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New Mutants #27

Sugar Man takes one on the tongue, and somehow, through that adventure, Abnett and Lanning almost make him an interesting character. Almost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 14th, 2011

Alpha Flight #2

Take off to the great white north with Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham as they give the members of Alpha Flight a reason to be concerned or the future of Canada.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Dale Eaglesham, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, July 14th, 2011

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2

The Atlantis/New Themyscira war that's not really appearing in "Flashpoint?" It's in here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Vicente Cifuentes, Diana Egea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 14th, 2011

FF #6

And now, an issue of "FF" without any of the 16+ regular cast members appearing. Instead, it's the return of the Inhumans!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Greg Tocchini
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, July 14th, 2011

The Red Wing #1

Dominic and Valin are two new recruits in an endless war that uses time travel to fight its battles. Two “Sons of The Red Wing”, they’ve lost their fathers to this war, but as always with time travel, nothing is quite certain.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Nick Pitarra
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, July 14th, 2011

Hellraiser #3

Clive Barker is just toying with us by making these new Cenobites and showing us the nasty things they can, and will, do.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Artists:
Stephen Thompson
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, July 14th, 2011

X-Men: Schism #1

With the return of Quentin Quire comes the return of the Sentinels and some good ol’ Cyclops and Wolverine team-up action. “Schism” #1 begins this event very well.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Ultimate Fallout #1

Spider-Man is dead and those that knew and loved him all react differently. Bendis and Bagley do some good work here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andy Lanning
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Green Lantern #67

The "War of the Green Lanterns" concludes, wrapping up a half-decade of event after event for the Green Lantern Corps.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521

In the midst of "Fear Itself," the American Panther makes his debut! And he's perhaps not as silly or toyetic as you might think.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Detective Comics #879

Enter, The Joker. He's the Batman’s greatest horror villain in what’s become the greatest horror arc for the Dark Knight.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 13th, 2011

American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest #2

A dream sequence opens big, but the rest of the issue makes with the pretty over a decent but thin set of events.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Loose Ends #1

A kinetic and vibrant new mini-series with a powerful plot punch and massively impressive visuals.

Publisher:
12 Gauge Comics
Writer:
Jason Latour
Artists:
Chris Brunner
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, July 13th, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #2

Nobody does apocalypse quite like Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 13th, 2011

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Monsters #1

Liz Sherman returns, and new artist Tyler Crook steps on board.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Tyler Crook
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, July 13th, 2011

SVK #1

“SVK” is a comic with invisible thought balloons published in ultraviolet ink that’s packaged with a UV torch (i.e. flashlight) to see them. It’s by Warren Ellis and D’Israeli, so, right there, you know it’s going to be good.

Publisher:
BERG
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
D’Israeli
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, July 12th, 2011

Captain America #1

Steve Rogers slinging the star-spangled shield in a new number one issue just in time for his big screen premiere. It may be more espionage and spy than superheroic, but it works.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, July 12th, 2011

Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1

Wolverine and X-Force take on the Purifiers, in one of the strongest "Fear Itself" tie-ins to date.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Simone Bianchi
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, July 10th, 2011

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
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