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Hydro-Man reviewed Fantastic Four #35 Sep 16, 2021
9.0

Great issue! Too often publishers use anniversaries to sell you a bloated comic that isn’t rooted in continuity and has a bunch of creative teams that suck. Not the case here at all…

The lead story was extra-sized and a great celebration of FF history. Did find it funny how it reminded me of the Venture Bros episode, “Twenty Years to Midnight.”

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Fantastic Four #35

By: Dan Slott, John Romita
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surpris...

Kalaoui reviewed Fantastic Four #35 Sep 17, 2021
8.5

This was enjoyable. I was afraid it would be a 20 page story with 80 pages filler but really glad it was a proper anniversary issue story done right. Romita Jr is a hit or miss and his art can be so good in one page and then rushed and lifeless the next but overall it fits the story well to give it that classic feel.

Fantastic Four #35

By: Dan Slott, John Romita
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surpris...

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Kalaoui reviewed Demon Days: Cursed Web #1 Sep 16, 2021
7.0

I am not sure if the Japanese is not translated well but this issue felt and read clunky. The dialogue was almost robotic at times. I also can't connect well with Mariko and I'm waiting for that to happen. The art is great in many places but sometimes Momoko's art in some panels lacks the detail that you see in her back page illustrations of creatures.

Demon Days: Cursed Web #1

By: Peach Momoko
Released: Sep 1, 2021

SPIDERS AND WOLVES AND YOKAI... OH MY!
Mariko Yashida journeys deep into a dark forest to find answers about her past. Instead, she finds a magical wolf with three toes and a strange girl with a pet spider. But there are deadly creatures in these woods too - a mysterious, blue-skinned woman and a giant with super-strength and claws - and they'r...

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Gizmo reviewed Demon Days: Cursed Web #1 Sep 6, 2021
7.0

I think what is missing is a character to connect with. Mariko is supposed to be that character, but it's not clicking.

Demon Days: Cursed Web #1

By: Peach Momoko
Released: Sep 1, 2021

SPIDERS AND WOLVES AND YOKAI... OH MY!
Mariko Yashida journeys deep into a dark forest to find answers about her past. Instead, she finds a magical wolf with three toes and a strange girl with a pet spider. But there are deadly creatures in these woods too - a mysterious, blue-skinned woman and a giant with super-strength and claws - and they'r...

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Kalaoui - Sep 16, 2021

This is exactly what I came here to say. I'm glad it's just not me.

Kalaoui rated Defenders #2 Sep 15, 2021
8.5

Defenders #2

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Sep 8, 2021

THE MOTHER OF GALACTUS?
The Defenders find themselves in the birthplace of Galactus - but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Al Ewing and Javier Rodr guez expand the cosmos - and put Doctor Strange's makeshift magical team in extreme jeopardy!

Rated T+

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Kalaoui reviewed Daredevil #34 Sep 15, 2021
7.5

This issue is a bit weird and off in its composition. I see what Chip is trying to convey. It is a fact that prisons don't rehabilitate most of its populations and a lot do go back in. But the way Zdarsky is working it in doesn't gel for me. Also I was wondering how Matt was to get out of prison and the way it happened was weak. Nothing learned and nothing was worth it. Elektra's parts were much b more

Daredevil #34

By: Chip Zdarsky, Stefano Landini
Released: Sep 8, 2021

"LOCKDOWN" CONTINUES AS BULLSEYE REIGNS OVER NYC!
•  The penultimate chapter of "Lockdown" brings twists, turns, bodies and unexpected allies.
•  You're not going to want to miss THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THIS EISNER-NOMINATED EPIC!

Rated T+

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DDJamesB reviewed Daredevil #34 Sep 8, 2021
8.0

It was pretty solid. Elektra parts are still the best and at least we got somewhere with the Matt parts.

Daredevil #34

By: Chip Zdarsky, Stefano Landini
Released: Sep 8, 2021

"LOCKDOWN" CONTINUES AS BULLSEYE REIGNS OVER NYC!
•  The penultimate chapter of "Lockdown" brings twists, turns, bodies and unexpected allies.
•  You're not going to want to miss THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THIS EISNER-NOMINATED EPIC!

Rated T+

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Kalaoui reviewed New Mutants #21 Sep 11, 2021
8.5

Very good work from Ayala. The story beats are all right and fun. Rod Reis is back and it is fantastic!! His work is pure gold and he fits this book like a glove!

New Mutants #21

By: Vita Ayala, Rod Reis
Released: Sep 1, 2021

MAYHEM ON THE MOON! There's something creeping in the shadows of the Summer House...and the NEW MUTANTS are about to come face-to-face with it. And back on Earth, the team is turning against itself as they gear up for their biggest battle yet.

Rated T+

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Kalaoui reviewed Hellions #15 Sep 10, 2021
8.5

Zeb Wells is the most consistent writer in this bunch. He is actually moving the story forward and the editors are letting/helping along much better than the other books. The scripts are always amusing and tight with plenty to shew on. I do miss Segovia as I would have preferred him on art duty this issue but Roge Antonia is not bad, just a bit rushed for my taste.
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Hellions #15

By: Zeb Wells, Roge Antonia
Released: Sep 1, 2021

SINISTER SECRETS!
PSYLOCKE's secret deal with MR. SINISTER will cause a schism within the HELLIONS! Also, TARN THE UNCARING wants his stuff back!

Parental Advisory

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Kalaoui reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #73 Sep 9, 2021
7.0

Confusion here, confusion there and confusion everywhere. It gives 2 answers and leaves 4 unanswered. It came out of nowhere and although I'm happy Sins Past is addressed and "fixed" by Spencer, I can't get my head around Kindred's final form and his relation to Mephisto. I get AI Harrry's work with Chamelion/Mysterio but the link to Mephisto and having demonic abilities to kill and revive whoever more

Amazing Spider-Man #73

By: Nick Spencer, Federico Vicentini
Released: Sep 8, 2021

• We can't tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you're reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.
Rated T+

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Merlyn reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #73 Sep 8, 2021
7.0

So this is a weird one. A lot happens here but I feel like this is a issue that only massive, massive Spider-Man fans, the kind of people who have read all issues, can totally grasp all the implications here. I like that he didn't pull back on Harry being Kindred, though.

My biggest issue is another one, though. Spencer's run has been very wordy and while some people complained about th more

Amazing Spider-Man #73

By: Nick Spencer, Federico Vicentini
Released: Sep 8, 2021

• We can't tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you're reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.
Rated T+

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Ben Reilly - Sep 9, 2021

Forgot to comment on this but this is a very fair review. I remember how Roger Stern caught readers up to speed during his run on ASM.

Ben Reilly - Sep 9, 2021

(Also, obligatory plug-in to everyone that you should read Roger Stern's Spider-Man run.)

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Sollywoods reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #73 Sep 8, 2021
7.5

This gets an automatic pass for retconning past sins. I enjoy the heavy attention to continuity. Not enough writers write as though they've not even read a Wikipedia article on the character (I'm referring to you Loeb and Bendis). I like Spencer is trying to weave everything together. The problem, and why I just can't rate it any higher, was that even for someone like myself, who has read all of t more

Amazing Spider-Man #73

By: Nick Spencer, Federico Vicentini
Released: Sep 8, 2021

• We can't tell you a single thing that happens here without spoiling just about every issue that comes out between the time you're reading this and when ASM #73 comes out.
Rated T+

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allenquanobi - Sep 9, 2021

Completely agree, people seem to just love this because it is a retcon that everyone wanted. The writing here is so bad, and the journey to get here has been so tiresome

Kalaoui reviewed Sinister War #4 Sep 9, 2021
6.0

At this point I just want this to end since all the problems I mentioned before are only getting worse: The bad inconsistent script, bad dialogue and the horrible art management. On top of that the OMD teasing seems like bait and switch as usual. I never ever felt like this reading ASM and it is disappointing.

Sinister War #4

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Sep 1, 2021

• Things just got worse for Spider-Man. IT Didn't seem possible, but it's true.
•   If you think you have seen Spider-Man take a beating, you haven't seen anything this brutal.
Rated T+

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DDJamesB reviewed Sinister War #4 Sep 1, 2021
6.5

It technically wasnt bad but, this mini series literally accomplished nothing worthwhile. It was just 4 issues of action and no substance.

Sinister War #4

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Sep 1, 2021

• Things just got worse for Spider-Man. IT Didn't seem possible, but it's true.
•   If you think you have seen Spider-Man take a beating, you haven't seen anything this brutal.
Rated T+

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Kalaoui reviewed Marvels Collected Aug 26, 2021
9.0

Wonderful. I could not put it down. The work and research that Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek did to make this book is quite a feat!

Marvels Collected

By: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross

Within the Marvel Universe, heroes soar high in the skies, ready to battle the villains who threaten their world. Yet living in the shadow of these extraordinary
icons are ordinary men and women who view the “MARVELS” with a mixture of fear, disbelief, envy and admiration. Among them is Phil Sheldon, a New York City photojournalist who h...

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Ben Reilly - Aug 28, 2021

Glad to hear that! Did you read the Epilogue of Marvels? They made one in (I think) 2019 and then they made a DLX HC of Marvels with the epilogue, scripts for all the issues, annotations, and more.

Kalaoui - Sep 1, 2021

I bought it back in 2019 to read later after but I can't find it now because it's in between thousands of books. So frustrating when I can't locate an issue in my boxes. Someday I guess because I refuse to buy it again.

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Ben Reilly rated Marvels Collected Aug 28, 2021
9.0

Marvels Collected

By: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross

Within the Marvel Universe, heroes soar high in the skies, ready to battle the villains who threaten their world. Yet living in the shadow of these extraordinary
icons are ordinary men and women who view the “MARVELS” with a mixture of fear, disbelief, envy and admiration. Among them is Phil Sheldon, a New York City photojournalist who h...

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8.5

This is really good! Zfarsky's take on JJJ is well done just like his Peter Parker Spectacular Spier-Man Annual from a few years ago with the Allreds. Bagley's pencils look really good here because Hennessy's inks and Milla's colors were fantastic!

Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 25, 2021

A Special Encore Return to the World of SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY by the Original Creative Team!
SPIDER-MAN. He's a threat. He's a menace. And J. JONAH JAMESON will do whatever it takes to make the world see it! But in this companion piece to last year's hit miniseries SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY, will the decades of his obsession bear fruit for Jonah....

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Kalaoui reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #72 Aug 26, 2021
7.0

It is too much and not enough at the same time. Too many hints and switches to keep you guessing but very frustrating at the same time because there cannot be satisfying answers for all these threads. I will still be here to finish this ride simply because after 80+ issues I can't stop now. I am also prepared to forgive as long as Spencer doesn't make this another Chameleon fake out or some BS lik more

Amazing Spider-Man #72

By: Nick Spencer, Marcelo Ferreira
Released: Aug 25, 2021

• Over in Sinister War, Spider-Man is facing two Sinister Sixes.
•  But, then, what is he doing HERE?
•  Just want to say, trying not to spoil - you don't quite understand how intense and impossible this situation is for Peter Parker.
Rated T+

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7.5

Hell, I don't know. On one hand, we have the usual "all questions no answers" from Spencer, but on the other hand this looks REALLY important as a twist. The revelation about Norman Osborn's past is controversial (I won't spoil it), but what scares me the most is the fact that Kindred may not be Harry Osborn in the end. And given the fact that we saw a European house, cloning tubes and numerous re more

Amazing Spider-Man #72

By: Nick Spencer, Marcelo Ferreira
Released: Aug 25, 2021

• Over in Sinister War, Spider-Man is facing two Sinister Sixes.
•  But, then, what is he doing HERE?
•  Just want to say, trying not to spoil - you don't quite understand how intense and impossible this situation is for Peter Parker.
Rated T+

Kalaoui dropped Crossover (2020) from their pull list Aug 20, 2021

Crossover (2020)

The creative powerhouses behind the bestselling, critically acclaimed GOD COUNTRY, Thanos Wins, and REDNECK returns for the biggest launch of the year.

Imagine everything you thought was fantasy...was real. And now join us, in a world where reality is dead...and anything is possible...

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Kalaoui reviewed Kang the Conqueror #1 Aug 20, 2021
9.0

Very well done. Not familiar with Kelly and Lanzing but from this one issue they knock it out of the park. Very well done story about can one really escape his nature even if he got another chance again and again? We'll see! Magno's art is truly amazing here and the time it must've took him to make some of those details has to be a lot. No shortcuts or scribbled small panels. Everything was on poi more

Kang the Conqueror #1

By: Collin Kelly, Carlos Magno
Released: Aug 18, 2021

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictate...

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Kalaoui rated Spider-Woman #14 Aug 20, 2021
8.5

Spider-Woman #14

By: Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez
Released: Aug 18, 2021

• Did you think, just because there were some done-in-one crazy action issues, that this arc WASN'T SERIOUS?!?!?!
•  You are WRONG, True Believer, as this issue picks up all the Keyser Soze clues we've been leaving around and slaps you in the face with them.
•  All we can say without spoiling more is ...

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Kalaoui added Kang the Conqueror (2021) to their pull list Aug 20, 2021

Kang the Conqueror (2021)

THE ORIGIN OF KANG!
The man called Kang the Conqueror has been a pharaoh, a villain, a warlord of the space ways and even, on rare occasions, a hero. Across all timelines, one fact seemed absolute: Time means nothing to Kang the Conqueror.
But the truth is more complex. Kang is caught in an endless cycle of creation and destruction dictate...

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Kalaoui rated Black Cat #9 Aug 20, 2021
8.0

Black Cat #9

By: Jed MacKay, C.F. Villa
Released: Aug 18, 2021

"INFINITY SCORE" Continues!
•  The hottest new character of the last five years, STAR, brings her reality-warping powers to bear in THE BLACK CAT!
•  Who hired Felicia to do this job? Why do they want this infinite power?
•  AND HOW DOES FELICIA THINK SHE IS GOING TO LIVE THROUGH THIS?
Ra...

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Kalaoui reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy #17 Aug 19, 2021
7.5

Chugging along. Not great but not bad either. Good all around comic book but totally skippable event.

Guardians of the Galaxy #17

By: Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri
Released: Aug 18, 2021

THE LAST ANNIHILATION RAGES ON!
•  The Guardians are scattered to save five different planets - but it's already too late for Chitauri Prime.
•  Why those five? What are the true plans of the mysterious enemy targeting our universe? Only DOCTOR DOOM knows...
• ...but with the entire Chitauri species ou...

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daspidaboy reviewed Sinister War #3 Aug 18, 2021
7.0

It's better than last issue. Let's hope we know how kindred came to be at the end of the run

Sinister War #3

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 18, 2021

• You haven't read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
•  Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it'll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.
Rated T+

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redhood reviewed Sinister War #3 Aug 18, 2021
8.5

Give this man a break, a nice climb of pace.

Sinister War #3

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 18, 2021

• You haven't read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
•  Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it'll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.
Rated T+

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Rachit Mittal reviewed Sinister War #3 Aug 18, 2021
9.0

I mean it's good. Action was cool to see.
But what Kindred is actually wanna do?
What's with DrS and Mephisto? What's with MJ and Kindred? All the questions are worrying me. I need answers.
This would be recommended by me to all if he just nails the landing.
Though there were multiple artist here but they were managed in a way that it doesn't hurt.
It is like 90s Clone Sag more

Sinister War #3

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 18, 2021

• You haven't read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
•  Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it'll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.
Rated T+

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Kalaoui reviewed Sinister War #3 Aug 19, 2021
7.5

Much better this time around although I remain apprehensive of how certain threads will get resolved by Spencer but I'm still on the train. At least Bagley and company were on art duty for most of the issue. The art shifts later on but not as jarring as previous issues. I still wish one artist gets one issue....what a novel concept! Also whoever the artists (Carlos Gomez?) that did the Sin Eater p more

Sinister War #3

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Aug 18, 2021

• You haven't read the end of SINISTER WAR #2 yet, but when you do, YOU WILL BE VERY MAD YOU HAD TO WAIT TWO WEEKS FOR THIS!
•  Things have never been worse for Spider-Man, and it'll be a MIRACLE if he makes it through this alive.
Rated T+

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