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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #21 Apr 24, 2017
7.5

I felt opposite to Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 19, 2017 - and DID get to the end of Batman #21 frustrated or feeling incomplete. First of all, besides, the logic of the foot stab, the Batman stalemate with Reverse Flash was very unconvincing as presented. Also, this was all tease for Rebirth revamping with no proper footnoting or prepping readers for a cosmic level story which is extremely atypi more

Batman #21

By: Tom King, Jason Fabok
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"THE BUTTON" part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of th...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wild Storm #3 Apr 24, 2017
7.5

It was okay. Clearly better as a long term endgame reading. And not knowing the previous incarnations would leave newer readers appreciate it less unto itself. Not really a fan of Spica yet but the rescue adventure aspect and action art was the sell.

Wild Storm #3

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Apr 19, 2017

Angela Spica is wounded, alone and hiding from black-ops killers sent by her own benefactor, the man she thought responsible for her well-being-the mastermind behind an assassination attempt the Engineer just foiled. But, unknown to her, she might yet have a chance to survive this terrible day. The Grifter has a plan.
A storm is building. And ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Trinity #8 Apr 24, 2017
7.0

This was just plain average. The timeframe flipping was annoying. Bats and Wondy are so inconsequential in this one.

Trinity #8

By: Cullen Bunn, Emanuela Lupacchino
Released: Apr 19, 2017

A "Superman: Reborn Aftermath" tie-in! In this essential chapter of the "Superman Reborn Aftermath" epic, Kal-El reveals to Batman and Wonder Woman what had happened to him-and how they all may be in danger!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Aquaman #21 Apr 23, 2017
7.5

More than decent issue. Was thinking of dropping after last one.

Aquaman #21

By: Dan Abnett, Philippe Briones
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"H2.0" part three! Aquaman and Mera learn that the "strange water" they've been sent to investigate is in fact a gateway to an alien world that's the source of Arthur's recent troubles! And tensions flare between Aquaman and his less-than-heroic teammates over whether to make contact with this new world or destroy it!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #19 Apr 22, 2017
8.5

I enjoyed the ending. The strong Doc/Wong bond was heartfelt (even if Doc doesn't know what Wong has for breakfast). The colouring was questionable again. The goto puke jokes are getting kinda tired too. And the final fate of Mr.Misery was too confusing - did Doc absorb him for keeps or vomit him down the loo into the rate infested sewer?

Doctor Strange #19

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Apr 19, 2017

• Mister Misery has kidnapped Wong and is using everything Strange's friend and companion knows about the Sorcerer Supreme.
•  A compromised Strange must find a way to defeat the sadistic entity without killing Wong!
Rated T+

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8.0

Really good on many levels. Needs some refining. Lots more promise if Midnight Angels don't get caught up in the timeline and have some kind of makeover. Maybe the three would work well togetheras part of a team with Manifold - instead of The Crew that can't possibly really have any impact on Ro or Cage or probably even Misty.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #6

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Joe Bennett
Released: Apr 19, 2017

DEATH OF A WHITE TIGER!
•  When a down-on-his-luck New York City narcotics officer was suspended from the force, he adopted the vestments of the Black Panther to do the right thing by his neighborhood and his burgeoning family. Mentored by both T'Challa and Erik Killmonger, he became something more than the sum of his parts. That...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #6 Apr 21, 2017
7.5

Pretty average set up. I'm interested in a return to status quo with Brock so that added points. Spider-man was drawn awfully but the rest was okay. And the tease for next month anniversary looks awesome.

Venom #6

By: Mike Costa, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Apr 19, 2017

'NUFF SAID!
Rated T+

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MKW69 - Apr 22, 2017

No. It doesn't look awesome. It looks horrible. Eddie Brock has changed since 2004. He would rather destroy the symbiote, than to go anywhere near it. And Venom itself, goes into rage without a real reason! SCREW MAKE MINE MARVEL IF ITS A PRELUDE TO IT!!!!

8.0

This arc was so much better than the previous basketball one. This was a heartfelt conclusion. There was a STRONG Hulk showing and thought provoking presentation of the gray area around the fair sentence that Phalkan got and justice he deserved. But there were some science and AFSS quibbles.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #18

By: Greg Pak, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN" CONTINUES!
•  When a new alien race comes to Earth...
•  ...HULK, MS. MARVEL, SILK, SHANG-CHI and JIMMY WOO are her last defenders...
•  Plus: A hostile takeover of THE OLYMPUS GROUP!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed U.S.Avengers #5 Apr 19, 2017
8.5

This was real good. All the (many) flaws intrinsic to the Secret Empire Event get assumed by the story and are the only thing that affect the rating.

U.S.Avengers #5

By: Al Ewing, Paco Diaz
Released: Apr 19, 2017

• The time for goofy solicits is over. A.I.M. is getting serious - and Steve Rogers is here to make sure of it.
•  But where does this leave Roberto Da Costa?
•  Meanwhile, Sam Guthrie is a man of two worlds. Which will he choose?
Rated T+

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7.0

It felt like pretty standard resolution. Decent enough hand to hand dialogues but nothing really wow-worthy. Dreamslayer offers possibilities.

Justice League of America #4

By: Steve Orlando, Ivan Reis
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"THE EXTREMIST AGENDA" finale! The new JLA's first adventure comes to a (multiple-)earth-shattering conclusion as Batman and his team takes the fight directly to Lord Havok.
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 Apr 17, 2017
7.5

First of all, it would be great to see The Creeper join the team. And this issue had generous and even character presentation on the trio. However, the 3 part set up was just good - mostly for the surprise appearances of "Robin" and "Akila" - but overall it just felt average.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #9

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"Who is Artemis?" part one! When Artemis discovers that the Bow of Ra has been used to destroy an entire city, Red Hood and the Outlaws race to Qurac to discover the identity of this barbaric bowman-and who they find is too shocking to believe!
RATED T+

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Superior fan - Apr 20, 2017

The problem is that right now this is a 'dark sheep' trinity. Creeper might not fit that.

Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #26 Apr 16, 2017
8.0

It's a holiday today and I 'll be generous but there were a lot of organic logic flaws that had to be No-Prized while reading and really better be explained properly in-story ASAP. That being said, this had some fun moments, exciting pacing, and character advancements.

Amazing Spider-Man #26

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"THE OSBORN IDENTITY" CONTINUES!
•  Silver Sable comes back into Spider-Man's life - but isn't she DEAD?!
•  Norman Osborn has worked his way into a position of power in Symkaria, and any incursion by Spider-Man will be seen as an act of war.
•  Will Spider-Man risk international infamy to ta...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #21 Apr 14, 2017
6.0

Boring. I was there for the original tales so this detached retrospective in the form of a time travel travelogue of Logan's canon was nothing special.

Old Man Logan #21

By: Jeff Lemire, Eric Nguyen
Released: Apr 12, 2017

THE EPIC "PAST LIVES" SAGA BEGINS HERE!
•  AN INSTANT CLASSIC FOR THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES! Follow LOGAN through the ages - in the 1800s as a young mutant, to his first encounter with the HULK, to his stint with the X-MEN as WOLVERINE - it's all here!
•  OLD MAN LOGAN is accidentally sent spiraling thro...

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Superior fan - Apr 20, 2017

The art hurts it too. I feel let down that this swan song is getting the scrub treatment.

Rick Jonez reviewed Wonder Woman #20 Apr 12, 2017
7.5

I would probably give this as high as 8.5 but this back and forth rotating issue storylines continues to be disgusting and insulting practice and it must be protested some way.

Wonder Woman #20

By: Greg Rucka, Bilquis Evely
Released: Apr 12, 2017

"Godwatch" part three! Cale launches a desperate gambit to take control of Godwatch, but her plan hinges on two factors she cannot control: the witch Circe, and Wonder Woman!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #16 Apr 11, 2017
6.5

I'll agree with Superior fan & Elion here. Dracula in heart shaped underpants - hardly worth getting into it on a blasé day like today.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #16

By: Joshua Corin, Scott Koblish
Released: Apr 5, 2017

'TIL DEATH DO US... Part 4 (of 6)
•  Spidey and Deadpool look for help in the least likely of places.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed America #2 Apr 10, 2017
4.0

i am disapointed with how they are writting her in this run, too. The archived 4chan review thread hits all my problems with this installment.

America #2

By: Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones
Released: Apr 5, 2017

OKAY, LADIES, NOW LET'S GET IN FORMATION!!
•  America Chavez's first semester of college is off to an epic start. That's right...homework on the first day! The assignment? A field trip to the frontlines of World War II!
•  Most freshman would be intimidated - but most freshman aren't dimension-hoping heroes with Captain America as t...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nova #5 Apr 9, 2017
7.0

7.25 rounded down. Nice family stress resolution but not much meat to the book save the last page.

Nova #5

By: Jeff Loveness, Ramon K. Perez
Released: Apr 5, 2017

• As more about Richard's time in the Cancerverse comes to the surface, so does whatever darkness is inside him that he's been hiding from his fellow Nova, Sam Alexander.
•  And whatever it is, it's getting hungrier.
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #20 Apr 9, 2017
7.5

8 pages with flashback reprinted panels and 2 pages of hallucination sequence leaves only 1/2 book to rate. Lame Get beaten 'til an inch of your life gameplan and a dreary color scheme, too, and still it scores 7.25 rounded up which is a compliment.

Batman #20

By: Tom King, David Finch
Released: Apr 5, 2017

"I am Bane" finale! In this epic climax, there is no going back. No more tricks, no more allies. Just Batman. And Bane. When the final blood spills...nothing will ever be the same for the Dark Knight.  
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed All-New Wolverine #19 Apr 8, 2017
7.0

Too many nitpicks to list. You'd think human-trafficking and alien-contagion crises and a bunch of guest star heroes would have been more compelling.

All-New Wolverine #19

By: Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk
Released: Apr 5, 2017

ALL-NEW STORY STARTS HERE! "IMMUNE"!
•  FROM THE STARS COMES DEATH! An alien ship! A dying passenger!
•  Two words uttered that will forever change WOLVERINE's life - starting a non-stop race against a deadly transformative disease, a battle in a quarantined city and a mysterious villain with a target on her ...

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7.0

Her biological "starstuff" origins exposition came across as "janky". Plus any clarity why this shapeshifter mystery mission should be compelling still eludes me. On the plus side, pleasant art, TAI cameo, Puck and "Squatch" get facetime.

The Mighty Captain Marvel #3

By: Margaret Stohl, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Mar 29, 2017

• An elusive enemy gets closer to destroying everything Carol and her Alpha Flight have sworn to protect.
•  But is the threat hidden amongst them?
•  Time for the mightiest hero there is to become the fightiest hero there is.
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Woman #17 Apr 3, 2017
8.5

Really enjoyed the read. Hilarious Spider-Gerry reveal and hijinks. Sorry the book ends.

Spider-Woman #17

By: Dennis Hopeless, Veronica Fish
Released: Mar 29, 2017

• Spider-Woman's tangled with Tiger Shark, Blizzard and a whole host of super villains in her time, but nothing has prepared her to take on a Goblin.
•  Jessica's about to put it all on the line like she never has before.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Star-Lord #5 Apr 3, 2017
8.5

Didn't like: 1. BC getting away (but maybe that was the point with her luck power showing); 2. 2. Logan getting called in for stabbing threw guys; 3. Melter melting THAT crowbar; Silver Bandit and Javelyn were still at the top of their game despite age and retirement. Otherwise, I really liked the entertainment value and look forward to see how it ends.

Star-Lord #5

By: Chip Zdarsky, Kris Anka
Released: Mar 29, 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 Infamous Iron Man #6 Apr 1, 2017
7.0

For such praise from the Critic Reviewers their ratings didn't reflect that and rightfully so. Ironman-Doom's story path of redemption has been... unconvincing and the inconsistent pacing has been unpalatable. Still, this chapter was better than earlier ones and better than some of Marvel's big releases this week.

Infamous Iron Man #6

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Mar 29, 2017

• Doom comes face-to-face with two of his most mortal enemies. Faces he never thought he would ever see again. This is a big turning point issue for Infamous Iron Man.
•  His reputation is on the line. Can Victor keep on the redemptive path even in the face of total adversity?
•  Will he even want t...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #14 Mar 28, 2017
8.5

The art and cover choice dropped just SOMEWHAT compared to last ish and Boomer's involvement with Hack's murder got a bit muddled. HOWEVER, the compelling story and twists more than made up for it to keep the same rating! Now, I CANNOT wait 'til next issue!!!!!

Suicide Squad #14

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

"BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE" part four! Consumed by rage following the brutal murder of one of her Suicide Squad comrades, Harley Quinn goes AWOL on a one-(psychotic-)woman mission of vengeance against Rustam and his unstoppable new ally, the most dangerous foe Harley has ever faced: Deadshot.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Iron Fist #1 Mar 28, 2017
7.5

Slooow start. Low key. Depressing protagonist. Contrived chronology! >:( If not for the good art and the fact that I am very familiar with the character already it definitely would have got a much lower rating.

Iron Fist #1

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Perkins
Released: Mar 22, 2017

THE GAUNTLET STARTS HERE!
K'un Lun is in ruins. The chi fueling Danny's fists is wavering. Is there a future for the Iron Fist? Danny Rand pushes himself to the breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #953 Mar 27, 2017
8.5

Interesting to see how the batbrood will fly again. Impressive takeover by Shiva. Multiple ynamic "duo" spotlights. Welcome last page surprise.

Detective Comics #953

By: James Tynion IV, Christian Duce
Released: Mar 22, 2017

"League Of Shadows" part four! Help arrives from a surprising - and unwanted - source... one of Batman's greatest foes!

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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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