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ComicFest reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #6 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

It's a fun delivery, some surprises, and an emotional moment.

S.W.O.R.D. #6

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jun 23, 2021

THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.
On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together...as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium - and the future of human and mutantkind.
32 PGS./Rated T+

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daspidaboy reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #6 Jun 23, 2021
9.0

I didnt like Hellfire Gala, but I can safely say that this was the best issue out of the entire event. I like Magneto and Wanda conversation as well as Captain America and Doctor Doom.

S.W.O.R.D. #6

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jun 23, 2021

THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.
On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together...as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium - and the future of human and mutantkind.
32 PGS./Rated T+

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Fracadactyl reviewed Way of X #3 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

There's a very strong sense of helplessness this time around. Nightcrawler's scrambling to try and make some spiritual sense around Krakoa's way of life, while a threat is appearing from within. Some people are doing better than others and it looks like Kurt can learn from them. Also some of the people who languished in the change in status quo are starting to question it. The way Pixie tries to k more

Way of X #3

By: Si Spurrier, Bob Quinn
Released: Jun 23, 2021

MAKE MORE MUTANTS.
•  It's the Hellfire Gala hangover.
•  Nightcrawler tries to root out the evil working to destroy Krakoa by investigating all its laws, starting with...
•  **SEXY SAXOPHONE SOLO**
32 PGS./Rated T+

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Fracadactyl reviewed Silk #4 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

So now the villain is just a little less villainous because her dad and an oni are stepping up to fill that role. Makes me wonder how Silk will deal with this situation.

Silk #4

By: Maurene Goo, Takeshi Miyazawa
Released: Jun 23, 2021

INTERVIEW WITH AN EVIL CYBORG!  
•  Silk learns the truth about Saya Ishii from a chat with Silvermane!
•  But he's not about to let her live to tell the tale...
•  Meanwhile, Saya goes toe-to-claw with the cat demon, Kasha!
32 PGS./Rated T

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Fracadactyl reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #6 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

SWORD gives what I loved about Planet-Sized X-Men a darker side to it. The mutants pulled off a miracle, but they've effectively locked Earth down and are now holding everybody else back. Loyalties are definitely going to be tested now between people the X-Men called allies. I'm always on edge on how with Storm running some events how a conflict with Wakanda will be inevitable. God, Hickman's the more

S.W.O.R.D. #6

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jun 23, 2021

THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.
On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together...as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium - and the future of human and mutantkind.
32 PGS./Rated T+

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Fracadactyl reviewed Reptil #2 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

This issue has some really solid buildup and payoffs. The intro to how cultures integrate themselves through some means have some meaning here. It's what Reptil's family want with him being a hero to help get some representation. I mean that's one of the reasons his cousin decided to study magic. But... It also goes into how Reptil's insecurities considering his superpowers can limit his confidenc more

Reptil #2

By: Terry Blas, Enid Balam
Released: Jun 23, 2021

AN EXPEDITION TOWARD THE TRUTH, OR AN EXTINCTION EVENT?
Reptil's clash with the mysterious Megalith has left Reptil's head ringing and mind reeling as he struggles under the weight of a startling revelation about his family! Now, as the threat of Megalith looms in the background, Reptil must race to uncover the secrets of his amulet - but witho...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Marvel's Voices: Pride #1 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

I gotta say how it still annoys me how these voices covers feature characters who don't have staring roles. This might as well have been an X-Men title with how many mutants decorate these pages. Not that there's anything wrong with that, from my experience X-Men are huge fan-favorites. Also a plot where somebody comes back from the dead where he doesn't need to hide himself to start a new life is more

Marvel's Voices: Pride #1

By: Vita Ayala, Jan Bazaldua
Released: Jun 23, 2021

MARVEL CELEBRATES LGBTQ+ CHARACTERS & CREATORS WITH A RAINBOW-POWERED SPECIAL!
Marvel Comics is proud to present its first ever queer-centered anthology! Ring in Pride Month with an amazing assembly of writers and artists from all walks of life. Wiccan and Hulkling! Iceman! Mystique and Destiny! Karma! Akihiro! Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean! Ce...

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8.0

You can't keep a real hero down in Heroes Return. While I have a couple questions like why Peter Parker was here after getting turned into a bug in another issue, that's not important. What is important is how obnoxious Fix culture can be. You ever see those social media battles where people try to fix artwork or stories people outraged about like Last of Us Part II? Coulson optimizes it all, he w more

Heroes Reborn: Heroes Return #1

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jun 23, 2021

An epic, oversize slugfest between the Squadron Supreme and an otherworldly group of Avengers for the final fate of the whacked-out world of HEROES REBORN.
56 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+

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Fracadactyl reviewed Gamma Flight #1 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

I don't know when this issue takes place, but I don't really care that much. Seeing Gamma Flight try to progress comes across as a little challenging to say the least. Not for me but them, Absorbing Man and Titania wanna tie the knot; Sampson wants to get back into his own body and is having trouble relating to his situation even to the disfigured Rick Jones whose fused to another gamma. Then ther more

Gamma Flight #1

By: Al Ewing, Lan Medina
Released: Jun 23, 2021

SPINNING OUT OF IMMORTAL HULK, BRUCE BANNER'S
GAMMA-POWERED ALLIES GO ON THE RUN!
Gamma Flight had one job: Find and stop the Hulk. But when push came to smash, they sided with the Green Goliath-and the human world intends to make them regret it. Puck, Absorbing Man, Titania, Doc Sasquatch, Dr. Charlene McGowan and a horribly changed Rick ...

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8.5

I gotta love how Russell makes Sue's inner turmoil feel so plausible. TBH, seeing Reed getting obsessed with Galactus still doesn't quite feel right. But the way he spends so much time in the lab to the point of neglecting his son Franklin feels very on point. I mean yeah, Sue not being with the Fantastic Four in battle might look like a good strategy, but it feels patronizing as well. In this cas more

Fantastic Four: Life Story #2

By: Mark Russell, Sean Izaakse
Released: Jun 23, 2021

The story of the Fantastic Four's lives in real time continues! Set in the 1970s, the heroes struggle to find their role in a rapidly changing world. Sue continues to fight for social causes while Reed becomes increasingly obsessed with preparing for the impending arrival of Galactus, creating tension within the Four.
40 PGS./Rated T

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Fracadactyl reviewed Captain Marvel #29 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

I'm really beginning to enjoy this arc into Kelly Thompson's time with Captain Marvel. She's addressing a modern issue that has been plaguing Carol Danvers for a long time. Carol believes she needs to be more powerful than she needs to be to prevent catastrophe, like the only good thing about her is her strength and power. So when she pulls a double standard to learn magic, she could very well hav more

Captain Marvel #29

By: Kelly Thompson, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Jun 23, 2021

Haunted by a doomed future, Captain Marvel is getting desperate. And that desperation is showing, both in who Carol enlists to help her and the secret she keeps from them as they embark on this adventure together. But Carol's quest for magic continues, as she truly believes it's the last hope to stop a dystopian future, even if every magic user she...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #69 Jun 23, 2021
7.5

Man... I wish if people are going to write for trade, Marvel can redirect their efforts into graphic novels. So many plots make this go at a snail's pace. There're good stories but there are too many in this issue. For the love of Peter Parker, I'm way more invested in the Sinister Six War brewing up in the epilogues.

Amazing Spider-Man #69

By: Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley
Released: Jun 23, 2021

• Spidey and his superspy sister, Teresa Parker, dig to uncover THE CHAMELEON CONSPIRACY.
•  Their investigation is challenged by Chance, Jack O'Lantern and the Foreigner's anarchic alliance!
32 PGS./Rated T+

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7.5

This trend of limited color stories continues. Some are fun in this issue, some are kind of bland.

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1

By: John Arcudi, Morgan Beem
Released: Jun 23, 2021

Just in time for Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary, DC Comics proudly presents a new anthology series starring the Amazon Princess embellished in the the color of her famous lasso. You won’t want to miss this thrilling series celebrating the woman who inspires us all…and that’s the truth! ...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Wonder Woman #774 Jun 23, 2021
7.5

Diana has her work cut out for her, because now we have context on that vision she had in the form of a new villain. Sigh... never enough time to relax in this content is there? At least it feels like the feeling of going in blind is universal.

Wonder Woman #774

By: Jordie Bellaire, Paulina Ganucheau
Released: Jun 23, 2021

Olympus has fallen! With the kingdom of the gods in ruins, Wonder Woman finds that only two remain, wounded and abandoned by one of their own! The rest of the Olympians are dead and now it’s up to Diana to travel to the Graveyard of the Gods to recover their souls. Seems like even in the afterlife there is no rest for our hero. Will she ever be a...

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8.0

Finally, released in the way it was meant to be. I've got a more in depth review for this series here: https://gutternaut.net/2021/04/us-agent-american-zealot-the-best-john-walker-story/

U.S.Agent Vol. American: Zealot

By: Christopher Priest, Georges Jeanty

The Super-Soldier you love to hate! John Walker, the one-time Captain America and former U.S.Agent, has been stripped of his official status and is now operating as an independent government contractor protecting covert interests. Now Walker's latest security detail draws him into a conflict between a small town and the corporate giant trying to de...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Robin #3 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

I really felt the pressure Damian was facing in this circumstance. I've always had trouble of trying to relate to others. An island full of assassins ready to kill you? That's worse. Sure Damian can impress them, but actually making friends in this circumstance is a real challenge. So when he finds someone who can be a good friend in Connor Hawke, I found the chemistry in them to be really good. O more

Robin #3

By: Joshua Williamson, Gleb Melnikov
Released: Jun 23, 2021

It’s a beach party from hell! Robin’s mission to get to the heart of the League of Lazarus's inner workings has left him once again locked in combat with his fellow fighters, but never did Damian Wayne think it would lead to a beach-blanket cookout. What’s more dangerous than a life-or-death struggle for the all-or-nothing prize of immortalit...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Teen Titans Academy #4 Jun 23, 2021
7.5

Admittedly, I like the Bat Pack and how it interacts with the rest of the cast. Their quirky and flawed characters in the shadow of other Batman characters and are trying their best to find the identity of Red X. They almost relate to the audience in that regard. Unfortunately, this issue is purely reactionary to everything that already took place which I did not find fun.

Teen Titans Academy #4

By: Tim Sheridan, Steve Lieber
Released: Jun 23, 2021

Who is RED X? The students of Titans Academy want to know, and they want to know NOW! After the infiltration of the school by the Suicide Squad, three unlikely students launch their own investigation into the mysterious figure’s true identity and motivation. What they find is shocking and surprising, if any of it is actually true!

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Fracadactyl reviewed Justice League #63 Jun 23, 2021
7.5

Seriously I am feeling way too much negativity towards Bendis for some of the wrong reasons. He's not a bad writer, he's just a very commercial one focusing on some sensational stuff. Admittedly, that's on display here with how this arc kinda wraps up to happen further down the line. That said everybody stays in character when placed into such a situation. I also admit that I preferred the Justice more

Justice League #63

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Xermanico
Released: Jun 23, 2021

The Trial of Naomi commences! After the shocking events of the last few issues of Justice League, the team is forced to confront its larger issues as a group and the responsibilities the League has to the world where they live versus the Multiverse at large. Guest stars galore as Justice League members from the past come to give guidance for the fu...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Harley Quinn #4 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

When life gets you down you can count on the absurd to change perspectives. That's what Harley does here.

Harley Quinn #4

By: Stephanie Phillips, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jun 23, 2021

I may be in the sewer, but you better get your mind outta the gutter! That rhymin’ zombie known as Solomon Grundy ain’t happy that I’m in his domain (but to be fair...it’s also Killer Croc’s domain too, there’s a lotta sewer dwellers in Gotham). Grundy’s either going to welcome me with open arms or crush me! And I can’t let that hap...

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7.5

This issue answers some very necessary questions about the controversies surrounding this version of Shilo Norman. This is another reality where Scott Free and Big Barda never showed up. Also the original Mister Miracle, Thaddeus Brown was black here too. This is something that really should've been in the first issue; but at least the plot is moving a little smoother.

Mister Miracle: The Source of Freedom #2

By: Brandon M. Easton, Fico Ossio
Released: Jun 23, 2021

After the shocking events of issue #1, Shilo is suddenly on the run from a powerful new enemy who believes the Mister Miracle mantle belongs to them. With his career in shambles, his apartment destroyed, and no real understanding of what’s happening, Shilo must fight his way out of an unwinnable situation and track down secrets held by his mentor...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Detective Comics #1038 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

A short brawl is ready to distract Batman from a bigger plot brewing. Not that the distraction won't be a big threat with how Worth makes an alliance with Penguin. Who in this case is ready to take back his place as a major villain in Gotham.

Detective Comics #1038

By: Meghan Fitzmartin, Viktor Bogdanovic
Released: Jun 23, 2021

An epic battle is taking place in Gotham City...below the city streets?! Batman and MR. WORTH are locked in a deadly duel involving a rocket launcher, a micro-cave subterranean system, and a whole lot of bloody knuckles. Can Huntress save Lady Clayface before the entire city collapses from underneath itself? Plus: the insidious VILE makes his move,...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Checkmate #1 Jun 23, 2021
7.5

I am seeing way too many Bendis haters with hard-ons around here. This isn't a perfect series since it goes off on an event that wasn't too creative. But crime dramas are where Bendis shines, even if he does make Damian a bit more annoying than he should.

Checkmate #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Jun 23, 2021

From the award-winning creative team behind last year’s Event Leviathan comes the next surprising chapter in DC Comics’ deadliest saga. Leviathan has agents and acolytes all over the world, but what is the secret behind its power? The planet’s last, best hope to infiltrate Leviathan may be this motley collection of spymasters, now teamed up t...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Batman: Reptilian #1 Jun 23, 2021
7.0

Admittedly, the artist admits the writer was supposed to be someone else. But the artwork and presentation is very powerful, especially in how it makes Batman feel fearsome. Makes me wonder what he'll be up against.

Batman: Reptilian #1

By: Garth Ennis, Liam Sharp
Released: Jun 23, 2021

What strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize Gotham? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man stalks the shadows-and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters? Pick up this dark and bone-chilling tale by comics legends Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp to find...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Batman/Superman #19 Jun 23, 2021
8.5

The magic of world building and the inclusion of underutilized DC characters decorate this issue.

Batman/Superman #19

By: Gene Luen Yang, Kyle Hotz
Released: Jun 23, 2021

To thwart the apocalypse cascading across multiple realities, Batman and Superman must join forces with their counterparts and sojourn to strange lands! The World of the Knight and the World of Tomorrow are not the only two creations crafted by the sinister Auteur.io - and this nefarious cybernetic despot is hell-bent on at last crafting his own tw...

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Fracadactyl reviewed Action Comics #1032 Jun 23, 2021
8.0

Action Comics #1032 challenges the symbol of Superman as hope, where a possible Kryptonian's torture gives her understandable distance with Superman. Then of course when the surface and Atlantis are ready for another conflict, Superman's got his work cut out for him.

Action Comics #1032

By: Becky Cloonan, Michael Avon Oeming
Released: Jun 23, 2021

“Warworld Rising,” part three! As the Superman family fights to keep the mysterious refugees alive, they find shocking answers about their lost colony. Meanwhile, Atlantis faces destruction by a host of supernaturally powerful sea kaiju, apparently created by the newfound “Warworld fragment”! As other world governments come to understand th...

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Miracleman92 reviewed Planet-Size X-Men #1 Jun 16, 2021
10

This was awesome! Love seeing the mutants expand further into space and it's cool seeing more mutants from Arakko playing larger roles in the main narrative. I thought Duggan did a great job with this one-shot. The characters' voices were on point. The stakes really feel like they've been raised. And even though this was an entire comic composed of X-Men and allies terraforming Mars, the creative more

Planet-Size X-Men #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jun 16, 2021

THEY CAME TO SLAY!
The HELLFIRE GALA rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away. Make no mistake - this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month.
48 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+

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Toonstrack reviewed Static: Season One #1 Jun 16, 2021
9.0

Not many comics come out swining right out the gate like this.

Virgil and his family are well humanized and we get a good feel of his inner voice. But it doesn't take long for Virgils past actions to come back it him, leading to a PHENOMENAL fight scene.

Artist Nikolas Draper Ivey really brings the manga influence but renders electricity and flames with such intensity you ca more

Static: Season One #1

By: Vita Ayala, ChrisCross
Released: Jun 16, 2021

At long last, the most famous face of the Milestone Universe is making his shocking return!
Bullied nerd Virgil Hawkins wasn't the kind of kid you'd normally find on the streets at a protest– but like everyone else in the city of Dakota, he was fed up. Unfortunately, the first time he stood up to raise his voice, the world turned upside d...

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Toonstrack reviewed Planet-Size X-Men #1 Jun 16, 2021
9.0

Art alone makes this worth the price of admission. Combined with this landmark story? Its not perfect but its close enough.

Planet-Size X-Men #1

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jun 16, 2021

THEY CAME TO SLAY!
The HELLFIRE GALA rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away. Make no mistake - this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month.
48 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+

Fracadactyl reviewed X-Corp #2 Jun 16, 2021
7.5

X-Corp is what happens when the absurdities of big business mix with superheroes; the absurdity becomes public.

X-Corp #2

By: Tini Howard, Alberto Foche
Released: Jun 16, 2021

A SHARK IN THE WATER!
After X-CORP's shocking debut, they've got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly - a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox's top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don't get preyed on themselves.
32 PGS./Rated T+

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Fracadactyl reviewed Venom #35 Jun 16, 2021
9.5

Eddie and Cates have earned a grand finale. After such a long and complicated journey, Eddie finds himself retiring with an important job. So who can succeed him with all of the heavy metal action? Well there's Flash Thompson as Anti-Venom ready to deal with the fallout of King in Black. Then there's the new Venom Dylan who Donny instills his love of the 90s with a Venom redesign. Anyone wonder wh more

Venom #35

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Jun 16, 2021

The Final Chapter in the Book of VENOM by Donny Cates & Ryan Stegman!
This is it, Venomaniacs! The landmark 200th issue starring the most sinister symbiote in the Marvel Universe arrives - and after this, NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME! From Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, and a who's who of artists from the issues that tore Eddie Brock's life asunder and...

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