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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."

REVIEW: Johns & Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32

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

Geoff Johns & John Romita Jr.'s "Superman" #32 is "an excellent story that speaks for itself, and captures both the nature and the scope of the character."

REVIEW: Bendis & Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2

Fri, June 13th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Brian Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming's "The United States of Murder Inc." #2 is "an excellent noir-ish, alternate-reality, poli-criminal thriller."

REVIEW: Venditti & Braithwaite Kick Off "Armor Hunters" #1

Thu, June 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Robert Venditti & Doug Braithwaite's "Armor Hunters" #1 is "exciting and well-drawn," with "exactly the kind of storytelling that an event like this needs."

REVIEW: Layman, March Provide a Shocking Twist in "Batman Eternal" #9

Wed, June 4th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

John Layman and Guillem March take the wheel for "Batman Eternal" #9, an issue filled with story developments and legitimately huge surprises.

REVIEW: Millar & Fegredo's "MPH" #1

Thu, May 22nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Like a sprinter running a forty-yard dash, Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo's "MPH" #1 moves in a pretty linear, straightforward manner.

REVIEW: Andrews' "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" #2

Mon, May 12th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Kaare Andrews continues "Iron Fist: The Living Weapon" with a "beautifully drawn and accessible" second issue.

REVIEW: Azzarello, Lemire, Jurgens, Giffen & Zircher's "Futures End" #1

Thu, May 8th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

The first issue of DC Comics' "Futures End" weekly series is "an enjoyable debut that's helped along by a strong artist."

REVIEW: Aaron & Latour's "Southern Bastards" #1

Fri, May 2nd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's debut issue of "Southern Bastards" is a strong opening chapter to the Image Comics series.

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.

Earth 2: World's End #3

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

A large creative roster headed up by writer Daniel H. Wilson team up for a nice looking but very average "Earth 2: World's End" #3, where the heroes fight off Apokolips' forces -- again.

Memetic #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan take a familiar modern concept and gives it a nudge, making for a disturbing and engaging story in "Memetic" #1.

Edward Scissorhands #1

Wed, October 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Kate Leth and Drew Rausch both channel their inner Tim Burton in "Edward Scissorhands" #1 by wonderfully evoking the same kind of conflicting emotions inspired in the film, complete with a delightful, off-kilter Burton-esque look.

Batman/Superman #15

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

"Batman/Superman" #15 concludes Greg Pak's fun but inconsistent study of a memory impaired World's Finest duo, consistently drawn by a team of artists, but fails to live up to what could have been a more compelling character examinatio

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #2

Mon, October 20th, 2014 | Category: Review

Rick Remender delivers a weak story coupled with poor characterization and dialogue in "Avengers & X-Men: AXIS" #2, further hindered by surprisingly uninspired art from Adam Kubert.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #2

Wed, October 15th, 2014 | Category: Review

Paul Tobin manages a compelling story in between a derivative opening sequence and an already-spoiled cliffhanger in "Prometheus: Fire and Stone" #2, set in a world both lavishly but uneasily illustrated by Juan Ferreyra & Eduardo Ferreyra.

The October Faction #1

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Steve Niles and Damien Worm reunite for "The October Faction" #1, a somewhat slow introduction to a moderately interesting story about a family patriarch and former monster hunter; a story saved by some element of mystery.

X-O Manowar #0

Wed, October 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Robert Venditti bridges recent and future events with "X-O Manowar" #0, revealing the younger days of a decidedly different Aric of Dacia, beautifully drawn by Clay Mann and Sean Mann, and likewise gorgeously colored by Romulo Fajardo.

Fantastic Four Annual #1

Mon, October 6th, 2014 | Category: Review

James Robinson ties into his main story with "Fantastic Four Annual" #1, telling the emotional tale of Sue Storm as a grizzly mom and her battle with Dr. Doom for custody of her daughter, beautifully drawn by Tom Grummett & Tom Palmer.

Captain America #25

Thu, October 2nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Rick Remender composes two decent chapters flanking a very weak middle one that introduces the new Cap in "Captain America" #25, but the art team led by Carlos Pacheco and Stuart Immonen competently brings some consistency.

Fiction Squad #1

Wed, October 1st, 2014 | Category: Review

The chemistry between Paul Jenkins and Ramon Bachs makes for the stunningly beautiful and captivating "Fiction Squad" #1, adding a deceptively clever spin to the established idea of a world populated with characters from children's lore.

Superman: Futures End #1

Fri, September 26th, 2014 | Category: Review

Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks craft one of the better and more meaningful tie-ins with "Futures End: Superman" #1, by revealing the new Superman's motives and still keeping the character interesting.

Deep Gravity #3

Wed, September 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Mike Richardson's outer space story in "Deep Gravity" #3 is tightly executed by scripters Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, borrowing from some of the greatest space movies while being convincingly illustrated by Fernando Baldó.

POP #2

Wed, September 24th, 2014 | Category: Review

Curt Pires and Jason Copland characters are what powers "POP" #2, continuing the story of a literally manufactured celebrity on the run. It's a largely understandable comic despite a puzzling drug trip and some obscure references.

Superior Spider-Man #33

Mon, September 22nd, 2014 | Category: Review

Christos Gage delivers a fun gathering of all things Spidey in "Superior Spider-Man" #33, an "Edge of Spider-Verse" chapter painstakingly detailed by Guiseppe Camuncoli and John Dell.

Justice League: Futures End #1

Fri, September 19th, 2014 | Category: Review

Jeff Lemire, Jed Doherty and Gabe Eltaeb make the second half of a two-parter accessible enough in "Justice League: Futures End" #1, but there's not much story to access.

The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1

Thu, September 18th, 2014 | Category: Review

Grant Morrison gets the multiverse right in "The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World" #1, an accessible-enough story enriched with DC history, and nicely envisioned by Chris Sprouse and Dave McCaig.

Batgirl: Futures End #1

Fri, September 12th, 2014 | Category: Review

Gail Simone's farewell to the series is the atypically contrived and clichéd "Batgirl: Futures End" #1 with art by Javier Garron.

Batman: Futures End #1

Thu, September 11th, 2014 | Category: Review

Ray Fawkes and Scott Snyder deliver a Batman who's broken but not defeated in "Batman: Futures End" #1, along with a couple of surprises that help maintain reader interest, and artist Aco's future world is fittingly cramped and gritty.

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #3

Mon, September 8th, 2014 | Category: Review

Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill build a tense and character-driven conclusion to the series in "Armor Hunters: Harbinger" #3, a creepy and thrilling climax that also advances the main "Armor Hunters" story.