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Shodan reviewed Plastic Man #3 Aug 17, 2018
8.0

That cover.....damn! Doesn't reflect the tone Gail has going for this series, but still very cool. Eel has been such a super likeable character these first three issues. However, i'm really not liking this kid! The way she's drawn doesn't exactly scream this is a kid who's seen a lot and can remain calm in the face of a man-bat kidnapping. Hope we see some of the Terrifics crossover into this more

Plastic Man #3

By: Gail Simone, Adriana Melo
Released: Aug 8, 2018

Eel went looking for a kid, but he found a Man-Bat instead, who brought him not only to the kid but also to the lair of the secret society that needs Plastic Man to stop asking inconvenient questions. Yes, it counts as comically good fortune if you squint your eyes and look around the corner (which he can totally do without even breaking a sweat. O...

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Shodan reviewed Domino #5 Aug 17, 2018
8.5

I get my Gail Simone fix from this and Plastic Man, both great series. The opening arc benefits from having some great villains. I loved Prototype's intro last issue of suffering for all of Domino's luck powers and the reveal that he's also critically hurt when Topaz' father is hurt left us with a good cliffhanger.
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Domino #5

By: Gail Simone, Michael Shelfer
Released: Aug 8, 2018

NEENA ON THE RUN ESCAPING!
Topaz and [REDACTED] have upended Domino's life completely, dragging her ugly Project Armageddon origins out of the shadows for all to see. Now, having been torn down to her very foundation, Domino is confronted with the deepest cut of all: BETRAYAL. There's a RAT in the henhouse.
Parental Advisory

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Shodan added X-23 (2018) to their pull list Aug 16, 2018

X-23 (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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Shodan dropped Captain America (2018) from their pull list Aug 6, 2018

Captain America (2018)

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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8.0

I've been listening to Rachel and Miles explain the X-Men recently (from the beginning!) and i must say this is such a great companion piece to that. On it's own i agree it loses a lot of the emotional resonance of what makes stories like The Dark Phoenix Saga so great, but along with the podcast and the amazing presentation of Grand Design I highly recommend it to continuity nerds out there.

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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Shodan reviewed Saga #54 Aug 2, 2018
9.0

I read this at about 6:30 in the morning before starting my day, big mistake. I'm usually about a week behind and every time I pick this up and mention how heartbreaking the previous issue was the people at my LCS are always saying "oh just wait till you read this one" Even with the expectation that we're going to lose some of our favorite characters the sting is still there which i think speaks more

Saga #54

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Jul 25, 2018

END OF STORY ARC!

The explosive "season finale" to SAGA's most shocking storyline yet.

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Seif reviewed Saga #54 Jul 25, 2018
8.5

The name is Brian k. Vaughn and I came here to write good comics and kill characters and I'm all outta comics.

Saga #54

By: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Released: Jul 25, 2018

END OF STORY ARC!

The explosive "season finale" to SAGA's most shocking storyline yet.

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Shodan reviewed Batman #51 Aug 2, 2018
9.0

I'm sure Tom King realizes how lucky he is to work with such incredible artists during his Batman run. Annual #2 with Lee Weeks was a highlight of the series since Rebirth started and the art here.....wow. I'm so happy we're done with the wedding and can go back to some smaller arcs, this has the setup for some serious Bruce Wayne brooding and soul searching.

Batman #51

By: Tom King, Lee Weeks
Released: Jul 18, 2018

The honeymoon's over for Bruce Wayne as Gotham City's most prominent citizen gets selected for jury duty in a chilling court case involving Mr. Freeze! Freeze claims the charges should be dismissed because Batman used excessive force; cue the outrage and media circus. While doing his civic duty, Wayne's forced to take a hard look at the Dark Knight...

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Shodan reviewed Blackwood #3 Aug 2, 2018
8.5

Blackwood is weird and gross and terrific. With only one issue left and so many loose ends hopefully we go back to this school at a future date. I really like the Phish's art and colors, the book feel unique in my stack and has been a joy to read. It also has great non-cringy teen dialogue, not something easy to do i'm sure.

Blackwood #3

By: Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish
Released: Jul 25, 2018

From the multi-Eisner Award-winning creator of Beasts of Burden and the artist of Archie and Slam comes this supernatural fantasy about a magical murder in a sorcery school.

The Blackwood curse claims its first victim in a most horrific manner, the three surviving students attempt to lift the curse on their own by hunting down Dean Ogden,...

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Shodan reviewed The Terrifics #6 Aug 2, 2018
8.5

Wasn't happy to see Doc Shaner have such a short run here, but the art in issue 6 kept pace with Shaner's previous issues. Lemire has done an excellent job creating a true team dynamic in a short span of time and you really root for these characters as a team. I get the sense at this point in the series even without the "we have to stay together or we'll explode" Mguffin these characters would s more

The Terrifics #6

By: Jeff Lemire, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 25, 2018

No one escapes Element World! The Terrifics find themselves out of their, uh, element in a battle to save a town turned into elemental monsters. With Metamorpho and Mr. Terrific out of commission, Phantom Girl battles the Kingdom of Gas (insert joke here), while Plastic Man tries to survive the Domain of Rock by turning it up to 11. All this, and t...

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Shodan reviewed Gideon Falls #5 Aug 2, 2018
10

I absolutely love this series, even with the somewhat slow pacing you get so much great character development and amazing cliffhangers. Tough to wait on this monthly. Lemire/Sorrentino are gold together.

Gideon Falls #5

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino
Released: Jul 18, 2018

Madness spreads across Gideon Falls as Father Fred and Sheriff Miller race to stop a killer.

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Shodan dropped Marvel Two-In-One from their pull list Aug 2, 2018

Marvel Two-In-One

The Fate of the Four Part 1
THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It's the Marvel Universe reunion you've all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!).  Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely ...

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Shodan added Sean Murphy to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Matt Hollingsworth to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Chip Zdarsky to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Matt Fraction to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Brenden Fletcher to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Mike Allred to their creator watch list Jul 27, 2018
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Shodan added Seven to Eternity to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

Seven to Eternity

The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise t...

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Shodan added Plastic Man (2018) to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

Plastic Man (2018)

Meet Eel O'Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he's also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week's garbage. Literally. Don't worry, though-he bounced back from all that, and now he's trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get r...

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Shodan added Justice League (2018) to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

Justice League (2018)

"THE TOTALITY" part one! A brand-new era begins here! Comics legends Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung launch the Justice League into a cosmos-shaking mystery that will draw out their most terrible foes...in ways our heroes couldn't possibly imagine! In this debut issue, Martian Manhunter struggles to protect the team from an incoming threat that will sh...

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Shodan added Catwoman (2018) to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

Catwoman (2018)

The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham's most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn't have enough ...

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Shodan added X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis

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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Shodan added Captain America (2018) to their pull list Jul 27, 2018

Captain America (2018)

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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Shodan reviewed Rat Queens #10 Jul 27, 2018
8.0

A satisfying end to this arc, although it's been hard to follow on a month-to-month basis. Rat Queens goes X-Men on us and splits the timeline for the big reveal, something I didn't see coming and really enjoyed. Most of the art in this issue is fantastic - Gieni's style really fits the medieval/fantasy setting of Rat Queens. The flashbacks though really took me out of the story, and on an issu more

Rat Queens #10

By: Kurtis J. Wiebe, Owen Gieni
Released: Jul 11, 2018

"THE COLOSSAL MAGIC NOTHING," Part Five
With all of her friends gone, Betty must confront the reality wizard alone.  The past, present, and future collide in a magic maelstrom, and in the battered ruins, a shocking truth is uncovered!

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Shodan reviewed Catwoman #1 Jul 25, 2018
9.0

First things first, getting the cover out of the way. Blech....really , Selina holding Batman #50, regardless of what you thought of the wedding is just downright awful.

But don't judge a book by it's cover! Joelle Jones is amazing, no idea how she manages to craft an amazing story and do the art.

Laura Allred's colors are great and the art is perfect (the Batman issues J more

Catwoman #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: Jul 4, 2018

The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham's most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn't have enough ...

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Shodan reviewed Batman #50 Jul 18, 2018
6.0

"Huh?" is usually not a good reaction to such an anticipated event. I literally flipped back to make sure I understood what had just happened. I don't think the lead up was all that bad, the Joker story in DC Nation #0 where he's waiting for his invitation to the wedding at some random person's house was genuinely creepy and had me excited for how Joker would disrupt the wedding. The problem is more

Batman #50

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 4, 2018

It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbea...

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Shodan reviewed Deathbed #5 Jul 11, 2018
8.5

Maybe they mixed up the cover for #6 because Luna fighting a werewolf in space isn't in this issue (foreshadowing be damned - it was on the cover!)
That aside I love these characters and enjoyed the ride back to where Antonio was born. Rossmo's art is busy yet somehow extremely easy to follow. Another great issue.

Deathbed #5

By: Joshua Williamson, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jun 20, 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up? For Antonio Luna... it was everything. He wanted to do it all, so he became a race car driver, a masked wrestler, an artist, a baseball player, a spy and countless other careers. But there was one life goal he never fulfilled... the one that got away. Now, for Luna to solve the mystery of who killed his frie...

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Shodan reviewed Marvel Two-In-One #7 Jul 11, 2018
7.0

What happened to the art on this book about halfway through!! Would have rather seen a delay than this being rushed out. That being said still enjoying 2-in-1, but not sure where we go from here. With FF announced and on it's way this one may give us some great writing from Zdarsky and enjoyable one offs, but don't think it's going to add greatly to the return of FF. Hoping i'm wrong. Also, D more

Marvel Two-In-One #7

By: Chip Zdarsky, Paco Medina
Released: Jun 27, 2018

"NEXT OF KIN" BEGINS!
Powerless and lost, Ben and Johnny fight for their survival in the wasteland ruled by ... THE SPIDER. But will the Spider destroy them first...or will the shocking revelations?
Rated T+

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Shodan reviewed Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1 Jun 26, 2018
9.0

I was going to drop Two-In-One after the last arc , but stuck around for the annual. Really glad I did. Not familiar with Declan Shalvey, but I really liked his Doom and felt Zdarsky wrote the hell out of our favorite Latverian ruler. Good to see he'll remain cosmically entangled with Reed for all time! Why didn't Chip Zdarsky get the official FF return? (in my mind this counts!)

Marvel Two-In-One Annual #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Declan Shalvey
Released: Jun 13, 2018

THE THING AND THE INFAMOUS IRON MAN - UNRAVELING THE SECRETS OF SECRET WARS!
There is but one place in the Multiverse where VICTOR VON DOOM holds no sway. A spot where even DOOM can be judged and tamed. A place that houses...THE COUNCIL OF REEDS. Can Doom escape with his life in order to save BEN & JOHNNY?
Rated T+

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