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New Avengers #16.1

Neal Adams draws the New Avengers sitting around eating breakfast. Oh, and Norman Osborn acts crazy. Crazy awesome.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Neal Adams, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, October 1st, 2011

Secret Avengers #17

Some Secret Avengers fight a truck.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, October 1st, 2011

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2

Shang Chi infiltrates the Bride of Nine Spiders’ mansion to rescue Iron Fist.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara, Leandro Fernandez, John Lucas
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, October 1st, 2011

Venom #7

It’s Venom Vs. Anti-Venom as Spider-Island takes a turn for the worse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tom Fowler
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, October 1st, 2011

Voodoo #1

Priscilla Kitaen is a stripper and maybe an alien. That’s all we really learn in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Sami Basri
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 29th, 2011

All-Star Western #1

"All-Star Western" delivers a pleasant enough opening issue, mixing westerns with the DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Moritat
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 29th, 2011

The Savage Hawkman #1

If there’s one character that deserves the loving attention Aquaman is receiving in this relaunch, it’s Hawkman. He’s not exactly getting it, though.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony S. Daniel
Artists:
Philip Tan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 29th, 2011

Ghostbusters #1

As September slinks away and October draws near, thoughts turn to Halloween costumes and spooky stories of spirits and ghosts. Who are you going to call?

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Erik Burnham, Tristan Jones
Artists:
Dan Schoening, Tristan Jones
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 29th, 2011

Justice League Dark #1

The magic arm of the Justice League gets its roster together while the terrifying threat of Enchantress looms large.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, September 29th, 2011

I, Vampire #1

DC’s attempt at a vampire book in their “superhero world” both works and doesn’t for surprising reasons.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Andrea Sorrentino
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, September 29th, 2011

Annihilators: Earthfall #1

The Guardians of -- er, the Annihilators, rather -- return to Marvel’s new comics releases this week in an adventure that sends them to Earth.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Fury of the Firestorms: the Nuclear Men #1

When Jason Rusch became Firestorm, fans of Ronnie Raymond were up in arms. Now, everyone should be happy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone
Artists:
Yildiray Cinar
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Teen Titans #1

"Teen Titans" starts rebuilding the Geoff Johns era, but with a few changes.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Brilliant #1

Albert returns to school after a semester off and hangs out with his friends. And cosplayers fight a little.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Joe Rubinstein
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Superman #1

"Superman" finally has his debut, and the end result is... a little dull.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
George Perez
Artists:
Jesus Merino, George Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Green Lantern: New Guardians #1

"Green Lantern: New Guardians" might bore existing readers with its slow setup.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Tyler Kirkham, Batt
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #1

Paul Jenkins gives "Batman: The Dark Knight" a much needed boost, but it's still at the bottom of the heap.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins, David Finch
Artists:
David Finch, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Aquaman #1

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis begin their rehab of Aquaman, and so far so good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Angel & Faith #2

"Angel & Faith," like an actual angel, has restored my faith in the Buffyverse comics.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest #1

Abe Sapien is plunged into a traditional horror movie, and once it gets rolling, it never stops to catch its breath.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
James Harren
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 28th, 2011

American Vampire #19

Scott Snyder changes things up a little and yet retains ceiling high quality control over this pulp western tale.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jordi Bernet
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, September 28th, 2011

The Flash #1

Barry Allen pulls on the crimson cowl of the Flash once more in a sharp story and spiffy art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 28th, 2011

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #2

The new Ultimate Spider-Man begins to learn more about himself and more about what it means to be a (Spider-) Man.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, September 26th, 2011

Vengeance #3

The Teen Brigade fights the Young Masters of Evil to save Doctor Octopus! Wait, that sounds wrong...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, September 26th, 2011

X-Men Schism #4

Wolverine and Cyclops finally come blows as a Sentinel attacks the near-deserted Utopia.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, September 26th, 2011

Spider-Island: Spider-Woman #1

Spider-Woman infiltrates the infested Manhattan to rescue Alicia Masters.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, September 26th, 2011

Captain America #3

Captain America vs. the Ameridroid! Sharon Carter vs. Baron Zemo! Yeah!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, September 26th, 2011

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1

Dear DC, this is a really bad book. Bikini-clad aliens and violent "heroes" can't sell this one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 25th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #543

Nothing stops the new Juggernaut.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, September 25th, 2011

B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: Russia #1

The B.P.R.D. team (Kate and Johann) have been called to Russia for a meeting with the Russian Occult Bureau, while Devon searches for the young psychic, Fenix, who shot Abe Sapien, leaving him in a coma.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Tyler Crook
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, September 25th, 2011

Holy Terror

“Holy Terror” is stunning in parts. Such a shame the other sections are stunningly muddled or offensive.

Publisher:
Legendary Entertainment
Writer:
Frank Miller
Artists:
Frank Miller
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, September 24th, 2011

New Teen Titans: Games

Long before some of you readers were born, George Pérez started drawing this book. Twenty-three years later, you can kick back with a beer and read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman, George Perez
Artists:
George Pérez, Mike Perkins, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, September 24th, 2011

Prison Pit Book 3

“Prison Pit” is back with a new enemy for C.F.... if he survives the Caligulon!

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Johnny Ryan
Artists:
Johnny Ryan
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, September 23rd, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

This might actually be a good comic book, but it feels like issue #21, not #1 and thus ultimately fails.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Francis Portela
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, September 23rd, 2011

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7

It's another "plot transition" chapter, which unfortunately has some out-of-character moments in order to propel us to the conclusion.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Livesay, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, September 23rd, 2011

Green Lantern Corps #1

"Green Lantern Corps" is off to a slow start, but the little touches are what keep up your interest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 22nd, 2011

Thunderbolts #163.1

The “Point One” for “Thunderbolts” isn’t pointless. Quite the opposite in fact: this is a great point for you to start reading.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 22nd, 2011

Captain Atom #1

Captain Atom is losing control of his powers, but there's no time to worry because there’s a volcano in New York to deal with!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 22nd, 2011

Blue Beetle #1

I’m not blue that I’ve gotten my hands on “Blue Beetle.” Quite the opposite, my friends. This is a great introduction to a hero for a new generation.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Ig Guara, Ruy Jose
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 22nd, 2011

DC Universe Presents #1

"DC Universe Presents" is saddled with an unfortunate name, hiding a quality comic behind the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 22nd, 2011
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