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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."
Greg McElhatton gives "Avengers" #6 4 stars, saying creative team Jonathan Hickman and Adam Kubert "turn a quiet story into one that's still captivating" in an issue focusing on Captain Universe.
Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at over 20 new releases, including Brian Wood's "Star Wars" #2, "The New Ghostbusters" #1 and the finale to Scott Snyder's "Death of the Family" storyline in "Batman" #17.
Greg McElhatton gives "Numbercruncher" #1 written by Si Spurrier with art by PJ Holden 4 stars, calling the Titan Comics debut issue "inventive, unpredictable and engaging." The book hits stores July 10.
Jennifer Cheng gives "Morning Glories" #24 4.5 stars, calling the double-sized issue by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma with a heavy focus on Ike "near-perfect in plotting and execution."
Doug Zawisza gives "Katana" #1 by Ann Nocenti and Alex Sanchez 4 stars, calling the series debut "a surprisingly good comic book with a strong female lead [and] stunning art."
Greg McElhatton gives "Fatale" #12 4.5 stars, calling the one-shot story by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips "a great example of how to write a stand-alone issue" and "a top-notch comic."
James Hunt gives "Secret Avengers" #1 4 stars, calling the issue by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross "very well constructed, and takes an unusual premise and makes it work."
Not even Bruce Willis can save the bloated, overblown fifth installment of the iconic "Die Hard" franchise, trading charm and ingenuity for murky direction, lazy writing and a script devoid of relatable characters.
Ryan K. Lindsay gives "Star Wars" #2 by Brian Wood and Carlos D'anda 4 stars, saying the issue "has character moments as often as it has intricate interplay with the established universe."
Doug Zawisza gives "Batman" #17 5 stars, calling Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's conclusion to "Death of the Family" "a stunning conclusion that permanently scars the Bat-family in a way not unlike the Joker's own disfigurement."
Last week the CBR Reviews staff looked at 25 new releases, including "Superior Spider-Man" #3, "Harbinger" #0, "Fairy Quest" #1 with Humberto Ramos art, Diggle & Jock's "Snapshot" #1 and the return of Bendis' "Scarlet" #6.
Jennifer Cheng gives "Hellboy in Hell" #3 4 stars, saying series creator Mike Mignola "keeps the humor and offbeat charm of Hellboy himself intact, making for unusual but haunting combination."
James Hunt gives "Superior Spider-Man" #3 by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman 4 stars, saying "the technical strength of this story alone is likely to make it one of the greats."
Doug Zawisza gives "Animal Man" #17, the first half of Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire's "Rotworld" finale, four stars, saying artist Steve Pugh's "horrific imagery of Rotlings...is quite a bit to wrap a mind around."