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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #5 Oct 17, 2018
10

Johnny and Ben watch the "Doom triumphant" AU spin toward its end, but their presence pushes AU Reed and some surprising allies into action. Forget all the "I can't wait for the FF to come back" stuff; this RIGHT HERE is everything you want from the Fantastic Four. Highest stakes, tremendous heart, and imaginative ideas, all conveyed with the strongest possible storytelling skills in words and art more

Marvel Two-In-One #5

By: Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  FATE OF THE FOUR Part 5
•  The Multiverse itself is on the brink of destruction! Ben and Johnny rise up to and stop the ultimate threat of two of their greatest foes!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Bolt #12 Oct 17, 2018
10

Black Bolt overcomes the Jailer thanks to his loved ones and friends. The issue is deadly serious about that potentially-corny theme, and thank goodness it is. The art is beautiful, the friendships are touching. The logic is questionable at a few points, but there's never been a better demonstration of the fact that a truly great story can leap such gaps effortlessly. While this closes the series more

Black Bolt #12

By: Saladin Ahmed, Christian Ward
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  THE MIDNIGHT KING RETURNS TO EARTH FINALE!
•  A former queen's promise to her former king. Medusa swore to find Black Bolt, and she has - but will she be in time to save him?
•  Voiceless and betrayed, the former ruler of the Inhumans faces a darkness he thought he had put behind him. But he won't face it alone.
•  Old ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Rogue & Gambit #4 Oct 17, 2018
9.0

Rogue and Gambit face the full complexities of the scheme against them: power draining, power swapping, and memory exchange thrown into the bargain, too. It's wonderfully inventive stuff, and the script delivers just as much careful attention to the heroes' feelings, too. The art hits high standards again, with a slight confusion in the action scenes being the one place this issue falls short of p more

Rogue & Gambit #4

By: Kelly Thompson, Pere Perez
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  • It's ROGUE versus GAMBIT in a BATTLE ROYALE the likes of which you've never seen before!
•  But when saving the day means letting go of everything you just fell in love with all over again, can Rogue and Gambit do what must be done?!
•  Making out! Memory loss! Power swapping! Witty banter! Emotional manipulation! Monolog...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Runaways #8 Oct 17, 2018
9.0

Molly's pal Abigail makes a Sinister Offer and Julie Power and Dr. Doom come-a-calling at the Hostel. The action scenes are nearly all-time great, and Molly's plot genuinely is ATG - especially Julie's ironic contribution to it. One visual nitpick: Why is Julie's rainbow trail so muted? The colors are otherwise terrific, as is the art.

Runaways #8

By: Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  "BEST FRIENDS FOREVER" STARTS NOW!
•  The Runaways welcome Karolina's girlfriend, JULIE POWER of the POWER PACK!
•  Well, most of them do. Some have mixed feelings...
•   They'll all be glad to have an experienced hero around when one of the Universe's most fearsome super villains invades the hostel!!!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #798 Oct 17, 2018
9.0

The Red Goblin stages an operatic introduction to Spider-Man. It's menacing as all get-out and gorgeously illustrated. I think the pace is squished by the looming #800; fitting the reveal and the triumph of the Red Goblin into the same issue shortchanges them both a little. Beyond that, they're wonderfully done, though, and the sheer dramatic weight of a status quo change this big is worth a littl more

Amazing Spider-Man #798

By: Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  GO DOWN SWINGING Part 2
•  Dan Slott's final SPIDER-MAN story continues!
•  The GREEN GOBLIN HAS RETURNED - and he's exacting his ultimate revenge not only on SPIDER-MAN, but on everyone the wall-crawler loves!
•  Norman Osborn's offering NO QUARTER, an ultimatum that threatens to finish PETER PARKER once and for all!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed All-New Wolverine #33 Oct 17, 2018
8.0

Old Woman Laura lives in a very shiny happily-ever-after future, but of course, she has One Last Mission to complete. Gabby does a star turn as Future-Wolverine and the script delivers plenty of fanservice-y surprises. The art has a mostly-successful, streamlined Frank Quitely feel. The futuristic design work - costumes and settings and gear - feels like the weak link in the presentation; while so more

All-New Wolverine #33

By: Tom Taylor, Ramon Rosanas
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  OLD WOMAN LAURA BEGINS!
In the not-too-distant future, the world is a utopia where heroes have succeeded in bringing peace worldwide. At the head of this utopia is none other than Laura Kinney, who's passed on her mantle of Wolverine and is living her best life as Madripoor's benevolent queen. But a long simmering evil will force Laura, out...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Iron Fist #79 Oct 17, 2018
8.0

There's a lot of "win fights to reclaim your soul" going around. Eventually, the machinations of middle-management demon D'Kay suck Danny and Fat Cobra into the mess along with Orson. By the end of the issue, everybody's got somebody they have to fight for. This is something of a best-case scenario for an event tie-in: A compelling story, some quality continuity ties that demonstrate love for the more

Iron Fist #79

By: Ed Brisson, Damian Couceiro
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  DAMNATION TIE-IN!
•  IRON FIST is Las Vegas' newest marquee mixed martial arts draw!
•  His opponent: um...everyone?
•  But who is this OTHER guy going by Iron Fist, and how is he related to Danny's past?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #164 Oct 17, 2018
8.0

Surprising action, scary nightmares, and the return of a (semi-) familiar face expose the big secret Venom has been keeping from Eddie. It works remarkably well considering how much time and space Mike Costa has had to surrender to crossover BS in recent months. Mark Bagley contributing a top-tier art job for this issue certainly helps. When he's fully engaged with the material, he has a near-magi more

Venom #164

By: Mike Costa, Mark Bagley
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  THE NATIVITY Part 1
•  EDDIE BROCK, together with his symbiote partner, is VENOM! But just when things seemed like they were going back to normal, Eddie learns a terrible truth: the symbiote has been keeping a secret from him.
•  And after years together, this is the one secret that their relationship might not bounce back from....

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8.0

The New New Mutants fail to gel as a team as their second mission takes them into the Arctic. The creative team is doing a better job of pulling together than the mutants - the character-to-character friction is intentional and conveyed well. The less complicated setting also favors the art style, and this a stronger issue all around when compared to the first one. A wonderful twist ending hooks m more

New Mutants: Dead Souls #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Gorham
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  DEAD SOULS Part 2
•  THE NEW MUTANTS head to an arctic research base where everyone has died under mysterious circumstances.
•  But while they hunt for answers, something is hunting them.
•  Plus, a scared boy in the woods comes face-to-face with a familiar face from the NEW MUTAN...

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8.0

T'Challa flips the script on Doom and visits him in Latveria. The resulting story expands on the Panther's off-page encounter with the Fantastic Four and further stirs the pot of internal turmoil lurking in Wakanda. Another heaping helping of cool ideas, but the tension between words and art breaks down with the shift to a new artist. While the visuals in this issue are perfectly serviceable, they more

Rise of the Black Panther #4

By: Narcisse, Javier Pina
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLACK PANTHER Part 4
•  Now that T'Challa has revealed Wakanda to the world, he must face that world's demands - and those of its monarchs. What does Doctor Doom want from the new king?
•  And it is not only governments and councils who worry about Wakanda's safety in the new e...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #687 Oct 17, 2018
8.0

This breather episode delivers many variations on the theme of "what does it mean to be an Avenger?" At its finest, that means Jarvis hauling Bruce Banner out of the depths of depression with Milton quotes and heartfelt admiration. At its weakest, the "breather" part gives Voyager an excuse to recap her now-clear origins in excruciating detail. This issue teeters on the knife-edge of over-indulgen more

Avengers #687

By: Mark Waid, Paco Medina
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
NO SURRENDER Part 13
The Avengers confront the traitor in their midst - but as the Earth begins to fall apart around them, their greatest enemy may be their best chance at survival.
Rated T+

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7.0

Jim Starlin's take on "Thanos forced to work with Future Super-Thanos" is a lot subtler and more ambiguous than Donny Cates's. This story tangles Thanos, Eros, and Kang together in a time-travel mess that has wheels within wheels within wheels. It's cerebral and satisfying and it has solid art. It's rewarding if you buy into it, but it hides its merits pretty deep - it's a cold story.

Thanos: The Infinity Siblings #1

By: Jim Starlin, Alan Davis
Released: Apr 4, 2018

Jim Starlin and Alan Davis return in the first volume of a new trilogy! The Mad Titan has everything he ever wanted - but satisfaction is not in Thanos' vocabulary. When a temporal distortion on Titan draws his attention, he finds the purpose he's been searching for: saving himself! An old enemy lurks in the far future, and it will take the combine...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Man #239 Oct 17, 2018
7.0

Miles grabs some backup to prep for the big showdown with the new Sinister Six. There's a touch of decent banter going on, but the pace remains terribly decompressed. When the last act switches into double-page spreads for the start of the big fight scene, it feels like the goal is to burn up pages rather than showcase exciting action. Even if it's a small helping, the plot progression is very app more

Spider-Man #239

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  • His Sinister Six is turning on him, and his nephew (SPIDER-MAN) can't turn a blind eye to his crimes.
•  The IRON SPIDER is going down! But how far? And how far will Miles go to avoid losing his uncle again?
•  And you won't believe what Miles' parents are planning for his future!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Punisher #223 Oct 17, 2018
7.0

Punisher wipes out the Petrov regime in a potentially-cool display of natural killing prowess vs. high-tech armor. I can almost accept this absurd action-fest as an "ignore the stupid and enjoy the carnage" Commando-type confection. But the script pushes Frank too far into schlocky invulnerability and the art cuts too many corners. The character renderings are nice, but Chernaya has become "the la more

Punisher #223

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  PUNISHER: WAR MACHINE Part 6
•  When a nuclear warhead threatens the innocent people of Chernaya, FRANK CASTLE pulls out all the stops to put an end to GENERAL PETROV'S regime.
•  But the War Machine armor has seen better days...
•   ...so Frank might need to go a little old school...
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venomized #1 Oct 17, 2018
6.5

The Poisons unleash their assault on Earth. Tons of new designs, a Sinister Plan, a key role for Cletus Kasady, gorgeous art - and it's all virtually impossible to care about, thanks to cover-to-cover cardboard characterization. A huge cast of heroes show up at their flattest and most action-figure-y; individual takes range from the heinous (Hercules getting drunk? Oh, f!@#% you, Venomized!) to th more

Venomized #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Iban Coello
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  VENOMIZED Part 1
The story that began in VENOMVERSE reaches its epic conclusion with VENOMIZED! The POISONS, a species that hungers for super-powered symbiotes and their hosts, have picked their next target...THE MARVEL UNIVERSE ITSELF! Their first objective? Put every superhuman in a Klyntar symbiote - and CONSUME THEM! But with VENOM and ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Astonishing X-Men #10 Oct 17, 2018
6.0

The X-Men fall into Proteus's reality-optional garden and he has a snotty philosophical conversation with X. The stars here are, of course, ACO's eye-poppingly intense layouts. There's plenty of imagination and polish invested in the art, but these images are built on flimsy bones. Characterization, plot developments, philosophical depth - they're all pretty lacking. This seems chronic across ACO' more

Astonishing X-Men #10

By: Charles Soule, Aco
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  A MAN CALLED X Part 4
Evil doesn't always know it's evil. Proteus has a wonderful gift for the world - all he needs is a little time for the finishing touches. The X-Men race north to stop him, and choose their field commander for the battle to come. It's the mutants unleashed at last, fighting Proteus' army for the fate of the planet. Evil...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Gold #25 Oct 17, 2018
5.0

Scythian stomps on Paris and all this title's on-call mutants unite to dispatch him in an exceptionally vague way. This issue starts off by explicitly stating its villain is a mindless force-of-nature, singularly unaware of how dull that makes him.

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X-Men: Gold #25

By: Marc Guggenheim, Paulo Siqueira
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  CRUEL AND UNUSUAL Part 3
•  SCYTHIAN has come to Earth to take vengeance on the X-Men!
•  But how can the X-Men save the Earth from a vengeful god while they're stuck in prison?
•  Guest-starring a whole lot of other super heroes!
Rated T+

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5.0

A rather promising new world domination group is wasted in this incredibly simplistic "Avengers save the world" one-shot. The target audience is surely young; that does not excuse the 40-year throwback to "let us narrate all our heroics" dialogue. Very fine art does elevate the proceedings. This isn't something an adult fan would feel satisfied paying for. If you happen to have a young kiddo who l more

Avengers: Shards of Infinity #1

By: Ralph Macchio, Andrea Di Vito
Released: Apr 4, 2018

  EARTH'S - AND THE MOON'S  - MIGHTIEST HEROES?
A new threat has emerged: An evil organization calling itself LUNAR has been secretly building a powerful weapon on the surface of the Earth's moon. BLACK WIDOW infiltrates the group to uncover an even more startling revelation: Their weapon is powered by shards of the COSMIC CUBE!
Legenda...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Jessica Jones #18 Oct 8, 2018
9.0

Did you notice that every hero Mr. Bendis writes has fought the Armadillo in the past couple of years? Here's where his girlfriend hires Jessica to find out why. By itself, it's a decent one-shot. The ending's a little rushed. Why? Because this book makes space for extra helpings of quintessential Jessica Jones casework: a big client interview and then enthralling clue-gathering with a lot of diff more

Jessica Jones #18

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Mar 28, 2018

• As the creators of Jessica Jones leave her to an all-new team next issue, they bid her farewell with one last very special story - a truly incredible tale that no one ever gets to see.
•  Be here for an unforgettable issue that ties threads together from all over the amazing Marvel Universe.
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Daredevil #600 Oct 8, 2018
9.0

Daredevil's plan to take down Fisk goes awry, Blindspot triumphs over Muse in a Bad Way, and a one-two smasher of a twist ending drops a whole new maze of problems onto the title going forward. The plot is magnificent, as are the visual layouts. The finishes remain sketchy, but there's a confident poetry in the lively linework. The B story celebrates Foggy Nelson. Fair enough, but it doesn't say m more

Daredevil #600

By: Charles Soule, Ron Garney
Released: Mar 28, 2018

MAYOR FISK Conclusion!
OVERSIZED ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
Daredevil can see the new mayor's machinations coming together...but is he in time to stop them? Guest-starring both the heroes and villains of the New York City streets...this oversized anniversary issue has a surprise ending that will shake the city to its very core! Plus: a look at Fogg...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Logan #37 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

OML teams up with Sarah Dewey but has to fight Bullseye before anything can be revealed about the contents of Kingpin's mysterious MacGuffin drive. It's a very simple story, but perfect pacing and excellent chemistry make it something notable. It helps a lot that Logan's interactions with both Sarah and Bullseye have strong, well-executed comedic overtones. The action scenes present Bullseye's cra more

Old Man Logan #37

By: Ed Brisson, Dalibor Talajic
Released: Mar 28, 2018

MOVING TARGET Part 2
•  LOGAN hunts down KINGPIN's biographer, hoping to get dirt on the big man.
•  BULLSEYE's coming for LOGAN. It's a fight that'll forever change them.
•  Someone's going to die! But...WHO?!
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #686 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

The Grandmaster wins his game with a few surprise twists, and we've still got a lot of story to get through. This issue continues the trend of showcasing the new Immortal Hulk, but it's frankly to the story's benefit. Smart, cruel, selfish Hulk is awesome! The art continues to roll the story along solidly, though the proportions (particularly on female heroes) are wobbling a little toward the cart more

Avengers #686

By: Mark Waid, Paco Medina
Released: Mar 28, 2018

NO SURRENDER Part 12
THE AVENGERS WEEKLY EPIC CONTINUES!
As Wonder Man struggles to get through to the Hulk, the Black Order attacks Avengers HQ! The grand cosmic game comes to its shocking conclusion - but the war for Earth is just beginning!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Panther #171 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

The Panther settles his statecraft scores and puts Klaw down. A gentle interrogation of Asira unmasks Wakanda's true adversary on the supernatural front. I'm both impressed and infuriated by the perfect execution of the last-page surprise villain reveal. It makes a great dramatic capstone to the plot, but its impact also hinges on how well you know Storm's backstory. The visuals for this big fight more

Black Panther #171

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leonard Kirk
Released: Mar 28, 2018

KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 6
•  The Black Panther finally meets Ulysses Klaw face-to-face. Will the king lose his country?
•  But Klaw is not the only monster corrupting Wakanda. The gods are still lost - all save one. The true Originator returns!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Lockjaw #2 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

Lockjaw and D-Man's Savage Land trip delivers some exquisitely-drawn animals and a fair helping of humor. The characterization is a little off. Ka-Zar takes a weird turn in the final scene. Prior to that, Dennis tries to paste an "I'm depressed" monologue over a fight scene that doesn't suit it. Those sour notes make this a slight step down from the awesome debut, but it's still an excellent comic more

Lockjaw #2

By: Daniel Kibblesmith, Carlos Villa
Released: Mar 28, 2018

WHO'S A GOOD BOY? Part 2
•  Lockjaw and his hapless recruit D-Man end up in the prehistoric Savage Land!
•  And Zabu, the last living sabretooth tiger, is not happy about it. But there's no time to mark territory - a puppy is in danger, and Lockjaw will need Ka-Zar and Zabu's help to find it!
•  Who's after Lockjaw's lost si...

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8.0

Norman Osborn drives the plot forward, and his actions dig up rich veins of dramatic irony. This alternate past is in deep trouble, and it's all the fault of our time-traveling heroes. The progression of the story is plenty of fun and it's still charming, but the big dramatic developments for Teresa didn't quite work for me. I've never had that Fall-In-Love Moment with her as a character; I wonder more

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #302

By: Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 28, 2018

• Peter Parker, his sister (?) Teresa and J. Jonah Jameson take a trip back in time!
•  The massive events of issue #300 presented them with a problem so huge that the only solution is way back in the past.
•  The biggest challenge here won't be keeping Jameson from changing the future, but it's up there!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Despicable Deadpool #297 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

After "Deadpool fights heroes," the logical next arc is "Deadpool fights villains," and this issue sets that up. It's very black humor and it gets a little decompressed at the end, but it does introduce a promising road ahead of Wade (probably a very bumpy one). Wade's characterization is deliciously demented and the art does a good job of telling the story while also making the world around the p more

Despicable Deadpool #297

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Hawthorne
Released: Mar 28, 2018

THE MARVEL UNIVERSE KILLS DEADPOOL!
•  Wade is no stranger to gambling with his life...but this time the odds are longer than the bathroom line at a burrito joint with a broken freezer.
•  What do you do when half the world wants you dead?
•  Start pissing off the OTHER half!
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Champions #18 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

Viv concludes her doppelganger story and the roster finally changes as Cyclops says a touching goodbye. Those pieces are outstanding. This issue is a farewell to the original creative team, too, and it reflects some of their weaknesses as well as their strengths. In several panels, the Champions become an amorphous blob of gangly teen limbs. At the worst point, the blob even speaks with one eerie, more

Champions #18

By: Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos
Released: Mar 28, 2018

CHAMPION FOR A DAY Part 3
•  The new order changeth! After a series of tragic setbacks and shakeups, the Champions are faced with a grim decision - is it finally time to disband and give up the fight?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Moon Knight #193 Oct 8, 2018
8.0

After brutal preparations, Marc faces off with the Sun King. The superb art succeeds in selling this as the desperate, scary struggle it should be. Going strictly by the script, there's an unsatisfying "clap your hands to make him stop believing" Tinkerbell magic to the way Marc wins. This comic is a testament to the positive difference an engaged artist can make.

Moon Knight #193

By: Max Bemis, Jacen Burrows
Released: Mar 28, 2018

CRAZY RUNS IN THE FAMILY Part 6
•  Two avatars enter the jungle, only one will leave!
•  The Sun King's ritual of ascendance is prepared.
•  But Moon Knight won't go gentle.
Rated T+

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8.0

Lunella finally agrees that her team needs a fourth to take on Omnipotentis. Her pick is obvious. On the other hand, Galactus's role in her plotting is a little too far from obvious. That mystery balances out the wonderful twist ending, holding the issue down in "good but not great" territory. Intro scene villain Cellar Dweller is very random and, frankly, too promising for a three-page left-field more

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #29

By: Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos
Released: Mar 28, 2018

• MOON GIRL, THE THING and HUMAN TORCH bond to become a new team of heroes to battle a world-destroying threat!
•  But are they enough?
•  H.E.R.B.I.E.? SILVER SURFER? Even the towering titan GALACTUS? Who will join them?!
Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Hawkeye #3 Oct 8, 2018
7.0

Hawkeye's first vengeance kill at last reveals his intentions. His quest and his motivations are workable but not novel; as a revelation after three issues of build-up, they're slightly disappointing. Also slightly disappointing is the art's ability to move the story through fight scenes. The characters' actions get lost in a storm of debris and detail. This story is a bit above average, but there more

Old Man Hawkeye #3

By: Sacks, Marco Checchetto
Released: Mar 28, 2018

AN EYE FOR AN EYE Part 3
•  HAWKEYE's got a big task ahead of him...
•  ...and it'll take him back to the carnival - but this time it's ARCADE'S MURDERWORLD!
•  If Clint can sneak through this deadly locale, he'll be faced with a foe - and a decision - that will forever alter the course of his destiny.
Parental Advisory

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