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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Immortal Hulk #4 Feb 11, 2019
9.0

The Hulk's ongoing story kicks into high gear as Jackie McGee and Walter "Sasquatch" Langkowski come together as the nucleus of a supporting cast. Walt's expository flashbacks slow the plot a little, but the odds of any of the information he shares being wasted are slim. This issue's stellar cliffhanger marks the end of the title's introductory "one-shots" phase. The whole art team is burning the more

Immortal Hulk #4

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Walter Langkowski is an ex-football star, a space diplomat and a beloved super hero. Walter Langkowski is charming, healthy and outgoing. Walter Langkowski is the opposite of Bruce Banner.
•  And Walter Langkowski is going to die today, because he went looking for Banner...
•  ...and found the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Cosmic Ghost Rider #2 Feb 11, 2019
8.0

Fulfilling his mandate to go as big and crazy as possible, Cosmic Ghost Rider seeks parenting advice by looking up Galactus. The question of whether or not baby Thanos can be nurtured into a non-villain remains very open, and it looks like Frank's gonna have to fight for the right to answer it. This issue has fine art and a gleeful sense of the absurd, but there seems to be a strong wall hemming t more

Cosmic Ghost Rider #2

By: Donny Cates, Dylan Burnett
Released: Aug 1, 2018

The Rider is out to change the universe for the better, starting with an idea so simple he cannot believe no one has ever done it before! But as with all things worth doing, it's not going to be easy. For one thing: SPACE SHARKS. For another? Let's just say it's never good to run into Galactus during a bar fight.
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Gold Annual #2 Feb 11, 2019
8.0

Years ago, a young Kitty Pryde takes a break from X-Manning to go back to summer camp. It's a charmingly direct "you can't go home again" story with real heart. The visuals cap it at good rather than great; I've seen this artist deliver much more polished work. "Less than the best" still translates into "pretty darn good," and the character work woven into the simple plot comes across loud and cle more

X-Men: Gold Annual #2

By: Seanan McGurie, Marco Failla
Released: Aug 1, 2018

Your favorite X-Man KITTY PRYDE just made the biggest decision of her tumultuous romantic life, but what set her on that course? Before Peter, Peter, or...Peter, there was Kitty's FIRST kiss! Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer Seanan McGuire (InCryptid, October Daye, Wayward Children series) and artist Marco Failla (MS. MARVEL, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE,...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spidey: School's Out #5 Feb 11, 2019
8.0

Spidey shuts down the Vulture with plenty of Black Panther help, but he's a few steps behind figuring out his antagonists. Peter is also a few steps behind on figuring out his Stark Camp project. How will it all wrap up? This installment is a little bit simplistic, but passionate art and very sincere characterization keep it very fun.

Spidey: School's Out #5

By: John Barber, Todd Nauck
Released: Aug 1, 2018

Peter Parker just survived his first year as the Amazing Spider-Man AND a year of high school! What is he going to do next? He's going to Stark science camp! A week indoors with the coolest technology in the world is a dream come true for Peter--and a bonanza for one Spider-foe who's seriously upgraded his arsenal. Can Spider-Man keep the camp saf...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain America #2 Feb 11, 2019
7.0

Cap fights another pack of Nuke terrorists, Sharon booty calls him (go Sharon!), and the surprise twist ending is Black Panther. Throughout it, Cap's narration makes the point, "Funny how so many of my baddies share my 'I wanna be a strong guy' backstory, huh?" It sounds purdier coming out of Cap, but my version's faster. This issue does more rock-solid character work, but the repetition (not so m more

Captain America #2

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Aug 1, 2018

WINTER IN AMERICA Continues!
•  Distrusted by a nation that seems to have lost faith in him, Steve Rogers is a man out of time and out of options!
•   Where can a now-unsanctioned Captain America turn for aid and assistance in order to stem the rise of the cabal
of influence brokers known as the Power Eli...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Ant-Man & The Wasp #4 Feb 11, 2019
7.0

Scott and Nadia technobabble their way to what looks like but of course is not their home. They realize the too-good-to-be-trueness just in time and keep on adventuring. The visuals here hit a very high standard, but the overall effect is undercut by a pair of splash pages that are blatant conservation of artistic effort.

This was really close to good, but I'm still too prickled by the more

Ant-Man & The Wasp #4

By: Mark Waid, Javi Garron
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Every time Ant-Man and Wasp shrink in the Microverse, they enter a reality with new physics, new beings and new danger!
•  How much smaller can they get before there's no way back?
•  Marvel's weirdest science trip takes things up, er, down a notch!
Rated T+

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7.0

The heroes and readers are subjected to an exhausting gauntlet of video game material. Meanwhile, Ember pivots from villain to victim and the real antagonist steps out of the shadows with a fanfare of sad trombone sounds. Quality picks up as the issue goes on - the back half is better-written and much better-drawn - but overall, it becomes a bit of a patience-tester.

Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl #1

By: Devin Grayson, Ramon Bachs
Released: Aug 1, 2018

THE GAME IS UP IN THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF MARVEL RISING!
When Ember Quade traps Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and their friends in a video-game reality, they'll have to fight their way through the terrifying villain hordes of Ember's imagination! But when they reach the final level, even Ember will be surprised at what they find. All the cards h...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Deadpool #3 Feb 11, 2019
7.0

Deadpool saves the day and the first story arc unspools at the end like Return of the Kings: Nekkid Merc Edition. There's still a fair serving of quality humor and sick (good sick) art, but the portion's gotten smaller. This issue is leaning too hard too fast into running gag territory; Deadpool's ridiculous stuffed animal underpants have definitely worn out their welcome.

Deadpool #3

By: Skottie Young, Nic Klein
Released: Aug 1, 2018

THE BATTLE FOR PLANET EARTH!
•  That escalated quickly.
•  Deadpool's got a plan, and those usually work out flawlessly, so everyone, don't worry! Earth is TOTALLY GOING TO BE FINE.
•  But, uh, just in case, anyone have an extra spaceship or a teleporter or some interstellar conveyance? I'm ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Gold #33 Feb 11, 2019
7.0

Ominous plot stormclouds build over Ororo's old village, and Rachel handles the b-story by facing a tumultuous aftermath to her possession. The plot developments are promising, but the characterization leaves an awful lot to be desired. The art has very strong foundations but the finish is challenging the limits of "cleanliness" as a positive trait.

X-Men: Gold #33

By: Marc Guggenheim, Michele Bandini
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Storm returns to the Kenyan village that once worshipped her as a goddess!
•  But now, with her Stormcaster hammer, it's true...isn't it?
•  The truth about Storm's Asgardian hammer is revealed here!
Rated T+

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7.0

The detective squad pulls out an 11th-hour win, securing some useful info on Soteira and its relationship to Wolverine. Quality character work and nice revelations, but I have some problems with the way the plot is structured and presented. "Misty's magic arm-tech saves the day" is used three times, i.e. twice too often, and Daredevil narrating the whole thing in the past tense makes it feel like more

Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #4

By: Charles Soule, Matteo Buffagni
Released: Aug 1, 2018

WEAPON FOUND?
Logan was turned into a weapon long ago - controlled, experimented on, but ultimately lost. Now, Daredevil and his crew learn what happens if someone else takes up that weapon...
Parental Advisory

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6.0

Ben and Kaine get Touched By An Angel™. There's really no other way to describe it. The art is on an upswing and the dialogue is solid, but the subject matter is so exceptionally bizarre (not necessarily in a good way) that the issue becomes a puzzlement.

Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #22

By: Peter David, Will Sliney
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• It's Ben and Kaine vs. a pack of ravenous hellhounds as madness descends on Las Vegas!
•  But can Kaine and Ben keep themselves from each other's throats long enough to save the city?!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Astonishing X-Men #14 Feb 11, 2019
5.0

Havok assembles a ragtag misfit team while also winning a pair of simple fights. He's got a babysitter (Warpath) and two broken toys (zombie Banshee and jilted drunk Colossus). He also gets a pair of better-judgment-defying mutants who both reach the strange conclusion that "Alex Summers bringing a fight to my doorstep means I better team up with him": Beast and Dazzler.

I could give th more

Astonishing X-Men #14

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Greg Land
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Welcome back to the X-Men stage, the incomparable...the amazing...the uncanny...DAZZLER!
•  The Reavers are hunting random mutants, so Havok and Beast must save a former X-Man.
•  But these Reavers aren't completely as they seem!
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Infinity Wars #1 Feb 11, 2019
5.0

Dr. Strange's sad Infinity Watch is assembled. (Ugh, Bullseye. Really?) Towards the end, plot developments develop dramatically and the forward progress is blissfully welcome. Requiem's identity is revealed and that's just the first of the climax's double-barreled surprises.

The script drops signals suggesting that this ridiculous plot was once supposed to be EVEN MORE labyrinthine: Wh more

Infinity Wars #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato
Released: Aug 1, 2018

As the Infinity Stones come to Earth, so too comes the war for control over them. But none who wield the stones know the truth about the power they contain...or what it would take to bring them to their END. The nature of the universe itself hangs in the balance as we learn the answer to the question on everyone's lips since "Infinity Wars Prime": ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Death Of The Inhumans #2 Feb 11, 2019
4.0

Black Bolt strikes back against Vox and the Kree before things inevitably take a turn for the even worse. The storytelling, visual and narrative, comes close to basic satisfaction, but the plot it serves remains punishingly stupid. The Boss Kree lays out notably problematic reasoning for this series. It's a classic "1) Murder a bunch of Inhumans 2) ???? 3) Kree Empire is strong again" plan and thi more

Death Of The Inhumans #2

By: Donny Cates, Ariel Olivetti
Released: Aug 1, 2018

JOIN OR DIE!
Attilan died screaming without its king. Now Black Bolt sets out for vengeance against the Kree - and leads the last of his people to their deaths. For the Kree have a weapon of their own...one that will teach the Silent King what it truly means to be voiceless. The massacre continues as Donny Cates and Ariel Olivetti bring the Inh...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Weapon X #21 Feb 11, 2019
3.0

The heroes resolve their business in Russia AND NOTHING ELSE. Is Warpath quitting or not? What's up with OML? Who knows?! At least the visuals are painfully ugly. This title has been always been hit or miss, but this combination of inconsequential plotting and unattractive art sets a record for missing by a mile.

Weapon X #21

By: Greg Pak, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
Released: Aug 1, 2018

THE EXPLOSIVE CONCLUSION OF "TEAM WEAPON X"!
•  What began as a team of circumstance reaches its only logical conclusion: A GRAVE!
•  Warpath and Old Man Logan aren't long for this world, but will Sabretooth rally the rest of the team or sign their epitaph himself?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel Rising #0 Feb 9, 2019
8.0

Kamala's class, supervised by mild-mannered Comp Sci student Doreen Green, runs into AIM goons, followed shortly by Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel. This little taste basically demonstrates that these two heroes are in good hands with these creators, and also briefly introduces Ember as the sullen newbie protagonist.

Marvel Rising #0

By: Devin Grayson, Marco Failla
Released: Apr 25, 2018

This April SQUIRREL GIRL meets MS. MARVEL – for the very first time! When Doreen Green (also known as the unbeatable Squirrel Girl) volunteers as head counselor for an extra-curricular computer programming camp, little does she know that junior counselor Kamala Khan moonlights as crime fighting super hero Ms. Marvel! But this coding camp is more ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Mr. and Mrs. X #1 Feb 4, 2019
9.5

Rogue and Gambit's impromptu wedding is examined in great - and greatly entertaining - detail before their outer-space honeymoon is hijacked by "X-Men in space" nonsense. Capable art, dialogue that's both nimble and clever, and some of Marvel's finest characterization combine into a blissfully satisfying read. I rate it a half-point shy of perfection because although I can't zero in on specifics, more

Mr. and Mrs. X #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Oscar Bazaldua
Released: Jul 25, 2018

LOVE & MARRIAGE PART 1! Straight from the pages of X-MEN GOLD...to the surprise of everyone, the Marvel Universe's hottest couple has finally tied the knot! In their extraordinary lives, they've faced nearly every challenge imaginable, but how will they fare against former flames making trouble? An entire galaxy in jeopardy? You want it? We ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-23 #2 Feb 4, 2019
9.0

Laura follows a step behind as the Cuckoos dive into villainy. There's a quality plot deployed with great subtlety here. The way the background visuals contribute strongly to the storytelling - hinting, joking, supporting everything that's happening - is truly exceptional.

It was enough of A Thing for me to get nerdy and notational; by my count, there are at least 10 cool ideas conveye more

X-23 #2

By: Mariko Tamaki, Juan Cabal
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series...

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9.0

This issue takes the team from the introduction of the international members up through the Dark Phoenix saga. As with Ed Piskor's first Grand Design comic, this one benefits tremendously from a central character and plot - the Phoenix is the spine that holds this issue up and makes it great. The sheer density of plot points otherwise threatens to overwhelm. The painstaking chronological introduct more

X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis #1

By: Ed Piskor
Released: Jul 25, 2018

It's ALL-NEW and ALL-DIFFERENT! Witness Wolverine, Thunderbird, Colossus, Storm and Sunfire suit up as X-Men for the very first time all over again! All through the lens of comics auteur ED PISKOR, who lovingly researches, writes, pencils, inks, colors and letters every page just for you!
The second act of X-MEN GRAND DESIGN begins now!
Ra...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Old Man Logan #44 Feb 4, 2019
9.0

Bullseye hunts the characters left over from his miniseries. That doesn't quite jibe with the last issue and it makes OML feel like a guest star in his own title. Aside from that focus drift, this is an outstanding caper story. Nice pacing, solid tough-guy dialogue, and the art is simply magnificent. The plot actually gets stronger on a second read; nothing written or drawn here is accidental. I c more

Old Man Logan #44

By: Ed Brisson, Juan Ferreyra
Released: Jul 25, 2018

• LOGAN vs. BULLSEYE vs. SHADOW TRACER!
•  BULLSEYE's leaving a trail of bodies longer than the Hudson River. Can Logan stop him before more people lose their lives?
•  And worst of all, Logan might be forced to save the life of one the Marvel U's biggest baddies...
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Venom #4 Feb 4, 2019
9.0

Knull delivers the origin of his symbiotes. It's Epic with a capital "E." It makes a glorious connection to Thor and slots the Beowulf scene from #1 firmly into place as fulfilled foreshadowing. Some very slight storytelling faults - the occasional clumsy word choice, visual details turning into background noise - are more than countered by the powerful, mythological force of expert world-building more

Venom #4

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Jul 25, 2018

• An ancient Klyntar has awakened on Earth, and with it, something has stirred in Eddie Brock's symbiote.
•  And while Venom would never do anything to hurt Eddie or an innocent person, the ancient symbiote has no such qualms...
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Moon Knight #197 Feb 4, 2019
9.0

A society of world-class sadists meets up to share their passion and Moon Knight invites himself along. The slightly sophomoric stories of the sadists are livened up considerably by strong structure, excellent art, and a beezer of a cliffhanger. It's a pretty transparent "homage" to de Sade's 120 Days, but I like the modern touches like throwing a Terry Richardson analog into the mix.

Moon Knight #197

By: Max Bemis, Jacen Burrows
Released: Jul 25, 2018

A MEAL FOR MALEVOLENT MADMEN!
•  A group of psychotic killers gather for a feast...but there's more on the menu than delectable dishes!
•  Who is the mysterious figure who has gathered these villains, and to what end?
•  Will Moon Knight make it in time to dish out their just desserts, or will he become the main course?!

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #2 Feb 4, 2019
8.0

This issue eventually gets around to pushing the "Curt Connors wants Peter as a student" plot through a couple of promising developments, including an excellent last-page surprise. The first scenes are still going a little heavy on the "I am Spider-Man! Look at me Spider-Man-ing all over the place!" characterization. MJ name-checking "fresh start" was pretty cringe-y, too. The art is growing more more

Amazing Spider-Man #2

By: Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jul 25, 2018

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is...Spider-Man?! But that's far from all you'll find here -  a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker's job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that's not enough, you'll see a new roommate, new love interests - and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to...

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8.0

Princess Fisk's story continues with some ambiguity and Lunella decides it's time to solve the brain-switching problem. Results are, of course, unexpected. The issue rolls along with the title's usual high standards of storytelling skill, particularly in the art. On the script side, I begin to suspect that scenes petering out inconclusively is a chronic problem for this creative team. It probably more

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #33

By: Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos
Released: Jul 25, 2018

"SAVE OUR SCHOOL" PART TWO!
•  Lunella Lafayette is the smartest person in the Marvel Universe! So why can't she unravel the genetic mystery that keeps swapping her brain with a 40-foot-tall terrible lizard?
•  She's going to need to pull off her biggest science experiment yet to undo the curse! All without getting caught by her pa...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Punisher #228 Feb 4, 2019
8.0

After some more fighting, manly soldier-talk from Rhodey convinces Frank to surrender himself. It's a satisfactory end of one chapter - feels like we got full value out of the Punisher War Machine premise - and the final pages promise we're headed straight into another adventure. The manly talk was excellent and the art was pretty solid. One exception was the portrayal of Ghost's powers; I found t more

Punisher #228

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Guiu Vilanova
Released: Jul 25, 2018

ROAD TRIP TO HELL!
•  The Punisher and Black Widow go off the grid on a secret mission of revenge!
•  Frank and Natasha are now Most Wanted by heroes and villains alike!
•  The War Machine armor is busted, and with the forces coming down on our heroes, they're going to need every bit of firepower they can get.
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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Blue #32 Feb 4, 2019
8.0

The O5 X-Men fight Magneto to keep him from killing Emma Frost. The script is mainly concerned with didactic character work - there's a bit too much "shouting how I feel." The art is something special, with a strong command of bold, simple character work. Unfortunately, the script just doesn't invest enough creativity in the mechanics of the big fight. We're stuck mainly with exquisitely talented more

X-Men: Blue #32

By: Cullen Bunn, Genolet
Released: Jul 25, 2018

• The Original X-Men's worst fears about the Master of Magnetism may finally be coming true.
•  Will Jean Grey and the others be able to save Magneto from submitting to his darkest instincts?
•  Or are they merely preventing Magneto from being who he was always meant to be?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Sentry #2 Feb 4, 2019
8.0

Bob's story rapidly grows more complicated as his "parole" arrangement breaks down and the Sentry gets loose. This issue was a big leap forward for me; I like it when the divide between Bob and the Sentry is emphasized. The characterization is good and grim, the plot is twisting in an interesting way, and the art is stronger. The visuals could use an even bigger separation between Sentry World and more

Sentry #2

By: Jeff Lemire, Aaron Kim Jacinto
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Someone or something has invaded Sentry World, and now Bob Reynolds finds himself in a race against the clock to try and stop the mystery invader before he can unravel everything the Sentry has worked so hard to build. But if Bob fails, the Void will be set free and the Marvel Universe will be torn apart. Can the Sentry save the day, or has Bob fai...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #8 Feb 4, 2019
7.0

Johnny and Ben have suffered through de-powered life for two months, and now Ben's masquerade breaks down. Johnny confronts the fact that their family is dead. Powerful character work and excellent dialogue pull this up out of the ordinary, but the rough visuals rob the script of its full potential. The art feels like a watching a pair of random Steinbeckian "ordinary joe" characters reciting line more

Marvel Two-In-One #8

By: Chip Zdarsky, Paco Medina
Released: Jul 25, 2018

NEXT OF KIN CONTINUES!
A new life in a new town on a strange world. Everything has changed for the broken people once known as BEN GRIMM and JOHNNY STORM. But can they repair things before one of their oldest villains puts the nail in the coffin of THE FANTASTIC FOUR?
Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Deadpool: Assassin #4 Feb 4, 2019
7.0

Deadpool collects his supporting cast and tries to recruit the Hellhouse into fighting the Assassins' Guild with him. Finally, the purpose of this series becomes clear: to merge some OG 90s Deadpool threads into his current continuity. That's a mighty modest goal for so many pages, and this issue gives a perfect demonstration of the indulgent way the creators go about it. Wade does an action monta more

Deadpool: Assassin #4

By: Cullen Bunn, Mark Bagley
Released: Jul 25, 2018

• Deadpool isn't usually known for his attention to detail and promptness, but he's CLEANING UP in the mercenary-for-hire biz.
•  And since the Regeneratin' Degenerate's proven elusive of the Assassins Guild's efforts to stop him, in this issue they'll hit him where it hurts...
•  His groin. His friends.
Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Multiple Man #2 Feb 4, 2019
6.0

Madrox's future selves blip him into a cheap "Days of Future Past" dystopia where one of his dupes is the Evil Emperor. There's a resistance movement carved out of his backstory, the characters snark a bunch at each other, and the timey-wimey plot begins to swallow itself. I disliked this issue pretty thoroughly, but I think my unfamiliarity with the character is as much to blame as anything. It's more

Multiple Man #2

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Andy MacDonald
Released: Jul 25, 2018

MULTIPLE MAN HEADS TO THE FUTURE...TO TELL HIMSELF NOT TO GO TO THE PAST AGAIN
•  JAMIE MADROX - your weird friend's favorite X-MAN - is escorted through time by his dangerous new allies!
•  But what he finds in the future is something that rattles Jamie to his very core. And he doesn't rattle easily.
•  Guest-starring the f...

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