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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman / Catwoman #12 Jul 1, 2022

As an Elseworlds tale.

Batman / Catwoman #12

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jun 29, 2022

Wedding bells are finally ringing for Batman and Catwoman! As our story concludes, the lovers prepare to take the next steps in their lives together by trading everlasting vows. The Bat/Cat wedding is here, and knowing Bruce and Selina, it'll be anything but conventional. You won't want to miss this final chapter of Tom King's Batman epic!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Savage Avengers #1 May 26, 2022

On the plus, side Marvel manages to give all the discarded loser heroes some facetime but it was all so painfully convoluted. Deathoks essentially replace the TVA is a terrible direction. And if felt like the last Black Knight featured mini just went wastefully out the window. Mostly gets a "7" because of how bad X-Force and Legion of X were worse by comparison

Savage Avengers #1

By: David Pepose, Carlos Magno
Released: May 18, 2022

Since his exile from the Hyborian Age, Conan the Barbarian has conquered the most dangerous foes the modern Marvel Universe has to offer - but what happens when this hard-edged Cimmerian finds himself on the run from the cybernetic soldier of the future known as Deathlok? Outgunned and ou...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Immortal X-Men #2 May 19, 2022

Clever way to take out Selene but the problematic precidence from it knocks the rating down some pegs.

Immortal X-Men #2

By: Kieron Gillen, Lucas Werneck
Released: May 18, 2022

Magneto leaving the council means big shoes need to be filled. Selene demonstrating her foot size by crushing the whole island beneath it is unorthodox, yet compelling. Can the Quiet Council resist?

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Marvels #9 May 1, 2022

Nice retcon excitement. Doesn't seem problematic too much. Neat touch with Dr. "STRANG" being a mishearing. Any real problems to be discovered would drastically lower my rating.

The Marvels #9

By: Kurt Busiek, Yildiray Cinar
Released: Mar 16, 2022

Years ago, the war in Siancong ended, in a shattering, emotionally wrenching disaster few remember. And today, all the secrets buried from then have come alive to menace the present. What drew the Marvels to Siancong? What drove them out? And what was behind it all? The Avengers, Lady Lotus and more star in the earth-shaking climax of a conflict th...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hulk #5 Apr 3, 2022

More unbearable than Carol's toothache.

Hulk #5

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Released: Mar 30, 2022


•  As President Thunderbolt Ross rains down gamma-irradiated hell, Bruce Banner's Starship Hulk experiment faces its toughest field test yet - this time, it might crack under the pressure.
•  Bruce Banner thinks his control over the Hulk is now absolute... but what if he's wrong?


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Rick Jonez reviewed Action Comics #1041 Mar 24, 2022

The script action/prose did not flow for me. Generally not a fan of the Authority characters in the DC Earth-1. Backup was better last issue.

Action Comics #1041

By: Philip Kennedy Johnson, Miguel Mendonca
Released: Mar 23, 2022

REMATCH! Superman puts what he's learned on Warworld to the test as he faces Mongul's unstoppable, reanimated warrior known as the Unmade. But it may be too late for Mongul to salvage his empire before an ancient prophecy is fulfilled. One of Superman's inner circle will fall, another will be resurrected at a terrible cost, and the Authority's trai...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Panther #4 Mar 6, 2022

I toally agree with rating and blurbs so far.

Black Panther #4

By: John Ridley, Juan Cabal
Released: Mar 2, 2022

Shuri's life hangs in the balance, and with T'Challa off-planet, things are not looking good! But before T'Challa can help his sister...the truth will finally come out. Has the assassin's ringleader finally been caught?!
Rated T+

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Uninspiring, unsurprising, for old reader like me but probably a standard, satisfying survival adventure for anyone new to reading comics.

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #4

By: Stephen Mooney, Jethro Morales
Released: Mar 2, 2022

The Queen of the Jungle has Returned! Featuring an all-star creative team and the most amazing roster of cover artists this side of the jungle! The thrilling adventure combines the classic elements of the legendary character along with a modern sensibility that will make it the perfect debut for fans new and old! And look at those covers: Linsner! ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League #67 Sep 18, 2021

Would've been lower if not for concept content of the canon-challenged servicble backup story.

Justice League #67

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Phil Hester
Released: Sep 15, 2021

It’s the Justice League versus the United Order as the truth that gives power to this new cosmic super team crosses a line that the Justice League cannot allow. Will there even be a United Planets after this thunderous clash of intergalactic superpowers? Also, Green Arrow must come to terms with his responsibilities to both Checkmate and the Leag...

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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

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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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

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

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

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

•  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

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

•  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.

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Rick Jonez reviewed 2020 Rescue #2 Jul 4, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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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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

•  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

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

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

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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