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Black Magick #3

"Black Magick" #3 is slow-moving but rich in atmosphere, and the end result is a pleasant experience as Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott let this world of police work and secret magick unfold in front of us.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Nicola Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 31st, 2015

Jughead #3

In "Jughead" #3, Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson continue Jughead's battle against Riverdale High's new principal, even as we're served with yet another fantasy sequence in the middle of the comic.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 31st, 2015

Wonder Woman #47

In Meredith Finch, Miguel Mendonca and Dexter Vines' "Wonder Woman" #47, Cheetah tries to steal an important artifact, and -- while there are still rough spots -- it's the strongest installment in Finch's run yet.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Meredith Finch
Artists:
Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 31st, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #13

James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder and Marcio Takara's "Batman and Robin Eternal" #13 gives us another look into Cassandra Cain's early life, even as Grayson, Bluebird and David Cain converge on her at the Nursery.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 31st, 2015

Jem and the Holograms #10

Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell's "Jem and the Holograms" #10 not only gives the spotlight to Rio, but also lets us learn more about the Misfits (especially Jetta and Roxy) and gives us a story about journalistic integrity.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artists:
Corin Howell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 31st, 2015

The Omega Men #7

Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, Ig Guara and Romulo Fajardo Jr. show us what post-captivity life is like for Kyle Rayner and Princess Kalista, who are on the run in "The Omega Men" #7.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Barnaby Bagenda, Ig Guara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 30th, 2015

Cyborg #6

"Cyborg" #6 has good intentions, but David F. Walker, Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR and Cliff Richards' conclusion continues the overall jumbled and rushed trend of the series.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David F. Walker
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR, Cliff Richards, Albert Oclair, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 28th, 2015

Robin: Son of Batman #7

Patrick Gleason, Ray Fawkes, Scott McDaniel and Andy Owens continue the "Robin War" crossover in "Robin: Son of Batman" #7, but a storyline that started off strong is starting to lose steam.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Patrick Gleason, Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 28th, 2015

Chew #53

In John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew" #53, Tony Chu and Mason Savoy eat and chat, with bizarre and dangerous results.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 28th, 2015

Astonishing Ant-Man #3

It's not astonishing at all that Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas have given us yet another fun comic in "The Astonishing Ant-Man" #3, where Ant-Man teams up with Captain America and Hench gets cyber-competition.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 28th, 2015

Daredevil #2

Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #2 is a standard Daredevil story, but its execution makes it above average.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 28th, 2015

Saga #32

In "Saga" #32, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples check in with Alana and Marko, whose attempt to find Hazel is not without problems.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 24th, 2015

Justice League of America #6

Bryan Hitch's story about a Kryptonian God's arrival on Earth approaches its conclusion, but "Justice League of America" #6 doesn't pack much punch.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Hitch
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, December 24th, 2015

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #1

Jen Van Meter and Roberto De La Torre return for "The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives" #1, but the emotion and intimacy falls a little short and the story feels convoluted with the addition of so many new characters.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Jen Van Meter
Artists:
Roberto De La Torre
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, December 24th, 2015

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2

In Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder and Natacha Bustos' "Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur" #2, Lunella needs to prevent Devil Dinosaur from taking away her Kree Omni-Wave Projector.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder
Artists:
Natacha Bustos
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Thu, December 24th, 2015

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #1

If you're a superpowered person in need of a day job, then you should call Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams' "Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!".

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kate Leth
Artists:
Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, December 23rd, 2015

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

As "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #2 heats up, Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson remind us that a chase scene can be just as gripping as exposition.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 23rd, 2015

Lucifer #1

In Holly Black and Lee Garbett's "Lucifer" #1, the Devil rides into town, but it's not long until an old acquaintance comes after him with a flaming sword.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Holly Black
Artists:
Lee Garbett
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 21st, 2015

The Mighty Thor #2

Jason Aaron slows down a bit in "The Mighty Thor" #2, but Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson's art continues to dazzle even in the quiet moments.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 21st, 2015

Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #1

Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore return to the city they created in "Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis" #1, a compelling and richly drawn introduction to the sequel.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Jim Calafiore
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, December 21st, 2015

Klaus #2

In Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's "Klaus" #2, Klaus defies the Baron and delivers Yuletide gifts to children.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 21st, 2015

Ms. Marvel #2

In "Ms. Marvel" #2, G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa remind us that a secret identity shared is ultimately a good thing for readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Takeshi Miyazawa
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 21st, 2015

Justice League #46

In Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's "Justice League" #46, Grail reveals her true plans for Darkseid and the League makes some hard decisions about how to stop the war on Earth.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, December 21st, 2015

Batgirl #46

In "Batgirl" #46, Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr mix the fantastical and down-to-earth, and the end result is a story that has a little something for everyone.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Babs Tarr, Rob Haynes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 18th, 2015

Darth Vader Annual #1

Vader visits Shu-torun with a threatening reminder in Kieron Gillen and Leinil Yu's "Darth Vader Annual" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, December 18th, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #11

"Batman and Robin Eternal" #11 gives us the new origin for Cassandra Cain, and Ed Brisson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Fernando Blanco and Christian Duce wisely carry much of it over from pre-reboot continuity.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ed Brisson, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Fernando Blanco, Christian Duce
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 18th, 2015

Squadron Supreme #1

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk assemble a strong roster for "Squadron Supreme" #1 but deliver a somewhat one-dimensional story with some moments of disbelief.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Leonard Kirk, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, December 17th, 2015

Superman: American Alien #2

In "Superman: American Alien" #2, Max Landis and Tommy Lee Edwards show us Clark's first hesitant step towards becoming a hero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Tommy Lee Edwards, Evan Shaner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 17th, 2015

The Wicked + The Divine #17

Kieron Gillen and Brandon Graham use "The Wicked + The Divine" #17 to set up some groundwork for Sakhmet, but it's only the epilogue page drawn by Jamie McKelvie that readers will talk about.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Brandon Graham, Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 16th, 2015

Starbrand & Nightmask #1

Fresh from "Secret Wars" and a generation after "New Universe," Greg Weisman and Domo Stanton's "Starbrand & Nightmask" #1 features the eponymous heroes facing a new challenge: college.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Weisman
Artists:
Domo Stanton
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, December 15th, 2015

Weirdworld #1

Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo introduce a pair of likeable new protagonists and bring a beautifully strange look to "Weirdworld" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, December 15th, 2015

InSeXts #1

With the help of her lover, Lady Bertram schemes a supernatural escape from her marriage in Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina's "InSeXts" #1.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Ariela Kristantina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, December 14th, 2015

Uncanny Avengers #3

Cable makes a dramatic entrance as Boston faces total takeover in Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman's "Uncanny Avengers" #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
Ryan Stegman
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, December 14th, 2015

Monstress #2

In Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's "Monstress" #2, Maika is pursued by the ruthless Mother Superior and her Inquisitrixes and gains some allies, even though she'd prefer to operate solo.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Sana Takeda
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, December 14th, 2015

The Twilight Children #3

"The Twilight Children" #3 manages to get even creepier as the alien woman appears at one freak event after another, but Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke aren't tipping their hand just yet.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Gilbert Hernandez
Artists:
Darwyn Cooke
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 14th, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man #4

Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith's "Amazing Spider-Man" #4 continues a strong storyline as the Zodiac battles with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Spider-Man's allegiances are tested.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 14th, 2015

Detective Comics #47

The Robins are all locked up, even as Grayson confronts Jim Gordon, but "Detective Comics" #47 comes across like less than a full chapter's worth of story in "Robin War."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 11th, 2015

New Romancer #1

Peter Milligan and Brett Parson's "New Romancer" mixes the romanticism of deceased historical figures with 21st century online dating, and the end result is intriguing, if a bit slow-moving.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Brett Parson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 11th, 2015

We Stand On Guard #6

Brian K. Vaughan and Steve Skroce bring their tense and disturbing military thriller to a close in "We Stand On Guard" #6.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Steve Skroce
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, December 11th, 2015

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Faces meet fists and the Foot meets feet in the fun as all hell "Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #1 by James Tynion IV and Freddy Williams II.

Publisher:
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Freddie Williams II
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, December 11th, 2015
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