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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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RaisingBlack reviewed Justice League #2 Jun 21, 2018
8.5

Another solid entry in this relaunch. I really like the team dynamic developing and Martian Manhunter is a remarkable team leader for the Justice League. His inner monologue is great and my hope is to see another shot at solo series for him. Snyder still likes to make stuff up on the fly though. Cosmic membrane? What I don't like about the events after Metal and No justice is that there is a lot o more

Justice League #2

By: Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Jun 20, 2018

"THE TOTALITY" part two! The League faced an impossible decision...and now they must face the consequences! While Martian Manhunter and Batman attempt to recruit an old ally back into the fold, The Flash and Hawkgirl are blindsided by new challenges that could rewrite their mythologies!

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RaisingBlack reviewed Exiles #4 Jun 15, 2018
8.5

So far this has been my favorite issue of this series. Ahmed seems to have calmed down from the sprint we were on and where every issue was just the cast outrunning a giant zombie Galactus head. The pace is still high the story is wordy. That will likely be the nature of this series because every issue brings with it a new setting we are dropped in but as this is a big issue with a major reveal th more

Exiles #4

By: Saladin Ahmed, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jun 13, 2018

BLACKBEARD BEN AND THE BUSTED TALLUS!
When the broken Tallus sends them hurtling through time, the Exiles find themselves on the open seas! But this is no pirate's paradise. If the Exiles don't recover the Tallus and return to their mission, Earth - and the rest of reality - is lost! But they'll need help. The legendary Blackbeard - A.K.A. Ben ...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Thor #1 Jun 13, 2018
10

Jason Aaron is just extremely good at what he does. Del Mundo's art style works well for this book for me but I can see others finding the shifts in drawing style to be a little jarring. The story is remarkable and we are dropped in on a Thor Odinson trying to get his groove back as a hero. Thor #1 is great jump on point for anyone who wants to get into Thor. I still highly recommend reading Aaron more

Thor #1

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Jun 13, 2018

JASON AARON & MIKE DEL MUNDO TAKE THE PRINCE OF ASGARD IN A WHOLE NEW DIRECTION!
Thor Odinson has regained his mantle - and with it, a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands! The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost of hundreds of ...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Prism Stalker #4 Jun 12, 2018
8.0

Prism Stalkers continues to be the fascinating acid trip that it began ass but the story is coming into more focus. Sloane Leong's style makes the reader feel just as out of place and awkward as Vep does. This issue feels a lot like the beginning of her breakthrough. As Vep begins to figure out her world what started as a majorly surreal experience becomes more concrete. Leong's art continues to more

Prism Stalker #4

By: Sloane Leong
Released: Jun 6, 2018

The thrashing, nebulous present collides with the deep-rooted past and threatens more than one future. Vep's will, crystallized but ravaged, is challenged and set aflame when confronted with a powerful delusive attention.

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RaisingBlack reviewed X-Men: Red #5 Jun 7, 2018
10

This was a great comic week and Tom Taylor continues the high-quality story that is X-Men Red. he also excels at writing Jean Grey as the leader the X-Men were destined to have. Jean Grey is brilliant, thoughtful, heroic, and a force of nature. The roster of this team is spot on for being the premiere book of the X-men. The stakes are high and the villain controlling things is a truly worthy one. more

X-Men: Red #5

By: Tom Taylor, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jun 6, 2018

MUTANT HATE IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH...
•  ...and Jean Grey is caught right in the middle!
•  CASSANDRA NOVA's plan is finally revealed....but to devastating consequences.
•  And just because JEAN GREY's team finally knows what's going on, doesn't mean they can actually stop it.
• ...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Immortal Hulk #1 Jun 7, 2018
10

If Al Ewing's writing in Immortal Hulk is worth his weight in gold and if Ewing pitched this idea then he is worth his weight in Diamonds. Immortal Hulk is one of the best debut comics I have ever read. The tone is perfect and the freshness of this take on Bruce Banner and this new smarter more complicated Hulk is really something to read. Everything in this book felt mature, dangerous, and gave u more

Immortal Hulk #1

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jun 6, 2018

HORROR HAS A NAME.
You'd never notice the man. He doesn't like to be noticed. He's quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he'd do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man's name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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RaisingBlack reviewed Justice League #1 Jun 7, 2018
9.0

I really enjoyed this issue. We are starting out the gate really strong. Martian Manhunter taking the lead in this book was great writing. This is rare for me as I often do not like Scott Snyder as a writer, but he is playing in a big box of toys that he helped shaped and this book really feels like the pay off to a lot of that (problematic) writing. This book feels like the flagship team of DC co more

Justice League #1

By: Scott Snyder, Jim Cheung
Released: Jun 6, 2018

"THE TOTALITY" part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes...in ways our heroes couldn't possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will sh...

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RaisingBlack reviewed Abbott #5 Jun 4, 2018
8.0

Abbott comes to a solid close but it feels like Ahmed cut the story short. The moments are solid and Kivela's art is amazing, but all of this would have been best served with more time. More time to build our main villain. More time to explore the supernatural. More time to explore the vivid supporting characters and Abbott herself.

Ahmed has been doing such solid work that it is easy more

Abbott #5

By: Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivela
Released: May 30, 2018

Captured by the maniacal villain who has been wreaking havoc on Detroit, it'll take all of Abbott's
gumption and latent abilities to escape his clutches and save the city from the encroaching darkness.

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RaisingBlack reviewed X-Men: Red Annual #1 May 31, 2018
9.0

Tom Taylor is doing remarkable work on X-men Red. This Annual takes a step back and really features what Jean Grey is about. This annual does a great job of tieing up some ends and investing Jean Grey the leader in person. Taylor writes a story that shows why Jean really is the leader the X-men and mutant kind actually deserve. Every character voice in this book feels right.

There is o more

X-Men: Red Annual #1

By: Tom Taylor, Pascal Alixe
Released: May 30, 2018

After Resurrection. Before Red. Jean Grey was reborn in a world that had changed. Her friends and family had lived lives. Some had lost lives. This is Jean's story of catching up losses and triumphs. Reconnecting with old colleagues, grieving for those lots, and meeting family members she didn't know existed.
Rated T+

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