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Frankenstein Underground #1

No stranger to monstrous characters, writer Mike Mignola presents Victor Frankenstein's original creation to readers in "Frankenstein Underground" #1 while Ben Stenbeck provides the artwork.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Ben Stenbeck
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, February 17th, 2015

The Empty #1

In Jimmie Robinson's "The Empty" #1, a stranger from a greener place shows up in Yaankam.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jimmie Robinson
Artists:
Jimmie Robinson
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Displacement

While on a cruise with her grandparents, Lucy Knisley reflects on mortality and responsibility in "Displacement."

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Lucy Knisley
Artists:
Lucy Knisley
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Secret Six #2

The Six work together to escape their underwater prison in Gail Simone and Ken Lashley's "Secret Six" #2.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Drew Geragi
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Help Us! Great Warrior #1

In "Help Us! Great Warrior" #1 by Madeleine Flores, Great Warrior is given a mission by Hadiyah the High Chancellor to save the world from demons, but who wants to do that when there's still cake to eat?

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Madeleine Flores
Artists:
Madeleine Flores
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Tech Jacket #8

The Colossals are shifting formation and preparing for a universe-shaking attack in "Tech Jacket" #8, written by Joe Keatinge and drawn by Khary Randolph.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Khary Randolph
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Q2: The Return of Quantum and Woody #5

Priest and MD Bright wrap up their return to Valiant in "Q2: The Return of Quantum & Woody" #5.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Priest
Artists:
MD Bright
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Thor #5

Artist Jorge Molina joins writer Jason Aaron for the adventures of Thor in "Thor" #5 as the latest wielder of Mjolnir encounters the Absorbing Man and Titania.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 16th, 2015

The Sculptor

In "The Sculptor" by Scott McCloud, David -- a struggling artist -- makes a deal with Death to be given the ability to mold anything in return for a drastically shortened lifespan.

Publisher:
First Second
Writer:
Scott McCloud
Artists:
Scott McCloud
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 16th, 2015

Prometheus: Fire and Stone -- Omega #1

Elden lands on LV-223 and the survivors make a last-ditch effort in Kelly Sue DeConnick and Agustin Alessio's "Prometheus: Fire and Stone -- Omega" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Agustin Alessio
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, February 13th, 2015

The Harvester #1

An ancient vengeful spirit roams America for souls to harvest in Brandon Seifert and Eric Battle's "The Harvester" #1.

Publisher:
Legendary Entertainment
Writer:
Brandon Seifert
Artists:
Eric Battle
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 13th, 2015

Spider-Woman #4

Jessica Drew checks in on the aftermath of "Spider-Verse" in "Spider-Woman" #4, written by Dennis Hopeless and drawn by Greg Land.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, February 13th, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man #14

Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Olivier Coipel bring "Spider-Verse" to an action-packed conclusion in "Amazing Spider-Man" #14.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Wade Von Grawbadger, Cam Smith, Livesay
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, February 12th, 2015

Justice League United #9

The penultimate chapter of "The Infinitus Saga" comes to readers in "Justice League United" #9, courtesy of writer Jeff Lemire and artist Neil Edwards.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, February 12th, 2015

Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1

Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti bring some whimsical pseudo-romance into Bruce Wayne's life in "Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special" #1 with a lighthearted tale that's attractively but inconsistently rendered by a roster of art

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
John Timms, Ben Caldwell, Aaron Campbell, Thony Silas
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 12th, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy #24

Brian Michael Bendis writes the second chapter of "The Black Vortex" for Valerio Schiti to draw in "Guardians of the Galaxy" #24, which features an amped-up Gamora letting loose on the Slaughter Lords.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Valerio Schiti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 11th, 2015

Satellite Sam #11

Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin have honed their synergy to near perfection in "Satellite Sam" #11 as multiple but related storylines break open amidst a hostile environment of prejudice and backstabbing in the dawn of the television age.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, February 11th, 2015

Divinity #1

Matt Kindt expands the footprint of the Valiant Universe with the time and location-spanning "Divinity" #1, focusing on both characters and high concepts that are aptly illustrated by Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn and David Baron.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, February 11th, 2015

Chrononauts #1

With Mark Millar writing the story and Sean Murphy drawing it, "Chrononauts" #1 has to be good, right? Well, yes. Yes, it is.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, February 11th, 2015

Wytches #4

Charlie's attacker contacts him again, and Sailor navigates the wytches' burrow in Scott Snyder and Jock's "Wytches" #4.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 9th, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2

In "Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #2 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Squirrel Girl searches for a club to join at her college's extracurricular fair, only to be thwarted by Galactus' impending arrival!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 9th, 2015

King: Jungle Jim #1

Dynamite's 100th anniversary celebration of King Features Syndicate digs a little deeper to bring readers "King: Jungle Jim" #1 by writer Paul Tobin and artist Sandy Jarrell.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Paul Tobin
Artists:
Sandy Jarrell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Velvet #9

In "Velvet" #9 by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Velvet gets answers, but also more trouble than she planned for in the aftermath of her successful abduction of Damian Lake.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Birthright #5

Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan give us Mikey's first duel with a sorcerer from Terrenos even as Brennan gets pulled into the story himself in "Birthright" #5.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Andrei Bressan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 9th, 2015

American Vampire: Second Cycle #6

The space race intersects with the legend of Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones in "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #6, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Rafael Albuquerque.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Return of the Living Deadpool #1

Deadpool thought he saved the world, but he probably just doomed it in Cullen Bunn and Nik Virella's "Return of the Living Deadpool" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Nik Virella
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Rat God #1

Richard Corben takes readers on a wild journey through the rugged wilderness, mixing times and stories in a fast-moving, mysterious new adventure.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Richard Corben
Artists:
Richard Corben
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Ant-Man #2

Nick Spencer, Ramon Rosanas and Jordan Boyd all bring a light touch to a very fun and enjoyable "Ant-Man" #2, where things start to look up for Scott Lang as the ill-reputed superhero once again proves his character as a true hero.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Operation S.I.N. #2

The adventures of Howard Stark and Peggy Carter continue to trot through the early 1950s Marvel Universe in this story written by Kathryn Immonen and drawn by Rich Ellis.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Rich Ellis
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3

Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans give us a lot of pretty and fun things to look at in "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #3, but there still doesn't seem to be a larger purpose to this series.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans, Le Beau Underwood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Marvel's Ant-Man Prelude #1

"Marvel's Ant-Man Prelude" #1 checks in with Henry Pym in a story written by Will Corona Pilgrim and drawn by Miguel Sepulveda that is set "years ago."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Will Corona Pilgrim
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda, Bit
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Saga #25

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples kick off "Saga" #25, which re-establishes where all of its characters are, but the real meat of the issue is learning more about the Landfall/Wreath war.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Darth Vader #1

The Dark Lord of the Sith takes center stage in "Darth Vader" #1, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Salvador Larroca.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, February 9th, 2015

Spawn #250

Todd McFarlane and Szymon Kudranski wrap up the saga of Jim Downing and welcome back an old friend in the uneven "Spawn" #250.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Todd McFarlane
Artists:
Szymon Kudranski, Jonboy Meyers
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, February 6th, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex #1

The X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces to stop the Black Vortex in Sam Humphries, Ed McGuinness, Kris Anka, Mark Farmer, Jay Leisten and Mark Morales' "Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: Black Vortex" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Kris Anka, Mark Farmer, Jay Leisten, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, February 6th, 2015

Star Wars #2

Writer Jason Aaron and artist John Cassaday continue to expand the new adventures of the Rebel Alliance in "Star Wars" #2, wherein Luke confronts Darth Vader.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
John Cassaday
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, February 6th, 2015

Avengers #41

Behind the Bryan Hitch cover from "Ultimates" #1, writer Jonathan Hickman and Mike Deodato continue a tale of Incursions and woe in "Avengers" #41.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, February 6th, 2015

Ms. Marvel #11

Many of the book's initial storylines come to a close in "Ms. Marvel" #11 as G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona provide a satisfying issue where Ms. Marvel applies everything she's learned to date.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 5th, 2015

Postal #1

A postal worker accidentally uncovers a much larger problem in a town full of criminals in Bryan Edward Hill, Matt Hawkins and Isaac Goodhart's "Postal" #1.

Publisher:
Top Cow Productions
Writer:
Bryan Edward Hill, Matt Hawkins
Artists:
Isaac Goodhart
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, February 5th, 2015

Hawkeye #21

"Hawkeye" #21 kicks off the first half of Matt Fraction, David Aja and Matt Hollingsworth's swan song on the title as the battle against the Tracksuit Draculas begins in earnest.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
David Aja, Raul Allen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 5th, 2015
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