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Azrael dropped House of Whispers (2018) from their pull list Aug 17, 2019

House of Whispers (2018)

An all-new corner has been added to Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe!
Welcome to the House of Dahomey, the houseboat of Erzulie Fréda, where the souls of Voodoo followers go when they sleep to beseech the flirtatious and tragic goddess to grant them their hearts' desires and counsel them on their futures and fortunes. When you arrive, you'll fin...

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Azrael - Aug 17, 2019

A shame as this series started with such promise. But after being a see-saw with good and bad issues, this series tries to do too much and ends up being muddled and hard to follow. The writers should see how The Dreaming does its writing to see how to make a complex story easily followable and gripping.

Azrael reviewed Star Wars: Target Vader #2 Aug 16, 2019
8.0

Great to see how the Rebellion works behind the scenes instead of being brash and bold like people see in the movies. The test of wits between targets is also very fun.

Star Wars: Target Vader #2

By: Robbie Thompson, Stefano Landini
Released: Aug 14, 2019

THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED!
•  VALANCE and DENGAR track DARTH VADER while also seeking out the perfect weapon to kill the SITH LORD...
•  ...which they'll need as Vader turns the tables on the hunters and corners them!
•  And both hunter and hunted uncover dark secrets behind the criminal ...

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Azrael reviewed Batman: Universe #2 Aug 16, 2019
10

The best word to describe this issue is: fun. It is an enjoyable Batman story, fast paced and not trying to do too much. Loved it!

Batman: Universe #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington
Released: Aug 14, 2019

Available to comics shops for the first time! The quest for the secret of the stolen Fabergé egg and its buyer continues as Batman teams up with Green Arrow against the Riddler, then travels to Gorilla City. But is the egg's strange energy adversely affecting the Dark Knight's mind? These stories were originally published in BATMAN GIANT #5 an...

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Azrael reviewed Batman and the Outsiders #4 Aug 15, 2019
5.0

No momentum whatsoever. It doesn’t need to be action all the time but there are no impactful moments here or a suitable cliffhanger.
Also Batman says that the Outsiders are not his army or his sidekicks but will micromanage at every opportunity. Black Lightning seems to only be good for giving words of wisdom. He certainly isn’t fighting, struggling or solving any clues.

Batman and the Outsiders #4

By: Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy
Released: Aug 14, 2019

At last-the Outsiders take off on their mission to rescue Sofia from none other than Ra's al Ghul! But Ra's has other ideas for the quartet, and with the aid of Lex Luthor's mysterious gift, they are playing right into his hand.

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Azrael reviewed Punisher Kill Krew #1 Aug 15, 2019
9.0

People often say that Frank cannot hang with or against heroes and super villains. And that him doing so is just the writers being fan boys/girls. But what Frank lacks in powers, he makes up for in ingenuity.
A great first issue and the whole goat riding across the universe got a chuckle. Not so silly that it’s bad.

Punisher Kill Krew #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Juan Ferreyra
Released: Aug 14, 2019

ONE MAN. TEN REALMS. TOTAL WAR!
* During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.
* A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.
* How does a man kill gods and monsters?
Parental Advisory

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Azrael reviewed Event Leviathan #3 Aug 15, 2019
7.0

Pros:
Any good conspiracy has people miss evidence by chasing up theories that throw them off course.
What does Amanda Waller have?
Lois Lane is a total badass.

Cons:
There are no punches, or in other words there is not much impact of this issue.
Jason Todd should have barely escaped and done so by luck. He is not as good a fighter as the comic says.
It more

Event Leviathan #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Aug 14, 2019

From the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it's DC's biggest whodunit in years! The world's greatest detectives-Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter-have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan's leaders and the destruction of the world's ...

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Azrael reviewed Second Coming #2 Aug 15, 2019
9.5

The last issue was a bit underwhelming with all the hype but this issue really made up for it. The jokes were funny and were a mix of obvious and some humor tucked away. The dichotomy between god and Jesus was also really interesting and makes me excited to see if god will try and put a stop to the whole living arrangement.

Second Coming #2

By: Mark Russell, Richard Pace
Released: Aug 14, 2019

The book everyone's talking about! When a weirdo stalks and threatens Sunstar's girlfriend, Jesus tries to prevent the superhero from succumbing to rage, but God has other plans! Plus AHOY's customary offerings of illustrated short prose fiction.

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Azrael added Punisher Kill Krew to their pull list Aug 13, 2019

Punisher Kill Krew

ONE MAN. TEN REALMS. TOTAL WAR!
* During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.
* A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.
* How does a man kill gods and monsters?
Parental Advisory

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8.0

A pretty decent tie in. Not fantastic and a bit meh at times but the parallels to reality and how Sinestro doesn’t need to be all guns blazing was really well done.

DC's Year of the Villain: Sinestro #1

By: Mark Russell, Brandon Peterson
Released: Aug 7, 2019

As the universe tilts towards doom, great forces awake in an effort to stop Lex Luthor's mad plans. Dispatching Sinestro, Luthor sends the former Green Lantern to bring these old gods under control or destroy them before they reach Earth. Now, wielding the power of the ultraviolet spectrum, Sinestro finds his new foes even more dangerous and perple...

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Azrael reviewed Superman: Up In the Sky #2 Aug 8, 2019
8.0

The first story was great. A perfect example of how Superman is not defined by his powers. The second story however was a bit of a come down but not by much.

Superman: Up In the Sky #2

By: Tom King, Andy Kubert
Released: Aug 7, 2019

Available to comics shops for the first time! En route to Rann, Superman must face an intergalactic pugilist in an epic boxing match, then save an alien family from certain doom-if they can help him first! These stories were originally published in SUPERMAN GIANT #5 and 6.

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Azrael reviewed The Dreaming #12 Aug 7, 2019
9.0

This issue felt like a fever dream (no pun intended) with Wan. Is Dream really gone? Who really controls the Dreaming? What is happening to Wan?

The Dreaming #12

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Aug 7, 2019

The search is over. The trail is cold. A crown must be conferred. A great reception is held for the envoys and ambassadors of the outer realms-but who greets them from the throne of tales? And somewhere, out in the world, the man who tore down the King of Dreams looks upon his work... and feels nothing.

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Azrael reviewed DCeased #4 Aug 7, 2019
8.0

DC have really hit success with a new zombie story that goes beyond overused tropes. With heroes and villains dying left, right, and center, i am eager to see who’s next and if they survived Atom’s blast.

DCeased #4

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Aug 7, 2019

The Daily Planet has become a beacon of hope for the living as the Anti-Life Equation sweeps the planet. What's left of the Justice League have begun to gather there, bringing survivors and family alike. But the city is being overrun with infected humans...and superhumans! The war for Metropolis begins!

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Azrael reviewed Punisher #14 Aug 7, 2019
9.0

I loved Frank’s chat with Moon Knight. This issue was just fun with great action mixed in with great dialogue. Kingpin’s exasperations with Zemo produced a chuckle.

Punisher #14

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Aug 7, 2019

WAR IN THE STREETS!
•  Zemo's battle against the Punisher hits the streets of Manhattan!
•  It's all-out war...just the way Frank likes it.
•  Someone's brought backup for Frank, but the Punisher doesn't play well with others...
Parental Advisory

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Azrael reviewed Savage Avengers #4 Aug 7, 2019
6.5

Although this series is way to rushed and everything feels like it is just dropped in with a uninspiring first villain, there are some positives. The art is great, some of the dialogue is well written, the Punisher is always cool and dragon Venom was great to see.

Savage Avengers #4

By: Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato
Released: Aug 7, 2019

• The one evil wizard to rule them all, Kulan Gath has succeeded in summoning an ancient evil...and he's already hard at work on his next terrible plan.
•  Conan swings his savage symbiotic sword against the forces of darkness...
•  ...and Frank Castle has the worst day of his life. (If you don't cou...

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Azrael reviewed Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #4 Aug 4, 2019
8.0

A solid issue. A bit weak on plot but the character development is still very fun. The art is not bad either. I hope the later issues bring in other heavy hitting characters for the finale.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge #4

By: Ethan Sacks, Will Sliney
Released: Jul 31, 2019

THE GREATER OF TWO EVILS! As the elite RED FURY stormtroopers of THE FIRST ORDER edge closer, KENDOH and her crew are running out of time to run their heist. But what does the mysterious score have to do with a DOCTOR APHRA mission 30 years in the past? Only Dok-Ondar knows the secret, and he may have to kill to keep it!
Rated T

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10

This series continues to impress! It is nice to see what destroyed the world early on that having to wait till the end. The introduction of the Court of Owls and the mystery of what happened to the Flash was great. Snyder has done a great job to build up excitement for the next issue.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Jul 31, 2019

The world has been destroyed, and Batman is on a quest to find out who's responsible. But when villains from his past begin to complicate things for the Dark Knight, he finds an unlikely ally in a place known as "the Plains of Solitude."

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8.5

All in all, solid stories! It is great to know more about these characters and it is a shame that many of the people who complain that the sequels are too rushed, will not know this backstory.

Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Special #1

By: Tom Taylor, Elsa Charretier
Released: Jul 31, 2019

A ONE-SHOT SPECIAL FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS FROM THE NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY! Star Wars fans first met Resistance leader and confidante of Leia Organa VICE ADMIRAL AMILYN HOLDO at the end of her story in 2017's The Last Jedi-now, witness her triumphant beginning! This July, Hugo Award-winning writer G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL) explores a ...

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Azrael reviewed The Batman Who Laughs #7 Aug 3, 2019
9.0

What a finale! The art was good but the story was better. The whole discussion on if Batman beat the change in his blood through him being Batman or whether it was planned by the Joker was great. It also sets off the Batman/Superman series very well. I would have liked to see more of the Punisher Batman (a.k.a. Grim Knight) but maybe he survived and will make an appearance again. That is my only s more

The Batman Who Laughs #7

By: Scott Snyder, Jock
Released: Jul 31, 2019

It's the final showdown between Batman and the Batman Who Laughs... but how do you defeat a foe who knows your every instinct and every move? Bruce Wayne will have to outsmart Bruce Wayne in this ultimate test of good versus evil. You can't miss this finale to the epic miniseries that will tear up the very foundations of Gotham City!

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Azrael reviewed Star Wars: Tie Fighter #4 Jul 27, 2019
8.0

The story may be nothing new but this issue gets some who hate the Empire to cheer on the characters. While they may be just random characters whose name you probably couldn’t say if someone quizzed you randomly, it’s written so you care about what happens.

Star Wars: Tie Fighter #4

By: Jody Houser, Roge Antonia
Released: Jul 17, 2019

A NEW MISSION! A betrayal from one of their own! Is the squadron even ready to fly again after so many losses? And who are these new pilots who think they're good enough to join the ranks of SHADOW WING?
Rated T

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Azrael reviewed House of Whispers #11 Jul 27, 2019
3.0

This series had so much potential and has some characters that are exciting. However a great potential story is sucked dry, like the spiders did in this issue, by a lack of focus and without consideration of how the reader can catch up. The Dreaming is an example of a complicated story written and presented right so that the readers follow.

House of Whispers #11

By: Nalo Hopkinson, Dominike
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Things are beyond dire for the House of Dahomey, to the point where Erzulie must call upon the most grim and unforgiving of her sister-selves: Marinette of the Dry-Bones, rider of a pale horse and commander of werewolves!

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10

This is the Phasma that we should have got in the movies instead of just reserved for the books. She is not only skilled but cold and sees others only as tools to reach the ultimate goal.

The line of about patriotic idiots being shields is very telling of the First Order and how they are not like the Empire.

Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Captain Phasma #1

By: Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk
Released: Jul 10, 2019

ANOTHER GUN! STORMTROOPERS don't get a name. They are simply a tool of the EMPIRE. But PHASMA has a name, and one young soldier wants what she has. One stormtrooper has ambition. And this ambition is on a collision course with CAPTAIN PHASMA.
Rated T

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10

Captain Phasma was massively underserved by the new trilogy, but in canon she's been developed as one of the more unlikeable, but well developed characters. This book stays loyal to the character that we know in the Phasma novel and its a great read if you'd like to know more about the character.

Star Wars: Age Of Resistance: Captain Phasma #1

By: Tom Taylor, Leonard Kirk
Released: Jul 10, 2019

ANOTHER GUN! STORMTROOPERS don't get a name. They are simply a tool of the EMPIRE. But PHASMA has a name, and one young soldier wants what she has. One stormtrooper has ambition. And this ambition is on a collision course with CAPTAIN PHASMA.
Rated T

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Azrael reviewed Books of Magic #10 Jul 27, 2019
10

There may be not a lot of action in this issue but Timothy learns a valuable lesson here that many books, comics and movies fail to explain or express (assuming a world where magic is real). Sometimes magic goes wrong. Just like if you create a medicine it may affect people differently. And even with the best of intentions, magic may have unintended consequences.

With Timothy’s mothe more

Books of Magic #10

By: Kat Howard, Tom Fowler
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Tim returns home to find things aren't as he hoped and that magic is not the shortcut he hopes it'll be. Everything comes at a cost, even safety.

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Azrael reviewed Batman: Universe #1 Jul 27, 2019
9.0

Batman’s relentless pursuit of the Riddler across countries is done very well here and is a load of fun. Always great to see Deathstroke as well. The dialogue may be off in parts but it doesn’t take away that this is a fresh story and not a throwaway retread.

Batman: Universe #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Nick Derington
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Available to comics shops for the first time! Following the theft of a priceless Fabergé egg, the Riddler leads the Dark Knight on a wild hunt after its true owner: Jinny Hex, descendant of Jonah Hex! Guest-starring Deathstroke, Green Arrow and dozens of Riddler look-alikes in stories by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Nick Derington, originally ...

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10

For long time readers of Marvel most will be nothing new but for those getting into comics (maybe through the movies), this should be required reading to understand what is what. Even for those with a good amount of knowledge, this recaps what happened at the beginning onwards with quick but informative descriptions on each event.

The art is also really good and a lot of research has b more

History of the Marvel Universe #1

By: Mark Waid, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jul 24, 2019

ALL-NEW STORY BY LEGENDARY CREATOR MARK WAID! Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe - in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is or will be! Lushly illustrated text tells the complete stor...

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Azrael reviewed Lucifer #10 Jul 26, 2019
8.0

It was great seeing the other gods and Lucifer was great as always but the issue overall largely felt under the usual stellar standards of previous issues.

Lucifer #10

By: Dan Watters, Max Fiumara
Released: Jul 17, 2019

Lucifer is legion. The Devil and Caliban's search for an agreeable afterlife continues-this time taking them to the subterranean realms of Naraka, where the gods wear many faces and the ocean is infinite. Meanwhile: an angel swats at flies, Caliban throws a tantrum, and something hungry is born.

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Azrael reviewed Event Leviathan #2 Jul 26, 2019
9.0

The race to find out who Leviathan is and why he is sparing some is really drawn out well here. This finally feels like a mystery thriller.

Event Leviathan #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Jul 10, 2019

"The Detectives"! EVENT LEVIATHAN, the new miniseries by the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, continues! As the mystery of Leviathan continues to rock the very foundations of the DC Universe, the world's greatest detectives gather for the first time anywhere to solve the mystery before it's too late! Lois La...

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Azrael reviewed Action Comics #1013 Jul 26, 2019
8.0

Unlike the last issue, this is more of a tie-in. It was great that even as Leviathan is running wild, Lex cares only to pass his gifts out to people as part of his plan.

Action Comics #1013

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Metropolis is in total lockdown, and while everyone is busy dealing with the impossible threat of Leviathan's complete takeover, a mysterious antihero called Thorn has decided to wreak havoc on the invisible empire! Witness the return of Rose and Thorn, the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe-and if you've never heard of her, it's only because ...

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Azrael reviewed Action Comics #1012 Jul 26, 2019
5.5

It was great to see Leviathan but otherwise is just filler and adds nothing even though it is a tie-in.

Action Comics #1012

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Jun 26, 2019

Artist Szymon Kudranski joins superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis as the attacks of Leviathan threaten targets across the globe,  and the agents of the invisible mafia continue to infect Metropolis in this tie-in to EVENT LEVIATHAN!
RATED T

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