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Spock's Brain reviewed Moon Knight #12 Mar 22, 2017
8.5

As we get closer to the conclusion of this series, I'm not really any more sure of what is going on, but I'm enjoying the mystery. I liked seeing the multiple facets of Marc here, and Greg Smallwood's art continues to impress.

Moon Knight #12

By: Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood
Released: Mar 1, 2017

THE SECRET HISTORY OF MARC SPECTOR CONTINUES!
•  On a mission for Anubis, more lives than Marc's hang in the balance!
•  While present day Marc ventures into the Overvoid, past Marc has some desert troubles of his own.
Rated T+

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7.0

In the "Grounded" storyline, Bendis has been giving us individual stories that are, well, grounded, giving greater insight into character along the way. This is the first one that kind of falters. I didn't know much about Angela, and I still don't really. It starts all right then descends into an action scene that I didn't really find that interesting, not knowing the stakes. Not bad, but as inter more

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti
Released: Mar 15, 2017

• Gamora is said to be the most dangerous woman in the galaxy...
•  ...which makes her the most dangerous target S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ever gone after!
•  But she won't be stopped until she gets to Thanos!
Rated T+

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9.0

Whoa! This series is crazy, full of twists and surprises. The concept, the writing, the art are all super cool. This is a must read.

Divinity III: Stalinverse #3

By: Matt Kindt, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Feb 22, 2017

Red rebellion!

Across continents, the world bows to the oppressive and ruthless might of the global Russian regime. Former Russian intelligence officer Colin King, however, knows that this reality is not his own. With the truth on his side, Colin King is about to mount a resistance with aid of the world's most feared undesirables...and rel...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Monsters Unleashed #5 Mar 20, 2017
5.0

Well, it's over. Utterly pointless. This kind of mindless action was fun for me for exactly one issue, when my sensibilities were bludgeoned by the heavy handedness of "Civil War II," and silly action seemed welcome. Then each further issue continued to grate more and more on my nerves. If I was seven years old again perhaps I would have liked this series. And the art was stellar throughout. And M more

Monsters Unleashed #5

By: Cullen Bunn, Adam Kubert
Released: Mar 15, 2017

THE FINAL CHAPTER!
•  Up against odds that have never seemed so dire, Marvel heroes like CAPTAIN AMERICA, SPIDER-MAN and MEDUSA will have to lean on their newest and youngest ally to save the day.
•  But what is imagination worth up against several tons of teeth, claws and rage? Well, one LEVIATHON is about to ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Daredevil #18 Mar 20, 2017
9.0

This was a riveting issue. It was cool to see The Purple Man, who I don't really know from the comics so much as "Jessica Jones" on Netflix. But he is terrifying here as he was there. The ending of this issue leaves me hanging on anxiously for the next. Charles Soule seems to have Daredevil down, and Ron Garney's raw art style is the perfect fit for this character and this story. Impressive stuff.

Daredevil #18

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: Mar 15, 2017

NEW STORY ARC "PURPLE" CONTINUES!
•  Daredevil's identity hasn't always been a secret like it is now. In fact, there's one MAN to thank for that...
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Ms. Marvel #16 Mar 20, 2017
9.5

This is a fantastic issue. While some writers seem to portray a caricature of what Kamala is, Willow Wilson delivers her in all her charm and earnest desire to do the right thing. This storyline has been a really great one...I almost forget all about "Civil War II" when I am reading it! And Takeshi Miyagawa kills it on art. This is one of those issues that makes me remember why this character was 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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Spock's Brain reviewed Archie #18 Mar 20, 2017
7.5

This issue's storyline was a bit tepid, but new artist Pete Woods is great. I liked it, and maybe it's all the "Riverdale" I'm watching, but this seemed a bit too innocuous.

Archie #18

By: Mark Waid, Pete Woods
Released: Mar 15, 2017

New Story Arc! The Blossom Twins have found out their father has been lying to them about why they moved to Riverdale. It's up to Detective Jughead to learn the dark truth behind the Blossom Family! Join us as we welcome new Archie series artist Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin).

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Spock's Brain reviewed All-Star Batman #8 Mar 20, 2017
7.5

I didn't especially care for Snyder's heavily stylized narrative style here, and the back-up, while looking good, ultimately left me a bit disinterested. I think by the time this issue comes out each month, I've forgotten what's going on in the back-up. I'll have to go back and read it as one story when it concludes, perhaps, to fully appreciate it.

All-Star Batman #8

By: Scott Snyder, Mark Morales
Released: Mar 15, 2017

"Hats and Bats"! Underestimate the Mad Hatter at your own peril. Batman takes on one of his most dangerous and deranged foes in a mind-bending tale from the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #25 Mar 20, 2017
7.0

Oh, Marvel. Keep being you. This contains a pretty strong main story, with truly amazing art by Stuart Immonen, and an interesting final page story that falls out of Clone Conspiracy. These were well-done. Anyway, the rest of the issue is filled with throwaways that I only half read because they were nonsense. Well, the Hannah Blumenrieich one was charming. However, something about Marvel's unmit more

Amazing Spider-Man #25

By: Dan Slott, Various
Released: Mar 15, 2017

HUGE BLOWOUT ISSUE!
•  STUART IMMONEN (STAR WARS, AVENGERS) takes the artist reins of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and joins Dan Slott for a 40-page main story!
•  Then don't miss a super-secret short story by Dan and Giuseppe Camuncoli!
•  TOP-SECRET BONUS CREATIVE TEAM!!!
•  Hannah...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #5 Mar 16, 2017
8.0

This was a cool issue in that it brought back Avengers' teams past to enter into the current Kang war. It looked good, but was probably Mike del Mundo's shakiest effort to date; the character work featured a parade of shocked faces, eyes wide and mouths agape. But overall, good stuff.

Avengers #5

By: Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo
Released: Mar 1, 2017

"Kang War V" reaches its climax as the Avengers storm through time and space relentlessly to put an end to Kang's menace once and for all!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Detective Comics #952 Mar 16, 2017
7.5

This issue was pretty good. The Gotham PD's belief that Batman killed the mayor, and willingness to shoot on sight any of his allies, stretched credulity. I liked the art for the first three pages, but then we have a switch, and fall back to just-okay art. I have really liked this book since the Rebirth, but wasn't quite feeling it all the way this time. Good, not great.

Detective Comics #952

By: James Tynion IV, Christian Duce
Released: Mar 8, 2017

"League Of Shadows" part three! Batman's team faces the League of Shadows, which believes in only one thing: complete and utter destruction! The League's plan for the city is revealed... but can even that secret compare to the bombshell that is the identity of Cassandra Cain's mother?

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9.5

I've not read many (any?) "Supergirl" comics, but got on board for this because of the Joelle Jones art. And it is great! Her sense of capturing character acting, their emotions, is exemplary. She's one of the best. But I have also become a fan of Mariko Tamaki, who really does a great job in characterization here. This is about Kara and her friends, with super powers almost a secondary idea (thou more

Supergirl: Being Super #2

By: Mariko Tamaki, Joelle Jones
Released: Feb 22, 2017

Midvale has been torn apart by a devastating earthquake, and the death toll has hit Kara Danvers hard. As she begins to put the pieces of her life back together, Kara's developing powers kick into high gear, and her memories of a world that shouldn't exist begin to surface.
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Grass Kings #1 Mar 15, 2017
8.5

This is a strong introduction to the Grass Kingdom and the indigenous peoples who live in isolation there, off the grid. We get a glimpse of the King himself, a broken man, haunted by loss. The conversation in the car is a little too obvious an exposition tool, but there is a lot to like here. Tyler Jenkins art and watercolours give this book an awesome look. It even features paper that make those more

Grass Kings #1

By: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins
Released: Mar 8, 2017

From The New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and Peter Panzerfaust artist Tyler Jenkins comes a rural mystery series chronicling the tragic lives of the Grass Kings, three brothers and rulers of a trailer park kingdom, a fiefdom of the hopeless and lost, of the desperate poor seeking a promised land.
Eldest brother Robert l...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Lady Killer 2 #4 Mar 15, 2017
9.5

This series keeps on being one of the best in comics. In this penultimate issue, the stakes are raised as heat falls on Gene for his boss's death, and Josie's ex-partner (and Nazi!) Irving has turned his attention to her family. Joelle Jones is doing maybe the best art in comics right now, and as a writer, keeps Josie cold-blooded but a sympathetic protagonist at the same time. Half tupperware par more

Lady Killer 2 #4

By: Joelle Jones, Joelle Jones
Released: Mar 8, 2017

Josie's new partnership begins to sour when an over-the-top gift brings trouble for Gene.
o The return of the best-selling original series from Joƫlle Jones!

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9.0

I loved this issue. The scene where Beetee and Triple Zero hide in the shadows while the troopers are rushing past towards Aphra and her father was funny. I also enjoyed the character work here, as we dig deeper into Aphra's relationship with her father. And the story of the lost Jedi was interesting. Nice Kev Walker art. Really good book.

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #5

By: Kieron Gillen, Kev Walker
Released: Mar 8, 2017

• Has Aphra actually found a lost ancient Jedi site?
•  And if so, can she make it out with her life?
•  And if so, will she be able to get a good price for it?
Rated T

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8.5

Due to the layout of the panels in this book, I had a bit of a hard time following things...there was a feeling of slipping in and out of various stories, like it is all happening simultaneously and given to us in glimpses. It was weird, but didn't detract from my enjoyment of it. I just need to read it again.

The Wicked + The Divine #27

By: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Released: Mar 8, 2017

"IMPERIAL PHASE (I)," Part Five-Sex and drugs and rock and roll and sex and drugs and rock and roll and sex and drugs (cont.).

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kingpin #2 Mar 14, 2017
8.0

Rosenberg continues to explore the human side of the Kingpin, with a certain dark menace underlying his displays of humanity. A deeper look than we are used to. I liked it.

Kingpin #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Ben Torres
Released: Mar 8, 2017

IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW WILSON FISK, THINK AGAIN!        
•  WILSON FISK's criminal past has tarnished his public image, but to move beyond it, Fisk must face the demons of his past...and convince the world he's changed!
•  Writer SARAH DEWEY has conflicted feelings about ...

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8.0

I liked the focus on Zemo here...his scenes questioning Bob in the apartment are well done. The art here is a good fill in for Jesus Saiz...Ted Brandt and Ro Stein give this book a nice look. Relentlessly, we march towards "Secret Empire," but this issue of the series was one of the better ones.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #13

By: Nick Spencer, Ted Brandt
Released: Mar 8, 2017

If Captain America has been an agent of Hydra since childhood, how did he fight WWII on the side of the Allies? •  The secret, untold story is revealed here!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astro City #42 Mar 13, 2017
10

This issue was a killer. I absolutely loved the story of Mister Manta, his seclusion, and discovery of what life is like after more than thirty years of isolation. "Astro City" can provide individual, one-issue stories better than almost any other title (and I can't think of one better), and this is a great self-contained story. I also loved the art of Matthew Clark. Awesome stuff.

Astro City #42

By: Kurt Busiek, Matthew Clark
Released: Mar 8, 2017

At long last, it's the origin of the Gentleman! Lord Saampa and his Serpent Cult strike in the US...but are they here to serve their scaly god, or to save a soul? And either way, can the Gentleman stop them? Plus: Another incarnation of Astro City's counterculture champions-this time, one you've seen before! RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Silver Surfer #9 Mar 13, 2017
10

This comic is so good. Whenever this book comes out, which is not that often, I get excited. And I loved everything about this issue, which is really a sweet love story between the Surfer and Dawn Greenwood. To say that it was charming would be an understatement. And I absolutely loved the Mike Allred art--his 1960s style design of the planet was excellent. This is just a super fun comic to read.

Silver Surfer #9

By: Dan Slott, Mike Allred
Released: Mar 8, 2017

    "Worlds Apart" STARTS NOW!
The world of Inkandesha is hauntingly beautiful, filled with cities of solid light and populated by living holographic people. But there's one tiny thing the people of this world probably should've told the Silver Surfer and Dawn before they decided to pop in for a visit...they might have a pro...

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abisaeee - Mar 17, 2017

Slott's Silver Surfer run is better than his Spider Man.

Spock's Brain reviewed Green Valley #6 Mar 13, 2017
8.5

This series has been a pleasant surprise; I didn't really know Max Landis before "Superman: American Alien," but I enjoyed that a lot and am glad that he is keeping up the strong work with "Green Valley." I enjoy the premise of modern-day douchebag returned as evil, all-powerful wizard ("Well... he is an idiot"), and I enjoy the cast of warriors Landis has him opposing, with all their flaws and fe more

Green Valley #6

By: Max Landis, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Mar 8, 2017

Bertwald learns the truth about the evil wizard Cyril, while his fellow knights dare to slay a real-life dragon.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Man-Thing #1 Mar 13, 2017
7.5

That was different. I am not a Man-Thing fan, but was curious enough to give this a try. It reads like a 70s-80s comic with the 3rd person narration, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing (though some of the jokes were groan-inducing...like an old comic). At 42, I think I'm too old to have read any "Goosebumps," but this left me entertained enough to try issue 2 as well.

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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7.5

This issue is pretty good, but the story has been going on forever and is starting to drag on. A new storyline would be refreshing, but it won't happen here, as this series is ending in favour of a couple of solo titles. I don't think I'm going to do either...for me, the magic of these characters is how they work together.

Power Man and Iron Fist #14

By: David Walker, Sanford Greene
Released: Mar 8, 2017

"STREET MAGIC" STARTS HERE! The battle for control of Harlem kicks it up a notch! Luke and Danny are handy in a fight, but how do you punch magic?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Nova #4 Mar 13, 2017
8.0

Though not quite up to par with the first three, I enjoyed this issue, which allowed our characters a reprieve from danger (though the next issue is set up for danger here quite well). I enjoyed the dual date scenes with Rich and Sam. I felt like maybe Perez' art wasn't quite as sharp here, but it was a lighthearted issue that was fun to read.

Nova #4

By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez
Released: Mar 8, 2017

• Sam Alexander is going on a date with the new girl in school, while Rich reconnects with an old flame from his past...the Guardian of the Galaxy called Gamora!
•  But not everything is as it seems. It's true, Richard Rider has come back to life...but he's brought something back with him. Something dangerous.
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Spock's Brain reviewed Mother Panic #4 Mar 13, 2017
5.5

I was shockingly disappointed in this issue. The story seemed bland, but the most egregious thing about this comic is the change in the art team. Never has a style of art so ill suited a book's general tone and identity. I disliked the cartoony, seemingly rushed art so much I'm not sure if the story is even really that bad--all I could focus on was how much I disliked the art. I really liked the f more

Mother Panic #4

By: Jody Houser, Shawn Crystal
Released: Mar 8, 2017

Mother Panic isn't the only one hunting for revenge in the streets of Gotham City. The terrifying Pretty is after the next name on Violet Paige's hit list. But is he a friend or foe-and how is he connected to the mysterious Gather House that made Violet who she is?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Jessica Jones #6 Mar 13, 2017
6.0

So Jessica fucked up her life and her marriage and custody of her child to help stupid Carol Danvers with her stupid plan to nail Alison Greene, so Bendis can have her be right about everything in "Civil War II" because Marvel has to continue shoving her down our throats? I don't think I've had such a love/hate relationship with a comic like this before. Just when an amazing issue pops up, Bendis more

Jessica Jones #6

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Mar 8, 2017

With the reveal of how and why Jessica's life has been destroyed, with the reveal of who the new bad guy is in Jessica's life, can Jessica put the pieces back together or is it just too late?  Guest-starring Captain Marvel.
Parental Advisory

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Spock's Brain reviewed IvX #6 Mar 13, 2017
6.5

This issue, like the series, is wildly inconsistent. On the positive side, Lionil Yu returns and the book looks great. I also enjoyed Emma Frost's turn toward's more complete villainy, even if I sympathized with her. On the other hand, Medusa is told that the X-Men only attacked because the terrigen cloud was killing them, and she was like, "Why didn't they tell me?" Didn't Beast tell her this in more

IvX #6

By: Charles Soule, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Mar 8, 2017

• The war between the Inhumans and the X-Men takes a dark turn leaving Inhumans hopelessly outmatched.
•  Emma Frost, the White Queen, faces off against Medusa, queen of the Inhumans, as both fight for the future of their people.
•  It all ends here. Don't miss the epic oversized conclusion of INHUMAN...

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8.5

This series continues to go under the radar as a consistently enjoyable and suspenseful comic. The stakes continue to get raised and I'm excited to follow this series forward.

Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #25

By: Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta
Released: Feb 22, 2017

NEW STORY ARC! "LIGHT OF DAY"-A major turning point in the series! New characters are introduced! Big things are in store for Kyle Barnes as he's faced with something he never could have prepared for-hope! Everything changes as we celebrate our 25th issue! ALSO, HOLY CRAP! THIS ISSUE IS .25 CENTS TO CELEBRATE THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF IMAGE COMICS!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Doctor Strange #18 Mar 12, 2017
9.5

I loved this issue. The suspense was palpable as Thor raced to perform brain surgery on all of Strange's patients, and Mister Misery continued to emerge as a terrible threat. The tension builds towards the end for an excellent conclusion. Funny, intense, and drawn masterfully, this is a great comic book.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Old Man Logan #18 Mar 11, 2017
9.0

Well, that was awesome. I'm super bummed to hear that Lemire is off this series soon, but maybe even more that this is Andrea Sorrentino's last issue. That sucks. But this issue is an example of why these two creators do Logan so well, and a fitting goodbye. I can't wait to see where Sorrentino goes after this, because his artwork in this series has been a revelation. He is absolutely one of the m more

Old Man Logan #18

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Feb 15, 2017

THE EPIC CONCLUSION!!
•  Can LOGAN escape the BROOD and save the rest of ALPHA FLIGHT?
•  What happened to DANNY CAGE and the HULK BABY?
•  Is LOGAN doomed to walk the WASTELANDS forever...or be trapped in the endless reaches of DEEP SPACE?
•  Only thing to do - read and fi...

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