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RaisingBlack reviewed X-Men: Red #10 Nov 9, 2018
10

We have come to the second to last issue of this brilliant series. There is not much else that can be said for how good Tom Taylor has written this story. Red has been the best example of what an X-men story could be and the fact of the matter is that Tom Taylor should be continuing this story and X-Men Red into the relaunch of Uncanny X-men.

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X-Men: Red #10

By: Tom Taylor, Paolo Villanelli
Released: Nov 7, 2018

In the aftermath of a showdown between Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova, the rules have changed - and the battle is nowhere near over! It's all hands on deck as the building wave of hatred against mutants crashes down on the X-Men!
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack reviewed X-23 #6 Nov 9, 2018
8.0

This issue is just a nice 1 off story before Tamaki starts the next major arc. It is fun and light story. Duarte's art is nice as well. X-23 continues to chug along and my hope is this book can have a nice long run.

X-23 #6

By: Mariko Tamaki, Georges Duarte
Released: Nov 7, 2018

BACK TO SCHOOL?
Laura and Gabby go undercover as teacher and student to uncover a deadly secret. Will Gabby be teacher's pet? Will Jonathan?
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack added Infinite Dark to their pull list Oct 10, 2018

Infinite Dark

The universe ended, but onboard the void station Orpheus, a skeleton crew of humanity survived: the last two thousand souls, waiting for a second big bang that may never come. Now, two years into their voyage, Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the station's first murder-and the otherworldly motives behind it.

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RaisingBlack added Captain America (2018) to their pull list Oct 10, 2018

Captain America (2018)

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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RaisingBlack added What If? (2018) to their pull list Oct 3, 2018

What If? (2018)

• What if Peter Parker wasn't the one bitten by the radioactive spider?
•  What if the person who got bit was someone who didn't live by the mantra of "with great power comes great responsibility"?
•  What if that person was an egotistical bully who was only interested in taking care of himself?
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RaisingBlack added Asgardians of the Galaxy to their pull list Oct 3, 2018

Asgardians of the Galaxy

Spinning out of the events of INFINITY WARS comes an epic space opera from DEADPOOL veterans Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli!
Angela, the not-so-beloved half-sister of Thor. The hotheaded Valkyrie - and the human who shares her form, Annabelle Riggs. Skurge the Executioner, freshly returned from Hel. Throg, the mightiest frog of thunder. Kevin Mas...

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RaisingBlack added Death Orb to their pull list Oct 2, 2018

Death Orb

Rider, an axe-wielding wasteland survivor, carves a bloody path across a war-torn North America ruled over by the Lords, the mysterious Father, and their cult followers as he searches for his abducted wife and child. Information from one of Father's hired mercenaries could lead Rider to his family-if the Lords don't take him out first.

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RaisingBlack added Jook Joint to their pull list Oct 2, 2018

Jook Joint

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 Batman: Damned #1 Sep 24, 2018
8.0

Masterful art. Decent story. Interesting start.

Batman Damned is more atmosphere over anything else and my hope is that we buck the broken Batman trend and focus on the mystery. Bermejo's art is the real star of this book because it is nothing short of amazing from page to page. The way everyone is drawn is so rich with detail that this book should really be studied. However, the art a more

Batman: Damned #1

By: Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo
Released: Sep 19, 2018

DC BLACK LABEL, the highly anticipated new imprint from DC Comics, starts here!
The Joker is dead.
There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.
Problem is, Batman can't remember... and the more he digs into this labyrinthin...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Return of Wolverine #1 Sep 20, 2018
7.0

This book is fine. Nothing revolutionary. It is a nice point to jump in no matter where you are coming from. If you never read a Wolverine or X-men book. If you didn't read the multiple books that searched for Logan it really doesn't matter just jump in. There is some solid action and the book really looks great. It just feels like this mini is set up a new enemy and story that will be introduced more

Return of Wolverine #1

By: Charles Soule, Steve McNiven
Released: Sep 19, 2018

HE'S BACK, BUB.
Parental Advisory

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RaisingBlack reviewed Luke Cage #1 Sep 20, 2018
10

Luke Cage (MDO) starts out the gate really strong and through Luke into a mystery and situations that appear to be his greatest struggle. Anthony Del Col really succeeds where many Luke Cage writers struggle which is making the story feel really personal for Luke and not making him feel so perfect and above it all. He also brings in an illness for Luke that is so plausible and real and really thre more

Luke Cage #1

By: Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay
Released: Aug 15, 2018

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem's worries. Someone has their sights set on the city's 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It's up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but ...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Luke Cage #2 Sep 20, 2018
10

Luke Cage (MDO) is a brilliant comic. Luke is facing a situation that is quickly spinning out of control. The stakes are high and these books are having a lot of success bringing in real-world issues and concerns. Marvel has found a nice balance between being the world outside while not necessarily over pushing politics. They have done this by focusing on the feelings of those outside. Luke Cage f more

Luke Cage #2

By: Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay
Released: Sep 19, 2018

Luke Cage continues his pursuit of a murderer who’s using disease to kill Harlem’s wealthiest residents. But years of knock-down, drag-out brawls have left him less than unbreakable, and he’s forced to face the very real possibility that living a long life with his family may mean sacrificing his work as a super hero. Either way, he can’t r...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Jessica Jones #2 Sep 20, 2018
9.0

Kelly Thompson was the perfect choice to continue Jessica Jones after Bendis. She gets it and is really digging into the story. This issue skips around more and that can be jarring for the reader but at the core is a really great story with interesting characters and twists. Iulis gives NY a great vibe and the setting just feels alive. Jones is perfectly captured as a character. Elsa Bloodstone is more

Jessica Jones #2

By: Kelly Thompson, Mattia de Iulis
Released: Aug 29, 2018

BLINDSPOT Part 2! As Jessica re-opens a cold case in the hopes of bringing a former client’s murderer to justice, she finds herself caught in the web of a serial killer who seems to be targeting powerful women. When two of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful redheads are caught in his crosshairs, Jessica may be their only chance at survival. Gu...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Jessica Jones #1 Sep 20, 2018
9.5

Marvel is really on to something with this format. It offers a lot of value is likely a better model for these books continuing on a longer path. For those who don't know. Each issue is two chapters and a digital exclusive. At the end of a story arc a trade is offered in print of the complete stories. This idea will be used for all the current Netflix marvel heroes. Jessica Jones is first and Luke more

Jessica Jones #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Mattia de Iulis
Released: Jul 18, 2018

BLIND SPOT Part 1! Jessica Jones was once the costumed super hero known as Jewel. She sucked at it. Now she's a private investigator at her own firm, Alias Investigations. She sucks less at that. With the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever. But her past always comes kno...

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RaisingBlack added Jessica Jones (2018) to their pull list Sep 20, 2018

Jessica Jones (2018)

BLIND SPOT Part 1! Jessica Jones was once the costumed super hero known as Jewel. She sucked at it. Now she's a private investigator at her own firm, Alias Investigations. She sucks less at that. With the Purple Man gone, her relationship with her husband, Luke Cage, and their daughter, Danielle, is better than ever. But her past always comes kno...

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RaisingBlack added Luke Cage (2018) to their pull list Sep 20, 2018

Luke Cage (2018)

With Harlem in the grips of an unprecedented heat wave, the people look to their hero—the unbreakable man, Luke Cage! But the heat wave turns out to be the least of Harlem's worries. Someone has their sights set on the city's 1%, and the rich and powerful are dropping dead from mysterious illnesses. It's up to Luke Cage to stop the killer—but ...

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RaisingBlack added House of Whispers (2018) to their pull list Sep 12, 2018

House of Whispers (2018)

An all-new corner has been added to Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe!
Welcome to the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fréda, where the souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep to beseech the flirtatious and tragic goddess to grant them their hearts' desires and counsel them on their futures and fortunes. When you arrive, you'll fin...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Black Panther #3 Aug 27, 2018
10

You really need to read what Coates has going. Also I hope Coates is at least considering a creator owned sci-fi series somewhere. This book continues to look and be great. The stakes are high the world is amazing and every issue I want to keep pressing on. The story takes place in a future with familiar faces and names populating the story. Coates does not seem to be in a rush and I am fine with more

Black Panther #3

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Aug 22, 2018

THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA CONTINUES!
The rebels make their move! On the verge of liberating the Nameless, T'Challa, M'Baku and Nakia hunt for mysterious artifact that promises to turn the tide. What is the M'Kraan Shard? And will T'Challa find its acquisition worth the cost?
Rated T

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RaisingBlack added Black Panther (2018) to their pull list Aug 27, 2018

Black Panther (2018)

A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUñA!
A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T'Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed...
Across the vast Multiverse...

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8.0

This story really brought it home in the end and gave a character a solid ending (we could use more of that to make room for other characters). Malice is a character that needed a real arc and dimension and Okaorafor really did that.

Really this mini is just the first reintroduction of the writer who will be taking on Shuri in October. I have a lot of hope for that book but I do wonder more

Wakanda Forever: Avengers #1

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Oleg Okunev
Released: Aug 22, 2018

THE HUNT FOR MALICE REACHES ITS CLIMAX!
The Black Panther joins the fight against Nakia, A.K.A. the villainous and crazed Malice! Finally, the man of her dreams is within Nakia's grasp. But he's brought a few friends with him, and they're not happy about the world-ending weapon she just unleashed. The seemingly all-powerful Mimic-27 has already...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1 Aug 27, 2018
6.5

Of the three stories this one is the weakest. It introduces a solid take on storm and the X-Men. Nothing about the characters sounds off so Okorafor has done her background work. This part 2 is really setting up the next story which again is not worth the 5 dollars but I enjoyed it.

Wakanda Forever: X-Men #1

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Ray-Anthony Height
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Former Dora Milaje member and eternal troublemaker Nakia, A.K.A. Malice, has set a trap to lure the Black Panther into her obsessive clutches! Step One: Take out the Panther's one true love, Storm of the X-Men! But Nakia didn't count on the interference of her former warriors-in-arms, the fierce Dora Milaje - and they're hot on her trail. Can Okoye...

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7.0

This is a fun read but definitely should not be priced at 5 dollars. It is a fun story that kicks off this tale nicely. I don't think Nnedi Okorafor is a comic book writer yet. The story just is not a smooth but there is some humor and fun to be had.

Wakanda Forever: Amazing Spider-Man #1

By: Nnedi Okorafor, Alberto Alburquerque
Released: Jun 27, 2018

PART ONE OF A THREE-PART STORY THAT SEES THE DORA MILAJE TEAM UP WITH THE MARVEL U!
The blockbuster Black Panther film has everyone talking about Wakanda's best warriors, the fierce Dora Milaje! Now witness the Dora outside of Wakanda - and in Spider-Man's world! When the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York, they'll...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Infinity Wars: Prime #1 Jul 26, 2018
7.5

I enjoyed this book. It helps get you ready for the real fight to come and sets ups the Big Bad for Infinity War. As a story it is just Ok and likely a good entry for anyone that did not read Infinity Countdown. Deodato's art is really great for this series and I look forward to the rest of this event series.

Infinity Wars: Prime #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Trust us, Marvel Fans - before the INFINITY WARS begin to rage comes this shocking chapter of the cosmic saga that you will not want to miss! The ramifications of this issue will be felt throughout Infinity for years to come! We can say NO MORE!
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack reviewed X-23 #1 Jul 12, 2018
9.0

I am very happy with this fresh Start. Tamaki still remains true to the tone that brought success to Tom Taylor's run. My hope is that they can keep in strong contact about the ongoing story because Taylor continues to write my favorite Marvel team book in X-men Red and that book still uses Laura and Honey Badger quite well and keeping continuity would be nice. Mariko Tamaki is setting up an inter more

X-23 #1

By: Mariko Tamaki, Juan Cabal
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series...

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RaisingBlack added X-23 (2018) to their pull list Jul 10, 2018

X-23 (2018)

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Justice League #3 Jul 9, 2018
8.5

Snyder is doing some solid work on this book. Jimenez does great art and this book captures what many loved about the Justice League tv series. Snyder's focus has been to build up characters like Martian Manhunter, John Stewart, and not rely so heavily on the Trinity and it works wonderfully. I still hold out hope for a Martian Manhunter solo series.

Both Avengers and Justice League ar more

Justice League #3

By: Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Jul 4, 2018

John Stewart: Ultraviolet Lantern? Believe it! Under the influence of the Ultraviolet Spectrum, John Stewart engages in some ultraviolence against his teammates Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Meanwhile, the rest of the League investigates the scene of the fallen Source Wall fragment, and encounters not only a horde of giant monsters, but a pair o...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Avengers #4 Jul 9, 2018
8.5

Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness are a great team. First and foremost this is a book with great art and pacing. Avengers was a book that Marvel needed to get right because there just wasn't enough consistency and it didn't feel like the book that lead the entire Marvel Universe. If readers were going to read one book and know what is going on throughout the Marvel universe it is supposed to be Avenge more

Avengers #4

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jul 4, 2018

How do the Avengers possibly defeat a crew of 2,000-foot-tall, nearly omnipotent Dark Celestials bent on annihilating the human race? While Thor and Hulk search for answers deep within the bowels of Old Asgard, we learn more about the untold history of Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers!
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack reviewed Captain America #1 Jul 9, 2018
9.0

Coates is off to a remarkable start. This book really gets where Cap is right now and is really exploring and setting up a conflict that feels worthy of Captain America. Coates had a lot of hurdles to deal with when he was picked to write this Fresh Start. The haters were ready to complain and cry SJW before a line was written, but Coates captures a Captain America that is dealing with the events more

Captain America #1

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Jul 4, 2018

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Batman #50 Jul 4, 2018
3.0

I really didn't like it. Tom King since I am Bane ended has been let down after let down after filler. DC made a major mistep in the NY Times spoil, but honestly the real mistake is that all of this story changed absolutely nothing. Why have all this build up to do nothing? The book is a master class in art. The artists coming together to pay homage to Batman and Catwoman did a great job showing t more

Batman #50

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 4, 2018

It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbea...

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RaisingBlack - Jul 9, 2018

That is a very valid comparison with "The Crow"

myconius - Jul 11, 2018

seeing Eric Draven act as tortured is more suitable as his tragedy had just happened. Batman has had years to focus his grief into being disciplined. becoming a master detective, tactician, scientist, martial artist. he'd have never accomplished any of those things had he been wallowing in self pity the whole time.

RaisingBlack reviewed X-Men: Blue #30 Jun 27, 2018
5.0

There is really nothing that great about X-Men Blue #30. What was being pushed as a big issue with the reveal of Jimmy'S codename is painfully average. The entire post-Mothervine writing so far has been below the height that was reached in Mothervine. The Search for Jimmy Hudson is a through away story at best. It has a touch of drama and forced action. The art is fine, but ultimately the last two more

X-Men: Blue #30

By: Cullen Bunn, Nathan Stockman
Released: Jun 27, 2018

THE SEARCH FOR JIMMY HUDSON!
•  DAKEN and JIMMY HUDSON square off in one of the most violent battles in X-MEN history!
•  Can the X-Men save Jimmy? Can they save Daken? Should they save either one?
•  Finally! Jimmy has a codename...but is he a hero or a villain?
Rated T+

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