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Rick Jonez reviewed Ragman #1 Oct 22, 2017
6.5

I bought the original Ragman off the spinner rack when it came out and it was a good read. This reimagining is such a disappointment. Revamping the cursed origin to tie it to war ops and redesigning the costume to be so much less colorful are not to my liking. It's good that it's still set in Gotham even though it felt like Any City USA in the premiere. And it's good he has a dramatic origin with more

Ragman #1

By: Ray Fawkes, Inaki Miranda
Released: Oct 11, 2017

After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it's about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants w...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Generation X #7 Oct 20, 2017
7.5

Average stuff. Revolving door villains is offputting. There was characters' developments but a lot of it was the unspoken love which did not come across as interesting to me. And the Kade concept has irked me for awhile.

Generation X #7

By: Christina Strain, Eric Koda
Released: Oct 18, 2017

• Morph, Kid Omega and Hindsight are trapped!
•  Stuck in a villain-infested auction, the Gen Xers must destroy a priceless weapon, all without getting caught by the auctioneer, Kade Kilgore.
•  No big whoop, right?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #30 Oct 20, 2017
7.5

This was all soap opera which isn't necessarily a bad thing but nothing that dramatic happened. The Scarecrow vs The Mayor would have been an awesome scene but it was ruined by The Mayor's extra long overly cartoony nightmare. And the cliffhanger would have been more attention grabbing if the story actually shared what kind of threat/mindgame could get a bad ass like Harley Quinn so hot and bother more

Harley Quinn #30

By: Amanda Conner, John Timms
Released: Oct 18, 2017

"Vote Harley" part three! Harley's making some pretty unsavory alliances to keep her mayoral campaign humming...including drafting some of the worst villains from her Gotham City days! How will her New York friends react to that? Can they hold their noses and vote for someone who accepts campaign contributions from the Penguin?
RATED T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #3 Oct 17, 2017
7.0

It probably is a big deal that I am not familiar enough with the New Gods mythos/canon but this just did not fully connect with me which is also a responsibility of the storytelling. An annotated version would no doubt definitely improve the appreciation of the developments but probably should not factor into the first read rating. There are probably a lot of clues there. The art was okay. If this more

Mister Miracle #3

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Oct 11, 2017

The groundbreaking new series from the creators of The Sherriff of Babylon and BATMAN #14-15 continues. The insanity of war is the insanity of Mister Miracle. Darkseid and Orion's forces clash violently on the battlefields of New Genesis. Stained with blood and glory, the New Gods fight on. As they move closer to victory, Scott and Barda begin to s...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #21 Oct 14, 2017
8.0

Such low rating so far? I kinda thought this had a good amount of fun. Sure, the between panels resolution with the snake master was annoying, the charcter reversion of Trapster was self serving, the chronology placement of Iron Doom was frustrating as usual, and the exploration of Gwen's new reality warping power is way too casual. But otherwise, 2 fun adventures and 2 interesting subplots.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #21

By: Christopher Hastings, Irene Strychalsk
Released: Oct 11, 2017

DOOM SEES YOU Part 1
Since arriving in the Marvel Universe from the real world, Gwenpool has made a name for herself as one of its most exciting heroes.  From teaming up with Spider-Man and the Mighty Thor to tackling villains like M.O.D.O.K. and Arcade, no one can top her combination of demolition and off-the-wall adventure. &nb...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Daredevil #27 Oct 13, 2017
8.5

This may've earned a 9 if the art lines were less rushed/scratchy looking. DD's splash page reaction/supposition in the middle was an inspiring moment.

Daredevil #27

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: Oct 11, 2017

"LAND OF THE BLIND" CONTINUES!
•  DAREDEVIL is being held prisoner in a remote outpost of the evil ninja clan THE HAND.
•  It's a battle of wits and skill - and DD must outsmart his captor - someone with a deep connection to his past - if he has any chance of escape!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Falcon #1 Oct 12, 2017
7.5

Average. It seemed just an extended Sam personality recap with a sidekick and street gangs violence thrown in. Much depends on the motivation/backstory of choosing BH as the premiere foe.

Falcon #1

By: Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara
Released: Oct 11, 2017

TAKE FLIGHT Part 1
Sam Wilson - winged warrior, avian Avenger and one-time sentinel of liberty - takes to the skies again, reborn and recommitted as the fighter for freedom, THE FALCON! Engaged in an all-new assignment while training his new partner THE PATRIOT, Sam Wilson soars high and sees all. But Sam's new mission finds him on a collision ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Bolt #6 Oct 5, 2017
8.5

The art was more appropriate given the many f/x involved but generally I still don't like this style for a BB book. Quite nice cover though. Otherwise this was a great ending to a hit and miss opening arc. Shed a tear for Crusher after all the dramatic twists in the final clash with The Jailer. Feeling happy for the convicted inmates feels wrong and yet right too. And of course, it's FANTASTIC tha more

Black Bolt #6

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: Oct 4, 2017

• Black Bolt and his fellow prisoners face an all-new form of torture as the Jailer's true self is finally revealed - and it's more terrifying than any of them could have imagined!
•  The stars await the survivors, but someone must pay the ultimate penance. Who lives and who dies in the Jailer's sick game?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Royals #9 Oct 5, 2017
7.5

Gorgon/Medusa rationalization/fornication is wrong but otherwise the story was okay for a change with more advancement than previously.

Royals #9

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Oct 4, 2017

FIRE FROM HEAVEN Part 1
If the Inhuman race was born of Kree experiments, then who made the Kree? Enter the Progenitors! Meanwhile the Inhuman Royal Family, led by Black Bolt and Medusa, are searching for the Prima Materia-the original Terrigen. But even if they find the chemical that will save their dying race...can they escape the revenge of ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #29 Oct 5, 2017
8.0

Promising storyline. Nice artists collaboration. The masterplan of Scarecrow is simple and straightforward. The Ivy/Harley vibe was neatly played upon. Geekery Magazine's Chelsea Stanford typed agreeable blurb. The pacing was slow in the middle. The fact that a month of campaigning has passed was undersold. Plus, the pigeon toeing of that evocative -if misplaced- backup into continuity is anno more

Harley Quinn #29

By: Amanda Conner, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Oct 4, 2017

"Vote Harley" part two! He's already sent killers after her and her loved ones...what more can the Mayor do to get Harley Quinn off his back-especially now that she's gone public in her campaign against him and become shockingly popular? The answer will surprise Harley...and you!
RATED T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #26 Oct 1, 2017
7.0

So tempted to lower the rating by .5 but the positive observations in the reviewers so far has me wondering if I wasn't in a reading mood. Still the fact is the story crossover exposition was confusing and Dark Ivy and Dark Robin were not that believable or entertaining.

Suicide Squad #26

By: Rob Williams, Stjepan Sejic
Released: Sep 27, 2017

A DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in! "GOTHAM RESISTANCE" part three! With realms dominated by twisted visions of Firefly, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, Scarecrow and Bane stretched out as far as the eye can see, the chances of saving Gotham City from the incursion of the Dark Multiverse are next to impossible. Which sounds like a job for the SUICIDE SQUAD! Harley ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #31 Sep 29, 2017
7.5

In the context of the GRATING flashback storyline with already established -albeit debatable- parameters this was a decent chapter with nice art.

Batman #31

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Sep 20, 2017

"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part five! It's tough to beat the two biggest puzzlemakers in the world at their own game, and Batman's gambits have only pulled him deeper into the moral quagmire where the Riddler and The Joker do their dirty work. All of Gotham City hangs in the balance as Batman faces the ultimate conundrum: are brainteasers bette...

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8.0

In spite of foibles, if not flaws, I still liked a good deal of it.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #4

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Sep 20, 2017

• A classic villain has reinvented himself, and it does not bode well for Spider-Man!
•  And what is J. JONAH JAMESON up to NOW?!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Luke Cage #5 Sep 23, 2017
7.5

I'm not a fan of the one dimensional haircuts and beards. At least the characters all have more dimension to them. And things do change plus Luke letting Noah "get away" was notable moment. However for a 5 part opening arc the resolution was underwhelming.

Luke Cage #5

By: David Walker, Nelson Blake
Released: Sep 20, 2017

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS!
•  Luke Cage is under attack from all sides!
•  bHis adversaries are rich, powerful and unbreakable.
•  BRING 'EM ON.
Rated T+

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7.5

For me the art is just average. Maybe 1 or 2 painted images were notable. Otherwise it was a fun read. Looking forward to #2.

Future Quest Presents: Space Ghost #1

By: Jeff Parker, Ariel Olivetti
Released: Aug 16, 2017

After the thrilling events of FUTURE QUEST, a new age of adventure begins! First up, Space Ghost and his young wards Jan and Jace team up with the Herculoids to rebuild the mighty Space Force. Will they rise again to become defenders of the galaxy? Or is there something lurking in the shadows ready to stop them for good?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #25 Sep 23, 2017
7.0

What should have been a special 25th issue, it ended up being an absolutely average filler story. No mention of S.E. and Darkforce Bubble being done was annoying as hell and having an ax he will/should not use continues to be silly characterization. If The Haunted Girl is NOT throwaway and is revisited, ASAP, then my rating would go to 7.5.

Doctor Strange #25

By: John Barber, Kevin Nowlan
Released: Sep 20, 2017

EXTRA-SIZED 25TH ISSUE!
•  Comic art legend KEVIN NOWLAN joins John Barber (DOCTOR STRANGE/PUNISHER) for an incredibly special anniversary issue!
•  A mysterious foe that Strange BARELY defeated in his past comes back to haunt Strange's present and finds him MUCH weaker. Uh-oh!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League #29 Sep 22, 2017
7.0

Going to agree with Shoot The Breeze Comics - Robert Struble here.

Justice League #29

By: Bryan Hitch, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Sep 20, 2017

"LEGACY" part four! The deadly motivation behind the League's future children is revealed, and the League will have none of it. For the children have targeted a current League member for assassination! And it's not at all who you think!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #28 Sep 18, 2017
7.5

Great art. More gratuitous bloodshed gets a free pass by the censors. Secret Wars III has never been properly or clearly resolved yet so all these neverending connections to a past future -or future past?- of OML continues to rankle me to no end. It just takes away from this halfway decent adventure where solo superhero sets out to save the world that is reaching it's climax.

Old Man Logan #28

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato
Released: Sep 13, 2017

OLD MAN LOGAN & HAWKEYE - TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME!
•  CLINT BARTON joins LOGAN on his mission to stop the MAESTRO!
•  But with Maestro's plan reaching Phase Two, they might be too late to stop the annihilation!
•  And, what is CAMBRIA really up to?
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #20 Sep 15, 2017
9.0

A (metatextual) joy to read and satisfying way to end the story arc in this ongoing medium that (intrinsically) can never end. The art was wonderful. To be honest, at this point, I am lost as to what origin Gwen believes she has and what readers are expected to acknowledge as MU canon.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #20

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Sep 13, 2017

• Gwen Poole mysteriously escaped from our universe to join the Marvel Universe!
•  And her knowledge of comics has allowed her manipulate the very panels she walks in!
•  But as everyone knows, "With great power..." yadda, yadda, yadda...
•  Er...who's that evil-looking version of ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Action Comics #987 Sep 15, 2017
8.0

Granted the cliffhanger reveal was effectively SUPERSHOCKING (and suspect) but I think the true impact of this scene has clouded the rating of the overall issue which really seemed average. Also that cover is so average and should have been replaced by the variant as the 1st image choice for this decent opening chapter.

Action Comics #987

By: Dan Jurgens, Viktor Bogdanovic
Released: Sep 13, 2017

"THE OZ EFFECT" part one! The agents of the mysterious Mr. Oz begin to move as the Man of Steel works to stop the chaos they unleash in Metropolis and across the globe. But when Mr. Oz steps from the shadows his identity rocks the Last Son of Krypton to his core. The story that began in DC Universe: Rebirth #1 begins to end here!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Defenders #5 Sep 14, 2017
8.5

This is a guilty pleasure at this point. So much good stuff to enjoy besides the FANTASTIC art but equal amount of serious nitpicks with storytelling elements. For example, the MARVELOUS cover is totally wasted on this story (that Luke doesn't even get shot at)! Plus, the whole coincidence of Frank being transported with Diamondback ended up being baffling since Frank didn't plan the interrogation more

Defenders #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Released: Sep 13, 2017

• The Punisher strikes! With the mean streets of Marvel more dangerous than ever, what could possibly make Frank Castle turn on his fellow vigilantes? Don't they all want the same thing?
•  Another dangerous chapter of the hottest new team in all of comics!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Hawkeye #10 Sep 7, 2017
7.5

Fun issue. Art could have been a bit more finessed. Nice cover.

Hawkeye #10

By: Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero
Released: Sep 6, 2017

• Kate Bishop is NOT being herself. She's being WAY EXTRA TROUBLESOME. Which, since this is Kate, says A LOT.
•  Skipping out on her case work, partying way too hard is one thing, but when her friends get in trouble and need a helping hand from Hawkeye and she doesn't come through, it becomes clear that something is really off.
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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #1 Sep 2, 2017
8.0

It seems readers must alrady have at least a passing familiarity for pre-existing New Gods origins to better appreciate this story. My rating more closely matches that of Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 10, 2017. I'm not giving it a perfect 10 like so many others but am optimistically hopeful that this grows into a memorable take on a character that I've generally been indifferent to.

Mister Miracle #1

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Aug 9, 2017

From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby's most beloved New Gods.
Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Deadpool #35 Aug 30, 2017
7.5

That was just a super sad ending for Wade. At first I thought it was a disappointingly misleading cover but in hindsight it was diabolically misdirecting joke as DP would want it. Unfortunately when a standard regenerating superhuman can survive a Ground Zero bombing it's a real turn off, hence a drop in rating. Plus, it was unclear what Kobik reset (ie. who was resurrected) and I am torn on decid more

Deadpool #35

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Hawthorne
Released: Aug 30, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Deadpool's sided with Hydra for too long...but no more!
•  He's totally going to turn things around and take down Steve Rogers!
•  He's going to put a stop to this whole Secret Empire once and for all!
•  Yeah...that's the ticket...
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Doctor Strange #24 Aug 26, 2017
7.0

IGN - Blair Marnell Aug 24, 2017 states it plainly enough with that blurb. And the ending had a lot of contrivance and messy visuals.

Doctor Strange #24

By: Dennis Hopeless, Niko Henrichon
Released: Aug 23, 2017

SECRET EMPIRE TIE-IN!
•  Doctor Strange and his strange crew of allies make their final push on Baron Mordo, and it doesn't look good for them.
•  But even if they win, are they ready for the Hydra-occupied America waiting outside of the dark-domed Manhattan?
Rated T+

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7.5

Some nitpicks but still a solid chapter. Teresa and Torch are good to see.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #3

By: Chip Zdarsky, Adam Kubert
Released: Aug 23, 2017

• Spider-Man and the Human Torch are following a trail of terrifying tech, and the trail takes them to... WILSON FISK?!
•  The former Kingpin of Crime is still quite a force to be reckoned with...but what is HIS connection to all this?
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Iceman #4 Aug 23, 2017
7.5

While Gay-wannabe Iceman and Patch-wannabe Daken had several and certain characterization scenes the presentation and direction is disagreeable as done so far. Having said that, this ish was so much more entertaining than Weapon X or X-men Gold also out this week hence the solid grade. The ice statue ruse was brilliant. The snowflake gut wedge was cool. The fight was pretty good. The Daken sch more

Iceman #4

By: Sina Grace, Edgar Salazar
Released: Aug 23, 2017

• Iceman is still learning to be comfortable in his own skin.
•  And he's about to run into a man who's perhaps TOO comfortable in his!
•  The X-Men's coolest operator is about to learn a thing or two from the Son of Wolverine himself, DAKEN!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Secret Empire #9 Aug 23, 2017
6.0

Gonna give it a 6 and it's lucky to get it.

Secret Empire #9

By: Nick Spencer, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Aug 23, 2017

UNITED WE STAND - against the SECRET EMPIRE!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #29 Aug 21, 2017
7.5

Nice art, interesting mediation premise, but too many story/logic flaws to overlook. Joker and Riddler seemed to deviate far from their norm which was somewhat challenging to appreciate.

Batman #29

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Aug 16, 2017

"THE WAR OF JOKES AND RIDDLES" part four ! Batman has done his best to keep the peace, but with neither faction backing down, he may have to choose the lesser of two evils if he wants the violence to end. Will Batman embrace the murderous anarchy of The Joker or the bloody fascism of the Riddler? If he wants to win, he'll have to choose a side-and ...

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8.0

Nice emotional moments but a detracting drop in art quality from great to just okay. It's refreshing to see Normie presented more layered evil than expected. Still annoying to consider his underage in spite of the 'fun' birthday here.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #10

By: Ryan Stegman, Nathan Stockman
Released: Aug 16, 2017

• A spotlight on Norman Osborn II!
•  How did 10-year-old Normie achieve the smarts and cunning of his grandfather?
•  Will he inherit the Goblin family legacy...and will he take it to terrifying new heights?
Rated T

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