Kirk Warren's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Weekly Crisis Reviews: 970
6.8Avg. Review Rating

6.0
52: Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1

Aug 29, 2007

I have my doubts about the need for this series to be six issues, but I think this issue brought enough to the table for most to at least take a look at. Not much happens, but the interactions between Superman and Batman are especially well done and we see the rebirth of the Horsemen by the end of the issue and, with how one manages to take a bite out of Superman, literally, we see that they will actually be a major threat to the three heroes as well. I will save judgment of this series for later, but I am not sure if this series will be worth the money by the end of the day or not.

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2.0
52: Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #3

Oct 31, 2007

I can't see any reason for this series to exist except to undermine Black Adam's killing of the Horsemen, proving yet again that only the Big Three can truly defeat a major menace. Skip this nonstory and wait for issue 5 or 6 when Giffen finally tells a story and tries to wrap everything up. Everything so far has been a waste of space.

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2.0
52: Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #4

Nov 30, 2007

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6.0
Action Comics #859

Nov 21, 2007

Legion fans might view this as a Must Read, but coming in fresh, it's a bit overwhelming for me and I'm sure anyone else who is not a Legion faithful. Still a solid read that's worth checking out at the very least.

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6.0
Action Comics #860

Dec 28, 2007

This month's issue just has Superman and the Legion free some of their friends and finding out that Brainiac already escaped. From here, they head to the underground Legion base where the evil JLA tracks them down. Before they can capture them, the Legion makes their escape as they head to Brainiac's homeworld to find him. There, they find him and he's apparently evil, ending our issue.

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6.0
Action Comics #861

Jan 31, 2008

I liked how they finally made mention of the lightning rod from the JSA / JLA crossover. Seems it can't be used until the crisis of the 31st century, which I guess is going to be in Final Crisis. Can't imagine there being another crisis after a final crisis, but DC does like that naming convention. It was good to see they tried to explain all the stars turning red through the use of one of the captured Legion members. Still doesn't make much sense, but it's a comic book and at least they tried.

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6.0
Action Comics #863

Apr 2, 2008

From there, all the Legion members take turns trying to stop Earth-Man, who has all of their powers and then some at his disposal. It was a basic, "hey, we have powers, look at us!", scene where they end up all failing to stop him. This leads to Superman punching him once to knock him out and ending the threat. Way to kill any credibility Earth-Man or the Legion has by making them all look like fools, Kal. Felt like a rushed ending to a very Silver Age-esque story.

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10
Action Comics #866

Jun 11, 2008

It was a lot of fun reading the scene with Clark and the new members of the Daily Planet and the new Brainiac has me intrigued to the point I want to know more about how this fits in with everything we already know.

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10
Action Comics #867

Jul 10, 2008

Not sure why Brainiac's probes became weaklings or what's going on with this the lack of knowledge about Kandor, but I still enjoyed this issue a great deal and can't wait to see the next one. Excellent use of supporting characters, specifically Supergirl, and a nice proactive approach by Superman combined with this creepy new version of Brainiac have me enthralled with the current storyline.

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9.0
Action Comics #868

Aug 13, 2008

Again, if you've never read Superman or don't really care about what happened in the past, these complaints are completely moot. In fact, I, and everyone else, that have a problem with the wanton disregard for previous stories still find it hard to criticize a book as good as Action Comics and I loved everything about this issue, from the creepy Matrixlike feel of Brainiac's ship to the confrontation with Brainiac.

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9.0
Action Comics #869

Sep 20, 2008

Few small problems, but nothing deal breaking in this great issue. Highly recommended.

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9.0
Action Comics #870

Oct 8, 2008

There are a few minor quibbles and nitpicks that could be made about this issue, but it was just too good to really dwell on them for any length of time. Great story that has me genuinely excited for the Superman titles for the first time since, well, since he died, I suppose.

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6.0
Action Comics #871

Nov 12, 2008

Another solid addition to the New Krypton story. It's a bit of a slow burn for the storyline, so I'll leave it as Check It, but I suspect it will quickly turn into a series of Must Reads by the end of this.

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6.0
Action Comics #872

Dec 14, 2008

Another solid outing from Johns, but a rather disappointing continuation of the socalled New Krypton event.

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9.0
Action Comics #875

Mar 11, 2009

While I found the reveal for the 'magically aging' Chris Kent to be a tad off putting, everything else about this issue and the plot Rucka has set up for future issues was more than enough for me to give this a Must Read rating.

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6.0
Action Comics #876

Apr 16, 2009

No answers to the rapidly aging Chris subplot and a quickly derailed plot, which opted for a fight oriented character focus on Ursa, keeps this otherwise entertaining issue from being a Must Read.

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6.0
Action Comics #877

May 15, 2009

There's nothing here that will entice you to pick up this book if you aren't already, but it should entertain those that already are. I just hope this comic starts picking up again or I may end up dropping it. Next issue will more than likely be the decider for me.

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9.0
Action Comics #890

Jul 1, 2010

Very good first issue to this arc. Enjoying the Lex Luthor centric story and looking forward to seeing how his quest for a power ring turns out.

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9.0
Action Comics #891

Jul 29, 2010

A truly fun comic that captuers the essence of the classic Silver Age tales while maintaining modern sensibilities. A great insight into the character of Lex Luthor and how he perceives himself and the world around him.

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6.0
Action Comics Annual #11

May 7, 2008

It's not a bad issue, but not worth the huge delay either. Add an indecisive conclusion and it's really only worth picking up if you absolutely must read how this storyline finishes. Maybe it'll read better in trade or for people less jaded over delays.

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6.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #1

Aug 13, 2009

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. While a tad slow for a first issue, if you have the slightest interest in Superboy or the Legion, you should probably be buying this first issue.

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6.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #2

Sep 10, 2009

There's some good dialogue and beautiful art in the Superboy part of the book, but it fails to address the previous year of in story time and events in favour of getting the two characters back together. With Johns and Manapul off the book with issue six, I may just drop the title as well.

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2.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #4

Nov 18, 2009

Things were going so smoothly for Adventure Comics with some nice, if not the meatiest, stories following Superboy and Legion related offerings. Shame Blackest Night rolled up and brought Prime into the mix.

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9.0
All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #8

Nov 29, 2007

I really enjoy this book and this issue continues with the hilariously over the top version of Batman that Miller has been writing since issue one. However, if you still can't stand this version of Batman, this issue won't change your opinion on this book. Otherwise, it's a great read.

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9.0
All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #9

Feb 27, 2008

I'd buy this book for those first dozen pages and would be more than satisfied. Would liked to have seen the Joker or Catwoman at least make another cameo, but it was a goddamn fine goddamn AllStar Batman issue, so no real complaints from me.

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9.0
All-Star Superman #9

Nov 15, 2007

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9.0
All-Star Superman #10

Mar 26, 2008

Seriously, I could go on about at least a dozen more single panel or one off things that happen in this issue that I didn't list in the overly long review as it is. Hell, one panel randomly has Superman counting off his DNA strands that ties in later to his developing a means to possibly clone himself. Sorry, this closing remark will go on forever if I start listing random things again. For Christ's sake, Superman makes his own universe in this issue! Buy it!

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10
All-Star Superman #11

May 29, 2008

There's little I can say or do that hasn't been said before by better writers than me. Cloning should be started on Morrison and Quitely and mass production should be ready by 2015 so that we can replace every Superman title's creative team with an army of Morrison's and Quitely's. Only then will my dreams be fulfilled.

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9.0
All-Star Superman #12

Sep 20, 2008

I could have bashed my head against the keyboard and put out some mangled review and I'd still expect you people to buy this book without the need for a review, but it had to be done. Buy this book!

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #543

Aug 22, 2007

This is an average to slightly below average issue and pretty much nothing happens in the entire issue. All the emotional impact comes off as forced and contrived or having a 'been done before' feeling.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #544

Sep 6, 2007

Finally, the extra price tag for such lackluster extras was the final nail in the coffin for this issue. Did we really need a dumbed down Wikipedia entry with some rehashed artwork at the end of this issue? Was anyone interested in Joe Q's pencils and inked versions of the phoned in artwork that accompanied this issue? Save me the extra money and use the time wasted on these "extras" and work on the actual stories for the next couple parts of this event.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #546

Jan 9, 2008

I'm not sure if it's a Must Read book or not. It's so odd and different from what SpiderMan has been for so long and there's things that just don't sit right with me. I like it on one level and then there are times I hate it. I think I'll know after the next issue whether I really like this or not.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #547

Jan 16, 2008

Despite the negative tone, it wasn't a terrible issue. I'm a bit bitter over the direction of Spidey and these issues aren't convincing me of the need for this change. This could all be done with a married SpiderMan and there's still not much of a supporting cast, or at least one that Peter interacts with. One more issue I suppose.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #548

Jan 23, 2008

You might enjoy it more than me. I don't know. I'm disenfranchised with the character and I'm not sure if I'm ever going to care about him the way I used to.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man #559

May 14, 2008

Definitely worth picking this issue up, even if you dislike much of the BND stuff. At the very least, you can drop it after the three issue story is over. However, I think you'll all be very impressed with this issue and, hopefully, the entire storyarc.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #560

May 21, 2008

I like Paper Doll, but the mystery and creepiness has sort of been lost with how much limelight she got this issue and, sadly, no Screwball this time around, but I'm hoping to see her at least one more time before this arc concludes. It was a good issue, but it felt more like the opening BND arc instead of the fun I had with the last issue.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #561

Jun 3, 2008

. I did enjoy the issue, but I just can't find it in me to love it or even gush over the little extra touches Slott has put in this issue, like a moving box with old copies of Webs in it or the light hearted chat between MJ and Spidey. Considering this comes out three times a month, I find it odd how fast they ditched this paparazzi angle and I think they wasted a lot of potential on it.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #568

Aug 22, 2008

It's Brand New Day. If you liked it before this arc, you'll love this. If you didn't care for it prior to this, I doubt anything that happens here will change your mind.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #569

Aug 28, 2008

Maybe if the whole AntiVenom thing hadn't been spoiled months in advance, this might have been more interesting, but this entire story has been just going through the motions, hitting the beats you'd expect as it goes along with no real surprises along the way. Not bad at any point, but nothing 'amazing' either.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #571

Sep 13, 2008

It's mindless fun and very little story. Sets up some interesting quirks with AntiVenom (change that name already, jeez), but I don't see anything that screams 'must read' to me and I probably won't be sticking around after this storyline unless something drastic happens.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #572

Sep 20, 2008

For how much was going on in this issue, it all felt like setup for the upcoming issues and I've yet to be wowed by a single issue of this event. It's not bad, but not great either.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #573

Oct 16, 2008

While the review may come off as overly negative, many of my problems stem primarily from BND. This issue never strays into a definitive Avoid It territory, but it's never overly impressive either. JRJr's Green Goblin is still one of my favourite interpretations of the character. Some of his best recent work, to be honest.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #600

Jul 24, 2009

If you're looking for a complete story in one issue or were looking to give SpiderMan or the Brand New Day era a look, this is a perfect jumping on point and an issue that, while not perfect, is still a fun ride.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #601

Aug 6, 2009

Aside from my nerdraging over a little thing like SpiderMan drinking alcohol, the issue was the atypical Brand New Day story. It looks and feels like a SpiderMan story, has the creative talent behind it and will definitely appeal to fans of the status quo, but, as a long time reader, I still can't get into this and it just doesn't feel like the book is 'for me' any more. The backup, however, was great. Really made my day and helped justify the purchase for me, despite enjoying the main story on a fundamental level.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #602

Aug 13, 2009

Odd transition from last issue to this Chameleon centric arc. Was hoping for more Mary Jane/Peter interaction (or, at least some interaction). Was actually one of the better Brand New Day issues I've read for the simple fact it didn't feel like a BND issue. It was just a SpiderMan comic to me, which was the first time it's felt like that in a long time.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #603

Aug 19, 2009

I almost wish Chameleon could stay as Peter. He was quite entertaining in the role. I'd also hate to be Peter when he finds out about everything Chameleon did as him. That's going to be one bad day. However, ending to this arc looks like it will be a predictable conclusion. Will save judgement until next issue though.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #604

Sep 10, 2009

Solid ending to an all around good arc, which was one of the first BND era SpiderMan stories to, well, feel like a SpiderMan story to me.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #606

Sep 25, 2009

Horrible handling of female characters, inexplicable appearance and behaviour of Black Cat and a retread of past stories beyond the standard Brand New Dayera level of rehashing. Just about everything here could have been handled in a better way.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #607

Oct 2, 2009

A completely forgettable comic that is the poster boy of why I've been having trouble getting into the Brand New Day era of comics. Was hoping it would follow the lead of the enjoyable RedHeaded Stranger arc and focus on new stories and growth of the characters. Instead, it's a regression to the past.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #608

Dec 24, 2009

Don't give too many of these to Amazing SpiderMan anymore, but I think this twoparter deserves it on the strength of the story and art and the fact it's an instant classic SpiderMan story that I'm sure I'll be rereading in the years to come.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #609

Oct 23, 2009

Nothing ground breaking in this arc, but it's a solid effort from everyone involved.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #610

Nov 7, 2009

Just about everything about this conclusion was awful and I can't even put to words my disappointment with how this debacle turned out. They had a golden opportunity to reintroduce some of the better parts of the Clone Saga and turned into into a complete waste of paper. Even me, a Clone Saga fan, does not even want to see any more of this garbage if this is the best they can muster.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #611

Nov 14, 2009

Very entertaining read that acts as both a doneinone team up with Deadpool and progresses the overarching subplot with Kraven's family and the upcoming Gauntlet. I just wish more issues could be like this one.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #612

Nov 18, 2009

I'm not sure how many people would be willing to buy a book simply for a short backup story, so I'll leave it as a Check It, but I, personally, would buy it simply for more Joe Kelly and J.K. Nimura SpiderMan. A pleasant surprise that caught me off guard and really made the issue for me whereas the Gauntlet story went south quickly.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #614

Dec 10, 2009

Only good thing I can really say about this issue is that this story is over. Oh, and the political meta nonsense from previous issues was toned down/restricted to the opening part of the story, so I guess that was good, too.

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10
Amazing Spider-Man #617

Jan 14, 2010

This issue, combined with the previous two by Fred Van Lente and Javier Pulido, are the perfect examples of how to do a SpiderMan comic. Peter is likeable for the first time in years (yes, years), SpiderMan is lighthearted and fun to watch, Peter's supporting cast has been interesting and, most importantly, they aren't rubbing the whole Brand New Day status quo in our face. Aside from the lack of a marriage, these issues could have taken place at any point in Spidey's history and been just as good. Why can't every issue be like these ones?

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #620

Feb 11, 2010

It's pure fun. Loved every minute of this issue. It's the kind of fun you can only have with a SpiderMan comic and an issue I can see myself rereading again and again.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #623

Mar 3, 2010

Forgettable is just about the worst thing I can say about any story driven purchase, whether it be a movie, book or comic. Inability to engage a reader on any level is a failure to me. So, while technically sound in both writing and art, I can't recommend this issue on any creative or entertainment level.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #625

Mar 17, 2010

Very good issue marred by a few hiccups. Fiumara is an excellent artist and his image of the original Rhino back in action was amazing and worth the price of admission alone. The entire Rhino storyline, save the cause and reasons for his return to action, was top notch and, while I disagree with how they made him come back to crime, I still thoroughly enjoyed the issue and highly recommend it.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #626

Mar 25, 2010

Neither great nor terrible, this is a relatively straightforward SpiderMan story that, while has its flaws, is otherwise satisfying.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #627

Apr 1, 2010

Very strong opening issue to this storyline. Loved the art and story and highly recommend picking it up.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #628

Apr 30, 2010

What started out strong ends on a bit of a low note. I had high expectations going in, so that may account for my disappointment, but I don't regret my purchase of this arc and still think it had its moments and was an above average story. I think I was hoping for Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut 2 and set the bar too high though.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #631

May 13, 2010

Another fantastic reintroduction of one of Spidey's rogue gallery members and one of the best Lizard stories I've read in a long time.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #632

May 31, 2010

Good issue, but didn't agree with the direction they went with the Lizard or the addition of new powers to him. Put a damper on what was looking like an instant classic story, but not so much that it ruins or makes it unreadable or anything.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #633

Jun 17, 2010

This issue really nailed the new Lizard concept down and capped off a strong storyline leading into Grim Hunt. Easily one of my favourite Lizard stories and one of the best SpiderMan arcs in years.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #634

Jun 17, 2010

I had some minor issues with the story, particularly the end, but it was a top notch effort all around in both writing and art and the extras provided with the backup stories were all value added content that no one will look at as pure filler or wasted pages. Great start to a long awaited storyline.

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9.0
Amazing Spider-Man #635

Jun 24, 2010

SpiderMan dies. I'm not sure what defines a must read comic for most people, but I think this one fits the bill. It also helps that this was another compelling chapter of Grim Hunt with the great swerve with Ezekiel and it's a comic you should be reading.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #636

Jul 9, 2010

Still a solid story, but some miscues really dulled my enjoyment of this one compared to the previous two parts.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #637

Jul 15, 2010

A bit hasty and rushed, but otherwise, I enjoyed this issue. While I think there's some wasted potential with the various killings and resurrections, the story was good when it needed to be and delivered the action in spades. Not the best arc, but still recommended reading if you enjoy SpiderMan.

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2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #638

Jul 25, 2010

Peter misses his wedding because a fat guy fell on him. I repeat, Peter misses his wedding because a fat guy fell on him and he couldn't get up. This is why they don't get married. This was the great story that justifies the Brand New Day continuity and had to be told. Additionally, they butchered a classic story to tell this abomination of a comic.

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9.0
Annihilation: Conquest #1

Nov 7, 2007

This is the start of the sequel to the incredible Annihilation from last year. It's got everything that made the last one great and looks to be following in its predecessor's footsteps.

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10
Annihilation: Conquest #1

Nov 7, 2007

This is the start of the sequel to the incredible Annihilation from last year. It's got everything that made the last one great and looks to be following in its predecessor's footsteps.

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10
Annihilation: Conquest #2

Dec 5, 2007

If you like Green Lantern's Sinestro Corps War or are a fan of fun, nondecompressed, action packed comics featuring great characters, do yourself a favour and pick up Conquest.

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9.0
Annihilation: Conquest #3

Jan 4, 2008

This is like bottled awesomeness in paper form with pretty pictures. If you aren't reading Conquest, you're a DC fanboy. Ya, I went there. Now go buy it!

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6.0
Annihilation: Conquest #4

Feb 6, 2008

Ya, a Check It for Conquest. It's not that the book was bad by any means. I actually loved it, but, all bias aside, it was a rather pedestrian outing that gets the disparate storylines all moving towards Hala for the big showdown. Add Ronan's big, secret plan and this issue slides down to Check It range. Just think of this as the calm before the storm.

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6.0
Annihilation: Conquest #5

Mar 12, 2008

I love the series and enjoyed the issue, but I don't think this was a Must Read issue for anyone except the most diehard Annihilation fans, like myself. Final issue is doublesized, so maybe they'll be able to wrap up the numerous plot threads without rushing it.

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6.0
Annihilation: Conquest #6

Apr 16, 2008

I liked it, but I'm a bit biased with regards to this book. There's a lot of flaws I'm easily able to overlook that many might scoff at. While not a series I'd call a true event, this is still an enjoyable story. Disappointment over this not being as good or better than the original Annihilation is the biggest detriment and something most people will find hard to overlook when evaluating this series.

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9.0
Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar #2

Aug 15, 2007

This issue continues the story and gives us a little action, but the main focus is Moondragon and what happens to her at the end of this issue. Still well worth the price of admission and an excellent addition to the Conquest saga. If you can afford more than Nova and Starlord each month, make sure this book is the next one on your list.

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2.0
Annihilation: Conquest - Quasar #4

Oct 31, 2007

Aside from the big splash page reveal of Adam Warlock, there is nothing worth seeing in this issue. Is one page of something you've been spoiled on worth plodding through this overly sappy and cliched comic? I don't think so. Save some money and skip this. Gage is usually so much better than this. Not sure what happened here.

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10
Annihilation: Conquest - Starlord #4

Nov 7, 2007

It may not be as good as the first three issues, but it's still a damn good read compared to everything else out there and is easily one of the best Conquest tieins. While not immediately present in the debut issue of Conquest, the events of this series should be felt as the team is set to show up in the near future.

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6.0
Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #4

Oct 24, 2007

While not a great book, and easily the weakest of the Conquest tieins, this issue does set the stage for the Kree resistance for the upcoming Conquest series proper. If this is the worst book you check out this week, you're in good shape.

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6.0
Assault On New Olympus Prologue #1

Nov 4, 2009

While I personally enjoyed the issue a great deal, I'm only giving it a Check It for the simple fact that it fails to accomplish what I perceived as the objective of the oneshot to sell people on the concept of this new event and get new readers on board. Hercules fans and most that pick it up will likely enjoy the book, but enough to buy into an event?

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9.0
Astonishing X-Men #23

Nov 7, 2007

Whedon's dialogue continues to impress, especially the snide remarks between Kitty and Emma. Armour seems to be taking the Jubilee role while partnered with Wolverine. Pretty much every character gets to shine in this issue and there's plenty of action and character moments that make this a nearly perfect issue.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men #24

Jan 23, 2008

Like I said, Whedon just moves some pieces around the board despite having set up his big conclusion set up last issue, making this just a bunch of redundant fluff as we wait for the actual main event to start whenever he decides to write the final script.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men #25

Jul 2, 2008

I'm tempted to say Avoid It as nothing happens here. You could pick it up next issue and probably follow along with ease. I may be judging this too harshly. However, given the pedigree of this title and the quality of the new creative team, I expected far more than what was offered in this debut issue.

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2.0
Astonishing X-Men #26

Aug 14, 2008

. It's not that bad, but I say avoid it because you should just wait for the trade. You aren't missing anything waiting, this will probably be delayed and it's just not good enough given the pedigree of the title's creators and pales in comparison to Whedon and Cassaday's run. Give it six issues and, if it's good, grab the trade.

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2.0
Astonishing X-Men #27

Oct 17, 2008

Move along. Nothing to see here.

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9.0
Atomic Robo #4

Jan 16, 2008

Turns out Stephen Hawking doesn't like Robo and is, in fact, a bastard. Good times were had by all. There's a 2 or 3 page backup story that features Thomas Edison's men trying to assassinate Robo, the Dr Tesla creation, that was excellent as well. Look for Robo in the Moments of the Week tomorrow.

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6.0
Atomic Robo #5

Feb 13, 2008

Solid story that is still worth reading, but no where near as funny or entertaining as previous issues.

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9.0
Atomic Robo #6

Mar 13, 2008

This issue wraps up one of the most entertaining new titles / characters in a long time.

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6.0
Atomic Robo: Dogs of War #1

Aug 16, 2008

Fairly standard action story with few of the trademark quips and humour from the first series. However, the backup was a little closer to the original series, but is far too short to really make the issue a Must Read. With most of the setup done, things should quickly return to form with the next issue.

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10
Atomic Robo: Dogs of War #2

Sep 21, 2008

This was exactly what I was expecting from a new volume of Atomic Robo and I can't wait to read the rest of this miniseries.

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10
Atomic Robo: Dogs of War #3

Oct 15, 2008

Another great read from the Atomic Robo team. Fleshes out the villains of the piece, introduces a new character and puts Robo in some real conflict that shows he's not invincible.

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9.0
Atomic Robo: Revenge Of The Vampire Dimension #1

Feb 17, 2010

My book of the week and a fantastic start to another volume of Atomic Robo. With the promise of Dr Dinosaur, a trip to Japan and more in future issues of this volume, I can't imagine this not being the best volume of Atomic Robo yet.

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6.0
Atomic Robo: Revenge Of The Vampire Dimension #2

Apr 28, 2010

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8.0
Atomic Robo: Revenge Of The Vampire Dimension #4

Jul 1, 2010

Just another day at the office for Atmoic Robo is just another great issue of Atomic Robo for fans.

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9.0
Atomic Robo: Shadow from Beyond Time #4

Aug 19, 2009

I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this issue. Perfect blend of comedy, action, SCIENCE! and plot progression that reminds me why I love this series so much.

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9.0
Atomic Robo: Shadow from Beyond Time #5

Sep 17, 2009

Great read from start to finish that wraps up the Shadows From Beyond Time volume of Atomic Robo. Action, comedy and a strong concluding chapter for my favourite volume of Atomic Robo to date.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #13

May 7, 2011

Everything was quite accessible and it was an fun and entertaining done in one story that has me contemplating picking up the next issue. If you've got a few extra dollars in the budget this week, consider picking this issue up.

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6.0
Avengers: Children's Crusade #1

Jul 9, 2010

A solid first issue. I'm tempted to give it a higher rating, but there were some minor hiccups in this issue and it felt like a sort of reintroduction issue for past fans than a straight up story for anyone to pick up. It's also on a bimonthly schedule, barring delays, which are likely with Heinberg's record, and it might be a better choice to trade wait this one.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #5

Aug 29, 2007

Great issue all around and I, honestly, cannot find a single bad thing about this issue, a very rare thing considering it was a mandatory tie-in issue to a huge event. Those types of books are typically the worst of the lot. Probably the best Avengers book on the market today.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #6

Sep 26, 2007

The issue ends with a very freaky looking Slapstick recalling how he beat Gauntlet half to death in one of the coolest, and most disturbing, scenes I've seen in a while. I never took Slapstick seriously before, but damn this was a cool scene. Look for it in the Comic Book Moments of the Week on Friday.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #7

Nov 14, 2007

As for the rest of the issue, the Scarlet Spiders are revealed as MVP clones? Scarlet Spider. Clone. Oh Marvel, you sly dog. Will you never learn? I don't think Clor was exactly well received and you let the name Scarlet Spider be associated with clones again? I personally don't care as I liked most of the Clone Saga (most, not all), but I hope Slott and Marvel have this planned out very carefully. I can see this ending badly.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #10

Mar 12, 2008

Again, I really liked the issue, but I'm also getting tired of the random killing just for the shock value factor. There are better ways to make me care about the characters and I hope Slott tones it down a bit in future issues.

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10
Avengers: The Initiative #11

Apr 16, 2008

It's confusing talking about a book when I have to differentiate old and new versions of teams with the same name or deal with four characters that are all clones of another character, so this review might come off a tad negative in connotation, but I really enjoyed this arc. All that remains is to deal with the aftermath and hopefully find out Slott didn't kill off half the characters in the book.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #12

Apr 30, 2008

It's kind of sad to see how Cloud 9 has progressed from the free spirited girl that just wanted to fly on her clouds back at the beginning of the series compared to the jaded and cynical soldier she is now, but also a testament to the character progression Slott has set up over the course of the past year. I hope to see some more development with her and maybe some positive super heroics to bring back some of that lost childhood for her.

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9.0
Avengers: The Initiative #13

May 21, 2008

One of the most heart warming and fun comics I've read in a while. Since it's almost all new characters, no excuse for not picking this gem up.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #14

Jun 26, 2008

I'm a little annoyed that these goggles can detect the Skrulls so easily while SpiderMan's spidersense, Wolverine's overpowered senses, telepaths and even the sorceror supreme of the entire freaking universe can't tell who is or isn't a Skrull. Otherwise, the issue was another good outing from what I'd consider the best Avengers title on the stands.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #15

Jul 24, 2008

I liked it, but the story doesn't flow very well and there's some repetition from stories we've already seen.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #16

Aug 28, 2008

It's a fun read with lots of action and great art. 3D Man is really growing on me and it was fun seeing Kimodo again.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #18

Nov 1, 2008

There are flashes of the old Initiative book preSI tieins, but they are few and far between. With only one issue left of tieins, I wonder if the book will be able to keep me entertained long enough to stick it out for future stories.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #22

Feb 26, 2009

This title appears to be back on track, but still lacks a real purpose, especially with the destruction of most of Camp Hammond here and the fallout of Secret Invasion's Skrull infestation. Gage just needs to show me he has something long term planned for the title or a new direction of some kind and I'll be sold on sticking with this title for the long haul again.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative #25

Jun 26, 2009

This is a good jumping on point for people interested, but the new direction is also a good jumping off point for others, such as myself. While not a bad book or issue, I feel it's served its purpose and it's time to move on.

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6.0
Avengers: The Initiative: Special #1

Nov 11, 2008

Overall, it's better than the current Avengers The Initiative Secret Invasion stuff, but suffers from poor pacing and some subpar artwork. It should be interesting to see when this is picked up in the main title, but won't really convert any nonInitiative readers to the flock either.

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2.0
Batgirl (2008) #1

Jul 16, 2008

I don't think anyone wants to be reminded of how badly this character has been treated recently. They should have spent the issue developing that little thing called the plot instead of wasting so many pages with recaps and pointless fight scenes that go nowhere.

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6.0
Batgirl (2009) #1

Aug 19, 2009

Mild complaints aside, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this issue. One of the stronger Batman Reborn relaunch issues. Wanted to see more on Cassie and why she quit, but will with hold judgement on that for a few issues as they establish this new status quo.

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2.0
Batgirl (2009) #2

Sep 17, 2009

I wanted to like this new Batgirl series. Stephanie was given the cowl and one of the few people I was willing to accept as the new Batgirl, Oracle looked like she was going to return to a mentor status like she did with Cassandra and I was sure with Steph's friendship with Cass we'd see some follow up on why she quit and gave the costume to Steph. What we get is weak writing, poor plots, Oracle acting snide and snarky and Cassandra completely ignored in favour of poorly written and forced college scenes.

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6.0
Batman #670

Oct 31, 2007

I'm not sure what I just read and how it ties into the Ra's storyline, but Ra's returned in this issue and some stuff happened. I'll let you know when I figure it out.

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6.0
Batman #671

Nov 28, 2007

However, I did enjoy the issue for the most part, but I would love it if they took the time build up people like Sensei or explain the various going ons before jumping to a new plot point. Also, I'm not sure what's left to do. I think Tim's supposed to join up with Ra's based on the covers and solicit information, but I still have no clue what's left to happen in this story. Ra's has a new monk body, but I guess that will decompose?

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6.0
Batman #676

May 14, 2008

The Joker scene was great, but the rest of the issue felt like filler and recaps for new readers jumping on for this event. The art was excellent by Daniels, but I hope the story picks up next issue.

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2.0
Batman #677

May 29, 2008

I came away with nothing from this issue. Maybe it's not for me. Maybe I'm being too critical and trying too hard to fit Morrison's Batman into what I perceive to be the "true" Batman image in my mind. I just can't see how throwing old Silver Age nonsense at the wall and hoping it sticks as a coherent story makes this good and I'm very tentative in picking up any future issues of this storyline.

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2.0
Batman #678

Jul 2, 2008

Seriously, this makes no sense, relies on Silver Age stories that have no place in current continuity with as little effort as Morrison has put into fleshing them out and does nothing to further the RIP storyline. At this point, I can't see how any amount of drugs or future issues could possibly make this story make any sense and it will most likely be retconned or forgotten the minute it ends.

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6.0
Batman #679

Aug 13, 2008

I'm wary to give it a Must Read since the first couple of issues were nearly unreadable and I'm unsure if this will continue to improve or if this will take another trip down the rabbit hole next issue. For now, this was good, but tread lightly in fear of future issues.

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6.0
Batman #680

Oct 7, 2008

In the end, not much happened until the last few pages, but it was still a much better outing than previous issues. Where the others seemed to be lacking any kind of editorial restraint or focus, this issue managed to combine the insanity of previous issues with a tempered direction and story progression that really worked in comparison.

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9.0
Batman #681

Nov 29, 2008

As a single issue, I think this was the strongest in the Batman RIP storyline and, combined with the last issue, redeems a story I had almost written off. However, as a concluding chapter to a story promising the death of Batman, with mountains of hype surrounding it, I think it fails to deliver any kind of definitive ending, good or bad, which is rather disappointing in the grand scheme of things. Mostly a Must Read for the impact it will have on the coming months, but a good issue on its own, as well.

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2.0
Batman #682

Dec 9, 2008

Nothing noteworthy happens and there's nothing here that I can even remotely see as foreshadowing or setup for future storylines that would justify a read.

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9.0
Batman #686

Feb 11, 2009

One thing to note about the issue before making any judgements is that this is only the first half of the story and seems to be grounded in mostly preCrisis era stories, barring the "I'm the goddamn Riddler!" line, and we still have the concluding chapter (delayed until March thanks to Kubert's involvement) to look forward to. So, at that, I'll leave most of the speculation and comparisons to Moore's work until we see how this turns out before making anymore bold claims about this issue.

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2.0
Batman #687

Jun 13, 2009

If you skipped Battle for the Cowl, you might enjoy seeing Dick come to terms with becoming Batman more than I did, but for the rest of us, I think it's a weak first issue and not nearly enough to get me to come back again next month.

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6.0
Batman #701

Jul 15, 2010

It's a good issue, but there's not much substance here. There's not even the usual Grant Morrison nuances in the writing or structure. It's like they dusted off some culled epilogue issue and pushed it out for a filler issue. It has its moments, but falls short of the standards set by most of Morrison's Batman and Robin issues.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #1

Aug 29, 2009

Was hoping this would be as entertaining as Pak's last run on Incredible Hulk, but it was a really slow issue that wasted a lot of time on exposition and recaps instead of establishing a plot to grab readers. I'm going to pass on anymore of this series unless I start hearing Planet Hulklike praise for it.

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9.0
Batman and Robin #2

Jul 4, 2009

It's fun. Pure, unadultered fun. Something I can't say about too many comics. Is it perfect? No. Are there flaws? Yes. Do they matter? Not a bit.

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9.0
Batman and Robin #3

Aug 29, 2009

This was a wonderful conclusion to the Pyg storyline and he's an excellent addition to the Batman rogue's gallery that I hope isn't forgotten once Morrison's run ends. Disappointed to see Quitely off the book for the next six months, but it's better than constant delays, too.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #4

Sep 17, 2009

A steep decline in quality, both in writing and artwork, for what had been some of the best Batman work in over a decade. I'm hoping this is only a temporary set back for the title as it's just pedestrian work right now. At least Morrison's preBatman and Robin work was interesting and unique, if not something I cared for. This is just dull and uninspired in comparison to that and the past three issues of this series.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #7

Jan 31, 2010

I'm not saying this is Final Crisislevel of channel zapping or that you will not understand this comic. It is, actually, quite a straight forward tale. However, you will have to work for it and may even want to reread it again just to make sure you got it all straight in your head. Like all Grant Morrison stories, I think this will make for a much better trade read, though this is still a very good read.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #9

Feb 25, 2010

Yes, I just wrote like a 1000 words lambasting how text was displayed and criticizing the fact Batman helped kill a woman that was injured with the plan being he'd just revive her in a magic pool of water that was buried under tonnes of rock with no guarantee of her being saved and I'm still giving this a Check It instead of outright Avoid It rating. Why? Because I still enjoyed it and think less anal, OCD people will be able to look past those, and other minor, failings to see this is still a solid read. And there's always Cameron Stewart's beautiful art to fall back on.

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10
Batman and Robin #10

Mar 10, 2010

Really, it's like night and day between this and the previous few issues. I'm so glad I forgot to have the book removed from my pull list at the shop. Otherwise, I would have missed out on possibly the best issue of the series so far and a return to the greatness of the opening arc of this title. As a bonus, it's assuaged any fears about whether I'd enjoy it or hesitation in I had regarding picking up the upcoming Return of Bruce Wayne. Highly recommended issue.

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9.0
Batman and Robin #14

Sep 10, 2010

All in all, I really enjoyed this issue, but it has a middle issue feeling some decent moments, good characterization and art, but very little happens. Players were moved into position for the big conclusion next month and while I have anticipation for what will happen next, I almost feel like I could skip this issue and be fine going into the final part with how little plot sensitive material was here and that keeps this from a Must Read verdict for me. Don't let this slight negativity fool you though, it was still an excellent read and I still highly recommend it.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #1

Jul 1, 2010

If you have any interest or fond memories of Batman Beyond, I think you'll really enjoy this issue. It's a great return for the franchise and I was quite impressed with the debut issue, despite my minor misgivings.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #2

Jul 25, 2010

It's a fun read and captures the essence of the Batman Beyond universe quite well. Beechen has a real grasp of Terry's character and the action and dialogue between him and the new Catwoman shows this. If you've any interest in Batman Beyond, you won't go wrong with this comic.

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2.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #4

Sep 16, 2010

This story went off the rails in this issue. Bruce Wayne is painted as incompetent both in his younger days as Batman and as Terry's mentor and is nothing like Batman or his Beyond appearances prior to this series. The Hush mystery/Dick Grayson debacle is just the final straw. It'll take some serious work to redeem this series after this issue with only two issues left.

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10
Batman Confidential #18

Jun 12, 2008

This is part two of a five part story and it's been nothing but fun and games for me. Love the Catwoman / Batgirl dynamic and you can see how much fun the creators are having writing and drawing this book. It just shines through in every page. On top of all the fun, there's an interesting mystery developing with regards to this notebook and Catwoman's motivation for needing it. Great stuff all around.

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10
Batman Confidential #19

Jul 11, 2008

It's out of continuity and many gave up on Confidential after that Joker origin fiasco, but this is a different creative team and the story rocks. At the least, if you don't want to buy the singles, consider picking up the trade in the future.

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9.0
Batman, Inc. #6

May 14, 2011

By far my favourite issue of Batman, Inc to date and I feel it is the first to capitalize on the promise and potential of the concept. It almost reads like what should have been the first issue of this series with dozens of Batmen operatives in action, layers of intrigue, secret organizations, Batman building an army and so on. On top of this, it's just plain fun to read.

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6.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1

Mar 11, 2009

While I wasn't exactly thrilled with the characterization, the story does have promise and, as it's only three issues long, I'm going to stick with it for the duration.

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2.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

May 21, 2009

Only thing you need to know from this entire event is that Nightwing became Batman on the last page, Tim Drake will probably be out of commission for a while due to superficial wounds and Damian is the new Robin, all things you knew prior to the event.

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6.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: The Network #1

May 7, 2009

Fairly entertaining, albeit predictable read. Quite satisfied with the purchase even though I know this isn't the best book I'll ever read.

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9.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #2

Jun 22, 2011

Great issue that moves the story forward, but still leaves us wanting more with the mystery of who the villain is and why they are doing this. Excellent character moments and art round out the package.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #2

Jul 16, 2009

All in all, it's a solid read, but the book seems unclear as to what it wants to be about. I'd love to see the Hush angle played up more and maybe even see him taking over the book as its main character, but I suspect we'll continue with the series of interconnected plots playing up Gotham City as the character while the actual characters are just the set pieces.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #3

Aug 19, 2009

Despite not liking how Batman and Robin handled Hush's usurping of Bruce Wayne's identity, this was still a very solid outing for Streets of Gotham.

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9.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #4

Sep 17, 2009

I really enjoyed this issue. Even if you aren't following the title, it's a great doneinone that still has threads that tie into past issues and lead into future ones. Worth picking up just to know the origin of all those crazy amusement parks and rundown villain hideouts.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #5

Oct 23, 2009

For a filler issue, I was actually satisfied with the effort and don't regret my purchase. Would have been nice to see some nods to Dini's ongoing subplots, but otherwise happy with it.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #6

Nov 23, 2009

Average story with above average art. Great backup, though I imagine it would be difficult for those jumping right into it. It kepts Streets of Gotham on our radar instead of delaying it due to other committments on Dini's part, but I can't say I'm not looking forward to Dini's return next month.

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9.0
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1

May 13, 2010

Just a lot of fun to read. Few comics will put a smile on your face like this one did for me.

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9.0
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3

Jun 24, 2010

If you're still on the fence with this series, this issue should decide it for you. It maintains the Elsewoldslike theme while moving the overarching plot forward. While still pretty light on the details, you can get a sense for where Morrison is taking this and it makes for a more compelling read than previous issues in that regard.

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9.0
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5

Oct 17, 2010

Great issue that pushes the Return of Bruce Wayne back to its roots with a noir tale and then rockets us towards the end game with an excellent cliffhanger ending.

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9.0
Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #2

Jul 16, 2009

If you're only experience with Beta Ray Bill has been the lackluster appearances in Omega Flight and what not, you owe it to yourself to see why this character is beloved by so many people. The miniseries even has backups of the first appearance of Bill, showing you some of his best stories. As of right now, this is an early front runner for my Best Miniseries award and this could be compared to the Thor Ages of Thunder series from last year.

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9.0
Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter #3

Aug 29, 2009

Fantastic series that does just about everything right, including a great ending to a premise we all knew the ending (or the basic outline of it) to already.

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9.0
Black Adam: The Dark Age #1

Aug 9, 2007

I was truly surprised this issue was not rated for mature readers or that it did not come with some kind of warning. This issue contains, but is not limited to, multiple visible deaths, cannibalism, murder, torture and more. Pretty graphic and violent stuff for a comic book not marked for mature readers. However, it fit what I would expect from a Black Adam book given his current state of mind and I thought it was an excellent issue. I recommend this to anyone that enjoyed 52, JSA or has any interest in post-52 Black Adam.

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10
Black Adam: The Dark Age #4

Nov 14, 2007

Seriously, if you aren't reading Black Adam, what the hell's wrong with you? I can't think of a single reason for you not to be reading this book. This isn't a random fanboy musing or "oh this is my favourite character" speil. This is fact. Read this book. Go now. The rest of the reviews will be here when you get back.

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6.0
Black Adam: The Dark Age #5

Dec 13, 2007

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6.0
Black Panther (2005) #30

Aug 29, 2007

If you enjoy fun zombie stories, this book has been a great source of it for the last few issues. While not a perfect story arc by any means, it is fun and enjoyable and that is all that really matters.

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10
Black Panther (2005) #39

Jul 31, 2008

This issue combined the epic scope of an alien invasion, the dire straits of a people battling back against insurmountable odds and the alien shape shifting, "Who do you trust?", nature of the Skrulls into one story that has managed to upstage the entirety of Bendis' event. Take a bow Aaron and Palo, you deserve it.

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9.0
Black Panther (2005) #40

Aug 28, 2008

This is easily the best Black Panther I have ever read and a superior secret invasion than the actual Secret Invasion event. Cannot recommend this enough.

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9.0
Black Panther (2005) #41

Sep 25, 2008

A fun, short ride that, as a Secret Invasion "cashin", was better than it had any right to be. Great stuff.

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6.0
Black Widow (2010) #1

Aug 9, 2010

Overall, this issue was fairly average. I'm still enjoying it, but there are flaws that may hurt the event in the long run if they aren't corrected in future issues. Things like Daredevil's weak motivation or the senseless fighting with other heroes these make for an easy access event, but lack the depth and characterization necessary for an event of this size. I'm hoping the ongoing Daredevil can continue to compliment this series as it did with the first issue last month. If not, this could fizzle out quickly.

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6.0
Black Widow: Deadly Origin #1

Nov 4, 2009

More present day than actual origin story, which disappointed me, but the six or so pages of origin were fantastic, especially in terms of art. I like Black Widow, but have never really read her origin before, so was looking forward to that aspect. Wish it had been played up more than it was.

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6.0
Blackest Night #0

May 1, 2009

A solid story that offers more to long term readers than new ones but still has its own charms and definitely got me more interested in Blackest Night.

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10
Blackest Night #1

Jul 15, 2009

Slow start for anyone following the buildup to this event, but kicks it into high gear about halfway through and never slows down. Lots of new Black Lanterns to mull over and tonnes of new information to speculate on. Not a flawless issue, as it has its faults, but was damn entertaining and a great way to kick off this event.

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6.0
Blackest Night #2

Aug 13, 2009

Very little progression in terms of plot and a tad excessive in the violence and gore department, but an otherwise entertaining issue.

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6.0
Blackest Night #3

Sep 17, 2009

. I didn't want to write a full review of this because, well, I'm completely apathetic about it now. Loved ones come back from the dead, say mean things and kill people. Rinse and repeat. Same story for three issues and a dozen or so tieins. Yawn.

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6.0
Blackest Night #4

Oct 31, 2009

To be honest, this is an event book you could probably skip and still enjoy the event just as much by reading the "tieins" that are Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. Blackest Night is still a good book and accomplishes what DC wants to do with it, but I think it's failing as a Green Lantern story. This is more like a Blackest Night DCU tiein than the main event to me. Take that one or two pages of Nekron's reveal out and you wouldn't think twice about calling it a tiein. That's pretty telling for the main event title for the event.

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9.0
Blackest Night #5

Nov 25, 2009

First issue that felt like it was required reading, which is odd when you consider this is the main event book. Lots of action and some great reveals and character moments marred by jarring art and the same lack of Green Lantern focus for the event that previous issues had.

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6.0
Blackest Night #6

Dec 30, 2009

The deputizing of multiple Earthbased heroes and villains was pure pandering and I loved it, but it doesn't really make up for the first half of this issue, which ignored everything from last issue and just recapped the previous issues for us. In fact, I'm left wondering if we'll just ignore these deputized heroes like the "dead" heroes from last issue or Nekron from the reveal in the issue before that. However, with a skip month in place for this event, I'm left wanting more after this issue, which is a good thing I think.

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2.0
Blackest Night #8

Apr 1, 2010

I loved the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps issues of this event. They were extremely well done. This...thing...though? No, I can't recommend it. It's the antithesis of good storytelling and the equivilent of Michael Bay's Transformers movies. Some action and eye candy along the way, but an empty and vapid venture nonetheless.

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6.0
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1

Jul 16, 2009

I enjoyed these stories for what they are and will continue to pick up the series due to wanting to know everything Blackest Night related, but I'm pretty confident in saying that, at $3.99, you can easily skip this and not miss a beat when the Indigo Tribe finally shows up in Blackest Night. Nothing here is required reading and only the most diehard fans need apply.

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6.0
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #2

Jul 24, 2009

Better than the first, but still feels a bit too light for a $3.99 comic. Die hard fans will obviously want this and shouldn't be disappointed, but casuals expecting something relevant to the Blackest Night event should probably steer clear.

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6.0
Blackest Night: The Flash #1

Dec 3, 2009

I liked the character work Johns did with Barry Allen here. Much better than the work I've seen in Flash Rebirth. I could see myself reading a book about this Barry Allen. However, that's not enough to warrant the same, repetitive Blackest Night formula for this story that every other tiein has been based around.

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9.0
Blackest Night: The Flash #3

Feb 17, 2010

Great miniseries that builds upon Blackest Night, adds to it and also tells its own story. Some interesting implications for Brightest Day and the beginnings of what I believe will be another Rogues return to prominence in the upcoming Flash monthly. This has me more excited for that new ongoing than Rebirth has, so if you've been on the fence about Barry's return, pick up this series to change your opinion on him.

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9.0
Blue Beetle #18

Aug 22, 2007

In the end, the conflict of this issue, Lobo, trying to stop a rocket from launching, is of little importance as this issue is about our hero meeting the Teen Titans and being offered to come hang out with them any time he wants. And, in this, the book succeeds perfectly, as this is the best the Titans have been written in months. This is an issue anyone can enjoy and there is no major continuity or plot points that will confuse the reader or force you to buy other books to get the rest of the story. While it says it ties into Teen Titans #50, it is more of a side story to that and not an official "part" of any continued story. Great issue that everyone should not hesitate to pick up.

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9.0
Blue Beetle #19

Sep 26, 2007

The ending was a great finish to the book with Brenda and Jaime's mom in a touching and heartfelt moment. After the rollercoaster ride of an issue, the ending really packs a punch and drives home the emotions of that final page. Excellent comic and shame on you guys if you aren't reading it.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #20

Oct 24, 2007

It's still a good book and worth a read. It just doesn't feel like a normal Blue Beetle issue and I was hoping for a little more out of this tiein. Things should get back to normal next month and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of the death of Peacemaker.

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9.0
Blue Beetle #23

Jan 24, 2008

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9.0
Blue Beetle #24

Feb 27, 2008

Not sure what's going to happen with this ending, whether he gets a Dan Garret costume or it's some new way to access his Blue Beetle powers or what, but I honestly don't know how I'll last the whole month before next issue.

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9.0
Blue Beetle #25

Mar 26, 2008

When it comes time to rank the events for 2008, Secret Invasion and Final Crisis and anything else are going to have a tough time beating this three issue Blue Beetle / Reach arc. My only complaint is Rogers is leaving the book indefinitely with this issue.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #26

Apr 30, 2008

However, the Spanish aspect of this issue did pull me out of it at times. Having the Parasite speaking Spanish for no reason or Jaime doing it when he's off by himself as the Blue Beetle, which he's never done before, made it feel like, at times, it was having them speak Spanish for the sake of speaking Spanish. As others pointed out, there was a translation in the back of the book, but flipping back and forth got a little old after the first couple pages (I did do it for the whole thing though), but it still made it a chore to "read" this issue at times.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #27

May 30, 2008

All-in-all, it was a fun issue, but I think I enjoyed the all-Spanish issue more, even with flipping back and forth. This issue had its moments, such as the discussion on Batman, but for the most part, it was an average outing and, as such, it gets a Check It rating.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #28

Jul 3, 2008

. Solid doneinone issue that gives you a full story, does a great job with the character and his supporting cast and manages to weave more of the Blue Beetle mythos into this title.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #29

Jul 31, 2008

Allinall, a good start to Sturges run, but nothing that screams go out and buy this issue. Blue Beetle fans should be happy for the return to stability of a permanent writer and I'm looking forward to reading more from him.

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6.0
Blue Beetle #30

Aug 27, 2008

Kind of similar to how I felt about the recent Nightwing main story, Sturges first arc on Blue Beetle brings the goods for characterization and hits a lot of the right Blue Beetle notes, but the actual plot is a real stinker and counters just about all the positives he's brought to the book.

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9.0
Booster Gold #0

Feb 13, 2008

It seems that saving Ted Kord had some dire consequences, as there's a tonne of OMACs searching for Ted and Booster when the other Blue Beetles return to their time periods and blue and gold return to talk to Rip. The menacing look the future Blue Beetle gave as he explained Ted was safe before returning to his own timeline made me think he knew the consequences of saving Ted and used everyone to do it, but it could just be the art.

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9.0
Booster Gold #3

Oct 10, 2007

I love time travel books when they are handled properly and Booster Gold is definitely the best book I have ever seen handle the topic. Having Booster inadvertently be responsible for all of the random events in the DCU is a perfect role for him and I can't wait for the next issue. Do yourself a favour and go back to the shop and pick this book up. It's worth every penny.

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10
Booster Gold #4

Nov 14, 2007

Don't let my Negative Nancy fears dissuade you from buying this issue though. It's still hilarious and a must read for everyone. I have faith Johns and Katz won't let me down.

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6.0
Booster Gold #5

Dec 12, 2007

Usually a Must Read book, but this month's offering just fell a little bit below the bar. Still better than most books on the market though.

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6.0
Booster Gold #8

Apr 9, 2008

Now, I'm not saying I didn't enjoy this issue or the previous ones, but it just doesn't feel like any of this matters and you could skip the previous couple of issues and you wouldn't have missed a beat. Still a good book, but a far cry from the comedy goldmine the earlier issues were. I blame the severe lack of Skeets.

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6.0
Booster Gold #9

May 15, 2008

Overall, I'm still disappointed with the way this book has turned out ever since Supernova was revealed to be Booster's father, but the series is showing signs of life again with this build up to the conclusion to Johns and Katz' run on the book. Shame they didn't cut the filler issues with Green Arrow and Hawkman and the numerous failed attempts at stopping Lord.

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10
Booster Gold #10

Jun 12, 2008

It seemed like more happened in this issue than the last four or five issues combined. It had action, comedy, major reveals and was just a joy to read.

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6.0
Booster Gold #11

Aug 13, 2008

Dixon is a perfect follow up to Johns and Katz, which makes me sad he's been fired by DC. He would have made a great replacement for that team.

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2.0
Brightest Day #0

Apr 28, 2010

While I used Countdown in my comparison, note that it is nowhere near Countdown-level of bad. The story was just laid out like an issue of Countdown in the format. It looks better and is written well, but the 'spine of the DC Universe' format it seems to be using killed my interest in the project. Will give it a couple of issues to win me over and dissuade my fears.

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2.0
Brightest Day #2

May 20, 2010

As of right now, it's three issues in and, much like Countdown and Trinity, I don't foresee this storyline going anywhere for another 20 issues and I am not willing to sit around reading two and three pages of individual stories every second week for the next year as we wait for some imagined pay off down the road. Comics should be good every issue. There shouldn't be some carrot dangled in front of the reader or creators/fans telling us to sit tight because it'll get better later on.

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2.0
Cable #1

Mar 6, 2008

I might, and I stress the might, pick #2 up next month if it happens to fall on a dead week with few books coming out and only to see if they explain why the hell Bishop is such an asshole these days and how he survived Messiah Complex. It's extremely unlikely I'll be picking up this book after this first issue and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone but the most diehard Cable fan.

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2.0
Cable #2

Apr 2, 2008

Terrible story, terrible art, horrendous dialogue and the most retarded explanations ever imaginable and time travel logic that makes my head spin make this one of the worst books I've ever read. Why didn't Bishop just go back in time and kill the freaking baby's mother when no one was around? He knew where it took place. He could warp in, kill the mother and warp out, no fuss, no muss. Since when can you time travel at will like this? Why doesn't he just go into the future and double check and see if the girl kills everyone and is the anti-Christ he thinks it is? Why the million jumps to find Cable and these retarded plot twists? I give up. I could keep this up all day.

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6.0
Cable #14

May 7, 2009

. If you're reading this event, you'll be happy to know the story picks up with this issue, but there's not really much here for those uninterested or trade waiting to get excited over just yet.

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2.0
Cable #15

Jun 22, 2009

Nothing really happened. Sound and fury signifying nothing, but with bad art. Most crossovers, even as bad as they some parts are, they are typically worth purchasing to know what is going on. Not the case with this one.

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6.0
Cable & Deadpool #46

Oct 24, 2007

This month's issue continues the time jumping with an equally entertaining Fantastic Four team up. Shame this book is going to end soon. It's far better without Cable in my opinion. The humour isn't for everyone though, so give it a flip through before picking this up.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #29

Aug 15, 2007

Brubaker has turned Captain America into one of the best books on the market and this continues even with the main character dead. Do yourself a favour and pick this book up along with any back issues or TPB's you can find.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #30

Sep 19, 2007

An incredible issue with tonnes of information to digest with several shocking revelations. Who will be the new Cap? Will Bucky take this letter as a sign Cap wants him to take up the mantle? What about Hawkeye? Tony asked him once, will this change his mind? Based on the cover previews and Red Skull and Dr Faust's capture of Bucky, it looks like they reprogram him as Winter Soldier and force him to fight or try to assassinate Tony. I'm not sure what Skulls overall plan is, but this series just kicked into high gear and this is easily the Book of the Week. No matter what you do, do not miss the issue.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #32

Nov 21, 2007

Usually give this a Must Read, but this issue was just plain average and, if you compare it to previous offerings from this series, almost mediocre in comparison. Note, compared to the insanely high quality of previous Captain America issues, not compared to stuff like Countdown or what have you. It still blows those out of the water in terms of quality.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #33

Dec 28, 2007

The fight ended with Tony telling Bucky about Cap's letter and, later, showing said letter to him. As most expected, this obviously led to Tony offering Bucky the job as the new Captain America. It was handled well and, while no big shocker, was still quite enjoyable to see. I don't agree with the new Cap's costume, but I suspect Bucky will fill the role perfectly.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #34

Jan 30, 2008

Short, but oh, so sweet. If you aren't reading Captain America, I recommend picking up back issues starting around the time he died. While it all relates to earlier issues, they aren't pivotal to understanding what's going on. It's a crying shame if you're skipping this book because you don't want to jump in and not understand what's going on.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #35

Feb 28, 2008

I imagine this will all matter next issue or a couple issues time when these security forces probably execute a coup and the Red Skull takes over, but for this single issue? It's filler for the most part. Highly enjoyable filler, but filler none the less.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #36

Mar 19, 2008

Hard to fault a book for telling an entertaining story that may go down as one of the best runs on any single title, even if the story has slowed to a crawl. I was thinking of giving it a Check It for how slow paced the plot has been, but this issue's supervillain throw down was much more satisying than the previous Hydra henchmen and rioter "fights" on Captain Bucky's part.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #37

Apr 16, 2008

Personally, I'm getting a little impatient with this storyline. I understand why it's being done and I know this will read so much better in a trade, but aside from one or two issues, ever since Bucky took over as Cap, it feels like we're watching paint dry.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #38

May 21, 2008

Wait for a trade is probably the best advice. I'm flat out yawning after reading it. It's the same stuff with two steps forward, 3 steps back for story progression. We're exactly where we were six months ago and I'm left wanting more.

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10
Captain America (2004) #39

Jun 25, 2008

While most of the story advancement in this issue was predictable, this was still a much better read than the previous couple months worth of Captain America. It finally feels like we're over the filler hump and the plot can get moving again.

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10
Captain America (2004) #40

Jul 17, 2008

This issue was amazing in everyway and, despite my little tangent to start the review off, I cannot recommend this issue enough. It's issues like this that cause everyone to call Captain America one of the best books on the market.

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10
Captain America (2004) #41

Aug 21, 2008

Amazing issue and one of the strongest for Captain America in months. It looks like this arc will end with a bang next month, but this issue definitely put the ultimate in penultimate.

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10
Captain America (2004) #42

Sep 29, 2008

I'm going to be remembering what happened in this issue for a while, especially the Grand Director killing, and the last page of Skull's new body.

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10
Captain America (2004) #43

Oct 23, 2008

While most Captain America issues come away with a Must Read verdict, I think I enjoyed this issue more than any other in recent months, just on the strength of the Batroc portrayal and the fact Brubaker did an excellent job setting up this new storyarc.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #48

Mar 26, 2009

Allinall, I'm just glad this arc is over and we can move on. It had it's moments, most of them in the earlier chapters, but it really dragged its feet in these latter parts. However, a 'bad' Captain America issue is still better than most anything on the market, so take any complaints with a grain of salt.

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9.0
Captain America (2004) #49

Apr 16, 2009

Brilliant character piece that is potentially setting up some major bombshells for the back to back anniversary issues / renumberings.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #50

May 21, 2009

If you hate these types of issues, it's an Avoid It. If you're unfamiliar with Captain America or the current series or just like these types of stories, it's a Must Read. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't exactly thrilling for a $3.99 price hike just because of the big number 50 on the cover.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #600

Jun 22, 2009

It's a good issue, but nothing special and hardly worth the amount of attention it's received. It's greatest failing is probably due to not living up to the hype as it's still a solid outing for Brubaker and Co.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #610

Oct 2, 2010

While I personally can't stand the reverting of Zemo to generic nazi badguy with daddy issues, the story is otherwise fairly solid with your standard hero confronting and overcoming his personal demons plot. Art is good and fits the tone of the story, too.

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2.0
Captain America: Reborn #1

Jul 4, 2009

Unless you absolutely need to know why Steve Rogers is coming back or just want to continue the story from Captain America, I see no reason to pick this book up and would not recommend it to anyone looking for a continuation of what was going on in Captain America. Unless something drastic happens, I may even end up dropping both Reborn and the monthly Captain America over this.

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10
Captain Britain and MI:13 #4

Aug 13, 2008

This seems to be the final Secret Invasion tiein for this title and I hope it results in some boosted sales that keep this book on the shelves because it's a damn fine book and it's just been added to my pull list indefinitely.

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10
Captain Britain and MI:13 #5

Sep 17, 2008

Best new series in a long time. I don't know these characters, aside from knowing them to see them, I have no prior attachments to them and I can't believe I'm enjoying this as much as I am.

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10
Captain Britain and MI:13 #6

Oct 15, 2008

Grab the second or third printings, or even the trades, and get on board this series. Even if you've never been a fan or if you don't have any experience with these characters, just give this book a shot.

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9.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #10

Feb 11, 2009

If you've been looking for an excuse to jump into this series, by all means, do so now. This is a great jumping on point with some down time between characters to help ease you in as well as some great building blocks for the next storyarc being put in place.

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9.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #11

Mar 11, 2009

Great follow up to Dracula's sneak attacks last issue make up the bulk of this issue. Add quality character moments and solid artwork and it's a Must Read all the way.

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9.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #12

Apr 9, 2009

I really can't express how good this series has been since day one and it's only been getting better as it goes along. Do yourself a favour and either grab the first trade or jump in on this Dracula storyline. You won't regret it.

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9.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #13

May 15, 2009

Few other comics feature so much action in one issue, let alone an entire arc. This arc has already been placed on my list for early candidates for Best Villain and Best Story and with good reason. Definitely a must read comic.

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9.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #14

Jun 22, 2009

All in all, despite the whole dream sequence washing away at the start, this was a very good issue of the always excellent Captain Britain and MI13 that has left me wanting more. Can't wait to see how this storyline concludes.

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6.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 Annual #1

Jun 4, 2009

Tempted to say Avoid It for this based on how disappointing the Meggan half of the story was, but the backup story does go a long way to redeeming it and was much more in line with how the series typically reads. I do feel that this is probably something only current readers of the series or longtime fans of Meggan will enjoy, so I wouldn't go rushing out to pick it up as an introduction to the much talked about series. For that, go back and start with the first trade or this Vampire State storyarc.

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6.0
Captain Marvel #1

Nov 14, 2007

There's some nice imagry here and, I have to admit, I do enjoy seeing the real MarVell again, but I'm still confused as to the point of this aside from Marvel preying on nostalgic fans' desire to see MarVell again. The issue, itself, wasn't bad, per se. In fact, I'd say it was pretty good, but I'm hoping future issues will convince me MarVell's return was worth the effort and that this story won't end up being some cheap cash grab.

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6.0
Captain Marvel #3

Feb 13, 2008

So, if you haven't been picking this title up or had no interest in it before now, I think I'd hold off another issue before running out and picking up all the back issues. Hard to say if this will be important or if it's just some cheap stunt to lure readers in.

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2.0
Captain Marvel #4

Mar 19, 2008

On top of that, they had the Skrull activate Marvel's "sleeper programming" and he beats the Skrull down and leaves to join the Captain Marvel Church. There was some other random garbage about how he vowed to protect this world and now he's going to do it whether we want it or not. It was all very pedestrian and I really just want my time and money back on this one.

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6.0
Captain Marvel #5

Apr 16, 2008

While this was a better issue than the last one, the series, on the whole, feels completely unnecessary and only the first issue really made me wish Captain Marvel was back.

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9.0
Catwoman (2002) #73

Nov 21, 2007

As for the contents of this issue, it picks up after last issue's cliffhanger, where Catwoman's apartment was gutted and blown up, nearly killing Selina. Selina quickly pulls herself together and seeks to find out who's doing this to her. She immediately finds out that whoever it is, is thorough, as even her secret stashes and extra costumes have been annexed.

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6.0
Catwoman (2002) #76

Feb 20, 2008

I don't know how Pfeifer is getting away with "tying in but not really tying in" to Salvation Run, but the book is definitely benefitting from the decision. Selina got thrown back to a Gotham that featured a gun totting Batman at the end last issue and we spend this issue with a focus on the dimension hopping goodness. Simply put, no Salvation Run = back to being one of DC's best books and I only hope Pfeifer can avoid SR until it runs its course and we can get back to regular Catwoman on Earth stories. Tempted to give it a must read, but there's still something not right about the book compared to a few months ago and it's pretty much due to the cosmic nature of the stories. Still, I think most will enjoy the book.

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6.0
Catwoman (2002) #78

Apr 16, 2008

Considering this series is going to end in four or five months, I'm a bit disappointed it's going to wallow in these tie-ins instead of giving us a satisfying conclusion to the series, but, hey, it was fun while it lasted.

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9.0
Catwoman (2002) #79

May 21, 2008

We end the issue with the villain getting away, which Catwoman allowed by faking injury, and she's set to follow him and find The Thief and put an end to the man who stole her life from her.

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10
Catwoman (2002) #80

Jun 18, 2008

I thought it was a great ending that was a longtime coming. It would have been nice if Thief had ended up being someone more prominent or Catwoman's former archnemsis, Hellhound, but, for how little time was left in this doomed series, I think Pfeifer did an excellent job wrapping up the dangling subplots.

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10
Catwoman (2002) #81

Jul 30, 2008

Will Catwoman continue her self-destructive freefall into moral bankruptcy or will she return to the anti-hero character or even turn her life around completely? Considering the fact she's appearing carefree in Detective Comics and being promoted for the Fight for the Cowl post-RIP event, I think the ending is fairly obvious, but the journey to that point, even if it's only one more issue for this series, is guaranteed to be a gripping story that I can't wait to read.

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10
Catwoman (2002) #82

Aug 27, 2008

If you have any interest in Batman and Catwoman and their complicated relationship, this is the issue for you. It's a done in one that boils down what makes their relationship click.

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9.0
Checkmate #18

Sep 19, 2007

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6.0
Countdown Arena #1

Dec 5, 2007

Tempted to give it a Must Read, but the art really let this title down, which is surprising for McDaniel, and it's still just a fanboy book with little actual story or significance. Something akin to Marvel VS DC. I'm a bit upset they killed off Gotham by Gaslight Batman, too. So much potential wasted, but it looks like the Multiverse will be going the way of the dodo by the end of Final Crisis or at least getting a restart.

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2.0
Countdown Arena #2

Dec 12, 2007

Not much to see here and this series is quickly turning into a quick cash grab from DC. I could see if the fights were decent, but it's basically warp them in and watch them die or try to escape. There's very little variation and I don't really care about any of these characters, which makes this a less than enjoyable issue.

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6.0
Countdown Arena #3

Dec 19, 2007

I really don't know if I like this book or hate it. It's fun to see hero fights. It's just something fans always wonder about, but it all feels so cheap and inconsequential and I have no idea what Monarch is hoping to accomplish. He discarded Forerunner, who proved stronger than just about everyone, including entire Justice Leagues, on most Earths, so why gather weaker people in the first place? The art is still atrocious, too.

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10
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain #1

Nov 7, 2007

Probably my favourite Countdown tiein to date. If you're unfamiliar to the Red Rain Elseworlds story, you'll more than likely be inticed to pick it up after reading this excellent oneshot.

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6.0
Countdown Presents: Lord Havok And The Extremists #1

Oct 31, 2007

Every other Countdown tiein, with the exception of Search For Ray Palmer Wildstorm, left me with the feeling that it was a unique story and deserved to be told. At this point I'm not sure if this series needed to be anything more than a oneshot, but I'll give it another chance next month to prove me wrong.

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9.0
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1

Oct 3, 2007

It was a very entertaining read and I'm really enjoying the Jokester character. The book ended with Jokester jumping through the portal with the Challengers, but in the next panel, it is revealed Eve is still alive and I'm curious to see if this will ever be picked up on again or if it is just another tragic event for the Jokester. Seeing Duela again was a nice touch as well, even though it was in flash backs. I liked how she was talking about how she gets confused and can't tell the difference between her Earth and her trips to ours. My only question with this though is how this relates to the Search for Ray Palmer. It had absolutely nothing to do with that and Ray is not even mentioned in this issue. They should have just told this story in another tie-in, like a Countdown Presents: Jokester or something similar. In the end though, this is still a good book and definitely worth a read.

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6.0
Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Gotham by Gaslight #1

Nov 21, 2007

Started as a fun reintroduction to the Gotham by Gaslight Earth, but an unnecessarily complicated plot twist at the end kind of ruined it. Still worth checking out if you enjoyed that old Elseworlds story or just curious as to what this Earth was all about.

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6.0
Countdown to Adventure #1

Aug 29, 2007

I enjoyed both stories for different reasons and feel it justifies the price tag attached to this issue. The first one for its ties to 52 and the new adventures of those characters and the second story for its revelations pertaining to Countdown and the Forerunner race. Others who are only interested in one of the two stories may feel burned by the hefty price though, especially considering the lackluster art in the Forerunner story. If the rest of the Countdown miniseries end up like this one, this will mark the first time an event's tie-ins will far surpass the main book.

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6.0
Countdown to Adventure #3

Oct 31, 2007

On the Forerunner side of things, we get to see the magic based Earth-33. Always cool to see these alternate versions of our heroes and it was interesting to see Forerunner's first actual loss in battle. Only problem is with the introduction of the Dark Angel villain as she just shows up as the Oracle out of no where with practically no build up whatsoever. Hopefully next issue will give us some background info.

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6.0
Countdown to Adventure #4

Nov 30, 2007

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #2

Apr 16, 2008

I can only imagine what this carnival freak show of a comic book has in store for next issue. I guess the Salvation Run villains will arrive in Metropolis from a boom tube and start a big brawl or some other garbage. Maybe Mary Marvel's disappearance will be explained, who knows?

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #3

Apr 9, 2008

Finally, the Atom is inside Jimmy's head, breaks Darkseid's control chip and Jimmy then grows into a giant lizard-man thing and we end with him about to fight Darkseid. God, I hope the big conclusion to Countdown isn't an "epic" battle between Jimmy Olsen and Darkseid. I don't think I could handle it.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #4

Apr 2, 2008

Countdown had almost wiped the stench of the first half off, but decided to throw away any goodwill it had built up and provide us with this drek for the final month. Bravo.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #5

Mar 26, 2008

Let's see, we have the same horrible Buddy Blank narrative with no actual dialogue again this week, there's a dog with a carving knife that looks like Scrappy-Doo, Scooby-Doo's retarded little cousin or nephew, Una gets eaten by rats and Buddy takes Kamandi back to the bunker and activates this world's Brother Eye. On top of that, the preview for next week's cover shows Mary Marvel's costume switching back to black, meaning we get more of evil Mary, one of the worst storylines from the past year of this drek brought back to piss everyone off. Saying this issue was bad would be an understatement.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #6

Mar 20, 2008

Oh ya, Hal Jordan gets to help facilitate another Multiverse-level genocide (see Zero Hour for the first one) as he spreads his furry STD to everyone in the universe. Why he had to leave Earth and go infect everyone instead of using his ring to call for help or listening to the smart people telling him not to leave the planet can probably be attributed to Parallax or some other retcon, possibly involving bad writing.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #8

Mar 5, 2008

I bitched about it quite a bit, but I'm either becoming immune to Countdown's faults or I just don't care anymore and want to see this sideshow carnival end. Either way, I don't think it was an overly bad issue, but it's not exactly fine art either.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #9

Feb 27, 2008

There's a conclusion coming from somewhere. Why we spent so much time assimilating Apokalips just to blow it up is a bit odd, but makes for decent popcorn style action.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #10

Feb 20, 2008

Still seems like a lot of filler and anticlimax since the end of the war a few issues back, but it was still a decent outing.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #11

Feb 14, 2008

In general, lots of random, unexplainable nonsense. Thankfully, it moves the story along to a point where I can probably forget about everything that happened this issue by the time the next one shows up.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #12

Feb 6, 2008

I don't think I mentioned it yet, but there were a lot of Boom Tubes in this issue. You could say they were booming. The internet should upgrade to Boom Tubes. Sure beats the series of tubes it runs on now.

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9.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #13

Jan 30, 2008

I can understand why some might not like this book, but it really takes a few issues to get into and if you start back just before this Earth51 war, I think you'll really enjoy this entire string of issues. Many people just look at one scene, like the "kill you to death" one and claim the book is still crap when it's just not the case. Might not appeal to you, but it's far from the trash it was for the first 30 issues.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #14

Jan 23, 2008

Can't all be slugfests and world destroying war issues. Grab it if you're reading Countdown. It's a good addition, but you won't miss anything if you skip it either.

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9.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #15

Jan 16, 2008

A great outing from Countdown. I'm not sure how anyone who hasn't been following along will view this, but as someone who's stuck with it, this is actually starting to deliver and I can't believe I'm saying it, but I can't wait for next week's issue.

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9.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #16

Jan 9, 2008

DC's doing a great job on this Earth51 / Monarch vs Monitor war and this is the best Countdown has ever been in my opinion. Probably has something to do with no Amazons, Mary Marvel, Jimmy (okay, one naked bug girl page of his story was here), and no Karate Kid stories. It's funny how good a story can get when they stop focusing on pointless garbage.

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9.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #17

Jan 4, 2008

Despite having some Mary Marvel stuff, I think the evil Bob / Monitor / Monarch stuff easily outweighs the bad and is actually entertaining if you don't pick it apart too much.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #19

Dec 19, 2007

Pretty average outing. No major complaints, but nothing noteworthy either.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #20

Dec 12, 2007

Finally, Una and Karate Kid's relationship was a little over the top this week with the speech's on how they aren't a couple. That development came out of nowhere and I have no idea why it was even brought up or included in the storyline.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #21

Dec 5, 2007

Close to a Must Read, but falls short in a few areas. Definitely one of the better issues of Countdown if you ask me though.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #23

Nov 21, 2007

Unless you want to read about Superman Prime crying for 22 pages straight, just avoid wasting money on this issue altogether.

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10
Countdown to Final Crisis #24

Nov 14, 2007

Yes, I'm giving this issue a Must Read. This is the first time I've ever given a Countdown issue my full recommendation and I really can't find any faults with the issue outside the Firestorm conclusion, which, to be honest, wasn't even that bad. If you've been ignoring Countdown up until now or dropped it along the way, do yourself a favour and pick this issue up. I guarantee you'll like it.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #25

Nov 7, 2007

I'm sure someone out there likes Firestorm and the Karate Kid storyline, so they'll probably enjoy this issue much more than me. The only bright side for me was knowing that the faster the Karate Kid storyline progresses, the sooner I won't have to read about it anymore. Hopefully they get back to the more tolerable storylines next week.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #26

Oct 31, 2007

It's like a new beginning for Countdown and appears to be a pretty good jumping on point due to the recap point of view from the Monitors and it read like a completely different book, unlike any other issue of Countdown to date. Give this book another try if you dropped it or held off based on poor reviews.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #27

Oct 24, 2007

Another good outing for Countdown. Definitely the right time to get back into this series as all the stories heat up and the book prepares to change to Countdown to Final Crisis. Can't wait for the name change and promise of improved art on this book. This week's art was atrocious and an assault on the eyes.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #28

Oct 17, 2007

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #29

Oct 10, 2007

As of this issue, Countdown has been really hitting its stride. This marks the third straight week I have enjoyed this weekly and most of the tie-ins have been excellent of late. I still dislike several of the storylines it is featuring, but they are all finally seeing some progression and I don't feel like I am being ripped off each week with 2 page non-stories that were recaps of other monthly books like earlier issues featured. If you were shying away from Countdown, now might be a good time to start considering jumping in on it, which is something I never thought I'd end up saying just a few months ago. Definitely not the best book on the market, but probably one of the most improved books and looks to be set to go higher.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #30

Oct 3, 2007

Luckily, Countdown spent only a few pages on these weaker stories and focused the brunt of its time wisely on the Challengers and Earth-15. Countdown still isn't the best book on the market, but it is definitely on the upswing and not nearly as frustrating to read as it once was.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #32

Sep 19, 2007

Despite my negative attitude throughout the review, the book is doing much better than usual. The stories are all finally starting to come together and things are finally starting to happen.

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6.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #33

Sep 12, 2007

Not a great issue of Countdown, but probably one of the best in the last while. I hope this is a sign that the series is actually starting to right itself and might actually creep up into at least decent level of quality. The art was less than stellar again this week, but not outright terrible like some previous works.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #37

Aug 15, 2007

Save yourself the money and just "Byrne" this at the store if you have any interest in it still. Maybe when this renames to Countdown to Final Crisis they will make a concerted effort to offer us a weekly, quality comic like 52 as opposed to slapping half finished pencils and regurgitated plot points from multiple DC books together and calling it a book.

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2.0
Countdown to Final Crisis #38

Aug 9, 2007

Still far too many inconsistencies and down right stupid developments to recommend this book to anyone. There is also the problem that many of these storylines will be jumping ship to mini-series in the coming months, among them being Mary Marvel's, Red Hood / Donna Troy, Forerunner and several others. While I am less than impressed with this weekly requiring even more tie-in books to understand, hopefully it means that the main storyline will emerge and the many plot inconsistencies can begin to smooth out and I can actually recommend this book to someone.

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6.0
Countdown to Mystery #1

Sep 19, 2007

While not the best issue this week, it definitely enticed me enough to want to come back next month and find out more about each half of this double header issue. The only problem with this issue might be readers' reluctance to pick up a more expensive issue if they are only interested in one part of the story, much like the problem Countdown to Adventure faces with its dual story nature. With this issue though, I'd wager it was one of the strongest Countdown tie-in mini's so far, so it isn't as big an issue in my opinion. Take a chance on this issue, more than likely you will enjoy at least one of the stories.

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9.0
Countdown to Mystery #3

Nov 21, 2007

Two entertaining stories that compliment each other nicely. Not a perfect book, but definitely enjoyable. Check it out, one or both of the stories should appeal to you.

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6.0
Countdown to Mystery #4

Jan 5, 2008

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6.0
Countdown to Mystery #6

Mar 13, 2008

This Dr Fate story is nothing like that and focuses on the more cerebral side of things as a former pyschiatrist deals with wrapping his head around the concepts of being this supposed supreme magical being. I usually dislike overly verbose books, but the writing is so well written, I don't mind the rather large number of thought boxes and dialogue heavy pages of this story. I'm saddened to know there won't be an ongoing follow up by the now deceased writer of this story.

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6.0
Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood #1

Nov 1, 2007

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6.0
Daken: Dark Wolverine #2

Oct 17, 2010

Daken is more than just a Wolverine Jr. Marjorie Liu has done some amazing things with him and I love his manipulative nature. It's a shame he isn't portrayed this way in his other appearances, but it makes for compelling reads with moments like his interaction with Mystique in this issue. Little leary about the possessed Wolverine story, but otherwise enjoying this new series.

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6.0
Daken: Dark Wolverine #9.1

May 28, 2011

While a few hiccups in the reader friendly department, this issue does its job well in being accessible and is an excellent jumping on point for those interested in Daken or curious about seeing how differently, and most would agree better, he is written in his own title compared to other random Marvel title appearances. Add great art and freedom from tieins and crossover stories and this is one of the best issues of the title to date. Take a look if you have some extra cash, you might find a new book you never expected to grab you.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #100

Sep 12, 2007

This is a great book that anyone can pick up and enjoy. There is very little reference to the main storyline Brubaker is building here, and current readers might complain about that, but the issue was so well done, I cannot really bring myself to fault the book for it. Feel free to pick this one up when you get the rest of your books this week, you will not regret it.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #101

Oct 24, 2007

This issue was amazing and I'm upset with myself for not giving it a full review. Last issue's milestone extravaganza was a lot of filler and stalled any progression in the story. This issue really cranks everything into high gear, as if Brubaker was reading my mind, giving us lots of story developments and an awesome cliffhanger featuring The Hood! That ending blew me away. I had just assumed The Hood was hands off as Bendis was using him. Seeing him tying into the Mr Fear stuff here was pure genius.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #102

Nov 29, 2007

Aside from a few plot points, not much really happens here. You could probably skip this issue and pick up the next one and not miss a beat in this storyline.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #103

Dec 29, 2007

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #104

Jan 30, 2008

There's some excellent scenes and Matt's fall from grace continues as his world crumbles around him. Mr Fear teaming with Hood can only make things worse. Next month's cover is one that dares people to just try and not pick it up and I can't wait to read it.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #105

Feb 28, 2008

In the end, though, I'm not sure what Mr Fear was out to accomplish. Why go get your ass kicked by Murdock and go to jail? The little tidbit about how his fear powers don't require the gas anymore and are like pheromones was nice and he now runs the prison, but still, why not team up with Hood, kill / humiliate Matt and call it a day? Good issue, but a different, not sure if I'd call it great or bad, ending to this storyline.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #106

Mar 26, 2008

I want to say Avoid It, but it's still well written and newer readers will probably be impressed. Me, though? I kept waiting for something to happen to set this apart and was disappointed on every page because I've read this before.

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10
Daredevil (1998) #107

May 29, 2008

If you're looking for the guy in the red pajama's, I'm sure he'll show up more in the next few issues. However, don't let that stop you from picking up a great murder mystery that after just one issue has sunk it's teeth into me pretty damn deep and has me mulling over how this is going to turn out over the coming months. Highly recommended issue.

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10
Daredevil (1998) #108

Jun 26, 2008

I'm not usually one to get sucked into these murder mystery trials, as they are typically just twist endings or that random clue right at the end to turn the tide, but Rucka and Brubaker are doing a great job of fleshing this out while still finding time to focus on the characters.

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6.0
Daredevil (1998) #110

Aug 27, 2008

While I loved this arc, this conclusion was just too rushed for my liking. With Lady Bullseye coming in next issue, it doesn't look like any follow up or epilogue is coming either. However, still a solid read that I doubt anyone will be upset with buying either.

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2.0
Daredevil (1998) #111

Sep 25, 2008

On principle, I can't recommend an otherwise decent comic book. This, to me, is the equivilent of the formerly happily married SpiderMan simply waking up one day and going off to have sex with Black Cat and not caring about MJ anymore.

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10
Daredevil (1998) #500

Aug 22, 2009

Brubaker and Lark go out with a bang with what has been the best of these renumbered anniversary issues from Marvel. I loved the additions to the Daredevil mythos which add to without diminishing other writer's contributions over the years, as well as the new status quo that showed great care in keeping Matt's old life and loved ones safe and sound (most would just kill them off hamfistedly) while still putting Matt in a bold new direction that will be a lot of fun to follow. Top notch issue and highly recommended.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #502

Nov 14, 2009

Andy Diggle & Roberto De La Torre are taking this book in a whole new direction and I'm just happy to be along for the ride. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) #504

Jan 31, 2010

I missed Daredevil when I ended up boycotting Brubaker's run for his treatment of Matt's marriage and fridging of his wife. It's great to be reading it again and Diggle is certainly making his mark on a series that has been defined by a veritable who's who list of writers before him.

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9.0
Daredevil (1998) Annual #1

Oct 31, 2007

This is a great issue, hands down. You, honestly, can't go wrong picking this up. There's no back story or current events you need to know from the main series to read this. It's an excellently crafted doneinone story and one of the best from Brubaker's run on Daredevil to date.

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9.0
Dark Avengers #1

Feb 14, 2009

With no love for Secret Invasion, I was hesitant coming into this, but Bendis and Deodato blew me away with this opening issue. Will definitely be around for more of this series.

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9.0
Dark Avengers #2

Feb 19, 2009

Despite some flaws, I'm still going to give this issue a Must Read verdict as I enjoyed it immensely and more than a few pages had me going, "OH SH!". This isn't the most cerebral comic on the market, but it's definitely entertaining.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #3

Mar 18, 2009

Despite the negative tone of the review, I didn't hate this issue and it was still much better than any of Bendis' recent New Avengers work. I was just disappointed that he's fallen back into his NA writing patterns when he had been doing something unique, for a change, with the Dark Avengers.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #5

Jun 4, 2009

Good, but feels out of touch with the rest of the Marvel Universe with the lateness in dealing with certain topics and many characters have yet to establish a voice of their own under Bendis.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #6

Jun 26, 2009

. A good issue, but felt extremely light at time. Read incredibly fast as well. At $3.99 a pop, I should feel a little more satisfied after reading it than I did, but very few actual complaints about it either.

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9.0
Dark Avengers #10

Oct 23, 2009

A very strong opening issue to this arc and one of Bendis's best from a character standpoint. He's done a great job on the premise and setup of this story and it has me looking forward to seeing how he resolves the threat in future issues.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #12

Dec 24, 2009

A lot of negatives listed, but, ignoring the Sentry powerup, I didn't hate this issue. It's pretty straight forward and concludes abruptly, but great art, some interesting character developments for Hand and Osborn and bonus points for not dragging this out for six issues.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #14

Feb 17, 2010

While on one hand, I think this is actually a pretty solid issue with fantastic art and even some great character moments, the plot and where it lines up with Siege, something it's listed as a tiein to, just doesn't work for me and pulled me out of the issue, resulting in me questioning everything about it. Good stories shouldn't do that.

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6.0
Dark Avengers Annual #1

Dec 3, 2009

If you like what Bendis is doing with NohVar or have no feelings one way or the other about the character from Marvel Boy, you'll probably rate this issue a little higher than I do. It's a pretty solid effort from both Bendis and Ramos, but I just can't look past what they've done with NohVar.

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9.0
Dark Avengers: Ares #1

Nov 1, 2009

I'm going to hold off on a Must Read verdict until we see where the Phobos plot goes and how it lines up with other storylines first. I'm also leaving the bar a little higher so that future issues have the ability to wow me even more than this opening salvo did. I had so much fun reading this one, I can't wait for the next chapter.

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9.0
Dark Avengers: Ares #3

Dec 24, 2009

If you aren't following this series, I implore you to pick it up or at least pencil the trade into your future purchases. You've missed out on something special by skipping this series and it will change how you view Ares as a character, especially if Bendis's Avengers titles are the only times you've seen the character.

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6.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #1

Mar 26, 2009

I liked this issue enough that I'll be coming back again for the second part, but I'm also unsure of how much staying power this will have or even how important this will be in regards to the rest of the Marvel Universe. I actually suspect this series will fall between the cracks when the upcoming diluge of Dark Reign miniseries start pouring onto the shelves.

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9.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #2

Apr 23, 2009

Other than that little hiccup with Osborn's rationalizing unleashing Bullseye, there was little to complain about with this issue and I absolutely loved the opening fight sequence with the HAMMER cannonfodder. Not the deepest comic you'll ever read, but entertaining nonetheless.

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6.0
Dark Reign: Elektra #5

Aug 29, 2009

A great series that reestablishes Elektra, tells us why the Skrulls wanted her first and gives us the exact timeframe of when she was captured. While the miniseries was probably not needed to reveal these simple facts, it was a whirlwind of a ride that was filled with great moments and just fun to read from start to finish.

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6.0
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1

Mar 4, 2009

While I did enjoy this, there's that pesky $3.99 price tag and the fact this is almost entirely setup for the remainder of the series with few reasons for nonFantastic Four fans to really jump in.

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6.0
Dark Reign: The Cabal #1

Apr 29, 2009

Great Doom short story, some interesting character studies for the rest of the Cabal, but nothing that reaches out and grabs you or that people will be talking about months later like the various Illuminati stories.

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9.0
Dark Reign: The List - Punisher #1

Oct 31, 2009

A surprisingly good read. I'm not sure if I'll follow up on Frankencastle or not just yet, but the preview for it looked good and Remender impressed me here. I may just put money towards the trade for the Punisher vs Hood stuff instead of following up on the Franken stuff, but we'll see. However, this is a great, done in one that most should be easily able to pick up and enjoy.

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2.0
Dark Reign: The List: Avengers #1

Sep 15, 2009

Unless you just want to see Hawkeye act completely out of character, rant and rave about killing people and go off half cocked to kill Osborn and get captured in the process, there's nothing worth seeing or reading here. Story feels forced to propel this List "event" forward.

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6.0
Dark Reign: The List: Daredevil #1

Sep 17, 2009

Good premise, solid start, but weak finish. Fails to sell people on the new status quo and poor choice of artist for the style of this character made an uneven book that just petered out in the end. Preview for next issue of Daredevil more than makes up for it though.

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6.0
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

May 15, 2009

It's a soso first issue that doesn't immediately hook you, but there's something unique about the concept that appealed to me enough that I want to see what happens next.

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6.0
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #2

Jun 22, 2009

While not a must read or major story, this was still quite entertaining and fans of Young Avengers will be very pleased with their handling here.

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6.0
DC Universe Holiday Special: 2009 #1

Dec 10, 2009

. These holiday specials are fun, but hardly essential for most comic fans. This issue, in particular, has several good stories, but the vast majority are fun, yet forgettable. I was coming in hoping for that one or two great stories that previous specials had and this one delivered on that end, so I was pleased with the purchase,but many will be turned off by the hefty pricetag.

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6.0
DC Universe Zero #1

Apr 30, 2008

It's free, basically, so it's hard to tell anyone not to pick this up, but there's no story, the art, while featuring a great selection of artists, has no dynamic shots or anything I'd consider a "wow" factor and there's absolutely nothing here you didn't already know, except maybe the Spartans, er, I mean Manazons. If you paid 50 cents for this, it's as if you paid DC for the priviledge of reading their advertisements.

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2.0
Death of the New Gods #2

Oct 31, 2007

Little tip for DC. Don't make long ass mini-series if all you have to offer is filler issues.

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6.0
Detective Comics #838

Nov 21, 2007

Ignoring the art, this was another solid addition to this story. I enjoyed seeing Damian bail on Robin and his explanation for leaving him behind was pretty funny. Seems Ra's wants to make Batman join him to take on the Sensei or choose between Robin and Damian as to who becomes Ra's' next host body. Nightwing was actually competent for the second issue in a row, which is a first for him in a long time. Looking forward to seeing where this story goes in the upcoming issues.

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9.0
Detective Comics #840

Jan 4, 2008

Batman being a crazy nutjob badass is always a Must Read for me.

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9.0
Detective Comics #845

Jun 4, 2008

A great doneinone that any Batman fan should be able to enjoy. It wasn't what I was expecting when I originally picked up the issue, but it turned out great in the end, so no complaints on this one from me.

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6.0
Detective Comics #846

Jul 11, 2008

Don't buy it for the RIP tiein. There's nothing related to it in this issue. I liked the additions to Hush's origin, but he's still a very weak villain and foil for Batman, but this arc shows promise and there was enough good in here to outweigh the negatives, so I'm happy with the purchase.

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6.0
Detective Comics #847

Aug 7, 2008

While I really liked this issue, it's not perfect by any means and there's the obvious misdirection with the whole nonBatman RIP tiein that should justify a knock down from Must Read on principle. I think the next issue is still required to judge whether this will be a must read story or to see if the wheels fall off the wagon.

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10
Detective Comics #849

Oct 9, 2008

I'm upgrading this storyline to a Must Read based on how much I've consistently enjoyed it and the fact it's been improving with every issue to the point it's at now.

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9.0
Detective Comics #853

Apr 23, 2009

It's a comic you need to experience to truly appreciate and something that will be talked about and discussed for years to come.

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9.0
Detective Comics #854

Jun 26, 2009

Disappointment over the cofeature aside, the actual Batwoman related story was just about as good as I could have possibly hoped. I don't say this often, but you almost owe it to yourself to buy it for the art alone. The excellent and engaging story is only going to be a bonus to Williams's art.

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6.0
Detective Comics #856

Aug 29, 2009

Beautiful art that is worth buying the issue for on its own. Story is going in a direction I don't like, but I seem to be in the minority based on other online reviews, so your mileage may vary.

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9.0
Detective Comics #857

Sep 25, 2009

Despite some concerns about the storyline on the whole, this was probably the strongest issue of Detective Comics since Rucka and Williams debuted on the book. However, Willaims is clearly the main draw at this point, though Rucka isn't exactly dragging his feet either.

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9.0
Detective Comics #858

Oct 31, 2009

Ignoring the backup, which I view as merely a "free" extra, the Batwoman part of this issue was absolutely stunning and a must read by any definition of the word.

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9.0
Detective Comics #859

Nov 25, 2009

I was tempted to give this a Must Read like the previous issue, but it read more like a straight up origin with few shocks or draws. It's well written and Williams is still fantastic on art, but not nearly as powerful as the previous issue. Still highly recommended though.

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6.0
Detective Comics #861

Jan 31, 2010

. A good issue that continues to build up Batwoman. Batman is starting to make appearances, but it still feels like Kate's book. A bit of a paintbynumbers, cookiecutter plot, but I liked the detective parts of this story showing the contrasting methods of Batman and Batwoman. Solid effort all around.

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9.0
Doomwar #3

Apr 28, 2010

Loving this series and it's a real sleeper hit in my eyes. Give it a look if you still are sitting on the fence or at least consider grabbing the trade.

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9.0
Doomwar #4

May 31, 2010

This issue was another great read and I could see this event being one of the best of the year at this rate. I love the self contained nature of it and the focus on Dr Doom. The inclusion of various other heroes, such as the Fantastic Four and XMen, also gives it an epic feeling and no tieins or other excess baggage makes it a compelling and satsifying read every time.

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9.0
Doomwar #6

Aug 9, 2010

There's some minor issues with the ending that prevent me from outright proclaiming this a perfect issue, but Doomwar entertained and is the early favourite for best event of the year. It was epic in scope, self contained, filled with great character moments, and every issue delivered in spades. No decompression, no filler or fluffing up of the story for the trade just a well written and drawn comic that's been criminally ignored by the majority of comic fans.

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2.0
Dynamo 5 #8

Oct 31, 2007

There's some seeds for a future plot, but based on this issue alone, there's not much to see here. Little to no character development as well. I hope the next issue can return to the much more enjoyable style and tone of the earlier issues.

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6.0
Ender's Game: Battle School #1

Oct 8, 2008

A very promising start to this adaptation and I was quite pleased with it. Very much looking forward to the next issue and Ender's arrival at Battle School.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #549

Aug 29, 2007

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2.0
Fantastic Four #550

Oct 10, 2007

Basically, Reed and Panther reuse the weapon that was destroying reality to...um...redestroy reality, but then Dr Strange shows up in an outside the universe pocket reality where he is fighting the antibodies of Eternity and Storm becomes the vessel to hold Eternity while Strange...uh...operates and excises a pocket reality or something...and then they have supper at the Baxter Building. Gravity was in there doing stuff as well as the suture of the universe or something. Watcher also retconned his secret identity, which makes me wonder if he'll help Spider-Man out. Oh ya, Silver Surfer does...stuff...here as well. I'm just gonna file this one under the WTF pile and slowly back away.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #551

Nov 7, 2007

I almost want to give this a Must Read, but McDuffie's run has been all over the place and I'm hesitant to suggest people jump in based on this single issue. He could easily come back next month with another dud or it could be a masterpiece. His run has really been that erratic. If you're interested in the Fantastic Four or future stories with evil versions of our heroes, this is a solid first issue that you'll probably want to check out.

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10
Fantastic Four #554

Feb 13, 2008

Don't let my harping on about the magazine layouts or just about anything negative I had to say stop you from picking this up. It's the most fun I've had with a Fantastic Four issue in years. It's worth picking up just for the Doombot Herbies. The fun story and solid art is just a bonus.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #555

Mar 12, 2008

It's a fun read. Everything flows well and I'm just enjoying the hell out of this story, even with any and all nitpicks I have with the title.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #556

Apr 9, 2008

Despite some glaring holes in the story, I still enjoyed this book. It's not the best book on the market and, if you came on expecting Ultimates, you'll probably be disappointed. But, when all things are said and done, this is just fun to read and that's all you can ask for.

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10
Fantastic Four #558

Jun 25, 2008

If skipped the first arc of Millar's FF run, you might want to take a look at this one. As much fun as those first four issues were, they pale in comparison to this one. Pretty much has all things you'd want in an FF comic family focus, high concept adventures, interesting villains and Dr Doom to boot.

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10
Fantastic Four #559

Aug 13, 2008

It's easy to just write Fantastic Four off as that book you buy and enjoy every month, but take for granted, similar to how we view the always entertaining Ultimate SpiderMan. I'm tempted to give this a Check It, but I can't imagine dropping this in favour of any of the other Must Read's this week, so I can't see how it would be justified in putting a Check It here.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #567

Jun 13, 2009

Enjoyable read, but Millar, for as much as I enjoy his works, is becoming a bit of a one trick pony in terms of storytelling. You're enjoyment of the issue will depend on how much you like or dislike Millar's other work.

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6.0
Fantastic Four #570

Aug 29, 2009

Not a perfect issue, but a good Fantastic Four issue. More in line with classic interpretations of the team and personalities than the more over the top Millar work.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #571

Sep 25, 2009

Very, very solid start to Hickman's and Eaglesham's run on Fantastic Four and each issue has been better than the previous so far. Would like to see more of the other Fantastic Four members, but also understand it's only two issues into the run and there's time to explore them later.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #577

Apr 1, 2010

. Excellent issue and probably one of Hickman's strongest yet. Feels like what a Fantastic Four issue should be cosmic adventure and exploring new races and worlds. One minute they're sipping tea, the next they are on a rocket to the Moon and meeting new alien races. Never feels forced or like they are shoehorning new races into the backstory.

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9.0
Fantastic Four #578

Apr 30, 2010

No Annihilus, but still an engaging read with some stunning art.

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6.0
Fear Itself #2

May 7, 2011

Very underwhelming issue that felt incredibly short and ends abruptly. Aside from people getting hammers to join the Worthy, of which we learn very little about despite their being the focus of the issue, not much happens here and it still reads very quickly. Little action, plot or character driven story here either. Almost feels like filler two issues in.

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6.0
FF #3

May 14, 2011

Hickman fans will love it and I do, but it's hard to really judge this type of story on a single issue basis when so much of it demands knowledge of his entire run on Fantastic Four and with so many disparate threads and plots moving in different directions and the story feeling very much like it was written entirely with the trade in mind.

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9.0
Final Crisis #1

May 29, 2008

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6.0
Final Crisis #2

Jun 25, 2008

It's by no means a bad issue and I'm sure it will all connect together in a few issues or on subsequent read throughs when everything's said and done, but it would be nice to be able to follow the comic I'm buying on a monthly basis. I shouldn't have to wait for the whole thing to be over with to enjoy something I bought now. Also, I found Jones' art to be lackluster in comparison to the first issue, but it may have been teh colourist or inker's fault, hard to tell.

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2.0
Final Crisis #3

Aug 6, 2008

Bad writing, bad art, a throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks attitude to storytelling, bastardization of characters and a cheap timeskip solution to 'evil winning'. Want an awesome Grant Morrison story featuring Darkside taking over? Ignore this nonsense and go pick up Rock of Ages from his JLA run.

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9.0
Final Crisis #4

Oct 22, 2008

I think it's safe to say this event starts with this issue. I'd honestly recommend not even reading the first three issues at this point. All you need to know is evil won and this is the aftermath and you should be able to enjoy every aspect of this issue with even the vaguest knowledge of DC. Oh, but make sure to read Final Crisis Submit first. It fills in a fairly large chunk of story for the Hall of Justice scene with Black Lightning and the Tattoo Man.

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9.0
Final Crisis #5

Dec 14, 2008

While not a perfect issue, the few flaws I do talk about, seemingly at length, didn't affect my enjoyment of this issue in the least and Final Crisis may just deliver on much of the hype. However, the art, which I didn't really mention in the review, looks terrible in comparison to earlier issues and it's a shame.

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9.0
Final Crisis #6

Feb 14, 2009

Batman dies, you have to read it whether you're a fan of it or not. However, for what it's worth, this is easily the best issue of the series, regardless of how the event turned out, and, when I read this, it was the first time I was honestly blown away by this event.

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9.0
Final Crisis #7

Feb 14, 2009

Is this the greatest comic ever written? No. Will rereading the series make you like it more? Debatable. But I imagine many will have a newfound appreciation for the craft and what Morrison was trying to accomplish with it afterwards, regardless of whether they end up liking it more or not.

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6.0
Final Crisis: Legion Of Three Worlds #1

Aug 21, 2008

To be fair, I think you could skip this issue, read this review or random spoilers and be able to jump right into the next issue without missing a beat. This was the equivilent of a Secret Files oneshot or some other character profile book with the exception it was narrated instead of just static images and text profiles. To me, that's not good storytelling and I don't like paying $3.99 for it. However, what little that does happen is great and the setup for the rest of the story is taken care of, leaving us with nothing but, hopefully, action packed, balls to the wall action for the rest of the series.

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9.0
Final Crisis: Legion Of Three Worlds #2

Oct 16, 2008

This has been a lengthy review as it is, but I just have to end this on a positive note, as this comes off as one big hateon for this issue when that couldn't be any further from the truth. This is an excellent, yet flawed, issue. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad by a large margin, but this review is for those that aren't buying this issue, for whatever reason, and I think they've read more than enough of the glowing reviews on other sites and are interested in knowing the flaws as well. For the rest of us that bought it, we just get to enjoy it and shake our heads at why they didn't.

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2.0
Final Crisis: Legion Of Three Worlds #4

Apr 29, 2009

Clearly, this issue and series is not aimed at me anymore. I love that Johns has revived Superboy and Kid Flash, but with so many time travel options available to them, they didn't have to be so hamfisted about these resurrections. It's like handwaving of details away so he can have his cake and eat it, too.

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2.0
Final Crisis: Legion Of Three Worlds #5

Jul 22, 2009

Whether Johns actually meant the SuperboyPrime conclusion to come off this way or not, this is about the least professional thing I've ever seen and I honestly thought I was being pranked by some fake copy my LCS spliced together before finally letting it sink in that I just spent more than $20 and about a year's worth of time on a series only to be treated as the butt of a joke by the writer and DC. This isn't a "I'm never buying DC or Geoff Johns comics again!", but there's a definite lack of respect for both after reading this and I can't, in good faith, recommend something like that to anyone.

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9.0
Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1

Oct 30, 2008

I don't think it's an understatement to call it this year's Sinestro Corps War Special and I can see this one going back to printing several times, just as that issue did last year. Fails as a tiein to Final Crisis, but kicks the Rage of the Red Lanterns storyline off with a bang.

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10
Final Crisis: Requiem #1

Jul 10, 2008

Seriously, you have to read this book. You will literally care about the Martian Manhunter after reading it and probably wonder what was going through DC's head when they killed him off. My only worry is they'll have a rushed resurrection shortly after to nullify the impact of this amazing issue, but that's just me being a bit overly cynical.

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9.0
Final Crisis: Resist #1

Nov 11, 2008

Solid read with a few minor quibbles on my part. Nothing worth skipping or even docking this issue over, so feel free to grab another excellent Final Crisis tiein. Bonus this issue actually ties into Final Crisis!

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6.0
Final Crisis: Revelations #1

Aug 13, 2008

One thing that has me a little cautious at recommending this issue is the fact it's $3.99 an issue and supposedly five issues long. That's a hefty price tag for a relatively light, storywise, issue and I'm unsure if it's worth paying $20+ for five issues of something that will probably be a $5 trade on Amazon in a few months, but I suppose that could be said for just about any story.

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2.0
Final Crisis: Revelations #2

Sep 13, 2008

I'm tempted to say Check It, as this might make some sense to people that have read several obscure miniseries, but as one of the few tieins to a major event at DC and at a higher cover price than normal, this issue just does not cut it for me. There is some promise here, but I'm not sure if I want to stick it out to see it through to the end. The art, however, was excellent. Best part of the issue, by far.

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9.0
Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1

Jul 16, 2008

It's rare to have a story told from the villain's perspective and Johns does an excellent job of getting someone like myself, with no previous experience with these characters, into each of the villains' heads. I feel like I understand each of their motivations and reasons for doing the things they do and I'm excited to see where this story goes from here. Shame there's almost no Final Crisis connection though...

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9.0
Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #2

Aug 28, 2008

Each character is given time to shine and each has their personalities and motivations laid bare in a perfectly executed narrative by Johns, both progressing the story and involving us with each villain at the same time. Oh, and a guy gets a tornado in his stomach. Doesn't get any better than that.

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10
Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #3

Oct 15, 2008

I can't say enough good things about this title. Just a joy to read and it reminds me of why I read comics.

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6.0
Final Crisis: Submit #1

Oct 22, 2008

While I think it's safe to avoid this if you are short on cash, it is actually one of the few Final Crisis tieins that actually impacts the main storyline and, while I didn't overly enjoy the story, it does explain a lot about what happened with Black Lightning and the Tattoo Man's circuit tattoo seems like it will be important to the storyline, making this worth checking out at the very least.

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6.0
Flash (1987) #231

Aug 15, 2007

Otherwise, this book was an excellent return for Wally and family and worth a look for anyone interested in the fastest man alive. I was disappointed at absolutely no mention or alluding to the death of the previous Flash, but it is possible the picture Iris throws across the room was of him, but that would be an odd action to take for someone who was close to them. While I do not want them dwelling on the previous series or events, I would still like some mention of the sacrifice made and the effects he had on Keystone City. Despite this, I am still looking forward to the next issue and more of the scarlet speedster family.

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2.0
Flash (1987) #233

Oct 24, 2007

Where's the follow up on the Bart's death? Where's the reactions to his 'back from the grave'? Where's the Flash in this Flash title? Hopefully Waid can turn things around now that this initial alien threat has been dealt with, but with the promise of their return at the end of this issue, I'm not sure if I'll be sticking around on this book.

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6.0
Flash: Rebirth #1

Apr 2, 2009

A solid, if slow opening issue that failed, by a large margin, to reach the expectations set for it. Additionally, Johns spent far too much time having characters espouse the greatness of Saint Barry as opposed to actually showing us why he's so great or deserving of all this attention. However, it's early on in this miniseries, so there's still time to solve these problems.

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6.0
Flash: Rebirth #2

May 7, 2009

I'm not willing to recommend this series to any new readers of Flash and I'm not even sure if it's something old fans should run out to pick up, but it wasn't a bad issue either. It's mostly falling a victim of its own hype and my high expectations, to which it is falling well short of presently.

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6.0
Flash: Rebirth #3

Jun 13, 2009

I don't think this book is written for me or other readers like me. It's clearly being aimed at long time Flash fans who would appreciate the return of Barry and could draw on emotional baggage associated with his Silver Age stories to carry an otherwise unremarkable issue.

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2.0
Flash: Rebirth #4

Aug 29, 2009

I rarely drop miniseries or events midway through, but I came in looking for more of the Barry Allen from Final Crisis, not the grimdark Saint Barry version, and was curious if Johns could recapture the magic from his original run on Flash. Sadly, this event seems to be aimed directly at a very distinct minority of Flash fans moreso than a catch all reboot/launch of the Flash franchise like Green Lantern Rebirth was. Shame.

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9.0
Flashpoint #1

May 11, 2011

Great issue that hooked me instantly and never let go. After one issue, I want, no, need to know more about this world and these characters and am already picking out various tieins I want to try out simply because of how engaging and interesting this world and story is so far.

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9.0
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #23

Aug 15, 2007

The best issue of PAD's run and sadly his last. I recommend this issue for any fan of Spider-man, new or old, and anyone in general as it is a great comic book that anyone can enjoy.

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6.0
Ghost Riders: Heavens On Fire #1

Aug 6, 2009

I'm hesitant to call it a Must Read as this does deal with a lot of fringe characters and the more mystical sides of the Marvel Universe, but this is a very good read and, my complaints about the useless recap page at the start aside, fairly reader friendly, all things considered.

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6.0
Ghost Riders: Heavens On Fire #4

Nov 7, 2009

The negatives seem to overpower this quick shot review, but I did enjoy this issue. I just felt that not much happened to drive this "event" (more of an extension of the nowcancelled Ghost Rider series) forward and I was a bit confused over the villains and their powers. However, I imagine longtime Ghost Rider readers are loving it as I'm still quite impressed with what I see here.

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6.0
Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men #1

May 30, 2008

It literally felt like Whedon thought up some great dialogue or action scenes and then strung them all together in some incoherent finale that "killed" off a beloved character, sent another into space for the unforseeable future and, otherwise, left the team the exact same as when the run started. Even Cyclops, who had been incredible in the last half, had his newfound sight taken from him and is relegated to wearing the visor again. Yay, lack of progress in 40 year old characters!

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9.0
Girl Comics #1

Mar 3, 2010

Entertaining read from a collection of talented creators with a diverse range of styles and influences that makes for a fun and engaging read that is sure to have something of note for even the most reluctant reader.

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6.0
Girl Comics #2

May 20, 2010

As anthologies can be very hit or miss for each individual reader, it's likely others will enjoy the content of this issue more than I did. There's also the desire for some to support teh impetus behind this anthology's creation and to show Marvel you'd like to see more female creators getting work. As such, I'm giving this a Check It there's some unique content here that should appeal to a broad range of readers, but, personally, I felt this was a rather weak issue compared to the first.

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2.0
Gotham City Sirens #1

Jun 24, 2009

. Nothing to see here. Move along now.

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2.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #1

Oct 10, 2007

I was really disappointed to see this become just another Countdown tie-in. I was expecting something related to Deathstroke at the very least. My recommendation is to just ignore this and read the reviews / summaries online. Not much happens and what little that does is not worth the cover price.

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #2

Nov 15, 2007

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #4

Jan 10, 2008

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2.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #6

Mar 12, 2008

That's the issue. Really, that's all that happens.

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary #7

Apr 9, 2008

Considering the situation with Connor being kidnapped and critically injured, you'd think there'd be some sense of urgency or at least some emotion from these people. They're all laughing it up and by the looks of things, they don't seem to be in any hurry to find him, if they even recall that's what the point of this whole thing is. Under different pretenses, this could probably be a decent, light hearted romp, and the opening with Hal was perfect, when taken out of context, but right now, this boggles the mind.

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6.0
Green Arrow / Black Canary: Wedding Special #1

Sep 19, 2007

Good, fun issue. Just turn the brain off for a bit and enjoy this entertaining issue for what it is.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #23

Sep 12, 2007

This issue was a joy to read and this should be DC's mega event that crossover into every book. The scale and scope of this crossover is incredible and every issue is packed with highlight reel moments. As I stated earlier, the only complaint is Johns' appears to be trying to put too much in each issue. The battle with Lyssa and the Anti-Monitor are a couple of instances of this. A page or two and then a few skipped scenes as the Lanterns are escaping with no real explanation or visibly shown means of escape. Thankfully, Johns has a bunch of one-shots to fill in the gaps along with Green Lantern Corps to fill my appetite for all things Sinestro Corps War related and hopefully it will hold me over until the next issue of this spectacular book.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #24

Oct 10, 2007

This comic still gets a must buy from me and you'd be a fool to pass it up. I may not agree with what Johns decided to do with the story at this stage of the game, but it's still a damn good book and one of the best on the market.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #25

Dec 12, 2007

Fantastic ending to an incredible storyline that was phoenominal from start to finish.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #26

Dec 28, 2007

Still a solid read, but nothing nearly as ground breaking or adrenaline pumping as previous issues. Felt like a "Taking a break, see ya next month!" type of issue.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #27

Jan 30, 2008

Johns was back to form this month and the Alpha Lantern story is actually going somewhere now. There were a lot of subplots going on in the background here as well and all of them quite interesting, especially the 'evil' Guardian one.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #28

Mar 5, 2008

Still nothing I'd write home about. Well, technically I am writing about it, but the point stands. There's some neat things here, but nothing really holding it all together or forming a cohesive plot or story.

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2.0
Green Lantern (2005) #29

Mar 26, 2008

Unless you have no idea who Hal Jordan is, you're wasting your money. Not even the art could save this, as it was far from Reis, or possibly the colourists, finest outing. Just hit up Wikipedia and you'll be fine.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #30

Apr 30, 2008

I'm still not sold on the need for this Secret Origin or, at the very least, the need for the rehashed material concerning Hal and Carol and so on. They still don't have enough new material to fill a single issue and I don't think next issue will reveal too much more, either. I'll give it a Check It, as it's a more enjoyable issue than Hal running around as a kid and getting kicked out the Air Force, but this is barely a step above anything you'd find on Wikipedia or from the back issue bins for a quarter, where the story's been told a million times.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #32

Jun 25, 2008

Best of the Secret Origin issues so far, but only because of Sinestro. Still nothing new offered outside the two pages of Red Lantern stuff, which wasn't much. They still haven't provided enough new material to cover a single issue, which annoys me to no end. Should have just released this as a Year One special and fleshed out or progressed the actual story in the main book.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #33

Jul 30, 2008

Finally, a story that lives up to the "secret" in the Secret Origin title of this arc. I was beginning to think there was no point to this retelling. Next issue promises to be a similarly enjoyable experience. Shame the first four parts couldn't be like this.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #34

Sep 4, 2008

This is everything the Secret Origin should have been from the start and almost makes me forget those first few repeat issues. Has me pumped for Green Lantern again after several months of decline postSinestro Corps War.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #35

Oct 8, 2008

I want to give it a Must Read, but, unlike the last couple of issues, there's almost no new content related to the present day story. We see some foreshadowing of the Red Lanterns, but only for a panel or two and the rest is just some entertaining dialogue with the Guardians.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #37

Feb 14, 2009

It's great to see Green Lantern return to the heights it once reached and the past few issues have renewed my faith and interest in the upcoming Blackest Night.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #38

Feb 26, 2009

I have some concerns, as they are, about the potential for this story to go off the tracks with the additions of more and more corps to the mix and the use of multiple rings by one person, but the sheer amount of good things that happened in this issue was more than enough to silence those concerns for the time being.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #39

Apr 9, 2009

Agent Orange = Great. Everything else = Average at best. Made for an up and down issue. Still looking forward to the rest of Agent Orange, but I'm getting the feeling Johns may be stretching himself a little thin lately.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #40

Apr 29, 2009

It's not so much that this is a bad issue, as it's still better than most comics on the market, but it's a noticeable dip in quality, mainly through the pacing and character driven moments, for the past few months when compared to previous Green Lantern issues. I'm typically harder on my favourite books when I feel they're dipping in quality than I am with genuinely bad or even average issues, so take any of my complaints with a grain of salt, too.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #41

May 28, 2009

The shock ending is about the only noteworthy thing to come of this rather disappointing chapter to the Agent Orange storyline. Here's hoping it finishes strong next month.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #42

Jun 24, 2009

Very solid outing for Green Lantern that did an excellent job of balancing the numerous subplots occuring in the book.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #43

Jul 8, 2009

While I didn't get as much out of this issue as I'd hope, it is still a very good issue that tells you everything you could ever want to know about Black Hand while simultaneously kicking off Blackest Night with a literal bang.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #44

Jul 24, 2009

While it may sound like I'm complaining a great deal about the issue, I did love this issue and what was given to me. I just wanted others to know what they are getting when they read it as there is a sudden cut off to the fight and a "go read something else for the rest" feeling to the ending. To me, I'm buying everything Blackest Night related and have no problem with this, but others may feel cheated by it. To me, though, a must read issue.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #45

Aug 29, 2009

My only real complaint is the squandered potential the War of Light had and nonstop focus on killings and Black Lanterns so far. Otherwise, this was a spectacular chapter to the event.

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10
Green Lantern (2005) #46

Sep 30, 2009

22pages of nonstop adrenline rush that is tightly paced and beautifully rendered. Take your favourite Sinestro Corps War issue and this will more than likely blow it out of the water. Excellent job by all involved.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #47

Oct 31, 2009

A few hiccups here and there, but an otherwise rock solid read that hits all the right notes for me.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #48

Nov 25, 2009

Great read that hit a lot of the right notes for me. I wanted to see all of these different corps bouncing off of each other and how the different personalities would react to one another. Finding out Atrocitus' history and backstory or how Abin Sur is Saint Walker's "savior" and other little details about each character and their relationships to one another was great. While not the heaviest on action, it's definitely one of the better issues of Blackest Night to date.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #51

Feb 17, 2010

Enjoyable issue that did not disappoint. Seeing things like Parallax rip the face off of the Spectre, literally, or Larfleeze and Lex Luthor interacting were as good as you can imagine and the issue just feels like an event in and of itself. Few minor hiccups near the end, but otherwise fine job by everyone involved.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2005) #52

Mar 25, 2010

I doubt anyone will complain about this issue, as it is enjoyable, but it's also quite circular, ending where it began, and that makes it feel like filler to me. Definitely worth checking out, but I don't think you'll be missing anything, storywise, if you skip it either.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #53

Apr 28, 2010

However, as I said, Hal Jordan's scenes were boring. He has a personality made out of cardboard and his only memorable moments are those in which you could substitute any Green Lantern (Kyle, Guy or John) into his role and the outcome would be the same. His interactions with Carol are boring and devoid of emotion (no, that's not some pun). Keep the focus on the Green Lantern mythos and ancillary characters and I'm happy. Just keep the plot moving. When it slows down for these moments with Hal's personal life, it's just painful to read.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #54

May 31, 2010

Despite my early complaints about the repeating Brightest Day scene, I really enjoyed this issue and the Atrocitus and DexStarr moments are worth buying the issue for alone.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #55

Jul 1, 2010

. Lobo vs the various Lanterns, DexStarr's origin, some of Doug Mahnke's best work on the title to date what's not to love about this issue?

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #56

Jul 29, 2010

A Larfleeze centric issue that has him ranting about Santa Claus and making a wish list? How could this not be a Must Read? We even get to see the avarice entity in action. Great issue that continues a string of high quality, must read issues for Green Lantern.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #57

Sep 10, 2010

Great read that pushed the Star Sapphires in a new direction and redefined, at least for the time being, a character in much need of moving out of Hal's shadow. Great resolution of the Predator's nature and Larfleeze was, as usual, stealing every scene he was in. Finally, Mahnke's art was stellar in this issue. Top marks all around here.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #65

Apr 21, 2011

Fantastic issue that made me actually want to read more about Hal Jordan out of costume for the first time ever and an ending that has me absolutely chomping at the bit to read more of this storyline and see where Johns and the rest of the Green Lantern team take this story from here.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2005) #66

May 28, 2011

Another great issue of Green Lantern. The event is in full throttle now and really hitting its stride while still finding time for character moments, such as with Sinestro here, on top of the wall to wall action.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #15

Aug 22, 2007

The ending of this issue picks up the Lost Lanterns storyline from Green Lantern and shows them meeting up with none other than the Anti-Monitor himself. It was an awesome splash page that gave me an, "Oh f---!" moment and cemented this as one of the best issues in the Sinestro War to date. Cannot wait for next months issue.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #16

Oct 3, 2007

Despite the minor complaint with the art, this issue was nearly perfect and maintains the high standards of the Sinestro Corps War with an explosive finish to the Ranx / Mogo battle. I loved seeing the reactions of the various Lanterns as the rings revealed that lethal force had been enabled and many of them almost seemed to be in a blood lust afterwards. Not sure if it will relate to the Red Lanterns hinted at in Booster Gold, which is written by Green Lantern's Johns, or just a heat of the moment type response from everyone. Either way, can't wait to get more of this story.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #17

Oct 24, 2007

Even with the problems dealing with the various plotpoints happening in tieins and other books, this is still an awesome addition to the SCW. Action packed and a key moment in GL history with Yat becoming Ion make this a Must Read.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #18

Nov 29, 2007

The review might read a little negative, but this is really another great addition to the Sinestro Corps War and the only thing I'm worried about is the final part in next month's Green Lantern #25. That issue already looks like it will be jam packed trying to wrap up all the loose ends and, with Prime still undefeated or seriously injured at the end of this issue, it looks like they've left another huge plot point to be wrapped up in GL #25. I'm just worried it's going to be a rushed ending that spoils an otherwise perfect story.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #20

Jan 9, 2008

Despite the multiple artists, this is still a good read that sets the stage for future issues. Mongul appears to be returning to his father's preCrisis status of badass, but I hope they don't punk him out the first chance they get. The guy has been through enough. Let him at least maim a Green Lantern before you have Ion or Guy put a beat down on him.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #22

Mar 12, 2008

Another thing that made no sense to me was her sister. She, whether she knew it or not, willingly attacked space ships and helped her sisters in their pirating efforts. Ignorance is no excuse for crimes and just because she has strong willpower, the Guardians only punishment for her was to make her have to charge her ring in her sister's chest. She remains on active duty with full priveleges other than that small set back. They don't even make her report to boot camp with Kilowog. Combined with letting a murder victim go free in Green Lantern, the Guardians' are really crappy at the whole law enforcement thing.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #23

Apr 9, 2008

Still, solid returning issue, but a little light weight, with it mostly being set up for upcoming issues. Definitely worth a read, though.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #24

May 14, 2008

It was a great issue that had some very interesting developments for everyone. I enjoyed the fear dreams Ion and Arisia had, although I still dislike Ion being out of action so easily, and was impressed with Mongul's continued plans and just about everything was done right this issue with the sole exception being that boring recap section.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #25

Jun 11, 2008

I liked this issue, but it was one of the odder books I read this week. Not sure why they needed to create such an elaborate retcon for the Black Mercy plants instead of just having a big brawl with Mongul and the Sinestro Corps lackies he's recruited.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #26

Jul 23, 2008

It's worth it just for the Mongul fight alone, but, once you add in the character moments and death of Bzzd and Mother Mercy joining the GLC, it makes this issue a must have for everyone.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 13, 2008

It's a slow issue that sows the seeds for future stories. While nothing mind blowing or must read, it's definitely worth checking out.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 13, 2008

Main story is rather uninspired work, but the subplots and foundation being layed for the Blackest Night are interesting.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #29

Oct 8, 2008

It's hard to describe, but the subplots just don't mesh very well and the narrative is jarring. The Guy and Ice parts never go anywhere either. However, the good parts definitely outweigh the bad and it was still worth checking out.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #33

Feb 11, 2009

This looks like the beginnings of another Ranx vs Mogolike epic, this time with the battle over Daxam. Couldn't believe how much content was packed into this one issue. Great stuff all around.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #34

Mar 11, 2009

This was worth it for the Arkillo vs Mongul fight alone. Add all the delicious subplots and Blackest Night related goodies and it's hard to go wrong with this book.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #35

Apr 16, 2009

While Johns deals with the more dubious aspects of the multiple corps, such as wearing multiple rings, Tomasi is content to give us nonstop action and Sinestro Corps Warlike moments month in, month out and this issue, and storyline, is the equivilent of a Battle of Mogolike minievent building up to the Blackest Night.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #36

May 15, 2009

Aside from some confusion over just what happened to Sodam and why/how he blew up in the star, I have absolutely no complaints with the issue and it's nearly a pitch perfect comic and a formula others should look to for success in the future.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #37

Jun 13, 2009

I know the opening of this review sounded like it might be a bad issue, but it was still very, very good, despite some minor issues with it. Still very much a must read book.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #38

Jul 4, 2009

While there's some disappointment with the sudden ends to several key plots from the past few months, it's hard to fault the book for it when the rest of it was so damn good.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #39

Aug 13, 2009

If this had come out the same week as Blackest Night #1, I'd probably be more enthusiastic about the issue, but a month later seeing the same content from the first issue of the event, on the same day as the second issue comes out, is a bit trying. Nothing was followed up on in issue two of Blackest Night either, so I assume we'll have to wait yet another month for the follow up.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #40

Sep 10, 2009

I'm not completely disenfranchised with the Blackest Night yet and this issue wasn't nearly as bad as my more general commentary on the state of Blackest Night so far would have you believe, but I am holding out that things shift away from all this death and repeat deadlovedonesencounter stories that we've been getting nonstop in every tiein and issue of the event so far.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #42

Nov 14, 2009

It's hard to believe Kyle iss dead, but it capped off a truly special issue of Green Lantern Corps that you absolutely, unequivocally, need to read. Easily one of, if not the best single issue of the year and something you'll be kicking yourself over having not read.

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10
Green Lantern Corps #43

Dec 16, 2009

These last two issues of Green Lantern Corps have turned the Blackest Night event on its ear and I'm willing to call these "tieins" the main event. Must read for everyone, Green Lantern fan or not.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #45

Feb 17, 2010

I want to love this, but it's a clear throttling back of the title compared to previous issues and felt like Tomasi just had to get everyone back into position for the conclusion to Blackest Night. Did not care for the convenient reusing of Mogo to solve all their problems with little to no consequences for the second month in a row either.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #46

Mar 17, 2010

Review aside, I didn't hate this issue. It's biggest flaw is the timing of the story and the general feeling that Tomasi already told his story, the Battle of Oa, and is now just killing time with the standard tiein storyline all the Blackest Night tieins have been throwing together. Where it was an essential part of the story in previous months, it's merely a filler issue this time around.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #47

Apr 30, 2010

Suffers slightly from being an epilogue issue, but is extremely strong when it counts with some powerful moments from the varied cast of characters that make up the Green Lantern Corps.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #48

May 31, 2010

Solid debut issue for Tony Bedard and Adrian Syaf. I'll miss Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, but I don't see me dropping this title over their departure and expect it to continue to be a favourite of mine.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #49

Jun 24, 2010

A good read that was a solid improvement over their debut issue last month. Not a perfect issue, but enjoyable and I'm expecting big things with next month's issue now that Cyborg Superman is back in the mix.

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9.0
Green Lantern Corps #59

Apr 21, 2011

War of the Green Lanterns started a little slow, but has really kicked it up a notch with these last few chapters of the story.

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6.0
Green Lantern Corps #60

May 28, 2011

Aside from the last bit with Mogo's death, you actually wouldn't miss too much if you skipped over this issue. It's like a spiritual successor to the Battle of Mogo back in Sinestro Corps War, but this issue only worries about the ends justifying the means aka Mogo's death. It didn't really worry about having a story that builds up to it or justifies that killing. Check It instead of Avoid It simply for the importance of that death and what it will mean in future issues and the future of the Green Lantern Corps.

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9.0
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #2

Sep 16, 2010

Tomasi gets these characters and continues his great Green Lantern Corps work in this new title. I'm still a little miffed at the lack of concrete details regarding Guy's mission and his secret meetings with Atrocitus which were the basis and build up leading into this new series, but I'm more than happy with what we're getting and am sure we'll learn more in time. Oh, as an aside, that cover image? Not really indicative of what happens in the issue. She only appears on the last page if you were buying it to see her in action.

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9.0
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10

May 28, 2011

Continues the story and sets up the endgame to War of the Green Lanterns while still being a excellent read on its own, a rarity in most penultimate chapters that are more about shuffling everyone into position for the conclusion than actually offering anything substantial.

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10
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #1

May 14, 2008

If you like Green Lantern / GLC, Nova, Annihilation or fun team books, this is a must purchase for you. I'd recommend everyone give the first issue a shot at the very least. Easy jump on point, lots of great characters and solid art make this a hard to pass up book for anyone.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #2

Jun 18, 2008

I was gushing a bit too much with the first review, but was genuinely pleased with the first outing. The second time around has the same narrative I hate and more cracks in the armour are starting to show. It's definitely still worth picking up, but this title isn't grabbing me like the original Annihilation or DnA's Nova ongoing.

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10
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #3

Jul 10, 2008

I love the characters and plot of this book, especially how DnA are drawing on so much past history with the Guardians and Adam Warlock. Add in some great art and lots of great action scenes and it's hard to pass up this new book.

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10
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #4

Aug 22, 2008

Abnett and Lanning fixed my biggest complaint this issue the narration and I think it made a huge difference in my enjoyment of the book. While a cliched 'who do you trust' themed story, the setting and characterization elevate it above the rest of the rabble and make this a standout must read story.

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9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #7

Nov 29, 2008

Allinall, this is a picture perfect comic where everything flowed together perfectly to form one great read from start to finish.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #10

Feb 19, 2009

I don't want to give the book an Avoid It because I do love this title and stuff does happen in this issue it's just completely predictable and felt like the writers were finishing up their chores moreso than telling us some thrilling prison break adventure. Hopefully things pick up next month.

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2.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #11

Mar 11, 2009

Maybe Abnett and Lanning are stretched too thin with the War of Kings event and other books they write. It simply felt like they phoned in this story and stretched it out so they'd be able to focus on their other books for the next couple months. First Guardians of the Galaxy I've actually been disappointed with having purchased.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #12

Mar 26, 2009

This issue was far better than last month's issue, but just barely makes a passing grade to Check It status.

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9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #13

Apr 23, 2009

Personally, I couldn't find a single thing wrong with this issue outside of maybe some stretching behind the reasons for getting involved in the event. It's just good old fashioned fun and I just hope the title continues with this return to form and puts those last few substandard issues behind us.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #15

Jun 26, 2009

. Enjoyable read with many good character moments to go along with the action packed plot.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #16

Jul 24, 2009

It's dense, overly complicated and deals with many obscure characters, making this a tough sell for anyone not already following this title. For those that are, you'll likely enjoy this issue, but I don't know if it will be regarded as the best in the run.

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6.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #18

Sep 25, 2009

While I liked this issue, I'm not willing to give it a very high verdict for the simple reason reason that it felt like filler. Enjoyable filler, but filler nonetheless. Give us some plot progression with these fun character moments and we can talk next month.

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9.0
Guardians of the Galaxy (2008) #22

Jan 31, 2010

This issue turns the dial up to eleven from the get go and doesn't let up until the very end. A fantastic read that defines why everyone loves the Marvel cosmic titles.

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9.0
Hercules: Fall of an Avenger #1

Mar 17, 2010

While it IS one of those requiem issues we usually associate with a quick cash grab on the heels of a death, it's actually quite entertaining and one of the better Hercules issues in recent months, despite the main characters' absence.

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9.0
Heroic Age: Prince of Power #3

Jul 25, 2010

I really enjoy this comic. It started a bit slow with the first issue, but has really ramped up to Incredible Hercules level of quality and is a book I look forward to every month now. This was another strong issue with laughs, action and some great character moments. Everything I want and expect from this creative team and title.

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2.0
House of M: Avengers #1

Nov 14, 2007

Unless you absolutely love Luke Cage, there's not much offered here. It's just a generic super hero origin with little to no action to keep the reader interested. Of what little action there is falls flat and is underwhelming and uninteresting at best.

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2.0
Hulk (2008) #1

Jan 9, 2008

Does Loeb just spin a wheel and use whatever retarded idea shows up? This reads like bad fanfiction. Do not buy this book. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

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6.0
I Kill Giants #1

Jul 17, 2008

I loved this issue, but, admittedly, it's not for everyone. If you are looking for a unique, fantasy wish fulfillment story that reminds you of your youth, this is a great read and I think anyone that's willing to give this story a try will enjoy it on some level. Until we find out where this book is going (is it going to be a fantasy book or a social commentary on people retreating into and embracing their fantasies or is it just a Calvin & Hobbeslike adventures of a young girl's mind?), I'm going to leave this as a Check It, despite loving this first issue.

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9.0
Immortal Iron Fist #9

Sep 26, 2007

It was another great offering from Brubaker and Fraction with plenty of twists and unexpected turns that keeps me wanting more of this great book. Excellent fights, plenty of action and enough story progression and mysteries to keep me coming back for more. Definitely a great issue and one of my favourite books month in, month out.

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6.0
Immortal Iron Fist #10

Nov 7, 2007

It's still Iron Fist and a lackluster issue of Iron Fist is still better than just about any book out there. On the plus side, all the plots are building to what should be an explosive climax over the next two issues.

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9.0
Immortal Iron Fist #11

Dec 19, 2007

Easily the best book this week. There's not much else to say. If you aren't reading this, you must have no money because this should be the first book on your list every time it comes out.

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9.0
Immortal Iron Fist #12

Jan 16, 2008

Asie from minor art issues, this was simply perfect. This arc seemed to be dragging a little the last couple issues, but it is firmly back on track and looks to be a powder keg ready to explode at this point.

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9.0
Immortal Iron Fist #13

Mar 19, 2008

I'm sure I left something out, especially with how many words I devoted to some small scenes, pagewise, but this was just a great issue and definitely gave the story the kick in the pants it needed as the supposed tournament was turning into a yawn fest with a bunch of talking heads. Great stuff all around.

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10
Immortal Iron Fist #14

Apr 30, 2008

I found the art much improved over recent months and the story, as the review shows, was simply amazing. It's rare to be this satisfied over a comic book or how a story turned out and if you haven't been following this book, make the eventual trade your top priority!

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6.0
Immortal Iron Fist #15

May 30, 2008

It's a simple story, but well told. However, as outlined above, I just couldn't get drawn into it like I should have. Too much narrative distracts from the actual story instead of helping it along.

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10
Immortal Iron Fist #16

Jun 26, 2008

This creative team made me read a comic about a guy who does kungfu in a pair yellow slippers and it was awesome, that's how damn good they were. With how much they set up in this issue, I can't believe they're actually leaving the title, but I guess all good things come to an end.

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6.0
Immortal Iron Fist Annual #1

Sep 26, 2007

While a fun look back at the life of Orson Randall, it offered no major developments and does not seem to have any impact on current events or the tournament currently going on in the regular series. Iron Fist fans will enjoy this issue, but everyone else should just stick with the main book. This barely compares to the excellent issue #7 flashback story and I'm kind of let down by what I got here. I guess too much of a good thing is an apt saying for two Iron Fist issues this week.

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9.0
Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death #1

Feb 20, 2008

A great trip through the various adventures of Orson and some much needed background info on the Prince. I'm still left wondering what happened to Orson to have him end up in that opium den at the beginning of Bru and Fraction's run on the book, though, as it's drastically different portrayal from here with the Confederates.

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6.0
Incredible Hercules #116

Apr 16, 2008

The biggest surprise of this issue was Athena's reason for calling a meeting of the various pantheon's of the Marvel Universe, mainly telling them that they are the protectors of Earth and humanity and that they have been invaded by Skrulls, as she holds a severed Skrull head that she pulled out of her bag. Definitely got the message across for me in a powerful bit of imagery. I have my doubts about the whole "God Squad", but can't help but be curious about it.

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6.0
Incredible Hercules #117

May 21, 2008

Not sold on the God Squad just yet, as I have no clue who they are and nothing impressive happened here. I liked the return of AmatsuMikaboshi, as he was great in the Ares mini, so there's at least one plus here. I hope no one turns out to be a Skrull and betrays them, as that would be all too predictable and cheesy at the same time.

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10
Incredible Hercules #118

Jun 18, 2008

It's just plain fun stuff that has the potential to be a very rewarding experience if Van Lente and Pak manage to blend this cosmic god slaying adventure with Hercules storied and mythic past adventures. However, if you are buying it for the Secret Invasion, you'll be disappointed, as there's absolutely nothing Secret Invasion related in this issue.

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10
Incredible Hercules #119

Jul 17, 2008

Lots of great moments, such as the dialogue between Snowbird and Hercules at the start, and some great action scenes along the way. Not sure how big a part of Secret Invasion this will end up being, but based on how great this title has been since Herc took it over, I don't think anyone will be complaining about this being a cashin or cheap marketing tiein.

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10
Incredible Hercules #120

Aug 22, 2008

Hercules kills the Skrull's God. Not much else needs to be said. It even showed the events in Secret Invasion that came about because of this killing, namely, as soon as Kly'bn died, it was announced that Reed Richards was freed and, basically, all of their plans went to hell because of it. Good job, Herc. You saved Earth and are responsible for stopping the invasion and won't even appear in that story.

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10
Incredible Hercules #122

Oct 29, 2008

Lot of fun to read, great flashbacks fleshing out Herc's past and progressed the current plot. Can't ask for much more.

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6.0
Incredible Hercules #126

Feb 26, 2009

Both stories featured in this issue were rather hohum. I did enjoy the Hercules origin, but didn't really see the need for so many pages devoted to it either. All in all, an average issue that should be a decent jumping on point, especially with the two or three pages worth of recapping past events in the middle of the book.

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9.0
Incredible Hercules #132

Aug 13, 2009

Last few issues had been average fair, but this was a return to form for one of my favourite titles.

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6.0
Incredible Hercules #133

Aug 29, 2009

Once the story got moving, it was interesting, but I just don't care for Cho. He's just Herc's smart sidekick and having entire issues dedicated to him doesn't click with me.

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9.0
Incredible Hercules #135

Sep 25, 2009

This was just too unique and too much fun not to give a Must Read verdict. It works as a single issue and as something for longtime readers, so don't be afraid to just jump right in on this issue. Crazy fun that you can only see in comic books.

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9.0
Incredible Hercules #137

Nov 1, 2009

The Amadeus Cho half of the Incredible Hercules more than carries its weight with the final chapter of the Pythogoras Dupree storyline. Shocking ending that had a lot of emotion considering I don't particularly care for the Cho character and Dupree is relatively new. While both Herc and Cho have proven to be capable on their own, I'm looking forward to seeing them meet up again after their time apart. Great issue. Buy it.

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6.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #109

Aug 9, 2007

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6.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #110

Sep 6, 2007

While this issue is good, I, personally, cannot accept the main crux of the story presented and it makes the issue ring hollow to me. If you can take this non-killing Hulk at face value, I am sure you will love this issue. I, however, cannot and we have to agree to disagree on the quality of this issue. The art was excellent and the story well done, but whether you like this issue or not will come down on whether you believe the Hulk does or does not kill.

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2.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #111

Nov 21, 2007

Seriously, do not waste your time or money on this abomination. If you were expecting some big development explaining the title's change to Incredible Hercules, you'll be disappointed, as Herc barely appears this issue.

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6.0
Incredible Hulk (1999) #112

Dec 19, 2007

The issue had parts that were good, but Cho is easily the biggest asshole of a character I have ever met. He couldn't take a couple weeks to help with the clean up and relocation of the thousands of families that lost their homes, jobs and everything that made their lives worth living? Ya, it made much more sense to go destroy even more things and plot to take down the world's peace keeping task force. I wish Hulk had stomped him into the ground at the end of WWH.

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6.0
Incredible Hulk (2009) #601

Aug 29, 2009

Was hoping this would be as entertaining as Pak's last run on Incredible Hulk, but it was a really slow issue that wasted a lot of time on exposition and recaps instead of establishing a plot to grab readers. I'm going to pass on anymore of this series unless I start hearing Planet Hulklike praise for it.

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9.0
Invincible #46

Nov 21, 2007

Multi-Paul has some serious sister issues. It was pretty crazy seeing Mark unload on a bunch of the duplicates and seeing the heads and legs flying when he cut loose was one of the coolest scenes of the issue.

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6.0
Invincible #48

Feb 20, 2008

Was good to see Eve in action and I'm not sure how they're going to resolve the rift between her and Mark. Also, it looks like that issue 50 cover with Mark's bloody fists and the government agent on the ground will be because he finds out about the secret army of cyborgs, the same ones his friend was turned into, they're building behind Mark's back.

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10
Invincible #50

Jun 12, 2008

I give it a Must Reat because it was a great issue, but there's times I feel I should be giving it a Check It simply because I've lost so much interest due to the constant delays. This'll probably be my last monthly issue of the title as I switch over to trades.

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6.0
Invincible #53

Oct 7, 2008

Good issue that sets up some future storylines, but just doesn't scream "Must Read" to me.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #1

May 7, 2008

I think some will love it and some will hate it. It's a very slow paced first issue, but has the makings of being a great title. However, time will tell.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #2

Jun 5, 2008

With several continuity blunders that several scenes are built on, I'm not inclined to give it a Must Read, but, if you're a new Iron Man reader, I'd imagine this issue would be more than adequate for your tastes and probably a Must Read issue with ease. I suspect Extremis will be on the way out and we'll see a return to classic Tony postSecret Invasion to play more into this title's strengths.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #4

Aug 6, 2008

Not much happens, but it's the same slow burn pace that this series has had since it launched. I don't love it nor do I hate it, so it'll probably come down to whether you liked the previous issues or not.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #5

Sep 4, 2008

The opening pages are pretty weak and I really dislike the faux realistic art (aka traced / referenced), but solid ending and satisfying action.

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6.0
Invincible Iron Man #6

Oct 8, 2008

As a concluding chapter to this opening arc, I think the issue accomplished what this series set out to do ie. remaking the comic Iron Man so it is more in line with its movie counterpart but I'm still a little disappointed they threw out all the work done in Director of SHIELD and took several steps backwards with the character, much like they did with Peter Parker in Brand New Day, to do so.

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6.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #22

Sep 26, 2007

This is an excellent title that I think most people will enjoy. It is not the best, but definitely worth a look if you have a little extra cash to try out other titles. Consistently good and very few 'bad' issues makes this a great performer. I expect big things with the return of the Mandarin coming up and that arc could push Iron Man up into a 'Must Buy' title for me. Grab last month's issue and give this book a try, it's definitely worth a look.

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10
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #23

Oct 31, 2007

I usually describe this book as one that people should check out and see if it's for them. However, with this month's issue, I had to upgrade it to a Must Read. Everything is just clicking with it. With the Mandarin plot in full effect and all the Initiative related goodness with Tony as Director of SHIELD, you're missing out on a great comic if you pass book up.

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9.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #25

Jan 23, 2008

The entire issue built to an explosive ending as the Mandarin reveals his ultimate plans for the Extremis and Tony learns he's been the one pulling the strings all along. Previews for next issue look amazing with the fight between Tony, in classic armour, and the Mandarin finally happening. Honestly cannot wait for next issue.

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9.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #26

Feb 20, 2008

I've only recently started following Iron Man back around the end of Civil War and it has continually improved every month and everything the Knauf's have been building to really paid off here. The only thing I'm worried about is how they will ever top this issue.

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6.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27

Mar 19, 2008

Not as bad as I make it out, but, nonetheless, a real let down after last issue. I expect things to ramp back up next issue though.

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10
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #28

Apr 16, 2008

Action, suspense, satisfying conclusion to a long running storyarc and lots or wiggle room for any fall out or follow up to the events. Not much to complain about here.

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6.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #29

May 21, 2008

Simply put, this has the plot and story of the more super hero-like Invincible Iron Man, but is written in the dark / gritty / realistic / noir style that the Knaufs employ, making it read awkward for me. Maybe it's just the fact it's different that's throwing me off and others will enjoy this more than I did.

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2.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #30

Jun 19, 2008

I'm done with Director of SHIELD. With the Knaufs gone and hastily thrown together fillins that are set to go on indefinitely, it looks like the this Iron Man title is on the cutting room floor at Marvel, either until Nick Fury possibly takes over or they cancel this title in favour of the movie Iron Man version over in Invincible.

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2.0
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Annual #1

Nov 21, 2007

I honestly want my money back after reading this. If you enjoy the actual Iron Man series, this is a complete departure from the style and tone of that series and I found this issue missed all the marks it was trying to hit with the spy and espionage premise.

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10
Joe The Barbarian #1

Jan 21, 2010

With a $1 cover price, it's hard not to pick this up. Add two amazing creators, an interesting, though not perfect premise, and this is a very solid setup issue. I'm a little disappointed with the revelation of how this fantastic world comes to pass, but am looking forward to the journey we're about to set out on.

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9.0
Journey Into Mystery #623

May 14, 2011

Gillen writing a book centered on Loki should be enough to sell you on this. Add some of Braithwaite's best work for the art and a compelling story that can either stand on its own or work as a companion to the current Fear Itself event and you have an excellent comic you should be reading.

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2.0
JSA Kingdom Come Special: Superman #1

Nov 12, 2008

Unless you absolutely love Alex Ross' artwork or need every Kingdom Come appearance possible, there's absolutely nothing here worth reading and there's nothing that furthers the current Gog storyline either. I asked why DC didn't hype this book more than it did in my previews this week and now I know why they didn't.

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6.0
JSA Kingdom Come Special: The Kingdom #1

Nov 29, 2008

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9.0
Justice League of America (2006) #13

Sep 26, 2007

Despite these complaints, I really did enjoy the issue. It was fun and entertained me from start to finish and that's all that matters to me in a comic book. Dinah actually acted like a team leader for a change, assigning teams and roles, and it made me kind of wonder when this takes place in relation to her wedding since Ollie was here as well. Definitely check this book out. I'm sure you'll enjoy it and it is definitely a step above the jumble of multi-coloured thought boxes of Meltzer's run.

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10
Justice League of America (2006) #15

Dec 5, 2007

Just a plain fun, action packed hero versus villain brawl. Hard to find anyone who wouldn't like this issue.

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2.0
Justice League of America (2006) #17

Jan 16, 2008

In its place this month, we get a Countdown tie-in. Not even a relatively eventful or noteworthy tie-in, but a retarded Salvation Run one. Joy. Black Lightning beats up some no name, Z-list villains. The Suicide Squad tries to round up some more losers. Bunch get away and go see the JLA to surrender in hopes they won't let them get sent away to the prison planet. That's it. Can I have my money back, please?

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2.0
Justice League of America (2006) #18

Feb 20, 2008

Now that I've made excuses for him, this issue was another dud. It was better than the last one, but not by much. I don't care about anything that's happening here. There's no tension or drama. None of the Suicide Squad members pose any threat to the League and the story hasn't progressed in the slightest. The villains that surrendered are simply put in cells and the JLA talks to Waller. She sends the Squad in during the meeting to try and retrieve the villains and the issue ends.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2006) #21

May 21, 2008

Nothing Final Crisis related here, despite the cover's heavy focus on Libra. You won't miss a thing and I can't see this Human Flame guy going anywhere in the future, so no big loss missing his appearance either.

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9.0
Justice League: New Frontier Special #1

Mar 5, 2008

It's a one shot. You have no excuses about not understanding what's going on or missing the first 20 issues or other garbage. Best book you will buy this week, month or probably year. I can't be held responsible if you have to go out and buy DC The New Frontier after reading this, though.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #9

Sep 12, 2007

This was a fun issue with many memorable moments. Starman running around with a pale of water trying to put out the fire early on was hilarious and I really enjoy his character in this book. Kingdom Come Superman showing up at the end was expected, but still handled quite well and I cannot wait to see where the story goes with that. This issue is well worth the look and this book will be more than likely a must bye for most people over the next few months with KC Superman on board. Grab this one and strap in for a great ride, you will not regret it.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #11

Dec 5, 2007

It's still JSA and the issue is fairly good, but if you are only interested in the KC Superman stuff, there's not much to see here and very little of note actually happens. JSA fans will love it, but for everyone else, I'd almost recommend avoiding it.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #12

Feb 7, 2008

In the end, this is still a good comic. It's just not a great JSA issue and I've come to expect better from this. Bendis doesn't use this much decompression and I think he practically invented that crap.

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9.0
Justice Society of America #14

Apr 9, 2008

It should be a crime to be this good. I want to be mad about Sandman's death (not sure if he's actually dead or not) or nitpick over the fact Alan somehow managed to create identical armour to his Kingdom Come counterpart, but it's hard to hold any of this against the book or even really make a decent case for either in light of everything else that happened.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #15

May 21, 2008

Let down after so much promise at the end of last issue, but still a good issue in its own right. Only problem is it had to follow up on probably the best JSA issue since it relaunched. The one page preview at the end almost makes me want to make this a Must Read. Look for it in the Moments of the Week.

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10
Justice Society of America #16

Jun 4, 2008

Very enjoyable issue and this Gog story has taken a strange twist that has me wanting to find out more. Obviously, this Gog must be faking his goodwill, but why and what's it all leading to, outside the rebirth of Magog? Oh, and did I mention Black Adam was in this? Yeah, that almost makes it a Must Read by itself. The rest is just gravy.

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10
Justice Society of America #17

Jul 10, 2008

It took a while, but JSA seems to be back on track after the slow and fillerlike Thy Kingdom Come issues and Gog's creepy smile still gives me nightmares. Can't wait to see where this goes in upcoming issues.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #19

Oct 16, 2008

I'm still enjoying the Gog storyline, but this is the weakest issue of JSA in a while.

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2.0
Justice Society of America #20

Nov 5, 2008

While nothing glaring or overly wrong with the art or writing, this is just filler and side tracks the Gog story so they can have some oneshot specials and a minievent next month. Skip this and you won't even notice next month when the actual story continues.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #21

Dec 9, 2008

While the storyline has its problems, it looks like it will be ending with a bang based on this issue.

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6.0
Justice Society of America #23

Feb 14, 2009

I wanted to love this issue, as Black Adam has become one of my favourite characters over the years, but everything he did and said just felt wrong for some reason. The flow of the issue greatly impacted the readability and I just hope the storyline picks up over the next few issues.

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2.0
Justice Society of America #24

Feb 26, 2009

Johns never really clicked on this volume of JSA and, sad as it is to say, I'm glad he's finally leaving. I only wish this final storyline could have come out better.

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2.0
Justice Society of America Annual #1

Jul 30, 2008

While well written, from a technical standpoint, and featuring decent artwork, this story represents everything wrong with DC and its unhealthy obsession with the Silver Age and their overreliance on nostolgia to hook readers and sell books and I refuse to recommend a story like this to anyone.

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9.0
Kick-Ass #1

Feb 27, 2008

Excellent premise, solid execution and some of Romita's best art in a long time. I think it might be a new inker responsible for the cleaner images, but, honestly, no one actually notices the 'tracer' (don't hate me inkers, it's a Chasing Amy joke), so it might just be a different style for a different book by JRJr.

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6.0
Kick-Ass #2

Apr 2, 2008

The first issue was amazing, but this follow up felt a little weak in comparison. It's still a good book and worth picking up, as I still enjoyed it, but no one could fault you for skipping this either.

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10
Kick-Ass #3

Jun 4, 2008

The book has really kicked it up a notch this month and, while it looked like it was going to turn into a generic "real world super hero" story, it's quickly distanced itself from that in the final pages of this issue and I can't wait to see more of this.

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10
Kick-Ass #4

Aug 27, 2008

Allinall, it was glorious overthetop violence and I loved every minute of it. This isn't some deep plot and there's no real drama here, but the visceral action will grab you just the same.

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6.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2004) #40

Mar 26, 2008

I'm not sure if this is a Must Read or just me being a kid with a new toy, but I really liked this issue. I'll leave it as a Check It for now, as older fans might hate this new take or this might just be the whole newness of jumping on this title for me.

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6.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2004) #41

Apr 30, 2008

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6.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2004) #44

Jul 24, 2008

While all of the Legion's problems just magically disappear or get solved in this issue, I still found myself liking it for the characters. It's no Must Read, but it's far from an Avoid It, too.

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6.0
Logan #1

Mar 5, 2008

(maybe Must Read. Will depend if Vaughan avoids the Wolverine cliche pitfalls of a Japan flashback)

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6.0
Logan #2

Apr 2, 2008

Still, it's an enjoyable enough read and I don't think you'd be remiss to go out and pick this up if you have a little extra cash. It won't be the most memoriable story and I doubt anyone will be talking about this in the future, but it's still a good book worth taking a look at it.

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6.0
Logan #3

May 7, 2008

Yes, that's it. I don't know what to say. I expected much more from Vaughan. Risso held up his end of the bargain with great art, but this story didn't need to be told and only served to add yet another Japanese woman to Logan's growing list of dead girls he dated and it featured every possible Wolverine cliche imaginable. Despite that, I enjoyed the first two issues. This final one, however, just turned into a generic fight that just ends out of the blue and the issue almost feels like it belongs to a different story compared to the first two.

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10
Manhunter #31

Jun 4, 2008

All in all, it's a great return and there's elements of what came before and enough new stuff to make this "first" issue great for new and returning readers. Add the Blue Beetle to the mix and this kicks of a great return for Manhunter and a definite must read for anyone interested in good comics.

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10
Manhunter #32

Jul 2, 2008

It's a real treat to pick up and read a book as good as Manhunter. I can't stress how highly I recommend this title. Do yourself a favour and pick up these first two issues of the return of this book.

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6.0
Marvel 1985 #1

May 29, 2008

This was a Must Read for me and probably any child of the 80's. For newer readers, I'd suspect a much different take on the book to the point you could take it or leave it at a glance. I do believe it's a worthwhile book and has the makings of something special, provided we don't rely entirely on nostolgia, and, as such, I'm leaving it as Check It for now.

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10
Marvel 1985 #2

Jun 26, 2008

I find it very easy to relate the main character, through which we see the events of this story, and Millar is doing an incredible job of relaying the thoughts and feelings of the young boy. Edwards art is a perfect fit for this style of book and the fight with Hulk and Juggernaut is something to behold.

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10
Marvel 1985 #3

Jul 17, 2008

Despite that small nitpick over the reaction of some of the real world people, I still loved this issue and Edwards art fits this type of story perfectly. With only a couple of issues left, I'm a bit concerned about whether or not Millar can wrap this up with a satisfying conclusion, but I'm certainly enjoying the ride so far.

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6.0
Marvel 1985 #4

Aug 22, 2008

The series is still great, but the slow pacing made it necessary for an issue where we spend rush to bring in the Marvel heroes to save the day, leaving little time to focus on the setting or characters. Probably won't even be noticeable come trade time.

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2.0
Marvel 1985 #6

Oct 30, 2008

As I said, it's contrived and rushed and wholly forgettable and I'm fairly disappointed with the whole storyline after reading this socalled conclusion.

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6.0
Marvel Comics Presents #2

Oct 17, 2007

Finally, the only weak spot in my opinion, is the Omega Flight stuff. I'm just not enjoying it. The Omega Flight mini-series met with a lot of problems, what with it being shifted from ongoing to mini and other creator issues, and I just did not come away from that series with any good feelings. Seeing the amount of face time it will be getting in this book is probably the biggest thing that made me leary of picking up this second issue.

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6.0
Marvel Divas #1

Jul 4, 2009

While some parts of the story fell flat, I was actually quite pleased with the purchase. The book isn't for everyone, but if you like SpiderMan Loves Mary Jane or even BKV's first volume of Runaways, you'll probably enjoy the dialogue and feel of this miniseries.

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6.0
Marvel Divas #2

Aug 13, 2009

I'm not hating this book, but I'm not completely enthralled by it either. Will stick with it for the duration, as it hasn't gone off the rails and is treating the cancer subplot with some respect.

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2.0
Marvel Divas #3

Oct 2, 2009

I'm not really sure what to think of this issue or miniseries. It seems like it's lost all direction and has gone off the rails, wavering between a serious take on cancer, and how it can affect even super heroes, and the super hero version of Sex and the City.

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6.0
Marvel Divas #4

Nov 1, 2009

Nowhere near the disaster everyone expected the series to be and I like the concept and friendships between these characters that was established, but the cancer subplot and subsequent trip to Hell and other nonsense really took me out of the story. If they had kept it to the slice of life with the realistic portrayal of the cancer, yes, I'd be all over this and recommending it to everyone.

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2.0
Marvel Zombies Vol. 2 #1

Oct 17, 2007

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6.0
Marvel Zombies Vol. 2 #2

Nov 29, 2007

It's still some fun Marvel Zombie action, but this issue doesn't really add anything or progress this sequel's story. I expect this series will finally start with next month's third issue.

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2.0
Mighty Avengers #6

Dec 19, 2007

Nothing to see here, move along.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #7

Jan 9, 2008

Just plain fun. I was laughing and had a stupid smirk on my face the entire time. Only thing wrong with this issue is that it should have come out like 5 months ago.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #8

Jan 30, 2008

The biggest and bestest news from this issue was a cameo by Ben Reilly in Tony's symbiote host files and you should all buy this book to show Marvel you want more of him. What? You don't like Ben? Screw you guys! Scarlet Spider rules! Bring back Ben! I'll go cry in the corner now.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #9

Feb 20, 2008

I don't know if it's worth checking or if you should just avoid it. I doubt you'll miss anything if you don't pick it up and it was a rather pedestrian outing for this title, which is bad if you consider they are fighting freaking Dr Doom here.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #10

Mar 12, 2008

Finally, Bendis continues his ADD-style plot in this book as the issue ends with Doom mysteriously disappearing, Ms Marvel rushing in screaming for Sentry and Iron Man to get away and then Doom's castle being nuked. Actually, maybe this was Iron Man's satellite strike he was readying before they were blasted into the past. Would kind of make sense now that I think about. Still, Bendis seems to have a hate on for Tony. First Ultron-izing him and now nuking him. I assume he'll have similar treatment in Secret Invasion.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #11

Mar 26, 2008

All in all, this is an enjoyable read, but the thought bubbles mar just about every page. Doom has one page where literally half the page is one big continuous thought bubble. And while there were some funny and cool moments, the actual plot was pretty sub par and the arc, taken as a whole, was all over the place and there was never any clear threat or focus to the story.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #12

Apr 23, 2008

There's no Skrull reveals here, there's no major revelations on Fury's underground movements and, while not a bad issue, this doesn't answer any questions I had about Fury or Skrulls and does nothing to bolster my interest in Secret Invasion. I did like this issue and it was a good read, but I expected a lot more from this considering we're smack dab in the middle of a major event.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #13

May 7, 2008

It was a pretty generic introduction to a bunch of generic people. I have no idea who they are, what their powers are and don't really care either. Just looks like they'll be knock off Avengers. However, they'll play an important role in Secret Invasion, so I guess it's worth checking out if you want some clue as to who they are, but it'll be just that, a clue. Nothing really revealed here.

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2.0
Mighty Avengers #15

Jun 26, 2008

While the New Avengers issue was at least an enjoyable enough read if you checked your brain at the door or ignored the numerous mistakes, this Mighty issue features more Bendis hate on Hank Pym and treats the founding Avenger like a joke, similar almost to his Ultimates incarnation, and just makes the whole Skrull mess more annoying. All that was needed was to say he was replaced after House of M and before New Avengers. We didn't need any of the other padding on this issue.

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6.0
Mighty Avengers #16

Jul 17, 2008

It doesn't really add anything to the Secret Invasion story and just barely adds any new information on the Elektra replacement while undermining the entire Super Skrull threat, but it's still an entertaining read if you can turn off the brain for a little bit and just enjoy the action.

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2.0
Mighty Avengers #17

Aug 27, 2008

Unless you enjoy a pointless issue that only serves to show how much Bendis hates Hank Pym, there's no reason to pick this up.

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9.0
Mighty Avengers #18

Sep 20, 2008

Great action that did a lot to endear these new heroes to me and I actually look forward to reading more about them in the future.

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2.0
Mighty Avengers #19

Oct 15, 2008

Unless, like me, you like flushing money down the toilet for some reason, just avoid this. You read everything this issue had to offer in the page or two it took up in the last issue of the Secret Invasion series.

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6.0
Moon Knight (2011) #1

May 7, 2011

First issue has a lot of promise, but fell a little flat with a predictable ending everyone saw coming and the unnecessary amount of time spent building up to said ending. Otherwise, a promising start to the new series with a capable creative team. Should be interesting to see where they go from here.

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9.0
Ms. Marvel #18

Aug 1, 2007

If you enjoyed Nextwave, and let us be honest, all 12 of us who read it did, you must buy this issue. This issue contains one of the funniest exchanges between two characters I have ever read and contains the word "fleshcapades". Yes. It is glorious. As for the actual issue itself, it is mostly a set up issue for the next story arc for Ms Marvel. Reed makes excellent use of dialogue and knows his characters personalities and back stories. However, he really needs someone to plot his books for him as the storyline themselves are the weak point of Ms Marvel. Buy it for Aaron Stack, check it out for Ms Marvel.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #19

Sep 6, 2007

The real star of the issue was, again, Aaron Stack. I love his Nextwave persona, and while not as good as last issues interpretation, he is still quite hilarious here and definitely makes the issue worth while. Another good effort by Ms Marvel team. I recommend it simply for the Nextwave connection, but it is by no means a terrible book without it.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #20

Oct 3, 2007

Again, this issue was very good. The killing of Puppet Master should end up with some interesting repercussions later in the series and it appears Aaron Stack and Sleepwalker will be sticking around in the book for the foreseeable future, as they are both still on her ship at the end of this issue, which is a big plus in my eyes.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #21

Nov 8, 2007

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #26

Apr 24, 2008

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2.0
Ms. Marvel #27

May 30, 2008

It was a pretty horrible outing to say the least and I don't really feel like coming back to this again next month. Could be the last issue of this title for me. Might come back one more time to see the conclusion to this Secret Invasion tie-in, but it's a big 'maybe' right now.

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6.0
Ms. Marvel #47

Nov 25, 2009

As I said, it's a fun doneinone story about a date between Ms Marvel and SpiderMan and all that that entails. There's some mild super heroics mixed in to liven it up and the awkwardness between the two on the date was fun to read. Nothing I'd rush back to the comic shop to pick up, but if you've got some spare cash and/or enjoy SpiderMan stories, you may want to grab this for a solid read.

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0.0
Nemesis #1

Mar 25, 2010

Or, at the very least, wait for the trade if you are still interested. Like most Millar stories, this has a good premise and concept, but it lacks any kind of subtlty or execution. Should make for an entertaining movie, but it's seriously lacking on the comic book side of things.

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9.0
New Avengers #34

Sep 12, 2007

This was a great issue and covered a lot of ground. I was a bit disappointed with no Spider-Woman discussion or progress on what she did with the Skrull Elektra body, but from previews, I know that gets picked up in Mighty Avengers in a few months. Still annoys me that she took off with it two months ago and still nothing has happened regarding it. The dialogue is really great in this issue and Bendis proves he is still one of the best with that. Enough action in this issue to satisfy me and just enough plot progression to keep me hooked.

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9.0
New Avengers #35

Oct 10, 2007

Bendis has gone on record saying he hates the Tigra character and I was a bit concerned when the solicits listed this as something horrible happening to her. I have no real affinity for Tigra, but comic book deaths for the sake of having a death typically piss me off. I was happy to see Bendis didn't go this route, even though Tigra did get a beat down from The Hood while Jigsaw, who Tigra embarrassed while breaking up his robbery at the beginning of the issue, filmed it for the rest of the villains under Hood to watch later.

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6.0
New Avengers #36

Nov 14, 2007

. It's a fairly average outing this month. No major developments and it feels like Bendis is holding back all the major plots as he waits for Mighty Avengers to get back on track.

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2.0
New Avengers #37

Dec 12, 2007

It's hard to put into words how bad the narrative of this issue is, but if you read last month's symbiote recap issue by Luke Cage, imagine something worse and you'll almost understand how bad this was.

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6.0
New Avengers #39

Mar 26, 2008

It's not that this is outright bad or not worth reading, but the sudden shift in tone and the feel that this is just Bendis trying to hype his, as of right now, nonevent by having the characters spout the same garbage he's been saying all year long in magazines and online. Just felt like he was reaching in a desparate attempt to say, "Look at me! SKRULLS! INVASION! See how crazy this is! Big event coming and the heroes are scared, you should be too!". It might just be me, though, so your mileage may vary.

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10
New Avengers #40

Apr 30, 2008

Despite my misgivings, I think the background information on the Skrulls, Elektra and the reveal of SpiderWoman, coupled with incredible art, make this a Must Read for just about everyone but me.

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2.0
New Avengers #41

May 29, 2008

I can't see anyone benefitting from this. If you didn't know the SHIELD agents from the first arc of New Avengers were Skrulls by now, turn in your comic fan badges at the front desk, do not pass go and do not collect $200. The opening couple pages of laughs did not justify my wasting $3 on this unnecessary story and, while I haven't been thrilled by most of the SI tieins, I haven't felt ripped off or out right regretted any of them like I did this one either.

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6.0
New Avengers #42

Jun 25, 2008

Nothing really happens. All you needed to know was SpiderWoman was replaced when Hydra was set to give her her powers back. Rest is just filler if you ask me.

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6.0
New Avengers #43

Jul 24, 2008

There's still the fact this is a rather pointless story that didn't need to be told, but it was much more enjoyable than many of the other Secret Invasion tieins and I don't regret the purchase.

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6.0
New Avengers #44

Aug 27, 2008

Some people might be interested in the "revelation" of why the Skrulls needed Reed's brain to succeed, so I give this a Check It, but I thought this was just another pointless story with a flimsy, paperthin plot that barely explains what it sets out to, leaving more questions than answers.

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2.0
New Avengers #45

Sep 25, 2008

I like Cheung's art and all, but it's not worth picking this waste of paper up for. Buy something with some meat to the story instead.

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6.0
New Avengers #46

Oct 22, 2008

I actually enjoyed reading the issue and, while another 'fill in the blanks' tiein by Bendis, it actually gave us something new and intersting to chew on, whereas other tieins read like an entire issue devoted to being told being what the heroes had for breakfast before Skrulls replaced them. The reveal at the end has lots of storytelling promise and it will be interesting to see what part, if any, it plays in Secret Invasion's conclusion or the postSI world.

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9.0
New Avengers #47

Dec 9, 2008

I'm not sure where they'll be going in relation to the missing baby story, but I really enjoyed this issue and recommend it to any fan of these characters or Bendis' more street level stories.

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2.0
New Avengers #50

Feb 26, 2009

Never have I paid so much for so little nor have I seen someone take 37 pages and do nothing but give a few guest artists some splash pages to sell online, as there's no story here and nothing new or interesting happening.

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9.0
New Avengers Annual #2

Jan 30, 2008

The art really made this issue and I don't think Yu could have handled this nearly as well. Solid ending to this storyline and a great issue.

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10
New Avengers: Illuminati #5

Nov 7, 2007

Explosive conclusion to the Illuminati series that actually manages to deliver on all the hype surrounding the issue. This basically overshadowed every other issue this week, pushing things like Conquest or Messiah Complex on the backburner in terms of hype and reader interest. If you intend on reading Marvel comics in the next year, you need this issue as it sets up the major event that will most likely touch every comic in the months to come.

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6.0
New Avengers: Reunion #1

Mar 3, 2009

McCann doesn't knock it out of the park on his first big foray into writing, but, to continue with the baseball metaphor, it's easily a solid ground rule double and enough to have me come back again next month to find out more.

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10
New Avengers: Reunion #2

Mar 31, 2009

McCann really hit his stride with this issue. The interplay between Hawkeye and Mockingbird is spot on and many of the questions regarding Mockingbird's abduction, such as when and how she was taken, are answered here and the consequences of the timing for the abduction is played up for maximum effect.

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6.0
New Avengers: Reunion #3

May 6, 2009

While arguably just as good as the last issue with answering questions about Mockingbird and her time with the Skrulls, as well as with the interaction between her and Hawkeye, there comes a time in a four issue miniseries where we need some plot progression and waiting for the last issue to really introduce and conclude that aspect of the story can backfire. Without having read the last issue, I have a sinking feeling this series might have actually benefitted from being a five or six issue miniseries instead, but I'll reserve full judgement until next month.

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6.0
New Avengers: Reunion #4

Jun 2, 2009

A solid finish to the miniseries that did a good job explaining how Mockingbird came back, what her state of mind was and set up a new status quo for both her and Hawkeye that I hope gets followed up on by McCann in the future.

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9.0
New Warriors (2007) #4

Sep 6, 2007

It was an incredibly unexpected ending to this issue, and if publicized, would be a real killer to any credibility the untrained teen heroes had been trying to build and quite possibly serve to prove Tony Stark right with the SHRA. I was unsure of whether I was going to be sticking with this book, as while it was a good book, it was not impressing me enough to stay on long term. This issue changed all that. Lots of mystery as to who Night Thrasher is, an excellent ending that left me wanting more and chomping at the bit to see the next issue and this issue really hit one out of the park. Highly recommended issue.

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9.0
New Warriors (2007) #5

Oct 10, 2007

The issue ends with Night Thrasher disbanding the team, mirroring previous New Warrior teams, which have broken up 2 or 3 times before. I really thought they were going to reveal who Night Thrasher was with his big speech at the end along with the disbanding, but it looks like they will be holding off for another issue or two.

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6.0
New Warriors (2007) #6

Dec 12, 2007

Only giving it a Check It because you might be curious as to who all the characters are and who Night Thrasher really is. Otherwise, it was rather disappointing considering how good the last couple issues have been.

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6.0
New X-Men (2004) #41

Aug 15, 2007

As this is an Endangered Species tie-in, I should comment on that for those wondering if they missed anything in one of the X-titles they may not pick up. This is part eight of Endangered Species and, to be honest, not much has happened since Beast met up with Dark Beast, who hails from the Age of Apocalypse timeline. Last chapter spent time discussing Nate and Jean Grey, but this one has the McCoy's searching through one of Mr Sinister's old labs and, aside from a small scuffle with an outdated robot sentry, not much else happens. No discussion aside from some minor ethical and moral expositions by our Beast. Not sure if this is a padding chapter for an ancillary X-book or if the events of this c

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9.0
New X-Men (2004) #42

Sep 19, 2007

The entire issue is filled with great moments like these and more. Great issue and I was almost tempted to make it my Book of the Week if Captain America had not been so good. Definitely give this issue a try if you are interested in great character driven books. One of the best and most consistent X-books on the market in my opinion.

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10
New X-Men (2004) #43

Oct 31, 2007

Seriously, this is the best book this week, hands down. I don't know if I have to beat you over the head to get you pick this book up or what, but you've seriously got to try this book out. Grab this and previous issue for an entertaining, and hilarious, read featuring some of the best written characters on the market.

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6.0
New X-Men (2004) #44

Nov 21, 2007

However, if you don't read New X-Men regularly, you'll probably love this issue and consider it top notch. Oh ya, one last thing, Layla was awesome this issue in case any X-Factor fans were wondering.

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9.0
New X-Men (2004) #46

Jan 16, 2008

I hated all the random deaths, but I'll have to accept them. Despite that, this is still an excellent read and really sets the stage for the final chapter, bringing all the random subplots (except Jamie for some reason) together for one final, epic battle. Can't wait for the next one.

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9.0
Nightwing (1996) #138

Nov 14, 2007

. It does everything right in this multititle crossover event and it's easily the best Nightwing issue in a long time. If you ask me, and you did since you're reading this, even if you don't care for the Resurrection story, this is still a must read issue for anyone, as it's just too much fun not to get.

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2.0
Nightwing (1996) #139

Dec 13, 2007

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #140

Jan 9, 2008

Regarding the 'new era', it sure feels a lot like the old one, except slightly better written. We get obligatory Batman, Robin and Alfred cameos, the random ninja fight and even a Talia appearance. There are more than a few times that Tomasi is overly verbose and I feel like I'm reading a page of dialogue boxes. In the end, it's a good, solid opening, but has a lot of room for improvement.

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9.0
Nightwing (1996) #141

Feb 6, 2008

Really loved the character interactions in this issue. I can't believe how many heroes he meets up with here and manages to have time to have meaningful conversations with. I forgot to mention it, but he was even having some chats with Batman and Alfred throughout the issue.

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9.0
Nightwing (1996) #142

Mar 5, 2008

It was just plain fun to read is the best way to describe it. Dick's capable, resourceful and not afraid to ask for help from friends and colleagues. Basically everything Batman isn't and it works perfectly for him. Hard to believe this is the same book from a year ago.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #143

Apr 2, 2008

The thing that bolsters this issue is the very thing that has really wow'd me with this title of late - the characters. Nightwing and Robin have some great dialogue and they both have that big brother / little brother type feel to them. Some of opening jokes fall a little short, but, all in all, we read these books for the characters and Tomasi does a great job with both of them.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #144

May 7, 2008

My only real complaint right now is that I think Tomasi might be taking things a bit too slow. Yes, I love the character moments that have been littered throughout his run so far, but at times it feels like a little too much fanservice (not the T&A kind) and not enough focus or story development. It's a small complaint, but something I hope he picks up the pace on.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #147

Aug 6, 2008

Great job with the Nightwing / TwoFace confrontation, especialy with Dick's past experience as Robin and the revelation that Batman recruited TwoFace to take over Gotham during 52/OYL. However, weak plot / story keeps this issue, much like previous Nightwing issues, from reaching the coveted Must Read verdict.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #148

Sep 4, 2008

It wasn't something that will make you want to run out and buy all of Tomasi's run, but I don't think fans of the book or character will hate it, so I'll leave it as a check it. Art was a little subpar this month though.

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6.0
Nightwing (1996) #149

Oct 7, 2008

A rather lackluster issue with a solid ending.

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9.0
Nova #5

Aug 9, 2007

If you are not reading this book, or any Conquest for that matter, go out and pick up this and the Starlord and Quasar titles, as they are worth every penny. If you are worried about not knowing anything about the cosmic characters or hating cosmic stories in general, know that you are not alone and I hated cosmic stories and barely cared or knew about any of the characters from Annihilation or Conquest and both are now two of my favourite stories of all time from the past 20 years. Couple the current Sinestro Corps War with them and it seems like all my favourite stories are taking place in space. I did not manage to grab a copy of the sold out Green Lantern at my comic shop, so Nova will get the book of the week for me this week with basically no competition from the rest of my pull list. If I manage

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9.0
Nova #6

Sep 12, 2007

It was an excellent issue all around. Lots of action with several revelations concerning the Phalanx as well as the return of Drax. I have not read any future previews for this book, so I do not know the fate of Ko-Rel, but hopefully they do not write off the excellent new Nova character. Her death scene was extremely powerful and the entire issue served to build up to it perfectly. Nova is definitely the cream of the crop in terms of the Conquest tie-in books and it even works perfectly on its own. If you enjoy Green Lantern or just plain good superhero books, definitely give this book a try. You will not regret it.

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9.0
Nova #7

Oct 10, 2007

My only complaint is that I was looking for more insight into the Phalanx and Annihilation: Conquest in general with this final 'tie-in' issue. Seeing Nova, Gamora and Drax all written out of that major event, when they were my favourite parts of the last one, really disappoints me. Despite that, the issue was still great and did a good job setting up the next phase of the Nova title and wrapped up several aspects of the Conquest story.

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10
Nova #8

Nov 14, 2007

Nova just keeps getting better and better and I can't wait to see what happens next with this story now that Richard is out from under the shadow of the various events this book has been tied into.

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9.0
Nova #9

Dec 12, 2007

It's a must read just for the Cosmo stuff. Nova continues to impress and this issue has enough action, story and comedy to keep anyone entertained.

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6.0
Nova #10

Jan 9, 2008

While I still liked this issue, it was no where near as good as earlier issues in the series. In fact, we are back where we started in terms of story by the end of the issue and it feels like I could have skipped this issue and not missed a beat next month.

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6.0
Nova #11

Mar 12, 2008

Don't get me wrong, this still a great book, but Nova still has the virus, there's nothing new to do with Conquest and we're basically where we were four or five months ago in terms of story progression. Well written and great art, but kind of like filler at the same time. Doesn't affect my love for this series, but, objectively, I think it's a little hard to justify calling this a Must Read when so little happens.

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9.0
Nova #12

Apr 9, 2008

I probably should have saved this for a Quick Shot review, but I liked the issue so much, I felt like I had to write it today, despite a general inability to express in words how great this issue was.

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9.0
Nova #13

May 7, 2008

The introduction of the pyschic Shadow King-like creature was an interesting touch I didn't see coming. It appears, after Nova managed to capture it, it somehow managed to escape while he was helping with evacuations and infect the leader of this planet's people and he was the one who either sabotaged the ships or that he was at least responsible for getting Nova to petition Galactus, sparking the Surfer fight. Not sure where they're going with this subplot, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

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9.0
Nova #14

Jun 4, 2008

The Silver Surfer fight delivered and we got to see some heroic action from Nova as he helps the last of the refugees escape and "sacrifices" so they can escape as he holds Harrow back. The last two issues have been the best of the series, if you ask me, and Nova remains one of the best books, month in and month out. A must read for everyone.

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10
Nova #15

Jul 11, 2008

Great story, lots of action, lots of drama, character development, great art and the best depiction of Galactus I've ever seen (still sporting the cosmicy space pattern blended with his classic look) make this a must read for everyone.

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6.0
Nova #16

Aug 27, 2008

The Nova title seems to be on hold while we deal with the Secret Invasion tiein, so no Worldmind development and no supporting cast of any kind being established, but it was good to see the Super Skrull again and the issue was still entertaining. An average Nova book is still a great book, but this isn't the best the series has to offer either.

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10
Nova #19

Nov 26, 2008

Much like this week's Guardians of the Galaxy, this issue does a lot to renew my faith in the cosmic line and has me pumped for both Nova and GotG again after some disappointing tiein issues. Great issue with great introductions to several new and interesting characters.

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9.0
Nova #21

Feb 14, 2009

Just another great issue of Nova.

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9.0
Nova #22

Feb 26, 2009

Another great showing from the book and it's quickly becoming like Captain America and Ultimate SpiderMan a title that's so consistently good, I've begun taking it for granted.

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6.0
Nova #23

Mar 26, 2009

As disappointed as I was with how this 'crossover' turned out, Nova does become Quasar here, which is a pretty big plotpoint moving forward, so I'm giving it a Check It for that. Otherwise, it felt more like filler and, while not outright bad at any point, never felt like it justified the price of admission either.

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6.0
Nova #24

Apr 29, 2009

While I talk a lot about the negatives of the issue, it was still quite entertaining. Just not perfect or up to the typical Nova standards. I'll still take a "bad" Nova issue over just about any other comic, so it's not a complete wash either.

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6.0
Nova #25

May 28, 2009

While I liked the ending and the fact Richard is back as Nova, the issue didn't really click for me. Just too much of the inner turmoil mumbo jumbo type of storytelling solutions that I don't particularly care for. Still, it's Nova, so even an average issue is still damn good.

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6.0
Nova #26

Jun 24, 2009

While I quite enjoyed the issue, it was fairly laid back and straight forward in its execution and lacked any real tension or drama that would warrant a must read verdict. It's just sort of there and fans of the book will love it while those wondering what all the fuss is about the book will probably be left wondering, "that's it", if they jump in on this issue, so that's why it gets a check it from me.

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9.0
Nova #28

Aug 29, 2009

Probably the best issue of Nova this year, which is saying a lot considering how good this book typically is. Strong from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Nova Annual #1

Feb 13, 2008

In short, nothing happens. For a double sized issue, I expected more, but still enjoyed what I was given. Would have liked some progression with the current story though. This makes two issues in a row where pretty much nothing happens with the main story, but some nice moments nonetheless.

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6.0
NYX: No Way Home #1

Aug 6, 2008

I know I ended with some rather brusque and negativity for this review, but I did enjoy this story and will be sticking with it, but I think that has more to do with how much I enjoyed the first miniseries several years back and my familiarity with the characters than it does with this being a good book. If you have no experience with NYX, tread cautiously and 'byrne' the book in the store before deciding to jump in or not, especially at the ludicrous $3.99 price point.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007) #4

Feb 21, 2008

Even with in congruities such as that, I still liked the book and this issue was another fun read. Not sure how the OMAC here ties in with the one in Countdown or if it ignores that altogether, but I'm a bit curious to see where that goes.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007) #5

Mar 19, 2008

This issue sees Batman escape being sniped with the aid of the Dibney's. Yes, the Ghost Detectives take control of the two sharpshooters to save the unaware Batman. Meanwhile, the Outsiders fight a generic nobody villain that the Suicide Squad must have missed in their little purge for Salvation Run. They don't do so well and Geo-Force was called in to save their behind. I'm still a bit in the dark as to what this storyline is even about, what with the OMACs coming out of the woodwor