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Rick Jonez reviewed Luke Cage #2 Jun 26, 2017
8.0

A good read. Interesting twist development on the forgotten character of Warhawk.

Luke Cage #2

By: David Walker, Nelson Blake
Released: Jun 21, 2017

A BROKEN CAGE!
•  There's a war brewing in New Orleans...and Luke is right in the middle of it!
•  Luke recovers from a brutal attack with the help of a VERY unsuspected ally!
•  Luke Cage will put body and soul on the line to learn the truth about Dr. Burstein. He might live to regret that. MIGHT.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Man-Thing #5 Jun 25, 2017
6.0

Marvel's endless disregard for a classic MU horror character since, at least as far back as, him joining the Thunderbolts continues and is glaring in this allowed canon interpretation and highly disagreeable ending on World of the Man-Things. Blecch.

Man-Thing #5

By: R. L. Stine, German Peralta
Released: Jun 21, 2017

THE FINAL INSTALLMENT!!
•  As QUEEN IRENA continues to torture MAN-THING, chaos reigns supreme throughout all known realities.
•  Man-Thing is going to have to pull it together in order to save the NEXUS OF ALL REALITIES! Will he become the hero we all know he can be? Or is he really the monster we all see him as?
•  This en...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nick Fury #3 Jun 24, 2017
7.0

Psychedelic Noir. The story was bo-OH-ring. The art was fair tribute to Steranko stylings of Classic Fury. Rating is generous.

Nick Fury #3

By: James Robinson, Aco
Released: Jun 21, 2017

NICK FURY'S NEXT MISSION GOES OFF THE RAILS!
•  The mission is simple enough: prevent an assassination on the maiden voyage of a new international train line.
•  But when another player enters the fray, it's a thin line between friend and foe!
•  Can NICK FURY solve the mystery and prevent the killing before his enemies punc...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #22 Jun 24, 2017
8.0

Fun cover. Likable inside art. Hilarious opening dream sequence. Sexy Jean Raymond intro. Spot on Spoonsdale. Meet the parents - with details. Goatboy facetime. Reunite with Sinn and Macabres. Harely fights in a towel. Cliffhanger teaser. Dini backup for nostalgia buffs. All makes for a solid installment.

Harley Quinn #22

By: Amanda Conner, John Timms
Released: Jun 21, 2017

"Red Roses" part two! Poison Ivy's back in town, and she'd like to patch up the friendship with Harley that she damaged in the Bahamas...but sadly for poor Mr. Tool, Ivy's got some strong opinions on his courtship of Harley! And in "Harley Loves Joker" part six, Harley's sure she's got a foolproof plan to get back in Mistah J's good graces, but whe...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #19 Jun 17, 2017
8.5

I agree with Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway's blurb. Boomerang got particularly fun lines.

Suicide Squad #19

By: Rob Williams, Sandu Florea
Released: Jun 14, 2017

"EARTHLINGS ON FIRE" finale! The saga of the Black Vault comes to an appropriately insane finale when General Zod breaks free of Amanda Waller's control, lays waste to the Suicide Squad and prepares to welcome an army of Kryptonian conquerors from the twisted realm within the Black Vault. But help arrives from the least likely allies: the Eradicato...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #17 Jun 15, 2017
9.0

Last issue was overwhelmingly dull and dry. Probably intentionally so but it still made consider dropping an otherwise consistently fun title. This issue was a 180 degree turn. This metatextual journey, with fine clean artwork, literally through a comic book was - brilliant! Worthy of comparison to Animal Man #25 finale which was just as brilliant if memory serves.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #17

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Jun 14, 2017

"BEYOND THE FOURTH WALL" continues!
•  Gwen is back in her "home universe," but she is far from happy.
•  Will she be able to get back to the Marvel Universe?
•  And at what cost?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #28 Jun 10, 2017
8.5

I thought this was a very enjoyable way to wrap things up. Okay, Aunt May's presence felt too contrived but other than that it deserves a good rating.

Amazing Spider-Man #28

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Jun 7, 2017

OSBORN VS. SPIDER-MAN! NO HOLDS BARRED!
•  The outcome of this battle will change both of these men.
•  And that's nothing to say of Osborn's master plan that Spider-Man is powerless to save! ONLY SILVER SABLE AND MOCKINGBIRD STAND A CHANCE!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Jessica Jones #9 Jun 10, 2017
8.5

Lots of fun scenes and making up to offset the painfully slow series pace.

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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7.5

Too many problematic elements disrupting the logic of the rest of the MU titles in general. Otherwise a strong installment storywise while equally(and ongoing) and uninspiring(and bothersome) Capverse-wise.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #17

By: Nick Spencer, Andres Guinaldo
Released: May 24, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
IN CAP WE TRUST!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Moon Knight #14 May 31, 2017
7.5

It was the enjoyable art continued to keep me on board. The nothing changed "safe" conclusion, of merely memories mashed misadventures, felt like a cop out after 14 issues of build and bucks.

Moon Knight #14

By: Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood
Released: May 31, 2017

WHAT A LONG, STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN...
•  Marc's past, present and future collide!
•  An epic throwdown between MARC SPECTOR and KHONSHU!
•  Who will survive, and what will be left of them?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #957 May 29, 2017
8.0

I'm being generous. It was a good Spoiler comic and interesting trope villain for the sake of trope. But there was no Batman and so it was no Detective Comic to be rated comparatively to other issues.

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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Rick Jonez reviewed Elektra #4 May 27, 2017
6.5

Going to agree with AiPT! - Eric Cline comment blurb. On the plus side, maybe this could be develop into a believable turning point for more satisfying criminal career for Joystick.

Elektra #4

By: Matt Owens, Juan Cabal
Released: May 24, 2017

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
•  ELEKTRA is pulled deeper into ARCADE's brutal new MURDERWORLD, combating new high-tech threats - all while she plans her escape...
•  ...and Arcade is going to need all the help he can get when that happens...
•  ...and as the clues come together, Elektra realizes that...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mosaic #8 May 27, 2017
8.0

I basically liked it.

Mosaic #8

By: Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph
Released: May 24, 2017

• Mosaic must choose... Does he fight for himself? Or does he become a hero?
•  The Brand Corporation has made its move - now what will Mosaic do?
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #150 May 26, 2017
7.5

A really good issue and renewed direction. A vast improvement from 1-6. The art was alright. The ending was a shock (and somewhat senseless). Hardly a 'Spectacular' issue, though. The 2 backups were wasteful save for the updating of Mania a bit.

Venom #150

By: Mike Costa, Ron Lim
Released: May 24, 2017

REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!
Or, feels so bad? However it feels, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote have been reunited, and they're web-slinging their way around New York again. Featuring a host (hah!) of Venom creators from the character's near 30-year history, this  monstrous anniversary spectacular welcomes guest artist TRADD MOORE for...

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Rick Jonez reviewed I Am Groot #1 May 25, 2017
6.5

I agree with Graphic Policy - Brett saying: "doesn't break ground instead delivering a (too) familiar story with a character I'm already worn out by. It's cute though and definitely a comic geared towards Groot fans or the younger set getting into comics. It's one that might work as a digest or graphic novel"

I Am Groot #1

By: Christopher Hastings, Flaviano
Released: May 24, 2017

GROOT IN HIS OWN SERIES, SMALLER AND BETTER THAN EVER!
When the Guardians of the Galaxy get caught in a wormhole, a smaller-than-normal Groot is separated billions of light-years away from the team. Falling to a planet below, Groot discovers he is on an entirely alien and unknown world full of strange creatures and societies. Seriously underde...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Jean Grey #2 May 25, 2017
7.0

Crazy and convoluted elements galore. Disagreeable handling of the players.

Jean Grey #2

By: Dennis Hopeless, Victor Ibanez
Released: May 24, 2017

When a teenage JEAN GREY traveled through time and arrived in the present, she learned the terrible fate that befell her predecessor: Possessed by a cosmic entity called the Phoenix, Jean was trapped in an endless cycle of life and death. Determined to escape that future, Jean set out to write her own destiny. But now, she's visited by a premonitio...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Infamous Iron Man #8 May 24, 2017
7.5

More or less two 10page stories of talking heads - engaging in part but given this run is feels so slow already this issue was trying in that vein. And Tony turning to magic makes me groan without convincing explanation.

Infamous Iron Man #8

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: May 24, 2017

• The Maker unleashes his grand design, a plan as demented and over-arching as anything Doctor Doom has ever attempted! •  And now, Doom is all that stands in his way! But Doom always loses to Reed Richards, right? So what are the chances that he can pull off a victory this time?
Rated T+

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supercoolyeah - May 28, 2017

lolol no he didn't and I agree with you too much yackity yack and not enough kaboom!!!

SlyCooper2445 - May 28, 2017

I read it, the reveal was cool to me.

Rick Jonez reviewed Luke Cage #1 May 22, 2017
8.0

The funeral, the Morgan estate, and the car ride were slow parts but the rest of it was quite interesting and it's good to see a Cage title that I find entertaining again that earns it a strong rating mark.

Luke Cage #1

By: David Walker, Nelson Blake
Released: May 17, 2017

CAGED VENGEANCE!
Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead. When Luke goes down to New Orleans for the funeral, he finds The Big Easy to be pretty &$#% difficult. Mysterious billionaires, a woman with a secret, amped-up gangs and a shadowy figure all lead Luke to the conclusion that there's mor...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Teen Titans #8 May 21, 2017
8.5

Nice art, balanced spotlights on large cast, intriguing setup for Rebirth changes to come. I'm a little lost having not read a TT ish since the premiere so some of the story presumptions is some failing on me.

Teen Titans #8

By: Ben Percy, Khoi Pham
Released: May 17, 2017

"THE LAZARUS CONTRACT" part two! The Teen Titans collide with the Titans after both groups are targeted by the World's Deadliest Assassin-Deathstroke! But when Robin interrogates Nightwing about his history with Deathstroke, dark secrets are revealed and alliances are broken!
RATED T
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Rick Jonez reviewed Future Quest #12 May 21, 2017
8.5

I agree with GWW - Deron Generally's feel for it. Frankenstien Jr. thankfully stepped up too.

Future Quest #12

By: Jeff Parker, Evan
Released: May 10, 2017

The most daring heroes and greatest minds of Earth and a distant solar system make their last stand against the World Ender. How can we survive when other more advanced worlds have fallen? Get ready for the cosmic finale that shapes the Hanna-Barbera action adventure universe forever!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #23 May 19, 2017
9.0

A one-and-done tale is refreshing! The art was wonderful. It was a thought provoking effort to interpret this Worldview of The Green through Alec. Shades of an A.I. Worldview through Marvel's The Vision but that was 12 issues of mindframe growth and this was noticably squeezed -a bit... inadequately(?)- into 1. In the end how is Swampy's showing any different from a supervillain Batman would fore more

Batman #23

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: May 17, 2017

In a new story The Brave and the Mold! Swamp Thing comes to Gotham City featuring new art and cover by Mitch Gerads.  
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed America #3 May 17, 2017
4.0

Triseult makes some good negative points.

America #3

By: Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones
Released: May 10, 2017

WELCOME TO THE X-MEN, AMERICA - HOPE YOU SURVIVE THE EXPERIENCE!
•  The fate of Lisa Halloran lies in the hands of America Chavez super fans! And they don't take kindly to rejection...
•  America will have to punch her way in to save her girlfriend, but when a jump goes wrong, she ends up stuck in the past! Can that era's Storm and ...

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8.0

I'm surprised by the low average score. Sure, the economic crisis was not interesting so the villain's connection to it was underwhelming but otherwise it was a run, exciting an visually decent mission conclusion. The Atom/Lobo dynamic is impressing me and the Frost cliffhanger is a curious enough too.

Justice League of America #6

By: Steve Orlando, Andy MacDonald
Released: May 10, 2017

"MYTHIC" part two! Aegeus's mythic horde continues to steamroll over the battered landscape of Penn City, and the only thing standing in their path is...the Atom?? Also: Lobo is laid out, his healing factor neutralized, and the only thing that could possibly save him requires a level of violence that we may not be allowed to print!
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #956 May 14, 2017
7.0

Bats and Orph can't beat Shiva. The bad guy Ra's kills her and gets his way. Batwoman fails and Clayface 'runs away'. Wing and Az are BOTH assigned to bomb detail they can't and don't handle afterall. Not very inspiring for a finale which outweighs the positives that may or may not have been there - like the exciting panel layouts.

Detective Comics #956

By: James Tynion IV, Marcio Takara
Released: May 10, 2017

"League Of Shadows" finale! It's all out war against the single most ruthless villain Batman's ever faced: Lady Shiva and her army of nihilistic killers! But at least one member of the team might wind up swallowed whole by the darkness of the League...
RATED T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Kingpin #4 May 13, 2017
8.0

The only concerns are: 1. that he is barely rebuilding at this point but other titles present him as an equal rival to Black Cat if not more powerful already. And 2: he is clearly being remade to match his Netflix counterpart which -in principal- is sad that film continues to dictate what has to be in the books instead of the other way around.

Kingpin #4

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Miguel Sepulveda
Released: May 10, 2017

FISK TAKES CONTROL OF THE NARRATIVE!
•  WILSON FISK's biographer SARAH DEWEY is in over her head...
•  ...and a gang war is about to erupt in the streets!
•  But is Fisk really pulling the strings, or is the KINGPIN as clean as he claims?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #15 May 12, 2017
7.0

This title is slipping. It's a shame this ish was just plain - and this ish had 2 potentially interesting guest stars that didn't really deliver. Kate rationalizing herself into killing dwarves is so wrong. And the cliffhanger was the same as last time only with new fam member. The only thing that made this issue notable was the significant and interesting change to Cecil (that the title character more

Unbelievable Gwenpool #15

By: Christopher Hastings, Myisha Haynes
Released: May 10, 2017

• Part 2 of Gwen's L.A. adventure is here!
•  As it turns out, Gwen & Kate Bishop (the REAL Hawkeye) make a pretty great team!
•  The mission to save Cecil (who is currently trapped in a crystal locked in Ghost Rider's car) continues!
Rated T+

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supercoolyeah - May 15, 2017

Yeah what was up with that ish!

Rick Jonez reviewed Weapon X #3 May 12, 2017
7.0

Not bad but not special. More exciting to read INTO it, what COULD happen. Clean art is a plus adding Dom to the mix make it more than an average buddy cops-esque TV ep. Nice cover.

Weapon X #3

By: Greg Pak, Greg Land
Released: May 10, 2017

ENTER: DOMINO!
•  The mysterious director of the Weapon X Program has chosen it's next target: the Soldier of Good Fortunes known as Domino.
•  If Old Man Logan and Sabretooth barely survived attacks by Weapon X's new monsters, how will Domino fare -  
without the help of an enhanced healing factor or Adamantium skeleton? Sh...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Silver Surfer #11 May 10, 2017
8.0

Fun challenge-best-avoided issue. Art better than usual. Effectively cliffhanger teaser.

Silver Surfer #11

By: Dan Slott, Mike Allred
Released: May 10, 2017

• He used to be Warrior One, the ultimate soldier. Then he lost a fight with the Silver Surfer and was stripped of his rank. Now he's upped his game and is back for vengeance as WARRIOR ZERO!
•  It's a cosmic throwdown for the ages! And when it's over...Silver Surfer and Dawn's lives will never be the same again. Not an idle boast or bom...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Uncanny Avengers #23 May 10, 2017
8.5

They crossed T's and dotted I's in regards to Cable, Wondy, and the team status all in prep fo Secret Empire - and did it with fine artistic efforts. And left the door open for readers to respond to hints of a Rogue/Deadpool thang as a possibility.

Uncanny Avengers #23

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: May 10, 2017

• After battling Ultron, the undead Hulk and Red Skull, the team desperately needs a rest, but they won't get it because WONDER MAN is back!
•  Guest starring several big brains from both the Avengers and the X-Men.
•  Plus, Synapse tries to help a badly wounded teammate by entering their mind.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nova #6 May 7, 2017
7.5

A solid chapter. Things look dire for Rider.

Nova #6

By: Jeff Loveness, Scott Hepburn
Released: May 3, 2017

SECRETS REVEALED!
•  How is Richard Rider back from the Cancerverse?!
•  What happened to him while he was there?!
•  Will Sam Alexander be able to save Rich from the monster inside himself?!
Rated T

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