Jim Johnson

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REVIEW: Waid & Krause Shake Up the Traditional Superhero Story in "Insufferable" #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Mark Waid and Peter Krause "prove that there are still good and original superhero stories left to be told" in "Insufferable" #1.

REVIEW: Ellis & Shalvey's "Injection" #1 is "a Convincing Start to Something Big"

Thu, May 14th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

In "Injection" #1, "Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey establish a basis for the series that makes it attractive enough to lure readers back."

ADV. REVIEW: Barbiere & Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an Emotionally Taut Tale"

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Frank Barbiere and Christopher Peterson's "Broken World" #1 is "an amazingly strong start."

REVIEW: Paknadel & Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 is "Somber & Engaging"

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1 has "a script that throws in some surprises combined with some darkly fascinating art."

REVIEW: Kot & Gorham Deliver a Fast-Paced Romp in "Dead Drop" #1

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Ales Kot and Adam Gorham's "Dead Drop" #1 is "a refreshing rollercoaster of an introduction."

REVIEW: "Batman" #40 Concludes "Endgame" with "an Epic Sense of Overture"

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Comic Books

Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo's "Batman" #40 is "a fiery, violent and game changing climax that opens up new possibilities for the protector of Gotham."

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."

Secret Wars: Battleworld #1

Thu, May 21st, 2015 | Category: Review

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson go for straightforward action while Ed Brisson and Scott Hepburn go more for laughs in "Secret Wars: Battleworld" #1.

Insufferable #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

Mark Waid and Peter Krause's "Insufferable" #1 is anything but. This modern but dysfunctional spin on the superhero/sidekick motif has a fresh feel despite its genre, and storytelling shifts keep it moving quickly enough to engage.

Oh, Killstrike #1

Wed, May 20th, 2015 | Category: Review

"Oh, Killstrike" #1, Max Bemis and Logan Faerber's ode to the loved and loathed superhero comics of the 1990s, is part serious, part humorous and mostly fun.

Lantern City #1

Fri, May 15th, 2015 | Category: Review

Trevor Crafts and Bruce Boxleitner's story about workers rising against the elite has been done, but not as beautifully as Paul Jenkins, Matthew Daley, and Carlos Magno's "Lantern City" #1.

Injection #1

Thu, May 14th, 2015 | Category: Review

Something is wrong with the planet thanks to some corporate exploitation of its resources in Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey's "Injection" #1.

Broken World #1

Mon, May 11th, 2015 | Category: Review

In the face of an impending apocalypse, a college professor with a hidden past tries to escape the planet with her family in Frank J. Barbiere and Christopher Peterson's "Broken World" #1.

Convergence: Batman and Robin #2

Thu, May 7th, 2015 | Category: Review

Members of the pre-"Flashpoint" Bat-family face off against one particular incarnation of the Extremists in Ron Marz and Denys Cowan's "Convergence: Batman and Robin" #2.

Arcadia #1

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

In Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer's "Arcadia" #1, the end of the world is the best thing that could possibly happen to the social elite, even if their lives are nothing more than data on a hard drive.

Dead Drop #1

Wed, May 6th, 2015 | Category: Review

It's all about the action, so Ales Kot and Adam Gorham deliver exactly that in "Dead Drop" #1 with an unapologetically refreshing, thrilling and fast-paced romp.

Convergence #4

Thu, April 30th, 2015 | Category: Review

While suffering from some of the overall series' weaknesses, Jeff King and Stephen Segovia deliver a slightly stronger chapter in "Convergence" #4.

The Order of the Forge #1

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

George Washington is a totally different kind of hero in the not-too-serious but capably executed "The Order of the Forge" #1 by Donn D. Berdahl, Victor Gischler and Tazio Bettin.

Batman #40

Wed, April 29th, 2015 | Category: Review

Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki and FCO Plascencia's scholarly and intense conclusion to "Endgame" in "Batman" #40 pays tribute to past creators and the very nature of tragedies in literature.

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.

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