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DC Retroactive: Superman – The '80s #1

Marv Wolfman gets to predict the future, which is easy when you've already read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Sergio Cariello
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Teen Titans #99

I'm not sure this issue existing as sheer padding to get to #100 could be more blatant.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Jose Luis, Greg Adams, J.P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

In which we get a non-conclusion to the story of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Vicente Cifuentes, Diana Egea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Fear Itself #5

One Captain America has already fallen to Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull. Another takes the fight back to her as Thor battles a possessed Hulk and Thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #667

The first part of "Spider-Island" opens here, with "The Amazing Spider-Manhattan." Spider- powers for (almost) everyone!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #3

The Mignola/Fegredo run on "Hellboy" comes to end with an earth-shattering kaboom.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #3

Does the end justify the means? The question becomes moot if you just don’t care.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Batgirl #24

An emotional but satisfying and inspiring ending to this good comic book that is departing far too soon.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Pere Pérez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, August 10th, 2011

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3

The other "American Vampire" story keeps going. This one follows Cash McCogan and Felicia Book on their mission as Vassals of the Morning Star.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Detective Comics #881

Everything comes to a head in Gotham as Dick and Gordon frantically search for Barbara, kidnapped by her brother James.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Tue, August 9th, 2011

Wolverine #13

Wolverine faces off against more of the members of the Red Right Hand.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 8th, 2011

Thunderbolts #161

The Thunderbolts regroup following their battle with Juggernaut to face a new threat.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 8th, 2011

Severed #1

Jack Garron runs away from a bright future to ride the rails, while another young boy discovers that a pleasant smile may hide something nasty.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft
Artists:
Attila Futaki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, August 7th, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Two factions of Shield are at war, and the battle comes down to the inner secrets of the leaders: Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, August 7th, 2011

DC Retroactive: The Flash – The '80s #1

Messner-Loebs is the Wally West writer that more people should remember.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Messner-Loebs
Artists:
Greg LaRocque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Scalped #51

The men of “Scalped” are not all going to survive. Some of them know this. The others love it.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guera
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Mystic #1

Two best friends in unfortunate circumstances have their lives forever changed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 5th, 2011

The Punisher #1

The Punisher returns by barely gracing his book on the page, but his skulled shadow looms heavy and long on this gorgeously disgusting world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Ultimate Fallout #4

Haven't you heard there's a new Spider-Man in town? The rest of the issue is pretty good too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Salvador Larocca, Clayton Crain, Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 5th, 2011

X-23 #13

Laura and Gambit travel to Manhattan in search of a boy Laura spared years ago. After dropping Gambit off with an old friend, Laura teams up with Spider-Man to do some big city heroing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness #1

"Dark Times" continues to explore the galaxy of Star Wars in the early days of the Empire.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mick Harrison
Artists:
Douglas Wheatley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 4th, 2011

Rachel Rising #1

A promising and more than a little intriguing start to Terry Moore’s newest series.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, August 4th, 2011

Superman #814

Hello, Superman, hello. J. Michael Straczynski's "Grounded" plot wraps up here, with help from Chris Roberson and Jamal Igle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Roberson
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Robin Riggs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Superboy #10

As a way to deliver backstory, this is a nice way to do so.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pete Woods, CAFU, Paulo Siqueira, Pier Gallo, Bit, Andrew Mangum
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Avengers Academy #17

"Avengers Academy" is hitting a turning point for its character, and it's not a pleasant one at that.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #4

Fill-in artists and scripters result in a slightly rushed lead-up to the finale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derec Donovan, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Moon Knight #4

Moon Knight and Echo go on a date (of sorts) and wind up running afoul of the Night Shift.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #3

Batman and Joker go at it for the bajillionth time. This time, however, it's different. In more ways than one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Flashpoint #4

"Flashpoint" inches towards a conclusion, as characters blip on and off the page.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Irredeemable #28

It feels like we’re going over similar ground, but it’s different enough to enjoy again.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

The Infinite #1

Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld give you a new Image comics read that involves time travel and plays to Liefeld's over-the-top, weapons-laden, shoulder-pad-bearing tendencies to drawing characters.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 2nd, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #4

Etrigan. Ragman. Batman. I thought you really wouldn’t need much more for a good comic. Yeah. I was wrong.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Finch
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Ryan Winn, Batt
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 1st, 2011

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969

Welcome to the 1969 of the League’s world as a satanic magician tries to take over Mick Jagger’s body.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Kevin O’Neill
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 1st, 2011

Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #2

The second issue avoids zero stars on the skill of Renato Arlem’s art. Otherwise, it’s the same pointless ‘search’ as the first issue, except with bad Superman characterization instead of bad Batman characterization.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Renato Arlem
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 31st, 2011

Flashpoint: Project Superman #2

Kal-El is experimented upon by the government and manipulated by Subject Zero, all while looking as freaked out as possible.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Lowell Francis
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 31st, 2011

Captain America and Bucky #620

The origin of Bucky is told with great character work and fantastic art.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker, Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, July 31st, 2011

The Intrepids #5

Things come to a head as the Intrepids team tracks down Dr. Koi and get a peek at the truth some of them have been suspecting for a while now. Unfortunately, not everyone’s on the same page.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurtis Wiebe
Artists:
Scott Kowalchuk, Donna Gregory
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, July 31st, 2011

The Mighty Thor #4

Odin and Galactus engage in battle the likes of which hasn’t been seen in comics in quite some time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, July 31st, 2011

New Mutants #28

The team-members who left a few issues ago? They're back.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Michael Ryan, Norman Lee
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, July 31st, 2011

Secret Warriors #28

It’s the last issue, so, obviously, it’s new reader friendly! Jump aboard and see what the hype is about!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, July 30th, 2011
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