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Avengers #20

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Daniel Acuña
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, December 22nd, 2011

Wolverine & The X-Men #3

All heck breaks loose when Krakoa attacks the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Duncan Rouleau, Matteo Scalera, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey, Mark Irwin, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 22nd, 2011

Justice League #4

The League is almost fully assembled in this issue, and just in time as a boom tube opens up to reveal. . .

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 21st, 2011

New Mutants #35

Be careful, kids. Bad music causes tornados. Also: Middle Chapter Syndrome.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Daredevil #7

It might be the shortest day of the year, but "Daredevil" #7 will bring warmth to your heart.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Wonder Woman #4

Don't make Hera angry. You won't like her when she's angry.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Planet of the Apes #9

Southtown has been taken and the human residents captured. That doesn’t mean the human spirit is broken, though, as the war between man and ape shifts.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 21st, 2011

The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #6

The origin of Butcher comes to a close as he joins Mallory’s team and begins to screw with the Supes.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Darick Robertson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Savage Dragon #177

Dragon's kids fight a Hulked-Out Osama Bin Laden, while the subplots keep rolling.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Erik Larsen
Artists:
Erik Larsen
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Batman #4

Explosions, owls, dusty old attics and Batman. That combination sure makes for a good comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 21st, 2011

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E #4

How do you defeat a Monster Planet? With the War Wheel, son. With the War Wheel.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, December 19th, 2011

Carnage USA #1

Carnage invades a small American town, planning to create a new home for himself.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Clayton Crain
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, December 18th, 2011

Battle Scars #2

Marcus Johnson gets taken into SHIELD custody. For about 5 minutes.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost, Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, December 18th, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4

Most comics travel to the future. “S.H.I.E.L.D.” travels to three futures at the same time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 18th, 2011

Journey into Mystery #632

Merry Yule, Loki! Have a puppy! In fact, puppies for everybody!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Mitch Breitweiser
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 18th, 2011

Sacrifice #1

Epilepsy can cause time travel. Huh. You learn something new in every comic.

Publisher:
*Self-Published*
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Dalton Rose
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Grifter #4

"Grifter" is losing a little steam, and a pointless encounter with Green Arrow is part of the problem.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
Scott Clark, Dave Beaty
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Green Lantern #4

"Green Lantern" is showing potential, but the pace is far slower than it needs to be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller

Jim Henson’s properties have made quite an impact on the publishing schedule for Archaia. That trend continues in fine fashion right here.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Roger Langridge, Colleen Coover, Chris Eliopoulos, Jeff Parker, Marjorie Liu, Paul Tobin, Katie Cook, Ron Marz, Anthony Minghella, Susan Kodieck, Anne Mountfield, Nate Cosby
Artists:
Roger Langridge, Colleen Coover, Janet K. Lee, Mike Maihack, Chris Eliopoulos, Mitch Gerads, Tom Fowler, Jennifer L. Meyer, David Petersen, Evan Shaner, Katie Cook, Craig Rousseau, Ronan Cliquet
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Legion Lost #4

Dawnstar is the focal character for this issue of “Legion Lost,” but the others get plenty of panel time.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Northanger Abbey #2

Nancy Butler and Janet K. Lee continue their solid work adapting the novels of Jane Austen with Marvel’s “Northanger Abbey” limited series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nancy Butler
Artists:
Janet K. Lee
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Ultimate X-Men #4

While technically competent, this issue falls decidedly flat just when it should be ramping up.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Severed #5

Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to offer up turn of the century creepiness in a most unsettling manner here. Just ask Chuck.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft
Artists:
Attila Futaki, Bill Nelson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 17th, 2011

Suicide Squad #4

"Suicide Squad" continues to improve every issue, and this issue is no exception.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 15th, 2011

Avengers Academy #23

X-23 joins "Avengers Academy" right as everything is poised for disaster.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 15th, 2011

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire -- Iron Eclipse #1

The “scalpel” of the Empire. Not quit as intimidating a title as “Dark Lord of the Sith,” but it has potential for coolness.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Ostrander
Artists:
Stephane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 15th, 2011

The Walking Dead #92

A cloaked figure fights it out with Michonne and Abraham. And his revelation could set up the next new status quo for the series.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Thu, December 15th, 2011

The Ray #1

Lucien Gates is The Ray, a powerful (new) superhero who, in the hands of a fantastic creative team, delivers a funny and action- packed first issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Rich Perrotta
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, December 15th, 2011

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand #1

Ramon Perez adapts an unfilmed screenplay by Jim Henson from the 1960s, and the results are spectacular.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl
Artists:
Ramon K. Perez
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 15th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #18

The Dark Angel Saga comes to its long-awaited conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena, Esad Ribic
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, December 14th, 2011

New Avengers #19

The New Dark Avengers make their public debut.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, December 14th, 2011

Batwoman #4

Still gorgeous, and the story's picking up, to boot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 14th, 2011

Batman and Robin #4

Batman, Robin, and Nobody share a little heart-to-heart-to-heart. Also, Damian’s dog gets a name.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 14th, 2011

The Shade
 #3

"The Shade" heads down under for what, to this non-Australian, feels like a nice change from cliché.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 14th, 2011

American Vampire #21

A young gun goes down in a blaze of glory and so chooses his bed of nails.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jordie Bernet
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 14th, 2011

Avengers: X-Sanction #1

Cable takes on the Avengers. Actually, it's a lot more than that...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 14th, 2011

The Strain #1

This lead in to the horror builds atmosphere and character effectively.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Mike Huddleston
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, December 13th, 2011

Venom #10

As Flash is blackmailed, Captain America arrives to shut down the Venom project.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Lan Medina, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 12th, 2011

Action Comics #4

Earth is being invaded and its only hope is an alien! Guess they wish they hadn’t tortured Superman so much now, eh?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant, Sean Parsons, Brad Walker
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 11th, 2011

Moon Knight #8

After delivering a loss to Count Nefaria, Moon Knight is confident and ready to do more to take the ‘kingpin of Los Angeles’ down.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 11th, 2011
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