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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #3 Aug 9, 2018
8.0

This one didn't get me as much as the first two issues, but it was still a lot of fun. It's kind of heavy on exposition, but Ryan Ottley makes it interesting regardless. The idea of a separate Peter Parker and Spider-Man isn't exactly original (Is that other Clark Kent still running around in Superman comics?), it's done in an interesting way. I just hope that this is a story that wraps up in anot more

Amazing Spider-Man #3

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Aug 8, 2018

PETER PARKER VS. SPIDER-MAN?!
PETER PARKER & SPIDER-MAN IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME?!
•  Things are crazy for Spider-Man. His personal life in turmoil, the giant TRI-SENTINEL returning to attack NYC...
•  ...and someone is out there impersonating Peter Parker!
•  Is it the Chamele...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Avengers #4 Aug 8, 2018
8.0

I kind of came into this issue thinking this series has been kind of a disappointment so far, but I ended up really enjoying this one. I still don't know when Jen Walters turned into a traditional Banner-type Hulk, but it's not really annoying me any more--the moment she breathes/kisses life into Thor was cool. I just was pretty captivated from the start to the finish. The art was pretty solid--I more

Avengers #4

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jul 4, 2018

How do the Avengers possibly defeat a crew of 2,000-foot-tall, nearly omnipotent Dark Celestials bent on annihilating the human race? While Thor and Hulk search for answers deep within the bowels of Old Asgard, we learn more about the untold history of Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Captain America #704 Aug 8, 2018
8.0

I see that this arc is getting little love from fans or critics, but I enjoyed this kind of "Elseworlds" story. I was captivated by pretty much the whole arc, and this issue is a fittingly good ending. Leonardo Romero's art is a good fit for this story, and while it may not "matter" because there's no Steve Rogers, how much do most individual issues or plotlines of a comic series matter anyway? I more

Captain America #704

By: Mark Waid, Leonardo Romero
Released: Jun 20, 2018

PROMISED LAND Part 4
Every man, woman and child has heard the legend: In America's time of greatest need, its greatest champion will rise again! Will his arrival be enough to reset the course of history?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Bone Parish #1 Aug 7, 2018
8.5

I wasn't sure what to think about halfway through this book, but by the end I was, "Okay, that's pretty awesome." I'm a fan of Cullen Bunn's work, from his old Magneto series a few years ago to "Harrow County," which has just concluded. It's an interesting concept, the ending is super cool, and the art is top notch. I've never heard of Mustafa Karusu, but this comic looks great. I'm excited for th more

Bone Parish #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Jonas Scharf
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Cullen Bunn (Empty Man, The Unsound) returns to BOOM! Studios with a chilling necromantic horror story! A new drug is sweeping through the streets of New Orleans.one made from the ashes of the dead. Wars are being fought over who will control the supply, while the demand only rises. While the crime families wage war, users begin to experience terri...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Paper Girls #22 Aug 5, 2018
8.0

"Paper Girls" always is an entertaining read, and this issue is no different. This series is pretty fucking weird, but i am really invested the characters and their relationships with each other. Also, Cliff Chiang is just awesome. I fell in love with his work on "Wonder Woman" with Brian Azzarello, and he's just producing fantastic art every time. Read this.

Paper Girls #22

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang
Released: Jul 4, 2018

The future has always been terrifying.

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Walking Dead #181 Aug 5, 2018
7.0

This is, well, a pretty dull issue. It doesn't really feel like there are real stakes with these zombies anymore...I'm not feeling the threat. Anyway, nothing much happens here.

The Walking Dead #181

By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Released: Jul 4, 2018

Rick leads the Commonwealth's Governor, Pamela Milton, on a tour of the various communities Alexandria is aligned with. Naturally, terrible things begin to happen very quickly.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Hit-Girl #5 Aug 2, 2018
8.5

This book was pretty fun and enjoyable. It's not really bringing anything new to the table, but it is a cool story to read. I was delighted to see Eduardo Risso on pencils, as he's easily one of the best artists in the industry. And I'm Canadian and this is taking place in Canada, so, yeah! Fun book.

Hit-Girl #5

By: Jeff Lemire, Eduardo Risso
Released: Jun 20, 2018

NEW STORY ARC!

Leaving behind her Colombian bloodbath, Mindy is locked, loaded, and ready to seriously mess up some Canadians. JEFF LEMIRE and EDUARDO RISSO take on MARK MILLAR's psychotic 12-year-old Hit-Girl for the next stop in her blood-soaked world tour. No amount of ice or snow will prevent Mindy from slaughtering her latest enemies....

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Spock's Brain reviewed Descender #31 Aug 1, 2018
7.5

I've been with "Descender" since #1, and now it has reached its penultimate issue. The stakes are really high...apocalyptic, really. Things are coming to a head and humanity is on the brink of being eliminated. The art, as it has been from the series' inception, is fantastic. I've enjoyed these characters, and am excited to see how things wrap up next issue.

Descender #31

By: Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Released: Jun 27, 2018

"THE END OF THE UNIVERSE," Part Three-Tim-21 meets his makers...literally. The Descenders are here, and only Tim can save the universe from their apocalyptic judgement. But from out of the far reaches of the universe, the Gnishian king may be the wildcard that no one saw coming. The penultimate issue of DESCENDER is filled with shocks, twists, and ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Deadly Class #35 Aug 1, 2018
9.0

This is a pretty awesome issue of "Deadly Class," fast paced, action-packed, but also containing great character moments. The Wes Craig art is perfect for this series, and he does his usual great job again here. This is one of my favourite series, one I am always excited to read.

Deadly Class #35

By: Rick Remender, Wesley Craig
Released: Jun 20, 2018

END OF STORY ARC!

"LOVE LIKE BLOOD," Part Four (of Four)-Shabnam's rule over Kings Dominion is in danger, as his schemes hang in the balance because of the bloodbath Marcus and his friends are causing in Mexico. The extra sized shocking conclusion to LOVE LIKE BLOOD...but like a bullet in the back, you'll never see the end coming. Extra st...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Flavor #2 Aug 1, 2018
6.5

I dunno. For all that was going on, I was bored and struggled to finish the issue. I don't think this book is necessarily bad, I just think it's not for me.

Flavor #2

By: Joseph Keatinge, Wook Jin Clark
Released: Jun 20, 2018

The second chapter of Image's culinary-fantasy epic sees its head chef descending into the underworld for help when society fails her. PLUS!: Every issue includes exclusive bonus materials by the creative team and famed author of Ingredient: Unveiling the Essential Elements of Food, ALI BOUZARI!

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9.0

This issue was super fun and interesting to read. I loved the Counsel of Reeds and the conversation Reed has with Victor, and the Victor vs. Victor battle was cool as well. Chip Zdarsky has done a great job writing a secret "Fantastic Four" book with "Marvel Two-in-One," and this is one of the most entertaining series I'm currently reading. And the Declan Shalvey art is just...fantastic! Great stu more

Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Declan Shalvey
Released: Jun 13, 2018

THE THING AND THE INFAMOUS IRON MAN - UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF SECRET WARS!
There is but one place in the Multiverse where VICTOR VON DOOM holds no sway. A spot where even DOOM can be judged and tamed. A place that houses...THE COUNCIL OF REEDS. Can Doom escape with his life in order to save BEN & JOHNNY?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #54 Jul 31, 2018
10

Holy fuck! This is a powerful, emotional issue of "Saga," taking the story in a direction I did not anticipate. Fiona Staples work here is amongst her best ever, a sequential masterpiece--a lot of this book takes place without dialogue or captions, and it totally works and flows and is dynamic and powerful. Staples character "acting" is so great too--the facial expressions she captures are so powe more

Saga #54

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

END OF STORY ARC!

The explosive "season finale" to SAGA's most shocking storyline yet.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Harrow County #32 Jul 31, 2018
8.5

This is a strong conclusion to what I think has been a really great series...I love the world and the characters of this book, and things come to a fittingly epic conclusion here. Credit to Bunn and Tyler Crook for creating this compelling little county of haints and ghouls and a dark, dark history. I'll miss reading this!

Harrow County #32

By: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
Released: Jun 27, 2018

This is it! The final issue of Harrow County! Emmy, with the help of Bernice and the Abandoned, takes on Hester Beck in a war of magic as the hit series comes to a final conclusion.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #53 Jul 30, 2018
8.5

This is a quick paced, exciting issue, with a cliffhanger ending I did not see coming. The art is beautiful, the writing has us fully invested in these characters...great book.

Saga #53

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Jun 27, 2018

Uh-oh.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #2 Jul 30, 2018
8.5

This is a fun and interesting comic book--I'm enjoying Nick Spencer's tone and voice on this and the Ryan Ottley art is pretty great. I'm liking the fact that Pete and MJ are together and the whole back to school thing. This has become one of my favourite reads.

Amazing Spider-Man #2

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jul 25, 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 Infinity Countdown #4 Jul 29, 2018
7.0

This was an average comic book, with inconsistent art and a kind of meandering plot. I was surprised about the reveal at the end, which was cool and will have me back for the next issue. So there you go.

Infinity Countdown #4

By: Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder
Released: Jun 6, 2018

Ultron has long wished to take over all there is and replace it with only Ultron...but now armed with an Infinity Stone, he has never been closer to his goal. With the Guardians falling apart, who can step forward to stop the singularity from overwhelming everything?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astonishing X-Men #12 Jul 29, 2018
6.5

I've more or less enjoyed this series, even after dropping "Blue" and "Gold," and have been excited about the return of Xavier. But instead of Xavier, we have his new incarnation as "X," who is ... meh. I dunno. I want OG Xavier. The art was pretty solid. Lots of splash pages conceal the lack of story, though. Not great. I guess I'll try the new direction the book takes next issue, but this book i more

Astonishing X-Men #12

By: Charles Soule, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Jun 6, 2018

THE FINAL SHOWDOWN FOR...A MAN CALLED X!
•  It's XAVIER and PSYLOCKE versus PROTEUS!
•  In a battle for reality itself, which of these super-powered psychics will win?
•  And when the dust settles, what's next for the Astonishing X-men?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Immortal Hulk #3 Jul 29, 2018
8.0

This issue of "Immortal Hulk" is a bit different than the last two...it features a cast of rotating artists, which I found slightly jarring, though I can't say I disliked any particular section. There was just some art that, stylistically, I didn't envision seeing in a Marvel comic book. The artist for the bartender section has a real indie feel. It certainly isn't bad, but it was unexpected, and more

Immortal Hulk #3

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 18, 2018

What happened in the church on Mercer Avenue? What made the Lembert boy do what he did? Who is the One Below All? Reporter Jackie McGee has four eyewitnesses, with four different viewpoints, telling four different stories. But they all saw Bruce Banner...and the Immortal Hulk.
Rated T+

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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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