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The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone

Taking place 15 years prior to “The Surrogates,” the murder of a homeless man by three teens using Surrogates sets into motion a chain of events that may tear a city apart.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Brett Weldele
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 25th, 2009

Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead #2

The walking dead make an appearance as Alice Hotwire, police exorcist, continues to work on discovering the mystery behind the ‘blue light bomb.’

Publisher:
Radical Comics
Writer:
Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis
Artists:
Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Caped #1

The idea of PAs for superheroes could be interesting and well done, but nothing in “Caped” suggests that this is the comic to do it.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Josh Lobis, Darin Moiselle
Artists:
Yair Herrera
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man Extra #3

Contains three stories that fell between the cracks of Spider-Man’s recent adventures.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Joe Kelly, Phil Jimenez
Artists:
Fabrizio Fiorentino, Patrick Olliffe, Dale Eaglesham. Phil Jimenez
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #507

One cannot help but get the impression with this issue of "Uncanny X-Men" that things are about to go from bad to worse for our favorite mutants.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 24th, 2009

The Outsiders #16

The latest incarnation of "The Outsiders" begins to pick up the action, and it's a not bad if slightly slow debut.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Lee Garbett, Trevor Scott, Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil #1

Christos N. Gage chooses to introduce a character by forcing him to stand on his own two feet. There's no marquee superhero here to share the spotlight – just Reptil.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage
Artists:
Steve Uy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Immortal Iron Fist #24

Kano's lush artwork and dynamic figures make this comic rise as special as it needs to be.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Duane Swierczynski
Artists:
Kano
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 24th, 2009

Dark Reign: Elektra #1

This first issue starts with a terrible scene and gets marginally better by the end.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Clay Mann, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 24th, 2009

X-Factor #41

Madrox meets back up with one old friend while the others carry on without him. 'X-Factor' is back on its game.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Valentine De Landro, Marco Santucci, Pat Davidson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

The Muppet Show Comic Book #1

What's most remarkable about this book is that instead of being quick cash-in, it has turned out to be one of the most appropriate and fitting comic adaptations ever published.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Wolverine #71

Millar and McNiven continue to do great work on this series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Jack Kirby's The Losers

The Losers themselves are indistinct, but Kirby sure knew how to use them to tell some good stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jack Kirby
Artists:
Jack Kirby, D. Bruce Berry, Mike Royer
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 23rd, 2009

Azrael: Death's Dark Knight #1

Fabian Nicieza and Frazer Irving introduce a new Azrael, and the result brings back good memories of the previous incarnation of the character.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Fabian Nicieza
Artists:
Frazer Irving
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, March 22nd, 2009

Potter's Field: Stone Cold #1

Mark Waid continues to build universes over at Boom!! and "Potter's Field" is a little corner very much worth checking out.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Paul Azaceta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 22nd, 2009

Invincible #60

Even if the event of this book were just the cover, it would be a success. "Invincible" #60 has a lot of action packed inside that extra-wide cover.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Punisher #3

The Punisher fights the Shaolin Scientist Squad and the Hood’s goons as his war on Norman Osborn continues, and this relaunch proves successful.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Black Lightning: Year One #6

"Black Lightning: Year One" ends, just as you knew it would with this sixth (of six) issues. Van Meter and Hamner deliver a solid conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Supergirl #39

Talent Caldwell fills in for a few pages, but the jarring shift in style doesn't completely ruin what's turning out to be a very good story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Talent Caldwell, Jon Sibal
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 19th, 2009

Vigilante #4

No one does a frenetic, energy-filled cover like Walt Simonson. If he'd only taken the virtual camera back a little on this one, it would have looked a lot different.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, John Stanisci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 18th, 2009

Dark Avengers #3

While most of the issue is a very mundane fight sequence, things kick off with a phenomenal discussion between Norman Osborn and the Sentry that answers a lot of questions and raises even more.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 18th, 2009

X-Files #5

The third and final story of this series begins with Doug Moench delivering a creepy story about a possible serial killer and his underground masters.

Publisher:
Wildstorm
Writer:
Doug Moench
Artists:
Brian Denham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, March 18th, 2009

X-Force #13

"Prelude to War" in "X-Force" #13 features less of the prelude and more of the war this team has already been involved with.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost
Artists:
Clayton Crain
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Ultimate X-Men #100

In this final issue, Madrox blows up much of the world and all remaining roads lead to "Ultimatum."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Aron E. Coleite
Artists:
Mark Brooks, Karl Story
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Spider-Man: Noir #4

More "pulp" than "noir," the best part of this series is Carmine Di Giandomenico's spectacular artwork.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Artists:
Carmine Di Giandomenico
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Thunderbolts #130

Bong Dazo takes over for Roberto De La Torre and it's not a pretty sight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Andy Diggle
Artists:
Bong Dazo, Joe Pimentel
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Tue, March 17th, 2009

Guardians of the Galaxy #11

A trip into one of the realms beyond reality finds Drax and Quasar fighting a fight against a most unexpected foe.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

The Amazing Spider-Girl #30

"Amazing Spider-Girl" comes to an end once more, with DeFalco, Frenz and Buscema gathered for the party.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz
Artists:
Ron Frenz, Sal Buscema
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

X-Men: Noir #4

A strong finale to a series I had written off too early.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Dennis Calero
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Mon, March 16th, 2009

Hexed #3

This is not the issue to jump in with, but if you're silly enough to do so, you'll find a voyeuristic demon, a crash-course in driving, and one confident mystical cat-burglar.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Emma Rios
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 16th, 2009

Titans #11

A "day in the life" issue fills the gap from last issue's throwdown with the JLA and the big "Titan"-ic crossover looming next month.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean McKeever
Artists:
Howard Porter, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, March 15th, 2009

Booster Gold #18

Dan Jurgens's first storyline comes to a conclusion and shows promise for more to come.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, March 15th, 2009

Saga of the Swamp Thing #21

Over 25 years later, Alan Moore's, Stephen Bissette's, and John Totleben's "The Anatomy Lesson" is still one of the most stunning revamps of an ongoing comic to date.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Stephen Bissette, John Totleben
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 14th, 2009

Green Lantern Corps #34

"Green Lantern Corps" continues to be entertaining and inviting; for a book that's probably perceived as a second-stringer to "Green Lantern," it's doing its best to prove otherwise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Christian Alamy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, March 14th, 2009

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Homecoming #2

Mercy Thompson's four-color floppy adventures continue in this issue. I'm not sure of the intended schedule, but this issue was well worth the four-month wait.

Publisher:
Dabel Brothers Publishing
Writer:
Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence
Artists:
Francis Tsai
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 13th, 2009

Young Avengers: Sidekicks

Sure, "Young Avengers" isn't a new title. You're right, the trade has been out a while, but it's being reviewed here and now. If you've wondered what all the hubbub is about, check this review out.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Alan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, John Dell, Mark Morales, Drew Geraci
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 13th, 2009

Action Comics #875

Nightwing and Flamebird take flight, but Rucka is no replacement for Johns.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Ruy Jose, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Timothy Callahan
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight #23

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" picks up a mostly forgotten plot point from a year ago in a story that seems determined to annoy, and succeeds.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Drew Z. Greenberg
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, March 12th, 2009

Young Liars #13

Everything you know is wrong! There is no Danny Noonan, there’s only Johnny Jukebox as David Lapham once again tips the board over and starts the game again.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
David Lapham
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, March 12th, 2009

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #4

The universe of "The Umbrella Academy" is a strange and wonderfully cohesive one. This issue continues the oddness, while entertaining and impressing.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gerard Way
Artists:
Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Benjamin Birdie
Thu, March 12th, 2009
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