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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

Wonder Woman #1

Diana is back, complete with a colorful cast of mythic characters.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Supergirl #1

The new "Supergirl" reboots Kara Zor-El once more, and makes her a stranger now more than ever.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Johnson, Michael Green
Artists:
Mahmud Asrar, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Birds of Prey #1

Jesus Saiz is a great selling point for the new "Birds of Prey" series, and Duane Swiercynski's story doesn't let us down, either.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Jesus Saiz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Nightwing #1

Dick is back in his Nightwing costume, and the results are mostly boring.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, JP Mayer
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Catwoman #1

Sexually suggestive poses are once more the main purpose for the "Catwoman" comic book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Guillem March
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 21st, 2011

The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker #3

You’ll only get one chance to see Butcher truly happy. We all know this and Garth Ennis makes the most of it.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Darick Robertson
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, September 21st, 2011

The Bionic Man #2

While the eponymous lead is broken on an operating table, the villain steps up to steal the show. Roll on, second act!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kevin Smith, Phil Hester
Artists:
Jonathan Lau
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Planet of the Apes #6

When rocket launchers and zeppelins share pages, you know it’s going to be fun.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Daredevil #4

“Daredevil” continues to be an extremely fun and brilliant book. Fun, literally, for the entire family.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, September 21st, 2011

Batman #1

Scott Snyder had a turn at Batman with Grayson under the cowl in "Detective Comics." Now, Snyder has the chance to leave a mark on the Bruce Wayne Batman and makes a stellar first impression.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, September 20th, 2011

Ultimate Comics X-Men #1

The relaunch of the Ultimate Marvel Universe continues with Nick Spencer crafting the tale of the mighty mutants.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, September 19th, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #669

The Jackal’s plans take a worrying turn for the inhabitants of “Spider-Island.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, September 19th, 2011

Deathstroke #1

A relaunched universe needs its bad guys and mercenaries, doesn’t it? That’d be why Deathstroke’s here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, September 18th, 2011

Optic Nerve #12

The long-awaited next installment in Tomine’s wonderful “Optic Nerve” series focuses on three short stories: “Amber Sweet,” “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as ‘Hortisculpture’,” and a two-page untitled auto-bio story.

Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Writer:
Adrian Tomine
Artists:
Adrian Tomine
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, September 18th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #15

With Wolverine off the table, everyone else steps up with their own business. And business is good.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opeña
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, September 16th, 2011

Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1

Frankenstein works for a government agency that solves weird problems. Stuff like killing monsters. Which he totally does in this issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, September 16th, 2011

Criminal: Last of the Innocent #4

Riley Richards really is a piece of scum, and the truth is that such people succeed.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, September 16th, 2011

Batman & Robin #1

Batman and Robin (Bruce and Damian) begin working together as a team for the first time since Bruce’s return from the dead. Also, someone is out to kill the agents of Batman Inc.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, September 16th, 2011

Suicide Squad #1

Task Force X is reinstated, and this time “Suicide Squad” looks to grab more attention than any secret government sponsored team really should.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 15th, 2011

Daredevil #3

"Daredevil" feels like two different comics grafted together, and the seams are showing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 15th, 2011

Red Lanterns #1

The rage of the Red Lanterns gets unleashed in a story that may have been the root cause of Animal Man bleeding out from his eyes. Or not. At any rate, there’s a whole lot of red here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Ed Benes, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 15th, 2011

Grifter #1

Putting the grifter back in “Grifter,” con man Cole Cash has 17 minutes, hours, or days (it’s unclear) stolen from him by mysterious creatures.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
CAFU, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, September 15th, 2011

Resurrection Man #1

"Resurrection Man" stays true to form, bringing itself back to life and with a new trick to boot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Fernando Dagnino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 15th, 2011

Mister Terrific #1

The only apparent connection to the JSA in this initial offering from DC comes absolutely nowhere near filling the JSA-sized void on the comic racks

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 14th, 2011
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