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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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7.5

Nice art. Acceptable developments after the questionable start. If this is pairing off an SS and a JL member against each Max Squadder it could/should be interesting. "Crazy" last sentence.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

By: Joshua Williamson, Ardian Syaf
Released: Jan 4, 2017

Belle Reve Penitentiary. Headquarters of Task Force X, home to the worst super-criminal scum in the DC Universe and new residence of...the Justice League?! The Suicide Squad delight in showing Earth's greatest heroes how the other side lives, and you'd better believe the Justice League needs to be restrained to hear the terrible secret Amanda Walle...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Deadpool: The Duck #1 Jan 7, 2017
7.0

Too contrived to enjoy. No rhyme or reason or good quips to enjoy. Agent Mary was the most interesting character of the bunch.

Deadpool: The Duck #1

By: Stuart Moore, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Jan 4, 2017

What do you get when you take one cynical anthropomorphic duck (named Howard) and cross it with the smelliest (and most annoying) mercenary in the Marvel Universe? DEADPOOL THE DUCK! When Deadpool is sent on a mission from S.H.I.E.L.D. to capture a high-profile E.T. that is rampaging across the high plains, the snatch-and-grab turns out to be much ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #14 Jan 7, 2017
7.5

It was taking down 15 Batman Rogues with namedropping ease, in ONE NIGHT, that really ruined the issue. Batman failng moral fortitude, while understandable and plausible, this was not an impulsive decision by Batman - it went on all night. Plus, he strongly had to believe that she was lying, intentionally deceitful, about her reported 237 kills which cannot be that endearing to him. Good art and c more

Batman #14

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Jan 4, 2017

How do you solve a problem like Selina Kyle? Is she a hero? Is she a villain? Can Batman and Catwoman ever really work things out? The award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads of Babylon (SHERIFF OF BABYLON) bring you "Rooftops," a story in which Batman must decide once and for all what to do about Catwoman.  
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Unstoppable Wasp #1 Jan 7, 2017
7.0

I want to give it a higher rating 'cuz Nadia is so darn likable here. Ms. and Mock had some fun panels too. However, the art was only average and the adventure itself, which was a big chunk of the story, had many disagreeable flaws associated with it's telling. Her origin recap was reader friendly but much of her immigration process was arguably suspect.

The Unstoppable Wasp #1

By: Jeremy Whitley, Elsa Charretier
Released: Jan 4, 2017

Girl. Genius. Hero. Unstoppable.
Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of The Red Room, but now this teenage super-scientist is on her own for the first time, and she's ready to spread her wings!  Hank Pym's daughter has a lot of time to make up for and she's determined to change the world.  You know, if sh...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nova #2 Jan 7, 2017
8.5

Wow! What turn around! only gave it 6.5 last time and it easily deserved at least an 8.5. Moreso for the Rider developments and character moments but Sam was noticeably less dorkish than in the terrible premiere. Liked his scenes with Rich and Eva. And there was the fun of Cosmo!

Nova #2

By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez
Released: Jan 4, 2017

THE RUMORS ARE TRUE!
•  Richard Rider is back from the dead!
•  Even better - he's back in his Nova helmet!
•  But Earth already HAS a Nova as its guardian, and Sam Alexander isn't one to be replaced so easily...
Rated T

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7.5

A little too preachy. A little chincy on Sam content. A little team-up, decent and different enough, that fits organically in the current storyline.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #17

By: Nick Spencer, Paul Renaud
Released: Jan 4, 2017

The All-New Falcon and Rage - together! Nothing good will come of this!
Rated T

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7.0

The homage was great and so was Harley and Superman's characterization but the fact that it's canon is bothersome for too many incongruent reasons/elements in the story.

Harley's Little Black Book #5

By: Amanda Conner, Neal Adams
Released: Dec 28, 2016

(Mumble-mumble) years ago, the alien race known as the Scrubb forced Superman into a boxing match for the ages, against Earth's greatest heavyweight champion, (mumble-mumble)! Now, (mumble-mumble) years later, the Scrubb have returned...but with said champion unavailable, the Scrubb have chosen the next-best thing: Harley Quinn! This can't end well...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #947 Jan 1, 2017
8.0

Going to agree with senitments of Kaboooooms - Matt Morrison and Henchman-4-Hires - Sean Ian Mills.

Detective Comics #947

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez
Released: Dec 28, 2016

"THE VICTIM SYNDICATE" conclusion! Has the First Victim succeeded in dividing and conquering Batman's team? The final attack will come from someone they'd all put their faith in...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Rocket Raccoon #1 Jan 1, 2017
8.5

Clever script bits. Strong art efforts. Flarking friendly furry (when you're not hating the guy) It even almost makes the weak "GROUNDED" concept bearable.

Rocket Raccoon #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Jorge Coehlo
Released: Dec 28, 2016

GROUNDED!
From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the LAST place he wants to be-the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It's where those dumb furry things people say he looks like are from! One thing is clear-it doesn't matter who or what gets in his way...he's gotta get off this mudball, NOW....

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Rick Jonez reviewed Infamous Iron Man #3 Jan 1, 2017
7.5

Cons: Depressing and decompressing. Pros: Doom POV and SW reveal.

Infamous Iron Man #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Dec 28, 2016

• Some people from Tony Stark's past have a VERY big problem with Victor Von Doom taking the mantle of Iron Man.
•  One of those people is Pepper Potts, a.k.a. Rescue!
•  She is back and she is pissed! Where has she been?
Rated T+

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8.5

Lots of fun. Two great guest stars in Drew and Damien. Perfect villain choice written well with a Sweet Christmas surpise appearance from you know who!

Power Man and Iron Fist Annual #1

By: David Walker, Scott Hepburn
Released: Dec 21, 2016

YOU BETTER NOT POUT, YOU BETTER NOT CRY!
•  'Cause you're getting an extra helping of POWER MAN AND IRON FIST! This Christmas will be sweet, indeed!
•  But not for Luke Cage, who is feeling neither holly nor jolly.
•  Surely Danny can change that! Or maybe these demonic toys will! Wait, dem...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Gamora #1 Dec 23, 2016
7.0

Mediocre. Okay art but I hope they don't retcon out her styling her green leotards 'til the time she crossed path with Quill. They should have gotten someone more interesting than Klax Who as the first foil.

Gamora #1

By: Nicole Perlman, Marco Checchetto
Released: Dec 21, 2016

Before the Guardians...there was Gamora!
From screenwriter Nicole Perlman-co-writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy screenplay-and Marvel superstar artist Marco Checchetto comes a killer new ongoing series! Once upon a time she was Thanos' heartless pet assassin and favorite daughter. Today, she is the backbone of the Guardians of the Galaxy, p...

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7.0

Nice one shot for Misty Knight! But since it's a Sam Wilson book and he's leaving the shield around like it's purpose is propping up a wall it gets a lower rating.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #16

By: Nick Spencer, Angel Unzueta Galarza
Released: Dec 21, 2016

• Do NOT call her a sidekick: Misty Knight takes matters into her own hands.
•  #takebacktheshield takes things a little too far.
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #15 Dec 22, 2016
8.0

AiPT! - David Brooke's blurb nails the positives of this ish. Except it doesn't pay props to this wicked interpretation/development with The Orb after Original Sin. Doc is a little too punchy though.

Doctor Strange #15

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Dec 21, 2016

• "Blood in the Aether" continues as Doctor Strange's Rogues' Gallery all take their shot at a weakened Sorcerer Supreme!
•  Back during ORIGINAL SIN, the Watcher was killed and his eyes were removed. One eye fell into the hands of the Orb!
•  With that immense power, the Orb has set his sights on Doc...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #22 Dec 22, 2016
7.5

Origin details, fine layouts, the story enhancing evil of original Jackal, Ben is more interesting than all those other wannabe copies (Lady Thor, Cpt Samerica, NINO, Chulk, Tyke, Spider-miles, etc). More new content would have got it higher rate.

Amazing Spider-Man #22

By: Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Dec 21, 2016

CLONE CONSPIRACY TIE-IN!
•  Miles Warren, a.k.a. the Jackal, has been a thorn in Peter Parker's side since college.
•  What spurred his latest rebranding and master plan? FIND OUT HERE!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Occupy Avengers #2 Dec 21, 2016
7.0

Just a Avengers Solo type filler type adventure. Not bad. What is bad is the series title! Make it a 4 issue mini and relaunch with better name than OCCUPY!

Occupy Avengers #2

By: David Walker, Carlos Pacheco
Released: Dec 21, 2016

Clint Barton wasn't looking for trouble, but trouble found him. Caught in the clutches of the enemy, Clint and Red Wolf face certain death - which is too bad, because they would've made a great team.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Star-Lord #1 Dec 21, 2016
8.0

We get more exposition on the guest characters than we to the premiere's star. Fortunately, all their guests were interesting and entertaining MU characters to include. Still, the "GROUNDED" premise borders on ludicrous. But, the Quill charm is still there and goes a long way. In this instance it's going all the way to jail?! Count me in for the next installment.

Star-Lord #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka
Released: Dec 21, 2016

GROUNDED!
Peter Quill might have been born on Earth, but he's been away a LONG time. How does a man go from soaring through the stars as the legendary Star-Lord to living with his feet planted firmly on the ground? What kind of job options are available for a guy whose CV mostly consists of "guarding the galaxy"? One thing is certain, Earth has...

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7.0

Wow. I just skimmed it and that impressed me. After dropping it early in last run cuz it was too tumblr-esque, I just had to see how Rebirth affected it and why Huntress was there. The art was so good and the flip read and shock ending has me planning on giving next ish the full try. Weird Science - Eric Shea's rating seems fair after just a skim try so it should go up next time!

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

By: Julie Benson, Roge Antonia
Released: Dec 14, 2016

"WHO IS ORACLE?" part five! The new Oracle has led the Birds of Prey all around Gotham City, forcing them to deal with the worst of what the city has to offer. Now Batgirl, Black Canary and Huntress will learn the reason when this impostor's secrets are revealed! But Oracle isn't the only one with a secret past...where did the mysterious Fenice com...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Power Man and Iron Fist #11 Dec 17, 2016
7.0

Henchman-4-Hire's Sean Ian Mills called it. I'd have to re-read this at least 2-3 more times to make sense of some of the messiness. But not so motivated ATM.

Power Man and Iron Fist #11

By: David Walker, Sanford Greene
Released: Dec 14, 2016

THE FUNKY DRUMS OF WAR!
•  Luke and Danny make headway in healing the civilian wounds of CIVIL WAR II.
•  But war is coming to Harlem, and there may not be anything our heroes can do to stop it!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Action Comics #969 Dec 16, 2016
7.0

Nothing bad but nothing worth talking about. Oh sure, there was L'Call's so so origin.

Action Comics #969

By: Dan Jurgens, Patrick Zircher
Released: Dec 14, 2016

"MEN OF STEEL" part three! Trapped on the Godslayer's home world, Superman and Lex Luthor must unite if they want to make it back to Earth! But does Luthor deserve his freedom or should the Man of Steel make sure he stays locked away?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #15 Dec 16, 2016
5.5

All flash and no substance AGAIN. Nothing substansive on the vampire nation after all said and done. If not for Orrgo they's ALL be dead - and all he gets is 1 page! Argh. Sketcy artstyle looks really lazy in too many panels for that price. Cerebra can 'port to the sun? Ridiculous.

Old Man Logan #15

By: Jeff Lemire, Filipe Andrade
Released: Dec 14, 2016

WHEN IN ROMANIA, DO AS THE ROMANIANS DO - STAKE VAMPIRES!
•  It's up to LOGAN and the greatest supernatural hero squad the world has ever seen, the HOWLING COMMANDOS, to stop DRACULA from a dastardly plot that endangers the whole world.
•  But when JUBILEE is in trouble, can the Commandos trust Logan to make th...

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7.5

The problem with this story is that Doreen and Mew are like unto tailed gods compared to all the other iconic heroes turned fumblebutts that fail miserably at defeating Taskmaster this issue. The "unique" art is near unbearable if not for the otherwise fun Mew spotlight story. And did they get lazy without including our addictive dose of comical margin blurbs?! The page space devoted to Mew's drea more

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #15

By: Ryan North, Erica Henderson
Released: Dec 14, 2016

• When the TASKMASTER comes to town - and brings with him his ability to DUPLICATE ANYONE'S SWEET MOVES - who stands between him and total domination?
•  See, I can tell you're glancing at the title of this comic and whispering "Well, it's PROBABLY Squirrel Girl," but guess what? This time it's actually Nancy's cat Mew,...

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Rick Jonez reviewed All-New X-Men #16 Dec 15, 2016
8.5

Loved the art, action and the chaos-for-chaos-sake showing for Goblin Queen. Young Hank is now officially as dumb and Marvel mishandled as Old Beast for being forced by Pickles-less plot-device down this "hair raising" path.

All-New X-Men #16

By: Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley
Released: Dec 14, 2016

• THE ALL-NEW X-MEN throw down with THE GOBLIN QUEEN!
•  And when repressed Idie finally lets loose, there's hell to pay!
•  Plus: One X-Man will do the unthinkable to save the day...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Green Arrow #12 Dec 13, 2016
7.5

This issue was much better than last issue. It was enjoyable for all the positive elements AiPT! - David Brooke lists in his review. Black Canary is a plus too. But not as thrilled with it as him or the last run as of yet.

Green Arrow #12

By: Ben Percy, Otto Schmidt
Released: Dec 7, 2016

"EMERALD OUTLAW" part one! A major new storyline begins as Green Arrow returns to Seattle for a brand-new mission: reclaim the life he's lost. But with Oliver Queen presumed dead, his fortune obliterated, his sister Emiko missing and Seattle's police turning against him, death proves a bigger challenge than life for Green Arrow!

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