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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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Rick Jonez reviewed Meet The Skrulls #1 Mar 8, 2019
7.5

A decent start. A clearer protagonist would've been better. Nothing intriguingly new on the Skrull front, mostly recycle. The Iron Man cameo was disappointingly brief.

Meet The Skrulls #1

By: Robbie Thompson, Niko Henrichon
Released: Mar 6, 2019

WHO DO YOU TRUST?
The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator's office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they're shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion. Robbie Thompson (SPIDER-MAN/D...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Heroes In Crisis #6 Feb 27, 2019
5.5

Bored. Not clear who is dead at this point. Does this 'first' Gold/Harley encounter preceed the first issue but follows all the confessionals we've see. This has got me serially screwed up so far.

Heroes In Crisis #6

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Feb 27, 2019

Get a deeper look into the inner workings of Sanctuary. When heroes visited the facility, they relived their trauma through virtual reality, contending with the events that brought them there in the hope of reaching a meaningful resolution. That is, until the trauma took over and escalated these personal events into a full-blown crisis! Find out wh...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Fantastic Four #7 Feb 27, 2019
7.5

Average. But after the long absence of FF stories that makes it better than average.

Fantastic Four #7

By: Dan Slott, Aaron Kuder
Released: Feb 27, 2019

"HERALD OF DOOM" PART TWO!
•  In a battle between Doctor Doom and Galactus, who would you favor...
•  A man who is trying to be a hero to his beloved nation or an unstoppable cosmic force of nature?
•  It's a simple choice, unless you're Mister Fantastic.
•  This dilemma, p...

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8.5

The Torch bits could've used a bit more oomph but otherwise all the Spidey adventure was such a fun read and show of real heroics.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Feb 20, 2019

• Spider-Man heads to a part of the Marvel Universe that you've never seen before!
•  It's always fun to see Spider-Man out of his element. Well, for YOU, anyway. Spidey doesn't agree.
•  And when "out of his element" is in a place that doesn't support human life? Uh-oh!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Shuri #5 Feb 21, 2019
5.5

Mostly because of the IM content helped generate my interest.

Shuri #5

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero
Released: Feb 20, 2019

THE TWO BADDEST GAUNTLET-WIELDERS IN THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNITE!
An alien creature has invaded Wakanda! And with her powers strangely malfunctioning and her brother still missing, Shuri is in over her head. Time to call for backup. Enter: Iron Man! But can these two tech geniuses figure out how to de-power an energy-sucking alien before it destr...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Justice League Dark #8 Feb 20, 2019
7.0

Seriously, the average is almost 9 so far? Wow. It was too confusing for me after 1st read thru and the dialogue heavy layout could've flowed better.

Justice League Dark #8

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Feb 13, 2019

"LORDS OF ORDER" part one! Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the rest of the magical community. With the world's magic failing, the team needs to rally the magic wielders of Earth together. But can they face down Doctor Fate and his newly assembled Lords of Order?!
RATED T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nightwing #57 Feb 20, 2019
7.0

It was okay. I'd dropped this book awhile ago and this was a catch up. Duela is beyond creepy. Babs joking TWO 'kill you' comments were uncharacteristically offputting.

Nightwing #57

By: Scott Lobdell, Travis Moore
Released: Feb 20, 2019

Destiny...fate...predetermined inevitability... these are all things that Ric Grayson has struggled to reconcile now that he has been given a second chance at life. A life recently unburdened with years of trauma, defeat and struggle when the hero known as Nightwing was shot in the head. Now, Ric must come to terms with who he is, and what kind of ...

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8.5

Funny, funny stuff with enough comic book adventure to thoroughly enjoy IN SPITE OF the talking head ridiculousness. #rootingforwillie

Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4

By: Daniel Kibblesmith, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Released: Jan 30, 2019

INTRODUCING...PANTHER-POOL! (YES, REALLY!)
A classic Marvel team-up gone terribly wrong! Who could have predicted it?! Luckily, there's an easy solution. All the Black Panther needs to do is give Deadpool a bullet-sized chunk of the world's most precious resource and let him return to New York in one piece. Wait, you say that's a terrible idea...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Captain America #7 Jan 31, 2019
8.0

A good solid issue that the last ponderous page puts over the top.

Captain America #7

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Kubert
Released: Jan 30, 2019

"FUGITIVE" BEGINS HERE!
SUPERSTAR ARTIST ADAM KUBERT JOINS TA-NEHISI COATES FOR THE NEXT DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE OF MARVEL'S SOLDIER SUPREME!
Captain America - wanted for murder! And the victim is a familiar face in the Marvel Universe! How? Why? You'll have to read to find out!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Immortal Hulk #12 Jan 23, 2019
8.0

I agree with: Comics: Jan 23, 2019 The Gathering - Charles Martin's critique and mark.


Immortal Hulk #12

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 23, 2019

"HULK IN HELL" PART TWO!
•  It whispers through many mouths. It destroys with many hands. Its only weapon is hate.
•  It wears human souls like masks on a stage to work its will on the world - but in the lowest hell, underneath all others, all the masks come off...
•  ...and THE ONE BELOW ALL...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wonder Woman #62 Jan 22, 2019
7.5

An unimpressive arc that seemed to wrap up much more neatly for the final chapter. That whispering thing BETTER NOT LINGER as long as Fury whispering to Thor!

Wonder Woman #62

By: G. Willow Wilson, Xermanico
Released: Jan 16, 2019

It's the final knock-down drag-out battle between Ares and Wonder Woman-but is there still any hope of changing the young god's ways before he hardens into the worst possible version of himself? And if he does...is Wonder Woman to blame?

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Rick Jonez reviewed Return of Wolverine #4 Jan 18, 2019
5.0

Bland. Average. Not teaseworthy.

Return of Wolverine #4

By: Charles Soule, Declan Shalvey
Released: Jan 16, 2019

Can Logan handle the truth of what he's done?
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Asgardians of the Galaxy #5 Jan 17, 2019
8.0

Liked the interactions to resolve this threat. Thor buffoonery for being caught between issues is expediently resolved. Enjoyable art.

Asgardians of the Galaxy #5

By: Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 16, 2019

RAGNAROK IS HERE!
It's the final battle for Earth as the Asgardians take on Nebula's full armada! But the undead may be the least of their problems. Just want is their supposed ally Loki up to now? Don't miss the end of the first thrilling arc!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Shazam! #1 Dec 5, 2018
7.5

Average. By the numbers. Safe. The ending was kind of special.

Shazam! #1

By: Geoff Johns, Dale Eaglesham
Released: Dec 5, 2018

The superstar team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Dale Eaglesham reunite to launch the first all-new SHAZAM! monthly title set in the DC Universe in almost 20 years! (What took you guys so long?!)
Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a sho...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #12 Nov 30, 2018
8.0

Fair wrap up of the series and with Koul. Believable apologies to Johnny. FF teens are a pain but then teens are. Best compliment would be that this should have been published as FF#5.

Marvel Two-In-One #12

By: Chip Zdarsky, Ramon K. Perez
Released: Nov 28, 2018

Our heroes were betrayed and left for dead, but now that the FANTASTIC FOUR are back, where's RACHNA KOUL? The HUMAN TORCH and INVISIBLE WOMAN will soon find out, provided they can get past THE MOLE MAN!
Rated T

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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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