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Swanktub reviewed Weapon Plus: World War IV #1 Feb 5, 2020
8.0

I still don't know why I bought this issue, but I'm glad I did. The first story feels like Swamp Thing crossed with Annihilation (the movie) crossed with Wolverine. I also enjoyed the Brute Force back up story, which also caught me by surprise. The only way I can describe this book is as weird and fun.

Weapon Plus: World War IV #1

By: Ben Percy, Georges Jeanty
Released: Jan 29, 2020

WHATEVER KNOWS FEAR!
Biochemist Ted Sallis was developing a serum for military application, but was tragically killed in a freak accident before he could perfect it. Still, the data behind his formula remains property of the United States government and the Weapon IV Program to this day--Mutants aren't the only ones to have weaponized flora!

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Swanktub reviewed Batman #88 Feb 5, 2020
8.0

I'm enjoying Tynion's run so far, but I'm not loving it just yet. The thing that I appreciate the most from this issue is the dialogue. Tynion manages to give the characters their own voices which in my opinion is essential for Batman, his allies (in this case Lucius) and his enemies. The story has me intrigued, but I'm not quite hooked. I've enjoyed all of the action, but I also feel like not muc more

Batman #88

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Feb 5, 2020

The conspiracy that will rock Batman's world continues to unfold as the Dark Knight travels to Arkham Asylum to get answers from the Penguin! What dark secret does he share with The Joker, the Riddler, and...Catwoman? Plus, the plague of assassins descending upon Gotham City in its weakest moments continues! Will this be the moment when Deathstroke...

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Swanktub reviewed Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 Feb 5, 2020
9.0

This comic really caught me off guard. Based off of the previews I had decided I was not going to buy this series. The art didn't look like it was going to appeal to me, and I personally find Greg Pak's writing to be very hit or miss. When I visited my local comic shop I was surprised to see this issue almost sold out early in the morning, so I decided to buy it and give the first issue a chance. more

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

By: Greg Pak, Raffaele Ienco
Released: Feb 5, 2020

"JOIN ME, AND TOGETHER, WE CAN RULE THE GALAXY AS FATHER AND SON!"
THE TRAGEDY OF DARTH VADER CONTINUES!
In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side. But Luke refuses -- plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud Cit...

Swanktub reviewed X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 Feb 5, 2020
8.5

This issue was a hell of a lot of fun, but at the same time it almost felt messy to me. Chip Zdarsky has quickly become one of my favourite writers over at Marvel over the last year. I had a lot of fun seeing the FF interact with the Krakoan X-Men. For the most part Zdarsky managed to give the characters unique individual voices too. Seeing Franklin Richards getting the spotlight from a different more

X-Men/Fantastic Four #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Terry Dodson
Released: Feb 5, 2020

KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there ... except for one. But now it's time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It's the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.
Rated T+

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Swanktub added X-Men/Fantastic Four (2020) to their pull list Feb 5, 2020

X-Men/Fantastic Four (2020)

KRAKOA. Every mutant on Earth lives there ... except for one. But now it's time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.
It's the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated X-Force #6 Jan 30, 2020
8.5

X-Force #6

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Jan 29, 2020

DEADLY CHOICES CARRY DARK CONSEQUENCES!
First, Domino and Forge have to pick up the pieces as the team faces a major setback! Then, Beast takes matters into his own hands when a piece of new technology threatens the safety of the nation.
Parental Advisory

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Swanktub rated X-Men #5 Jan 30, 2020
9.0

X-Men #5

By: Jonathan Hickman, R. B. Silva
Released: Jan 29, 2020

The X-Men, the most powerful heroes on the planet, deal with an old nemesis' surprising return...
Rated T

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Swanktub rated New Mutants #6 Jan 30, 2020
7.0

New Mutants #6

By: Jonathan Hickman, Flaviano
Released: Jan 29, 2020

A simple visit to check in on old friends in the human world has gone wrong - dangerously wrong. With innocent lives on the line, Armor and the other young mutants have their hands tied... but escaping without collateral damage looks increasingly impossible.
Rated T+

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9.0

Something is Killing the Children #5

By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'edera
Released: Jan 29, 2020

The time for investigation is over. The hunt begins, as Erica Slaughter brings her namesake to the monsters of Archer's Peak.

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Swanktub reviewed Suicide Squad #2 Jan 29, 2020
9.0

This may only be the second issue, but this has already become one of my favourite series I am collecting. Taylor manages to make all of the characters likable, and give them distinct personalities. The story in the issue is a great one-and-done which manages to add to the overall arch of the characters while being a complete story on its own. Bruno Redondo's art looks incredible on paper. I'm use more

Suicide Squad #2

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Jan 29, 2020

After the absolute carnage of Suicide Squad #1, a new Task Force X has been assembled-even before the bodies of teammates and friends have had a chance to cool! What's left standing may be the most capable and uncompromising Suicide Squad ever brought together. But it's also the most divided. Forced to fulfill the agenda of a cruel new taskmaster, ...

6.5

Web Of Venom: The Good Son #1

By: Zac Thompson, Diogenes Neves
Released: Jan 22, 2020

WHILE VENOM'S AWAY, THE CHILDREN WILL PLAY!
Dylan Brock and Normie Osborn have survived the trials of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, but what's next for the Goblin Childe and the Son of Venom?
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Basketful of Heads #4 Jan 22, 2020
8.0

Basketful of Heads #4

By: Joe Hill, Leomacs
Released: Jan 22, 2020

Is June Branch a woman fighting for her life-or a deranged axe murderer with a basketful of paranoid fantasies? In the long hours of the night she makes a desperate run for the Brody Island Police Department, unsure whether she's a victim who needs protection-or a killer who must be stopped!

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Swanktub rated Batman #87 Jan 22, 2020
8.5

Batman #87

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Jan 22, 2020

The Riddler has been lying low since his humiliating defeat as part of Bane's army- but as costumed assassins start to make their way into Gotham City, Edward Nygma may have the answers he's been looking for. Or at least, the answer to why Deathstroke is trying to kill him! Is it possible that Batman's tussle with Slade Wilson was all just a ruse t...

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9.0

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

By: Al Ewing, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 22, 2020

Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they're a family, and they've earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place -- and it's only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned -- harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars...

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9.5

Straight up my favourite mini-series out right now.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #2

By: Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan
Released: Jan 15, 2020

DC Black Label, Prestige Plus, 8.5" x 10.875"
In modern-day Hub City, Vic Sage died. And then he woke up. In Hub City...in the 1800s! The legend of the Man with No Face rides across the Old West, discovering a shocking connection running through history all the way to the day he died...and pointing to more carnage yet to come!

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Swanktub added Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren to their pull list Jan 13, 2020

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren

WITH BEN SOLO'S FALL... COMES KYLO REN'S RISE!
Young Ben Solo is legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker's most promising pupil. As the son of Rebel Alliance heroes Leia Organa and Han Solo, as well as Luke's own nephew, Ben has the potential to be a great force for light in the galaxy. But the Skywalker legacy casts a long shadow, the currents of the da...

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Swanktub rated Suicide Squad #1 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Suicide Squad #1

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Dec 18, 2019

Task Force X-nicknamed the Suicide Squad-unites some of the DCU's unlikeliest villains for its bloodiest series yet! The Squad's new mission is to neutralize a new group of international super-terrorists known as the Revolutionaries-and not everyone on either side will make it out back alive! But when the U.S. government's most deniable team of do-...

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Swanktub added Suicide Squad (2019) to their pull list Jan 10, 2020

Suicide Squad (2019)

Task Force X-nicknamed the Suicide Squad-unites some of the DCU's unlikeliest villains for its bloodiest series yet! The Squad's new mission is to neutralize a new group of international super-terrorists known as the Revolutionaries-and not everyone on either side will make it out back alive! But when the U.S. government's most deniable team of do-...

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Swanktub rated Absolute Carnage #5 Jan 10, 2020
8.0

Absolute Carnage #5

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Nov 20, 2019

VENOM AND CARNAGE - TO THE DEATH!
Rated T

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Swanktub rated Absolute Carnage #4 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Absolute Carnage #4

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Oct 16, 2019

THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF THE SYMBIOTIC EVENT OF THE YEAR!
•  Eddie Brock has taken a beating, lost the allies closest to him, and, after the shocking events of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: #3, sees no way to take Cletus Kasady down once and for all without making the ultimate sacrifice.
•  But what IS the ultimate sacri...

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Swanktub rated Absolute Carnage #3 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Absolute Carnage #3

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Sep 18, 2019

THE SUMMER OF SLAUGHTER CONTINUES!
•  After the harrowing events at the end of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2, Venom and Spider-Man have to deal with the hard truth that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece... if they make it out at all, that is.
•  As Carnage continues to amass strength and allies...

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Swanktub rated Absolute Carnage #2 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Absolute Carnage #2

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Aug 28, 2019

• After the terrifying conclusion of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1, a new player is on the board, and it's NOT who you'd expect!
•  Barely able to escape with their lives, SPIDER-MAN and VENOM have no choice but to drag a slew of other heroes into Carnage's crosshairs.
•  Worse yet, Carnage's rampage through Ne...

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Swanktub rated Absolute Carnage #1 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Absolute Carnage #1

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Aug 7, 2019

After turning Venom's world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who's ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He's skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to m...

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Swanktub rated Venom #22 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Venom #22

By: Donny Cates, Mark Bagley
Released: Jan 8, 2020

"VENOM ISLAND" PART II
•  Donny Cates' VENOM epic continues in grand fashion after ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, joined by industry legend and celebrated VENOM artist Mark Bagley.
•  That's all you're getting out of us for this one, True Believers! After all, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE isn't quite over yet...
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Venom #21 Jan 10, 2020
9.0

Venom #21

By: Donny Cates, Mark Bagley
Released: Dec 25, 2019

VENOM ISLAND BEGINS HERE! 'Nuff said!
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Venom #20 Jan 10, 2020
8.5

Venom #20

By: Donny Cates, Iban Coello
Released: Nov 27, 2019

• It's the final tie-in to ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, but that doesn't mean superstars Donny Cates and Iban Coello are easing up off the gas!
•  You want to know what happens in this one, True Believers? You're going to have to read it!
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Venom #19 Jan 10, 2020
8.5

Venom #19

By: Donny Cates, Iban Coello
Released: Oct 30, 2019

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN! A FAMILY AFFAIR!
•  As Carnage rules and chaos reigns, the symbiotic offspring of VENOM make their presence known by hunting Eddie Brock's son Dylan!
•  But there's more to Dylan than Venom, Carnage, or even The Maker understand - and once they learn the truth, nothing will be the same!...

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Swanktub rated Venom #18 Jan 10, 2020
8.5

Venom #18

By: Donny Cates, Iban Coello
Released: Sep 11, 2019

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN!
•  Carnage's unlikely and symbiotic allies swarm Venom and his family!
•  As all hell continues to break loose as Carnage's army swarms the streets of New York, Eddie Brock has his hands full at Rex's Warehouse!  
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Venom #17 Jan 10, 2020
8.0

Venom #17

By: Donny Cates, Iban Coello
Released: Aug 28, 2019

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TIE-IN!
•  With CARNAGE on the loose, VENOM must protect his son Dylan - at all costs!
•  But as longtime Venomaniacs know, VENOM AND CARNAGE aren't the only symbiotes loose in New York!
Rated T+

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Swanktub rated Venom #16 Jan 10, 2020
8.0

Venom #16

By: Donny Cates, Juan Gedeon
Released: Jul 10, 2019

After weeks on the run and battling the monsters of Asgard through the WAR OF THE REALMS, Eddie Brock finally has a moment to catch his breath. But without his symbiote, getting even the basic necessities will become a challenge for Eddie Brock. Which means that keeping his son, Dylan, alive will be too!
Rated T+

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