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Gizmo reviewed Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4 Dec 7, 2019
7.0

Bursting into the lecture was rather painful to witness, but I am excited to see Doctor Strange.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4

By: Jason Aaron, Cafu
Released: Oct 23, 2019

Valkyrie is back on Earth - and searching for guidance on her powers and her larger mission. The one woman alive who might have the answers is Annabelle Riggs - but will she be on this side of the grave for long? Meanwhile, Bullseye's mysterious employer is watching...and he has plans of his own for the Gods of Asgard!
Rated T+

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7.0

The plot is starting to drag. I don't see what throwing Erica in prison really added, but maybe the police will be important later.

Something is Killing the Children #3

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: Nov 20, 2019

Things in Archer's Peak are only growing worse. Erica Slaughter is on the hunt, but the children are still dying. Angry and afraid, the inhabitants turn their suspicions on the stranger in their midst, the woman who arrived just as the killings began. Will Erica be able to save the town, or will the very people she is trying to protect turn on her?

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Gizmo reviewed Conan the Barbarian #11 Dec 7, 2019
9.5

It's Crom!

Conan the Barbarian #11

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Nov 20, 2019

BY CROM - THE BARBARIAN VS. HIS GOD!
•  As Conan shuffles off this mortal coil, he stands face to face with his God, CROM!
•  But Crom does not care for the fate of some weak mortal...
•  Unless Conan MAKES him!
•  CONAN IS DEAD!  LONG LIVE CONAN!
• ...

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5.0

This issue is actually really busy and detached

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons II #3

By: Jim Zub, Troy Little
Released: Nov 27, 2019

Back on Earth, the Smith family are the only thing standing between their fragile world and D&D-fueled demonic destruction. Can they find the hero within their hearts, or is that more of a final issue kind of question?

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Gizmo reviewed Deadpool #1 Nov 26, 2019
4.0

The first few pages start out promising, I love Chris Bachalo's art, but this comic quickly veers out of control, becoming so disorganized and muddled that I wouldn't be surprised to learn if it's missing pages.

Deadpool #1

By: Kelly Thompson, Chris Bachalo
Released: Nov 20, 2019

Deadpool's newest mercenary job has him going after the King of Monsters, who has claimed a new kingdom for his monstrous subjects...on Staten Island! But you know what they say, when you come at the king, you better not miss! The Merc with a Mouth finds himself neck deep in political intrigue, monster law, and a monster hunter out for blood! It's ...

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7.0

Seems a little over hyped, but it's decent. The book by it's very nature is reactionary, which is appropriate for the Question's character.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan
Released: Nov 20, 2019

DC BLACK LABEL - PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT - APPROX. 8.5" x 10.875"
For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the...

Gizmo reviewed Runaways #27 Nov 24, 2019
8.5

Hmm, I don't trust someone so nice and upstanding! What's he hiding? The last couple pages are adorable by the way.

Runaways #27

By: Rainbow Rowell, Genolet
Released: Nov 13, 2019

JUSTICE IS SERVED!
•  The Runaways can't go home, but Los Angeles' First Protector and Most Venerable Hero has taken them in! Have they FINALLY met a powerful adult they can trust?  
•  To fight by his side, they'll have to leave one of their own behind!
•  And without a soul to feast on, Gib is fading fast. Sounds like ...

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Gizmo reviewed Runaways #25 Nov 24, 2019
8.0

The stuffed toy sacrifice is priceless. I wasn't expecting the situation to change so quickly, but I like this direction.

Runaways #25

By: Rainbow Rowell, Genolet
Released: Oct 2, 2019

A NEW ERA OF THE EISNER-NOMINATED RUNAWAYS BEGINS HERE WITH A MILESTONE 25th ISSUE!
•  The Runaways get approached by a mysterious figure with an offer to form a new Super-Team to protect Los Angeles!
•  Who is this mysterious figure, and how will he convince the least-team-oriented kids in the Marvel U?!
...

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Gizmo reviewed 2000ADs Sci-Fi Summer Special #1 Nov 24, 2019
7.5

-- JUDGE DREDD // LET'S GET TO WORK: Michael Carroll brings back that classic 2000AD humour with the stickup of a movie in the making, culminating in a funny conclusion. -- ROBO-HUNTER // IRON SAM: Most comedies do a shitty job trying to satirize PC culture, but this is successful and funny, so well done. -- FUTURE SHOCKS // DUST: Manages to tell a decent story in only 3 pages with wonderful, pain more

2000ADs Sci-Fi Summer Special #1

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Released: Jun 24, 2015

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Gizmo reviewed Undiscovered Country #1 Nov 21, 2019
7.0

To be honest, I was expecting something more. The concept sounds cool, but ultimately overindulges in the Mad Max angle and turns utterly ridiculous, trading a potential story core for fancy riding sharks. This is what I notice happens with Scott Snyder's writing when you let him off his leash, I guess I was hoping Charles Soule would exercise restraint on Snyder and ground the story. I'm not enco more

Undiscovered Country #1

By: Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Released: Nov 6, 2019

SERIES PREMIERE! This November, New York Times bestselling writers SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, A.D.: AFTER DEATH) and CHARLES SOULE (CURSE WORDS, the forthcoming novel Anyone) will team up with artists GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (The Amazing Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Hellblazer) and DANIELE ORLANDINI (Darth Vader) and 2019 Eisner Award-winning colorist MATT WILS...

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Gizmo reviewed Doctor Doom #2 Nov 21, 2019
8.5

This has be hooked. I don't know where this is going and that's exciting.

Doctor Doom #2

By: Christopher Cantwell, Salvador Larroca
Released: Nov 6, 2019

DOCTOR DOOM has been taken prisoner by the world itself... but he may find unexpected aid in his escape. Now vulnerable and without his usual strength, he must keep a low profile on the streets of New York, or else risk being captured again. He'll seek out an old 'frenemy' for help and battle lethal opportunists, all while wrestling these visions h...

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Gizmo reviewed Fallen Angels #1 Nov 21, 2019
6.0

It's okay. There's a dark, melodramatic angst that teens would probably enjoy. The back matter switches between 'Overclock' and 'Overlock' and uses a faux quote quote from a doctor in neurotechnology that is supposed to sound smart, yet uses 'whom' incorrectly, lol. Just thought that was funny.

Fallen Angels #1

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Nov 13, 2019

THE DAWN DOES NOT BREAK FOR ALL!
Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it... but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!
Rated T+

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #14 Nov 18, 2019
8.0

This issue handles combat well, you feel like you are hunkered behind cover with the characters. Soundwave pulls a crazy move that's memorable.

Transformers #14

By: Brian Ruckley, Anna Malkova
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Now shipping monthly! The Ascenticon Guard, Security Operations, and The Rise are caught in a three-way faceoff. Cybertron is teetering on the brink of chaos, but there is still hope for peace. And leading the way to restore that peace are the only bots that make sense: Megatron, Soundwave, and Starscream!

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Gizmo reviewed Conan the Barbarian #10 Nov 18, 2019
9.0

We're finally back to the main plot, which is excellent. The wait makes sense now, it essentially simulates the wait that the witch's children endure.

Conan the Barbarian #10

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Oct 30, 2019

THE STORY YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU'D SEE - THE DEATH OF CONAN!
•  It's all been leading to this!
•  The thief, the reaver, the slayer - CONAN meets his ultimate fate at the hands of the CRIMSON WITCH!
•  But what lies beyond?
•  And find out the secret history of the Crimson W...

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Gizmo reviewed Usagi Yojimbo #6 Nov 18, 2019
8.5

Revisits and fleshes out the first Usagi story from 35 years ago.

Usagi Yojimbo #6

By: Stan Sakai
Released: Nov 13, 2019

In this 35th anniversary month of Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai revisits the very first Usagi story, "The Goblin of Adachigahara", expanding it from 8 to 24 pages and adding new insights into the characters and events, as well as revealing the reason for Usagi's pilgrimage back home.

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Gizmo reviewed Thor #16 Nov 9, 2019
7.0

Not as good as the previous issue. It's just a little boring, but I suppose it is necessary to tie up all the loose ends. Jason Aaron certainly had an amazing run on Thor.

Thor #16

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Aug 28, 2019

ALL-NEW WORLD FOR THE GOD OF THUNDER!
Thor has disappeared! That's all we can say without spoiling the epic, Midgard-shattering conclusion of WAR OF THE REALMS -
but trust us, you won't want to miss this issue, which is the kickoff of Jason Aaron's final Thor story!  
Rated T+

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Gizmo reviewed Doctor Strange Annual #1 Nov 9, 2019
5.5

The first story is pretty packed and clunky. The second story is better, but shorter.

Doctor Strange Annual #1

By: Pornsak Pichetshote, Andy MacDonald
Released: Oct 30, 2019

The Sanctum Sanctorum holds all of the bizarre and dark relics that Doctor Strange has accumulated on his journey as the Sorcerer Supreme. But when one of those relics awakens and begins wreaking havoc in the halls, will Doctor Strange be able to wrangle back control...or will his Sanctum be transformed into his own personal hell? Find out in this ...

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Gizmo reviewed Thor #15 Nov 3, 2019
8.5

A feel-good end to the War of the Realms. We still have 1 issue to go for Thor though.

Thor #15

By: Jason Aaron, Michael Del Mundo
Released: Jul 10, 2019

WAR OF THE REALMS EPILOGUE! NEW STATUS QUO FOR THE GOD OF THUNDER! To end the War of the Realms, Thor made a sacrifice that will leave him forever changed. Now he must face the choices he's made. What lies ahead for the God of Thunder? Jason Aaron's legendary run draws to a close - don't miss the start of his final arc!
Rated T+

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Galaxies #2 Nov 3, 2019
8.0

Not sure what the "critic" reviewer found confusing. It's better if you are already reading the main title, yes, but everything is laid out as clearly as possible without becoming a wiki article.

Transformers: Galaxies #2

By: Tyler Bleszinski, Livio Ramondelli
Released: Oct 30, 2019

"CONSTRUCTICONS RISING," PART 2! The Constructicons are training-they know their time is coming. They're almost ready to stand at their once glorious height. They just need a sign and some energon. When a mysterious benefactor arrives promising to provide both, how can the Constructicons resist?

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Gizmo added Harleen (2019) to their pull list Nov 3, 2019

Harleen (2019)

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On that road I saw a pale man, and he smiled at me..." Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist ...

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Gizmo reviewed Harleen #2 Nov 3, 2019
9.0

It strikes me that Harleen is playing a bit of a manipulation game of her own at the end, am I the only one picking up on this? Maybe she had a genuine fling with an instructor in her past, but it didn't end up hurting her career. So part of her may be falling into old habits, but I have a feeling there's more to it. Either way, this title is standing out above the other Joker/Harley DC Black Labe more

Harleen #2

By: Stejpan Sejic
Released: Oct 30, 2019

Despite the strongest objections from every possible authority-including district attorney Harvey Dent-Dr. Harleen Quinzel's found herself with free access to every inmate in Arkham Asylum, where she desperately pursues a revolutionary and highly controversial cure to the insanity of Gotham. But her work with the city's super-criminals quickly mudd...

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Gizmo reviewed Second Coming #4 Nov 2, 2019
7.5

Night Justice is funny.

Second Coming #4

By: Mark Russell, Richard Pace
Released: Oct 23, 2019

Jesus Christ is missing! Sunstar recruits a team of lesser costumed heroes (who resent his great power) to assist him in the search for the Son of God! Plus the usual AHOY prose fiction, beautifully illustrated.

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Gizmo reviewed Joker: Killer Smile #1 Nov 2, 2019
8.0

Nothing is as it seems with the Joker, as it should be.

Joker: Killer Smile #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Oct 30, 2019

Everyone knows The Joker doesn't have the most promising history with psychotherapists. In fact, no one's even been able to diagnose him. But that doesn't matter to the confident, world-beating Dr. Ben Arnell; he's going to be the one to unravel this unknowable mind. There's no way The Joker could ever get through the therapeutic walls Ben has buil...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #13 Oct 29, 2019
7.5

Putting Springer through the wringer!

Transformers #13

By: Brian Ruckley, Anna Malkova
Released: Oct 16, 2019

The hunt is on! Chromia and Prowl launch a massive security operation, desperately trying to track down two murderers. Bumblebee visits an injured Windblade, Orion Pax, Sentinel Prime, and Megatron wrestle for control and influence-and nobody knows whose side (if anyone's) Termagax and Starscream are on in all of this!
* Now shipping monthly!<...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers: Galaxies #1 Oct 28, 2019
7.5

Good start, but I guess this means that the origin of Devastator isn't much different from the other combiners.

Transformers: Galaxies #1

By: Tyler Bleszinski, Livio Ramondelli
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Cybertron, a planet of vast beauty and extraordinary cities, wasn't always so perfect. After the War Against the Threefold Spark, Cybertron was decimated, and new bots-the Constructicons-emerged to help rebuild it grander and more amazing than ever before. But where are these bots now? Why have they been erased from Cybertron's history? And what ar...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #12 Oct 28, 2019
8.0

A quick but fun detour from the main plot.

Transformers #12

By: Brian Ruckley, Kei Zama
Released: Sep 18, 2019

Out in the vast galaxy, Cybertronian explorers encounter all manner of beings-some friendly and some in stern opposition to Cybertronian expansion. When relations start to crumble and violence is threatened, there's only one bot to turn to-Nautica, head of xeno-relations.

All your favorite Transformers characters as you've never seen them...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #11 Oct 28, 2019
8.0

It's funny watching Megatron trash Soundwave's office but Soundwave doesn't flinch. Nice speech at the end by Megatron, it taps into a mentality that I think a lot of us can relate to, but there is a bit of a letdown as to the bland origin of the Decepticon symbol.

Transformers #11

By: Brian Ruckley, Andrew Griffith
Released: Aug 28, 2019

Chromia and Windblade raid a Rise base in search for clues about the identity of Brainstorm's murderer, only to be discovered-and the Rise isn't happy. Meanwhile, Bumblebee sees his first bit of action as the Ascenticon Guard is called to defend a building under siege!

As questions are answered, more mysteries abound!
Who commands th...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #10 Oct 28, 2019
6.0

Conspiracies aren't as fun when they are this blatant and spelled out.

Transformers #10

By: Brian Ruckley, Cachet Whitman
Released: Aug 7, 2019

Fear spreads through Cybertron, leading more and more citizens into the waiting arms of the Ascenticon movement-making Bumblebee's new job as part of the Guard much more difficult. Meanwhile, Chromia and Windblade follow-up on a lead, but digging up the dirt will put them face-to-face with a new foe...  Transformers-now shipping twice-mon...

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Gizmo reviewed Transformers #9 Oct 28, 2019
7.5

Action!

Transformers #9

By: Brian Ruckley, Cachet Whitman
Released: Jul 17, 2019

Time is running out! Orion Pax, his friends, and the Autobot security forces have to get a grip on their murder investigations as their superior, Sentinel Prime, makes his return to Cybertron! Secrets are revealed as loyalties shift! Sentinel Prime and his diplomatic entourage return!

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Gizmo reviewed Secrets of Sinister House #1 Oct 28, 2019
8.0

The Justice League Dark story was meh, but I quite enjoy all of the others, making this a strong horror anthology overall.

Secrets of Sinister House #1

By: Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque
Released: Oct 9, 2019

Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU's most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion...we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with ...

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