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Howard the Human #1

Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood put together a well-constructed detective thriller but throw in all kinds of laughs and symbolism that make it even better in "Howard the Human" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Jim Mahfood
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, August 21st, 2015

Archie #2

Archie goes job-hunting and Betty throws a party in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples' "Archie" #2.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Fiona Staples
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, August 21st, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #49

The lines are drawn as turtle fights mutant for the right to stand with their masters in the exciting "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" #49.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Artists:
Cory Smith
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Black Canary #3

"Black Canary" #3 draws parallels between superhero action and a band on tour, even as Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu give us a bit more backstory on why everyone's looking for Ditto.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Annie Wu
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Astro City #26

Twenty years after the very first "Astro City" comic was published, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson revisit its themes in "Astro City" #26 as we once more investigate Samaritan's dreams.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Brent Anderson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Weirdworld #3

Warbow makes good on his promise to Arkon in Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo's "Weirdworld" #3 as the barbarian receives a new map.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Mike Del Mundo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Justice League #43

The stakes are raised even higher as Darkseid and Anti-Monitor finally meet face-to-face in "Justice League" #43.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jason Fabok
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Hip Hop Family Tree #1

Ed Piskor takes readers through the history of a great American cultural movement in "Hip Hop Family Tree" #1.

Publisher:
Fantagraphics
Writer:
Ed Piskor
Artists:
Ed Piskor
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, August 20th, 2015

Star Wars #8

Stuart Immonen climbs into the co-pilot's chair and hits hyperdrive as he joins writer Jason Aaron for "Star Wars" #8, which is both a continuation of the tale and a magnificent new launching point.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 20th, 2015

King #1

Joshua Hale Fialkov and Bernard Chang's "King" #1 introduces a post-apocalyptic world where King must brave Crossfreaks, karate robot bears, basketball-uniform-wearing, co-worker eating pterodactyl oddities and more.

Publisher:
Jet City Comics
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 20th, 2015

I Hate Fairyland #1

Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu introduce readers to a hilariously violent fantasy world in "I Hate Fairyland" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Skottie Young
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, August 19th, 2015

DC Comics Bombshells #1

Batwoman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman get pulled into the World War II war effort in Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage's "DC Bombshells" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Marguerite Sauvage
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Wed, August 19th, 2015

A-Force #3

She-Hulk discovers a traitor, but she's the one in danger of exile in Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jorge Molina, Craig Yeung
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Gotham Academy #9

In "Gotham Academy" #9 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Olive sees her own admissions file and the gang tracks down a werewolf.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde #2

Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde take on the New Mutdroids in Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah's "Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde" #2.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Alti Firmansyah
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Justice League United #12

Jeff Parker and Travel Foreman's "Justice League United" #12 ends the re-imagined Justice League United's first case as Etrigan, Equinox, Mera and Poison Ivy fight a pile of grossness in the middle of Lake Erie.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Batman/Superman #23

In "Batman/Superman" #23, Greg Pak successfully puts readers back into Clark Kent's head while Ardian Syaf's rendition of an underground society gives the story a pulpy vibe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Years of Future Past #4

Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton's "Years of Future Past" #4 continues the mutant battle to avoid extinction, but several double-crosses and about-faces feel rushed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Mike Norton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Injection #4

In "Injection" #4 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, Maria talks about best case scenarios with the new Dispatch and Brigid meets with Simeon.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Action Comics #43

Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder deliver an emotionally raw Superman with a short fuse in "Action Comics" #43 but, despite exemplifying his heroic nature, there just isn't much for a depowered Man of Steel to do here except punch people.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Aaron Kuder
Artists:
Aaron Kuder
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Constantine: The Hellblazer #3

John Constantine returns to England in "Constantine: The Hellblazer" #3, but Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV and Vanesa Del Rey's introduction of Georgiana Snow as John's frenemy feels like it's missing some impact.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Ming Doyle, Vanesa Del Rey
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Abe Sapien #25

"Abe Sapien" #25 teases answers, but Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Sebastian Fiumara and Tyler Crook's comic is short on plot while big on atmosphere.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara, Tyler Crook
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Velvet #11

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's "Velvet" #11 kicks off its third volume, and Velvet Templeton's life has just gotten more complicated.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 17th, 2015

Inhumans: Attilan Rising #4

Medusa and her lackeys press Black Bolt for information, but the proprietor of the Quiet Room says he ain't talkin' in Charles Soule and John Timms' "Inhumans: Attilan Rising" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
John Timms, Roberto Poggi
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 14th, 2015

House of M #1

Despite cliché characters and inconsistent artwork, Dennis Hopeless and Marco Failla's "House of M" #1 is compelling enough to make the issue work with help from a surprise cliffhanger.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, August 14th, 2015

Virgil OGN

Told in a manner from which you can't look away, Steve Orlando and J.D. Faith's "Virgil" graphic novel is an explosion of rage and vengeance as a Jamaican police officer's closeted life is destroyed by his fellow officers.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Steve Orlando
Artists:
JD Faith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 14th, 2015

Plutona #1

Five kids make a startling discovery in Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox's "Plutona" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire, Emi Lenox
Artists:
Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 14th, 2015

String Divers #1

Ashley Wood, Chris Ryall and Nelson Daniel explore the subatomic world of string theory in "String Divers" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Chris Ryall
Artists:
Nelson Daniel, Ashley Wood
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, August 13th, 2015

Howard the Duck #5

It's the end times as Talos the Tamed wields the Abundant Glove in Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones' "Howard the Duck" #5.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Joe Quinones, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 13th, 2015

Doctor Who: Four Doctors #1

Paul Cornell and Neil Edwards kick off a multi-Doctor storyline that the companions actively try to stop from happening in "Doctor Who Event 2015: Four Doctors," and it's a solid opening chapter.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Neil Edwards
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 13th, 2015

Planet Hulk #4

Steve Rogers, Devil Dinosaur and Doc Green cross into the Mud Kingdom in search of the Red King to negotiate freedom for Bucky in Sam Humphries and Marc Laming's "Planet Hulk" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Marc Laming
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 12th, 2015

King Tiger #1

The revamp of "King Tiger" has a lot of promise, but this first issue from Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley feels a little mundane and lacking in any sense of wonder.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Randy Stradley
Artists:
Doug Wheatley
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 12th, 2015

Adam.3 #1

Writer and artist Scott Kolins introduces readers to a whole new wild world with talking animals and on-demand technology in "Adam.3" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 12th, 2015

Secret Wars #5

In "Secret Wars" #5, Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic establish a quiet, game-setting installment before everything goes to hell.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Esad Ribic
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, August 12th, 2015

Batman #43

In "Batman" #43, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo reveal more about Bruce Wayne and give readers their first taste of Mr. Bloom.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Wed, August 12th, 2015

The Beauty #1

In "The Beauty" #1, Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley craft a story about the world's first disease that people want to contract and the rich story examining its fallout.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley
Artists:
Jeremy Haun
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, August 12th, 2015

Dark Corridor #1

Someone is killing off mobsters in Rich Tommaso's "Dark Corridor" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Rich Tommaso
Artists:
Rich Tommaso
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, August 10th, 2015

Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Wonder Woman #1

In J.M. DeMatteis, Bruce Timm and Rick Leonardi's "Justice League: Gods and Monsters - Wonder Woman" #1, Bekka crash-lands in 1960s India and makes her way to a hippie commune in America, where she rediscovers her mission.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.M. DeMatteis, Bruce Timm
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, August 10th, 2015

The Shadow Volume 2 #1

Cullen Bunn and Giovanni Timpano pick up the Shadow's crusade against the Society of United Magicians in "The Shadow Volume 2" #1.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Giovanni Timpano
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 10th, 2015

American Vampire: Second Cycle #9

"American Vampire: Second Cycle" #9 plunges its vampires high above and deep below the ground, even as Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque appear to be inching closer to an eventual series finale.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, August 10th, 2015
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