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Extraordinary X-Men #9

The first three pages of Jeff Lemire, Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba's "Extraordinary X-Men" #9 pull out all the stops, but -- after that -- the story of the junior X-Men's missing year gets a little too rote.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Wed, April 20th, 2016

Jackpot #1

In Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla's "Jackpot" #1, a sting gone wrong turns out to have bigger, stranger stakes.

Publisher:
AfterShock Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Marco Failla
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Goldie Vance #1

Hope Larson and Brittney Williams' "Goldie Vance" #1 introduces a new girl detective who solves mysteries when she's not working as a hotel valet.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Hope Larson
Artists:
Brittney L. Williams
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 18th, 2016

DC Comics Bombshells #11

Marguerite Bennett, Mirka Andolfo and Laura Braga's "DC Comics Bombshells" #11 kicks the Battle of Britain into high gear as most of the characters unite to fight against the Tenebrae.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marguerite Bennett
Artists:
Mirka Andolfo, Laura Braga
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Jupiter's Circle #5

Mark Millar, Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong and Ty Templeton's "Jupiter's Circle" #5 starts to wind things down, but -- even as we get a climactic confrontation -- the story feels unsure and up in the air.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Chris Sprouse, Walden Wong, Ty Templeton
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 18th, 2016

A-Force #4

A-Force battles Antimatter on the moon in Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson and Jorge Molina's "A-Force" #4.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Kelly Thompson, G. Willow Wilson
Artists:
Jorge Molina
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Heartthrob #1

Callie gets a new heart, a new attitude and a new ghost boyfriend in Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV's "Heartthrob" #1.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
Christopher Sebela
Artists:
Robert Wilson IV
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 18th, 2016

Silver Surfer #3

Dan Slott, Michael Allred and Laura Allred's "Silver Surfer" #3 tries to end the specter of Zenn-La within the Surfer's life once and for all, but the story never quite clicks, even with an expanded page count.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Dan Slott
Artists:
Michael Allred
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Batman/Superman #31

Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza continue "The Final Days of Superman" in "Batman/Superman" #31, which introduces new foes, follows up on an introduction from the first chapter and ties off a loose thread.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Mockingbird #2

Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk's "Mockingbird" #2 is much more straightforward than its inventive first issue, but it's still a real joy to read.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chelsea Cain
Artists:
Kate Niemczyk
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 15th, 2016

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

In Cavan Scott and Adriana Melo's "Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor" #1, the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack receive a troubling transmission and their investigation leads them to a very familiar celebrity.

Publisher:
Titan Comics
Writer:
Cavan Scott
Artists:
Adriana Melo
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Thu, April 14th, 2016

Archie #7

Mark Waid and Veronica Fish's "Archie" #7 features a battle of wits between Reggie Mantle and Archie Andrews as they try to strengthen their relationship with Hiram Lodge and win Veronica's heart.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Mark Waid
Artists:
Veronica Fish
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Thu, April 14th, 2016

Hot Damn #1

The recently deceased Teddy Graham learns to navigate the bureaucracy of Hell in Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon's wildly funny "Hot Damn" #1.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Ryan Ferrier
Artists:
Valentin Ramon
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Thu, April 14th, 2016

House of Penance #1

Peter J. Tomasi and Ian Bertram forge a downright creepy and horrific tale in "House of Penance" #1.

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Ian Bertram
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 13th, 2016

Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

James Robinson and Tony Harris deliver some storytelling magic in "Star Wars Special: C-3PO" #1, which answers how Threepio got his red arm and presents some great character development as well as superb pacing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
James Robinson
Artists:
Tony Harris
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Wed, April 13th, 2016

Moon Knight #1

Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood take Marc Spector out for a spin in "Moon Knight" #1, playing up his madness and calling into question how much, if any, of his career as Moon Knight is reality.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Greg Smallwood
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Tue, April 12th, 2016

The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Christopher Hastings, Danilo Beyruth and Gurihiru put a slightly darker spin on Gwen Poole in "The Unbelievable Gwenpool" #1, but they also make this oddly amalgamated heroine fun and compelling.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Christopher Hastings
Artists:
Gurihiru, Danilo Beyruth
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, April 12th, 2016

Detective Comics #51

In Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin's "Detective Comics" #51, the members of Jim Gordon's former Marine unit are being hunted down -- and he's next.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man #1

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg refine their pulp hero formula down to a storytelling science in "Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man."

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Writer:
Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artists:
Peter Snejbjerg
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Black Widow #2

Chris Samnee and Mark Waid's "Black Widow" #2 answers some of the questions raised in Natasha Romanov's smashing debut, but the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agent is still in world of trouble.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Chris Samnee, Mark Waid
Artists:
Chris Samnee
Reviewer:
Karen O'Brien
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Grizzly Shark #1

Although Sea Bear is nowhere to be seen, Ryan Ottley's cult classic character is back with all-new adventures in "Grizzly Shark" #1.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Ryan Ottley
Artists:
Ryan Ottley
Reviewer:
Leia Calderon
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #2

Tommy and the team fight Scorpina in Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando, Hendry Prasetya and Corin Howell's "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" #2.

Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Writer:
Kyle Higgins, Steve Orlando
Artists:
Hendry Prasetya, Corin Howell
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Geoff Johns' "Justice League: Darkseid War Special" #1 is carried by a strong artistic team and the equally strong characters Jessica Cruz, aka Power Ring, and Grail, daughter of Darkseid.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Oscar Jimenez, Paul Pelletier, Joe Prado, Tony Kordos
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #6

"Uncanny X-Men" #6 kicks off this title's portion of "Apocalypse Wars," but Cullen Bunn, Ken Lashley and Paco Medina's two stories are nothing but backstory and extended setup.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Cullen Bunn
Artists:
Ken Lashley, Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 11th, 2016

The Mighty Zodiac #1

J. Torres and Corin Howell's "The Mighty Zodiac" #1 has a fun concept where Chinese warrior animals try to rescue fallen stars, but the execution feels a little too generic for a first issue.

Publisher:
Oni Press
Writer:
J. Torres
Artists:
Corin Howell
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 11th, 2016

Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool's Special #1

"Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool's Special" #1 leads into the upcoming "Suicide Squad" series, but Rob Williams, Jim Lee and Sean "Cheeks" Galloway's comic never quite clicks in any of its different st

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Jim Lee, Sean Galloway, Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Richard Friend
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 8th, 2016

Batgirl #50

Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, Bats Tarr and company wrap up the Fugue's plot in "Batgirl" #50, which serves as a strong conclusion to their run on the title.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Artists:
Babs Tarr, Roger Robinson, John Timms, Eleonora Carlini, James Harvey, Cameron Stewart
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 8th, 2016

The Vision #6

Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta make things much, much worse for the Vision and his family when the neighbors' dog visits in "The Vision" #6.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Fri, April 8th, 2016

The Fix #1

Spencer and Steve Lieber's clean, well-trimmed bad guys belie the darkly comical tone of "The Fix" #1, a highly engaging introduction.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer
Artists:
Steve Lieber
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Fri, April 8th, 2016

The Wicked + The Divine #18

"The Wicked + The Divine" #18 kicks off the series' explosive new story arc as Persephone performs her first concert, the gods choose sides and Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie give readers reasons to worry.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Kieron Gillen
Artists:
Jamie McKelvie
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 7th, 2016

Superman #51

In "Superman" #51, Peter J. Tomasi and Mikel Janin kick off a storyline that has a distinctly different title than originally advertised, and one that now looks to lead directly into "Superman: Rebirth."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Mikel Janin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Thu, April 7th, 2016

Empress #1

Emporia flees Earth to escape her dictator husband in Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen's "Empress" #1.

Publisher:
Marvel Icon
Writer:
Mark Millar
Artists:
Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Wed, April 6th, 2016

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Charles Soule and Phil Noto take a safe approach to the Resistance's best pilot in "Star Wars: Poe Dameron" #1, which faithfully brings the characters and the tech to life in an attractive and inviting introduction.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Phil Noto
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
Tue, April 5th, 2016

Jughead #5

The gang investigates Principal Stanger's past in Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson's "Jughead" #5.

Publisher:
Archie Comics
Writer:
Chip Zdarsky
Artists:
Erica Henderson
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations #1

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Deviations" #1 by Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz, Zach Howard, Cory Smith and Joylon Yates has an elevator pitch that's hard to resist: what if the Turtles worked for Shredder instead of Splinter?

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
Artists:
Zach Howard, Cory Smith, Joylon Yates
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Daredevil #5

Charles Soule and Ron Garney's "Daredevil" #5 brings Daredevil and Blindspot's struggle against Tenfingers to an end, but this new installment leaves behind a lot of what made the earlier issues so appealing.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Ron Garney
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Black Road #1

Brian Wood and Garry Brown's "Black Road" #1 plunges readers into Norway as the Norsemen and the Christians wage a vicious war of conversion, with Magnus the Black as our slightly unreliable.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian Wood
Artists:
Garry Brown
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Jem and the Holograms #13

In Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's "Jem and the Holograms" #13, Blaze makes her debut with the Misfits while Jem and the Holograms struggle to break free of Dark Jem's spell.

Publisher:
IDW
Writer:
Kelly Thompson, Sophie Campbell
Artists:
Sophie Campbell
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Black Panther #1

In Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze's "Black Panther" #1, T'Challa seeks the cause of the Wakandan uprisings, while members of the Dora Milaje make a life-changing decision.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artists:
Brian Stelfreeze
Reviewer:
Matt Little
Mon, April 4th, 2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson #7

Sam, Steve, Maria and Bucky try to survive Pleasant Hill in Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna's "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #7.

Publisher:
Marvel Comics
Writer:
Nick Spencer, Joss Whedon, Tim Sale, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Daniel Acuna, Angela Unzueta, Matt Yackey, John Cassaday, Tim Sale, Mike Perkins
Reviewer:
Marykate Jasper
Fri, April 1st, 2016
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