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Gizmo reviewed Sovereigns #0 Jun 19, 2017
6.0

I found the main story confusing and boring, but all of the prelude material for the other titles was very interesting, particularly for Magnus.

Sovereigns #0

By: Ray Fawkes, Johnny Desjardins
Released: Apr 5, 2017

The beginning of an epic tale that will change everything you know about some of comicdom's greatest and longest-tenured heroes! Solar, Magnus, Dr. Spektor & Turok! Apart, they've saved countless lives a hundred times over. Together, they form a team that has protected the world in the past, present and future. Now, they will be reunited one last t...

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Gizmo reviewed Dark Days: The Forge #1 Jun 19, 2017
7.0

Even having read Snyder/Capullo's Batman run, I'm still not really sure what is going on here. The last page reveal is titillating, but I just feel lost with the most of the rest of the comic. I certainly get the sense that something big is happening, I'm assuming this makes more sense if you are are a longtime DC reader? The artwork is okay, it varies, on some pages I don't like it much at all. I more

Dark Days: The Forge #1

By: Scott Snyder, Andy Kubert
Released: Jun 14, 2017

DARKNESS COMES TO THE DC UNIVERSE WITH THE MYSTERY OF THE FORGE! Aquaman, The Flash and more of DC's pantheon of heroes suspect Batman of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the very existence of the multiverse! It's an epic that will span generations-but how does it connect to the origins of one of DC's most legendary heroes?
The great c...

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Gizmo reviewed Batman #24 Jun 12, 2017
6.0

Batman is having a long conversation with Gotham Girl that thematically relates to the subplot with Catwoman, which is actually the bigger story here yet consists mostly of flashy poses.

Batman #24

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jun 7, 2017

"Aftermath"! Gotham City is at peace...but a war is coming. Armed with the terrifying knowledge gained from the mysterious button, Batman prepares for the coming storm by making a proposition to one of his enemies-one that will change everything for the Dark Knight and his allies!
RATED T

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milkshape reviewed The Flintstones #12 Jun 10, 2017
9.0

An almost perfect send-off to the surprisingly great Flintstones reboot. But I agree with Big Borther that the last 1/3 loses a bit of its edge. Still, it is great and bittersweet last issue overall.

The Flintstones #12

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Jun 7, 2017

You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk- at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue of what critics are calling the best...

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Big Brother reviewed The Flintstones #12 Jun 7, 2017
9.0

The back 1/3rd wasn't quite as sharp as the rest, but all in all this was a witty, funny, heartfelt masterpiece of satire.

The Flintstones #12

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Jun 7, 2017

You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk- at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue of what critics are calling the best...

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Gizmo reviewed The Flintstones #12 Jun 11, 2017
8.0

I like how Russell tackles religion and uses it as a vehicle to tie in the the driving forces of each character. It was shaping up to be another great issue but then just ended abruptly. I think it would have been appropriate to give a couple extra pages, especially since it's the last issue, to give a more well rounded epilogue. In the end, I'm going to miss Russell's take on the Flintstones. I'v more

The Flintstones #12

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Jun 7, 2017

You are now leaving Bedrock! The Great Gazoo is on his way home to the stars, while Fred and company leave the Church of Gerald, and Mr. Slate leaves behind being a jerk- at least for a little while. Say good-bye to Pebbles, Bowling Ball, Philip the turtle, Fred and Barney, and the whole cast in this final issue of what critics are calling the best...

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Gizmo reviewed Magnus #1 Jun 11, 2017
8.0

This setup is surprisingly intriguing, though I do admit that I'm a bit of s sucker for exploring the implications of true AI. This universe is established nicely in the first issue with the plot promising to kick in more in the second. Hopefully it lives up to the hype I'm feeling right now. The Turok story is actually not bad. I may go explore Sovereigns after all, at least #0.

Magnus #1

By: Kyle Higgins, Jorge Fornes
Released: Jun 7, 2017

Do humans dream of owning electric sheep? Artificial intelligences, rather than becoming our overlords, have settled into an uneasy symbiosis with humanity - they work for us as our colleagues and servants, earning vacation-time they spend in a boundless digital universe running on human-maintained server farms. But not all AIs are cool with the de...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Lost Light #5 Jun 11, 2017
8.5

Several revelations in one issue, including a major one with Rung. And of course the Functionist Council are a bunch of hypocrites, seems par for the course with fundamentalists like that.

Transformers: Lost Light #5

By: James Roberts, Jack Lawrence
Released: May 10, 2017

It's TEAM RODIMUS versus a universe gone wrong! An alternate Cybertron is being torn apart as the malevolent Functionist Council implement a plan that's been millions of years in the making. But with victory within their reach, they find themselves up against someone who really shouldn't exist: MEGATRON.

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8.5

Continues to be a dependable, quality book.

Transformers: Lost Light #4

By: James Roberts, Jack Lawrence
Released: Mar 29, 2017

RODIMUS, MEGATRON and the exiled crew of the Lost Light realise that there's only one thing they need to do before they can resume their quest. Unfortunately, that thing is "save the world." Can the AUTOBOTS overcome the odds and save the day? To be honest, probably not.

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Lost Light #4 Jun 10, 2017
8.0

I love seeing Megatron take charge, it's no wonder he and Optimus were gridlocked in their war for four million years. Looks like we're in for a rocky road with Cyclonus and Tailgate.

Transformers: Lost Light #4

By: James Roberts, Jack Lawrence
Released: Mar 29, 2017

RODIMUS, MEGATRON and the exiled crew of the Lost Light realise that there's only one thing they need to do before they can resume their quest. Unfortunately, that thing is "save the world." Can the AUTOBOTS overcome the odds and save the day? To be honest, probably not.

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Lost Light #3 Jun 10, 2017
7.5

Whoa, Killmaster didn't just kill those two, did he? They'd never die so inconsequentially... Also, why is Cyclonus all messed up?

Transformers: Lost Light #3

By: James Roberts, Jack Lawrence
Released: Feb 22, 2017

Orders, kind gestures and pleas for mercy-all things that WHIRL finds it very easy to ignore. Right now, he wishes he could turn a blind eye to the freshly resuscitated monster who-somewhat inconveniently-is determined to beat him to death. Meanwhile-a long way away-one of the Transformers Universe's longest-running mysteries is about to be solved....

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Lost Light #2 Jun 9, 2017
9.0

Oh man, I am stoked for this series! Ever wonder what Cybertron would be like today if there was never a Great War? Read this! They said it has something to do with them going back in time and killing Megatron, but I thought they fixed that. Thoughts anyone?

Transformers: Lost Light #2

By: James Roberts, Jack Lawrence
Released: Feb 1, 2017

  Rodimus and Co. find themselves in a dangerous place. Even more dangerous than on a planet that exploded from the inside. That's already pretty dangerous. But where they are now? Oh boy.
•   Part of IDW's Artist's Edition Cover Month!

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Gizmo reviewed Optimus Prime #6 Jun 8, 2017
8.0

The current and the flashback stories culminate in a way that contract when Optimus lost his peaceful optimism and when he regained it.

Optimus Prime #6

By: John Barber, Kei Zama
Released: Jun 28, 2017

NEW CYBERTRON-CONCLUSION! As the Junkions reveal their ultimate plan, Optimus Prime makes a decision that will define the relationship between Earth and Cybertron for all time... but will Arcee be able to live with the fallout?

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Gizmo reviewed Optimus Prime #5 Jun 7, 2017
7.5

The Sharkticons spread all the way from the Alps to Mexico city? Other than that, I think the series is getting back on track. This issue was much more interesting and not just because of the action. I love Soundwave's ditch effort against the Sharkticons: quoting from Megatron's autobiography, Towards Peace. If IDW ever feels inclined to publish Towards Peace in its entirety, I would totally buy more

Optimus Prime #5

By: John Barber, Kei Zama
Released: Mar 22, 2017

NEW CYBERTRON! It's battleground: Earth once more, as the uneasy peace between Optimus' forces, the Junkions, and G.I. Joe collapses amidst betrayals and subterfuge. Will Optimus Prime and Pyra Magna be able to put aside their differences-or is war really the only way forward?

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6.5

I like the Bumblebee story. The Pyra Magna story didn't do much for me. Hey, what was that head that Soundwave was wearing at one point? I'm curious what the story behind that is and why he couldn't just use his own head.

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Annual #2017

By: John Barber, Priscilla Tramontano
Released: Mar 8, 2017

GHOST STORIES! Optimus Prime returns to Cybertron-only to be confronted by his rival for the Matrix, Pyra Magna! As Pyra's origin-before she was part of Victorion-is finally revealed, Optimus relives his own past-the first time he met Bumblebee!

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Gizmo reviewed Optimus Prime #4 Jun 6, 2017
6.5

A fairly uneventful issue until the end really. I like the flashbacks but now I'm starting to wonder what the relevance of them is.

Optimus Prime #4

By: John Barber, Kei Zama
Released: Feb 22, 2017

NEW CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime struggles to unite the Junkions, Cybertronians, and humans-but will diplomacy be scuttled when the Junkion's secret comes out?

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Gizmo reviewed Optimus Prime #3 Jun 5, 2017
7.0

Nice to have a Soundwave heavy issue, I like that he's taking certain matters into his own hands, it could blow up in his face later though.

Optimus Prime #3

By: John Barber, Kei Zama
Released: Jan 25, 2017

  An uneasy peace between Optimus Prime and the newly arrived Junkions is threatened by Soundwave's discovery within their massive ship...
•   Part of IDW's Artist's Edition Cover Month!

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9.5

Whoa, that was an intense issue, and now Cybertron has a new threat, one that I'm not familiar with, which is doubly exciting.

Transformers: Till All Are One #8

By: Mairghread Scott, Sara Pitre-Durocher
Released: Mar 29, 2017

This is it: the final stand for Cybertron! Will Starscream and Windblade's gamble finally pay off or will all of Iacon be destroyed by the zombie titans?

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8.0

Oooo, if this cliffhanger means what I think it means I am stoked!

Transformers: Till All Are One #7

By: Mairghread Scott, Sara Pitre-Durocher
Released: Feb 8, 2017

  As Windblade and her team fight their way through Elita-1's Titan, Carcer, they face opposition at every turn to stop them from awakening the sleeping giant... and they soon find out why!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

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7.5

I'm enjoying seeing everyone work together and Elita One's reluctance to deploy Carcer throws an wrench in the works, making this situation even more interesting.

Transformers: Till All Are One #6

By: Mairghread Scott, Sara Pitre-Durocher
Released: Dec 28, 2016

A wave of undead TITANS has touched down on CYBERTRON! Even with the help of the massive METROPLEX, WINDBLADE and STARSCREAM can only hold them off for so long. They need help from Elita-1-and they're going to get it whether she agrees or not. The fate of CYBERTRON depends on it!
•   TITANS RETURNS continues-but can our heroes su...

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Gizmo reviewed Monstress #12 Jun 4, 2017
9.5

A fittingly dark and gruesome end to this arc, the creators aren't pulling any punches. I like that we've finally discovered a more vulnerable side to Zinn, it makes him much more interesting.

Monstress #12

By: Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
Released: May 31, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
The final issue of the second arc!  Will Maika return with her soul intact?

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Gizmo reviewed Monstress #11 Jun 4, 2017
9.5

I took my time reading this issue to savour it. The ominous mood is intoxicating as this Blood Fox tells the tale of Maika's mother, with a sudden rush of adrenaline spiking the plot into high gear for the looming cliffhanger. It goes without saying how impressive the artwork is, but I'm also impressed with the vocabulary that Liu brings to her dialogue. I just can't recommend Monstress enough.

Monstress #11

By: Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
Released: Apr 19, 2017

Maika finally begins to learn her mother's secrets... but the truth may be too terrible to bear...

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Gizmo reviewed Saga #42 Jun 4, 2017
9.0

I wonder who's attacking The Will; what happens to Sweet Boy was disappointingly casual. The end of the issue is very dramatic, the number of black pages seems excessive but sure does hit you each time you turn the page, and it works even better reading a single issue and turning to a black back cover. It's pretty cool how the covers' colours have have gotten darker in this arc as they lead up to more

Saga #42

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Jan 25, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
"THE WAR FOR PHANG," The Epic Conclusion!
Hell is war, as Hazel and her family learn the hardest way.

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Gizmo reviewed Paklis #1 Jun 4, 2017
7.5

MUSHROOM BODIES: Very interesting and well drawn, however I do not get what Weaver is trying to say with the ending, so I guess that part isn't fully successful. Anyone else have thoughts on how to interpret the ending? -- SAGITTARIUS A* (#1&2): Not much to comment on, it's two pages of setup that I assume continue in the next issue. -- AMNIA CYCLE (CHAPTER 1): This is a rather interesting space s more

Paklis #1

By: Dustin Weaver, Dustin Weaver
Released: May 31, 2017

Do you accept the life you've been handed, or do you step into the unknown, even as it leads you into the shadows? In this new anthology series from writer/artist DUSTIN WEAVER, the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with this question.

In "MUSHROOM BODIES," Greg struggles with knowing what's real and fears bec...

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Gizmo added Deadpool vs. The Punisher to their pull list Jun 4, 2017

Deadpool vs. The Punisher

Frank Castle has an unstoppable will - a powerful drive to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson has an unstoppable mouth - an unthinking knack for annoying everyone around him, rooted in thinking he's funny. Both men, however, are among the deadliest on the planet. When they find themselves in disagreem...

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Gizmo reviewed Deadpool vs. The Punisher #4 Jun 4, 2017
8.5

Van Lente has a knack for odd couple adventures and Perez provides top notch layouts.

Deadpool vs. The Punisher #4

By: Fred Van Lente, Pere Perez
Released: May 31, 2017

• I just realized -
•  Deadpool has trouble being frank...
•  And Frank Castle has trouble being dead.
•  ...well, I thought it was funny.
Parental Advisory

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Gizmo dropped Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time from their pull list Jun 3, 2017

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time

A brand new mini-series from Paul Allor, Erik Burnham and some of the best IDW TMNT artists ever! The Turtles become unstuck in time and go spinning into the past! First stop: the prehistoric age, where they are far from the most dangerous reptiles around! Will the Turtles be able to find their way home without damaging history?

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Gizmo dropped Veil from their pull list Jun 3, 2017

Veil

A beautiful girl wakes up in an abandoned subway station with no memory of how she got there. When men try to hurt her . . . they wind up dead. Where did she come from? And what is she capable of?

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Gizmo dropped Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet from their pull list Jun 3, 2017

Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet

In 1967, television history was made when two masked crime fighters met in a historic crossover. Now, superstar filmmaker Kevin Smith and actor/comedian Ralph Garman join forces with artist Ty Templeton (BATMAN '66) to bring these two iconic characters and their famous partners together again. Set in the continuity of that earlier team-up, Batman, ...

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Gizmo dropped Avengers Undercover from their pull list Jun 3, 2017

Avengers Undercover

WHEN TEEN HEROES INFILTRATE THE MASTERS OF EVIL, WHO WILL BREAK BAD?
Damaged by their experience in Murder World, five conflicted young superhumans go rogue and infiltrate the Masters of Evil, planning to bring the Avengers' rivals down from within. But the longer the teens spend undercover, the more they descend into darkness, and as they st...

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