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The Dying and the Dead #2

In "The Dying and the Dead" #2 by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Bodenheim, the Colonel raids a retirement home and a prison to find his old war buddies in order to retrieve the Bah al'Sharur.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jonathan Hickman
Artists:
Ryan Bodenheim
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, April 3rd, 2015

Gotham Academy: Endgame #1

Confronted with the directive to provide a tie-in to "Batman," "Gotham Academy: Endgame" #1 goes the "tell ghost stories" route, but Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher and a host of artists give it a distinctly Gotham vibe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Jeff Stokely, Clio Chang, Joy Ang, Vera Brosgol
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Batwoman Annual #2

Even with an expanded page count, Marc Andreyko's wrap-up of the series in "Batwoman Annual" #2 feels a little rushed and is complicated by shaky art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Georges Jeanty, Yishan Li, Roberto Vicava, Ronan Cliquet, Karl Story, Dexter Vines
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Cyclops #12

John Layman and Javier Garrón put Scott's back against the wall in "Cyclops" #12 as part of "The Black Vortex" crossover.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Javier Garrón
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

X-O Manowar #35

Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard's "X-O Manowar" #35 puts Aric in a race against the Dead Hand in order to save the Vine.

Publisher:
Valiant Entertainment
Writer:
Robert Venditti
Artists:
Diego Bernard, Ryan Winn, Wayne Faucher, Mark Pennington
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

The New 52: Futures End #48

Despite having a creative team that includes Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens and Keith Giffen, "The New 52: Futures End" #48 is certain to be overshadowed by other events from DC Comics.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Artists:
Allan Goldman, Freddie Williams II, Andy MacDonald, Stephen Thompson, Scott Hanna
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Earth 2: World's End #26

It takes a cast of thousands and a creative team of tens to bring about the end of a universe in "Earth 2: World's End" #26.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, R. B. Silva, Marc Deering, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Jimenez, Scott Cohn, Walden Wong, Pascal Alixe, Juan Jose Ryp, Paulo Siqueira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Convergence #0

A bloated and repetitive issue does little to sell the upcoming event in Dan Jurgens, Jeff King and Ethan Van Sciver's "Convergence" #0.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Dan Jurgens, Jeff King
Artists:
Ethan Van Sciver
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Southern Bastards #8

"Southern Bastards" #8 concludes Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's flashback to Boss's early days, and we see once and for all how the apple doesn't always fall far from the tree.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Jason Aaron
Artists:
Jason Latour
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 2nd, 2015

Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

"Avengers: Ultron Forever" #1 lets Al Ewing, Alan Davis and Mark Farmer nod at "Avengers Forever" with a group of time-displaced Avengers who try and destroy the dreaded future Ultron Singularity.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Al Ewing
Artists:
Alan Davis, Mark Farmer
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 1st, 2015

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

Cavan Scott quickly gets the voice of Christopher Eccleston's Doctor in "Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor" #1, but Blair Shedd's art feels a little off-model.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Cavan Scott
Artists:
Blair Shedd
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 1st, 2015

UFOlogy #1

James Tynion IV, Noah J. Yuenkel and Matthew Fox' "UFOlogy" #1 is a compelling introduction about two teens' encounter with extraterrestrial life.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
James Tynion IV, Noah J. Yuenkel
Artists:
Matthew Fox
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 1st, 2015

Kanan - The Last Padawan #1

Riding Marvel's "Star Wars" wave, "Kanan - The Last Padawan" comes to readers from Greg Weisman, Pepe Larraz and a galaxy far, far away.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Greg Weisman
Artists:
Pepe Larraz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, April 1st, 2015

Batman Eternal #52

Superb layouts, clean illustrations, tense action and powerful dialogue all produce a fitting conclusion in Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV's "Batman Eternal" #52.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, David LaFuente, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 1st, 2015

Uncanny Inhumans #0

Charles Soule and Steve McNiven launch a new chapter in the adventures of the Inhumans by sending Black Bolt on a quest that leads to Kang in "Uncanny Inhumans" #0.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule, Ryan Stegman
Artists:
Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Ryan Lee, Brandon Peterson
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Tue, March 31st, 2015

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1

Writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Tigh Walker take readers on "the wildest ride in the wilderness" in "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dennis Hopeless
Artists:
Tigh Walker
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Justice League Dark #40

"Justice League Dark" #40 brings the series to a close in a story written by J. M. DeMatteis and drawn by Andres Guinaldo.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
J. M. DeMatteis
Artists:
Andres Guinaldo, Walden Wong
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Catwoman #40

"Catwoman" #40 has Genevieve Valentine and Garry Brown kick the war between Gotham's crime families into high gear as everyone prepares to hit the point of no return.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Genevieve Valentine
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Uncanny X-Men #32

Scott Summers finds himself the king of an empty castle in Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo's "Uncanny X-Men" #32.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Wayne Faucher, Mark Irwin, Victor Olazaba, Al Vey
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Gotham Academy #6

In "Gotham Academy" #6 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl and Mingue Helen Chen, Olive chooses sides when Batman fights Croc and another link between the Academy and Arkham Asylum is revealed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Karl Kerschl, Mingue Helen Chen
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Darth Vader #3

Vader recruits a rogue archaeologist to find his personal army in Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca's "Darth Vader" #3.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Salvador Larroca
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Avengers: Rage of Ultron

The forthcoming adversary of the next "Avengers" film is all the rage in the Rick Remender, Jerome Opeña and Pepe Larraz's "Avengers: Rage of Ultron."

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Rick Remender
Artists:
Jerome Opeña, Pepe Larraz, Mark Morales
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Mon, March 30th, 2015

Daredevil #14

Daredevil debuts a new look as the end looms large for Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's run in "Daredevil" #14.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Inhuman #13

Charles Soule and André Araújo set up an epic conclusion for the first big Inhumans adventure in "Inhuman" #13.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
André Araújo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Aquaman #40

"Aquaman" #40 wraps up Jeff Parker and Paul Pelletier's time on the title, and they do so in a story that emphasizes one of the best aspects of the character.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Parker
Artists:
Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, Wayne Faucher, Tony Kordos
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, March 27th, 2015

The Flash #40

Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund wrap up their first big story arc in "The Flash" #40 and, while the tale of two Flashes is resolved, more turbulence lies ahead.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Robert Venditti, Van Jensen
Artists:
Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy #25

Even the Supreme Intelligence can't handle the Black Vortex in Brian Michael Bendis and Valerio Schiti's "Guardians of the Galaxy" #25.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Brian Michael Bendis
Artists:
Valerio Schiti
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Nova #28

Sam tries to hide the Black Vortex in Gerry Duggan and David Baldeon's "Nova" #28.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Gerry Duggan
Artists:
David Baldeon, Terry Pallot
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Legendary Star-Lord #10

In "Legendary Star-Lord" #10 by Sam Humphries, Paco Medina and Juan Vlasco, Star-Lord realizes his mistake as Mister Knife gets revenge on Spartax and begins his plans to build an empire in one move.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Sam Humphries
Artists:
Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Gotham By Midnight #5

The Spectre looms large over Gotham City in Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith's "Gotham By Midnight" #5.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Ben Templesmith
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Fri, March 27th, 2015

The Wicked + The Divine #9

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine" #9 provides some historical context and one recurring character goes through an unexpected transformation.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, March 27th, 2015

Batman Eternal #51

"Batman Eternal" #51 lets James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez answer the Cluemaster's secrets, even as next week's finale is put into motion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, Kyle Higgins, Tim Seeley
Artists:
Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, March 26th, 2015

Batman and Robin #40

With "Batman and Robin" #40, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason bid a fond farewell to the dynamic duo in the pages of this comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Thu, March 26th, 2015

Wytches #5

"Wytches" #5 continues Scott Snyder, Jock and Matt Hollingsworth's trend of creating dark, dirty, claustrophobic series that lurk in the corner of your eye.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Jock
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, March 26th, 2015

Hit: 1957 #1

"Hit: 1957" #1 doesn't leap to the forefront of current crime comics, but Bryce Carlson and Vanesa Del Rey's new series is nevertheless a well-characterized -- albeit verbose -- entry in the genre.

Publisher:
Boom! Studios
Writer:
Bryce Carlson
Artists:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Thu, March 26th, 2015

The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #5

The Great Champion, Learoyd, leads Dunstan and a small band of the pooch's pals on a quest for bat guano in Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw" #5.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kurt Busiek
Artists:
Benjamin Dewey
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
Wed, March 25th, 2015

Miami Vice Remix #1

Joe Casey, Jim Mahfood and Justin Stewart give "Miami Vice Remix" #1 its own chic, striking a balance between retro- and neo-cool that gives this comic a bold and confident swagger.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Joe Casey
Artists:
Jim Mahfood
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, March 25th, 2015

The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Reading "The Multiversity: Ultra Comics" #1 may very well doom this planet, but Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke make the apocalypse so very attractive.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, March 25th, 2015

Strange Sports Stories #1

"Strange Sports Stories" #1 may sound like a strange topic for Vertigo's latest anthology miniseries, but the premiere's four selections are all solid pieces that interpret the book's premise in different manners.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Gilbert Hernandez, Amy Chu, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, Ivan Brandon
Artists:
Gilbert Hernandez, Tana Ford, Christopher Mitten, Amei Zhao
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, March 23rd, 2015

Princess Ugg #8

"Princess Ugg" #8 pays off the promises made in the series premiere as Ted Naifeh shows us how Princess Ugla's time in the "civilized" world benefits her own people in their war against the giants.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Ted Naifeh
Artists:
Ted Naifeh
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, March 23rd, 2015
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