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Avengers Academy #13

"Avengers Academy" dips a bit too much into sitcom tropes, but pulls out by the end.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2011

Proof Endangered #5

“You’re gonna kill my friends, my family, and then I’m going to, what? Go away with you to. . . to wherever?”

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Alex Grecian
Artists:
Riley Rossmo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, May 4th, 2011

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #2

The second issue might be late, but "Mouse Guard: The Black Axe" still enchants.

Publisher:
Archaia
Writer:
David Petersen
Artists:
David Petersen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2011

Superboy #7

Free of "Reign of the Doomsdays," it's business as usual in "Superboy."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Marco Rudy, Daniel HDR
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, May 4th, 2011

New York Five #4

Wood and Kelly wrap up their New York adventure with the final issue of “New York Five.”

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Ryan Kelly, Jim Rugg
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, May 2nd, 2011

New Mutants #24

“Age of X” ends with a whimper, not a bang. Plus some other clichés.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mike Carey
Artists:
Steve Kurth, Allen Martinez
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 2nd, 2011

Age of X Universe #2

Killing mutants? Good. Killing mutant children? Not good. Gotta wait until they’re 18. Okay, maybe 16.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Simon Spurrier, Chuck Kim
Artists:
Khoi Pham, Tom Palmer, Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, May 2nd, 2011

Secret Avengers #12.1

The Secret Avengers have 30 minutes to save one life out of hundreds. Because Steve Rogers says so!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, May 1st, 2011

X-Men #10

It’s not bad, but you’re not getting enough bang for your buck here.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Victor Gischler
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Paco Medina, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 1st, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #536

With their civilization shattered by the X-Men’s recent actions, the citizens of the Breakworld pay a visit to Earth looking for help.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Sun, May 1st, 2011

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #9

"War of the Green Lanterns" continues to inch forward.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 1st, 2011

The Flash #11

“Barry, we’re all here because we love you. And we’re all here because we’re you’re family. But you’ve been running so fast, you’ve been missing that.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sun, May 1st, 2011

The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde #1

"Silence of the Lambs" meets "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Cole Haddon
Artists:
M.S. Corley
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, May 1st, 2011

Osborn #5

Osborn becomes a villain who you might actually fear again.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artists:
Emma Rios, Becky Cloonan
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 1st, 2011

American Vampire #14

War is hell with vampires bringing something new to the table and Henry showing why he deserves your attention.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 1st, 2011

Venom #2

Kraven the Hunter still manages to shine through Tony Moore’s pencils, even when not given much to do.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Tony Moore, Crimelab! Studios
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sun, May 1st, 2011

Justice Society of America #50

“And I for one see no reason why the JSA’s mission to mentor the next generation of heroes should be limited to heroes with a specific costume or familial pedigree.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
George Pérez, Scott Koblish, Howard Chaykin, Freddie Williams II, Tom Derenick
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 28th, 2011

Batman Incorporated #5

Who is Leviathan?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Yanick Paquette, Michel Lacombe
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 28th, 2011

Avengers #12.1

30 pages of story and no ads? Now, that’s how you lure in new readers!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Thu, April 28th, 2011

The Walking Dead #84

The fate of Carl Grimes is revealed…sort of.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Charlie Adlard
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, April 28th, 2011

Ruse #2

Barely escaping with their lives, Archard and Bishop realize a hit is out not only on Bishop but on all Archard’s undercover agents. Searching for the perpetrator leads them to an underground boxing ring with some unlikely boxers.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Mirco Pierfederici
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, April 28th, 2011

Detective Comics #876

After discovering a killer whale in a bank lobby, and a body in that whale, Dick sets out to discover the truth behind the murder, a truth that may dredge up old wounds around the death of his parents.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, April 28th, 2011

Captain America #617

“Forgive my boldness, but have you actually convinced yourself you won’t be carrying that shield again?”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Butch Guice, Stefano Gaudiano, Chris Samnee, Mike Deodato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 27th, 2011

Justice League: Generation Lost #24

A double-sized finale packs a big punch.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Judd Winick
Artists:
Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 27th, 2011

Brightest Day #24

“Alec Holland died in the swamp. And his memory was absorbed into the life web of the Earth called the Green.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark, Norm Rapmund, Vicente Cifuentes, Oclair Albert, Tom Nguyen, Mick Gray, Mark Irwin, David Beaty
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 27th, 2011

Action Comics #900

This is the sort of comic where you wish the big anniversary issue was less pages in length, not more.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Cornell, Damon Lindelof, Paul Dini, Geoff Johns, David S. Goyer, Richard Donner, Derek Hoffman
Artists:
Pete Woods, Jesus Merino, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Rags Morales, Ardian Syaf, Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Gary Frank, Ryan Sook, R.B. Silva, Rob Lean, Miguel Sepulveda, Matt Camp, Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 27th, 2011

Planet of the Apes #1

“I was there. I saw the masked man gun down the Lawgiver like he was an animal.”

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Daryl Gregory
Artists:
Carlos Magno
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 27th, 2011

Malignant Man #1

So, it turns out that, sometimes, cancer saves your life. Comics are full of brilliant bits of information!

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Michael Alan Nelson, James Wan
Artists:
Piotr Kowalski
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Tue, April 26th, 2011

Deadpool MAX #7

In this comic, Domino is the Black Widow who is a crazy lady. The MAX universe is awesome.

Publisher:
Marvel Max
Writer:
David Lapham
Artists:
Kyle Baker
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, April 25th, 2011

Avengers Academy #12

The Avengers Academy kids face up against Korvac using adult versions of their bodies, pulled from the timeline.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Tom Raney, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 25th, 2011

Thunderbolts #156

The Thunderbolts welcome new member Satana by heading out on a mission to fight ghost Nazis, while those left at home attempt to put together a Thunderbolts b-team.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Kev Walker, Jason Gorder
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, April 25th, 2011

X-Factor #218

Simon Cowell wants Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole to be the other judges... oh wait, wrong "X- Factor."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Peter David
Artists:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Guillermo Ortego
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 25th, 2011

Superman/Batman #83

Cullen Bunn and ChrisCross's magically- themed story isn't bad, but it doesn't quite have the punch you'd expect either.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
ChrisCross, Marc Deering
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 24th, 2011

Legion of Super-Heroes #12

Month after month, "Legion of Super-Heroes" delivers solid super-hero entertainment.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Paul Levitz
Artists:
Yildiray Cinar, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sun, April 24th, 2011

Zatanna #12

The story reads like it was meant for a much younger audience, but the art is drop-dead gorgeous.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matthew Sturges
Artists:
Stephane Roux
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, April 23rd, 2011

Justice League of America #56

“Where’s Batman? Not that these guys aren’t welcome, but it’s not exactly who I was expecting.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, April 23rd, 2011

Skaar: King of the Savage Land #2

“Protect the muscled green friend of Ka-Zar! Show this unnatural mechanism the warrior might of the Devil Dinosaur and his loyal brother, Moon Boy!!!”

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Brian Ching, Rick Ketcham
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Sat, April 23rd, 2011

Generation Hope #6

Hope and her crew of five lights head out to find a sixth light that has popped up at a hospital in Germany. Kitty tags along as their new "liaison" in her silly astronaut suit.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salva Espin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, April 23rd, 2011

Wolverine and Jubilee #4

Wolverine tries to rescue Jubilee from her strange prison, while she tries to escape it and exhibits some fascinating new powers in the process.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kathryn Immonen
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Sat, April 23rd, 2011

Uncanny X-Force #8

Having a mutant team to kill the enemy is fine but how do you decide who is worthy of death?

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Billy Tan
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, April 23rd, 2011
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