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Rick Jonez reviewed Shatterstar #2 Nov 11, 2018
7.0

Average. Drop in quality and interest from it's premiere. Not bad but not as good.

Shatterstar #2

By: Tim Seeley, Carlos Villa
Released: Nov 7, 2018

With a simple act of violence, Shatterstar's life was turned upside down. Nothing makes sense anymore...except for a pair of double-bladed swords and more bloodshed. So much more BLOODSHED.
Rated T+

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7.5

It's okay. Some exposition, action, connections, recruitments, reveals, last page surprises.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #3

By: Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli
Released: Nov 7, 2018

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #7 Nov 8, 2018
7.0

Stronger installment than the opening Outer Space instalment with a welcome last page cameo from a tried and true nemesis. Hit and miss with the numerous magic elements presented.

Doctor Strange #7

By: Mark Waid, Javier Pina
Released: Nov 7, 2018

• Stephen Strange is back on Earth, and he knows how to build his own arsenal.
•  He'll need it! His troubles continued growing while he was gone, and while he's using magic to solve them...
•  He'll need it to fight... himself? It's Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Strange!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Geddon #3 Nov 8, 2018
7.0

Best installment yet. Shogun Warrior is welcome!

Spider-Geddon #3

By: Christos Gage, Carlo Barberi
Released: Nov 7, 2018

REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
•  One SUPERIOR SPIDER is willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the Inheritors!
•  Will Miles and his team have to stop him before he goes TOO FAR?
•  Stand together or fall separately - isn't that how it goes?
Rated T

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8.0

Fun issue. It just hard reconciling that some scenes put this in the jokeyverse and not 616. Still not thrilled with art but it was bearable this ish. Not sure about Octobliterator character intro but it was a novel -if forced- way to give Captain Marvel a high end showing.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #37

By: Ryan North, Derek Charm
Released: Oct 10, 2018

• It's the latest issue of the all-ages smash hit, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! She's defeated Galactus! She's defeated Doctor Doom! Who KNOWS what fun adventures she'll get up to THIS month!
•  Well, we do. And you may want to brace yourselves for this, because this issue begins an all-new story arc called..."THE DEA...

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Rick Jonez reviewed West Coast Avengers #3 Oct 31, 2018
8.5

I don't expect to like this but it's still fun. Once this team gets the thumbs up from the real Avengers then things will be better.

West Coast Avengers #3

By: Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli
Released: Oct 31, 2018

• If the team thought a 50-Foot Woman version of Tigra was trouble, just wait till they get a load of her "friends."
•  That's right, it's close encounters of the very large and destructive kind as the West Coast Avengers try to save the day from B-movie-monster-sized threats roaming Los Angeles!
•  ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Extermination #4 Oct 31, 2018
8.0

Rocky start getting better. Strong issue.

Extermination #4

By: Ed Brisson, Pepe Larraz
Released: Oct 31, 2018

• The X-Men are at the end of their rope.
•  If even one of the original five X-Men dies, our future is lost.
•  Jean Grey and the X-Men only have one option left...and it may cost them everything.
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Multiple Man #5 Oct 31, 2018
5.0

Yeah "5" seems about right. Convoluted temporalities for the sake of convolusion was such a turn off.

Multiple Man #5

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Andy MacDonald
Released: Oct 31, 2018

THIS IS IT! THE END OF THE SERIES! WE MADE IT THIS FAR, SO LET'S SEE HOW IT ENDS...RIGHT?
Jamie Madrox - the guy many X-Men fans are aware of - has returned home to save the world and/or die trying. But does Jamie have what it takes to save the world from himself? The fate of the Marvel Universe hangs in the balance! Wouldn't it be funny if he ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Force #1 Oct 31, 2018
7.0

Not that interesting since the weak team/plan should be doomed. Verna is annoying but also only 2 dimensional so far.

Spider-Force #1

By: Christopher Priest, Paulo Siqueira
Released: Oct 31, 2018

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
The deadliest mission in all of SPIDER-GEDDON has come up and Kaine has stepped forward for what he's sure will be a suicide mission. But he can't do it alone and Jessica Drew, A.K.A. Spider-Woman has signed on to help, but has Kaine told her the whole truth? With Ashley Barton, from the OLD MAN LOGAN universe, and two n...

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Rick Jonez reviewed X-23 #5 Oct 14, 2018
8.5

A solid conclusion to a solid arc with solid art.

X-23 #5

By: Mariko Tamaki, Juan Cabal
Released: Oct 10, 2018

All is revealed as Laura and Gabby fight to return to each other and work to uncover the ultimate machinations of the power-hungry Cuckoos. But which team will take the day - and will any of the sisters emerge unscathed?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #49 Sep 8, 2018
9.0

Morbid as all get out. Lord Death Man had Evil Deadpool written all over him. Other than that -and it was a lot, plenty of whacky fun. And good art effort.

Harley Quinn #49

By: Sam Humphries, Alisson Borges
Released: Sep 5, 2018

Harley's straight-up clowning around on her latest mission, and she's faced with a real laugher of a puzzle: How does she kill and collect the bounty on Lord Death Man, an immortal murder machine who seemingly can't be killed? Nevertheless, she will persist with a host of attempted assassinations, all doomed to fail. Time is running out, and Harley...

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8.5

Really enjoyed much of this. Makes all those mini series ALMOST worth while now.

Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1

By: Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Aug 29, 2018

THE HUNT IS OVER.
The hunt for Wolverine is over... Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for...but it wasn't what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing?
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Fantastic Four #1 Aug 8, 2018
8.0

As far as long overdue relaunches go this was absolutely... a... uhm... long overdue relaunch. Nothing bad but nothing really notable and that Doom backp was very disagreeable.

Fantastic Four #1

By: Dan Slott, Skottie Young
Released: Aug 8, 2018

FOUREVER Part One
BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT - THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE IS BACK!
Since the end of SECRET WARS, there's been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it's time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League Dark #1 Aug 7, 2018
8.0

I give it a 7.8 so I'll be generous and round up. More so for the eclectic DCUmystics appearances than having a clear understanding of this magical threat that WW feels compelled to spearhead the solution for. And there were a couple nice images with an otherwise decent art effort.

Justice League Dark #1

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jul 25, 2018

From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It's up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing,...

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8.0

Nothing wow-worthy but a solid read.

Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #4

By: Charles Soule, Matteo Buffagni
Released: Aug 1, 2018

WEAPON FOUND?
Logan was turned into a weapon long ago - controlled, experimented on, but ultimately lost. Now, Daredevil and his crew learn what happens if someone else takes up that weapon...
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #10 Aug 2, 2018
8.5

I am still super worried that the payoff/reveal of the canonical impact of this will be a disconsolately creative choice. But it's impossible to disagree with the high ratings this issue deserves in itself at face value. Skirting around Scott's dumb suicide decision still bothers me. But at least it was finally noted as a storypoint here.

Mister Miracle #10

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Aug 1, 2018

Darkseid has put an offer on the table- something that can end the war between New Genesis and Apokolips once and for all. The stakes are high, but peace is important. Mister Miracle finds himself caught having to make a decision that won't just change the new life he's been building, but potentially the entirety of the universe.

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6.0

Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin's comments nail the problems with this.

Hunt For Wolverine: Claws Of A Killer #3

By: Mariko Tamaki, Butch Guice
Released: Jul 18, 2018

ALIVE...OR UNDEAD?!
•  On the trail of the returned Logan, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike and Daken have run straight into a horde of flesh-eating zombies!
•  But what do these poor resurrected creatures have to do with Logan's return?
Parental Advisory

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8.5

It was a solid and positive conclusion. Peter's sacrifices show Spidey at his best.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #307

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Jul 18, 2018

• The Vedomi invaded Earth back in #300, leading Spider-Man on a journey through the past and future to try and defeat them.
•  Did it work? FIND OUT HERE in the stunning conclusion to the first year of Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert's run on PP:SSM!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Thor #3 Jul 19, 2018
6.5

I don't like the art that much. Or the contrived way for Son of Odin to call in the Valkyrior.

Thor #3

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Jul 18, 2018

UNHOLY MATRIMONY!
War rages across the land of the dead, and not even the reunion of Thor with his brother Balder can stop it!  Perhaps peace might come from the wedding of the century... in Hel! With Hela, the goddess of death, as the bride, which Odinson brother is going to be the lucky groom? And what special surprise guest is look...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Tony Stark: Iron Man #2 Jul 19, 2018
9.0

This was content packed - with GOOD content and dangler followups.

Tony Stark: Iron Man #2

By: Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jul 18, 2018

STARK REALITIES!
•  Tony has been holding back an enormous secret since his return, and there's only one person on Earth he'd trust it with: James Rhodes. This will change everything.
•  A strange new development for Jocasta, the return of the Gauntlet and the arrival of Tony Stark's new rival, Sunset Bain. All...

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9.0

Big 'death' scene. Big last page cameo. Big ship on self-destruct. Big props for this ish.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Bizarro is getting... worse. Worser? Worsest. The backward Superman's diminishing cognitive state is causing problems for the rest of the Outlaws. Complicating things is the Red Hood's vendetta against the Penguin-can the Outlaws stop Jason Todd from crossing a line he can't return from?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Domino #4 Jul 13, 2018
9.5

That good. Shocked by the lower average rating.

Domino #4

By: Gail Simone, David Baldeon
Released: Jul 11, 2018

SOMEONE'S ABOUT TO GET LUCKY...
•  ...and it just might be Shang Chi, Master of Kung Fu! If he plays his cards right, that is...
•  Domino's search for answers about her past takes her to Hong Kong!
•  Will she stay on the straight and narrow? Or go right for the seedy underbelly?
Parent...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Plastic Man #2 Jul 13, 2018
9.0

That good. Just need to clear up The Terrifics connection contradiction. And the art was mostly good but some of the panels were too rushed compared to the good.

Plastic Man #2

By: Gail Simone, Adriana Melo
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Eel didn't like it when a spy blackmailed him over his secret identity, and then a kid found out, and now the dancers at his club know and the concept of a secret identity has gotten stretched way the heck out of whack. But the dancers are helping him find the kid, who was nabbed by some bad guys who don't know his secret identity, just his costume...

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Rick Jonez rated Ant-Man & The Wasp #3 Jul 6, 2018
7.5

Ant-Man & The Wasp #3

By: Mark Waid, Javi Garron
Released: Jul 4, 2018

• The Wasp and Ant-Man are trapped in the Microverse, which sucks for them.
•  Know who it's even worse for? The even more tiny people our heroes can't help but threaten by their very existence!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #801 Jun 24, 2018
8.5

An odd way to end the run. Danglers left to the next creative team. The disconnect from the canon and Big #800 was a bit disappointing. Still, in itself it was a real fun and heartwarming one-shot micro-story. And as far as retcons go this was NOT typically offputting for it.

Amazing Spider-Man #801

By: Dan Slott, Marcos Martin
Released: Jun 20, 2018

After ten years, Dan Slott's final issue of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is here, and he isn't pulling any punches. Joined by one of the best illustrators in the biz, Marcos Martin, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 is one of the most emotional, heartfelt tales not only in Dan's run, but in all of Mighty Marveldom itself, and is one Marvel fans around the world wo...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #44 Jun 22, 2018
7.0

Run of the mill conclusion to a 2-parter but much better than part 1 was. There was good art and a feel good ending. The Reaper was more entertaining than the superparanoia the plotpitch was trying to dump on Harley. Good-bye Frank and June, have a good life but don't come back.

Harley Quinn #44

By: Christopher Sebela, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Jun 20, 2018

And in issue #44, she's up crazy creek without a hoagie when Harley Quinn goes full Batman to hunt down whoever made her favorite bodega go boom. But while digging her way through a twisted trail of clues, Harley discovers trouble that could mean the end of New York City... only nobody believes her!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #9 Jun 16, 2018
8.0

Frustrated now. This had so many GOOD elements to it and WOULD'VE gotten top marks if it was an early on issue BUT it ain't and we really don't know what we're really reading yet. I'm starting to dread the fact if this all proves to be "not really real" Also, here's hoping the final issue #12 isn't a force infodump to explain it all (belatedly) after 1 year publishing.

Mister Miracle #9

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Jun 13, 2018

After war comes peace. The bloody battles that waged across New Genesis and Apokolips have come to an end, and now Mister Miracle and Kalibak must sit down and discuss a truce. Can Scott Free trust the former minions of Darkseid to keep their word? Not likely, but a leader sometimes has to take a risk in service to the greater good. Perhaps the mor...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Marvel Rising: Alpha #1 Jun 15, 2018
7.0

Generally boring. Dumb numbering.

Marvel Rising: Alpha #1

By: Devin Grayson, Georges Duarte
Released: Jun 13, 2018

This summer, SQUIRREL GIRL meets MS. MARVEL - for the very first time! When Doreen Green (also known as the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) volunteers as head counselor for an extracurricular computer programming class, little does she know that junior counselor Kamala Khan moonlights as crimefighting super hero Ms. Marvel! But this coding configuration ...

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7.0

Not very entertaining riddles or tie-in motivation.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

By: Tim Seeley, Minkyu Jung
Released: Jun 13, 2018

On the eve of Batman's wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City's finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?  

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Rick Jonez reviewed Plastic Man #1 Jun 14, 2018
8.5

It was fun. Art was strong. Couple new characters, an origin twist and a conclusion to be must see resolved that has me interested. No connection to The Terrifics is a real turn off though.

Plastic Man #1

By: Gail Simone, Adriana Melo
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Meet Eel O'Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he's also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week's garbage. Literally. Don't worry, though-he bounced back from all that, and now he's trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get r...

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