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Spock's Brain reviewed Seven to Eternity #9 Dec 12, 2017
9.0

This might have been my favourite issue yet of "Seven to Eternity." Jerome Opena returns to art after taking the last couple of issues off, and this is just a sight to behold--Opena's work is absolutely stunning. The story took a cool turn as well and hooked me, in a series where I have sometimes struggled to stay connected to. It feels like everything is coming together in a really exciting way h more

Seven to Eternity #9

By: Rick Remender, Jerome Opena
Released: Sep 6, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
Did Adam Osidis set out to save the world from the terror of the Mud King, or to save himself?
  
Don't miss the chilling finale to the second chapter of RICK REMENDER & JEROME OPEÑA's fantasy epic.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman Annual #2 Dec 6, 2017
8.5

This is a really nice love story between Batman and Catwoman, tracing their relationship from its beginning to its end. Lee Weeks does a really spectacular job here, with Michael Lark also providing great pages. Batman is in the midst of a super strong run under Tom King...who'd of thought an annual, after reading so many throwaway annuals and specials, would be so good?

Batman Annual #2

By: Tom King, Lee Weeks
Released: Nov 29, 2017

Travel back in time with us to see the early days of the Bat and the Cat. What was Bruce and Selina's first date? How did this rivalry blossom into romance, and then go right back to being a rivalry again? Tom King reteams with his BATMAN/ELMER FUDD collaborator Lee Weeks to show us a little young love with capes and cowls. And a little crimefighti...

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9.0

I had a lot of fun with "Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man" #7. I really enjoyed the action scene with Pete under assault without any spider toys to help him. I haven't been wowed by Kubert's art so far in this series, but he kills it in this sequence. I didn't like the first arc much at all, but the last two issues are moving this series into a zone I like...important events are happening more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #297

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Nov 15, 2017

MOST WANTED Part 1
Peter Parker is back in the friendly neighborhood, but he's persona non grata as far as the NYPD is concerned! It's the ol' switcheroo as we here at the House of Ideas ask that classic question - PETER PARKER: THREAT OR MENACE?!
PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Redneck #7 Dec 3, 2017
8.5

The second arc of "Redneck" begins with style in this issue, as we spend time seeing the Bowmans adjusting to life on the run; the issue has a moody and claustrophobic atmosphere, building up to a stunning ending.

Redneck #7

By: Donny Cates, Lisandro Estherren
Released: Nov 22, 2017

"THE EYES UPON YOU" kicks off with the Bowmans lying low from the law with a new member of the family in tow. But there are rules to being a vampire...and when the rules are broken, the family will surely suffer...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astonishing X-Men #5 Dec 2, 2017
9.0

I was a little surprised, but I totally loved this issue. It was great to read a Professor Xavier-centric story again. I also really enjoyed Ramon Rosanas' art here, especially the kind of minimalist linework; I'd love to see more of him. I enjoyed this more than any other X-Men issue lately. Great read.

Astonishing X-Men #5

By: Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Nov 1, 2017

THE LIFE OF X CONTINUES!
•  The SHADOW KING and CHARLES XAVIER continue their twisted game in the ASTRAL PLANE, competing for the very lives of GAMBIT, ROGUE, OLD MAN LOGAN, FANTOMEX and MYSTIQUE.
•  And back in the real world, this game is leaving lasting repercussions as PSYLOCKE, BISHOP and ANGEL attempt to defend LONDON from Sha...

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Spock's Brain reviewed East of West #35 Dec 2, 2017
8.5

This is a really good issue of "East of West," focusing on Death and his son, Babylon. If someone had told me that an issue of this series would feature an extended father/son fishing scene, I would not have believed it, but there you go. The family moments are bookended by a really awesome opening and a really awesome ending, with great Nick Dragotta art throughout. It's a testament to Dragotta a more

East of West #35

By: Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"THINGS FATHERS DO WITH THEIR SONS"-We catch up with Death and Babylon.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #35 Nov 29, 2017
8.5

"The Rules of Engagement" finishes off in nice fashion, even if I think I liked the previous two issues of the arc a bit more than this one. Joelle Jones continues to excel on art here (I can't wait to see her next DC project) and the story is pretty fun, more dialogue and an extended fight scene. It stretches credulity a bit that Catwoman would be able to dispatch Nadia in sword work, but there a more

Batman #35

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"Dream of Me" part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he's going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman's true intentions will be exposed.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #791 Nov 29, 2017
8.5

"The Fall of Parker" ends on an upbeat note, as things actually seem to be going okay for Pete, despite circumstances. He and Bobby are a fun team (even if their banter was on the edge of being too much for me), and its nice to see Pete happy in a way he didn't seem to be in the weird Tony Stark/Parker era. Plus, Stuart Immonen is awesome, so this continues to be one of my favourite titles of late more

Amazing Spider-Man #791

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Nov 15, 2017

THE FALL OF PARKER Part 3
•  SPIDER-MAN & MOCKINGBIRD, flying in the air, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
•  The romance is blooming, but the Fall of Parker is at hand!
•  Can down on his luck Peter Parker escape this latest conflict with his new relationship in one piece?
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Black Science #33 Nov 29, 2017
9.0

This issue is excellent, which is no surprise, since every issue of "Black Science" is excellent. This is action-packed, but not at the expense of character development or dialogue, which Remender does in his sleep. This is an emotional issue as well as one of the cast doesn't make it out alive, and the stakes are generally raised across the board. Powerfully drawn by Matteo Scalera. As always. So more

Black Science #33

By: Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"EXTINCTION IS THE RULE," Part Three
With the world breaking around them, the Dimensionauts struggle to save what's left to save. But Grant has a score to settle first, and this time he'll make sure he finishes the job!

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7.0

I liked this issue better than the last, as the story was quickly paced and interesting. I found the art to be uneven, though; I like some of To's images, like the splash of Ant Man, but in most panels the figures are small, the background emphasized. The art was so good during the "All-New Guardians of the Galaxy," this is a pretty big comedown for me. I'm kind of on the fence on this series.

Guardians of the Galaxy #147

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Nov 15, 2017

THE INFINITY QUEST Part 2
THE GUARDIANS' HUNT FOR THE INFINITY STONES BEGINS! Their first stop? Joining up with the Nova Corps, of course! Join the Guardians as they all take up golden helmets in the quest to keep the universe safe! Nuff said!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Punisher #218 Nov 28, 2017
8.0

This was a really solid issue that opens with a pretty cool action scene, leading to a pretty viable premise for Frank to get the War Machine armour. The art is alright, and the cover by Clayton Crain. I'm up for this if it lasts for an arc or something as opposed to being the new normal, but I liked it and am on board next issue.

Punisher #218

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova
Released: Nov 15, 2017

FRANK CASTLE: WAR MACHINE  Part 1
For years, Frank Castle has been fighting a one-man war against criminals who endanger the innocent, but when a certain one-eyed operative offers him the tools to take his fight global...how could he say no? Find out how Frank found his way into the WAR MACHINE Armor! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGE...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Royal City #7 Nov 20, 2017
8.0

Not much actually happens here, but this issue does a good job establishing a melancholy mood, coming from our knowledge of Tommy's destiny.

Royal City #7

By: Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire
Released: Nov 8, 2017

"SONIC YOUTH," Part Two
The last days of Tommy Pike begin to unfold as Tommy learns some startling news about himself. Meanwhile, the origins of Pete Pike's obsession with vintage radios and their connection to Tommy is revealed.
Each issue in this arc will feature a special variant cover paying homage to some of the best indie rock albums ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #23 Nov 18, 2017
7.5

Not the greatest issue, but things are bound to be weird between these two after "Secret Empire". I picked this series up after a few months off because of the Chris Bachalo art, which made this worth its while. Looks really great and was a solid bit of fun so I'll stay on board.

Spider-Man/Deadpool #23

By: Robbie Thompson, Chris Bachalo
Released: Nov 8, 2017

SPIDER-MAN VERSUS DEADPOOL  Part 1
When Spider-Man learns that Deadpool is selling SHIELD tech on the black market it's the last straw. Bromance? OVER. It's time to hunt Deadpool! The two biggest characters in comics are facing off and it's going to take them all over the Marvel Universe, no holds barred. As you can see from this cover, Deadp...

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Walking Dead #173 Nov 14, 2017
8.0

"The Walking Dead" keeps moving with a pretty exciting issue. I've missed the last couple, so this is the first time I've seen the new cool-chick character, who more than anything reminds me of Poochie from "The Simpsons." So, yeah.

The Walking Dead #173

By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Released: Nov 1, 2017

"FINAL FIGHT"
Jesus is confronted on the road...

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6.0

Sorry. I was bored. i went from reading to skimming half way through. I loved the "All-New, All-Different Guardians of the Galaxy," but, this didn't really work for me.

Guardians of the Galaxy #146

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Nov 1, 2017

THE INFINITY QUEST Part 1
THE GUARDIANS' HUNT FOR THE INFINITY STONES BEGINS! Their first stop? Joining up with the Nova Corps, of course! Join the Guardians as they all take up golden helmets in the quest to keep the universe safe! Nuff said! PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #34 Nov 13, 2017
10

Well, that was pretty fucking awesome. Opening the book to see the side-by-side splash pages, Batman and Catwoman back to back in front of a hoard of swordsmen, I was in awe. Joelle Jones is so talented, and here, in some panels, she seems to go for fewer lines, with more thick lines, a bit more cartoony, as evidenced in the double-page spread of Bat/Cat following the 2 splashes. I enjoyed the sma more

Batman #34

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Nov 1, 2017

"Rules Of Engagement" part two! Batman is on a quest in the desert, far from his Gotham City home. His friends and allies think he's gone crazy, and his mission puts him far outside the law. Waiting for him at the center of the chaos is an old enemy... and plenty of old demons.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman: White Knight #2 Nov 13, 2017
9.0

This is a pretty fun, wild series by Sean Murphy ("Punk Rock Jesus"), and it's differentness is working for me right now. Once we get past a punishing opening of exposition, things pick up fast. Harley Quinn kind of steals the issue, as we get a meta look at two Harleys. Murphy's art is great. That cover is spectacular. I am more into "Batman: White Knight" than I am "Metal" right now.

Batman: White Knight #2

By: Sean Murphy, Sean Murphy
Released: Nov 1, 2017

Public support for Batman dwindles and Gotham City's 99 percent rally around ex-Joker Jack Napier's crusade to expose decades of corruption within the GCPD. A proposition inspires new revelations about Harley and The Joker's past; and as Jack transforms into a hero of the middle class and takes extreme measures to mobilize a revolutionary army of s...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Captain America #695 Nov 10, 2017
8.5

This issue is a nice, if not a bit saccharine, look at Cap returning to a town he saved long ago to find some love he has lost in recent times. The story is a bit slight, so Chris Samnee's art really shines as the star here--his art style here is pretty minimalist and pretty great. I feel a bit, however, like this isn't really something I want for 6 issues--a drawn-out apology for "Secret Empire"- more

Captain America #695

By: Mark Waid, Chris Samnee
Released: Nov 1, 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 Deadman #1 Nov 9, 2017
6.0

Well, I do not know what the fuck that was, but i am perplexed by "Deadman" #1. The art is as-advertised Neal Adams, but the plot was incomprehensible. That being said, I'll be back for issue #2. It is Neal Adams, after all. Note: I've adjusted my score from 5.0 to 6.0 (after about a week) because the more I think about it, the more I am actually looking forward to the next issue, as much of a mes more

Deadman #1

By: Neal Adams, Neal Adams
Released: Nov 1, 2017

"Journey into Death" part one! When we last left Deadman, the true story had barely begun! Deadman's death was unsolved, and his fate was intertwined with that of his parents and siblings. Even the Dark Night Detective couldn't solve the mysteries of Boston Brand's fantastic secrets! Now, Batman is back, confronting Deadman about who was really beh...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Batman #33 Nov 8, 2017
9.5

We're back in proper time after "The War of Jokes and Riddles," and this issue is an exciting kick off to the new arc. I'm a bit of a sucker for the idea of Batman and Catwoman being together, and I enjoyed their chemistry in this issue. It has funny moments in the Bat/Cat team-up as well as with Alfred and the Robins. Joelle Jones draws this issue, and she absolutely floored me. She shined on "La more

Batman #33

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Oct 18, 2017

"A DREAM OF ME" part 1! Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family-each disturbed by Batman's journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman's stubborn determination to evolve into somethin...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #21 Nov 5, 2017
9.0

This is a fun and exciting issue, as Miles is in a bit over his head in Japan. The action here is excellent, and Nico Leon is killer on art...I love the two-page spread after Miles falls through the roof into the room full of Inhuman Ninjas. Tomoe is an interesting adversary for Miles. And the scene with Miles mowing through all these Ninjas as his dad talks about Bruce Lee clearing through oppon more

Spider-Man #21

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Nico Leon
Released: Oct 4, 2017

• Miles Morales has always had difficulty balancing his duties as Spider-Man with his studies at school, but his personal life is starting to suffer now, too!
•  Between Ganke, Goldballs, Bombshell, and his mother and father, Miles is being pulled in a million directions at once...and he's starting to come apart at the seams.
Rated T

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8.5

I picked this up because Deadpool's part in "Secret Empire" was interesting, and I was fascinated by the new direction the book is taking. I kind of liked Deadpool with a heart from the last few years (see #20 for the best example), but, it turns out this is a pretty fun issue. I like the frame as Cable talks with his captor as Deadpool approaches, and the fight at the end is certainly interesting more

Despicable Deadpool #288

By: Gerry Duggan, Scott Koblish
Released: Oct 25, 2017

DEADPOOL KILLS CABLE Part 2
Deadpool's going back to his vile beginnings as a mercenary and wanted killer.  No more being a hero.  No more X-Men.  No more Avengers.  And if he wants to break bad again, what's more despicable than killing your best friend? Cable better get ready because his old friend Wade...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #48 Nov 5, 2017
8.0

This issue seems a bit light, especially after the kind of arc ending's we've gotten lately. It has a nice tale with Ghus and Robot's kid looking for some creature, and their conversation is fairly interesting. Looks great, and has some nice family moments, but a bit slight.

Saga #48

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Oct 25, 2017

END OF STORY ARC
Ghüs and Squire have an adventure.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Silver Surfer #14 Nov 5, 2017
8.5

I feel like issue 13 was perhaps a more fitting ending to the series, and that this issue isn't entirely necessary. That said, it is a very good issue and a good conclusion to one of the greatest series I can remember. Slott and Allred's "Silver Surfer" is unlike anything else that has come from the last few years, so fun and full of intelligence and heart. Dawn Greenwood will always be remembered more

Silver Surfer #14

By: Dan Slott, Mike Allred
Released: Oct 25, 2017

"EVERYWHERE"
•  When the Silver Surfer first told Dawn Greenwood he could take her anywhere and everywhere, he forgot...that everywhere includes the place where journeys end.
•  Please join us for one final trip around the universe.
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Flash #33 Nov 3, 2017
6.0

Yeah, I dunno, I don't wanna hate, but, I didn't really like this...I didn't really dislike it either, I just am not very into it. There's too much going on for me to care about much of it. But Porter's art was pretty good.

Flash #33

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Oct 25, 2017

"BATS OUT OF HELL" part one! After the harrowing events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL #3, the JUSTICE LEAGUE has scattered around the world to find the only artifacts that can fight back against the invasion of the Dark Multiverse. The League thinks they know how to take back their world, but they are not prepared for who is standing in their way. The Seve...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Deadly Class #31 Nov 3, 2017
10

I loved this issue, a big pickup from last issue which kind of tread water. And sure, seeing these kids get all fucked up on drugs is not exactly new, but this issue is exciting as hell as things fly to this arc's conclusion. This issue has a lot going on while still taking time for the dialogue and character building that make this one of the best series in comics. And...Wes Craig absolutely dest more

Deadly Class #31

By: Rick Remender, Wesley Craig
Released: Oct 25, 2017

ARC FINALE!
There's something grand about being lame, and the lame are making moves to haunt all who imagine themselves members of the council of cool kids.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #790 Nov 3, 2017
7.0

I felt this was a pretty so-so issue. The fallout of Parker's collapse continues, but the Clash threat is a minor (and uninteresting) threat, and I've gotten my fill of Spidey/Torch hanging out in "Spectacular Spider-Man," and nothing new is added here. With the exception of the amazing art, a disappointing issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #790

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Oct 25, 2017

THE FALL OF PARKER Part 2
Down on your luck Peter Parker is back, for good or ill. New York has changed, and so has Peter - but entering a new phase of his Spider-Man life isn't easy; neither are new relationships OR new foes. Peter Parker is not the Spider-Man you remember, but why is he taking his fight to THE DAILY BUGLE? And what happened t...

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5.0

This title has largely been a disappointment. I don't care about Peter's sister-or-whatever; the Vulture just smacks of weak villainy here, despite his big screen badassednes; the art is, frankly, average at best; the writing is all over the place, and most important, not really funny. I was expecting much more of Zdarsky, and am on the verge of dropping this. Maybe this will turn into something s more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #5

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Oct 18, 2017

• Spider-Man's newest ally, the Mason, falls prey to the VULTURE!
•  It's a mano a birdo brawl, as Spidey stands between the Vulture and Mason's tech and the secrets of the Marvel Universe.
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Descender #25 Nov 1, 2017
9.0

This is a really strong issue that benefits from seeing Tim-21 imbued with some mysterious new ability to read what is going on all around him--we're set up for a helluva conclusion. The pace of this series has led to some frustrating moments, but it's all paying off here. Once again, Nguyen just gives us a beautiful book. Great stuff.

Descender #25

By: Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Released: Oct 18, 2017

"RISE OF THE ROBOTS," Part Four
The fall's big Descender event continues as Tim 21 enacts a daring escape from the Robot Resistance, but will he make it in time to save Telsa? And Andy and Bandit are betrayed by an unexpected source when they come face to face with the UGC!

Each issue in this arc will have variant covers featuring one ...

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8.5

This is a pretty straight up tale of how Drax turned pacifist, and it's a perfectly fine story. But Greg Smallwood's art elevates this book. His star has been on the rise since his run on "Moon Knight" with Jeff Lemire, and he is one of the finest artists working today. So, good story, great art. Pick this up.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #7

By: Gerry Duggan, Greg Smallwood
Released: Aug 2, 2017

• Drax has long been known as "The Destroyer"...but no more! He has forsaken all violence, and sworn never to again strike another in anger!
•  And now, guest artist Greg Smallwood joins series writer Gerry Duggan to reveal what led our boy down the road of peace!
Rated T+

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