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AshWatson reviewed X-Men #1 Oct 16, 2019
3.0

Really didn't enjoy the "man should know when he's beaten" dialogue exchange from Cyclops and Storm. Felt racist in the most literal way. Add to that the extended tour through Scott's new Brady-Bunch-On-The-Moon house where Jean's only dialogue was about getting dinner ready. Creepy, disturbing, wrong.

X-Men #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Oct 16, 2019

DAWN OF X!
The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
Rated T+  

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YourGreenMuse - Oct 18, 2019

I see your point, but given how the other mutants talk about humanity in general, this sentiment isn't reserved just for evil men and women. There's a lot of cult mentality in how the mutants are acting. I think it's written in such a way to make you uncertain. I could see more lines being crossed as this X-Men status quo plays out that may make it clearer.

BG1904 - Oct 18, 2019

I can see that. I’m definitely excited to see what happens next. Good convo. You guys have a good one.

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YourGreenMuse reviewed Batman #81 Oct 16, 2019
1.5

This is the THIRD issue of this type in this run. It was lazy every single time. The way you properly set up a twist like that is that you foreshadow it. You leave connections and clues. You don't just think it up, not bake it into the background of the story, and then at the end go "Aha! I'm so smart!" I don't understand how anyone could read this and think it's good. And, by the way, I called it more

Batman #81

By: Tom King, John Romita Jr
Released: Oct 16, 2019

It's time for the big showdown. Batman is calling Bane out. But is the Dark Knight Detective ready to take on the foe who broke him worse than any other that came before? And what else stands in Batman's way, to put an obstacle between him and his enemy? Tread lightly, Batman, because not only do the lives of your son and trusted friends hang in th...

AshWatson reviewed Batman #61 Dec 20, 2018
8.0

I've suffered this year. And I found this issue particularly poignant. King writes intelligently and astutely, but maybe a superhero comic isn't the best place for it. Some people just want to see the Joker get punched in the face.

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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AshWatson reviewed Batman #56 Oct 3, 2018
10

I absolutely loved this. Batman losing weeks (maybe months) and millions of dollars worth of bat-tech hunting the man who shot his kid. What's not to like?

Batman #56

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 3, 2018

The Dark Knight's looking to drop both the hammer and sickle on the KGBeast, whose rampage across Gotham City takes a toll on Nightwing when he's injured in the fray. Blaming himself for his ward's fate, Batman gets grimmer than usual-and vows to take the Russian assassin down like the Berlin Wall. Is even Gotham City ready for that much violence? ...

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AshWatson reviewed Eternity Girl #1 Mar 17, 2018
10

Perfect little comic. Portrays mental health issues I've dealt with really well.

Eternity Girl #1

By: Magdalene Visaggio, Sonny Liew
Released: Mar 14, 2018

Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of li...

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AshWatson added Eternity Girl to their pull list Mar 17, 2018

Eternity Girl

Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of li...

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AshWatson reviewed VS #2 Mar 14, 2018
3.0

Confusing and aimless. Beyond the basic premise that rips off 1999'S Unreal Tournament I have no idea what the hell is going on.

Points for Esad Ribic's art alone.

VS #2

By: Ivan Brandon, Esad Ribic
Released: Mar 14, 2018

With fresh augments and new sponsors, Satta Flynn is ready for his big comeback fight. But while war never changes, fame is a fickle mistress. Can Satta reclaim the spotlight?

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AshWatson reviewed Batman: White Knight #1 Oct 4, 2017
5.0

The art's great and all, but the plot is obvious. It'll turn out the pills did nothing and Joker is as nuts/maybe-not-nuts as ever. He'll run for mayor, win, and then just as all seems lost he'll whisper to Batman that he poisoned Alfred, setting all this in motion. And Batman will record that and be vindicated.

Batman: White Knight #1

By: Sean Murphy
Released: Oct 4, 2017

In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City.
He's been called a maniac, a killer and the "Clown Prince of Crime" but "white knight"? Never. Until now...
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as "Jack," sets about trying to right his wrongs. First ...

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AshWatson reviewed All-Star Batman #5 Dec 28, 2016
2.0

A mess of Deus ex machina and Snyder's patented exposition dumps. This was awful. Personally I'm sticking with Tom King on the main Batman book rather than read any more of this.

All-Star Batman #5

By: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr.
Released: Dec 28, 2016

"MY OWN WORST ENEMY" conclusion! Batman, Duke and Two-Face square off in a fight for Harvey Dent's soul. With assassins flooding in from across the countryside, Batman learns that even his most trusted allies might choose evil over good.  

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AshWatson reviewed Rumble #14 Sep 25, 2016
10

The most action-packed issue yet. I love this series.

Rumble #14

By: John Arcudi, Dave Stewart
Released: Sep 21, 2016

"IMMORTAL COIL" Part Four
Rahtraq faces off against his own possessed corpse. Should he save it-or destroy it?

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AshWatson reviewed Seven to Eternity #1 Sep 25, 2016
10

Has the potential to be Remender's Saga. His magnum opus if he can avoid familiar ground.

Seven to Eternity #1

By: Rick Remender, Jerome Opena
Released: Sep 21, 2016

The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise t...

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AshWatson added Lake of Fire to their pull list Sep 25, 2016

Lake of Fire

SERIES PREMIERE
It is 1220 AD, and the gears of the Albigensian Crusade grind on. When an alien mining-craft infested with a horde of bloodthirsty predators crash-lands in the remote wilderness of the French Pyrenees, a small band of crusaders and a Cathar heretic are all that stand between God's Kingdom and Hell on Earth.

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AshWatson reviewed All-Star Batman #2 Sep 14, 2016
1.0

Batman seriously makes a "-- called and it wants it's -- back" joke. Coupled with JRjr's horrendous depiction of Killer Croc makes this the last issue of All Star I'll read.

All-Star Batman #2

By: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr.
Released: Sep 14, 2016

"My Own Worst Enemy" part 2! All aboard the train ride from hell! Batman and Two-Face continue their journey to Harvey Dent's cure through an assassin-infested landscape. But can the Dark Knight continue his crusade across the countryside when Two Face turns one of his greatest allies against him?

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AshWatson reviewed Black Panther #5 Aug 13, 2016
6.0

While Coates' plot is still unlike anything else in superhero comics (and brilliant for it) I found the change in artist jarring. Chris Sprouse isn't on the same level as Brian Stelfreeze was and it's a shame that recalls Declan Shalvey's departure from Moon Knight not so long ago.

Black Panther #5

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse
Released: Aug 10, 2016

"A SWORD FOR LIONS" STARTS NOW!
•  Ta-Nehisi Coates is joined by guest artist and modern master Chris Sprouse for the second arc chronicling the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda!
•  As Zenzi and The People poison the citizens of Wakanda against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled...

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AshWatson reviewed The Black Monday Murders #1 Aug 13, 2016
10

I absolutely loved this. A rich world of details and dark delights for us to gradually delve into. Protagonist Detective Dumas is immensely likable despite very little time in the spotlight. And at 54 pages who could argue the value for money? Waiting eagerly for the next issue.

The Black Monday Murders #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker
Released: Aug 10, 2016

"MAMMON"
ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! From JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and TOMM COKER (UNDYING LOVE) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money... and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandes...

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AshWatson added Hellboy in Hell to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Hellboy in Hell

After saving the world in The Storm and The Fury, but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces, and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy's ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It's a story only Mignola could tell, as more of He...

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AshWatson added Empty Zone to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Empty Zone

JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER of "CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD" returns with an ALL-NEW SERIES!

In this sci-fi/horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

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AshWatson added Deadly Class to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Deadly Class

It's 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can't focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin's top assassin, the teachers are members of an anc...

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AshWatson added Kill Or Be Killed to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Kill Or Be Killed

The bestselling team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS (THE FADE OUT, CRIMINAL, FATALE) launch their new monthly series: KILL OR BE KILLED, the twisted story of a young man who is forced to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones. Both a thriller and a deconstru...

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AshWatson added Tokyo Ghost to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Tokyo Ghost

The Isles of Los Angeles 2089: Humanity is addicted to technology, a population of unemployed leisure seekers blissfully distracted from toxic contamination, who borrow, steal, and kill to buy their next digital fix. Getting a virtual buzz is the only thing left to live for. It's the biggest industry, the only industry, the drug everyone needs, and...

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AshWatson added Punisher (2016) to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Punisher (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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AshWatson added Black Panther (2016) to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Black Panther (2016)

A new era for the Black Panther starts here!
Written by MacArthur Genius and National Book Award winner TA-NEHISI COATES (Between the World and Me) and illustrated by living legend BRIAN STELFREEZE, "A Nation Under Our Feet" is a story about dramatic upheaval in Wakanda and the Black Panther's struggle to do right by his people as their ruler...

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AshWatson added Drifter to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Drifter

FROM THE CREATORS OF VIKING: Writer IVAN BRANDON (Wolverine, Men of War) and artist NIC KLEIN (Captain America, Thor) reunite to bring you a sci-fi ONGOING SERIES joining the dark revenge themes of Unforgiven with the mind-bending sci-fi universe-building of Dune. In its frantic rush to survive itself, mankind has spread across the universe, coloni...

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AshWatson added Rumble to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

Rumble

Okay, so a scarecrow walks into a bar...and proceeds to wreak havoc across two worlds! After a long absence, Rathraq, Scarecrow Warrior God, is back-and very unhappy. Bad news for his old enemies, yes, but worse news for everybody else! JOHN ARCUDI and JAMES HARREN bring you a modern day action/adventure fantasy thriller where rundown dive bars, un...

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AshWatson added The Black Monday Murders to their pull list Aug 13, 2016

The Black Monday Murders

"MAMMON"
ALL HAIL GOD MONEY! From JONATHAN HICKMAN (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and TOMM COKER (UNDYING LOVE) comes a new crypto-noir series about the power of dirty, filthy money... and exactly what kind of people you can buy with it. THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occultism where the various schools of magic are actually clandes...

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AshWatson reviewed All-Star Batman #1 Aug 10, 2016
2.0

I really didn't enjoy this book. I've long since had my fill of Snyder's writing style in which every story has someone monologuing about what they symbolise or what Gotham symbolises. This trope continues here with Two Face waxing lyrical about being a dark mirror or some such.

Try something different once in a while is all I'm saying.

A note on Romita Jr's art: the time he more

All-Star Batman #1

By: Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr.
Released: Aug 10, 2016

"My Own Worst Enemy" part one! Superstar writer Scott Snyder explodes into an all-new Batman series alongside legendary artist John Romita Jr., reimagining some of the Dark Knight's greatest villains. First up: Two-Face! Batman must take Two-Face to a destination out of Gotham City, but the duplicitous villain has a two of spades up his sleeve. Eve...

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