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All-New, All-Different Avengers #9

Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar's "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 follows up the Wasp story from "Free Comic Book Day: Civil War II" and gives us something that can be read on its own, and it works on both fronts.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, May 13th, 2016

Penny Dreadful #1

Vanessa, Sir Malcolm Murray and Sembene try to rescue Mina from the Master in Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker, Chris King and Louie de Martinis' "Penny Dreadful" #1.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Andrew Hinderaker, Chris King
Artists:
Louie de Martinis
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, May 13th, 2016

4001 AD: X-O Manowar #1

Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry craft an attractive and efficient one-shot with "4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar" #1, a far-reaching story that needs little characterization and makes no apologies for it.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Clayton Henry
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, May 13th, 2016

Satellite Falling #1

In "Satellite Falling" #1, Steve Horton and Stephen Thompson demonstrate brilliant collaboration, dynamic storytelling and richly detailed art for an impressive introduction.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Steve Horton
Artists:
Stephen Thompson
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, May 13th, 2016

Southern Bastards #14

In "Southern Bastards" #14, Jason Aaron and Jason Latour wrap up "Homecoming" in the best way possible: with the arrival of Roberta Tubb.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, May 12th, 2016

The Fix #2

In the deliriously fun "The Fix" #2, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber double down on corrupt cops Roy and Mac as they do anything and everything wrong, but with ruthless efficiency.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 12th, 2016

Moon Knight #2

Marc Spector's tenuous grip on sanity is debatable in "Moon Knight" #2, where the impeccable creative team of writer Jeff Lemire, artist Greg Smallwood and colorist Jordie Bellaire twist reality into a Khonshu-shaped pretzel.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Greg Smallwood
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Klaus #5

Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's exhilarating reimagining of Santa's origin continues in "Klaus" #5 as the depths of Magnus' madness are revealed.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Kings Quest #1

In Ben Acker, Heath Corson and Dan McDaid's "Kings Quest" #1, Earth's champions crash land en route to save Dale Arden from Ming the Merciless.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Ben Acker, Heath Corson
Artists:
Dan McDaid
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Midnighter #12

Steve Orlando, ACO and Hugo Petrus conclude both the storyline and the series by pitting Midnighter against the Suicide Squad and Henry Bendix in "Midnighter" #12, and it's a shame to see it end.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Orlando
Artists:
Aco, Hugo Petrus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Space Battle Lunchtime #1

Natalie Riess' "Space Battle Lunchtime" #1 starts of a little slowly, but what this first issue lacks in speed, it makes up for in sheer charm as a pastry chef is whisked off to an intergalactic cooking competition.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Natalie Riess
Artists:
Natalie Riess
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 9th, 2016

The Sheriff of Babylon #6

In Tom King and Mitch Gerads' "The Sheriff of Babylon" #6, another unarmed civilian dies after things go wrong.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Mitch Gerads
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 9th, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine #19

Ananke's enemies and allies clash in the Underworld in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #19.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Giant Days #14

John Allison and Max Sarin's "Giant Days" #14 takes a collegiate rite of passage -- apartment-hunting -- and turns it into a manic caper.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
John Allison
Artists:
Max Sarin, Liz Fleming
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #2

Tensions are high in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #2, where Charles Soule and Phil Noto greet readers with a brand new villain intent on reaching Lor San Tekka first.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Mon, May 9th, 2016

Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In #1

The cats reign supreme in Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer and Jill Thompson's "Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In," which brings readers back to Burden Hill to discover the dark and extremely dangerous secret Dymphna has been hiding.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer
Artists:
Jill Thompson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 9th, 2016

A-Force #5

Kelly Thompson, Ben Caldwell and Ian Herring's remarkably fun "A-Force" #5 finds the team going up against two refugees from "Secret Wars."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artists:
Ben Caldwell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 5th, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1

Though Jim Zub and Nelson Daniel's "Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire" #1 begins in the Forgotten Realms, the series takes a group of mercenaries into the dangerous dimension of Ravenloft.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jim Zub, Bart Carroll
Artists:
Nelson Daniel, David Baldeon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2016

The Punisher #1

Becky Cloonan teams with Steve Dillon to tell a relatively standard story in "The Punisher" #1, which includes a couple of twists that might entice new readers while giving diehards exactly what they're looking for.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Hellboy in Hell #9

"Hellboy in Hell" #9 enters its final phase as Mike Mignola flashes back to Hellboy's time in Mexico even as our hero prepares to truly embrace his destiny in the underworld.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Mike Mignola
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Thunderbolts #1

Winter Soldier leads a classic lineup of Thunderbolts characters against threats from beyond the wall in Jim Zub and Jon Malin's "Thunderbolts" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Zub
Artists:
Jon Malin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, May 4th, 2016

4001 AD #1

Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack craft an especially strong debut in "4001 A.D." #1, which delivers a story full of promise and breathtaking art.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Clayton Crain, David Mack
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

Comics and beer have never gone together better than in Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley's "Alpha King" #1, a well-crafted dark fantasy tempered with a down-to-earth background in craft-brewing.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Nick Floyd, Rob Syers
Artists:
Simon Bisley, Rob Syers
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1

In "Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic" #1, three creative teams including James Aaron, Mike Perkins and more present the effects of the Empirikul's war on three magic-users in the Marvel Universe: El Medico Mistico, Doctor Voodoo and Wu.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Gerry Duggan, James Robinson
Artists:
Leonardo Romero, Danilo Beyruth, Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Velvet #14

In Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #14, Velvet pursues a meeting with with the President of the United States, who is one of the only men still alive who can answer her questions about X-14's death.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

The Omega Men #11

Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.'s "The Omega Men" #11 gathers its forces and prepares for a final strike against the Citadel as the series prepares for its big conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Barnaby Bagenda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

All-New Wolverine #7

"All-New Wolverine" #7 is a rather fluffy issue guest-starring Squirrel Girl, but -- fortunately -- Tom Taylor and Marcio Takara make it charmingly so while moving the book's larger storylines forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Saga #36

Dynamic duo Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples wrap up the sixth story arc of their Eisner Award-winning series "Saga" in an epic fashion with issue #36.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Daredevil #6

Bill Sienkiewicz's stunning cover says everything you need to know about Daredevil #6: Elektra is back and ready to fight. Charles Soule's fluid script and Matteo Buffagni's kinetic art literally hit home on the rooftops of Hell's Kitc

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Matteo Buffagni
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

InSeXts #5

The Hag attacks too close to home in Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina's "InSeXts" #5.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Ariela Kristantina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Ms. Marvel #6

In G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon's "Ms. Marvel" #6, Kamala must save Jersey City from her own clones.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Nico Leon
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Faith #4

Faith and her allies confront the Vine in Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage's "Faith" #4.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Jody Houser
Artists:
Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Sex Criminals #15

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky bring trouble home to roost in "Sex Criminals" #15, where one character starts to lose interest in the central conceit of the comic.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

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
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