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johnavenger reviewed House of X #1 Jul 29, 2019
10

I’ve never read such a beautifully complex X-Men comic in my life. It perfectly explains the current stats quo and landscape the X-Men are living in. The art is very visually appealing and the amount of references to House of M and the past 20 years of X-Men history is a win in the nostalgia department. Another thing this first issue masterfully pulls off is how interactive the comic is. It trul more

House of X #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jul 24, 2019

FACE THE FUTURE! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (SECRET WARS, AVENGERS, FANTASTIC FOUR) takes the reins of the X-Men universe! Since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men. Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel's m...

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Supererah reviewed Secret Empire #1 May 4, 2017
1.0

I wish there were a zero rating I could use for this atrocity of a hackneyed story. Not only are we tired of hero vs hero stories, the story of a controlled Captain America has been done before, not to mentioned the classic King Superman story among other stories revolving around the same concept of a hero gone totalitarian.

Secret Empire #1

By: Nick Spender, Steve McNiven
Released: May 3, 2017

It's been building for months, across a bevy of titles! But now, the moment has arrived for Steve Rogers to step into the light and declare his allegiance to Hydra! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted figure among them? And what will this mean for the world? The map of the Marvel Universe...

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Supererah - May 4, 2017

I only review things I feel strongly about. I care about the Marvel universe just as much as I care about the DC one and I want them both to give me stories that move me. Too bad that in the last couple of years Marvel has only been "moving me" negatively. When they return to form, as before Secret Wars, then you'll see me positively reviewing the things I care about. For me, this is not a DC vs Marvel thing at all.

johnavenger - May 15, 2017

except at least Marvel are taking some risks, Cap isn't totally totalitarian....what makes this more impactful is Cap is willing to work together as council with villains he's vowed to stop before. The matters that the story itself deals with cap at the center are not only political but also on a social level. At times you have to ask if what Cap is doing is actually better for humanity and how wrong is he?

johnavenger reviewed Secret Empire #1 May 15, 2017
10

After how terrible Civil War 2 was and how underwhelming Avengers Standoff was, I'm surprised to say that Secret Empire #1 is Great. This is an excellent start to an event that has been under some controversial fire. You feel like something is about to happen in the story, the intensity and drama developing is magnificent and it roots back to Marvel's steady building to the event. As terrible and more

Secret Empire #1

By: Nick Spender, Steve McNiven
Released: May 3, 2017

It's been building for months, across a bevy of titles! But now, the moment has arrived for Steve Rogers to step into the light and declare his allegiance to Hydra! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted figure among them? And what will this mean for the world? The map of the Marvel Universe...

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johnavenger reviewed Black Bolt #1 May 15, 2017
9.5

This book is awesome!! The dark, mysterious, and Gritty atmosphere really set the tone for the series and Black Bolt's character itself. Blackagar Boltagon is in the right hands!!! Can't wait for #2!!!

Black Bolt #1

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: May 3, 2017

THE KING OF THE INHUMANS' FIRST SOLO SERIES!
Black Bolt imprisoned! But by who? And where exactly? The answers to both will shock you! But to learn those answers, Black Bolt must first win a fight to the death with a fellow inmate - The Absorbing Man! Award-winning science fiction writer Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon) crafts a stor...

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johnavenger reviewed Fear Itself #1 Mar 6, 2017
8.5

None of the following issues matched the quality of the first great issue

Fear Itself #1

By: Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen
Released: Apr 6, 2011

DO YOU FEAR...TOMORROW? In this time of global anxiety, of economic turmoil and mass hysteria, Sin, the new Red Skull, has made an awesome discovery...a shameful secret that will rock the foundations of the Marvel Universe! A revelation that will divide father and son, turn friend against friend, and herald the rise of Fear personified. HE IS RETU...

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johnavenger rated Fear Itself #2 Mar 6, 2017
7.5

Fear Itself #2

By: Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen
Released: May 4, 2011

The Mighty Thor--imprisoned by his own father! As Odin and the Asgardians leave the Earth to fend for itself against the God of Fear, the Avengers and the world's remaining heroes battle the unstoppable tide of terror! And then-- the Serpent’s Hammers fall! Who are the Worthy? Who shall rise up and join the Serpent as living avatars of his evil?...

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johnavenger rated Fear Itself #7 Mar 6, 2017
5.0

Fear Itself #7

By: Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen
Released: Oct 19, 2011

- Tony Stark returns from the depths with a last-chance arsenal that will transform the Avengers from Earth's Mightiest Heroes...into Earth's Last Hope! - It's THOR'S DAY-- the day that everything ends!- Double sized Finale with a little something extra for keen eye

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johnavenger reviewed Thanos Rising #1 Mar 6, 2017
9.5

Incredible introduction to one of the best Marvel comics series, It changes the way you truly view Thanos for the good and bad

Thanos Rising #1

By: Jason Aaron, Simone Bianchi
Released: Apr 3, 2013

What comes after “Marvel NOW!”? Whatever it is, it starts HERE. The vile face left movie audiences in shock after last summer’s Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers” movie, but who is this eerily disturbing villain? Thanos rises as the unrivaled rogue of wretchedness in this gripping tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny. Where did this demi-god...

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johnavenger reviewed Civil War II #2 Jul 7, 2016
7.0

better than the first but still doesn't feel like its the event its being sold for, it doesn't feel like heavy ramifications or consequences are about to happen. there is no heavy tension building up, and some of these inhuman characters are extremely boring imo. ulysses is absolutely a bleh character

Civil War II #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Released: Jun 15, 2016

Two issues in one month? Hell yes! As the Marvel Universe reels from the events of the first issue, Tony Stark decides to take matters (and the law) into his own hands and declares war on the Inhumans. But not everyone agrees with Tony's perspective and they are willing to die trying to stop him.
Rated T+

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johnavenger reviewed Punisher #3 Jul 7, 2016
8.5

That was pretty awesome!! the best issue of the series so far

Punisher #3

By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon
Released: Jul 6, 2016

STRAIGHT TO HELL!
•  On the trail of horrific drug EMC, FRANK CASTLE lands on the doorstep of a crew of bloodthirsty Appalachian warriors.
•  But the leader of the group knows THE PUNISHER's brutal style, and is prepared to fight fire with fire...on an innocent bystander!
•  In the midst of t...

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johnavenger reviewed Nighthawk #2 Jul 5, 2016
8.0

Not much happens but its very relevant to today, the racial tension and on going internal conflict. Nighthawk really needs something that can distinct it from Batman comics because they really haven't. Tho i am very excited with the character of the revelator

Nighthawk #2

By: David Walker, Ramon Villalobos
Released: Jun 22, 2016

• With the bodies piling up, Nighthawk hunts the psycho killer stalking the streets, leading to an unlikely alliance. Meanwhile, the racial tension that grips the city is about to explode, leading Nighthawk to make a difficult decision -- save the city, or watch it burn.
PARENTAL ADVISORY

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johnavenger reviewed Doctor Strange #9 Jul 5, 2016
8.0

This issue really seems to build for a huge epic finale that seems like Doctor strange will sacrifice it all to save magic

Doctor Strange #9

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Jun 22, 2016

"THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC" continues!
•  Stripped of all of his magic, Stephen Strange scours the globe for any weapon he can use against the Empirikul.
Rated T+

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johnavenger reviewed Hyperion #4 Jul 5, 2016
9.0

What a step up in my opinion, they really finally have started to kick on this series. this is definitely the best issue of the series imo

Hyperion #4

By: Chuck Wendig, Nicole Virella
Released: Jun 29, 2016

• Flip the switches and light the lights - the carnival is open for business. HYPERION and Doll have a final showdown with the freaks and weirdos of the dark carnival of Valentine County, but the real danger is what lurks inside the haunted house. Something awaits within those twisted walls. Something that wants very badly to be free.
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7.0

Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz
Released: Jun 29, 2016

As Steve battles a resurgent Hydra more dangerous than ever before, he must confront a ghost from his past!

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johnavenger reviewed Punisher #2 Jun 11, 2016
8.0

Frank castle is just brutal

Punisher #2

By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon
Released: Jun 1, 2016

ROAD TRIP
•  Frank Castle's hunt has taken him on the road, and bodies will be left in his wake.
•  But with a DEA agent closing in on him, things could get complicated...
Parental Advisory

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johnavenger reviewed Hyperion #3 Jun 11, 2016
7.5

Hyperion #3 is way better than #2, finally we know who's the villain and what the whole deal with Doll and her backstory is making her a less annoying character.

Hyperion #3

By: Chuck Wendig, Nicole Virella
Released: May 25, 2016

• HYPERION can punch his way out of anything, but how will he deal with a serial murderer who can turn into a squirming horde of killer worms? He and Doll followed the trail, and now must contend with Worm-Boy and the fact that this monster is somehow connected to the carnival Doll is running away from.
•  Plus, just wh...

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johnavenger reviewed DC Universe: Rebirth #1 Jun 5, 2016
8.0

pretty damn good, interesting how they integrate the watchmen characters into the DCU, but i don't think this reboot will match the New 52 reboot

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: May 25, 2016

It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don't say we didn't warn you!
THEY SAID IT: "Rebirth is about focusing in on the core of the character and their respective universe," says writer and DC Entertainment Chief Creati...

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johnavenger reviewed Batman: Rebirth #1 Jun 5, 2016
6.5

Its not amazing for a Batman book but it lays down the elements for the future. Calendar Man is really cool but i don't understand the ending with the avocados.

Batman: Rebirth #1

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jun 1, 2016

Longtime Batman and Eisner Award winning writer Scott Snyder co-writes with rising star writer Tom King!
EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calendar Man!

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johnavenger rated Punisher #1 May 31, 2016
7.5

Punisher #1

By: Becky Cloonan, Steve Dillon
Released: May 4, 2016

FRANK CASTLE LOSES CONTROL!
A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise...and he HATES surprises. The horrible fallout threatens to send The Punisher into the heart of darkness, but Castle won't make that journey alone: A DEA agent is on his trail and attempting to get into his head...but what horrors will she find ther...

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johnavenger reviewed Nighthawk #1 May 31, 2016
7.0

Nothing new, Nighthawk is basically the punisher fighting for human rights. the art and writing is meh and bleh, but still i find intrigue in Nighthawk.

Nighthawk #1

By: David Walker, Ramon Villalobos
Released: May 25, 2016

Straight from the pages of SQUADRON SUPREME comes one of the most brutal super heroes of the Marvel Universe. Nighthawk is Chicago's dark protector, dispensing swift, decisive justice to those that truly deserve it. When the city's shadiest power brokers turn up murdered in gristly ways, the apparent work of an inventive serial killer, Nighthawk mu...

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3.0

stupid twist that doesn't make sense, maybe they could redeem it by having Cap destroy Hydra within or maybe it was something Kobik did too Cap.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

By: Nick Spencer, Jesus Saiz
Released: May 25, 2016

He's back! The original Sentinel of Liberty returns, with a new shield, a new team, and a new mission! And he's not the only one who's back! Like the saying goes-- cut off one LIMB, two more will take its place! HAIL HYDRA!
Rated T+

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johnavenger reviewed Civil War II #0 May 23, 2016
5.5

won't match what the first Civil War did and this just feels like a cash grab series. #0 is a decent intro and is slowly setting up Civil War II but its really choppy and i didn't feel any great tension building.

Civil War II #0

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel
Released: May 18, 2016

From the creative team that brought you House of M and Siege comes a blistering first chapter in Marvel's new explosive event. Watch as the players are introduced and the table is set for a storyline that fans will be talking about for years.
Rated T+

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johnavenger reviewed Doctor Strange #7 May 21, 2016
8.5

The Imperator's origins was the great reveal, his motivations make sense and than they show his brutality right after they try to sympathize with his character. Also seeing Doctor Strange the sorcerer supreme hopeless and unknowing of what to do is interesting.

Doctor Strange #7

By: Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo
Released: Apr 27, 2016

LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, PART 2
•  As all of his magic dissipates, Doctor Strange is at the mercy of THE IMPERATOR!
•  The powerless sorcerer is no longer supreme and can't possibly best a super-powered foe hell-bent on his destruction.
Rated T+

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8.0

Awesome way to tie Deadpool into the world of the mystic arts, but this book lacked some Doctor Strange

Deadpool: Last Days of Magic #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish
Released: May 18, 2016

From the pages of Doctor Strange...the Empirikul are waging a war on magic with the goal of wiping the fantastical from the pages of existence. This concerns Deadpool, because some of his best friends are magic. As the Empirikul forces batter the defenses of the Monster Metropolis ruled by his demonic wife, Deadpool wades into battle alongside his ...

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johnavenger reviewed Uncanny Avengers #9 May 21, 2016
7.5

Its great to see Uncanny Avengers back on track after it got messed up a bit by Avengers Standoff, its also awesome to see Hank Pym back!

Uncanny Avengers #9

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: May 18, 2016

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH starts now!
•  ULTRON IS BACK! BUT THIS TIME, HANK PYM IS IN CONTROL--OR IS HE?
•  The taming of Ultron creates unexpected complications and divides the Unity Squad.
•  And...Rogue meets Gambit. We promise.
Rated T

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6.5

Very little too do with whats going on, poor art work but overall it serves the purpose to introduce some new interesting characters

Doctor Strange: Last Days Of Magic #1

By: Jason Aaron, Leonardo Romero
Released: Apr 27, 2016

This companion to the "LAST DAYS OF MAGIC" epic! THE EMPIRIKUL, led by The Imperator, are destroying all magic and magic users in the Marvel Universe. Jason Aaron brings you Doctor Strange and Wong's secret history and the ultimate sacrifice that Wong makes! Gerry Duggan shows Brother Voodoo's stand against the evil magic-eaters. James Robinson int...

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johnavenger reviewed Daredevil / Punisher #1 May 18, 2016
7.5

Entertaining but not Amazing

Daredevil / Punisher #1

By: Charles Soule, Szymon Kudranski
Released: May 4, 2016

A simple change of venues for one of Matt Murdock's cases becomes more complicated when THE PUNISHER attempts to send the defendant away...permanently! If DAREDEVIL and BLINDSPOT want to get this mobster his day in court, it will take every ounce of wit and wile they have. All Frank needs to get what he wants is a bullet. The race is on!
Rated ...

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johnavenger reviewed Thunderbolts #1 May 18, 2016
7.0

It's not a bad book overall but it does little to show that this is an ensemble comic book and the development is not great. To be kept up with the story you have to read the Avengers Standoff series and Thunderbolts #1 focuses more on the fallout of that event rather than develop and introduce new fans to the pinnacle heart of the Thunderbolts, it is a new take on them so there is room for growth more

Thunderbolts #1

By: Jim Zub, Jon Malin
Released: May 4, 2016

FROM THE ASHES OF AVENGERS: STANDOFF!
They're a renegade team rampaging across the Marvel Universe under the direction of the Winter Soldier! But are the Thunderbolts heroes or villains-and do even they know for sure?
Parental Advisory

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johnavenger reviewed Moon Knight #2 May 16, 2016
8.5

this new issue really makes you think to whether Marc is crazy or not, is everything even happening? is it all in his imagination? The only problem is the story which is a little weak.

Moon Knight #2

By: Jeff Lemire, Greg Smallwood
Released: May 4, 2016

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS DOWN!
•  Marc Spector is in an asylum full of faces: haughty doctor, hostile orderlies, vacant-eyed patients. Or maybe those faces are actually just masks...
•  If some of those masks hide friends, others may hide enemies, or worse...GODS and MONSTERS.
•  The moon is out, ...

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johnavenger reviewed Hyperion #2 May 16, 2016
6.5

Very surprisingly mysterious and shows how Hyperion is struggling to decide what he is in the world but Doll is really annoying and i don't care for her.

Hyperion #2

By: Chuck Wendig, Nicole Virella
Released: Apr 20, 2016

IT'S HYPERION VERSUS THE CARNIVAL!
•  Hyperion has shown his true atomic hero self to the hitchhiker, Doll, and now he and her are right in the crosshairs of a crew of hell-powered freaks and deviants.
•  Throw in a murder mystery, a crime syndicate and a stray dog and it all adds up to an unholy heap of trucke...

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