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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Doctor Strange #1 Jan 18, 2024
9.0

The big plot just barely gets rolling here, but that's because this book spends plenty of time establishing a new status quo. And the process is *delightful*.

The structure is clear, the pace is smooth, and the prose is clean. It's not quite as sparkly as the author's very best, but it's certainly leagues beyond average.

The art is a bit of an acquired taste, but very palata more

Doctor Strange #1

By: Jed MacKay, Pasqual Ferry
Released: Mar 22, 2023

Stephen Strange is back! Reunited with Clea and Wong, it's back to business as usual for the Sorcerer Supreme. Have your children fallen into a deep nightmarish slumber? Are demonic refugees invading your home? Is your husband possessed by a satanic entity? Then call Doctor Strange! Join Jed MacKay (MOON KNIGHT, BLACK CAT) and Pasqual Ferry (NAMOR:...

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9.0

Spectacular storytelling amply compensates for some ambiguous last-act plotting. (We're stuck in a "what's real, what's not, when did the mind games start?" trap by the end.) This series has been so consistently great that I have complete faith in the way it'll play out.

The dialogue is delightful. There are multiple points where a great line drops my jaw and it just stays hanging for a more

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #9

By: Collin Kelly, Carmen Carnero
Released: Feb 1, 2023

THE NEW INVADERS STRIKE!
Captain America and his allies put their best infiltration tactics to the test to free lower Manhattan from A.I.M.'s grasp. But the battleground is not what it seems and the Outer Circle not so easily surprised. Can Steve Rogers uncover a lurking enemy - or will his friends face doom at the hands of the Outer Circle's m...

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8.5

This is a good comic, but I'd call it provisionally good. It can be a blast to read--so long as you meet the creators halfway. I did and I had a blast.

There are half a dozen valid reasons not to reach out that way. One of them is dumb ("I want more of the 'real' New Mutants!"), but still valid.

And then there's the *evil* reason to dislike this book. You know the one.
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New Mutants Lethal Legion #1

By: Charlie Jane Anders, Enid Balam
Released: Mar 8, 2023

THE NEW, NEW MUTANTS - WITH ALL THE CLASSIC THRILLS! Best-selling, multiple-award-winning, generally bedazzling writer Charlie Jane Anders launches a fresh take on the beloved team, with rising star Enid Bal?m behind the illustrious pencils! The Shadow King. U-Men. Demon Bear. Themselves. The New Mutants have faced some of the most cunning minds in...

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8.5

The art is dynamic as all hell, and the script makes plenty of room to let it breathe. That makes the overall pace very speedy, perhaps even too fast.

The pieces and parts used to advance the plot and develop the characters (particularly Raneem) are all off-the-shelf stuff. Nothing revolutionary.

Yet they're assembled with utmost skill, doing a perfect job of making the new a more

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3

By: Cody Ziglar, Federico Vicentini
Released: Feb 1, 2023

SHE'S A REAL RABBLE ROUSER!
For years, she's schemed in the shadows. Now RABBLE is finally ready to unleash an assault on everything and everyone MILES MORALES loves - but why does she hate SPIDER-MAN so dang much?! What secrets from Spidey's past still stand to be revealed? To survive her, first Spidey'll need to survive the SCORPION. Miles. C...

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8.5

This feels like a distinct uptick in the series. The visuals remain delightful, the plot progresses in a clear fashion, and Mariko is a compellingly active protagonist this time around. It makes a fun read, and the process of digging into all the mythological and Marvel connections is fun too.

Demon Wars: Down In Flames #1

By: Peach Momoko
Released: Feb 1, 2023

PHOENIX vs MAGIK!
Things are heating up in Momoko's Marvel Universe! The spirit world is divided. Its inhabitants, strange creatures called yokai, have chosen sides, and the two factions are on the brink of all-out war. A bird-like yokai who wields some serious firepower faces off against a club-wielding demon. Mariko Yashida finds herself righ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Scarlet Witch #2 Jan 18, 2024
8.0

This series stays firmly on its rails for its second issue, and that's all to the good. Viv's nightmare problem makes a nicely-portioned one-shot plot. Some solid character insights for Wanda and especially Viv deliver satisfying depth, and the art continues to be a big boost.

Scarlet Witch #2

By: Steve Orlando, Sara Pichelli
Released: Feb 1, 2023

SCARLET WITCH BATTLES DREAMQUEEN!
Wanda Maximoff is no stranger to grief, so when Viv Vision stumbles through Wanda's door, exhausted and terrified of the nightmares playing her mother's death on repeat, Wanda dives into Viv's dreams to find the cause of the android's suffering. And it turns out Viv isn't alone in her mind? Scarlet Witch faces ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Moon Knight #20 Jan 18, 2024
8.0

It's another fast, action-heavy episode. As usual, the art works perfectly for that, and the prose is no slouch either. The in media res start could have been fine-tuned, but it all works. Jake Lockley's role is inspired.

I even like the B strip almost as much as the A. It's dense and well-plotted for just 8 pages, telling a pretty complete story. It introduces a cool flashback characte more

Moon Knight #20

By: Jed MacKay, Alessandro Cappuccio
Released: Feb 1, 2023

There's blood on the streets as assassins work their way through a list of names containing those who once formed Moon Knight's Shadow Cabinet. But with a number of potential targets and no idea who's next, how can Moon Knight save his former associates?
PLUS: Just in time for Black History Month, a second story in which the crescent crusader c...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #37 Jan 18, 2024
8.0

This is a satisfying payoff to a long-running mystery; the XENO story is popping again. The art serves up the usual yummy mix of detail and body horror, and the dialogue is solid. There's maybe a bit more Deadpool comic relief than I want, but that's subjective.

X-Force #37

By: Ben Percy, Robert Gill
Released: Feb 1, 2023

THE PEACOCK TATTOO?
At last - learn the truth about the man behind the mask who's been plaguing X-FORCE since 2019's issue #1!
X-fans new and old will reel from this startling revelation. Collectors and readers alike - don't miss this key issue!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #16 Jan 18, 2024
8.0

Al Ewing corrects the title's tie-in course again, this time by tacking back toward the event and reminding everyone (via an excellently-written Ms. Marvel) that there's still a demon invasion going on in New York. The art's outstanding for this action-heavy serving (though Bryan Hitch won't be making my list of top Ms. Marvel artists).

This is a nicely-streamlined episode of this over more

Venom #16

By: Al Ewing, Bryan Hitch
Released: Feb 1, 2023

With the truth about Eddie Brock, Bedlam and the Garden of Time revealed at last, Eddie has no choice but to move heaven, earth, space and time to get back to his son. But it may all be for naught - Eddie's greatest fears are at the precipice of being realized, as Dylan may still succumb to the darkness within him!
Rated T+

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7.5

It's a fascinating story and it's a direct sequel to the Silver Surfer's first truly great solo comic (SS #5; which I highly recommend you read if you can).

The art isn't super-detailed, but it can get super-expressive.

On the writing side, the good news is, this issue delivers a ton of information. And the bad news is, this issue delivers a ton of information. Very slow, ver more

Silver Surfer: Ghost Light #1

By: John Jennings, Valentine De Landro
Released: Feb 1, 2023

Toni Brooks and her family have moved into the quiet town of Sweetwater. But nothing is quite what it seems in their new home. What mystery did Toni and her family unravel that would call upon the Sentinel of the Spaceways - the Silver Surfer?! And just who, or what, is GHOST LIGHT? Eisner Award winner JOHN JENNINGS and artist VALENTINE DE LANDRO (...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Dark Web: Finale #1 Jan 18, 2024
7.0

I really like the status quo tweaks made in the final scene. The Big Dumb Fight leading up to it is pretty weak tea, though. There are some funny quips, but they're slotted into a *very* simplistic structure: "Everybody split up into smaller fights, then take turns making a joke and resolving your conflict so we can gang up on Chasm and end this." The artists work together fairly well. But I also more

Dark Web: Finale #1

By: Zeb Wells, Adam Kubert
Released: Feb 1, 2023

The dawn rises after the demonic invasion of New York City, but what will that light reveal? It will reveal Chasm's final gambit and the new denizens of Hell he helped create and unleash on Spider-Man and the X-Men! See how Dark Web changed this city's landscape forever!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Wakanda #5 Jan 18, 2024
7.0

It's a decently put together book, and the art's nice. But I'm split on the Okoye character work. Her relationship with Natima, I like; her ruthlessness, not so much.

But the book's good enough to get me questioning how much of that is my own sexist bias; would it bug me if a male Black Panther did those things?

Wakanda #5

By: Brandon Thomas, Jose Luis
Released: Feb 1, 2023

The dramatic conclusion of the Wakanda anthology! After the events of WAKANDA #1, Okoye has a message for the rest of the world: Wakanda is NOT without protectors. And in this daring story by Brandon Thomas and Jose Luis, Okoye will teach anyone who questions that just how painfully mistaken they are - and just how unrivaled her dedication to Wakan...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Rogue & Gambit #1 Jan 18, 2024
6.5

There's nothing seriously wrong with it. The prose is clean, the structure flows nicely, and the art is polished (if a little cheesecake-y).

But it hasn't sunk a hook in me at all. It may be that this issue's plot points are only connected by proximity and authorial fiat. Optimistically, that's a problem that may fade away as the story goes on.

And maybe the harsher reviews more

Rogue & Gambit #1

By: Stephanie Phillips, Carlos E. Gomez
Released: Mar 1, 2023

DESTINY STRIKES YOUR FAVORITE X-MEN DUO!
Krakoa is on a precipice. Destiny alone can see what's coming - but the precog cannot act. For that, she'll need her adoptive daughter, Rogue. Husbands need not apply! But with mutant duties stealing Rogue away so much these days, Gambit is determined to make the most of the mission and put some Cajun s...

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6.5

These previews are nigh-painfully on-brand for their respective writers.

Hickman takes the 1610: Cryptic and intriguing, check-check.

Al Ewing Venom: Yes, *of course* 1940s Flexo was actually a symbiote.

Zeb Wells Spider-Man: Snappy humor, action scenes that triumph or flounder based entirely on the artist, and plotting that I'm struggling to say anything nice abou more

FCBD 2023: Spider-Man / Venom #1

By: Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason
Released: May 6, 2023

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6.0

Mainly of interest to Ironheart fans (of whom I am one). She's ready for a new series, and the A strip is a solid teaser for one.

The rest of the book is a pack of reprints, many of them partial, that merely reminds us Voices is a Thing. But should that even be in the present tense? All reprints, and nothing at the back but a plea to pick up old issues and anthologies thereof.
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FCBD 2023: Marvel's Voices #1

By: John Jennings, Paris Alleyne
Released: May 6, 2023

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6.0

I appreciate the way the A & B strips work together and there's plenty of juicy foreshadowing. But it's still just advertainment, so I'm not rating it past average.

FCBD 2023: Avengers / X-Men #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Joshua Cassara
Released: May 6, 2023

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #65 Jan 18, 2024
5.5

Avenger Prime's story gets told with decent talent, particularly in the art. But neither the premise nor the execution are good enough to outweigh the bigger problems, like this flashback throwing the whole story into a holding pattern or the fact that every significant development in the "Avengers Assemble" arc has been painfully predictable.

Avengers #65

By: Jason Aaron, Garron
Released: Feb 1, 2023

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE CHAPTER SIX: THE SECRET OF AVENGER PRIME!
He is the most important Avenger in the Multiverse. He's spent years manning a watchtower at the heart of all creation all by himself. Now his story can be told, as he suddenly finds himself no longer alone, but instead surrounded by an unbelievable gathering of heroes.
Rated T+

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5.0

Venom: Lethal Protector II #1

By: David Michelinie, Farid Karami
Released: Mar 29, 2023

BROCK VS. DOOM. 'NUFF SAID! Venom co-creator DAVID MICHELINIE returns with a brand-new story set in the sinister symbiote's past when brains - and Spider-Man - were still on the menu! This time, he's uniting with rising star FARID KARAMI to weave an epic, blockbuster story that will take Venom from the streets of NYC to the kingdom of Latveria as E...

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5.0

Maybe someday somebody will write a terrific Bloodline story, and rose-colored hindsight will brighten up this modest early effort.

Bloodline: Daughter of Blade #1

By: Danny Lore, Karen Darboe
Released: Feb 1, 2023

IT'S IN HER BLOOD?
Brielle Brooks is a good kid, no matter what her teachers say - it's not her fault she's developing vampiric super-powers and the undead want to brawl! And as if problems at school aren't enough, Bri's got a wild ride ahead of her - she's about to discover that she's the daughter of the infamous vampire hunter and Daywalker k...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Sins of Sinister #1 Jan 13, 2024
9.5

I said Immortal X-Men #10 needed a strong follow-up. Welp, here it is.

The art and writing are good without being world-class. The story they weave, though, is breathtaking in its imagination, audacity, and integrity with what's come before. I can point to better-crafted comics/events, but few are as imaginative and intriguing right out of the gate.

Of course I know, I know, more

Sins of Sinister #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Lucas Werneck
Released: Jan 25, 2023

POWERS OF ESSEX! It's the end of the world as we know it, and at least Sinister feels fine. For now. Can that last? Especially when we discover that he really is his own worst enemy... The universe-melting X-event begins here, in a horror timeline that makes Age of Apocalypse look like the X-Men Swimsuit Special. Join Kieron Gillen (IMMORTAL X-MEN,...

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8.0

A taut action scenario with excellent, chunky artwork is good fun. This is a satisfying comic by itself. The big-picture premise and the characterization are big bags of question marks so far, though. But that's not a mortal sin in a #1--particularly not after a time jump.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Collin Kelly, Kev Walker
Released: Apr 12, 2023

WHO ARE THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?
One year ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy were destroyed. Their optimistic future shattered by the betrayal of one of their own. Now they ride the space lanes of a lawless corner of the galaxy, trying to outrun their tragedy. Can they rediscover their heroism and humanity on the bleakest frontier? Can they f...

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9.0

It falls shy of perfection by aspiring to be a bit more profound than it really is. Lord, it's ambitious, though! And it's presented with knock-your-eyes-out art on every page.

It's a great comic to ponder, and we don't get too many of those in the Marvel universe.

Max flippant reaction: I got big 3rd Age of Middle-earth elf vibes from Yalda. "I can explain exactly what the f more

Doctor Strange: Fall Sunrise #3

By: Tradd Moore
Released: Jan 25, 2023

Doctor Strange is pulled in every direction by powerful figures while millions of lives rest in the balance - including his own! Yalda, Sophia, Bythos or himself: who should Strange serve? Who can he trust? Can this world's deadly ritual be stopped? Or is the answer simply?BLOOD? Heaven help us; it must be blood.

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Thor #30 Jan 13, 2024
8.5

The parallel narration gets a bit dense, but there's lots of good stuff going on here. The art's fantastic; very expressive and imaginative. Content-wise, this issue strikes a nice balance between developing the plot and characters and ratcheting up the tension with strong foreshadowing.

Thor #30

By: Torunn Gronbekk, Nic Klein
Released: Jan 25, 2023

"THE LEGACY OF THANOS" CONCLUDES!
Torunn Gr nbekk and Nic Klein continue their journey into mysterious waters! After chasing Corvus Glaive-the kidnapper of Thor's baby sister-into a vault that requires the blood of a god to open, Thor and R na find themselves face-to-face with King Bor himself! And...Thanos? What dark, bloody secrets of Asgard'...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Terminators #5 Jan 13, 2024
8.0

The series coasts into a smooth, satisfying finale. There aren't any big surprises here, but it maintains its high standards for ridiculous humor and artistic quality. Putting this team on the shelf ready to be reactivated as soon as someone has a sufficiently silly idea is a big plus, too.

X-Terminators #5

By: Leah Williams, Carlos E. Gomez
Released: Jan 25, 2023

THE FINAL BEAT DOWN! These X-Ladies have been through one HELL of a night?and it's not over yet. They might have managed to escape the trouble that found them?but that trouble hasn't escaped them! It's time to make these suckers regret they ever crossed their paths!

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8.0

The pace continues to accelerate, and that's (mostly) to the good. This isn't so hot as a standalone issue, but I think it makes a compelling chapter in a bigger story. The words and art are both improvable, but not at all disappointing.

Sabretooth & the Exiles #3

By: Victor LaValle, Leonard Kirk
Released: Jan 25, 2023

JOURNEY TO THE ASTRAL PLANE - TO SAVE THIS ONE! ORPHAN-MAKER'S armor keeps his powers contained. You do NOT want to open that armor. Okay, DR. BARRINGTON'S opened the armor. SABRETOOTH and the EXILES' last hope remains in the ASTRAL PLANE...but can they stop fighting each other long enough to carve out a path to survival?!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 Jan 13, 2024
7.0

The pace is slow, but in a deliberate, menacing way that I like. And Juann Cabal's the perfect artist for that, confident in blocking out empty spaces.

It hasn't sunk a hook in me yet, though. It's stylish and well-constructed, but the tone the creators have achieved also makes it difficult to demonstrate great depth.

It doesn't help that this is a normal-length comic plus a more

Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

By: Stephanie Phillips, Juan Cabal
Released: Mar 1, 2023

VENGEANCE REAWAKENED!
In a far-flung corner of deep space, Frank Castle has eked out a quiet existence, his days as Cosmic Ghost Rider finally behind him. But across the universe, a vicious bounty hunter is leaving a trail of bodies in his wake and his name is Cosmic Ghost Rider!
When Frank's peaceful existence is shattered, he must suit ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #18 Jan 13, 2024
7.0

The pace is good, the art is nice, and though I wasn't laughing myself, I think the humor is done well. But the overall tone seesaws wildly, from the absurdity of Rek-Rap to the would-be pathos of Ben Reilly. This wants to be serious and silly at the same time. That's not impossible, but this isn't a good example of it.

I find it both ironic and annoying that Madelyne Pryor's role in th more

Amazing Spider-Man #18

By: Zeb Wells, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jan 25, 2023

As if the normal run-of-the-mill demons of Limbo weren't enough? Spider-Man finds himself facing a small army of demonized versions of his rogues' gallery! Can he make it home to stop Chasm and the Goblin Queen?!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Warlock: Rebirth #1 Jan 13, 2024
7.0

I'm reacting the way I usually do to a solid retro comic: Grooving a little on the art, wincing a little at the writing. The pace is slow and the prose is clunky. But it's a lot of fun to look at and the core premise--which successfully hooked me--is introduced with twisty skill.

Warlock: Rebirth #1

By: Ron Marz, Ron Lim
Released: Apr 19, 2023

Adam Warlock was created to be the perfect human specimen. Since then, Adam has gone on to be a cosmic savior, defending the galaxy from the likes of Thanos, the Universal Church of Truth and the Magus. But what will happen when the next evolution of Warlock emerges? Someone who is stronger, faster and smarter than Adam? Don't miss this untold stor...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Murderworld: Wolverine #1 Jan 13, 2024
5.5

Still not bad in and of itself; still not good enough to excuse the crass marketing gimmick.

Murderworld: Wolverine #1

By: Jim Zub, Carlos Nieto
Released: Jan 25, 2023

Wolverine is "the best he is at what he does," and what he does is hunt victims in Murderworld! Our contestants are about to feel the SNIKT! Will anyone survive Arcade's deadliest game? Arcade and his schemes have been a punchline in the past, but this game is no joke. Each issue ups the ante and will keep readers guessing right up until the end. D...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed All-Out Avengers #5 Jan 13, 2024
5.0

While the "Spidey vs. Avengers" set-piece is pretty nicely scripted, on balance, I don't appreciate going through 5 issues of Greg Land to reach an "I told you that story to set up this other story" payoff. Subjectively, the twist is unengaging, unbelievable, and doesn't have a prayer of justifying what's come before.

All-Out Avengers #5

By: Derek Landy, Greg Land
Released: Jan 25, 2023

Here at last, because you demanded it, the ultimate battle begins: Spider-Man versus the Avengers! Thrill to the action! Marvel at the wit! Ponder at the possibilities! In a frantic race across Manhattan, someone's mind is being controlled, someone's decisions are being directed and someone's reality is being altered...but whose?

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