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C.V.R. The Bard dropped Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow from their pull list Apr 19, 2021

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgo...

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8.0

Another good issue. I'd like to see the child put on this woman one day.
Spider-Man,why were you here?
The flashback scenes built America up better than any book I read before with her in it, and I was introduced to her through the Ultimates - and even back then her powers were still on the fritz.
I hear on various newssites that there's going to be these new social justice Cap' more

America Chavez: Made in the USA #2

By: Kalinda Vazquez, Carlos E. Gomez
Released: Apr 7, 2021

LIFE. LIBERTY. AND THE PURSUIT OF A MASKED INDIVIDUAL...
The irony of America Chavez's life suddenly shattering into a million pieces is not lost on her... But facing a mysterious threat who seems to know a whole lot about her - maybe even more than America herself? Well, now she's on the brink of breaking apart.

Rated T+

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9.5

Another great issue. Another issue where the reader gets taken through the loop with Kratos and gets to feel just as annoyed as him as Kratos bucks against existential dread and the pointlessness of choice.
If Sony'a producing comics this well, I want to see Crash Bandicoot take a dark turn in the stapled pages one day.
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God of War: Fallen God #2

By: Chris Roberson, Tony Parker
Released: Apr 7, 2021

A man cannot escape his destiny. Then again, Kratos is no mere man-he is a GOD-and he will stop at nothing to escape the bonds of his predestination. Neither prophecy, nor ancient text, nor manipulation of Athena can stop his single-minded mission to free himself from his past, from his future, and from the suffering of his present. Is he a man? Or...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Venom #34 Apr 18, 2021
7.5

So Flash is back? Where was the editor's note for Carnage ever being dragon? I don't remember that during Absolute Carnage.
This was a cool little tie-in , but added nothing important to the main story. Skippable, but as a comic book head, I just had to pick it up - though Knull, looks weak as ever here. Even Venom's symboite basically said he wasn't worth the fade. Damn Cates, should've bui more

Venom #34

By: Donny Cates, Iban Coello
Released: Apr 7, 2021

THIS IS IT!
•  After a pulse-pounding race to the finish, VENOM #34 stands as the series' final tie-in to the KING IN BLACK epic!
•  But is this issue also the end of the Venom symbiote as we know it?!
•  From maestros DONNY CATES, IBAN COELLO and JESUS ABURTOV, this one sets the stage for V...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Iron Man #8 Apr 18, 2021
9.5

Another great issue. The art is gorgeous, MoonDragon was running shit like this was GOTG and Hellcat did a demonstration of inner/shadow work in such a simplified manner, anyone reading this should put their spiritual coach back on the unemployment line. This just needed more than one panel of Misty Knight though. Because let's be real as far as bionic arms go, Bucky can stick his where the sun do more

Iron Man #8

By: Christopher Cantwell, Angel Unzueta
Released: Apr 14, 2021

Tony Stark has vanished in the middle of outer space, and his friends are moments away from death at Korvac's hands. It's up to a shell-shocked Hellcat to dig deep into her mind with the help of old friend and psychic mentor Moondragon, who reaches across the universe to help Patsy reclaim the once-powerful mental abilities she left behind. But to ...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Rorschach #7 Apr 18, 2021
5.0

Fuck this is Tom King. It's such a shame that an issue where someone is in a Rorschach costume the whole way through just lags and plays for filler.
One of my favorite writer's made an issue long cameo & there were nods to Doc Manhattan & The Black Freighter from what I consider The Bible - what the fuck happened?
Tom King.
I understand King's writing style : an unraveling mystery more

Rorschach #7

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Apr 14, 2021

Wil Myerson might have been the creator of Pontius Pirate, the most popular comic in history, before he put on the Rorschach mask and tried to kill a would-be president, but he’s not the only artist who worked on the character. Other artists fell under Wil’s influence, and now all these years later, his more renowned acolyte has fallen sway to ...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Daredevil #29 Apr 18, 2021
9.0

Hell yeah : another prison fight ! And I know Elektra's holding back, but I want a little more violence from her in that costume.
I wish that girl she picked up from King In Black would just go away.
And the mafia storyline, is common for this title, but not particulary appealing. Those prison fights are just too good.
Honestly, Elektra should just hang up the suit , bequeath the more

Daredevil #29

By: Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto
Released: Apr 14, 2021

THE TRUTH IS FINALLY OUT: ELEKTRA IS DAREDEVIL!
•  Having taken up the cowl and the club in Matt Murdock's absence, Elektra, the deadliest assassin in the Marvel Universe, has a long road ahead as she works to protect the legacy of The Man Without Fear!
•  OLD FOES! NEW FACES! LOST LOVES! After the past six mon...

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9.0

Finally Aunt May has been murdered ! Yeah, some people say Spidey with the symbiote is an oversaturated plot line. To me it never is. There' s a reason why I got the Venom logo inked on my chest, and it's not entirely for the early memories of thet Black Suit arc that the 90's STAS arc gave people like me while I was still shitting in diapers.
That symbiote is a ride-or-die to the fullest, a more

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry
Released: Apr 14, 2021

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgo...

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C.V.R. The Bard added Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow to their pull list Apr 18, 2021

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life - but what if he'd never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can't seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgo...

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9.0

Just read the Red Hood story and wow did Hood look genuinely afraid of Batman's judgement in a few panels.
And it was unique to see some of the panels be shaped like a Bat.
Oracle did nothing for me in this story, especially after Three Jokers, I was fine on reading her solo story.
I'd rather read Wildcats than another masked up superhero looking like a blood, so Cole Cash's st more

Batman: Urban Legends #2

By: Cecil Castellucci, Eddy Barrows
Released: Apr 14, 2021

The new Batman anthology series continues! In part two of Chip Zdarsky and Eddy Barrows’s epic Batman/Red Hood story, Jason Todd has taken a man’s life, and now his mission is to keep the dead man’s young son safe. But Batman plans to take down Jason before he can make another mistake.
Then, in chapter two of Matthew Rosenberg and Ry...

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9.0

Kubert got every character looking bloated here, but the story is far from that.
Batman's over here boxing ghosts, teaming up with characters that haven't been big since Batman Inc. & leaving the manor for the second time ina Bat-book in less than six months.
Maxi-Series, shit, abandon the Magistrate story & make this the new Detective arc !
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Batman: The Detective #1

By: Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert
Released: Apr 14, 2021

An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he la...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Excalibur #20 Apr 11, 2021
8.5

This was the best book I read from this week's drop. A seance, a misunderstood goth girl, and a swordfight in the astral plane. Plus Professor X tried to throw the book at another mutant not named Sabretooth? Yeah, this was as cool as Emma Frost popping up in her White Queen gear in her subconcious & having an empathetic moment about her past riddled in victimhood.
Until the next issue of H more

Excalibur #20

By: Tini Howard, Marcus To
Released: Apr 7, 2021

THE PHANTOM MENACE!
An invisible threat is loose on the island of Krakoa - unseen,
unheard, undetectable by any...except Excalibur.

Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Immortal Hulk #45 Apr 11, 2021
6.0

Sunshine Hulk ? Fuck it, Solar Flare Superman was cool.
Other than Red She-Hulk playing like she was going to be introduced as Superman on Zack Snyder's Man of Steel , or the awkward testing of the reporter's gamma powers this was a set-up issue - so nothing to exciting here, unless if some girls out there get wet off Doc Samson rocking Sasquatch-possessed mutton chops, mugging hard in the p more

Immortal Hulk #45

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Apr 7, 2021

• The Hulk is at his lowest point.
•  His strength is gone. His friends cannot reach him. Gamma itself has turned against him. What hope is there now?
•  What hope is left... for THE WEAKEST THERE IS?

Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed King In Black #5 Apr 11, 2021
6.0

Quick with lots of ass kicking, this is the antithesis of the 1st issue : which was the fall of Eddie & rise of Knull. Here, readers get the fall of Knull & the rise of Eddie.
I enjoyed myself and am so glad that stupid Namor tie-in didn't factor in because I never got to finish that or a few other King In Black tie-in titles.
Knull was just so weak. But I guess he has the spirit of a more

King In Black #5

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman
Released: Apr 7, 2021

WHAT'S A GOD TO A NONBELIEVER?
Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Crime Syndicate #2 Apr 11, 2021
8.0

Funny, brutal, the only real issue with this re-telling of the JLA's 1st appearance stretched-out, is the somewhat pedestrian pencil work. Other than getting a new penciller on board, this issue elevated the stock of the legendary Earth 3 Syndicate. Watching Superwoman & Ultraman demolish satellites without a care for the crew workers on them suffering in the vaccum of space, to ending up witnessi more

Crime Syndicate #2

By: Andy Schmidt, Bryan Hitch
Released: Apr 7, 2021

With Starro ravaging the planet and controlling superheroes and villains alike, the fate of the world rests in the hands of Ultraman, Superia, and Owlman-in other words, win or lose, humanity is doomed!
Question of the month: What famous Gotham foes are held in Owlman’s cave?
Plus, in the backup story, witness the origin of Owlman...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Spawn #316 Apr 9, 2021
9.0

For once no typos and a Simpsons-type smash-cut wrap-up for the first arc featuring little talk and big monsters. Then an after-credits oozing sensuality with She-Spawn? Yeah, this was a nice reprieve from the recent Spawn books which appeared as if they were dragging, but in actuality were building up this Dragon Ball level action that I can only hope will continue for the next issue.
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Spawn #316

By: Todd McFarlane, Carlo Barberi
Released: Mar 31, 2021

"CHAIN GANG," Part Three-A NEW TEAM... A NEW MISSION, THE CHAIN GANG!
  
* She-Spawn.
* Gunslinger Spawn.
* Medieval Spawn.
* The Reaper.

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C.V.R. The Bard dropped Young Hellboy from their pull list Apr 7, 2021

Young Hellboy

Stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are confronted by all manner of monsters! But even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy's heroes, they aren't as safe as they think they are!

Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola as he teams wit...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed The Union #4 Apr 7, 2021
8.0

Funny, entertaining , with a little bit of history mixed-in on what some would consider the "elite's". The Union is the Marvel UK revamp that Excalibur wishes it could be. I feel like I've known Britanna my whole life, and I didn't even learn about her existence until she was killed in the first issue ! This book has power. Funny, how all of Marvel's mini's are outshining their main's. The Union i more

The Union #4

By: Paul Grist, Andrea Di Vito
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Caught in the cries of the Choir!
•  With their sonic-powered teammate in trouble, Union Jack and the team must rescue the Choir before it's too late!
•  But what the Union finds out about the Choir may be too much even for them!
•  Plus, meet the team's newest recruit...Bulldog!
Rated T+

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9.5

This is the best Hellboy story I have ever read and it isn't even over yet ! Jumping from aspirations of Spielberg in the 1st one to being inspired by Conan Doyale and Planet of the Apes. And Hellboy is cute here, not saracastically annoying. The She-Devil is Ameila Earhardt meets the Hulk and Rousseau's art had me mistakening his pencil for Mignola's. And now the next issue is priming up to be th more

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #2

By: Mike Mignola, Craig Rousseau
Released: Mar 31, 2021

After meeting a missing adventurer and being taken in by the island's Ohnar people, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm delve deeper into the strange island's mysteries. Exploring a previous civilization's ruins reveals more about local history . . . and grabs the attention of some gruesome foes!

Young Hellboy's adventure continues, from Mi...

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C.V.R. The Bard added Young Hellboy to their pull list Apr 7, 2021

Young Hellboy

Stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are confronted by all manner of monsters! But even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy's heroes, they aren't as safe as they think they are!

Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola as he teams wit...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Strange Adventures #9 Apr 6, 2021
2.5

Overrated. Still. The paints are amazing but I stopped caring about the mystery surrounding this title long ago. Every time I pick this up is a chore.
The Justice League lame as ever, and the only aryan heroes I show love are Super Saiyans - so sorry Strange, but you get no love here.
Every month I wait for this title to end. Where is the fucking payoff?
The only good scenes are more

Strange Adventures #9

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Mar 31, 2021

The Pykkts are attacking Earth. As the only warrior in all the cosmos to ever defeat them, Adam Strange leads the planet’s mightiest heroes in all-out war! The only thing is, evidence is mounting that Adam’s victory on Rann may not have been everything he says it was. There is time unaccounted for, circumstances left unexplained. Even Batman ha...

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C.V.R. The Bard dropped X-Men: Legends (2021) from their pull list Apr 6, 2021

X-Men: Legends (2021)

ALL-NEW TALES STARRING YOUR FAVORITE X-MEN, SPANNING CLASSIC ERAS!
Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant super heroes in ALL-NEW, in-continuity stories set during their fan-favorite runs! Fabian Nicieza kicks off the series with a special sag...

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8.0

L after L for Ghost Rider, but he still made it look cool. It would have been nice for an announcement of another Brisson led run after this one-shot, you know like the Valkyries got or the surprisingly good Union, but Marvel knows where to put their money right? How many times have they wen't bankrupt and lost property rights over the years?
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King In Black: Ghost Rider #1

By: Ed Brisson, Juan Frigeri
Released: Mar 31, 2021

THE WAR FOR HELL'S THRONE MEETS THE KING IN BLACK!
All Ghost Rider wants is to destroy Mephisto, round up an army of escaped demons, and secure his seat on the throne of hell. Is that so much to ask? But now a dark god from space has shown up to throw the world into chaos, and some of Johnny's old friends have come to ask for his help. It may t...

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4.0

All that just to pull out a goddamn sword like a splinter? You've git to be kidding. And, no - as I sit here alone having lost all the social pillars I once upon a time had in life to comfort me, I just dont buy this 32 page lecture on loss/life.
Yes some of the jokes aimed at the horse hit, and after seeing Snyder's JL, the Valkyries riding out reminded me of the Amazons , so they looked c more

King In Black: Return Of The Valkyries #4

By: Jason Aaron, Nina Vakueva
Released: Mar 31, 2021

THE LAST RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES!
Brunnhilde. Jane Foster. Dani Moonstar. Hildegarde. And the mysterious stranger who's worn the title longer than any of them. The Valkyries are united, and at last they have a plan - but so does the King in Black. Every soul in existence is at stake - including the Valkyries' own!
Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Black Panther #24 Apr 5, 2021
9.0

For every time I ever shit on Coates' long-winded Panther run, here was a much needed reprieve - featuring damn near every Afro-Marvel superhero going it at it with what appeared to be an army ruled by A.I.
The direct influence from Miller's Ronin are unmistakable. The upcoming conclusion looks as bright as the Storm & Spectrum team up, I'll probably never get to see again.
And the ba more

Black Panther #24

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Mar 24, 2021

THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA - "WAKANDA UNBOUND" Part 6
The Intergalactic Empire has suffered thousands of losses - and still they're coming for Earth. Wakanda Prime is in more danger than ever as Emperor N'Jadaka - A.K.A. the resurrected Killmonger, one of the Black Panther's deadliest enemies - returns to face the king who unintentiona...

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9.0

Abstract art meets 80's metal, psychedellic colors and does the monster mash with mythologies ranging from the Greek to the undying esoteric. If GOTG weren't super heroes before, I am ready to see Ewing stick that definition to them, since he seems to be able to pull out the elements of whatever he touches and put the best on display.
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Guardians of the Galaxy #12

By: Al Ewing, Juan Cabal
Released: Mar 24, 2021

END OF AN ERA!
•  Since day one, the Guardians of the Galaxy has been a rag tag group of mercenaries, survivors, and oddballs surviving by the skin of their teeth.
•  Will it finally be their undoing?
•  Liftoff in ONE...
Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed X-Men: Legends #2 Apr 5, 2021
6.5

Glad this wasn't long winded like tbat recent Liefeld book with Storm & Cable's son. This was cool, with a nice little peek into the Summer's family tree. My only problem was some of the shading with the pencils. Looking forward to another art team for the next arc.
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X-Men: Legends #2

By: Fabian Nicieza, Brett Booth
Released: Mar 31, 2021

THE SECRET OF ADAM-X - REVEALED AT LAST!
It's the SUMMERS BROTHERS and STARJAMMERS vs. ERIK THE RED and the SHI'AR with the fate of the galaxy at stake, as the full truth behind ADAM-X's lineage is revealed in a story nearly 30 years in the making!
Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard added X-Men: Legends (2021) to their pull list Apr 5, 2021

X-Men: Legends (2021)

ALL-NEW TALES STARRING YOUR FAVORITE X-MEN, SPANNING CLASSIC ERAS!
Break out the yellows and blues, fire up the Danger Room and snap on your pouches as legendary X-writers return to classic eras of the mutant super heroes in ALL-NEW, in-continuity stories set during their fan-favorite runs! Fabian Nicieza kicks off the series with a special sag...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Crossover #5 Apr 5, 2021
7.0

Quick, to the point, but I don't feel cheated. Staring down that barrel was a perfect ending and that sword makes canceled Image books look like a goldmine of ideas. Back issue bins, what a treasure. This is an ode to that.
I look forward to see if the preacher's son is going to pull the trigger.
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Crossover #5

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Mar 31, 2021

"KIDS LOVE CHAINS," Part Five-Finally... it's all come to this. What awaits our heroes at ground zero? What is the nefarious Father Lowe up to in that basement of his? Who the hell is narrating this book? Where am I? What's happening?? Find out... in "KIDS LOVE CHAINS," Part Five!

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Beta Ray Bill #1 Apr 5, 2021
9.5

Oh happy day : it's Johnson on Marvel putting together a book with my favorite character to ever wield Mjolnir and making Thor look like the asshole he is. Anyone on Thor now and in the future needs to take notes because this is how you pace a Marvel Viking book. If the Valkyrie story was written like this, it would have stole the whole King In Black show. If Thor was written like this, then I'd a more

Beta Ray Bill #1

By: Daniel Warren Johnson
Released: Mar 31, 2021

FROM THE PAGES OF DONNY CATES' THOR AND SPINNING OUT OF THE EVENTS OF KING IN BLACK!
The second-most famous wielder of Mjolnir. The right-hand man to the god of Thunder. And now, a warrior without his best weapon. Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor - and with Bill's famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new...

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