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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Hulk #4 Jul 2, 2022
8.0

This issue segues smoothly out of world-building and back into SMASH. I have exactly enough context to appreciate the smashing now; the world-class art certainly helps.

I can't help but grumble about the sad, hollow world of Earth-122, though. It seems tailor-made to allow for all-out Hulk mayhem while minimizing repercussions on Earth-616.

Hulk #4

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Released: Feb 16, 2022

"SMASHSTRONAUT" part 4 of 6!
As the mystery behind the Hulk's shocking new status quo deepens, Banner has piloted the Starship Hulk to an alternate Earth - one where Thunderbolt Ross is president, and he has an army of gamma-powered monsters under his command. Get ready for a surprise-filled, all-out brawl that only the insane minds of Donny Ca...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #89 Jul 2, 2022
8.0

This issue has great character beats and interactions. The script is well-paced and well-structured. The jokes and power lines in the dialogue are good, but the connective tissue is a bit clumsy. (Were I to be an editor, my first law of comics dialogue would be, "People. Talk. In. Contractions!")

The art's just terrific. It's not just Bagley drawing ASM, it's Bagley drawing ASM *really more

Amazing Spider-Man #89

By: Patrick Gleason, Mark Bagley
Released: Feb 16, 2022

• After her first showdown with Ben Reilly, Queen Goblin now faces THE BLACK CAT!
•  This will be a showdown for the ages - as you see just how horrifying this queen's reign will be.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #5 Jul 2, 2022
8.0

I appreciate the craftsmanship of this issue. It could be immensely confusing, but it isn't, thanks to an intricately fine-tuned script. It looks gorgeous and nasty in exactly the right way.

What it doesn't do is sink a hook in me, though. Meridius ain't much of a villain so far. Yeah, he's got timey-wimey powers and he *thinks* he's way out ahead. He's just seething with barely-repress more

Venom #5

By: Al Ewing, Bryan Hitch
Released: Feb 16, 2022

If you thought the first four issues of the latest volume of VENOM were crazy, all-out action, just wait till you get a load of this one! IN THIS ISSUE, Al Ewing returns to the pages of Venom - AND HE'S BROUGHT ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS WITH HIM!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Thor #22 Jul 2, 2022
7.5

It's strong at the beginning and strong at the end, but in between is a lot of rough road. I've spoken before about this title's "epicness gap" -- it's rarely as epic as its creators want it to be. Here it gets more problematic: It *needs* to be more epic to sell plot developments like this.

Specifically: After Bill's incredible rally at the beginning, I found it disappointing that the more

Thor #22

By: Donny Cates, Nic Klein
Released: Feb 16, 2022

"GOD OF HAMMERS" PART 4 of 5!
To stop the deadly path of the Mjolnir-wielding God of Hammers, all of the Marvel Universe must come together! The final battle is here, but will Thor's allies survive the hammer's blows? Thor turns to an unexpected source to help ensure victory!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men #8 Jul 2, 2022
7.5

Pointless mission of the day: Save cruise ship from MODOK. Spotlight character: Synch. Add 1ea personal and team plot development points, season with light comedy.

Have I mentioned that I dislike how formulaic this series is? The writing's always competent, never surprising. At least the art's pretty.

X-Men #8

By: Gerry Duggan, Javier Pina
Released: Feb 16, 2022

M.O.D.O.K. TAKES AIM AT THE X-MEN!
The X-Men have faced a lot of foes in the past... but few have had a face as big as this one. DARE THEY FACE M.O.D.O.K.?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel's Voices: 2022 #1 Jul 2, 2022
7.0

In the latest Voices anthology, the single-page strips run a narrow gamut from acceptable to forgettable. The longer strips, though, are uniformly good. A wide array of strong art styles are represented, and most have fully-formed stories, good character work, and a fair amount of humor. The Shuri and Moon Girl strips are my personal faves.

Marvel's Voices: 2022 #1

By: Natacha Bustos
Released: Feb 16, 2022

WE'VE DONE IT AGAIN! ANOTHER STAR-PACKED VOICES SPECIAL GRACES THE STANDS FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH!
Stormbreaker Natacha Bustos makes her writing debut with a gorgeous tale of Wakanda! Superstar novelist Victor LaValle writes Moon Girl like you've never seen her before! Jessica Jones and Cloak & Dagger TV writer J. Holtham explores the legacy of...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #40 Jul 2, 2022
7.0

It's a universe-spanning pastiche of snappy little scenes, all serving to set the mood or foreshadow future developments. And the glue that holds it all together -- weakly -- is Reed acting weird and his family fretting about that.

Despite repeated assurances that the stakes couldn't be higher, it all feels a little pro-forma. This is set up as a suicide mission for multiple members of more

Fantastic Four #40

By: Dan Slott, Rachael Stott
Released: Feb 16, 2022

THE RECKONING WAR!
The opening shot of the Reckoning War has left the Earth in complete and utter chaos. And it turns out that we are not alone. The entire universe is on fire.

The enemy has had eons to prepare for this attack - Reed Richards has had two hours to mount a defense. Johnny Storm has gone full supernova. Sue Storm has bec...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Iron Fist #1 Jul 2, 2022
5.0

I don't give a fig about the politics. I have no problem with Lin Lie becoming the next Iron Fist. It's a good idea.

But this is not a good comic.

The art is borderline incompetent, which is disastrous in a martial arts book. Somehow, Lin Lie has brought the pacing and storytelling problems of his solo series along with him. Explaining his status quo twice in one issue is ine more

Iron Fist #1

By: Alyssa Wong, Yg
Released: Feb 16, 2022

WHO IS THE NEW IRON FIST?!
•  After giving up his power to save the world, DANNY RAND believes he's seen the last of the IRON FIST...
•  ...But when DEMONS begin to attack cities around the world, a MYSTERIOUS NEWCOMER in a FAMILIAR MASK appears, hands blazing with the CHI OF SHOU-LAO THE UNDYING!
•  Who is this NEW IRON FIS...

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5.0

The pretentious vocabulary is still like nails on a chalkboard to me, and I think the pace is messed up (too slow). But I do think the core plot is fundamentally sound. The art's pretty fun.

This series' protagonist is hardly related to the Otto in the main Devil's Reign series, and in general, this is about 20% more megalomaniacal than I like my Ock.

Devil's Reign: Superior Four #2

By: Zac Thompson, Davide Tinto
Released: Feb 16, 2022

THE FANTASTIC ARE NO MORE. LONG LIVE...THE SUPERIOR FOUR
Otto Octavius just irrevocably altered the multiverse. Now he must do everything he can to undo a paradox of his own creation before it undoes him. As Otto's relentless assault on reality continues, the other Ottos grow weary of their reckless leader. Can the SUPERIOR FOUR set aside their...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Devil's Reign #4 Jul 1, 2022
9.0

Character, plot, plot, character, plot, plot, CHARACTER/PLOT BOMBSHELL. And it reads smooth and looks gorgeous all the way through. It's a chain of tight, cool scenes one right after the other.

Big props to colorist Marcio Menyz, too; his ability to tone lines as well as voids is a major asset to the art.

Devil's Reign #4

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Feb 9, 2022

NEW YORK UNDER SEIGE!
Wilson Fisk, duly elected Mayor of New York, has broken. Whatever shred of decency that may have been left of him is gone entirely and now, with an army of super villains at his command, THE KINGPIN has set his gaze upon everyone the heroes of the Marvel Universe hold dear - but even the Kingpin is unaware of the magnitude...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Moon Knight #8 Jul 1, 2022
8.5

Every storyteller has at least one of these "stories are living things" stories in them, and here's one of Jed MacKay's.

Is it revolutionary? No. Is it incredibly deep? No.

But it's a damn fun read. It's well-illustrated. And best of all, to me, it serves to do some significant character work on Hunter's Moon.

Take it all together, and you've got something that's n more

Moon Knight #8

By: Jed MacKay, Alessandro Cappuccio
Released: Feb 9, 2022

"Welcome to the Midnight Mission. My name is Doctor Moon. How can I help?" Moon Knight may be indisposed in the wake of the DEVIL'S REIGN, but the mission continues. In his absence, an erstwhile ally takes up the fight, but will the mystery of Stained-Glass Scarlet prove to be too much for Hunter's Moon, the Fist of Khonshu?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Maestro: World War M #1 Jul 1, 2022
8.5

This start really impresses me, though I didn't like the previous minserieses much. The dialog is still rather dull, but the art is gorgeous and the script structure is nigh-impeccable.

Plus it helps that this issue features Abomination as a proper anti-hero rather than Maestro as an out-and-out villain protagonist.

Maestro: World War M #1

By: Peter David, German Peralta
Released: Feb 9, 2022

THE FINAL CHAPTER OF PETER DAVID'S MAESTRO TRILOGY BEGINS!
A.I.M., the Pantheon and even Doctor Doom have all fallen before the might of the Maestro! Finally, he may now reign over his kingdom with a firm green fist. Except he didn't count on the Abomination rising from the dead and forming an alliance with Namor and Doom! And this dangerous ne...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed New Mutants #24 Jul 1, 2022
8.0

An issue of wall-to-wall character growth moments is challenging -- both to create and to read. This one avoids wearing out its welcome by never putting a foot wrong; every change is laudable. If you're a stan of a particular character, the odds are great that how they're treated here will make you cheer.

That being said, the creative work keeps this issue from making the leap from good more

New Mutants #24

By: Vita Ayala, Danilo Beyruth
Released: Feb 9, 2022

The New Mutants regroup in the aftermath of the Shadow King's attack! What will become of Amahl Farouk? Why is Warpath... crying?! How many snikts can fit into one panel? What happens to the Lost when they find one another? All this and more in a single issue-plus the setup for the next big arc, a story too magical to be believed.
RATED T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #53 Jul 1, 2022
7.5

The plot developments just get dumber and dumber, but dang if they don't explode across the panels in cinematic popcorn-chompin' glory. Li'l Thanos sounds incredibly creepy, too.

Once again this title manages to meet my incredibly low expectations. (And once again, the Deathlok is my least favorite part of the story.)

Avengers #53

By: Jason Aaron, Garron
Released: Feb 9, 2022

ASSAULT ON AVENGERS MOUNTAIN!
The Avengers' impenetrable headquarters is under attack, by the most supremely powerful version of Dr. Doom in existence and a wildly murderous Young Thanos, still wet with his mother's blood. The Black Panther fights to defend the mountain alongside his surprising new teammates, King Namor of Atlantis and Jane Fos...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Secret X-Men #1 Jul 1, 2022
7.0

It's intended to be a rollicking good time, and that works -- for me. But the character-based fun is subjective, and I think more objectively, there are some significant structural problems. The pace is slow and the plot developments could be a hell of a lot clearer. On the art front, the polish is exquisite, but there are some real fumbles in anatomy and design consistency.

I call it a more

Secret X-Men #1

By: Tini Howard, Francesco Mobili
Released: Feb 9, 2022

SSHHH - IT'S THE X-MEN!
When the Shi'ar Empire faces an unexpected threat, they must call upon the X-Men. Team co-captains Sunspot and Cannonball must lead Marrow, Tempo, Forge, Banshee, Strong Guy, Armor, and Boom-Boom on a secret mission to save Empress Xandra.
Wait, those aren't the X-Men. Aren't those the mutants who lost the election?<...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #4 Jul 1, 2022
6.5

It's a story that can hold your interest -- just -- if you're already a Kate Bishop fan. And the art has an eccentric appeal (my taste for it returns this issue). But it's just not well-crafted enough to attract new fans to the protagonist or the author.

File this one under "for Kate Bishop completionists."

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #4

By: Marieke Nijkamp, Enid Balam
Released: Feb 9, 2022

Kate Bishop hates the circus!
Turns out that the Resort Chapiteau is being run by none other than the Circus of Crime as nothing more than a new and exciting way to part rich people from their money. Except the signet ring they stole from Susan unlocks her safe at Bishop Manor, which contains something way, way more dangerous than stacks of cas...

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6.5

This biographical update on Hobie Brown is sure to be highly satisfying to fans of the character.

For those unfamiliar with or unenthusiastic about Hobie, though, this will likely seem indulgent and pointless. The storytelling is adequate throughout, but it seems like the creators never even considered the idea of accommodating non-fans. Or of making a stronger link to the event than, " more

Amazing Spider-Man #88.BEY

By: Geoffrey Thorne, Jan Bazaldua
Released: Feb 9, 2022

• Did you think BEYOND only had ONE hero on their payroll?
•  In this issue: The Slingers come out to play!
•  Watch as Hobie Brown ascends to new heights as THE HORNET!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Woman #19 Jun 29, 2022
9.0

The little Veranke mini-arc comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. This takes some of this title's strongest points -- snappy banter, insanely great art, fast-paced running battles, hilarious child endangerment -- and adds on an antagonist with deep historical ties to Jess. Which is great.

But it's also why I'm a little worried about the final scene reveal: I'm not super-pumped fo more

Spider-Woman #19

By: Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez
Released: Feb 2, 2022

A DEVIL'S REIGN TIE-IN!
•  SPIDER-WOMAN VS. SPIDER-WOMAN?!
•  But HOW?! Jessica Drew must question everything. Starting with whether she is the true Jessica Drew!!!

RATED T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Sabretooth #1 Jun 29, 2022
8.5

Though I have a ton of questions about the future of the plot and whether or not this characterization of Sabretooth fits, I loved actually reading the comic.

The art's solid and just gory enough, the structure and pace are smooth, and Creed's dialogue sparkles with little bits of wisdom and wit.

This story might go steaming full-speed off the rails in the future, but for now more

Sabretooth #1

By: Victor LaValle, Leonard Kirk
Released: Feb 2, 2022

DOWN IN A HOLE!
Sabretooth went into the Pit, sentenced to an eternity of torment. Sure, that sounds like hell, but maybe that's where he feels most at home. What's he been doing down there? What secret deal has changed his fate forever? And what if he's not alone? Award-winning novelist Victor LaValle teams up with amazing artist Leonard Kirk ...

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8.5

In the broad strokes, it's a thoroughly safe story without any particularly surprising plot twists.

I'll be damned if it isn't executed with meticulous skill in the details, though. The pace is good, the dialogue's solid, and the art is shockingly, consistently great for a collaboration.

And Reed's story ties it all together on an uplifting, heartwarming note.

Fantastic Four: Life Story #6

By: Mark Russell, Sean Izaakse
Released: Feb 2, 2022

• The fateful finale of the fabulous foursome's lives across six decades!
•  With the Doombots in place, Dr. Doom begins his conquest of Earth. When the world has no answer for Doom's might, the aging heroes join forces with the next generation, but will it
be enough to stop him?

RATED T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #88 Jun 29, 2022
8.0

I really enjoyed this issue despite seeing some definite points for improvement. The art is great for the talky scenes but not so much for the fighting, for example. And the dialogue is serviceable at best.

I loved the full revelation of Beyond's nastiness. And I appreciate the way the script used a combination of step-by-step dot connecting and more subtle "nod and a wink" connections more

Amazing Spider-Man #88

By: Zeb Wells, Michael Dowling
Released: Feb 2, 2022

• Who is QUEEN GOBLIN?!
•  For almost sixty years, Spider-Man has been defined by Goblins, and Ben Reilly has a brand-new one all his own.
Rated T+

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8.0

So this whole miniseries is gonna be Elektra vs. Kraven, with the running battle used as a vehicle for introspective character examination. That's cool. It's supplied with solid combat pacing and some nice dynamic art.

I don't think the character insights are profound or revelatory enough to make this great. They supply sufficient meaning to make it good, though.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #2

By: Chip Zdarsky, Rafael de Latorre
Released: Feb 2, 2022

Elektra Natchios is the greatest assassin in the Marvel Universe - but having recently taken up the mantle of DAREDEVIL, she's taken a vow to never take a life again. But that vow is about to be put to the ultimate test, as KRAVEN THE HUNTER has her dead in his sights...and, unlike Elektra, he has no reservations about killing. If anything, he like...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Shang-Chi #8 Jun 29, 2022
7.5

I think this series is ideal for the classic younger comics demographic: not "all-ages" tots and tweens, but teenage readers. The strong, simple language; the broad strokes plotting, the scruffy, dynamic art -- all are great for youthful eyes. And all are on pretty strong display here in this issue.

Shang-Chi #8

By: Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan
Released: Feb 2, 2022

THE STORY OF THE TRUE ORIGIN OF SHANG-CHI'S FAMILY CONCLUDES!
Shang-Chi's parents, Jiang Li and Zheng Zu, have fallen in love and built a nurturing family. But what terrible event rips Shang-Chi's family apart forever? It's not what you think! Plus: In the present, Shang-Chi continues to fight off an assassination attempt from all sides!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The Marvels #8 Jun 29, 2022
7.5

It's a nicely-done chapter that doesn't do much to restore my flagging interest.

There's no flaw I could point to in the storytelling; the art and the words are quite well done. The plot is complicated and wide-reaching, but not confusing or any more mysterious than it should be.

If I have one strategic complaint, it's that the heroes tend to be passive. They're swept along b more

The Marvels #8

By: Kurt Busiek, Yildiray Cinar
Released: Feb 2, 2022

In the heart of Siancong, the hidden past of the all-new Warbird is revealed! Plus: What's been up with Melinda May? Old friends (and foes) join together as everything goes very, very wrong, and the mission takes on cosmic scope.

RATED T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Cellent #1 Jun 29, 2022
7.0

I get that the theme they're building is that the X-Statix have become dated and lame -- why else would you throw in an ironically unironic "you millenials and your [x]" joke? -- but it's just not coming across as sharp and smart as the creators hope. The whole thing is at risk of disappearing into its own navel, or other less savory orifices.

At least it comes with a splendid serving o more

X-Cellent #1

By: Peter Milligan, Mike Allred
Released: Feb 2, 2022

IT'S FINALLY HERE!
They were loved by their adoring fans. They were reviled by the harsh press. They lived, they loved, they fought and they died...a lot - all for the sake of fame. They were the X-Statix, a team of mutant celebrities fighting for a brighter world and an even brighter spotlight! But they're old news now, because there's a new m...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Panther: Legends #3 Jun 29, 2022
7.0

There's nothing particularly surprising in this slightly-tweaked tale of earning Pantherhood through ritual combat. The script's solidly structured and it makes plenty of room for dynamic combat art. The way the characters clash and connect is predictable, but those relationships serve well to drive the plot.

This is a solid (not spectacular) comic for readers just getting started with more

Black Panther: Legends #3

By: Tochi Onyebuchi, Fran Galan
Released: Feb 2, 2022

Look for more information on this book in Diamond Daily and upcoming issues of Marvel Previews.

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6.5

The art and the plotting live up to standards of an event comic, and Dan Slott does have his long-term ducks in a row. But the dialogue is extremely cliched and the characterization is pond-shallow.

It's the start of a cromulent Big Dumb Event™ and though it's certainly good-not-great, it failed to hook me. My future reaction will be based on how far this spreads beyond Fantastic Four more

Fantastic Four: Reckoning War Alpha #1

By: Dan Slott, Carlos Pacheco
Released: Feb 2, 2022

FIFTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING - AND IT ALL KICKS OFF HERE!
In a time before the Kree, Skrull or Shi'ar Empires. Before the emergence of Galactus. Before the birth of Asgard.
There was the First War. The greatest war to ever rage across the Multiverse.
Today, it is reignited. This is the Day of Reckoning.
And all that stands between al...

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6.5

This series' Message (and it definitely has a capital-M Message) turns out to be nothing more than what's been hinted at all through:

Yay nature! Yay balance! Yay mindful stewardship!

And characterwise, Ka-Zar becomes an immortal super-evolver, now biologically as well as ideologically empowered to defend the Savage Land.

Great.

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Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land #5

By: Zac Thompson, German Garcia
Released: Feb 2, 2022

Look for more information on this book in Diamond Daily and upcoming issues of Marvel Previews.

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Legends #11 Jun 29, 2022
6.0

The script's too dense, the cast is too big, and the art's too rough. That said, there's a pretty solid story in here, and the scrupulous attention to the continuity of a bygone era has its charm.

But the visuals are particularly hard to get past. This surely would not be my exhibit A for arguing that Walter Simonson is great.

X-Men: Legends #11

By: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson
Released: Feb 2, 2022

APOCALYPSE'S HORSEMEN RIDE FOR THE NEW MUTANTS!
Just in time to celebrate forty years of the original NEW MUTANTS, catch up with some old friends - like SUNSPOT, CANNONBALL, WOLFSBANE, BOOM-BOOM, DANI MOONSTAR, RICTOR and more - as CALIBAN leads PESTILENCE and WAR, the remaining horsemen of APOCALYPSE, in a hunt for new blood!

Witness ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The Thing #4 Jun 29, 2022
5.5

The mysteries get deeper, the dialogue gets more obtuse, and the art's power to redeem the frustrating script is weakening.

I think making this a miniseries rather than an OGN was a huge mistake.

The Thing #4

By: Walter Mosley, Tom Reilly
Released: Feb 2, 2022

BEN GRIMM'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNDER THE GUIDING HAND OF WALTER MOSLEY CONTINUES!
Guest-starring the Silver Surfer! The battle with the Champion of the Universe leads the Thing and his friends to the Blue Area of the Moon and the domicile of the Watcher - where strange things are transpiring and new enemies await! Can a regular...

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