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Flashpoint #3

More of the "New 52" characters pop up this issue, while forces are joined by Batman, Cyborg, and Flash. Proofreading issues aside, it's an enjoyable issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Fear Itself #4

Thor returns! The Earth fears all! This fourth issue feels mostly like set-up, but it could bring about some interesting things.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Irredeemable #27

Chickens coming home to roost are annoying enough, but what happens when said chickens can kill you from 200 yards away, with mind bullets?

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause, Diego Berreto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 6th, 2011

The Boys #56

YES! About time this book was silly fun again. This is where it started, and started so well, and it’s glorious to get back into it.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Russ Braun
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Reed Gunther #2

Cowboys and bears! It's a comic book made for comic books, and fun for all.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Shane Houghton
Artists:
Chris Houghton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Ultimate X #5

The definitely-not-an-X-Men-team finally recruits its last member.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Art Adams
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 4th, 2011

X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4

As some nebulous threat approaches, the spotlight turns on Wolverine.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Clay Mann, Jay Leisten, Seth Mann
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker #4

Not to be confused with the upcoming “Boys” spin-off mini-series...

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Mike Huddleston
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Scalped #50

Both a celebration and reminder of just how great a comic “Scalped” is.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guéra, Igor Kordrey, Tim Truman, Jill Thompson, Jordi Bernet, Denys Cowan, Dean Haspiel, Brendan McCarthy, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1

Don’t buy this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Carlin
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 3rd, 2011

The Walking Dead #86

Our heroes continue their recovery from the assault on their community, and work hard on plans for how to avoid such disasters in the future and to, in fact, build a future.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Magdalena #7

New Magdalena Anneli tries to take the mantle and the Spear of Destiny from sitting Magdalena Patience.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Keu Cha
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Fear Itself: The Black Widow #1

The Black Widow tries to stop terrorists from acquiring France’s nuclear arsenal during a ‘Fear Itself’ tie-in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Peter Nguyen
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Creepy #6

Zombie westerns and body swapping nightmares, there’s horror in these here pages and that’s without mentioning the creepy clown.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Joe R Lansdale, Christopher A Taylor, Alice Henderson, Dan Braun, Craig Haffner, Archie Goodwin
Artists:
Nathan Fox, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Garry Brown, Neal Adams
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Usagi Yojimbo #138

"Usagi Yojimbo" continues to be a model of consistency.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Venom #4

Flash Thomspon is the better star of this book than Venom. How interesting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore, Crimelab! Syndicate
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6

Wanda is back, and naturally, everyone’s got an opinion...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allen Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, John Livesay, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Iron Age #1

The time travel element might make some things questionable, but Christos Gage and Rob Williams deliver an entertaining classic Avengers style tale.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage, Rob Williams
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Tom Palmer, Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #539

This feels more like an issue of "Generation Hope" than "Uncanny X-Men."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1

It's a brisk read, but Ben Oliver's art sure is pretty.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Schlagman
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1

"Flashpoint Oliver Queen is a jerk." Printing those five words over and over again might have been more entertaining.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Pornsak Pichetshote
Artists:
Ig Guara, Marco Castiello, Ruy Jose, Vincenzo Acunzo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11

This issue hit shelves out of order, but is still coherent. This is Guy Gardner at his Guy Gardner best.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 29th, 2011

American Vampire #16

How fair is it that one of the most beautiful comics on the stands actually has great words in it, too? Who cares? Just enjoy!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Batman Incorporated #7

The idea of a Lakota Batman sounds ludicrous, but somehow Grant Morrison makes it work.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Chris Burnham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Flashpoint: Project Superman #1

Building a better superhuman isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lowell Francis, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 29th, 2011

FF #5

Jonathan Hickman's story gives you a strong family story with lots of Reeds causing havoc.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Barry Kitson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Incorruptible #19

Max Damage can push and shove the world all he likes, but he has to be prepared for it to kick back once in a while.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Detective Comics #878

This one has a big shock ending we won't be spoiling for you, but it's the culmination of Scott Snyder's sly work so far on the title. Also: Tiger Shark!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 28th, 2011

New Mutants #26

The New Mutants investigate the whereabouts of Nate Grey, the X-Man.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett,Andy Lanning
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Thunderbolts #159

The Thunderbolts attempt to contain the criminals of The Raft in the wake of the Serpent's attack.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Joe Caramagna, Jen Van Meter, Frank Tieri
Artists:
Declan Shalvey, Valentine De Landro, Eric Canete, Matthew Southworth
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 27th, 2011

All Nighter #1

And the Eisner for the best opening page goes to...

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
David Hahn
Artists:
David Hahn
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Mystery Men #2

Sarah Starr rockets into my heart. Once she locates yours through the ice encrusted barnacles, she’ll do the same.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Flashpoint: The Outsider #1

If this issue is any indication, the Outsider should definitely be the ‘X-Man’ of “Flashpoint” and somehow survive into the DCU.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Javier Fernandez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Zatanna #14

This issue feels like the least of a fill-in issue, and loses Jamal Igle's art halfway through it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Travis Moore, Jon Sibal, John Dell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Captain America #619

You can’t really go wrong with a comic drawn by Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Mitch Breitweiser, and Chris Samnee.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Mitch Breitweiser, Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Justice League of America #58

“The way I see it we have two goals, fighting Eclipso himself and freeing everyone in Emerald City from his control.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Daniel Sampere, Miguel Sepulveda, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Fables #106

Quite possibly the most anti-climactic end to a major story in "Fables" history, alas.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

X-Men Legacy #251

The team continues to hunt down Legion’s escaped personas, but it turns out one of the personas may be hunting them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer, Craig Yeung, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #2

We learn who helped build Gotham as we know it today, while Dick, Tim, Cass, and Damian try to prevent a series of bombs throughout the city. How the two stories are related is slowly being revealed, in intriguing fashion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Trevor McCarthy
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

Secret Avengers #14

A Valkyrie origin story strangely wrapped up in the middle of a "Fear Itself" tie-in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Jamie Mendoza, Rick Ketcham
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011
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