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jbong reviewed Empyre #6 Sep 3, 2020
6.0

some good moments, but a ton of nonsense and lazy writing...

Empyre #6

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Sep 2, 2020

Who will rule the EMPYRE?
•  There can be only one King of Space-and it's the last liege standing! But as combat rages on, the clock ticks down to catastrophe!
•  Will the ultimate interstellar weapon fry planet Earth before or after all sentient life on the planet is wiped out?
•  The Avengers and the Fantastic Four are te...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #6 Dec 2, 2020
4.0

Thank god this is over. Throw this Trash into the green bin.

Empyre #6

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Sep 2, 2020

Who will rule the EMPYRE?
•  There can be only one King of Space-and it's the last liege standing! But as combat rages on, the clock ticks down to catastrophe!
•  Will the ultimate interstellar weapon fry planet Earth before or after all sentient life on the planet is wiped out?
•  The Avengers and the Fantastic Four are te...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #5 Dec 2, 2020
7.0

The Good News is Teddy and his man had a pretty great scene and one of the better moments in the series. Black Panther Vs the Shaman plant people was the worst part of this for me. The cheap villains here are what ruin this story as none of them ever seem more than a panel away from being defeated. The Things moment was corny and way too easy...

Empyre #5

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Aug 12, 2020

• Love and war - in the midst of cosmic cataclysm!
•  One fan-favorite Marvel hero reveals their secret - as another faces the ultimate showdown with a monstrous foe!
•  Meanwhile, an outer-space jailbreak leads to a trial by combat you'll have to see to believe...
• ...but is it all too late to save Earth from two world-en...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #4 Dec 2, 2020
6.5

The Game of Throne King Non Sense is what works best for this series. I like the battle of the young kings decisions and wit but its just all so sloppy with big blotches of ugly color on good art and just goofy plant people slugging it out with the avengers. Nothing really feels at stake despite how dangerous they keep trying to make this all feel. I love Super Skrull so it hurts to see him wasted more

Empyre #4

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Aug 5, 2020

THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER...
•  Tensions mount as the action heats up!
•  As the attack on Wakanda intensifies, the heroes find themselves under attack from their enemies - and their allies!
•  In a war where nobody can be fully trusted, betrayal cuts deep - as the alien invasion claims its first casualty!
•  In t...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #3 Dec 2, 2020
7.5

Better than issue 2. Now we are going somewhere and the ending made me interested in the next event. I like Teddy here again he is the best part of this issue aside from his Grandmother, someone with actual goals and aspirations in this muddy story. Art again was great, The Empress Skrull scene was good stuff.

Empyre #3

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jul 29, 2020

The tag-team action comes home! Wakanda is the battleground – as the Avengers and the FF unite to prevent a Vibranium-powered threat to all life as we know it! A long-lost Avenger returns to active duty – but will that be enough to turn the tide? And in space, interstellar intrigue threatens the fragile Kree/Skrull alliance...and the repercussi...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #2 Dec 2, 2020
7.0

The Thing situation was handled way to easily along Carols little fake death stab. I dont know this event feels like nothing is really happening. The Characters arent really losing anything except moments of pride and trust...you could argue Carol had a big moment but it feels like something we have seen her do 100 times. Art was good...Shocked that Al Ewing is behind this snooze.

Empyre #2

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jul 22, 2020

• Three Avengers are trapped on the moon as war breaks out on Earth - and an ancient enemy reveals a scheme decades in the making!
•  Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four fight against a creeping horror that might destroy them all - starting with the Thing!
•  Captain Marvel is their last, best hope... But if Carol Danvers survives, wha...

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Alloy Press reviewed Empyre #1 Dec 2, 2020
7.5

It was a good read with great art. I didnt love this but didnt hate it either. Good Dialogue and enough Moments to catch your attention and leave you wanting to pick up the next issue. For me the best part was Hulkling..He was written very well and felt like he truly had a voice of his own.

Empyre #1

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jul 15, 2020

Featuring action-packed extras including a Cover Gallery, Script, Inked And Color Pages and more! The Kree and the Skrulls have united under a new emperor – and their war fleet is on a collision course for our world. On the moon, the Avengers are ready to strike with the full power of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Approaching from outer space, the ...

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Alloy Press reviewed X-Men #9 Nov 23, 2020
7.5

hmmmm....Not so wowed by this one. Great art and a much better issue than the last but whats up with that Hickmans sense of humor? I think the end worked and was the kind of funny where you give a mind chuckle but Hickman needs to stick to blowing minds with slow cooked plots rather than trying to be a funny man. I noticed these series throwing in some bad humor and just hope it doesnt become a re more

X-Men #9

By: Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Mar 25, 2020

The New Mutants are back from space, and they've brought intergalactic trouble with them! The Brood! The Shi'ar! The Starjammers! The Imperial Guard! Rated T+

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7.5

Leatherhead felt a little forced. The best part of this Arc was him and all his back story. The abuse part was actually pretty sad and hes a very interesting Villain. I just wish he was more in the spotlight and that this arc was a little less wordy. Still good stuff and a big win for any Turtles fan.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #58

By: Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco
Released: May 11, 2016

"Leatherhead" Part 3! A violent skirmish between different factions breaks out in the Technodrome! The Turtles will have to make a difficult decision if they are to save the Utroms race.

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Alloy Press reviewed Captain America #24 Nov 16, 2020
9.0

Its almost like Coates has been reading this message board and took all of our advice. This issue was incredible! If only the whole series had been this good. The Villains are evil the sexy shit was incredibly well written unlike everything else so far. I cant believe how much a fan I became of "Agent 13" this issue really made her and Cap feel like real people. This was hands down the best issue more

Captain America #24

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Oct 14, 2020

ALL DIE YOUNG! Continues!
The Red Skull lives...!
Rated T+

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CaptnAmerca reviewed Captain America #23 Sep 26, 2020
4.0

This entire run has been up it's own ass with fake profundity. Get over yourself, dude.

Captain America #23

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn
Released: Sep 16, 2020

"All Die Young" continues! A restoration! A resurrection! A bit of redemption! And the return of Cap's number one foe!

Rated T+

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Alloy Press reviewed Captain America #23 Nov 16, 2020
7.0

What is up with Coates? This man is wildly inconsistant...at least the way he's decided to break these issues up has made him seem this way. Captain Americas Angels again take the show, which thanks to Coates is a snooze fest. This issue was as good as the fight scenes I guess, Bob Quinn brings his best draws yet. Coates is trying way too hard with this story and its just a mess for me at this poi more

Captain America #23

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bob Quinn
Released: Sep 16, 2020

"All Die Young" continues! A restoration! A resurrection! A bit of redemption! And the return of Cap's number one foe!

Rated T+

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8.0

Part two was much better. Less jibber jabber and more progression of the story. Ill admit tho the turtles do move at a slow pace during certain arcs and this is one of the slower ones. Art again could justify all this issues faults.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #57

By: Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco
Released: Apr 27, 2016

"Leatherhead" Part 2! Mysterious intruders bring death and destruction to the new inhabitants of the Technodrome! Does Leatherhead know more than he's letting on? Who can the Turtles trust?

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7.5

So damn wordy. But LeatherHead looks good and his little moment of tricking the good guys was a nice twist. I liked his story and art as usual is just bar none. But damn was I tired from reading 100 words a panel on this issue.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #56

By: Tom Waltz, Mateus Santolouco
Released: Mar 23, 2016

The Turtles return to the Technodrome to monitor the revival of the Utroms. They are surprised to meet a new mutant there- Leatherhead! Will the mysterious mutant be friend or foe?

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Alloy Press reviewed Taskmaster #1 Nov 13, 2020
6.5

The Humor works well. The characters however are just more dumb villains and I just hate how Marvel rarely makes its villains any kind of real threat. These luke warm villains just don't do it for me. I miss the days of Bendis when Osborn and the Thunderbolts showed what real villains looked like. This is just another silly book with art that matches the goof.

Taskmaster #1

By: Jed MacKay, Alessandro Vitti
Released: Nov 11, 2020

TASKMASTER HAS MURDERED MARIA HILL!
Or at least that's what the whole world thinks. Now the greatest spies in the business are hunting him down and won't stop until Taskmaster is dead or clears his own name! Follow JED MACKAY (BLACK CAT) and ALESSANDRO VITTI (SECRET WARRIORS) on a globe-spanning adventure that will send ripples through every co...

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Alloy Press reviewed Cable #5 Nov 7, 2020
7.0

Its a good setup and all but when your done reading you kind of just ask yourself...so what happened? This series is starting to feel like a lot of filler. Cables cool design and great family moments wont be enough to justify buying this series much longer.

Cable #5

By: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto
Released: Oct 14, 2020

X OF SWORDS, PART 8
A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.
Rated T+

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Alloy Press reviewed Cable #4 Nov 6, 2020
6.5

God.....Some works here but most doesn't. The art was noticeably rushed and didn't feel like Noto half the time. The Ancient Knights were a snooze to kill and pretty stupid. I cant imagine writing that as the finale and being happy with it. Duggans standards are low...I think the family moments of Cable And Cyclops was somehow the highlight of this issue for me.

Cable #4

By: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto
Released: Sep 2, 2020

FORCED INTO A CORNER... Ancient knights from another galaxy are targeting Cable... and he's got no choice but to give them what they want!

Rated T+

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Alloy Press reviewed Cable #3 Nov 6, 2020
8.5

Hmmm..I was not expecting to like this issue at all, boy was I wrong. Young Cable taking his dead old corpses arm right off the body like that was awesome. And I cant believe I am saying this but Duggan actually made me laugh with a somehow tolerable Deadpool. I really loved the pool table casket..again im just a little shocked by how much this issue didn't suck.

Cable #3

By: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto
Released: Aug 19, 2020

REUNITED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!
  Deadpool considers Cable one of his oldest and best friends. Cable hasn't met Deadpool, yet. He's in for a treat.
Rated T+

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Alloy Press reviewed Cable #2 Nov 5, 2020
7.5

Kinda funny... seriously good art. I guess I have a soft spot for Cable because I do enjoy this title although it just barely gets by being OK.

Cable #2

By: Gerry Duggan, Phil Noto
Released: Jul 29, 2020

LOVE AND VIOLENCE! When mutant babies are going missing, Cable takes it personally. Almost as personally as his love life...It’s not easy dating five girls, even if they are clones.

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Alloy Press reviewed Iron Man #1 Oct 29, 2020
8.0

I really liked this one minus that awful break up with the Wasp..that was so heartfelt wasn't it? The art is good and I'm getting Immortal Hulk Vibes and it's not just the quotes in the intro.

Iron Man #1

By: Christopher Cantwell, Cafu
Released: Sep 16, 2020

BIG IRON!
Tony Stark is looking to restart his engine. He decides he's going back to basics, putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. It's time to dig into the guts of real machines, put on some old-fashioned metal and fly.
But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn't that s...

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Alloy Press added Iron Man (2020) to their pull list Oct 29, 2020

Iron Man (2020)

BIG IRON!
Tony Stark is looking to restart his engine. He decides he's going back to basics, putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. It's time to dig into the guts of real machines, put on some old-fashioned metal and fly.
But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn't that s...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #6 Oct 29, 2020
8.5

I really liked this finale. The Thor trinity from all over time uniting to fight was dope. The Venom Power up for the main Villain was awesome. His G.O.T. demise was appropriate and really this ended nicely. As a whole this was a great story even if it had holes due to so many tie ins. Felt like this book wanted to include so many elements but left it to just leaving characters like spiderman and more

War of the Realms #6

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Jun 26, 2019

THE WORLD'S SHATTERING CONCLUSION OF WAR OF THE REALMS!
The tides begin to turn as unexpected allies appear in a twist that will shake the heavens! Malekith's allies are faltering at last before the might of all Earth's heroes, but the Dark Elf King has one final trick - and it's got a VENOMOUS bite! Out of options, the God of Thunder makes a s...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #5 Oct 25, 2020
7.0

It's been said over and over but it is true fantastic art but an incomplete story if read on its own which I find unfair. I found myself confused by Thor's timeline as well. Went from a journey to a separated mess.

War of the Realms #5

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Jun 5, 2019

MIDGARD'S LAST STAND
Malekith's army gets a whole new crop of recruits - the dead! As Midgard transforms under the rule of Malekith and his allies, the dead rise up to form a new Niffleheim! The Black Panther calls in every hero on his roster to fight for Earth, from Spider-Man and the Spiders of Hel to Ghost Rider and Balder the Brave. But if ...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #4 Oct 22, 2020
8.0

A bit lost but I think if I had all the tie ins it would help make sense of this Venom bit...seeing Thors parents come together like that was a great moment considering I could normally care less for these characters. A bit chaotic but still a great event

War of the Realms #4

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: May 15, 2019

Pray to All-Mother Freyja! For in her hands lies the key to ending Malekith's war. The Black Bifrost - the only method of travel for Malekith's vast armies - must fall. Even with the Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade and Hulk (Jen Walters) at Freyja's side, how many Dark Elves can one goddess kill? While Freyja's team heads for the swamps of Svartalfhei...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #3 Oct 19, 2020
9.0

Thor going completely battle berserk at the end was the icing on the cake of this badass series issue.

War of the Realms #3

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: May 1, 2019

RECLAIM THE REALMS!
North America freezes into New Jotunheim. Europe becomes New Svartalfheim. Asia goes up in flames as the new domain of Queen Sindr and her fire goblins. Ulik the Troll lays claim to Australia while Amora the Enchantress raises an army of the dead in South America. Africa falls to the Angels of Heven while Roxxon Oil drops it...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #2 Oct 7, 2020
8.5

This issue was a big old battle. This is Dauterman at his finest. Gorgeous art work. Beautiful fighting scenes. Seeing Valkery fight to the death like that was badass. This event is balancing it's heavy cast quite well with both villains and heroes.

War of the Realms #2

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Apr 17, 2019

The world at war! AS THE BATTLE FOR NEW YORK CITY CONTINUES, A HERO FALLS!
All the heroes of the Marvel Universe have assembled, yet this still might not be enough to stop Malekith's endless war. And the one hero who could turn the tide...is stranded where no one can reach him. With Thor trapped in the land of the Frost Giants and the forces of...

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Alloy Press reviewed War of the Realms #1 Oct 7, 2020
8.0

Thor heads will rejoice at this long awaited and beautifuly orchestrated setup. Art is gorgeous, fights are beautiful. Voices and writing is good (except spiderman). I disliked how wordy it all was but loved Thor killing frost giant after frost giant and that.dope last page. A promising looking event so far.

War of the Realms #1

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Apr 3, 2019

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor's beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won't even be there to see it.
All hell breaks loose in New York City as Ma...

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Alloy Press reviewed Ultimate X-Men #19 Oct 2, 2020
5.5

Weak Arc...art is just a cluster of poses. I did not care for Bachelo at all here and I normally like him. While the arc had some cool looking action panels and ideas it was executed in a way that left me totally bored

Ultimate X-Men #19

By: Mark Millar, Chris Bachalo
Released: Jun 19, 2002

World Tour Part 7 (of 8) The final showdown between Proteus and the X-Men! Proteus, now in possession of Betsy Braddock's body, has the upper hand. Can the X-Men withstand his reality-warping abilities long enough to take him down?

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Alloy Press reviewed Ultimate X-Men #18 Oct 2, 2020
5.5

What the hell.....just jumped into a new plot with such a drastic art change like that...boring all talking issue that barely moves the plot forward

Ultimate X-Men #18

By: Mark Millar, Adam Kubert
Released: May 15, 2002

World Tour Part 6 (of 8) While the X-Men hunt for Proteus in Germany, Jean and Cyclops attempt to locate Colossus, who recently disappeared without a trace.

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Alloy Press reviewed Ultimate X-Men #17 Oct 2, 2020
8.0

Good stuff. Xavier's sons power set makes for a great villain.

Ultimate X-Men #17

By: Mark Millar, Adam Kubert

World Tour Part 5 (of 8) The X-Men versus David MacTaggert, a.k.a. Proteus! Can the X-Men handle this omega-level mutant without casualties?

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