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Jim Johnson

Jim is a freelance writer who started writing for CBR in 2013. He had worked previously at Comics Buyer's Guide since 1997 as a writer, reviewer, and online columnist. He has also written for other various comics-related publications and websites, covered comic conventions, and appeared in video commentaries. Occasionally, he's been known to interview creative professionals including comic writers and artists, actors, and musicians. His love of pop culture began with Star Wars, followed by comics shortly thereafter. Forever a rock n roll aficionado, he's also an unapologetic KISS and Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan. And he's always willing to try a new hot sauce or microbrew – especially if someone else is buying. He also fancies himself as a photographer now and again. If you're nice, he can be found on Twitter as @QuiGonJimm.

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’68: Rule of War #1
’68: Rule of War #1
3 Comic Reviews
The zombie apocalypse is undead and well during the Vietnam War in "'68: Rule of War" #1 by Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow, with a new Frankenstein-esque sci-fi element that's intriguing but a bit underplayed in this issue.
Silver Surfer #1
Silver Surfer #1
3 Comic Reviews
Dan Slott and Michael Allred deliver a fun, introductory adventure in "Silver Surfer" #1, a story full of parallels and contrasts but more importantly, one with a Norrin Radd who's a little bit looser and even makes a funny now and then.
The Wake #7
The Wake #7
3 Comic Reviews
Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy continue their captivating exploration of a world overrun with terrifying sea creatures in "The Wake" #7, in a well-structured and beautifully illustrated story that respects its readers' intelligence.
Satellite Sam #7
Satellite Sam #7
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Matt Fraction develops the cast of characters, and their various sordid issues, in his fascinating and complex storyline while artist Howard Chaykin continues to master his sequential art skills in the superb "Satellite Sam" #7.
Archie #653
Archie #653
3 Comic Reviews
The Archies wrap up their world tour in "Archie" #653 by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski, a fun and slightly-different romp full of camaraderie, shenanigans, and even a few life lessons snuck in.
The Returning #1
The Returning #1
3 Comic Reviews
An intriguing premise about coming back from the dead is marred by inconsistent art, stiff dialogue and an unexpected -- and unwanted -- move by the central character in "The Returning" #1 by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti.
Monster and Madman #1
Monster and Madman #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Monster and Madman" #1 by Steve Niles and Damien Worm is largely set-up for Frankenstein's monster to meet up with Jack the Ripper, but its insight into the creature's personality is enough to carry the issue.
Batman/Superman Annual #1
Batman/Superman Annual #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Batman/Superman Annual" #1 by Greg Pak, Jae Lee and a team of additional artists is a fun, attractive and well-packaged issue that's relevant and remarkably consistent with the main series.
Magneto #1
Magneto #1
3 Comic Reviews
It's clearly evident that the character is past his glory days in Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta's subdued "Magneto" #1, as the villain-turned-X-Man finds a new way to seek justice for mutants and champion their cause.
Jupiter’s Legacy #4
Jupiter’s Legacy #4
3 Comic Reviews
Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's "Jupiter's Legacy" #4 jumps ahead several years after last issue's events, juxtaposing this darker future with a much brighter origin flashback, while intriguingly analyzing superheroes in the moder
Hawkeye #15
Hawkeye #15
3 Comic Reviews
Artist David Aja returns to the series, and writer Matt Fraction puts the spotlight back on Hawkguy himself in "Hawkeye" #15, as the ever-present tracksuit mafia escalates the conflict in a darker but no less terrific issue.
Black Science #4
Black Science #4
3 Comic Reviews
"Black Science" #4 adds more suspense and surprises as Rick Remender's cast continues jumping between dimensions, which are all diversely rendered by Matteo Scalera and Dean White. It's classic science fiction with a contemporary spin.
Revenge #1
Revenge #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Revenge" #1 by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill is a contrived and cliche-filled story about just that: revenge, and is also full of violence, gore, sex and bad language, which would be fine if it had any kind of meaningful story.
Uncanny X-Men #17
Uncanny X-Men #17
3 Comic Reviews
Chris Bachalo brings some great layouts, tight linework, and attractive coloring to "Uncanny X-Men" #17, even if nothing really happens in Brian Michael Bendis' excessively long-winded and meandering story.
Daredevil #36
Daredevil #36
3 Comic Reviews
"Daredevil" #36 finishes off Mark Waid's first series as it leads directly into the next, where Waid and artist Chris Samnee deliver a tensely-paced and satisfying conclusion that sets a permanent new direction for the character.
Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1
Loki: Ragnarok and Roll #1
3 Comic Reviews
The God of Mischief begins his transformation to God of Rock in "Loki: Ragnarok and Roll" #1, lightly written by Eric M. Esquivel and pleasingly drawn by Jerry Gaylord with the right amount of cartoonish appeal.
Justice League of America #12
Justice League of America #12
3 Comic Reviews
"Justice League of America" #12 by Matt Kindt and a team of artists is another "Forever Evil" tie-in, but its contrivances and lack of dimension keep it from being more than a nice-looking comic that does little to advance the overall
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Winter Soldier: The Bitter March" #1 doesn't feature the lead character all that much, but Rick Remender and Roland Boschi nonetheless deliver a nice start to a cold war period piece with the same kind of feel as a classic S.H.I.E.L.D. thr
Insect Bath #1
Insect Bath #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Insect Bath" #1, edited by Jason T. Miles, pays its own unique and unapologetic tribute to 1970s underground comix with a horror spin, and is an expectedly mixed but overall worthwhile homage to a classic counter-culture era.
Iron Man #21
Iron Man #21
3 Comic Reviews
Kieron Gillen's "Iron Metropolitan" story carries on in "Iron Man" #21, and while centered around a neat idea, the actual execution weakens the issue, especially Joe Bennett and Scott Hanna's new characters bearing strong sim
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