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Secret Six #35

"Secret Six" looks determined to end with a bang, not a whimper. The protagonists are still villains, and Gail Simons reminds us of that this month.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
J. Calafiore
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, July 10th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #540

The Juggernaut takes his hammer and hammers in the morning, hammers in the evening, and hammers all across the land.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 10th, 2011

Our Love is Real #1

I wish I lived in the world of this comic, because, then, my having sex with it wouldn’t be wrong. Not wrong at all.

Publisher:
*Self-Published*
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Steven Sanders
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 10th, 2011

Moon Knight #3

Bullseye versus Moon Knight... does not happen in this comic. Bait and switch! Bait and switch!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 10th, 2011

Vengeance #1

Joe Casey digs deep into his own Marvel history for this mini-series. All that this comic is missing is Jack Truman and Larry Young. (Am I the only one who gets that?)

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 10th, 2011

Fear Itself: Wolverine #1

Wolverine takes on a group of terrorists against the backdrop of Fear Itself.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Seth Peck
Artists:
Roland Boschi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, July 9th, 2011

Ozma of Oz #8

Dorothy defeats the Nome King and everyone escapes his clutches and returns home joyous. Dorothy eventually returns home, but with a way back to her beloved Oz. Billina wisely decides to stay in Oz. That’s one smart chicken.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Eric Shanower
Artists:
Skottie Young
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 9th, 2011

Green Wake #4

Morley delves into what brought him to Green Wake and confronts his guilt in order to unravel the very mystery that is Green Wake.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurtis Wiebe
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 9th, 2011

Red Skull #1

"Red Skull" is a raw, unrestricted book. Greg Pak's story turns a bad guy into a compelling character.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Mirko Colak
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, July 8th, 2011

Thunderbolts #160

The Juggernaut takes his hammer and hammers in the morning, hammers in the evening, and hammers all across the land.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 7th, 2011

Adventure Comics #528

"Adventure Comics" winds down with a graduation ceremony, and the return of an old villain.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Ransom Getty, Marlo Alquiza, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 7th, 2011

iZombie #15

"iZombie" suddenly starts converging its characters and plots, and I'm pleased as punch.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Chris Roberson
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 7th, 2011

Flashpoint: Secret Seven #2

If there's a plot here, it's hard to find.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Fernando Blanco, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 7th, 2011

Batman and Robin #25

Dick Grayson (Batman), Jason Todd (the Red Hood), and Damian Wayne (Robin) team up to rescue Todd’s friend and partner, Scarlet, from kidnappers. Three former Robins in a Batmobile turns out to be pretty fun.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Greg Tocchini, Andy Smith
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, July 7th, 2011

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #2

"Knight of Vengeance" remains the crown jewel of the "Flashpoint" stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Superboy #9

"Superboy" is deep into its endgame from Jeff Lemire and Pier Gallo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Flashpoint #3

More of the "New 52" characters pop up this issue, while forces are joined by Batman, Cyborg, and Flash. Proofreading issues aside, it's an enjoyable issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Fear Itself #4

Thor returns! The Earth fears all! This fourth issue feels mostly like set-up, but it could bring about some interesting things.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Irredeemable #27

Chickens coming home to roost are annoying enough, but what happens when said chickens can kill you from 200 yards away, with mind bullets?

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause, Diego Berreto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 6th, 2011

The Boys #56

YES! About time this book was silly fun again. This is where it started, and started so well, and it’s glorious to get back into it.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
Russ Braun
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Reed Gunther #2

Cowboys and bears! It's a comic book made for comic books, and fun for all.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Shane Houghton
Artists:
Chris Houghton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 6th, 2011

Ultimate X #5

The definitely-not-an-X-Men-team finally recruits its last member.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeph Loeb
Artists:
Art Adams
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 4th, 2011

X-Men: Prelude to Schism #4

As some nebulous threat approaches, the spotlight turns on Wolverine.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Paul Jenkins
Artists:
Clay Mann, Jay Leisten, Seth Mann
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Butcher Baker, the Righteous Maker #4

Not to be confused with the upcoming “Boys” spin-off mini-series...

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Mike Huddleston
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Scalped #50

Both a celebration and reminder of just how great a comic “Scalped” is.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guéra, Igor Kordrey, Tim Truman, Jill Thompson, Jordi Bernet, Denys Cowan, Dean Haspiel, Brendan McCarthy, Steve Dillon
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, July 4th, 2011

Flashpoint: The Canterbury Cricket #1

Don’t buy this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Mike Carlin
Artists:
Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 3rd, 2011

The Walking Dead #86

Our heroes continue their recovery from the assault on their community, and work hard on plans for how to avoid such disasters in the future and to, in fact, build a future.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Magdalena #7

New Magdalena Anneli tries to take the mantle and the Spear of Destiny from sitting Magdalena Patience.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ron Marz
Artists:
Keu Cha
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Fear Itself: The Black Widow #1

The Black Widow tries to stop terrorists from acquiring France’s nuclear arsenal during a ‘Fear Itself’ tie-in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Peter Nguyen
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Creepy #6

Zombie westerns and body swapping nightmares, there’s horror in these here pages and that’s without mentioning the creepy clown.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Joe R Lansdale, Christopher A Taylor, Alice Henderson, Dan Braun, Craig Haffner, Archie Goodwin
Artists:
Nathan Fox, Jason Shawn Alexander, Kevin Ferrera, Garry Brown, Neal Adams
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Usagi Yojimbo #138

"Usagi Yojimbo" continues to be a model of consistency.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Stan Sakai
Artists:
Stan Sakai
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Venom #4

Flash Thomspon is the better star of this book than Venom. How interesting.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore, Crimelab! Syndicate
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, July 2nd, 2011

Avengers: The Children's Crusade #6

Wanda is back, and naturally, everyone’s got an opinion...

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Allen Heinberg
Artists:
Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, John Livesay, Dave Meikis
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Iron Age #1

The time travel element might make some things questionable, but Christos Gage and Rob Williams deliver an entertaining classic Avengers style tale.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos N. Gage, Rob Williams
Artists:
Lee Weeks, Tom Palmer, Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #539

This feels more like an issue of "Generation Hope" than "Uncanny X-Men."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1

It's a brisk read, but Ben Oliver's art sure is pretty.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Schlagman
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Flashpoint: Green Arrow Industries #1

"Flashpoint Oliver Queen is a jerk." Printing those five words over and over again might have been more entertaining.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Pornsak Pichetshote
Artists:
Ig Guara, Marco Castiello, Ruy Jose, Vincenzo Acunzo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 30th, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11

This issue hit shelves out of order, but is still coherent. This is Guy Gardner at his Guy Gardner best.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Bernard Chang
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 29th, 2011

American Vampire #16

How fair is it that one of the most beautiful comics on the stands actually has great words in it, too? Who cares? Just enjoy!

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Batman Incorporated #7

The idea of a Lakota Batman sounds ludicrous, but somehow Grant Morrison makes it work.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Chris Burnham
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 29th, 2011
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