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Batman #51

Apr 29th, 2016 - by Matt Little

In "Batman" #51, legendary creative duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give the Dark Knight a final farewell with a quiet night in Gotham.

Amazing Spider-Man #11

Apr 29th, 2016 - by Greg McElhatton

In "Amazing Spider-Man" #11, Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith wrap up the fight against Scorpio and the new Zodiac in a way that reminds readers of the necessity of Parker Industries.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Apr 28th, 2016 - by Jim Johnson

Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson hit their stride in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4, where the Man of Steel falls but Batman rises to face a genuinely intimidating threat.

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Amazing Spider-Man #11

In "Amazing Spider-Man" #11, Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith wrap up the fight against Scorpio and the new Zodiac in a way that reminds readers of the necessity of Parker Industries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 29th, 2016

Batman #51

In "Batman" #51, legendary creative duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give the Dark Knight a final farewell with a quiet night in Gotham.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 29th, 2016

Justice League #49

As "Darkseid War" nears its conclusion, Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok move pieces into place for next month's climax, but "Justice League" #49's pawns feel less and less like people.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Superman/Wonder Woman #28

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #28 marks the halfway point of "The Final Days of Superman," but -- even as Peter J. Tomasi's script ties up more super-powered loose ends -- Ed Benes's art falls a little too flat.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson hit their stride in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4, where the Man of Steel falls but Batman rises to face a genuinely intimidating threat.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Frank Miller
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Micronauts #1

Despite some familiar faces, Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon's "Micronauts" #1 reads more like any other generic sci-fi story.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
David Baldeon, Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 27th, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #1

In "Aliens: Defiance #1," Brian Wood and Tristan Jones know when to rely on oft-used "Aliens" tropes and when to slightly tweak them, evoking the intended tension and fear but also including a surprise or two.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Tristan Jones
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 27th, 2016

Karnak #3

In Warren Ellis and Roland Boschi's "Karnak" #3, Karnak guesses the reason why the Inhuman boy was kidnapped and forces S.H.I.E.L.D. take a trip to the Chapel of the Single Shadow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo #1

John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo" #1 reveals what Poyo has been up to since his death in the "Chicken Tenders" arc.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Astonishing Ant-Man #7

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas bring Scott Lang one step closer to jail in "Astonishing Ant-Man" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Superman: American Alien #6

In "Superman: American Alien" #6, Max Landis and Jonathan Case remind both the readers and Clark Kent that sometimes a visit from home is needed to snap everything back into perspective.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Jonathan Case
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool #4

Deadpool plans a double date for Spidey and himself, which ends exactly as one would expect in Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness' "Spider-Man/Deadpool" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Joyride #1

Uma and Dewydd escape Earth to see the stars in Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To's "Joyride" #1.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Action Comics #51

Superman all but forces Supergirl into his role in Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope Archer's "Action Comics" #51.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Captain America: Road to War #1

Though it has its moments, Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito's "Captain America: Road to War" #1 delivers a dull, choppy standalone story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Will Corona Pilgrim
Artists:
Andrea Di Vito
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 21st, 2016

All-New Hawkeye #6

Jeff Lemire, Ramon Perez and Ian Herring bring their time with Team Hawkeye to a conclusion in "All-New Hawkeye" #6, and it's a thoroughly satisfying wrap-up as both past and present collide.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Ramon Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 21st, 2016

Divinity II #1

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reunite for "Divinity II" #1, which follows another cosmonaut who faces a transformational encounter with her predecessor from the first series.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 20th, 2016

Extraordinary X-Men #9

The first three pages of Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba's "Extraordinary X-Men" #9 pull out all the stops, but -- after that -- the story of the junior X-Men's missing year gets a little too rote.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 20th, 2016

Jackpot #1

In Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla's "Jackpot" #1, a sting gone wrong turns out to have bigger, stranger stakes.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Goldie Vance #1

Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #1 introduces a new girl detective who solves mysteries when she's not working as a hotel valet.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Hope Larson
Artists:
Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

DC Comics Bombshells #11

Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo and Laura Braga's "DC Comics Bombshells" #11 kicks the Battle of Britain into high gear as most of the characters unite to fight against the Tenebrae.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Jupiter's Circle #5

Mark Millar, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong and Ty Templeton's "Jupiter's Circle" #5 starts to wind things down, but -- even as we get a climactic confrontation -- the story feels unsure and up in the air.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

A-Force #4

A-Force battles Antimatter on the moon in Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Heartthrob #1

Callie gets a new heart, a new attitude and a new ghost boyfriend in Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV's "Heartthrob" #1.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Robert Wilson IV
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Silver Surfer #3

Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred's "Silver Surfer" #3 tries to end the specter of Zenn-La within the Surfer's life once and for all, but the story never quite clicks, even with an expanded page count.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Batman/Superman #31

Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza continue "The Final Days of Superman" in "Batman/Superman" #31, which introduces new foes, follows up on an introduction from the first chapter and ties off a loose thread.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Mockingbird #2

Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk's "Mockingbird" #2 is much more straightforward than its inventive first issue, but it's still a real joy to read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chelsea Cain
Artists:
Kate Niemczyk
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

In Cavan Scott and Adriana Melo's "Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor" #1, the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack receive a troubling transmission and their investigation leads them to a very familiar celebrity.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Cavan Scott
Artists:
Adriana Melo
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Thu, April 14th, 2016

Archie #7

Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #7 features a battle of wits between Reggie Mantle and Archie Andrews as they try to strengthen their relationship with Hiram Lodge and win Veronica's heart.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Veronica Fish
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Thu, April 14th, 2016

Hot Damn #1

The recently deceased Teddy Graham learns to navigate the bureaucracy of Hell in Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon's wildly funny "Hot Damn" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ryan Ferrier
Artists:
Valentin Ramon
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, April 14th, 2016

House of Penance #1

Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram forge a downright creepy and horrific tale in "House of Penance" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ian Bertram
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 13th, 2016

Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

James Robinson and Tony Harris deliver some storytelling magic in "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1, which answers how Threepio got his red arm and presents some great character development as well as superb pacing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Tony Harris
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 13th, 2016

Moon Knight #1

Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood take Marc Spector out for a spin in "Moon Knight" #1, playing up his madness and calling into question how much, if any, of his career as Moon Knight is reality.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Greg Smallwood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, April 12th, 2016

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru put a slightly darker spin on Gwen Poole in "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1, but they also make this oddly amalgamated heroine fun and compelling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Hastings
Artists:
Gurihiru, Danilo Beyruth
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, April 12th, 2016

Detective Comics #51

In Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin's "Detective Comics" #51, the members of Jim Gordon's former Marine unit are being hunted down -- and he's next.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man #1

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg refine their pulp hero formula down to a storytelling science in "Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Black Widow #2

Chris Samnee and Mark Waid's "Black Widow" #2 answers some of the questions raised in Natasha Romanov's smashing debut, but the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is still in world of trouble.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Samnee, Mark Waid
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Grizzly Shark #1

Although Sea Bear is nowhere to be seen, Ryan Ottley's cult classic character is back with all-new adventures in "Grizzly Shark" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ryan Ottley
Artists:
Ryan Ottley
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2

Tommy and the team fight Scorpina in Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando, Hendry Prasetya and Corin Howell's "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" #2.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando
Artists:
Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Geoff Johns' "Justice League: Darkseid War Special" #1 is carried by a strong artistic team and the equally strong characters Jessica Cruz, aka Power Ring, and Grail, daughter of Darkseid.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oscar Jimenez, Paul Pelletier, Joe Prado, Tony Kordos
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, April 11th, 2016
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