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RaisingBlack reviewed Heroes In Crisis #8 Apr 24, 2019
3.5

I am really over DC's event comics that are not what DC promises. The reveal feels convoluted and outside the character of the murderer. DC continues to get a pass on these books that are supposed to rewrite the status quo but never do. Doomsday Clock never is out in a timely manner and we have long passed the promise of the importance of Dr. Manhattan being a major part of the DC Universe. Dark K more

Heroes In Crisis #8

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Apr 24, 2019

You've seen all the clues. You've heard the testimony and eavesdropped on the secret confessions of the World's Greatest Super Heroes. Now, with the killer revealed, it's time to find out why. What could have driven a hero to the brink, to turn a savior into a murderer? Rifts will form between old allies, and the trinity of Wonder Woman, Superman a...

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Nihilist - Apr 24, 2019

True that. Still, if delays mean quality final product, I can wait for new issues of Doomsday Clock. Rushed events, like No Justice or this garbage, while on time, don't offer anything to the reader. Especially this one - it's just pure trash, and has been since #1.

RaisingBlack reviewed Jook Joint #2 Feb 27, 2019
10

I truly love this comic and all that it is about. I wish it came out more often.

Jook Joint #2

By: Tee Franklin, Alitha Martinez
Released: Nov 14, 2018

Tonight at the Jook Joint, the blood runs as hot as the music as Mahalia and her coven face an attack at the bar. Meanwhile, young mother Heloise has the chance to get away with murder. Will she use it, and take revenge on her sadistic husband?

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RaisingBlack reviewed Jook Joint #1 Feb 27, 2019
10

Beautifully drawn, great writing, and a world you want to sink your teeth in.

Jook Joint #1

By: Tee Franklin, Alitha Martinez
Released: Oct 3, 2018

TEE FRANKLIN (BINGO LOVE) and ALITHA E. MARTINEZ (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) team up for a timely horror series from the Deep South!

Mahalia runs the hottest spot in all of 1950s New Orleans. The Jook Joint keeps the jazz popping, people bopping... and the women? The women are to die for. There's only one rule: "Keep your hands to y...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Return of Wolverine #5 Feb 22, 2019
5.0

This series is just not that good. It has gone from ok to barely ok from start to finish. The story is basic and straight forward. Logan was brought back to be Wolverine in a comic world where I thought we had already filled the void. X-23 was a great Wolverine and Old Man Logan was fitting the more mature material better. Most would be better served to read a synopsis and just pick up when the ne more

Return of Wolverine #5

By: Charles Soule, Steve McNiven
Released: Feb 20, 2019

Now that Logan has risen...how far can he fall?
Parental Advisory

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RaisingBlack reviewed Captain Marvel #1 Jan 11, 2019
9.0

Kelly Thompson is the clear correct choice to give Captain Marvel her fresh start. The book has the right tone and really sets up the character in context. I know that the mission is to Make Carol Danvers more earthbound but I do help there is a balance made with her space adventures. Kelly Thompson writes a true jumping on point and Carman Nunez Carnero really supports with quality art. Kelly sta more

Captain Marvel #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Carmen Nunez Carnero
Released: Jan 9, 2019

ALL THE STARS ALIGN AS KELLY THOMPSON AND CARMEN CARNERO TAKE ON MARVEL'S PREMIER FEMALE SUPER HERO!
As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it's time for Earth's mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the un...

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YourGreenMuse - Jan 13, 2019

In the first arc of Avengers, the dark celestial arc, Carol has short hair. She grew out her hair in the Life of Captain Marvel miniseries, which this series picks up from. The second arc of Avengers, World Tour, has her with long hair. So we can assume that the continuity is Dark Celestials -> Life of Captain Marvel -> This series' first arc -> World Tour. The reason for the ask in this issue is because she took a sabbatical during Life of Captain Marvel, which took place over months.

RaisingBlack - Jan 15, 2019

Thanks for clearing that up

RaisingBlack reviewed Bitter Root #3 Jan 11, 2019
10

Bitter Root has become my favorite monthly series to read. If ever there was an Image book with huge potential for TV and film options this is it. David Walker and Chuck Brown have written the greatest book of their career.

This book has something for everyone with characters and a tone unlike anything else anyone is writing. Sanford Greene continues the high level of art in this book. more

Bitter Root #3

By: David Walker, Sanford Greene
Released: Jan 9, 2019

With violence erupting on the streets of Harlem and his cousin possessed by a demonic force, Cullen Sangerye reaches out for help from an estranged family member. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, Ford Sangerye fights for his life at the gateway to Hell.  

BITTER ROOT Cover As by SANFORD GREENE will be connecting through the first story...

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RaisingBlack added Captain Marvel (2019) to their pull list Jan 10, 2019

Captain Marvel (2019)

ALL THE STARS ALIGN AS KELLY THOMPSON AND CARMEN CARNERO TAKE ON MARVEL'S PREMIER FEMALE SUPER HERO!
As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it's time for Earth's mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the un...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Champions #1 Jan 3, 2019
8.5

Champions #1 is a great start that shows you just what this team is about. I also think it captures its age group really well. Jim Zub and Steven Cummings are a really good team for this book. The tone of this book is optimistic. The attitude is one of we want to make a difference and we are making it happen.

Champions is the kind of book that you should read if you want some classic w more

Champions #1

By: Jim Zub, Steven Cummings
Released: Jan 2, 2019

THE WORLD STILL NEEDS HEROES - AND THERE ARE HEROES ALL OVER THE WORLD!
The Champions have gone global! The team has seen explosive growth under Ms. Marvel's leadership, with super-powered members ready to answer the call in a dozen different countries. They're saving people and improving lives across the planet while they inspire the next gene...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Heroes In Crisis #4 Jan 3, 2019
4.5

Tom King is a strange person. He can be like Bendis with ignoring continuity and what others have built into these characters, but he does it with massively less charm and heart. Tom King at this point seems to be writing Batman and Batman family like he really wants off the book. This is the thinnest in this issue so far. Nothing really changes aside from Batgirl seemingly taking a lead in this i more

Heroes In Crisis #4

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Wonder Woman versus...Booster Gold?! Diana finds out the hard way that Booster can be a formidable opponent when his back's against the wall. Of course, being the prime suspect in a superhero massacre and exposing a secret trauma hospital for metahumans will do just that. Meanwhile, Batman and the Flash combine their detective skills to investigate...

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8.0

A strong issue to jump back into Cloak and Dagger with. This MDO is all about Cloak and Dagger trying to figure out there new normal. Can they enjoy what makes them work well together while also having some boundaries and personal lives? It is an interesting question. The story is straight forward and the art maintain a sense of stark contrast in tone. The elements of creepy horror are there and t more

Cloak and Dagger: Negative Exposure #1

By: Dennis Hopeless, Francesco Manna
Released: Dec 26, 2018

CLOAK AND DAGGER ARE BACK TOGETHER as a team of super police consultants! However, TANDY and TYRONE are another story, as each find themselves embroiled in new relationships… Will they finally be able to move on or will the tension of watching their ex with someone new be enough to break their newly reformed team apart? PLUS, something strange is...

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RaisingBlack added Cloak and Dagger: Negative Exposure to their pull list Dec 26, 2018

Cloak and Dagger: Negative Exposure

CLOAK AND DAGGER ARE BACK TOGETHER as a team of super police consultants! However, TANDY and TYRONE are another story, as each find themselves embroiled in new relationships… Will they finally be able to move on or will the tension of watching their ex with someone new be enough to break their newly reformed team apart? PLUS, something strange is...

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8.0

Shades of Grey is a strong Trade with a lot to offer. The Marvel Digital Originals are an interesting experiment for Marvel. For those wondering I will explain the system, though Cloak and Dagger broke from the traditional method for this first arc. The MDO's work really smartly. There are 3 issues that span one arc. Each issue has 2 chapters that are the size a full monthly comic issue. The books more

Cloak and Dagger Shades Of Grey

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina

For years, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen waged a citywide war on drugs, organized crime and corporate greed as the inseparable duo Cloak and Dagger! Now, though, they have drifted apart - until a dangerous threat from their past resurfaces, forcing them to reunite and face their feelings! But there's a greater danger to their relationship than any...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Cloak and Dagger #5 Dec 26, 2018
8.5

I really have been enjoying what Marvel is doing with MDO titles. This kind of out of the box thinking is really a great idea. Marvel needs to find better ways of letting these kinds of titles find an audience and grow without the burden of monthly paper sales and this is a smart option.

Hopeless brings this story home nicely and continues his deconstruction of a break up. Both charact more

Cloak and Dagger #5

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina
Released: Oct 3, 2018

As they have no choice but to question the very nature of their reality, Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson have to reunite and stop a musical festival's worth of brainwashed civilians...as only CLOAK AND DAGGER can!

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RaisingBlack reviewed Cloak and Dagger #4 Dec 26, 2018
8.5

I truly have come to love this book. The book at this point can be a little confusing to keep straight of who is in control of who's mind. There is an element of confusion and vertigo to this issue. What makes this book so good is that it continues to deconstruct what makes Cloak and Dagger who they are. Hopeless in this issue really breaks down their communication or lack thereof. This book remai more

Cloak and Dagger #4

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina
Released: Sep 5, 2018

After years of her being his light in the darkness, it's Cloak's turn to shed some light on what's been going on in Dagger's life. But that's going to be tougher than it sounds, when a foe from their past resurfaces, and nothing is what it seems...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Cloak and Dagger #3 Dec 26, 2018
8.5

the true villain of this book is taking more of a shape and he is just the kind of enemy best suited to Cloak and Dagger. Each issue is really about the different components of breaking up. This one is about reliance. The basic truth is that these two have not found a way to not rely on one another. The simply can not fully divorce their lives and in a past filled with regrets misunderstanding wha more

Cloak and Dagger #3

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina
Released: Aug 1, 2018

Dagger comes face to face with the killer she's been tracking for days – but will she make it out alive?! And, at the moment she needed him most, where is Cloak?!

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RaisingBlack reviewed Cloak and Dagger #2 Dec 26, 2018
9.0

Dennis Hopeless has done an amazing job of really unpacking something as simple as a bad break up and allowing that concept to grow into a full blown superhero series with horror and crime elements. Mistrust is the main idea of this book. How can trust someone willing to let you starve and how can you trust someone you think is always on the edge of being horrible? Dennis seems more comfortble wri more

Cloak and Dagger #2

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina
Released: Jul 4, 2018

Despite the fact that they've gone their separate ways, Cloak and Dagger will always remain connected to one another -- but Dagger has learned that there's a force even more corrosive than villainy to her relationship with Cloak: mistrust. And things don't get any better when the murders Dagger has been investigating continue...with victims who lo...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Cloak and Dagger #1 Dec 26, 2018
8.0

Issue 1 of CLoak and Dagger starts off stong and drops us in on the current place that Cloak and Dagger have found themselves. The question this series seeks to answer is can this duo really exist without the other. Their relationship strain is at the center of this issue and them being separated and trying to find an identity outside of what they used to be is the core of the book.

Ma more

Cloak and Dagger #1

By: Dennis Hopeless, David Messina
Released: Jun 6, 2018

For years, Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen were the super hero duo called CLOAK AND DAGGER -- waging a citywide war on drugs, organized crime and corporate greed. In recent years, their crusade has taken them across the globe, fighting alongside Spider-Man, The X-Men and even The Avengers, and though they've drifted apart, a dangerous threat from th...

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RaisingBlack added Livewire (2018) to their pull list Dec 18, 2018

Livewire (2018)

ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES! FOR THE FIRST TIME, LIVEWIRE TAKES CENTER STAGE!
Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few...

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RaisingBlack reviewed X-Men: Red #11 Dec 18, 2018
9.0

A very good if not premature ending to the best team book at Marvel. Tom Taylor understands what makes the X-Men great. He also showed a remarkable ability at writing the voice of Jean Grey and has positioned her as the clear leader of the X-Men and a voice we shouldn't let return into what many saw as boring and flat in previous years. The ending is just as high stakes as the lead up. If you have more

X-Men: Red #11

By: Tom Taylor, Roge Antonia
Released: Dec 12, 2018

The X-Men have battled valiantly against their powerful psychic foe, Cassandra Nova, since the moment she framed Jean Grey for murder on the world stage. They have been hunted. They have been hated. And now...they can fight no more.
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack reviewed Bitter Root #2 Dec 17, 2018
10

This is a must read for any Image fans, Sci-Fi fans, History Fans, Horror Fans, and anyone who just likes damn good story. Walker and Chuck Brown clearly put a lot of thought and time into this book and the deserve whatever support can be given. Greene's art is rich and interesting and this story has all the components of great work.

Issue 2 maintains the high pace of issue 1. Walker i more

Bitter Root #2

By: David Walker, Sanford Greene
Released: Dec 12, 2018

An evil force stalks the streets of Harlem as Berg and Cullen face off against a deadly creature that may be more than they can handle. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, a mysterious stranger unleashes furious retribution in the name of justice.

BITTER ROOT Cover As by SANFORD GREENE will be connecting through the first story arc.

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RaisingBlack reviewed Bitter Root #1 Dec 17, 2018
10

Drop whatever you are reading and read Bitter Root. Walker has outdone himself in a book that has enough depth to run for years and be a hit for Image. Bitter Root #1 sets up something special. The tone, art, and pacing are all there. The only other book I have read that included Greene's are was Powerman and Iron Fist from 2016. I really liked his work there but I love it in Bitter Root. The Deep more

Bitter Root #1

By: David Walker, Sanford Greene
Released: Nov 14, 2018

In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York-and the world-from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But the once-great family of monster hunters has been torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes. The Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move bey...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Avengers #11 Dec 17, 2018
8.5

This book was a good time. It sets the stage for a very interesting future for the Avengers. Marvel is also creating a space for the Squadron Supreme that could have major benefits going forward. Jason Aaron is easily in the top 5 writers over at Marvel right now and what he is doing with Avengers makes it continue to feel like the first book a Marvel fan should read. Aaron continues to understand more

Avengers #11

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Dec 12, 2018

THE AVENGERS WORLD TOUR COMES TO A SHATTERING CONCLUSION!
To deal with the fallout from last month's world-shaking issue #700, the Avengers organize an international super hero summit, gathering heroes from the most powerful nations on Earth. But no one was expecting the shocking new representatives of the United States. The world is about to b...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Batman: Damned #2 Dec 17, 2018
5.5

I don't know what so many see in this book. Sure it is "Darker" but that is supposed to allow for chances to be taken and to drive home a strong narrative but so far these books seem to only be about the high-quality art and the feel they want to create. The art masks the fact that the story is extremely weak. This series is not a Batman story in a darker universe but rather a darker universe that more

Batman: Damned #2

By: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
Released: Dec 12, 2018

As Batman's descent into the madness of Gotham City's decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons...and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there's demons, there's also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it's a veritable Grand Guignol! &...

RaisingBlack added Marvel Knights: 20th to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Marvel Knights: 20th

In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel's CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!
In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.
He doesn't know the burly police officer with the wild ...

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RaisingBlack added Winter Soldier (2018) to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Winter Soldier (2018)

Bucky Barnes believes in second chances.
Having escaped death, the loss of identity, and a life of murder, the man known as the Winter Soldier has worked hard to atone for his sins. But now...he's going to go one step further. What do you do when you've found redemption? You help others do the same.
From KYLE HIGGINS (Nightwing, Power Range...

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RaisingBlack added Killmonger (2018) to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Killmonger (2018)

THE BRUTAL TALE OF A MAN WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING FOR FREEDOM...
One day, Erik Killmonger will rise up and attempt to steal the throne of Wakanda. The throne he believes he is owed. But long before he became "Killmonger," there was a boy known as N'Jadaka. A boy who was stolen from his home and taught only the world's cruelties. A boy who knew ...

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RaisingBlack added Martian Manhunter (2018) to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Martian Manhunter (2018)

No matter what you know about J'onn J'onnz, you're not prepared for this! The acclaimed team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo (BATMAN/ THE SHADOW, BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN) reteam for a reinvention of the Manhunter from Mars in this twisted, unexpected series. Back on Mars, J'onn was about as corrupt as a law officer can be, ...

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RaisingBlack added Prodigy to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Prodigy

Edison Crane's not content being the world's smartest man and most successful businessman-his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He's a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can't handle.

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RaisingBlack added Self/Made to their pull list Dec 5, 2018

Self/Made

SERIES PREMIERE! Introducing a new creative team everyone will be talking about-superstar talent writer MAT GROOM and artist EDUARDO FERIGATO. When chaos besieges the kingdom of Arcadia, warrior Amala Citlali sees it as her chance to escape her clearly-defined role-and to change her destiny. But she could never have predicted that it would also be ...

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RaisingBlack added Quincredible to their pull list Nov 28, 2018

Quincredible

Quinton, a high school sophomore, is looking to live his best life by moonlighting as a superhero. The catch? His power is invulnerability . . . and that's the only power he has.

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