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7.5

Not as stellar as the previous issue for it mostly focused on team dynamics rather than advancing plot. That said, I really love the way Cates voices all these unique voices and relates his story to the continuity of the Guardians of the past five years or so. I will continue reading this even though this felt mostly like filler.

Guardians of the Galaxy #2

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Feb 20, 2019

• Thanos is dead... Long live the NEW Thanos!
•  But who will it be?!
•  Will the new Guardians of the Galaxy find that person in time before the universe comes crashing down?
Rated T+

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thecomiccookebook reviewed Venom #11 Feb 20, 2019
9.0

Some truly fantastic work from Cates yet again. There are a few retcons within this story that might upset some people but I thought it really added to the Venom mythos. An always consistent book from a consistent creative team.

Venom #11

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Feb 20, 2019

• The sinister symbiote skulks the streets of San Francisco!
•  With the symbiote silenced and Eddie finding parts of his memory missing, will he be able to find the answers he's looking for in the Golden City?
•  Or will the return to his old stomping grounds reveal secrets better left buried?
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9.0

It comes at no surprise to me that this is yet another Donny Cates book that tickles my fancy. The great "God Country"/"Thanos Wins" pairing of Cates and Shaw return for the first Guardians book that I thoroughly enjoyed since Abnett and Lanning. I love that he builds upon current continuity while still making it accessible and unique. I cant wait for the next issue.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Jan 23, 2019

WHO WILL STAND
The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead...or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy...but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? ...

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10

I hate the cancer trope. It's always maudlin and manipulative. Why are we seeing it again?

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and...and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look...

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thecomiccookebook reviewed Captain Marvel #1 Jan 9, 2019
7.0

I guess Captain Marvel just isn't my thing. I can see why a lot of people will enjoy this and I appreciated how the book was being meta about her "image". Carol Danvers is much more likable in this than she has been in the last 3 years or so. Other than that, I found myself bored with the plot. Carmen Carnaro's art is passable but nothing fantastic. The plot could pick up but as of this issue, I'm more

Captain Marvel #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Carmen Nunez Carnero
Released: Jan 9, 2019

ALL THE STARS ALIGN AS KELLY THOMPSON AND CARMEN CARNERO TAKE ON MARVEL'S PREMIER FEMALE SUPER HERO!
As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it's time for Earth's mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the un...

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7.5

I thought this was a good start to another Spider-Man book that sets the tone for Tom Taylor to focus on local crimes rather than any big, end-of-the-world scenarios. That said, the story line itself doesn't feel all that interesting. Taylor nails the pathos of Spider-Man but not the story. Juann Cabal has art that I'm conflicted about for it feels very similar to Mikel Janin. The backup story hoo more

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and...and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look...

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egon244 reviewed Heroes In Crisis #4 Jan 2, 2019
5.5

"$%@# this"

That kinda sums it up. In all honesty, this issue is really mixed and uneven. There are some nice moments and then there are "what the hell is this?!" moments.

Let's start with the good things. The art is phenomenal. Everything looks great, the heroes, locations, backgrounds, but the winner is the page with Lois. I can't take my eyes off it. She looks stunning. more

Heroes In Crisis #4

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Wonder Woman versus...Booster Gold?! Diana finds out the hard way that Booster can be a formidable opponent when his back's against the wall. Of course, being the prime suspect in a superhero massacre and exposing a secret trauma hospital for metahumans will do just that. Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash combine their detective skills to investigate...

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egon244 - Jan 2, 2019

Good to hear, glad you liked the review.

Darkseid24 - Jan 2, 2019

Barbara& Harley chatted Pre52 while she was Oracle, but wouldn’t call them friends. It rather looked for me, that they hugged because they are both victims of Joker ( what in Harleys case is just wrong).

thecomiccookebook added Geoff Johns to their creator watch list Dec 24, 2018
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thecomiccookebook added Jonathan Hickman to their creator watch list Dec 24, 2018
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thecomiccookebook added Nick Spencer to their creator watch list Dec 24, 2018
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thecomiccookebook added Jeff Lemire to their creator watch list Dec 24, 2018
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thecomiccookebook added Gideon Falls to their pull list Dec 24, 2018

Gideon Falls

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city's trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly...

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thecomiccookebook reviewed Aquaman #43 Dec 19, 2018
8.0

I thought this was a fine start to an Aquaman story. I'm not the biggest Aquaman fan yet Kelly Sue DeConnick did an excellent job at setting up a new interesting direction for the character. Robson Rocha had some pretty good art that depicted water well. Kind of like my feelings for the recent Shazam book, this book is probably better for established fans rather than passive ones like myself. I'll more

Aquaman #43

By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha
Released: Dec 19, 2018

The tides turn for the Sea King with a new creative team! Star scribe Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) and red-hot artist Robson Rocha (TEEN TITANS, SUPERGIRL) take the rudder to steer Aquaman into uncharted waters. In the wake of "Drowned Earth," an amnesiac Arthur washes ashore on a remote island, and ends up being cared for by...

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Darkseid24 reviewed Batman #61 Dec 19, 2018
6.5

I surprisingly don’t think this issue was that bad. However it’s annoying that King just ignores everything, that happened last issue ( Thomas Wayne breaking in the batcave) and starts a totally new story ( unless Thomas Wayne is or has anything to do with that boy, could be a fake Thomas Wayne after all). However we once again get to see Bruce’s trauma as a child& for new readers the story more

Batman #61

By: Tom King, Travis Moore
Released: Dec 19, 2018

What happened to the boy who wanted to be Bruce Wayne? The young criminal mastermind orchestrates his own parents' deaths to emulate his hero and was carted off to Arkham when Batman exposed his crimes, but that is not the end of the story. Tom King reteams with Nightwing artist Travis Moore to create a sequel to their masterpiece of dark horror fr...

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waltgator93 - Dec 23, 2018

Aren’t we all! Unfortunately I believe they are going with the route of “he escaped flashpoint universe at the end of the button and followed flash and Batman home”

Darkseid24 - Dec 25, 2018

I don’t hope so.

7.5

While I appreciate the concept of giving new talent like Vita Ayala a shot at Marvel with a series like this, the execution hasn't been spectacular. Much like the previous issue, this issue feels rather pointless to the plot. This focused more on the development of T'Challa in this reality and it worked fairly well. On the plus side, Joshua Cassara created some consistently beautiful pages which m more

Marvel Knights: 20th #4

By: Vita Ayala, Joshua Cassara
Released: Dec 19, 2018

• What has changed the world around them?
•  Who has taken their memories of who they were, and why?
•  And why are they all haunted by the same ghost?
•  Only one man can find the answers. A man who once ruled a nation!
•  But even with no homeland, no fortune an...

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thecomiccookebook added Marvel Knights: 20th to their pull list Dec 19, 2018

Marvel Knights: 20th

In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel's CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!
In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.
He doesn't know the burly police officer with the wild ...

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6.5

Meh, I have been loving Spencer's story thus far but this issue in particular feels like filler. A lot of this issue felt very similar to Spectacular Spider-Man #6 but without the emotional gravitas of that one shot. I still adore Ryan Ottley's art and look forward to where the story goes, just sometimes condensed storytelling generates pointless issues like this one.

Amazing Spider-Man #12

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Dec 19, 2018

• Turns out Spider-Man isn't the only one getting attacked, as JJJ himself is in deep trouble. BUT WHO IS ATTACKING HIM?
•  And what more will we learn about the mysterious bandaged figure circling Spider-Man?!
Rated T

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Reviews: 62

Pull List: 15

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8.5

I thought this was great until the last page reveal. I kind of wish this had nothing to do with Joker for he's getting over used in every Bat title. Regardless, I'm happy and excited that Detective Comics is a detective book again with emotional stakes for Batman. Mahnke is great except for his design on the new creature in this book; very dark and uninspired which might be on purpose but still di more

Detective Comics #994

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Batman's strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS!
Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. H...

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thecomiccookebook - Dec 12, 2018

You're right, it could be someone else using the gas but even the gas has been overdone IMO.

myconius - Dec 13, 2018

we actually saw that mutant creature giving Leslie the gas. it's the part where she says- "i was the bait. you wanted Batman..."

9.0

Really enjoy this run so far. The comedy is right up my alley as well as the characterization of both Jameson and Spidey. Speaking of, I love how this issue expands upon the status quo of their relationship together that started in Zdarksy's Spectacular Spider-Man run. It's great to have a writer like Spencer who is able to play of the current continuity with a character so well. I know some peopl more

Amazing Spider-Man #11

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Dec 12, 2018

• J. JONAH JAMESON has a new job as a shock jock, but is the world ready for a pro-Spider-Man JJJ?
•  More importantly, is Spider-Man ready? His post-secret-identity relationship with Jonah was already complicated, but this very public embrace may put him over the edge!
•  Spidey's definitely not read...

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Darkseid24 reviewed Detective Comics #994 Dec 12, 2018
8.0

Tomasi‘s Arkham Knight run was underwhelming& a waste of great potential. Arkham War also was mediocre, so I wasn’t really excited for his take on Detective Comics. However his new Detective Comics story started quite good. Bruce is finally acting like Batman& does some detective work. Tomasi also manages to portray Bruce’s relationship to Gordon& Leslie right. It was great to see these two more

Detective Comics #994

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Batman's strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS!
Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. H...

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myconius - Dec 19, 2018

some stories i find Snyder just likes to assault his readers with a barrage of needless dialog/exposition. not sure between or Endgame or Zero Year which is more guilty of this. they were both quite the slog to read. OH YEAH. that Gordon Bat story was absolutely MISERABLE!! i was counting down the issues until that was over with. even Capullo's art seemed to take a hit from that arc. you could tell having to draw that was draining his soul.

Darkseid24 - Dec 19, 2018

Me too, that’s why I was happy back then, when King took over& Bruce became normal again.

7.5

This is a great book for new readers of Miles Morales. For older fans, like myself, this issue doesn't offer too much. Javier Garron is a welcomed artist to the series albeit a very standard one. Most of this issue is back story (which is perfectly acceptable for a new series) with not a lot of new story. I am interested to see where the plot will go from here for it seems fairly ambitious for a m more

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1

By: Saladin Ahmed, Javi Garron
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Balancing his normal life, school, parents, etc...and super-heroing has never been easy, but when the Rhino and a cadre of mysterious criminals start plaguing Brooklyn, things take a dark turn. And Miles doesn't even know the half of it yet. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Young Gun Javier Garr n (ANT-MAN & THE WASP) bring you th...

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8.0

Pretty good return to form for Snyder. The mystery is engaging and reflective of earlier Snyder Batman stories. The DKR line was embarrassing dad joke that I wish I didn't read. Pretty much every Snyder-ism shows up in this book so if you enjoy that, you'll enjoy this. Personally, I'll trade wait this.

The Batman Who Laughs #1

By: Scott Snyder, Jock
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Shazam! #1 Dec 5, 2018
7.5

Average. By the numbers. Safe. The ending was kind of special.

Shazam! #1

By: Geoff Johns, Dale Eaglesham
Released: Dec 5, 2018

The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a sho...

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thecomiccookebook reviewed Shazam! #1 Dec 5, 2018
7.5

I believe this would have been better if I was more of a Captain Marvel / Shazam fan. It's really well written, which is to be expected when its by Johns, but it feels rather small scale compared to what I'm used to reading from him. Dale Eagelesham is a very consistent artist and a fantastic choice for this subject matter. This will probably be a fun series to revisit as soon as it is released in more

Shazam! #1

By: Geoff Johns, Dale Eaglesham
Released: Dec 5, 2018

The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a sho...

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Darkseid24 reviewed Batman #60 Dec 5, 2018
6.0

With this issue I don’t know. There were good things, but also real bad things happening in this issue.
The good one is, we finally get an explanation for who Penny was& it’s hilarious. As odd as it sounds, but Penguin marrying a real penguin makes a lot more sense for his character than a real woman would. At least if we are talking functional relationships. However didn’t know Oswald more

Batman #60

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Batman takes on a new partner, and it's...the Penguin? After rejecting Bane's crime-boss co-op, Cobblepot finds himself in the crosshairs of some very teed-off villains. The feathered felon turns to his old foe to snitch on Bane's scheme, but has to prove his intentions to avoid a Bat-beatdown. Along the way, this Gotham odd couple begins to bond-c...

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Superheroes for Hire - Dec 16, 2018

And yes, comics are much more enjoyable when you read them like their own "elseworld" stories. King's Batman is not so different as to be unrecognizable. His problem is he gets lost in the feelings and the metatextual qualities of "what it means to be Batman" that he loses air sight of telling an actual Batman story sometimes.

Darkseid24 - Dec 18, 2018

Yes, but if a writer writes canon stories he should be able to write stories, that don’t contradict everything else. If he can’t do that, he should stick to Elseworlds. The Penguin story was better than the one with KGBeast, I agree, but I don’t think it was awesome or great.

thecomiccookebook reviewed Batman #60 Dec 5, 2018
5.5

Why am I still reading this? It's not as cringe-inducing as the previous issue but the characterization of everyone is still completely off. King's prose is your standard philosophical driven writing which can be interesting if it was integrated into a cogent plot like it was in Vision or Mister Miracle. The final page reveal was intriguing but King has let me down too many times before to have me more

Batman #60

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Batman takes on a new partner, and it's...the Penguin? After rejecting Bane's crime-boss co-op, Cobblepot finds himself in the crosshairs of some very teed-off villains. The feathered felon turns to his old foe to snitch on Bane's scheme, but has to prove his intentions to avoid a Bat-beatdown. Along the way, this Gotham odd couple begins to bond-c...

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thecomiccookebook added Doomsday Clock to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Doomsday Clock

DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

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7.0

I found this issue underwhelming in terms of plot development. The first two issues created a great sense of intrigue and mystery along with emotional weight. This issue felt like it didn't advance the plot anymore and focused to much on Frank Castle's backstory which isn't very interesting or important. The art is also not as strong as previous issues. I'm going to still continue this but I think more

Marvel Knights: 20th #3

By: Donny Cates, Damian Couceiro
Released: Dec 5, 2018

• Bruce was happy in his life. At peace.
•  But that was before the notes came every night.
•  Scrawled in a childlike hand. Driving him to seek out others like him.
•  The blind man. The law officer. The self-defense instructor.
•  Together, they must probe the v...

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thecomiccookebook reviewed Doomsday Clock #8 Dec 5, 2018
9.5

I'm so on board for where this story is going at this point. I know people have complained about the slow pace of the story up to this point but I find it to be necessary with this style of storytelling because it paid off in this issue. I love the homages to the artwork of the original Watchmen in this; Gary Frank is putting 110% into everything involving this and it shows. Johns knows how to wri more

Doomsday Clock #8

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Dec 5, 2018

The critical and commercial hit series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continues following the shocking revelations of last issue. As the truth behind Dr. Manhattan's actions against the DC Universe are revealed, Ozymandias turns to the only being who can stop him: Superman.

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