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All-New X-Men #5

"All-New X-Men" #5 pits the team against the Blob, but Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy use it as an opportunity to spur some character work that is way too overly earnest.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, February 26th, 2016

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Neal Adams returns to the Man of Steel in "Superman: The Coming of the Supermen" #1, but his wonderful layouts are offset by a story that feels dated.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Neal Adams, Tony Bedard
Artists:
Neal Adams
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 25th, 2016

Back to the Future #5

John Barber, Bob Gale and Erik Burnham give Clara a nice origin story in "Back to the Future" #5, before diverging into a needless revelation about Emmett Brown that darkens the issue.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
John Barber, Bob Gale, Erik Burnham
Artists:
Marcelo Ferreira
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, February 24th, 2016

Jem and the Holograms #12

In "Jem and the Holograms" #12, Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell continue to spread the Dark Jem virus, even as the Misfits sign a replacement for Pizzazz and the tour hits its first stop.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell
Artists:
Sophie Campbell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, February 24th, 2016

Justice League #48

In Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's "Justice League" #48, Wonder Woman negotiates an unholy alliance while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, February 24th, 2016

Wynonna Earp #1

Beau Smith and Lora Innes' paranormal western "Wynonna Earp" #1 is a superb example of comic storytelling that welcomes any and all newcomers.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Beau Smith
Artists:
Lora Innes
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, February 24th, 2016

The Mighty Thor #4

In Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman's "The Mighty Thor" #4, Aelsa makes a misstep in the war against Malekith while Freyja stands trial in Asgard.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Russell Dauterman
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Tomb Raider #1

Lara encounters intrigue and murder at an archaeology conference in Mariko Tamaki and Phillip Sevy's "Tomb Raider" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mariko Tamaki
Artists:
Phillip Sevy
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Snowfall #1

In Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo's "Snowfall" #1, an eco-terrorist strikes back against a corrupt government in the aftermath of catastrophic climate change.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Harris
Artists:
Martin Morazzo
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Star Wars #16

Jason Aaron, Leinil Yu and Gerry Alanguilan begin a new arc in "Star Wars" #16, which follows Leia's adventures.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Leinil Yu, Gerry Alanguilan
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #24

In "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #24, Christos Gage and Megan Levens inch the series closer to its finale with a long-needed wrap-up of one story element, but this particular chapter feels curiously anticlimactic

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Megan Levens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2

Amy Chu, Clay Mann and company continue their "Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death" #2 shifts to as much mystery as thriller with a dangerous but sympathetic lead.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amy Chu
Artists:
Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Jonathan Glapion, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Astro City #32

In "Astro City" #32, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson kick off a sequel to their "Tarnished Angel" storyline from the late '90s, and this return to superpowered crime noir is even more enjoyable than fans could hope.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #8

Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #8 gives us a good wrap-up of the Dark Kingdom storyline as Spider-Man attempts to free his friends and stop Mr. Negative while betrayal lurks on all sides.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Matteo Buffagni
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Sex Criminals #14

"Sex Criminals" #14 gets more meta than ever as Suzie and Ana have it out, the Sex-Men continue to move against our heroes and Chip Zdarsky sits on top of Matt Fraction.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Chip Zdarsky
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

"Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #3 enters some deliberately uncomfortable territory as Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson and John Romita Jr. ramp up the religious extremist imagery during Batman's search for allies

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, John Romita Jr., Frank Miller
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 22nd, 2016

Superman: American Alien #4

College-aged Clark Kent lands an assignment that goes far towards shaping both of his future careers in Max Landis and Jae Lee's "Superman: American Alien" #4.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Jae Lee, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, February 19th, 2016

Silver Surfer #2

In "Silver Surfer" #2, Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred subtly shift cast members past and present into different roles as a new invasion of Earth begins, but no one's position is guaranteed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 18th, 2016

Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1

The setting might be the prototypical suburban utopia with a dark secret, but Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley's "Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill" #1 puts a fresh spin on the idea.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 18th, 2016

Power Man and Iron Fist #1

Luke Cage and Iron Fist tie up some loose ends but get more than they bargained for in David Walker and Sanford Greene's "Power Man and Iron Fist" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Walker
Artists:
Sanford Greene
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, February 17th, 2016

Jonesy #1

Jonesy puts her secret powers to use on Valentine's Day in Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose Boyle's "Jonesy" #1.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 15th, 2016

James Bond #4

In Warren Ellis and Jason Masters' "James Bond" #4, Bond avoids falling into one trap only to be caught by another.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 15th, 2016

Ms. Marvel #4

In G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon's "Ms. Marvel" #4, Kamala's workload gets so bad she admits that she can't do it all, but -- instead of cutting back -- she reaches for a solution that is destined to fail spectacularly.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Nico Leon
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 15th, 2016

Spider-Gwen #5

Gwen is nowhere to be found in this issue, but that doesn't stop Jason Latour and Chris Visions from advancing the story in a tense and stylish way in "Spider-Gwen" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Latour
Artists:
Chris Visions
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, February 15th, 2016

Batman #49

As Gotham crumbles, Bruce Wayne asks Alfred to make the hardest decision of his life in Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Yanick Paquette's gut-wrenching "Batman" #49.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 12th, 2016

Jem and the Holograms: Valentine's Day Special #1

The Holograms and the Misfits get hit with a love potion in Kelly Thompson and Jen Bartel's "Jem and the Holograms: Valentine's Day Special" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kelly Thompson
Artists:
Jen Bartel
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, February 12th, 2016

Spider-Man/Deadpool #2

Deadpool asks Spider-Man for some important advice and gets caught up in a Goblin attack in Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness' "Spider-Man/Deadpool" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Kelly
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 12th, 2016

Deadpool #7

Deadpool takes readers on a whirlwind tour of his life in Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish's "Deadpool" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan, Cullen Bunn, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Amy Chu, Tim Seeley, Mike Hawthorne
Artists:
Scott Koblish, Tyler Crook, Danilo Beyruth, Emilio Laiso, Mike Norton, Mike Hawthrone, Terry Pallot, Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 12th, 2016

Darth Vader #16

Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's Dark Lord is exactly the character readers have come to expect, which is both the strength and weakness of "Darth Vader" #16.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 11th, 2016

The Dark and Bloody #1

Shawn Aldridge and Scott Godlewski establish the characters than the horror in "The Dark and Bloody" #1, although the arrival of the horrific menace disrupts the issue as much as enhancing it.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Shawn Aldridge
Artists:
Scott Godlewski
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 11th, 2016

Abe Sapien #31

Mike Mignola, Scott Allie and Sebastian Fiumara's "Abe Sapien" #31 gives us a follow up to last month's history of occultism and plunges us into the depths of the Black School as Strobl learns more about Abe Sapien's origins.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 11th, 2016

Injection #7

"Injection" #7 has handsome art thanks to Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, but Warren Ellis' story feels like it's already losing steam as the Injection becomes a random menace of the week.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 11th, 2016

Klaus #3

In Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's "Klaus" #3, Klaus confronts the Baron in dramatic fashion.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Dan Mora
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 8th, 2016

Paper Girls #5

In Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's "Paper Girls" #5, Tiff, Mac and KJ fight a woman on a dinosaur and Erin makes a decision not to listen to her elders.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Cliff Chiang
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 8th, 2016

The Vision #4

Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez's "The Vision" #4 answers some of the questions that have boiling since the end of the debut issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 8th, 2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson #6

What does a modern Captain America story look like? In the case of "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #6, it involves villains who have a company "too big to fail," and only Nick Spencer, Joe Bennett and Belardino Brabo could make this fun.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 8th, 2016

Angel & Faith: Season 10 #23

"Angel & Faith: Season 10" #23 roars towards the series' conclusion, and Victor Gischler and Will Conrad do a great job pulling the pieces together as everything goes from bad to worse.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 8th, 2016

Detective Comics #49

As the second half of "The Bronze Age" continues in "Detective Comics" #49, Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin settle into the title as more statue-inspired murders move through Gotham.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, February 5th, 2016

Dejah Thoris #1

Dejah Thoris loses her throne and her identity in Frank J. Barbiere and Francesco Manna's "Dejah Thoris" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Francesco Manna
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, February 5th, 2016

Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1

Deadpool leads a group of Z-listers on a smash-and-grab operation that may have universal ramifications in Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin's "Deadpool and the Mercs for Money" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 5th, 2016
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