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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #800 Dec 16, 2018
10

Spider-Man takes down the Red Goblin with the help of many friends and some highly unexpected allies. This is a glorious capstone to a volume, and it makes productive use of a TON of great characters. There are sacrifices and triumphs, heartbreak and laughter, and pure perfect Spidey-philosophy covering both "Great Responsibility" and more subtle lessons. Visually, this issue is one of the best-ev more

Amazing Spider-Man #800

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: May 30, 2018

• Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen are joined by many of the artists who made the last 10 years of Spider-Man so Amazing!
•  The biggest Peter Parker/Norman Osborn story of all time unfolds over one 80-page story, a scope unmatched in comics!
•  Who lives?! Who dies?! And what scars will Spider-Man bear f...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Lockjaw #4 Dec 16, 2018
10

The story concludes by revealing a shockingly good origin story for Lockjaw, showing his triumph over Annihilus, and kicking a healthy slice of action and growth to D-Man. Superb art and formidable funny writing throughout. Sheer enjoyability and the significant service this series has done in clarifying Lockjaw's origins make this final issue all-time great.

Plus, the creators take a o more

Lockjaw #4

By: Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa
Released: May 30, 2018

D IS FOR DESPERATE!
•  Lockjaw and his companion D-Man finally face their enemy: Annihilus, Lord of the Negative Zone! And he's got one of Lockjaw's siblings!  
•  Annihilus wants access to every dimension - no matter how many lives it costs.
•  Don't miss the conclusion to Lockjaw's grand adventure, complete with mind-ben...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #6 Dec 16, 2018
9.0

It's the big finish for the Doomlactus AU, and the creators peg the needle on bigness. Epic action with superb "Time Runs Out" visuals, important lessons for the Infamous Iron Doom, and a couple all-time great "Holy ☠☠☠☠!" surprises. The only hesitation is in the tone of the ending, which seems to fall short of its full potential for meaning because our heroes are leaving this AU behind. < more

Marvel Two-In-One #6

By: Chip Zdarsky, Jim Cheung
Released: May 30, 2018

THE FATE OF THE FOUR - REVEALED AT LAST!
A mad final gambit against the death of a universe! Ben and Johnny join forces with familiar friends, but will DOOM ruin everything? THE FATE OF THE FOUR will be determined here!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ms. Marvel #30 Dec 16, 2018
8.0

Team Bruno beats Team Red Dagger on a technicality - Bruno's coming back to Jersey City and Lal is going back to Karachi. But Bruno IMMEDIATELY creates a new romantic triangle by making nice with Kamala and Mike at the same time. Oh, and supervillain Mean Girl Kaylee is unmasked as a Doc.X Bot and defeated at the Spring Fling dance. It all looks good and there's solid humor and characterization, b more

Ms. Marvel #30

By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon
Released: May 30, 2018

EVERY WHICH WAY BUT UP!
•  KAMALA KHAN's feeling the pressure...but how can she choose between BRUNO and the RED DAGGER?
•  And will her double life as MS. MARVEL bring them together...or tear them apart forever?
•  MS. MARVEL doesn't know which way to turn...but she'll need to move quickly to save her friends!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed You Are Deadpool #5 Dec 16, 2018
8.0

It ends the way a choose-your-own-Deadpool-adventure series written by Al Ewing would have to: With a clever, funny, meta-textual assault on the rules of the story itself. There are just enough twists and bright ideas here to keep the finale from feeling indulgent or trivial, and I was thoroughly satisfied at the end.

You Are Deadpool #5

By: Al Ewing, Salva Espin
Released: May 30, 2018

DID YOU EVER WANT TO BE DEADPOOL??? Now's your chance! This weekly series is not JUST the most amazing comic book you've ever read...it's also a role-playing adventure! YOU decide what choices Deadpool makes! YOU keep track of your scores issue by issue! YOU roll dice to combat various foes! Travel through Marvel history as Deadpool to meet Hulk in...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Gwen #32 Dec 16, 2018
7.0

Gwen rallies her friends after publically unmasking and stares down Matt Murdock. This issue aims for grand plot developments and big, heartwrenching moments, but it didn't land the latter with me. I can recognize this story's ambitious intentions. It lacks a solid foundation of storytelling skill, though, and good intentions don't make for a fun reading experience all by themselves.

Spider-Gwen #32

By: Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez
Released: May 30, 2018

THE SECRET IS OUT!
•  Spider-Woman IS Gwen Stacy!
•  Will going public fix the timeline - and more important, will it get Gwen out from under the Kingpin's thumb?
•  Or will this go as well as the last time a Spider-Person revealed his secret identity?
Rated T

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7.0

Carol shows off the possibilities of the Reality Stone by touring AUs where critical moments in her life went differently. It's a fascinating selection of possibilities and the art is outstanding, but the script doesn't quite succeed at making Carol's reactions seem rational. Perhaps the AU vignettes should have been in a different order? It seems to start at the highest emotional intensity and th more

Infinity Countdown: Captain Marvel #1

By: Jim McCann, Diego Olortegui
Released: May 30, 2018

Carol Danvers has crossed the borders of reality itself and returned in possession of the Reality Stone...and with it has contacted the Marvels of many worlds! Join the Captains Marvel for a cross-time adventure into the nature of the Infinity Stones!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Blue #28 Dec 16, 2018
7.0

The Mothervine conspiracy collapses thanks to a well-timed heel-face turn on Emma Frost's part. Magneto whips out a few healer mutants to erase most of the negative fallout with suspicious ease, but very bad blood remains between those two. Some high-quality art and a nicely-timed plot are big positives here; on the other side of the scale are shallow characterization and a powerful feeling of inc more

X-Men: Blue #28

By: Cullen Bunn, Marcus To
Released: May 30, 2018

• The conclusion of the Mothervine story! The ultimate fate of the White Queen and Havok revealed!
•  Magneto reveals a secret plan - and secret allies - to counter the chaos caused by Mothervine!
•  But some of the new X-Men will not make it out of this adventure alive!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Punisher #225 Dec 16, 2018
7.0

The Punisher holds his own against a ridiculously huge roster of heroes in a big fight that manages not to embarrass anybody involved. Things get a little sillier as he keeps ahead of the heroes' magic nano-tracker long enough to disable it, then effortlessly grabs Nick Fury Jr. for a nice gritty conversation. Net result: Frank's going Hydra-hunting. Good dialogue and pacing, but the art's underwh more

Punisher #225

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova
Released: May 30, 2018

TARGET: PUNISHER!
•  FRANK CASTLE is a man on the run!
•  With his WAR MACHINE armor being tracked, Frank needs to stay one step ahead of NICK FURY if he wants to keep a handle on this heavy artillery.
•  And for what the Punisher's got planned...he's gonna NEED IT!
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Daredevil #603 Dec 16, 2018
7.0

Daredevil's plans to defend against the Hand look mighty questionable, and that's before the Beast releases a cloud of Green Yick over the city. The plot barrels along speedily, but Matt comes off unlovably smug in both words and art. The initial Elektra scene offers some wonderfully choreographed action.

Daredevil #603

By: Charles Soule, Mike Henderson
Released: May 30, 2018

The fallout from the shocking conclusion of DAREDEVIL #600 continues as Matt Murdock and Daredevil both rally allies in the face of an overwhelming enemy. And how exactly does Wilson Fisk fit into things? Not the way you expect...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Red Annual #1 Dec 16, 2018
6.0

A flashback to Jean's post-resurrection activities flounders under poor art and corny dialogue. The plot is sound and the intent of the characterization is great, but the execution is lacking. The art puts detail in all the wrong places and desperately needs bolder, more conventional linework. The script pulls multiple tricks to hide some of Jean's key conversations using narrative summaries or ps 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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6.0

An entertaining but pond-shallow flashback shows what Peter and MJ got up to on a super-rare romantic getaway 8 years back. A few Mark 1 Heartwarming Moments liven up the "low-hanging fruit" comedy. This isn't disappointing, but it's heavily non-essential. Some rough, sketchy art seals in the averageness.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #19

By: Jody Houser, Scott Koblish
Released: May 30, 2018

PARKER FAMILY VACATION BEGINS NOW!
401k? Insurance? Vacation Days? When you're a superhero, benefits aren't usually part of the care package. But Peter and Mary Jane Parker have been saving up for a "just the two of us" vacation since Annie was born, and they aren't going to let trouble - no matter how catastrophic - get in their way! Now all t...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Panther #1 Dec 3, 2018
10

We're dropped into a wild sink-or-swim sci-fi adventure along with a T'Challa who might or might not be the king we know from previous volumes. The action is breathless and enthralling. Scene-setting hints and plot foreshadowing are woven through the adventure with exquisite skill, never meddling with the strong pace. There are a few pickable nits (very minor ones), but this new world is so audaci more

Black Panther #1

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: May 23, 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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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Moon Knight #195 Dec 3, 2018
9.0

Moon Knight was really hoping that he'd filled his quota of "weird" for this volume, but nope, here comes the Collective, a Cronenbergian nightmare of malevolent melded-together misanthropes. I felt the self-deprecating hipster origin of the Collective went on a touch too long, but this was otherwise magnificent. Ambitiously, audaciously crazy. I appreciate how shamelessly the villain is tailored more

Moon Knight #195

By: Max Bemis, Paul Davidson
Released: May 23, 2018

BEWARE THE COLLECTIVE!
•  MOON KNIGHT faces one of his most unusual foes yet, a multi-limbed amalgamation of bodies known as THE COLLECTIVE!
•  What monstrous science could have led to this unholy creature's creation? What, indeed, is being taught at universities these days?
•  We know schools have their cliques, but this is...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Doctor Strange #390 Dec 3, 2018
9.0

Stephen closes a chapter in his life by getting a proper goodbye from Zelma. And Spidey is there in maximum "Kooky Peter" mode to sand down some of the awkwardness. The core relationship chat delivers excellent closure, though it's a bit understated. I was in the perfect mood for Kooky Spidey, so that turned into a nice little bonus bringing this finale up to greatness in my eyes.

Doctor Strange #390

By: Donny Cates, Frazer Irving
Released: May 23, 2018

THE DOCTOR IS IN!
•  Strange is back as Master of the Mystic Arts!
•  But the Earth's magic is still weak - and after DAMNATION, so is Stephen.
•  He needs to get in fighting form and repair his friendship with Zelma...
•  If he can just shake special guest SPIDER-MAN long enough to get some work done!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Hawkeye #5 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

Clint gets overwhelmed with Venomdroxes and Bullseye goes thoroughly rogue. This issue has a pace - overall and particularly in the fight scenes - that perfectly suits the visuals. I hope it's a case of the writer learning his collaborator's strengths and playing to them rather than just a happy accident. Bullseye's story is starting to parallel Clint's in a very interesting way.

Old Man Hawkeye #5

By: Ethan Sacks, Marco Checchetto
Released: May 23, 2018

The VENOM MADROXES strike!
AN EYE FOR AN EYE Part 5
•  While HAWKEYE fights for his life, BULLSEYE makes a critical move toward his own goal...
•  ...that is, if the RED SKULL will allow it!
•  All this and a SURPRISE meeting that everyone will be talking about!
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Champions #20 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

The Champions fall afoul of the Master of the World, who ties them up in a "what do we do when baddies do good stuff?" conundrum. Meanwhile, local girl Amka is tooling up towards becoming a hero herself. Truly beautiful artwork and impeccable characterization make this a delight. The cliffhanger undercuts #20 a little by promising bigger and better things to come, though.

Champions #20

By: Jim Zub, Sean Izaakse
Released: May 23, 2018

• What good is conquering a world if it's already destroyed by the time you take over? The Master is determined to save Earth from itself and the Champions are going to help him do it...
•  Plus, a new hero from an unexpected source - Who is Snowguard?
Rated T+

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8.0

Chris Powell is stuck on the Earth-sidelines as Big Raptor Events unfold out in the cosmic world. A left-field fight opens up a surprising hitchhiking opportunity for him, though. This series kicks off with tons of promise and some distinctively great manga-style art. This issue burns a few too many words mulling over new power limitations, but that's a pretty minor nitpick. The balance of the boo more

Infinity Countdown: Darkhawk #1

By: Chris Sims, Lim
Released: May 23, 2018

On Earth, Chris Powell is a patrol officer with the NYPD, protecting and serving the people of New York...but out in space, he's Darkhawk, the galaxy's only line of defense against the return of the ancient army of the Fraternity of Raptors! Spinning out of the Infinity Countdown storyline, the 'hawk is back to fight for justice from the edge of Ma...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed You Are Deadpool #4 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

Youpool's sojourn in the 80s is highly Daredevil-centric, and it pays good comedy dividends. The presence of the Grasshopper reimagined as the 90s-tastic "Weapon G" is an outstanding diversion, though. The scripting throughout is hilarious, but it's the Weapon G section that really cooks with the perfect combination of funny words and ridiculous (in an awesome way) art.

You Are Deadpool #4

By: Al Ewing, Paco Diaz
Released: May 23, 2018

DID YOU EVER WANT TO BE DEADPOOL??? Now's your chance! This weekly series is not JUST the most amazing comic book you've ever read...it's also a role-playing adventure! YOU decide what choices Deadpool makes! YOU keep track of your scores issue by issue! YOU roll dice to combat various foes! Travel through Marvel history as Deadpool to meet Hulk in...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Man/Deadpool #33 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

Old Man Deadpool has actually REPLACED contemporary Deadpool, lending an extra air of insanity to an already-insane standoff between the LMDs and everybody else. We're closing in on a resolution, and I don't have much hope for it in terms of drama, but this issue was a lot of fun thanks to scrupulously crazy art. The jokes and characterization also set an excellent "but not too serious" tone to re more

Spider-Man/Deadpool #33

By: Robbie Thompson, Matt Horak
Released: May 23, 2018

WLMD PART 2
•  Deadpool figures out all these Deadpools are Deadpool's fault!
•  Spider-Man thought one Deadpool was one Deadpool too many!
•  Deadpool better watch out for Spider-Man...and - get ready for it - DEADPOOL!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Logan #40 Dec 3, 2018
7.0

OML rallies a skeleton crew of mutants to fight off a Purifier attack and support poor Glob. This is incredibly simple, textbook X-Men stuff, but it's executed quite well. I really hope Ibraim Roberson is the first illustrator in line for any future Glob stories; he does great with the big pink dink. I liked the hints of affection going from Shark Girl to Glob, and I wouldn't have been sad to see more

Old Man Logan #40

By: Ed Brisson, Ibraim Roberson
Released: May 23, 2018

• The Xavier Institute is under attack and it's all GLOB HERMAN's fault!
•  How did this walking, talking lump of bio-paraffin bring a whole horde of X-Men villains down on their heads?
•  And will LOGAN be able to save the day?
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Incredible Hulk #717 Dec 3, 2018
6.0

With help from his friends (and especially from his sister's day-saving technobabble), Amadeus finagles a "meets minimum closure standards" victory over the Dark Hulk. The aftermath: He loses a bunch of muscle mass and now maybe he's permanently green? And he feels real contrite? And New York nabbed all his Olympus Group moolah to pay for property damages. This conclusion is clearer about Amadeus' more

Incredible Hulk #717

By: Greg Pak, Carlo Barberi
Released: May 23, 2018

THE MONSTER'S END!
The curse of the Hulk has turned into a horror, and now Amadeus enters his final showdown with the monster within. But what happens if the monster...turns out to be Amadeus himself? A hero faces his greatest demons with the lives of everyone he loves in the balance and massive repercussions for Amadeus and the Hulk!
Rated...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Falcon #8 Dec 3, 2018
6.0

Sam saves the day with plenty of help from his friends. His romance with Misty is rekindled, Shaun comes through OK, and Blade is the big loser. He doesn't get the girl, he doesn't help out much, and his arch-nemesis gets killed in front of him by a bird. Poor Blade! This issue had nice visuals and some excellent moments, but the plot didn't make nearly enough sense. And some of the moments were a more

Falcon #8

By: Rodney Barnes, Joshua Cassara
Released: May 23, 2018

While the Falcon searches frantically for both the Patriot and Misty Knight, who've been captured by Deacon Frost, a vampire horde feeds off of the helpless citizens of Brooklyn!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Weapon X #18 Dec 3, 2018
6.0

Circumstances in Siberia produce roster turnover - Warpath ditches the team and Omega Red looks poised to join. It's an issue for remarkably good character work; the prospect of death makes Sabretooth set aside some of his jackass ways. The plot is still amply stocked with lazy gimmicks - tigers outta nowhere! - and the visuals do basic storytelling without adding much to the reading experience.

Weapon X #18

By: Greg Pak, Yildiray Cinar
Released: May 23, 2018

SABRETOOTH'S IN CHARGE Part 2
•  It's Sabretooth's first mission as field leader!
•  The team's first target? OMEGA RED!
•  Can Sabretooth succeed where Logan failed?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Gold #28 Dec 3, 2018
6.0

The X-Men chase their kidnapped Colossus into space. The raw plot is full of potential, so it takes a special sort of magic writing to sand it down into this thoroughly "meh" adventure. The art works hard to elevate the best moments, but it doesn't get a lot of script support. The Evil Pundit Lady falls into the absolute depth of cliched villain behavior - "So confident am I of my victory, I shall more

X-Men: Gold #28

By: Marc Guggenheim, Michele Bandini
Released: May 23, 2018

THE COUNTDOWN TO THE MUTANT WEDDING OF THE CENTURY!
•  Everything is going wrong.
•  The X-Men are under attack from all sides...
•  ...and there's still a wedding to plan!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Invincible Iron Man #600 Dec 3, 2018
5.0

Brian Michael Bendis spent eight issues setting up six major stories (plus many smaller mysteries) and refusing to develop them. Each deserved a full arc for resolution. Now they're all abruptly chopped off in a single double-sized issue. And just to make sure that things are extra train-wreck-y, art duties go to a rapidly-spinning carousel of A-listers. That ensures that the issue lacks a consist more

Invincible Iron Man #600

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli
Released: May 23, 2018

BRIAN BENDIS ENDS HIS MARVEL TENURE WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
Tony Stark is back, but in what form? At least five huge surprises await new and old fans alike. Industry legend Brian Michael Bendis drops his final Marvel Comic to end an era, and he's going out big! This super-sized anniversary extravaganza features artis...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Legion #5 Dec 3, 2018
4.0

Dr. Whozits defeats Lord Trauma while David looks on with vague approval. It's approaching a decent story, but fundamental problems strategic (why is this Dr. Whozits' story instead of Legion's?), tactical (ugh, that twist ending), and visual (what was the art budget? Tree fiddy?) drag it down into thorough disappointment.

Legion #5

By: Peter Milligan, Wilfredo Torres
Released: May 23, 2018

• With everything on the line, Dr. Hannah Jones must now confront a creature from her own mind!
•  What is the grotesque entity known as Bessie Doll?
•  And even if she does overcome Bessie Doll and Lord Trauma...will she ever escape Legion's twisted mindscape?
Rated T+

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2.0

An all-female crew of Logan's mutant pals goes hunting for Magneto in Madripoor, but instead they "just happen" to run into an all-female baddie squad. This is a strong contender for the least enjoyable comic I've read in years. The all-X-chromosome gimmick is unjustified, the flashback characterization of Logan and his ladies is pond-shallow, and then there's the art.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1

By: Jim Zub, Thony Silas
Released: May 23, 2018

WHAT MAYHEM HAS THE RETURN OF THE MUTANT WITH METAL CLAWS CAUSED IN MADRIPOOR?
When Wolverine's former alter-ego Patch is sighted on the streets of Madripoor, the infamous island of ill-repute, Kitty Pryde pulls together a group of Logan's closest friends to try and find him: Storm, Rogue, Psylocke, Domino, and Jubilee. What they discover is a ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Daredevil #602 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

The Hand's motive and modus for attacking New York are still unclear; Matt and Sam get into a guilt-o-matic squabble over whose fault it might be. Besides that, this issue showcases plenty of good first steps being taken by both mayor Matt Murdock and Daredevil. The strong, simple faces sketched in the mayor's office scenes are wonderfully expressive, and the rear half balances the talking with pl more

Daredevil #602

By: Charles Soule, Mike Henderson
Released: May 16, 2018

The fallout from the shocking conclusion of DAREDEVIL #600 continues as Matt Murdock and Daredevil both rally allies in the face of an overwhelming enemy. And how exactly does Wilson Fisk fit into things? Not the way you expect...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Red #4 Dec 3, 2018
8.0

Jean exercises excellent leadership in defusing Storm, getting her onto the team along with Namor and Gentle, and preparing to go on the offensive. The X-Men understand Cassandra's weapon now - the Sentinites are a nice refinement of earlier titles' clumsy attempts at nano-sentinels - but they still haven't seen their enemy's face. I like the way this conflict is gearing up; the stage is set for a more

X-Men: Red #4

By: Tom Taylor, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: May 16, 2018

• JEAN GREY and her team of X-Men are trying to save the world...but one mutant could spoil that for everyone.
•  When an old friend of Jean's is corrupted and turned against her, will Jean have to do the unthinkable?
Rated T+

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