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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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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #16 Mar 20, 2017
9.0

Some of my favorite art in Marvel is within these pages. Everything has a style that is recognizable and filled with great details. Having a villain like Doc.X that is abstract in nature is an interesting idea. It is a creative way to relate with problems that are relevant today. The characters behave in a way that makes me believe they could be teens dealing with extraordinary problems. It all is more

Ms. Marvel #16

By: C. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa
Released: Mar 15, 2017

• What started out as a game for Kamala Khan has quickly become Ms. Marvel's worst nightmare
•  The twisted sicko who's been using online games to troll folks has found a way to take control of people IRL
•  With the Doc.X Virus on the loose, can Ms. Marvel trust anyone?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #14 Mar 20, 2017
8.5

This is my favorite part of the crossover so far. There is tension as Gwen and Miles jump through universes. It also creates a bit of fun seeing the different worlds. The relationship between the two does not seem forced. The art is beautiful. What a fun cover too.

Spider-Man #14

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: Mar 15, 2017

"SITTING IN A TREE" PART 5!
•  Someone's stolen a Web-Warriors interdimensional teleporter, and only Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy can get it back!
•  They just need to find whoever took it, first.
Rated T

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7.0

This issue seems to recap in narration and footage the message that was already established throughout the Rage arc for even the most naive readers. To further make Rage a martyr he is placed by the establishment into a super-villain prison and is beaten nearly to death. It further raises the tension, and I suppose shows how even though this is a highly publicized trial, the truth can be ignored. more

Captain America: Sam Wilson #20

By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna
Released: Mar 15, 2017

"THE END OF THE LINE" is reached, and there's no way out for Sam Wilson, Captain America!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed The Great Lakes Avengers #6 Mar 20, 2017
7.5

It is good to finally see the GLA get a villain that they have to take down. The stalling ghost who gives Doorman trouble I loved. The near leaving of Good is the part that I find most interesting. She has not even been gone a full issue before she decided to come back, which makes me wonder why it was included. It could lead to something in the future. The art is a bit sloppier than the previous more

The Great Lakes Avengers #6

By: Zac Gorman, Will Robson
Released: Mar 15, 2017

• It's the Battle of the Bulge as beautiful bombshell Big Bertha brawls with the bulky baddies of Dr. Nod and the Bod Squad!
•  Can she stop their heinous plot to sell her powers as miracle weight loss supplements?
•  Meanwhile, Doorman goes back to work as an Angel of Death. Hijinks ensue.
Rated...

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RustonLF reviewed Champions #6 Mar 20, 2017
7.0

Seeing the team play paintball resembled the pages of X-Men where they would play baseball or other various games and that was fun. The Freelancers show themselves as more of a threat since the pages of the Monsters Unleashed tie-in. We now see them as entitled and lacking empathy as they play games with two homeless men then use them to help bring down the Champions. The issue is not memorable wh more

Champions #6

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: Mar 1, 2017

Versus their counterparts, the Freelancers! And you'll be surprised to see who's left standing at the end of the battle!
Rated T+

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9.0

The use of a choose your own adventure like structure to represent time travel was very catchy. I apparently selected the correct path the first time through so I had to reread the issue and choose wrong to get the whole experience, but I still enjoyed it. The character of each member really shines when you do choose the incorrect paths, and creates a very different path then that first read throu more

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #6

By: Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Mar 8, 2017

THE ISSUE EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT!
•  The craziest comic Marvel publishes gets even crazier this issue.
•  After being betrayed by one of their own, Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme are banished to a dark, magical dimension where everything is out to kill them! And you're trapped with them!
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supercoolyeah - Mar 9, 2017

LOL I was kinda happy I got it right the first time too. LOL

RustonLF - Mar 10, 2017

Wow I had to edit that review a bit. I was obviously tired when I wrote it.

8.5

I am loving the approach of introducing each character in the team as the series progresses. The Conjuror seems like a character that could go on to do a lot in the Marvel future. She has great motivations and a distinct personality. Her style resembles that of the old serial novels. A swashbuckling adventurer with magic and knowledge. The art is an amazing fit for the characters. Doctor Strange a more

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #4

By: Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jan 11, 2017

• The Sorcerers are losing the battle to the Unforgotten. The strongest among them is dead. Doctor Strange is weaker than ever.
•  Can DEMON RIDER, the Ghost Rider of the 1800s turn the tide? Or THE CONJUROR?!
•  Or perhaps the young man who will become the Ancient One?
•  The clima...

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9.0

The twist with Newton was great and the story behind him was well told. The adventure is written to feel like an older tale from earlier Strange days and that is a smart choice to differentiate itself form the other Strange title. The art is beautiful and has a classic style that I love.

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #5

By: Robbie Thompson, Nathan Stockman
Released: Feb 8, 2017

• After their devastating first mission, the surviving Sorcerers Supreme must regroup.
•  Plus: What happened when Doctor Strange first met Isaac Newton?
•  Guest-starring the pre-INFAMOUS IRON MAN Doctor Doom!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Man-Thing #1 Mar 9, 2017
9.0

What R.L. Stine is trying to do with the character does not seem entirely clear to me yet. Most of the issue is used to recap the character and introduce you to who he is. Where I really got into the issue was how he chooses to write. Hints of his young horror roots shine through as he tries to establish Man-Things horror not just in the art but in the dialog as well. Describing smells and reactio more

Man-Thing #1

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: Mar 8, 2017

MARVEL WELCOMES R.L. STINE!
Beloved writer R.L. STINE (Goosebumps, Fear Street) brings his special brand of horror to MAN-THING!
After working for years, MAN-THING has regained his ability to speak and has taken Hollywood by storm...But when an ancient and mysterious danger threatens the swamp, Man-Thing is going to have to choose between ...

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RustonLF reviewed Slapstick #4 Mar 9, 2017
7.0

The fun that the team is having with cartoons and Slapstick's unusual personality makes this a really enjoyable title. In this issue Slapstick gets help from the WAR D.O.G.S. who are purging runaway cartoons from dimension Ecch. The names of the team meant to resemble G.I. Joe characters made me chuckle. The inks and colors involved with this title are really smart. They create a distinct look bet more

Slapstick #4

By: Reilly Brown, Diego Olortegui
Released: Mar 1, 2017

• Slapstick's quest to retrieve his lost...equipment...brings him strange bedfellows...
•  ...like the WARD.O.G.S. - America's Best Friend!
•  But can even these patriotic pups help him get to Dimension Ecch?
Parental Advisory

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #18 Mar 9, 2017
8.5

Coming from the days where team-ups happened every few issues I really loved this issue. The way that Aaron uses Thor was a fun surprise as well, needing her more for her skills as Jane Foster than as the Mighty Thor. Strange's approach to stopping Misery was also fun. I am going to be sad to see this team leave the book in a couple issues. I hope that the new team can create some equally interest more

Doctor Strange #18

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Mar 1, 2017

• Mister Misery is looking to inflict maximum pain on Doctor Strange by attacking one the Sorcerer Supreme's closest allies.
•  But Strange won't stand for it and gets help from THOR!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #15 Feb 27, 2017
9.0

This is one of the first titles I have read that tried to tackle social media as a villain. It is a very interesting approach and has me hooked. The internal dialog of Kamala as she worried about her secrets getting out was a very powerful moment. It seems to also come in to play later when Kamala basically loses all logic and tries to strike out at whatever physically represents the threat. The a more

Ms. Marvel #15

By: C. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa
Released: Feb 8, 2017

• A member of Kamala's online gaming guild has learned her secret identity and now no one in her life is safe.
•  But Ms. Marvel doesn't play when it comes to protecting Jersey City.
•  This is the next level... Ms. Marvel's ready to kick some 8-bit butt!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Champions #1.MU Feb 27, 2017
7.5

I have to hand it to Whitley for writing a story that feels very at home with the Champions. Again the story reflects an issue present in the U.S. today. The banter between the members is very fitting. The artist also do a great job with the characters as well. The only thing that brings this title down a little is the tie to Monsters Unleashed. The main focus of the tales seems to be the introduc more

Champions #1.MU

By: Jeremy Whitley, Ted Brandt
Released: Feb 22, 2017

A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!
•  An endangered habitat! A peaceful protest! And a team of freelance troubleshooters determined to end the work-stoppage at any cost!  
•  Sounds like a job for the Champions, right? Only, nobody mentioned anything about GIANT MONSTERS FALLING FROM THE SKY!
Rated T+

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7.5

I am not a regular reader of Lunella's adventures, so I am not one to really say how this issue compares to other issues in the series. The only other issues I have read are the first issue and the Ms. Marvel guest star. Compared to the Ms. Marvel guest star I was not as impressed. Ms. Marvel seemed to act as a mentor of sorts with a guiding hand. The relationship formed was really sweet. While I more

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16

By: Amy Reeder, Natacha Bustos
Released: Feb 22, 2017

BLACK GIRL MAGIC!
•  Lunella Lafayette is unequivocally the smartest PERSON (regardless of gender) in the world!
•  Your faves could never! But that won't stop them from putting Lunella to the test...
•  Case in point: Marvel's mighty mystic Doctor Stephen Strange stops by to see what's so m...

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abisaeee - Feb 23, 2017

the journey is what makes the book special. Catch up in trade form. You will love it.

RustonLF - Feb 23, 2017

I do plan to check it all out eventually.

RustonLF reviewed The Great Lakes Avengers #5 Feb 23, 2017
8.0

As Bertha struggles with if she wants to be the before and after model of a weight loss pill she finds out the makers are actually wanting to use her DNA to make a body manipulation serum. Meanwhile Good Boy goes on the run. While the story of a low level team trying to stay together and get along when they are not exactly fond of each other has been great I think what is missing is that the team more

The Great Lakes Avengers #5

By: Zac Gorman, Will Robson
Released: Feb 22, 2017

• With Councilman Snerd playing an extended gig at Club Coma-Cabana, the Great Lakes Avengers are back in business! But when Good Boy's brother shows up, she's forced to make the hardest choice of her life.
•  Meanwhile, Big Bertha gets back to work, modeling for both the "before and after" of a snake oil salesman's mir...

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RustonLF reviewed Champions #5 Feb 22, 2017
6.5

Like so many of the other issues in this series the Champions face another common headline in U.S. papers today, corrupt police acting on racism. A very heavy subject that at times seemed like Waid was in a hurry to get through. What could have easily been a drawn out two issue arc seemed to be jammed together to fit in a cameo from Gwenpool. Gwenpool shows up to cause trouble for all the members more

Champions #5

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: Feb 1, 2017

Oh, great! Just when the Champions had a nice little movement going on, here comes Gwenpool to ruin - I mean, "improve" - it all, with her patented brand of consequence-less violence and disregard for human life!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #13 Feb 17, 2017
8.0

The relationship between Gwen and Miles continues to build. After seeing a relationship build between Miles and his good friends Sam and Kamala from their days in the Avengers I expected the same type of relationship to develop in this crossover and for the first time I am seeing this build. Gwen begins to care for Miles in a way seeing his passion. Miles meanwhile begins to admire Gwen in her cre more

Spider-Man #13

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: Feb 15, 2017

"SITTING IN A TREE" PART 3!
•  Miles and Gwen's adventure takes them back to Gwen's dimension in pursuit of someone very important to Miles.
•  But something about the pursuit puts our heroes at odds!
Rated T

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8.0

I think it is great that Nick Spencer is not afraid to dive in deep when it comes to social issues. It is fitting for the character to focus on the divide happening right now and this issue does not hold back. So much so that this issue gets dark at the end implying a major problem stemming from this one event. While the guest artist is not as impacting for me it still works. The focus is more on more

Captain America: Sam Wilson #19

By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna
Released: Feb 15, 2017

"THE END OF THE LINE" continues as Cap's problems intensify - and a city burns!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Slapstick #2 Feb 16, 2017
8.5

Slapstick is one of the underrated characters out right now in my opinion. He is a character that has lost his humanity being stuck in an immortal form that separates him from intimacy and consequence. His actions are from a truly selfish man who has little empathy,except for his nephews. Being presented in a violent and darkly humorous way is a great idea. I hope to see plenty more.

Slapstick #2

By: Reilly Brown, Diego Olortegui
Released: Jan 4, 2017

• Slapstick vs. Bro-Man!
•  Who or what is Bro-Man? Well, look at the cover! He's another cartoon-like character!
•  Also, is it weird that Slapstick is hiding a mad scientist in his parents' basement? Probably!
Parental Advisory

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RustonLF reviewed The Totally Awesome Hulk #15 Feb 16, 2017
9.0

I am not a frequent reader of Totally Awesome Hulk which means I am still behind on the stories involving Cho. I picked up this arc because I do read Kamal Khan's stories and wanted to see how she does with her teammate from the Champions. This was a very fun and emotional issue that I believe will start a great arc. Not being as familiar with the other guest stars I am now more intrigued by each. more

The Totally Awesome Hulk #15

By: Greg Pak, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 25, 2017

"BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN" STARTS HERE!
•  Amadeus Cho is slowly learning how to become a team player, but he better learn fast when Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and a host of other heroes come to town!
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed The Totally Awesome Hulk #16 Feb 16, 2017
9.0

I love the interaction between this collection of heroes working together. The threat that is presented to the heroes is also a great tension builder. Greg Pak presents a worth while story arc.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #16

By: Greg Pak, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Feb 8, 2017

"BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN" CONTINUES!
•  Who's behind the gathering of Asian and Asian American heroes? It's not who you think!
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #17 Feb 16, 2017
7.5

There are times where issues act as a lead up to the story you really want to hear. This issue seems to be one of those, both in art and writing. The art is not bad but lacks that surreal quality present in Bachalo's work or Rodriguez in Sorcerers Supreme. There was a bit of tension built with Mr. Misery in the last issue and this seems to just reestablish that threat. We are reintroduced to Miser more

Doctor Strange #17

By: Jason Aaron, Frazer Irving
Released: Feb 15, 2017

• In the epic "Last Days of Magic," MR. MISERY helped Doctor Strange defeat the Empirikul.
•  But don't misunderstand, Misery is no hero, and he aims to show Strange the meaning of his name.
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #1.MU Feb 16, 2017
6.0

This one off story of Doctor Strange has him teaming up with Groom 'Destroyer of Worlds' and his son to take on a monster that is destroying New York. Since Strange is lacking in power he uses a trinket that transports the monster instead of defeating it. Strange sets out to stop the monster with the help of Groom's son in order to stop it for good. The tale could be more interesting with Strange more

Doctor Strange #1.MU

By: Chip Zdarsky, Julian Lopez
Released: Feb 15, 2017

A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!
•  Doctor Strange gets sucked into the monster event of the year!
•  Too bad for the Marvel Universe that Strange is at his lowest power levels.
•  What's a Sorcerer Supreme to do?
Rated T+

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RustonLF added Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme to their pull list Feb 15, 2017

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme

An ancient evil threatens to unravel the fabric of reality, and one Sorcerer Supreme may not be enough. Doctor Strange must unite past, present and future Sorcerers Supremes to stem the coming darkness - Merlin, the Ancient One, Wiccan, and more! But Strange should watch his back, not all of these Sorcerers have his best interests in mind...
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RustonLF added Slapstick to their pull list Feb 15, 2017

Slapstick

Steve Harmon was an average teenager who had an average job as your average clown, living in average New Jersey. But after being zapped by weird and mysterious extradimensional energy, Steve became Slapstick, a living, breathing cartoon! Now, after joining, and then quitting, Deadpool's Mercs for Money, Slapstick is striking it out on his own terms...

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RustonLF reviewed Slapstick #3 Feb 15, 2017
8.5

Slapstick has become an interesting character. His loss of humanity has made his lose all empathy and fear. That attitude is well written into the behavior of the character as he fights ridiculous enemies. The use of social commentary to poke fun at concepts in favorite cartoons is also smart. I like what they are doing here.

Slapstick #3

By: Reilly Brown, Diego Olortegui
Released: Feb 1, 2017

• Slapstick's local mall is overrun by little cartoon minotaurs!
•  The TAURS! They're adorably deadly! Adeadlable!
•  PLUS: Why are there so many cartoons becoming real, anyways?
Parental Advisory

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU Feb 15, 2017
8.0

The Monsters Unleashed one shots have not been making big waves, so I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It had a funny tale to it with some surprise guest to it. Its connection to the Monsters Unleashed event was actually minimal which might not be a bad thing. It was a well thought out tale that involved the event in a way that was fitting. Spider-Man and Deadpool's interactions made for gr more

Spider-Man/Deadpool #1.MU

By: Joshua Corin, Tigh Walker
Released: Jan 25, 2017

A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!
•  Spider-Man and Deadpool find themselves face-to-face(-to-face?) with one of the dozens of monsters smashing and stomping their way through the Marvel Universe!
•  Ever the stalwart hero, Spider-Man has to use his powers (and responsibilities) to fearlessly fight the freakish mons...

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