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Rick Jonez reviewed Invincible Iron Man #2 Jan 19, 2023

Dumb cover. Dumb ring upgrade. Otherwise good read.

Invincible Iron Man #2

By: Gerry Duggan, Juan Frigeri
Released: Jan 18, 2023

IRON MAN VS. IRONHEART! The assassination attempts on Tony's life continue as a familiar foe returns to take him down. It'll be up to Iron Man and Ironheart to stop him?but what secret is Riri Williams harboring from Tony? And will this change their relationship forever?

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Unremarkable. Return of don't-call-me Nightshade is - something.

Captain America: Symbol of Truth #8

By: Tochi Onyebuchi, Ig Guara
Released: Dec 28, 2022

As Falcon's condition worsens, Captain America comes face-to-face with the unintended consequences of his escalating conflict with the White Wolf. Nomad is willing to make the compromises necessary to take down the Black Panther's errant brother, but can Sam Wilson say the same? And what is Sam's old sparring partner Nightshade doing in Mohannda, a...

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Fun read. Makes big battle win in main story less trope-y.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths: War Zone #1

By: Stephanie Williams, Caitlin Yarsky
Released: Dec 7, 2022

A BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND VIEW OF DARK CRISIS! Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Delilah S. Dawson, Jeremy Adams, Frank Tieri, and Stephanie Williams Art by George Kambadais, Daniel Bayliss, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, and Serg Acuña As the Hall of Justice falls, get new perspectives on the various conflicts while the battles across Dark Crisis rage on! ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Spider-Man #1 Oct 9, 2022

No chronological bearing with the "6 month untold gap" just detracts from "Event", imo.

Spider-Man #1

By: Dan Slott, Mark Bagley
Released: Oct 5, 2022

"The End of the Spider-Verse" is here! Morlun is back and he is not alone. Allied with one of the most powerful beings known to the Spider-Verse, the scariest Spider-Villain of all time is making his biggest play and no Spider is safe. Especially not the Chosen Spider himself, Peter Parker. With Peter working for Norman Osborn and using a glider......

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Rick Jonez reviewed Nightwing #96 Sep 25, 2022

Good stuff! The lead up chapters were better but still a strong ending!

Nightwing #96

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Sep 21, 2022

They say love is when two hearts find their happy place right next to each other, but to Heartless, that's just the wall of jars of hearts he has in his back office. As Dick and Babs's two hearts do find their happy place next to each other, one question they ask each other proves difficult to answer.

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Rick Jonez reviewed Wonder Woman #791 Sep 16, 2022

Average. Partial pacing problem.

Wonder Woman #791

By: Becky Cloonan, Marguerite Sauvage
Released: Sep 14, 2022

After almost losing her friends in a vicious battle with the newly formed Villainy Inc., Wonder Woman is going solo! Defeated, Diana must find her way again in a world that seems to have moved on from her and her quest for peace. What could possibly make our hero feel like herself again? Enter Cheetah, and she's got her claws sharpened for a good o...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Fantasy #1000 Sep 6, 2022

Average all around.

Amazing Fantasy #1000

By: Kurt Busiek, Jim Cheung
Released: Aug 31, 2022

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We're going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators - Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Iron Cat #3 Aug 22, 2022

Consistently entertaining Felecia characterization going on.

Iron Cat #3

By: Jed MacKay, Pere Perez
Released: Aug 17, 2022

•  Tony Stark and Felicia Hardy aren't going to let the mysterious wearer of the Iron Cat armor have all the fun.
•  Nope, Tony has done his own spin on the Iron Cat armor, and Felicia may like some of his innovations.

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Better than #1. Got to compliment it before the reveal of this so-far interesting 5 star point mystery is told since that MIGHT taint this rating. Good art.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #2

By: Collin Kelly, Carmen Carnero
Released: Jul 6, 2022

Steve Rogers follows a trail of coded breadcrumbs to Germany, where an elusive organization is making bold and deadly moves, while Bucky Barnes' own investigation leads him to the high rollers tables in Madripoor. Thousands of miles apart with no backup, will Steve and Bucky find what they're looking for, or are th...

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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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