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Batman #51

Apr 29th, 2016 - by Matt Little

In "Batman" #51, legendary creative duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give the Dark Knight a final farewell with a quiet night in Gotham.

Hellboy in Hell #9

May 4th, 2016 - by Greg McElhatton

"Hellboy in Hell" #9 enters its final phase as Mike Mignola flashes back to Hellboy's time in Mexico even as our hero prepares to truly embrace his destiny in the underworld.

Ms. Marvel #6

May 2nd, 2016 - by Jennifer Cheng

In G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon's "Ms. Marvel" #6, Kamala must save Jersey City from her own clones.

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A-Force #5

Kelly Thompson, Ben Caldwell and Ian Herring's remarkably fun "A-Force" #5 finds the team going up against two refugees from "Secret Wars."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artists:
Ben Caldwell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, May 5th, 2016

Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire #1

Though Jim Zub and Nelson Daniel's "Dungeons & Dragons: Shadows of the Vampire" #1 begins in the Forgotten Realms, the series takes a group of mercenaries into the dangerous dimension of Ravenloft.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Jim Zub, Bart Carroll
Artists:
Nelson Daniel, David Baldeon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2016

The Punisher #1

Becky Cloonan teams with Steve Dillon to tell a relatively standard story in "The Punisher" #1, which includes a couple of twists that might entice new readers while giving diehards exactly what they're looking for.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan
Artists:
Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Hellboy in Hell #9

"Hellboy in Hell" #9 enters its final phase as Mike Mignola flashes back to Hellboy's time in Mexico even as our hero prepares to truly embrace his destiny in the underworld.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Mike Mignola
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Thunderbolts #1

Winter Soldier leads a classic lineup of Thunderbolts characters against threats from beyond the wall in Jim Zub and Jon Malin's "Thunderbolts" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jim Zub
Artists:
Jon Malin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, May 4th, 2016

4001 AD #1

Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and David Mack craft an especially strong debut in "4001 A.D." #1, which delivers a story full of promise and breathtaking art.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Clayton Crain, David Mack
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

3 Floyds: Alpha King #1

Comics and beer have never gone together better than in Nick Floyd, Brian Azzarello and Simon Bisley's "Alpha King" #1, a well-crafted dark fantasy tempered with a down-to-earth background in craft-brewing.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Nick Floyd, Rob Syers
Artists:
Simon Bisley, Rob Syers
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, May 4th, 2016

Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic #1

In "Doctor Strange: Last Days of Magic" #1, three creative teams including James Aaron, Mike Perkins and more present the effects of the Empirikul's war on three magic-users in the Marvel Universe: El Medico Mistico, Doctor Voodoo and Wu.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron, Gerry Duggan, James Robinson
Artists:
Leonardo Romero, Danilo Beyruth, Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Tue, May 3rd, 2016

Velvet #14

In Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #14, Velvet pursues a meeting with with the President of the United States, who is one of the only men still alive who can answer her questions about X-14's death.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

The Omega Men #11

Tom King, Barnaby Bagenda, and Romulo Fajardo Jr.'s "The Omega Men" #11 gathers its forces and prepares for a final strike against the Citadel as the series prepares for its big conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Barnaby Bagenda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

All-New Wolverine #7

"All-New Wolverine" #7 is a rather fluffy issue guest-starring Squirrel Girl, but -- fortunately -- Tom Taylor and Marcio Takara make it charmingly so while moving the book's larger storylines forward.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Saga #36

Dynamic duo Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples wrap up the sixth story arc of their Eisner Award-winning series "Saga" in an epic fashion with issue #36.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Daredevil #6

Bill Sienkiewicz's stunning cover says everything you need to know about Daredevil #6: Elektra is back and ready to fight. Charles Soule's fluid script and Matteo Buffagni's kinetic art literally hit home on the rooftops of Hell's Kitc

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Matteo Buffagni
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

InSeXts #5

The Hag attacks too close to home in Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina's "InSeXts" #5.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Ariela Kristantina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Ms. Marvel #6

In G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon's "Ms. Marvel" #6, Kamala must save Jersey City from her own clones.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Nico Leon
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Faith #4

Faith and her allies confront the Vine in Jody Houser, Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage's "Faith" #4.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Jody Houser
Artists:
Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Sex Criminals #15

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky bring trouble home to roost in "Sex Criminals" #15, where one character starts to lose interest in the central conceit of the comic.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, May 2nd, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #11

In "Amazing Spider-Man" #11, Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith wrap up the fight against Scorpio and the new Zodiac in a way that reminds readers of the necessity of Parker Industries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 29th, 2016

Batman #51

In "Batman" #51, legendary creative duo Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give the Dark Knight a final farewell with a quiet night in Gotham.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 29th, 2016

Justice League #49

As "Darkseid War" nears its conclusion, Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok move pieces into place for next month's climax, but "Justice League" #49's pawns feel less and less like people.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Superman/Wonder Woman #28

"Superman/Wonder Woman" #28 marks the halfway point of "The Final Days of Superman," but -- even as Peter J. Tomasi's script ties up more super-powered loose ends -- Ed Benes's art falls a little too flat.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ed Benes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson hit their stride in "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4, where the Man of Steel falls but Batman rises to face a genuinely intimidating threat.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Frank Miller
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 28th, 2016

Micronauts #1

Despite some familiar faces, Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon's "Micronauts" #1 reads more like any other generic sci-fi story.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
David Baldeon, Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 27th, 2016

Aliens: Defiance #1

In "Aliens: Defiance #1," Brian Wood and Tristan Jones know when to rely on oft-used "Aliens" tropes and when to slightly tweak them, evoking the intended tension and fear but also including a surprise or two.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Tristan Jones
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 27th, 2016

Karnak #3

In Warren Ellis and Roland Boschi's "Karnak" #3, Karnak guesses the reason why the Inhuman boy was kidnapped and forces S.H.I.E.L.D. take a trip to the Chapel of the Single Shadow.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo #1

John Layman and Rob Guillory's "Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo" #1 reveals what Poyo has been up to since his death in the "Chicken Tenders" arc.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Rob Guillory
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Astonishing Ant-Man #7

Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas bring Scott Lang one step closer to jail in "Astonishing Ant-Man" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Superman: American Alien #6

In "Superman: American Alien" #6, Max Landis and Jonathan Case remind both the readers and Clark Kent that sometimes a visit from home is needed to snap everything back into perspective.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Jonathan Case
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 25th, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool #4

Deadpool plans a double date for Spidey and himself, which ends exactly as one would expect in Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness' "Spider-Man/Deadpool" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Joyride #1

Uma and Dewydd escape Earth to see the stars in Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Marcus To's "Joyride" #1.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists:
Marcus To
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Action Comics #51

Superman all but forces Supergirl into his role in Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Pelletier and Sandra Hope Archer's "Action Comics" #51.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, April 22nd, 2016

Captain America: Road to War #1

Though it has its moments, Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito's "Captain America: Road to War" #1 delivers a dull, choppy standalone story.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Will Corona Pilgrim
Artists:
Andrea Di Vito
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 21st, 2016

All-New Hawkeye #6

Jeff Lemire, Ramon Perez and Ian Herring bring their time with Team Hawkeye to a conclusion in "All-New Hawkeye" #6, and it's a thoroughly satisfying wrap-up as both past and present collide.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Ramon Perez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 21st, 2016

Divinity II #1

Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine reunite for "Divinity II" #1, which follows another cosmonaut who faces a transformational encounter with her predecessor from the first series.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 20th, 2016

Extraordinary X-Men #9

The first three pages of Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba's "Extraordinary X-Men" #9 pull out all the stops, but -- after that -- the story of the junior X-Men's missing year gets a little too rote.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 20th, 2016

Jackpot #1

In Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla's "Jackpot" #1, a sting gone wrong turns out to have bigger, stranger stakes.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Goldie Vance #1

Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #1 introduces a new girl detective who solves mysteries when she's not working as a hotel valet.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Hope Larson
Artists:
Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

DC Comics Bombshells #11

Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo and Laura Braga's "DC Comics Bombshells" #11 kicks the Battle of Britain into high gear as most of the characters unite to fight against the Tenebrae.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Jupiter's Circle #5

Mark Millar, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong and Ty Templeton's "Jupiter's Circle" #5 starts to wind things down, but -- even as we get a climactic confrontation -- the story feels unsure and up in the air.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

A-Force #4

A-Force battles Antimatter on the moon in Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 18th, 2016
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