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Captain America: Sam Wilson #2

Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña's "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #2 continues to track Sam Wilson's adventures as he slings the shield despite his increasingly unpopularity.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 30th, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

The new "New Gods" coming out of the "Darkseid War" begin exploring their newfound power, starting with the Dark Knight in Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin's "Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 29th, 2015

New Avengers #2

In "New Avengers" #2, Al Ewing and Gerardo Sandoval establish an identity for this new team in a thrilling story but don't yet prove they're worthy of the name.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Gerardo Sandoval
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, October 29th, 2015

Superman #45

Howard Porter joins Gene Luen Yang on "Superman" #45 as Clark finds a super-powered dueling arena that isn't quite what it seems, in what is the best issue of Yang's run on the series to date.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gene Luen Yang
Artists:
Howard Porter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #4

James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando, Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher move the cast all over the place in "Batman and Robin Eternal" #4, but the pace has slowed down considerably at the moment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2015

ODY-C #8

Part Greek mythology, part Arabian fable, "ODY-C" #8 feels dizzying as Matt Fraction and Christian Ward continue the story of Q'af and we learn just how dangerous its past is to our heroes in the present.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Christian Ward
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans combine to make "Angela: Queen of Hel" #1 a gorgeous looking issue that has enough highlights to be overall worthwhile.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Kim Jacinto, Stephanie Hans
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1

Frank Barbiere and Brent Schoonover introduce readers to a whole new set of recruits in "Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D." #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Frank J. Barbiere
Artists:
Brent Schoonover
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Black Magick #1

"Black Magick" #1 is an absolute game-changer from writer Greg Rucka and artist Nicola Scott, who introduce readers to Rowan Black at the intersection of her personal and professional lives.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Nicola Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie #1

Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck give readers more Hellboy adventures in "Hellboy and the B. P. R. D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & the Kelpie."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Ben Stenbeck
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Book of Death #4

Robert Venditti, Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite make up for some of the past issues' shortcomings with a climactic battle in "Book of Death" #4.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Robert Gill, Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Fight Club 2 #6

Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart's "Fight Club 2" #6 gets progressively twistier as we learn more about the real nature of Tyler and the potential danger in store for his/Sebastian's son.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Chuck Palahniuk
Artists:
Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 28th, 2015

Batgirl #45

Wedding bells are ringing in Burnside in Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr's "Batgirl" #35.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Babs Tarr
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Wed, October 28th, 2015

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

This is the second "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1 by Ryan North and Erica Henderson to be published in 2015, but -- fortunately -- it's still just as silly and charming as before.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ryan North
Artists:
Erica Henderson, Joe Morris
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, October 27th, 2015

Lumberjanes #19

"Lumberjanes" #19 continues the mermaid storyline, but the team of Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh and Carolyn Nowak lacks some of the spark that made earlier issues so much fun.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh
Artists:
Carolyn Nowak
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2015

Gotham Academy #11

The kids take a road trip to Gotham in "Gotham Academy" #11, as Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl, Msassyk and Mingjue Helen Chen start to reveal more about Olive's family.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Msassyk, Mingjue Helen Chen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 26th, 2015

Cognetic #1

Something is controlling hundreds of people, and Annie may be the only one who can stop it in James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan's "Cognetic" #1.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Eryk Donovan
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, October 26th, 2015

Clean Room #1

Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt's "Clean Room" #1 begins a horror story about the perils of faith combined with a cult of personality.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Jon Davis-Hunt
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, October 26th, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal #3

Tim Seeley throttles back the pace of James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder's story, but excellent and realistic art by Paul Pelletier and company make "Batman and Robin Eternal" #3 nice to look at when there isn't a lot going on.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Scot Eaton, Tony Kordos, Marc Deering, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

Astro City #28

The story in "Astro City" #28 feels like a remix of Kurt Busiek's greatest hits, but the art by Gary Chaloner and Wade von Grawbadger make sure there's still something different about this comic.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Gary Chaloner, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

Karnak #1

In Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino's "Karnak" #1, Agent Coulson persuades Karnak to assist two parents whose son had been exposed to the Terrigan Mists.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Gerardo Zaffino
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

Amazing Spider-Man #2

Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Cam Smith's "Amazing Spider-Man" #2 is exciting and fun, in part because it plays well with both Peter Parker's heroism and intelligence.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

The Astonishing Ant-Man #1

Scott Lang must navigate the flashy waters of Miami and the mercurial emotions of his daughter and ex-wife in Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas' "Astonishing Ant-Man" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Ramon Rosanas
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

Invincible Iron Man #2

Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez's "Invincible Iron Man" #2 takes Tony Stark to Latveria on the trail of Madame Masque.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
David Marquez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 23rd, 2015

Justice League #45

"Justice League" #45 kicks off the second act of "The Darkseid War" as Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul form their new pantheon in the wake of Darkseid's death.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 22nd, 2015

Uncanny Inhumans #1

Medusa fights the good fight and sponsors a search for NuHumans in Charles Soule, Steve McNiven and Jay Leisten's "Uncanny Inhumans" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Brandon Peterson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 22nd, 2015

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #4

Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto build "Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Shattered Empire" #4 into something that's a little bit clunky, but still fun for eager fans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, October 22nd, 2015

Titans Hunt #1

Dan Abnett, Paulo Siqueira and Geraldo Borges start assembling the lineup of past Titans in "Titans Hunt" #1, but -- for the moment -- this feels like a comic solely aimed at an earlier fan base.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett
Artists:
Paulo Siqueira, Geraldo Borges
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 21st, 2015

Back to the Future #1

Bob Gale, John Barber, Brent Schoonover and more include a pair of fun and faithful tales that focus on the characters' history rather than any new time travel adventures in "Back to the Future" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Bob Gale, John Barber, Erik Burnham
Artists:
Brent Schoonover, Dan Schoening, David Witt
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, October 21st, 2015

The Shield #1

Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and Drew Johnson's "The Shield" #1 brings an American myth to light and continues Archie's Dark Circle imprint launch.

Publisher:
Dark Circle Comics
Writer:
Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig
Artists:
Drew Johnson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 21st, 2015

The Rook #1

Steven Grant and Paul Gulacy's relaunch of "The Rook" #1 has potential but is off to a rocky start.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Steven Grant
Artists:
Paul Gulacy
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, October 21st, 2015

The Goddamned #1

Jason Aaron and R.M. Guéra take on the gritty, brutal world of pre-flood Genesis in "The Goddamned" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guera
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Tue, October 20th, 2015

Ms. Marvel #19

It's the end of the world as she knows it, and Kamala feels fine in G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona's "Ms. Marvel" #19.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Adrian Alphona
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Captain America: White #3

Cap and Bucky fight off the enemy and team up with a circus in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's "Captain America: White" #3, but it's the final page that finally hits the level of intensity one would expect from this miniseries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Tim Sale
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf #1

In Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell's "Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf" #1, the girls encounter a ghost-like pony and a woman who thinks she can offer a deal they can't turn down.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Faith Erin Hicks
Artists:
Rosemary Valero-O'Connell
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Tumbling out of "Convergence," Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks' "Superman: Lois and Clark" #1 blends a "What If. . .?" concept into the current DC Universe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Spider-Gwen #1

Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi pick up where they left off in "Spider-Gwen" #1 with a new mystery and some background on Peter Parker's early relationship with Gwen.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Latour
Artists:
Robbi Rodriguez
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Huck #1

Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque deliver an earnest take on a small town superhero in "Huck" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Ringside #1

Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber use exceptional characterization and deceptively simple art to tell a highly engaging story in "Ringside" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Keatinge
Artists:
Nick Barber
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, October 19th, 2015

Captain America: Sam Wilson #1

In Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña's "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #1, Sam leaves S.H.I.E.L.D. and strikes out on his own.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, October 16th, 2015
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