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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

Flashpoint: Project Superman #1

Building a better superhuman isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lowell Francis, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 29th, 2011

FF #5

Jonathan Hickman's story gives you a strong family story with lots of Reeds causing havoc.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Barry Kitson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Incorruptible #19

Max Damage can push and shove the world all he likes, but he has to be prepared for it to kick back once in a while.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcio Takara
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 29th, 2011

Detective Comics #878

This one has a big shock ending we won't be spoiling for you, but it's the culmination of Scott Snyder's sly work so far on the title. Also: Tiger Shark!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 28th, 2011

New Mutants #26

The New Mutants investigate the whereabouts of Nate Grey, the X-Man.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett,Andy Lanning
Artists:
Leandro Fernandez
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Thunderbolts #159

The Thunderbolts attempt to contain the criminals of The Raft in the wake of the Serpent's attack.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker, Joe Caramagna, Jen Van Meter, Frank Tieri
Artists:
Declan Shalvey, Valentine De Landro, Eric Canete, Matthew Southworth
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 27th, 2011

All Nighter #1

And the Eisner for the best opening page goes to...

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
David Hahn
Artists:
David Hahn
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Mystery Men #2

Sarah Starr rockets into my heart. Once she locates yours through the ice encrusted barnacles, she’ll do the same.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Mon, June 27th, 2011

Flashpoint: The Outsider #1

If this issue is any indication, the Outsider should definitely be the ‘X-Man’ of “Flashpoint” and somehow survive into the DCU.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Javier Fernandez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Zatanna #14

This issue feels like the least of a fill-in issue, and loses Jamal Igle's art halfway through it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Beechen
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Travis Moore, Jon Sibal, John Dell
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Captain America #619

You can’t really go wrong with a comic drawn by Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Mitch Breitweiser, and Chris Samnee.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Mitch Breitweiser, Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Justice League of America #58

“The way I see it we have two goals, fighting Eclipso himself and freeing everyone in Emerald City from his control.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Daniel Sampere, Miguel Sepulveda, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 26th, 2011

Fables #106

Quite possibly the most anti-climactic end to a major story in "Fables" history, alas.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

X-Men Legacy #251

The team continues to hunt down Legion’s escaped personas, but it turns out one of the personas may be hunting them.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer, Craig Yeung, Nelson DeCastro
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #2

We learn who helped build Gotham as we know it today, while Dick, Tim, Cass, and Damian try to prevent a series of bombs throughout the city. How the two stories are related is slowly being revealed, in intriguing fashion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Artists:
Trevor McCarthy
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

Secret Avengers #14

A Valkyrie origin story strangely wrapped up in the middle of a "Fear Itself" tie-in.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Jamie Mendoza, Rick Ketcham
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

The Mighty Thor #3

“Your little hammer and your temper tantrums will not save you from the hunger that does not cease.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 23rd, 2011

Ultimate Spider-Man #160

The Death of Ultimate Spider-Man. No more, no less.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Mark Bagley, Andy Lanning, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Superman #712

It's a tough life, being a dog.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Jonathan Sibal
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Batman and the Outsiders #40

“Frustrations mounted, tempers flared and friend turned on friend. The team splintered, and spiraled on a collision course, where only one could survive!”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Didio, Philip Tan
Artists:
Philip Tan, Ron Randall
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1

“Mind you, if it isn’t one crisis, it’s another. I’ve seen it before and, to be honest, it seemed like a bit of a laugh to me.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Vankin
Artists:
Marco Castiello, Vincenzo Acunzo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1

Unfortunately, the exciting scene on the cover has nothing to do with the contents of this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Eddie Nunez, Don Ho
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1

Where's Bart Allen? As it turns out, right where he should be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash #1

What at first seems unremarkable may actually have an important plot point for "Flashpoint" buried inside of it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Kolins
Artists:
Joel Gomez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Dark Horse Presents #2

Bit by bit, "Dark Horse Presents" is finding its new voice.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Paul Chadwick, Robert Love, David Walker, Neal Adams, Carla Speed McNeil, Howard Chaykin, Michael T. Gilbert, Patrick Alexander, Chuck Brown, Richard Corben, David Chelsea
Artists:
Paul Chadwick, Robert Love, Neal Adams, Carla Speed McNeil, Howard Chaykin, Michael T. Gilbert, Patrick Alexander, Sanford Greene, Richard Corben, David Chelsea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Planet Of The Apes #3

Apes. Zeppelins. Gatling guns. Stir, shake, and serve cold as ice.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Snarked #0

If you buy this for a kid they will love you for eternity (or at least until the next issue comes out).

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Roger Langridge
Artists:
Roger Langridge
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, June 21st, 2011

Witch Doctor #1

“Your soul isn’t this immortal car your personality drives around – it’s your spiritual immune system! It’s what keeps magic pathogens from getting into you!”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brandon Seifert
Artists:
Lukas Ketner
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, June 21st, 2011

X-Factor #221

Rahne and her child become the victim of mystical forces, while Shatterstar attempts to save them both.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Dennis Calero
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 20th, 2011

Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths #1

“Stop it you imbecile! That’s Godzilla. You cannot hurt him with guns, but you might succeed in annoying him.”

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 20th, 2011

Generation Hope #8

Teon’s family come to get their son back, while the team defends their actions.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, June 19th, 2011

Avengers Academy #15

The students fight Nazis in Washington, D.C. and that sounds a lot cooler than it reads.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna, Andrew Hennessy
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 19th, 2011

DC Universe Online Legends #10

“Was fighting your crazy villains more important than saving hundreds of people? So now you pick and choose who and what to save?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Howard Porter, Livesay
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, June 19th, 2011

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1

The biggest difference in the “Flashpoint” reality? Comics don’t need plots apparently.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 19th, 2011

Daken: Dark Wolverine #10

You know when drugs and gay sex in Los Angeles was edgy? 1985. Go read “Less than Zero” if you’re interested.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Matteo Buffagni, Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, June 18th, 2011

Avengers #14

The Red Hulk fights an evil, hammer-wielding Thing. And John Romita, Jr. draws it. What else do you need to know?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Fri, June 17th, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #538

The X-Men handily defeat Krunn on Utopia and everything’s okay to a somewhat ridiculous degree. Most importantly, Kitty finally escapes her silly astronaut helmet.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, June 17th, 2011

Hellblazer #280

"Hellblazer" delights in faking out its audience, and its audience delights in being faked out.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Gael Bertrand
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 17th, 2011
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