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Spock's Brain reviewed I Hate Fairyland #16 Feb 16, 2018
9.0

Scottie Young's "I Hate Fairyland" continues to be a fun, entertaining series...this issue had me giggling a bit, and I felt real emotion (you got us Skottie) when Gert reunites with her parents, but that just makes what follows all the more effective. After 16 issues, it seems this premise should have run itself out, but Skottie still makes it vibrant, funny, and interesting.

I Hate Fairyland #16

By: Skottie Young
Released: Feb 7, 2018

"HELL OF A TRIP"
The fourth arc of I HATE FAIRYLAND challenges Gert like never before. Our disaffected heroine finds out her usual bag of tricks may not be enough to deal with what Hell has in store (i.e. eternal damnation, etc...) as her chance of ever making it home creeps closer to zero!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Sex Criminals #21 Feb 14, 2018
7.5

This issue was okay, exploring Jon and Suzie's adjustments to lives of banality without each other. I think the tone of the book, unrelenting as it is, can be a bit much at times, and this was the case here. And I'm not sure how much I care about the cast of characters outside Jon and Suzie. But I am interested enough to keep reading.

Sex Criminals #21

By: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Released: Jan 24, 2018

"FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT," Part One
Up is down and black is white and the sex isn't happening-neither is the crime. WHAT IS THIS BOOK EVEN? After the heartbreaking, albeit totally unsurprising, finale of FOURGY!, our leads find themselves in the arms of others while the fate of the whole universe hangs in the balance...ish!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #40 Feb 14, 2018
9.0

The comics internet collectively lost its shit when it looked like Batman and Wonder Woman might hook up last issue, but that issue is solved relatively quick in what is really a tale of love and fidelity. I found this to be an enjoyable read, but the real star of the issue is Joelle Jones. The two-page spread on pages 2 and 3 is absolutely gorgeous, and her facial work, the expressions of her cha more

Batman #40

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Feb 7, 2018

"SUPERFRIENDS" part four! Since the beginning, the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman has stood at the heart of the DC Universe. Now that friendship is coming apart, and as it does, the universe itself begins to crumble. The conclusion of Batman's team-up with Wonder Woman. (This story was previously slated to run in BATMAN #39.)

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kill Or Be Killed #15 Feb 14, 2018
8.5

"Kill or Be Killed" has been one comics' best series over the course of its 15 issues, and though this one isn't as perfect as some entries, it does open the new arc interestingly. The ending was surprising and left me wanting to read the next issue now. As for its weaknesses, I felt this issue relied a bit too much on the demon haunting Dylan. I'm sure this was deemed necessary by Brubaker to mak more

Kill Or Be Killed #15

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Jan 17, 2018

The next arc of BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS' bestselling series is a blockbuster! Dylan is forced to confront the reality of his violent actions and his sanity...and nothing will ever be the same again!
And remember, each issue of KILL OR BE KILLED contains extra content and articles only available in the single issues.

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6.0

I don't know...I don't think this series is for me. It reads as too didactic to me. The conversation between Snugglepuss and Huckleberry Hound is sort of interesting, but none of this has the cleverness of Russell's "Flintstones" or "God is Disappointed in You." I need something more to make this bit of moralizing palatable.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

By: Mark Russell, Mike Feehan
Released: Feb 7, 2018

As his friends are blackballed from show business, the government turns up the heat on Snagglepuss, even as his play threatens to implode from within. But no matter how grave the threat, Snagglepuss lives by a single motto: the show must go on!
With an all-new bonus backup feature, written by Brandee Stilwell with art by Gus Vazquez, when a sas...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Thanos #15 Feb 13, 2018
8.5

Even though this is a slightly down issue, this arc continues to be awesome. The revelation of the Cosmic Ghost Rider's identity doesn't really work for me, despite the explanation given. The conversation between Thanos the King and current Thanos is interesting, and leads to an amazingly cool final page, in which one of my favourite characters appears looking totally awesome and badassed. Good st more

Thanos #15

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Jan 24, 2018

THANOS WINS Part 3
As King Thanos and his Rider prepare to face the coming forces of the Fallen One, he surveys the Universe he's dominated...just a king and his dog. His big...green...dog...
Parental Advisory

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Spock's Brain reviewed Southern Bastards #19 Feb 13, 2018
9.5

Despite its lengthy delays, "Southern Bastards" continues to make an impact with each issue, and this is a dynamic one. Coach Boss has been down lately, but this issue shows he's not out, even with a series of people out for his head. The violence is palpable here in perhaps one of the most violent episodes of the series, but all of this seems in line with the escalating stakes for Coach Boss and more

Southern Bastards #19

By: Jason Aaron, Jason Latour
Released: Jan 24, 2018

"GUT CHECK," Part Five-A moment of truth for Roberta Tubb. A moment of reckoning for Coach Boss.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #794 Feb 13, 2018
7.5

This is a solid one-shot issue, but the most interesting part is the ending, which is admittedly badassed, and the return of Stuart Immonen on art. Looks like this will take an upward swing with Part 2.

Amazing Spider-Man #794

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Jan 24, 2018

THREAT LEVEL RED Part 1
•  NEARLY ONE YEAR AGO Spider-Man hurled the dangerous madman called Zodiac a full year into the future.
•  IN THIS ISSUE Spidey catches up to him, and Zodiac's had a whole year to prepare for their rematch!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Flash #39 Jan 28, 2018
8.5

I haven't read an issue of "The Flash" in a while, but decided to give this one a try. First off--the cover is seriously awesome. The power of Grodd here is imposing. Next, it was a pretty good read--there is one moment in the book where things get eerily quiet and the atmosphere established by Williamson and Di Giandomenico is really creepy. As always, when Di Giandomenico draws this, it becomes more

Flash #39

By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jan 24, 2018

"The Perfect Storm" part one! In the 700th tale of THE FLASH, Barry Allen wants to make amends to the people he's hurt, but Gorilla Grodd has other plans! If Grodd's shocking attack on Central City wasn't enough, the reason why-and how it connects to everything The Flash has faced since the Speed Force Storm-will rock our hero to his core...and cha...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Royal City #9 Jan 25, 2018
8.0

In an odd turn, issue #9 of "Royal City" ends with a character's earning a victory of sorts, not the stuff a reader usually finds in this series of memory and regret. Strong characterization and art, as usual, make this a good read.

Royal City #9

By: Jeff Lemire
Released: Jan 10, 2018

"SONIC YOUTH," Part Four
Each issue in this arc will feature a special variant cover paying homage to some of the best indie rock albums of the 1990s, featuring stellar artwork by JEFFREY BROWN (Jedi Academy), EMI LENOX (PLUTONA), NATE POWELL (March), RAY FAWKES (UNDERWINTER), and DUSTIN NGUYEN (DESCENDER).

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8.0

This series hasn't been great for me, as I am a little tired of the tech based storyline and don't care about Theresa Parker or whoever she is, but this particular issue was a fun, nicely paced read. I liked the Adam Kubert art quite a bit here, as this is one of his better looking issues, and I was pleasantly surprised by the cool reveal at the issue's end. Nice cover too!

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #299

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Jan 17, 2018

Most Wanted ParT 3
•  Tinkerer enlists the aid of his augmented allies to squash Spider-Man once and for all!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Rock Candy Mountain #7 Jan 24, 2018
8.0

The penultimate issue of this hobo epic features a large-scale hobo free-for-all brawl, as Jackson gets a little help from his friends to face the bulls...and the devil! This has been a fun ride.

Rock Candy Mountain #7

By: Kyle Starks
Released: Jan 3, 2018

CHAPTER 7: "THE JUNGLE FIRES WERE BURNING"
Old friends reunite and old enemies return as the World's Toughest Hobo finds himself in the final stretch of his journey for the mythical hobo heaven but faces his toughest challenges yet as the stakes continue to rise. I do suspect you've seen some wild things in your days, Dear Friends, but this iss...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Captain America #697 Jan 23, 2018
10

Chris Samnee delivers a master class in sequential art in this issue—the storytelling from panel to panel (i.e., Cap vs a Jaguar, the momentum of Kraven’s traps. Samnee and Waid have created magic together for a long time, but their Marvel-method style on “Black Widow” and now “Cap” seems both fresh and timeless. Great book.

Captain America #697

By: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
Released: Jan 3, 2018

HOME OF THE BRAVE PART Part 3
Kraven the Hunter has a new target - and it's Steve Rogers! Trapped in unfamiliar territory, stripped of his shield and on the run, Cap must find a way to evade Kraven long enough to save an innocent life - but this time, that might be impossible! And just wait until you see the final page...
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain added Captain America (2017) to their pull list Jan 23, 2018

Captain America (2017)

HOME OF THE BRAVE  Part 1
HOME OF THE BRAVE begins - and Steve Rogers is back in action in the red-white-and-blue! Steve begins a journey across America to restore his tarnished reputation - and the dangers he encounters along the way are unlike any he's faced before! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Paper Girls #18 Jan 23, 2018
8.0

“Paper Girls” Gets back on track here with a strong character issue… I have felt the story to be too convoluted at times, but this issue got me back into the story through the character interactions, which are, in my opinion, the strongest part of this book.

Paper Girls #18

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
Released: Dec 6, 2017

The future invades.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Thanos #14 Jan 23, 2018
10

I really liked Jeff Lemire’s issues, but Donny Cates is taking things to another level—he was born to do this series, instilling every page with badassery (Old King Thanos, Cosmic Ghost Rider). Add in Shaw’s great pencil work, and “Thanos” is one of the most underratedly awesome comics coming out today.

Thanos #14

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Dec 27, 2017

THANOS WINS Part 2
•  Thanos has journeyed to the end of time to the moment of his complete victory...and he's not happy with what he sees!
•  Writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw (God Country) continue the tale of the Mad Titan's biggest glory and ultimate shame!
Parental Advisory

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9.5

This is an awesome series… It has the vibe of a great Batman tale, but is unlike any of the other Batman titles coming out right now. I am really enjoying Kurt Busiek’s story, as we see Bruce Wainwright coming to terms with what he has wrought, and John Paul Leon is incredible in terms of character and atmosphere. Great stuff.

Batman: Creature of the Night #2

By: Kurt Busiek, John Paul Leon
Released: Dec 27, 2017

In a world where Batman is only a comic book character, young Bruce Wainwright is starting to feel a surprising strength and power grow inside him...and after years of mourning the loss of his parents, that power feels good--intoxicating, even! The question is, to what use will he put it?
RATED T+

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Spock's Brain added Batman: Creature of the Night to their pull list Jan 23, 2018

Batman: Creature of the Night

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime...and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can't keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce's grief isn't inside him after all? Modern masters Kurt Busiek and...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #39 Jan 21, 2018
9.0

Sorry. I liked it. I saw the comments from fellow readers and was kind of surprised that this issue is provoking so much vitriol. I kind of understand some of the complaints, but would be disingenuous if I said I thought about any of that while reading and enjoying the issue. I like the idea of Batman and Wonder Woman, even as I really enjoy Bruce and Selena's relationship. And the art of Joelle J more

Batman #39

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Jan 17, 2018

SUPERFRIENDS" part three! Batman and Wonder Woman fight together in an epic battle that will define and then redefine their relationship. What bonds these two pillars of the DCU together? What tears them apart? Find out as Batman continues on his quest for the one thing he's never had, happiness.
RATED T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #25 Jan 14, 2018
5.5

I like Chris Bachalo's art, but I found this hard to get through. The art looked pretty good, but it terms of storytelling, was kind of confusing. Storewise, lots of wacky stuff happening, but I just found it boring. Sorry.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #25

By: Robbie Thompson, Chris Bachalo
Released: Dec 27, 2017

Spider-Man Versus Deadpool Part 3
•  The first arc of the new era of SM/DP climaxes with our heroes facing THE CHAMELEON!
•  The mimicry villain's plan is more than just changing HIS appearance. It takes Chameleon from his level of petty crook and puts him shoulder to shoulder with the world's most terrifying super villains!
•...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Doomsday Clock #2 Jan 13, 2018
8.5

I'm not sure where "Doomsday Clock" is going, but the first two issues have definitely hooked me. This is an interesting one with many cool moments...the bank robbery starts off rough with the flimsy "jerk boss" character, but then the scene turns for a funny moment. The confrontations of Ozmandias/Luther and Batman/Rorschach are fascinating, leading well into the next issue, and the book ends wit more

Doomsday Clock #2

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Dec 27, 2017

DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM!
In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Le...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Harrow County #28 Jan 11, 2018
9.0

“Harrow County” #28 seems like the culmination of a couple years of story, as Emmy and Kammi comes to a final head. At the same time, it feels as if the major conflict in this book is only starting now, given the ending. Bunn frames all this in a cool way as we see Hester devouring the intestines of her victim, only to see the same scene repeated later in the book, in a shocking twist. This co more

Harrow County #28

By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
Released: Dec 13, 2017

Emmy finally comes face-to-face with her evil counterpart. With everything that she's learned from the Family, and the power of her friends' support, Emmy knows that she's strong enough to defeat this threat to her home. But is she willing to sacrifice her own integrity for victory in this fight?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Men II #5 Jan 10, 2018
5.0

This series was a dud. In a weird way it doesn't even seem like there a big stakes here, as I guess the big thing in this series is Miles coming to terms with his identity. And the ending, pencilled by Mark Bagely, made me cringe a bit (due to both the content and Bagley's art). Even the Sarah Pichelli art in this issue seems below her usual standards. Not recommended.

Spider-Men II #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: Dec 27, 2017

• The pulse-racing final issue!
•  Peter and Miles are faced with their toughest challenge yet, and it's one that challenges far more than their super hero skills.
•  If you thought the end of the first SPIDER-MEN series was huge, brace yourself.
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Redneck #8 Jan 10, 2018
9.0

"Redneck" is one of the more interesting books coming out today, and Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren deliver a fast-paced, suspenseful issue here in the second of the arc. The tension is high here as JV is missing and family is starving, but the killer for me is the twist with Landry at the end. This is super cool stuff.

Redneck #8

By: Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren
Released: Dec 27, 2017

You never see the thing that gets you in the end. At least, that's how the saying goes, but with the Bowmans taking on new blood, is the thing that's going to end up killing them right in front of their very faces? And what does a weird albino boy out in the woods have to do with all this?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Punisher: The Platoon #4 Jan 10, 2018
9.0

Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov are a dream team on the Punisher, and "The Platoon" continues to be awesome. The most interesting thing about this is the behind the scenes look at the motivations behind the war, on the home front, in the field, and in the land they are fighting to overtake. It' s a smart, complex look at war that is far more fascinating in its depth. This is great stuff.

Punisher: The Platoon #4

By: Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov
Released: Dec 27, 2017

• Frank Castle arranges for his platoon to spend some R&R in Saigon, but that can't be all Frank has planned there, can it?
•  If NVA General Letrong Giap's plans succeed, Frank and his crew may not have a base to return to...
Explicit Content

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8.5

I approached this issue with some X-event trepidation, my mind haunted by IvX and so many other lame events that preceded it...but Charles Soule isn't here for this (and, to be fair, has been doing well on "Astonishing X-Men") and this event definitely shows a lot of promise. Around when Kitty deploys three teams, the issue really picks up, doing a great job keeping us in the moment of all three s more

Phoenix Resurrection: The Return Of Jean Grey #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Dec 27, 2017

She will return, like a Phoenix from the ashes.
Years ago, Jean Grey died and the X-Men mourned her. Since then, the world has changed, her teammates have lived without her and died without her. And now, when strange events start happening all over the world, those teammates can only come to one conclusion - the one true Jean Grey is back!
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Spock's Brain reviewed Invincible Iron Man #595 Jan 10, 2018
7.5

This issue looks pretty and is interesting, even if it feels a bit like treading water. I found the opening with Victor and his discovery interesting, but the whole bit with Riri's shit being stolen was kind of pointless. The art from Caselli, and especially Maleev, is pretty great here. And the ending suggests the story will be making a bigger advancement with the next issue--I only hope Bendis h more

Invincible Iron Man #595

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Dec 27, 2017

THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK Part 3
•  Riri Williams and Victor Von Doom TEAM UP to solve the mystery of Tony Stark's fate.
•  Guest-starring the entire armored Marvel Universe as one of Tony's biggest storylines ever heads toward a big issue #600 whopper!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Walking Dead #175 Jan 10, 2018
7.0

This was an okay issue of "The Walking Dead," though the "take me to Stephanie or shoot us," "No, cooperate or we'll shoot you thing got stale, and I must say I find this new "wacky" character, Juanita or "Princess," grating at best. On the plus side, the revelations near the end of the issue are interesting and have promise for a strong arc ahead.

The Walking Dead #175

By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Released: Jan 3, 2018

NEW STORY ARC
"NEW WORLD ORDER," Part One
NEW FRIENDS.
NEW ENEMIES.
NEW THREATS.
IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #236 Jan 10, 2018
5.5

This series continues to sputter with this new Sinister Six plot, which is leaving me questioning how much I need to be reading this book. The opening with Ganke (Ned?) and his new girlfriend was interesting and funny, but the rest was just a bore, with tedious dialogue I had struggle not to just skim. And, sorry, these Patrick Brown covers are as gaudy as shit. Skip this.

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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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #38 Jan 10, 2018
9.0

Great detective story here, as Tom King continues his run of awesome one-shot issues. This is maybe a bit reminiscent of "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man" from "Amazing" #248, but in a much different way, to understate things. I wasn't sure at the outset of the issue how Travis Moore's pencils worked for me, but I was soon really enjoying them and think he did a great job laying out the issue (th more

Batman #38

By: Tom King, Travis Moore
Released: Jan 3, 2018

"THE ORIGIN OF BRUCE WAYNE"! If Mattie could grow up to be anybody, he'd grow up millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. But what would happen if he was forced to relive the worst tragedy of Bruce's life and his parents were murdered? Batman's hunt for the killer puts him face to face with a strange mirror version of his own past.
RATED T

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