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X-Club #1

The X-Men (of Utopia) have given their “Science Club” a mini-series that is oddly named “X-Club” where these characters will apparently “do science.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Simon Spurrier
Artists:
Paul Davidson
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, December 11th, 2011

X-Factor #228

Jamie Madrox is dead (or is he?), and the rest of the team works hard to eliminate Bloodbath, Jamie’s killer. Oh, and it turns out Guido has no soul. Guy is pretty funny and charming for the soulless.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Leonard Kirk
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, December 11th, 2011

Breed III #7

Ray Stoner and his half-brother Pat take on their father, the leader of the demons! It’s a battle of shapeshifters and Stoner is way out of his league... or is he?

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jim Starlin
Artists:
Jim Starlin
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, December 10th, 2011

Penguin: Pain & Prejudice #3

This issue features the continuing story of loss and how the Penguin copes with it. “Not well” factors in.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gregg Hurwitz
Artists:
Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 10th, 2011

Punisher #6

Punisher in the wintertime. It’s still black and white and red all over. Just lots more white and slightly more red.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Matthew Southworth, Matthew Clark
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, December 10th, 2011

Hellblazer Annual 2011

23 years after the first one, "Hellblazer" gives us another Annual. It was actually worth the wait.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes #2

“Ape does not kill ape” may be the most sacred law on the Planet of the Apes, but someone killed someone else here. That always makes for a good story.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artists:
Gabriel Hardman
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Animal Man #4

It might be a man in the title, but it’s a family in the spotlight and everyone gets their moment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Travel Foreman, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, December 9th, 2011

Static Shock #4

"Static Shock" is a little jumpy in places, but there are moments in here which are fantastic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott McDaniel, John Rozum
Artists:
Scott McDaniel, Andy Owens
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Justice League International #4

"Justice League International" is superheroes by the book, in every single way.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Valen the Outcast #1

"Valen the Outcast" has a great concept; now we need to see where it goes from here.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson
Artists:
Matteo Scalera
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Hulk #45

“Hulk of Arabia” gets a little sand in its shoe with this issue, but the story is still entertaining.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 8th, 2011

Villains for Hire #1

“Villains for Hire” is absolutely nothing like “Thunderbolts,” in more ways than one.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Renato Arlem
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 8th, 2011

O.M.A.C. #4

O.M.A.C. continues to be absolutely nothing like you would expect it to be. Unless you expect it to be fun, entertaining, and enjoyable.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Stormwatch #4

The conclusion is a little too deus ex machina, but there's still a lot to like in "Stormwatch" #4.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell
Artists:
Miguel Sepulveda
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Avenging Spider-Man #2

"Avenging Spider-Man" is fun and pretty, but it's also a little slight.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Zeb Wells
Artists:
Joe Madureira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Reed Gunther #6

“From Cowboy to Cowman!” gives us the secret (or not-so-secret) origin of Reed Gunther.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Shane Houghton
Artists:
Chris Houghton
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Irredeemable #32

A nasty origin occupies our attention while a nastier future is possibly set up.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Diego Barreto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Jennifer Blood #7

What to do with the woman who has already killed all the people she needs to?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Kewber Baal
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Voltron #1

Is it better or worse when a childhood icon gets exhumed for a cash-in that’s indelibly mediocre?

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Brandon Thomas
Artists:
Ariel Padilla
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, December 7th, 2011

Swamp Thing #4

Did someone say "Dinosaur Swamp Thing?"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Sean Parsons, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, December 7th, 2011

The Defenders #1

Dr. Strange, She-Hulk, Namor, Iron Fist, and Silver Surfer assemble as The Defenders at the behest of Hulk, in search of something called Hul – The Breaker of Worlds. Hi-jinks ensue!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Tue, December 6th, 2011

Fables #111

"Inherit the Wind" comes to less of a conclusion and more of a sudden stop.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Bill Willingham
Artists:
Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Shawn McManus
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, December 5th, 2011

Wolverine #19

Wolverine, Fat Cobra, and Gorilla Man attempt to bring down the local Chinese crimelord.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, December 5th, 2011

Avengers Origins: Thor #1

Thor goes from rambunctious youth to cocky adult. Sif goes from blonde hair to black. Loki stays the same.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Al Barrionuevo, Michel Lacombe, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 4th, 2011

Haunt #19

Joe Casey and Nathan Fox come aboard and proceed to shake things up for the brothers Kilgore.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nathan Fox
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, December 4th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #259

Rogue debates whether she should follow Cyclops or Wolverine in this post-Schism tie- in, and in the process the X-Men discover one of their own, lost, trapped, and in need of rescue.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

Angel & Faith #4

Angel and Faith find the much sought after Mohra blood, but also uncover a deadly secret about it.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

Daredevil #6

The Bruiser earns his name and yet the Scarlet Swashbuckler shows his complete diversity of talent.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Marcos Martin
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, December 3rd, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1

"T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents" returns, with a story barely about the actual agents. Great for returning readers, not so much for new readers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Thunderbolts #166

The Thunderbolts are traipsing through the 1800s looking for Mr. Hyde and Satana. Jack the Ripper factors into this story. Coincidence?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Super Dinosaur #6

Super Dinosaur underwater fighting the sinister forces of Squidious. Yeah. It’s as fun as it sounds.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Jason Howard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #2

The X-Men confront Sinister as he reveals his plans (at some length.)

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Carlos Pacheco, Jorge Molina, Rodney Buchemi, Cam Smith, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Red Skull #5

While the Red Skull doesn’t truly appear in this issue, the combination of solid story and magnificent Red Skull cover makes up for that.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Mirko Colak
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Times -- Out of the Wilderness #3

Odd aliens, Jedi, Darth Vader, and stunning art. What more do you really want in a “Star Wars” comic?

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Randy Stradley
Artists:
Douglas Wheatley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Flash Gordon Zeitgeist #1

Flash….ah-aahhhhh…he’ll not do very much in this comic that both under-uses the character and yet sets up the world for something fun.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Eric Trautmann, Alex Ross
Artists:
Daniel Indro, Alex Ross
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, December 1st, 2011

Green Lantern: The Animated Series #0

A new cartoon starring a DC Comics brand naturally means a new comic from DC for all ages.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani
Artists:
Dario Brizuela
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Spaceman #2

“Spaceman” finds some direct purpose even while letting the plot threads spread a little further.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #3

David Petersen's "Mouse Guard" continues to enthrall, issue after issue.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
David Petersen
Artists:
David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, November 30th, 2011

Savage Dragon #176

A nice done-in-one issue that would be a good introduction to new readers.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Erik Larsen
Artists:
Erik Larsen
Reviewer:
Augie De Blieck Jr.
Wed, November 30th, 2011
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