Jim Werner's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weird Science Reviews: 1779
7.5Avg. Review Rating

Now that I am used to the "challenge" part of this series, I can kick off my shoes and just enjoy each issue for what it is...a fun little romp to throw a wrench at the next writer.  Jimmy Palmiotti gives readers a little commentary and ends with a crazy cliffhanger and Amanda Conner makes it all look like a fun cartoon.  This series isn't for everyone, but if you dug the first two issues, there is no reason you won't like this.

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I wasn't expecting much going into this issue so I wasn't too disappointed. There isn't much going on to get fans of either property excited and it all ends up being a pretty forgettable Annual. However, I did enjoy the Snagglepuss backup and am suddenly looking forward to his upcoming book.

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At first read I really like this story. Probably about a 7.5 out of 10. BUT... As I did my do diligent research since this is a #18, I went back and read as many issues of Soule's run as I could get my hands on and found out that this run is moving extremely slow. This is a part 2 of the Purple Man story and I didn't even notice that it was, till my second read through. Most of the time that is a good thing. It means the writer is keeping you well abridged of all the pertinent information. In this case though there has been no real pertinent information given out in months regarding the mind wipe of the worlds memory of Matt and Daredevil being one and the same.

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This was a good start to this new series in my opinion. The art and the story move along effortlessly. And with the promise from the creative team at the end of the book of a 'gauntlet' of characters old and new up coming I definitely feel glad to be buying and reviewing Iron Fist.

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This was a fairly satisfying conclusion that left the door open to more crossovers down the road. The writing for this issue was solid and the pacing felt very on point. I've never been a fan of the way  Rodriguez draws faces, particularly Gwen's, but the art was solid in other areas and the colors were as good as they always have been for this book. Obviously if your new to Spider-Gwen this may not be the best jumping on point. However if you've been on board since the start of this arc then I think you will be satisfied with its conclusion.

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This issue could be entirely wordless and I'd suggest you go out and buy it for the art alone. With overly cluttered and claustrophobic art wrapped in dread filled beautiful colors it is absolutely masterful in setting a perfect tone for this story. The story is a bit tropey to start, but it does a fine job of steering around it and ends up adding some great touches by the end.

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Bits and Pieces:In many respects, this is a typical second issue. Threads are unravelling, but have yet to start tying together in any meaningful way. The sense of mystery is palpable, and the Spirit is given the chance to shine, not only in the fight with the bank robbers, but also in the interrogation scene that follows. The sense of menace, of something truly terrible happening that has yet to be fully revealed, is what makes this story particularly compelling and I'm looking forward to seeing how things play out in future issues. If you want a beautifully presented slice of pulp noir goodness with gorgeously atmospheric artwork and a really rather creepy plot, this is most definitely the book for you.

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With weird pacing, pages and panels feeling like filler in a first issue, washed out and muddy art that really didn't do much for me really left me down on this book. I have a hard time recommending this to anybody. It had some interesting set up and mystery in the first few pages but seemed to squander it all by time it got to the end reveal that genuinely had me laughing.

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Christopher Priest continues his slow burn story and while that is getting a bit tedious, Power Girl is here to save the day!  I love Tanya Spears in this book and because of that, my score went up.  Either keep her in the book or give us some answers, Priest.  I'd actually love to see both.

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James Tynion keeps chugging along giving DC fans the team book to beat.  Every character has their moments (mostly bad) and the issue ends with possibly an unlikely new member.  The art was fantastic and I can easily recommend this to those already invested in the story.

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Joshua Williamson gives fans a heart warming and breaking issue that gives Wally some closure and opens up some strange possibilities in the near future.  The art was strong and the issue moved fast and while we got some nice reveals, some parts felt a bit empty.  Still, it was a good issue that fans of the book should enjoy.

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While I had a couple of minor problems with this issue, they were very minor. This was another really quick read that sets up even more fun for the coming issues. If you want to have fun reading a comic book, this is the one for you.

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Although necessary and full of important information this issue comes off a little emotionally disjointed. That and some confusion due to art choices involved in a particularly important moment led me to be a little disappointed in this issue. Enjoyed enough, but without the emotional resonation it's hard to say I liked it near as much other issues.

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I really couldn't ask for much more from this series debut. We get gruesome over the top action and gore contrasted by a sentimental drive for revenge. We get some peaks at some amazing characters and little hints to some world building. At times there is a little too much borrowing of other IP's, but beyond that I loved every second of this first issue.

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To sum up, then, this is a memorable introduction to a story that promises to be both intriguing and emotionally engaging. Its central narrative is strong and it is fit to burst with the kind of foreboding atmosphere that this reviewer finds almost impossible to resist. My one minor complaint is that The Spirit himself isn't in it very much. That aside, I can heartily recommend the issue – particularly if you like your comics pulpy and moody. A very strong start to what I suspect will be an outstanding series.

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On the whole, then, this issue does its job very well. As a prologue to the main series, it gives the reader enough detail about the new world in which Vampirella finds herself to encourage further reading. It also introduces the character clearly and sets her moving without too much pointless introspection. In short, it certainly is an involving story in its own right and, at only a quarter, is well worth a punt.

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On the surface, this issue is just a simple lead up to the big finale, but there's enough here to like.  We see that Batman and Tom King know their history and David Finch can make it all look great.  The overall story not moving forward much does subtract a bit from the score, but the fun factor just about makes up for it.

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This issue is full of fan service and social commentary and while I liked the former more than the later, neither made this a must read for me.  It's a shame because I loved the first issue of this arc, but this one made me feel like the story was already starting to drag after only two issues.  The art was good, but even that didn't wow me enough to recommend this issue.

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Justice League #17 finally reveals the true nature of the Timeless and their leader, Tempus, but for now, it's pretty laughable.  The art in this issue is fantastic, but the uneven storytelling and tell me don't show me dialogue makes for a below average read.  Unfortunately, this issue halts the momentum of last issue and has me once again not enjoying DC's flagship title.

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I haven't liked this series and this issue didn't change my mind one bit.  Fans of grim and gritty fantasy may find something to like here, but I can't get invested in such a forced story that lacks almost any semblance of characterization.

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This book remains my jam!  The interaction between Jon and Damian is so good that the story is just gravy.  With Lex Luthor, great art and a shoutout to the Amazo Virus, there is so much to like in this issue.  Highly recommended.

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This issue came out of nowhere and in a book that still hasn't gotten it's footing, felt strange.  Instead of giving us Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, we get a sort of Dark Trinity story that had no real beginning or end.  This book was struggling to keep my attention and this may have been the last straw.

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Warren Ellis continues giving readers a smartly written book that is short on hand holding and high on intrigue.  While I worry that he isn't giving up enough of the basics (especially when it comes to characters), I am enjoying the ride and am willing to put some extra work in to get the most out of it.

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This book is, without a doubt, my favorite book I'm reading from any publisher at the moment. I can't get enough of it. Each month while I'm waiting for the next issue to come out, I keep rereading the rest of the run and trying to predict what's coming next. Any fan of good storytelling that doesn't mind a slow burn will enjoy this book. Do yourself a favor and give it a try.

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Taken as a whole, then, this issue (just about) manages to do its job in introducing our main character and giving us a tantalising look at the wider world in which the story takes place. On that basis, I think it's worth a look.

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This is yet another good issue of Deathstroke with some humor, action and a guest star that is not only surprising, but surprisingly great.  The story and art come together so well and even if it's not new user friendly, those who are invested should continue to enjoy it.

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I am really enjoying this League of Shadows story and if you didn't think that Lady Shiva was a threat before, I guarantee you will after this issue.  The art and story were really good and I'm back to wanting the next issue of Detective Comics the minute I finish reading it.

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Joshua Williamson starts his sins of the Father arc by getting everyone up to speed and then slowly going forward.  Not a whole lot happens in the form of answers, but we do get Boomerang and the closest we will probably ever get to Crocodile Dundee in a Flash book.

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While we get a bit more of Artemis' background and some information on the Bow of Ra, this issue felt a bit to much like filler to me.  This is easily my least favorite issue of this series so far and while I'm sure Lobdell will rebound quickly, I'm here to grade this issue and it is just above average to me.

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This is a silly filler issue that is almost fun, but ends up being forgettable and worse yet, skippable.  The art was good, but there is nothing about this issue that makes me want to recommend it to anyone.  As of now, I'd wait until Saturn Girl and Emerald Empress show up to worry about anything going on here.

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This is a great issue of Wonder Woman where Greg Rucka plays with what we already know to up the tension just as we see the inevitable happen.  It's tragic. but oh so good.

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How you feel about the conclusion will ultimately come down to how revelatory you expected the answers to the series' biggest mysteries be. We do get answers and we do get nice resolution with our main characters, but I found a lot of the answers to be of little value compared to the lengths of convolution that were wrapped up in the overall series. In the end I was happy with what we got but a little let down by the ultimate mystery, but as the story points out itself the mystery wasn't very big to begin with.

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Royal City gives a lot for a first issue. Some amazing characterization and emotional story telling told in such a small time makes it easy to become quickly attached. The only problem is I could see it not being for everyone and could possibly be seen as divisive. In a medium that is usually filled with genre work something a little more realistic can easily be seen boring. Though, I contest it is so much more.

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I thought this issue read like a brilliant first chapter to an epic novel. The artwork did not distract me from the story at all. I was particularly fascinated with the portrayal of Jason Todd's current psychological state. Since we are dealing with comics, there's not much to go on in terms of the effects of the brain after death. I am not a neurologist but one could speculate that there would be some type of damage towards the brain as a result of asphyxiation. I hope that writer, Judd Winick explores this a little bit more in this mini-series. All in all, a spectacular start to an already addictive story!

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Tom King gives fans a deep look at what made both Batman and Bane while showing the later beating the tar out of the former.  It's a really great issue with really great art and it's the type of issue I've been waiting for King to give us since the beginning arc of Rebirth.  Highly recommended.

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Ben Percy continues his focus on the legacy of his main character by throwing in the legacy of his side kick.  This is a must read for Roy Harper fans and the story looks like it will be a bit of a redemption story for him.  The art by Eleonora Carlini is really good and I can easily recommend this issue.

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I liked this issue of Justice League.  Yea, I'm as surprised as everyone else, but I'm not going to fake the funk.  Bryan Hitch sets up his story way better than the first issue did and everything we got here has me excited going forward.  I can't say this is a jumping on (or jumping back) point for readers, but stay tuned, maybe there is hope afterall.

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Steve Orlando gives Midnighter and Apollo fans a good ending to their story, but i couldn't shake the feeling that it could've been better.  There are some great moments, but they are mixed among mediocre ones and because of that, we got a good, not great ending.  I still recommend this series as a whole to anyone looking for a mature cape and cowl book, but as a single issue, this fell a little flat.

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Justin Jordan gives readers a book full of intrigue, mystery, murder and mayhem.  While the violence steals the spotlight a bit here, the slow burn story behind it has me most interested. If you are on the market for a well written, good looking mature title, check this out.

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If you have enjoyed this series up until now, this issue isn't going to change your mind as we near next months finale.  If you haven't added this to your pull list, go back to the beginning and get them all.  It's worth it.

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Mariko Tamaki has won me over with an issue that is more focused and emotional than what I'm used to reading lately.  Seeing Supergirl realize that superpowers are not always enough to save the day was heart breaking and I just wanted to be able to tell her everything will be alright even though I know that's not always how it works.  That's the point that Tamaki nails here...everything may not work itself out in the end, but there is always hope and isn't that what Supergirl is all about?  The story and art are top notch here and I recommend this issue to everyone, even those who wrote off the first issue like myself.  Again, the Get Fresh Crew were right!  Whoop Whoop!!!

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I thought this story was a little unnecessary to get to the conclusion, but I've really enjoyed the series as a whole. James Robinson gave Scarlet Witch a new purpose and a new outlook on her place within the Marvel Universe. I didn't always love the changing artists, but I can look past that and appreciate the fact that Wanda Maximoff has been changed for the better.

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I'm a huge fan of this series. Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz continue to put out fun, fast-paced issues that look great each and every month. It feels like every member of the team has a reason to be there. I can't recommend this book enough.

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Bits and Pieces:Very ambitious for one creators undertaking with all the art and story being done by one person, but it comes off as more of a check list inspired imitation rather than a Shonen inspired inspiration. The art is varying and great in places, but the story is very lacking and sometimes better defined in the synopses than the story themselves. With one story being actually interesting and one basically fan fiction it's hard to see much reason to follow-up with this in the future.

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With some poor characterization and little given to hook the reader I'm really left underwhelmed with what felt like a really solid premise. The coloring is great and I feel works really well with the minimalist art style. Overall though, I I thought it was just an OK issue that gave little reason to come back for more.

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Christopher Priest shows the reader how smart everyone in this book is with double and triple crosses flying around at all angles.  While I wish I could get a better grip at the overall story, Priest certainly keeps everyone on their toes and this issue is no exception.  I'm not sure if this is an action packed book with every one's favorite anti-hero or the most messed up family reunion ever...maybe it's both and even more!  The art and story are impressive and I am finally ready to punch my ticket on the Deathstroke trolley.

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This issue sets up the League of Shadows as the vicious thing it is.  They may work from the shadows, but blood is already getting spilled and Batman is being blamed.  The art was good and the issue ends with a pretty clever and messed up cliffhanger.

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This issue may not have wasted all the momentum going into it, but it didn't use it to it's advantage either.  Unfortunately, we were left with what I thought was the weakest issue of this arc and while the cliffhanger promises a good time to come, it kind of made what came before it meaningless.  I liked the art enough, but overall, but it couldn't save this issue from being just slightly above mediocre.

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Overall I really liked the pace of this issue. The start with the twisted nursery rhyme shed light to some pretty creepy things going on but it didn't feel wasted as it gave space for the needed action to take place. I did think the art was a little off at some times and just made for some light confusion where there shouldn't be, but that would probably be my only complaint. The issue really got off the ground running and I feel like we got a lot of answers and small details while also getting some more questions to move forward with.

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Tom King and David Finch return to up the stakes in this second part of "I am Bane"  While the story really is all setup, it sets up some pretty awesome things and leads to another crazy cliffhanger.  The art is fantastic throughout and two weeks suddenly feels like way to long to get the next issue.

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This issue continues in a same old same old fashion until Ben Percy throws everything on it's ear with a huge twist.  It was big enough to get me excited for next issue, but not as excited as who looks to be coming to town.

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It amazes me how bad this book has become.  Fans deserve so much better, but it looks like this is what we are stuck with.  If you like it, explain why to me because I must be missing something. Actually, I miss the Justice League and hope to see them soon.

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I think I'm done with this book.  It's boring and not well paced and just not that good.  I'm not sure what Kevin Grevioux is going for here, but I don't like it.  It does look good, but is a mess of forced social commentary wrapped up in a story that's darker than it needs to be.

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I have been waiting for this book for what seems like ages and Tomasi and Jimenez don't disappoint.  While it doesn't stray far from the already established formula, why fix what ain't broke?  Tomasi gives us some great interaction between Damian and Jon and Jimenez makes it all look great.  What else could you ask for?  Really, I want to know.

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The Better Together arc comes to a close with a forced ending that felt rushed at best.  The art in this book is amazing, but it can't save it from being an average read overall.  I really want to like this book, but I can't recommend it just yet.

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If you are a Wildstorm fan, this is a no brainer.  If you are someone with little to no knowledge of the Universe, I still think this is a no brainer.  This is a mature title that's smartly written and looks great and I can't recommend it enough!

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Now this is becoming a lot of repeat information coming to the readers… And I have a feeling that this book isn't going to end how I thought from the beginning. This was the fight of all fights and the build up for that is amazing, but the younger Inhumans might end up being an X-Factor for Mutant Kind. Again I don't understand how they can't figure out a solution together where Mutants and Inhumans can both co-exist, but we wouldn't have this awesome piece of work had they figured that out.

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This was a good issue of Deathstroke up until the forced cliffhanger.  I don't mind guest stars showing up in books, but Raptor is far from a star and just felt tacked on.  Other than that, however, the story fleshed out the Wilson family and the art was really good.  This is the type of issue I can get behind.

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Though the idea of an "Anniversary Issue" seemed forced, this was a really good way to get readers ready for the League of Shadows story coming up.  Tynion finally focuses on Cassandra, gives us a cool introduction to Azrael (and a great Odd Couple dynamic) and we even get to see Tim Drake...in a flashback.  Overall, the writing and art were really good and I can recommend this to Detective fans, especially those craving more Cass.

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This is another good issue of The Flash and while it wasn't as fun as the previous one, it was full of action and surprises.  Barry may have figured out the Rogues plan, but that may lead him into more trouble in the near future.  Carmine Di Giandomenico's art was great and Joshua Williamson seems to be using the Rogues as a way to show what makes Flash great, but also expose his flaws.  

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This a quick and awesome read that solidifies this book as one of my favorites of Rebirth.  Artemis makes an appearance, but this issue is all about Jason and Bizarro.  The story is surprisingly touching and while I prefer Dexter Soy's art on this book, Mirko Colak does a decent job.  I can't recommend this book enough.

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I love Supergirl and really want to like this book, but it's getting harder and harder.  While this arc potentially sets up some cool things down the pike, this issue was a dud of an ending for the long winded Reign of Cyborg Supermen story.  The art was good, but I need more than simple and repetitive characterizations to make me care about what happens in a story and then when you force an ending, it gets that much worse.  I hope this book improves because I can't recommend what we are getting here.

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Greg Rucka starts his Godwatch story with a powerful origin story of a character and a hate that will plague Wonder Woman from here on out.  It's very quick moving, but with great art by new series artist, Bilquis Evely, and a story full of action and mystery, I can easily recommend it.

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This book may not be for everyone. Some people might not like the fact that the story isn't getting any clearer and more questions keep getting raised. Some people might not like the art style. Some might hate the long-form story that doesn't have natural arcs. I am definitely not one of those people. I love everything that I just mentioned. My only complaint is that one issue a month isn't enough for me. I want more.

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This issue was amazing, the jokes mixed in with the storyline made this book extremely enjoyable. The best ones were about Tony the Tiger and bashing Spider-man always going on about great powers blah blah blah. I love this book, and with Rich having his cancerous secret I can't wait to see what happens with it. The art in this book is on point and all the action scenes were flawless.

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If you loved "I am Suicide", you will love the beginning of this "I am Bane" arc.  If you hated the it, you will still love this.  In fact, I can't see anyone not liking this beginning and can't wait to see what Tom King has in store next.

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This is a very personal and very good issue of Green Arrow.  Emiko is back, but the action puts that in the backseat for now and the issue ends with a dark future on the horizon.  The story was dark, but Otto Schmidt's art was anything but.  His pencils and colors shine through here and I can easily recommend this issue.

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Bryan Hitch jumps back on the Justice League and reminded me why I hate it so much. This team has gone through too much already to need this type of issue and it only points out why this book is in the sad shape it's in.  There is no reason to read this issue and I am really finding it hard to justify sticking with this series as a whole.

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Steve Orlando continues making this book a great read.  I am fully invested in Midnighter's quest to save his love and now that the tables have turned, I may be more so.  The art and story are really good and even if you weren't a New 52 Midnighter fan, I think you should check this out.

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After being really interested in most of the series, the finale felt completely forced as Gerry Conway rushed to give us an ending. I haven't read enough of Conway's work to know if this is commonplace, or if this was something editorially. Luckily, Mike Perkins provided another great looking issue. I just hope something fun spins out of this series and answers some questions.

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Well, I was hoping for better than that. Nothing really happens this entire issue as it falls victim to being the 4th issue in the arc, so entirely setup. It's still fun to see Doom as a “good guy,” but I would like to move the story forward a little bit.

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This is another great issue, but I hope all of the setup gets wrapped up by the end. All in all that is what this issue was set up, and I have to say, with all the events going on in comics right now I am hoping nothing gets left unanswered. Luckily for us, we have two powerhouses writing this book and my faith in them is still strong. This art is fantastic, my favorite pages are the ones with Karnak and Jean Grey, those eyes… PERFECTION

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It's an issue you can jump into not knowing anything about the arc and get enough info provided to catch you up. The issue provides a new threat to the ongoing plot, seeing how the team takes a huge risk, in the end, is quite rewarding. It'll leave wanting to see the outcome of their decisions made. Regardless if you are an old fan or new for the franchise, this will be an enjoyable read for you. Never was there a dull moment in the book while the story unfolds further. You're provided with great character moments, action, art and story pacing throughout. What more could you ask for from a comic with Aliens involved?

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We're given a setup issue introducing our two main characters and building the foundation of the plot. Things turn harsh very quickly and the plot turns into a revenge story. The content in the series may not sit well with some readers. But if you are a die hard Slayer fan, you might want to pick up this mini-series to put with your Slayer vinyl collection. Nonetheless, go pick up this comic and judge for yourself.

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This is one of those cases where I appreciate the message, but don't like the package it came in.  Christopher Priest rails against violence and while that may seem funny in a Deathstroke book, it almost works.  The heavy handedness and the lack of any characterization left it all a bit flat and in the end, I didn't this issue.

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This was a very quick read that doesn't really end, but gives a launching point for Batwoman's upcoming solo book.  If you are going to read that book (like me!), this is a good way to see the direction it's going.  However, if you are just a Detective fan, there isn't a whole lot here for you and you can subtract a point from my score.

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The Rogues arrival in this book continues to work it's magic.  While not a lot goes on to push the story forward, the Rogues are back.  THE ROGUES!  I had a great time reading this issue and it looks like the fun is just beginning.

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While I don't think this is going to win any new Kamandi fans, it was a fun enough issue that has a cool carryover concept.  The art was great between the two stories and it did make me happy seeing both creative teams working on something they seem to really care about.  It's hard to recommend this book to people, but if you like books that are a little left from normal, give it a shot.

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I don't want to sound like a jerk, but this first issue was a complete mess of non-characterization and weak storytelling with real pacing issues.  The art was great, but there is nothing here I could recommend whatever type of fan you are.

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I feel like I can't say much negative about this issue, but at the same time I felt like we didn't really get much from it. Even though it's touted as a new arc it never really felt like there was an end to what we previously had. It does end up having a few positive moments I really enjoyed though. I was just let down that we have to wait until the next issue for what I was hoping to get to in this issue, but instead of getting something meaningful out of it, it's mostly just rehash and rundown of the events so far.

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I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Even in a book that has very little action in it I love seeing Peter being goofy. I still hope that this series leads him into being a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy again because I would love to see more Groot and Rocket interactions. This art team is amazing as well and they way they portray Peter is PHENOMENAL!

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I felt like a kid again on Christmas when I sat down to read one of my favorite current ongoing comic book series. The wait was well worth it. I understand how Cleveland felt when LeBron came back to the Cav's.

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Selina may have stolen the night from Batman, but Tom King has given me back my enjoyment of Batman.  I loved this issue for everything in the book, but also because it restored my faith in Tom King.  I wonder how Catwoman fans will react, but this one is very, very happy.

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If you are looking to jump on the Green Arrow train, this is a great issue to do so.  There is enough recap to get everyone up to speed and while that may turn of some steady readers, there are some pretty big things for them to sink their teeth into as well.  I know it's cliche to say, but Juan Ferreyra's art is worth the price of admission which only makes the awesome cliffhanger a nice bonus.  My guess is things are about to get crazy!

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Super Powers continues being my book for good, old fashioned fun.  Baltazar and Franco's story and art will make you smile even as you learn about DC characters both old and new, well known and obscure.  This is an all-ages book done right!

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While this book continues to look fantastic, the story is still a bit convoluted and confusing.  Sure, we do get some answers we've been waiting for, but the big picture is still kind of hazy.  If it all clears up next issue, I'll be happy because somewhere in their is a very interesting story that is begging to come out.

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I don't really recommend this book for anyone.  If you just have to get every issue of this DC event, you will already be buying it and who am I to stop you?  If you are looking to me to see if you should pick it up, the answer is no!

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The Enemy of the State II story is hitting it's stride and while I expected a lot more slicing and dicing, I am still enjoying it.  The art was good and Tom Taylor is gearing up for a big finale.  BTW, Gabby steals the show (once again) because she is awesome!  That's just how it is.

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Charles Soule seems to be firmly in the driver's seat here and though there have been some peaks and valleys throughout his run on this title, I am greatly intrigued on how these events will shake out. There are several plot threads that have been laid here so this comes across as one of those setup issues. That's not saying that it's a bad thing at all. If you are a Daredevil fan, business is about to pick up in Hell's Kitchen.

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This book was terrible, worst issue so far. Being issue 3 this score keeps dropping and the story has completely lost my interest. Only saving grace is the art which is good.

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Another solid issue. The art is phenomenal and is perfectly suited for this book and Lemire and Soule show how well they can set a story up and not leave you with a boring issue. Highly recommend picking this one up.

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Rocket Racoon is a funny character and Matthew Rosenberg is sitting back and letting him just be Rocket. That's a good thing because just seeing him interact with everyday people (and aliens) and other Marvel characters is great. The art and story do a good job of presenting the crazy whack funky world of Rocket and I like it.

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While not much happened in this issue, I enjoyed the Deadpool parts and seeing how Red Skull used his newfound powers on the team. The art continues to be some of the best that Marvel is putting out and the story is interesting enough to keep me wanting more each month.

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After becoming frustrated with this book to the point of almost dropping it, I am back in.  All it took was some answers, good art and a story that flowed from scene to scene nicely.  Is that so much to ask?  Going forward, I hope not!

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Batwoman Begins here, but I want more Batwoman and less Monster Men!  I know that the key to this story is Colony and Kate's ties to her father, but overall, this story felt like it needed a sharper focus.  Ben Oliver's art is good and there is nothing wrong with this as a setup issue to the next arc of Detective, it just felt lacking as the Batwoman story it was advertised as.

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The beginning of Rogues Reloaded is full of recap and setup, but if you are a fan of Captain Cold and his crew, you won't mind a bit.  Joshua Williamson catches up readers on what the Rogues are all about, throws some hints and mysteries at you and then ends with the boys (and girl ) back in town. This is what I wanted out of Rebirth from the start and I'm so glad we are getting it now!

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This issue continues the fun that is Red Hood and the Outlaws.  The story and art come together so nicely and it ends with the Dark Trinity ready to hit the road.  Sure, the Black Mask bit ends abruptly, but who cares when you're having this much fun.

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There really is nothing here to get readers excited.  Cyborg Superman's dialogue seems stuck on an endless loop and Kara just flies around trying to save our main characters.  The art seems like a bad match for where the story is going and with nothing new happening, I can't recommend this to anyone.

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I enjoyed this issue even as it seemed smaller than the buildup that lead to it.  It's a mix of satisfying moments and rushed bits, but Nicola Scott's art makes it all look fantastic.  I liked this Year One finale more than the Lies one, but like that issue, I was left wanting so much more.

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Jeff Lemire continues his trippy, long-form story by giving us a glimpse at a young Marc Spector. I've loved every issue so far, and I can't wait to see where Lemire takes this book next.

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This issue was amazing, the jokes mixed in with the storyline made this book extremely enjoyable. If this is how the book is going to continue I'm 100% on board. The artwork fits this book extremely well and the panel that shows what Richard sees when the Cancerverse is infecting his mind is amazing!

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While the rest of the series has been a slow burn, this conclusion felt rushed and left me without much idea of where the series is going next. After two great issues, this one fell a little flat for me, despite how much we got to see Wanda using her powers.

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If you've followed the series since the “Long Con” arc, you may have several theories of what may happen by the end of this. The earlier arc was a break between the two. Maybe to give it some breathing room before moving forward. Nonetheless, the start of the issue left me excited to see how this all plays out. Faith is a series you really want to check out if you want to break into the Valiant universe and looking for your next favorite superhero.

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This is a very personal story that builds as it goes, but still left me wanting more.  As an epilogue, it doesn't answer the questions I wanted answered, but fans of Batman and Catwoman may enjoy it.  The art is good and really, there is nothing wrong with it, but nothing great either.

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While this issue had some problems that prevent it from higher marks, Ben Percy keeps the legacy fun train rolling and I have my ticket punched for the ride.  This issue looks really good and fans of Green Arrow will have plenty to look forward to.

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This Justice League vs Suicide Squad tie-in isn't necessary and suffers from that.  Not a whole lot goes on here and the couple big moments kind of fall flat.  If you just have to have everything from this first Rebirth Event, go for it.  Others can stick with the Event book and be just fine.

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Midnighter and Apollo continues to surprise me and is one of my favorite mini-series going right now.  Cheering on Midnighter as he fights his way to free Apollo feels natural and good and Fernando Blanco's art makes it all the better.  Recommended.

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After a couple of down months, Gerry Conway finally has me interested in this book again thanks to some fun story progression. The end of this arc could either turn out to be really fun or really terrible. I guess I'll find out next month.

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Two out of three ain't bad. After a subpar second issue, Bendis and Maleev deliver an interesting look into Doom's psyche while setting the book in a good direction to go from here.

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Rocket Racoon is a great character and Matthew Rosenberg seems to be having fun with him and the rest of the Marvel Universe here.  The story is pretty straight forward (Rocket wants off Earth), but the ending throws an interesting wrench into it all.  The art is very good and if you are a Rocket fan, I'm sure you'll dig this beginning.

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Not much bad to say about this issue good or bad, it was all set up for this arc. The artist did an amazing job showing emotions. My biggest issue is with the ending not drawing you further into the book.

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Some of my favorite comics are team books where the writer knows how to use all of the characters and makes them all have a purpose. Even though this was a Rogue-centric issue, I think Gerry Duggan has a firm handle on all of these heroes. That, along with the consistently great art, has me looking forward to this book every month.

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Overall the issue had a rocky start with some rough art and dialogue but it really came around to be an enjoyable issue. With some pretty creepy characters and an overall mystery that is getting more and more interesting I'm really looking forward to seeing the next issue and the conclusion of this first arc.

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I've loved the series so far, but I'll be interested to see where this story now goes. This issue only left me with several questions moving forward on the future of this title. My hype train has taken a slight halt until further notice. 

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Christopher Priest continues his slow burn story and it's starting to get old.  I would love to recommend this series, but it's confusing and not fun to read at all.  I get that hardcore Deathstroke fans are enjoying this, but it's not a book that will convince new readers what the hype is all about.

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The Victim Syndicate arc is over and while it all felt like a setup for the book going forward, we do get a crazy cliffhanger that will have everyone talking down at the Five and Dime.  The Detective Team is getting smaller right before it expands and while I don't think it's an even trade, it will be interesting at least.  I am still a fan of Tynion's run, but I am starting to wane a bit.  I hope the next arc pulls me right back in.

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After being disappointed by the Flash book for the most part of Rebirth, I am so glad to be able to recommend this issue.  Sure, it's a downtime, setup type of issue, but it made me smile and that means something to me.  Neil Googe's art is a great fit for this story and I suggest everyone check this out...especially those who dropped the book already.

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Art Baltazar and Franco are at it again!  This book will put a smile on old and new DC fans alike and I can't recommend it enough.

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If you are looking for a Supergirl book with a more indie feel to it, your search may be over.  Mariko Tamaki gives readers a very grounded look at Supergirl with some fully fleshed out characters.  However, the story as it is presented here is paper thin and nothing really makes me want or need to come back for more.

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I continue to like this crossover and this Bruce-centric chapter was a whole lot of fun.  There are a bunch of big Batman moments here and while I didn't expect them, they were awesome.  David Hahn and the entire art team do a good job and this is an easy recommendation for anyone who enjoys either Batman, Wonder Woman or both.

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Just having these characters back together again is enough to get me excited and Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez don't disappoint.  I am already invested in the story and can't imagine how pumped up I'll be when we get the other Lanterns involved.  If you are a fan of either franchise, check this book out immediately!

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Talk about a book that will probably fly under the radar and one I never thought I would like. The witty humor made this book go over the top for me. For a Social Justice Warrior I think this book did really well. Story paired with the art moved the book along, paired with the inner dialogue of Red Wolf this is definitely a book I would recommend giving a shot.

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Marvel has been spot on with these number one issues, I am just hoping they can keep up the good work on this story. I honestly didn't know what I was walking into when I started reading this book seeing as I really had no history with the character but all in all I really liked the story, even though it started off slow I really enjoyed the humor that was in it. The art was enjoyable, and the ending left you ready for the next issue.

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This tie-in gives you a good idea as to what one group of the Mutants are doing after Inhumans Vs X-Men #1. I was really pleased by the art in this issue and the best part is how well this story leads you and how the ending leaves you wanting the next issue.

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It's a shame that the finale to the "I am Suicide" story is my least favorite issue of Batman since Rebirth started.  After such a well paced and intriguing setup, it all just fizzles out leaving me feeling a bit ripped off.  I expect more from Tom King and maybe that's not fair, but a writer with his talent is going to have to deal with that.  Mikel Janin's art was great, but this ending just left a bad taste in my mouth.

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If you have been thinking of jumping off the Green Arrow trolley, you may want to hold up a bit.  Ben Percy gets his story back to what made it one of the biggest surprises of Rebirth and I am so, so glad.

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Another Justice League story ends with a vague victory that came about in ways I didn't quite understand.  The Genie A.I. went from wish giver to villain to hacker hero and back and forth throughout.  The art was nice, but this story and book are a complete mess and is one of the biggest embarrassments of Rebirth.  It's worse than bad and that's a shame for a book that should be the flagship of the whole line.

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It's no surprise that Francis Manapul takes Diana and the Trinity to Themyscira, but everything was so rushed, that it barely made an impact.  The cliffhanger was interesting and the art was awesome, but I can't recommend this book as of now.  I just need more and I hope it comes soon because I am loosing interest in this story.

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If the February solicitations are any indication as to what the future holds for this little sub-universe, I'm thinking that there's going to be some good times ahead for the Daredevil side of the house. If you've dropped off from reading Daredevil lately, I think now would be a great time to jump back on the trolley!

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Our mini-series has come to an end, and it was fun from start to finish. I can't see any reason why a comic fan wouldn't enjoy this book. Deadpool + Venom = Awesome.

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This story went from good in the first issue to… crap by the second issue. The art is alright, but couldn't make this story any better, and the ending didn't leave me wanting to read the next issue.

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This first issue of Hawkeye gives the reader a good idea who Kate Bishop is, but that's about it.  I loved the character work, but was hoping for more in the action department.  The art didn't do anything to change my overall enthusiasm, but still, I found myself enjoying the book more than the sum of it's parts.  It's all about Kate and for now, that's almost enough for me!

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Wow, this book took me by surprise. I know my love for Jeff Lemire brought me into this book with high hopes that it would be good; but I didn't expect this. Amazing story, with phenomenal pacing and great art. Leaving you wanting to see what happens next.

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This is quickly becoming my favorite team book out of Marvel. It always looks good, and Gerry Duggan is giving a story that has a clear path moving forward while also showing that he understands the characters.

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I don't know if it's series fatigue or just a bump in the road, but I didn't enjoy this issue that much.  Not a whole lot happens story wise and what we did get just felt odd.  The art was great, but I can't recommend this issue.

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This issue just cruises along, giving us more of the same until the crazy cliffhanger.  The way it ended, though, made this whole arc feel like nothing but a disguised setup.  I hope I'm wrong because I thought the Victim Syndicate made for an interesting villain.

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Joshua Williamson pulls a buzzer beater this week and turns a loss into a win with one final page.  I can't ignore how bad parts of this issue were, but it ends with something that has me so excited going forward.  Despite my score, I am back onboard with this book and I hope Williamson uses this opportunity to give fans the book I hoped he would from the very start.

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While this issue boils down to one big fight scene, I had a ton of fun and the art was fantastic.  Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue hitting a homerun here and I am so glad that I am along for the ride!

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This issue is not filler, but not a lot happens to push the story forward and what we get is kind of boring.  Actually, it's also cliched and forced and that is not a good recipe for fun.  While I like the art enough, I just can't make myself care about what's going on here.  I love Supergirl and hope it improves, but I can't recommend what we are getting now.

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Greg Rucka continues to make a kick ass Year One story and the ending promises even better things in the near future.  I love Nicola Scott's art and I can't wait to see Wonder Woman and the Big Bad go at it...hopefully next issue.

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I still think that All-New Wolverine is one of the better books at Marvel, but the Enemy of the State II story is making it harder and harder to recommend.  The story and art in this issue seems stuck in neutral and that's not a great place to be stranded in.  So far, this story arc is a miss that I hope turns into a hit starting with the next issue.

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Please, Mr. Marvel, never take Jeff Lemire off of this book. He is telling a Moon Knight story like no writer ever has. Even though not much happens in this one, my faith is in Lemire that there will be a payoff.

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All and all this issue is forgettable. You get too much teenage problems and set up and not enough character information.

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For the second month in a row, the art and story come together to create a solid issue. We get some character progression for Wanda and plenty of magical action. Really, that's all I ask for.

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Jody Houser wraps up the "Dark Star" arc with a neat and refreshing ending. While Faith is somewhat of a predictable book, Jody Houser finds a way to make it a very pleasant and enjoyable read. Sometimes a story of morals and focusing on life experiences can make for a satisfying read. The art continues to be some of my favorite work this year.

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I'm sure you can tell that I love this series and while this chapter is mostly setup for the upcoming finale, I had a ton of fun reading it.  Jeff Parker and Marc Andreyko seem to be having a lot of fun as well and it's books like this that makes me a fan of the Digital First stuff.  If you are a fan of either property, do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

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I have been growing tired of this book lately and this story felt like deja vu all over again.  While I'm happy Oliver is back in Seattle, I hope that Ben Percy finds something new to do with him and fast.  Otto Schmidt's art may be worth the price of admission, but I want a good story as well.  Is that too much to ask for?

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Another issue of Justice League, another poor setup and eye rolling nonsense.  We do get to see who attacked the Justice League, but it really just comes down to what and Hitch doesn't explain it enough for me to care.  Hey, if he doesn't care, why should I?  The art is good, but not good enough to make this issue make any sense or be any good.  On a positive note, there are some cool villains on display and a cool cliffhanger.  Oh well, it's all par for the course and that is not a good thing.

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While I was wary about this mini series going in, I am enjoying Midnighter's quest to get his love out of the pits of Hell.  When Steve Orlando isn't trying to get too fancy, he's giving us a hell of a story (sorry!) and Fernando Blanco's art is top notch.  I am glad to admit that this story has been a pleasant surprise.

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While this issue doesn't contain many (if any) answers to the larger mysteries of the I am Suicide arc, Tom King gives us a look at Batman that is harsh and real.  Mikel Janin's art is top notch and I felt fully satisfied even as I wanted more and more.

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Kraven the Hunter vs. Deadpool + Venom sounds like a good time to me. I think I might even shell out the ridiculous amount of money they charge for Pay-Per-View to watch this fight. That plus some character development for Venom? I'm in.

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Max Marks does it again and brings another off the wall day in the life of Wolfcop and Willie. They find themselves at a brothel and things turn to shit real quick for them. The issue moves at a steady pace. The turning point in this issue alone had me in shock. This is one of the smaller comics that may be getting looked over. While I don't dislike the the art, I would enjoy seeing a different take on it. Regardless, still a fun issue once again.

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Bits and Pieces:This chapter sucks like a bucket of ticks. Again, another damn chapter full of nothing but fighting. I get that this is a comic based off of a FIGHTING video game but I don't want to read fights. I want to read a story. If I wanted a fight, I would just go play the damn game. The art is really good, though, as always. Nothing to complain about from Derenick's art.

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I love the idea of a Batman Holiday Special and for the most part, I liked what we got here.  We get Ace the Bat Hound, a Scott Snyder Story and Harley Quinn's creator giving us...Harley.  We also get two other stories, but don't worry about them and decide if three out of five is worth $4.99.  I do.

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While it's nice to see new faces and mix up the Annuals Week format a bit, this New Talent Showcase falls a little short of the mark.  In general, the art is great, but the compressed nature of the stories doesn't let the writers (or readers) get comfortable with what's going on before they are spirited away to the next one.  It's not a missed opportunity, but it certainly could have been a whole lot better.

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Marvel fans deserve better than to be charged another $4.99 - $5.99 to read the conclusion to a delayed event everyone decided after the fact needed an extra issue.  This was a penultimate bore and with the conclusion already spoiled in the pages of the Marvel's Now! line of books I don't see a reason for anybody to continue reading this story.

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Fantastic. From start to finish, this book is fantastic. Millar and Immonen have made something really special here and I can't wait to see this adapted onto the big screen. This is a master class in how to make good comics. Any comic book fan should read this book.

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An exciting end to an exciting series. Han Solo and his crew have given us a fun little side story that shows who Han is as a character. I highly recommend that any Han Solo fans out there read this series.

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I really like this issue a lot Jeff Lemire did a great job as always. The pace of the story was on point and it's off to a great start. If you never read anything about Thanos before like me, it doesn't really matter Lemire does a great job here of not making readers that aren't too familiar with Thanos feel alienated. Deodato's art is really sharp too I have never looked at too much of his art but this series make me want to check out more of his work. Lemire really left me wanting more and I can't wait till next month's issue comes out.

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This issue was really well done. We got some noir stuff going on. We got daughters wanting to see their mother again. We have bad decisions being made because of it. This is awesome and I can not wait for the next issue if we keep getting some detective shit and Auran being resurrected this way will be weird. I want to know what happens next.

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With all the crossovers the Batman '66 has seen, this one is already near the top of the list. It just feels right and while this issue is all setup, I liked it a lot. The story, characters and art all come together to make an enjoyable time that has me wanting more. That's what the opener of a series is supposed to do, right?

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This issue was a bit of a down turn for me. I don't know what exactly made it this way. The story has slowed down a bit and the veneer of this world has begun to wear off. However, it is still a good story and the action fest in the middle was good even if it had been done already by Mad Max: The Road Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road. I still enjoy it and I don't know what we will get next issue, maybe it will become more survival horror? Anyway I give this issue a…

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While this book is very easy to recommend for children, it is one of those things that is equally great for adults as well.  The art could put a smile on the sourest face while the story and characters are fun, well laid out and great to teach anyone a little DC Comics history.

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This chapter is mostly action which really bothered me. I would have liked more story to keep the series going but it's taken an abrupt halt to have this random Croc and Bane fight. The art is still really good, Harley being the shining part of it. It's clear, so far, that this series is only to be a Harley and Joker outlet that they just slapped the Injustice name onto it. I yet to see the point of the Injustice name yet but we shall see as we continue the story.

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This is a pretty big issue of Deathstroke.  We find out who's behind all of his troubles and it's pretty cool and makes total sense.  The story and art are both above average, but for some reason, I fear I'm going to forget this issue like the rest.

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James Tynion continues his Victim Syndicate story by showing the Detective Team instead of the new villains.  Why that seems an odd choice, Tynion does a good job showing us that those weird costumed freaks (sorry if that's insensitive) aren't the only ones caught in the crossfire.  This is a more personal issue and while the art wasn't great, it does set up the story going forward.

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This issue was all about the setup, but I still liked it more than most of what we've got since Rebirth started.  Maybe it was because of Wally or the villain twist, but I enjoyed myself and am looking froward to next issue.

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I have loved everything that Tom Taylor has given us in All-New Wolverine, but this issue is the exception to the rule.  It's all setup to get Laura to Madripoor and while that seems exciting and very personal, that is a story for another issue.  Unfortunately, I can't give this issue high marks.

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Spider-Man and Mary Jane living the married life is something a lot of Spidey fans have been clamoring for and Conway, Stegman, and the rest of the team involved don't disappoint. Despite an odd choice for the villain the group will combat in coming issues I look forward to continuing to follow this story because of what my favorite character now has in common with myself … a normal life.

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This issue was one of the least exciting we've gotten thus far and we still didn't really get any answers. I still really like the art, but this story needs to get where it's going soon because I'm starting to not care.

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If it wasn't for the Thing showing up and being such a jerk, I probably would've enjoyed this issue a lot more. Doom as Iron Man looks really cool and Bendis is setting up what could turn into a pretty fun story. As a single issue though, this was only okay.

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Overall this issue was a mixed bag because while the art does a suitable job of representing event quality comics the story suddenly feels all over the place by introducing new concepts and ideas that feel very out of place from what we were previously reading. A possibly classic personal tale about Spidey has turned into a dimension hopping affair that I feel suits Dr. Who fans more than traditional Spider-Man fans like myself.

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All in all, this is definitely a buy and I can't recommend this enough and can't wait to see what comes in the next issue.

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Tom King continues Batman's quest to get Psycho Pirate from Bane by giving us a glimpse of the plan...maybe.  This story has really turned into an exciting and intriguing caper that is definitely more than meets the eye.  It may be more setup, but I liked it.  I liked it a lot!

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Ben Percy continues his story that started with a ridiculous premise and continued here by giving us no real information, but expecting us to care nonetheless.  I didn't care at all, but I did like Juan Ferreyra's art, but was it enough for me to give it high marks?  Check below for the answer.  Spoiler alert...It wasn't.

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Overall the crossover continues to provide a very intriguing story, with a few different working storylines still all in play, and no confusion in sight. Lloyd Goldfine and Rob David are doing a great job giving each character their voice in a crowded landscape. Meanwhile Freddie E Williams continues to kill art duties and even though the backgrounds in some panels are pretty plain the detail and colors used everywhere else more than make up for the minor hiccup. I would recommend this series to anybody munching on ‘member berries' for these properties or even just looking for an entertaining comic to enjoy. 

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This chapter was a bit of a snooze fest. Selba's story seems to be getting a little side-tracked now and I really don't know where is is going now. The art from Sampere does continue to be good and very pretty to look at. Still keeps that #SexyHarleyTime trend in full force. I'd like to see more of Harley interacting with the actual Injustice story in this run. I get that it takes place during the first game's story and doesn't want to retell it, but I'd kind of like a little more of that.

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Bryan Hitch continues to bring what should be one of DC's biggest books way, way down.  It really is horrible and if not for Neil Edwards' awesome art, this book would have scored much lower. Something needs to be done before things get even more out of hand!

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I am quickly losing interest in this book which is a shame because after the first issue, I thought I was all in.  However, Francis Manapul is in no hurry to give the reader rules and answers and while Clay Mann's art is spectacular, I can't recommend this issue.  Hopefully, Manapul will turn it around quick because there is a lot of potential here and I'd hate to see it go to waste.

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Wade Wilson is back at it again with the crazy fun. Deadpool and Venom go together even better than I expected. I can honestly say I've never had as much fun reading a comic series as I do reading this one.

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This issue was pretty good. We got some backstory on Riri, we got to see her fight. Riri seems like she could be a interesting character but there are some problems in the writing that makes me upset and could tank her. There have been new characters before and they are either embraced or derided based on the writing. Right now there are problems but not enough that I can see that would warrant derision. I hope that the few problems I do have with this get better so this character is better for it. There is a old saying show don't tell, so show us that she is an intuitive smart engineer and can be a hero. 

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This book is bad. Even though the art this issue was slightly better than the other issues, I still didn't enjoy this. I can't say I would recommend it to anyone, Star Wars fans or not.

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Once again I am shocked at the quality of this book. Even though not a lot happens outside of setting up the next issue, it was still a ton of fun and a really quick read.

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This was a really enjoyable issue if you are a fan of James Bond. If you like the Fleming books it has what made those books popular, if you like the movies it has great action and some good wordplay. Basically, this comic is all the best parts of a Fleming book accompanied with visuals that only a comic can provide. The only problem I can really point to is the same problem every action movie has with stupid mooks. So if you like the Bond movies or the Fleming books, or both pick up this comic.

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I personally like to have one mini-series on my pull list as a casual read, with characters I've traditionally enjoyed, and this series undoubtedly checks all those boxes. Fantastic art, by Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, and Leonardo Ito, to go along with a creative premise, by Matthew K. Manning, makes this a must buy for any fan of the classic properties meet genre.

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Christopher Priest is beginning to reward those who have been reading his story twice a month while adding a character who is awesome and scary as hell all wrapped up into one.  While the overall story is still a bit of a mystery, the pieces are coming together and I like what I see.  Larry Hama's art is all about the characters and that's good because so is the story.

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Detective Comics is back on top with this issue and after the Monster Men debacle, I am so glad. The Victim Syndicate  continues the idea that Batman's methods need to change and after Tim Drake's death, there isn't really an argument there.  The whole story reads like a scary mystery and Eddy Barrow's art helps that out so much.  Highly recommended.

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Joshua Williamson starts his new arc by giving us an old villain with some new problems and a lot of pretty cool hints at what's to come.  In the here and now, I love seeing Barry and Wally together and this issue shows that Wally has a bit to go before he can be considered a hero.  Felipe Watanabe's art is good and while this issue won't make non fans go gaga, those who've stuck with this book should be pleased.

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This chapter is so great and I absolutely loved it. Sebela's story here really picked up after those two let down chapters and he kicks it right to 11. It's by far my favorite chapter yet. The art by Santucci is pretty good as well, with character's faces still looking off sometimes but not too jarring. Harley's toxic relationship with Joker is explored in more depth that I was really looking for and it's written so amazing here. The mystery of these parallel characters is still wide open and I can't wait for more revelations and the next chapter.

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It was bound to happen eventually and this month we get a down issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws.  Scott Lobdell gives the reader some big Black mask developments, but that doesn't completely shake the feeling that this first arc is starting to drag a bit.  I want the Dark Trinity together and I want it now! 

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This issue of Supergirl didn't knock my socks off.  The main interaction between Kara and Cyborg Superman was decent, but repeated a bit and while the cliffhanger has me excited, nothing else in this issue did much for me.  I liked Brian Ching's art, but cannot recommend this issue.

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Greg Rucka is using this Year One story to remind us how much we love Wonder Woman and we learn about her all over again.  While I love the story, I may love the art even more. Nicola Scott is fighting Liam Sharp as to who is the best Wonder Woman artist nowadays, but the real winner is the reader.  I can't see how any Wonder Woman fan won't fall in love with this issue.

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Call it a clich, but I really can't wait until next month. This book is so good. The story is confusing as hell but also intriguing as hell. I only wish DC had this book so it could come out twice a month. I say it every month, but you really need to pick this up.

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All around, this was probably my favorite issue of the series thus far. We finally get some story progression and the art looked great. It's been rare that those two things have come together throughout this series so here's hoping this starts a new trend.

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Venom Space Knight was consistently one of the highlight B character titles of the All-New All-Different Marvel lineup. I can't recommend this title enough to those of you out there who are super hero comic fans. Even if you only have a small interest in this title or just a general history in anyway with Venom as a character, do yourself a favor and try this out.

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This issue set ups the return of the Defenders of the Earth teaming up to explore the cause of the earthquakes that are occurring around the world. For new readers, you may feel lost with the subtle references regarding the previous storyline. But there is enough in this first issue that may intrigue you to continue this new series.

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While the I Am Suicide story is a little more subtle than I thought it would be, this issue hit most of the right notes for me and left me satisfied while still wanting so much more.  Selina Kyle stole the show while hardly being in the issue and Batman kicks ass...and may not have been in the issue either.  Tom King and Mikel Janin are turning what could be a straight up action fest into a smart and intriguing mystery.  Sure, there is still action, but it's everything else that has me waiting in anticipation for the next chapter.

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While this issue wants to be topical, the two stories here do not add to anything worthwhile.  The Catwoman story felt forced and rushed and the Prez story was nowhere near the conclusion to the series that it should have been.  The art in both stories was solid, but this is a book that I can't recommend, especially with it's inflated price tag.

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Ben Percy starts another two part story and I already wish it was longer.  Not because I like it, but because it needed more setup and explanation.  I like the concept of murder mystery on a train full of dignitaries, but without any background, it falls flat.  I did love Juan Ferreyra's art, but in the end, I can't really recommend this issue.

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Bits and Pieces:I was just so iffy with this chapter. The writing is really good. The art gets better only halfway through the chapter and then it's really good. However, it was a meaty chapter. I just did not like how fast Harley fell for this other Joker so fast, after we established how she's trying to restart her life in a Harley direction, not in Joker's. Her future self telling this story tells us how much she regrets it, but I think we needed more time to gradually get to her mistake.

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Bryan Hitch continues to destroy one of DC's biggest books and he seems to be doing it with zeal.  This story continues the trend of confusing storytelling being shoved at the reader as a mystery and I've had enough.  Neil Adam's does his best to save this sinking ship, but at this point, I'd abandon ship if I were you.  It can't be this bad, right?  No, it's worse!

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This is far from a perfect issue, but it's good enough for me to recommend it.  Sure, the dialogue isn't great and the transition from last issue to this one was confusing, but I found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would.  I think it's the combination of Fernando Blanco's art and Steve Orlando's undying faith in his main character (and his faith in Apollo) that is starting to win me over.  I can't say it's my favorite book yet, but it's easily a guilty pleasure so far.

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Save your money since the answers are coming out in the Marvel Now line of books being published currently anyway. You'll find answers there before this will event even sniffs the finish line anyway.

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While I wonder about the viability of this series beyond potential tie-in status, or if there are even plans for it to continue after this, right now it's providing some good insight into the inner workings of New U, the company responsible for providing Spider-Man so many problems lately.  

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Despite what felt like a mildly rushed conclusion in this issue, Spider-Man Deadpool continues to be one of the All-New All-Different lineups highlight comedy adventure books. With the abundance of Spider-Man and Deadpool titles that flood the market, it may be easy to overlook their team-up book, but Kelly and McGuinness are doing a hell of job at continuing to make this a must read each month for me. 

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This issue is simply the cherry on top to a perfectly crafted sundae, a very unique addition to the Marvel super hero genre.

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All in all this issue kept up intriguing me and giving me enough answers to my questionsto not get pissed. It balanced the questions and answers very well. The art was amazingin both the style of the drawing and the use and restraint of color. There is a greatamount of action as well and done right so that the pacing is on point.

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If you haven't seen the movie yet you won't feel left out. Your provided with enough dialogue to get a feel for the characters. This is plenty of action and humor in this debut issue. The story even wraps up the arc in the debut issue. After reading you'll still feel like it's a cliffhanger only cause you want to continue on this journey with Wolfcop and his best buddy Willie right away.

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Deathstroke continues getting better and better and it's not because of over the top action, but the cat and mouse game that our main characters are involved in.  You don't know who to trust here and quite frankly, I wouldn't trust anyone.  It's great to see Rose and Batman work together, but the interaction between Deathstroke and Damian was priceless.

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James Tynion IV is off to a good start as we look a little at the past while being forced into the future,  While I have no idea how good the Victim Syndicate will be as a villain group, I loved the cameos in this issue and the character interactions were great.  Add some good art and we have a series that is coming back from a bye and kicking ass and taking names!

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This was an okay issue of the Flash that was elevated by a couple huge reveals and a sense of Rebirth importance.  I wish we could get more of the three Flashes and also of Jorge Corona's art because it feels like the book is beginning to get better.  It's not there quite yet, but let's keep out fingers crossed.

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I was a little let down with this chapter. I was pretty bored with it. It wasn't bad but not as good as I was expecting. As I turned the pages, I was expecting more. Most of it was fighting with Harley monologuing to herself. The writing for it though is really good and the art from Daniel Sampere continues to deliver. Maybe I just wasn't into it. But, with an awesome cliffhanger, I'm still very interested in continuing the story and can't wait for chapter 5.

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If you love Wonder Woman than this issue is your invitation to celebrate what makes her great by a huge creative team that loves her just as much (or more) than you.  It's an oversized issue stuffed with stories and art and I'm sure that everyone will find plenty to love.  This isn't a history lesson for newcomers, but a true celebration of one of the best and most important characters ever created.

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The Clone Conspiracy rolls as the villains take the spotlight here. While overall this was an entertaining flashback issue, filling in the blanks of how Otto got from point A to point B, it wasn't necessarily a required buy unless you're a “collect em all” kind of person.

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All in all this issue was very uneven. The T'challa part was awesome. The Dajia partwas neat. The whole revolutionary part was weird and like last arc came off preachy.The weird part is, is I don't exactly know what he was trying to preach about. It is likeseeing a man on a soapbox on the corner yelling something but he is talking in adifferent language, a language I do not understand. As always the art is really good thisissue so hopefully this whole revolution part can get done and over with because it isterrible.

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This book has never been easy to decipher. But while more and more questions keep getting raised with very few answers, it's finally getting me interested again. I hope this quality keeps up around the level of the first arc, instead of down where we've been since then.

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Cullen Bunn has Deadpool on lock. The guy just knows how to write Wade Wilson. Salve Espin's art is great and the supporting characters are awesome. This book really is a good time.

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It's hard for me to give a great score to an issue that was purely setup for the rest of the series, but I liked it enough. I'm definitely intrigued to see what Doom's endgame is with all of this.

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This was a good issue. There was action, and excitement. There was great tension andresolution. I honestly can not wait to see what happens next. There is nothing I likemore than watching super powered royal family politics. What will happen next? I cannot wait.

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Our Faiths learn to work together to take down the villain still at large at a comic convention. We continue to see Faith grow as a character as she protects her city, new friends and fellow con-goers. You get plenty of easter eggs and a classic superhero story to keep a smile on your face.

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This was a great first issue. It got me hooked in. Honestly, I haven't read a first issue this good ever I think. I have great hope for this series and can not wait to read more. Definitely check this out and put it on your pull list. 

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While I was hoping that Tom King and Mikel Janin would knock my socks off, they just gave us a solid start to the I AM SUICIDE arc. Underneath it all was a sly sense of humor that I loved, but this issue just made me look forward to the next and hopefully a little more to sink my teeth into. This issue was good, just not great.

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It feels like this story got away from Ben Percy a bit.  This issue has some setup, some forced situations and a green message that just didn't feel right.  In the end, this issue and the whole Island of Scars arc can be avoided by everyone that hasn't made a stupid commitment to review every damn issue, every damn week!

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After a decent start, Bryan Hitch gives us an ill defined story, some forced moments and a whole lot of nothing.  This issue confirms that Hitch does not know how to end a story and because of that, I give this issue a certain score that nobody wants.

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Francis Manapul has a winner with Trinity.  The story is full of smiles and mysteries and the pacing is just about perfect.  That combined with his incredible art makes me wish this was a bi-monthly book because I can't wait a whole month for the next issue.  

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Chapter 2 was a nice second half to the "All Bad Things Must End" story. Christopher Sebela really knows how to right Harley so well and shows he really knows the world he's working with. The art from Tom Derenick was awesome and very colorful. With this series, there doesn't to seem to be any required reading or playing to just jump into this comic, which you so definitely should.

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I loved this chapter, as much as I've loved the series so far. “Sidekicks” Part 1 really delves into Harley's love for her new goons. Let me just say, if you still haven't jumped in, pick these 3 chapters up and follow it. The art is so nice and these writers have really captured Harley's character so well as we continue her life post-Joker in this Injustice world.

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While an issue of Deadpool saving a suicidal girl may not sound great, it really was just that.  Seeing Deadpool do his best and then realize his best just wasn't good enough (that should be a song!) put a smile on my face and made my day.  I can't say this story had a happy ending, but it did have a real ending.  In a book known for it's jokes and gross-out humor, this issue was a very pleasant surprise.

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This is down issue for me, yet I'm still giving it an 8. That's how good this series is. Jeff Lemire hasn't let me down with this character yet, so I'm looking forward to seeing how he wraps all of this together. Seriously, read this book.

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Every month I find myself hoping I like this book, and every month I'm disappointed. This one wasn't quite as bad as the last issue, but it's still nothing to be excited about reading.

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This is definitely a setup issue for what should be an awesome finish. I still want to see what happens to Han in this race and find out who the traitor is, but it would've been nice to get a little bit more progression with this one. Luckily, the art is still great.

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Once again we have another issue that doesn't hit any of the same notes as the movie. This gets a little bump for doing a pretty good job on the big death at the end, but that's about it.

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To sum things up, Clone Conspiracy, the Spider event of 2016, is off to a pretty epic beginning. If you've missed the classic Spider-Man feels and vibe this is a huge step back in that right direction for long time Spider-Man fans. The villains, Parker luck, and even certain story beats are all here for anybody to enjoy a classic new age tale.  The formation of the villains as a team run by Jackal could rival any version of the Sinister Six only this time with an added mental dimension to the game Spider-Man may not be ready to tangle with based on this issues ending. I'm extremely anxious to see what next.

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The Unbelievable Gwenpool gets back on track, with an oink-oink here and an oink-oink there, which is actually a very good thing, believe me. Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru provide us with a light hearted entertaining book that is nothing but a pleasure to look at. When this creative team gets together there's not a thing I would change and it's always worth a buy. 9.0/10var linkwithin_site_id = 2203111;

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Even though the team is officially disbanded, they still end up working together to create a really fun issue that sets the stage for a huge battle next month. This is one of the most surprisingly good titles I'm reading.

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I keep liking this book more and more.  While Batman's appearance feels a bit forced, it's fun and promises even more fun in the near future.  The characters, story and art are top notch and I can start recommending this series to everyone.

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This finale was just awful.  Steve Orlando forces an ending onto the reader that is rushed, forced, doesn't make sense and is an insult to everyone involved.  It's bad enough that it hijacked three books for a month, but it's also the worst thing that has come out of Rebirth so far.  The only positive is that we can get back to our regular stories now.  At least we have that!

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The Godspeed arc closed with a whimper and after all the setup, I felt a little cheated and a little disappointed.  Everything is left open to return to later, but right now I am just glad to move on.  If you've been waiting for Wally to step up his game (like me) than you will get enough here to justify the purchase.  Other than that, this whole series has been to much "meh" for my tastes.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws continues being one of my favorite Rebirth titles and we haven't even gotten the full Outlaws up and running!  Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy make this book so much fun to read, even when the story itself is far from lighthearted.  The only thing I'd change about this book is getting it twice a month!

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This issue was a bit of a downer and while that sort of thing happens, it's a shame it happened so early in the series.  Steve Orlando seems to still be searching for this book's focus and while Brian Ching's art was good, it wasn't as good as the last issue.  I still am hoping to fall in love with this book, I just haven't been able to yet.

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While I am curious to see how others feel about this issue, I liked it as another piece of the larger puzzle that is Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman story.  This issue falls somewhere between Year One and the Lies, yet sheds light on both stories.  I loved the art and the ending left me wanting a lot more which I think was Greg Rucka's plan in the first place. Mission accomplished!

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Tom Taylor gives the reader a pretty kick ass start to the Enemy of the State story and I'm all in. Things are about to get very bloody and it's not only exciting, it's personal.  While the issue may be more recap than long time readers would like, I appreciated it and think that anybody looking to jump on this book would as well.  Really, there is no reason not to join the party this month!

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The setup and construction of the story so far deserves much more credit than that because it's been a heartfelt affair with spot on characterization for everyone involved.  As a long time reader and Spider-Man fan I'm riding high at the moment and hope this trend continues. 

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Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello give readers a bit of a solo Deadpool issue, but it all leads to the Mercs for Money.  A new Mercs for Money.  A fun, new Mercs for Money.  Deadpool is one of those books that gives you what you expect, but if that's what you like, you know you'll like it.  This issue has the added bonus of being a good jumping on point for new readers and in the end, it's just a good issue.

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It's Deadpool and Venom, y'all! If you're looking for a fun comic that adds some cool backstory to one of Spider-Man's best villains and Marvel's best heroes, check this out. It definitely didn't disappoint.

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Not a great issue, not a bad issue. Nothing here is going to suddenly make you a Scarlet Witch fan, but if you've been reading up to this point, there's no reason you won't be alright with this one.

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We're introduced to the rest of the Generation Zero team. Although the story doesn't move along much. We learn more about these characters. Now that the team is formed and have their first lead we can really start to figure out what's going down in Rook city. 

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This is a really good start to the next phase of the injustice story. Christopher Sebela and Pop Mhan give new readers a great jumping on point and veterans a smile worthy recap to the entire series. It's all told through the eyes of Harley Quinn and Sebela seems to already "get" what made her the best character in this entire series. Just when I thought I was out...

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This isn't just another disappointing issue of the Monster Men crossover, but my least favorite issue so far.  The story and art were both lacking and I'm now officially looking past this nonsense and wanting our regular stories back right now.  Please, give us our regular stories back!!!

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If you have been enjoying Green Arrow up until now, I think that will continue this week.  If you haven't given it a try, this issue is as good as any as a jumping on point...maybe even better.  The character interactions, art and growing mystery make this easy to recommend.

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This was a great comic book interpretation of two classic 80's toy properties turned cartoon.  I'm a big fan of how DC has put out various different mini-series over the last few years to hit everyone's particular sweet spot. With He-Man/Thundercats, they have found mine and I'm sure I'm not alone. The art by Freddie L. Williams colored by Jeremy Colwell with an intriguing story put forth by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine is definitely worth the price of admission. I'm not a cover guy either but I think I need the connecting good vs bad guys covers to frame and enjoy while dazing off at work.   

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Bryan Hitch slows things down and concentrates on his characters and I liked the results.  It's more personal than the global threat the League just faced and that makes it all the better.  In fact, this is my favorite Bryan Hitch Justice League issue so far  and I hope that's something I can keep on saying in weeks to come.

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Steve Orlando does a good job with the start of this mini.  Sure, the beginning falls into the same trap that the last series did with the dialogue, but it quickly calms down and gives us some really good moments.  The art was good and helped tell the story and it all ends with a cliffhanger that really couldn't have gotten any more personal.

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I imagine it's not an easy task for a writer to make one of Marvel's goofiest characters someone you can truly feel for. However that's exactly what Gerry Duggan is able to do here, with surprisingly great effect, while keeping you anticipating the stories return in Marvel Now.

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I'm not sure how many people are still sticking with this series, but while the last two issues have been a bit of a letdown, I'm in until the end.  I hope it picks back up because when David F. Walker is good...he's great.  Sadly, this issue is not good or great, but pretty average.

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I'm admitting that I'm a Spider-Man fanboy through and through however I have also read a ton of the All New All Different Marvel lineup and this is one of the books I've been having the most fun with. This issue continues the series trend of strong art, well-constructed story beats, and jokes that hit the mark. If you have any love for either of the two title characters in this book you won't regret jumping in at any point. 8.0/10

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All in all, it looks as if the story is moving towards a crescendo. A showdown between the Sarge and Luke Skywalker seems to be inevitable. 

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The Ultimates is trying. How it's forced to tie into the very early beginnings of Civil War II is criminal at this point, but Al Ewing is still able to make it work.  This is a good book, crafted with care, with ties to the Marvel Universe past and present. I just can't shake this feeling the Ultimates could be enjoyed at a much higher level minus its tie-in status outside this current Marvel timeline.  

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This one wasn't quite as good as the last issue, but it was still a lot of fun. It wrapped up most of the story threads going on and gave us some new rules moving forward if Marvel brings it back in Marvel NOW 2.0. My only hope is that, if they do bring it back, they keep this creative team together.

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While Christopher Priest seems to have signed up for this book only to confuse people, he finally lets his guard down a bit and gives the reader some pretty cool story with a promising cliffhanger.  Joe Bennett's art makes it all look great and while I still can't recommend this to everyone, it's getting there.

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Steve Orlando ups the stakes in this Night of the Monster Men crossover issue, but the thing I liked the most was his concentration on our heroes.  A couple of the characters step it up big time here, but the book ends by showing us that things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better.  I can't say that I am excited for this story as a whole just yet, but this issue might be the start of me getting there.

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While I was hoping that the Godspeed reveal last issue would send this book up to another level, Joshua Williamson spends a good amount of time catching everyone up and then forces most of what pushes it forward.  I liked the art in this issue, but the story just didn't do it for me.  Godspeed has made it personal, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure I care.

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Tom Taylor and Ig Guara do their best to make this Civil War II tie-in issue important, but in the end, it's as unnecessary as most of the other tie-ins have been.  We get some good interaction between Laura and Old Man Logan, but by the end, everybody presses the big, old reset button and we move on from there.  I won't lie...there aren't many reason not to skip this issue.

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There is not much forward progress in this issue, but what it does an excellent job of is recapping Otto's current predicament for anyone who hasn't consistently read Spider-Man comics over the last few years. The art by Giuseppe Camuncoli continues to be some of my favorite at Marvel with his action scenes always a treat to look at.

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The bottom line is this is not a well written or constructed comic event in any way shape or form and now that's it's hit delays, has become utterly pointless. Continuity is loose as a goose and not followed, resurrection, killing, and now destruction is abound just because the author demands it, so save your money. Go buy a large coffee and donut instead...at least you'll have some satisfaction from spending five dollars on something worthwhile. Bendis has turned Ulysses into nothing more than an uninteresting plot device, taking down heroes left and right, while the only death I'm interested in going forward from the author is Ulysses' himself. Bits and Pieces:Marvel needs to do better because, other than Spider-Man, I'm losing interest in the future of their comics at a rapid pace.

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This issue slows down a little bit from the last one with not as much action going on, but we get some awesome progression of the story. The book looks fantastic and is set up for a kick ass ending.

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I really enjoyed where Bendis took this book, changing Tony Stark's history while keeping Iron Man's origin the same. Combine that with Maleev's great art, and you've got a great book. I can't wait to see how they continue this story after Civil War II.

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I didn't like this issue, it's as simple as that. From the cartoon-y art to the fact that absolutely nothing happened, I just can't get into the story. I definitely can wait until the next issue.

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The fight turned team-up between Spidey and Venom was much appreciated from someone who's enjoyed both characters since their creation. If you haven't yet given Robbie Thompson and this title a chance, grab the first arc, catch up and jump in with the rest of us. You won't regret it!

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This isn't a book you can jump into and fully enjoy. You need to read this from start to finish and appreciate the entire masterpiece to get the full effect of its utter creepiness. There continues to be little bad to say about Vision as it remains the title, from the All-New All-Different Marvel lineup, that deserves your attention the most. Tom King, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, and Jordie Bellaire have come together to craft the perfect twelve issue mini-series, so keep a spot on your bookshelf warm.  Vision and his family's journey ends next month and I can't wait for the undoubtedly heart breaking send off. 

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Inherently, last issues are difficult to review because you want to try and provide everyone with a few thoughts while leaving the mystery open to those truly interested in seeing a story through to its conclusion. If you take away anything from this blurb at all it would be to buy this book. In today's comic landscape,  it's exceedingly rare, when reboots and relaunches rule the sales charts, for a superhero comic to have a coherent beginning, middle and end to a story. X-O Manowar has proven this tried and true formula of storytelling can produce top notch entertainment when given the time to grow. I want more like it.

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We find the story based in Alaska. Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson begin a new tale for Hellboy. Hellboy is sent to investigate an undocumented species. We're introduced to a new B.P.R.D. affiliate, Woodrow Farrier joining Hellboy. The investigation leaves Hellboy and Woodrow in an even worst position. This is a great jumping on point for new readers to get into Hellboy. The art alone sells this book!8/10var linkwithin_site_id = 2203111;

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Eliot Rahal, Daniel Kibblesmith and Kendall Goode finish up this initial arc of The Doorman and if you are a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, good books, laughing...you need to pick up the whole series. I haven't made any bones about it, I love it and I want more!

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The Night of the Monster Men is upon us, but all I can muster up is a lukewarm response.  Steve Orlando sets up his story here and while there isn't anything "wrong" with it, I find myself not really caring either way.  I did like Riley Rossmo's art. but if things don't heat up quick, I will likely check out until the regular run is back underway.

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Ben Percy ends his Sins of the Mother mini arc with a whole lot of action and while I had fun, it was a bit forced.  Still, it doesn't take itself too seriously and it looks amazing!  This Emiko story has put Green Arrow back up their with my favorites of Rebirth.

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Brian Buccellato ends the Injustice prequel comic with a bit of a whimper.  While I think he did a fine job getting us to the end (or beginning?!?), the whole thing seemed to hang around a little too long.  As a whole, I loved this series, really liked Year Five and was slightly disappointed by the ending.

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My gut feeling is to give this a certain F-U score, but I don't want anyone to think I enjoyed this issue at all.  As a single issue, it's bad, but as the finale of the first Rebirth arc, it's unforgivable.  The reader is left confused and guessing as the heroes tell us it's not actually over.  Oh, it's over!  In fact, it never should have even started!

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Francis Manapul starts off his series, not with a bang, but by catching up the reader before moving forward.  He does a good job of getting these familiar strangers together and I am intrigued to see where it is all heading.  His art is simply incredible and I could spend a long time just staring at the pages he gives us here.  All in all, this was a good start to a series I now have high hopes for.

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Overall, I came into this ready to see some awesome Black Panther story and was hit by bad allegory. I would only recommend someone read this if they like reading bad stories. The art was really good, but there is that old saying about turning stuff like this into shinola.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this issue. It got me excited for the next issue and brought me into the story going on. While it was a little hamfisted with Tony's emotional state at the moment, I can understand that it's all to get everyone up to speed. The only real glaring issue with this issue (teehee) is the art. The art threw me off... the faces come off weird and it seems under detailed.  The art doesn't bring the issue down that much though and I still enjoyed the issue.

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This issue is a big step up from last month. The art and story go together perfectly and it's pretty entertaining. I still want more progression with the actual story that's going on, but this was fun. I'm hoping this is a good sign for the series moving forward.

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To sum things up this was a completely disjointed issue, which made some chaotic attempts towards the end of the story to try and pull everything together, but ultimately failed to succeed in anyway for this reader. I still remain a fan of Spider-Man 2099 but this book has turned into Everybody 2099 and that's not what I signed up for.

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Well, here we go again. I don't like this book. It's just not something I think is necessary, and on top of that, it's not very good. This type of huge, grand story is made for the silver screen, not a comic book.

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All books go through peaks and valleys and I feel that's all that happened here. A two issue team-up between Miles and Gwen, while interesting at first, fell a little flat for me towards the end. Hastings' jokes, however, remain a saving grace. I find him able to hit my funny bone throughout the book and I love how the writer can always be counted on for a few good belly laughs each issue regardless of the subject matter presented. Despite various story elements coming up a little flat this issue, the title overall remains one of Marvel's highlight comedies. Give Gwenpool a shot.

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This Civil War II tie-in surprised me by actually not being too bad. It was pretty fun, but I really didn't like the characterization of Captain America. I want to get  moving on the real story of this title, but I guess I'll have to wait at least another month for that.

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Charles Soule put together a pretty solid tie-in with this issue. The mix of fighting and rational thinking was a nice change of pace from the rest of Civil War II, and it looks like an awesome Iron Man vs. Inhumans fight is on the horizon.

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We get to see Faith and Archer team up once again and have some fun at a comic convention.  While it feels like a filler issue. We still get introduced to a new villain up to no good.

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This book wants to come across as mysterious and intriguing, but I am actually just getting bored with it.  The story is moving at a snails pace and while Christopher Priest tries to make it feel bigger, it feels very small.  Everything here is middle of the road and if it doesn't improve soon I may have to check out.  The cliffhanger does hold some promise...I just hope it happens soon!

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This was a very good and emotional issue that lost some of it's impact with the sudden revelation at the end.  However, that same cliffhanger set this story (and the rest of the DCU) into a bigger picture mode that I can't wait to see more of.  Everyone interested in the overall Rebirth story should pick this up and read it immediatley as well as Tim Drake fans everywhere.

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The wait is over and we do find out who Godspeed is.  My problem isn't with who it is or why they are doing what they are doing...no, my problem is that it all falls a bit flat and just feels like setup.  I really liked Carmine Di Giandomenico's art and have faith that Joshua Williamson will blow my mind eventually...I just wish it was now.

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After seeing the heroes (and villains) of the other Universe get teleported last week, it was odd to go back in time to see how it happened.  Actually, that would have been okay, but this just seemed like it was released out of sequence and knowing what already happened takes away the tension.  I hope Buccellato and Company have something big planned for the last issue because this was really sub par.

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While this issue may be the last bit of setup before the series really starts going, I still enjoyed it.  This book is just fun and if you can put your ideas that comics have to change the world behind you, I think you can enjoy it as much as me.  

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Another week and another amazing issue of Wonder Woman.  Greg Rucka continues his fairy tale-like (re)telling of Wonder Woman's origin and I loved every minute of it.  This issue has the bonus of connecting some major parts to the Lies story and it simply looked great.  Everyone should be reading Wonder Woman!

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Mark Waid sets up the All New Wasp for her own book, but not much more.  Sure, we get a couple of Civil War II pages and an attempt to end the conflict, but it all goes back to Nadia.  The story and art were pretty middle of the road and while I wasn't upset I read it, nothing here grabbed me.

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There's not a lot of action this go round. This issue seems to primarily focus on trying to strengthen the plot. While there is so much that you could do with this story, I feel like I'm a little underwhelmed with what is presented here. The art is not bad but I am starting to think that the Daredevil costume itself is starting to bother me a little. There just doesn't seem to be anything that stands out to me about it like in previous costumes. It's just kind of there. I would like to see the story and action pick up some next issue. While I am trying to remain patient and optimistic, I feel like the flames need to get turned up on this one.

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This issue can best be summed up in the words of the only remaining Merc for Money, Massacre... “Adios” to the first iteration of the Merc$ for Money, we hardly knew ye.

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I absolutely love this series. Jeff Lemire is weaving an amazing story with Moon Knight. Even though I miss Greg Smallwood's art, the story more than makes up for it. Sure, I have no clue what exactly is going on, but I can't wait to find out.

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While it would be hard to top last issue's epic conclusion to Gotham's story, Tom King gets very close this week.  I love Gotham Girl and seeing her in such a bad place was gut wrenching, but only lead to a great moment where we see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Of course, that tunnel is going to lead Batman to some pretty bad places, but that's the fun of it all, right?  The story, characters and art (by Ivan Reis this week) are top of the class and this issue is just one more reason that Batman is my favorite Rebirth book.  Now, I have to go find my tissues.

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The first issue of Everafter has me confused in a good way and I can't wait to learn more about these characters and their world.  Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges do a good job of getting the reader (almost) up to speed and then pulling the rug from under them and making them scramble for their lives.  Travis Moore contributes his usual kick ass art and we are left with a debut that has me excited to dig into more right now! 

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While I was worried about this story going in, I really enjoyed reading it.  It is an Emiko story, but there is still plenty of Ollie, just enough Shado and lots of action.  Sure, it's a ton of recap and setup, but the art was really good and I am looking forward to the next chapter in this arc.

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This was a really quick issue that was here to get more of the pieces in place before the end...which may be here.  The story and art were good, not great and I hope that Buccellato is not actually done because this would serve as a bit of a lackluster ending to one of my favorite series.

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While it's hard to figure out who the real villain is in the Justice League book, the real villain in Bryan Hitch.  His story is convoluted, confusing and worst of all, boring.  Really, it is awful and everyone should stay far away from it until DC gets wise and puts a new writer on it.

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While I wasn't a huge fan of the Supergirl Rebirth issue, I had a really good time with this one.  Steve Orlando shows us the difficulties facing Kara in her new life, but the cliffhanger showed they may have only just begun.  Throw in the Danvers doing their best as new parents and a great art style by Brian Ching and I am happy to say that I am now fully on board with this book and can't wait to continue on with Steve Orlando's Supergirl.  

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Marguerite Bennett and Elsa Charretier give fans of Bombshells a great story and the beginning of a new team.  The added bonus is that it is a great jumping on point for new readers as well.  This issue has me totally onboard with this series going forward and is even forcing me to read back issues to catch up.  Yes, it's that good.  The combination of story and art is actually beyond good and if the Bombshell's Universe intrigues you, grab this issue and get totally hooked.  I know I did!

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Tom Taylor uses this Annual to give fans a fun, body switching story and if you are a sucker for that like myself, you will love it.  Everything here, from the characters to the art, pushes the wacky story forward and when it ended, I wanted so much more.  Please have this happen some more!

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Dan Slott is currently weaving what seems to be a new take on a classic Spider-Man tale. I just can't state enough how much I've loved the Before Dead No More story arc. The Amazing Spider-Man title currently has years of stories finally merging together and I love when you put in that commitment to a comic and it all starts to pay off in new and interesting ways . The mystery of what the Jackal is up to, who exactly he is, why he has returned, and who he is bringing back with him has me gobbling up each issue while my brain is spinning like a top trying to guess what will happen next.  Basically, Dan Slott is making Spider-Man great again!

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If you have been reading Drax, this issue is par for the course.  If you haven't been, but are looking for a fun, action packed book, give it a try.  You get Fin Fang Foom as a farmer, Drax kicking dragon butt and a lame ass Planet Terry.  What else could you ask for?

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I love this book so much that even a setup issue gets high marks from me.  Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder keep giving us more character development the more of know of every character in this book, the more I fall in love with them.  If you are looking for a great all-ages book with a spunky and intelligent lead, look no further.  Plus, it's got a dinosaur and who doesn't love that?!?

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This is the Civil War II tie-in for those who hate Civil War tie-ins.  Nick Kocher tosses the Civil War garbage out the window and away we go. Add Gwenpool and some baby powder into the stew and we get an issue that may not be mind bending, but was a lot of fun.  These days, I'll take it!

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Spider-Man 2099 doesn't have to be such a serious book and when the character stops brooding and gets to play in his own timeline, the title really shines. I hope the book stays on this crazy train for a few more issues because my head is out the window, the wind is blowing in my face, and I'm finally having a blast again!

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This issue takes the smallest of steps back from the first two, but it's still great! Liu and Brooks have Han Solo as a character down, and I can't wait to see where they go from here.

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This was a middle of the road issue that didn't upset me, but didn't really impress me either.  The Thunderbolts vs the Squadron Supreme brought the action, but little else.  In the end. it seemed to be a place holder until next month's big Civil War tie-in issue.

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I love me some Ninjak and issue nineteen is no exception to this rule. Despite my initial shock of reading about Grandpa Ninjak, the catch up page and some good writing helped bridge the gap for what I missed and I was off and running in no time.  We also get a backup story, as usual, which ties the future into the present in a very clever way. It's an excellent touch the team uses to keep all moving parts knit together well.  I continue to like where this series is going and can't wait to see how this arc impacts Ninjak in both timelines moving forward.

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I don't really know what's going on, but I'm excited as hell to see where it goes from here. Colin Lorimer has put together two issues that are almost completely set-up, but it's still awesome. I really can't wait until the next issue. I just hope the story lives up to the promise of these two issues.

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There is so much stuff going on in these first two issues and even though I don't have any idea where the story is going from here, I'm excited to see how Caitlin Kittredge fleshes out the characters. I have a lot of unanswered questions that I'm ready to see answered in the coming issues.

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This was a fun little one-shot Suicide Squad story by the daddy of the whole damn thing.  In the end, nothing and everything happens which is par for the course for the Squad.  One mission just leads to the next, but it was fun to ride along with John Ostrander as he takes another spin around the block.  He still has it and I hope DC let's us see more of it in the near future.

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Brian Buccellato introduces us to the heroes that will eventually save the day and it's like having dj vu all over again.  While their Earth seems like a grand old time compared to the one we've been dealing with, Buccellato shows us there is trouble in paradise which will have to be dealt with before anyone is saving anybody.  The story and art were excellent and the cliffhanger makes me wish this book came out every day!

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Deadpool has been dealing with his own version of a Civil War, and while it's a pleasant distraction from the slog the main event has become, I look forward to the book more now that the team infighting has come to an end to see where we go from here. 

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Even though not a lot happened in this issue, I found it enjoyable to read. It was a real quick read that provided a lot of information going forward with the story. This is one title I didn't really expect to like, but I seem to come away from every issue feeling satisfied with what I read.

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Even though this was a down issue of Nighthawk, I still am on the trolley going forward.  Part of it is because of the awesome cliffhanger, but also because David F. Walker is giving fans a book based on the brutal reality that is our world.  This issue wasn't the best, but it still was important.

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I won't say that this issue didn't have promising moments, but none of them seemed to follow through. Power Man and Iron Fist should be good, ass-kicking fun, but this was just a bunch of talk without much movement forward. I'm over the tie-in craze at Marvel and just need them to focus on the stories they're telling.

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I definitely enjoyed this issue for what it was, which was basically a big space battle. Those are always fun and Jorge Molina's action scenes were beautiful. If you're a fan of the movies, I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy this title.

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There is no reason to even have this title out there other than Marvel to make some more money off the massive success that was The Force Awakens. It was an awesome movie, but that doesn't mean it makes an awesome comic book.

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While I've never been a big Inhumans fan, this was a pretty enjoyable issue centering around Grid and his time in his homeland. The art looked great and this book could have big implications moving forward.

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Not only are two of my favorite characters duking it out on the pages, just like old times, but Robbie Thompson and the art team give this book a compelling narrative to follow and look forward to here and each and every issue.

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If you're intimidated by the scope of a book like Web Warriors, I don't blame you. But if you give it a try and jump in, I think you'll really have a good time. Not only is this book is fun, but you get to see so many different iterations of classic characters.

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Overall I'm sad to see the publisher and creative team of X-O actually go through with their plans to stop the series at fifty issues, but I love how they are going out with a cannonball style splash.  The story is crafted perfectly with all the players in X-O's universe uniting to make a last stand and fight off an ultimate threat to this planet.  If you're a sucker for canon and continuity, Venditti has it all coming together here in a nice little package as our final arc wraps up leaving me excited for the big conclusion. As they say all good things must come to an end. 

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Brian Buccellato gives us revenge served cold (it's in the Arctic!), a cool fight and the means to this book's end. The issue flew by in a good way and the art was mostly great. I can't say that a book with five years of comic history will ever have a good jumping on point, but if you've been reading, you should be satisfied with this chapter.

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Christopher Priest continues from his Rebirth issue by showing us more of Deathstroke's world and it's a world of crosses, double crosses, triple...you get the idea.  Nobody can be trusted, everyone has an angle and we are right there in the middle of it with our favorite anti-hero.  It looks like things are going to get worse before they get better and if the cliffhanger can be believed, clothes not only can make the man, but they might just kill him as well.

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This was a down issue of Detective Comics.  It is full out setup and while it sets up some pretty good stuff, we are forced to wait until at least next issue for any sort of payoff.  Throw in some of the worst art this series has seen so far and this is the first issue of Rebirth Detective Comics that I can't outright recommend.

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Joshua Williamson continues his slow burn Godspeed story, but the forced nature of relationships in this book is starting to bring me down.  The issue ends with a pretty emotional and heart wrenching cliffhanger, but after so many issues, I want to knwo what's going on and move forward with it.  Is that too much to ask?  I think not!!!

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This issue did more for me than the last one, but it still left me wanting more out of the story. Natasha is always an intriguing character to explore, I just wish the story intrigued me as much as the character herself. It's not bad. It's just not fantastic either.

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The writing and art team had too much of a good thing going for the pace to slow to a crawl for the sole reason of pleasing Marvel editorial. While I'm still on board to follow the Ultimates, I really want our main story to keep moving forward and have this book escape Event tie-in status. Ultimately, there is fun to be had in small doses here when the book isn't forced to retread familiar territory.

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If you've been a fan of Gwenpool from the beginning, this is more of the same to keep you interested in the premise of a new arc going forward. If you're still one of those people on the fence regarding this character and her namesake title, I think this issue and book overall would go a long way towards charming that cold, cold heart of yours. Basically, Gwenpool is worth the open spot on anybody's pull list that's looking for a top of the line comedy adventure.

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This issue didn't follow through on the action that was promised at the end of the last issue. It all felt rushed to get to the reveal of the next villains. The art was awesome and made up for the story a little bit, but I'm ready to get back to the original team.

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Needless to say, if you're a fan of the Valiant universe, or even just mystery titles at all, this feels like a worthwhile addition to your pull list. Valiant has added another diverse title to their ever expanding lineup leaving me intrigued to learn more about just what secrets Rook, Michigan contains and what Keisha and Generation Zero can uncover. Even though our namesake heroes don't have a huge presence here, the setup provided to introduce them is extremely intriguing. Give these dark web heroes a try. 8.0/10 var linkwithin_site_id = 2203111;

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This is my favorite issue of Rebirth so far.  It's also one of my favorite issues period and one of the best payoffs to an arc that I've ever read.  It's that good...trust me!  Highly Recommended.

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The first arc of the Rebirth Green Arrow comes to an end and instead of going out with a BANG! it just kind of ends.  It's not that I didn't like what Percy gave us, it just didn't seem big enough after the buildup.  Juan Ferreyra's art was outstanding, however, and the issue ends in very familiar territory...familiar, but very interesting.

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A setup issue with 100% more Deathstroke is 100% more fun than a regular setup issue.  Brian Buccellato proves that this week and I had fun reading this issue.  The cliffhanger promises more fun, but at the end of the day, this is still heavy setup and I have to score it accordingly.

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It's only taken Bryan Hitch a couple of issues to make this book a complete mess.  The story is paper thin and only seems intriguing because we aren't getting any information.  What we have gotten is confusing and uninteresting and makes me want to drop this book right now.  I just may do that.

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I'm using this review to get all my anger out at this being a reboot and not a rebirth.  It's a cleansing exercise and hopefully I can come out of it with a clear vision of what this book is and continue on into the series with a clear head.  I want to enjoy this book because I love Supergirl, but that will have to wait.

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If you go into this book expecting the usual team book, you will be very disappointed. Instead, Mark Waid uses this Civil War II tie-in to explore the philosophical questions of "predictive justice" all wrapped up in a Vision story.  It looks great and feels important enough, but at the end of the day, it is a big setup issue and I have to rate it accordingly.  Vision fans will probably enjoy it the most, but even a hater like me didn't mind my time with it.

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Not that I was on the fence to begin with, because the premise had already sold me, but I'm totally on board for this arc now. This was an excellent issue to setup the coming threat Spider-Man/Peter is going to be facing and I can't wait to see him mix it up with some of these classic characters. The art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Marte Gracia is the perfect complement to any Spider-Man story. The team really puts together some beautifully fluid action sequences and really, I find it hard to look away from, but in a very good way. Dan Slott is on top of his game here and really has me intrigued where he's going to take this story going forward. This book was, in the words of Stan Lee, Excelsior!

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With the cliffhanger at the end of this issue, I am interested in seeing where this story is going. Charles Soule does a nice job of setting the table here and I am intrigued with the possibilities of how this story will evolve. Overall, there's some potential here.

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If you're a fan of the zany and wackier comic stories of today or even yesteryear, this is a title you'd be thrilled to sit down and read while have a cold drink on a hot day. However, if you're looking for something light on Deadpool that focuses on the side characters in this story, you might want to look elsewhere for now. This is however a Deadpool book that avoids the Civil War hubbub going on so it does have that working for it.  Basically, come for the action, stay for the art, and enjoy a little bit of the Mercs and a whole lot Deadpool.

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I continue to be a big fan of this story and the art. I'd like to get a little more backstory, but I can live with the excitement of seeing what predicament they'll get their way out of next. The only thing that brings this issue down a little bit for me is the same cliffhanger ending we've seen throughout the series. To be honest though, it still leaves me looking forward to the next issue, so I can't hate on it too much.

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Any Weird Science regulars know exactly what that score means. For the record, that isn't me giving up on this series. I'm actually excited where both the story and Wanda as a character go from here. I just don't see why we had to completely interrupt the story that was going on for a pointless Civil War II tie-in. I love to see Wanda growing as a character and standing up for herself, but there are other ways to do that without forcing it in one issue. 

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Spider-Man 2099 will always hold a special place in my heart based solely on nostalgia. However the newest volume and latest issue to this series has failed to truly capture my attention and tying it to Civil War II did nothing to help with that.  I just have no idea what the overarching story is for this title. It feels like every time I pick up an issue the overall goal and purpose for Miguel is fleeting which leads to me feeling like I'm reading a random story of the month that won't get much resolution.  The art has been good and I enjoy seeing the cameos from the long forgotten 2099 cast but it's not enough to hold my attention going forward and the Civil War tie-in is wholly unnecessary. 

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There's a ton to like in this issue overall for any comic fan. We're provided a bunch of answers to some of the titles lingering questions, left with a few more still to solve, and are treated with a new Spidey suit to drool over.  We also get killer art and action sequences drawn by McGuinness and his art team.  To top it off, we get an appearance of a classic and new villain from the past, one we're still guessing the identify of to boot. So yeah, Marvel, more of stories like this please!!!

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This is another stellar issue of the Vision from beginning to end. We're currently all setup for an enormous grand finale, so strap in ladies and gentlemen and forget about trade-waiting. It's going to be a slobber-knocker you won't want to miss.

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I love this series so much!  To a comic book reader, this issue may seem like a lot of setup, but for a D&D fan, this type of issue is just as important as slaying a dragon.  The downtime in a D&D campaign is all about character interaction and development and that's exactly what Jim Zub gives us here.  Couple that with the excellent art by Nelson Daniel and this is an issue and a series that every fantasy fan should grab right now!

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For me, the jury is still out on whether I am looking forward to Christopher Priest's Deathstroke, but I am intrigued.  It's a weird combination of kind of liking what we get here and wanting to know what the hell I just read.  I do know that I really like the art and will be back to hopefully get more of a gage of what's going on and whether I like it or not.

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This is the most action packed issue of this book since Rebirth started, but James Tynion doesn't just rely on that and mail the rest in.  He uses the action to show how far the team has come from top to bottom and I really enjoyed it.  The story moves forward by showing us that the Colony may be an even bigger threat now that they've been put in a corner and Batman and Company are going to have their hands full very soon.  The issue looked great and I am still enjoying the hell out of this series.

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This was a fun issue and that turned out to be both good and bad.  I love seeing Barry in a happy place and could read a whole arc with him training these new Speedsters.  However, Black Hole and it's leader turned out to be less of a threat than I ever imagined and in the end, we are back at square one on the Goodspeed front.  The art was hit and miss this issue, but the story was good enough to keep me fully on board and excited for next issue.

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Call it setup or a bridge or whatever you like, but I call it pretty good and pretty heartbreaking.  Batman was so close to ending Superman's reign in a non-violent way that I could almost taste it, but the carpet was pulled from under his feet.  It's all because of magic, but the issue ends with Batman showing that he has at least one trick left up his sleeve.

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Scott Lobdell keeps giving Red Hood fans a really good book and while I may not have liked this issue as much as the Rebirth one, that's probably because I loved the Rebirth issue so much.  Dexter Soy's art is fantastic and I am really enjoying where this book is right now and am excited to see where it will be going.  From the cliffhanger, we should be getting there sooner than later.

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This is a fun little chapter of Teen Titans Go! that did exactly what I hoped it would do...make me smile. Derek Fridolfs writes and draws the heck out of the Titans and if you are looking for a quick read to put you in a good mood, check it out.

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Greg Rucka takes a well worn story and shows that if you tell it right, it can feel fresh over and over again.  There is nothing here that will shock you, but it still will amaze you with how well it's done.  I am a sucker for origin stories, but even if you're not, you will love this issue for it's great storytelling and insanely great art.  Highly Recommended.

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When a character that's only been around since 1975 is already on its eighth different ongoing series, it's usually not good news. That normally means that a lot of different things have been tried and none have caught on. But Jeff Lemire has taken a whole different approach to the character and is elevating Moon Knight beyond what anyone expected. If you're looking for a great new comic that seems to get better with every issue, you need to check out Moon Knight.

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This issue is a step up from last issue, but still feels padded out.  I'd say it's setup heavy, but it doesn't really set up much.  My biggest complaint is the almost complete lack of anything interesting for Frank Castle to do, let alone the Punisher.  Hopefully that changes soon because I am getting very impatient waiting for something to happen.

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This issue shows that Tom King has a little more in store than just giving us a book with heroes and villains chasing each other around.  Even the concept of "villain" is thrown into a gray area by how you look at things and Batman is caught right in the middle of it.  Right now it's Gotham vs Gotham and I'm not sure who is going to come out on top.

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Green Arrow continues being such a pleasant surprise and Ben Percy strengthens his book by getting Team Arrow back in business.  Diggle and Oliver make such a great team and Percy brings them together in a way that feels natural and awesome.  All the while, we are still left to wonder where every one's allegiances lie and the issue ends with the promise of war.  I can't wait.

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Batman finally catches Superman red handed and the issue ends with the public about to learn the truth.  In the meantime, Lex Luthor continues being awesome and while the issue was pretty much all setup, it looked really good and pushed the story forward.  Not the best issue, but far from the worst.

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I can easily say now that Justice League is my least favorite Rebirth book.  Bryan Hitch just keeps heaping confusing plots on top of convoluted situations and the result is something I don't care anything about.  That also goes for the characters that are so wooden and one dimensional under his hand that I have no connection with them at all.  No connection with the Justice League?  That is something that should be a given going in, but somehow Hitch has severed that tie.  Tony Daniel's art is still the highlight, but it can't make me recommend this book to anyone.  I will repeat myself here...I hate it!

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Chris Samnee and Mark Waid clearly know how to write a spy story, but I feel like I probably need to read the rest of the series to know exactly what's going on. I am interested to see where this leads with the character that pops up at the end. If you've been reading and enjoying this series, definitely pick this up. If not, maybe wait until next month and jump on then.

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There's a reason I've been hearing so much good stuff about Bendis and Maleev working together and I'm glad I decided to check it out. Anyone looking for not only a good Iron Man story, but a good Tony Stark story, should definitely check out this series as we start to move forward with Tony's mother.

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This book is non-stop action and that's good enough for me. I didn't know exactly what was going on, but this issue makes me want to catch up on the rest of the series. The cliffhanger promises even more action next issue and I can't wait.

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On the surface, this issue is all about the fussin' and a fightin', but Mark Waid is also showing us a team coming together and fighting individually, but still for the good of the whole.  The whole thing looks great and while it can be looked at as more of a diversion than an important story, I had fun reading it and sometimes that is more than enough for me.

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With this series I have the first twoissues in print form and the last two in digital. I regret not getting thephysical copies to complete my collection, so I may go pick them up or justwait for the trade. I actually think that it would read much better in onesitting, but even with that said, this is still one of the best books on theracks right now.

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Bits and Pieces:This event has struggled to find its footing since the beginning of the story and it only continues to do so here. Captain Marvel, despite being literally proven wrong, basically goes villain here for the sake of moving the rest of this story forward. The only saving grace of this issue is the art team of David Marquez and Marko Djurdjevic whose character drawings and colors will stand the test of time. Other than that this is a very one sided Civil War. Think of it as basically the Marvel equivalent of the Turkish military trying to overthrow their government.4.5/10var linkwithin_site_id = 2203111;

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Drax is back on track after a down issue and while CM Punk and Cullen Bunn give us a setup issue, I had a lot of fun reading it.  It's brutal, funny and beautiful and while this book is flying under a lot of people's radars, I am enjoying it month in and month out.  

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This issue is a three to four level setup issue and really doesn't move forward much at all. This may be the most crowded book I've ever read and while Paco Medina makes sure the art side of things is awesome, the story just can't get any traction before moving to the next character.  I hope things can come together a bit more because the characters and the story really do interest me.

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This book was a great step movingforward, especially after the annual that I did not really care for. This is myMarvel book of the week foe sure, I still need to read the newest LobsterJohnson before I make my decision for the top book of this week. Be sure tolook for the full review of that series in the next few days.

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A lot goes on in this issue that I also didn't touch on or cover. Venom Space Knight at times can be a difficult comic to sum up and explain into words what exactly occurs because its been more about an internal struggle lately. The series has shed light on Venom's battle of its inner demons and horrid past layered on top of over the top comic book action and I love it. This overall series has given the character of Venom an arc we haven't seen in its history and treads into new exciting territory. I love how Robbie Thompson has basically separated the symbiote as an individual and developed it as its own unique character with a history, home world, and customs. This is a book that has become incredibly interesting to read and pick up each month and quickly moving to the top of my read pile.Bits and Pieces:Although Venom is always front and center the characters of Flash and every other member on the team are fleshed out as well all given time to shine in each issue.

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While this issue slows the pace of our story a bit from the initial start to the arc, it gives us the necessary motivation to understand our villain's sudden appearance. The art as usual is amazing and I'm always very impressed at how detailed not just the characters are, but the world around them is as well. Although issue forty eight isn't as exciting as our last effort in the series, it builds momentum necessary going forward to have a huge finish for our final two issues. Don't fret, X-O Manowar will go out with a bang.

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While I am at the point that I need some action soon, James Tynion continues setting everything up from who the Colony is, how they came about and why they are upping the ante at the moment.  The story and art were really good and again, I can't wait until the next issue.

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I'm still all in and maybe even more after this issue.  Williamson is giving us a fun Flash book with a character everyone can fall in love with.  The Black Hole investigation gets put on hold this issue to concentrate on the new Speedsters and Barry reacting to them, but Dr. Carver and his crew will surely become more and more involved as we go forward.  I have theories on who Godspeed is, but I don't want to spoil anything...not even with ridiculously wrong information.

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Brian Buccellato reaches into his bag of tricks to give us an issue that has Superman getting the shit kicked out of him, a crazy death and Batman going to extremes to find out what Cyborg knows and doesn't know.  Marco Santucci's art is awesome and if you've been waiting for some early Injustice brutality to return, have I got an issue for you!

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Longtime Red Hood fans won't be getting much new information here, but I think everyone will enjoy starting everything fresh and new.  Yes, this is an origin story, but it also shows where Red Hood stands now and I'm excited to get everything going.

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I was engrossed from the second I picked up this title until the second I put it down. Then, just for safe measure, I picked it up and read it again to make sure I wasn't dreaming.  This is the magic that Marvel needs to capture more and I want to read and experience way more often. All-New Wolverine has it all, is worth the price of admission, and your attention.

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Another slam dunk of an issue by the creative team of Astonishing Ant-Man. This book balances humor, action, and intrigue to great effect. Some developments in this story appear to be set-up for storylines down the road, but that makes them no less entertaining. I strongly recommend this issue and the entire run of Astonishing Ant-Man.

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If you need a break from the Civil War tie-in exhaustion currently going on throughout the Marvel lineup, this is a beautiful distraction. While some may be confused about the relaunch, just jump in and let Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello tickle your funny bone and impress your eye holes.  You'll be laughing in no time at all.

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Nighthawk continues being my favorite Marvel book because David F. Walker tells it like it is and make no excuses.  I'd say he doesn't offer any apologies, but why should he?  This is a brutal, street level, kickass book that may be a little too real for some people, but those are probably the people who should be reading it.  In fact, everyone should be reading it because it is just that good.

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Unless you're really a die-hard fan of Spidey/Deadpool or of unique comic book art, you can consider passing on this. Nothing in this issue adds to our current ongoing narrative between Deadpool and Spider-Man if you're here for canon or the story. This simply serves as a fun intermission in the series while the regular creators get back on pace with the main story.  

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This issue was a welcomed change of pace from the previous 20 issues of tales from the cast of A New Hope, at least on the side of the Rebellion. It was about time that there was a story featuring members of the Empire. Historically, stormtroopers have been viewed as a joke due to their poor marksmanship. Writer, Jason Aaron is able to present this group by challenging that stereotype with terrifying and exciting detail. I haven't had this much fun since Chewbacca went one on one with the bounty hunter, Dengar. This issue has the look of the Empire's version of Delta Force sweeping through an area and unleashing hell in the form of death and carnage. It is a great compliment to the art team that this issue really captures the feel of a swift military operation. Being a veteran myself, I was able to appreciate the speed in which these representatives of the Empire moved. To think this is only the first part in a new story arc has me already anticipating the next issue.

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When I was reading the parts with the battle, it seemed like this was going to be a typical, traditional issue of the Thunderbolts that we've all read before. But in quieter scenes with the scene, there was some good storytelling and character development. This was a strong issue, but fell short of the previous two issues overall. I will continue to read it, and I'm looking forward to see where the story goes from here.

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 All in all, this issue was a mixed bag. The creators definitely did what they could in the space provided to move our main story forward. but the issue suffers from catching the aforementioned tie-in fever which therefore shoehorns it into a few different aspects that weren't really necessary.  The art also shifts dramatically at various points where flashback sequences are used. While everything is rendered fantastically, the two different styles don't mesh well together.  Despite all that, if you're a fan of if this title, this is still something you're most likely going to enjoy. Just be aware that it suffers from taking the middle ground and trying to please tie-in and existing fans alike.

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Fans of both the Avengers and Batman '66 should get a kick out of this series and while this chapter is mostly setup, there are some important stuff here that readers will want to see for themselves. The forced nature of it was a little off putting, but we do end with a crazy cliffhanger that has me excited for the next chapter.

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After this issue, I am all in.  All it took was some real solid information on Gotham and Gotham Girl and the surprise revelation that they are actually fun characters.  David Finch's art is good, but the best part is he never smothers the story which is becoming really, really good.  I know it's a cliche thing to say, but two weeks is going to feel like an eternity.

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While we get some answers in this issue, it is mostly setup and is unfortunately filled with forced, over the top cheesy dialogue.  The art is great, but that can't save what is easily the worst issue of Green Arrow since Rebirth started.  I still love the book and look forward to the next issue, but I am hoping that Ben Percy rights the course before everything goes way off course.

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I don't mind setup issues when they set up cool things and this one certainly does.  The ranks of each side are growing, even as longtime members begin to question everything that's been going on.  The art was kick ass and Brian Buccellato gives us character moments and a cool fight.  It looks like it's going to be a hell of a ride to the ending!

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Things pick up a very little bit in this issue, but after facing a similar threat in the Rebirth #1, it just  didn't feel as fresh or even epic here.  Tony Daniel makes everything look great, but he can't save things all on his own.  I will give Bryan Hitch one more issue to get used to his surroundings, but after that, the gloves come off.

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This issue may be a bit mixed but there is a whole lot to like about it. The art is, for the most part, great and the characters are very familiar. It was an enjoyable read. That said, the storytelling needs to be a lot tighter and the dialogue could use a little work. Overall, not a bad tie-in to this crossover, just an okay one.

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Overall,  this book is worth a look, but I expected with a five dollar an issue price tag and the Civil War moniker a little more than the death and debate show that this has turned into at this point. I think some of the problem might be none of this has come off as a huge surprise, like it's supposed to be, mostly because of future solicitations and rampant spoilers but I'm hoping things turn around.  

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While the use of Deadpool not paying the mercenaries he's hired is clever and drives the narrative, I really want this team to stay intact. I have been having a whole lot of fun with the team and to break them apart so soon would be a real shame.  Here's to hoping the Civil War II event doesn't change things up too much.

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Even with some pretty cool revelations, this issue felt like a bunch of setup.  Al Ewing does a good job of getting the reader excited for next issue and Paco Medina's art is really good, but that can't disguise the fact that not a lot happens.  I will be back next month and it looks like the shit is really going to hit the fan.

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While the issue doesn't have the same quality as the issue before it, the story and art is still very good we get a lot of satisfying conclusions to cliffhangers while keeping some still in the air. We also get introduced to new ones. This book is great and I can't recommend it enough.

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I find it difficult to sum up my love for this series into words. In the superhero medium of comics it's incredibly rare to find such a charming and fun original hero so this is something truly special and I have a blast every time this comic is released.   While some might argue that the character isn't wholly original, the argument being she's a knock off of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool, I would argue otherwise and tell anybody listening to keep reading because you're missing something on another level altogether.

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The Vision has become the family horror movie I need Marvel to make.  It's rare to find a book you're able to enjoy month in and month out regardless of what the overall story in the issue tends to be.  I love how King keeps us in a constant state of alert and I just have no idea what to expect next. Kudos goes to the entire creative team for staying sharp issue after issue and never wasting a page, a moment, or a panel in this series so far.  My only complaint is I see issue 12 and the series ending way too soon. 

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This issue came down to one question for me. If I had a daughter and she asked me on Wednesday morning to pick up a comic book for her, would I consider this book? Absolutely not. Maybe if your child is a fan of the television series, they may enjoy it. However, the average reader will not. There are so many books out there right now that are aimed at children that are well written, drawn beautifully, and have a much higher quality in general. Please, buy one of those for you child. Spare them from this book.

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Much like the hardcore Game of Thrones fan explaining the show to a new viewer, this issue felt incredibly confusing, overly-complicated, and ultimately I don't think I retained any of the information. (Once again, I love Game of Thrones so don't hate me). The story of this book hasn't really started yet. This issue was about bringing you up to speed about the world that the story takes place in. The art would be good, but it feels like there are conflicting art styles. Ultimately, I'm not very impressed by this issue.

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I know that we are a DC Comics centric site, but I will now lie to any of you...The Paybacks is my favorite comic book.  I loved the first run from Dark Horse, but Eliot Rahal, Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw have returned (thanks to Heavy Metal) with a vengeance and everything feels new, exciting and awesome!  I rarely tell people to go out and buy a comic just because I happen to like it, but I beg you to go out right now and get this issue...even if it's just to ensure I get more issues!  Trust me, I am giving it the score it deserves.

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James Tynion IV continues nailing this book and this issue is a great combination of story, art and character work.  I know I'm loving what we've been getting because we haven't had a whole lot of Batman and I haven't really noticed it and am fine with it now that I realize.  I really can't recommend this series enough.

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This is the issue I've been waiting for since Williamson was announced for this book.  It flies by at breakneck speed, looks great and is just fun.  Plus, the cliffhanger promises a lot more fun and possibly montages galore.  Cue up "Fight to Survive" and get ready for two weeks from now.

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This issue of Injustice is action packed and the only thing I didn't like is that we have to wait to see how it all works out.  I can't wait and that's the best compliment I can give Brian Buccellato.  His story and Xermanico's awesome art (did I mention I love his Hawkman?) combine to get me geared up for the stretch run of this book and while the end will be a little bittersweet, it's going to be one hell of a ride!  One hell of a ride!

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If you have already fallen in love with Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman, prepare to fall head over heels all over again.  If the Rebirth beginnings turned you away or you haven't even given it a try yet, this is the issue to make you see what us smart people have been saying all along...Greg Rucka is writing a great Wonder Woman book and everyone should be reading it.

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Amazing Spider-Man #15, while covering ground we've tread over before, is still able to still come off as an intriguing concept with emotional weight to it. I was especially fond of Dan Slott's inclusion and use of Harry Osborne and Mary Jane who were given some nice moments and growth with this story. Kudos to Slott who made sure they were not just used as a plot device for Spider-Man to save, which happens too often in paint-by-numbers superhero affairs.  The art team (Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, & Marte Gracia) is fantastic as the figures and colors jump off every page. Mary Jane looks amazing in the Iron Spider suit in this issue, but especially on the front cover done by Alex Ross. Bits and Pieces:Overall I would say this was a strong arc, which may have benefitted from a little more meat and cheese, but was far from a disappointment.

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To sum things up, we have a conclusion to an Iron Man story arc that involved very little Iron Man, but plenty of cameos, a Tony Stark who can't be his clever charming self, and a threat that was interesting at first, but who literally just disappears into the background with little resolution by the story's end.  If any of that intrigues you or you're looking for one of the last stories featuring War Machine then I guess this might be for you. I just feel like this series has taken a complete 180 from how it began in the first arc (issues 1 – 5) and that's not something working in its favor.

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After how much I loved the first three issues, this one took a step back, but it was a miniscule step. There were some awesome moments, but the stuff in between those moments was a little dull. The cliffhanger brought it back up for me, and I can't wait for #5.

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This issue has incredible art and provides us with a story that, while not giving us a whole lot, sets up a lot going forward. The dialogue is very sharp and believable and the issue is very welcoming to readers who are jumping on for the Civil War II tie-in. That said, there seems to be a few wasted scenes and ultimately the issue spends more time setting up a future story than providing us with a good launch point. Despite this though, I found myself enjoying this issue and relating to Sam quite a bit.

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As a new Punisher reader, I expected a little more over-the-top action, but instead, Becky Cloonan continues her slow burn, character driven story.  That's not a bad thing, but after three issues, it's starting to feel like the story is moving way too slowly.  Steve Dillon's art is good, but it feels like he is being handcuffed a bit by the slow paced story.  I am going to continue with the book, but I can't say that I'm holding my breath waiting for the next issue.

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On my first read, I wasn't a fan of this book, but I like it more the more I read it. It's not a perfect issue by any means, but it humanizes a super powerful character and sets up what seems like more action and story progression moving forward.

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I enjoy Spider-Man 2099 the most when he's handling the issues and villains of the future and doesn't linger in the present day Marvel U. I understand the long term goal of the character and series is to ultimately reverse the events that lead to Nueva York being so horrible in the future which all has to be done in the present to have an effect. However, this also removes what's most interesting about him as a character to me as a reader. That's mostly why this issue works here because it sticks to the formula that made the 2099 books effective in the first place. I hope we continue to see more of this type of story down the line from David and his team.

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I can't recommended strongly enough if this is something you're on the fence about trying that you need to jump in " Pokemon GO will still be there when you're done reading I promise.

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I love this book and if you aren't reading it right now, I cannot recommend highly enough that you should go to your local comic book shop and catch up on the series (or maybe at least wait for the first trade). We get dark and gritty situations that have been given some dark humor to really give the reader something unique from most comics out there. This issue in particular may have focused more on the fun side of this comic, but it's still a joy to read as the art, dialogue, and storytelling remain at the top of the game.

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If you like the typical spy comic, there's a good chance that you will enjoy this book. It has that classic feel to some of its parts and the art is really nice to look at. Unfortunately, the dialogue in this book really hinders everything else. When you're reading a book and you get to the point where you want to skip dialogue, then there's a problem.

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If this issue was here just to show us all thatIan Edginton knows his characters then mission accomplished! I wish that was the case, but the story is pretty thin (Riggs?) and left me wanting a lot more meat to go with the cheese. I am chalking this up as just a down issue in a promising start to this crossover.

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Since Rebirth started, Batman has been a good, but not great book.  This issue doesn't change things in that department and may take a tiny step backwards.  Maybe I'm expecting too much right out of the gates, but I am struggling to find reasons to love Batman right now.  The cliffhanger may hold that promise, but right now I very underwhelmed.

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Ben Percy continues kicking ass on this book and while I was afraid he was going to strip Oliver of everything, now that it's done and the way he did it has eased my mind a bit.  There is a ton of darkness surrounding Green Arrow nowadays and while we see the promise of old friends, it looks like Oliver is going to have to fend for himself...at least for a bit.  Otto Schmidt's art is stellar as usual and if you aren't reading this series, you should jump on now and enjoy the ride with me.  It may not be a nice story, but it's a damn good one!

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Bryan Hitch starts of his Justice League run with an issue that feels like it's trying to be epic, but ended up as something else entirely.  The story is paper thin and even ridiculous at times and I was not a fan of Hitch's characterizations.  I have made the claim that these Rebirth #1's are tone setters and this one has me very worried about the series going forward.  Time will tell, but I am not as excited for the Justice League book as I was before reading this issue.

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The pieces of the puzzle aren't quite in their final position just yet, but this Chapter shows that they are getting close.  Both Superman and Batman are busy doing things to strengthen their sides, but we still see some cracks in the armor.  The art is great and Buccellato continues his character study story even as we see the end on the horizon.  This Chapter may be a lot of setup, but I like where it's going.

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The Avengers in the Negative Zone fighting Annihilus sounds like fun, right?  Well, it is.  Mark Waid brings the team closer together and uses it to show that the younger team members belong.  It may not be the most mind bending issues I've ever read, but I had a smile on my face while reading it and will be back next month for more fun.

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I highly recommend this book. I feel this issues was not as strong as the previous two, but even with that said it is better than most books out right now. So until next time DatBeardedBastard is out!

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This issue of Captain Marvel left a lot to be desired. Perhaps if someone was just reading this comic and not paying attention to the crossover, it would have been better. However, considering Captain Marvel is one of the biggest parts of the crossover, I would be surprised if readers of this book weren't keeping tabs on Civil War II. There's just not a lot that happens in the issue and feels more like a set up for a story we already know.

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This book kind of slides between genres and might only catch a select group's eyes and that is a shame.  If you are looking for an adventure story with great characters and art that fits the spooky feel to a tee, then here it is!  I know that Danny is trying to get out of the Haunted Mansion, but if I had my druthers, I'd never let him leave.  Am I an awful person?  Yes.  Am I loving this book?  Again, yes.

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This issue suffers from having to set up a side story in an ultimately much larger event. However, what few problem exist are easily overshadowed by amazing art and wonderful storytelling. The issue is setting up a lot but the ending has me excited to read the next issue.

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Everything seems to be back on track with Silk as we get amazing art and incredibly smart dialogue from this creative team. It's very clear that this team knows exactly what they want to do with this character and her story and is very passionate about it. There's very little to be disappointed about with this issue.

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All in all, I would say that this was a rather weak annual as I expected it would be, but I need to have it since I collect all the Spider-Women issues.  At the $4.99 cover price, I would advise casual readers and non Spider-Gwen fans to skip it all together. Thankfully we will be back to the regular issues next month! So, until next time... DatBeardedBastard is out!

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If you are a  Marvel fan or like fun and hilarious comics, go out and buy this book. The writing is sharp, the art is clean, and you get an entire story in one neat little package. Weird Science tested, Weird Science approved...lit's just worth your time.

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In short; Star Lord #8 lies somewhere between decent and good enough entertainment to justify a look if you're a fan of any of the characters represented here.  I don't personally have those connections, therefore, the emotional impact playing out on the pages just didn't hit me at my empty core. The premise just didn't pull me into the book like I initially thought it would. However, there is still a lot to like here and longtime Guardians fans will enjoy the progression their characters get. 

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This issue was a breath of fresh air as it ties into the Civil War II crossover directly instead of just being a side-story of things that just so happen to occur at the same time. The issue makes the Inhumans impressive, which is a feat that few writers would have been able to accomplish and the art is really nice to look at. In addition, it leaves you with a cliffhanger that is not only exciting and properly set-up but will also have a huge impact on the world.

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So here we have Venom Space Knight #9 with some kick ass art and an incredibly gripping story.  I would say the only downside to the package this month is I have to wait 30 more days to see how it continues. 

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I could go on and on about how you should buy this book if you like this or that, but really, you should buy it because it kicks total ass!  It's Sci-Fi Adventure hilarity with characters that are so fleshed out that you will think of them as friends.  The story and art are beyond good and while I hate to recommend things for fear of retaliation, I give this entire series a huge thumbs up.  If you like cute little animals and babies, you should buy it.  If not, you are a monster!

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In the press release for this issue, Valiant promised that this issue was an "All-New Jumping On Point" and they are not liars.  I came into this issue with a very limited knowledge of Bloodshot and his Universe, but by the end, I was a big fan.  Jeff Lemire may not ease you in more than throw you to the wolves, but everyone get thrown in equally.  The story is exciting and intriguing and it ends with the curtain being lifted enough to make it even better.  If you've been waiting to read Bloodshot Reborn, this is the issue to do so.

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I understand that this book is targeted at young girls who love the DC Superhero Girls shorts and merchandise and if you know anyone who fits that bill, buy them this book immediatley. However, there is fun to be had by anyone who loves a cute little adventure with adorable versions of their favorite characters. What I'm saying is, if you or anyone you love likes to smile, get them this book. Now, when will DC give us a Superhero Girls Digital First comic so we can enjoy our gals each and every week?!?

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Mike Johnson ends his great crossover with a quick, but still satisfying conclusion.  If you like either franchise, you will easily find something to like here and may find yourself becoming a fan of both.  If you already are a fan of both, this is a no brainer and you need to go out and read the entire series now.

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Phil Hester uses Deathstroke to tell a story of war, revenge and bloodshed.  The fact that this is a Deathstroke book seemed inconsequential, but that's not really a bad thing.  If you are looking for an issue filled with fantastic art and a moral that goes deeper than throwing aliens into the sun, you will probably really like what Hester is cooking. I tend to like the action movie vibe of the regular Deathstroke book, but even I can't deny the quality here.

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There really is no reason at all for this Annual except a very ill timed fifth week in the first month of Rebirth.  However, Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing and a handful of artists put their best feet forward and we get a ridiculous yet enjoyable clip show of a romp.  Necessary?  No.  Fun?  Yes.  Sometimes, that's enough. 

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Even though this was a book to get people caught up, it never got in the way of the story and it had a good flow to the whole thing. If you let it slip off your pull list or worse yet, forgot all about it like me, this is a great chance to get back in.  I can't wait to read the next issue!

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This issue felt like one of those "it's going to pay of big later" type of issues.  A lot of what went on went on behind the scenes and possibly just in my head.  I love that Buccellato is focusing on The Flash and can't wait to see who is next in line for the spotlight treatment.  Overall, this was a good issue that longtime fans will get the most out of.

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This is a damn good book!   The biggest compliment I can give it is I was never a Black Widow fan until now.  Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are giving readers a crazy combination of a deep story filled with mystery and intrigue that is also a quick read filled with butt kicking action.  I can't wait for next issue.

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This book is just your typical zany, buddy road trip from hell in space with robots and space pirates with laser guns and aliens book that seems to come around...well, it doesn't come around enough. C.M. Punk and Cullen Bunn aren't changing the world, but not every book needs to.  If you want to laugh and smile, pick it up.  If you want to frown, listen to our podcast (HERE).

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is a fun, action packed, all-ages comic that seems to just be getting started.  While I really was hoping for more Marvin in this issue, we get to see more of the connection between Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and I guess that's important since they are the stars of the book and all.  The story and art make this one of the funnest books around if you agree that "funnest" is a word and aren't so uppity about stuff like that.  If you are, you really need to lighten up and pick up this book.  Excuse me while I go and eat a hot dog.

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Nighthawk is a gritty and violent book that is dealing with race, corruption and a serial killer on the loose.  While that may not sound like a whole lot of fun, I am enjoying what David F. Walker and Ramon Villalobos are cooking.  While Walker is still setting up the characters and the lay of the land, I am intrigued by the multiple mysteries and where everything is headed.  Nighthawk may not be the hero that Chicago wants, but it sure looks like he's the one they need.

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With my small complaint aside, I would have to give this issue an 8.5/10 overall. It was fun as hell and I enjoyed it, but since it was just a filler issue It did not hold up as well as the previous issues. Be sure to check in here and on my blog for Marvel reviews on previous weeks releases. Until next time, DatBeardedBastard is out...

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When you read this title you know it will never be a groundbreaking comic or have some story that will knock you off your feet, but that is not what this book is designed to do. It is a book that is intended to make you enjoy reading comics and take them at face value. So with all that in mind, I will have to rate this book a...

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So finally, on to the score. This was not the best Spider-Gwen book that I've read so far. It did have some slow parts and a lot of inner dialog.  That aside, it is still one of the better Marvel titles you can grab right now. It was a good start to a new arc, but I expect better from this team and this book, and I am sure I will get that with the next issue.  

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This issue never had a dull moment for me and the pacing was just great. It was like watching a movie, the way we go from action to comedy and the panel layout was never distracting and never overdone. This was another solid issue and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good balance of action, comedy, and character development. 

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Issue one set the bar pretty high and I was worried that issue two of Thunderbolts would not be able to deliver. Zub did a great job following it up, and has me wanting to stick around to see where it goes.   

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I'm one hundred percent sure the Ultimates #8 was a victim of circumstance. It's an obvious tie-in to an ongoing event, but I don't see this as a possible pattern of future things to come. I'll be back next month to see when (not if) Ewing and company get things get back on track. 

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I can't stress enough how much I think this book is one of the highlights of the All New All Different Marvel imprint.  There is much more depth to the book than just a paint by numbers joke title here if that's the reason you're passing it by. This is a title for people of most any age or gender and when your finally ready to put it down it will have you shouting “Oh Yeah” just like the Kool Aid man as he enters through a wall.

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Black Hammer #1 is a great start to a series that I can't wait to keep reading.  Jeff Lemire has captured such a diverse bunch of genres and molded them into a comic that feels like something that came out ages ago, yet still feels totally fresh.  I may be going out on a limb here, but this feels like the start of a classic.

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The Face of Gods story has kicked off in the pages of X-O Manowar in break neck fashion and deserves your attention. Robert Venditti gives us a menacing threat and this issue is a really good jumping on point for new readers, but that doesn't mean long time readers won't be thrilled as well. Joe Bennett and Roberto De La Torre do a great job making everything look great and in the end, this is just a really good sci-fi comic.

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Van Jensen kicks off his new series by giving the readers a ton of great characters, dense world building and an intriguing mystery. Pete Woods does a great job of bringing everything to life and by the end, I was totally immersed in what him and Jensen were selling. It's a lot to digest, but it's a meal well worth sitting down to enjoy. If you believe in things like the Illuminati and know that the "Truth is Out There", I think you will really enjoy this book. Recommended.

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Sterling Gates continues giving Supergirl fans a great book to check out and while this issue was more setup than the others, we get to see Facet and what she has to say has me very intrigued going forward.  The art and story were both good and if you are already reading the series, you'll want to keep checking it out.

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After the first chapter of this miniseries, I was fully prepared to tell everyone to jump on the trolley, but this issue is a bit of a step backwards.  It's not necessarily bad, but not enough happens to get me excited...except maybe Peel flirting with Robin.  That had me VERY excited.  The issue ends with some Cybernaut action that has me excited for the next chapter, but until then, I can only recommend this chapter to those Avengers/Batman '66 fanatics out there.  I won't joke about there only be six of us out there.  Instead, here is my score...

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If you are looking for a popcorn action movie fight fest, you should check out this book.  James Bonny doesn't pretend it is anything more than it is and even makes this issue a decent jumping on point for those curious to see what's going on.  What's going on is backstabbing, eye gouging, limb severing goodness and Bonny and artist, Paolo Pantalena, make it worth the price of admission and then some.  If you are looking for a guilty pleasure to make you smile, join me and make it Deathstroke.

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Detective Comics continues being one of my favorite Rebirth books.  While I want to see a lot more training with the team, I appreciate the character work James Tynion is giving us with nearly all of the team.  The story and art compliment each other well and the issue ended with a huge step towards figuring out who the bad guys are...or just beating the crap out of them.  Either way, I'll be back in two weeks to find out.

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This may only be the second #1 issue for Flash, but I am not getting a fresh and new feeling from this book yet.  This issue continues to deal with some recap and then we get some non-likeable versions of our favorite characters dealing with some heavy handed issues.  It all leads to the birth of another Speedster and while my hopes for this series are taking a bit of a hit, I am still looking forward to next issue.  It has to be better than this.

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Don't let the fact that this issue is coming out a couple week's late deter you from grabbing it because if you are reading the Rebirth Action Comics series, you need to read this.  I thought one of the major flaws of that book was not giving us enough of Lex's motivation to become the new Superman and that's what you get here...in spades.  Dan Jurgens just nails the complexities that make up Lex Luthor and while he is still a guy who will screw over everyone to get his way, after this issue, he is now my Superman.  How messed up is that?!?

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Or heroes are in Ravenloft which is awesome, but so far, it just seems as a way to show how over-the-top awesome Minsc is.  That is not a bad thing, but I really hope that Jim Zub concentrates more on the other party members going forward.  Nelson Daniel's art is excellent and I can recommend this comic to D&D fans, but also any fan who is looking for a good time adventure with a large dose of humor and great art.  That is me and that's why I gave this issue a...

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This chapter starts a new arc for the story and as such, it's a lot of setup.  Barry's days with the Regime appear to be over and if they are not, he needs to rethink that.  After Superman tried to take his head off, he ran to Central City, but learned very quickly that there are some problems you just can't run away from.  The story and art are good and if you are a Flash fan, you might enjoy it more than most.

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Sholly Fisch andMarcelo Di Chiara give readers another rip roaring good time. The Titans on a road trip in the Batmobile? Sign me up! It all leads to the humor and great in-jokes you'd expect from this series and in the end, I was smiling and laughing and I am sure that most people who pick this chapter up will do the same. Every issue is a good jumping on point for this book and you don't have to be young and/or watch the show to enjoy it. In fact, I might say that the best jokes are left for the older readers who know their DC Comics history. If you are any of the above, check out this book and I think you'll be happy you did.

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As a Conan fan who never read any Conan comics, I really enjoyed what Cullen Bunn is giving us here. The story is as brutal as you'd want and expect and Cullen Bunn is weaving a mystery through it all that has me intrigues. Of course, the mystery is along the lines of "Who did Conan Kill? Who didn't he kill? And who is he going to kill next?" You know what? That is just fine with me.

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Bottom line is you should give Rai #14 a shot people. I was impressed throughout the book by the writing and story of Matt Kindt. I keep popping in to read his Valiant work for this 4001 A.D. event and find myself enjoying each issue more than the previous.  To be 100% honest, I don't even really have full grasp of what's going on throughout this entire event yet but have enjoyed it for the spectacle of it all alone.  I can't neglect to mention the art team who really emphasize the sci-fi horror vibe this book is putting out for me.  They do a great job of making our heroes standout amongst the masses while the landscapes and backgrounds are as rich as the characters themselves. If you've been hesitant about testing the waters for any Valiant related title you should start to ease those reluctances. Jump in to Rai like I did sit back and have a creepy good time.

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Sterling Gates gives us a huge Facet reveal and it's all the better because it makes total sense with everything we've gotten up until now. Like Jaws: The Revenge, this time it's personal and I can't wait to see if and how Supergirl gets everyone out of this jam alive. It may not be a great jumping on point for new readers, but if you are already a fan, this is a must read.

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This is an edge of your seat, don't look away, action movie on the page type of issue and my gut tells me that it was great.  My stupid brain had a few issues that I can't completely overlook, but boy, I had a lot of fun with this book.  I can easily recommend this issue to anyone looking for a good time and the crazy cliffhanger ups the ante going forward and I can't wait to see how it all fits together in two weeks.  If this is what Rebirth is about, it's a great time to be a DC Comics fan.

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The pleasant surprise that is Ben Percy's Rebirth run of Green Arrow continues and I couldn't be happier.  This issue throws some old and familiar faces at fans, but that doesn't mean everything is coming up Millhouse...far from it.  The veil is lifted on the Underground Men, but after the twist ending, I'm not sure who will be around to deal with them.  Otto Schmidt's art is a perfect compliment to this story and it's main character and if you've been waiting for a good Green Arrow book to jump into, this is it.  Highly Recommended!

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This issue is what Injustice is all about.  Action, shocking twists and great character moments.  If I was going to reach into my book, "Generic Phrases for Comic Reviewers", I'd say this chapter was a roller coaster ride of emotions and I wouldn't be lying.  I loved it.

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This was a one-shot Dick Grayson meets the Justice League issue that is not really necessary, but was fun nonetheless.  If you are a Titans (Hunt and Rebirth) completest, you may get a little more mileage out of this story, but I would recommend it for readers looking for some old school fun.

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While this book may not have been written for a guy interested in seeing what all this Bloodshot hype is all about, I'll definitely be back to check up on the title going forward.  Jeff Lemire can't write a dud and Doug Braithwaite and Brian Reber make it all so nice to look at.  I fully realize that this is and event book for Valiant and Bloodshot fans in the know, but I liked it enough to tell anyone interested to give it a shot.  

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As a Ninjak virgin, I was worried about jumping in headfirst, but I couldn't come up with any excuse to ignore it any longer.  I'm glad for that because this is just the sort of ultra-violent book I love and after a few pages, Matt Kindt had me up and running...for my life!  The story and great art by Diego Bernard had made an instant fan out of this guy. I'd say we can effectively check all the boxes necessary for Ninjak #16 to be declared Ninja-rific.  

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On my beard scale, I would give this 3.5 out of 5 beards. The writing is good, but what took me out of a few panels were the way some faces lacked detail. The coloring was well done but doesn't stand out for a book that has a grimy tone to it.

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I don't think this Director's Cut of Batman: Europa is going to change many opinions that readers had of the original, but if you enjoyed the original and are a completist, here it is.  The big difference is on the art side of things and having just Jim Lee's pencils gives it more of a gritty feel that I liked, but in the end, this is still the same story, plagued by the same pacing issues that we got before.

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This book continues to be the place to be for Supergirl fans...comic and television.  Sterling Gates shows that Kara has an open mind and invites us to all climb inside and it's a fantastic journey to say the least.  Emanuela Luppacchino's art makes it a fantastic looking journey, but it's not just for show.  Gates continues to plant seeds of doubt about the D.E.O.'s true methods and intentions and that's what seems to be pushing the overall story forward.  I suggest everyone get onboard and enjoy the ride, but hurry because I'm not saving you a seat.  I'm a jerk like that!

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If you are an Avengers fan (British TV show, folks), then I can easily recommend this book to you. Ian Edginton knows his stuff and plays around with it a bit here. If you have no idea who Steed and Mrs. Peel are, then I pity you and will tell you that your mileage may vary. I suggest you pick up this first chapter to see if it tickles your fancy. At the very least, you'll get to see Alfred as Batman. I'm not lying, I can't get enough of that!

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This may easily become my fun book of this whole Rebirth menu.  James Tynion gives readers a cool team that I want to see a whole lot more of and a mysterious reason to be one in the first place.  This issue is basically a roll call and I liked it.  Eddy Barrows' art helps give it all a cinematic feel and so far, this is the popcorn movie book that I was hoping for.

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I understand the need to get new readers up to speed (pun alert!), but Williamson doesn't do much more. He does give us the start of some huge things that will probably fuel at least one future event, but it's obvious this isn't the time for them and leaves them hanging. I liked Carmine Di Giandomenico's art style, but in the end, there just wasn't anything here that made it feel like a Rebirth for the character. It really felt like Williamson's hands were tied a bit here so I am still looking forward to the start of his run in two weeks, but this issue was my first Rebirth disappointment.

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Of all the Hanna-Barbera books, Wacky Raceland was going to be the toughest sell and after reading it, I'm not buying whatever it is they are selling.  It was a confusing and convoluted misdirection of a tie-in that really got nothing right. After reading it, I don't know much about the characters or cars and I could really care less.  This could have been fun, but what we got here is so far from fun and that is a real shame.  I can't and won't recommend this book to anyone, not even my worst enemy, Eric Shea.

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Greg Rucka uses Rebirth to change the rules of the game. Instead of giving us a new origin, he is exploring why their isn't a definitive version in the first place. It all goes to another level when we realize that Wonder Woman is stuck in it all and wants out. The art is great, but it's Greg Rucka's story and focus that have me so excited to read whatever he has in store for us.

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Brian Buccellato shows up this week and out of nowhere, gives fans a fight they've been waiting years to see.  Batman v Superman is in full effect and it's bloody, brutal and ends with one of their lives hanging by a thread.  I still want to see some emotion other than red hot rage from Batman over Alfred's death, but this was pretty fun to see in the meantime.

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I don't think I've ever said this about a chapter of Injustice, but I wish that Brian Buccellato would have slowed things down a bit to let everything that has happened sink in a bit.  Maybe we will get to the grieving later, but this issue is about retribution and revenge.  While Superman tries to find out who is responsible (Maybe he's also writing "If I Did It: Confessions of the Super Killer" as we speak), Batman is back and may just go that extra step for justice.  However, that would kind of make Superman right in the grand scheme of things, so don't bet your bottom dollar on it.

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You do not have to be a fan of Marvel Comics or their characters to enjoy Gwenpool for what it is, but it certainly doesn't hurt.  This is a comedy book that hits the right spots every time. I don't think The Unbelievable Gwenpool has been confirmed as more than a mini-series,  but I'll be happy to enjoy every bit that Marvel is willing to throw at me.  Kudos to Hastings and Company for putting this title together the way they have. Everything is surprisingly original and fresh for a character whose namesake is borrowed from two of Marvel's most popular characters going right now. As your resident Marvel advisor here at Weird Science, I really can't  endorse this book enough.  Go buy it and maybe share your digital codes with Jim... he likes that. (Jim's Note: No, I Love That!)

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This is another enjoyable issue of Teen Titans Go!  This book is one of those, if you like, you like it, but if you have no heart and hate having fun, nothing here will change your mind and save your soul from the fiery pit below.  It's a no brainer for anyone who is a fan of the cartoon and anybody out there who gets it for their kids, take a peek at it and I'm sure you'll find an easter egg or five that will make you shake your head and chuckle.  You better...remember, fiery pit below!

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 If you happen to be fans of Bebop and his old pal Rocksteady, any problems in the issue will be easily overlooked. Just sit back, look at it, read it, look at it some more and enjoy the destruction these two leave in their wake.  As a final note, I'm not usually a guy who goes nuts for cover art, but if you can track down Kevin Eastman's variant for this issue, buy it and take it home and make it a nice hot meal and keep taking care of it until you are both old and gray, sitting on your porch swing, drinking a big old glass of lemonade.  It deserves to be cherished and loved...and don't we all?

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While I am so happy this isn't the ending, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon finish up their awesome first volume by tying things up and also giving fans huge hints and promises of what's to come.  It all makes the wait for the next bunch of stories easier and harder all at the same time.  I don't know if that makes any sense, but I do know that I love this book and beg and plead for everyone to at least give it a try.  I am not a guy who likes to put myself out on the limb much, but I will with this book because of the obvious care and love both De Liz and Dillon put into it.  Plus, it just kicks total butt!!!

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Sterling Gates has a winner on his hands and whether you are a fan of Supergirl from the comics or the television show, you will find something to like here.  If you are looking for an all-ages comic book with a great story, characters you can get behind and art that impresses, then you should pick it up as well.  Really, everyone should give the digital or print version of Adventures of Supergirl a try and maybe you will be hooked like me.

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This issue gives Batman fans a quick look at what to expect in Rebirth and the tone is more Batman and Robin and less Dark Knight.  However, It all felt more like a sneak peak than an actual full issue, but the art was great and the story had enough interesting bits to keep me fully engaged.  I do wish that DC would have let Tom King work solo on this one so we know exactly what we'll get from his run because some of it felt a lot like the book we left behind.  I liked this issue, but I guess I'll have to wait for the actual run to start to be blown away.  I hop that I am blown away!

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Of all the solo Rebirth books so far, Green Arrow made me the happiest.  Those that were worried that Rebirth would dampen Ben Percy's spin on Green Arrow can sleep easy while those that didn't like that in the first place may find that with a change of tone, everything is so much better.  I'll admit that I was in the later group and so far, I'm sold.  It seems that by writing a socially and politically aware Green Arrow that is still fun, Ben Percy and Green Arrow fans can have their cake and eat it too.  I like cake and I am happy to once again be able to say, I like Green Arrow.

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Ultimately, our heroes prevailed and became better on their journey along the way.  The art was mind blowing especially the splash pages throughout this issue.  Seriously, they are truly poster worthy and I want them on my bedroom wall right now! Hey Pop, can you tell my girlfriend to let me do that? This story reached its end in such an organic and earned way that I have to give kudos to the entire team.  Thank you for putting out such a great throwback to mine and many other's childhoods. It was greatly appreciated.  Hey Eric, if you are reading...my score is just a gut feeling I have.  Trust the Gut!

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Since this book isn't heading into Rebirth (or is it?), Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis get to end things on their terms and while it's not as crazy as some of Giffen's other enders, fans of this series should get a kick out of it.  I'm not sure if this open-ended finale is a sign of what's to come or a plea for what could be, but I enjoyed seeing these wacky characters I fell in love with one last time.  To come up with the cheesiest thing I could think of to end it all...This book may not have fit easily into the New 52, but it sure fit where it counted...the hearts of it's fans.  Hey DC, I still want you to use the bit about Douchebag Superman on the TPB because I don't want people to see my sensitive side!

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James Bonny and Deathstroke come through again and give fans a little James Bond beginning before getting down to the bloody business at hand. Slade is going to right the wrongs of everyone who did him wrong and if liking it is wrong, I don't want to be right. Say that five times fast! If you like this book and it's lead, you know what to expect and will surely enjoy it. If you are not a fan, this issue won't change that and you are probably someone who sits around wondering, "What the hell is a dim mak?" CHA-CHING!!!

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Van Jensen closes the book on the New 52 Flash and while I've been a fan of his and Robert Venditti's run, this final story is pretty forgettable.  The ingredients are there for something special (The Flash teaming up with the Rogues especially), but it all came to a quick and convenient end that let's Barry Allen run right into his next big adventure, but had me scratching my head as well.  Jesus Merino's art was the best he's done since joining this book, but that couldn't turn the so-so story into anything except what it was...a placeholder to get us to Rebirth.

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Brenden Fletcher turns off the lights on Batgirl's time in Burnside and while I can't say that this is a "must read" it was a nice ending that fans of Team Batgirl's run should enjoy.  Barbara is heading off to her Rebirth journey and Fletcher and Carlini throw her a going away party and all her fans are invited.  If you are looking for me at the party, I am definitely not the one with the lampshade on my head!

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It may not sound sexy, but Lansing and Kelly came in to do a job and did it. Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli are ready for their Rebirth closeups and even though we all knew how it would happen, they still threw in some cool surprises. This whole series was a celebration of Dick Grayson and it ends as just that.  I already miss this series.

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The Final Days of Superman is over and while this finale didn't correct all of the problems I had with the entire arc, it ended in such an emotional way that I can almost overlook it all...almost.  While I still think pieces of the puzzle were taken out of the equation, Tomasi did his best to tie it all together and stick the landing.  I still have a ton of questions that I don't think will ever be answered (what happened to Jon's pets???), but I also have the feels and if anything, this issue and arc reminded me of how much I love Superman.  You hear that DC?!?!?  I love Superman!!!  Don't mess things up again! 

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Another book ends to make way for Rebirth and while I can't say that any of them have been stellar, this one may be the worst.  Dan Jurgens just ends things with the wave of his hand a alakazam and after investing myself in this series, I couldn't help but get pissed off.  Sure, Lee Week's and company gave fans great looking issue, but everything else stunk on ice.  I am still looking forward to seeing the "Whites" in Rebirth, but this issue just left me wondering what could have been...because this just couldn't have been the original plan.

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This is a huge chapter of Injustice. If this final Year needed a kick start to go from character issues to balls to the wall death and destruction, this is just the thing to start it. Buccellato pretty much just gives us the event and we will have to wait until next week to see the emotions and I can't wait. Marco Santucci's art was good, but it's all about story this chapter. Something tells me that Bruce will no longer question if he should keep fighting!

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I love Scooby-Doo for so many reasons, but unfortunately, none of them are here.  Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis seem more intent on proving they can build a better Scooby, but they left out the most important part...the fun.  Howard Porter's art is outstanding, but it doesn't cover up for the .unlikeable characters and hum drum story.  I had high expectations for this mini series, now I just hope I can get through next issue.

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If you go into this issue looking for big scenes with heroes and villains beating each other up with the fate of the Universe in the balance, then you will be upset.  The main villain is only hinted at and the issue tugs at the heartstrings instead of hitting you over the head.  Geoff Johns gives us a checklist of how far DC Comics has strayed from it's own legacy, apologizes for it and then shows us how it will be better.  The heavy lifting seems to be left for the individual Rebirth issues starting in June, but the groundwork is laid out and if this issue's mission is to make us remember what we loved about DC Comics in the first place ...mission accomplished!

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I didn't realize how much I missed reading a Supergirl book until I picked this up.  Sterling Gates does a great job of giving readers a story that both fans of the show and non viewers can both enjoy equally.  This first story gets the reader up to speed, but also focuses on values like trust and family without ever feeling forced.  Bengal's art is beautiful and the whole package combines to give anyone looking for an all-ages comic an excellent choice.

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Jim Zub really gives D&D fans a cool issue and some awesome promises for the future.  If you are any sort of Dungeons and Dragons fan, you should at least give this first issue a peak.  It has some awesome action, cool characters a sense of humor and...Minsc and Boo! Nelson Daniel's art was the highlight for me and after the cliffhanger, I really can't wait for next issue and what might come after that.

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This issue is a whole lot of action and I didn't mind seeing Wonder Woman stretch her legs a bit.  I also liked that De Liz shows us exactly what makes Wonder Woman so great in the first place.  The art goes hand-in-hand with the action packed nature of the issue and it all leads to an ending that may not be a twist or a turn, but promises to finish it all in style next issue.  I'm still on cloud nine that De Liz and Dillon will get to continue telling Diana's story so really, everything is gravy right now.

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While I initially thought this final crossover would cleanse my palate of the bad New 52 Superman taste, it's hasn't.  In fact, story wise, it's starting to taste very similar.  I loved the art, but with poor pacing and inconsistent storytelling that brings up more questions than it answers, I can't recommend it.  Rebirth can't come soon enough.

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This is another really good issue of American Alien and while I was expecting something "bigger" for the finale, Landis is not writing books to please me.  He should be, but he isn't.  Fans of the series will no doubt already be buying this, but if you haven't been reading, you can jump into this issue easily and see what the hype is all about.  After reading this series, I want Landis to write his take on so many more DC heroes and after this issue I demand he write a Lobo book.

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Brian Buccellato continues the good times this week by showing us that there are no good times and the not so good times are about to get even worse.  Everything in this issue sets up eventual pain and suffering and boy, it feels like home.  Xermanico jumps in on art and the book looks fantastic.  We still have a ways to go before Year Five ends and Buccellato is making it a sweet ride.

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I have been a fan of this mini series from the beginning, but after a strong start, the story seems to be stuck in neutral.  Alec looks for help this issue, and after having the door slammed in his face a bunch of times, ends up in Gotham where there might just be a solution to his problem.  The story is old school cheesy goodness, but unfortunately, the art doesn't quite keep the pace.  If you've been reading up until now, there is enough here to enjoy and get you excited for the finale.  I just wanted a little more meat with my salad.

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How can I go on and on like this and not give this chapter a perfect score?  The answer is, I can't. The story and art combined into one of the best reads I've had since...well, probably the last time I gave this book a perfect score.  Listen, I'm a miserable man who loves to nitpick during my reviews and while I tried, I really couldn't find anything wrong with this chapter.

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While this chapter of the Final Days of Superman finally gets the New 52 and Pre-Flashpoint Supermen together, it is brief and rather anti-climactic.  Almost everything else in this issue goes against what we've already seen, is just more recap or feels a bit off.  The art was great and that's the only thing that kept this issue from getting an even worse score.  The Final Day can't come quick enough.

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While this event was great, it's a shame that the finale was the worst issue of the bunch.  After everything that Tynion set up, this issue felt rushed and forced.  I still liked it enough, I just didn't love it like the rest of the series.  However, Freddie Williams' art was as great as usual and it all combined to finish a crossover event that I didn't think I needed, but found out I so desperately wanted.  I hope this isn't the last time we see this awesome teamup.

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Frank Tieri has the bittersweet job of ending the Catwoman series and does it in style.  He doesn't rely on smoke and mirrors or forced emotions like some of the other finales we've been getting, but instead just tells a damn good story that ties perfectly into his overall arc and slips in a little origin while we aren't looking.  Pretty sneaky, sis.  The art was just as fantastic and while I am sad to see Catwoman zoom off into the sunset (actually, into the night), I'm glad that I was along for the ride.

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This chapter felt like a throw back with awesome character moments, incredible art and the best Harley Quinn we've seen in a long time.  This is one of Brian Buccellato's best chapters since jumping on this book and gave me the feels multiple times.  The feels, I tells ya!  This is a reminder to everyone why this series is still relevant and why I am still a huge fan.  Highly Recommended.

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After one issue our character has an intriguing past and interesting motive for future issues. The art provides a pleasure for the eyes to behold with some great action and unique detail peppered throughout the stories pages.  I'll be interested in revisiting Mr. Jones … hopefully he's going to be a big star! (Author Note: Sorry, not sorry, if that song is now stuck in your head for the rest of the day).

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ROM is the return of a character that i have no history with whatsoever.  However, after reading this FCBD issue, I am interested in learning more and with Christos Gage and David Messina involved, I will be back for the beginning of the full series in July.  Since this issue was free, I can easily recommend to everyone and then you will see that I am right as usual.

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DC Superhero Girls Free Comic Book Day 2016 #1 Review may be a long title, but it was a quick read that everyone can enjoy. The story tells a lesson, but it's not forced and having it told through Supergirl makes it that more enjoyable. The art is great and even after reading the story, me and my son paged through the issue and pointed out all awesome characters. I guess the issue did it's job because i am now looking froward to the Finals Crisis graphic novel coming out this summer.

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This chapter introduces one of the best things in the Wonder Woman mythos and continues showing that Renae De Liz is going to cherry pick everything I want to see and put it in her comic. I'm starting to think that she has a similar mind meld going with me that Diana shares with the Duke of Deception, but instead of world domination and raising the dead, I'm thinking about outfits and vehicles. Yep, outfits and vehicles...just what a middle aged father of five boys sits around and thinks about all day, right? Please say "right"!

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This chapter presents an intermission complete with a lovely song by the Holliday Girls. If the word on the street is correct, we are about to see some big ramifications of Diana's choice last chapter and with Steve Trevor flying off into danger, it just got even more personal for Diana. This chapter is a very quick read with the usual excellent art and a cameo of a much loved character. It may be a lull, but still take it any day and twice on Sundays!

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This may be the darkest chapter of the series so far.  Things do not end in a nice little bow, but at least Diana proves that faith in yourself and others can go a long way to winning the day.  A long way, but unfortunately, not the whole way as we see the worst possible thing starting as the issue ends.  I hope her faith can carry her through and can't wait to see if it can.

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De Liz and Dillon have done it again. They shift into the next part of Diana's life and we get the best of the past (Etta, the Duke of Deception...) and the hint at some new stuff that will blow your mind. Yes, this issue is setup, but as usual, I love everything it sets up and continue to recommend this book to every single person out there.

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This is one of those chapters that doesn't just transition into the next phase of the story of Wonder Woman, but lifts the veil from everything that's already happened. The cliffhanger is one of those "I don't know what's going to happen next" moments, but seriously, I don't know what's going to happen next and I can't wait to see how it all works out. If you have been reading this book since the beginning, this issue is for you.

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This chapter may start out a bit forced, but ends with anincredibledisplay of the Duke of Deception's power. The art finishes up strong and it all has me wondering how Wonder Woman will get away from, let alone defeat, the Duke. We also get the beginnings of the Holliday Girls reunion tour and an impromptu flight lesson that certainly won't "vanish" in the future. Yes, I hope it leads to the Invisible Jet. Please, let it lead to the Invisible Jet!

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It really does pain me to see this promising crossover go down the tubes like it has.  This issue continues the slide downwards with barely a hint of a story, little to no characterization and hokey dialogue.  We do get another Superman into the mix, but even that was confusing and forced.  I really hope Tomasi can rebound next week with Action Comics because right now, this story is on life support.  Now excuse me while I stare some more at the cover and dream of what might have been.

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This issue (and the two part arc it finishes) has me excited for Rebirth.  Not because it leads into the upcoming event one bit, but because once it starts, I can forget about this bunch of nonsense.  I don't think Tomasi was given much to work with here and he passes that on to the reader.  Everything about this screams filler and I am just sorry that I heeded the call.

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I am still enjoying this final arc of the Flash, even if this issue was a little off and mainly setup for the finale.  The cliffhanger does make things interesting and while I find the Riddler's plan to be a bit lackluster and far from epic, he does have the Flash in the palm of his hand.  The art is more cartoony than fans are used to, but by the end, I was actually enjoying it.  I will be back next issue with the hope that everything is tied up in a nice, neat ball.

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I am sure that every Midnighter fan will love this issue.  Why?  Because I liked it and I am a miserable bastard who has been singled out as a Midnighter hater.  While the art continued to be too clever for it's own good at points, Steve Orlando's script was filled with good dialogue and character moments that made me care.  This was a very satisfying ending to a series and makes me hope we see Midnighter again sometime soon.

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I knew this moment would come and while it left me a bit sad, the issue was dominated by Lex Luthor.  Buccellato shows him as a villain and a hero all wrapped up into one and while he could have ended it all here, he allowed Superman to live another day.  That's not the case with everyone in this issue and while it looks like Lex is in the clear, I'm sure this will come back to bite him in the ass one way or another.  I liked the tense storytelling, but I wish the art could have done it's part to make this issue as epic as it should have been.

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If you have been reading this series just waiting until Diana becomes Wonder Woman, the time has come. She has pretty much announced herself to the world and Etta Candy is there to lend a helping hand, a needle and thread and impeccable taste! This chapter was so much fun and if it doesn't put a smile on your face, then I believe the Duke of Deception has already gotten to you.

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Credit goes to Rosenberg who makes it feel like The Goonies meets Oceans 11 mishmash. This is two vastly different properties that should not flow together the way they do but execution is just stellar.   Tyler Boss on art/color duties gives the adventure an 80's type feel with subdued colors and a throwback look which I'm a huge fan of when done correctly like this.  I thoroughly enjoyed all the jokes present throughout the title and look forward to coming back to this group of foul mouth kids with a no quit attitude as soon as Black Mask Studios gives me more. 

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The only thing I can say bad about this series and this issue in particular is that I want so much more. Thankfully, Heavy Metal is continuing it because it really feels like things are just heating up...probably because they are.  We finally see the mystery big bad and it just opens up a world of possibilities going forward.  I will be reviewing The Paybacks when it comes out this Summer and I can't wait!!!  If you haven't read it yet, do yourself a favor and grab the trade (it just came out), but remember, it's mine!

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After the really good #0 issue, this one was a bit of a disappointment.  Kyle Higgins slows things down, but that really isn't what the Power Rangers are about.  Hopefully, the character work he lays down here will pay off eventually, but it left me feeling let down in the here and now.  Everything else suffers from the halt in momentum and while I'm still onboard with the series, I hope things pick up next issue.

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If you've been waiting for Diana to act and look more like Wonder Woman, than De Liz and Dillon have a chapter for you. While I was kind of afraid that this time would come, actually seeing it was awesome and made me eat my words. Believe me, they went down easier than six tacos and with such an action packed story and great art (with outstanding color work), I think that fans of this series will look at this chapter as a highlight among highlights. That's how good this series is...a series of highlights on top of other highlights all rolled up in one big highlight. I'm sorry if I sound like a fanboy...actually I don't! Highly Recommended.

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Diana and Etta are in France and while Etta continues her fight against Pamela Smuthers, Diana is getting closer and closer to the Duke of Deception. While we get a little Steve Trevor action, the chapter ends with Diana getting the information she's been looking for and I can't wait to see what happens next. The story and art continue making this a series I can recommend to anyone and everyone who enjoys good comics. Drop the Mic!

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This issue ties up the Lawman/Rose arc and while it felt a little bit rushed, it should be satisfying enough for fans.  Tyler Kirkham's art is anything but rushed, however and I could recommend this issue on that alone.  In the end, if you have enjoyed this run of Deathstroke, you will enjoy this issue. If you haven't been a fan, nothing here will change your mind.  Just remember...Love is a battlefield.

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Justice League 3001 continues being the best book nobody is talking about.  They should be because it is non-stop fun and hilarity all wrapped up in the crazy story of a Justice League that is barely recognizable with name drops and Easter eggs from throughout DC Comic's vast history.  If you aren't already reading, go back and start from the beginning,  If you are already a fan, you probably can't wait to see how it all ends...just like this guy!

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Brenden Fletcher has been given the task of transitioning Batgirl into Rebirth and he does a good job here.  While a couple of things felt forced, he still gives fans a callback villain and a story that has me looking forward to next issue.  The art team does a good job maintaining the regular feel of the book and it all combines into an issue that I can recommend to Burnside fans, even if new readers should wait until June and beyond.

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Lanzing and Kelly were called on to end this series and get it to Rebirth and while they will certainly get that job done, I can't say it will be in style.  People are always saying to enjoy the journey, but I just want this to end.  Better yet, could we rewind and have Seeley, King and Janin end it months ago. This issue is a confusing mess that I can't recommend to anyone and is starting to make the Nightwing fans that have been yelling at me look very smart.  They aren't smart...they just look like it right now.

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This was my least favorite issue of whatever DC wants to call it so far.  At the end of the day, this issue was just setup and really didn't need to exist to keep the story moving forward.  We get a forced reunion between Clark and Diana, a power and a character I hoped we were done with and the newest Superman back on the streets.  I am still enjoying this crossover, but my enthusiasm is fading a bit.

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This chapter of Injustice is a big setup, but it's a big setup to something huge and maybe the end of good, old Bizarro.  I might want him to stick around, but Lex does not and sets things up to make sure he doesn't.  The cliffhanger is worth the price of admission alone and I can't wait until next week to see what happens...even if it makes me cry.

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This chapter pushes the Legend of Wonder Woman story forward to it's next destination and while I can't wait to get there, I enjoyed this one for the interactions between Etta, Diana and Steve Trevor. Yep, Steve Trevor is back for a little bit, but I'm sure we will see him again soon enough. The story here may be setup, but it's still good and the art is as stunning as ever. Until further notice, this is THE Wonder Woman book that everyone should be reading.

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 I for one can't wait to see what else Actionverse has in store from here on out.  If you're not allowed to get your Laser-Tron on or you just miss some good old Sam Beckett type action, feel free to join me on the rest of this universe building action adventure.

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The Bionic Man #1 is a good origin story for everyone who wants to get back into the Six Million Dollar Man.  It may lie in a grey area between reboot and homage, but I liked it as both and will continue reading the series, hopefully past the fourth issue this time.

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The Flash #50 was delayed and while that sucked, it gave me a little more perspective into these "big" issues.  This is one of my favorites even if it doesn't tie things up completely. Van Jensen uses it to show why fans love the Flash and why I have really enjoyed his time on the book.  While I wanted to see more, Jensen gives readers a huge reveal and sets up the book for before and even after Rebirth.  Well done and recommended.

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Action Comics #51 continues the Super League story and while I love seeing Supergirl back in action (kind of), she is a bit forced in here.  I got over that quick enough, but couldn't escape the feeling that this issue was more setup than the first two and stalling a bit until we get to the second round of the crossover.  I hope that's not the case since we still have next week's Superman/Wonder Woman , but I'll leave that until then.  Right now, I can tell you that I am still fully on board with Tomasi's story, even if this is my least favorite issue so far.

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It's a testament to the quality of this series that this is my least favorite issue and I still like it more than 80% of what's on the shelves these days.  Max Landis uses Pete Ross to show Clark that he has more than himself to worry about and after a couple of cool cameos, we might be ready for a little Superfriends action.  I can't wait for the finale!

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It's finally a great time to be a Superman fan again and this book is a major reason for that.  This month, Dan Jurgens fills in some major blanks and shows us that it's all headed to the same light at the end of the tunnel.  This might only be a "bridge issue", but because of everything Jugens has set up, I enjoyed it all the same.

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The slow burn story of Year Five continues, but Buccellato slips in some major moments that I loved.  Cyborg's reaction to Superman taking care of business in Gotham was great and made sense, but it's Bizarro's show once again and his actions are about to affect a whole lot of people.  The story and Tom Derenick's art are making this Year a fun ride to the finish.

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I will not lie and tell you that this story is necessary for any fan save a total completist.  If you HAVE to find out about C3PO's red arm, then you should be satisfied by the end and get a couple of cool moments as a bonus.  If you are just in the mood for a good Star Wars story, there are plenty of others stories out there which will serve you better, but if you have $4.99 to spare and like C3PO or the droids in the Star Wars Universe, you may get some enjoyment here.

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Goldie Vance is a really good all-ages comic that feels like an updated Nancy Drew and that is okay with me.  Hope Larson uses this first issue to make the reader fall in love with Goldie as we see that like at the Crossed Palms Resort is full of mystery and adventure.  The story and art are a great combination of fun and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like a kid again.

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Invader Zim #2 continues the fun that Invader Zim #1 started.  I hope that Invader Zim #3 continues what Invader ZIm #2 did.  Don't get me started about Invader Zim #4...Wait a second.  I'm sorry, let me close the Comic Reviews for Dummies book.  Okay, that's better.  This series is a dream come true for Invader Zim fans and those who want to know what all the hype was (is?) about.  If you are in either of those groups or just want to read a hilarious comic with great characters, give this book a try.  I bet you Logan would love it if I can just stop him from doing all that playing and exercising.

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This is the penultimate issue of the series and while it is mainly setup for the finale, I loved it still.  I really cannot recommend this series enough to every comic fan out there.  With the sequel coming out this summer, why not jump in now and get caught up?  I did and it was one of the best decisions I have made since eating ten tacos in one minute to win fifty cents!

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De Liz and Dillon continue making this book one of the best choices for Wonder Woman fans of every age. As we get closer to Diana heading to war, we get a hilarious reveal, some cool cameos and a cliffhanger that is mysterious and awesome all rolled up into one. Highly Recommended.

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Peter Tomasi keeps giving fans the Superman they've been begging for even as he sets up his grim future.  I know we are only two issues in, but Super League is already one of my favorite Superman stories since the New 52 started and that isn't a back handed compliment! At this point in the crossover, Tomasi is still dealing out questions, but the issue ends with a cliffhanger that will have a lot of fans super happy.  However, the thing I still like best of all is having "my" ("our"?) Superman back the way I (we?) love him.

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I have been saying that this series is a dream come true for Batman and TMNT fans who ever dreamt of this crazy mashup becoming reality, but that might sell it short.  If you are looking for a comic with good guys fighting bad guys with everything on the line and want it all to be tons of fun...grab this series now.  The only thing keeping this issue from a perfect score is it still is just setting up the finale, but it still came damn close.  Damn close.

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Frank Tieri sets up a pretty good False Face Society story here, but unfortunately it nearly makes Catwoman unnecessary.  Sure, Selina's past actions and present situation help to frame the action, but this is more about the quest for the False Face leadership than anything else.  Hopefully, the spotlight shines more on Selina next month, but in the here and now,  I can't recommend this issue.

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While this issue could be written off as setup, it sets up some pretty important things along with adding a great character to the mix and getting Batman and the Turtles all on the same page.  Plus, it all ends with a crazy cliffhanger that promises even more craziness coming real soon.  Sure, it wasn't perfect, but Tynion and Williams continue giving fans of both franchises something to have a ton of fun with.

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I love Bizarro, so getting a whole issue of him and Trickster eating some burgers and figuring out his past is okay with me.  Does it push the overall story forward much?  No, but like Buccellato's stories with Catwoman and Damian, it makes us care more about the characters as we head toward this book's very violent future.

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While this comic wasn't perfect, it did capture a bit of that old Back to the Future magic that I love so much.  The second story dealing with a young Doc Brown and the Manhattan Project was my favorite here, but the first one showing Doc and Marty's first meeting was good and easily would have fit into the animated universe.  This mini is a celebration of everything Back to the Future and it's off to a good start.

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Big Trouble in Little China #1 is a really good trip back to the franchise for fans of the movie, but because of that, is not a great jumping on point for curious newcomers.  The story (co-written by John Carpenter) picks up right after the movie and Eric Powell makes sure everything else fits right in. His characterization of Jack Burton is spot on and the story leads to what can only be a whole bunch of fun.

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Writer, Brian Joines and artist, Bachan are giving Bill and Ted fans a Hell of a sequel.  while we may still be in the setup phase two issues in, things are picking up and the art and characterizations are enough to keep you satisfied until the main plot kicks totally in.  It looks like we are headed to Heaven next issue and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Usually when a story is hinting at things and not telling me, it frustrates the hell out of me (hey I'm a simple man I like to just know things). In this case the story and art do a great job of using the vagueness to drive the story forward and in this case kept me reading at a breakneck pace.  I bought this in the digital format and the book almost read like an animated film as they did amazing things with the various panes and frames of each page.Bits and Pieces:This was a long number one issue which really sets the scene for the world you've entered and I can't wait to come back for more.  The entire story arc is four issues and can be found on Comixology (issue one is only 99 cents!)  I'd highly recommend it if you're in the mood for that milkshake I mentioned previously and I promise it will be “mickey” free.  (editor's note: Don't believe him!)

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Fans of Escape from New York should give this book a wide berth because it is not the sequel they want or deserve.  Christopher Sebela's script just has Snake go through the motions and while there are a couple of cool ideas, nothing is explored at all.  Add to that, confusing art that doesn't fit the book at all and you get a series off to a disastrous start.

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Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal and Geoff Shaw combine to give readers such a great satire of superhero comics, but this issue shows that they can do more than laugh and point at the status quo.  This issue can proudly sit alongside the Avengers and the Justice League as an equal even as it makes fun of them.  That's a winning combination and one that has me fired up to read the rest of the series asap.  If you are a fan of superhero comics, you'll love The Paybacks.  If you hate superhero comics, you may just love it more.

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I really liked this look at what we can expect from Kyle Higgins' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  The story is a clever little update that is subtle in it's changes because it is obvious how much Higgins knows and enjoys the source material.  While I am not a Power Rangers scholar, I did notice enough to say that this book isn't exactly new user friendly.  Sure, if you are looking for a fun teenaged superhero book, you can do a whole lot worse, but this is obviously set up for fans of the franchise first and foremost.  

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This chapter starts a new arc in the story and because of that is setup heavy. That doesn't mean you should avoid it...it still has some cool cameos and any issue with Etta Candy is worth the price of admission. The art is as fantastic as usual and it looks like Diana is eventually headed to war after confirming that her biggest fear may indeed be true.

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While this is hardly a throwaway issue to keep pace until Rebirth hits, it was just a setup issue for next month's finale.  I love the idea of having an actual mystery in Detective Comics and it's a pretty good one, but the timing of it is off and the character of Jim Gordon suffers a bit because of it. Fernando Pasarin and the art team do a kick ass job and even with my complaints, I'm interested in how it all turns out.  

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While some may argue that this series has been nothing but setup, I'm having too much time to really care. This issue continues the fun of seeing tons of characters interact with each other (a nicer way of saying, "beat the crap out of each other") and it all leads to the final battle that will be next issue. The art looked fantastic and we get enough cool moments and new characters to recommend this issue to any fan of either franchise.

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The Legend of Wonder Woman continues being my favorite Wonder Woman book and one I can easily recommend to anyone. This chapter is a great combination of setup, character moments and the hints of a very dark future that has me excited as ever going forward.

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Team Batgirl ends their run, not with a bang, but with an issue that is pure fun.  I'm not going to tell you it's perfect...the story felt a bit rushed and the ease of which the bad guys and gals are dispatched is unfortunate, but it looked fantastic and when I was done reading it, I had a smile on my face.  After everything that surrounded their run, both good and bad, I think that's all Fletcher, Stewart and Tarr wanted to do...bring the smiles back to Batgirl and her fans.  For the most part, I'd say, Mission Accomplished.

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Brian Buccellato gives fans a very quick paced read that reinforces just how far Superman has fallen.  It's not just Batman and the other heroes who are facing his wrath now and when and if he unleashes his monster squad he's been gathering, it's obvious who the real monster is.  Bruno Redondo's art is as good as usual, but in the end, this is an enjoyable chapter that only pushes the story forward a little bit.

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I didn't hate this issue of Midnighter.  I'm sure that others will go ga-ga over Apollo being back in Midnighter's life, but I was more of a fan of the dialogue, the character development and where the story is headed, even as it heads towards cancellation.  I was not a fan of the art at all, but having a couple big bads for Midnighter to play off is just the ticket for this reviewer to finally get back on the Midnighter trolley.

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Grant Morrison has reached back to give fans a different take on Wonder Woman that is new, exciting, yet still familiar. This book is easy to get into, but with itstwists and turns andbeautiful art, is very hard to put down. I highly recommend this to every comic book fan, but if you are a Wonder Woman fan, I demand you pick it up. You can thank me later.

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Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab #1 is really good start to a series I'm interested in following.  Dave Dwonch uses this first issue to introduce Cyrus and after a couple pages, he felt like an old friend.  We also get the start of the ongoing story and while there are only a few big moments, one of them is a cliffhanger that has me excited for the next issue. Add in Anna Lencioni's great art and I can easily recommend this issue to anyone looking for something between the capes and ultra violence that seems to be the focus nowadays.  It may not exactly be all-ages, but any teen and up comic fan is sure to enjoy it.

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As a huge Rick and Morty fan, this issue was a disappointment.  While the characters and art were spot on, we get setup and not much more.  This issue boiled down to  two good laughs a good cliffhanger and see ya next month.  If that's enough for you, so be it, but for $3.99, I expect more.

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Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman give us an almost one-shot that is full of nostalgia, awesome fighting and trash talking.  It all comes together into a fun time that is a must read for every Turtles fan, but also great for those just wanting to get a taste of what the hype is all about.  Highly Recommended.

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While the look of Bravest Warriors and it;s obvious connection to Adventure Time may lead you to think of this as a kiddie book, it's a bit more than that.  While this issue is complete character setup, it has the wit and references that are more adult friendly than I would have imagined.  I liked it enough to continue on with the series and I'll recommend it to anyone that is looking for a comic that only exists to have some goofy fun in a goofy universe with goofy characters.

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If you are an Invader Zim fan, you should be reading this comic.  The gangs all here and Vasquez and Alexovich make sure they are just like you remember.  If you never watched the cartoon and always wanted to see what the buzz was about, this issue is a great jumping on point and should make you into an instant fan.  It's a great, all-ages comic that is fun. looks great and had me laughing the whole way through.  That doesn't happen often.

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Mike Johnson and Angel Hernandez continue setting this crossover up with great character work and art that should thrill fans of either franchise.  The slow burn story is building and the issue ends with something that will surely pick up the pace immediately.  The gang's all here, but are they going to be able to come together before another Universe is destroyed? That's the rub of the series and something I can't wait to see play out over the next three issues.

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This issue continues the setup which was a bit disappointing, but because of the great characterizations and excellent art, I can still recommend it to any fan of either franchise. With two issues left, I hope Mike Johnson picks up the pace a bit and we aren't just heading for one huge battle to end them all.  Actually, that would be pretty cool and if it comes down to that, I'll probably love it.  In parting, this issue was good enough for me, yea, yea, yea, yea...

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If you are a Wonder Woman fan then you should be ready this series already, but if you've been staying away for some reason, I have two words for you...Etta Candy! Yep, Wonder Woman's best friend is in the house and she is as incredible as you could ever hope. This issue is all about her and I loved every second of it. Highly Recommended.

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Well, it's all over and thankfully, Tynion let at least this reviewer walk away from it with a good taste in my mouth.  It may not have solved all the problems I've had with the series overall and didn't even end satisfactorily, but this issue was full of real emotion and most of the characters ended up in a better place because of the journey. Fans of the series will already be reading this, but if you stopped reading it, you may want to check it out to see how it all ends.

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This is another great chapter in a surprisingly great crossover series.  The writing and art are so true to the characters that if you have any interest in either franchise, you will certainly enjoy this.  Each issue is getting better and the way this one ends, the fun is just beginning.  Highly Recommended.

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This chapter of Injustice is full of setup, but Brian Buccellato continues his recent trend of showing the men and women behind the War and that's what makes it so compelling.  It finally feels like Buccellato has gained his footing and he is writing his own story.  Bruno Redondo swoops in and kicks ass on art and it all makes for a really good chapter that I can recommend to fans of this series.

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Justice League 3001 unfortunately isn't going to survive the Rebirth purge and this issue continues the setup to the inevitable end.  That doesn't mean nothing happens as we add a couple awesome characters and see more buildup to an explosive final battle.  Giffen and DeMatteis continue giving DC fans a hilarious alternative to the usual and for that I commend them.  I am going to miss this book.

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Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon keep hitting a home run with this book. If you are a Wonder Woman fan than this Digital First offering is a no brainer, but it really is a book for everyone. If you haven't jumped into the series yet, this is a great time to do so as the story is about to open up a whole lot more. Highly Recommended.

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Surprise, Surprise! I loved another chapter of The Legend of Wonder Woman. While this chapter's score is a little lower than most, that is only because this is more of a setup issue than the usual. It's understandable as De Liz has slowed the pace a bit to get everyone, including Diana, fully rested for the excitement ahead. By the hint of the cliffhanger, that should start next chapter. I can't wait!

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This was a good start of the next Bill & Ted story.  Even those who may find it a bit too redundant will see something to smile about and now that everyone is on the same page, hopefully next issue hits the ground running.  Brian Joines does an "excellent" job making everything accurate and believable while Bachan and Jeremy Lawson do the same with the art.  It all comes together to give fans a great book to read while waiting for the next rumor of a part three to hit the Internet.

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Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and John Timms start off their near future, brain controlling, action movie mystery book off in style.  I am intrigued to see where it is all going and am already invested in the main characters, Spencer and Kalina.  Hey, it's pretty much Team Harley Quinn giving us a story that's a combination of The Last of Us, 1984, Minority Report and a whole bunch of other things I'm too stupid to know about.  Highly Recommended.

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I can't think of a funnier book to recommend to comic book fans.  Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal rip everything a new a-hole and had me laughing every step of the way.  This book is the bastard child of Watchmen and Naked Gun and yes, that is a huge compliment.  Highly Recommended.

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The Shadow Glass #1 is a exposition heavy, character driven story that readers will love or hate depending on what they want out of a comic.  There is little to no action and the story is still a mystery, but if you like fleshed out characters and awesome art, give this book a try.  I'm glad I did.

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Amanda Deibert and Staz Johnson give us the first of a two-part story and while this is all setup, it's good fun that captures the spirit of '77.  This story could have easily been a classic TV episode, but anyone can join in whether they are fans of the show or not.  It may be the 'Homer" in me, but I can't wait to see what happens next issue when Wonder Woman comes face to face with a mythical threat with an insatiable thirst for destruction.

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Steve Orlando gives fans a penultimate issue that may continue the problems that have plagued this series from the beginning (and even adds some new ones), but still left me more satisfied than I have been in quite some time with this book.  The art was great and the story gave readers some things they've been waiting for, but it did leave me wondering what we will get for a big finish next issue. Oh well, I'm just glad I enjoyed what we got here and will wait next week for all that.

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Another month, another great Superman: Lois and Clark issue.  Dan Jurgens deftly juggles multiple plot lines with ease, giving us some big moments, but leaving the reader wanting more.  It's all leading to an explosive ending, but I just want to slow down and enjoy it while it's still around. Believe me, I'm doing that and so should you.

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Sterling Gates finishes up his great Brainiac story and this issue (and the last) show how good this book can be. It stands firmly on it's own instead of just cashing in on the television show and I'm really enjoying it so far. The only downer this issue was how easy everything was tied up, but the art and the cyberpunk (is that still a thing?) story were kick ass and easily recommended to any type of Supergirl fans.

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Deathstroke continues being a self contained flurry of fists and explosions and that's why I like it so much.  It's funny that such a violent book can be my monthly pallette cleanser, but with so many books trying to go for that deeper meaning, it is nice to sit back and watch a heavily armored guy trying to save his daughter.  Don't go and get fancy on us James,  you have Deathstroke exactly where he should be.

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This issue of Grayson is more big action movie than spy thriller, but with the series ending, it might just be what the doctor ordered.  Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly set up the end of this series with explosions, fistacuffs and a bunch or crazy surprises.  This may not be the best Grayson issue yet, but Lanzing and Kelly show they are quite capable of ending the series on a high note.

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This week continues featuring Damian Wayne and while it only pushes the story forward a tiny bit, I really liked it.  It's mainly because of the awesome guest stars, both good and bad and the great characterization of Damian that Buccellato gives us.  The art is a tiny bit inconsistent, but doesn't detract from the issue at all.  Recommended.

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Wonder Woman '77 is one of my favorite digital titles, but I'd suggest skipping this one shot story.  It's a shame because writer Trina Roberts is a big deal in the history of Wonder Woman, but this story just wasn't very good at all.  I wish I could recommend it, but I can't.

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This was not the worst issue of Batman and Robin Eternal.  Steve Orlando spends most of his time setting up the last two issues of the series and that's the issues strength and it's weakness.  While it all could pay off big in the long run, as a single issue, it was middle of the road.  With how this series has gone, I'll take it.

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With the end of the Truth story happening this week in Superman #50, this book felt like an afterthought.  Not much happens and with lack luster art to boot, it can be skipped with little consequence to the reader.

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This is one of the most satisfying comics I've read in a long, long time.  Every single DC fan upset with the current state of Superman affairs needs to read this issue and series right away to know that it can be better.  This book isn't just better, it's damn near perfect!

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Neal Adams continues his Superman vs Apokolips story and while I wish we got more solid information, I was having too much fun to care too much.  The characters and dialogue were classic and whether you like it or not will depend more on what you are looking for than prior knowledge of the characters.  If you like Superman, the New Gods and/or having a good time, check this book out.

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After last week's fists of fury issue, we get a character study of Damian Wayne and while I am still hoping for some story development one of these weeks, I liked this issue enough. Damian hasn't gotten much attention in the series and this makes him less two dimensional and a lot more human. The art was off this week and while I can't recommend this issue for newcomers, regular readers should enjoy it.

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While this oversized one-shot could have been a bit more new reader/tv watcher friendly, it is a great comic for Adventure Time fans and a fun story for anyone who wants to believe that there is a hero in all of us.  Christopher Hastings and Ian McGinty make sure that everyone can get nice and comfy in the Land of Ooo with music and fun and if you're not careful you might learn something before it's done.  Hey, Hey...Wait a minute.  Strike that.  Reverse it..."Adventure Time!"

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