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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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Unity #1
Unity #1
3 Comic Reviews
This generation's "Unity" #1 by Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite, like its predecessor, makes a good case for giving Valiant a try, while also making for a well-written and nice-looking entry for the publisher's existing readers.
Action Comics Annual #2
Action Comics Annual #2
3 Comic Reviews
"Action Comics Annual" #2 by Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Jurgens is enjoyable enough for attention to the fundamentals of comic storytelling, but the intriguing and nice looking story isn't bad, either.
Avengers #22
Avengers #22
3 Comic Reviews
Jonathan Hickman brings all of the human content missing from "Infinity" into "Avengers" #22, and Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan do their part by making the good guys look good and the bad guys look ugly.
Infinity #5
Infinity #5
3 Comic Reviews
Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver draw plenty of great looking space fleets and alien armies in "Infinity" #5, but writer Jonathan Hickman sacrifices most of the characterization in exchange for a cosmic epic that feels emotionless.
Indestructible Hulk #14
Indestructible Hulk #14
3 Comic Reviews
Mark Waid offers up a time-jumping thrillride in "Indestructible Hulk" #14, but artist Kim Jacinto's disjointed pages don't capture the thrills or deliver as many great moments as well as leadoff artist Mahmud Asrar's initial one
Aquaman #24
Aquaman #24
3 Comic Reviews
Geoff Johns' next-to-last chapter of "Death of a King," as well as his next-to-last issue as writer, unfolds in a grand way in "Aquaman" #24, filled with origins, surprises, and great imagery from Paul Pelletier and Sean Parsons.
Zombie War #1
Zombie War #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Zombie War" #1 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Skulan and Eric Talbot delivers an unabashed tale of zombie violence, originally created over twenty years ago, that's nothing like the kind of mayhem created by most modern-day zombie stories.
Zero #2
Zero #2
3 Comic Reviews
"Zero" #2 by Ales Kot and Tradd Moore is an intense but uneven issue that focuses on the brutally harsh and cold formative years of Edward Zero, the eventual soldier/assassin seen in the series' introductory issue.
Batman and Two-Face #24
Batman and Two-Face #24
3 Comic Reviews
"Batman and Two-Face" #24, is a moderately clever look at Two-Face that doesn't feature much of Batman, and is elevated by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray's art in some places while hampered in others.
Fantastic Four #13
Fantastic Four #13
3 Comic Reviews
Writers Matt Fraction and Karl Kesel take the series on a darkly fascinating detour in "Fantastic Four" #13, while artists Mark Bagley and Joe Rubinstein keep it pleasingly light.
X-Men #6
X-Men #6
3 Comic Reviews
"X-Men" #6 by Brian Wood and David López succeeds as both a chapter of "Battle of the Atom" and the ongoing series, but the large cast and no references to past events make it a tough read for the more casual X-Men reader.
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Superman/Wonder Woman" #1 by Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel works better as a straightforward superhero team-up than as a love story and is padded with full page illustrations, but this first issue will make readers want more.
Avengers: Endless Wartime
Avengers: Endless Wartime
3 Comic Reviews
Warren Ellis provides an engaging and refreshing reminder of the essence of Marvel's premiere superhero team in "Avengers: Endless Wartime," and Mike McKone mostly makes it feel epic, but it's marred by a glossed-over and disappointi
Captain America: Living Legend #1
Captain America: Living Legend #1
3 Comic Reviews
In "Captain America: Living Legend" #1, Cap only looks the part thanks to Granov's bold and life-like illustrations. Granov and Andy Diggle's story, with its flat dialogue and lack of any real punch, does little to showcase Cap as much
Archie #648
Archie #648
3 Comic Reviews
Former "Thor" writer Tom DeFalco creates a funny and enjoyable parody of The Thunder God in "Archie" #648, by transforming Archie into the Clod of Thunder while he and artists Fernando Ruiz and Rich Koslowski stay true to all character
The Other Dead #1
The Other Dead #1
3 Comic Reviews
Digger Mesch's idea of undead animals is decently-realized by Joshua Ortega in "The Other Dead" #1, albeit with some gratuitous distractions that slow the story's pace. It's nicely drawn by Qing Ping Mui, who makes zombie animals
Uncanny Avengers #12
Uncanny Avengers #12
3 Comic Reviews
Rick Remender advances his Apocalypse Twins story in "Uncanny Avengers" #12, but his awkward dialogue, over-the-top violence and some sloppy artwork from Salvador Larroca make it far less enjoyable.
Detective Comics #23.4
Detective Comics #23.4
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Frank Tieri uses Villains Month as a backdrop for a brutal but enjoyable character study of Man-Bat in "Detective Comics" #23.4, and Scot Eaton and Jaime Mendoza are in sync portraying a conflicted character with noble intent but animal i
Ghosted #3
Ghosted #3
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Joshua Williamson finally gets his paranormal game on with "Ghosted" #3, and artist Goran Sudzuka delivers an uncluttered looking story of an expert thief and his crew attempting to steal nothing less than an actual ghost from a haunted m
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