Jim Johnson

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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."

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.

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.

American Legends #1

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Bill Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz and Studio Hive create some engaging folklore with 19th-century figures in "American Legends" #1, in a nicely colored but artistically inconsistent depiction carried by the script.

Superman Unchained #9

Wed, November 5th, 2014 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, and Dustin Nguyen bring the title to a big-budget close in "Superman Unchained" #9, a bombastic yet poetic and redeeming conclusion to a strong series that renews Superman's standing as an extraordinary hero.

All-New X-Men #33

Thu, October 30th, 2014 | Category: Review

Brian Michael Bendis' saves "All-New X-Men" #33 with some lightheartedness and interesting characterizations, while Mahmud Asrar puts a quirky but pleasingly fitting look to the story.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #2

Wed, October 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

A subdued, restrained mood dominates Chris Roberson and Patric Reynolds' "Aliens: Fire and Stone" #2, an otherwise decent chapter in a mega-arc that further ties the "Aliens" and "Prometheus" films together.

Deathlok #1

Wed, October 29th, 2014 | Category: Review

Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins prove their understanding of an underused character in "Deathlok" #1, knowing exactly what to preserve and what to alter in this strong intro, the best take on the property since the original incarnation.

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.

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