Articles by Jim Johnson

Hawkeye #15

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 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 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

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 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

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 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 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, 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

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

All-New Invaders #2

The old Invaders start to reunite in "All-New Invaders" #2, and are looking good as drawn by Steve Pugh and Guru-eFX. Writer James Robinson makes this reunion fun, but relies on a few too many contrivances to hold it together.

The Punisher #1

Frank Castle has set up shop in Los Angeles in "The Punisher" #1 by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads, where both the scenery and his disposition are a little brighter, but his war on crime still yields a high body count.

Earth 2 Annual #2

The new Batman's identity is revealed in the well-paced, superbly-drawn, and surprising "Earth 2 Annual" #2, by Tom Taylor, Robson Rocha, and Scott Hanna, which also provides the origin of, and link to, Earth 2's original Batman.

Bravest Warriors 2014 Annual #1

A quartet of creators each tells their own story featuring Catbug in the funny and even educational "Bravest Warriors 2014 Annual" #1, focusing on the character from Pendleton Ward's animated web-series and can be enjoyed by young kids and

Furious #1

Writer Bryan J.L. Glass takes a shot at superheroics in "Furious" #1, and he delivers a unique story despite a somewhat overbearing message. Artist Victor Santos keeps it light but bogs it down somewhat with confusing and oddly-shadowed panels.

George Romero's Empire of the Dead: Act One #1

George Romero brings his next zombie effort not to the big screen, but to the comic medium in "Empire of the Dead: Act One" #1, with a couple of cool surprises, allowing artist Alex Maleev to prove that he was born to draw an urban zombie apocal

The Massive #19

Brian Wood moves the locale to Eastern Europe and begins a new story with the return of some familiar characters and plot threads in "The Massive" #19, and this post-crash world looks as bleak as ever as drawn by Garry Brown.

Batman #27

Writer Scott Snyder slows the story a bit, taking time to explore character dynamics in the verbose "Batman" #27. Artists Greg Capullo and Danny Miki continue to beautifully render "Zero Year" with the usual beautiful layouts and homag

All-New X-Men #21

Veteran artist Brent Anderson contributes a few pages to Brian Michael Bendis and Brandon Peterson's "All-New X-Men" #21, but this introduction succeeds mostly at making the rest of the issue look weaker in comparison.

Batgirl #27

It's a super sparkly day in Gotham, as "Gothtopia" gets rolling in Gail Simone and Robert Gill's "Batgirl" #27, but a brutal villain contrasts the idyllic setting and a sense of uneasiness is pervasive in this impressive and

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