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Comic Book Previews & Reviews: 2014-05-28

C.O.W.L. #1
Review: C.O.W.L. #1
3 Comic Reviews
Short for the Chicago Organized Workers League, Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis' "C.O.W.L." #1 finds its superpowered members disgruntled and bitter following a golden age of heroes.
The Woods #2
Review: The Woods #2
3 Comic Reviews
James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas maintain the pervasive fear and tension of a school transported to alien surroundings in "The Woods" #2, but the issue suffers a bit from some weak characterization and cliched situations.
Chew/Revival #1
Review: Chew/Revival #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Chew/Revival" by John Layman, Tim Seeley, Rob Guillory and Mike Norton is an unlikely crossover, but the Chewverse and Rothschild, Wisconsin meld together surprisingly well, and fans of the two series will be more than satisfied.
All-Star Western #31
Review: All-Star Western #31
3 Comic Reviews
Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray show their usual excellent storytelling skill in "All-Star Western" #31, but their Madame .44 backup doesn't have the same vibe, but Staz Johnson and Jose Luis Garcia-López make both look great.
Thanos Annual #1
Review: Thanos Annual #1
3 Comic Reviews
Jim Starlin returns to write the character he created four decades ago in "Thanos Annual" #1, and with artist Ron Lim bridges the gap between his classic Thanos stories and upcoming events in a convoluted but enjoyable standalone story.
Batman #31
Review: Batman #31
3 Comic Reviews
The second installment of "Zero Year: Savage City" from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo gives "Batman" #31 a fight with some lions and a supercool early Batcycle scene.
Trees #1
Review: Trees #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Trees" #1 is as much world-building as it is narrative, but Warren Ellis and Jason Howard's comic about a slow-game alien invasion is almost instantly gripping.
24: Underground #2
Review: 24: Underground #2
3 Comic Reviews
Ed Brisson and Michael Gaydos prove that they "get" what's great about the TV drama "24," and therefore deliver a similarly tense and thrilling story in "24: Underground" #2 that has everything the show does except the t
Translucid #2
Review: Translucid #2
3 Comic Reviews
Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert examine and question superhero archetypes and how this world is connected to that of a troubled boy in "Translucid" #2, where these worlds are uniquely established by artists Daniel Bayliss & Adam Metcalf.
Vandroid #4
Preview: Vandroid #4
3 Comic Previews
Vandroid’s night is at its darkest, and it’s up to the Vanettes to step in to save the day! But when the Van-man is struck with a case of robo-amnesia, …
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