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Rick Jonez reviewed Aquaman #27 Aug 19, 2017
7.0

The logic of the Widowhood wanting Mera as Queen escapes me but exposition may lend more weight to that last page reveal. Similarly, the numbers supporting Rath as King are not convincing. I lost touch with this title as the politico angle had gotten ..err.. dry but Dolphin on the cover drew me back to retry it. She was underwhelming unfortunately.

Aquaman #27

By: Dan Abnett, Stjepan Sejic
Released: Aug 16, 2017

"UNDERWORLD" part three! Aquaman lives! Threatened by the return of Atlantis' natural-born ruler, King Rath accelerates his plan to scrub the sunken city of all its ancient magical treasures-but why is he stockpiling magic? Whatever the reason, Rath will need all the firepower he can get when Mera breaks through the barrier surrounding the city!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #29 Aug 19, 2017
8.5

What bumps up the rating more is how markedly improved it read finally after a very wanting run of issues. Plus, it's interesting to see the Rebirt status of Parallax and neat to see Sinestro be involved in this sitch and title.

Superman #29

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Aug 16, 2017

This issue now features "FEAR ITSELF" part one! The writing team of Tomasi and Gleason are joined by co-writer Keith Champagne in a story that returns to their Green Lantern roots and asks the question "What scares Superman?"

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Rick Jonez reviewed Invincible Iron Man #10 Aug 18, 2017
7.0

Better than this week's Guardians of the Galaxy storytelling not as engaging as that actual story. So, I gotta score them the same.

Invincible Iron Man #10

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Aug 16, 2017

• Riri comes face-to-face with the biggest threat she will ever encounter - a headstrong Tony Stark A.I. that's decided it knows what's best for the world! What is Tony Stark like without a human form? Pretty awful, it turns out.
Rated T+

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7.0

Oh wow, this book'll be cancelled with this quality of tale. Sure, the comraderie of the team was the crux of the story and they got their happy ending -- but the pace and presentation of story details, and lack thereof, was so frustratingly lacking. The whole Infinity Stone Quest was interrupted again and the exposition of Groot's subplot was unclear.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #8

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Aug 16, 2017

• Place your bets as Star-Lord takes on Talonar of the Raptors over a long-lost cosmic artifact!
•  Plus: One of the Guardians is knocking at death's door...but which?
•  Your all-new guide to Marvel's Galactic Realm continues its adventure through the cosmos!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wonder Woman #28 Aug 16, 2017
7.5

Not bad. Standard stuff but nothing special but it does deliver some feelgood moments.

Wonder Woman #28

By: Shea Fontana, David Messina
Released: Aug 16, 2017

"HEART OF THE AMAZON" part three! With the immediate threat subdued, Diana thought she could take time to help Etta Candy recover from her wounds...but will her presence put Etta in even more danger?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #23 Aug 13, 2017
7.5

The art could've used a bit of finesse but otherwise a strong installment with reason to get the next issue. JLA vs SS was generally evenly matched but here Batman handles them himself?! To be fair it made some sense since Bats had prep time which is his bread and butter. Big Katana character moment. Also, Harley is moving more to intense rather than in stiches. The rest of the Squad was not much more

Suicide Squad #23

By: Rob Williams, Agustin Padilla
Released: Aug 9, 2017

"KILL YOUR DARLINGS" part three! Amanda Waller's gone off the reservation! She's ordered Task Force X to go full-on super-villain and take down the Justice League! No, not that one - they tried that before! This time she wants Batman's new Justice League of America driven before her - dead or alive - and the Suicide Squad is happy to oblige.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Rocket #4 Aug 11, 2017
6.5

This raccoon is a Guardian of the Galaxy? Didn't care for it and DP in space detracted from it.

Rocket #4

By: Al Ewing, Adam Gorham
Released: Aug 9, 2017

• On the lam and in the gutter, Rocket needs cash - lots of it, and yesterday.
•  That means tommy guns at dawn - as Rocket steals from an interplanetary mobster who makes the Kingpin look like Aunt May!
•  Guest-starring Deadpool, the sad clown of space! Nyah, buy it, see?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hulk #9 Aug 10, 2017
6.0

This run is SO boring. This dark new status of Jen could be done WAY more interesting and fun. The return of Brad and Hellcat bumped up the score a smidge.

Hulk #9

By: Mariko Tamaki, Julian Lopez
Released: Aug 9, 2017

VALLEY OF THE HULKS!
•  When a drug hits the street that publicly transforms a man into a Hulk-like monster, JENNIFER WALTERS steps in to investigate!
•  Will Jennifer find an antidote to the transformation, or will the drug - and its horrific effects - continue to spread?
•  Guest-starring PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT!
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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #153 Aug 10, 2017
7.5

Pretty much agree with IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 9, 2017. The stability serum offers interesting possibilities and hopefully Liz stays on as recurring supporting cast along with the serum maker, whatshisname.

Venom #153

By: Mike Costa, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Aug 9, 2017

"THE LAND BEFORE CRIME" CONCLUDES!
•  Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote are having a tough time sticking together, biologically speaking. Fortunately, the fine folks at ALCHEMAX are working on a cure!
•  Eddie just has to find and stop Stegron the Dinosaur Man from turning New York into a raging army of dinosaurs for them!
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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #27 Aug 10, 2017
8.0

Such a bloody mess -literally and figuratively- to get here but as for this chapter is was alright.

Old Man Logan #27

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato
Released: Aug 9, 2017

LOGAN VS. THE HULK GANG!
•  It's Old Man LOGAN, face-to-face with the HULK GANG!
•  But they're not the only familiar faces from Logan's past (future?) to appear...
•  Brute force isn't the only weapon to worry about...with MAESTRO applying his intellect to the next devastating step of his plan!
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #31 Aug 9, 2017
8.5

Liked this conclusion. Not just a Reset Button but organic regression to more traditional/enjoyable version. Nice art. And Otto now has his HYDRA Avengers and his mad revenge for Parker. Aunt May knows!

Amazing Spider-Man #31

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Aug 9, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  On orders from Captain America, the Superior Octopus is taking the fight to Parker Industries.
•  Peter must use the full force of his company to stop Ock and Hydra, but WILL IT BE ENOUGH?!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #28 Aug 7, 2017
7.5

Great art but too many of the storyteller choices did not sit right with me. It actually would hav been better if it was set in the present.

Batman #28

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Aug 2, 2017

"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part four! War is hell. Unless it's in Gotham City, where it's so much worse. The clash between The Joker and the Riddler continues to escalate, with the rest of the city's villains picking sides and joining in. In the midst of the battle, Batman must try to save whoever he can while knowing he will forever be haunted...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hawkeye #9 Aug 5, 2017
8.0

I had dropped this after the premiere arc but gave it another try because the cover had the promise of Madame Masque in it. Sadly, she was not but as for the story I was pleasantly surprised by it. Kate gave some charming narration. The flashback colouring is a neat detail, too. And NEXT ISSUE really looks like MM is in it!

Hawkeye #9

By: Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero
Released: Aug 2, 2017

• Hawkeye tries to solve a case with too many uncomfortable similarities to her own life, almost as if fixing things for her young client will fix things for herself (spoiler alert: That's not how it works, Kate)!
•  At least she's getting to punch through her frustrations courtesy of the. Worst. Fight. Club. Ever. Right?
•  And ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Unstoppable Wasp #8 Aug 4, 2017
9.0

This story was freaking awesome. Mr.Whitley nailed it. The art was less than perfect (but not bad per se, in fact the 7&8 were looked so much better than issues before) and the reason for the lowered rating. There was so much old school Wasp respect and fun. There was so much new Nadia fun and awe.

The Unstoppable Wasp #8

By: Jeremy Whitley, Rosy Higgins
Released: Aug 2, 2017

• When you need something smashed, you call a Hulk. When you need to win a war, you call a Captain America. But when you need to make the world worth saving, you call the Wasp.
•  Everything Nadia has been building is in ruins, but she has Janet Van Dyne on her side and there's nothing the two of them can't handle together.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Jessica Jones #11 Aug 3, 2017
7.0

I agree with review by Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Aug 3, 2017. Don't care for art and the gimmick art of the flashback Hill story was refreshing - as a 'once only'. These meaningless surreal headshot covers has long since gotten tired.

Jessica Jones #11

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Aug 2, 2017

• The secrets of Maria Hill are revealed, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same again! Has Jessica opened a door that she can now never close? And how will it affect the other Defenders?
Parental Advisory

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7.0

Sure they tried to tie it interestingly into the Infinity Stone plotline but this read merely an average filler story. :( And only 7 issues in. :( Three members absent. :( Drax's destroyer M.O. is simplified to rationalize his current pacifism after a forced and questionable motivating adventure. :(

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7

By: Gerry Duggan, Greg Smallwood
Released: Aug 2, 2017

• Drax has long been known as "The Destroyer"...but no more! He has forsaken all violence, and sworn never to again strike another in anger!
•  And now, guest artist Greg Smallwood joins series writer Gerry Duggan to reveal what led our boy down the road of peace!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Champions #11 Aug 3, 2017
8.5

Agree with freemanlouis7 Aug 2, 2017 but just rating it a scooch lower.

Champions #11

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: Aug 2, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Broken up and dispersed all across the U.S., the Champions still fight the good fight - but if they can't pull together soon, everything they stand for will turn to ash!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Detective Comics #961 Jul 31, 2017
7.5

Azrael origins are getting convoluted. Batfamily ability showing are getting uneven. Art is really nice but I can't bump up rating for it alone.

Detective Comics #961

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez
Released: Jul 26, 2017

"INTELLIGENCE" part four! Batman and Batwing have thrown every technological trick they have at the powerful A.I. that the order of St. Dumas dubbed Ascalon... now there's nothing left to do but pray!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #18 Jul 30, 2017
8.0

The timeline scene placements came across with some unwanted uncertainty.The future trope stuff is a bit offputting but the neat twist 4th Wall stuff developments is, well, developing neatly. The unique Teddy POV issues was refreshing. The art is very neat too. More comic book fun than a lot of other stuff this week.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #18

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Jul 26, 2017

• Gwenpool is no stranger to trouble in the Marvel Universe.
•  But now, it seems the Marvel Universe is after her.
•  Whose secret identity did she blurt out this time?!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #22 Jul 30, 2017
7.5

The content was there. The freeze frame images too. But the some of the storytelling and general art style read messy and staccato.

Suicide Squad #22

By: Rob Williams, Gus Vazquez
Released: Jul 26, 2017

"KILL YOUR DARLINGS" part two! Face to face with the Russian mastermind she's been tracking since SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1, Amanda Waller is horrified to find the Suicide Squad commanded by her own dark mirror, the enigmatic Direktor Karla, who's surpassed the Task Force X leader in the one game she cannot afford to lose: control.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Deadpool #34 Jul 27, 2017
7.5

Bad mood. This story didn't help. The art was below average too.

Deadpool #34

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jul 26, 2017

• It's not easy living under a Hydra government.
•  Especially when you accidentally sided with them.
•  Yeah - Deadpool messed up pretty badly this time.
•  PLUS: Deadpool vs. Agent Preston for the fate of Ellie!
Parental Advisory

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7.5

IGN - Blair Marnell Jul 27, 2017 FULL review encapsulates this chapter perfectly. Especially the "And yet Ben Reilly Scarlet Spider is such an aggressively average comic that it feels inconsequential" part. However, I clearly liked this effort more and rated it accordingly. The whole scene with the gun and the last page sibling reveal were the praiseworthy parts.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #5

By: Peter David, Mark Bagley
Released: Jul 26, 2017

• Ben Reilly is back in the blue, and right on time for his big showdown with Cassandra Mercury and her strongman, Slate!
•  But Mercury and her minions aren't the only people who have it in for Ben. Kaine does, too, and he won't stop until he brings Ben in...dead or alive!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Occupy Avengers #9 Jul 26, 2017
7.0

Standard fight scenario. Average art. Drab players. Unless it's revealed that Tilda and Red died ala Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid this was an unmemorable finale to an equally unmemorable series.

Occupy Avengers #9

By: David Walker, Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Released: Jul 26, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Walk tall. Shoot straight. Die with your boots on.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #27 Jul 24, 2017
7.5

I am torn on rating this, from excellent to average. It probably depend on your reading mood at the time. For good or bad it definitely is a thorough spotlight on a D-List Batman Rogues' D-List supervillain origin. So, I will just average between 5.0 and 10. "Good Grief", Kite-Man, totally, should have been on the cover in some capacity.

Batman #27

By: Tom King, Davide Gianfelice
Released: Jul 19, 2017

"THE WAR OF THE JOKES AND RIDDLES" part three! The war has spread to every corner of Gotham City, and while Batman battles back the forces of Joker and Riddler, an unlikely criminal becomes the pivotal key to its potential resolution... but it could cost him everything.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #24 Jul 24, 2017
7.5

This ish was fun. This ish was wordy. This ish was unfortunate... for the bad boys to be dumped outside the shower stall while naked Power Girl is in it! ;) On the down side: The hilarious and beautiful cover is just wasteful and annoying for being unrelated. The backup is quickly becoming tiresome. The inclusion of PG, who should be on EARTH 2 AFAIK, just screams Elseworlds series which once OFFI more

Harley Quinn #24

By: Amanda Conner, John Timms
Released: Jul 19, 2017

"THE PARENT TRAP"! Harley has faced every challenge even she could possibly imagine, but can she survive... a visit from her parents?! And in "Harley Loves Joker" part eight, the duo's new headquarters comes with some unforeseen complications!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #23 Jul 23, 2017
7.5

Stuff happens, so there's that, but seriously: WHY?! Won't tying Fisk and Urich to mysticism just end up tainting their A-List commonfolk characters cast status in DD's book? Not only does that book need more cast focus, why do these big changes in this title. Maybe it'll be just a one-shot thing like when MJ became Red Sonja in MTU - that'd be alright. Plus we get big name guest stars, with multi more

Doctor Strange #23

By: Dennis Hopeless, Niko Henrichon
Released: Jul 19, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Strange, Fisk and company take the fight to the person running New York City...BARON MORDO!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Super Sons #6 Jul 23, 2017
8.0

It was fun. Laughed at Jon meeting Gar. Still very confused with the Rebirth Starfire age and her backstory tweaking. Also, any idea who was the clay master in the prologue? The Time Commander input is just going to give the crazy adventure a nice nostalgic 70's B&B vibe.

Super Sons #6

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Jul 19, 2017

"Planet of the Capes" part one. ROBIN has a new member of the Teen Titans in mind and it's SUPERBOY! But the Boy of Steel's induction might be short-lived due to an unexpected strike from a group of villains that will send the Super Sons and Teen Titans on their wildest adventure yet! Plus, the first look at the all new Super Sons headquarters!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Luke Cage #3 Jul 23, 2017
7.0

The only notably good thing was the inevitable surprise ending (and what it could mean). That, and the beautiful unrelated cover totally wasted on this chapter. It wasn't bad just more dull compared to the promise after the premiere.

Luke Cage #3

By: David Walker, Nelson Blake
Released: Jul 19, 2017

BIG TROUBLE IN THE BIG EASY!
•  Why is everybody trying to kill Luke Cage???
•  And where did they get the weapons to do so?!
•  With supplies of "the cure" running low, Burstein's former subjects are growing dangerously unstable!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #27 Jul 22, 2017
7.0

Not really a superhero comic per se. No reason to ever footnote it. So... pleasant history lesson but not fulfilling. Now if likable Ryan Duffy becomes a significant recurring character then my rating would go up.

Superman #27

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Scott Godlewski
Released: Jul 19, 2017

This issue now features "ROAD TRIP" part one! It's been an emotional and physical rollercoaster for Superman, Lois, and Jon: the Eradicator, Dinosaur Island, Frankenstein and the Bride, Multiversity, Reborn and Black Dawn-a barrage of terror and horror! What does the family need right now? Yep, you got it...a vacation!

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7.0

Pedantic chapter.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #21

By: Greg Pak, Robert Gill
Released: Jul 19, 2017

"WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION" PART FOUR!
•  With deadly Adamantium cyborgs on the loose picking off seemingly unconnected targets, Amadeus must keep his wits about him to uncover the mystery behind the new Weapon X program.
•  But how can he maintain his cool against the most savage threats he's ever faced?
•  Meanwhile, W...

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