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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #17 Feb 21, 2017
8.0

Bane captured his 4 prisoners too easy. Psycho Pirate procedure to cure Gotham Girl is to inelegant. Superman would never hold people against their wills. Story pitch still has potential and the art is still marvelous.

Batman #17

By: Tom King, David Finch
Released: Feb 15, 2017

"I Am Bane" part two! Barricading himself within the walls of Arkham Asylum still might not keep Batman and his allies safe from Bane's assault. Which one of Bruce's loved ones will be torn from him next?
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Invincible Iron Man #4 Feb 18, 2017
7.5

Pepper and/or Riri should have been killed a dozen times over. They're not THAT good. This glaring unlikelihood really tainted the otherwise decent chapter. And are all Stark's spare armors loaded with one/off A.I. consciousness now - this seems unlikely too given their matter of fact presence in he current state of affairs w/A.I. in the MU. Very nice art, though.

Invincible Iron Man #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Feb 15, 2017

• With every issue Riri discovers more about what being a hero really means in this modern complicated world.
•  Her actions start to have a powerful effect across the world and the question is, is Riri ready to take on that responsibility? •  All this plus, Not only did Tony Stark leave a laundry list o...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Super Sons #1 Feb 17, 2017
8.0

Fun. Solid. Dynamic.

Super Sons #1

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Feb 15, 2017

"When I grow up" part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they're going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World's Smallest. This debut issue looks at th...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Red Hood and the Outlaws #7 Feb 14, 2017
8.0

The cover tells the story. It ends up the feelgood story no one should be able to fault. Nice predictable scene with Alfred but appropriately fitting anyways. It was a real inspiring detail to include in the story that Bizarro knew the truth about Croc too.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #7

By: Scott Lobdell, Mirko Clark
Released: Feb 8, 2017

"how do you solve a problem like Bizarro?"! Now that Black Mask is defeated, Artemis continues her quest for the Bow of Ra-a weapon of immense power. Meanwhile, Jason is dealing with an immense power of his own-Bizarro. What's to be done about such a volatile creature...and is he too dangerous to be kept alive?
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #950 Feb 12, 2017
7.5

What Kgphil01 Feb 8, 2017 said.

Detective Comics #950

By: James Tynion IV, Marcio Takara
Released: Feb 8, 2017

"League of Shadows" prologue! Celebrate 950 issues of the original Batman series with this extra-sized extravaganza! Cassandra Cain has stayed out of the spotlight on Batman's team as she slowly comes to terms with the civilized world she was kept away from all her life...but the time for her to step up is fast approaching! Will she ever learn how ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Widow #11 Feb 10, 2017
7.5

The gist of Nat owning the rugrats was clear but not so much the visual choreography of the issue long battle was not so clear. The duo-colour is understandable but got drab with the unclear movement between panels. This ish would probably translate better to screen. The cover is akin to cheap namedropping as none of those icons appear.

Black Widow #11

By: Chris Samnee, Chris Samnee
Released: Feb 8, 2017

INFESTATION!
•  While Widow's been collecting information, her enemy has been collecting allies.
•  Natasha faces a full-scale invasion!
•  What's the target? And can Widow shield it on her own?
Rated T+

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8.0

Last issue got a 7.5 so this one gets an 8.0 'cuz it was that much better - even though this issue's poser cover was that equally that much worse than last issue's cover, which was technically the formation of this new team of Protectors..

The Totally Awesome Hulk #16

By: Greg Pak, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Feb 8, 2017

"BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN" CONTINUES!
•  Who's behind the gathering of Asian and Asian American heroes? It's not who you think!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wonder Woman #16 Feb 9, 2017
8.5

Good stuff except for the fact it's set in the past - again.

Wonder Woman #16

By: Greg Rucka, Bilquis Evely
Released: Feb 8, 2017

"GODWATCH" part one! Since the moment Wonder Woman arrived in our world, Godwatch has been waiting. But who are they, and what do they want? Diana's journey to the truth continues with the origin of what may prove to be her greatest enemies.
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Future Quest #9 Feb 6, 2017
8.0

All the players finally come together with excitement and not so friendly fire cliffhanger. Blip and Bandit sharing a scene brought a smile. SG giving Race his gauntlet did too.

Future Quest #9

By: Jeff Parker, Ron Randall
Released: Jan 25, 2017

The future looks dark! In this issue, Omnikron, ravager of worlds, is loose in Los Angeles-and only the Impossibles stand in the creature's way! Then, Mightor and Birdman take a very unfortunate shortcut that may never bring them back to Earth. Plus, Dr. Zin's deeds come back to haunt him as he and Dr. Quest try to escape from F.E.A.R.'s undergroun...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #11 Feb 6, 2017
9.0

=cute one-shot story --Agreed! With fun and funny. =but at the end you can tell the art got better --Still a consistently clean and pleasant visuals overall. =Cute story --Excellent story. Unexpected guest star bonus. You can feel the awesome Buffy series throughout. =hope the next arc --Arcade is on the cover so it should be! It will be a shame if this ish is an open ending.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #11

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Feb 1, 2017

• First up - Gwen gets hired to save a small town from a VAMPIRE!
•  But all is not what it seems. What else is new?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #16 Feb 6, 2017
9.5

It was that good!

Batman #16

By: Tom King, David Finch
Released: Feb 1, 2017

"I Am Bane" part one! Bane is coming for Batman. Bruce must keep those he loves safe for five days in order to save Gotham Girl once and for all. But Bane will stop at nothing, and no one is safe.
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Thunderbolts #9 Feb 5, 2017
8.0

Totally agree with AiPT! - David Brooke that this was a well done "table setting issue".

Thunderbolts #9

By: Jim Zub, Jon Malin
Released: Jan 25, 2017

Sometimes you have to do the right thing with the team you've got, not the team you want...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Moon Knight #11 Feb 4, 2017
7.0

Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan says, "I know that lot of this story hinges on the ending delivering." But TOO much hinges on it for a year of issues. Even the best ending and bow wrapping might not be enough if one can't appreciate the seeming tweaking of MK's canon each month with this surreal reality zig zagging. Torn between a 7 and 7.5 and the current high average of 9.5 swayed my rating.

Moon Knight #11

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

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!
•  The asylum wasn't the first institution Marc Spector escaped, or the first that rejected him.
•  Is MOON KNIGHT stronger alone, or more vulnerable?
•  Trapped outside of reality, his survival depends on answers in his past!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nova #3 Feb 3, 2017
8.0

Retro, fun, and action-packed read. Cosmo here and Gamora next makes it better. Art details could use a bit of work.

Nova #3

By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez
Released: Feb 1, 2017

• Richard Rider...back from the dead?!
•  But HOW?! And WHY?! And what does his return spell for Sam Alexander?
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hawkeye #3 Feb 3, 2017
7.0

Some of the POV narration was palatable -more of that please- but overall the story so far has been too pedestrian. The bullseye vision F/X has lots of potential.

Hawkeye #3

By: Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero
Released: Feb 1, 2017

• California's supposed sunshine and smiles, right? Well, apparently the "City of Angels" missed the memo...
•  Just when Kate Bishop thought she'd cracked this campus stalker case wide open, the crap hit the proverbial fan and now EVERYONE at Venice Beach has it out for her.
•  Can Hawkeye stop the h...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Action Comics #972 Jan 31, 2017
8.0

A strong ending to a weak arc.

Action Comics #972

By: Dan Jurgens, Stephen Segovia
Released: Jan 25, 2017

"MEN OF STEEL" conclusion! Superman's found a way to save Lex Luthor's life, but it may cost the Man of Tomorrow his own future. RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #16 Jan 30, 2017
7.5

Nice cover. This conclusion was just "good enough" and the art was better than that. Doc beat Dormammu, not once, but twice with a little too much deus ex magica. And poor Wong is really getting raked over the coals in this run. Zelma's "Captain Cornea" line and Plan B were hilarious.

Doctor Strange #16

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Jan 25, 2017

• "Blood in the Aether" reaches its jaw-dropping conclusion.
•  Doctor Strange has run the gamut of his most powerful villains, and waiting at the end? The scariest of all...
•  The dread Dormammu is back and bringing the hurt to his archenemy!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Carnage #16 Jan 30, 2017
8.0

Should've been a better big battle but the book ends on a high note with several story seeds worth sewing. They could've played up Victoria Montesi's spellcasting more than Jubulile Who's easy pawning of an Elder God. It probably will read best as a Horror Comic TPB.

Carnage #16

By: Gerry Conway, Mike Perkins
Released: Jan 25, 2017

• Carnage has fulfilled the Darkhold's prophecy!
•  Does anyone survive?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Flash #15 Jan 30, 2017
7.5

I had dropped this title at beginning of this run and lost track of everything Flash. Gave it another try with the cover tease. Unfair cover tease. But as Derek McNeil critiqued: "The return of the Rogues does a lot to make the book feel like the classic comics." So, even though it was just an... average story told it was fun enough to put Flash back on my radar.

Flash #15

By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jan 25, 2017

"ROGUES RELOADED" part two! Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Golden Glider, Weather Wizard and Heat Wave are back! In part two of this epic heist story, The Flash travels overseas to stop the Rogues from committing the greatest caper of all time! But not everything is as it seems in this international game of cat-and-mouse as the Rogues spring a trap o...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Woman #15 Jan 28, 2017
9.0

That cover? That kicking ass? That kiss? That cliffhanger? All great comic book storytelling.

Spider-Woman #15

By: Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish
Released: Jan 25, 2017

• After a deadly confrontation with THE HOBGOBLIN, Jessica Drew is going to be saying R.I.P.P....
•  (Hint: the extra P stands for PORCUPINE!)
Rated T+

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7.5

The blurb by :We Got This Covered - Christian Bone: covers the reason for this rating as good as anything. Some continuity/canon concerns - but: whatever. Didn't like Shang Chi being matter of factly comfortable with karaoke. If AFSS don't make an appearance next ish then the alien threat will be lose some marks considering the prologue here.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #15

By: Greg Pak, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 25, 2017

"BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN" STARTS HERE!
•  Amadeus Cho is slowly learning how to become a team player, but he better learn fast when Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and a host of other heroes come to town!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Aquaman #15 Jan 24, 2017
9.0

Satisfying art. Solid conclusion. Deluge was a good arc. Odd that Arthur doesn't know Black Manta's ID - must be a pointless post-Convergence retcon.

Aquaman #15

By: Dan Abnett, Philippe Briones
Released: Jan 18, 2017

 "THE DELUGE" conclusion! It's all been leading to this: Aquaman and his Atlantean army vs. Black Manta and the forces of N.E.M.O. in a final fight for supremacy over the seven seas. Whoever wins, one thing is certain: only one man will swim out alive!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #12 Jan 22, 2017
8.5

I am leary how much permanent status quo change they can do with The Joker but thinks still looked grim for him at the end. Ironically, Harley was The Bad and Joker The Good, in contradiction to the title page. The vampire subplot was pretty much ugly - distraction from the main interaction that everyone probably wanted 20 pages of. The 3 pages of Joker's 'dream life' felt a bit of a gratuitours s more

Harley Quinn #12

By: Amanda Conner, John Timms
Released: Jan 18, 2017

"JOKER LOVES HARLEY" part two! Don't ship Joker and Harley too hard! In this issue, the "reformed" Joker deceives Harley, and when that happens, she goes for his throat!
RATED T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #15 Jan 20, 2017
8.0

I never got into Multiversity for various reasons. For that reason, this arc is interesting to see the Earths that, that established into canon and confirmation that our world's current Superman is now aware of this expanded reality. Plus, the combined art efforts worked well. Unfortunately, the introduction to interaction of all the Superman was at too rushed a pace to be that engaging or enterta more

Superman #15

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Ed Benes
Released: Jan 18, 2017

"MULTIPLICITY" part two! Superman and New Super-Man fight alongside an army of Supermen from across the Multiverse against the threat trying to wipe them all out of existence! Plus, Jon and his neighbor Kathy investigate a hidden horror that seems to be growing in their town.
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #3 Jan 20, 2017
7.0

Changing the symboites to a race of benevolent Klyntar was a terrible revamp and unnecessary retcon and has tainted all stories Venom since then, IMO. Flash should consider himself lucky to be free of all connection to the mess. Better if Venom had stayed born a wild entity that had developed a moral compass from human hosts and then this story would have worked much better. Plus at this point Bla more

Venom #3

By: Mike Costa, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Jan 18, 2017

• After working as a Guardian of the Galaxy and a Space Knight, all of the Venom symbiote's good deeds have left it abandoned, starving and alone...
•  Bonded to a new host - far crueler than Flash Thompson ever was - the symbiote finds itself returning to its old ways.
•  Get ready to sink your teeth...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Widow #10 Jan 20, 2017
7.5

Unsatisfying. Hard to rate. Things are happening that make a for a significant issue but the art was not pleasing. It's great to finally get something to gnosh on about The Unseen but almost everything about this designed scenario for a house call to the moon was wanting. The cover was fun and it's important to have Buck/Nat interaction every so often but no mention of Thunderbolts or Man on the W more

Black Widow #10

By: Chris Samnee, Chris Samnee
Released: Jan 18, 2017

THE INNOCENTS
•  Widow and Bucky barely escaped with their lives!
•  There's a Recluse on the loose, children playing with Lions, and a man on the moon.
•  Is Widow weaving a masterful web, or are her threads starting to unravel?
Rated T+

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9.0

So much comicbook fight winning goodness with Flash, Harley, Cyborg, and Batman. All awesome art too. And then there's the Eclipso tease!

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

By: Joshua Williamson, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Jan 11, 2017

[REDACTED BY ORDER OF TASK FORCE X DIRECTOR AMANDA WALLER] and [REDACTED] crew of unstoppable [REDACTED] besiege Belle Reve to take possession of the lost [REDACTED], and only the unbelievable team-up of the Justice League and the Suicide Squad can prevent [REDACTED] from taking revenge on Amanda Waller!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Ms. Marvel #14 Jan 15, 2017
7.0

Nothing bad but not much worth talking about. A quarter of the book is an alt-DND game that lasts a bit too long. Then Kamala discovers she has an online stalker. Then she runs around making a false accusation and punching a car until she learns her stalker knows she knows she has a stalker. Seems like an underwhelming decompressed set up to make it last for 4 parts.

Ms. Marvel #14

By: C. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyagawa
Released: Jan 11, 2017

• Kamala's home life, super hero life and online life converge when a member of her World of Battlecraft guild reveals that he's discovered her secret identity.
•  And it's not just talk...he knows a disturbing number of details about her day-to-day life.
•  But is he...human?
Rated T+

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supercoolyeah - Jan 16, 2017

Totally agree with you. I wished they would have at least given the name of the baddie instead of extending the WoW scene.

Rick Jonez reviewed Rocket Raccoon #2 Jan 14, 2017
7.0

Wow. That dropped from a great premiere to straight up mediocre. I'm not a big fan of Miles since SW but I gots to feel sorry he got guest star treatment of losing to the title protagonist like that. Even if he wasn't in battle mood, Rocket owned him. The rest of the lost in a big cithy routine was fine/fun in #1 but gets tired fast for 20 pages here.

Rocket Raccoon #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Jorge Coehlo
Released: Jan 11, 2017

GROUNDED!
•  Rocket is kicking in doors and busting heads!
•  Something sinister is preying on defenseless creatures in New York City.
•  And as much as Rocket hates Earth, he can't ignore the dead bodies being left in this evil's wake.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Green Arrow #14 Jan 10, 2017
7.5

What a waste of a perfectly good cover image. The story was an exciting read anyways. Merlyn got away a bit too easy for that sequence of escape but obviously possible I suppose. Kiniry was a fun role that played out.

Green Arrow #14

By: Ben Percy, Peter Nguyen
Released: Jan 4, 2017

"EMERALD OUTLAW" part three! Tension in Seattle reaches fever pitch when the media begins to question Green Arrow's involvement in a series of murders committed by an archer with unmatched skills. If the police can't catch this mysterious archer, can Green Arrow and Black Canary? Plus, the rogue police officer Ollie humiliated in a viral video retu...

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