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Secret Six #30

“Firin’ from the hip at the woman I’m currently putting it to? Ain’t you got any chivalry or whatever at all?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Jim Calafiore
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, February 3rd, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #1

Do you see what eye see?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, John Dell, Scott Koblish, Brian Douglas Ahern
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Invincible Iron Man #500.1

His name is Tony and he’s an alcoholic and this is his story... Marvel’s first ‘.1’ issue arrives, but is it the perfect ‘jumping on point’ that it’s meant to be?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1

"Witchfinder" returns with a trip to the wild west. Isn't that what you do when John Severin is your artist?

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
John Severin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Superboy #4

Jeff Lemire's overall plotting is fun, and this book is settling into a nice groove.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead #2

Mignola and Hampton work so well together it makes you wonder why it didn't happen sooner.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Scott Hampton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Brightest Day #19

“Mera’s people are planning an assault on the surface world, but without you they won’t be able to shut down the Bermuda Triangle and escape.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Driver For The Dead #3

Borrowing preserved dongs and killing with car radiators full of holy water. Buckle up, son!

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
John Heffernan
Artists:
Leonardo Manco
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, February 2nd, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #4

X-Force is a much stronger title than you'd think it'd have any right to be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, January 31st, 2011

X-Men #7

The X-Men head to New York for a little superheroic outreach.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 31st, 2011

Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 #6

It’s vampires versus the Avengers... for an issue! Nice pacing job there, Millar!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve Dillon, Andy Lanning, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 31st, 2011

Secret Avengers #9

Steve Rogers vs. John Steele in the battle of the super-soldiers!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 30th, 2011

Avengers #9

Hey, Tony, about that Illuminati group of yours? Secret’s out!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 30th, 2011

Twilight Guardian #1

“Wonder if I should take the binoculars. Some of the officers around here have seen me as Twilight Guardian. If they talked to me in my civilian ID, would they recognize me?”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Troy Hickman
Artists:
Sid Kotian
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, January 30th, 2011

Green Arrow #8

“Protect the forest? It grew up out of nothing. It’s an electronic dead zone – no instruments or scanning or even satellite imagery is working. And it’s growing. If you ask me, it’s not the forest that needs protecting.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. T. Krul
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 29th, 2011

New York Five #1

Wood and Kelly return to the world of The New York Four – with one new addition.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Ryan Kelly
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, January 29th, 2011

Proof: Endangered #2

It’s like a gauntlet of cryptids to be run and you get the very real feeling someone might just die.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, January 29th, 2011

The Boys: Highland Laddie #6

“The Boys” isn’t producing good spin-off minis, which makes it harder when one good, extended, scene is hidden in these six issues.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, January 29th, 2011

Chaos War: X-Men #2

“I am Proudstar, son of the people you call the Apache. My soul is bound to the most honored, most fierce of our spirits – the Thunderbird!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 29th, 2011

Wonder Woman #606

“You’re right there, Princess. I owe you an equal share in this kill. After all, your carelessness led directly to her demise.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Eduardo Pansica, Jay Leisten, Marlo Alquiza, Wayne Faucher, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Magneto #1

“You know me well enough to expect me to use my mutant gifts to save you and your timid and ungrateful friends and neighbors. . .”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Action Comics #897

“Lex, this is all I’m going to tell you – soon, unless you make the wrong choice, you will crack the biggest joke of all time.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Pete Woods
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Incredible Hulk #621

“If I could, I would help you today in all the ways you ask, but know this Bruce Banner. When I grasped that power, I was guided by the wisdom beyond all our ken. And if you weren’t healed then perhaps that is as it should be.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Josh Williamson
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Thunderbolts #152

"Thunderbolts" versus behemoths from Monster Island? Oh, yeah.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Astonishing Thor #2

The only astonishing thing here, unfortunately, is the dullness.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robert Rodi
Artists:
Mike Choi
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #532

The X-Men are still sick, Dazzler is still luminous, Sebastian Shaw is still dangerous, and Greg Land is still photo-referencing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Zatanna #9

Can you say, "Esirprus pukcab erutaef," kids? I thought you could.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Dini, Adam Beechen
Artists:
Cliff Chiang, Jamal Igle, Robin Riggs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 27th, 2011

Fables #101

This side-step after the climactic "Fables" #100 is so satisfying you'll be dying to find out what happens next with these minor characters.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Eric Shanower, Andrew Pepoy, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Chaos War #5

“Sequence and distance are compressing to infinite/eternal meaninglessness around a single point which even the non-physicists in the room must realize is the bazillion foot tall glowing bearded guy in the skirt.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Shazam! #1

The actual telling of the "Shazam!" special isn't bad, but the it's the basic idea behind it that seems off-center.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Age of X Alpha #1

Welcome to the Age of X, where mutants are holed up in Fortress X struggling to survive attacks from humans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Mirco Pierfederici, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, Carlo Barberi, Walden Wong, Paco Diaz, Paul Davidson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1

Vader is a bad ass, always. That’s the rule, but I kind of wish they’d break it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Haden Blackman
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Daniel Green
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 26th, 2011

American Vampire #11

Pearl stresses over the love of her husband and Hattie can’t find her old friend, this week on a very special issue of “American Vampire.”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Mateus Santalouco
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Detective Comics #873

“What I see is a common criminal. A dirty old man who sells pieces of dusty junk to rich people with too much time on their hands.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 26th, 2011

Fantastic Four #587

Hickman and Epting's "Three" is a story worthy of the attention it’s getting, but for all the right reasons.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Steve Epting, Rick Maygar, Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Tue, January 25th, 2011

X-Factor #214

Darwin finds himself acting as the sheriff of a mystical village.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 24th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #244

Blindfold tries to locate the source of her threatening precognitive visions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Harvey Tolibao
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 24th, 2011

Scarlet #4

Bendis and Maleev work well together. While the going might be slow, it's still worth reading.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, January 24th, 2011

Memoir #1

An entire town lost its memory ten years ago. Why? How? Trent MacGowan aims to find out!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ben McCool
Artists:
Nikki Cook
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 23rd, 2011

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Dust to Dust #8

The prequel to Philip K. Dick’s novel ends with a bang. Literally.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Robert Adler
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, January 23rd, 2011
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