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pkingdom reviewed Champions #8 Aug 12, 2019
2.0

Sam finally gets his powers back! He didn't do anything to deserve them or earn them back, he just attacked a Nova corp ship, then led a space psycho into attacking an Earth military facility and stole it back in the confusion. Its hard to think of a worse way this could have gone down. The B-squad Champions still barely work as a team and look pretty incompetent. Viv doesn't even get to shine more

Champions #8

By: Jim Zub, Steven Cummings
Released: Aug 7, 2019

• Fear, doubt, and deception...The Champions' ideals are about to be tested, and not everyone will make the grade.
•  Plus, the return of the Freelancers and the fate of Sam Alexander!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU - Feb 18, 2020

While I think your rating is overly harsh, you have incisive critiques. This whole volume has been non-stop disasters for the Champions and it reflects poorly on them individually and as a team.

CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #14 Feb 3, 2020
6.0

I cannot get properly engaged with the story when the art is beating me over the head on every page, screaming, "this is CHRIS BACHALO'S Spider-Man! Accept no substitutes!" Except this issue's serving of art IS a substitute; this is exactly the wrong way for a fill-in artist to distinguish himself.

Amazing Spider-Man #14

By: Nick Spencer, Chris Bachalo
Released: Jan 30, 2019

• You know what's annoying? Having to save J. Jonah Jameson's life.
•  Sure, he's been on Spidey's side for a little while, but that's after YEARS of him making Spider-Man's life a living heck.
•  I feel like this amount of responsibility should come with even more power.
•  Anyway,...

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YourGreenMuse reviewed The Unstoppable Wasp #10 Jul 20, 2019
7.0

An alright finale, if a bit too wordy. I won't really miss this series, but I will say that this volume was certainly better than the last and some issues were genuinely great. The ones dealing with Bipolar disorder were the standouts. I wonder if Nadia's search for Hank Pym will get picked up anywhere, because Hank Pym/Ultron is dead as of the end of Infinity Countdown, which these characters wou more

The Unstoppable Wasp #10

By: Jeremy Whitley, Gurihiru
Released: Jul 17, 2019

It's the final showdown between G.I.R.L. and A.I.M., and only one team of super-scientists can come out on top! But what dark secret do the agents of A.I.M. know about Nadia's past? And once it comes to light, will anything ever be the same again?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU - Jan 27, 2020

IIRC, although Hank's soul was eaten by that Soul Stone monster in IC, Pymtron survived his fight with Warlock and Silver Surfer. I think it actually lines up pretty well with Jan's assertion that what's left is "Ultron wearing Hank's face."

YourGreenMuse - Jan 27, 2020

Yep, I was wrong. Still no real mention of this in the Ultron arc of Tony Stark: Iron Man, though.

CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #2 Jan 25, 2020
9.0

At the Fox's direction, Felicia pulls a heist on the Sanctum Sanctorum. Much goes wrong, but hiring Xander the Merciless for a magical consult was the standout mistake of the evening. Plot and pace are solid, the art is serviceable, and Felicia's voice is an absolute delight. She's an antihero you'd totally want to have drinks with -- though any valuables and currency on your person would doubtles more

Black Cat #2

By: Jed MacKay, Travel Foreman
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Felicia Hardy prides herself on the fact that she can get into ANYWHERE... but does that REALLY include Doctor Strange's SANCTUM SANCTORUM?! Can the Black Cat get into the most protected house in the Marvel Universe? YES. But the question really is... can she handle what's inside?
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Giant-Size X-Statix #1 Jan 25, 2020
9.0

Edie "U-Go Girl" Sawyer's secret daughter, Katie, is dragged against her will into a fresh burst of X-Statix shenanigans. This is all about legacy, in the most ridiculous and contrived manner possible, and it would be terrible stuff if the original X-Statix creative team weren't on board and better than ever. One-of-a-kind art and prose with a magic ability to balance between inane and profound: T more

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

By: Peter Milligan, Michael Allred
Released: Jul 10, 2019

They're back and more alive than ever for this special one-shot! But what new threat is so grave that only the most famous mutant celebrities can fight it? And who is the new U-Go-Girl? Only the original X-Statix creative team Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred know for sure!
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #16 Jan 25, 2020
9.0

In this nice bridging issue, Eddie sets out to solve some money problems and provide for his kid. He has no symbiote, but Venom is very much with him in an impressively deranged way. And he finally catches wind that Carnage is gunning for him! A very tight script and some distinctive guest art make this a pleasure to read.

Venom #16

By: Donny Cates, Juan Gedeon
Released: Jul 10, 2019

After weeks on the run and battling the monsters of Asgard through the WAR OF THE REALMS, Eddie Brock finally has a moment to catch his breath. But without his symbiote, getting even the basic necessities will become a challenge for Eddie Brock. Which means that keeping his son, Dylan, alive will be too!
Rated T+

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8.5

Miles is imprisoned and subjected to power-testing that he's not expected to survive. It's a dark gimmick, and the creators commit to it utterly, evoking some intense despair. It's fascinating both as a standalone scene and as part of a wider story -- it certainly makes me eager to learn more about the mysterious Assessor who's torturing Miles.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #8

By: Saladin Ahmed, Javi Garron
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Miles Morales has been TAKEN! Grabbed from the streets by an unknown assailant, bound, tested and observed, like a bug under glass. Who is responsible?! And how far will they push Miles to protect his friends and family? Don't miss this horrifying new chapter in Miles' life as his rogues' gallery continues to grow!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ironheart #8 Jan 25, 2020
8.5

After bidding the Wasp a nice farewell, Riri does a little demon-busting with Dr. Strange before getting a plot-developing info-dump from him. Pace and plot are a little bit off, but I am really loving the art and characterization. It's a textbook example of a comic where you have to like the protagonist to enjoy the content -- and the creators do a sterling job making sure I do like the protagoni more

Ironheart #8

By: Eve Ewing, Luciano Vecchio
Released: Jul 10, 2019

As Ironheart creeps closer to understanding the powerful people who have been wreaking magical havoc around her, she needs to talk to someone who can give her a clue... and it's none other than the Sorcerer Supreme himself, DOCTOR STRANGE!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Champions #7 Jan 25, 2020
8.5

Brief but important moments for Ms. Marvel and Viv Vision precede the all-Sam-Alexander show, which is actually the all-Kaldera show. Kaldera is insanely great, emphasis on the "insane" -- but she skates on the edge of overstaying her welcome and the "to be continued" ending points to more Sam'n'Kaldera shenanigans in the immediate future. It's cool to get some bonus Nova content, but this is supp more

Champions #7

By: Jim Zub, Steven Cummings
Released: Jul 10, 2019

The WAR OF THE REALMS is over, but its effect on the Champions has shaken the team to its very core. Meanwhile, Sam Alexander's mission in space takes an unexpected turn. Will he find redemption, or is this the last ride for the human rocket?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #25 Jan 25, 2020
8.0

I think in an ideal world, where editors assigned writing duties based on skill and enthusiasm while ignoring marketing considerations, contemporary Nick Spencer would be writing an MJ solo -- a really good one. I enjoyed that slice of the story far more than any of the others, with the algorithmic C-strip getting my silver medal. The other stuff in the A-strip was pretty messy and digressive; it more

Amazing Spider-Man #25

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Year two of Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley and Humberto Ramos' run on ASM begins here! In the giant-sized main story, Spider-Man and Mary Jane find themselves in an INCREDIBLY tough situation, thanks to Electro. Can Spidey save MJ? CAN MJ SAVE SPIDEY? What is Mysterio cooking, and what does it have to do with the bandaged villain who has been on the per...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Invisible Woman #1 Jan 25, 2020
8.0

Sue starts a rogue mission to save an old SHIELD buddy. It has a nice pace, a workable theme (can Sue handle "kill or be killed" espionage?), and gorgeous art. But it's about the furthest thing in the world from a novel story, and the yeoman script doesn't show any signs of rising above its clichés.

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Invisible Woman #1

By: Mark Waid, Mattia de Iulis
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Fresh from the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, for the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own limited series - and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers' perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. - and now it's up to her to save her former partner from ...

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8.0

A sneak preview of what Jane Foster, Loki, and Punisher will be up to in the near future, nicely packaged in a frame story the congratulates and rewards Daredevil for his hard WotR work. It is just about the most enjoyable "coming attractions" reel I ever did see. Even the weakest bits are notably above average; the future looks bright for WotR spin-offs.

War of the Realms: Omega #1

By: more, Juan Ferreyra
Released: Jul 10, 2019

THE WAR IS OVER - AND THE MARVEL UNIVERSE MUST PICK UP THE PIECES! Midgard is broken, and as heroes of Asgard and Earth alike start to sift through the pieces, new heroes - and villains - emerge. What's next for Jane Foster, now free of the hammer she was willing to die to hold? Thor's brother Loki faced a terrible fate in the War of the Realms - a...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Thor #15 Jan 25, 2020
8.0

Not the best of the event's many epilogue issues, but certainly not a bad comic.

Thor #15

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Jul 10, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS EPILOGUE! NEW STATUS QUO FOR THE GOD OF THUNDER! To end the War of the Realms, Thor made a sacrifice that will leave him forever changed. Now he must face the choices he's made. What lies ahead for the God of Thunder? Jason Aaron's legendary run draws to a close - don't miss the start of his final arc!
Rated T+

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7.5

The crossover crisis continues in the A strip, and the relentless pace of fresh mashups is giving me whiplash. It's a little too hard to buckle down and care about the phoney baloney big picture threat when the villains and the threat du jour are constantly churning. The B strips are starting to outshine the A strips for me. The one in this issue is refreshingly restrained after the bonkers A stri more

Secret Warps: Weapon Hex Annual #1

By: Al Ewing, Carlos Villa
Released: Jul 10, 2019

"SECRET WARPS," PART 2 - INFERNO ATTACKS! Weapon Hex and Speed Weasel join the fight for Warp World as the forces of Hell invade the streets of New York City! PLUS: A bonus tale of the spellbound sisters taking down a ferocious furry femme!
Rated T+

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7.5

Wolverine and Blade briefly mistake each other for a vampire messiah before teaming up to butcher the genuine article. The misunderstanding brawl's set up with all the subtlety of a demolition derby. If it doesn't inspire you to give up on the book entirely, you should take it as a signal to ratchet down your expectations. Once that's done, you get some gorgeously-illustrated vampire slaughter wit more

Wolverine Vs. Blade Special #1

By: Marc Guggenheim, Dave Wilkins
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Two of the deadliest hunters ever to have stalked the night face off! Wolverine vs. Blade - 'nuff said!
Mature (MR)

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #21 Jan 25, 2020
6.0

Ouch, that art.

Avengers #21

By: Jason Aaron, Jason Masters
Released: Jul 10, 2019

The war is over, and Earth's Mightiest Heroes are looking to celebrate. That's right, there's a party at Avengers Mountain! But who invited the Squadron Supreme of America?
Rated T+

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5.5

Symbiote Spider-Man #4

By: Peter David, Greg Land
Released: Jul 10, 2019

PETER DAVID and GREG LAND continue their tale that takes place during the original Alien Costume Saga! Mysterio finds himself in possession of a sliver of the black costume, unaware of its true nature...
Then, tensions continue to mount between Peter Parker, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN, and his girlfriend, Felicia Hardy, A.K.A. THE BLACK CAT, as she's b...

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5.5

It feels like this is genuinely struggling to reach the 30-page mark; that's not a good sign for a story with a bunch more parts planned, is it?

Wolverine & Captain America: Weapon Plus #1

By: Sacks, Diogenes Neves
Released: Jul 10, 2019

THE SECRET HISTORY BEHIND THEIR ORIGINS REVEALED! In 1940, scientists attempted to make a man into the perfect weapon, a Super-Soldier. They failed and made him a legend instead. Before the turn of the century, they tried again for the tenth time. They failed, making a man into death incarnate. At long last, ETHAN SACKS (OLD MAN HAWKEYE, STAR WARS:...

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5.5

Like the miniseries as a whole, this finale has some smart ideas sticking out of a storytelling matrix that consistently comes across as a little sub-par.

Age Of X-Man: Apocalypse & The X-Tracts #5

By: Tim Seeley, Salva Espin
Released: Jul 10, 2019

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONCLUDES! Apocalypse stands revealed, and his place in this world laid bare! What will his X-Tracts make of this revelation?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Silver Surfer: Black #1 Jan 25, 2020
9.5

Trippy, imaginative, and thoughtful. This feels Grant-Morrison-esque in a wholly positive way.

Silver Surfer: Black #1

By: Donny Cates, Tradd Moore
Released: Jun 12, 2019

Spinning out of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1, almost the entire galaxy's defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn't end there... In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. Follow the Sentinel of the Spaceways on a journey...

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9.0

My favorite joke might be the serendipitous one that the creators could barely have planned. The heroes send a pack of frost giants storming back to Jotunheim, intent on instigating democratic reforms. A thorny problem for the realm's king -- who, as we've learned in the main series, is now LOKI. Ratatoskr must be delighted that she caused such trouble for Loki as a byproduct of helping out her ne more

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #46

By: Ryan North, Derek Charm
Released: Jul 3, 2019

A WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! The MOST squirrel-centric WAR OF THE REALMS tie-in reaches its conclusion! Only one woman stands between the invading army of the Frost Giants and utter disaster on Earth, and that woman is SQUIRREL GI- hold on... hold on, sorry. I'm getting word that not one but TWO women actually stand between the Giants and utter disa...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #20 Jan 25, 2020
9.0

Though it's sandwiched with philosophical stuff, the core of this book is action-heavy. Hulk clobbers the forces of Shadow Base and rides off into the sunrise with a fascinating crew of ad-hoc allies. The verbal and visual storytelling has, without committing any real errors, lost a little focus. This is still an outstanding issue, but I suspect it'll get overlooked when we look back in hindsight more

Immortal Hulk #20

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 3, 2019

Bruce Banner is being hunted on two fronts by two dead loved ones turned nightmarish, implacable foes. The stage is set for a brutal three-way confrontation between the ABOMINATION... the HARPY ...and the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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7.5

It's an enjoyable story about a character who's tops for lovability, but only the most slavish devotion could make a reader overlook the ample room for improvement.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10

By: Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa
Released: Jul 3, 2019

After unmasking herself, waging a war for the fate of the Multiverse and nearly losing her father, Gwen Stacy has had a rough year...and it's not about to get any easier! ESPECIALLY when something's started going wrong with the mysterious suit that gives her her abilities. With no other choice, Gwen finds herself swinging through the skies of the M...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Quill #7 Jan 25, 2020
7.5

Argh, I didn't want to be hoodwinked so thoroughly, but this issue sent me back to browse the previous ones and the twist is SCRUPULOUSLY supported by everything that's come before. Well done!

Old Man Quill #7

By: Ethan Sacks, Robert Gill
Released: Jul 3, 2019

THE SHOCKING SECRET BEHIND  QUILL'S QUEST REVEALED! QUILL has made it to the BAXTER BUILDING... but with the hidden weapon in reach, a shocking secret will turn the quest on its head! This is the issue everyone will be talking about - the biggest surprise in the WASTELANDS universe since WOLVERINE's tragic encounter in OLD MAN LOGAN. DO NOT MISS ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Dead Man Logan #9 Jan 25, 2020
7.5

The plot seems short of momentum and I'm beyond tired of Logan's busted healing factor being Very Important yet not limiting him in any way. It still looks great and the characterization is solid, though.

Dead Man Logan #9

By: Ed Brisson, Mike Henderson
Released: Jul 3, 2019

RETURN OF THE BEAST! Before he left the Wastelands, Old Man Logan slayed the feral, cannibalistic animal once called Victor Creed, better known as Sabretooth. Their centuries-long rivalry ended the only way it could: with a corpse. But nothing tends to stay dead out here except the ones you love...
Parental Advisory

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7.5

Cameos in the first scene: The photographer is Jonah Jameson or an ancestor thereof. The man passing Cap's shield back to him is Jack Kirby.

Captain America & The Invaders: The Bahamas Triangle #1

By: Roy Thomas, Jerry Ordway
Released: Jul 3, 2019

March 1941. Assigned to safeguard President Roosevelt during a fishing trip in the Bahamas, the newly commissioned Cap endures his baptism under fire - while a German U-boat (carrying the Nazi super-soldier called Der Wunderkrieger (or Wonder Warrior) heads for the island chain's capital! His mission: to kidnap England's once-king, the Duke of Wind...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Punisher #13 Jan 25, 2020
7.0

Punisher's return to New York starts unfolding much to my liking: He's conducting a dirty gutter-level war against Hydra stragglers while Zemo and Fisk combine to launch supervillains and military troops against him. There's still plenty of storytelling here that I find fault with, but the plot is holding my interest much better than the last arc. Plus, that scolding of pro-Punisher cops is very w more

Punisher #13

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Jul 3, 2019

THE HOME FRONT! Frank Castle is back in New York, but being labeled an international terrorist has made it an inhospitable homecoming. One man who is certainly not happy Frank's back: NYC's new mayor, Wilson Fisk, the "former" Kingpin of Crime. And Baron Zemo's not done with Frank yet...
Parental Advisory

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7.0

I'll be the crossover comics/literature nerd who points it out: Prodigal/Peter David totally stole the catchphrase "What fresh hell is this?" from Dorothy Parker.

The Prodigal Sun: Fantastic Four #1

By: Peter David, Francesco Manna
Released: Jul 3, 2019

CHAPTER 1 OF 3! The first of three interconnected special issues featuring the FANTASTIC FOUR, the SILVER SURFER and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY! Introducing PRODIGAL, a strange alien being who has crash-landed in the Savage Land. When he becomes worshipped by a race of swamp-dwelling barbarians, Ka-Zar and Shanna call upon the Fantastic Four to ai...

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6.5

There are two different Kamala Khans. This comic stars the cartoony, multimedia-friendly, Marvel Rising Kamala, and it's a pretty good adventure for her. But I much prefer the other Kamala, the nuanced, thoughtful one scripted by Wilson or Ahmed, and she's not much in evidence here. And so help me, the artists get dangerously close to drawing (and ESPECIALLY coloring) Kamala as a white girl.

Acts of Evil: Ms. Marvel Annual #1

By: Magdalene Visaggio, Jonathan Lam
Released: Jul 3, 2019

SUPER-SKRULL VS. MS. MARVEL! Ever since the Skrull homeworld was destroyed, Emperor Kl'rt has been out for revenge. And with a device that will turn Earth into a new Skrull kingdom, he's about to get it. All he needs is the DNA of one very special shape-shifter. The Super-Skrull is coming for Kamala Khan - and with all the powers of the Fantastic F...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Aero #1 Jan 25, 2020
6.0

Seems like both strips have pacing problems. Even with an above-average share of pages, this feels like less than an issue's worth of story.

Aero #1

By: Zhou Liefen, Keng
Released: Jul 3, 2019

CATCH THE WAVE! ALL NEW ONGOING SERIES! The breakout stars of WAR OF THE REALMS: AGENTS OF ATLAS debut in an oversized team-up book! Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of AERO, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created for Marvel by Zhou Liefen and Keng! And in a brand new story written by PLANET HULK writer Gre...

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