Alexander Jones's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Bin, Multiversity Comics, The Beat Reviews: 146
7.0Avg. Review Rating

7.0
Age of Ultron #1

Mar 6, 2013

With an incredibly familiar story Age Of Ultron has a lot to prove in the next few issues.

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8.5
All-New X-Men #1

Nov 14, 2012

Cyclops escaping from prison so soon is a jarring transition, but if he indeed is serving as the antagonist for the book then Bendis indeed has a lot to play with. The two new mutants introduced are also endearing. The ending of the comic, which features the original X-Men being sucked out of time makes for an interesting dynamic between characters. Fortunately we need only wait a few weeks for the continuation of the story. Overall this is an incredibly solid issue even if it offers little in the way of surprise.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #2

Nov 28, 2012

The content of the comic while wordy is still fantastic. The classic X-Men are very naive and scared. The notion of innocence being swept away into the future is great. Examining the ramifications on Wolverine and seeing him being put to sleep like commonplace dog is a shining moment in the script. The two Icemen also have a scene stealing moment when they look into each others eyes. The classic X-Men also think that Utopia is heaven itself. Then they steal a Quinjet and are whisked away into another adventure. With the impending doom that is present day Cyclops next issue and the fun to be had in this issue as well this series is highly recommended.

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9.5
All-New X-Men #3

Dec 12, 2012

In spite of that fact this issue is simply great. Emma Frost arguing with Cyclops about her stance on the state of things in the Marvel Universe is enchanting. Magneto finding the true intentions within a lying Cyclops is also a deep introspective and engaging character moment. Another incredibly smart idea is enhancing the mutations for all of the X-Men in general. Even though an X-Men may not believe this, it is an inherent fact that a power or mutation would be an extent of an individuals personality. During an interview Bendis stated that regardless of what people think when going through a drastic change in your life your appearance changes along with you. Knowing the costumes of the Cyclops team of X-Men will soon change seems incredibly appropriate. The present and future are finally looking bright for readers of X-Men this title is every bit as exciting as we could have hoped for. Although for the X-Men themselves dark times lie ahead.

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9.5
All-New X-Men #4

Dec 20, 2012

Once again the gorgeous visuals that Immonen renders only turns the comic into a truer work of art. All New X-Men is a can't miss title for any fan of the current Marvel Universe.

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10
All-New X-Men #6

Jan 16, 2013

Then to top off this spectacular issue the audience is treated to the return of Mystique and the Raven in possible a more intimate manner. This story angle is touched on in the cover to next months issue of the title. With Marquez staying on art and Bendis staying on scripting duties for this marvelous comic readers have nothing to worry about anytime soon.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #698

Nov 21, 2012

The supporting cast gets a nice moment to shine here and in many cases those parts are the strength of the issue. Mary Jane has fun bouncy dialogue and has opened a new nightclub. Aunt May is suffering from minor health issues. The conversation piece of the issue itself lies in the end. Spider-man emerged from the previous story arc scathed. Spidey has been possessed by the mind of Otto Octavious. Which changes virtually everything and explains why the arms play such a prevalent role on the covers to upcoming issues of The Amazing Spider-man. While the cliffhanger is a new spin on the series it is hard to imagine that Spider-man will be possessed by Doctor Octopus for much longer. The only thing true believers can do at this point is speculate and wait for the next issue.

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6.5
Amazing Spider-Man #699

Dec 6, 2012

One of the more somber scenes of the book was seeing the Lizard. While he claimed to be healed Connors decided to stay in prison to protect the people he loves. Another incredible tense scene was waiting for the villains to break Spidey out of prison. Slott has some great moments in this issue and the wait for Spider-Man 700 is almost unbearable. It is only a few weeks till The Amazing Spider-Man 700 and The Superior Spider-Man. Spidey fans need not wait much longer.

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4.0
Amazing Spider-Man #700

Dec 24, 2012

There is a reason that Dan Slott the current writer of Amazing Spider-Man has received death threats from fans. Fans that have been following the title for the last few issues could have seen this issue coming. Therefore what particularly matters at the end of the day is the execution of Amazing Spider-Man 700. Unfortunately this is where the issue falters. Humberto Ramos is not doing Spider-Man any favors. Ramos makes the issue forgettable dry and dull. Slott's script is not up to par either.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #18

Mar 20, 2017

Waid and Woods continue to craft a series that is truly for all-ages in the newest issue of "Archie".

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7.0
Archie (2015) #19

Apr 24, 2017

"Archie" delivers a good story marred by small blemishes and a lack of ambition in the series' 19th installment.

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9.0
Avengers (2012) #2

Dec 20, 2012

The rest of the issue centers on a meeting between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers discussing the future of the Avengers. It is a flashback to the past and a tried and true concept of putting a huge team together. While issues like this frustrate some the motivation of each character joining the Avengers should be appreciated. Something that will interest most readers is the strange elusive Avengers machine in which the characters spoke of. A clever reader might refer back to this specific arc of Avengers being called Avengers world and wonder if the Avengers machine ties into the idea or story arc. While many fun character moments are had this issue slowed things down a bit and smelled the roses of the first issue. However there is no need to worry until next month. For now enjoy this era of Avengers written and drawn by forward thinking people.

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6.0
Avengers (2016) #1.MU

Jan 26, 2017

You should take a look at this issue on Marvel Unlimited or at your shop for the wonderful talent of Sean Izaakse.

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8.0
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Alpha #1

Mar 3, 2016

Avengers Standoff is great fun. Pick up this issue and continue reading the Marvel books you've already been reading that are involved in the crossover.

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8.0
Avengers Standoff: Assault on Pleasant Hill Omega #1

Apr 28, 2016

If you missed the middle like me, have no fear and jump in" this is just like the ending of a major Marvel Cinematic Universe film" it reads slick and looks pretty.

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7.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #12

Oct 4, 2012

The most disappointing thing about this issue is Adam Kubert's pencils. They are very inconsistent. Some scenes flash true greatness such as the scenes with Scarlet Witch and Hope have great facial expressions. Some are just lacking like the scene with Cyclops in jail. This finish is exactly what we needed. It houses a few twists and interesting revelations and leaves the Marvel Universe in an interesting place for Marvel Now.

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10
Batman and Robin (2011) #18

Mar 13, 2013

When a comic book truly utilizes the medium a masterpiece like Batman and Robin #18 is created. For any writer to evoke a sense of loss this devastating is truly incredible. A perfect score is awarded to the best collaboration between Tomasi and Gleason on a Batman title.

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4.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

Apr 27, 2017

Ben Reilly's newest solo series is one of the weakest Marvel debuts I've read in recent memory. Reilly's characterization is unflattering while being both generic and boring.

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8.0
Black Bolt #1

May 3, 2017

Black Bolt #1 is an exciting new start to a book bursting with lots of untapped potential.

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6.0
Black Knight (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

Much like the recent Hercules, this ongoing may need the reader to get invested before they can see the heart at Black Knights's center.

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6.0
Black Panther & the Crew #1

Apr 13, 2017

Black Panther & The Crew is an interesting look at Misty Knight and the Marvel Universe's take on Harlem that doesn't stand out in a crowded market.

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8.0
Black Panther (2016) #1

Apr 8, 2016

In the tradition of writers like Jason Aaron, Roy Thomas, Don McGregor, Stan Lee, Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Hickman and Christopher Priest, Coates is able to channel that classic voice of T'Challa and further expand his world in an exciting and unique within this brand new story arc.

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8.0
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 3, 2016

Add to the pull box. This is what comics are supposed to be.

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8.0
Britannia: We Who Are About to Die #1

Apr 27, 2017

"Britannia: Who are About to Die #1" is massive leap forward for the quality of the overall series.

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6.0
Bullseye (2017) #1

Feb 7, 2017

Bullseye almost nails the landing with a solid, but not perfect debut issue.

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8.0
Cable (2017) #1

Jun 1, 2017

There's an unprecedented level of fun in Cable #1 that calls for your attention!

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 25, 2016

The bottom line is that this book is wonderfully crafted with some of the best, most heartfelt flashbacks to Steve's childhood that I have ever read. Spencer has established some really interesting ground to move and shake around Rogers' character and while I can't wait to see what happens next, the author must proceed with caution and add plenty of new layers and aspects of this series to really flesh things out.

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8.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #15

Apr 10, 2017

"Captain America: Steve Rogers" #15 is an essential piece in Secret Empire that pays off a huge plot thread of the series and features stunning work from Guinaldo, Pina and Spencer.

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4.0
Champions #1.MU

Feb 22, 2017

Whitley's dialogue heavy script makes Champions #1.MU a snore while Brandt and Stein feel like they are developing an interesting style.

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8.0
Civil War II #0

May 19, 2016

Civil War II #0 is a really nice issue full of sweet and interesting character moments" if Bendis can add just enough plot to the proceedings, readers will be in for a treat in the months to come.

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6.0
Civil War II #8

Dec 28, 2016

There's plenty of other exciting things going at Marvel and big, exciting new books to enjoy to be overly disappointed in this finale, read on!

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8.0
Civil War II: The Oath #1

Jan 26, 2017

Do. Not. Miss. The Marvel Universe is paying off a HUGE storyline in this issue!

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #15

Jan 16, 2017

The debut of the 'The Seventh Day' lives up to the epic title as Charles Soule finally plays some of his best hidden cards.

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8.0
Daredevil (2015) #19

Apr 20, 2017

Soule and Laming introduce readers into some bleak, introspective territory in "Daredevil" #18, calling on the very core of the blind lawyer.

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8.0
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 15, 2017

"Dark Days: The Forge" #1 asks the right questions and doesn't give away too much.

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4.0
Deadpool (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

My once a year obligation to reading a Deadpool #1 has been fulfilled.

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6.0
Deadpool: The Duck #1

Jan 4, 2017

I just assumed this concept would aggravate me, yet Deadpool the Duck made me a believer.

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8.0
Death of Hawkman #6

Mar 6, 2017

"Death of Hawkman" #6 ratchets up the tension of the series, paying off the journey of previous issues with a deadly conclusion.

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8.3
Deathstroke (2016) #20

Jun 12, 2017

"Deathstroke" #20 executes the first steps of a new status quo and paints a bleak picture of the Wilson family along the way.

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10
Defenders (2011) #12

Nov 28, 2012

Even though Fraction's run on Defenders is an underappreciated gem it is not one to be missed by anybody. Do yourself a favor and read this series.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #954

Apr 17, 2017

Browse. Tynion seems almost ready to pump the gas towards a big conflict with the current League of Shadows storyline.

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8.0
Divinity III: Shadowman #1

Feb 13, 2017

Wilson and Gill find a new way to establish Shadowman in the Valiant Universe as Kindt and Ryp get the chance to haunt your dreams.

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8.0
Doctor Strange (2015) #1.MU

Feb 16, 2017

I'm not sure why Monsters Unleashed hasn't applied this comics' fun and frenetic action to the overly-serious main series.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #5

Mar 24, 2017

Doom Patrol #5 continues the wonder and charm this series evoked since the first issue!

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4.0
Drax (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

This issue isn't unlikely to offend anyone, but I don't necessarily know who this is aimed at, either. Even fans of CM Punk may not find enough nuance to get interested in the adventures of Drax.

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8.0
Elektra (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Elektra #1 steals the show thanks to Owens' tortured script and Cabal's lovely art.

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4.0
Extraordinary X-Men #1

Nov 6, 2015

If you're looking for all the answers to your continuity problems, search elsewhere. If you are invested in the X-Men as a whole, this series is worth a look. The comic is probably not where new readers should be advised to start, either.

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6.0
Gamora #1

Dec 21, 2016

There's potential in this troubled debut.

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8.0
Generation X (2017) #1

May 18, 2017

Christina Strain and Amilcar Pinna bring the fun and the weird back into the X-Men with their new take on Generation X and the Xavier Institute for mutants who can't do powers good.

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8.5
Generation X (2017) #3

Jun 19, 2017

"Generation X" #3 promotes a new team of X-Men to the forefront!

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9.0
Green Lantern (2011) #17

Feb 20, 2013

The Green Lantern franchise has continued to evolve into something rife with potential and incredible. Geoff Johns along with writers Pete Tomasi and Tony Bedard have made this side of the Green Lantern universe endlessly exciting. Artist Doug Mahnke has crafted very unique imagery that will stick with the franchise in this next evolution and for years to come

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8.5
Green Lantern (2011) #18

Mar 8, 2013

This issue of Green Lantern was very effective in setting up the endgame of the series and still remaining interesting.

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10
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #0.1

Feb 27, 2013

Guardians Of The Galaxy 0.1 will haunt your dreams and leave you incredibly excited for the next issue. In serialized storytelling where a new issue is published monthly there is nothing more that you could possibly ask from a series. Get in on this Comic Book from the ground floor and discover this new cosmic side of the Marvel Universe.

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4.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #19

Apr 14, 2017

Sit Bendis' final issue of Guardians out and hope Marvel takes more chances with the launch of "All-New Guardians of the Galaxy" in May.

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7.5
Hawkeye (2016) #6

May 8, 2017

After a slow first half, "Hawkeye" #6 gets into gear with an interesting supernatural mystery from Thompson and Walsh.

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6.0
Hercules (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

This book needs a few more issues to get into the Olympian heroes' new adventures.

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6.0
Howard The Duck (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

Zdarsky and company's new #1 with the character continued all the ongoing plot threads and barely introduced anything to readers who are just jumping on right now, making this a poor "first issue" read.

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8.0
Hulk (2016) #1

Dec 28, 2016

Hulk #1 gives Jennifer's life a new direction and personality and I can't wait to explore more of her post-Civil War II state of mind.

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6.0
Iceman (2017) #1

Jun 9, 2017

Iceman is pleasant but doesn't stand out on a crowded rack of comics.

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7.5
Indestructible Hulk #1

Nov 28, 2012

While Leinil Yu has some slick ultra detailed pencils the storytelling is not completely there in the talking head sequences which pretty much comprise most of the book. The action scenes are explosive and are rendered fantastically. Black and white preview pages for the series will make the reader appreciate the comic more because you can see every individual line that Yu carefully drew in. Even though the comic reads like a mission state from Bruce Banner there is some fun to be had here. Given Mark Waid's track record as of late it is worth trusting him to take you along for the ride. Even though this first issue isn't great it is bursting with potential.

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6.0
Inhumans Prime #1

Mar 29, 2017

I have no clue what lies ahead for the Royal family and what this issue means for the Inhumans as a whole.

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8.0
IvX #2

Jan 11, 2017

I read some painfully half-baked and underdeveloped comic book events in 2016. I read storylines that were close to breaking chains of logic or stories that had too many characters or factions of team to convey a focused idea. I read events that were not paced correctly, stories that had nothing new to say about characters and events that missed key moments of drama that would have made an event storyline excel. Inhumans Vs. X-Men has not fallen into any of those traps yet and really has a unique potential to push both franchises forward" and it has wonderful artwork!

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8.0
IvX #6

Mar 8, 2017

Soule and Lemire close out their Inhumans and X-Men event with an emotional finale.

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6.0
Jean Grey #1

May 3, 2017

Jean Grey #1 misses a couple of big character moments and looks like set dressing until the comic teases a big character moment. A mixed bag that huge X-Men and Victor Ibanez might really enjoy.

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6.5
John Carter: The End #1

Feb 10, 2017

Sherman steals the show, but Wood and Coxs minimalistic script in John Carter: The End needs to pick up in future installments.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2017) #2

Mar 10, 2017

Orlandos physically daunting villains dont take advantage of what this new Justice League of America team is capable of, as Watanabe has the impossible task of filling the shoes of Ivan Reis.

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7.0
Kamandi Challenge #2

Feb 23, 2017

"The Kamandi Challenge" #2 is a surreal visual feast where Adams and Tomasi seem to find delight in chaos!

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8.0
Kingpin (2017) #1

Feb 8, 2017

Kingpin #1 feels like the perfect platform for Rosenberg and Torres in the Marvel Universe. The writer is truly able to channel some dark thoughts into a complex narrative that isn't quite as simple as the character's Civil War II mini-series. Torres gets to utilize style with unsettling psychological horror that will show readers how great of a talent he is in the first place. This Running with the Devil series is a wonderful intersection of art and style in the Marvel Universe.

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8.0
Magnus #1

Jun 8, 2017

"Magnus" #1 shows off a foreboding vision of the future.

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8.5
Masters Of The Universe: The Origin Of Skeletor #1

Nov 1, 2012

With Frazer Irving coloring and inking his own art there isn't a panel in the comic book that looks strange. His art is extremely consistent and colored in a superb fashion. The only true nitpick of his style is the fact that the images lack fluidity in most cases. In the sense that they seem static as if nothing is moving.The series has already built a strong foundation in a big important villain, if execution can stay this dynamic we could be looking at the He-Man reboot that finally sticks.

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8.0
Mockingbird #1

Mar 10, 2016

Mockingbird #1 is overloaded with personality and unique approach to storytelling. I'm tempted to call Cain a rising star over at Marvel, but her fiction output extends into the '90s with a litany of novels" to that extent, I think it makes sense why this comic reads like it's written by someone with confidence even though she has only a few credits in the comics medium.

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6.0
Monsters Unleashed #1

Jan 19, 2017

While this first issue certainly isn't bad, the package feels unsubstantial and sort of meaningless for the high volume of cash this comic is priced at.

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4.0
Monsters Unleashed #2

Feb 7, 2017

All-New X-Men #1.MU can't rise above the issue's low production value.

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4.0
Monsters Unleashed #5

Mar 15, 2017

Monsters Unleashed stumbles at the finish line with an uninspired storyline

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4.0
Monsters Unleashed (2017) #1

Apr 19, 2017

Monster's Unleashed "unleashes" another bland ongoing into the Marvel publishing slate.

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8.0
Moon Knight (2016) #1

Apr 15, 2016

Moon Knight #1 does a lot of things right, especially in how the comic characterizes the lead hero while asking some interesting new questions about him. The comic takes the impeccable sense of style and presentation that went into the last run and weaves a new story thread out of it. This comic book does not seem like a brand new take on the character that avoids all previous continuity, but it does shake things up within the context of what came before.

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8.0
Ms. Marvel (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

Ms. Marvel is in a good place right now " author G. Willow Wilson has a great handle on her solo adventures.

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8.0
New Avengers (2013) #1

Jan 2, 2013

The Black Panther goes through a character arc in these mere 24 pages. He starts a man skeptical to the ways of Steve Rogers and the rest of these New Avengers but leaves with a sense of purpose. A new villain shows up and threatens the nation of Wakanda while leaving the Panther nothing short of desperate. The Panther fails to even pursue the evil pair of unnamed super villains that threatened his home. Hickman impresses further by giving the book a touch of graphic design which makes his comic feel cinematic. Pages like the reveal of the name of his first New Avengers arc not only are a well placed breath from the story but also serve as a stunning sight to behold. Many Marvel books could take away some of these new sensibilities from Hickman. Overall New Avengers #1 is a stunning book to behold and a Marvel Now! book to watch in the future.

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8.5
New Avengers (2013) #2

Jan 16, 2013

Playing up Marvel Now! continuity and referencing the death of Charles Xavier is nothing short of genius. I look forward to this current band of New Avengers going to the ends of the universe to find the hiding spot of the last infinity gem and assembling the one and only infinity gauntlet. Luckily we have Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting taking us along on their ride through the impossible.

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9.0
New Avengers (2013) #4

Mar 21, 2013

Steve Epting, Frank D Armata, and Rick Magyar once again convey the bleak world of New Avengers in an interesting way. The art sells many of the very dark and dramatic scenes of the issue. The black backgrounds are very eerie, and the characters demand your attention when they speak behind them. The Black Panthers eyes always contain a creepy, unsettling blue that Armata makes interesting. At times faces can look somewhat strange coming from Epting. All around the art team continues their consistently stellar job on the title.

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6.0
Nighthawk #1

May 25, 2016

Everything in the story is a wonderful prelude to a disturbing last page"saying anymore would spoil an entirely fun chapter of this quirky and exciting book. This character has been considered a joke in certain circles of Marvel readers, but perhaps as fans move towards this issue, his frayed reputation will be altered.

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7.5
Ninjak #25

Mar 30, 2017

Colin King's latest adventure is getting started on the right foot in "Ninjak" #25

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8.0
Nova (2015) #1

Nov 6, 2015

This is a strong first showing " I'm happy to read what's next.

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7.0
Optimus Prime #3

Jan 27, 2017

"Optimus Prime" finds a solid groove but forgets to push the plot forward.

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6.0
Punisher (2016) #1

May 5, 2016

There is nothing inherently with Cloonan's narrative in The Punisher #1, but I worry that this comic has nothing new to say about Frank Castle or The Punisher. It feels like the book is drowning in its influences.

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7.0
Renato Jones: Season 2 #1

May 12, 2017

"Renato Jones Season 2" #1 is a visual feast oozing with violence, style and a razor-thin plot.

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7.5
Revolutionaries #1

Jan 23, 2017

Barber and Ossio's second try at expanding the Hasbro Universe is the charm!

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7.0
Revolutionaries #2

Feb 27, 2017

Barber's messy "Revolutionaries" #2 script is a still a breeze to read with slick Ossio's visuals.

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6.0
Rocket Raccoon (2016) #1

Dec 28, 2016

Rocket Raccoon delivers biting satire on modern culture that likely won't connect with every reader in his new ongoing series.

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6.0
Royals #1

Apr 5, 2017

Royals isn't the series to convert new Inhumans fans, but it could invigorate the franchise in future issues.

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8.0
Secret Empire #0

Apr 19, 2017

The dominoes start falling in this meticulously planned issue!

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8.0
Secret Empire #1

May 3, 2017

Secret Empire delivers as Spencer and McNiven devote the time and attention to their craft to deliver on the absurd premise baked within this massive crossover.

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7.5
Secret Empire #2

May 22, 2017

"Secret Empire" #2 is filled with creativity and passion, getting readers ready of the next steps of the Marvel Universe.

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6.0
Silver Surfer (2016) #3

Apr 15, 2016

Flip through it for the pretty pictures.

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8.0
Sovereigns #1

May 19, 2017

"The Sovereigns" #1 brings home a pulse-pounding, neo-noir look at a group of classic heroes.

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4.0
Spider-Man (2016) #12

Jan 11, 2017

This volume of Amazing Spider-Man seems so unfocused and adding Spider-Gwen to the mix makes this comic meander towards nothing-ness in a lacking, uninspired manner.

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6.0
Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU

Jan 26, 2017

This is a nice story even if it wears a little thin by the end outstaying its welcome.

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6.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

Dennis Hopeless' Spider-Woman series has a new angle " it's even adding that new angle into the old angle.

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7.0
Spider-Woman (2015) #15

Jan 30, 2017

Spider-Woman's immediate charm is infectious, even if this issue does a cheepen past plot points.

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8.0
Squadron Supreme (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

Wonderful art, smart writing and a fulfilling premise.

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8.0
Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Apr 15, 2016

While this comic is only a one-off, getting the Starman creative team to sign off on a Star Wars ongoing series would be a blessing from the publisher after reading this comic.

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6.0
Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1

Apr 8, 2016

While this story might be missing a little something, I wouldn't mind digging into this corner of the Star Wars Universe monthly. With the last page cliffhanger, there's always room for next month's issue to really mine the conflict from the story. Chris Eliopoulos' extra story was extraordinarily charming and worthy of the additional page count in the series.

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8.0
Star-Lord #1

Nov 20, 2015

Humphries has a unique angle on Star-Lord " Garron's art is lovely.

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6.0
Star-Lord (2016) #1

Dec 21, 2016

Despite the fact that the first issue is stuck in the confines of a premise devoid of logic and features another hero acting slightly out-of-character, I can't help but see the potential and beautiful artwork in Star-Lord amounting to a solid series in either the next issue or in the immediate future.

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6.0
Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Dec 16, 2015

I'm not really sure what I just read, and to be honest, it wasn't bad. Unfortunately, this is not the version of Nightmask and Starbrand for me.

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8.0
Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Apr 3, 2017

The "Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual" #1's wild, irreverent tone will demand your attention thanks to the beautiful art and surreal writing.

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6.0
Swordquest #1

Jun 22, 2017

After a strong prequel issue, "Swordquest" #1 stumbles at the gate instead of kicking off what's next for Pete and the quest.

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5.0
Tekken #1

May 4, 2017

"Tekken" #1 tries to do to much in one issue and is bogged down by creators still learning their craft.

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6.8
Thanos (2016) #7

Jun 5, 2017

"Thanos" #7 takes a chance but doesn't commit to the interesting new direction.

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6.5
The Avenging Spider-Man #15.1

Dec 24, 2012

Vast problems still lie in this new Spider-Man universe. Yost has shown readers a way that The Superior Spider-Man could possibly work as an ongoing title. The more jaded comic book fan would still have the opinion that after 700 issues there is a better way to start the title fresh than killing Peter Parker and having Doctor Octopus butcher the legacy of Spider-Man. A new character would have served the title just fine along with the legacy of the comic book.

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4.0
The Clone Conspiracy #5

Feb 16, 2017

Between Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy's been-there, done-that premise and muddled final issue, there's only so much room for the compelling plot and art Slott and Cheung have built a career out of.

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4.0
The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1

Mar 1, 2017

You can go ahead and let your clone read this one.

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6.0
The Infinity Entity #1

Mar 10, 2016

It's never been easy to follow Starlin's grandiose Thanos saga, but this is close to a breaking point for me. If next issue doesn't start clearing up the narrative I'm dangerously close to checking out and just waiting for The Infinity Finale.

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4.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #0

Dec 21, 2016

This issue only offers the slightest hints at Carol's psyche" something that I'm truly yearning to dig deep into as Civil War II winds down. Thus, unfortunately, at this moment in time, it's hard to call this comic anything but perplexing and strange. The losses of Civil War II are adding up and the person who should be effected the most is Carol Danvers.

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4.0
The Mighty Captain Marvel #1

Jan 19, 2017

This new volume of Captain Marvel glides right by Civil War II, attempting to move Carol Danvers' life in a more classic direction but not introducing anything noteworthy about the character.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #1

Nov 20, 2015

Jason Aaron's Thor saga has been the strongest take on the character since J. Michael Straczynski's " an issue proving that Jane Foster is just as interesting as Thor herself.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #15

Jan 11, 2017

While this issue is perfectly accessible to new readers of The Mighty Thor, why would you want to miss an issue of my favorite Marvel comic currently on the stands?

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #18

May 1, 2017

"The Mighty Thor" #18 is still an effortlessly fantastic series made stronger (and stranger) this week with the epic scope and inclusion of Quentin Quire.

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8.0
The Mighty Thor (2015) #20

Jun 21, 2017

THE MIGHTY THOR #20 is a bleak and fascinating new direction for the Thor franchise.

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8.0
The Once And Future Queen #1

Mar 3, 2017

Brokenshire, Kirkbride and Knave immerse readers in the duality of fantasy and everyday life with a thoughtful tone in "The Once and Future Queen" #1.

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7.0
The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #2

Mar 27, 2017

Francavilla delivers on the promise of incredible craft that comes with working on The Spirit even though his plot is undercooked in this follow-up issue.

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8.0
The Unstoppable Wasp #1

Jan 4, 2017

Highest possible recommendation. Buy it twice.

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8.0
The Unstoppable Wasp #2

Feb 6, 2017

The Unstoppable Wasp doesn't skip a beat in a second issue loaded with sleek visuals and undeniable charm.

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7.0
The Unworthy Thor #5

Mar 23, 2017

While this mini-series ultimately didn't take the Odinson where I wanted him to go after over a year of patience from readers, it still delivered on the promise of a good story with some really solid artwork.

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4.0
Thunderbolts (2016) #1

May 5, 2016

The plot in this issue moves far too fast and the individual characters don't get enough story beats to establish where their personal journeys are beginning. On some level, I'm curious to know if Zub is crafting the narrative like this with intent, as the story reads as 90s as Malin's art looks.

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6.8
Transformers: Lost Light #2

Feb 3, 2017

Roberts and Lawrence take a middling detour on the Lost Light crews battle to get their ship back.

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8.0
Transformers: Lost Light #5

May 15, 2017

"Transformers: Lost Light" #5 brings action, great character moments and answers all in the span of one issue in the series thanks to the talent of James Roberts and Jack Lawrence.

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6.8
Transformers: Robots In Disguise Annual #2017

Mar 13, 2017

The "Transformers 2017 Annual" #1 brings home character moments ranging from tedious to beautiful in both story and art.

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8.4
Trinity (2016) Annual #1

Jun 2, 2017

Williams and March bring out the dark side of the DC Universe that you've been waiting for!

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8.0
U.S.Avengers #1

Jan 4, 2017

Give this one a shot, you won't be sorry.

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6.5
U.S.Avengers #3

Feb 20, 2017

Ewing provides little closure and the art awkwardly shifts hand in the finale of "U.S.Avengers'" first story-arc.

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6.0
Unbelievable Gwenpool #1

Apr 15, 2016

Marvel's new Gwenpool ongoing is derivative, but perfectly viable for current Deadpool readers looking for an additional fix.

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9.0
Uncanny Avengers #1

Oct 16, 2012

While The Scarlet Witch whisked away all of the Avengers and killed many mutants, her persecution by the X-Men feels slightly heavy handed. However, the animosity between Rogue and Scarlet Witch leads to formidable dialogue. The slap delivered by Rogue is a bit much and paints her character in a strangely immature light. Thankfully an explosion bursts out which features the fantastically creepy group of villains brought to fruition by Remender's twisted mind. The last page is a haunting cliffhanger that will give a good scare. If this debut is any indication of what Uncanny Avengers will be then we may have something special among the Avengers titles.

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6.0
Uncanny Inhumans #1.MU

Feb 8, 2017

This is the closest a tie-in issue has come to delivering the goods from Monsters Unleashed.

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7.0
Vampirella (2017) #1

Mar 17, 2017

With an unbalanced first half and an interesting take on futuristic politics, Broxton and Cornell kick off a wild story in "Vampirella" #1.

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4.0
Venom (2016) #150

May 25, 2017

Venom #150 is a disappointing milestone in the life of Eddie Brock.

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8.0
Vision #1

Nov 6, 2015

I guarantee this new version of The Vision will keep readers guessing until the last page.

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4.0
Weapon X (2017) #1

Apr 13, 2017

There's nothing about this X-Force clone separating it from the pack.

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8.0
Weirdworld (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

If you like good comics you like Weirdworld.

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7.8
Wild Storm #1

Feb 16, 2017

"The Wild Storm" #1 succeeds where others have failed with great character interaction and dynamic art, but the creative team arguably bit off more than they could chew with a huge supporting cast of characters.

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8.5
Wild Storm #5

Jun 26, 2017

"The Wild Storm" #5 pulls disparate threads of the past few issues together to show off the fascinating ensemble cast filling out this great new series.

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7.7
Wonder Woman (2016) #23

May 26, 2017

Final Verdict: 7.7: “Wonder Woman” #23 delivers quality narrative and visuals but is a structural oddity.

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6.0
X-Men '92 (2016) #1

Mar 31, 2016

While this isn't a bad start for Bowers, Sims or Firmansyah " I can't help but hope that Marvel is going to push this series further into the unknown, places that these characters have never been pushed towards in the Marvel Universe. With the writers of this issue already blending concepts from the traditional X-Universe and creating new villains, maybe readers are only a few issues away from some groundbreaking material. I know I'm waiting with bated breath.

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6.0
X-Men Prime #1

Mar 29, 2017

There's a few status quo shifts and some nice art here, but I'm still looking for a reason to invest in these characters again.

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8.0
X-Men: Blue (2017) #1

Apr 13, 2017

While this issue is very, very far from perfect, X-Men fans are not going to want to miss this surprising back half of X-Men Blue #1.

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6.0
X-Men: Gold (2017) #1

Apr 5, 2017

Comics fans might say they want a back-to-basics approach with the X-Men, but this issue in particular doesn't take enough risks. There's not enough development in this issue pushing the franchise forward and showing what's next for these characters. This team of X-Men so closely resembles the Claremont and Cockrum/Byrne X-Men team that readers might be tempted to dismiss X-Men Gold #1 as a cover band playing the hits. Guggenheim and Syaf need to convince fans that the X-Men are still Uncanny.

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