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Spock's Brain reviewed Ms. Marvel #17 Apr 27, 2017
7.5

This was a great arc with a not-so-great finale. For all the threat that was built over the last 4 issues, it is dismissed by...playing nice? It takes a complex idea and over-simplifies it. But oh well. Still looked great.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Daredevil #19 Apr 27, 2017
6.0

Ehh. I didn't really like this issue. No real depth or insight on Matt from Charles Soule here. Maybe the whole thing was marred for me by the art, which was pedestrian at best. Where's Ron Garney? It's not terrible, but it's mediocre.

Daredevil #19

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: Apr 19, 2017

THE RIVETING MYSTERY BEHIND DAREDEVIL'S SECRET IDENTITY CONTINUES!
•  How low will MATT MURDOCK sink to hide his secret identity?
•  What caused the rift between Matt and his best friend, FOGGY?
•  The revelations may be impossible to come back from...
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Doctor Strange #19 Apr 27, 2017
9.0

This was a really great issue, focussing on the Dr. Strange/Wong relationship, and their battle against Mister Misery. I really liked the flashback scenes, and character work done by Aaron. It's nice to Zelda fully in the mix as well. It's the penultimate Aaron/Bachalo issue, and while that is a depressing idea, this issue is a perfect example of the charm they have brought to this title.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Superman #21 Apr 27, 2017
8.5

We knew that all is not as it seems in Hamilton County, but I was still surprised by the ending of this book in what is turning out to be a neat little arc. I've fallen off most of the Rebirth titles, but Superman keeps on bringing fun and enjoyable issues.

Superman #21

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"Superman black" part two! A "Superman Reborn Aftermath" tie-in! The Man of Steel is challenged to break his code against killing in front of his son as the mystery surrounding Hamilton deepens.
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Beauty #14 Apr 27, 2017
8.0

This is essentially a character driven detective comic, as the community of beauties is under threat from one or more mysterious killers. This arc continues strong.

The Beauty #14

By: Jeremy Haun, Thomas Nachlik
Released: Apr 19, 2017

New clues to the Beauty murders case lead detectives Foster and Vaughn down an increasingly complicated path to finding the Narcissus Killer.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Invincible Iron Man #6 Apr 27, 2017
8.0

This issue was enjoyable, if a bit heavy on Riri being gobsmacked to be in the position she is now because ohmygod. A big help in issues like this where not a lot happens is Stefano Caselli's art, which is just great, and always helps this title stand out.

Invincible Iron Man #6

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Apr 19, 2017

• Riri's adventures go very viral.  Everyone wants a piece of the newest Iron Man...Ironheart. But not everyone is thrilled with how she is representing herself to the public.
•  All this, a new potential boyfriend AND the latest new addition to the Iron Man rogues' gallery!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #20 Apr 26, 2017
9.0

A fine conclusion not only to this arc, but the series as a whole up to this point. It is interesting to see the way King has come into his own as a Batman writer throughout the course of this series. Of course, the series rolls on, and I'm excited for more.

Batman #20

By: Tom King, David Finch
Released: Apr 5, 2017

"I am Bane" finale! In this epic climax, there is no going back. No more tricks, no more allies. Just Batman. And Bane. When the final blood spills...nothing will ever be the same for the Dark Knight.  
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Moon Knight #13 Apr 26, 2017
9.0

Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood's penultimate issue of "Moon Knight" is an excellent one, one that makes me feel as if some real answers are on the horizon. It's too bad this is ending, but at the same time, I think the end is timely, as I feel the man lost in his own mind trope can only go on so long, and like it or not, it's Moon Knight's defining trope. At a certain point, reading issue after is more

Moon Knight #13

By: Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood
Released: Apr 19, 2017

REALITY BITES!
•  Where has Marc Spector really been all this time? THE ANSWER IS HERE!
•  Where was a man like Marc forged? THE ANSWER IS HERE!
•  Where will the final battle be fought? THE ANSWER IS HERE!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Archie #19 Apr 26, 2017
8.5

This was a lot of fun, reading a lot like classic Archie without feeling out of time. i.e. the running gag of Archie tangled in the tent was funny and aptly showed the comedic style of new artist Pete Woods. Really fun issue of a really fun series.

Archie #19

By: Mark Waid, Pete Woods
Released: Apr 19, 2017

With Veronica Lodge back in town, everyone's vying for her hand, from Archie to Toni to Reggie Mantle! Romance runs deep in Riverdale this issue!

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Spock's Brain reviewed All-Star Batman #9 Apr 26, 2017
8.5

This is a good finale to the "Ends of the Earth" storyline--it's interesting to see a final face-off between Batman and his mysterious enemy as it takes place here, more fascinating than your typical punch-fest. I lost track of the back-up long ago, and now I'm glad, because it apparently doesn't end here, but leads to "Black Matter," which is kind of cheap. So, yeah.

All-Star Batman #9

By: Scott Snyder, Jock
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"Ends of the Earth" finale! It all comes down to this. After months of searching, Batman has found the mastermind behind the blight sweeping the planet, and must face off against one of his most dangerous villains in a battle of wills for the fate of the Earth.  
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Wild Storm #3 Apr 26, 2017
8.0

Good issue, as this series continues to intrigue. Jon Davis-Hunt is generally really good, but comes across as kind of stiff here in an issue dominated by action. But a worthy read.

Wild Storm #3

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Apr 19, 2017

Angela Spica is wounded, alone and hiding from black-ops killers sent by her own benefactor, the man she thought responsible for her well-being-the mastermind behind an assassination attempt the Engineer just foiled. But, unknown to her, she might yet have a chance to survive this terrible day. The Grifter has a plan.
A storm is building. And ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed God Country #4 Apr 26, 2017
8.5

Another strong issue, filled with action and emotion. The last two issues haven't quite lived up to the promise offered by the first two, but that's no matter. It's still really good.

God Country #4

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Apr 19, 2017

Emmett Quinlan goes to Hell.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Silver Surfer #10 Apr 25, 2017
10

This issue is fun, beautiful, epic, amazing. Dan Slott and Mike Allred are producing such a good comic with the "Silver Surfer," it's always a treat when a new issue comes out. But this is one of the better ones, beyond cosmic in scope, showing again how the Surfer will sacrifice all for the universe, but also a love unparalleled in Dawn Greenwood. Galactus and Ego show their respect for the Surfe more

Silver Surfer #10

By: Dan Slott, Mike Allred
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"Unheralded"
•  There's only one reason the Silver Surfer would ever serve Galactus again...
•  ...if the Universe itself hung in the balance!
•  Will this be the final straw that breaks up Marvel's most cosmic couple?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #15 Apr 25, 2017
9.0

I really liked this character-driven issue, which slows things down after the time-travel mini-epic of the last few issues. It's a lot more grounded, and sincerely emotional look at Miles and his family. And I'm not sure where Szymon Kudranski is from, but he's great. I sighed when I saw Pichelli didn't draw this, but was very pleasantly surprised. This was really good.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Secret Empire #0 Apr 25, 2017
6.5

Goddammit. I want to like this...I'm not Marvel hater, I collect more than three times as many Marvel titles than DC, because I just like their characters more...I disagree with all those who say there is nothing of quality coming from the company any more. But this was frustrating. It was cold, sterile. Hydra-like I guess. It just seemed unexciting, despite the high stakes. I suppose that's not a more

Secret Empire #0

By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna
Released: Apr 19, 2017

What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero history has ever known has been planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now!
The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero c...

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supercoolyeah - Apr 26, 2017

OMFG I never noticed all these mistakes until you pointed it out LOLOL! But it's still a solid read.

8.5

Marguerite Sauvage does well here, but when I think of this title I think of Marley Zarcone's signature work here. It's a good fill-in, but I still miss the original. We get a lot of background here, and a lot of feeling in Shade's reaction to music and friendship and the powerful feelings that they create. Good stuff.

Shade, the Changing Girl #7

By: Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Sauvage
Released: Apr 5, 2017

In this stand-alone issue, Shade begins to ponder what's next for her on Earth. As the winter dance approaches, she reminisces about high school on Meta, and starts to wonder why she's putting herself through that kind of hell again. Will she find the perfect dress, or will the dance be a perfect disaster? Plus, an all-new episode of "Life with Hon...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Black Cloud #1 Apr 24, 2017
8.5

This was interesting. I have no clue what is going on, but I want to know, so, to that end, it's an effective first issue. The standout is the great art of Greg Hinkle, who was amazing on "Airboy," and looks like he'll get an equal chance to shine here.

Black Cloud #1

By: Jason Latour, Greg Hinkle
Released: Apr 5, 2017

SERIES PREMIERE
Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen.
Now she's on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands.
But the pieces are for sale, the rich and the powerful are buying, and suddenly her world isn't the only place Zelda's running from.
From the creators that broug...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Nailbiter #30 Apr 21, 2017
10

This was a great finale issue! This series seemed to head towards its wrap-up a bit too quickly for my liking, but I couldn't imagine a better wrap-up. The ending of this series left a giant smile on my face--this is (has been) a great series. Williamson and Henderson have created what may be the most creepy and funny horror comic ever.

Nailbiter #30

By: Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson
Released: Mar 1, 2017

EXTRA-SIZED SERIES FINALE! Sixteen of the world's serial killers were born and raised in the same small town... And now the horrible truth of why is finally revealed.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Mother Panic #5 Apr 21, 2017
7.0

I found Shawn Crystal's art so jarring last issue, I contemplated dropping this title. Then I saw John Paul Leon will be doing the following arc, so I decided I better stay. Not to be overly harsh on Crystal--his style is not my bag, but perhaps on another title it would work. But the tone of the writing and the tone of the art don't synch. Despite all this, I decided to make the best of it readin more

Mother Panic #5

By: Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal
Released: Mar 22, 2017

While hunting a new target, Mother Panic may have found her first ally in the strange and enigmatic Pretty. But nothing involving Gather House is ever what it appears to be. Can Pretty really be trusted? And what exactly is going on in Violet Paige's basement?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Star Trek: Boldly Go #7 Apr 21, 2017
7.0

Generally solid, well written issue that has some major problems on art. Simply put, Megan Levens pencils were barely adequate. A good read, but not going as boldly as it did over the first arc.

Star Trek: Boldly Go #7

By: Mike Johnson, Megan Levens
Released: Apr 12, 2017

Part 1 (of 3) of "Murder at Babel"! As the Federation and Romulans convene in the wake of the Borg attack, the precarious peace is threatened by the murder of a key diplomat... and a Starfleet cadet is the prime suspect! Don't miss this all-new adventure, guest-starring Jaylah from STAR TREK BEYOND, and the cast from the hit STARFLEET ACADEMY serie...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Grass Kings #2 Apr 21, 2017
9.0

This is a really strong issue...I'm very impressed with the skills of Tyler Jenkins...I'm thinking of one page in particular that just so perfectly captures the desperation and loneliness of Robert, as he talks to the mysterious woman he has taken in, her back turned to him seemingly asleep...he sheepishly asks, "Rosa, is that you?" before he collapses his head in his hands...this is a powerful, e more

Grass Kings #2

By: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins
Released: Apr 12, 2017

Robert takes in the mysterious woman from the lake and opens up to her about his missing daughter... a daughter that would be about the same age as the woman in front of him.  

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Spock's Brain reviewed Green Valley #7 Apr 20, 2017
9.0

This issue is a real killer, packed with action, and of course those character moments Landis does so well. It's funny to see the brave knights of Kelodia in battle with essentially a 21st century douchebag. The art is outstanding--Camuncoli's work is top level stuff. This series has been, and continues to be, a treat for comic fans like me.

Green Valley #7

By: Max Landis, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"WANTED: DOUGLAS CHRISTY"
The Knights of Kelodia ride as one! Crush evil wherever it stands! To hell with dragons! To hell with wizards! Freedom for Green Valley!

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7.0

I like Doctor Aphra, but the story in this arc fell apart for me as it progressed. Looking forward to an uptick in the crossover with Star Wars, and the team-up between Aphra and Luke.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #6

By: Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker
Released: Apr 12, 2017

• Aphra Jr. and Sr. have stumbled upon an ancient Jedi citadel...
•  ...but it appears that some form of life has survived...
•  ...and they are NOT happy to be disturbed.
Rated T

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8.5

I enjoyed this issue...it was a lot of fun, with a lot of great art. The story is lighter than your average fare battling Thanos, but the overall tone works in this issue.

Guardians of the Galaxy #19

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti
Released: Apr 12, 2017

Brian Michael Bendis' last issue!
•  It's all built to this! GROUNDED comes to a conclusion with this double-sized blockbuster as Brian Michael Bendis wraps up his epic run on GUARDIANS!
•  With the team stuck on Earth and scattered to the winds, could the only thing to bring them together truly be...THANOS?
•  Featuring ar...

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9.0

Things are falling apart in decadent degeneration, here in the conclusion to the "Imperial Phase" arc. This issue is a thriller, as the gods have never been more divided, or closer to tearing each other apart. They are captured perfectly here in all their vain and bloody glory by Gillen + McKelvie. Outstanding.

The Wicked + The Divine #28

By: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Released: Apr 12, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
"IMPERIAL PHASE (I)," Part Six
and sex and drugs and rock and roll and sex and drugs and rock and roll and sex and drugs and end.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Detective Comics #954 Apr 19, 2017
7.5

This story strikes me as good, but not great. These shadowy assassins are actually not that thrilling. It seems like every story arc, Gotham City itself, and every one of Batman's team, are placed on death's brink. If Gotham is always on the verge of collapse, only to pull out the victory every 6 or 7 issues, it's not that suspenseful. The nuances of Gotham City can be explored in smaller scale st more

Detective Comics #954

By: James Tynion IV, Marcio Takara
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"League Of Shadows" part four! Ra's al Ghul has the answers Batman needs to take down the League of Shadows...but will he lift a finger to help him? Or would he rather use the League to take care of the Dark Knight Detective once and for all?
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Weapon X #1 Apr 18, 2017
7.5

This was pretty good. Drawn by the much maligned Greg Land, I thought the issue looked sharp. My only concern is a bit of fatigue with the Weapon X program. The other books promised a lighter tone, and I know that the same can't be done with this rogues gallery, but it will have to go in some different directions for me to be in for the long haul. But I'm giving it a shot.

Weapon X #1

By: Greg Pak, Greg Land
Released: Apr 12, 2017

Decades ago, the Weapon X program produced the deadliest mutant killers on the planet. Now, with more research, more funding and more Adamantium at its disposal, the Weapon X program is creating new killers for old targets: Old Man Logan. Sabretooth. Lady Deathstrike. Weapon X isn't just experimenting on mutants anymore...it's eradicating them. All...

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Spock's Brain reviewed X-Men: Blue #1 Apr 18, 2017
8.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this issue. I haven't collected an X-Men group book since the first 20-some odd issues of Bendis' "All-New X-Men," when the return of these characters was fresh and interesting. But a lot of the fun of those days was present here, with the O5 (err...) facing off against a couple of familiar foes. I was not a fan at all of Jorge Molina's work in "Star Wars" lately, but 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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Spock's Brain reviewed Doom Patrol #5 Apr 17, 2017
7.0

Maybe it's because I have never read anything about Doom Patrol before this series, but I have no idea what the fuck is going on. Maybe that's on me, but ending each issue perplexed is hurting the book's readability for me.

Doom Patrol #5

By: Gerard Way, Nick Derington
Released: Mar 22, 2017

The team is back together at last, though why they are back together remains an unanswered riddle. After the mind- blowing revelations of the previous issues, Casey Brinke has to figure out what this all means going forward. Or maybe it's just the end of everything after all? Plus, Robotman punches stuff!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Ultimates 2 #5 Apr 17, 2017
8.5

Things stay trippy as the cosmic wars continue here. An enjoyable issue; also, it looks like Travel Foreman is rounding into shape.

Ultimates 2 #5

By: Al Ewing, Travel Foreman
Released: Mar 22, 2017

• Philip Nolan Vogt has a decision to make - one that will either save the Multiverse, or damn it forever to somewhere beyond hell.
•  Philip Nolan Vogt is only human...
•  Extra! At the end of this issue, you will know the name of the Cosmic Jailer. Heaven help you.
Rated T+

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