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Halcyon #5

In the fight for free will, Sabre takes on his former allies and becomes the world’s greatest villain. Oops.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Tara Butters
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 5th, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #1

Hellboy quests to take out Nimue, now The Morrigan, a powerful goddess of war.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, June 5th, 2011

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1

If you thought Bruce Wayne was a dark, grim Batman, wait until you meet his father...

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Heroes for Hire #8

"Heroes for Hire" continues to buy the heart of its readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, June 4th, 2011

X-Men #12

Readers flip between the past and present as Cyclops somewhat single handedly battles The Evolutionaries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Paco Medina, Dalibor Talajic, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Wonder Woman #611

Diana finally gets a glimpse of The Morrigan’s plan for her and is horrified, while her companions get brutally killed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, June 4th, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

There’s a contest to see who’s more ineffective, Michelangelo or Leonid. I guess we’ll have to wait and see who Uatu sides with.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Static Shock Special #1

“They’ll add and subtract stuff to suit their purposes. Nothing we can do about it. ”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Felicia D. Henderson, Matt Wayne
Artists:
Denys Cowan, Rodney Ramos, Prentis Rollins, John Stanisci, John Paul Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Adventure Comics #527

Long-time and new readers alike finally get the scoop on Comet Queen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Marlo Alquiza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Thunderbolts #158

"Thunderbolts" shows, once again, how to handle a tie-in to a big event.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Avengers Academy #14.1

"Avengers Academy" uses the "plus one" format to great effect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Moon Knight #2

The subtle plot point of the first issue is made much more blatant.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1

“And what are you going to do after you stop the Atlanteans? Are you going to wrestle the U.K. away from the Amazons?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rex Ogle
Artists:
Eduardo Francisco, Paulo Siqueira, Roland Paris
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Fear Itself #3

“Think you’re the first giant girl with a hammer and no face that’s tried to kill me? Same crap. Different day, Sin.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Flashpoint #2

"Flashpoint" sure is pretty, but it's unfortunately difficult to get excited over it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Flashpoint: Abin Sur – the Green Lantern #1

“Earth is a primitive planet. Why was it chosen to shelter such an essential part of the universe?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Schlagman
Artists:
Felipe Massafera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 1st, 2011

The Boys #55

Mallory just won’t shut up – bet he podcasts for four hour stretches at a time.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1

Easily one of the best issues of the year. This book is an example of exactly what comics can be and do.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, May 31st, 2011

Wolverine #9

Wolverine is out of hell, and looking for revenge against the Red Right Hand.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 30th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #249

Rogue, Magneto, Legion, and Frenzy deal with the fallout of “Age of X.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 30th, 2011

The Mighty Thor #2

Remember double-sized first issues? I miss those. And so does “The Mighty Thor” #2... or, should I say, #1 part two?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Then I guess everything’s wrapped up in a neat little package.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Wellington Alves, Nelson Periera
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Kirby: Genesis #0

If you loved Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross on “Marvels,” you’re sure to love them on a book featuring Jack Kirby characters you’ve never heard of!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross
Artists:
Alex Ross, Jack Herbert
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Secret Warriors #27

The strength of Fury’s glorious scene alone is just enough to carry the rest of this set-up issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Daken: Dark Wolverine #9.1

Daken won’t be copying Logan anymore. He’s moving to Los Angeles instead. There, I just saved you three bucks, because this comic has no other content.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Super Dinosaur #2

“I don’t know, I thought you’d like having more humans around. So you wouldn’t have to spend all your time with a big, goofy dinosaur.”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, May 27th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #537

This issue is almost strictly transition, but at least it's got some lovely Dodson art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 26th, 2011

Hellraiser #2

Setup time is over, as things begin to kick into high gear.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Artists:
Leonardo Manco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 26th, 2011

Secret Avengers #13

"Secret Avengers" takes on the siege of Washington DC, and coincidences aside, it's a fun story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza, Rick Ketcham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 26th, 2011

Detective Comics #877

Batman escapes from a death trap of one villain and finds clues that lead him into the death trap of another.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, May 26th, 2011

America Vampire #15

“You’ll do fine, so long as you’re not squeamish about blood. If you are, you better get over that. And fast.”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 26th, 2011

Justice Society of America #51

“I’ve watched gods walk the Earth. I refuse to believe balancing a budget is impossible.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Tom Derenick
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, May 26th, 2011

Robert E Howard’s Savage Sword #2

An eclectic mix of the best pulp money can buy. Support the dying art of the anthology by buying the best one on the stands.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mark Finn, Marc Andreyko, Joe Casey, Robert E Howard, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Paul Tobin
Artists:
Greg Scott, Robert Atkins, Rebecca Buchman, Pop Mhan, Tim Seeley, Gil Kane, Wellington Alves
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Strange Adventures #1

Like so many anthologies, "Strange Adventures" is an wildly uneven book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Selwyn Hinds, Talia Hershewe, Peter Milligan, Lauren Beukes, Jeff Lemire, Ross Campbell, Kevin Colden, Paul Cornell, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Denys Cowan, Juan Bobillo, Sylvain Savoia, Inaki Miranda, Jeff Lemire, Ross Campbell, Kevin Colden, Goran Sudzuka, Eduardo Risso, John Floyd
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Action Comics #901

Doomsday isn't interesting, let alone multiple Doomsdays.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort, Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Xombi #3

Not quite as strong as the first two issues, but there's one scene in particular that makes "Xombi" #3 a winner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Rozum
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10

“Yeah, and if it’s a war you want, then let’s have the ass kicking start right here!”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith, Keith Champagne, Andy Owens, Sean Parsons, Jack Purcell, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 25th, 2011

FF #4

“One of the things they do is turn any Victor von Dooms they encounter on any world into vegetables.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Barry Kitson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Planet of the Apes #2

“Down deep, each man believes that he is superior to you stinking animals. They ruled the planet for a million years, and they think they still own it.”

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 25th, 2011

Kill Shakespeare #11

Shakespeare just got seriously trippy. Grab your black lights and recreational medicines and head into the final battle between the world’s greatest writer and his creations.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col
Artists:
Andy Belanger
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, May 25th, 2011
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