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9.0

The meta aspects tread lightly on the toes of the Unbelievable Gwenpool finale, and it's pretty saccharine overall. If ANY series has earned the right to go out in a burst of fondant sweetness, though ...

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50

By: Ryan North, Derek Charm
Released: Nov 13, 2019

FINAL ISSUE!
•  This is it! After 58 issues (comics numbering is, dare we say: nuts), an OGN and a whole bunch of both eating nuts AND kicking butts, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl reaches its 50th and final issue!
•  When we say "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's final issue" though, we mean the *comic book*, not the character. Doreen G...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat Annual #1 Jun 3, 2020
9.0

If only Joey Vazquez could have drawn the whole thing! The art shifts and the inherent limitation of the "plot up an excuse for a fake marriage" premise are the only drawbacks. Otherwise, it's a perfect heist yarn. Felicia and her henchies remain terrific.

Black Cat Annual #1

By: Jed MacKay, Joey Vazquez
Released: Nov 13, 2019

• You are cordially invited to the wedding of Black Cat and Spider-Man!
•  In lieu of gifts, please turn off all your security systems, laser grids and counterweight giant stone traps.
•  All this AND a bonus story?!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Runaways #27 Jun 3, 2020
9.0

The team starts fighting crime with Doc Justice. Gert, sidelined, starts collecting the first hints that all is not well. The return of Kris Anka is a treat, the story continues to be fascinating, and the characters are still charming as all get-out.

Runaways #27

By: Rainbow Rowell, Genolet
Released: Nov 13, 2019

JUSTICE IS SERVED!
•  The Runaways can't go home, but Los Angeles' First Protector and Most Venerable Hero has taken them in! Have they FINALLY met a powerful adult they can trust?  
•  To fight by his side, they'll have to leave one of their own behind!
•  And without a soul to feast on, Gib is fading fast. Sounds like ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men #2 Jun 3, 2020
8.0

The Summoner looks and feels entirely too much like Ex Nihilo from Mr. Hickman's Avengers run. I can't decide whether his tendency to revisit the same themes is a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe a bit of both?

X-Men #2

By: Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Nov 13, 2019

When an island full of unspeakable horrors appears on the horizon, the X-Men have their work cut out for themselves keeping Krakoa safe!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Morbius #1 Jun 3, 2020
8.0

Morbius kicks off a super-science feud with the Melter. This intro strikes a nice balance between explaining Morbius's fundamental status quo and showing him in action -- with a bonus serving of Aristotelian philosophy helping to explore his character. A sound script is ennobled with some outstanding horror art. It's a satisfying read in itself and it's successfully engaged my enthusiasm for futur more

Morbius #1

By: Vita Ayala, Marcelo Ferreira
Released: Nov 13, 2019

MORBIUS IS THE LIVING VAMPIRE...OR IS HE MORE?
ALL-NEW ONGOING SERIES!
For years, Nobel Prize winning biologist Michael Morbius has been struggling to cure himself of his vampirism, and now, for the first time in years, one may be within reach! But the path to it is littered with dangers and worse!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Agents of Atlas #4 Jun 3, 2020
7.5

I appreciated the greater sharing of the spotlight around the team and the intelligent evolution of the logical problems inherent in the Pan premise. Also, the art is REALLY working for me this time around.

Agents of Atlas #4

By: Greg Pak, Nico Leon
Released: Nov 13, 2019

DIVIDE AND CONQUER!
•  The AGENTS OF ATLAS break into teams to uncover the secrets of Pan and defend its dispossessed!
•  Raz Malhotra, a.k.a. GIANT-MAN, leads the investigation of ISAAC IKEDA, AMADEUS and SILK infiltrate the hidden fortress of the BIG NGUYEN COMPANY, and SHANG-CHI finally confronts JIMMY WOO himself!
•  ...

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7.5

Though I dearly love Bobbi Morse -- in general and as portrayed here -- I don't think this team needs more members.

Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3

By: Jim Zub, Lan Medina
Released: Nov 13, 2019

Black Panther and his hand-picked team are our first line of defense on Earth, in space, or even in other realities. They're operatives of the unimaginable - They're Agents of Wakanda.
In this issue - a new mission begins! A disturbing galactic experiment has been waiting, growing...Can the Agents of Wakanda stop its encroaching danger before i...

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CrazyforRAMU rated Invaders #11 Jun 3, 2020
7.0

Invaders #11

By: Chip Zdarsky, Butch Guice
Released: Nov 13, 2019

With the world about to undergo its biggest disaster ever, CAPTAIN AMERICA and NAMOR are nowhere to be found! But on a tiny island in the ocean, two men are having a long overdue conversation. DEAD IN THE WATER continues here!
Rated T+

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7.0

I'm just not at all invested in the clackety-clack of these Guardians game pieces shuffling across the cosmic chessboard. Pretty art, though.

Guardians of the Galaxy #11

By: Donny Cates, Cory Smith
Released: Nov 13, 2019

• The Universal Church of Truth is ready to raise their new messiah and beckon the cosmos into a new era!
•  As his body begins to shut down, will Rocket be able to stop them and save the Guardians in his final moments?
•  Or is this the end of the galaxy as we know it?
Rated T+

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7.0

Future Foundation #4

By: Jeremy Whitley, Alti Firmansyah
Released: Nov 13, 2019

LOST IN SPACE!
The Future Foundation's fight to save Molecule Man comes to a head! And there'll be no rainbow after a storm like this. This issue, someone dies. Don't miss Professor Power and his team meeting their Maker - and more!
Rated T

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7.0

The Marvel universe's story in the 2000s flows out smoothly -- reasonable, since this is the era of line-wide editorial control. Rational progression combined with more stellar splash/collage pages restores this title to pleasant, above-average readability as it nears the finish line.

The Hulk falls afoul of consecutive "freak accidents" just three pages apart. It makes me wonder if Mar more

History of the Marvel Universe #5

By: Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Nov 13, 2019

What don't you know about the Secret Invasion? What's the true origin of Captain Marvel,
and how does it play into a looming intergalactic conflict? Mysteries answered, secrets revealed!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fallen Angels #1 Jun 3, 2020
6.0

This issue's art isn't going to get Szymon Kudranski off my @#$%-list, but it's not a trainwreck. Definitely the bottom of the barrel, but it still has a healthy whiff of that "everything is new again DoX" smell.

Fallen Angels #1

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Nov 13, 2019

THE DAWN DOES NOT BREAK FOR ALL!
Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it... but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Daredevil #13 Jun 1, 2020
9.5

Every scene has Meaning, and all the Meanings are related. It's sublimely coordinated, like ballet.

I often praise good comics art for being "expressive," which can be a wishy-washy term. To give it meaning, look no further than those four panels where Fisk calls Wesley. Mr. Checchetto tells the *entire* story just in Wesley's reactions. (And Mr. Woodard helps by adding a perfect, subtl more

Daredevil #13

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• After the epic conclusion to NO DEVILS, ONLY GOD, Matt Murdock has no choice but to investigate the corruption in New York's police force further.
•  And Wilson Fisk may be the Kingpin of Crime no more, but he still has blood on his hands...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #26 Jun 1, 2020
9.0

Powerful character work and a dramatic shift in focus signal a new direction here: It's the Hulk versus late-stage capitalism, with Dario Agger and Roxxon playing the (more) villainous role. The storytelling in words and art remain at the highest standards, but this is a bit of a quiet issue, mainly concerned with groundwork and philosophy and politics. But of course, you can't read this far into more

Immortal Hulk #26

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• He's got an underground fortress. He has powerful allies. He's even got henchmen.
•  He's got everything he needs to declare war on human society as we know it. He's the most dangerous man in the world...
•  ...and BRUCE BANNER is just getting started.
Parental Advisory

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9.0

A desperate turn in Kamala's father's health is complicated by a Mr. Hyde attack … and a momentous smooch with Bruno. The plot is ever so slightly contrived, and that doesn't hurt at all thanks to the scrupulously well-done character work done throughout the issue. Outstanding art also helps launch this into greatness.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #9

By: Saladin Ahmed, Minkyu Jung
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Disaster strikes Ms. Marvel's family, drawing Kamala and Bruno closer together than ever before. Are these two best friends about to become something more? Or will Kamala's duties as Ms. Marvel come between them? Brace yourself for a whirlwind issue that will change MS. MARVEL forever!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #6 Jun 1, 2020
9.0

Felicia decompresses by dining, stealing, and boinking with Batroc. It's an unlikely match-up, but both thieves charm each other as well as the readers. And meanwhile, the Thieves' Guild kidnaps the Black Fox to keep the overarching plot moving. The art is a solid match to the title's established style, and I still find the prose delicious.

Black Cat #6

By: Jed MacKay, Michael Dowling
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• Things didn't quite work out between Felicia and Johnny Storm (maybe because it was at least half just a way into 4 Yancy St).
•  So the Black Cat has a REAL date. But with WHO?!?!
•  Meanwhile, she doesn't know Odessa Drake and the Thieves Guild have captured her mentor The Black Fox and have horr...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed New Mutants #1 Jun 1, 2020
9.0

Pleased with the new Krakoan status quo, the New Mutants (+ Chamber and Mondo) head off to space to retrieve Cannonball. Things go sideways through a combination of inquisitiveness and the Starjammers being dickish. The plot looks a trifle simple, but top-tier sassy banter and painted art with a gorgeous, Sienkiewiczian bent make the reading experience delightful.

Even though it feels l more

New Mutants #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis
Released: Nov 6, 2019

THE NEW GENERATION CLAIMS THE DAWN!
The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news... a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!
Rated T+  

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #1 Jun 1, 2020
8.5

We're off to an exciting start with an effective baddie attack taking down the one mutant on Krakoa who might really be indispensable. The art is gorgeous and the prose is poetic in a novel, ethereal way that really suits the "sinister fairyland" vibe of Krakoa.

But I'm hesitant to go all-in and I'll tell you why: Despite the extended page count and the fast pace, this issue didn't get more

X-Force #1

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Nov 6, 2019

THE HIGH PRICE OF A NEW DAWN!
X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world-one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We're not there...yet.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #16 Jun 1, 2020
8.5

The story's not impressing me, but the portrayal of the FF is. Particularly in the art, particularly for Sue: It feels like the real Invisible Woman has returned after a long absence. Can we *please* get Sean Izaakse assigned to this book permanently?

Fantastic Four #16

By: Dan Slott, Sean Izaakse
Released: Nov 6, 2019

"Point of Origin" Part 3
•  Who is the winged warrior named Sky? What's her shocking connection to the origin of the Human Torch? And how will she change his life FOREVER?
•  Meanwhile, separated from the rest of the Fantastic Four, the Thing stands alone as he faces off against the Five Hundred Horde of Freak ...

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8.5

On the surface, it's just a punchy-punch comic, but it's underpinned by the fascinating and impeccably-written relationship between Miles and his uncle. Add on a truly exceptional serving of art -- Javier Garrón is reaching outside his comfort zone (successfully!) to create big, impressive splashes -- and you've got a rock-solid read.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #12

By: Saladin Ahmed, Javi Garron
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• Miles is caught in the middle of a war between Ultimatum and the old guard!
•  Which means he's about to catch the hands of a monumental classic Spidey villain!
•  And the lives of more than one Morales might be on the line!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ghost Rider #2 Jun 1, 2020
7.5

The Lilith plotline isn't pulling its weight yet.

Ghost Rider #2

By: Ed Brisson, Aaron Kuder
Released: Nov 6, 2019

GHOST RIDER VS. GHOST RIDER!
  It had to happen... Johnny versus Danny! But who does Mephisto have his money on?
Rated T+

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7.5

I know some comics grognards will complain about Shang-Chi getting beaten in any circumstances. But I think if you think Shang-Chi wouldn't dial it down when sparring with an adorable 10-year-old, your understanding of Shang-Chi is a lot more messed up than Alyssa Wong's.

Future Fight Firsts: Crescent & Io #1

By: Alyssa Wong, Jon Lam
Released: Nov 6, 2019

THE ALL-NEW DUO FROM THE MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT MOBILE GAME STAR IN THEIR OWN ONE-SHOT!
How did Dan Bi, a young girl from South Korea, first bring an ancient mystical bear spirit into the modern world?
How did this unlikely duo become the evil-smashing team known as Crescent and Io?
Also featuring MARVEL'S FUTURE AVENGERS in an all-new ...

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CrazyforRAMU rated Old Man Quill #11 Jun 1, 2020
7.0

Old Man Quill #11

By: Sacks, Robert Gil
Released: Nov 6, 2019

OUT OF THE TIME STREAM AND INTO THE FIRE!
•  PETER QUILL navigates the timestream for one last shot at saving the Earth!
•  Nothing will stand in his way now...except DOCTOR DOOM!
•  Strap in to your timesled and hang on as we careen towards the conclusion of the most shocking Marvel story th...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Doctor Doom #2 Jun 1, 2020
6.5

My enthusiasm nose-dived with this issue. Chalk up my disillusionment to the janky plotting (jerking the rug out from under Doom's surrender + the Fatality Fakeout ending) and a rapid frosting of my enthusiasm for Mr. Larroca's art. He's once again portraying all his characters by dressing up the same two standard-issue comics mannequins. Plus, having your antihero quote Richard III is the very ep more

Doctor Doom #2

By: Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca
Released: Nov 6, 2019

DOCTOR DOOM has been taken prisoner by the world itself... but he may find unexpected aid in his escape. Now vulnerable and without his usual strength, he must keep a low profile on the streets of New York, or else risk being captured again. He'll seek out an old 'frenemy' for help and battle lethal opportunists, all while wrestling these visions h...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Web of Black Widow #3 Jun 1, 2020
6.5

I agree with Johnny Hughes: The concurrent Invisible Woman series is a better Black Widow comic than Web of Black Widow.

Web of Black Widow #3

By: Jody Houser, Stephen Mooney
Released: Nov 6, 2019

WIDOW UNDERWATER!
When her secretive enemy gets the best of her, Natasha calls the one person who understands just how tangled a widow's web can get: Yelena Belova. But a fellow Black Widow can't save Natasha from the chains of her past...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #33 Jun 1, 2020
6.5

I'm pretty sure Mr. Spencer is soon going to stitch Miguel's story together with Pete's classmate's new future-predicting technology. And the Silver Sable plotline is, in theory, awesome. It would have been a killer as a miniseries, but instead it's here, dragging at least two issues of ASM dangerously close to trainwreck territory. The Latverian/Symkarian stuff should be left where it belongs (an more

Amazing Spider-Man #33

By: Nick Spencer, Patrick Gleason
Released: Nov 6, 2019

THE FUTURE IS IN PERIL!
•  Miguel O'Hara's mysterious return to the present threatens his life and his entire future. But why?
•  As for OUR time's Spider-Man, he's got his hands full with classic villains, family problems and international incidents that intertwine in terrifying ways!
Rated T

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6.0

It's a bespoke AU where Spidey and Venom are fractious roommates and Ghost Spider is their long-suffering downstairs neighbor. And the big ongoing plot is a mark-one body-swap between the leads. The target demographic is so young that we're not even fooling with dual identities here. The story doesn't stretch very far toward accommodating adult readers. The art's delightful, though, and this serie more

Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1

By: Mariko Tamaki, Gurihiru
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• You've seen 'em duke it out in the Marvel Universe for years, but prepare to see Spidey and Venom as you never have before: as begrudging... buddies?
•  It's fun of the freaky variety this time around, as an unexpected mind-swap sets Spidey and Venom in each other's bodies! But WHO swapped them, and why?!
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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Yondu #1 Jun 1, 2020
5.5

The generic "rogue with a heart of gold" characterization and the outdated "discount Tank Girl" art rubbed me in precisely the wrong way. Still, I recognize those are subjective taste complaints, and I could get interested in some good continuity massage if they hurry up and get MCU Yondu and Earth-691 Yondu teamed up properly.

But telling-not-showing us that your MacGuffin du jour is a more

Yondu #1

By: Lonnie Nadler, John McCrea
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Yondu, lone Ravager and all-around scoundrel is about to hit the biggest pay day of his life when he stumbles upon a dangerous new weapon! But when this artifact turns out to be deadlier than he bargained for, will the reward outweigh the risk as Yondu finds himself targeted by a mysterious mercenary? Plus, when an unexpected visitor from the futur...

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5.5

I was constantly aware of how much the military black ops BS was arousing the author, and it had the opposite effect on me.

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

By: Jed MacKay, Stefano Raffaele
Released: Nov 6, 2019

After one of the pilot missions of the sym-soldier program, Rex Strickland was given a highly classified mission by Nick Fury himself.  Where exactly did the ancient symbiote know as the Grendel come from?
Decades later, Carnage is on a rampage that will connect him to Knull the symbiote god and only Weapon H can stop him - by picking up wher...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Sword Master #5 Jun 1, 2020
5.0

Lin Lie is portrayed as clueless and incompetent. Between the glacial pace of the A strip and the fact that those same traits show up in the B strip, I'm afraid this is going to be chronic and it's going to make it awfully hard for me to ever fall in love with the character.

Sword Master #5

By: Shuizhu, Gunji
Released: Nov 6, 2019

MAGICIANS AND GODS!
•  LIN LIE'S magic sword draws the attention of his greatest opponent yet -- BARON MORDO!
•  And when Mordo hits the scene, can the SORCERER SUPREME himself be far behind?
•  Meanwhile, in our second story, can SHANG-CHI and Sword Master overcome their suspicion and prid...

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