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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #8 Apr 21, 2018
7.5

I find myself not wanting to argue with Weird Science - Jim Werner's sentiments. But this insta..ment is still better than other books this week so going to give it a better rating.

Mister Miracle #8

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Apr 18, 2018

This issue, it's back to Apokolips-and a return to war. Scott Free is engaged in a bloody battle against Darkseid's forces, this time without Barda by his side-because her hands are full, thanks to a domestic situation at home. With his attention split by his concerns for his wife's commitments back on Earth, can Mister Miracle hold his own against...

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8.0

This continues to be a fun run. Jase bests Pengy. Arti makes headway helping Biz. Only the 2 simple stories but the outcomes were worth it. And somebody had sex with Ma Gunn?!

Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

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

Looking to make his mark on Gotham City's crowded underworld, Red Hood infiltrates the Iceberg Lounge in an attempt to further annoy the Penguin. But it might be the Penguin who gets the drop on Red Hood this time. Plus, the truth about Bizarro's condition finally comes out-and the consequences could be catastrophic for Artemis!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Suicide Squad #39 Apr 14, 2018
7.0

The daughter in danger angle is interesting but the setup/battle to get there felt too lopsided and/or contrived to get there. June, Croc, and Deady will probably end up fine sooner than later. And poor Harley didn't have any worthwhile lines.

Suicide Squad #39

By: Rob Williams, Eduardo Pansica
Released: Apr 11, 2018

"BREAK THROUGH THE WALL" part two! The government loses control of its new military weapon, the Wall, and he's rampaging through Washington, D.C. with his sights set on the Capitol building! Rick Flag is forced to turn back to the Suicide Squad to stop the Wall before Washington is in ruins!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #38 Apr 14, 2018
7.0

Pretty standard conclusion. Nothing bad per se. The ONLY reason Bullseye lost was cuz it was OML's book so that felt a bit trope-y.

Old Man Logan #38

By: Ed Brisson, Dalibor Talajic
Released: Apr 11, 2018

  MOVING TARGET Part 3
•  LOGAN had dirt on the newest NYC mayor, the KINGPIN....but now he's lost it!
•  Logan is hurting and bleeding and now he's got to chase Bullseye across Manhattan.
•  What famous landmarks will he bloody up in his attempt to take the Kingpin down? And do you think any tourists will want to take sel...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Bolt #12 Apr 8, 2018
7.5

I echo Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison's blurb review but it wasn't as satisfyingly presented for me. So let's say -1 to his rating.

Black Bolt #12

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  THE MIDNIGHT KING RETURNS TO EARTH FINALE!
•  A former queen's promise to her former king. Medusa swore to find Black Bolt, and she has - but will she be in time to save him?
•  Voiceless and betrayed, the former ruler of the Inhumans faces a darkness he thought he had put behind him. But he won't face it alone.
•  Old ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed New Mutants: Dead Souls #2 Apr 6, 2018
8.5

This title is keeping the decent team members decently relevant finally all this time - for the most part since Secret Wars.

New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Gorham
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  DEAD SOULS Part 2
•  THE NEW MUTANTS head to an arctic research base where everyone has died under mysterious circumstances.
•  But while they hunt for answers, something is hunting them.
•  Plus, a scared boy in the woods comes face-to-face with a familiar face from the NEW MUTAN...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Punisher #223 Apr 5, 2018
7.5

Decent ending to a debatable presentation of Frank's techspertise this arc. Frank's uncannily living thru the 20pages of mishaps borders on detracting.

Punisher #223

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  PUNISHER: WAR MACHINE Part 6
•  When a nuclear warhead threatens the innocent people of Chernaya, FRANK CASTLE pulls out all the stops to put an end to GENERAL PETROV'S regime.
•  But the War Machine armor has seen better days...
•   ...so Frank might need to go a little old school...
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Man #239 Apr 4, 2018
7.5

Not a great arc but this ish had a bit of decent stuff going on. Nice art too.

Spider-Man #239

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  • His Sinister Six is turning on him, and his nephew (SPIDER-MAN) can't turn a blind eye to his crimes.
•  The IRON SPIDER is going down! But how far? And how far will Miles go to avoid losing his uncle again?
•  And you won't believe what Miles' parents are planning for his future!
Rated T

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8.0

Well, last issue had an atrocious exposition of presenting our hero in the past and not an alt-past; but now that their temporal presence was set up this was a good read in itself. And clearly establishes that this is, in fact, an alt-past because of the dramatic changes that happen unlike the real 616 past. It is a little self-serving if it turns out that this arc was only to direct Teresa to ev more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302

By: Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 28, 2018

• Peter Parker, his sister (?) Teresa and J. Jonah Jameson take a trip back in time!
•  The massive events of issue #300 presented them with a problem so huge that the only solution is way back in the past.
•  The biggest challenge here won't be keeping Jameson from changing the future, but it's up there!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Lockjaw #2 Mar 29, 2018
6.5

Sillyness. And not even a funny or intriguing silliness as the undramatic hamster threat continues. Not sure what to make of that 'puppy among wolves' after 20 pages. Any publicity is good publicity - but in this case there wasn't much good from this one-shot portrayal of Ka-Zar and Zabu either.

Lockjaw #2

By: Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa
Released: Mar 28, 2018

WHO'S A GOOD BOY? Part 2
•  Lockjaw and his hapless recruit D-Man end up in the prehistoric Savage Land!
•  And Zabu, the last living sabretooth tiger, is not happy about it. But there's no time to mark territory - a puppy is in danger, and Lockjaw will need Ka-Zar and Zabu's help to find it!
•  Who's after Lockjaw's lost si...

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7.0

Having no discernible continuity placement is very frustrating and detracting. And this fact makes me hope that it is not part of canon so that lowers the appeal. It was good art and a footnote in the recap page would have greatly improved the rating.

Iron Man: Hong Kong Heroes #1

By: Howard Wong
Released: Mar 21, 2018

The Marvel Universe story of Disney's newest & coolest ATTRACTION!
Stark Expo Hong Kong-THE place to unveil the latest and greatest in cutting-edge technology.  But even as TONY STARK and WENDY WONG introduce the newest futuristic tech in the STARK EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXOSUIT, an evil from the past strikes! The sinister BARON MORDO has teamed ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Green Lanterns #43 Mar 24, 2018
7.0

This was not an issue to jump into the end of a storyline. Although, the epilogue with the double dose of unrequited love still worked. And the art was alright.

Green Lanterns #43

By: Tim Seeley, V Kenneth Marion
Released: Mar 21, 2018

'INHUMAN TRAFFICKING' part four! As Simon and Jess try to ward off the encroaching members of the Order of the Steed, High Rider Grieva enacts her plan with the Earth heroes. With the power of hundreds of superheroes coursing through their leader, the Order of the Steed make their final march against the universe!

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7.0

The creative team weren't selling this time travel telling for me. This issue was too ethically frustrating to fully appreciate the few nostalgic details sprinkled in. Too much casual disregard for temporal traditions in the MU. And the trio from the present shamelessly prance around with disregard of the future of this alt-reality's future.

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #301

By: Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 14, 2018

• Peter Parker, his sister (?) Teresa and J. Jonah Jameson take a trip back in time!
•  The massive events of issue #300 presented them with a problem so huge that the only solution is way back in the past.
•  The biggest challenge here won't be keeping Jameson from changing the future, but it's up there!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #40 Mar 24, 2018
6.5

Wow. This took a dip in quality to the super corny - more than before. The art is the saving grace.

Harley Quinn #40

By: Frank Tieri, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Mar 21, 2018

"Angry Bird" part four! After the death of Mason Macabre, Harley refuses to put any more of her friends in harm's way...but what happens when they just won't stay out of it? Does Harley's vow to keep them safe extend to getting herself killed? Or will she accept a little help from her friends?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #7 Mar 20, 2018
8.5

This title still has me hooked with it's blend of mundane and fantastic as David Harth @ You Don't Read Comics describes it. Yet, I can't stop strongly hoping that the final big reveal of 'this reality' is not a big fail like TV's Lost. Jacob is an interesting new intro into the DCU.

Mister Miracle #7

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Mar 14, 2018

Mister Miracle and Big Barda are in a panic. The war with Apokolips isn't going well. And it's Barda's turn to have her past come crashing back into her present as the Female Furies appear on the scene with blood on their minds. Continuing the acclaimed miniseries that Entertainment Weekly called "by far the best comic on the stands right now."

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Rick Jonez reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #4 Mar 18, 2018
8.5

Art: Wonderful. Fun: Most all of the humor comments. Interesting: Rachna is 'obviously' going off to try'n help 'Dee'. Adventure: Sure, it's just eXiles Reimagined and should've been a one-shot but it was still pretty good twists on the Classic FF48-50. Nitpick: How the heck did Torch survive that snikt?

Marvel Two-In-One #4

By: Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti
Released: Mar 14, 2018

FATE OF THE FOUR Part 3
•  Ben and Johnny begin the search for their lost family! But the universe they've landed in may not last long enough!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed All-New Wolverine #32 Mar 17, 2018
9.5

It deserves a high average rating.

All-New Wolverine #32

By: Tom Taylor, Djibril Morissette-Phan
Released: Mar 14, 2018

THE ORPHANS OF X RETURN!
•  The last time we saw the Orphans of X, they were hunting Laura and other Wolverines for revenge.
•  And now they've returned. But for what purpose? And will WOLVERINE be able to survive this encounter with her deadliest enemy yet?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Lockjaw #1 Mar 6, 2018
8.0

You really should know Lockjaw before going in. You have to accept (at least) 3-4 BIG status quo changes that apparently already happened at face value. You are immediately spoiled in unheralded fashion by the recap page that he is in fact a canine which has been a classic MU debate for decades. Other than that it was engaging and refreshing. And you have to like dogs - which I do.

Lockjaw #1

By: Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa
Released: Feb 28, 2018

WHO'S A GOOD BOY? Part 1
At long last, the dog has his day! Lockjaw spends most of his time defending the Inhuman empire alongside Black Bolt and Medusa. But when he gets a message that his long-lost litter mates are in danger, he'll spring into action to save them! But wait - Lockjaw has brothers and sisters? Can they teleport? Are they Inhuma...

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6.0

Boring debate issue. Went on too long and Havok is not that interesting. Most interesting part was 1 panel of Blue Jay alive and not remembering Batman. Plus this stretched on into extra anniversary pages of the same stuff. And the next issue is restarting another arc with more of the same. Bringing in "Lady" Aztek is kind of neat even if it is in unheralded fashion.

Justice League of America #25

By: Steve Orlando, Miguel Mendonca
Released: Feb 28, 2018

NEW LIFE AND DEATH" part one written by Steve Orlando with art by Miguel Mendonca and Dexter Vines. Batman has returned following the Queen of Fables saga, proud of how the team has grown. But there's one more mission he needs to complete. Along with Black Canary, he travels to the world of Angor, home of the Extremists, to help rebuild the world w...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #25 Mar 2, 2018
9.0

A satisfying way to end the series. T's crossed, I's dotted, boxes wrapped in a bow. The crazy surreal slant was leaned on and most of the cast stories got an amount of closure. Perfect cover. Funny scenes and clean art. That scene with Gwen seeing that little girl dressed at Halloween was adorable. The one with her dealing with her alt-parents was heartfelt. MODOK got what was coming to him. Savi more

Unbelievable Gwenpool #25

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Feb 28, 2018

LOST IN THE PLOT PART 2
•  Gwen's future page count is running low...
•  ...but her thirst for super hero fun and adventure is as high as ever!
•  What better time than the present to knock off "join the Avengers" from her bucket list?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #162 Feb 26, 2018
6.0

Yeah, to most of that said so far. Lucky to get a 6.

Venom #162

By: Cullen Bunn, Edgar Salazar
Released: Feb 21, 2018

POISON X Part 3
•  The first-ever Venom/X-Men crossover continues, as Venom and his new mutated friends hunt down an intergalactic symbiote trafficker!
•  But the X-Men may have bitten off more than they can chew. After all, the trafficker isn't the ONLY one interested in symbiotes...and Venom knows that better than anyone!
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6.0

Very underwhelming conclusion to a cross company jumped character such as this.

Justice League of America #24

By: Steve Orlando, Neil Edwards
Released: Feb 14, 2018

"QUEEN OF FABLES" finale! This is the League's last stand against the Queen of Fables, if they fail all of existence will be under the permanent control of the Queen. But in their darkest hour an unexpected character will arrive to help them!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #38 Feb 24, 2018
7.5

Fun roll call but at little too much on the cameos over content. Harley's beating the Gorilla Gan could've been more convincing. Inconsistency to Croc in Suicide Squad is frustrating. Good colours.

Harley Quinn #38

By: Frank Tieri, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Feb 21, 2018

"ANGRY BIRD" part two! The Penguin didn't come to Brooklyn alone this time...he's put out an open invitation for some of Gotham City's worst to join him in his new criminal empire, as long as they're willing to hold off Harley Quinn! And when we say "worst," we mean worst! Film Freak? Egghead? Condiment King?! Nateman's Hot Dogs is gonna have a lot...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #41 Feb 24, 2018
8.5

Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles gives an agreeable review.


Superman #41

By: James Robinson, Ed Benes
Released: Feb 21, 2018

"SUICIDE PLANET" part two! Superman and Superboy battle the alien extremists of a world on the brink of disaster in the hope of saving them from themselves!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Superman #40 Feb 9, 2018
8.0

Just a darn good adventure presented.

Superman #40

By: James Robinson, Doug Mahnke
Released: Feb 7, 2018

"SUICIDE PLANET" part one! Far away in a distant solar system, a world stands on the brink of destruction, much as Krypton did so many years ago. As Superman and son venture off into space to help, an unexpected adversary stops our heroes dead in their tracks: these people wish to die.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Daredevil #598 Feb 8, 2018
7.0

Great cover. Unfortunately, the inside art continues to be very disagreeable but the storyline is interesting enough to keep me anxious for the big #600. The return of Muse is good to see; the return of the black costume is bad to see. villain Mayor Fisk is an dramatic concept but it would work more convincing if it were already apparent in more of the big mainstream books. And it's odd to see a b more

Daredevil #598

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: Feb 7, 2018

MAYOR FISK Part 4
•  While Mayor Fisk continues his crusade against vigilantes, a new player joins the resistance against him...the psychopathic murder artist Muse!
•  Can Daredevil deal with assaults from both sides of this conflict?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Defenders #9 Feb 8, 2018
8.5

Very enjoyable read. Of course, the flipfloppy Black Cat characterization is maddening as hell. The matter of fact return/cameo of Echo doesn't help either.

Defenders #9

By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez
Released: Jan 31, 2018

KINGPINS OF NEW YORK Part 4
•  Harlem burns as the Defenders push back against the bloodiest gang war in Marvel history.  
•  Some will rise, some will fall and there will be new Defenders...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spirits of Vengeance #5 Feb 8, 2018
7.5

To be kind, the mini series started out with bright potential and ended up completely average-at-best, with more focus on The Covenant than all the star characters, save maybe, Daimon and Necrodamus who got a little more personality spotlight.

Spirits of Vengeance #5

By: Victor Gischler, David Baldeon
Released: Feb 7, 2018

WAR AT THE GATES OF HELL PART 5
•  NECRODAMUS' forces have disrupted the covenant and there's HELL to pay...
•  DAIMON HELLSTROM and SATANA are forced to cross a line they vowed never to again...
•  Don't miss the stunning climax to MARVEL LEGACY'S #1 limited series!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #34 Feb 5, 2018
8.0

No, it was NOT as bad as the current average. Granted, this rich intro of Scarlet Samurai just coasted a bit with installment (for one acceptable ish of dramatic build). And who can bear the monotony of fantastic art (besides me ;)). We learn Mariko is really, really alive. Gorgon is really, really badass. Ancient Japan has really, really many untold stories. And OML still really, really doesn't f more

Old Man Logan #34

By: Ed Brisson, Matteo Buffagni
Released: Jan 31, 2018

MOON OVER MADRIPOOR Part 1
•  LOGAN must return to Madripoor to stop the spread of Regenix!
•  But SCARLET SAMURAI is out to stop him!
•  Will LOGAN be too late? What happens with the criminals on Madripoor become unkillable?!
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Silencer #1 Feb 5, 2018
7.5

Solid premiere. Room for improvement.

The Silencer #1

By: Dan Abnett, John Romita
Released: Jan 31, 2018

"CODE OF HONOR" part one! She's one of the DC Universe's deadliest assassins...and you've never heard of her. Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy meta-human abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible. Or at least she was. After decades as Leviathan's chief assassin, Honor Guest put in her time and managed to get o...

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