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Forge reviewed X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 Feb 5, 2020
3.0

Boy, was this book a disappointment.

I've never read Zdarsky before but I've heard good things about his Spiderman books, so I had fairly high expectations for this miniseries. What I ended up with was a book where the X-Men act like idiots. For what is essentially a diplomatic mission to the Fantastic Four, Prof X decides to send Wolverine, Magneto and Pyro. Considering that the FF are more

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Terry Dodson
Released: Feb 5, 2020

KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there ... except for one. But now it's time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It's the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.
Rated T+

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The-MJP - Jun 6, 2020

I know this is mostly personal taste but dodson, a bad artist? Really? Dodson? The only art of his I didn't like was the generation x covers and that's into because the colors on those blended into each other and it stangley gave the impression it was a "woke" book Other than that I have read it so....no comment

CrazyforRAMU - Sep 7, 2020

Rather than dismiss Xavier as an idiot, consider that this undiplomatic visit drove Franklin straight into the mutants' arms. Bringing a combative roster -- particularly letting Magneto push Sue's buttons -- worked out great for him.

9.0

Nova gets worried about the Olympian gods causing trouble across the galaxy. With the Guardians enjoying their retirement on Halfword, only Quill, Rocket, Moondragon, and Phyla-Vell answer his call … for now. They accumulate some more teammates (Marvel Boy and, on the last page, Hercules) and then their infiltration plan rapidly falls to pieces. A fast pace, promising plot developments, exquisit more

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Al Ewing, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 22, 2020

Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they're a family, and they've earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place -- and it's only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned -- harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marauders #6 Aug 9, 2020
8.5

The Marauders believe they win the battle of Madripoor Bay -- but Kate's teammates unknowingly abandon her to the final, fatal part of the baddies' plan. It's a good story, eminently satisfying -- and yet, given the Capital-C-Consequences of the climax, it feels like it could/should have been pushed to greatness.

Back-forming the verb "coronate" out of "coronation" is like marrying your more

Marauders #6

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 22, 2020

THE BATTLE OF MADRIPOOR!
The Marauders are caught between the forces of Madripoor and the Black King's machinations! Thankfully, they have TWO Omega Level mutants onboard...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Panther #20 Aug 9, 2020
8.0

T'Challa is challenged for the Djalia by all the past Panthers. In the real world, the Maroons fight a desperate battle and Shuri smacks down BAST in a damned impressive rhetorical display. Great art, great plot developments -- if only all the prose matched the glory of that Shuri/Bast scene.

Black Panther #20

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ryan Bodenheim
Released: Jan 22, 2020

"THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA" WAKANDA UNBOUND part 2
THE DJALIA UNDER ASSAULT - FROM ITS KING?!
To unite the two empires of Wakanda, the Black Panther must destroy a vital piece of his own nation - the plane of all Wakandan memory and home to the griot spirits who have guided him throughout his rule as king. Can he do it? Can T'Chal...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain Marvel #14 Aug 9, 2020
8.0

Carol has an extensive (too long, for my taste) discussion with Tony and Thor before getting back to her messy "pretend to kill the Avengers" plan. A brief check-in with Vox and then it's down to clobbering the Black Panther (but he has a Hulk, wuh-oh). This chapter is a satisfying intermediary and there's ample humor in the dialogue, but the pace and art make me pretty certain this won't be the a more

Captain Marvel #14

By: Kelly Thompson, Lee Garbett
Released: Jan 22, 2020

"THE LAST AVENGER" PART 3: DESPERATE MEASURES
Two down. But time is running out, and there are Avengers left to kill. Can Captain Marvel finish off her former friends before the clock runs down - and all is lost?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #38 Aug 9, 2020
8.0

Spider-Man, Jonah, and the Foreigner run through three distinct but nicely-connected stories. It's got a great structure and scratchy but appealing art. The characters are handled pretty well, too (with the one exception noted below). But how many times is this volume gonna ring the "stop helping me, Jonah" bell?

I would have sworn it's impossible to write Jonah as TOO cranky -- but I t more

Amazing Spider-Man #38

By: Nick Spencer, Iban Coello
Released: Jan 22, 2020

• J. Jonah Jameson kicks off his new life as a podcast host and his first guest? SPIDER-MAN!
•  JJJ and Spidey have been on pretty good terms for a while now, so it seems fitting that JJJ
needs to sabotage it and put the entire city in danger, right?
•  Don't miss "My Podcast with Jonah"!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Excalibur #6 Aug 9, 2020
7.5

The prose is still weaker than I'd like, but the way the arc-plot ties up is cool and the visuals remain strong.

Excalibur #6

By: Tini Howard, Marcus To
Released: Jan 22, 2020

The Secret of Rogue's Coffin!
Locked in her mysterious coffin, Rogue dreams. Meanwhile, Apocalypse performs a ritual, and the throne of power changes hands. The reign of mutantkind reaches the Otherworld at last.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Atlantis Attacks #1 Aug 9, 2020
7.0

Amadeus Cho and Namor have a pretty good fight. But that's five pages and the whole rest of the issue is expository recaps covering the twisty status quo of Pan and the Agents. It looks pretty good and some basic action is woven all the way through to conceal the exposition, but this is still an awfully small baby step. The Agents as a team still suffer from a dreadful case of "and the rest," too.

Atlantis Attacks #1

By: Greg Pak, Ario Anindito
Released: Jan 22, 2020

WAR WITH THE WATER KINGDOM!
The armies of ATLANTIS face ATLAS in a showdown destined to shake allegiances and break hearts! AMADEUS CHO, SILK, WAVE, SHANG-CHI, and all the heroes of the Atlas have bonded with each other after the challenges of WAR OF THE REALMS. But when a terrible secret incurs the wrath of KING NAMOR, who's the true friend --...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #18 Aug 9, 2020
6.5

When Carlos Magno comes aboard the artist carousel, well, that's the exact moment I need to get off and have a little lie-down.

Fantastic Four #18

By: Dan Slott, Paco Medina
Released: Jan 22, 2020

"Point of Origin" Part 5!
•  We weren't kidding. That big secret that we promised last issue, that really happened. This issue is the fallout.
•  Punches will be thrown. Lives will be changed. And Reed Richards is going to drop some scary science on the planet called Spyre.
•  You know those sci-fi rules about "prime directi...

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5.0

Dylan and Normie have themselves a mark-one creepy child adventure playing with Dylan's leftover shred of Carnage. Normie's got himself some Goblin Childe PTSD, but Dylan has flat-out Wrongness in him. There's some pretty important plot work for the Venom-verse here, but the storytelling is the wrong sort of creepy. The B strip is a smaller, more successful, but also less ambitious bit of backstor more

Web Of Venom: The Good Son #1

By: Zac Thompson, Diogenes Neves
Released: Jan 22, 2020

WHILE VENOM'S AWAY, THE CHILDREN WILL PLAY!
Dylan Brock and Normie Osborn have survived the trials of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, but what's next for the Goblin Childe and the Son of Venom?
Rated T+

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5.0

"Maybe if I throw a lame Cap vs. Dracula flashback in the middle, nobody'll notice that I completely failed to conclude the 'Ruins' story before moving on to the 'Reborn' story."

Ruins Of Ravencroft: Dracula #1

By: Frank Tieri, Stefano Landini
Released: Jan 22, 2020

To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society's most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and -- as Captain America learned the hard way - some secrets have teeth.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Runaways #29 Aug 3, 2020
9.5

Gert discovers that the J-Team has been a teen-hero-killing machine for decades, which obviously worries her. We see enough of Doc Justice separate from the kids to confirm he's a baddie. Great art and smooth, natural dialogue make this a terrific pleasure to read. The subtle parallels building up between Gert and Matt are particularly nice.

Runaways #29

By: Rainbow Rowell, Genolet
Released: Jan 15, 2020

• The Runaways have gone full J-Team with Doc Justice and are cleaning up Los Angeles better than ANYONE expected. Doc has never had J-Teamers with powers as amazing as the Runaways (I mean LOOK AT MOLLY, I mean, Blue-J) so they are going to have to set their sights even higher!
•  But where does that leave Gert? Back at the Doc's mansio...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The End: Venom #1 Aug 3, 2020
9.0

Venom's powers are couched in idiosyncratic time and space-defying ways to make him immortal. This turns him into the champion of all life, fighting a doomed battle against AI at the end of time. It's packed full to bursting with cool sci-fi ideas, and the prose and art nearly keep up. It's a remarkable story told well -- but not quite perfectly. The sheer amount of imagination rockets this straig more

The End: Venom #1

By: Adam Warren, Chamba
Released: Jan 15, 2020

THE FINAL VENOM STORY!
The alien symbiote who bonded with Eddie Brock has been through a lot... but not nearly as much as he has coming. In a tale that literally spans over a trillion years, Venom travels the length of space and time as the last defender of life in the universe!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7 Aug 3, 2020
8.5

The Doc-Team ferries Valkyrie to Death's sickbed and she cures her solo, using the power of philosophy (plus nifty continuity links). Prior to that, Cardiac screws the pooch a little. I'm okay with the team action, and I'm more than okay with the art, the philosophy, and the continuity action. "The Death of Death" isn't a novel trope, though.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #7

By: Jason Aaron, Pere Perez
Released: Jan 15, 2020

TIME OF DEATH: NOW!
Valkyrie teams up with Marvel's Mightiest Medics to save the life of the ultimate patient - Death herself! With a universal force on the cosmic operating table, the end of everything is one slip of the scalpel away... but has one of Jane's surgical team forgotten their Hippocratic Oath?
Rated T+

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7.5

Cammi whines (but charmingly) about Cosmic Ghost Rider refusing to let her kill anyone in her new role as his sidekick. And the Cosmic King, blah, bookends the "cosmic Punishment" montage by beating up Mephisto and then initiating showdown mode with Frank. I don't much like that first page; even if Mephisto is under house arrest, it doesn't feel right for him to get clobbered between issues by a b more

Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider #2

By: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Scott Hepburn
Released: Jan 15, 2020

Cosmic Ghost Rider is ready to burn a fiery swathe across the cosmos-but he's picked up a rogue earth hitchhiker along the way!
Will Cammi's presence become Rider's own form of penance, or will her thirst for vengeance just add fuel to the flames?
Don't miss out as these two rebels' paths converge as they embark on a two-person crusade agai...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #29 Aug 3, 2020
7.5

The Avengers shout their way through non-stop Herald fights before heading to the Starbrand. It's got Grand Plot ideas and Cool Fight ideas and they're visualized with distinction (though character rendering, as usual, comes out way ahead of creating a sense of motion). As others have noted, the dialogue is pretty bland. I think that, more than anything else, is responsible for the slightly-guilty more

Avengers #29

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jan 15, 2020

STARBRAND REBORN Part Three: THE RISE OF THE WAR WIDOW
The battle for the Starbrand heats up like a supernova, as Captain Marvel goes toe to toe with Firelord, Ghost Rider races the Silver Surfer and Brood Thor... tries to eat the Avengers. Meanwhile the Black Widow kicks much butt in outer space with a bold new weapon in her arsenal. That's ri...

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7.0

Spidey stumbles into ex-GF Black Cat in the middle of a curious caper. A large chunk of the issue is devoted to a flashback showing their flirtatious first hookup. The pace is fast and the plot is pretty interesting. The art's serviceable and the dialogue, with a few wobbles, does a good job portraying a sexy relationship. (But MJ's also in the mix to add some triangular complications going forwar more

Marvel's Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1

By: Dennis Hopeless, Luca Maresca
Released: Jan 15, 2020

As if the events of MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY and CITY AT WAR weren't harrowing enough, Spider-Man finds himself in the middle of a gang war in New York City.  But as he butts heads with the likes of HAMMERHEAD and the MAGGIA, the unexpected reappearance of old flame FELICIA HARDY, also known as the BLACK CAT, sets Spider-Man's world on fire!...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Iron Man 2020 #1 Aug 3, 2020
7.0

The robot revolution is in full swing, with Fake Tony Stark popping in to cheerlead it and Arno opposing it. This issue lays out a lot of plot points and illustrates them with shiny chrome, but it retains the signature problems of Dan Slott-era Iron Man: shallow characterization and facile "hot takes" on big ideas. Nobody takes the protagonist role, stranding this issue as a sort of survey.

Iron Man 2020 #1

By: Dan Slott, Pete Woods
Released: Jan 15, 2020

• The future is now! Artificial Intelligences presents a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel!
•  The Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights!
•  And Arno Stark IS Iron Man!
PLUS! Pete Woods' main cover art will feature a 5th Color Flourescent Ink treatment!
Rated T+

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6.0

The story's sound, but the words and art used to convey it are aggressively non-memorable.

Ruins Of Ravencroft: Sabretooth #1

By: Frank Tieri, Guillermo Sanna
Released: Jan 15, 2020

The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE
CARNAGE, the facility's past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe's most recognizable heroes and villains!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #5 Jul 23, 2020
9.5

Great and getting better. Still DoX's best-crafted story.

X-Force #5

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Jan 8, 2020

DEADLY CHOICES CARRY DARK CONSEQUENCES!
First, Domino and Forge have to pick up the pieces as the team faces a major setback! Then, Beast takes matters into his own hands when a piece of new technology threatens the safety of the nation.
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed New Mutants #5 Jul 23, 2020
9.0

Another serving of the New Mutants' Space Yarn gives me lots of chuckles -- but it also bolsters my suspicion that this whole thing is a shaggy-dog story that's going to be a footnote in the history of DoX. It looks fabulous and this is the one place in the X-portfolio where Mr. Hickman truly puts character ahead of plot and world-building, so I don't really mind the footnote thing at all.

New Mutants #5

By: Jonathan Hickman, Rod Reis
Released: Jan 8, 2020

THE EXPLOSIVE RETURN OF CANNONBALL! The team has reached the Shi'ar Galaxy only to find the empire in turmoil! Deathbird returns and she won't let Bobby and Sam get in the way of what she wants!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Star #1 Jul 23, 2020
9.0

"Smart woman you can empathize with makes an endless stream of bad choices" is an excellent way to do a villain story. It fits well with the "Earth-woman swept unknowingly into cosmic chaos," too.

Star #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Javier Pina
Released: Jan 8, 2020

BORN OF THE REALITY STONE, THE BREAKOUT CHARACTER FROM CAPTAIN MARVEL FLIES SOLO!
Ambitious reporter Ripley Ryan rocked New York City when she became the hero STAR, adored by everyone. But in truth she was Dr. Minerva's attempt at a Kree-human Super-Soldier. Desperate for the strength to control her own destiny, she tried to kill Captain Marvel...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #29 Jul 23, 2020
8.5

Before it kicks off an epic Hulk vs. Kaiju fight at the end, this issue weaves some brilliant ideas between multiple characters and scenes. The kaiju fight is a trap and Team Hulk knows it's a trap -- and there are far more subtle traps extending further into the cast. Both parts are great, but it's a pretty big tone jump. It's like watching a good ballet and then watching Wrestlemania.

Immortal Hulk #29

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Giant monsters have been unleashed in Phoenix, Arizona. The Roxxon Corporation is unavailable for comment.
•  The people need help. They need the crusading outlaw with a heart of gold they read about in the Herald. They need their secret hero.
•  Instead, they're getting the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #8 Jul 23, 2020
8.5

It's great to see somebody pick up Kaare Andrews' "Iron Fist has a tween ward" ball and run with it. And speaking of moving balls, this issue feels like a series of tight running plays gradually building up yardage. Not as spectacular as a passing game, but more productive than four bad plays leading to a punt.

Black Cat #8

By: Jed MacKay, Dike Ruan
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Black Cat and the Thieves Guild are now in an all-out WAR!
•  In wars, there are casualties and Felicia needs to get someone she loves out of the city immediately.
•  But can she trust THE BEETLE (fresh off her AMAZING SPIDER-MAN supporting role) to help her?
Rated T

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8.5

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #11

By: Saladin Ahmed, Minkyu Jung
Released: Jan 8, 2020

As a monster of Ms. Marvel's own making wreaks havoc across New Jersey, Kamala's father clings desperately to life in the hospital. When Kamala is forced to choose between her heroic duties and her heart, which will win out?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ghost-Spider #6 Jul 23, 2020
8.5

Gwen enjoys a little downtime, ferrying the MJs to alternate-universe concerts and then helping her Dad handle a bank robbery/hostage case. And in the foreshadowing column, we're introduced to the Awful Social Media Influencer Earth-65 versions of Sue and Johnny Storm. It's a breather episode, but it goes heavy on the charm and wit to produce a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

Ghost-Spider #6

By: Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Gwen Stacy a.k.a. GHOST-SPIDER has been attending college in the Marvel Universe!
•  But the Marvel Universe is a dangerous place, especially for someone named Stacy.
•  And while Gwen has already dealt with one psychotic stalker from the MU in the form of Miles Warren, it will have done little to p...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #22 Jul 23, 2020
8.0

I can enjoy it for what it is -- a slightly pompous, grimdark character study -- and recognize it as a well-done comic without being tempted to crown it as profound or all-time great.

Venom #22

By: Donny Cates, Mark Bagley
Released: Jan 8, 2020

"VENOM ISLAND" PART II
•  Donny Cates' VENOM epic continues in grand fashion after ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, joined by industry legend and celebrated VENOM artist Mark Bagley.
•  That's all you're getting out of us for this one, True Believers! After all, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE isn't quite over yet...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Excalibur #5 Jul 23, 2020
8.0

Rogue waking up is exactly what I needed. For me, her dream sequence was the visual, narrative, and characterization high point of the series so far. Here's hoping she can serve as the unifying tentpole this title needs so badly.

But on the saltier side: My optimism may be misplaced. The author has already flubbed two tentpole attempts with Apocalypse and Betsy -- and the latter in part more

Excalibur #5

By: Tini Howard, Marcus To
Released: Jan 8, 2020

The Secret of Rogue's Coffin!
Locked in her mysterious coffin, Rogue dreams. Meanwhile, Apocalypse performs a ritual, and the throne of power changes hands. The reign of mutantkind reaches the Otherworld at last.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #37 Jul 23, 2020
7.5

Spidey starts using the Clairvoyant to get a head start on his hero-ing (no way THAT'LL backfire), Jonah accepts a mysterious proposition, and Kindred does his thousandth bit of ominous foreshadowing. So business as usual for this series, really. It looks nice and it sounds good, it's got charm and humor. But I'm thrice bitten and very shy -- one solid issue with a few promising plot developments more

Amazing Spider-Man #37

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• There are too many problems in New York City and Spidey can't be in four places at once-- unless he CAN?!
•  Peter's life is as complicated as ever but can science be the answer?
•  It's a new year and the buildup to "Last Remains" and much more starts here!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ghost Rider #4 Jul 23, 2020
7.5

I like the "big picture" plot and the art, but I don't particularly like either Ghost Rider. Which could become A Problem.

Ghost Rider #4

By: Ed Brisson, Aaron Kuder
Released: Jan 8, 2020

A NEW CHAPTER IN THE GHOST RIDER MYTHOS BEGINS HERE!
Everyone is coming for Johnny Blaze's throne and it is going to take more than just a new look and some new powers to fight them off! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch is at the end of his rope and about to make the biggest mistake of his life all over again!
Rated T+

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