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The Unwritten #26

Be careful what you're bidding for in an author's estate sale.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Peter Gross
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, June 10th, 2011

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #519

“Black Panther” makes a transition here into a frenetic action flick with bizarre science experiment monsters on the periphery.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Jefte Palo
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, June 10th, 2011

Journey Into Mystery #624

Loki sets up Marvel characters like dominoes and it’s going to be fun watching them bump into each other to create the bigger picture.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Doug Braithwaite
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, June 10th, 2011

Scalped #49

It’s a front row seat to a perfect shoot out and the undeniable change of three main characters.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guera
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, June 10th, 2011

Incredible Hulks #630

“So why’s a super villainess coming to you for help?”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1

“Fear gives Man-Thing dangerous powers. Now it’s too much fear and too much power.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brandon Montclare
Artists:
Michael William Kaluta, Ryan Bodenheim, Simon Bisley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #1

It's all back story, but it's a nice beginning.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Ibraim Roberson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1

Two-handed Aquaman? He's a bit of a jerk.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Ardian Syaf, Vincente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Booster Gold #45

I take it back, Doomsday is not a story-killer.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Birds of Prey #13

Gail Simone and the readers deserve a little more for this sudden conclusion to her run on the book.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Diego Olmos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 9th, 2011

Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Kilowog #1

“Don’t mess with me – don’t mess near me – and most important of all, don’t bring Kilowog down on me.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Carlos Ferreira, Silvio Spotti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 8th, 2011

Fear Itself: Spider-Man #2

“Got to a stash of webbing, a new costume. New costume’s already bloody. And to top it all off, I probably have rabies now.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Yost
Artists:
Mike McKone
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 8th, 2011

Ghost Rider #0.1

“Avengers? Fantastic Four? X-Dudes? They can all kiss my bony, flammable ass.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 8th, 2011

Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1

Years ago, Shade, the Changing Man led the Seven. But, they’re all dead now and he may be forming the Secret Seven, so who cares?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter Milligan
Artists:
George Perez, Scott Koblish, Fernando Blanco
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, June 6th, 2011

Fear Itself: The Deep #1

The Defenders re-unite to save New Atlantis from Attuma, who now has a magic hammer.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Lee Garbett, David Meikis
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 6th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #11

X-Force visit the Age of Apocalypse to save Archangel, and 90s-inspired fun ensues.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Mark Brooks, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, June 6th, 2011

Hulk #34

“And now I’m stuck in a bunch of webbing in some alien planet’s stratosphere. Sure, this makes sense.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Carlo Pagulayan, Danny Miki
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, June 6th, 2011

Halcyon #5

In the fight for free will, Sabre takes on his former allies and becomes the world’s greatest villain. Oops.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim, Tara Butters
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, June 5th, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #1

Hellboy quests to take out Nimue, now The Morrigan, a powerful goddess of war.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sun, June 5th, 2011

Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1

If you thought Bruce Wayne was a dark, grim Batman, wait until you meet his father...

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Heroes for Hire #8

"Heroes for Hire" continues to buy the heart of its readers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, John Livesay
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, June 4th, 2011

X-Men #12

Readers flip between the past and present as Cyclops somewhat single handedly battles The Evolutionaries.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Yost
Artists:
Paco Medina, Dalibor Talajic, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Wonder Woman #611

Diana finally gets a glimpse of The Morrigan’s plan for her and is horrified, while her companions get brutally killed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Eduardo Pansica, Wayne Faucher, Eber Ferreira
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, June 4th, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

There’s a contest to see who’s more ineffective, Michelangelo or Leonid. I guess we’ll have to wait and see who Uatu sides with.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Static Shock Special #1

“They’ll add and subtract stuff to suit their purposes. Nothing we can do about it. ”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Felicia D. Henderson, Matt Wayne
Artists:
Denys Cowan, Rodney Ramos, Prentis Rollins, John Stanisci, John Paul Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, June 4th, 2011

Adventure Comics #527

Long-time and new readers alike finally get the scoop on Comet Queen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Geraldo Borges, Marlo Alquiza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Thunderbolts #158

"Thunderbolts" shows, once again, how to handle a tie-in to a big event.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Avengers Academy #14.1

"Avengers Academy" uses the "plus one" format to great effect.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Moon Knight #2

The subtle plot point of the first issue is made much more blatant.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #1

“And what are you going to do after you stop the Atlanteans? Are you going to wrestle the U.K. away from the Amazons?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rex Ogle
Artists:
Eduardo Francisco, Paulo Siqueira, Roland Paris
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, June 2nd, 2011

Fear Itself #3

“Think you’re the first giant girl with a hammer and no face that’s tried to kill me? Same crap. Different day, Sin.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Flashpoint #2

"Flashpoint" sure is pretty, but it's unfortunately difficult to get excited over it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Flashpoint: Abin Sur – the Green Lantern #1

“Earth is a primitive planet. Why was it chosen to shelter such an essential part of the universe?”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Adam Schlagman
Artists:
Felipe Massafera
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, June 1st, 2011

The Boys #55

Mallory just won’t shut up – bet he podcasts for four hour stretches at a time.

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Garth Ennis
Artists:
John McCrea, Keith Burns
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, June 1st, 2011

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #1

Easily one of the best issues of the year. This book is an example of exactly what comics can be and do.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, May 31st, 2011

Wolverine #9

Wolverine is out of hell, and looking for revenge against the Red Right Hand.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Daniel Acuna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 30th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #249

Rogue, Magneto, Legion, and Frenzy deal with the fallout of “Age of X.”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 30th, 2011

The Mighty Thor #2

Remember double-sized first issues? I miss those. And so does “The Mighty Thor” #2... or, should I say, #1 part two?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Then I guess everything’s wrapped up in a neat little package.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Wellington Alves, Nelson Periera
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 29th, 2011

Kirby: Genesis #0

If you loved Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross on “Marvels,” you’re sure to love them on a book featuring Jack Kirby characters you’ve never heard of!

Publisher:
Dynamite Entertainment
Writer:
Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross
Artists:
Alex Ross, Jack Herbert
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 29th, 2011
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