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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Men II #3 Oct 13, 2017
7.0

This series is pretty muddled. After a strong first ish, it hasn't really gone anywhere. This month we get a flashback explaining Miles' father's background, which was pretty entertaining in its own right; it doesn't really seem like it should be the centerpiece to a 5-part story. There's a serious lack of momentum going on, and, as for the central conflict/idea of the story, I don't care so much. more

Spider-Men II #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli
Released: Sep 20, 2017

• Meeting the Miles Morales who was already in the Marvel Universe sets OUR Miles OFF!
•  As if he weren't struggling with interior conflicts that were tougher than the external conflicts, this revelation hits Miles hard.
•  Luckily, Peter Parker, an expert on personal tragedy and dark spots, is by his side!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Infamous Iron Man #12 Oct 12, 2017
5.5

Bendis fails badly in the lacklustre #12 issue that has been, until now, a deeply fascinating title. The story that gained momentum over the first near-dozen issues crumbles at the end, with a rip-off quick ending that wraps up the necessary plot lines in a cheap and unsatisfying "Mephisto did it all!" Ending. The breaking of the 4th wall by Mephisto was beyond belief dumb. An interesting series t more

Infamous Iron Man #12

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Sep 27, 2017

• The epic climax to one of the most critically acclaimed stories of the year! With enemies on all sides, how can Victor Von Doom continue to carry on the legacy of Iron Man...especially when the legacy of Doctor Doom still haunts him at every turn?
•  Don't miss this very special issue, as its events will have massive repercussions for...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Redlands #2 Oct 11, 2017
8.5

This is a dark, intriguing second issue; we are still left very much into the dark surrounding what is exactly going on here, but this issue is creepily captivating. I wasn't sure what to think after the first issue, but this installment roped me in. I love the Del Ray art, and am fascinated by the world Bellaire has begun to build.

Redlands #2

By: Jordie Bellaire, Vanesa Del Rey
Released: Sep 13, 2017

A mysterious and bloodthirsty matriarchal force runs the town of Redlands, Florida, and in order to stay on top, sacrifices must be made. But someone is intent on removing these powerful women from the top of the food chain. And he's ready to unleash their darkest secret...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Jessica Jones #12 Oct 11, 2017
8.0

This issue rounds out the whole Maria Hill mystery, in an issue that is above average largely for its art. Michael Gaydos does his usual outstanding job drawing Jessica in gritty, modern-day style, while Javier Pulido's clean lines draw us to the past with an early meeting between Hill and Nick Fury. The contrast works great in dividing the story's past/present. I have found this arc inconsistent more

Jessica Jones #12

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Sep 6, 2017

• The secrets of Maria Hill are revealed, and the Marvel Universe will never be the same again! Has Jessica opened a door that she can now never close? How will it affect the other Defenders?
Parental Advisory

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9.0

Another great issue...this has been my favourite of the Young Animal line, and this issue perfectly wraps up the first year of story; the major plotlines are wrapped here, Shade's goodby with Lepuck is sufficiently moving, and we are ready to move with Shade to many more outlandish, mind-tripping adventures. I'm hoping that DC is patient with their Young Animal line, because they have a special ti more

Shade, the Changing Girl #12

By: Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone
Released: Sep 6, 2017

Shade's Earthly wanderings reach a dangerous crescendo, as the Metans descend on Hollywood. Can Loma escape by hiding out in Honey's body, or will that just mean Honey goes with Megan's body to a Metan jail? Plus, learn the fates of Lepuck, River, and Teacup in the brain-melting conclusion of our first story arc.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Spider-Man #20 Oct 11, 2017
7.0

A solid, but more or less average issue. Nico Leon's art is nice, holding the issue up a bit higher than the plot (which is pretty standard fare) does. And, hey, a cover that has absolutely no contextual tie to the book inside! That's always neat!

Spider-Man #20

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Nico Leon
Released: Sep 6, 2017

• Miles Morales, you're under arrest!
•  If Miles' parents weren't already freaking out about their son, they are now!
Rated T

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Spock's Brain reviewed Star Trek: Boldly Go #11 Oct 11, 2017
5.0

The art in this issue is just not for me--I like cartoony artwork at times, but this looked like stills from a cartoon from the 70s. It totally threw me off, and there was not enough there with the story to keep me hanging on. This series is listing a bit.

Star Trek: Boldly Go #11

By: Mike Johnson, Megan Levens
Released: Sep 20, 2017

The feathered and fearless space pirate EURYDICE returns to tempt Captain Kirk and the crew of the Endeavour with a daring plan to uncover secrets that could change the fate of the galaxy! Don't miss the latest chapter of the hit series set after the events of STAR TREK BEYOND!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Archie #24 Oct 7, 2017
9.0

This is a pretty great issue. I didn't know how this series would deal with the more intense storyline of Betty's being paralyzed, but this is a mature, realistic look at the issue, focusing on the financial weight that accompanies serious injuries. Betty is resilient throughout, until a page late in the book that shows her frailty. Added to the hope-inspiring ending, I loved it. Mark Waid and Aud more

Archie #24

By: Mark Waid, Audrey Mok
Released: Sep 27, 2017

The fallout from "Over the Edge" continues! One of the Riverdale kids has become a pariah in town, so it's either run or face a life filled with hate and violence! Join us as we welcome new interior artist Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats).

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Spock's Brain reviewed Southern Bastards #18 Oct 7, 2017
8.5

I didn't quite know what to expect from this issue; I didn't like Latour's writing on issue #12, and I ended up rather strongly disliking his and Chris Brunner's "Loose Ends." Despite my trepidation, this issue was really good; after such a build up, it's kind of great seeing Roberta kick some ass, though I don't trust Aaron and Latour to give her a happy ending. This is violent and jarring, but i more

Southern Bastards #18

By: Jason Latour, Jason Latour
Released: Sep 27, 2017

"GUT CHECK," Part Four-Roberta Tubb's entire life has prepared her for this moment. But how far is she willing to go to avenge her daddy?

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #47 Oct 7, 2017
9.0

Another great issue of "Saga," I liked the way Vaughan told the story here, with his torturer extracting unexpected truths from the Will. The opening pages do a great job in character building. Fiona Staples has never not been awesome throughout the 47 issues of this series. It's easy to underrate this book because of the lofty heights it has reached over the past few years, but this one shows tha more

Saga #47

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Sep 27, 2017

Meet Ianthe, who has very big plans for The Will.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Marvel Legacy #1 Oct 7, 2017
9.0

"Marvel Legacy" is getting a lot of comparisons to "DC Rebirth," and they certainly have a lot in common. One of these things is that they both play to their base, respectively giving both Marvel and DC heads a lot to geek out over. Is "Marvel Legacy" as good as "DC Rebirth," in terms of story told, and building anticipation for the future? Probably not; "Rebirth" feels tighter and more focussed, more

Marvel Legacy #1

By: Jason Aaron, Esad Ribic
Released: Sep 27, 2017

EVERYTHING STARTS HERE!
It begins at the dawn of the human race, and ends with a child's prayer! In between, empires fall, mysteries brew, secrets are revealed, quests are undertaken and legends are forged! All leading up to the dramatic return you've been waiting for - and one you've been dreading!
Jason Aaron (MIGHTY THOR) and Esad Ribic ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed The Walking Dead #170 Oct 6, 2017
7.5

I kind of like this series more on the slow-broil moments more than the big war issues. Another very solid instalment here.

The Walking Dead #170

By: Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Released: Aug 2, 2017

  "ON THE ROAD"
Eugene's journey begins on a hopeful note, but he could be leading his friends to a slaughter.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Superman #26 Oct 6, 2017
6.5

A kind of trite one-off focussing on Jon and Superman's relationship. I liked it enough, though its pretty inconsequential. Not really good, not really bad.

Superman #26

By: Michael Moreci, Scott Godlewski
Released: Jul 5, 2017

Superman and Superboy's teamwork is off and Clark is at a loss for how to fix it. Maybe an old trick Pa pulled when Clark was a boy might help get the father-son team get back on the right track!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Cable #5 Oct 6, 2017
6.5

I have the last few issues of "Cable" in various piles around my house, and rather than hunt them down, I just read #5 on its own. It was mild fun. The art seems like a throwback to generic Marvel art of the 80s...not good, not bad, but solid. While I enjoyed a few moments (Cable enlists the support of dinosaurs!), I can't help but think a series featuring Cable should be more bad-assed.

Cable #5

By: James Robinson, Yildiray Cinar
Released: Sep 27, 2017

THE SHOWDOWN YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR!
•  It's CABLE vs. CONQUEST in a battle for time itself!
•  The tables have turned, and with Cable's shocking reveal last issue, Conquest's lust for power turns desperate!
•  But is that enough to stop his plans once and for all...or has time already run out?
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Invincible Iron Man #11 Oct 6, 2017
6.5

This series has been pretty damn good, but this issue is a disappointment. It's basically a space/time-filler before the Legacy relaunch next month, and it reads like filler. The women of Tony's life gather to discover he's not a total asshole after all! I found the multiple artists here jarring--they really took me out of the book. When your regular artist is Stefano Caselli, any drop in quality more

Invincible Iron Man #11

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Sep 20, 2017

• Riri Williams accidentally causes an international incident that may throw the entire world into chaos!
•  So, you know, no big deal.
•  The prologue to one of the biggest Iron Man stories in modern history!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Black Hammer #13 Oct 6, 2017
9.0

Things get more claustrophobic and helpless for our heroes, as life in isolation threatens to overtake them. An interesting look at Madam Dragonfly here, and an ending that promises the next arc carries on the excellence. Dean Ormstrom regains his rightful position as artist. "Black Hammer" looks and reads just great.

Black Hammer #13

By: Jeff Lemire, David Rubin
Released: Sep 20, 2017

It was the greatest superhero event of all time, a multiversal crisis. Black Hammer, Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Barbalien, Colonel Weird, and even Madame Dragonfly-they united to take down Anti-God, the ultimate evil, on the streets of Spiral City.
For ten years, the former heroes have been living in exile. But a new arrival from the main time...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Mister Miracle #2 Sep 29, 2017
9.0

This is a weird, but curious and entertaining series so far. Perhaps my lack of knowledge of the New Gods is leaving me a little more in the dark than other readers, but I find the mystery and ambiguity of the story absolutely fascinating. The highlight here for me was the sadistic Granny Goodness. Yikes! Mitch Gerads continues to kill it on art.

Mister Miracle #2

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Sep 13, 2017

What do you do after the most death-defying act of your escape artist career? You go to war, of course! Scott Free has skipped out on his trip to the great beyond and taken a boom tube to New Genesis instead, where he and his wife, Big Barda, take on the invading hordes of Apokolips. Things are a little off, however, and Mister Miracle starts to do...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Kill Or Be Killed #12 Sep 29, 2017
9.0

This series continues to shine in an action and intrigue filled issue. Brubaker has done a great job in his characterization of Dylan, once hesitant to commit violence, now a cold killer. The beast, if it exists, seems to have taken a back seat as Dylan no longer needs its motivation to kill. Great story, great Sean Phillips art.

Kill Or Be Killed #12

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Sep 13, 2017

It's Dylan vs. the Russians, with the whole city caught in between! Things continue to heat up in BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS' multiple Eisner-nominated hit!

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Spock's Brain reviewed Harrow County #25 Sep 29, 2017
9.0

Powerful, intense, startling issue of "Harrow County," as we see the stakes raised with devastating results. Bunn and Cullen are the perfect team. This book continues to fly under the radar as one of the best in comics.

Harrow County #25

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

Trouble is brewing in Harrow County. Something evil has returned from the grave and joins forces with Emmy's wicked family for a brewing haint war!

"A pitch perfect horror comic. It delivers terror on multiple levels & leaves you begging for more." -Horror Talk

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Spock's Brain added Harrow County to their pull list Sep 29, 2017

Harrow County

Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures—and to the land itself—in a way she never imagined.

Don’t miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creato...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #32 Sep 27, 2017
8.5

Cool one-shot featuring Norman Osborne searching for the madness that has consumed him all his adult life. The story is fun and interesting but the real treat here is the Greg Smallwood art. With Stuart Immonen as the regular artist, it's not likely to find a fill-in who is in the same league, but they've done it here. I think a tandem of Immonen/Smallwood as ASM artists is any Spidey fan's dream.

Amazing Spider-Man #32

By: Dan Slott, Greg Smallwood
Released: Sep 13, 2017

• Norman Osborn's goblin-free battle with Spidey didn't go the way he had hoped...
•  Now, Osborn needs to find an edge and get the Goblin back, and neither you nor Spidey are ready for the edge he's going to find!
•  Guest artist Greg Smallwood (MOON KNIGHT) joins Dan Slott for this special issue tha...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astonishing X-Men #3 Sep 19, 2017
7.0

Ed McGUinness art! That's...not very good? I was disappointed by the look of this issue, where Morales inks seem to kill McGuinness work. The story was okay, but Old Man Logan is coming close to being as overexposed as the original Wolverine before he died.

Astonishing X-Men #3

By: Charles Soule, Ed McGuinness
Released: Sep 6, 2017

SHADOW KING SHOWDOWN!
•  The X-MEN continue their fight against the SHADOW KING!
•  But when OLD MAN LOGAN loses himself in the ASTRAL PLANE and Shadow King's illusions, will he ever find his way back to his teammates? AND WHAT OTHER HORRORS AWAIT OUR TEAM?
•  Brought to you by the incomparable ED MCGUINNESS and eXcellent X...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Invincible Iron Man #10 Sep 15, 2017
8.5

Fun issue with Riri subbing in as Queen of Latvaria. This is silly, of course, but an enjoyable read. Caseli kills it on art once again.

Invincible Iron Man #10

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: Aug 16, 2017

• Riri comes face-to-face with the biggest threat she will ever encounter - a headstrong Tony Stark A.I. that's decided it knows what's best for the world! What is Tony Stark like without a human form? Pretty awful, it turns out.
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Infamous Iron Man #11 Sep 14, 2017
9.0

Because of the slow pace of this series, it is easy to criticize it for what it doesn't do rather than celebrate it for the things it did. While the tendency to ask for more action and plot movement is there, this series has been endlessly fascinating as a study of Doom's character and his relation to the rest of the Marvel universe. Bendis accompanies this great characterization with interesting more

Infamous Iron Man #11

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Aug 30, 2017

• Doom finally confronts his mother about the impossible truth of her resurrection - and the Maker unveils his plans to destroy Victor Von Doom inside and out!
Rated T+

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Spock's Brain reviewed Lady Killer 2 #5 Sep 13, 2017
9.0

Joelle Jones continues to be a revelation, one of the most talented people working in the comics industry right now. "Lady Killer 2" wraps up with a bloody battle that does the series justice, with an ending that suggests we are not through with Jose. Jones has, I believe, gone exclusive with DC, and her work on "Supergirl Being Super" really delivers; let's hope, though, it doesn't keep her from more

Lady Killer 2 #5

By: Joelle Jones, Joelle Jones
Released: Aug 30, 2017

Josie prepares to defend her family and home with the help of a new ally.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Saga #46 Sep 13, 2017
8.5

Always strong, this book again delivers. The scenes with the Endwife were creepy cool, and the interaction between Hazel and her little brother were bittersweet. Art and writing so awesome that they've almost made awesome pedestrian.

Saga #46

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Aug 30, 2017

An operation and a farewell.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Black Hammer #12 Sep 13, 2017
8.5

This is a bit of a placeholder issue, a background history of Lucy, but is still powerful and resonant and fits in with the grand narrative. David Rubin seems to be established as Dean Ormstrom's official back-up, and while nothing in quite as good in "Black Hammer" if it's not done by Ormstrom, he's a great choice.

Black Hammer #12

By: Jeff Lemire, David Rubin
Released: Aug 23, 2017

Twenty years ago, Joseph Weber became the Black Hammer. Ten years ago, Lucy Weber lost her father when he defeated Anti-God, saving Spiral City and the world. Two years ago, Lucy started looking for him. And she found more than she ever expected.

o Ether's David Rubín returns for another special issue of Black Hammer!

"I didn't ...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Deadly Class #30 Sep 12, 2017
8.0

This issue is a road trip story, but lacks the insane action the road trip in issues of #4-5 of the book. Granted, there is no acid, but still. The arguing about race and power dragged a bit for me--generally interesting, but it feels like Remender's done the exact same thing already. This is still a good comic, it just doesn't hit the lofty heights most issues of "Deadly Class" do.

Deadly Class #30

By: Rick Remender, Wesley Craig
Released: Aug 30, 2017

A gnarly party gets ruined.

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Spock's Brain reviewed Seven to Eternity #7 Sep 11, 2017
8.0

This was an interesting outing. I was a bit jarred by James Harren's art at first, but ended up enjoying it. Good suspenseful read.

Seven to Eternity #7

By: Rick Remender, James Harren
Released: Jul 5, 2017

Now suffering from the aftermath of the sentient swamp, The Mosak follow Adam to Jevalia's childhood home to discover a trampled paradise, the bled souls of its heroes, and a fetid industry thirsting for more.
SEVEN TO ETERNITY is proud to welcome superstar JAMES HARREN as a special guest artist to unveil the heights of heroism in a world awas...

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Spock's Brain reviewed Astro City #45 Sep 11, 2017
9.0

This is a great issue, full of music and rebirth and how they connect. This is a fantastic series.

Astro City #45

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson
Released: Jun 28, 2017

"WHAT BROKE THE BROKEN MAN?" part one of two! Astro City's tangled history of superheroes, music, counterculture, serpents and darkness comes to a head. Heroes are destroyed, minds are shattered...and an unlikely savior rises.
RATED T

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