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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men #16 Apr 12, 2021
8.5

Krakoa's status quo remains ever mercurial. Arakko arrives and Jean and Scott refuse to join the Quiet Council. I love the art and the ideas are brilliant. This issue does take a lot of time and space to lay them out, though. A faster pace and a little more content would be the keys to taking this from good to great for me.

X-Men #16

By: Jonathan Hickman, Phil Noto
Released: Dec 30, 2020

X OF SWORDS FALL OUT !
The Captain Commander of Krakoa made a fateful decision. There's no going back.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #55 Apr 12, 2021
8.5

With the cast assembled, Harry finally lays out his full grievances against Spider-Man. But he gets blindsided by MJ and Norman launching a play against him that might or might not be a put-on. I admire how neatly the plot threads come together here, reinforcing strong storytelling with interesting content. It's right next door to greatness and I can't wait to see how it wraps up.

Amazing Spider-Man #55

By: Nick Spencer, Patrick Gleason
Released: Dec 30, 2020

LAST REMAINS CONCLUDES!
•  "LAST REMAINS" ends and will make you look at Spider-Man differently. It'll make Peter look at himself differently.
•  If you thought the buildup TO Kindred was intense, the fallout FROM Kindred is even more devastating.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Power Pack #2 Apr 12, 2021
8.0

The Power Pack finds a mentor who is, of course, too good to be true. There's a decent if slow-paced serving of plot development here, and it's garnished with an ample side of Ryan North Humor™ that I really liked. I felt like I was surely going to hit a blinking "EDU-TAINMENT!" sign by the time the turbine diagrams came out, though. But I would 100% endorse giving or reading this to a nerdy kid more

Power Pack #2

By: Ryan North, Nico Leon
Released: Dec 30, 2020

THE PACK IN PRISON?!
•  Okay, so MAYBE it's illegal for minors to fight crime in costume, dispensing vigilante justice as they see fit. MAYBE.
•  But not if they have a mentor! Then it's totally fine! So now all the Pack need is an adult willing to let them do whatever they want.
•  It's a vo...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Wolverine #8 Apr 12, 2021
7.5

Wolverine gets back to X-Force business, with personal spy-history rising up to influence his next steps. It's a smooth evolution of his status quo and it sinks plenty of promising plot hooks. This oversized anniversary serving is a little bit indulgent, though. It spreads out so wide that it gets difficult to prioritize all the ongoing storylines. Icy writing and sharp art smooth the reading expe more

Wolverine #8

By: Ben Percy, Adam Kubert
Released: Dec 30, 2020

CELEBRATING 350 ISSUES OF THE SOLO ADVENTURES OF WOLVERINE!
Someone's making moves against WOLVERINE'S old crew TEAM X, and it's leaving bodies dropped and artifacts stolen. A mystery unfurls as Logan picks up the scent of his old compatriot, the mutant known as MAVERICK! Don't miss this special over-sized issue celebrating Logan's history whil...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed King In Black: Namor #2 Apr 12, 2021
7.0

How the Swift Tide became the Black Tide is, they got sucked into the Cthulhu Mythos. Which is okay, but me, I like the olden days when Marvel writers would take a second to file the serial numbers off their Lovecraft swipes. The script is well crafted and the art's really nice; I was just hoping for something more original.

King In Black: Namor #2

By: Kurt Busiek, Ben Dewey
Released: Dec 30, 2020

The Young Namor, Attuma and Dorma get to accompany the Swift Riders on a mission, see them in action and learn from them. But the mission involves Russian alchemists in 1930s Murmansk, a dangerous mystic relic, and a catastrophe that brings to life the most menacing threat that Atlantis has ever faced! Now all of undersea civilization is imperiled,...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #40 Apr 12, 2021
7.0

Today in the Aaronvengers AU: It's Contest of Champions, Firechicken Edition! Check your brain at the door, put up your feet, accept your complimentary bag o' popcorn, and root for your favorites!

It's a shame to waste Javier Garrón (who is NOT just phoning it in here, this looks gorgeous) on this carnival sideshow.

Also, attention Marvel: I am full up on Steve Rogers saying more

Avengers #40

By: Jason Aaron, Javi Garron
Released: Dec 30, 2020

ENTER THE PHOENIX!
The infamous firebird of cosmic destruction and rebirth known as the Phoenix Force has returned to Earth to find a new avatar. So now the Avengers and some of the most powerful heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe are being called into a competition unlike anything they've ever seen. A globe-spanning battle that will tr...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Shang-Chi #4 Apr 12, 2021
6.5

I dunno about nationalist propaganda, but this comic mentioned Clif Bars 4 times, and that's pretty terrible.

Shang-Chi #4

By: Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan
Released: Dec 30, 2020

Shang-Chi is at death's door!
•  The Deadly Warrior is dying from a mortal wound, and it looks like there's only one person who can save him...
•...his father? But he's dead...right?
Rated T+

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6.5

This entertained me for 24 pages but afterward, the pile of ☠☠☠☠s I give about Vengeance remains microscopic.

Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance #1

By: Howard Mackie, Javier Saltares
Released: Dec 30, 2020

THE ONE YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR - THE RETURN OF VENGEANCE!
MICHAEL BADILINO was a bad dude in life... and that landed him in hell.  But not just any old rung of hell, a layer so deep it's reserved for those special enemies of hell - one where a former SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE may suffer for all eternity!
As LILITH's gambit against JOHN...

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6.0

King In Black: Iron Man/Doom #1

By: Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca
Released: Dec 30, 2020

Iron Man has risked everything to save Eddie Brock, but now he's left with nothing but guilt. As longtime 'frenemy' Doctor Doom shows up with both counseling words and ulterior motives, they'lll be forced to battle an all-too-familiar specter of the holiday season-albeit one now twisted and controlled by the recent invasion of Earth by the symbiote...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Werewolf By Night #3 Apr 12, 2021
5.0

Red Wolf rescues Jake and angles to be his mentor. But a second attack by Monster Squad riles everybody up and leads Jake (who, bless his hairy heart, is not very bright) to motorbike his way right into the clutches of the evil pharma corp and its supervillainous leader.

I like what the creators are TRYING to do here, but it's just not coming together in a competent way. Flaws abound. more

Werewolf By Night #3

By: Taboo, Scott Eaton
Released: Dec 30, 2020

WOLF FIGHT!
•  Red Wolf and Werewolf by Night battle it out under an Arizona moon!
•  What is the true history of this werewolf curse?
•  Who really runs Life Pharmaceuticals, and what plans do they have for our heroes in that big glass tower?

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Runaways #32 Apr 7, 2021
8.5

The Runaways are badly shaken in the aftermath of Doc Justice. Gert provides new focus by deciding to go back to school -- but the wounds and pains of the previous arc are far from healed. This is a great, quiet mood piece that starts laying track for new stories while reminding us that the characters have a lot of baggage to unpack in the future. Solid guest art lives up to the challenge of carry more

Runaways #32

By: Rainbow Rowell, Natacha Bustos
Released: Oct 28, 2020

NATACHA BUSTOS (A)
•  The most battle-heavy issue of RUNAWAYS (and possibly ANY COMIC EVER) is here, and you won't believe your eyes.
•  Doc Justice and the J-Team (i.e. the Runaways) has their most dangerous mission, and it does not end well for anyone.
•  The Runaways end this issue very, v...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed King In Black #2 Apr 3, 2021
9.0

Spidey salvages Eddie after his big fall and 4 Yancy Street becomes anti-Knull HQ. An impressive roster of heroes and concepts join the fight -- but this issue is more about the Brocks than their allies. The plot is decent and I think the structure of the script is really formidable. Great execution of good ideas. The finale hits hard in the moment, though I don't buy its permanence.

King In Black #2

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Dec 23, 2020

HAIL TO THE KING!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Woman #7 Apr 3, 2021
9.0

Carol summons Jessica home to clobber a Knull-dragon. She resents her friend doing so in a completely unjustified/justified manner. This "Marchand Serum" thing snuck up on us in the form of "curing a super-disease," blinding us to the fact that Jess is actually caught in an addiction scenario. The reality is (hopefully) clear now, and combining some stellar art with the nasty (good nasty) plot pul more

Spider-Woman #7

By: Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez
Released: Dec 23, 2020

• Abandoned by her friends, there's only one person who comes to Jess' aid...Octavia Vermis!
•  She's got a cure for Jessica, and the prescription is: Crime!
•  Under the cover of the Knull invasion, Spider-Woman is stealing elements of a cure to her condition...OR IS SHE?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Excalibur #16 Apr 3, 2021
8.0

The team draws itself together and goes hunting for 616 Betsy, with only Rictor feeling any real regret for also losing Apocalypse. Very pretty art, a solid pace, and intriguing plot developments are the positives for me. It's a pretty wordy comic, though, and some of the character voices sound "off."

Excalibur #16

By: Tini Howard, Marcus To
Released: Dec 23, 2020

THE SWORD IS SHEATHED !
The team is left changed in the aftermath of X OF SWORDS... and some things lost cannot be replaced.  
Rated T+

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8.0

Kindred's big plan comes together, and even though the Order of the Web wins a fight, things look rough for the good guys. An accelerating plot, solid dialogue, and good art all combine to make this run toward the climax a lot more satisfying than the set-up issues -- at least for me.

Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Federico Vicentini
Released: Dec 23, 2020

LAST REMAINS TIE-IN!
•  The Order of the Web faces Sin-Eater. And if you saw what Sin-Eater did to Spider-Man in ASM #49, you know just how  much trouble the other Spiders are in!
•  Also, what is Mary Jane Watson's part in "Last Remains"? Don't miss this chapter that raises her stakes by about a million times!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Doctor Doom #10 Apr 3, 2021
7.5

Doom gets to vacation in his "shiny happy Doom" AU. His doppelganger makes the full pitch for peace, love and understanding. And once the pitch is made, Doom burns it all down, the whole shiny happy universe. A pretty definitive ending. The language had to get awfully exposition-y to cram in all the points the author wanted to make. There's a last burst of artistic excellence, spent well in illust more

Doctor Doom #10

By: Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca
Released: Dec 23, 2020

"THE CRACK OF DOOM" CONCLUDES...
Following a painful self-inflicted disaster on the Moon, Doctor Doom suddenly finds himself back on Earth...but an Earth he recognizes only from dreams and visions, where a very different Victor Von Doom is the benevolent savior and leader of humanity. As our embittered and embattled Doom finally comes face to ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed U.S.Agent #2 Apr 3, 2021
7.5

Johnny's reunion with his sister isn't all that friendly, and by the end, it looks like Kate is even further from "on his side" than Johnny thinks. I'm still really enjoying the storytelling, but I admit the plot hasn't really come together yet. This may end up as a shaggy dog story -- but it also could become great.

U.S.Agent #2

By: Christopher Priest, Stefano Landini
Released: Dec 23, 2020

"American Zealot" Chapter 2 of 5: The former USAgent's routine mission becomes complicated by revelations from his past while an enigmatic new threat moves to intercept him.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Maestro #5 Apr 3, 2021
7.0

Banner/Maestro still thinks post-apocalyptic humans are sheep to be led, owned, and slaughtered when necessary. Rick Jones still thinks that's wrong. Less a continuation of the climax than a loop back to underline the already-established points. The big twist is that there is no big twist; Banner just woke up after the apocalypse and decided the only course of action was to out-bastard everybody h more

Maestro #5

By: Peter David, Dale Keown
Released: Dec 23, 2020

THE FINAL NOTE IN A SYMPHONY YEARS IN THE MAKING!
The Hulk is dead - long live the Maestro! But this is no good night lullaby. It's nonstop action in Peter David fashion as the secrets behind Future Imperfect finally come to light!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel #3 Apr 3, 2021
5.0

A somewhat feeble "hooray art, hooray comics" strip from Bill Sienkiewicz and a bunch of Golden Age throwback stuff. (And a nice portrait of Rocket Raccoon.) Basically, this issue isn't going to be of interest unless you're the kind of comics fan who's invested significant time and/or money reading Golden Age strips. I AM such a fan and I still don't like this much.

Marvel #3

By: Steve Darnall, Scott Gustafson
Released: Dec 23, 2020

A quartet of visions of life throughout the Marvel Universe, curated by Alex Ross! Alan Weiss presents a lost tale of Namor the Sub-Mariner!  The techno-organic Warlock lives again in a story by Bill Sienkiewicz! Scott Gustafson presents a look into the life of Rocket Raccoon! And the Golden Age Black Widow chooses a mate in a story by Ryan Heshk...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #41 Mar 26, 2021
10

Oh, c'mon. They can't ALL be perfect … oh, wait, yes they can. Al Ewing and Joe Bennett are comic-ing on a whole different level.

Immortal Hulk #41

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Dec 16, 2020

• The rematch everybody wanted - but not like this!
•  The Hulk is broken, friendless and hunted. In every way, he's a shadow of his former self...
•  ...but there's nothing like the real THING.
Rated T+

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9.0

Sure, Immortal Hulk's in the middle of a tight story and this is an event tie-in, but HULK WANT CHRISTMAS! So he gets Christmas and it's terrific. This is a no-words issue, but that hardly means author Al Ewing is slacking off. He assembles a silent tale with wit and charm, and Aaron Kuder does a bang-up job illustrating it. Not an essential tale for either the series or the event, but way too fun more

King In Black: Immortal Hulk #1

By: Al Ewing, Aaron Kuder
Released: Dec 16, 2020

A PRESENT FOR THE HULK!
The Hulk is in a bad place. Half of his alters are dead or missing - including Bruce Banner - and the Leader's got the rest of him on the ropes. But never let it be said that Joe Fixit doesn't know how to have a good time - and he's out to make sure this is the best holiday the Hulk's ever had. He just has to fight his w...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #1 Mar 26, 2021
9.0

The Black Cat is back, getting her latest heist spoiled by Knull's arrival and swearing revenge on the cosmic death-god. Everything I loved about the last volume makes the jump to this one; it's still well-drawn, brilliantly written, and dangerously clever. The tie-in to the event is practically perfect. This reads fine on its own, but Felicia's overall role looks significant. A kudo for strategic more

Black Cat #1

By: Jed MacKay, C.F. Villa
Released: Dec 16, 2020

THE CAT IN BLACK IS BACK!
Feeling lucky? Knull's attack on Earth interrupts the Black Cat's latest heist, and if you know Felicia, you know that's a problem. So the Cat and her crew aim to steal something of greatest value to both Knull and Earth's hope of survival. You'll have to pick up this issue to find out what! This issue guest-stars the ...

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9.0

Ms. Marvel gets Dugan off her back by teaming up with him against one of her established villains. The fight does show off Kamala at her best; Dum Dum's not the only one who should be impressed. The storytelling is strong, particularly the art. There are a lot of dangling plot threads left behind. But Dugan's arc wraps up so nicely that the issue is a very satisfying read.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #17

By: Saladin Ahmed, Minkyu Jung
Released: Dec 16, 2020

SOMEONE HAS BETRAYED MS. MARVEL!
•  Dum Dum's C.R.A.D.L.E. agents have finally cornered Kamala - and they're acting on a tip from someone she trusts.
•  Ms. Marvel won't escape this encounter unscathed - especially since the employee-eating super villain MONOPOLY has opened up shop in Jersey City!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #15 Mar 26, 2021
9.0

Beast cooks up a spy-scheme using Omega Red in a sinister way while a more immediate threat grows beneath his feet. The plotlines are fine, there's solid character work tucked around the edges, and good Lord, the artwork! It's a stunningly gorgeous issue to look at, and the writing isn't a slouch either.

X-Force #15

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Dec 16, 2020

SHATTERED TRUST!
Omega Red's harboring a deadly secret, and X-Force may have to cross a line to keep Krakoa safe. But nothing compares to the trust broken by the interrogation of one of their own.
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Taskmaster #2 Mar 26, 2021
8.5

Tony and Nick Fury Jr tackle what they figure is their hardest mission first: Phil Coulson, who tends to hang out with Hyperion these days. "Taskmaster vs. Hyperion" should only go one way -- but look at whose name is on the book. The creators show exactly what you need to do to turn a potentially-boring slugfest into a fascinating struggle. My two favorite bits are the outstanding timing (those p more

Taskmaster #2

By: Jed MacKay, Alessandro Vitti
Released: Dec 16, 2020

TARGET: COULSON!
Taskmaster heads to DC for his first victim, Phil Coulson! But Coulson isn't alone, he's got an entire squadron on speed dial...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed New Mutants #14 Mar 26, 2021
8.0

The classic New Mutants find themselves volunteered as teachers for the younger generation. It's a very simple set-up, but the character work is terrific and there's more than a little humor. Magik is the star, but I'm also delighted to see Scout (aka Gabby aka Honey Badger) back and handled well. I have a conflicted reaction to the art. I love the blocking, the colors, a lot of the faces. But the more

New Mutants #14

By: Vita Ayala, Rod Reis
Released: Dec 16, 2020

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE!
On the edge of Krakoan society, the NEW MUTANTS are loose in the Wild Hunt! Going big, blowing things up, and combining powers to see who gets crowned king of the mountain. But something lurks in the trees -- something old... and HUNGRY... and its favorite prey is young mutants...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #27 Mar 26, 2021
8.0

The shoe finally drops and the Griever attacks. But the FF have plans. I admire the way the script is structured, though the prose doesn't thrill me. On the art, I have the reverse impression: A lot of strong pages, but no unifying stylistic consistency. And I do like the plot, particularly the finale. It's a really good comic, but also definitely an improvable one.

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Fantastic Four #27

By: Dan Slott, R. B. Silva
Released: Dec 16, 2020

Everything is about to come to an end here on Yancy Street. Literally everything. Say goodbye to the Earth, our galaxy and life as we know it, because this entire dimension is destined for destruction. Whose fault is it? And why, with the stakes so high, would they choose this moment to abandon us? Guest-starring the Silver Surfer!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Deadpool #9 Mar 26, 2021
8.0

Everybody makes it out of the Bone Beast story alive (not intact in Wade's case, but he's *alive*). The action and the resolution are perfectly satisfactory; what pushes this issue up close to greatness is the continued excellence in evolving the Wade-Elsa relationship. We're rooting for you so hard guys!

Deadpool #9

By: Kelly Thompson, Gerardo Sandoval
Released: Dec 16, 2020

ONE LAST KISS?!
•   Elsa Bloodstone sold Deadpool out to the bone beast queen!
•   With this tenuous alliance already falling apart, who will save the children?
•  And what about Jeff???
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Iron Man #4 Mar 26, 2021
8.0

Korvac grinds ahead on his "ascend to godhood" plan, having captured Rhodey in between issues. Meanwhile, Tony and Patsy are too busy resolving their weakly-foreshadowed sexual tension to make much progress against the baddy. I still like this volume's storytelling, but I begin to doubt the quality of the actual content being conveyed.

It is extremely hard for an author to predict how m more

Iron Man #4

By: Christopher Cantwell, Cafu
Released: Dec 16, 2020

KORVAC is on the loose and Tony Stark is on the hook for it. Iron Man and Hellcat were lucky to survive their first encounter with Korvac and his new disciples, but finding him and stopping him is proving an even greater challenge. Tony is reticent to let other hero allies in on the fact that he opened up a giant can of worms all on his own, but it...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain America #26 Mar 26, 2021
6.5

The good guys win in Madripoor, and Thunderbolt Ross (somehow) regains his Red Hulk form. It's a solid plot with some cool twists. But these creators are just not bringing the talent this story deserves. I like the blocking of the art, but not the way the characters are finished. I hate Steve's dumb doe eyes; I hate Sam's stupid skull mask. And the author continues to rely on divergent narration t more

Captain America #26

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk
Released: Dec 16, 2020

RED HULK!
Rated T+

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