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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Men II #1 Jul 12, 2017
8.0

I have not yet read Spider-Men. I came in to the title interested in the idea of another Miles in 616. I did not feel lost or like I was missing any information that helped me understand what was going on. The story and art made it feel like it could have been part of the ongoing Spider-Man in my mind. One of the things that does bother me is that Bendis seems to follow the same trends with his Sp more

Spider-Men II #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: Jul 12, 2017

THIS IS IT, TRUE BELIEVERS!
The moment five years in the making is finally here! The first time Peter Parker and Miles Morales met ended with a question - WHO IS THE MILES MORALES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE?! Now that the Miles you know and love is with Peter in the Marvel Universe, you're finally going to get that answer to who the OTHER Miles Mo...

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8.5

We find out why Wiccan was left with the Mark of Sarrows that left him seeking the help of Merlin. There is also another fun look at Wiccan's timeline and the X-Men that are serving there. There is also an interesting last page reveal that had me looking forward to the next issue. The art was not as engaging as previous issues, but still worked. Some character designs are a better than others. Sti more

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #10

By: Robbie Thompson, Nathan Stockman
Released: Jul 12, 2017

The Sorcerers go to the future to try to save Wiccan's life!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #7 Jul 12, 2017
8.0

A far better chapter in the story of the young X-Men than the last issue, however the involvement in Secret Empire left it with huge gaps that needed to be filled which was not done with very smooth transition. There may be a bit of confusion if you are not reading all pieces of the Secret Empire event, hurting the issue. The art worked very well depicting the action of the story. There are some t more

X-Men: Blue #7

By: Cullen Bunn, Cory Smith
Released: Jul 12, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  How will our intrepid heroes react to this new world order?
•  Will MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, ANGEL, ICEMAN and BEAST be overwhelmed by HYDRA?
•  I really hope not!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #18 Jul 7, 2017
8.5

I am enjoying the slow burn approach to the Miles Morales story. It is also good to see that Miles is only involved with events when it fits his character story. What really seems to sell it is the art, which has been great so far. This issue captures the action, emotion and danger very well. Miles seems to be the Spider-Man that all the girls have an interest in. This issue focuses again on Miles more

Spider-Man #18

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Jul 5, 2017

• Spider-Man finds out that Hammerhead isn't so funny after all.
•  The NYC crime-land gang war is heating up, and Miles is getting a little too involved.
•  This won't end well.
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #7 Jul 7, 2017
8.5

The one thing that is pretty consistent in Gold is the art. Again the art does a pretty great job of heightening the impacting moments. While some of violence is not as meaningful when you don't follow the characters, they are still shocking moments. Nightcrawler is also victim of a scene he is all to familiar with which brings in some nostalgia. There is almost no tie-in to the Secret Empire even more

X-Men: Gold #7

By: Marc Guggenheim, Ken Lashley
Released: Jul 5, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  When Manhattan is besieged, the X-Men open their doors and repurpose their school as a safe haven for any human or mutant in need of sanctuary.
•  But little do they know that one of the humans they've welcomed in is the all-new X-CUTIONER!
•  And he's about to make the Xavier Institute the last plac...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #6 Jul 7, 2017
5.5

I am not sure if this was a filler title used to help the team get caught up, but this was a rare weak moment in this X title. There is some thrown in exposition to explain some of what we already knew. A night on the town bonding moment that did not have enough chemistry to make it convincing. The art seemed a bit rushed and not very thought out. In all it felt like a piece that would have been c more

X-Men: Blue #6

By: Cullen Bunn, Ray-Anthony Height
Released: Jun 28, 2017

IT'S A PERFECT DAY IN MADRIPOOR...OR IS IT?
Of course nothing can ever go right for the X-MEN - even when they're exploring the streets of MADRIPOOR! But, then again, what did they expect? Sunshine and lollipops? It's freaking Madripoor, guys!!!
Rated T+

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9.0

This is definitely a series that is not afraid to do things different and take some chances. It makes it one of the more interesting titles to follow and one that I think will be talked about after it is really discovered. In this issue the crew are trapped in the Authors book of spells and need to find an unusual way to escape. Doctor Strange shows why even without his magic being strong, he is s more

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #9

By: Robbie Thompson, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jun 28, 2017

• Sir Isaac Newton, Sorcerer Supreme of his day, has mastered an ancient, evil magic and has gone power-mad.
•  It's up to the Sorcerers Supreme to stop him from sending the world - and all of their own individual timelines - into chaos.
•  Unfortunately, even with the Avengers on their side, it seems like they are still no match...

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RustonLF reviewed Man-Thing #5 Jun 22, 2017
6.0

There is some great art in this title. R. L. Stine seems like a good fit, but the titles best ideas happened early. The title started so strong and then just ended in a generic way. There was more reliance on comedy than horror which hurt the tale. There was a fun little twist to the end to give it a twilight zone feel that worked well with the anthology nature of the book. The second story was no more

Man-Thing #5

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: Jun 21, 2017

THE FINAL INSTALLMENT!!
•  As QUEEN IRENA continues to torture MAN-THING, chaos reigns supreme throughout all known realities.
•  Man-Thing is going to have to pull it together in order to save the NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES! Will he become the hero we all know he can be? Or is he really the monster we all see him as?
•  This en...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #6 Jun 22, 2017
6.0

X-Men: Blue and Gold seem to be on similar paths. Both have had a new form of Sentinel introduced to them. Both have had a group of former friends brainwashed into being villains. It makes it impossible to not compare the two teams. Which is to bad because when compared the gold team seems to fall short. No member is getting strong developments, except maybe Kitty if you compare her to her time as more

X-Men: Gold #6

By: Marc Guggenheim, R. B. Silva
Released: Jun 21, 2017

• The perfect mutant-killing machine has MUTATED.
•  As the X-Men fight for their lives against the most fearsome SENTINEL yet, one X-Man decides to do the unthinkable!
•  Will it take the life of one X-Man to save the rest?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed The Mighty Thor #20 Jun 22, 2017
9.5

Back when Walt Simonson was writing Thor he used the gods of Asgard to tell some pretty great stories around Thor. Aaron has been doing much of the same with great success. The introduction of the war between the realms has created a political as well as action heavy conflict for all the characters involved. Seeing tragedy transform a character made for a satisfying origin for the new War Thor. Me more

The Mighty Thor #20

By: Jason Aaron, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jun 21, 2017

THE SAGA OF THE ALL-NEW ULTIMATE THOR STARTS HERE!
•  The Ultimate Thor died defending the Multiverse, but his hammer remains. Who will hold the hammer now?
•  War is coming to the Ten Realms. Can the new Ultimate Thor keep back the bloody tide?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #19 Jun 22, 2017
9.0

I have to say that this has one of the most generic covers ever, at least when paired with the story inside. Ms Marvel goes up against a former team-mate when she was working for Captain Marvel during the second super hero Civil War who has come back now working for Hydra. This is one of the better ways to tie-in to the Secret Empire without actually being tied in so I have to give the writer majo more

Ms. Marvel #19

By: G. Willow Wilson, Marco Failla
Released: Jun 14, 2017

• An enemy from Ms. Marvel's past resurfaces and begins targeting those closest to Kamala.
•  As the world around her is spinning out of control, it becomes clear that this time there's something more sinister at work...
•  Kamala's no stranger to fighting for what's right, but in facing down this challenge, everything she is wil...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #5 Jun 22, 2017
8.0

Seeing the team with with James Hudson Jr. was very satisfying. I hope that he becomes a more permanent part of the team since he adds a little something to the mix. This is still a pretty consistent issue. It lost a little for me since again we have a team that is being controlled in order to attack the X-Men just like what would happen to the Gold team with the new Brotherhood. After both involv more

X-Men: Blue #5

By: Cullen Bunn, Julian Lopez Velarde
Released: Jun 14, 2017

THE RETURN OF [CLASSIFIED]!
•  The X-MEN and their new teammate investigate the NEW MARAUDERS.
•  Who are they? And what do they want?
•  Guest-starring MS. SINISTER and a whole gang of nasties you won't want to miss!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Champions #9 Jun 13, 2017
8.0

For this issue Viv runs away because she was grounded and meets new character Red Locust (Fernanda). The character seems to be another smart, optimistic and bubbly young girl much like Wasp, Ms Marvel or Lunetta, but where she differs is in the interesting backstory behind her hero. Much like the Phantom it is a mantle that is passed down from generation to generation to the oldest son with a spec more

Champions #9

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: Jun 7, 2017

• Casting a spotlight on young synthezoid Viv Vision! After what became of her family, she willingly shut down her emotions - but does that come with a price to pay?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #17 Jun 8, 2017
8.0

There is something interesting in the fact that Miles is slipping further into emotions. This is especially true if you remember the vision of Miles killing Steve on the steps of the Capitol building. There is a good amount of action in the issue. What bothered me is it seemed to mirror the issues that come up in the last issue. I think seeing where this leads may put this chapter of the story in more

Spider-Man #17

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Jun 7, 2017

• Spider-Man and his amazing friends!
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold #5 Jun 8, 2017
7.5

There is nothing to this issue that I would think would make it a must have issue. It has a decent story. The art works, but there is nothing memorable about it. The story revolves around a new Sentinel threat that is built of nano-tech. This gives it some new abilities and an artificial intelligence smarter than previous versions. The end threat that is set up created a pretty exciting moment. Yo more

X-Men: Gold #5

By: Marc Guggenheim, R. B. Silva
Released: Jun 7, 2017

• Each new generation of Sentinel has been DEADLIER than its predecessors...
•  ...and 0101 is no exception to that rule!
•  As the X-Men race to stop the perfect mutant-killing machine from executing
its programming, they'll find themselves asking one question:
•  Are they the hunters...or the hunted?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #20 Jun 8, 2017
9.5

This is a very satisfying conclusion to the story being told in the run so far with Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, and Kevin Knowlan. The two artist work great together to represent two different worlds of the same tale with great success. The tale has all been to set up the future of Doctor Strange and what came come to us in the future in a great way by Aaron. The use of color and detail is done in more

Doctor Strange #20

By: Jason Aaron, Various
Released: Jun 7, 2017

• The culmination of Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo's first three epic stories is here!
•  Dormammu! Mordo! Mr. Misery! The Empirikul! Wong!
•  Don't miss this remarkable issue!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Man-Thing #4 Jun 6, 2017
5.0

I had trouble getting interested in the third issue in the series. The fourth issue tries to make up for that with some strange and interesting moments, but it feels like the limited series was stretched into more issues than needed. It always hurts the series when you feel as if they are just trying to squeeze more money from you and the third and fourth issue does feel like padding to get more m more

Man-Thing #4

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: May 31, 2017

IT'S A PYTHON WORLD!
•  Trapped in the evil clutches of QUEEN IRENA and stuck in another world through the power of the NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES, mild-mannered TED SALLIS is desperately trying to revert back to his alter ego: MAN-THING!
•  How's that for irony? Never saw that coming, huh?
•  P...

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RustonLF reviewed Secret Empire #3 Jun 2, 2017
7.5

The story of Captain America becoming a villain and taking over is an interesting one to a point. The need for Marvel to sell books has turned an interesting concept and dragged it out a bit longer than I would have liked. This new installment does little to change my mind. While the opener with the duplicate Steve is there to create some hope, the rest seemed like fillers and twist thrown in to k more

Secret Empire #3

By: Nick Spencer, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: May 31, 2017

Under constant attack from wave after wave of invading Chitauri aliens, Captain Marvel and the deep space task force under her command is waging a war of attrition - one they may not be able to survive! And back on Earth, things aren't looking too rosy for Hawkeye and his band of renegade heroes, either! But don't worry -THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL AVEN...

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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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