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Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E #2

Who would have known that dusting off the old DC property of Frankenstein would yield one of their best books of the relaunch?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #16

You ever see a superhero go inside a supervillain? And not in a good way. The war between Wolverine’s hit squad and the new forces of Apocalypse gets nasty in this issue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opeña
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Deathstroke #2

"Deathstroke" tries to have its action cake and eat it too, but it bites off more than it can chew.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Joe Bennett, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Grifter #2

"Grifter" is light on story, but high on pretty action

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nathan Edmondson
Artists:
CAFU, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Suicide Squad #2

Bad character designs aside, "Suicide Squad" is actually shaping up better than expected.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Glass
Artists:
Federico Dallocchio, Andrei Bressan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Batman and Robin #2

Tomasi and Gleason bring a pleasant consistency to "Batman and Robin."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Mister Terrific #2

"Mister Terrific" is sadly not terrific.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Eric Wallace
Artists:
Gianluca Gugliotta, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Demon Knights #2

A band of odd characters -- including Etrigan -- sets their feet firm as they stand in the path of an invading horde.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 13th, 2011

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #5

Nazis, vampires, guns that shoot sunlight, and giant monsters -- this book has it all. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s written by Scott Snyder with some great Sean Murphy art.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Ultimate X-Men #2

Kitty Pryde (a.k.a. The Shroud), Rogue, Iceman, and the Human Torch battle Nimrod Sentinels in New York to little affect, and both heroes and villains seem to be taking direction from a higher power.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, October 13th, 2011

Batwoman #2

Batwoman continues to search for the “Weeping Woman” while she juggles dating and the training of a new sidekick. To complicate things, Cameron Chase has come to town with one mission: find Batwoman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman
Artists:
J.H. Williams III
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, October 12th, 2011

Orchid #1

This dystopian adventure story has an interesting premise, but it’s buried in too many elements and an unfortunately inconsistent execution.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Tom Morello
Artists:
Scott Hepburn
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, October 12th, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #671

This installment of Spider-Island reveals the identity of “Number Six” from Horizon Labs, deals with Anti-Venom, and gives Mary Jane powers. It doesn’t do much to provide an interesting story though.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 12th, 2011

Green Lantern #2

"Green Lantern" feels like it hasn't so much re- launched, as regressed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 12th, 2011

The Shade #1

"Starman" fans, prepare to rejoice.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Cully Hamner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, October 12th, 2011

Batgirl #2

Batgirl takes on the Mirror, but doesn’t really like what she sees.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 12th, 2011

New Avengers #17

The “New Avengers” are coming at ya with a roster on the cover sure to draw casual fans in. If only the interiors could convince those fans to stick around.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mike Deodato, Will Conrad
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, October 12th, 2011

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3

Miles Morales, while alternately learning and worrying about his newfound Spider powers, gets his first test of heroism.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, October 12th, 2011

X-Men Regenesis #1

Cyclops and Wolverine recruit followers as their schism reverberates through the X-Men

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Billy Tan
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Tue, October 11th, 2011

Legion of Monsters #1

Your favorite Marvel monsters are policing their own and there’s murder afoot. Brilliant.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Juan Doe
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, October 11th, 2011

Severed #3

Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft continue to offer up turn of the century creepiness in a most unsettling manner here. Just ask Chuck.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft
Artists:
Attila Futaki
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, October 11th, 2011

Avengers 1959 #1

Just when Nick Fury and his Avengers thought they were out, Hydra pulls them back in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Howard Chaykin
Artists:
Howard Chaykin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, October 9th, 2011

Green Arrow #2

Green Arrow fights against a gang of bad guys who kill a wannabe villain and post the video online.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, George Perez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, October 9th, 2011

Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #1

Wah, wah, wah. The Penguin gets a chance to show readers just how bad he can be, and quite honestly, his bad makes this book very good.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, October 8th, 2011

Spider-Island: Heroes for Hire #1

Misty Knight, Paladin, and the rest of the Heroes for Hire help out during the events of Spider- Island.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Kyle Hotz, Bob Almond
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, October 8th, 2011

Thunderbolts #164

Trapped in the past, the “Underbolts” find themselves involved in a fight against the original Baron Zemo.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sat, October 8th, 2011

Hulk #42

“Hulk of Arabia” puts the Red Hulk in Qatar and stirs up a few challenges for the Red Hulk.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 7th, 2011

Hark! A Vagrant

A gorgeous hardcover collection of Kate Beaton’s hilarious “Hark! A Vagrant” comic strips.

Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Writer:
Kate Beaton
Artists:
Kate Beaton
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, October 7th, 2011

Last of the Greats #1

Hey look! It’s a comic book with a #1 on the cover! The best part? It’s actually a pretty good read that offers a nice “jumping on point” for Joshua Hale Fialkov’s latest adventure from Image.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artists:
Brent Peeples, Matthew Waite
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 7th, 2011

Men of War #2

The second issue of “Men of War” reports for duty. Unfortunately, parts of the story appear to be classified, as there are significant jumps therein.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ivan Brandon, Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Tom Derenick, Phil Winslade
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, October 7th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #2

DiDio and Giffen expand the world around O.M.A.C. and Brother Eye, delivering a pair of DC characters that might not have been expected to appear here.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Huntress #1

The Huntress heads to Italy to head off a deadly shipment headed for Gotham. Things don’t go as planned.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Marcus To, John Dell
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Batwing #2

Batwing continues to fight under the symbol of the Bat, even though he has a big gaping wound in his chest.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Ben Oliver
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Animal Man #2

Animal Man begins to discover that the Red might be much more than he ever thought it was.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 6th, 2011

The Walking Dead #89

The community tears itself in two as some original community members revolt against Rick and his friends

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Stormwatch #2

"Stormwatch" is starting to find its groove this issue, with undertones of Paul Cornell's late, lamented "Captain Britain and MI: 13."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda, Al Barrionuevo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Hawk & Dove #2

Enter Condor! No, seriously. This issue introduces Condor, because evidently all the characters in this title need to be bird-themed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, October 6th, 2011

Detective Comics #2

Batman comes face to skin-sewn-on-face with the Dollmaker. Scary.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Ryan Winn, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 5th, 2011

Action Comics #2

Superman is Lex Luthor’s lab rat. And Luthor likes to play rough. Uh oh.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Rags Morales, Brent Anderson, Rick Bryant
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 5th, 2011

Casanova: Avaritia #2

Casanova killed Luther Desmond Diamond. Then, he kills Luther Desmond Diamond. Then, he kills Luther Desmond Diamond. Then, he kills Luther Desmond Diamond. Then, he kills Luther Desmond Diamond. Well, you get the picture.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Gabriel Bá
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, October 5th, 2011
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