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Star Wars: Agent of the Empire -- Iron Eclipse #2

Jahan Cross’ adventures get more James Bond-like and a little less “Star Wars.” Well, except for the alien chick and the droid.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
John Ostrander
Artists:
Stephane Roux, Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Wolverine #300

Wolverine celebrates his three-hundredth anniversary as only Wolverine can: by getting stabby.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Adam Kubert, Ron Garney, Steve Sanders
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Superboy #5

There are still some rough edges to "Superboy," but it's turned into a fun little book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
R.B. Silva, Rob Lean
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Scarlet Spider #1

Kaine’s life on the run takes an unexpected turn.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Ryan Stegman
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, January 11th, 2012

The Ray #2

The new Ray fights some more freaky monsters and then has to meet his girlfriend’s parents.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Rich Perrotta
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Captain America #7

"Captain America" sure is beautiful under Alan Davis's pencil.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Suicide Squad #5

Did someone say... riot?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 11th, 2012

The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 1

If you wish to preserve your childhood memory, know you can never go home. This comic lays out a boring foundation for its entirety.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
Brian Holguin
Artists:
Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

This first issue promised a zany pulp yarn with a gorgeous aesthetic, wonderful characters and a hook that will leap from the shadows and grab you tightly.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Tonci Zonjic
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 11th, 2012

The Strain #2

The last introductory pieces are placed and now we sit, waiting, poised on the brink of madness.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Mike Huddleston
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 11th, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #19.1

Sabretooth and Jean Grey return to their home in the Age of Apocalypse.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Billy Tan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, January 8th, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #4

One of Sinister’s experiments escapes. It's an off-format single issue story that hits at issues both large and small for these X-Men.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Brandon Peterson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, January 8th, 2012

O.M.A.C. #5

O.M.A.C. and Frankenstein get together to discuss the way to best hem the cuffs of their pants. Or maybe they’re just gonna punch each other. A lot.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, January 7th, 2012

Avengers: X-Sanction #2

Cable versus Iron Man. No one demanded it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to see.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, January 7th, 2012

Avengers Annual #1

The Revengers, having defeated the New Avengers, turn their eyes towards the Avengers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Gabrielle Dell’Otto
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, January 7th, 2012

X-23 #20

Laura wrestles with where she should make her home post-Schism in this penultimate issue of “X-23.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, January 7th, 2012

Wolverine & the X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1

Instead of going to his PsychWar 101 class, Quentin Quire traps Wolverine and Armor in an alternate reality construct.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Roland Boschi, Dan Brown, Mark Brooks, Andrew Currie, Jay Leisten, Norman Lee, Ronda Pattison
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, January 6th, 2012

Hulk #47

Red She-Hulk decides to surprise her pop with a visit out of the blue. Naturally, with two red Hulks in this issue, there’s a lot more red than blue here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Elena Casagrande
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Thunderbolts #168

There is nothing to fear but... oh, you know it by now.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Matthew Southworth
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Punisher #7

"Punisher" begins its second act, and we finally learn Detective Ozzy Clemons' connection to the Punisher.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Michael Lark, Stefano Gaudino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Stormwatch #5

This issue: a team member dies! (No, really.)

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Justice League International #5

It’s the final showdown between the JLI and Peraxxus, giving the JLI a chance to shine. Unfortunately, the book doesn't.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #3

It’s a riot in Ape prison. You heard me. Enjoy.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Fatale #1

Gangsters, demons and gorgeous dames -- this is what comics needs more of.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, January 5th, 2012

Defenders #2

Warriors of Wundagore, Defenders and the Hulk’s Hulk. Something is going to get broken.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Peanuts #1

It's not so much that it's a bad comic, but that this "Peanuts" feels unnecessary and not terribly special.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Vicki Scott, Shane Houghton, Charles M Schulz
Artists:
Vicki Scott, Paige Braddok, Matt Whitlock
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Animal Man #5

The only rot in "Animal Man" is the comic's adversary of the same name.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Jeff Huet, Steve Pugh
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Action Comics #5

If you're going to temporarily suspend your storyline for a two-parter by a guest artist, "Action Comics" #5 is the way to do it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison, Sholly Fisch
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang, ChrisCross
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Detective Comics #5

"Detective Comics" tries to balance two features, but it's an uneven match.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Szymon Kudranski, Sandu Florea, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Swamp Thing #5

Only one thing smells like bacon, and that's bacon! Undead pig monsters smell like something else entirely and are harder to vanquish.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, January 4th, 2012

The Lone Ranger #1

Ande Parks starts us off with a round tale of a very nasty new world in the wild West.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Ande Parks
Artists:
Esteve Polls
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, January 4th, 2012

Haunt #20

Captured by the Second Church, Daniel Kilgore needs to escape. The only problem is his dead brother Kurt who seems content to watch him suffer.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

Vengeance #6

Marvel’s epic event of the year where the fate of all reality lies in the balance comes to a close as the Teen Brigade battles the Young Masters of Evil in Latveria.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

Gødland #35

“Gødland” moves towards endgame. Possibly for both the title and the universe!

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Tom Scioli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

Annihilators: Earthfall #4

The Magus has control of a third of the minds in the US. How do you stop a being like that? The Avengers sure don’t know and the Annihilators may have to save the day again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Tan Eng Huat, Andrew Hennessy, Timothy Green II
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #8

Doom puts his new powers to use, with terrible consequences.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allan Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

X-Men Legacy #260

ogue chooses a side, and Ariel returns to Utopia.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer, Ed Tadeo
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, January 2nd, 2012

Justice League Dark #4

The team finally starts to come together as Enchantress continues to wreck everything in sight in her hunt for the real June Moone.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, January 1st, 2012

Angel & Faith #5

The most famous vampire in the world, Harmony, needs the help of Angel Investigations, even if that’s just been whittled down to Angel and Faith.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, January 1st, 2012

Secret Avengers #20

Natasha bounces back and forth in time in an effort to save her team that dies in the opening pages of this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, January 1st, 2012
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