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Joined: Nov 11, 2016

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6.5

Formula save-the-day story with gimmickaptain spotlight for backup story to rationalize price increase - just like the premiere. This was only better for the reveal of Speed Demon and Superior Sin. I personally am not a big fan of the liberal simultaneous codename copying. A couple weak parts were that so-called Superior Sin's killcount is presumably zero for bragging rights and Nichelle resorted more

The United States of Captain America #2

By: Mohale Mashigo, Dale Eaglesham
Released: Jul 28, 2021

Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are hot on the trail of the shield thief, but their adversary remains one step ahead, and he has friends in low places. Some of Captain America's oldest enemies are behind this scheme, but can Sam and Steve figure out who these enemies are and what they want, in time to stop them?
And in a story by Mohale Mashigo (MA...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #31 May 13, 2021
7.0

This was so dull this week. Plus, they gave him, by inference, an unnecessary powerup with midair superbursts by just copying Jon.

Superman #31

By: Phillip K. Johnson, Sami Basri
Released: May 12, 2021

“The One Who Fell” part two! Thought to have been defeated long ago by Superman and his allies, the ancient Shadowbreed have returned in a horrifying new form, and Superman’s oldest ally has been assimilated into their ranks. As Jon and the besieged new Thakkramite leader search for the key that will help them defeat the creatures, Superman r...

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6.0

this is horrible to bring in hordeculture and krakoa because theyre 'kewl' right now. man-thing had a great canon going aready! belasco is such a weak character and this new dreadscape is problematic.

Curse of the Man-Thing: X-Men #1

By: Steve Orlando, Andrea Broccardo
Released: May 5, 2021

MAN-THING'S CURSE HAS BEEN REVEALED...BUT IT'S UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!
Years ago, DOCTOR TED SALLIS was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world...he did. Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged  by fear-driven blazes, the MAN-THING m...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League #60 Apr 27, 2021
7.0

More exposition of the DCU status of Hippolyta and Diana status would've been appreciated. Pairing JLD with JL in one book does work, imo. Felt like mostly talk for a "2nd issue", lacking grabber scenes.

Justice League #60

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Xermanico
Released: Apr 21, 2021

Superman, Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Aquaman, and Hawkgirl join forces with Black Adam to fight an all-new world conqueror! But how do they stop the unstoppable power known as Brutus? Enter new mega-power sensation Naomi, who comes face to face with the League and brings along Queen Hippolyta of the Amazons for a blockbuster battle for the ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Aero #12 Oct 25, 2020
7.5

It was okay. The team-up was a bit simple. Huang was not menacing as blurbed. Villainy of Tiangong has yet to grab my attention. But overall it was okay.

Aero #12

By: Zhou Liefen, Keng
Released: Oct 21, 2020

FIGHT OR FLIGHT!
•  The fate of SHANGHAI hangs in the balance as AERO and IRON MAN attempt to unlock the secret of the jade towers.
•  How will they defeat the enemy that threatens Aero's beloved city?
•  And where does the mysterious MADAME HUANG fit into this whole puzzle?

Rated T...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Daredevil #23 Oct 21, 2020
9.0

Enjoyed it. Not an punch thrown and yet still exciting to see all these interactions. Not a punch but Hammer did get his head hammered for those who want blood too. Not a punch but there was that marvelous swinging - with DD flying over the street. Nice art and evocative hug of Spidey, too.

Daredevil #23

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Oct 21, 2020

EISNER-NOMINATED FOR BEST CONTINUING SERIES, COVER ARTIST, WRITER & LETTERER!
•  Matt Murdock, A.K.A. DAREDEVIL, has been putting his life back together after the monumental first year of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto's run - but the criminals of Hell's Kitchen aren't inclined to give him any more time to heal.
•&nbs...

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Rick Jonez reviewed 2020 Rescue #2 Jul 4, 2020
6.5

More straightforward than the disappointing Iron Man 2020 #4 this week but cant get higher mark because it has much less meaty goodness.

2020 Rescue #2

By: Dana Schwartz, Jacen Burrows
Released: Jun 24, 2020

The hunt is on for Tony Stark's birth parents, but with his rock star mom in the wind and his Hydra agent dad on the run, it's not going to be easy for Rescue to track them down. She's going to need the help of an old friend to get the job done...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Iron Man 2020 #4 Jul 2, 2020
6.5

This chapter was probably meant to definitively explain how the 'Real Tony' will be reborn but FRIDAY's explanation just had me confused as to all the various 'Fake Tony' incarnations over the years and their presentations. Tony has been a convoluted mess masquerading as the real thing, probably, as far back as him installing the digital copy of his brain after his coma-death circa Dark Reign. May more

Iron Man 2020 #4

By: Dan Slott, Pete Woods
Released: Jun 24, 2020

Yeah. That horrible thing actually happened last issue. We know. It was NOT cool. So we are totally making it up to you RIGHT NOW. That character you really liked from a while ago? The one who you thought was absolutely, certifiably dead? Surprise! She's back! But how is that even possible? And what does that mean for the future of all things Iron-...

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Rick Jonez reviewed 2020 Force Works #2 Mar 29, 2020
8.5

Entertaining action and banter for 20 pages. Deathloks, MODOK and Ultimo were baffling but bonus surprises.

2020 Force Works #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Juanan Ramirez
Released: Mar 25, 2020

• War Machine, U.S.Agent, Mockingbird and Quake have joined forces to fight against the robots for human survival as Force Works!
•  But when the team finds themselves infected by Deathlok technology and turned into robots themselves, will that prime directive stand?
•  Or will they find themselves tu...

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Rick Jonez rated Leviathan Dawn #1 Mar 2, 2020
7.5

Leviathan Dawn #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Feb 26, 2020

Exploding out of the pages of the Event Leviathan miniseries, this all-new special blasts the DC Universe into a dangerous and brave new future! With Leviathan arrived, its leader's identity revealed, and its plans known, what happens next? Now the heroes fight back! Leviathan changed the rules of the game, so now's the time for the biggest players...

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Rick Jonez rated Amazing Spider-Man #39 Feb 16, 2020
8.0

Amazing Spider-Man #39

By: Nick Spencer, Iban Coello
Released: Feb 12, 2020

• There's a new game in town, and the ante is QUITE HIGH!
•  Welcome to The Palace, a super-villain casino run by the classic (and under-utilized) Spidey-villain CHANCE! It's got everything a villain could want, including betting on whether your arch-enemy is going to make it through his or her latest super-battle!
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Rick Jonez reviewed Yondu #5 Feb 5, 2020
7.0

If Marvel killed off Stan Lee & Arnold Drake's OG Yondu to try to tap some attempt at movie synergy. It is such a disappointment to have that failed and forced status quo change. The iconic character is wiped out in a poorly hyped mini. The art was quite bad. Who knows when Surfer appears chronologically? It's maddening given Norrin has a storyline in progress. And Young Yondu hardly grew to be li more

Yondu #5

By: Lonnie Nadler, John McCrea
Released: Feb 5, 2020

• News of the Herald's Urn has gotten out and Yondu and his descendent from the 31st century, Yondu, find themselves in everyone's crosshairs!
•  In desperation, they initiate a Hail Mary to keep the urn out of the wrong hands-to catastrophic results.
•  As the smoke clears and the fate of the univer...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Invaders #11 Nov 14, 2019
7.5

Strong chapter. Contrivances continue but can be overlooked.

Invaders #11

By: Chip Zdarsky, Butch Guice
Released: Nov 13, 2019

With the world about to undergo its biggest disaster ever, CAPTAIN AMERICA and NAMOR are nowhere to be found! But on a tiny island in the ocean, two men are having a long overdue conversation. DEAD IN THE WATER continues here!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Panther #16 Sep 27, 2019
6.5

As it moves away from the outer space empire storyline it improves but its taking too long.

Black Panther #16

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Sep 25, 2019

THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA - TWO THOUSAND SEASONS part 4
N'Jadaka's revenge! T'Challa thought he had rid himself of the Intergalactic Empire and its despotic ruler - but he forgot he was tangling with a god. And now, the Empire knows how to reach Wakanda Prime. Has T'Challa learned what it means to be king just in time to lose his king...

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5.5

Seriously? The average rating is mid-8's right now? This was so bad, so formula, so inconsequential when all was said and done. No cast to speak of, screwy timetravel interpretation, insanely lucky battle showing by Marc repeatedly, and horrible details to the Moon Knight legacy - even though it can be argued that the whole "GLC" variety started specifically askew that just gave the story less imp more

Acts of Evil: Moon Knight Annual #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Ibrahim Moustafa
Released: Sep 11, 2019

MOON KNIGHT  BATTLES KANG THE CONQUEROR!
KANG THE CONQUEROR has found a way to rewrite history in his own image! But when the chance to settle an ancient grudge against the Egyptian god, Khonshu, tempts Kang, the process is interrupted and time and reality quickly go haywire. Now, Khonshu's avatar, Moon Knight, must find a way to fix the tim...

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Terrifics #16 May 25, 2019
7.5

Solid installment. Evil Stagg is a bit redundant of an evil Java. Subplots with Sapph, Dog, Offspring and Mrs.T are okay.

The Terrifics #16

By: Gene Luen Yang, Stephen Segovia
Released: May 22, 2019

The Terrifics have entered cyberspace for a battle unlike any they have faced before. It's a battle against...God? Well, the science is still out on that, but as our heroes face off against all manner of monstrous plagues, things do seem to be reaching biblical proportions. Could the key to all this be the mysterious Pixel?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Immortal Hulk #17 May 16, 2019
8.5

Even better after the references explained.

Immortal Hulk #17

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: May 15, 2019

• Bruce Banner is trapped inside Shadow Base Site A -  powerless and hunted by their top assassin.
•  He can't run forever. He can't change form. He can't survive...without THE IMMORTAL HULK.
•  But not the one you think.
Rated T+

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7.0

The banter was better than the battle. And I had to go in knowing everything about the Invasion of Canada would come across sillier than serious. It was good to get another Ratataskr tale.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #44

By: Ryan North, Derek Charm
Released: May 8, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN!
•  The other nine realms have fallen, Earth is under attack and the only one who can save us is DOREEN GREEN, A.K.A. THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL.
•  So that's terrific. We're in great hands and don't need to worry at all! Phew.
•  Or at least we would be, if it wer...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Green Lantern #7 May 2, 2019
9.0

I agree with most of the comicbookroundup reviewers pros about the prose. The art styling was appropriate for this tale, too.

Green Lantern #7

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: May 1, 2019

After sacrificing himself to save the entire universe from a cosmic WMD, Hal Jordan finds himself trapped inside his own power ring! And he discovers an entire universe lies inside it, populated with souls whose lives are threatened when his ring runs out of power! Can Hal save yet another universe one issue after saving the last? Only Grant Morris...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Punisher #11 May 1, 2019
6.0

High octane - I'll give it that. But it was such a mangled choreography and blatant Punisher can't kill Handbook Guy story. Nice cover too, it's what grabbed me to read it.

Punisher #11

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski
Released: May 1, 2019

• With Bagalia in chaos and Zemo's back against the wall, Frank has never been in more danger!
•  How do you stop a criminal mastermind with an entire nation at his beck and call? What if you can't?
•  Desperate times call for desperate measures on all sides. The end is near.
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mr. and Mrs. X #10 Apr 27, 2019
7.5

Liked it.

Mr. and Mrs. X #10

By: Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Apr 24, 2019

• "Gambit & Rogue Forever" concludes!
•  Will the hottest couple in the Marvel Universe be able to escape Mojoworld?
•  Or will they be doomed to rerun hell?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Heroes In Crisis #8 Apr 26, 2019
5.0

Convoluted turn off.

Heroes In Crisis #8

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Apr 24, 2019

You've seen all the clues. You've heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World's Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it's time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman a...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Invaders #4 Apr 13, 2019
7.0

Needless retcons to serve the writer's pitch instead of the characters are maddening. Bucky is amateurish here (even if the gun has blanks). Hammond is dull.

Invaders #4

By: Chip Zdarsky, Butch Guice
Released: Apr 10, 2019

• Everything you know about the KING OF ATLANTIS is WRONG!
•  This issue: THE SECRET HISTORY OF NAMOR!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed X-23 #11 Apr 12, 2019
7.5

Solid but uninteresting. Some more good Gabby banter. Although, the 'feathered' being cameo is curious.

X-23 #11

By: Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui
Released: Apr 10, 2019

• X-23 vs. Honey Badger!
•  But what could drive a wedge between these two sisters?
•  Meanwhile, X-23 digs deeper into the shadows of a secret new organization, HARVEST!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Winter Soldier #5 Apr 11, 2019
8.5

Megan Peters and Adrian Care gives fair props. The art was a bit lacking. Good prep origin for the return of RJ's Bucky WHENEVER that might be.


Winter Soldier #5

By: Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Bucky and RJ must come to terms with RJ's new life and Bucky's brash decision. Will RJ accept the truth? Or has Bucky lost him for good? An ending filled with answers and regret!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #19 Apr 11, 2019
7.5

Solid enough but too decompressively slow. Spidey felt a bit off. Might deserve an 8.

Amazing Spider-Man #19

By: Nick Spencer, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Apr 10, 2019

"HUNTED" PART 3
•  Something horrible happened last issue that's galvanized all the villains!
•  Spidey desperately needs to get out of this horrible situation, but there are lives (innocent and otherwise) at stake and...well...he's Spider-Man.
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Immortal Hulk #16 Apr 5, 2019
9.0

Good stuff with ride so far to find out mystery of the OBA so far.

Immortal Hulk #16

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Apr 3, 2019

• Once upon a time, Rick Jones was the Hulk's best friend. Now Rick Jones is dead...and gone.
•  To learn why, Bruce Banner will have to face roaming gamma experiments, an assassin out for his blood...
•  ...and the one thing that can cage the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Daredevil #3 Mar 29, 2019
8.5

Nothing original but still it was a good read, regardless.

Daredevil #3

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Winter Soldier #4 Mar 15, 2019
8.0

A strong character piece of RJ's dad but nothing spectacular. Well, except for the apparent finality of the final slip.

Winter Soldier #4

By: Kyle Higgins, Rod Reis
Released: Mar 13, 2019

A face from the past returns at a pivotal time in RJ's deprogramming. But is his return too good to be true? Or is Bucky just being paranoid? What lengths is he willing to go to keep RJ safe? An issue filled with shocking choices.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Asgardians of the Galaxy #7 Mar 15, 2019
6.5

Worst issue so far but still important stuff happens.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #7

By: Cullen Bunn, Matteo Buffagni
Released: Mar 13, 2019

EGO AWAKES!
The Asgardians thought they were in trouble when they stumbled upon a planet full of refugees - and that was before the planet started moving. Just what have their newfound allies gotten them into?! And if the planet is this angry...what will its moon do?
Rated T

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