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Detective Comics #1

Daniel's first issue of "Detective Comics" is a game-raising effort from the writer/artist, promising dark times ahead for the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Salvador Daniel
Artists:
Tony Salvador Daniel, Ryan Winn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, September 7th, 2011

Swamp Thing #1

This series appears to be just what the doctor ordered to help wipe out all memory of the recently completed lackluster “Brightest Day” tie-in. Scott Snyder’s story and Yanick Paquette’s art sure helps.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Yanick Paquette
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, September 7th, 2011

New Avengers Annual #1

There’s trouble coming for all of the Avengers and it starts things off by punching as many of them in the face as possible.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Gabriele Dell'Otto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Tue, September 6th, 2011

Casanova: Avaritia #1

Matt Fraction's Casanova returns, and is in a bad way. Read of that what you will. Can a book that changes as often as this continue to entertain in the same way?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Gabriel Ba
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Mon, September 5th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #14

The team return from the Age of Apocalypse, but are they too late to save Warren?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opena
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, September 4th, 2011

Gambit and the Champions: From the Marvel Vault #1

Gambit meets the Champions for the first (and presumably last) time.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
George Tuska
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, September 4th, 2011

Mighty Thor #5

The pace is a little slow, but there's no denying the epic in "Mighty Thor."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Olivier Coipel, Khoi Pham, Mark Morales, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, September 3rd, 2011

Herc #6.1

Marvel hypes a jumping-on point for "Herc" just in time to cancel it.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente
Artists:
Mike Grell, Jason Paz, Jeff Huet
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, September 3rd, 2011

Journey into Mystery #626.1

If you didn’t already know all about young Loki, why would you pick now to start learning?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Robert Rodi
Artists:
Pasqual Ferry
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, September 3rd, 2011

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1

A kung fu mystery delivered through some amazing art. You don’t need to meditate for 12 years on a snow-peaked mountain to know that’s great comics.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Antony Johnston
Artists:
Sebastian Fiumara, John Lucas
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, September 3rd, 2011

Planet of the Apes #5

It only takes a few humans to act terribly, and suddenly the whole race gets tarred with the same brush.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Thu, September 1st, 2011

Angel & Faith #1

Angel and Faith, two characters on seriously redemptive paths, team up for this interesting “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” spinoff that is off to a strong start.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, September 1st, 2011

Fear Itself: The Deep #3

penultimate issue of “Fear Itself: The Deep” hurls the makeshift Defenders into the deep end of the pool, but doesn’t do much to encourage them out.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Lee Garbett, David Meikis, John Lucas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, September 1st, 2011

Hellraiser #4

"Hellraiser" throws one too many elements into the mix, and the end result is a weaker issue than normal.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Artists:
Stephen Thompson
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, September 1st, 2011

Secret Avengers #16

Warren Ellis and Jamie McKelvie take over "Secret Avengers" and make it a comic to be reckoned with in one single stroke.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Warren Ellis
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, September 1st, 2011

The Sixth Gun #14

An inventive strategy for a guest artist results in a flashback giving the origin of the mysterious mummy, Asher Cobb.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Tyler Crook
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #668

The big bad – or one of them – behind “Spider- Island” is revealed. The Jackal’s here, in all his furry, pointy-eared, green glory.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Incredible Hulks #635

One last time, with feeling: HULK SMASH!!!! Greg Pak leaves the book on a high note, with artist Paul Pelletier.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Tom Grummett, Cory Hamscher, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Flashpoint #5

As "Flashpoint" wraps up, the moment that everyone's been waiting for feels tacked on and disconnected from the rest of the comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

The relaunch of the DC Universe starts with this issue. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of hype left unfulfilled.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1

Ultimate Hawkeye is dispatched by S.H.I.E.L.D. to the Southeast Asian Republic (S.E.A.R.) to help with a rebellion and uncovers something that will change the global position on metahumans.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Wed, August 31st, 2011

Justice League #1

"Justice League" #1 begins the new origin for the team, but this might not have been the best tactic for the first issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, August 30th, 2011

Lions, Tigers and Bears: Greybeard’s Ghost

“Lions, Tigers and Bears” is a pleasant surprise on the comic racks, a story of stuffed animals come to life with fun for all ages.

Publisher:
Hermes Press
Writer:
Mike Bullock
Artists:
Michael Metcalf, Adam Van Wyk, Dan Hipp
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 29th, 2011

Infinite Kung-Fu

The book lives up to its name. There’s more kung-fu action here than you could hope for, and it’s highly entertaining.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Kagan McLeod
Artists:
Kagan McLeod
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 29th, 2011

X-Men Legacy #254

Rogue and her team attempt to track down the missing X-Men.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Jay Leisten
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, August 28th, 2011

Iron Age Omega #1

Trapped in the past, Tony Stark attempts to save the world from destruction by Dark Phoenix.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Rebekah Isaacs, Livesay
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, August 28th, 2011

Mystery Men #4

Liss pushes this tale into every pulp corner he can find, mixing masks with monsters with gleeful abandon.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
David Liss
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, August 28th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Superman — The '90s #1

On the eve of a Superman relaunch, this "DC Retroactive" comic is more comforting than I'd have imagined.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Louise Simonson
Artists:
Jon Bogdanove
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, August 28th, 2011

Haunt #17

After seventeen issues, I figure that it just might be time to take a look at this “Haunt” title. It's an interesting mix of several influences, with a strong action issue.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Mr. Sheldon, Todd McFarlane, LeBeau Underwood
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, August 28th, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #5

This epic Bat-Family mini-series exploring the history of Gotham and the families that brought it to greatness comes to an end.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Trevor McCarthy, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 26th, 2011

Wonder Woman #614

Diana finally overcomes her Odyssey.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Phil Hester
Artists:
Don Kramer, Lee Garbett. Drew Geraci, Robin Riggs, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 26th, 2011

New Mutants #30

Dani Moonstar goes to Hela for help and finds the goddess’ world Hel in need of its own assist. The rest of her team rushes to her aid and ends up in Hell, bargaining with Mephisto.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 26th, 2011

Flashpoint: Project Superman #3

"Flashpoint: Project Superman" wraps up with a strange mixture of sadness and creepiness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lowell Francis, Scott Snyder
Artists:
Gene Ha
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 25th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Justice League America — The '90s #1

One final time: "Bwahahahahahahaha!"

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Kevin Maguire
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, August 25th, 2011

Justice Society of America #54

It’s last call for the Justice Society of America. Last one out, be sure to turn the lights off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Sean Parsons, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 25th, 2011

Batman Incorporated #8

The latest "Batman Incorporated" feels more like a gimmick than a strong story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Scott Clark
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 24th, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #13

"Uncanny X-Force" shows us how an alternate- timeline story can still carry a punch.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Mark Brooks, Scot Eaton, Andrew Hennessy, Andrew Currie
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 24th, 2011

FF #8

With the Inhumans side-story concluded, "FF" lurches back into action, but the momentum is lost.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Steve Epting
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 24th, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

The final week of “Flashpoint” tie-in madness gives us the final issue of “Kid Flash Lost,” and provides a glimpse into the “Flashpoint”- verse fates of Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and Wally West.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Scott Kolins, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 24th, 2011

Punisher #2

The umpteenth relaunch of the Punisher continues to highlight the exciting aspects of the character that are story-worthy.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 24th, 2011
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