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New Mutants #29

Another excellent "Fear Itself" tie-in that doesn't require reading "Fear Itself."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning
Artists:
David Lafuente
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Sat, August 13th, 2011

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #10

Colleen and the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents square off with the villainous Iron Maiden!

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Dan McDaid, Mike Grell, Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sat, August 13th, 2011

Vengeance #2

Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta are doodling rude stuff in the margins of Marvel lore. And what pretty rude stuff they create.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Nick Dragotta
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Sat, August 13th, 2011

DC Retroactive: JLA - the ‘80s #1

DC’s Retroactive line hits the 1980s, with big hair, breakdancers, and bad outfits. That’s right, the Motor City Justice League is back.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gerry Conway
Artists:
Ron Randall, Chuck Patton, Mike Machlan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 12th, 2011

Batman and Robin #26

Release all preconceptions of linear and decompressed; this is a "Where's Waldo?" art hunt that only those who view life as Sudoku will survive.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Hine
Artists:
Greg Tocchini, Andrei Bressan
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, August 12th, 2011

Ghost Rider #2

Johnny Blaze hits the jungles of South America on his bike, looking for a little quality time with the new Ghost Rider.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 11th, 2011

Booster Gold #47

For the second time since "Crisis on Infinite Earths," Booster Gold's self-titled comic book series ends.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens
Artists:
Rick Leonardi, Dan Jurgens, Don Ho, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 11th, 2011

DC Retroactive: Superman – The '80s #1

Marv Wolfman gets to predict the future, which is easy when you've already read it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marv Wolfman
Artists:
Sergio Cariello
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Teen Titans #99

I'm not sure this issue existing as sheer padding to get to #100 could be more blatant.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J.T. Krul
Artists:
Jose Luis, Greg Adams, J.P. Mayer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

In which we get a non-conclusion to the story of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tony Bedard
Artists:
Vicente Cifuentes, Diana Egea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Fear Itself #5

One Captain America has already fallen to Sin, the daughter of the Red Skull. Another takes the fight back to her as Thor battles a possessed Hulk and Thing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Matt Fraction
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #667

The first part of "Spider-Island" opens here, with "The Amazing Spider-Manhattan." Spider- powers for (almost) everyone!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Carlos Cuevas
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #3

The Mignola/Fegredo run on "Hellboy" comes to end with an earth-shattering kaboom.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola
Artists:
Duncan Fegredo
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #3

Does the end justify the means? The question becomes moot if you just don’t care.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Ed Brubaker
Artists:
Sean Phillips
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Batgirl #24

An emotional but satisfying and inspiring ending to this good comic book that is departing far too soon.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bryan Q. Miller
Artists:
Pere Pérez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Wed, August 10th, 2011

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #3

The other "American Vampire" story keeps going. This one follows Cash McCogan and Felicia Book on their mission as Vassals of the Morning Star.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Sean Murphy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 10th, 2011

Detective Comics #881

Everything comes to a head in Gotham as Dick and Gordon frantically search for Barbara, kidnapped by her brother James.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Tue, August 9th, 2011

Wolverine #13

Wolverine faces off against more of the members of the Red Right Hand.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Renato Guedes, Jose Wilson Magalhaes
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 8th, 2011

Thunderbolts #161

The Thunderbolts regroup following their battle with Juggernaut to face a new threat.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Declan Shalvey
Reviewer:
James Hunt
Mon, August 8th, 2011

Severed #1

Jack Garron runs away from a bright future to ride the rails, while another young boy discovers that a pleasant smile may hide something nasty.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft
Artists:
Attila Futaki
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, August 7th, 2011

S.H.I.E.L.D. #2

Two factions of Shield are at war, and the battle comes down to the inner secrets of the leaders: Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Isaac Newton!

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Dustin Weaver
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Sun, August 7th, 2011

DC Retroactive: The Flash – The '80s #1

Messner-Loebs is the Wally West writer that more people should remember.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Bill Messner-Loebs
Artists:
Greg LaRocque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Scalped #51

The men of “Scalped” are not all going to survive. Some of them know this. The others love it.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
R.M. Guera
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Mystic #1

Two best friends in unfortunate circumstances have their lives forever changed.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 5th, 2011

The Punisher #1

The Punisher returns by barely gracing his book on the page, but his skulled shadow looms heavy and long on this gorgeously disgusting world.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Rucka
Artists:
Marco Checchetto
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Ultimate Fallout #4

Haven't you heard there's a new Spider-Man in town? The rest of the issue is pretty good too.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Salvador Larocca, Clayton Crain, Sara Pichelli
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, August 5th, 2011

X-23 #13

Laura and Gambit travel to Manhattan in search of a boy Laura spared years ago. After dropping Gambit off with an old friend, Laura teams up with Spider-Man to do some big city heroing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Marjorie Liu
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Fri, August 5th, 2011

Star Wars: Dark Times – Out of the Wilderness #1

"Dark Times" continues to explore the galaxy of Star Wars in the early days of the Empire.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mick Harrison
Artists:
Douglas Wheatley
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, August 4th, 2011

Rachel Rising #1

A promising and more than a little intriguing start to Terry Moore’s newest series.

Publisher:
Abstract Studios
Writer:
Terry Moore
Artists:
Terry Moore
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
Thu, August 4th, 2011

Superman #814

Hello, Superman, hello. J. Michael Straczynski's "Grounded" plot wraps up here, with help from Chris Roberson and Jamal Igle.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. Michael Straczynski, Chris Roberson
Artists:
Jamal Igle, Jon Sibal, Robin Riggs
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Superboy #10

As a way to deliver backstory, this is a nice way to do so.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pete Woods, CAFU, Paulo Siqueira, Pier Gallo, Bit, Andrew Mangum
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Avengers Academy #17

"Avengers Academy" is hitting a turning point for its character, and it's not a pleasant one at that.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christos Gage
Artists:
Sean Chen
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Batman: Gates of Gotham #4

Fill-in artists and scripters result in a slightly rushed lead-up to the finale.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott
Artists:
Dustin Nguyen, Derec Donovan, Graham Nolan
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Moon Knight #4

Moon Knight and Echo go on a date (of sorts) and wind up running afoul of the Night Shift.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Alex Maleev
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #3

Batman and Joker go at it for the bajillionth time. This time, however, it's different. In more ways than one.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello
Artists:
Eduardo Risso
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Flashpoint #4

"Flashpoint" inches towards a conclusion, as characters blip on and off the page.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Andy Kubert, Jesse Delperdang
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

Irredeemable #28

It feels like we’re going over similar ground, but it’s different enough to enjoy again.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Peter Krause
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
Wed, August 3rd, 2011

The Infinite #1

Robert Kirkman and Rob Liefeld give you a new Image comics read that involves time travel and plays to Liefeld's over-the-top, weapons-laden, shoulder-pad-bearing tendencies to drawing characters.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Robert Kirkman
Artists:
Rob Liefeld, Adelso Corona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, August 2nd, 2011

Batman: The Dark Knight #4

Etrigan. Ragman. Batman. I thought you really wouldn’t need much more for a good comic. Yeah. I was wrong.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
David Finch
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Ryan Winn, Batt
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, August 1st, 2011

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 1969

Welcome to the 1969 of the League’s world as a satanic magician tries to take over Mick Jagger’s body.

Publisher:
Top Shelf
Writer:
Alan Moore
Artists:
Kevin O’Neill
Reviewer:
Chad Nevett
Mon, August 1st, 2011
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