ienco provide almost nothing of interest in "What If? Age of Ultron" #1, blowing through points of potential interest to get to a very dull story.

Aquaman and the Others #1

Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | Category: Review

The King of Atlantis gets a second title leading a team in Dan Jurgens and Lan Medina's "Aquaman and the Others" #1, confidently beginning a simple but entertaining and nicely drawn story that contains just enough surprises.

'68: Rule of War #1

Wed, April 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

The zombie apocalypse is undead and well during the Vietnam War in "'68: Rule of War" #1 by Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow, with a new Frankenstein-esque sci-fi element that's intriguing but a bit underplayed in this issue.

Silver Surfer #1

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Slott and Michael Allred deliver a fun, introductory adventure in "Silver Surfer" #1, a story full of parallels and contrasts but more importantly, one with a Norrin Radd who's a little bit looser and even makes a funny now and then.

The Wake #7

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their captivating exploration of a world overrun with terrifying sea creatures in "The Wake" #7, in a well-structured and beautifully illustrated story that respects its readers' intelligence.

Satellite Sam #7

Wed, March 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Writer Matt Fraction develops the cast of characters, and their various sordid issues, in his fascinating and complex storyline while artist Howard Chaykin continues to master his sequential art skills in the superb "Satellite Sam" #7.

Archie #653

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

The Archies wrap up their world tour in "Archie" #653 by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski, a fun and slightly-different romp full of camaraderie, shenanigans, and even a few life lessons snuck in.

The Returning #1

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

An intriguing premise about coming back from the dead is marred by inconsistent art, stiff dialogue and an unexpected -- and unwanted -- move by the central character in "The Returning" #1 by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti.

Monster and Madman #1

Wed, March 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Monster and Madman" #1 by Steve Niles and Damien Worm is largely set-up for Frankenstein's monster to meet up with Jack the Ripper, but its insight into the creature's personality is enough to carry the issue.

Batman/Superman Annual #1

Mon, March 10th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman/Superman Annual" #1 by Greg Pak, Jae Lee and a team of additional artists is a fun, attractive and well-packaged issue that's relevant and remarkably consistent with the main series.

Magneto #1

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

It's clearly evident that the character is past his glory days in Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's subdued "Magneto" #1, as the villain-turned-X-Man finds a new way to seek justice for mutants and champion their cause.

Jupiter's Legacy #4

Wed, March 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 jumps ahead several years after last issue's events, juxtaposing this darker future with a much brighter origin flashback, while intriguingly analyzing superheroes in the moder

Hawkeye #15

Thu, February 27th, 2014 | Category: Review

Artist David Aja returns to the series, and writer Matt Fraction puts the spotlight back on Hawkguy himself in "Hawkeye" #15, as the ever-present tracksuit mafia escalates the conflict in a darker but no less terrific issue.

Black Science #4

Wed, February 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Black Science" #4 adds more suspense and surprises as Rick Remender's cast continues jumping between dimensions, which are all diversely rendered by Matteo Scalera and Dean White. It's classic science fiction with a contemporary spin.

Revenge #1

Wed, February 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Revenge" #1 by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill is a contrived and cliché-filled story about just that: revenge, and is also full of violence, gore, sex and bad language, which would be fine if it had any kind of meaningful story.

Uncanny X-Men #17

Fri, February 21st, 2014 | Category: Review

Chris Bachalo brings some great layouts, tight linework, and attractive coloring to "Uncanny X-Men" #17, even if nothing really happens in Brian Michael Bendis' excessively long-winded and meandering story.

Daredevil #36

Thu, February 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Daredevil" #36 finishes off Mark Waid's first series as it leads directly into the next, where Waid and artist Chris Samnee deliver a tensely-paced and satisfying conclusion that sets a permanent new direction for the character.