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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Panther #12 Mar 24, 2017
7.5

Pretty good for an all-talk issue. Definite cerebral drama. Much more organic aftermath issue compared to EXM this week. Hopefully next ish footnotes if Storm is before or after IvX here.

Black Panther #12

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze
Released: Mar 22, 2017

A NATION UNDER OUR FEET: EPILOGUE
•  The dust settles, and peace comes to Wakanda once again.
•  That is, if her political leaders can come to terms....
•  T'Challa finds himself in the last place he ever expected: A republic.
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hulk #4 Mar 23, 2017
7.0

Painfully slow. Pleasantly simple. Problematically Hulk-free for 4 issues. Positively frustrated with potential-free take on Jen. Possibly things will get better with next ish and the inevitable gammamorphisis, fingers crossed.

Hulk #4

By: Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon
Released: Mar 22, 2017

HAUNTED BY SPECTERS OF THE PAST!
•  Trying to rebuild her own life and law career, JENNIFER WALTERS is determined to help her newest client, MAISE BREWN, a woman on the verge of eviction and a massive nervous meltdown.
•  Once an outgoing yoga instructor, a brutal attack changed Maise's life forever. Now a recl...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Ultimates 2 #5 Mar 23, 2017
7.5

Terrible drop in art. Uninspired choreography of events. But there is so much solid content to this still. This book is still foremost title in shaping the new MU.

Ultimates 2 #5

By: Al Ewing, Travel Foreman
Released: Mar 22, 2017

• Philip Nolan Vogt has a decision to make - one that will either save the Multiverse, or damn it forever to somewhere beyond hell.
•  Philip Nolan Vogt is only human...
•  Extra! At the end of this issue, you will know the name of the Cosmic Jailer. Heaven help you.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wild Storm #1 Mar 21, 2017
8.5

This banked a lot on readers having a familiarity with Wildstorm before for throwing so much amalgamom of what once was in a universe before DC to what is here in a new universe with DC. Fortunately, I was a reader back then and probably appreciated this more than I would have if this was all newly introduced characters.

Wild Storm #1

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Feb 15, 2017

A troubled woman, barred by her employer from continuing her research, walks miserably through New York City. It takes her a moment to notice that everybody else is looking up. A man has been thrown from the upper floor of the Halo skyscraper.
And that woman-Angela Spica, sick from the transhuman implants she's buried in her own body-is the on...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batwoman: Rebirth #1 Mar 21, 2017
7.5

It was not that compelling for a premiere.

Batwoman: Rebirth #1

By: Marguerite Bennett, Ben Oliver
Released: Feb 15, 2017

The newest chapter of Batwoman's life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market...and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman's going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she's going, in this one-shot prologue to the...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League #17 Mar 21, 2017
6.5

Lots of content BUT just couldn't get into it. Liked the art.

Justice League #17

By: Bryan Hitch, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Mar 15, 2017

"TIMELESS" part three! The Justice League's epic war through time continues as Superman confronts the leader of the Timeless army, who gives the Man of Steel an impossible choice: save Krypton from exploding - or save his friends!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #13 Mar 20, 2017
8.5

Loved the cover. Liked the inking collaboration - makes JRJR look good again. Great surprise traitor reveal. Interesting to see where SS goes from here. Is The Wall really dead? Is Boomer really Boomer? Props to Croc for dark comedy. The backup story genuinely felt like a bonus full story after the satisfaction from the lead. Hack, Rustam, and Harcourt add a freshness to the 'mandated' movie chara more

Suicide Squad #13

By: Rob Williams, Danny Miki
Released: Mar 8, 2017

BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE part three! Shot. Stabbed. Beaten. Maimed. Brought back from the edge of death and sent out to do it all over again and again and again. This has been the life of Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. But not anymore. The moment Suicide Squad fans never thought would come finally arrives when Deadshot achieves that which no one else...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Star-Lord #4 Mar 17, 2017
8.5

Overlooking the inevitable cliché of a key cast member (the only 1 of 2 really) is revealed as a superhuman and yet another fully functioning disembodied head that can jibber jabber away - this was a good read. This has been a fun series so far. Quill probably needs more spotlight rationalizing how a Guardian of the Galaxy hero for good can bend/break Earth law without guilty conscience.

Star-Lord #4

By: Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka
Released: Mar 15, 2017

•  Peter must team up with the Shocker in order find a missing person.
•   But wait...isn't Shocker a bad guy?
•   Guest-starring Daredevil!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Great Lakes Avengers #6 Mar 17, 2017
6.0

Nothing worth typing about beyond AiPT! - Eric Cline's review: "It's not a bad issue, but it's far from a great one." Although hints of Doorman's role in the cosmic scheme may someday go somewhere.

The Great Lakes Avengers #6

By: Zac Gorman, Will Robson
Released: Mar 15, 2017

• It's the Battle of the Bulge as beautiful bombshell Big Bertha brawls with the bulky baddies of Dr. Nod and the Bod Squad!
•  Can she stop their heinous plot to sell her powers as miracle weight loss supplements?
•  Meanwhile, Doorman goes back to work as an Angel of Death. Hijinks ensue.
Rated...

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Mighty Thor #17 Mar 17, 2017
8.0

Lots of flash - in a good way. The Challenge of the Gods is still bewildering bothersome bamboozlement. Not sure what to expect of Loki's endgame now that he's not the spotlight protagonist with organic development that was previously so appreciated. Overall a good installment and hopefully this Shi'ar/Asgardian War plays out well, with wise payoff around the mystery of Mjolnir.

The Mighty Thor #17

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Mar 15, 2017

• The heavens rumble as the war between Asgard and the Shi'ar tears through space.
•  Meanwhile, the Challenge of the Gods rages on.
•  And though Thor has fought valiantly to protect the people of Midgard, the gods of the Shi'ar have a dark and dangerous surprise in store.
Rated T+

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2.5

Embarrasing. Insulting. Disturbing. And hardly a "Gwenpool" and/or "Special". [If anyone pushes this as a 616 book feel free to push down the rating too.]

Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix Up #1

By: Chynna Clugston Flores, Chynna Clugston Flores
Released: Dec 14, 2016

It's the holidays yet again, and that means it's time to join EVERYONE'S FAVORITE GWEN (take that, Stacy!) and celebrate good times, come on! Only problem is...somehow this year's festive traditions seem to be a little...off...and Gwen's the only one who notices. FEATURING: Gwenpool (duh), Spider-Man, Red Skull, Punisher and even Deadpool! This is ...

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7.0

Average all around. Some politics vs metas potential. A second issue should have more pop.

Justice League of America #2

By: Steve Orlando, Ivan Reis
Released: Mar 8, 2017

"THE EXTREMISTS" part two! Believing heroes to be threats to the survival of any world, Lord Havok and the Extremists have already murdered the mightiest heroes from their home dimension. To save our Earth they'd kill thousands more, starting with the newly formed JLA. But eye-to-eye, are Havok's and Batman's goals that different? Billions of lives...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #952 Mar 12, 2017
9.0

Torn between ratings of GearWERKZ - Agasicles Stamas and AiPT! - David Brooke. I'd prefer an 8.75 mark but I feel generous as it was one of the better books compared to others this week.

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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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #13 Mar 10, 2017
8.5

This inevitable 1st meeting between Gwenpool was well worth the year long wait. It was lots of fun. "I don't read Deadpool" and "They think you're Gwen Stacy" were both hilarious lines.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #13

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Mar 8, 2017

• Gwen's been thrown by Arcade into...a world of Fantasy Roleplaying?!?!
•  It's Swords & Sorcery, Gwenpool-style!
•  Watch out, or this LARP is gonna become a DARP!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #15 Mar 10, 2017
7.0

Monsters Unleashed is terrible. This is mediocre by the inevitable comparison. Too bad more of Wade's jokes were passable and Spidey never got in a memorable zinger.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #15

By: Joshua Corin, Scott Koblish
Released: Mar 8, 2017

'TIL DEATH DO US... Part 2 (of 6)
Deadpool's whirlwind romance with Shiklah was one of the most exciting times of his life. Traveling across the world, fighting all sorts of threats at her side, and finally marrying her as a way to thwart the evil vampire lord, Dracula. But since then, the reality has set in. Shiklah is a demon succubus, and mo...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Jessica Jones #6 Mar 10, 2017
8.0

There's some merits to the negatives reviewed here so far but for some reason this installment tickled my fancy more than the lead up. Still not gaga about the art like everyone seems to be but it was not bad this ish. Although, the depths to which Carol has sunk is as sad as these stylized poser covers are boring.

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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Rick Jonez reviewed Man-Thing #1 Mar 9, 2017
5.0

Swampy sacrilege. No indication that this might not be 616 so no leeway given. Might've gotten a bit higher if marketed as an alt-reality vanity project. No cover pic yet? img20.imagevenue.com/loc471/th_051210405_manthing_122_471lo.jpg

Man-Thing #1

By: Hans Rodionoff, Kyle Hotz

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Rick Jonez reviewed IvX #6 Mar 9, 2017
5.0

Immediate emotional digust rating.

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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Rick Jonez reviewed Aquaman #18 Mar 6, 2017
7.5

Nothing bad to say other than a plain average adventure against Warhead that probably only deserved to be a one and not 2 issues.

Aquaman #18

By: Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton
Released: Mar 1, 2017

"WARHEAD" finale! Aquaman's battle with Warhead leaves him trapped in the tortured mind of the telepathic beast, where the sea king is forced to experience the lifetimes of combat that define his tragic new foe!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #18 Mar 5, 2017
8.5

This parallel lives story pitch has been done before and will be done again; this version was fine but the fact that a character is retconned to suit a story instead of the mythos is a negative. Also, Batman's love for his mother has always been fair and true but this presentation level of his dead mama's boy obsession felt awkwardly inappropriate and unlikely. Otherwise a riveting tale with great more

Batman #18

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

"I AM BANE" part three! Bane broke the bat before, but it wasn't enough-now he's going to break everyone else! Bane is coming, and no one is safe!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #15 Mar 3, 2017
8.5

The cover is stupid. The prologue of the Future makes no sense and generates no interest. The Vampire interlude is just dragging that subplot along and Harley Sinn makes a cameo in a contest to steal Joker's Daughter's low Q-rating. But other than that - the bulk of this talkabout Zorcrom has with Harley was a lot of fun. The art was vibrant and the pages of dialogue Harley has to distract Zorc more

Harley Quinn #15

By: Amanda Conner, Khari Evans
Released: Mar 1, 2017

"Red Meat" part two! Harley's managed to carve out a kind of peace with New York's corrupt mayor... but once she gets wind of his plans for the city's homeless population, the deal is most definitely off!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Elektra #1 Feb 28, 2017
7.5

The implication and anticipation of where Elektra could go was better than this average superheroine premiere. This would have been better as a TV series episode -but then again, maybe not the premiere.

Elektra #1

By: Matt Owens, Juan Cabal
Released: Feb 22, 2017

CASINO BATTLE ROYALE!
Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life...especially when there's a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his n...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Future Quest #10 Feb 27, 2017
7.5

A break in the battle gives many pages of prep and planning but also a lull to allow all the players to go through the motions of getting in their own momentary dialogue balloon. Mightor and Gleep got good facetime and it was good to see SG recovered.

Future Quest #10

By: Jeff Parker, Ron Randall
Released: Feb 22, 2017

Not since the time of Mightor has planet Earth seen titans battle like this! The towering mechanical might of Frankenstein Jr. hurls megavoltage at the largest creature ever to stride the planet's surface! Race Bannon fights with power no Terran has ever possessed! The Herculoids arrive from the far reaches of time and space to join the fray! And t...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #12 Feb 26, 2017
7.5

Big stuff with Waller. Stronger art effort like old days of JRJr. Decent clash of teams.

Suicide Squad #12

By: Rob Williams, Eddy Barrows
Released: Feb 22, 2017

"BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE" part two! Determined to unmake all the world's institutions of governance and control, [REDACTED] orchestrates a series of prison breakouts across the DC Universe, forcing Harley Quinn, Deadshot and the rest of the Suicide Squad into their most dangerous mission yet: keeping their former super-villain comrades in jail.
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Rick Jonez reviewed Occupy Avengers #4 Feb 24, 2017
7.0

Fury and his LMD Commandos ended up not much more than a flash in the pan. Tilda put the con in convincing readers of her reform. Red Wolf was a dud this time. Nighthawk stole the spotlight from Hawkeye - and walks away?

Occupy Avengers #4

By: David Walker, Carlos Pacheco
Released: Feb 22, 2017

• Wait a minute... Isn't Nick Fury dead? The original Nick Fury, leader of the Howling Commandos. He's dead. Right? Because someone that looks a whole lot like him is out to kill Clint and his renegade team of Occupy Avengers.
•  Plus: Has Red Wolf found love?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #24 Feb 23, 2017
7.0

Nothing really new from CC #5 other than 20 pages of Miles and Ben and Ock getting away after sharing a few punches.

Amazing Spider-Man #24

By: Dan Slott, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Feb 22, 2017

A CLONE CONSPIRACY TIE-IN!
•  Spider-Man has been through hell...
•  The Jackal has taken his best shot, but Spider-Man doesn't need to face him alone.
•  Discover who is joining Spider-Man in his battle!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Champions #1.MU Feb 23, 2017
6.5

I am not getting this new team at all. Not a truly good issue yet. Script and images, here, didn't wow me from Nova having to uber the team from the East Coast to the Freelancers intro/origin basically cut short by the story suddenly ending.

Champions #1.MU

By: Jeremy Whitley, Ted Brandt
Released: Feb 22, 2017

A MONSTERS UNLEASHED TIE-IN!
•  An endangered habitat! A peaceful protest! And a team of freelance troubleshooters determined to end the work-stoppage at any cost!  
•  Sounds like a job for the Champions, right? Only, nobody mentioned anything about GIANT MONSTERS FALLING FROM THE SKY!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Rocket Raccoon #3 Feb 23, 2017
7.5

Nothing other than a banter filled cat and mouse chase - where Kraven and Rocket take turns being the cat. The art style was too messy to tell this kind of story - it should be more goofy than gritty pencils given the over the top Lonney Tunes violence. Rocket got in got in a few decent lines and Kraven accurately critiqued the "Murdered You!" catch phrase. It was good to see the Kra-Van reused. T more

Rocket Raccoon #3

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Jorge Coehlo
Released: Feb 22, 2017

GROUNDED!
•  You know what raccoons are good for? Hunting!
•  You know who's good at hunting? Kraven the Hunter!
•  You know who thinks those last two points are false? Rocket!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Woman #16 Feb 23, 2017
9.0

Loved this issue. Jess' superheroics made it cheerworthy. Porcupine and Hobgoblin and Captain Marvel made it entertaining.

Spider-Woman #16

By: Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish
Released: Feb 22, 2017

"SCARE TACTICS" PART 4!
•  SPIDER-WOMAN VS. HOBGOBLIN!
•  FINAL ROUND, WINNER TAKE ALL!
Rated T+

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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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