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Doug Zawisza gives "Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comic" #3 by Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Del Mundo & Yves Bigarel 4.5 stars, calling it "a well-executed Infinite Comic from Marvel that spectacularly informs the reader of Gamora."
Kelly Thompson gives "Glory" #34 4.5 stars, calling the series' final issue by Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell "one of the boldest, bravest and most wonderfully bizarre superhero books."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Indestructible Hulk" #6 by Mark Waid and new series artist Walter Simonson 4 stars, calling the issue "fantastically written, perfectly illustrated and a definite clear jumping on point."
Greg McElhatton gives "Detective Comics" #19 4 stars, calling the 900th consecutive issue of DC's flagship series by John Layman, James Tynion and a giant art team "a nice way to turn 900."
Our reviewers weigh in on over 20 recent releases, including Grant Morrison's "Batman Incorporated" #9, Sam Humphries' "Uncanny X-Force" #3 and Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba & Mike Mignola's "B.P.R.D: Vampire" #1.
Giving Rick Remender and Olivier Coipel's "Uncanny Avengers" #5 4 stars, Doug Zawisza says the the issue is "pure joy for fans of any of the characters contained within."
In "The Place Beyond the Pines," "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance creates a tragic and touching tale of crime and repercussions, with strong performances by Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper at its center.
Greg McElhatton gives Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's "East of West" #1 4.5 stars, calling it "the most interesting story of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse I've seen in quite a while."
Director Jon M. Chu's boisterous sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" embraces the camp and fun of the Hasbro universe, rebooting the franchise with a stellar new cast and a script that rewards longtime fans.
Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including "Star Wars: Legacy - Prisoner of the Floating World" #1, "All-New X-Men" #9, "Nova" #2 and "Action Comics" #18, Grant Morrison's final issue.
James Hunt gives "Captain Marvel" #11 4 stars, saying the issue by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela and Filipe Andrade "gives a distinctly irony-free approach to solo superheroics."
Kelly Thompson gives "Saga" #11 5 stars, calling the issue by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples "a perfect blend of humor and drama that will make readers gasp alternatively in horror and hilarity at every turn."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Daredevil" #24 4 stars, saying creative team Mark Waid and Chris Samnee "are controlled, well metered and precise with every scene" in the latest story installment of the Man Without Fear.
Doug Zawisza gives Grant Morrison and Rags Morales' final issue of "Action Comics" 4 stars, saying it "celebrates the Man of Steel, his supporting cast, his heritage and his legacy."
Filled with kid-friendly colors and action, DreamWorks' "The Croods" offers plenty for adults with sophisticated animation, bold character and creature designs, and a charming story about allowing children to grow up.
Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including "Ultimate Comics Wolverine" #1, Mignola's "Sledgehammer 44" #1, "Star Wars" #3, "Batman" #18 and Bendis & Hitch's "Age of Ultron" #2.
Kelly Thompson gives "Ultimate Comics X-Men" #24 4 stars, saying the issue by Brian Wood and Mahmud Asrar "continues to deliver a tale epic in scope and personal in execution."
While "Spring Breakers" is a frenetic, drug-fueled, sex-filled look at the downward spiral of four friends that serves as a coming-out party for Disney starlets Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, James Franco steals the show.
Doug Zawisza gives "Batman and Robin" #18 5 stars, calling the issue dealing with the aftereffects of Damian Wayne's death "one of the best single issues of Tomasi and Gleason's collaboration."
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Sledgehammer 44" #1 4 stars, calling Mike Mignola's newest series co-written by John Arcudi with art by Jason Latour "one fantastic and absurd war comic."
James Hunt gives "Dial H" #10 by China Mieville with art by Alberto Ponticelli 4 stars, saying the issue has "a genuinely compelling ending that should leave readers more than ready for more."
Greg McElhatton gives "Hellboy in Hell" #4 4.5 stars, saying the arc-concluding issue by "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola "shows a master returning to his craft and exceeding reader expectations."
Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" is fun, and it definitely feels like a Sam Raimi movie, but it's held back by a desire to emphasize -- or, rather, over-emphasize -- its 3D elements.
Jonathan Hickman and his "S.H.I.E.L.D." collaborator Dustin Weaver reunite for a 4.5 star issue of "Avengers," which Doug Zawisza says "vividly exposes the Marvel Universe and its unfurling possibilities."
Kelly Thompson gives "A+X" #5 4 stars, calling the short-story issue by Kathryn Immonen, David LaFuente, Kieron Gillen and Joe Bennett "one of the best yet with chemistry laden pairings."
Doug Zawisza gives "Swamp Thing" #18 by Scott Snyder with art by Yanick Paquette 4 stars, calling Snyder's final issue of the series and "Rotworld" epilogue "poignant and on target."
Greg McElhatton gives "Animal Man" #18 4 stars, calling the "Rotworld" epilogue by Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh "a sad conclusion, but one that will play out with good dramatic effect in the months to come."
Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 25 new releases, including "Courtney Crumrin" #10, Alan Moore's "Nemo: Heart of Ice," "Batman, Incorporated" #8 -- featuring a dramatic death -- and more.
Greg McElhatton gives "Young Avengers" #2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie 4 stars, calling the second issue of the Marvel NOW! series "stylish and upbeat" and "still a lot of fun."
Nat Webb gives Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's "Nemo: Heart of Ice" 4.5 stars, calling the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" original graphic novel "a fun adventure story supported by a complex thematic weave."
While director Bryan Singer demonstrates his deftness with 3D in "Jack the Giant Slayer," he fails to deliver anything beyond a one-dimensional adventure story, forcing an impressive cast into cookie-cutter roles.
Kelly Thompson gives "Hawkeye" #8 4.5 stars, calling the series about the misadventures of Clint Barton by Matt Fraction and David Aja "the best superhero book I've read in a very, very long time."
Doug Zawisza gives "Aquaman" #17 4.5 stars, saying Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier's "Throne of Atlantis" epilogue "sets the table and preps adventures to come while addressing all aspects of the character."
Doug Zawisza gives "Guardians of the Galaxy" #0.1 4 stars, calling the origin of Peter Quill by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Steve McNiven "exciting, fresh and new, even if it does simply resuscitate an old tale from yesteryear."
Last week, CBR's crack review staff weighed in with their thoughts on two dozen new releases, including a 5-star review of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil, the latest "Adventure Time" and more.
Greg McElhatton gives "The Black Beetle" #2 written and drawn by Francesco Francavilla 4.5 stars, calling the issue "just breathtaking" and saying "the end result is nothing short of exquisite."
Jennifer Cheng gives "Justice League" #17 4 stars, calling Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis & Joe Prado's conclusion to "Throne of Atlantis" "a strong finale with suspense from its emotional punches and serious consequences."
Doug Zawisza gives "Thor: God of Thunder" #5 4 stars, saying Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic have "birthed an intense new foe for Thor and the grander Marvel Universe while giving Thor's mythology more depth and agility."
Doug Zawisza gives "Daredevil" #23 5 stars, calling the issue by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee "the type of comic that continues to have an effect after the cover is closed."
Kelly Thompson gives "Captain Marvel" #10 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela and Filipe Andrade 4.5 stars, saying the issue has a "balance of emotion and action that works incredibly well on the whole."