Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Nat Webb was a musician once, but turned to the dark side to put food in the car and gas on the table. He sells servers and storage out of love for the game, but writes comic reviews for the ridiculously large sums of money. He owns a condo in Nashville, where he lives with his fiancee and two very weird cats, but refuses to give up his New York license plates. Nat maintains his geek cred by playing a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. Oh, and he still writes songs about dragons from time to time.
FIRST COMIC: A raggedy old "Archie" in somebody's attic
FAVORITE CHARACTER: The Midnighter (The Authority), Scott Pilgrim
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Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" #1 succeeds with "lovely and mature" art and is worth reading, despite the setup and dark backstory taking up most of the issue's pages.
Donny Cates, Mark Reznieck & Geoff Shaw "a master class in what a #1 issue should look like" with "Buzzkill" #1, Dark Horse's new series about a superhero who gets his powers from drugs and drinking.
Valiant Entertainment's debut issue of "Eternal Warrior" by Greg Pak and Trevor Hairsine re-introduces Gilad Anni-Padda with "a bit of a rocky start, but shows a lot of promise."
Although J.W. Rinzler and Mike Mayhew's "The Star Wars" is somewhat of a mixed bag, the comic version of George Lucas' first "Star Wars" draft is "worth checking out for anybody who likes a good space opera."
Wendy and Richard Pini begin the final "Elfquest" tale by bringing back just about every character from the last 35 years.
Tim Seeley and Mike Norton bring back their college-age magician in "The Occultist" #1, starting a mini-series that feels anything but magical.
Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky don't quite deliver on the humorous romance promised for "Sex Criminals," but instead come up with a solid comic with a heavy indie vibe that promises better things to come.
Kicking off their new alcoholic-superhero miniseries, newcomers Donny Cates, Mark Reznicek and Geoff Shaw surprise with a master class in what a #1 issue should look like.
Solid writing and fantastic art mark the Eternal Warrior's return to the stands, but the story chooses to focus on moments that make it feel jumpy and unsatisfying.
New writer J.W. Rinzler is a bit shaky at the helm of this major release, but Mike Mayhew's generally gorgeous art carries a jumpy story to make a comic that's worth checking out by fans of sci-fi in general, not just "Star Wars."
Art Baltazar and Franco's "Itty Bitty Hellboy" is enjoyable enough as a kids' comic, but it doesn't spend nearly enough effort finding humorous opportunities from 20 years of rich Hellboy mythology and ultimately misses the parody
The conclusion of "A Scent of Lotus" sees Mike Mignola and John Arcudi's story wrapped up a bit too quickly, but Sebastian Fiumara's art takes all the time it needs.
Chris Yost doesn't write a normal team-up comic, but nevertheless the book has gotten a bump up in quality with the addition of artist Marco Checchetto.
The premier issue of new humorous fantasy comic "Pathfinder Goblins!" includes one great story and one not-so-great, but the art is excellent throughout and fantasy gaming fans will find a lot to like.
Tom Strong's newest adventure kicks off with a profoundly dull debut issue, but Chris Sprouse keeps the ship afloat with his usual fantastic art.
Mark Waid and Paul Smith release a nearly perfect comic that walks the line between retro and modern, and carries the weight of comics history with a flippant, fun ease in "The Rocketeer and the Spirit: Pulp Friction" #1.
Chris Yost and David Lopez make it hard to warm to this Doctor Octopus-as-Spider-Man spinoff comic, with rushed art and writing that makes it tough to care for the villain-turned-hero.
Sebastian Fiumara defends his claim to the title of best non-Mike Mignola artist in the Hellboy universe in a moody, retro pulp tale written by Mignola and John Arcudi.
Skullkickers gets meta in the slightly disappointing conclusion to the "Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island" story arc, but Zub and Huang are as tight a team as ever.
Tim Truman and Tomas Giorello are back in action in a faster-paced issue #2 that feels more like the original story it's based upon, and lets them both show their skills to the fullest.
Despite the big-name draw of Alan Moore, the real heart of "Occupy Comics" #2 is found in the stories of indie creators who use the visual medium of comics to put a personal face on all facets of the Occupy movement.
Style is substance in Gerard Way and Becky Cloonan's latest, a flashy debut issue that hints at greatness on the level of "Umbrella Academy" but doesn't quite deliver.
The silly #1 gag continues, but otherwise, Jim Zub and Edwin Huang's "Skullkickers" is a smartly-written, beautifully-drawn comic that's full of fun for fans of pulp fantasy books and games.
Timothy Truman and Tomas Giorello's new "King Conan" miniseries that looks set to continue the team's standards of quality and reverence to the source material, but feels a bit formulaic after years of similar books.