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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #4 May 25, 2017
8.5

This is a title that is definitely going for nostalgia when they craft stories, but they do it well. Gambit was the hottest character around in the 90's but his character and nature made him hard to make part of a team. This does a good job of including him by having him back to his thieving ways and calling his old teammates when he gets in over his head. Like X-Men: Blue did previously the Senti more

X-Men: Gold #4

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf
Released: May 17, 2017

• Mutantkind's dearest delinquent is back!
•  GAMBIT is up to his old tricks - namely, getting in over his head...
•  But will the X-Men be able to pull their prodigal prowler out of the fire when things finally get too hot for the ragin' Cajun?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #4 May 25, 2017
8.5

This is a pretty solid issue. A mystery of why Wolverine from the Ultimate universe is alive and well in ours is presented. This could be the start of something pretty great.

X-Men: Blue #4

By: Cullen Bunn, Julian Lopez
Released: May 24, 2017

• SNIKT.
•  SNIKT.
•  SNIKT.
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed The Mighty Thor #19 May 25, 2017
9.0

There is a lot to love in this issue. Jane shows us how strong she can be when she does not have the power of Mjolnir. She also finally comes clean to the Odinson. There is also a nice connection to some of the other books out there if you are reading them. There is plenty of action and emotional moments. The art can be distracting at times, but still looks good. This is a pleasing issue.

The Mighty Thor #19

By: Jason Aaron, Valerio Schiti
Released: May 17, 2017

• THE "ASGARD/SHI'AR WAR" COMES TO A FIERY CONCLUSION!
•  The gods of the Shi'ar make their final play against Thor and her allies! With the Phoenix Force unleashed, it's up to Quentin Quire to quell its destructive power...if he feels like it.
•  Odinson has returned - but what awaits him in the war-...

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8.5

We get to discover who the Author is in this issue and where he comes from. There are some great cameo's in here from Howard the Duck and Luke Cage and Spider-Man with the Avengers. This has become one of my favorite titles right now and I am always looking forward to the next issue.

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #8

By: Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez
Released: May 24, 2017

• Sir Isaac Newton, scientific genius, pioneer and now nigh-omnipotent sorcerer, has come to the present-day Marvel Universe.
•  First order of events? Take down the Avengers.
•  The scary thing is, with his current power level, they don't stand a chance.
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #18 May 15, 2017
8.0

This is one of the cases where the cover lies to you. While it calls back to a previous cover where Bruno and Kamala revealed their true feelings for each other, the book covers nothing of the like. It involves Bruno's life in Wakanda after leaving New Jersey. There is no involvement of Kamala at all. It is possible that we could lead into Bruno rethinking his decision to leave, but that is unknow more

Ms. Marvel #18

By: C. Willow Wilson, Francesco Gaston
Released: May 10, 2017

A VERY BRUNO ADVENTURE!
•  Attending a prestigious science school has always been one of Bruno Carrelli's dreams--he just never thought he'd have to lose his best friend (and use of his left hand) to get there.
•  And as much as he loves Wakanda, Bruno can't help but feel bitter toward Kamala (who's secretly a super hero) for the su...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #3 May 15, 2017
7.5

This issue raised a few questions for me that would take a good amount of work to answer. I think if you are not overthinking this issue and if it truly works it a story that you will enjoy. The format for X-Men: Blue seems to be a issue by issue monster of the day format that is fun in ways, but can leave you with little to grab hold of. The team has tried to supplement this with the distrust amo more

X-Men: Blue #3

By: Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina
Released: May 10, 2017

• The X-MEN and SENTINELS get along like a house on fire...
•  ...until the X-Men meet a group of Sentinels asking for help.
•  What could these old foes want? And where do they come from? And why are they calling themselves...mutants?
Rated T+

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8.5

I am not sure if it was the intention, but there was a very retro feel to this title. I would not have been surprised to see this as a team in an 80's cartoon. The team tries to keep the group fresh with new looks that seem very fitting, and adjustments to the character traits. Drax is now a pacifist with a zen feel while Starlord has become less the immature rogue to be a together leader with con more

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder
Released: May 3, 2017

A NEW ERA OF COSMIC ADVENTURE BEGINS HERE!
Double ships every month!
The Guardians of the Galaxy have taken off into space once more, on their biggest and weirdest misadventures yet! Kicking things off with the biggest heist they've ever tried, we join Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and company as they blast their way through the galaxy, the pea...

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RustonLF reviewed Champions #8 May 9, 2017
8.5

For the ending alone I love this issue. As for the rest I love the way that Waid has been writing the relationship between Miles, Sam, and Kamala. Adding the rest has been a nice fit. The idea of the Champions having to defend themselves against being sellouts is such a fun and small scale problem compared to the epic levels that other titles are pushing right now. It is nice to have a title that more

Champions #8

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: May 3, 2017

The fallout from the team's encounter with the Freelancers continues! The Champions realize they have to reframe their purpose - but does that mean undertaking even riskier missions?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #16 May 9, 2017
8.5

A lot of this issue is spent with how the new of Miles being Spider-Man has affected his mom, which is a good thing. There is a lot of character built for someone that should be an important part of Miles life as a hero. Seeing Black Cat return is great since her appearance in this series before did not reach its full potential.

Spider-Man #16

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: May 3, 2017

• Spider-Man needs a win. After an insane universe-jumping crossover with SPIDER-GWEN and his tumultuous home life, Miles needs an honest-to-god Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Adventure.
•  He's got his sights set on the unfinished business with Black Cat!
•  We never said Miles makes the best choices....

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RustonLF reviewed The Mighty Thor #18 May 9, 2017
9.0

The story starts out pretty great with an introduction of Quire by having him talking to the living island. Seeing Odinson return to fight with Thor is a great moment. We also get a great origin story for the Phoenix as a god of the Shi'ar that I loved. I am on board for wherever this story is talking us.

The Mighty Thor #18

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Apr 26, 2017

THE "ASGARD/SHI'AR WAR" GOES FULL-ON PHOENIX!
•  As the gods of the Shi'ar call down their ultimate judgment on the Asgardians, Thor finds desperately needed aid in the form of Odinson! But are even two thunder gods enough to take on the Phoenix Force?
•  And where the Phoenix goes, lately so does the X-Men's ...

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #19 May 9, 2017
9.0

Aaron uses this chapter to show just how important the relationship between Strange and Wong truly is. With flashbacks to their meeting to Mister Misery threatening a future without. There are some great emotional moments here that has made Aaron one of my favorite writers in Marvel currently. Bachalo helps up the tension with some claustrophobic art as the climax nears. Misery represented in a al more

Doctor Strange #19

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Apr 19, 2017

• Mister Misery has kidnapped Wong and is using everything Strange's friend and companion knows about the Sorcerer Supreme.
•  A compromised Strange must find a way to defeat the sadistic entity without killing Wong!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Slapstick #6 May 4, 2017
8.0

There are some pretty good moments in the book. I also have to say that I applaud the team for having making a book about dick jokes and sophomore humor. I did laugh out laud when the queen and slapstick were fighting and he mentioned how her cleavage worked like his pants and the quip she used. The art was back and forth for me. Some sloppy, some really strong. I think this was a really strong e more

Slapstick #6

By: Reilly Brown, Diego Olortegui
Released: May 3, 2017

• Trapped in Dimension Ecch!
•  Slapstick is stuck in the dimension that made him a cartoon in the first place! Eek!
•  And now he's being forced to fight his best friend...to the death! Double eek!
Parental Advisory

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RustonLF reviewed Man-Thing #3 May 4, 2017
5.5

There was an interesting set up with the Swamp going crazy and Man-Thing talking about needing to set things in order. Then we see the same thing from last issue where he finds that the Oldfather is missing and goes to look for him. Everything started to take a very strange turn from there that did not peak my curiosity the way they probably meant it to. The accompanying story was a bit weak as we more

Man-Thing #3

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: Apr 26, 2017

INTO THE NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES!
•  THE NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES is opened and the protector of the Nexus, the OLDFATHER, is missing!
•  The only one who can restore balance to the swamp is MAN-THING, but all MAN-THING wants is to return to his human form.
•  Can he overcome his desire for nor...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #2 May 4, 2017
8.5

Overall this is a pretty good issue. The jumps in the timeline for this issue threw off the pace for me. They also tried to set up the obstacles for every character in this single issue (except Warren who again gets very little to do). It still sparked some interest. The art was one of the best I have seen in the debut issues lately. Like X-Men: Gold I think this title is off to a good start.

X-Men: Blue #2

By: Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina
Released: Apr 26, 2017

WHAT IS MAGNETO HIDING?
MAGNETO has joined the X-MEN, but due to their long history, not everyone on the team trusts him...especially not JEAN GREY. With tensions rising between teammates, can the X-MEN come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the entire enterprise? At the end of the day...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #3 May 4, 2017
9.0

I absolutely loved Kitty Pryde in this issue so I would give it high ranks for that alone. Seeing her threaten a villain showed how different she could be from Professor X. There are some tense moments and fun little twist to the villains that would fit right in with the old team. I think this is a great starting arc for the X-Men.

X-Men: Gold #3

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf
Released: May 3, 2017

• The CLIMACTIC SHOWDOWN between the X-MEN and the new BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS!
•  Who will be left standing after the world's mightiest mutants throw down?
•  And when the dust settles, not everything is as it seems...
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #2 May 4, 2017
9.0

I am a big fan of the Claremount era X-Men stories and it is obvious that the team is trying to follow that same style. Logan shows that he can still be the same Wolverine even if he is a little slower. I enjoy Kitty as a leader to the team. The new Evil Mutants brings an interesting mystery to the story. The team has delivered a fun adventure.

X-Men: Gold #2

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf
Released: Apr 26, 2017

BACK TO BASICS!
•  An all-new BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS is rampaging through New York City!
•  And there are some surprising familiar faces in their ranks...
•  Can the X-MEN subdue their foes and former friends?
RATED T+

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RustonLF reviewed The Great Lakes Avengers #7 May 4, 2017
8.0

This is the issue I had been waiting for in the series. We see the team find a way to work together and prove that even though they are a team that struggles to work together they find a way. The quick cameo by Deadpool that shuts them down was funny but nonsense. The art is a little sloppy at points but works. It is sad to see the series go, but they went out in good way.

The Great Lakes Avengers #7

By: Zac Gorman, Will Robson
Released: Apr 26, 2017

• Join us for the thrilling finale of Dr. Nod and the Bod Squad vs. The Great Lakes Avengers!
•  Watch as Big Bertha finally picks on someone her own size! Cringe as Flatman tries to lead the team!
•  Recoil in horror as Mr. Immortal wrestles a gallbladder bigger than himself!
•  ...

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #17 May 3, 2017
7.0

A lot of interesting things came about in this small story arc, so I think it deserves some credit. The ending seemed a bit forced and not very thought out. Sure you have to apply some suspension of disbelief when reading comics, but it didn't make a whole lot of sense. Even if they were able to reprogram the virus, having Kamala punch it out of existence is a little strange. That said the real fo more

Ms. Marvel #17

By: C. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa
Released: Apr 19, 2017

• Kamala's life has been a bit of disaster ever since the evil sentient computer virus known as Doc.X learned that she's also Ms. Marvel and threatened to expose her.
•  Luckily, Kamala's got a plan to take down her digital enemy...She's just got to convince an estranged ally to lend her a hand.
•  Ca...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #1 Apr 19, 2017
7.5

There are some promising relationships that show in the writing, but this debut hardly makes a lasting impression. Time is spent trying to regain nostalgia instead of a hook that will leave you wanting to see where the team goes next. One of the major flaws that always bothered me is how humans can love so many heroes in the Marvel universe and still hate mutants simply for being mutants even thou more

X-Men: Gold #1

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf
Released: Apr 5, 2017

FROM THE ASHES OF INHUMANS VS X-MEN, AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN RISES!
Xavier's dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE takes the reins and assembles a squad of the most iconic X-Men to fight at her side. STORM. COLOSSUS. NIGHTCRAWLER. OLD MAN LOGAN. PRESTIGE. They are X-MEN GOLD! And they're on a mission to be Earth's finest heroes, even when tha...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #1 Apr 13, 2017
8.5

I am going to be big on this title since it contains a team that I have always loved. In the pages of X-Factor and X-men. I enjoy how they try to separate the characters from their older counterparts. My favorite being in Beast being a man of sorcery instead of science. Where I feel they lack is Warren. He has very little to do and stands as a pretty dull character that is just there to clean up m more

X-Men: Blue #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Jorge Molina
Released: Apr 12, 2017

THE ORIGINALS!
Join MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, BEAST, ICEMAN and ANGEL as they reclaim the title of X-MEN. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in JEAN GREY and a new mentor in their "arch-frenemy" MAGNETO, will ol...

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RustonLF added X-Men: Gold (2017) to their pull list Apr 13, 2017

X-Men: Gold (2017)

FROM THE ASHES OF INHUMANS VS X-MEN, AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN RISES!
Xavier's dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE takes the reins and assembles a squad of the most iconic X-Men to fight at her side. STORM. COLOSSUS. NIGHTCRAWLER. OLD MAN LOGAN. PRESTIGE. They are X-MEN GOLD! And they're on a mission to be Earth's finest heroes, even when tha...

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RustonLF added X-Men: Blue (2017) to their pull list Apr 13, 2017

X-Men: Blue (2017)

THE ORIGINALS!
Join MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, BEAST, ICEMAN and ANGEL as they reclaim the title of X-MEN. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in JEAN GREY and a new mentor in their "arch-frenemy" MAGNETO, will ol...

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9.0

At first the issue seems to be playing on a nostalgia factor with a cover replicating Captain America and Falcon 176, but there is a reason behind the homage. Steve Rodgers quit and became Nomad briefly after feeling he could not stand behind a corrupt country. Now Sam Wilson feels he too cannot wear the title after seeing the injustice that happened to Rage. The story both recaps events and gives more

Captain America: Sam Wilson #21

By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna
Released: Apr 12, 2017

THE END OF THE LINE reaches its climax as Sam Wilson hits his breaking point!
Rated T+

RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #15 Apr 13, 2017
8.0

There is a lot of emotional pull in this issue as Rio Morales, Miles's mother finally discovers what her husband and son have been keeping from her. We also get to see another touching moment between father and son as they speak about Miles's interest in Gwen. Miles is then given advice reminding us how little experience the young hero has in life. There is no action to the issue instead focusing more

Spider-Man #15

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Apr 5, 2017

• Coming out of the crossover with SPIDER-GWEN, Miles' life is turned upside down.
•  Rio Morales, Miles's mother, is faced with a world she doesn't know or understand. WHAT WILL SHE DO NOW?!
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men Prime #1 Mar 31, 2017
6.5

Two one shot Primes were released to establish where the Inhumans and X-Men will be going now that Inhumans Versus X-Men has ended. This one feels like the smarter of the two in my opinion. In order to establish the world we are entering we see Kitty Pryde returning to the X-Men after being in space for some time. Through Kitty, we are introduced to the different teams that will be formed and wher more

X-Men Prime #1

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley
Released: Mar 29, 2017

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE!
In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier's dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The nex...

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RustonLF reviewed Inhumans Prime #1 Mar 31, 2017
5.5

If you are not someone that has not been reading the Inhumans series, picking up this title as a starting point would not be a good idea. While there is a small attempt to establish the world of the Inhumans it falls short of giving you a full picture. We do not get an idea why Inhumans are fighting among themselves. We see the royal family renounce their position as monarchs in favor of a democra more

Inhumans Prime #1

By: Al Ewing, Ryan Sook
Released: Mar 29, 2017

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE!
In the wake of the awesome events of IVX - what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue - the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt? A special bridging issue between the past of the Inhumans and their future - on Earth and in the stars!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Man-Thing #2 Mar 31, 2017
8.0

There is some fun writing here putting an interesting spin on the Man-Thing. Stine tries to take the killing machine that sought justice for the universe to a being that wants to be more. There is also some great art. For a title that is not making a big splash and carries large marketing this is a strong title that is worth reading.

Man-Thing #2

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: Mar 29, 2017

THE MUCK RUN AMUCK!
•  Back in his old swamp, MAN-THING is visited by an ally from his past, while struggling with his new status in life.
•  But the swamp is less than welcoming, with every creature seemingly out to get him! Crocodiles, bats and mosquitoes - oh my!
•  Will Man-Thing be able...

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RustonLF reviewed The Unworthy Thor #5 Mar 23, 2017
9.0

The Odinson finally escapes his self pity and Old Asgard is returned. While The Odinson has finally accepted his own fault in the loss of his worthiness he does not gain a hammer in the form of the Ultimate Mjolnir. Instead another Thor is soon to join us as we see a shadow retrieve the hammer. Seeing The Odinson refuse to test his worth because the hammer did not call to him was a powerful moment more

The Unworthy Thor #5

By: Jason Aaron, Pascal Alixe
Released: Mar 22, 2017

• The hammer of the Ultimate Thor is finally within reach of Asgard's fallen son.
•  Is redemption finally at hand?
•  No matter what happens next, life will never be the same for the Odinson.
Rated T+

RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #15 Mar 20, 2017
8.5

Cami Van Helsing seems like an interesting character that I hope continues through this crossover. The humor from the monsters and at Blade's expense was great. While I am still unsure of Shiklah's plan, I am enjoying this a fun small crossover.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #15

By: Joshua Corin, Scott Koblish
Released: Mar 8, 2017

'TIL DEATH DO US... Part 2 (of 6)
Deadpool's whirlwind romance with Shiklah was one of the most exciting times of his life. Traveling across the world, fighting all sorts of threats at her side, and finally marrying her as a way to thwart the evil vampire lord, Dracula. But since then, the reality has set in. Shiklah is a demon succubus, and mo...

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RustonLF reviewed Deadpool #28 Mar 20, 2017
8.5

This was a pretty good starting point for a small crossover. It felt at times like we were hastily moving through the story, but still worked for me.

Deadpool #28

By: Gerry Duggan, Salva Espin
Released: Mar 1, 2017

'TIL DEATH DO US... Part 1 (of 6)
Deadpool's whirlwind romance with Shiklah was one of the most exciting times of his life. Traveling across the world, fighting all sorts of threats at her side, and finally marrying her as a way to thwart the evil vampire lord, Dracula. But since then, the reality has set in. Shiklah is a demon succubus, and mo...

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