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6.5

If you want forced quips and inorganic character development then this was an average Spider-team vs a Giant Symbiote adventure.

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Omega #1

By: Mike Costa, Ryan Stegman
Released: Jan 17, 2018

VENOM INC. Part 6
•  The symbiotic super villain called Maniac has seized control of all of New York's major crime families, and he's now got his sights set on the entire city!
•  To make matters worse, he's also got a cadre of super villains under his symbiotic spell, and Spider-Man, Venom and their allies are the only things stand...

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8.5

Good art. Good Brainzarro twist. Good new recruit. Good villainess to bring back. Good Jason development.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18

By: Scott Lobdell, Sergio Sandoval
Released: Jan 10, 2018

"Bizarro Reborn" part five! With the H.I.V.E. queen wreaking havoc in Gotham City, Artemis' growing suspicion about Bizarro's newfound intelligence could lead to a shocking discovery that will forever alter the future of the Outlaws. Meanwhile, would Bizarro really invite a new member to join the team without running it by Red Hood first? And would...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #24 Jan 14, 2018
8.0

I will miss this take on Dad-roc too, Gwen Poole! Neat surprise Chance reimagined too.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #24

By: Christopher Hastings, Gurihiru
Released: Jan 10, 2018

LOST IN THE PLOT PART 1
•  Gwen's got a new bag of woes she's battling and it looks like time is not on her side...
•  But when life's got you down you can always turn to your friends!
•  Especially one who plans on robbing one of Manhattan's high-class casinos!
•  Gwenpool and Batroc--back together at last!
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Rick Jonez reviewed Youngblood #8 Jan 13, 2018
7.5

It was pretty good. Cover undersold it. Not sure about "Dolante".

Youngblood #8

By: Chad Bowers, Jim Towe
Released: Jan 10, 2018

"TEAM YOUNGBLOOD" starts here!
Youngblood crashes into the new year with a new recruit, and an all-new mission!
Find out why fans and critics alike are calling Youngblood "the best new team book around" with this issue, the perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

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Rick Jonez reviewed X-Men: Gold Annual #1 Jan 12, 2018
7.5

Good, easy, nostalgic read. Nothing earthmoving.

X-Men: Gold Annual #1

By: Marc Guggenheim, Alitha Martinez
Released: Jan 10, 2018

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EXCALIBUR REUNION!
•  A brand-new Braddock bundle of joy!
•  The return of a D'Bari hero!            
•  Kitty's Shadowcat costume!
•  'Nuff said!
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #160 Jan 11, 2018
7.0

Peter had a funny scene. Andi had a spotlight scene. Everything else was not bad - but average.

Venom #160

By: Mike Costa, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Jan 10, 2018

VENOM INC. Part 5
•  Spider-Man and Venom continue their uneasy alliance as they work to stop Maniac from taking over New York's criminal underworld!
•  It's outright mayhem as the heroes mount a counteroffensive and take the fight to Maniac! But with an unleashed symbiote and an army at his command, will it be enough?!
•  (...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #6 Jan 11, 2018
8.0

Good not great. Clever story experiment - but after 10 pages of the shtick it got a tad monotonous.

Mister Miracle #6

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Jan 10, 2018

The hit miniseries reaches the emotional conclusion of its first arc! Scott Free returns to New Genesis to face his punishment, but instead finds the whole world has been flipped upside down. Mister Miracle and Big Barda battle their way through monsters and New Gods to get to the Highfather, but once they reach Orion's throne room, they learn that...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Daredevil #597 Jan 10, 2018
6.5

Great cover. Too much politicking not enough buttkicking. The team-up with McGee beginning search for Muse was too low key. Art needs some snazzing up.

Daredevil #597

By: Charles Soule, Stefano Landini
Released: Jan 10, 2018

MAYOR FISK Part 3
•  When Mayor Fisk makes Matt Murdock an offer he can't refuse...the city's most famous lawyer joins up with the Fisk Administration?!
•  But surely Daredevil would never give up on taking the Kingpin down...
Rated T +

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Rick Jonez reviewed She-Hulk #161 Jan 10, 2018
5.5

Bad art. ODD shared psi-plane experience. Weak villains presentation.

She-Hulk #161

By: Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay
Released: Jan 10, 2018

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 3
•  Kidnapped by a deranged fan - who also happens to be in cahoots with Jen's oldest enemy, THE LEADER? You call it LEGACY, Jen calls it Monday.
•  Is it the worst thing that's ever happened to Jen? Maybe not.
•  But Jen's about to lose control and everything is about to get way worse.
Rated T...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Black Bolt #9 Jan 6, 2018
8.5

The displeasing art did not put a damper on the touching story. Even the fight was sub-par. Titania was great - better than Black Bolt this time.

Black Bolt #9

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: Jan 3, 2018

THE MIDNIGHT KING RETURNS TO EARTH PART 2
•  In an alien prison far from Earth, Black Bolt lost a friend and ally. Such is the life of heroes. But for those left behind, a noble death is little comfort. Far better to seek retribution - and Black Bolt is first in line!
•  But he has more than angry loved ones to worry about. A corrup...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #793 Jan 4, 2018
7.0

Nothing has gotten me invested in this Event yet.

Amazing Spider-Man #793

By: Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman
Released: Dec 27, 2017

VENOM INC. Part 4
•  Spider-Man has been compromised by Maniac and it looks like his only hope...
•  ...is Eddie Brock? Peter Parker isn't going to like that!
Rated T

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Rick Jonez reviewed Astonishing X-Men #7 Jan 4, 2018
8.0

Noto ain't bad but I really liked the last issue art style. "Xavier" is suspect now. Weird return of Proteus. Color me interested regardless.

Astonishing X-Men #7

By: Charles Soule, Phil Noto
Released: Jan 3, 2018

A MAN CALLED X Part 1
CHARLES XAVIER has a plan. He's going to save the world...whether you want it or not. Act II of the ASTONISHING X-MEN saga begins here, as a long-lost mutant returns to the world of the X-Men, Fantomex offers a kiss and Bishop discovers the Mindkiller.
Rated T+

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7.5

Not great. Not bad. Just average.

Guardians of the Galaxy #149

By: Gerry Duggan, Marcus To
Released: Dec 20, 2017

THE INFINITY QUEST  Part 4
•  The Guardians are officially Nova Corpsmen! How is Drax going to deal with being overrun by Ultron-ized aliens when he still refuses to throw a punch?
•  And are we really trusting Rocket to clean up the Corps?
•  Plus: I heard a rumor...is there an Infinity Stone kicking around?
Rated T...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Old Man Logan #32 Dec 22, 2017
8.0

Awesome art. Engaging fight. Shocker ending.

Old Man Logan #32

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato
Released: Dec 20, 2017

SCARLET SAMURAI Part 2
•  It's LOGAN versus ninja after ninja after ninja when the HAND attack!
•  Their new leader has it in for our hero, and the SCARLET SAMURAI is willing to do anything to be the cause of Logan's end.
Parental Advisory

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Rick Jonez reviewed Harley Quinn #33 Dec 22, 2017
7.0

IGN - Blair Marnell Dec 21, 2017 blurbs it well. The whole issue devoted to mourning was less than convincing and the art effort was less than pleasing.


Harley Quinn #33

By: Amanda Conner, Bret Blevins
Released: Dec 20, 2017

"The Mourning After!". Reeling from the death of her boyfriend Mason Macabre, Harley desperately needs something, anything else to think about -- and deliverance has arrived on Coney Island's beach, in the form of a strangely hairy, strangely looney distraction!
RATED T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Incredible Hulk #711 Dec 21, 2017
7.0

If any of this arc or direction interested me then this dragging chapter's perfectly strong art and decent storytelling basics would have gotten a higher rating - but it did not...

Incredible Hulk #711

By: Greg Pak, Greg Land
Released: Dec 20, 2017

RETURN TO PLANET HULK Part 3
On the savage planet of Sakaar, the last remaining tribes of a dead society fight for dwindling resources... A sequence of ancient trials known as the Gauntlet is the only way to survive!  A champion is called to battle: AMADEUS CHO, THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK! His opponent is a familiar one... WITNESS THE T...

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Rick Jonez reviewed The Mighty Thor #702 Dec 20, 2017
8.0

Jane may have valid points and certainly undeserving of her malady but she does not come across as likable at this point. Maybe she needs to be all bravado against Odin but she treats Odinson and Herc poorly. Excellent art this ish.

The Mighty Thor #702

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Dec 20, 2017

THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 3
As the War of the Realms continues to spread, Jane Foster has finally had enough. Will she rally the Asgardians in time to save their home? Or has Odin's arrogance doomed them all?  And as if total war wasn't enough, there's also the impending arrival of the unstoppable Mangog. Can even a guest appearance b...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Mister Miracle #5 Dec 17, 2017
8.0

Graphic Policy - Brett's paragraph summary of that whole agreeable review pretty much summed up my feelings after the last page. And for that reason, my grade would have been a tad lower than he gives this ish. Scott is one lucky guy to have a such a fine robusty woman like that for a soulmate. This only makes the ending more shocking - even if it is another mystery 'glitch'!

Mister Miracle #5

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Dec 13, 2017

How do you spend your last night on Earth? Why, with the one you love, of course! Having been condemned to death by the new Highmaster, Mister Miracle is going to have to return to New Genesis for his execution. Before he does, he and Big Barda go on one last date. But if Scott Free truly is infected by Darkseid, as Orion says, you can bet some dar...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Royals #12 Dec 15, 2017
5.5

What a waste of 12 issues anticipation. Very disappointing. All for nothing but a Maximus vision of what will be a What If divergence. Plus Gorgon might still be dead too. It says it was art=driven and the art could have been much better.

Royals #12

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Dec 13, 2017

FIRE FROM HEAVEN Part 4
•  The Royals have what they went beyond the edge of space for: the mystical element Primagen, the catalyst to saving the Inhuman race.
•  But in the future, the Last Inhuman pays the price for their defiance--as the Progenitors return to Earth!
•  Five thousand years on, is it too late to avert...JUD...

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Rick Jonez reviewed All-New Wolverine #28 Dec 15, 2017
9.0

I am torn between a 9 and a 9.5 for this one. Some of the DNA logic and OoX resourcefulness could have been presented more convincingly. Gabby IS AWESOME!

All-New Wolverine #28

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Dec 13, 2017

ORPHANS OF X Part 4
•  WOLVERINE has been stalked, hunted and surveilled by THE ORPHANS OF X, a group that will stop at nothing to kill her and DAKEN...including re-forging the horrible MURAMASA BLADE.
•  Now, LAURA will have to delve deep into LOGAN's history in order to find a weapon with which to fight back, and save her family.<...

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Rick Jonez reviewed She-Hulk #160 Dec 13, 2017
5.5

Leader cons Doc Robyn into becoming a "Hulk" with She-Hulk's blood and faces her off against Jen in fight to the death. Some jarring dialogue and some boring panels drawn. Very underwhelming ish.

She-Hulk #160

By: Mariko Tamaki, Jahnoy Lindsay
Released: Dec 13, 2017

JEN WALTERS MUST DIE Part 2
•  SHE-HULK has been kidnapped by THE LEADER!
•  And what does the LEADER want with SHE-HULK?
•  Well, I don't think our fearless hero is going to like the answer to that question.
Rated T+

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8.0

A couple very contrived developments happen quickly but in some ways a quicker pace and getting right into things is a good thing even if it's an overpriced compared to DC books. Plus, the inclusion of minor players Mania, the D-Listers, Dr.Steve, and Lee Price(?) was welcome.

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

By: Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman
Released: Dec 6, 2017

VENOM INC. Part 1
Peter Parker, Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson have one major thing in common - the Venom symbiote changed all of their lives. The inky black alien life-form is doubling down on our heroes - and they're not the only ones about to be put through the ringer. VENOM INC. kicks off here and rolls into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN & VENOM as a ...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Unbelievable Gwenpool #23 Dec 9, 2017
8.0

It continues to have metatextual charm and the threat of cancellation IRL makes for unique storytelling opps. IMO, this sort of did a disservice to the complex situation of Infamous Doom's current 'good guy' status quo - although it did play well paralleling Gwen's decision about going full out bad girl.

Unbelievable Gwenpool #23

By: Christopher Hastings, Irene Strychalsk
Released: Dec 6, 2017

DOOM SEES YOU Part 3
•  The Unbelievable Gwenpool vs. the mighty Doctor Doom, at last!
•  And only one of them makes it out in one piece...
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Super Sons Annual #1 Dec 1, 2017
6.5

They finally seemed to phase out Pet Avengers from the prime Marvel reality and not DC bring back their own to the Rebirth Timeline. Pass. An average Nuff Said petfighting at best. Couple pages of Chimp exposition helped. The Sons pages were bearable by comparison.

Super Sons Annual #1

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Paul Pelletier
Released: Nov 29, 2017

"SUPER-PETS UNLEASHED"! The World's Furriest team Krypto and Titus-together at last! Tired of the boys stealing the spotlight, the doggy duo lead the Super Sons on a canine-powered epic!

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Rick Jonez reviewed Venom #158 Nov 29, 2017
8.0

The fight itself was pretty lame but everything around it was a good read. Shreik got her comeuppance! Maybe those wishy-washy cops should be fired too even though they did what reading fans probably hoped for. Nice cover and inside art.

Venom #158

By: Mike Costa, Mark Bagley
Released: Nov 29, 2017

•  It's all or nothing as Venom and Kraven square off for their final battle!
•  But how can Venom protect himself and the innocents living under New York's streets from a hunter who can't die?
Rated T+

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Rick Jonez reviewed Generation X #9 Nov 26, 2017
8.0

Liked it. A shaky run so far but this was a solid chapter with engaging developments for each team member.

Generation X #9

By: Christina Strain, Amilcar Pinna
Released: Nov 22, 2017

• The return of Husk!
•  That's right, Paige Guthrie is back, y'all!!
Rated T+

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8.0

Agreed with AiPT! - David Brooke. Exciting read.

Silver Sable and The Wild Pack #36

By: Christa Faust, Paulo Siqueira
Released: Nov 22, 2017

SILVER AND BOLD Part 1 (OF 1)
After faking her own death, SILVER SABLE is back in the mercenary game, and this time she REALLY might not survive! In the wake of Norman Osborn's control of the Symkarian government, one of Sable's operations goes south, and she finds herself and a small group of hostages trapped in the clutches of a dangerous gro...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Monsters Unleashed #8 Nov 22, 2017
6.5

Foom continuity. Decisive victory. Kei's power somewhat better explained. Some moralistic undertones. But nothing really that special.

Monsters Unleashed #8

By: Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo
Released: Nov 22, 2017

AND LO, THERE CAME A POISON Part 2
•  KID KAIJU has no idea what he's capable of and now he's accidentally summoned a POISON FIN FANG FOOM from another dimension.
•  How can Kid Kaiju be a hero if he can't control his powers?
•  Continuing from the bombastic pages of VENOMVERSE, this issue will impact Kid Kaiju, his monster...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Falcon #2 Nov 21, 2017
7.0

Overall, it was average at best. Sam is in way over his head. Voodoo guest starring helped.

Falcon #2

By: Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara
Released: Nov 8, 2017

TAKE FLIGHT Part 2
•  The Falcon and the Patriot fight to restore order as a full-scale riot threatens to destroy the city of Chicago!
•  But little do they know, the rage behind the burgeoning brawl is being brought about by the demon prince and son of Mephisto - Blackheart!
•  Can Sam and Shaun find a way to even the odds?...

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Rick Jonez reviewed Batman #35 Nov 18, 2017
8.5

A very good read. Entertaining and enlightened dialogue with the femmes fatale.

Batman #35

By: Tom King, Joelle Jones
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"Dream of Me" part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he's going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman's true intentions will be exposed.

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