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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #10 Aug 18, 2017
7.0

I liked the opening pages with the narration by Otto Octavius, and of course seeing Vision and Scarlett Witch together, but the actual story here is slight, to say the least. An interesting turn near the end is rendered moot by a lie told by one of these makeshift Hydra Avengers. An interesting concept, but little comes from it.

Avengers #10

By: Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo
Released: Aug 2, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  They're Earth's Mightiest - but are they heroes? Taskmaster, Deadpool, the Superior Octopus...how can they be fighting alongside the Avengers we know?
Rated T+

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8.5

This series continues to be outstanding, as Shade leads us to reflect upon life, love, death. This issue packs quite a surprise, and moving exploration of a life that has reached its end. The extra "Life With Honey" piece at the end is charming and adds to the book. There's nothing else quite like this out there.

Shade, the Changing Girl #11

By: Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone
Released: Aug 2, 2017

Shade goes to Hollywood! Following her adventures in New Mexico, our girl heads to Tinseltown on her search to find the actress who played Honey in her favorite Earth TV show. What she finds is a woman who is older than the one she saw on the black-and-white broadcast, but also one whose years and experience will teach her more than Shade could eve...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #28 Aug 18, 2017
8.0

The opening scene, as Gordon is called to see both the Joker and the Riddler, respectively, is well done, but the rest of the issue features Batman providing exposition over colleges of action. Something like the battle between Deadshot and Deathstroke could have been told in a more exciting manner. Good, but the kind of issue that makes me wonder if this story needs 12 issues to play out.

Batman #28

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Aug 2, 2017

"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part four! War is hell. Unless it's in Gotham City, where it's so much worse. The clash between The Joker and the Riddler continues to escalate, with the rest of the city's villains picking sides and joining in. In the midst of the battle, Batman must try to save whoever he can while knowing he will forever be haunted...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Sex Criminals #20 Aug 18, 2017
8.0

Things continue to fall apart in this arc, as Jon and Susie can't find ground to stand on. A solid issue in which Zdarsky's art does more of the storytelling than Fraction's words.

Sex Criminals #20

By: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Released: Aug 2, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
All good things, like sex, crime, and this arc of SEX CRIMINALS, come to an end. And this one ends with CHARACTERS doing THINGS and making CHOICES that CHANGE EVERYTHING! In terms of, y'know, the SEX CRIMINALS comic book. Everything's still the same over in, like, Batman or whatever.

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Beauty #16 Aug 18, 2017
8.5

Strong conclusion to a strong arc. "The Beauty" is a book that makes you think about what is valued by our society and what that means to we who live in it. I hope this isn't the last we see of Thomas Nachlik, because his art is a perfect fit for this book. After a disappointing second arc, the third one excelled, and I am excited to see what comes next.

The Beauty #16

By: Jeremy Haun, Thomas Nachlik
Released: Jul 5, 2017

    END OF STORY ARC!
The hunt for the Narcissus Killer ends as Detectives Vaughn and Foster come face to face with a career-defining enemy.

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Walking Dead #169 Aug 18, 2017
8.5

Still dealing with the aftermath of the Whisperer War and Andrea's death, this is a quiet but powerful issue, as the different communities pick up and try to carry on. There's lots of tension and intrigue here. Really strong issue.

The Walking Dead #169

By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Released: Jul 5, 2017

NEW STORY ARC
"LINES WE CROSS"
It is time for Dwight to step up.

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9.0

This issue is pretty great. I had a lot of fun reading it! I loved Rocket in this issue and the interaction between the group as a whole. The Collector is well-done here, and the ending is quite intriguing. In addition to the excellent writing is the fine art of Aarron Kuder. This is fun, entertaining comics.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #4

By: Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder
Released: Jun 21, 2017

• When the Guardians learn that Gamora hasn't been honest with them, they get angry.
•  But who knows, you might like the Guardians when they're angry!
•  Can the team stop threatening each other long enough to get the goods they've been hired to procure?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #18 Aug 17, 2017
8.5

This was a good issue. I'm really liking Hammerhead as a nemesis, and it was awesome to see Golfballs go all-out here. The characterization in this series continues to be really strong, and Oscar Bazaldua's art is a great fit.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Invincible #138 Aug 17, 2017
8.0

This is an all-battle issue, with some really strong art by Ryan Ottley. And there are casualties. The stakes seem to be getting higher and higher as we approach the end.

Invincible #138

By: Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jul 19, 2017

"THE END OF ALL THINGS," Part Six
Face to face with Thragg and his new Viltrumite army, Mark and his allies must fight to survive while the fate of the whole universe hangs in the balance!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Archie #22 Aug 17, 2017
8.0

This is a good comic. The two-page spread showing Archie and Betty's history beautifully shows their relationship. The comic is filled with dramatic tension. But I'm not sure if this is the tone I'm looking for in an Archie comic. I loved the show "Riverdale," but the comics are a different thing. The light, comic sweetness of most of the series, echoing all the Archie books of the past, was what more

Archie #22

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

The end has come for one of Riverdale's most beloved residents. This is one you're going to want to buy, keep, and re-read over the years, because we promise it will never leave you.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astonishing X-Men #1 Aug 17, 2017
8.5

I'm not usually a fan of Charles Soule's work, but with art by Jim Cheung, I had to pick this up. And...it was good. The story as well as the art. I liked the way Soule introduced the major players of this X-team in the opening pages, and the central conflict is introduced in an interesting way. And the art was awesome, of course.

Astonishing X-Men #1

By: Charles Soule, Jim Cheung
Released: Jul 19, 2017

ONLY THE X-MEN CAN SAVE US!
An ancient evil is attacking the world's most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. PSYLOCKE, OLD MAN LOGAN, BISHOP, ARCHANGEL, FANTOMEX, ROGUE and GAMBIT will a...

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8.0

The Inhumans intrigued me since way back when Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee did the awesome 12-issue limited series. But they've underwhelmed me since. Lately, with the battles with the X-Men and the endless stream of Nuhumans, I've grown to downright dislike them. But, since this deals with the original, core members, I thought I'd check it out. And it's pretty good. An interesting start to the series more

Inhumans: Once And Future Kings #1

By: Christopher Priest, Phil Noto
Released: Aug 9, 2017

SOMEDAY, ALL OF THIS WILL BE YOURS!
A king in training. A brother destined for madness. These are the early days of the Boltagon legacy. When the king of the Inhumans is attacked, Black Bolt and Maximus spring into action to save their leader! But when Black Bolt loses control, what are the consequences for his future kingdom - or his own famil...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Redneck #4 Aug 17, 2017
8.5

Donny Cates uses a very smart device to explore the past here, as Perry goes inside Bartlett's mind...it's a good choice to have the two of them conversing when she is exploring what exactly happened. Lisandro Estherren's art helps establish the mood of the book, working excellently with Cates' script.

Redneck #4

By: Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren
Released: Jul 26, 2017

In an attempt to stop the chaos engulfing their family, Perry and Bartlett revisit Bartlett's past...but digging up old wounds sometimes opens new ones. What exactly is Bartlett's big secret?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Infamous Iron Man #10 Aug 17, 2017
7.5

This issue has good moments but an ending that is pretty unclear and muddied. The scene with young Victor and his mother was interesting, and I really liked the scene with Ben Grimm looking through the ruins of Doom's castle, and the encounter he has. This book has a strong Fantastic Four feel. It has good characterization. But things continue to move at a snail's pace.

Infamous Iron Man #10

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Jul 26, 2017

As the impossible task of redeeming himself to the universe begins to overwhelm him, the truth about Doom's reincarnated mother is revealed!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Mister Miracle #1 Aug 15, 2017
10

Having grown up with Marvel, I don't know these characters, but, nonetheless, "Mister Miracle" #1 is absolutely captivating. It's dark and fascinating and I don't know exactly what's going but I could not put this down. Tom King is probably the best writer in comics today, and he creates a world of ambiguity here, augmented by the fantastic art of Mitch Gerads. This is book is strange and wonderfu more

Mister Miracle #1

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Aug 9, 2017

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby's most beloved New Gods.
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Secret Empire #8 Aug 15, 2017
7.5

Suffers from what the whole series has so far: too many characters, too busy, too much dialogue. That being said, it, like the other issues, has a killer surprise ending. The art is a bit average, but those who found all of this too gloomy will be pleased to see the heroes refuse to quit in their battle against Hydra. Inconsistent, but also with some pretty good parts.

Secret Empire #8

By: Nick Spencer, Daniel Acuna
Released: Aug 9, 2017

UNITED WE STAND - against the SECRET EMPIRE!
Rated T+

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8.0

This is a pivotal part to the main plot of "Secret Empire," so perhaps that is where this story should have taken place, as the tides are finally starting to turn. A good read with good art.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #25

By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz
Released: Aug 9, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  TWO HEROES, ONE MANTLE, ZERO QUARTER!
Rated T+

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8.0

A fun issue introducing a whole different cast of seedy space characters. A good read, with strong Kev Walker art.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #10

By: Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker
Released: Jul 26, 2017

• Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay!
•  There's just one teensy problem...
•  It involves surrounding herself by some of the galaxy's biggest baddies.
•  And they don't like Aphra's tricks!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kill Or Be Killed #11 Aug 15, 2017
10

This is a great issue, the start to the third arc. Brubaker and Phillips storytelling is exemplary here...the way the words work with the pictures is just perfect. I hope their creative partnership lasts forever. We get back to the beginning here, and focus on Dylan's continuation of killing after the demon is revealed to be a creation of his un-medicated mind (or so he thinks). It's just a great more

Kill Or Be Killed #11

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Aug 9, 2017

The insane third arc of BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS' hottest book yet begins with a bang, as Dylan turns the tables on the men hunting him.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Secret Empire #7 Aug 15, 2017
7.5

Another issue of "Secret Empire," and a whole bunch of stuff going on. The plot is building up, and it's getting more exciting, but I still have trouble with the series initial premise. Sorrentino's pages look great, but his action scenes can be a little confusing. Not great, but pretty good.

Secret Empire #7

By: Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Jul 26, 2017

It was foretold by Ulysses, it's haunted Spider-Man's nightmares for months, and now the moment has arrived: It's time for Miles Morales to kill Captain America! Unless Natasha...
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #31 Aug 15, 2017
8.0

It all comes tumbling down here, as Peter and Otto match minds, and Peter shows the extent he's willing to go to in order to keep Parker Industries out of Otto's hands. Strong art from Immonen, as always. So the "Secret Empire" crossover ends, and judging from the preview of the next issue, it'll be a doozy.

Amazing Spider-Man #31

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Aug 9, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  On orders from Captain America, the Superior Octopus is taking the fight to Parker Industries.
•  Peter must use the full force of his company to stop Ock and Hydra, but WILL IT BE ENOUGH?!
Rated T+

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9.0

I totally loved this issue. Great cover. Great to see the return of Kev Walker on pencils. It was a very interesting issue from start to finish. Coming off of the disappointing "Star Wars" crossover, this is such a breath of fresh air. It revitalizes Doctor Aphra as a character. As well as the kill-droids...after kind of existing as comedic sidekicks, it was easy to forget their brutal nature, but more

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #9

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

• Aphra's back with a brand-new plan that's guaranteed to pay!
•  There's just one teensy problem...
•  It involves surrounding herself by some of the galaxy's biggest baddies.
•  And they don't like Aphra's tricks!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed God Country #6 Aug 5, 2017
10

"God Country" #6 blows its comic competition out of the water. A powerful, moving, emotional conclusion to this epic tale. There is so much good about this issue, but a double-page collage of a father passing on his experience, the story of his life, to his son stands out. I was almost moved to tears reading this, which something that almost never happens when I read comics. This is so great. The more

God Country #6

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Jun 21, 2017

MINISERIES FINALE
Our story comes to an earth-shattering conclusion as Valofax meets its maker, Roy learns what it means to be a father, and Emmett Quinlan confronts God in the dying Kingdom of Always...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Men II #1 Aug 3, 2017
9.0

I really liked this. It has an intriguing opening sequence for which we get no explanation this issue, but that's okay. It has a charming sequence with Miles and Ganke and a girl Miles is crushing on. The premise of another Miles existing in this universe is an interesting one, though it takes a bit of effort to combat alternate universe fatigue. But the killer is Sara Pichelli's gorgeous art. Thi 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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Spock's Brain reviewed Old Man Logan #26 Aug 3, 2017
8.0

A quieter issue (well, it's still pretty damn violent), this explores the Maestro and his Hulks in closer detail. It's good at character building. However,Mike Deodato's art is the real draw here, as this issue looks fantastic.

Old Man Logan #26

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato
Released: Jul 12, 2017

LOGAN IS ON THE HUNT!
•  Determined not to let history repeat itself, LOGAN takes matters into his own hands and hunts down the HULK GANG!
•  But he'll need the help of an OLD FRIEND if he wants to stay on their trail...
•  And will a miscalculation on MAESTRO'S team give Logan the advantage ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Grass Kings #5 Aug 3, 2017
7.0

I found this issue kind of hard to follow. I like Jenkins artwork, but this issue is all about action scenes, and his art is kind of confusing. Still a solid book, but nearly as good as the more contemplative issues.

Grass Kings #5

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

More circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Robert's daughter are revealed.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Superman #25 Aug 2, 2017
6.5

Didn't really care for this. Too many small panels with lots dialogue to go with the fighting. Wasn't effectively done in my opinion. Though there is a possessed cow smoking a cigarette, so...that's cool.

Superman #25

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jun 21, 2017

"BLACK DAWN" part six! The extra-sized finale to "Black Dawn" reveals the villain tearing the Super-Family apart and destroying everything the Man of Steel holds dear!
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Royal City #4 Aug 2, 2017
8.0

Another ghostly issue about aging, and the inevitability of seeing the dreams of our youth, our youthful selves, ebb away. The characterization is strong and Lemire's art is fantastic.

Royal City #4

By: Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire
Released: Jun 21, 2017

It all falls down. The delicate balancing act that has been keeping the fragile lives of each Pike family member aloft comes crashing down. And with his past finally catching up to him, Pat's sins are revealed, but it may be too late to make amends. The penultimate chapter of ROYAL CITY's first storyline delivers shocking twists and heartbreaking t...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Old Guard #5 Aug 1, 2017
9.0

This was a damn exciting conclusion to the first arc of "The Old Guard," a series in which almost every chapter has been great. This is all non-stop action, as The Old Guard asserts itself and kicks (or, kills) ass. There is a lot bloodshed here, but it's done in a stylistically cool way. I wasn't familiar with Leandro Fernandez before this series, but his art is absolutely brilliant. Great book.

Old Guard #5

By: Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernandez
Released: Jun 21, 2017

"PART FIVE"
Conclusion. The Old Guard falls.
Literally.
THE OLD GUARD will return in 2018!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Babyteeth #2 Aug 1, 2017
8.0

This was a good issue. It gets us to know the characters better, and develops the storyline. I like the part with the "Prairie Dog" and her father. Great ending. An entertaining read.

Babyteeth #2

By: Donny Cates, Garry Brown
Released: Jul 5, 2017

The first few weeks of raising a baby can be hell. Clark won't latch or take a bottle, he's fussy all the time and he has just destroyed Sadie's sleep schedule. Ugh, and also the constant assassins and secret cabals organizing against her to kill her baby because he's the dark lord incarnate who will usher in the apocalypse...well, that is just not...

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