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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Widow #6 Sep 7, 2021
9.0

The Black Widow blasts into an action-heavy start to her latest arc, clobbering a horde of super-powered goons in pursuit of her mysterious new antagonist, Apogee. To relieve the action, this issue also establishes longer-term mysteries and introduces a compelling new supporting character: A young pickpocket who tries to lift Natasha's wallet. The pickpocket is elegantly stitched into the action s more

Black Widow #6

By: Kelly Thompson, Rafael de Latorre
Released: Apr 28, 2021

THE BLACK WIDOW WRAPS HER WEB AROUND THE GOLDEN GATE!
Natasha Romanoff has just been through the most emotional adventure of her long life, and the experience has left her looking to do things a bit differently. Allies new and old will come to her aid for this bold new mission best described as...San Francisco now belongs to THE BLACK WIDOW.

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Beta Ray Bill #2 Sep 7, 2021
8.5

A check-in with Odin points Bill in a new direction, and he's now capably stocked with sidekicks -- Skurge and Pip the Troll. It's a straightforward quest plot and I have some qualms about the characterization (The characters seem to prioritize "make Bill pretty again" too highly). But the art is still fantastic in a scruffy back-alley way, and there's still a powerful empathic connection to the p more

Beta Ray Bill #2

By: Daniel Warren Johnson
Released: Apr 28, 2021

VALHALLA IS CALLING, BETA RAY BILL!
Bill goes hunting for Odin, still desperate to resurrect his lost hammer Stormbreaker - but the former King of Asgard is far from his glory days. Stormbreaker is never coming back...but there is one place where Beta Ray Bill could restore his full powers. The All-Father of nothing offers the Korbinite a path ...

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8.5

MODOK survives a potentially-deadly reunion with his dad -- survives and, indeed, triumphs. This issue finishes off the series' impressive segue from all-out wackiness to heartfelt character study. (It does require one critical moment of sitcom shenaniganry to put MODOK on top, though.) The art is formidable and the script shows that the authors are more than capable of thriving beyond just jumpin more

M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games #4

By: Jordan Blum, Scott Hepburn
Released: Apr 28, 2021

M.O.D.O.K. MEETS HIS MAKER!
M.O.D.O.K.'s search for answers about the mysterious memories of a family plaguing him have lead him straight into the arms of his creatorwill this reunion see M.O.D.O.K. welcomed with open arms or leave him staring down the barrel at his own demise? Only one way to find out, True Believerus, you won't want to miss o...

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8.0

Miles gets fully stuck into his personal Clone Saga. He gets only a little Peter Parker support at the start (and has to fight a misunderstanding brawl first); by the end, he's on his own. This issue holds to the volume's standard formula: Solid but safe plotting, lifted up by a deeply realistic and empathic portrayal of the protagonist. The B strip is a cute idea with VERY cute art, but the dialo more

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25

By: Saladin Ahmed, Carmen Nunez Carnero
Released: Apr 28, 2021

THE CLONE SAGA - MILES MORALES-STYLE!
•  We finally see the full extent of what the Assessor did when he kidnapped Miles back in #7.
•  This oversized anniversary issue lets the clones loose in Brooklyn and messes with Miles life even more than Peter Parker's Clone Saga messed HIS life up.

Rated T

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed New Mutants #17 Sep 7, 2021
8.0

Xi'an and Dani bring their Otherworld rescue mission to a (slightly) surprising conclusion. The Shadow King's lost children move forward in their mind-swapping shenanigans in ways that are both heartwarming and ominous. I really like the way this title's plot threads are developing, and the character work is terrific. My antipathy to the art just gets stronger, though; I'm convinced Rod Reis is pu more

New Mutants #17

By: Vita Ayala, Rod Reis
Released: Apr 28, 2021

WHAT'S LEFT OVER WHEN YOU GO HOME?
With a mutant child lost in Otherworld, it's up to the NEW MUTANTS to find and extract him...without losing themselves in the process. Meanwhile, on Krakoa: Warlock makes a friend. Wolfsbane makes a friend. Magik makes some enemies.

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The Marvels #1 Sep 7, 2021
7.5

A grab-bag of interesting scenes across decades of Marvel continuity start to sketch out the first hints of an epic story. Sin-Cong and the supernatural feature strongly, and the whole thing feels timey-wimey. I trust Kurt Busiek (perhaps too much), I like the art, and I feel some of the scenes are terrific. The thread connecting them is currently invisible, though. This is a lot of sizzle and ver more

The Marvels #1

By: Kurt Busiek, Yildiray Cinar
Released: Apr 28, 2021

ALL-NEW, ONGOING SERIES!
Kurt Busiek (MARVELS, Astro City) is back, with the biggest, wildest, most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe, telling stories that span the decades and range from cosmic adventure to intense human drama, from the street-level to the cosmic, starring literally anyone from Marvel's very first heroes to the...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Cable #10 Sep 7, 2021
7.5

Kid Cable starts talking to his elders about his Stryfe problem; neither Emma nor Scott is enthusiastic about his "Back to the Future" solution. The Scott conversation is livened up by happening during a bar-fight with some Arakkii mutants. The combination is done well -- but it's also done obviously, a bit of artifice to keep the issue from being entirely talk. I love the art; this is my favorite more

Cable #10

By: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto
Released: Apr 28, 2021

THE CHILD OF SUMMER!
As Cable and company draw closer to the secret of the missing child, a reckoning draws ever closer.

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed U.S.Agent #5 Sep 7, 2021
7.0

Walker clobbers his way to a technical win, with convenient exposition throughout the fight justifying (most of) the characters' actions in the series. Even at the climax, we have to contend with a non-chronological "play-rewind-play" scene structure. I think the author did a commendable job tying up all the plot threads, and the structure, while complex, is well-crafted. The language suffers, tho more

U.S.Agent #5

By: Christopher Priest, Georges Jeanty
Released: Apr 28, 2021

"American Zealot" concludes with the former U.S.Agent struggling to save an impoverished mining town from an unhinged SUPER-PATRIOT who happens to be his own sister suffering a major psychotic break. But can he place the town's lives over hers? And can Walker survive a smackdown against his replacement, the murderous SAINT? Which U.S.Agent will ret...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Fantastic Four #31 Sep 7, 2021
6.5

Ben and Reed go on a brief dimension-hop together, but they still have time to join in on the incremental character work that the whole cast is doing this month. Secrets are revealed, future twists are foreshadowed, and quality developments … develop. It's well-drawn and well-written. And somehow I can't bring myself to care about any of it. Some of these latest revelations should land like gut- more

Fantastic Four #31

By: Dan Slott, R. B. Silva
Released: Apr 28, 2021

The moment REED RICHARDS has been waiting for has finally arrived - he can finally use the Forever Gate to explore somewhere NEW -  to travel forth to a realm in the Marvel Universe where no one has ever gone before! So of course he's going to need his best friend and test pilot, BEN GRIMM, by his side! Join the FF's two dads as they vent...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Men: Legends #3 Sep 7, 2021
6.5

Ship turns against X-Factor as its mysterious origin suddenly comes into play. Apocalypse watches and sends a freshly-upgraded robo-Hodge to further bedevil the team. The retro storytelling sure is retro -- to a degree I found annoying. But it succeeded in sparking my interest in the Ship mystery, so I've got something to look forward to in the next issue. The character portrayals were solid, too more

X-Men: Legends #3

By: Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson
Released: Apr 28, 2021

THE ORIGINAL X-FACTOR RETURNS - TO BATTLE APOCALYPSE!
The mutants once known as the original X-MEN now fight the good fight as the mutant team X-FACTOR! Together with their mysterious sentient spaceship Ship and the newly transformed ARCHANGEL, they've defeated CAMERON HODGE and foiled APOCALYPSE's scheme. But as Ship starts to malfunction, Apo...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Silk #2 Sep 7, 2021
6.5

Silk fights the demon-cat from the last issue and, though she doesn't know it yet, Cindy Moon is under attack from another direction. The art's good verging on great. The dialogue is (mostly) good. But oh, that plot and pacing! This issue does very little beyond confirming the suspicions established in #1. And while I like cute/funny stuff in my comics, I like it integrated into the story. Putting more

Silk #2

By: Maurene Goo, Takeshi Miyazawa
Released: Apr 28, 2021

• Someone is killing gangsters in Queens, leaving behind a trail of blood and...fur?
•  Now Silk has to protect these low-level criminals from a bigger, nastier villain.
•  Can she use her sleuthing skills to figure out who's behind it all and stop them before it's too late?

Rated T

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4.5

Motivational chats with Curt Connors and Spider-Man convince Ted Sallis/Man-Thing to take some action. Unfortunately, doing so involves a very hinky magical retcon of the character's origin; I don't like that. Meanwhile, the Avengers and the Order of the Web are clobbering bugs all over New York and trying (unsuccessfully) to seem relevant. There's the germ of a workable story in here -- setting a more

Curse of the Man-Thing: Spider-Man #1

By: Steve Orlando, Marco Fialla
Released: Apr 28, 2021

DISCOVER THE HORROR MAN-THING HIDES WITHIN, IF YOU DARE!
MAN-THING's supernatural abilities have been pirated thanks to HARROWER, a zealot intent on clearing humanity off the board so a new species can get a shot at the top. The world burns and fear is the accelerant! Meanwhile, SPIDER-MAN races across New York desperate to avert disaster and f...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Way of X #1 Aug 28, 2021
9.0

Nightcrawler grapples with the morals of Krakoa, with a comedic slice of Mad Science (from Dr. Nemesis) and a tense psychic mystery (from new Krakoan boogeyman The Patchwork Man) livening up the theology. It's well-written and well-drawn, and the ideas the author wants to talk about are fantastically interesting. Solid characterization, particularly on Kurt, helps ground the Big Thoughts and turn more

Way of X #1

By: Si Spurrier, Bob Quinn
Released: Apr 21, 2021

THE WAY TO THE FUTURE OF X!
Mutantkind has built a new Eden... but there are serpents in this garden. Some mutants struggle to fit in. Some mutants turn to violence and death. And the children whisper
of the Patchwork Man, singing in their hearts...Only one mutant senses the looming shadows.
Snared by questions of death, law and love, ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The Mighty Valkyries #1 Aug 28, 2021
9.0

When this comic says, "Karnilla has kidnapped some babies," -- without further explanation -- it splits the readership into two groups. One group will lean forward with twinkling eyes and say, "Does that mean … Is she going to … are they gonna be …" And the other group will say, "So? How many @#$% books am I gonna have to buy before they explain that?" My condolences to the second group, bec more

The Mighty Valkyries #1

By: Jason Aaron, Mattia de Iulis
Released: Apr 21, 2021

JANE FOSTER GETS A FRESH START - AND ALLIES BOTH NEW AND OLD!
Jane Foster believed she was the only Valkyrie left - but the fight against Knull, the King in Black, proved her wrong. Now the Valkyries must redefine their roles in a changing world - and Asgard's not going to make it easy. When Loki comes to Jane with rumors of a beast stalking th...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Spider-Woman #11 Aug 28, 2021
8.5

Back in her classic costume, Jess leaps eagerly into fighting some street-level bank robbers with an identity gimmick (they're conquistadors) that should just about support a small arc. Simultaneously, though, she ignores Roger at what turns out to be the worst possible time to do so. It's standard-issue Spider-Book content, straight out of the 70s, really: meet some potentially-memorable villains more

Spider-Woman #11

By: Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez
Released: Apr 21, 2021

BACK TO BASICS!
•  The last ten issues pushed Jessica places she never wants to go again, but she survived.
•  Now, it's time to show the world who Spider-Woman truly is!

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Captain Marvel #28 Aug 28, 2021
8.0

Captain Marvel decides that she has to master magic in order to stop Ove from bringing about the apocalyptic future she's visited. Dr. Strange is not half as helpful as she hopes, so she turns to more questionable instructors. It's packed with all the usual wit and sass, but the plot gives me pause. There are big gaps in Carol's logic, and there are some very reasonable solutions that never come u more

Captain Marvel #28

By: Kelly Thompson, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Apr 21, 2021

TOIL & TROUBLE!
Carol Danvers is a born soldier. Give her a field of battle and an enemy to punch, and she's unstoppable. But the Captain's Achilles' heel is about to break. The mystic arts are Carol's one true weakness, and - haunted by her failure to stop the villain Ove - she's on a mission to correct that weakness... at any cost.  ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Eternals #4 Aug 28, 2021
8.0

I fear we've already reached the point of diminishing returns when it comes to plot complications.

Eternals #4

By: Kieron Gillen, Esad Ribic
Released: Apr 21, 2021

The hunt for the Eternals traitor continues!
•  With 100 Eternals comes 100 prime suspects.
•  Well, increasingly less, as more and more are being murdered.
•  But surely it's simpler than that...because it's Druig, the schemer, right?
•  Wrong.

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #5 Aug 28, 2021
7.5

Fabian Cortez gets his "let's not worry about murdering humans" day in court, and it's about as farcical as it should be. Meanwhile, Abigail Brand is engaging in some morally-shady sci-fi realpolitik -- and SWORD's bonkers pan-dimensional "Mysterium" harvesting is about to get explained. Exciting days! The script delivers plenty of material and the dialogue has some real cracking lines. The art, t more

S.W.O.R.D. #5

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Apr 21, 2021

ALL THE COLORS OF THE DARK!
On Krakoa, Fabian Cortez and the Quiet Council discuss the rules of murder. But in space, the murders have already begun...and the killer has a connection to Cortez he'd never suspect. The color may be gold...but this, my friends...is pure giallo...

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #64 Aug 28, 2021
7.0

Spidey struggles to stay relevant as three plotlines develop with minimal involvement from him. Robbie and Tombstone team up to save their kids, Fred goes after the last Lifeline fragment on his own, and Mordo (at Fisk's direction) starts to wake up Kindred. These stories are progressing in interesting ways, but they're conveyed with underwhelming words and art here.

It seems to be a wa more

Amazing Spider-Man #64

By: Nick Spencer, Federico Vicentini
Released: Apr 21, 2021

• Tombstone and Robbie are at each other's throats and much of Spider-Man's life is collateral damage.
•  Does this have anything to do with Mayor Kingpin's moves of late?
•  Short answer - yes.

Rated T+

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7.0

The first two strips are extremely strong, the third lets the issue down hard. That one is just John Carpenter's The Thing with Carnage embarrassingly pasted over the film's monster. I don't even *like* Carnage and I feel like that does him dirty.

Carnage: Black, White & Blood #2

By: Chip Zdarsky, Kyle Hotz
Released: Apr 21, 2021

• The symbiotic slaughterfest continues, in the second installment of the stomach-churning study of ultraviolence called CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD!
•  FIRST! The DAREDEVIL team of Chip Zdarsky & Marco Checchetto lends their brutal sensibilities to an eye-popping story pitting Carnage against THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as you've never see...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Champions #6 Aug 28, 2021
7.0

The Champions struggle to overcome internal conflict and an ambiguous legal situation. Roxxon, their antagonists du jour, are much more on the ball, rolling out a youth-oriented social media propaganda campaign with plenty of sinister foreshadowing. This issue kicks off with a promising fight scene, but then it just takes repetitive swings at setting up the conflict. The heroes' characterization f more

Champions #6

By: Danny Lore, Luciano Vecchio
Released: Apr 21, 2021

"KILLER APP" STARTS HERE!
The Champions tried fighting fair. Now it's time to fight dirty. A sinister corporation is cheating the system to try to keep Kamala's Law on the books, so the Champions infiltrate the company to take it down from the inside. But the company's wildly popular app is already turning public perception against teen super h...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Avengers #45 Aug 28, 2021
7.0

After King in Black, the Avengers have a busy "day off" during which the Vampire Nation and Echo Phoenix plots get nudged forward. I found two genuinely great developments here: Plotwise, I liked T'Challa and Blade's solution to their Dracula problem; on the character front, I loved Robbie stepping up when Maya needs a friend. And the art was pretty good. But as usual for this title, there was als more

Avengers #45

By: Jason Aaron, Luca Maresca
Released: Apr 21, 2021

THE AVENGERS JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE KING IN BLACK!
The year's most epic event explodes in the pages of AVENGERS. The vampire hunter Blade has been at the forefront of the fight against the dark symbiote god, but now he must pay a dark price that will change his world forever.

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed The Trials Of Ultraman #2 Aug 28, 2021
7.0

Shin and Kiki rescue OG Ultraman Dan Moroboshi from anti-USP terrorists. So far the plot is developing with laborious slowness and not a lot of ingenuity. But on the plus side, both the dialogue and the art succeed in making the main characters sympathetic and endearing. I want to follow them into more adventures, even if those adventures continue to be a little dumb/silly/slow.

The Trials Of Ultraman #2

By: Kyle Higgins, Francesco Manna
Released: Apr 21, 2021

When a teammate is in danger, you pull out all the stops to save them - and sometimes, when things are really dire, that means...donning your Sunday best?
But even if Team Ultraman can pull off an unorthodox rescue, the results will raise some mind-bending questions...and put our heroes in the crosshairs of a brand-new threat!

Rated T+

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6.5

I don't know whether this not-so-fresh take on Arthurian mythology is objectively a little dull or subjectively super-dull -- either way, I was not loving this read. It doesn't help that the otherwise-promising characters are all forced to speak in one undifferentiated, super-snarky voice. That's an affliction I like to call "Matthew-Rosenberg-itis," and I hope the cast gets over it soon.

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #2

By: Simon Spurrier, Sergio Davila
Released: Apr 21, 2021

THE BLACK KNIGHT'S DARKEST TRUTH OR DANE WHITMAN'S ULTIMATE SALVATION?
•  Dane Whitman wields the magical Ebony Blade as the BLACK KNIGHT!
•  A new enemy leaves a murderous trail as they hunt down magical artifacts tied to the Black Knight's origin and to the dark truth behind King Arthur's court and Camelot i...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed X-Force #19 Aug 28, 2021
6.0

I, too, was dismayed with the art. In the previous issue, the same artist achieved at least satisfactory results by aiming to imitate series regular Joshua Cassara. Here he aims at Bill Sienkiewicz and the results are abysmal. The plot and character work, I thought, were reasonable if not particularly insightful. This issue had the potential to be good. The script is also letting the ideas down, b more

X-Force #19

By: Ben Percy, Garry Brown
Released: Apr 21, 2021

WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF!
The only way to battle the nightmare is on its own turf. Sweet dreams, QUENTIN QUIRE.

Parental Advisory

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Women of Marvel #1 Aug 28, 2021
5.5

It's exactly what it looks like, a big anthology of little strips featuring female leads and female creators. Nothing is particularly great, but nothing is particularly terrible -- except perhaps Mariko Tamaki's one-page strips, which deliver the "Cathy Guisewite meets Marvel" jokes that nobody on Earth was asking for. Also, I detect a little less character love than usual for an anthology. It's e more

Women of Marvel #1

By: Natasha Alterici, Eleonora Carlini
Released: Apr 21, 2021

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? YOU ALREADY KNOW. CELEBRATE THE WOMEN OF MARVEL WITH AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENT!
The future is female! Get in on the ground floor with this amazing assembly of writers and artists from all over entertainment. Comics legend Louise Simonson kicks things off with a must-read introduction! Nadia Shammas punches the ...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Daredevil #29 Aug 18, 2021
9.0

While Matt fields a prison assassination attempt, Elektra-Devil contends with Izzy Libris for control of the Kitchen. And Wilson Fisk has schemes of his own. The plot developments are well-executed if just a touch decompressed. The character work is solid if not ground-breaking. And the visuals, as usual, are a treasure. This issue falls into this title's usual sky-high groove: It's great, but pas more

Daredevil #29

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Apr 14, 2021

THE TRUTH IS FINALLY OUT: ELEKTRA IS DAREDEVIL!
•  Having taken up the cowl and the club in Matt Murdock's absence, Elektra, the deadliest assassin in the Marvel Universe, has a long road ahead as she works to protect the legacy of The Man Without Fear!
•  OLD FOES! NEW FACES! LOST LOVES! After the past six months, just imagine what...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Power Pack #5 Aug 18, 2021
8.5

The Power Pack defeats the Wizard with some basic trickery. It's wrapped up in absolutely adorable details, though, so that's a big win. The art still looks simple and great, and the author flexes a little by rotating through all four kids' viewpoints without missing a beat. A fully satisfying conclusion to an airy confection of a miniseries -- there's absolutely nothing wrong with simplicity when more

Power Pack #5

By: Ryan North, Nico Leon
Released: Apr 14, 2021

• It all comes down to this! Over the course of this series, the Power Pack has been manipulated, exploited and stolen from, and YOU'VE paid to see it happen! But don't worry, because with this issue, NOW you'll be paying to see them SUCCEED!!!
•  ...Unless, SOMEHOW, the problems they've got CAN'T be solved, not even if...

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Black Cat #5 Aug 18, 2021
8.5

The Cat launches her great heist: the burgling of the Thieves' Guild's extradimensional vault. Except, as the Fox frustratingly reveals, that was never the plan at all. Although I eagerly devoured the twisty plot developments, they came with a little twinge of disappointment. The Fox's motivations and his plan turn out to be mundane and melodramatic. He also has to do a lot of exposition to explai more

Black Cat #5

By: Jed MacKay, Michael Dowling
Released: Apr 14, 2021

THE CAT'S OUT OF THE BAG!
•  The Black Fox has sent Felicia and her crew to steal all kinds of items from all the ends of the Marvel U. But why?
•  You'll only find that plan here as there is zero chance you've guessed it already.

Rated T+

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CrazyforRAMU reviewed Children of the Atom #2 Aug 18, 2021
8.5

The kids have to go a second round with Hell's Belles in a prison break scenario instead of going to a Dazzler concert like they wanted. The art's gorgeous. There's a lot of prose, but almost all of it is delightful. The main plot isn't moving forward, but we're learning tons about the characters and I for one love it. It seems likely we're going to rotate through each team member as the PoV chara more

Children of the Atom #2

By: Vita Ayala, Bernard Chang
Released: Apr 14, 2021

BREAKOUT!
A local prison riot is quickly turning into an escape and the only ones who can stop them are a bunch of high schoolers?! The strangest teens of all are on the case! Guest-starring the Avengers!
Rated T+

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