Jon-Carlos Evans's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Black Nerd Problems Reviews: 40
7.4Avg. Review Rating

7.1
Astonishing X-Men (2017) #10

Apr 9, 2018

The early issues were strong, and the series wavered some in the middle, but with only two issues remaining, this volume just may live up to its predecessors in the Astonishing line. [not counting the Age of Apocalypse volume].

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10
Black Panther (2018) #1

May 25, 2018

In simpler days, this would be a simple Issue 25 Deluxe release.In these times of short memories and reboots, however, we get a new "Black Panther #1." Not mad at it. The legacy numbering initiated by Marvel actually fits well into the new "Fresh Start" logo and sits elegantly underneath the larger reboot number. Whereas other Marvel titles affected by the "Fresh Start" are using the opportunity to restore legacy characters into their classic roles (Iron Man, Thor, and Wolverine), Coates endeavors instead to take us where no Panther has gone before. This is only the beginning.

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10
Black Panther (2018) #2

Jun 30, 2018

Make no mistake, Coates laces some fitting references within the narrative of this issue. In order to light the path to for the young Afronaut, below is a list of terms and individuals who inspire the spirit of enlightened dissent.

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10
Black Panther (2018) #3

Aug 26, 2018

One of Marvel's most enjoyable and most important series continues to press forward with another solid issue. Coates and Acuna are a dream team, weaving a sleek science fiction opera laced with powerful action sequences and musings on the abuses of imperial ambitions.

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9.0
Black Panther (2018) #4

Oct 4, 2018

Whatever it is you are missing in Sci-Fi, Comics, and/or Afrofuturist speculative fiction, chances are Coates and Acua have you covered with their intergalactic epic of insurrection. JUST READ BLACK PANTHER.

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7.0
Black Panther (2018) #5

Nov 14, 2018

Overall, the issue really comes off as a delay of action in a storyline that has been thrilling and fast-paced during the first four issues. The mode in which this transitional issues handles the changes is a bit abrupt though. It feels like a bit of a narrative stretch for us to believe that in the five years between issues four and five, the empire has not managed to destroy the Maroons, Nakia has withheld information that could have motivated their greatest warrior much earlier, and they have been hiding in the same system undetected for so long.Still, the art by Acua and the coloring team make for a beautiful page turner. A curious series…let's see where it goes.

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9.0
Black Panther (2018) #6

Dec 3, 2018

At this point, we can assume that this midpoint in the "Intergalactic Wakandan Empire" saga is building up to the battle royale guaranteed to shake several galaxies " T'challa vs. The N'Jadaka. Gods, mortals, and symbiotes beware.

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6.9
Black Panther (2018) #7

Dec 13, 2018

As the trajectories of characters align in this new reality, the endgame of the "Intergalactic Wakandan Empire" storyline is anyone's guess at this point.

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7.0
Cable (2017) #155

Mar 28, 2018

This issue marks a solid turn for the better in this series. As the release day for "Deadpool 2" approaches on May 18, Josh Brolin's portrayal of the character in the film is certain to bring more visibility to the Askani'son. Issue #156 already promises another major character appearance, so here's hoping for another success in the X-universe.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #30

Apr 12, 2018

If Priest's current characterization of Batman in his Justice League run (#'s 34 " 43) is any indication, then we are in for an exciting duel of madmen on different ends of the same mad spectrum.

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9.0
Hit-Girl (2018) #5

Jun 20, 2018

Mark Millar's vision for the "Hit-Girl" series is a grand curation of dream creators adding their take to the character's mythology. Reportedly, three years of stories have already been commissioned, so this is just the beginning. In her own right, Hit-girl is an iconic character with a complexity and personality that can inspire endless stories. As long as Mindy can avoid any stray Wolverines in the Great White North, this arc from Lemire and Risso is on track to add another distinct impression to the bloody legacy of Lady McCready.

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8.8
Hit-Girl (2018) #6

Jul 25, 2018

The series is unquestionably a great read. Jeff Lemire weaves a cold tale of vengeance and family ties as 'the Mindy' becomes 'the hunted' in a Canadian snow-covered forest.

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9.0
Hit-Girl (2018) #7

Aug 22, 2018

Every issue of Hit-Girl is a ballet of violent, vengeful joy, and only Mindy knows the steps. The Canadian saga has been beautiful to read and witness so far, so it is almost a shame to see it end in the upcoming issue. Thus far, Mark Millar's "showrunner" style is bringing some interesting new tones to the Hit-Girl mythos. Following Lemire's arc, RafaelAlbuquerque and Kevin Smith will follow up with writing duties. Rafael Scavone and Pernille rum, respectively, will take over the visuals. Clearly, there is plenty more vigilant justice to come from Hit-Girl. Stick around.

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7.5
Hit-Girl (2018) #8

Oct 21, 2018

"Hit-Girl in Canada" is the perfect bedtime story for the daughter of Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle and Kill Bill's The Bride. Heavy doses of cynical humor, ultraviolence, and tongue-in-cheek vengeance meet subtle morality tales in a snow-covered Canadian backdrop. Writer Lemire and artist Risso add a solid entry to the mythology of Mindy McCready as she carves way across the world.

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6.8
Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1

Sep 2, 2018

Since returning in last November's Marvel Legacyone-shot, Logan has been seen in various "Where is Wolverine?" bookends and even travelling with an Infinity Stone. At this point, X-fans are hoping from a dignified return and reunion with his mutant brethren, but thus far it feels anticlimactic. The seemingly endless build-up and the great stories being told with X-23, Gabby, and Old Man Logan almost make the return of OG Wolverine more laborious than joyous.

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6.7
Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #1

May 12, 2018

The final reveal of the issue raises the emotional stakes to the storyline, salvaging an otherwise basic "gather the troops. We gotta mission!" introduction. Still, based on the first installment, fans of this incarnation of the Avengers should be in for a fun ride with the cast going bar for bar.

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5.5
Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #2

Jun 15, 2018

Overall, this issue retains the "90's action/adventure buddy flick" vibe al "Bad Boys" or even "Lethal Weapon." Very comfortable in tone and style, Tom Taylor's script plays it by pretty safe " the reveals are not that much of a surprise (Laura Kinney/Wolverine), or they just feel silly and forced (Mr. Sinsiter).

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7.6
Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #3

Jul 12, 2018

Taylor just recently wrapped a 36 issue run as the writer of "All New Wolverine," so if you're not getting your fix with Laura's inclusion in "X-Men Red," you get another fix right here. One issue remains and with the reveal of a massive DNA warehouse run by Sinister, I am sure Laura will have much of him to reintroduce to her claws on behalf of her father.

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6.9
Hunt For Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda #4

Aug 11, 2018

As the Hunt for Wolverine winds down, "Adamantium Agenda" like "Weapon Lost" before it, offers some fun, genre focused stories with fan-favorite lineups. The story structure of a "search" as the driving plot for these interconnected series allows for moments of character growth and sharp dialogue with plenty of room for big action panels from Silva.

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6.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #1

May 20, 2018

Overall, the mood of the issue is consistent throughout, sprinkling enough mystery, uncertainty, and emotional vitriol to build a story arc that will hopefully rise beyond its' by the numbers zombie plot reveal.

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5.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #2

Jun 24, 2018

Two more floppies left in this series still. Let's hope that the final issues deliver something more than the living undead to make the series worthwhile.

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7.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #3

Jul 20, 2018

The Hunt for Wolverine series has brought every Wolverine clone, ally, lover, frienemy, android, and admirer in the universe. As all of the series loom toward completion, one can only hope that the return of the real Logan comes with some tidying of the Wolvie-family tree.

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7.9
Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #4

Aug 18, 2018

The issue begins with Sabretooth and Deathstrike caught in their own personal battles. Graydon Creed, human son of Sabretooth and founder hate-ground The Friends of Humanity,returns while Deathstrike fights against her own father. Sabretooth, eager to abuse his hatemonger zombie son once more, takes more of a beating than expected, but prevails with the help of Deathstrike. He blames her for leading them into this trap, and he is well justified. Upon her own battle with her Soteira controlled father, she learns that the adamantium signal that led her to Arizona belongs to him and not Logan. In the ensuing battle, Deathstrike is unable to hold out for long without a healing factor and loses her hand at the blade of her own father.

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5.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1

May 28, 2018

Lazy LookalikesWhen the X-Men are ambushed by Viper and her hired telepath, they are assailed by an all-female unit of mercenaries. For some reason, the two of the members of Viper's team are dead ringers for Storm and Domino.Is that the super villain thing now"to hire henchmen that look exactly like your foes in the hopes they get confused and psi-blast themselves? Without any narrative rhyme or reason for the Domino and Storm clones yet to to be realized (if there is any), the restaurant sequence feels clichd and rushed.

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6.5
Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #2

Jun 29, 2018

The second installment of the series is a stronger follow-up to the initial issue. The strong cast showcases the depth of the X-mythologies well-rounded, multi-dimensional female characters.

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5.8
Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #4

Aug 24, 2018

Overall, the mini-series as a whole were a mixed bag of results with a few standout moments and major character changes spread throughout sixteen Macguffin heavy chapters.

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7.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #2

Jun 8, 2018

Two issues in, the series provides a solid read. Buffagni's art continues to evoke a sleek Soule's script uses classic noirnarrative conceits in a way that allows these characters to shine to the best of their personalities. Daredevil's paranoid and vigilant narration, the chemistry between former cops Knight and McGhee, and Cypher's dubious stability collide to invoke a book that would have fit nicely in the Marvel Knights line of old.

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6.9
Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #3

Jul 5, 2018

Overall, Soule and Buffagni turn in a solid and compelling book in a largely tedious "non-event" event.

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6.0
Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #4

Aug 5, 2018

The resolution and the character arcs feel a bit rushed to closure, but Daredevil is understandably shook by the idea of a calm, killing Wolverine loose in the wrong hands.

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6.8
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #1

Nov 18, 2018

If these Prelude backup stories tell us anything about the upcoming "Disassembled" storyline, it is: A) Every day is a hard day to be an X-Person; B.)Never. Ever. Get comfortable in your own timeline or reality, or anyone else's for that matter; and C.) Everyone loves the Age of the Apocalypse.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #2

Nov 25, 2018

Following the still unfinished Extermination mini-series, "Disassembled" continues the trend of tidying house " less doppelgngers, clones, and timeline refugees. This is a welcomed move after the descent into bottom shelf mediocrity that was X-Men Blue. Some of the recent changes, however, still feel random and unmotivated. Psylocke, for instance, feels very generic and blends into the scenery of most scenes after reverting to her original Anglo body and abilities. The story continues next week.

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6.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #3

Dec 3, 2018

Seven issues remain in the current story arc with writers Brisson, Thompson, and Rosenberg working as a unit. Together, they have perfect execution in handling the voices, personalities, and dynamics of the extended X-family. The real balancing act between action, plot, and characterization is a heavy chore for any X-writer, but the trio does their best to keep the story fluid and moving forward.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #4

Dec 9, 2018

Picking up steam four issues into the run, "Disassembled" is starting to shed its fat and lean into some both internal and existential conflicts amongst the X-Men ranks. Meanwhile, Gambit and Rogue are still in space with the daughter of Xavier and Lilandra in their series Mr. & Mrs. X. Will these two storylines collide into a full family affair? Six more chapters to go . . .I'm here for it.

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6.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #5

Dec 16, 2018

A collision of beyond omega level mutants, schizophrenics and self-appointed deities amongst them, means that the X-Men probably won't be playing baseball anytime soon. Maybe next year.

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7.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #6

Dec 21, 2018

"Disassembled" continues to improve as it moves along, trimming the fat and hopefully the X-Men rosters pushes toward conclusion.

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #7

Dec 30, 2018

After a sloppy start with some great scattered moments, the Uncanny X-Men relaunch sets its sights on to re-earning its flagship title status.

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7.5
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #8

Jan 2, 2019

Only two issues remain in this 10 part epic, so now is the moment to catch up if ever. The ending should be cataclysmic to say the least.

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6.0
Uncanny X-Men (2018) #9

Jan 10, 2019

Overall, this issue is not particularly noteworthy, but it does a fine job of raising the stakes as the arc reaches its conclusion.

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8.0
X-Force (2018) #1

Dec 30, 2018

Overall, the first issue of the relaunched X-Force ticks a lot of boxes for X-Force fans " ultraviolence, dark humor, and zero tolerance for hatemongers.

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9.0
X-Men: Black (2018): Mystique #1

Oct 21, 2018

Seanan McGuire handles the story deftly, crafting a personal and internal story that is not so focused on plot, but rather exploring the everyday outlook of Mystique as she navigates a world where to be outside the mayonnaise human norm is to be hated and feared.

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