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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #36 Jan 4, 2021
9.5

Gamma Flight strikes, making Savage Hulk's Worst Day Ever that much worse. The focus is on action and body horror, and the creators deliver in a big way. There's still smart writing on display, but the priority is clearly on evolving the plot -- specifically, the Leader's villainous plot.

Immortal Hulk #36

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Aug 12, 2020

• NO HAPPY ENDINGS.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain Marvel #19 Jan 4, 2021
9.0

Carol and her new half-sister split the narrative. For Carol, a deepening mystery with more questions than answers. For Lauri, a frankly hilarious "fish out of water" adventure in Manhattan. Ms. Thompson (and the art team) deserve tons of credit for taking a heap of plot and character developments that could be terrible and spinning absolute gold out of them. I second the motion that this is a bes more

Captain Marvel #19

By: Kelly Thompson, Cory Smith
Released: Aug 12, 2020

THE ACCUSER GOES ROGUE!
Captain Marvel has stepped into the role of accuser in the newly unified Kree/Skrull Empire. But when she's tasked to accuse a renegade soldier responsible for heinous crimes, she finds herself torn between two worlds. Don't miss the revelation of the year - one that will not only change Carol's whole world, but the shap...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Hawkeye: Freefall #5 Jan 4, 2021
8.5

Clint's double-identity plan continues to totter on the brink of disaster. This is another excellent example of a story segueing from humor to drama and weathering the change thanks to great characterization. The smooth art helps, too.

Hawkeye: Freefall #5

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt
Released: May 20, 2020

Hawkeye’s relationship to Ronin has even his friends turning against him. He’s been lying about a lot of things. But you can’t lie to Captain America. Meanwhile, his war with the Hood is beginning to spin out of control as the people close to him are put in real danger. Having to deal with the Hood was bad enough, but now Clint finds himself ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marauders #11 Jan 4, 2021
8.0

Kate Pryde's death is undone in a way that manages, despite its simplicity and abruptness, to be satisfying and uplifting. It's good to have that plot done with; looks like Hellfire corporate intrigue and international realpolitik are next up and I am stoked for that.

Marauders #11

By: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli
Released: Aug 12, 2020

THE QUEEN IS DEAD!
The Marauders...the Hellfire Trading Company...all of Krakoa is reeling from the death of Kate Pryde.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #11 Jan 4, 2021
8.0

Examining the dead Russian super-soldiers from Wolverine #3 unleashes Matryoshka assassins and throws Krakoa into chaos. Said chaos gets Colossus to pitch in, albeit temporarily, and eventually points into the "X of Swords" event. A tight (if overly-familiar) plot, sharp characterization, and some surprisingly strong substitute art make this a good read.

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X-Force #11

By: Ben Percy, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Aug 12, 2020

RED DAWN!
After taking on the Flower Cartel, Logan has brought back valuable intel to the mutant CIA. The non-treaty nation of Russia is working to undermine Krakoa - and may be aligned with Xeno. Beast wants Colossus on their side as the first drumbeats of war begin to sound.
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Empyre #5 Jan 4, 2021
7.5

It's a death-march to NoHopesVille, with some casualties along the way with which I strongly disagree. I don't like the grimness and I don't feel the tension. I *am* feeling Ben Grimm's Big Moment, though. And the Kaplan/Altman wedding turned out to be both heartwarming and surprisingly plot relevant. Add on some more top-shelf art and you've got an issue I didn't quite enjoy yet still consider go more

Empyre #5

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Aug 12, 2020

• Love and war - in the midst of cosmic cataclysm!
•  One fan-favorite Marvel hero reveals their secret - as another faces the ultimate showdown with a monstrous foe!
•  Meanwhile, an outer-space jailbreak leads to a trial by combat you'll have to see to believe...
• ...but is it all too late to save Earth from two world-en...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #46 Jan 4, 2021
7.5

A complex flash-forward structure reveals a battle between the Sin-Eater and the Lethal Legion while also showing reactions after the fact. The Sin-Eater is getting popular and Spidey is struggling to find valid objections to his MO. It's very dark and very compelling; this issue scores big in cultivating "what happens next?" anticipation. I had a bit of a problem with the art, though: The story f more

Amazing Spider-Man #46

By: Nick Spencer, Marcelo Ferreira
Released: Aug 12, 2020

"SINS RISING" PART 2!
•  The Lethal Legion returns to threaten the Big Apple , and only the Sin Eater can save us?
•  How can Spider-Man stop the murderous vigilante and... should he?
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ghost-Spider #9 Jan 4, 2021
7.5

After excising the last of the Outlawed plot-tumor, Gwen turns the majority of her attention to the mystery of the Storms. Or that's what I keep telling myself: That this book really is mostly about the Storms. But the even focus on Gwen's many different concerns makes the story feel scattershot even when it's not. This is a book that's getting into trouble by loving its main character too much; w more

Ghost-Spider #9

By: Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara
Released: May 13, 2020

It’s an interdimensional tour for Gwen Stacy and the Mary Janes – but just as things start going right for Gwen outside of the webs, something unsettling is happening to her suit. Something GWENOMous…

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #27 Jan 4, 2021
7.5

The character work and the world-building in the script are terrific, but the plot is action-heavy and the art shift (though suitable for an AU adventure) doesn't thrill me.

Venom #27

By: Donny Cates, Juan Gedeon
Released: Aug 12, 2020

When a new and dangerous foe erupts into Eddie Brock's life, it threatens to rip away everything Eddie holds dear. His son, his symbiote, even himself - EVERYTHING Eddie Brock loves is in jeopardy!

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Empyre: Avengers #2 Jan 4, 2021
7.5

Developments on the other two storylines pale to insignificance compared to the Savage Land story, where Shanna and Ka-Zar face major upheavals and Wanda and Jericho do some awesome magic. No complaints on the visual front; big tentacle-y battles are what Carlos Magno was born to draw.

Hypothesis: What if Empyre: Captain America started off as this title's B-story and then got spun off more

Empyre: Avengers #2

By: Jim Zub, Carlos Magno
Released: Aug 12, 2020

Earth's Mightiest Heroes fight an intergalactic foe on three fronts! In New York, a villain from the past has been super charged with alien energy. In Mexico, old hatreds turn allies into enemies. And in the Savage Land, the soul of the jungle has been stolen and Shanna the She-Devil's life hangs in the balance. It's mystery, magic and mayhem, in t...

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7.0

CGR gives up a genuine redemption in order to save Cammi and keep his CGR powers out of the hands of the cosmic tapeworm. Well, 1 out of 2 ain't bad. I don't mind a circular story that lands back at the status quo -- and Mephisto prancing around at Maximum Smug is fun -- but Cammi getting burned so bad leaves an unpleasant taste. The art is still solid, but the script is mighty cliche-heavy. A sli more

Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #5

By: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Scott Hepburn
Released: Jun 3, 2020

Cosmic Ghost Rider launches a one-man war as Cammi’s soul is dragged to hell! But as Cosmic Ghost Rider battles through the underworld to save her, he’ll discover that there’s something more dangerous than damnation lurking in the inferno…Don’t miss out as the explosive creative team of Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum and Scott Hepburn raise...

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7.0

Cap uncovers the Cotatis' body-snatching ability and rallies conventional forces to save Mexico City. On the one hand, I really like the often-overlooked "what are military and government forces doing during a comics crisis?" plot. On the other hand, the characterization is woeful. This is a particularly cardboard-y rendition of Cap.

Empyre: Captain America #2

By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ariel Olivetti
Released: Aug 12, 2020

• Earth's defenses are being overrun!
•  With his back against the ropes, Captain America reaches out for aid...
•  ...but is there anyone left to hear the call?

Rated T+

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Psycamorean reviewed Ghost-Spider #9 May 13, 2020
6.0

This is a weird title right now. The covers and the solicitations keep hyping up that something is going to happen with the symbiote suit, and we see just a tiny bit of that. It's not really going anywhere, and it's been a thing since Spider-Women. That's a shame because I find it a lot more interesting than what the comic is preoccupied with. That being the Earth-65 Johnny and Sue Storm. They're more

Ghost-Spider #9

By: Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara
Released: May 13, 2020

It’s an interdimensional tour for Gwen Stacy and the Mary Janes – but just as things start going right for Gwen outside of the webs, something unsettling is happening to her suit. Something GWENOMous…

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #12 Dec 19, 2020
9.0

Felicia completes her Stark heist with oodles of style, putting one over on both Iron Man and Odessa Drake. It's an absolute thrill ride, tons of fun, it looks and sounds beautiful. What a crying shame to lose this title to the plague -- but it'll be back with the same creative team for KiB.

Black Cat #12

By: Jed MacKay, Carlos Villa
Released: Aug 5, 2020

• Well, she did it this time. Black Cat stole an Iron Man armor from Iron Man, and he is NOT pleased.
•  So she is on the run (fly, really) from Iron Man through Manhattan but also still on the run from the Thieves Guild. So it's tough being Felicia Hardy right now.
•  And it's possible the armor wasn't what she was stealing from...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ant-Man #4 Dec 19, 2020
8.5

Cassie leads the charge to pursue Macrothrax and retrieve the Pym Particles he stole, but (naturally in a penultimate issue) the heroes fail to save the day just yet. It's a brisk adventure story and it shows the destruction of Scott's anthill with surprising poignancy. Not as comedic as previous issues, but it proves that when your character work is on point, it's no problem to carry your audienc more

Ant-Man #4

By: Zeb Wells, Dylan Burnett
Released: May 13, 2020

Ant-Man’s home has been invaded! And as Macrothrax gets his hands on some Pym Particles, Ant-Man’s problems start growing rapidly out of hand. But there’s no time to call for help – the insect invasion is already underway!

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9.0

The Guardians wrap up their assassination gig. The nuts and bolts of the gig plot are satisfying, but it's the thematically-linked stories about healing the team and the Moondragons that really impress. That and the avant-garde art; Mr. Cabal reaches for the brass ring with his fancy layouts and takes it firmly in hand.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5

By: Al Ewing, Juan Cabal
Released: Aug 5, 2020

• Moondragon is a hero. With her wife at her side, she came to our reality from a dimension of heroes - to save us all from evil.
•  But our reality already had a Moondragon, and she can't be a hero all the time. The DRAGON OF THE MOON has returned...
•  ...and it won't leave until it's fed on a soul.
•  Didn't we say it...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Deadpool #6 Dec 19, 2020
8.5

Magik bottom-lines this issue in three sentences: "What do we do with him now? Also this shark is adorable … can we keep it?"

Deadpool #6

By: Kelly Thompson, Kevin Libranda
Released: Aug 5, 2020

DEADPOOL INVADES THE X-MEN!
•  When the X-Men won't return Deadpool's calls for a Krakoa portal on Monster Island, Wade decides to drop by for a visit.
•  Apparently, the new X-Men home isn't taking visitors. RUDE.
•  It's an entire nation of biological weapons and mutant warriors versus a merc with a mouth. GAME ON!
Pa...

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8.0

Rod Reis is the perfect artist to illustrate this aggressively surreal reframing of Fantomex's origins. Fantomex has used whole generations of heroes to help him sneak back into the World, the sinister super-science Eden he was cast out of (and where his twin brother is engaged in sinister schemes). Short on concrete plot development but very long on style, this is a great ride if you're looking f more

Giant-Size X-Men: Fantomex #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis
Released: Aug 5, 2020

HICKMAN AND REIS TAKE ON THE WORLD!
The hit creative team of Jonathan Hickman & Rod Reis (NEW MUTANTS) turn their attention to the covert activities of the Weapon Plus program's Weapon XIII! A bred killer who choses the life of a gentleman super-thief, Fantomex has always defied expectations... For example, who would expect him to break into th...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Empyre #4 Dec 19, 2020
8.0

It's Double-Cross Day as both the Empire and the Cotati spring tricks on their friends and enemies. It's got blockbuster art and snappy dialogue, but this issue really lives or dies on whether you find the plot twists clever or corny. I'm in the latter camp, so I rate it pretty darn good.

Empyre #4

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Aug 5, 2020

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER...
•  Tensions mount as the action heats up!
•  As the attack on Wakanda intensifies, the heroes find themselves under attack from their enemies - and their allies!
•  In a war where nobody can be fully trusted, betrayal cuts deep - as the alien invasion claims its first casualty!
•  In t...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Dr. Strange #6 Dec 19, 2020
7.5

I liked watching Madame Masque evolve into Kate Bishop's nemesis; I don't much appreciate the attempt to drag her back to her old "Tony Stark Stan" characterization. Beyond that, it's a functional plot ennobled by some outstanding art.

Dr. Strange #6

By: Mark Waid, Kev Walker
Released: Aug 5, 2020

• Doctor Strange is hot on the trail of the magical thief infiltrating the Sanctum Machina!
•  But as his investigation leads him deeper into a magical black arms-dealing market, the danger of being discovered mounts higher and higher...
•  ...and what he discovers will leave him reeling!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain America #21 Dec 19, 2020
7.0

Cap strikes at Selene after one more belabored examination of her man-trapping scheme, and the shadow of the Red Skull starts looming a little larger. Some clumsiness in the art and way too much detail about Adamsville, but I remain optimistic about the larger plot.

Captain America #21

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn
Released: Aug 5, 2020

ALL DIE YOUNG continues as the time when Steve Rogers must pick up the shield and the stripes once more draws nigh!
Rated T+

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6.5

Sorry, I'm a little too familiar with the original Celestial Madonna/Messiah stories and at this point I've got flashback fatigue.

Lords Of Empyre: Celestial Messiah #1

By: Alex Paknadel, Alex Lins
Released: Aug 5, 2020

The eve of Quoi's ascension is at hand! But when the trials are interrupted by an unexpected interloper-Mantis-who will win this battle of wills?
Don't miss out as mother and son go head-to-head, revealing secrets that will shape the course of the galaxy!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #22 Dec 19, 2020
6.5

Val and Franklin faff around and lose one of their orphans to *squints* Shaolin Cotati fanboys? Okay, whatever. Dull antagonists, dull plot, predictable twist. The orphan loss seems to be a cheap move to make sure this arc fills 3 issues. Top-shelf art and decent dialogue hold it up out of the depths of mediocrity, though.

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Fantastic Four #22

By: Dan Slott, Paco Medina
Released: Aug 5, 2020

The return of the new Fantastic Four?!
•  The events of EMPYRE threaten all life on Earth and the future balance of power throughout the cosmos!
•  And the secret mission that the FF have placed into Valeria and Franklin's hands requires some big-league help!
Rated T

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6.0

Spidey suffers through a whole issue of faux "ooh, is Black Cat really dead?" tension. The momentum of the story is killed by a badly-placed "insert 6 hours of gameplay here" montage, and all that's left is some thoroughly middle-of-the-road storytelling.

Marvel's Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #4

By: Dennis Hopeless, Luca Maresca
Released: May 20, 2020

SPIDER-MAN VS. HAMMERHEAD…AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE! Reeling from last issue’s unthinkable climax, SPIDER-MAN takes the fight to HAMMERHEAD! But HAMMERHEAD’s got a serious upgrade that may put the wall-crawler out of business for good! Plus: The tumultuous and triumphant return of SILVER SABLE!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Empyre: X-Men #2 Dec 19, 2020
6.0

Proof that "salty old broad" dialogue is, like many writing tasks, harder than it looks. And what's with the conscious decision to draw everybody in their pre-DoX costumes?

Empyre: X-Men #2

By: Gerry Duggan, Lucas Werneck
Released: Aug 5, 2020

Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn't you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it's taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it!
Rated T+

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5.0

For me, this comic falls victim to the eight deadly words: "I don't care what happens to these people." The storytelling's decent but I just cannot work up an interest in what happens next.

Avengers of the Wastelands #4

By: Ed Brisson, Jonas Scharf
Released: May 13, 2020

IN THE CLUTCHES OF THE GREEN GOBLIN! Welcome to Osborn City! THOR, ANT-MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA and HULK JR. have fallen into the clutches of NORMAN OSBORN, A.K.A. the GREEN GOBLIN. Let’s just say, the years have not been kind to the Goblin’s psyche… A knockdown drag-out fight between the AVENGERS and the likes of ENCHANTRESS, WILD CHILD, ABSORBI...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Strikeforce #9 Dec 19, 2020
5.0

You just slog through these vague scenes and dull lines and hope like hell the randomness gets explained at the end. And it does, and it's not nearly enough of a reward.

Strikeforce #9

By: Tini Howard, German Peralta
Released: Aug 5, 2020

BATTLE ROYALE ON MONSTER ISLE!
It's a death match of no-holds-barred sports entertainment - at the center of King Deadpool's Monster Island! Strikeforce finds themselves divided between their mission to contain the dangerous Vridai and the sweet, sweet taste of competitive victory. Can this team of misfits stay together long enough to complete ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain Marvel #18 Dec 17, 2020
8.5

Carol's first Accuser gig takes a sideways turn and suddenly Hulkling is having second thoughts about her. It's a pretty simple story, but it unfolds with cinematic grandeur and some tight, clean prose.

Captain Marvel #18

By: Kelly Thompson, Cory Smith
Released: Jul 29, 2020

CAPTAIN MARVEL IS THE SUPREME ACCUSER!
In the throes of war, Carol finds herself with a bold new role - and a brand-new weapon - the Universal Weapon, in fact. When a Kree soldier bombs a unified city of the Empire, Emperor Hulkling sends his new Accuser to bring down the swift and necessary hammer of justice. But what at first seems like a rel...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #45 Dec 17, 2020
8.0

Like the rest of the volume, this issue is pretty recap-heavy. But it's done in a nearly-all-positive way here, enhancing the reading experience and increasing accessibility.

Amazing Spider-Man #45

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Jul 29, 2020

“SINS RISING” PART 1! SIN-EATER is back and New York City is in TROUBLE. Who will the shotgun-toting villain target, and can Spider-Man stand a chance against him?

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men #10 Dec 17, 2020
8.0

Vulcan clobbers some Cotati on the moon, but in the process, he has to face personal secrets. The visual and verbal storytelling are great, but while there is some concrete plot and character development, it's a small serving for a whole issue.

X-Men #10

By: Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Jul 29, 2020

EMPYRE TIE–IN! The Summers family has grown a Krakoan home on the moon. Now some new neighbors have moved in.

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