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Spock's Brain reviewed Hunt For Wolverine #1 May 22, 2018
7.0

Wolverine is back! And there are clues! I probably wouldn't have gotten this if not for the David Marquez art, and, sure enough, his pages look great. The story of Logan's body going missing is mildly interesting. The back up tale, kind of skippable. But, hey, Guardian shows up! Is it me, or wasn't he killed in Alpha Flight #12 in 1984? Anyway, this is followed by four mini-series surrounding the more

Hunt For Wolverine #1

By: Charles Soule, David Marquez
Released: Apr 25, 2018

The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan's death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverin...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kick-Ass #3 May 22, 2018
8.0

I'm kind of surprised by how much I like the new "Kick-Ass," but Patience is a likeable character, and this brings the mix of humanity and brutal, crushing violence that the original series did so well. This is a fast, exciting read that leaves me wanting more. And what more do you want from a comic than that?

Kick-Ass #3

By: Mark Millar, John RomitaJr
Released: Apr 18, 2018

KICK-ASS IS BACK. Patience Lee's shaking up the city's organized crime rings to feed her family and give stolen money back to the community. But the enemies she's making have friends in low places, friends that will avenge their bosses come hell or high water. The city's most violent offender is fresh out of jail, and he's got Kick-Ass in his sight...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Captain America #701 May 20, 2018
8.5

This issue is weird, but I also really liked it. I found the artwork of Adam Hughes, even if it only was 4 pages, to be gorgeous, and I also really liked Leonardo Romero's kind of Chris Samnee/Darwyn Cooke style. The part where Jack gets caught in the office and has to escape is so well drawn--it's just excellent. This may be kind of an Elseworlds thing, but that doesn't matter to me. It seems lik more

Captain America #701

By: Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero
Released: May 2, 2018

PROMISED LAND Part 1
The year is 2314, and the grandson of Steve Rogers lives in the utopian America of which his ancestor dreamed. The legacy of Captain America has been realized - but something sinister lies beneath the surface! Leonardo Romero (HAWKEYE) joins Mark Waid for this very special look into the tomorrow of Captain America, featurin...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Infinity Countdown #2 May 19, 2018
8.5

I wasn't looking forward to this, still wary of Marvel events, or in this case, a pre-event series, but it was really fun! Loved Aaron Kuder's artwork. His style seems to have developed into a really clear, not minimalistic, but Samnee-esque approach to detail. And it was fast paced and really readable. I forgot I missed the Guardians! My faith in this series is restored!

Infinity Countdown #2

By: Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder
Released: Apr 18, 2018

  THE BATTLE FOR THE STONES CONTINUES!
The secret is out about the Power Stone, and the Chitauri are in on the action as the Raptors, Novas and Guardians meet for a showdown in space! PLUS: Adam Warlock enters the fray after the events of INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK-his next move will set the stage for cosmic chaos to come!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #690 May 19, 2018
8.5

I'm glad the creators left room for what is essentially an epilogue issue, dealing with the ramifications of the epic event that just went down. I really liked this issue. What struck me first is how great the Pepe Larraz artwork was. I remember being sort of ambivalent about his work before, but it seems like his style has developed into something great. I also loved the tone of this, of course, more

Avengers #690

By: Mark Waid, Pepe Larraz
Released: Apr 25, 2018

  THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONCLUDES!
"NO SURRENDER" REACHES ITS FINALE!
The battle is over, and those left standing in the rubble have to find a way to move forward. As an era of the Avengers comes to a close, what will rise to take its place?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #46 May 19, 2018
8.0

This issue is pretty ridiculous, but I had fun with it anyway. The ending surprised me and actually made me laugh because it was so unexpected; the Catwoman in this universe is apparently, if not mute, unable (or unwilling) to utter anything besides "Meow." The mystery of the Batman that showed up interests me, as did the world of adult Bruce alive in a world where his parents never died. It's tra more

Batman #46

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: May 2, 2018

"THE TRAVELERS" part two! Booster Gold's wedding present has screwed up Batman's past, and done even more damage to his present. Now, with the Caped Crusader himself refusing to cooperate, the only way for Booster to correct this runaway timeline is to get Catwoman on his side. But with her own past altered, can he make Catwoman recognize the quali...

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Spock's Brain reviewed I Hate Fairyland #18 May 19, 2018
8.0

This is a set up issue, but it is a good one. We join Duncan Dragon as he recruits the hard-living Larry to find Gert. Looks great, fun read.

I Hate Fairyland #18

By: Skottie Young
Released: Apr 4, 2018

Find Duncan Dragon on a mission as he barges in on Larry, who is drinking heavily/finally settled down to pen his memoirs (apparently, someone asked...). Meanwhile, Horribella turns out to have resurrected a sinister bag of bones, They Who Shall Not Be Named, which is aggressively gathering power and has eyes on the entirety of Fairyland.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Deathbed #3 May 17, 2018
8.0

"Deathbed" #3 is a well-paced, funny tale in the life of Antonio Luna...the scene where the nature of his cult followers is revealed is well done, and the character remains likeable in his arrogant self-centredness...I haven't really been a fan of Rosmo's art before, but this perfectly fits, and helps create, the mood and tone of the book. Good stuff.

Deathbed #3

By: Joshua Williamson, Riley Rossmo
Released: Apr 18, 2018

Have you ever felt alone? Lost? Like you needed a friend? If so... join the Cult of Luna! Started in the heyday of the cult movement, the Cult of Luna follows the words of the great Antonio Luna. Every single word. No matter how random or insane, the Cult of Luna treats them as an eternal gospel. He is their God. And he will be your God, too. So, c...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Southern Bastards #20 May 15, 2018
8.0

"Southern Bastards" #20 is a pretty riveting issue, and is pretty hard core with violent action. However, the story's resolution felt a bit off to me--it didn't really seem to work with Roberta's story arc so far. Her decision seems to serve the progression of the overall story, and doesn't really give her rage justice. Of course more awesome "Southern Bastards" issues lay ahead, but the close of more

Southern Bastards #20

By: Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Released: May 9, 2018

END OF STORY ARC
"GUT CHECK," Finale
As his enemies close in to take him off the field for good, Coach Boss has one final play to make.

JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR bring the fourth chapter of Eisner-award winning SOUTHERN BASTARDS to a stunning and brutal conclusion.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Venom #1 May 15, 2018
8.5

I've never been a big Venom guy (well, except when I was a teenager), but I am a big Donny Cates guy, so I had to try this. It was pretty cool. I liked the way Cates portrays the relationship between the symbiotic and Eddie, and he did a really good job with the dialogue and the constant struggle between them. Having it described as Eddie having a screaming angry voice in his head is really effect more

Venom #1

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: May 9, 2018

A NEW SERIES BY DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN!
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers - VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat co...

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7.5

I don't know quite what is happening here as this series moves towards its climax, but I have enough of a clue to still find the issue enjoyable. It was cool to see the scene from the very beginning replayed here. This is one of those books that is seeming like it would be better in trade, as the erratic schedule is hurting my enjoyment of it a bit.

The Wicked + The Divine #35

By: Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie
Released: Apr 4, 2018

"MOTHERING INVENTION," Part Two: Once More We Return to the Once More We Return.

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Spock's Brain reviewed DC Nation #0 May 12, 2018
7.0

The story with the Joker awaiting his invitation to Batman and Catwoman's wedding is beyond awesome--it is a tightrope throughout, but I also felt the nervous tension made it more funny as well, in a weird way--Tom King does a great job of capturing the Joker's disconnectedness from reality. It's a bit different than most of the takes I've seen on the Joker lately, which was interesting. The Clay more

DC Nation #0

By: Tom King, Jorge Jimenez
Released: May 2, 2018

These stories will appear only in this comic book and will not be reprinted in another comic book before each series' collected editions. Only the first printing of this issue will have a cover price of $0.25. This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.
Just in time for Free Comic Book Day, this special comic ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Harrow County #29 May 12, 2018
9.0

"Harrow County" #26 is a riveting, captivating issue. As we build towards a climax to this series, the stakes seem--and are--huge. Hester displays a power that reveals why she was so feared, and the scene in which Emmy tries to clean the blood off herself in the water is reminiscent of "Macbeth." I can't wait till they meet to give this series its epic conclusion. This has been a great horror seri more

Harrow County #29

By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
Released: Mar 21, 2018

An old enemy is back with a vengeance and is dead-set on reclaiming her power over Harrow County. And Emmy is the one person who can stop her . . . So, guess who's the first target?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Come Into Me #2 May 11, 2018
8.5

"Come Into Me" raises some interesting ideas about identity and body and privacy, but the real thing that makes it stand out is that it is fucking creepy. This is some really unsettling shit.

Come Into Me #2

By: Zac Thompson, Piotr Kowalski
Released: May 2, 2018

When two become one, who is in control? What can you keep secret? Worse yet, what does it mean for the body that holds them together?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Ice Cream Man #4 May 10, 2018
9.0

"Ice Cream Man" #4 stands as a great example of a horror comic as it was kind and touching in some areas, but absolutely dark and depressing in others. The scene in hell when Chris watched his father, over nine panels, leave over and over again, is pretty devastating. And it managed to be funny too. Really fun/dark issue of a series that I'll be definitely picking up the next issue of in July.

Ice Cream Man #4

By: W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo
Released: Apr 25, 2018

"EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE": Another woeful one-shot! Here, a guy named Joel has drinks with his best friend's estranged dad. As for the best friend? Well, I suppose you could say he's in a bit of a pickle.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #240 May 10, 2018
7.5

The final Bendis issue of "Spider-Man" serves as an analog of Bendis' illness this past year, which unexpectedly almost took his life. It's sentimental, but not overly so, and serves as a nice outdo to his Miles run. Thankfully the Sinister Six plot plays a minor role in this, and we see the people in Miles life rally around him. I really liked the ending with Ganke, Curiously, Miles himself seems more

Spider-Man #240

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: May 2, 2018

THE END OF AN ERA FOR MILES MORALES!
Marvel Comics proudly presents the final issue of Bendis' epic (bio-electric) run! Over seven years and across two universes, Miles Morales has been an Ultimate, a Web-Warrior, an Avenger and a Champion. A New Yorker, a student, a son and a friend. And whenever the city needed him (and one time when all of r...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #45 May 9, 2018
6.0

Uhhh, I don't know what's going on here exactly, but I know I hate Booster Gold...I haven't read this guy since I was a kid, but I am unimpressed...no more alternate realities please...the ending was sort of a thing, I guess? Alright. When is this Booster Gold thing done again?

Batman #45

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Apr 18, 2018

"THE TRAVELERS" part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he's enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue...Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations throu...

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5.0

Umm...Part 7 in this endlessly boring tale of "where is Tony Stark?" I'm waiting for the 2020 sequel, "Tony Stark is Missing Again: Dare You Give a Fuck?" I don't really care about this at all. It's kind of crummy to see the two Bendis' titles on Victor and Riri succumb to this...boringness? I'm even thinking of opting out of the new Dan Slott Iron Man title, because...enough of this guy. Which is more

Invincible Iron Man #599

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Apr 25, 2018

  THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK CONTINUES!
•  TONY'S BACK!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kill Or Be Killed #18 May 9, 2018
8.5

Another great issue of "Kill or Be Killed." This one is measured in pace for sure, but definitely amps up the storyline in that our Detective sharp has singled her focus on Dylan as the true culprit. I liked the character, but perhaps Sean Phillips goes overboard on her arching her eyebrows in a curious Spockian way? Other than this, the issue looked spectacular, and the case of the imitation kill more

Kill Or Be Killed #18

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Apr 25, 2018

While Dylan's been locked away inside, the vigilante has been running wild on the streets-but how is this possible? Featuring the return of Detective Lily Sharpe, who is hot on the trail of the masked man! And remember, each issue of KILL OR BE KILLED contains extra content and articles only available in the single issues.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #1 May 8, 2018
8.0

This was pretty good. Strangely enough, for all the excitement over Marvel's Fresh Start, this is kind of less entertaining than the 16-week mega-event that proceeded it. Still, it was entertaining enough, and Ed McGuinness' art was way more solid--not just solid, but cool--than I expected. The cover is a bit iffy so I didn't know what to expect. This was certainly sweeping in scope, and I'm prett more

Avengers #1

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: May 2, 2018

A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES -
courtesy of JASON AARON and ED McGUINNESS!
Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astonishing X-Men #11 May 8, 2018
8.5

I was sorting through my latest shipment of comics, and when I saw this, I was, "Ooh, Ron Garney!" And, indeed, Garney is the highlight of this book with his rough and raw pencils. I have enjoyed his work in "Daredevil" over the last couple of years, but quit that book, so it's nice to see his return here. With his work on "Daredevil" and "Men of Wrath" with Jason Aaron a few years ago, this guy i more

Astonishing X-Men #11

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: May 2, 2018

XAVIER VERSUS PROTEUS!
In the penultimate issue of this high-stakes X-Men story, PROTEUS and CHARLES XAVIER face off in a psychic battle for the ages with nothing less than the fate of all free-thinking people at stake. With PSYLOCKE, GAMBIT, ROGUE, OLD MAN LOGAN and BISHOP by his side, will this team of heavy hitters be able to take Proteus do...

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8.5

"Black Hammer: Age of Doom" #1 is a good, entertaining read. It's nice to see Dean Ormstrom back on art, and it's nice to visit these characters again, but aside from the character work, not a lot goes on here. It's a bit slow. I did, however, find Lucy's placement in another mysterious environment which appears like an unescapable loop pretty cool. I feel a bit of momentum was lost in the interim more

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston
Released: Apr 18, 2018

The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns! Picking up immediately where we left off-Lucy Weber has become the new Black Hammer and right as she's about to reveal to our heroes how they got stuck on the farm and can escape she vanishes. Now our new Black Hammer finds herself trapped in a gritty world filled with punk rock detectives, emo gods,...

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9.0

The "Amazing Fantasy" arc ends with another great issue from Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones. I can't overstate how much I love Quinones' work on this book--his style is clear and cartoony and just an awesome fit. This continues to be a lot of fun, while amping up the tension. The nods to Spidey moments in the past were also a special treat for fans. The ending leaves me wanting to return to this pa more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303

By: Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones
Released: Apr 25, 2018

  AMAZING FANTASY Part 3
•  PETER PARKER, TERESA DURAND and J. JONAH JAMESON will attempt to save the future...by fighting for it IN THE PAST!
•  But will their time-traveling gamble pay off or only alter the course of history for the worse?
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Redneck #12 May 5, 2018
8.0

"Redneck" #8 is an action packed issue, a tense and fast-paced spree of violence in the culminating moments of the second arc. The art is great here, even if I continued to have the problem of differentiating between all the characters. That makes something like the key death that happens here a bit less impactful to me. That could be on me as a reader or it could be on the storytellers. Maybe bot more

Redneck #12

By: Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren
Released: Apr 25, 2018

In the smoldering fallout of last issue's shocking ending, the Bowman clan must escape the tide of blood licking at their heels. But not everyone is fast enough to outrun the crashing waves...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #51 May 5, 2018
8.5

Another really good issue of "Saga." This series is on a roll, with each issue containing great characterization, and the relationships between the characters is the thing that drives this issue, and the whole series really. "Saga" is a great book.

Saga #51

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Apr 25, 2018

Tabloid reporters Upsher and Doff have uncovered the scoop of the century, but what will it cost Hazel and her family?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Hit-Girl #2 May 1, 2018
8.5

I enjoyed this issue of “Hit-Girl” with its over the top violence and cartoony art. The plot with the Padre and the Colombian gangs is interesting enough and the issue was paced well. Loved the art—the page where Mindy and the assassin guy are riding the back of the train is great—Roderigo Lopez Ortiz brings an incredible sense of movement to his panels here. One would think Mindy and Big more

Hit-Girl #2

By: Mark Millar, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Released: Mar 28, 2018

Hit-Girl's wreaking havoc in Colombia. Armed to the hilt, she kidnaps the country's most notorious killer-for-hire and sets out to slaughter every gang member and criminal lowlife in Palmira. This is the gloriously violent, frenetic return of the world's most bloodthirsty 12-year-old assassin. MARK MILLAR and RICARDO LÓPEZ ORTIZ join forces for th...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Monstress #14 Apr 27, 2018
7.5

Kind of a quiet, regrouping issue of "Monstress," this nonetheless had some strong points--the art is awesome, as always, and the fox camp was interesting. We didn't see enough of this, but the preview for #15s cover suggests it will get closer treatment. Not as dynamic as always, but still a really good series.

Monstress #14

By: Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda
Released: Feb 21, 2018

Maika's careless actions endanger an entire city-elsewhere, the Mother Superior and her allies begin to plot-and Kippa receives some life-changing information.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #688 Apr 25, 2018
8.5

"No Surrender" continues to be a fun event, and this issue is a particularly good one. It's fast paced, which is paradoxically not always true on a book that features a guy running around the world really fast. But there are other cool moments, like when the Hulk arrives. I'm not quite yet sure what to make of this iteration, but he's back, and he's Banner, but he's still different so...cool. And, more

Avengers #688

By: Mark Waid, Aaron Kim Jacinto
Released: Apr 11, 2018

  THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 14
As the final battle for Earth begins, one Avenger will sacrifice everything to give his teammates a fighting chance.
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #799 Apr 25, 2018
8.0

After last issue kicked this conflict into overdrive, Slott pulls back here in an issue that focuses more on Pete's Amazing Friends than Spidey himself. It's pretty good, though after all the spider-events over the last few years, none of the Spider-family really excite me. But the Immonen art is beautiful, and next issue looks like it'll be crazy. So, yeah.

Amazing Spider-Man #799

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Apr 18, 2018

  GO DOWN SWINGING Part 3
•  SPIDER-MAN will need to the help of friend and foe alike if he hopes to stop THE GREEN GOBLIN this time!
•  The mystery of the RED GOBLIN is finally revealed, and it's not going to be pretty for Peter Parker!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kick-Ass #2 Apr 24, 2018
8.5

I really enjoyed this issue of "Kick-Ass"-- it's well-paced, violent, funny, and has heart, just like the original "Kick-Ass." Romita Jr.'s art was good, and I like Patience as a character so far. Fun book.

Kick-Ass #2

By: Mark Millar, John Romita
Released: Mar 21, 2018

KICK-ASS IS BACK.
Patience returns from combat to find her husband gone and her neighborhood in ruin. By day, she waits tables and goes to college. By night, she pulls on a mask and becomes Kick-Ass-serving justice to local scumbags and taking a cut of their cash. With every bust, her list of enemies gets longer, and the city's worst criminals...

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