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Comic Book Previews & Reviews: 2013-01-23

Bushido #4
Preview: Bushido #4
3 Comic Previews
VAMPIRES IN FEUDAL JAPAN! Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, Kichiro must fulfill his dreams of serving …
Chew #31
Review: Chew #31
3 Comic Reviews
In "Chew" #31, John Layman and Rob Guillory present a new story arc, "Bad Apples," in which a funeral segues into flames and more chicken jokes as Tony Chu and John Colby get back in the FDA saddle.
Justice League #16
Review: Justice League #16
3 Comic Reviews
"Justice League" #16 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis continue the "The Throne of Atlantis" crossover as Aquaman tries to avert a war. In the "Shazam!" backup, Black Adam finds Shazam! while Dr. Sivana has his own sinister plans.
Blue Beetle #16
Review: Blue Beetle #16
3 Comic Reviews
Jaime Reyes' second series comes to a less than spectacular close in the pages of "Blue Beetle" #16, despite the effort and talents of writer Tony Bedard and artist Marcio Takara.
Harbinger #8
Review: Harbinger #8
3 Comic Reviews
In "Harbinger" #8, Joshua Dysart and Lee Garbett introduce the last of the Renegades, Torque. In some ways, Torque is the most mundane of the bunch, but he may also be the most difficult fit yet for the team.
Winter Soldier #14
Review: Winter Soldier #14
3 Comic Reviews
"Winter Soldier" #14 from Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice is a fitting send off to the character Brubaker helped reinvigorate. The fight against Leo Novokov ends but causes some shockwaves that won't be brushed over.
Sacrifice #4
Review: Sacrifice #4
3 Comic Reviews
After a bit of a hiatus, "Sacrifice" #4 arrives to kick off the second half of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose's comic about the Aztecs, epilepsy, Joy Division and more. With some new twists here, it was worth the wait.
Batwoman #16
Review: Batwoman #16
3 Comic Reviews
Stunning visuals raise J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman's "Batwoman" #16 up to epic fantastical heights, but too many characters and too much narration drags it back down into flawed reality.
Gambit #8
Review: Gambit #8
3 Comic Reviews
James Asmus and a massive team of artists chip in to bring readers "Gambit" #8, but the art team drops the ball and a slew of errors and inconsistencies drag things down.
FF #3
Review: FF #3
3 Comic Reviews
"FF" #3 from Matt Fraction and Michael Allred is an emotional issue where Scott Lang and Darla Deering dominate proceedings with a chat and an aged Fantastic Four member heralds sour notes.
MIND MGMT #7
Review: MIND MGMT #7
3 Comic Reviews
Matt Kindt kicks off a new story arc in "MIND MGMT" #7 with not only a great summation of the first six issues, but several great twists that reinforce why this twisty puzzle box of a comic works so well.
Avengers #3
Review: Avengers #3
3 Comic Reviews
"Avengers" #3 wraps up Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena's debut story on the title, and while the conclusion feels a bit sudden, there's enough to like here to easily maintain readers' interest.
Fables #125
Review: Fables #125
3 Comic Reviews
"Fables" #125 kicks off a new storyline from Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham, and suddenly everything from the past year or so of "Fables" all snaps into place as part of a larger story.
Green Lantern #16
Review: Green Lantern #16
3 Comic Reviews
For a comic supposedly involved in a crossover, Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke's "Green Lantern" #16 remarkably stands on its own, even as they finally start wrapping up Simon Baz's introduction in a satisfactory way.
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