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Spock's Brain reviewed Kingpin #5 Jun 23, 2017
8.5

I picked up this series because of Matthew Rosenberg's work (I like it), and I am glad I did, because this was as good as any mini-series on the Kingpin that could be expected. The book took a turn towards the Kingpin's more conventional characterization here, but it makes sense due to what Rosenberg established in the first four issues. The ending takes on a more sinister edge because it isn't qu more

Kingpin #5

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Ben Torres
Released: Jun 14, 2017

THE LIFE AND CRIMES OF WILSON FISK!
•  SARAH DEWEY realizes there's no turning back from the KINGPIN now...
•  ...but how much MORE is it going to cost her?
•  WILSON FISK reestablishes his reputation with his biography...but what is his end game?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Grass Kings #4 Jun 23, 2017
8.5

"Grass Kings" feels like it has been on a slow boil that looks to erupt into violence...that is certainly the sense here. Kindt is doing a good job building the suspense, assisted by flashbacks that add to the growing sense of uneasiness. Tyler Jenkins' art is also rough, sketchy, and fantastic looking. This is a good book.

Grass Kings #4

By: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins
Released: Jun 14, 2017

Humbert and his police force face off against Robert's militia in the Grass Kingdom.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Dark Days: The Forge #1 Jun 23, 2017
8.5

I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but I enjoyed this nonetheless; it's building up to something, and my interest grew throughout the issue until the climax, which left me "Huh?" but again, excited to figure out what's happening. There are several of DCs heroes who don't have books currently popping up, which didn't excite me as much as I figure it excited DC heads, but it made this feel more

Dark Days: The Forge #1

By: Scott Snyder, Andy Kubert
Released: Jun 14, 2017

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC's pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It's an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC's most legendary heroes?
The great c...

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Spock's Brain reviewed X-O Manowar #3 Jun 22, 2017
8.5

Strong issue, as Aric struggles with his own nature; is he a man of peace or a man of war? One aspect I really liked was the opening 4 pages, giving the history of the rise of the Cadmium empire and their subjugation of other races; it added a lot of context to the story, outside of the action scenes. Issue #4 starts a new arc, and though I will miss Giorello's beautiful art, I am fully on board.

X-O Manowar #3

By: Matt Kindt, Tomas Giorello
Released: May 24, 2017

Their world became his war! Across every frontline, and through every trench, Aric of Dacia continues his hostile journey through a brutal alien planet the only way he knows how: with war. But the man once known as X-O Manowar is not alone. With a dedicated band of soldiers sworn to his side, Aric will prove his worth on the battlefield... and find...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Thanos #7 Jun 22, 2017
7.5

In this issue Thanos feels the weight of being mortal, and is sad. And he battles a giant rodent-monster. And is sad. I missed Deodato's art here, though Peralta does make the plot easy to follow in an issue that is mostly dialogue-free. So, yeah, it was alright.

Thanos #7

By: Jeff Lemire, German Peralta
Released: May 31, 2017

• See Thanos as you've never seen him before...powerless and alone!
•  Thanos is willing to do anything to survive...
•  ...even if that means accepting help from the unlikeliest of places!
Parental Advisory

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Spock's Brain reviewed X-Men: Blue #5 Jun 22, 2017
9.0

Pleasantly surprised by this issue, and "X-Men Blue" as a whole. I sometimes get bored by action-dominated issues, but Cullen Bunn keeps things tight with sharp and witty dialogue, and the Julian Lopez art was excellent, keeping the action interesting. I like Miss Sinister and her band of misplaced mutants. The presence of Jimmy Wolverine doesn't seem superfluous, and I like that there is a myster 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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Spock's Brain reviewed Green Valley #9 Jun 21, 2017
9.0

This series has been pretty great, and it has an ending that is fitting and exciting and true to the whole story. This series turned my expectations around throughout, proving itself with every issue's originality. Max Landis' "Superman: American Alien" was an exceptional series and he followed it up so well here; I can't wait to see what he does next. Also, so reliably excellent, Cammuncoli naile more

Green Valley #9

By: Max Landis, Cliff Rathburn
Released: Jun 14, 2017

MINISERIES FINALE
GIANT-SIZED final issue!
The knights of Kelodia were once the finest in the land, until they faced the wizard of Green Valley. Now, their epic, time-bending quest comes to a close in this extra-sized issue, and history will never be the same again.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Uncanny Avengers #24 Jun 21, 2017
6.0

While I'm enjoying the main event (well...mainly), this "Secret Empire" crossover clearly illustrates why event crossovers so often suck. It's just a fight against a black bubble and (yet another) portal opened to let in nameless, bland creatures. Jacinto's art is strong, but it's wasted on this boring, meaningless battle issue. I thought I was done with "Monsters Unleashed."

Uncanny Avengers #24

By: Jim Zub, Aaron Kim Jacinto
Released: Jun 14, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Tricked by Hydra, trapped in a prison they never anticipated, the Uncanny Avengers have a cunning escape plan...but it might just make things even worse!
Rated T+

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8.0

The two Black Hood series in the last couple of years have been criminally underrated, perhaps due to being released on Dark Circle, Archie's crime comic label. In this issue, things happen a bit too fast to conclude the story, but it is quality nonetheless. I have enjoyed Swierczynski's dark stories, and Greg Scott's pencils here, and hope this isn't the last time we get to see Black Hood.

The Black Hood: Season 2 #5

By: Duane Swierczynski, Greg Scott
Released: Jun 14, 2017

The Nobody makes his move on his ultimate target, while the Black Hood's mission of vengeance comes to a shocking conclusion!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Secret Empire #4 Jun 21, 2017
8.0

Well, it can't be denied that this series is a shit-show. I still don't really understand the motivations behind anyone being on the side they are, and A.I. Tony just acting like a normal dude, leading the defiance, really, still irritates me. But I love an old-school Avengers dinner scene where the sparks fly! This was weird, but I liked Ultron/Pym here. Lienil Yu's art wasn't quite up to his usu more

Secret Empire #4

By: Nick Spender, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Jun 14, 2017

There is a power that can either save the world or doom it! Both Steve Rogers and the heroes arrayed against him need this power! But unfortunately for all of them, the key to possessing this power lies in the hands of the unstoppable Ultron! LIVE IN X-CITING TIMES! SECRET EMPIRE!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Betty & Veronica #3 Jun 21, 2017
8.5

This was a fun issue, a nice conclusion to the story. It was funny to see Betty Hulk-out, and, most importantly, it looked absolutely fantastic with Adam Hughes' art. I hope he sticks with this series, even if it means only 3 or so issues a year.

Betty & Veronica #3

By: Adam Hughes, Adam Hughes
Released: Jun 14, 2017

All Heck breaks loose in Riverdale as the final act of "Betty Versus Veronica" reaches its combustible conclusion! The streets of Riverdale run red under the rockets' red glare and no one will ever be the same!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Hulk #7 Jun 21, 2017
5.0

I dropped this title after the first arc, but not fast enough to avoid getting this one, so, yeah. The story was kind of annoying. Thanks for the meaningless Hellcat visit. Jen herself has outworn her welcome for me. And the guy makes the toxic (or whatever) cake after his boyfriend watches some dude pour green stuff out on the ingredients, so...this comic has wasted my time for the last time and more

Hulk #7

By: Mariko Tamaki, Georges Duarte
Released: Jun 14, 2017

LET THEM EAT CAKE!
•  JENNIFER WALTERS is only just getting used to her new HULK alter-ego when an internet-famous cooking show host transforms into a hideous monster - on camera. •  Can Jen come to terms with her own monstrous side in time to help this young man?
•  Guest starring PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Star Wars #32 Jun 21, 2017
7.0

The "Vader Down" crossover was really good, as was the "Screaming Citadel" one-shot, but this crossover has kind of fizzled out, in my eyes. This issue was okay, but I think I would have preferred this to be a Luke/Aphra solo team up story, without dragging in the supporting casts. I think the underlying problem is that Jason Aaron's "Star Wars" hasn't been consistently good in a very long time, l more

Star Wars #32

By: Jason Aaron, Salvador Larroca
Released: Jun 14, 2017

"THE SCREAMING CITADEL" - Part 4
•  The Queen's influence is spreading...
•  Our only hope lies in the kindness of scoundrels.
Rated T

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6.5

Keiran Gillen's "Darth Vader" was so good, this series has a lot to live up to. It makes itself its own thing by exploring rookie Vader, but....I didn't really care too much for this. I mean, it wasn't bad, but it didn't have the coolness or badassedness of its former iteration. I also thought Camuncoli's pencils would work better than they did. I'll try issue #2, but I'm not really sold here.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

By: Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Jun 7, 2017

The most fearsome villain of all time returns with an all-new series! When Anakin Skywalker fell, both to the pull of the dark side and to the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi, he rose back up, more machine than man. Having lost everything that was once dear to him, the former chosen one must take his first steps into a darker world...as Darth Vader, Dark L...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Silver Surfer #1 Jun 20, 2017
9.0

I picked up this issue because it was the only one I was missing from this run, and like all these issues, it was great. I love Norrin and Dawn together, and the stories Dan Slott is cooking up for them are like classics from a bygone era of comics, but timeless in the sense that they work so well today. So much fun. This series (and the adventures of the Surfer and Dawn?) are rounding to a close more

Silver Surfer #1

By: Dan Slott, Mike Allred
Released: Jan 20, 2016

"Fantastic Planet"
The Surfer has taken Dawn Greenwood to the end of the universe, and now he's going to show her the most fantastic planet of them all: Earth! It's your homeworld like you've never seen it before: with monsters, magic and...a secret that will change everything! The perfect jumping-on point for the book everyone's talking abou...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astro City #43 Jun 20, 2017
9.0

I left this issue sitting on my stack of comics unread for a while, but now that I've read it, wow, it's a really great issue. I loved when Tillie stepped forward to take over the narration from the Broken Man and the idea of her creating The Gentleman as a psychic projection, and holding on to her childhood forever was really interesting. This was a super-charming issue and yet another example of more

Astro City #43

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson
Released: Apr 19, 2017

At long last, it's the origin of the Gentleman! Lord Saampa and his Serpent Cult strike in the U.S.... 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!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Seven to Eternity #5 Jun 20, 2017
7.5

For a moment the tense mood breaks and there is a bit of levity, but this is very serious, and, sorry, not a whole lot of fun. The quest is striking me as being a bit tedious. I love "Deadly Class" and "Black Science," and I know the positive reviews for this are overwhelming, but this is kind of missing the mark for me. I don't not like it, but I feel like I should be wowed but am not. Worth pick more

Seven to Eternity #5

By: Rick Remender, Jerome Opena
Released: Apr 12, 2017

NEW STORY ARC!
Adam Osidis and the Mosak come to a crossroads. The choices they make here will echo throughout the lands of Zhal for all eternity.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Clean Room #18 Jun 15, 2017
8.0

I really liked this series, for the most part, and this issue is no exception. It does feel like everything wrapped a little too quickly, something having more to do with the business of comics I think than Gail Simone's plan for the series. Anyway, I found the character of Astrid the most interesting part in this series, and she shines in defeating the demons here. I like the ending of the novel, more

Clean Room #18

By: Gail Simone, Walter Geovani
Released: Apr 26, 2017

Season One of CLEAN ROOM finishes with a literal big bang as the walls of reality come crashing down!
Everything Astrid Mueller has tried to build is on fire, and she is nowhere to be seen, as the true monsters are revealed at last. A mind-bending climax to this acclaimed series' first epic tale!
MATURE READERS •  Final issue

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Spock's Brain reviewed Black Bolt #2 Jun 15, 2017
8.5

"Black Bolt" #2 doesn't answer a whole lot of questions, but I like the supporting cast, and Christian Ward's art is absolutely out of this world. I'm a Black Bolt fan, so it's nice to get a dose of the character without being subjected to a series of insipid Nuhuman characters.

Black Bolt #2

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: Jun 7, 2017

• Black Bolt begins to find his bearings in the remote prison to which he has been mysteriously banished.
•  And an unlikely alliance with Crusher Creel, a.k.a. the Absorbing Man, could provide the Silent King with some answers about his captor's motives and identity.
•  But not every prisoner is read...

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Spock's Brain reviewed East of West #33 Jun 15, 2017
8.5

Strong issue of "East of West," with the framework of burning leaders, and different reasons why. Because of the nature of this book, the depth of this world, I sometimes feel I am missing something I might get by rereading a whole pile of previous issues, or that this might read better in trade, but it doesn't feel this way here. Nick Dragota's art is, as always, spectacular. "East of West" conti more

East of West #33

By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta
Released: May 24, 2017

"THE KINGDOM ENDURES"-The King of New Orleans picks a side.

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7.5

Well, this didn't all amount to much, but this issue in itself is a solid conclusion. It seems to set the table for more Dark Knight, which is, well, um...yeah. It had it's charming moments, like Batman warming to the new Batwoman, and the surprisingly optimistic mini-comic, with Miller pencils that didn't look horrifically distorted. So, there it is.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9

By: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson
Released: Jun 7, 2017

The epic conclusion to DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE is here from the all-star creative team of Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson! This is Earth's last stand. Quar's Kryptonian Army has conquered the planet, but Batman and his allies don't believe the world is beyond saving. They'll rally once more against Quar and save...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Detective Comics #957 Jun 15, 2017
6.5

Meh. Spoiler solo story isn't very interesting, with her monologue growing quite tedious for me as the issue went on. I get it, you hate heroes. So act as a hero in disguise, because that makes sense. The art was also rather mediocre. So, yeah.

Detective Comics #957

By: Genevieve Valentine, Carmen Nunez Carnero
Released: May 24, 2017

"The Wrath Of Spoiler"! Stephanie Brown wants nothing more than to save Gotham City from the epidemic of costumed vigilantes and madmen that regularly tear the city apart. But before she can try to stop them, she must face the challenge of one in particular: the insane idealogue the Wrath is back, and Stephanie knows what he has planned-but she ref...

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Beauty #15 Jun 13, 2017
9.0

This is a great issue in terms of plot and moving the story forward. Haun, Hurley, and Nachlik do a great job conveying Vaughn's struggle, and the concept of the Narcissus Killer is just downright creepy. Nachlik is doing a great job on this book; I hope he stays on past the end of this arc.

The Beauty #15

By: Jeremy Haun, Thomas Nachlik
Released: May 24, 2017

Past and present collide as Detective Vaughn and Foster's hunt for the Narcissus Killer coincides with a dark anniversary.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Champions #9 Jun 13, 2017
8.0

Well, this was pretty good, my favourite "Champions" in a few issues. I liked the cab ride with Viv and the driver, and the Red Locust was entertaining enough, though I thought of "Kick Ass" for some reason. I kind of groaned when I saw that she will probably join the team as a permanent member, but, okay, whatever.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Jessica Jones #9 Jun 13, 2017
9.0

"Jessica Jones" can be frustrating, and yeah, not a lot of plot happens, but this character issue truly delivers. It's a lot of fun and shows us what's really going on in the mind of these characters. This is the good that comes with the bad of Bendis. We feel the great chemistry between Luke and Jessica for the first time in a long time, and Gaydos kills it. With this, and his work on "The Black more

Jessica Jones #9

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Jun 7, 2017

The mysteries of Maria Hill! Ousted by the world peacekeeping task force to which she dedicated her life, Maria Hill has no choice but to turn to Jessica Jones to help her find...the last secrets.
Parental Advisory

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9.0

This is a really strong issue, filled with interesting and powerful moments. The words in Anderson's speech to his new flock reminded me of Leo's fervent speeches in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Both characters are consumed with a passion, a belief in what they say. The conversation between Kyle and Anderson was also very intriguing. Both Kyle and Anderson take the evidence in front of them to fit t more

Outcast By Kirkman & Azaceta #28

By: Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta
Released: Jun 7, 2017

"HIS GROWING FLOCK"
Reverend Anderson has become the center of attention as more and more people start to see his side of things. Will this help Kyle's cause-or hurt it? Kyle needs to figure it out fast, because the fate of the world rests on his shoulders.

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Spock's Brain reviewed X-Men: Gold #5 Jun 13, 2017
8.5

When I saw the cover to this I thought, "Aw, fuck, the Sentinels." I didn't really like issue #4, but things picked up for me here in what I found to be the strongest issue in the series to date. Marc Guggenheim's writing seemed a little sharper and I enjoyed the artwork of R.B. Silva. The team had a good rapport in this issue and Kitty got to stretch her leadership muscles. A pleasant surprise.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Superman #24 Jun 13, 2017
8.5

This arc stretches credulity a bit (i.e., all of this going on under Superman's nose with him none the wiser; Superman just letting Jon be kidnapped), but well, fuck it, I like it anyway. This was an exciting read, with a nice fight scene, and the art was pretty darn good. Looking forward to Superboy Black next issue.

Superman #24

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jun 7, 2017

"BLACK DAWN" part five! The Man of Steel faces the one foe he refuses to fight-his son. An emerging new ability for Superboy proves deadly to Superman as the promise of power appears to lead Jon Kent to betray his father.
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Daredevil #21 Jun 13, 2017
7.0

The end of all crime in NY! Because the legal system! Um, yeah, Matt...let's get serious. This issue was kind of not great. I found the idea of Matt dancing around acting out action scenes for Echo to be a bit ludicrous. Not really a super-fan of Sudzuka's art, especially after Garney. Can't say I'm exactly looking forward to this plotline.

Daredevil #21

By: Charles Soule, Goran Sudzuka
Released: Jun 7, 2017

NEW STORY ARC "SUPREME" BEGINS!
•  MATT MURDOCK has a bold new plan to eradicate crime in New York City using the massive power of the LEGAL SYSTEM!
•  But does this mean he'll have to give up being DAREDEVIL?
•  GUEST-STARRING Luke Cage and Echo!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Paper Girls #15 Jun 13, 2017
7.5

Not much is resolved here in the conclusion to the third arc of "Paper Girls," which should really stand as no surprise. This book is still enjoyable, but this third arc didn't resonate with me in the same way as the first two (especially the 2nd, which was so good) did. Perhaps because of the pre-historic setting. But the conclusion of this issue offers an interesting set-up for the next arc; of more

Paper Girls #15

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
Released: Jun 7, 2017

EXPLOSIVE END OF A STORY ARC!
It's the end of an era as KJ, Mac, Tiffany, and Erin must do the unthinkable to escape our prehistoric past. 24 pages of story on the best paper in comics, and still only $2.99!

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