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Joined: Nov 11, 2015 About Me: I started reading comics back in 1986 when I was pretty young. My friends and I read titles from DC and Marvel and when the independent companies started I read Valiant, Image, Malibu and Continuity. Now I have limited myself to collecting Marvel and will read other companies digitally her more

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RustonLF reviewed Avengers #680 Feb 15, 2018
7.5

After the last issue revealed so much for the No Surrender story this issue may seem like a bit of a let down. What we lack in story and reveals we get in action. The Avengers are torn on if they should take the fight to the opposing villains or regroup to better defend. Meanwhile Beast reunites with Wonder Man to try and help Jarvis only to find what they thought was the problem may not be. Again more

Avengers #680

By: Mark Waid, Aaron Kim Jacinto
Released: Feb 14, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 6
Wonder Man and Beast team up in a desperate attempt to save Jarvis, while the Avengers reel from the crushing loss of one of their own.
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Despicable Deadpool #294 Feb 15, 2018
7.0

Since this arc has been all about Deadpool running through his past encounters and setting things up going forward Madcap had to show up at some point. The issue quickly runs through and closes the holes so that the series can move on. There is little hear to really get into. Everything is done well enough as far as art and dialog, but the chapter is quickly forgettable. The one thing that will pr more

Despicable Deadpool #294

By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish
Released: Feb 14, 2018

BUCKET LIST Part 3
Wade continues checking off his BUCKET LIST! Deadpool continues to wrap up his remaining business, you know, just in case. This time...Madcap is back to ruin his life! Then - is Deadpool really going to kill Apocalypse? That's his next target...sort of...
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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #21 Feb 15, 2018
7.5

There have been a number of crossovers where teams have encountered the alien symbiotic species that make up Venom. This one fallows the same pattern as most of those others. While it is always cool to see what favorite characters will look like when infected. Venom is unleashed and creates gruesome moments as expected. If you are a big fan of Venom then I am sure this will be a good enough series more

X-Men: Blue #21

By: Cullen Bunn, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Feb 14, 2018

POISON X PART 2
•  SYMBIOTE SPACE PIRATES!
•  THE X-MEN and VENOM have been asking the wrong questions in the wrong seedy spaceport cantina!
•  Vicious SPACE PIRATES are bad enough...but they're even worse when they're using ALIEN SYMBIOTES as weapons!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #27 Feb 15, 2018
9.5

For a comic that is absent of its main character this has been a rather interesting arc. Kamala has been missing and in her absence her friends have tried to carry on as Ms Marvel as best they can. When Zoe is kidnapped by the Inventor the remaining crew with the help of Red Dagger try to take the fight to the Inventor to get her back. Each supporting cast is given a chance to shine and show why w more

Ms. Marvel #27

By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon
Released: Feb 14, 2018

TEENAGE WASTELAND Part 3
•  ZOE, MIKE, GABE and NAKIA are all-in!
•  The MS. MARVELS? The MS's? Whatever you call them, this group is holding up the legacy of Ms. Marvel and taking the fight to the INVENTOR!
•  But RED DAGGER is going to have his hands full if he wants to lead this ragtag bunch to victory!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #385 Feb 14, 2018
10

This is such a great ending to the run. The art creates a perfect look and atmosphere. There is plenty of action and drama to it. This is an arc that I would recommend reading for sure.

Doctor Strange #385

By: Donny Cates, Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Released: Feb 14, 2018

LOKI: SORCERER SUPREME PART 5
•  Get ready for a super-powered wizard's duel in the Mighty Marvel Manner! Loki, Lord of Liars, versus Stephen Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme! And this time, way more is on the line than the title.
•  Will Loki gain the spell so dangerous, Stephen even hid it from himself?
•  And how will...

9.5

Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

By: Tom King, Jason Fabok
Released: Feb 7, 2018

Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a st...

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RustonLF reviewed Avengers #679 Feb 7, 2018
9.0

We finally start getting answers on what the Avengers are a part of. This is probably one of my favorite issue so far. It does a good job of bringing in Secret Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and it seems even Legacy. There is not as much action this issue. It is more exposition heavy, but it sets things up very well. I was back on board with the art as well. This is an crossover that I did not wan more

Avengers #679

By: Mark Waid, Aaron Kim Jacinto
Released: Feb 7, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 5
THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
Who is the Challenger? What is at stake in his grudge match with the Grandmaster? And when the two of them clash, can the Earth survive the destruction they unleash?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Red #1 Feb 7, 2018
8.5

I was not convinced on this team, but I picked it up because I enjoy the characters involved. After reading it I was convinced that this might be the X book feeling that many have been looking for. It takes a lot of what X-Men has tried to do over the years and bring it into a modern world. This is done in both plot and pacing. It is a strong start with some good surprises but it is still too earl more

X-Men: Red #1

By: Tom Taylor, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Feb 7, 2018

The Hate Machine Part 1
THE FIRST SENSATIONAL ARC OF AN ALL-NEW TEAM OF X-MEN STARTS HERE!
JEAN GREY is back! Returned to a world she doesn't recognize, the First Lady of the X-MEN gathers an unlikely team - NIGHTCRAWLER, NAMOR and LAURA KINNEY (A.K.A. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE) - to face an evil that threatens to tear down XAVIER's dream by any me...

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5.5

Within the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy Duggan set up the fact that the elders of the universe were aware that something was wrong after the events of Secret Wars restarted the universe. They hinted that the gathering of the Infinity Gems was part of that disturbance. This created an interesting setup with the Gardner and the return of Adam Warlock, as well as many people gathering items of po more

Infinity Countdown: Adam Warlock #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Allred
Released: Feb 7, 2018

ADAM WARLOCK IS BACK! Reborn from the realm of the dead, Adam has come seeking the Soul Stone...and the truth about what it did to Him! His guide through this Infinity Quest is none other than...Kang the Conqueror?!? Be there as Adam begins down the dark trail sure to lead him into the heart of the mystery of the Infinity Stones...
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed All-New Wolverine #30 Feb 1, 2018
9.5

With Daken popping up all over the place lately there is some inconsistency in how they want his character to move forward. With solicitations showing him joining X-Men: Blue in April and his willingness to work with family in this arc I would say they are trying to soften him a bit. With his appearances in Iceman and pretty much anywhere else I would say he is staying the villain who only has the more

All-New Wolverine #30

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 31, 2018

ORPHANS OF X Part 6
•  The final epic battle between Wolverine, Daken and the Orphans of X!
•  It all ends here.
Rated T+

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RustonLF - Feb 6, 2018

I have never really liked Daken before, but I think I only knew him from Dark Avengers. Are there any other stories he was in that I should check out that might win me over?

Lady_Joy_Hill - Feb 9, 2018

Try Wolverine Origins, where it was his first appearence as well. Uncanny X-Force is a great example as well. And there's Collision, the first time he and Laura ever met, where it was established that all they had between each other was a mutual respect, not some unexplained, out-of-nowhere sibling love.

RustonLF reviewed Despicable Deadpool #293 Feb 1, 2018
8.0

Last issue with Deadpool confronting the evil Steve was a great moment so it leaves a pretty high bar moving forward. While this confrontation is not great, I would say Duggan did a pretty good job. There is some fun humor. There is also some heart as you see that Deadpool's old teammates have not given up on him yet. The fact that exposition sits in a constant fight is clever. The overall theme o more

Despicable Deadpool #293

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 31, 2018

BUCKET LIST Part 2
Deadpool has a lot of unfinished business in his inbox, and he's determined to take care of it before...any sort of bad and permanent-ish thing happens to him. Revenge on Stevil Rogers? Settling things with Rogue? Oh, and doesn't he still need to kill a few more folks? It's time to get Wade's affairs in order. You know, just ...

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RustonLF reviewed Avengers #678 Feb 1, 2018
7.0

With the first few issues of this arc being so focused and strong I might have been expecting a bit much of this issue. For me it had a feeling like we are stalling a bit. Very little is presented in answers. It felt more like it was glossing over what we already received. The art is still strong, but there was nothing that kept my glance longer than needed. There is a good amount of action that i more

Avengers #678

By: Mark Waid, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jan 31, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 4
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Avengers are caught in a game of cosmic proportions, but they don't know the rules - and one of them is about to pay the ultimate price! THE FIRST AVENGER FALLS!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed All-New Wolverine #29 Jan 22, 2018
7.5

This series continues to not be afraid to have fun and use the characters in a fun way. It is hard to see where this takes place with the involved characters being used elsewhere in very different ways that almost seems conflicting. Even with that I still enjoyed the story. The art is not the strongest out there in Marvel titles, but fits the title well. Finally the villains get a bit of character more

All-New Wolverine #29

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 17, 2018

ORPHANS OF X Part 5
•  The blade of Muramasa has been reforged.
•  With it, the Orphans of X have what they need to end Logan's line once and for all.
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Avengers #676 Jan 22, 2018
9.0

I wanted to hate this story when I found out they were doing weekly books. It is doing a good job of revealing enough information while still holding back for mystery. There is reason to distrust Voyager, and also see her as a new hero. The game that is hinted at between the Lethal Legion and the Black Order was intriguing. It left me interested in going forward. The art varied for me but was neve more

Avengers #676

By: Mark Waid, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jan 17, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 2
NOW ON SALE WEEKLY!
The Black Order. The Lethal Legion. Two teams of powerful villains bent on destroying each other have arrived on Earth, and they don't care who gets caught in the crossfire. But who's pulling their strings? And what is the secret of the lost Avenger?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed The Mighty Thor #703 Jan 22, 2018
10

There is something almost horror like, in the menacing threats that are contently giving chase this chapter. When paired with the art it is very unsettling in a great way. Asgardia is being pursued by the Mangog with its own horrific results. Jane meanwhile is chased by the cancer that will inevitably kill her after another transformation, as well as Mjolnir as it calls to her. A fantastic issue t more

The Mighty Thor #703

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Jan 17, 2018

THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR  Part 4
•  The Mangog has come to Asgardia. But as every god assembles to meet him, there is one noticeable absence.
•  Where is Thor? Where is Jane Foster?
•  Without their mightiest hero, who among the Asgardians can face the wrath of a billion murdered beings--and survive?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #26 Jan 11, 2018
9.0

It is a strange direction that this story is taking, but I am enjoying it. Kamala has been missing from the title as her supporting cast try to carry on for her. There is mystery both in why she is gone and few concerned, as well as how her former villain thought dead has returned. With such a strong cast of characters it is an interesting idea to make them the focus. It gives characters like Red more

Ms. Marvel #26

By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon
Released: Jan 10, 2018

TEENAGE WASTELAND PART 2
•  An OLD ENEMY has returned...
•  ...with a monstrous new trick to boot!
•  Will MS. MARVEL be in time to save the day, or will her new life keep her away from the city she loves?
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Gold Annual #1 Jan 11, 2018
8.5

For anyone that loved the Alan Davis Excalibur, this is a nice reunion issue. You get a good look at where everyone is now with a few mentions of what the team was like in the past. It also had a very satisfying ending that fit in well with the tone of the old Excalibur. The art might not have been Alan Davis, but it did a good job. For anyone looking for an X-Men: Gold story you get a small tale more

X-Men: Gold Annual #1

By: Marc Guggenheim, Alitha Martinez
Released: Jan 10, 2018

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EXCALIBUR REUNION!
•  A brand-new Braddock bundle of joy!
•  The return of a D'Bari hero!            
•  Kitty's Shadowcat costume!
•  'Nuff said!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Despicable Deadpool #292 Jan 11, 2018
8.0

After having trouble getting excited about the last story arc, this continuation has me right away. Deadpool confronts evil Steve Rodgers trying to get revenge for the events of Secret Empire. The moments of humor worked for me. The dramatic moments worked. The hard part for Duggan is writing evil Steve to have the same voice but with different intent. I am not sure that I am convinced it is achie more

Despicable Deadpool #292

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 10, 2018

BUCKET LIST Part 1
Deadpool has a lot of unfinished business in his inbox, and he's determined to take care of it before...any sort of bad and permanent-ish thing happens to him. Revenge on Stevil Rogers? Settling things with Rogue? Oh, and doesn't he still need to kill a few more folks? It's time to get Wade's affairs in order. You know, just ...

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RustonLF added Despicable Deadpool to their pull list Jan 11, 2018

Despicable Deadpool

DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE Part 1
Deadpool's going back to his vile beginnings as a mercenary and wanted killer.  No more being a hero.  No more X-Men.  No more Avengers.  And if he wants to break bad again, what's more despicable than killing your best friend? Cable better get ready because his old friend Wade...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #19 Jan 11, 2018
8.0

The time displaced X-Men finally make it back to their time and find out what is really going no with the X-Men who have taken their place. I am not sure if it was meant to be a twist but the culprits seemed pretty obvious. This is a time related story after all. It does find a way to throw in a surprise when the team decides to take on an unlikely ally. The dialog in that exchange was a lot of fu more

X-Men: Blue #19

By: Cullen Bunn, R. B. Silva
Released: Jan 10, 2018

CROSS-TIME CAPERS Part 3
•  The timestream is in ruins... And it is the fault of the X-MEN!
•  Can the X-Men fix everything that has gone wrong...even if it means battling against themselves?
•  At long last, the original X-Men are reunited with PROFESSOR X!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed Avengers #675 Jan 11, 2018
8.5

With most of the memorable stories in the Avengers past the thing that makes it feel epic is the threat that is introduced. In this case the writing and art team has done a great job. Most of the book focuses on the catastrophes all over the world as the planet Earth is moved from our solar system. This causes earthquakes, eruptions, and major storms as the Earth reacts. Avengers current and forme more

Avengers #675

By: Mark Waid, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jan 10, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 1
AVENGERS goes WEEKLY for the stunning sixteen-part saga that will write the end of an era!
The Earth has been STOLEN! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear ...

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RustonLF reviewed Spider-Man #236 Jan 3, 2018
8.5

This issue contained a lot more of hat I was looking for in a return of the Sinister Six. There is a good fight between Spider-Man and Iron Spider. The two Bombshells also get in on the action. The team of the Six begin to start their plans for double crosses. Again Miles secret is revealed by Ganke. He seems to becoming a bit of a problem in that regard. If you have been reading Spider-Men II you more

Spider-Man #236

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Jan 3, 2018

SINISTER SIX REBORN ParT 3
•  The Bombshells are back together?!
•  Lana has been through so much and has grown into a hero, but with her mom back in the equation, things look bad for her.
•  Know who they look even worse for? MILES MORALES, SPIDER-MAN! And with Electro in the mix as well...?
Rated T

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RustonLF reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy #150 Jan 3, 2018
6.5

There is a little bit of a pacing problem to this issue that I am sure is due to the fact that it was not always meant to be the finale to the series. Not every plot thread is tightened up, but there is certainly a good attempt. The end to the Raptor assault and the corruption of the Nova's comes to an end. The Groot mystery is explained if not completed. The biggest question still remains in the more

Guardians of the Galaxy #150

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Jan 3, 2018

THE RETURN OF ADAM WARLOCK Part 1
That's right - as more and more parties take an interest in the Infinity Stones, a man with serious Infinity experience joins the fray! Plus: Nova Rocket leads the charge against the Raptors!
Rated T+

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #18 Jan 3, 2018
8.0

For a story that looks like it is just another nostalgia grab like the Mojoverse crossover turned out to be, this has been a fun and interesting story. Again the X-Men find that their past selves have been altering the X teams throughout time. This time they learn that the Generation X seem to be all that is left of the Xavier school in this time. Learning what they can from Banshee and Emma Frost more

X-Men: Blue #18

By: Cullen Bunn, R. B. Silva
Released: Dec 27, 2017

CROSS-TIME CAPERS Part 3
•  Nothing that MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, JIMMY HUDSON, ICEMAN, BLOODSTORM or BEAST have done has cured the timestream, causing bits and pieces of history to blink out of existence.
•  Luckily, the original GENERATION X crew is here to help! Or fight? Guess we'll find out!
•  GUEST-STARRING CHAMBER, JUB...

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RustonLF reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy #149 Dec 22, 2017
8.0

It is hard not to take this issue in context. Duggan has said he was ending the Guardians so that he could focus on more characters for his Infinity Countdown story and you get the sense that he is trying to close up the plot points before that happens. This is the second to last issue before that moment so we get a quick close out on the Nova corruption that is done in a pretty fun way. The Flora more

Guardians of the Galaxy #149

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Dec 20, 2017

THE INFINITY QUEST  Part 4
•  The Guardians are officially Nova Corpsmen! How is Drax going to deal with being overrun by Ultron-ized aliens when he still refuses to throw a punch?
•  And are we really trusting Rocket to clean up the Corps?
•  Plus: I heard a rumor...is there an Infinity Stone kicking around?
Rated T...

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RustonLF reviewed Ms. Marvel #25 Dec 21, 2017
9.0

A new arc is presented in a really fun way. Seeing Kamala's friends attempt to be temporary Ms Marvel's is definitely the highlight. Red Dagger continues to be a welcome addition the strong supporting cast. There are some really beautiful visuals throughout the panels as well. Ms Marvel has a tendency to start strong and lose focus as it reaches the end. Hopefully this arc can break that trend.

Ms. Marvel #25

By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon
Released: Dec 20, 2017

Teenage Wasteland Part 1
Jersey City still has a need for a super hero, but why has KAMALA KHAN, a.k.a MS. MARVEL, vanished?  In the wake of her disappearance, the city's newest hero RED DAGGER and even ordinary citizens attempt to carry on her Legacy of heroism.  MS. MARVEL is nowhere...but also everywhere at once!    And when an old e...

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RustonLF reviewed Doctor Strange #383 Dec 21, 2017
9.0

This is one of my favorite clever covers of the year. The chapter shows Stephen's plan begin to play out as he infiltrates Asgardia in search of the World Tree. There is some great art in both the flashbacks and the main story. While the style changes I think the colors work well to not be distracting. The mentioned flashback shows just how Stephen lost his place as the Sorcerer Supreme to Loki, s more

Doctor Strange #383

By: Donny Cates, Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Released: Dec 20, 2017

Loki: Sorcerer Supreme Part 3
•  Doctor Strange isn't getting anywhere taking Loki on by himself, so he's changing the venue.
•  The former Sorcerer Supreme goes to Asgard for help, and they aren't exactly welcoming.
•  But don't worry, Strange didn't come alone...
•  YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHO GUEST-STARS IN THIS ISSUE!<...

RustonLF reviewed The Mighty Thor #702 Dec 21, 2017
8.0

With everything going on this chapter is a change in pace. We see the aftermath of Mangog's attack on Volstagg (while he was the War Thor) and the worry that brings the gods of thunder. The brothers tyrannical rule and refusal to acknowledge the war comes to a head and the people of Asgardia begin to side behind a new leader. There is very little action or "Thor" to this chapter of the story. What more

The Mighty Thor #702

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Dec 20, 2017

THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 3
As the War of the Realms continues to spread, Jane Foster has finally had enough. Will she rally the Asgardians in time to save their home? Or has Odin's arrogance doomed them all?  And as if total war wasn't enough, there's also the impending arrival of the unstoppable Mangog. Can even a guest appearance b...

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RustonLF reviewed X-Men: Blue #17 Dec 15, 2017
8.5

This may be a sequel to the original Cross-Time Caper in spirit only, but I am enjoying what is being done. Bunn just seems to be having fun playing with time. In this we see the return of the X-Men of 2099. Their future has been altered by the original five (or so they are told) themselves who have taken over Alchemax and have put the world in a desperate state separated by two classes. Having re more

X-Men: Blue #17

By: Cullen Bunn, R. B. Silva
Released: Dec 13, 2017

CROSS-TIME CAPERS Part 2
•  Lost in time, JEAN GREY and her team of X-MEN must survive long enough to fix what is wrong with the timestream...
•  ...which isn't easy with the teens stranded in the not-too-far future. If only there were a similar group of mutant heroes to help them out.
•  Oh, wait! There totally is! GUEST-ST...

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Sav reviewed Despicable Deadpool #290 Dec 14, 2017
8.0

Rick and Morty much?

Despicable Deadpool #290

By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish
Released: Dec 13, 2017

DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE Part 4
•  Wait - did you think the title of this story was a joke? IT'S NOT. This month DEADPOOL ACTUALLY KILLS CABLE. Seriously.
•  And his new best buddy, Stryfe, could not be happier about it!
•   Join Deadpool as he continues his journey back to the dark side!
Rated T+

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RustonLF - Dec 14, 2017

You're right, I hadn't even thought of that.

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