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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

Midnighter #9

What starts as a simple mission to steal an alien gun quickly spins wildly out of control in Steve Orlando, ACO, and Hugo Petrus' "Midnighter" #9, which introduces a foe who might just be able to stop Midnighter.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Orlando
Artists:
ACO, Hugo Petrus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, February 5th, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #7

Spidey faces Mr. Negative and a cleverly altered Cloak & Dagger in Dan Slott and Matteo Buffagni's "Amazing Spider-Man" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Matteo Buffagni
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, February 5th, 2016

Captain Marvel #2

Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters and Kris Anka provide thrills and intrigue as an abandoned spaceship looms in "Captain Marvel" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters
Artists:
Kris Anka
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 4th, 2016

Action Comics #49

The Savage Dawn crossover continues into Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder, Ardian Syaf, and company's "Action Comics" #49, where a new scion of Vandal Savage appears and Superman's abilities go wild when exposed to Kryptonite.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Jonathan Glapion, Scott Hanna, Sandra Hope, Aaron Kuder
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, February 4th, 2016

Invincible Iron Man #6

Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato's "Invincible Iron Man" #6 features a stagnant story, contrived character involvement and art containing some surprising lapses.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, February 4th, 2016
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