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Spock's Brain reviewed Death Of The Inhumans #1 Jul 20, 2018
9.0

"Death of the Inhumans" #1 is a really great book--I didn't know quite what to expect, but I was riveted from page one till the end. The story is dark in tone, and Donny Cates does perfectly with his narration. It seems like an old-school comic book method, but it really worked here. The art by Ariel Olivetti is super--I don't know if I've seen his stuff before, but this comic really looks great. more

Death Of The Inhumans #1

By: Donny Cates, Ariel Olivetti
Released: Jul 4, 2018

THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL - HERE LIE THE INHUMANS.
The Kree have gone murdering, leaving behind a message: Join or die. Thousands of Inhumans have already made their choice - the evidence floats bleeding in space. Black Bolt and his family are next. Rising star Donny Cates and PUNISHER: WAR JOURNAL artist Ariel Olivetti bring their brutal talents t...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #6 Jul 14, 2018
8.5

This is a really great issue of what has been an unexpectedly great series. The adventures of the Fantastic Four, not our FF, but an alternate universe Reed and Sue...and Doom. This is a book with big, crazy ideas, and it a lot of fun to read. And, Jim Cheung returns to do the art, and remind everyone he is one the best artists in the industry. It's a great looking book.

Marvel Two-In-One #6

By: Chip Zdarsky, Jim Cheung
Released: May 30, 2018

THE FATE OF THE FOUR - REVEALED AT LAST!
A mad final gambit against the death of a universe! Ben and Johnny join forces with familiar friends, but will DOOM ruin everything? THE FATE OF THE FOUR will be determined here!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #1 Jul 11, 2018
8.5

This is a really fun launch to the new "Amazing Spider-Man," the first time in a long time we've gotten a new creative team on the book, with Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley taking over. It was a good read, pretty funny and entertaining. It also has that trademark Parker luck working its best to bring Spider down, but by the time the main story ends, I'm pretty sure things aren't looking too bad for more

Amazing Spider-Man #1

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jul 11, 2018

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is...Spider-Man?! But that's far from all you'll find here -  a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker's job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that's not enough, you'll see a new roommate, new love interests - and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Immortal Hulk #2 Jul 11, 2018
9.0

Wow, this issue is pretty great! I am loving this iteration of a Hulk book--it's really a lot different than any Hulk I remember reading. The horror vibe that Ewing and Bennett create is really working for me. I also love the way the issue came full circle from Bruce's initial thoughts on how his senses, the basic things that are so powerful, are the way he can basically find some meaning in life. more

Immortal Hulk #2

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 4, 2018

A random small-town tragedy. A mystery illness that spreads with grief. A green glow on a lonely mountain. Three puzzle pieces that fit together to make a nightmare. And the only mind on Earth than can connect them up...belongs to the Immortal Hulk.
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Catwoman #1 Jul 11, 2018
8.5

I enjoyed "Catwoman" #1 quite a bit. Joelle Jones' art is absolutely gorgeous--her backgrounds, her facial expressions, the movement in her panels--she's one of the best in comics. The story worked for me as well--Jones only addresses the wedding in subtle ways through the story, not giving us explicit explanation of why she did what she did, so that the plot with the Catwoman imposters and the he more

Catwoman #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: Jul 4, 2018

The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham's most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn't have enough ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #3 Jul 10, 2018
6.5

I'm not really into this series, or this team, so far. The story seems surprisingly flat from Aaron, who doesn't seem to have the handle on making each character of the team stand out. I guess I am also tired of these team books with enormous stakes all the time, especially since we're coming off a 16 issue space extravaganza. I liked that book more than this one. One other thing that irked me is more

Avengers #3

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jun 20, 2018

THE FINAL HOST PART 3 FROM JASON AARON AND ED MCGUINNESS!
Fate has once again brought together Earth's Mightiest Heroes to face their greatest challenge yet. But with Captain America now taken prisoner by Loki, what hope do these new Avengers have to defeat the Final Host of Dark Celestials? And what startling secrets are still left to be uncov...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Venom #3 Jul 7, 2018
8.5

This is a really good issue, and it features some awesome Ryan Stegman art. His splash page a couple of pages in with Venom standing over a beaten Miles Morales is scary and awesome. I really liked the way that conflict plays out. The guy at the end, the Lord of the Symbiotes, I'm not sure about, but this is definitely an interesting read.

Venom #3

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Jun 27, 2018

• Still recovering from his injuries, Eddie Brock - the Wicked Web-Slinger known as VENOM - has to defend NYC against the most powerful foe he's ever faced!
•  The only thing standing in his way? Miles Morales...SPIDER-MAN!
•  Though Eddie and the symbiote have no qualms with this particular web-slin...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 Jul 5, 2018
8.5

I read this and gave it a pretty harsh 6.5 review, but I read it again a few days later, took more time with it, and I kind of think my first review was way off. I did really enjoy this the second time I read it (the first time I read it digitally, because my copy hadn't come in the mail yet). I liked the introduction, showing the history of the character without heavy exposition, and I like the f more

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

By: Donny Cates, Dylan Burnett
Released: Jul 4, 2018

EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF THANOS!
Frank Castle was the Punisher. A deal with the devil made him Ghost Rider. A deal with Galactus made him cosmic. A deal with Thanos made him...DEAD?!? Not to worry, he's coming back, and he's got a plan to make the universe a better place that's going to lead him into an even CRAZIER adventure than he's ever ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #50 Jul 5, 2018
8.0

Wow, this issue is receiving a violent reaction from the fans here...I thought it was pretty good. First--yeah, it's a bit of a sham that the wedding doesn't even happen. Yeah, it was a bit of a letdown, and the idea that Catwoman steps away because Batman needs his misery to be who he is kind of shitty. But maybe that's true? Anyway, the art was absolutely great, with several pages that could be more

Batman #50

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 4, 2018

It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbea...

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Superheroes for Hire - Jul 5, 2018

I love the deep and complex look at what it means to be a hero. It's what I've always loved about the Peter Parker back story. He misses out on a lot of the easy parts in life, so that he can save people and stop bad guys.

Talon1load - Jul 6, 2018

It’s lazy. Heroes can be happy and married and still be heroes. This was just lazy writing.

Spock's Brain reviewed Man of Steel #4 Jul 4, 2018
6.5

This isn't bad, but it isn't very interesting either. "Man of Steel" is kind of falling flat for me. The villain (Rogor Zaar) is kind of a dud, and, despite Bendis' arrival, there doesn't seem to be much of a point for this series. It's like just another Superman story, not something really warranting a mini-series delivered weekly. It's pretty flat.

Man of Steel #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire
Released: Jun 20, 2018

Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude-and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?

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8.5

The main story here is just great--this isn't a mere collection of random stories that have been collecting dust at Marvel offices, but a funny and poignant story exploring Peter and J Jonah Jameson's relationship, past and present. Chip Zdarsky's decision to have Peter reveal his identity to Jonah has really invigorated the character of JJJ, in my opinion. For a guy that is way too easy to portra more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mike Allred
Released: Jun 20, 2018

• J. JONAH JAMESON is armed with one of the world's greatest secrets: the identity of SPIDER-MAN!
•  Now SPIDEY has to suffer the consequences as JONAH infiltrates his life!
•  But JONAH's past threatens to unravel everything as he fights for his life against ... THE JONAH SLAYER!
• &n...

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Spock's Brain added Cosmic Ghost Rider to their pull list Jul 4, 2018

Cosmic Ghost Rider

EXPLODING FROM THE PAGES OF THANOS!
Frank Castle was the Punisher. A deal with the devil made him Ghost Rider. A deal with Galactus made him cosmic. A deal with Thanos made him...DEAD?!? Not to worry, he's coming back, and he's got a plan to make the universe a better place that's going to lead him into an even CRAZIER adventure than he's ever ...

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Spock's Brain added Immortal Hulk to their pull list Jul 4, 2018

Immortal Hulk

HORROR HAS A NAME.
You'd never notice the man. He doesn't like to be noticed. He's quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he'd do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man's name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain added Captain America (2018) to their pull list Jul 4, 2018

Captain America (2018)

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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Spock's Brain added Catwoman (2018) to their pull list Jul 4, 2018

Catwoman (2018)

The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham's most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn't have enough ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 Jul 3, 2018
7.0

This is alright. I dunno. I'm going to keep reading it, but nothing in this first issue was really captivating. The music thing was sort of dumb. I'm gonna stay on, but this book is kind of on a short leash.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #1

By: Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jun 20, 2018

TAKE FLIGHT WITH DAN SLOTT & VALERIO SCHITI!
From the cusp of tomorrow's dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure!
You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man.
And Iron Man...is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit!
Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDE...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Stellar #1 Jul 3, 2018
6.5

This is alright I guess...I'm not even sure why I added this to my pull list...I think because I recognized Bret Blevins name from X-Men books in the 90s. It's just not really noteworthy. I read it about an hour ago and I already kind of forget what happened...I think I'm out

Stellar #1

By: Joseph Keatinge, Bret Blevins
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Stellar was taken as a child and transformed into the ultimate weapon, one that would end an intergalactic war. She succeeded...at everything except finding peace. Reduced to a bounty hunter, she scours the worlds she's broken, searching for redemption. But there are other weapons loose in the galaxy, who just can't leave the war behind them. JOSEP...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Thor #1 Jul 3, 2018
8.5

This is a really good launch to the new "Thor" series, a big issue with two cool stories. The first is a continuation of what has been going on in the book with Jane/Thor, and it has fun moments in the fight with the Juggernaut and Thor facing the Sub-Mariner, even is the latter is only one page. I liked Del Mundo's art...I am familiar with him from "Weirdworld," and the 12 issue "Elektra" series more

Thor #1

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Jun 13, 2018

JASON AARON & MIKE DEL MUNDO TAKE THE PRINCE OF ASGARD IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION!
Thor Odinson has regained his mantle - and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Multiple Man #1 Jul 1, 2018
9.0

Well, I didn't know what to think of this, wasn't going to read it, but then decided to at the last minute, and...it's nuts! In the best possible way, this is a pretty crazy comic. This is almost the first time that I've felt the same aesthetic as Matt Rosenberg's indie work ("4 Kids Walk in to a Bank") in his Marvel stuff, and it was because this is a pretty fun and funny comic book. The crazines more

Multiple Man #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Andy MacDonald
Released: Jun 27, 2018

MATTHEW ROSENBERG & ANDY MACDONALD BRING MULTIPLE MAN BACK FROM THE DEAD...SORT OF...MAYBE?
A handful of people's favorite X-Man - Jamie Madrox - was alive for a while. Then he was dead. Now he's not. But he will be again if he doesn't kill himself trying to make sure he doesn't die. It makes sense when you read it. Trust us. In his fight to no...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Moonshine #10 Jun 30, 2018
6.5

This is a terribly paced, plodding storyline, and I am not even sure what's going on because it seems Azzarello is giving us plot scraps rather than anything coherent. The issue ended well, but I'm still lost. I loved "100 Bullets," but this series has been seriously underwhelming. Rizzo's art is great, but I have taken to think of reading this as a chore when I see it in my pile, which can't be g more

Moonshine #10

By: Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso
Released: May 16, 2018

"MISERY TRAIN," Part Four
Lou Pirlo seems to have survived his brush with death...or maybe werewolves just CAN'T die...but the fellow convicts on Lou's chain gang probably won't be so lucky.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Ether: Copper Golems #1 Jun 30, 2018
5.5

Liked the first "Ether," but this bored me. Didn't like this elf sidekick. Didn't want to finish it. Dropped.

Ether: Copper Golems #1

By: Matt Kindt, David Rubin
Released: May 16, 2018

From New York Times bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer's David Rubín comes this fantasy adventure about a science-minded hero intent on keeping the balance between Earth and a magic world! Portals between Earth and the Ether begin to crack open unleashing devastating magical fury on our planet and only adventurer Boone Dias ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Magic Order #1 Jun 30, 2018
8.0

I'm not a magic guy, I've never read a Harry Potter book or watched a Harry Potter movie, but this enticed me due to the creative team. And it was pretty cool! The opening is devastating and awesome. Magic is employed in an interesting way. And the Olivier Coipel art looked great. I'll keep reading this.

The Magic Order #1

By: Mark Millar, Olivier Coipel
Released: Jun 13, 2018

We live in a world where we've never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in THE MAGIC ORDER, as five families of magicians-sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who's picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-work...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Royal City #11 Jun 30, 2018
9.0

This is a really powerful issue of "Royal City." It is captivating from the start--I was absolutely fixated on the book the whole way through. It's a credit to Lemire that I feel I know these characters enough, after only 11 issues, that the plot twists really hit home--I care about these characters. It is kind of a downer that this series will end with issue #14, but it looks like Lemire is trend more

Royal City #11

By: Jeff Lemire
Released: May 30, 2018

"WE ALL FLOAT ON," Part One
A brand-new storyline of JEFF LEMIRE's acclaimed series kicks off as the Pike family rallies around their newest surprise member, but Richie sets off on a dark path that can only end in tragedy.

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Weatherman #1 Jun 30, 2018
7.0

I'm kind of torn on "The Weatherman." I wasn't really liking it, and I was kind of feeling that it was boring, and kind of decided to just flip through the rest of it. But when I saw what happened, I was like "Oh shit, I better read this!" The premise is sort of interesting, but the mystery of what happened didn't really even play that big a part here. Halfway through the book I decided I was goin more

The Weatherman #1

By: Jody LeHeup, Nathan Fox
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Nathan Bright had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he's accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history-an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth-Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #5 Jun 30, 2018
8.5

With this story and what he's been doing lately in "Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man," Chip Zdarsky is on a real multi-universe crossing trip--here Ben and Johnny find Reed and Sue, but it's a broken Reed who has failed to save a universe on the brink of extinction. Victor Von Doom is also on the scene, both as reluctant teammate to this sort-of FF, and as the destroyer himself, Doom as Ga more

Marvel Two-In-One #5

By: Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  FATE OF THE FOUR Part 5
•  The Multiverse itself is on the brink of destruction! Ben and Johnny rise up to and stop the ultimate threat of two of their greatest foes!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #49 Jun 28, 2018
7.0

I get what King is going for here, with each page of Catwoman and the Joker lying in a pile of rubble, bleeding out, talking to each other treated as a separate segment--but what it lacks is the power of a real conversation, and one could argue that the Joker could never present a coherent argument, but it still seems sorta...gimmicky. And lacking real substance, and reading between the lines, the more

Batman #49

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jun 20, 2018

"THE BEST MAN" part two! Now it's up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It's the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue-and the biggest union in comics!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kick-Ass #5 Jun 28, 2018
8.0

I liked this issue. Tense and interesting throughout. I thought this Solo dude made an interesting nemesis. He's kind of a cliche, but it's well played. JRJR's pencils were strong. Nothing too deep going on here, but a fun read.

Kick-Ass #5

By: Mark Millar, John RomitaJr
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Patience is sucked deeper into the criminal underworld. Faced with a new horde of enemies, she must fight to keep her superhero activity and her identity safe. But what happens when the bad guys work out who's wearing the mask? The violence cuts way too close to home in the latest installment of MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA JR.'s incredible KICK-ASS...

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8.0

Good issue of “Black Hammer: Age of Doom” in which we see some of the subplots that have been ambling along pick up momentum. Dean Ormston’s art is great here, with one really cool visual nod, and a creepily exciting final page.

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #3

By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston
Released: Jun 20, 2018

The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns with lots of revelations!

Lucy Weber, a.k.a. Black Hammer, continues her journey in Dreamland back to the farm, leading to a confrontation with the mysterious Bereaver. At the same time, both Abe and Barbie give one last shot at salvaging their love lives.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Descender #30 Jun 27, 2018
8.5

"Descender" is approaching its end, and this issue is a powerful lead-up to that moment. The action was fast paced and interesting throughout the issue, and the Dustin Nguyen art was beautifully done as always, but the reunion between Tim-21 and Andy was so well done, it was a great payoff for people like me who've been with this all the way. Again, Nyuyen renders this two-page reunion masterfully more

Descender #30

By: Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Released: May 30, 2018

"THE END OF THE UNIVERSE," Part Two
Is this really the end? Tim-21 is delivered to the enemy and betrayed by one of his closest allies. But nothing can prepare the universe for what comes next as King S'Lok returns and does the unthinkable. Meanwhile, Queen Between and Andy face a betrayal of their own, with Bandit hanging in the balance.

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Spock's Brain reviewed East of West #37 Jun 27, 2018
8.5

I've read "East of West" since issue #1, and it's continuing quality is still remarkable. That said, there have been 37 issues over that last five years, so sometimes certain elements of the plot escape me from issue to issue. But this one was a slow burner, a suspenseful prelude to a whole lot of bloodshed. Anyone who reads this series regularly knows that certain issues are going to emphasize mo more

East of West #37

By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta
Released: May 2, 2018

"ALIGNMENT OF THE STARS"
When one bad choice leads to another and another.

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