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Hellblazer Annual 2011

23 years after the first one, "Hellblazer" gives us another Annual. It was actually worth the wait.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #2

“Ape does not kill ape” may be the most sacred law on the Planet of the Apes, but someone killed someone else here. That always makes for a good story.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Animal Man #4

It might be a man in the title, but it’s a family in the spotlight and everyone gets their moment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Static Shock #4

"Static Shock" is a little jumpy in places, but there are moments in here which are fantastic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott McDaniel, John Rozum
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Justice League International #4

"Justice League International" is superheroes by the book, in every single way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Valen the Outcast #1

"Valen the Outcast" has a great concept; now we need to see where it goes from here.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Matteo Scalera
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Hulk #45

“Hulk of Arabia” gets a little sand in its shoe with this issue, but the story is still entertaining.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Villains for Hire #1

“Villains for Hire” is absolutely nothing like “Thunderbolts,” in more ways than one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Renato Arlem
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 8th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #4

O.M.A.C. continues to be absolutely nothing like you would expect it to be. Unless you expect it to be fun, entertaining, and enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Stormwatch #4

The conclusion is a little too deus ex machina, but there's still a lot to like in "Stormwatch" #4.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Avenging Spider-Man #2

"Avenging Spider-Man" is fun and pretty, but it's also a little slight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Reed Gunther #6

“From Cowboy to Cowman!” gives us the secret (or not-so-secret) origin of Reed Gunther.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Shane Houghton
Artists:
Chris Houghton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Irredeemable #32

A nasty origin occupies our attention while a nastier future is possibly set up.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Jennifer Blood #7

What to do with the woman who has already killed all the people she needs to?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Kewber Baal
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Voltron #1

Is it better or worse when a childhood icon gets exhumed for a cash-in that’s indelibly mediocre?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Brandon Thomas
Artists:
Ariel Padilla
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Swamp Thing #4

Did someone say "Dinosaur Swamp Thing?"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Sean Parsons, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

The Defenders #1

Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, Namor, Iron Fist, and Silver Surfer assemble as The Defenders at the behest of Hulk, in search of something called Hul – The Breaker of Worlds. Hi-jinks ensue!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Tue, December 6th, 2011

Fables #111

"Inherit the Wind" comes to less of a conclusion and more of a sudden stop.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Shawn McManus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 5th, 2011

Wolverine #19

Wolverine, Fat Cobra, and Gorilla Man attempt to bring down the local Chinese crimelord.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 5th, 2011

Avengers Origins: Thor #1

Thor goes from rambunctious youth to cocky adult. Sif goes from blonde hair to black. Loki stays the same.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Al Barrionuevo, Michel Lacombe, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 4th, 2011

Haunt #19

Joe Casey and Nathan Fox come aboard and proceed to shake things up for the brothers Kilgore.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 4th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #259

Rogue debates whether she should follow Cyclops or Wolverine in this post-Schism tie- in, and in the process the X-Men discover one of their own, lost, trapped, and in need of rescue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

Angel & Faith #4

Angel and Faith find the much sought after Mohra blood, but also uncover a deadly secret about it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

Daredevil #6

The Bruiser earns his name and yet the Scarlet Swashbuckler shows his complete diversity of talent.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1

"T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents" returns, with a story barely about the actual agents. Great for returning readers, not so much for new readers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Thunderbolts #166

The Thunderbolts are traipsing through the 1800s looking for Mr. Hyde and Satana. Jack the Ripper factors into this story. Coincidence?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Super Dinosaur #6

Super Dinosaur underwater fighting the sinister forces of Squidious. Yeah. It’s as fun as it sounds.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #2

The X-Men confront Sinister as he reveals his plans (at some length.)

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Jorge Molina, Rodney Buchemi, Cam Smith, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Red Skull #5

While the Red Skull doesn’t truly appear in this issue, the combination of solid story and magnificent Red Skull cover makes up for that.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Mirko Colak
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Times -- Out of the Wilderness #3

Odd aliens, Jedi, Darth Vader, and stunning art. What more do you really want in a “Star Wars” comic?

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Randy Stradley
Artists:
Douglas Wheatley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1

Flash….ah-aahhhhh…he’ll not do very much in this comic that both under-uses the character and yet sets up the world for something fun.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Eric Trautmann, Alex Ross
Artists:
Daniel Indro, Alex Ross
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0

A new cartoon starring a DC Comics brand naturally means a new comic from DC for all ages.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani
Artists:
Dario Brizuela
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Spaceman #2

“Spaceman” finds some direct purpose even while letting the plot threads spread a little further.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #3

David Petersen's "Mouse Guard" continues to enthrall, issue after issue.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
David Petersen
Artists:
David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Savage Dragon #176

A nice done-in-one issue that would be a good introduction to new readers.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Erik Larsen
Artists:
Erik Larsen
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Near Death #3

“Near Death” gets closer to fulfilling the promise of the series, but trips up on an ending that feels too simple.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jay Faerber
Artists:
Simone Guglielmini
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Wed, November 30th, 2011

FF #12

"FF" continues on after "Fantastic Four" returns, but the art choice is sabotaging the story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Juan Bobillo, Marcelo Sosa
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Astonishing X-Men #44

Storm drags Cyclops away on a mission, before things – not least her relationship with Scott - take a strange turn.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Mike McKone
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 28th, 2011

Wolverine & The X-Men #2

Wolverine and the X-Men come under attack from the Hellfire Club.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jamie Mendoza
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, November 28th, 2011

Superman #3

The present day adventures of Superman continue as the Man of Steel fights a menace he can’t see!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
George Pérez
Artists:
George Pérez, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, November 28th, 2011
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