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Merlyn reviewed X Lives Of Wolverine #2 Feb 2, 2022
6.5

Yeah, I didn't like this. A lot of the narration and dialogue is cringe, "cOlOnIaLisM iS iN yOuR bLOoD, xAvIeR", I rolled my eyes so hard at that, all the pseudo-phylosophy that Percy insists with, even though he sucks at it, all this Jean nonsense that needs to stop, Omega Red lying in bed with him which was super weird. Also how is Sabretooth contacting the Professor (if that's Xavier)? I'm bein more

X Lives Of Wolverine #2

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Feb 2, 2022

TARGET: XAVIER!
WEEK 3 - WOLVERINE navigates the timestream, revisiting moments in his life. But how does XAVIER unite them all?

PARENTAL ADVISORY

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maelstron reviewed X Lives Of Wolverine #2 Feb 4, 2022
5.0

Super cringey moments

X Lives Of Wolverine #2

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Feb 2, 2022

TARGET: XAVIER!
WEEK 3 - WOLVERINE navigates the timestream, revisiting moments in his life. But how does XAVIER unite them all?

PARENTAL ADVISORY

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maelstron reviewed Marauders #27 Jan 15, 2022
3.0

It is over

Marauders #27

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 12, 2022

THE SUN SETS ON THE MARAUDERS.
The Marauders' first tour comes to a close as the shake-ups within the Hellfire Trading Company crystalize. Will any of the inner circle remain standing? And can the crew survive the changes happening around them?
RATED T+

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maelstron rated Darkhold: Omega #1 Jan 5, 2022
10

Darkhold: Omega #1

By: Steve Orlando, Cian Tormey
Released: Jan 5, 2022

THE FATE OF ALL EXISTENCE LIES IN THE HANDS OF FIVE TWISTED MINDS!
Five of the world's greatest heroes - Spider-Man, Black Bolt, Blade, Wasp, and Iron Man - took a chance and read from the cursed Darkhold. They were meant to gain the power to fight back the dread elder god Chthon - but instead they've lost their minds and all they once held dea...

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maelstron reviewed X-Men #6 Jan 5, 2022
4.5

pepe Larraz art is great here, but it is wasted on bad plots. Cyclops being Captain Krakoa was very obvious, I'm not even sure how this work in universe like " Cylops died and then thi new guy show up from nowhere covering his face".

Sunfire says that FeiLong can't stay on Phobos, but why? If mutants can claim Mars, he can be on Phobos

X-Men #6

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: Jan 5, 2022

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CAPTAIN KRAKOA?
There's a new hero on the X-Men. Who is he? Why is here? And why does Cyclops not want him on the team?
RATED T+

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maelstron reviewed Inferno #4 Jan 5, 2022
6.0

Weak end to Hickman ternure on X-men books

Inferno #4

By: Jonathan Hickman, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jan 5, 2022

TO EMBERS!
Jonathan Hickman's time on X-Men ends with the dramatic conclusion of one of the first and best mysteries he brought to the line. Valerio Schiti returns on art to help bring down one of the foundations of the era.
RATED T+

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Geov reviewed X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5 Dec 23, 2021
1.0

I'm giving it a 1 because I can't give it a 0. this story seems to be the start of a bunch of poorly written stories to come to please mcu fans. Wanda's personality is a door, the heroes of the council have the most meaningless votes in the world, two telepaths in the council and nobody read Groxo's mind to know if he was telling the truth? This sucks. this Leah Williams should be fired, she can' more

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5

By: Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck
Released: Dec 22, 2021

JUSTICE IS SERVED.
The mystery surrounding Magneto and Scarlet Witch is resolved. The guilty will be judged, the innocent absolved, the victims avenged... and all shall endure their own trials.
RATED T+

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maelstron rated Wolverine #19 Dec 22, 2021
8.5

Wolverine #19

By: Ben Percy, Javi Fernandez
Released: Dec 22, 2021

THE OLD MUTANT AND THE SEA!
It's the one that got away...but not for long! The deadliest creature on Krakoa is off its shore, and the deadliest mutant there is will at last set out to hunt the leviathan he encountered on an X-FORCE mission. But can WOLVERINE take down this hidden creature of the deep that's bigger and stronger and older than ma...

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maelstron reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #11 Dec 22, 2021
10

I'm very critical of the hype Al Ewing receives, but this issue was so good. Great plot twist and very consistent with the early issue.

S.W.O.R.D. #11

By: Al Ewing, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Dec 22, 2021

THE FINAL FRONTIER?
Sword Station One is crashing to Earth. The Lethal Legion is poised to destroy the diplomatic zone. Abigail Brand is ready to make her move. But how far ahead did she plan? How many losses will she accept? And how many bodies will she leave in her wake?
RATED T+

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1.0

Really nice fanfic

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #5

By: Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck
Released: Dec 22, 2021

JUSTICE IS SERVED.
The mystery surrounding Magneto and Scarlet Witch is resolved. The guilty will be judged, the innocent absolved, the victims avenged... and all shall endure their own trials.
RATED T+

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8.0

What happened to Clay Mann?

Batman / Catwoman #9

By: Tom King, Liam Sharp
Released: Dec 22, 2021

Batman and Catwoman may have just gotten back together, but Joker is ready to complicate things by asking Selina for a favor that could lead to Batman’s demise! That’s not the only trick he has up his sleeve…he’s also hiding a secret that will drive Phantasm mad. Plus, Batwoman hunts down her own mother!

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maelstron - Dec 22, 2021

too slow

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Merlyn reviewed X-Force #26 Dec 15, 2021
7.5

For a last issue, it was decent.

X-Force #26

By: Ben Percy, Robert Gill
Released: Dec 15, 2021

ERUPTION! DOMINO, KID OMEGA and WOLVERINE head back into the thresher to recover the precious cargo stolen from Krakoa! If the team can survive the volcanic eruption and stormy seas, there’s still the organization behind the plot—the reveal of which will have major ramifications on the next issues of X-FORCE! And the debut of the next wave of M...

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Merlyn - Dec 15, 2021

I mean, it's a 4 months break, it's kind of like a last issue for a while.

maelstron - Dec 17, 2021

:)

1.0

Trash
Over the top characterizations, it was so funny when Wiccan exploded at Wanda saying he defended her his whiole life.
It's incoherent stories and charcterizations. Wanda doesn't remember doing bad things because she was ressurrected with only younger memories. Wanda already accepted responsability for her actions and move on.
This mini isn't adding anything interesting to Wan more

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4

By: Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck
Released: Dec 1, 2021

DOUBLE, DOUBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE! A Wanda divided cannot stand……but there are many other things she can do. Chaos comes to Krakoa. 

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maelstron - Dec 15, 2021

I feel the same, I wanted to like Krakoa but it mostly disappoints

UxasIs - Dec 16, 2021

Other writers turning X of swords into a dance off event didn't help at all. I mean I liked some of hickman's x-men run, but overall it felt way too disjointed and messy for me

maelstron reviewed Hulk #2 Dec 15, 2021
8.0

Cates wrote this to showcase Ottley art. The story is very decompressed, feel like we are on the second part of the pilot of a tv show. But it is really fun and there is a easter egg about Authority. The end really picked my interest.
If you are a specuato, you may want to get this issue

Hulk #2

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Released: Dec 15, 2021

“MAD SCIENTIST” Part 2 of 6 Bruce Banner finally has total control with the Hulk locked away. But with a tight grip on his plans, Bruce forgot one thing…variables can happen at any time…and this one? Even Bruce couldn’t have imagined. The craziness continues, as the Hulk hurdles farther into space, but he is not alone out there!

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maelstron reviewed Excalibur #26 Dec 15, 2021
3.0

Dissapointing ending that isn't even a ending

Excalibur #26

By: Tini Howard, Marcus To
Released: Dec 15, 2021

OTHERWORLD FALLS! Merlyn and King Arthur have taken the Starlight Citadel. Saturnyne still lives – but not for long. Betsy Braddock must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie. It’s all been building to this – the fantasy ends here and reality rushes in. There is no haven for the witchbreed. Can they hold on to their champion, here a...

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Colleen St. Lucie - Dec 16, 2021

I thought about writing a review but really this says it all, and more succinctly.

maelstron reviewed X-Force #26 Dec 15, 2021
7.0

Very dissapointing. Logan knew a woman for few hours and already had a deep connection with her

X-Force #26

By: Ben Percy, Robert Gill
Released: Dec 15, 2021

ERUPTION! DOMINO, KID OMEGA and WOLVERINE head back into the thresher to recover the precious cargo stolen from Krakoa! If the team can survive the volcanic eruption and stormy seas, there’s still the organization behind the plot—the reveal of which will have major ramifications on the next issues of X-FORCE! And the debut of the next wave of M...

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Merlyn reviewed Dark Knights of Steel #2 Dec 7, 2021
6.0

It is clear to me, clear as day, that Tom Taylor hates Batman from the bottom of his heart, given how many times he has characters scorn him. Yes, he does "cool" things with him here and there, but that's just for the fanbase because he is the type of writer who knows his skills are limited and relies a lot on pleasing the fanbase, it's his modus operandi, hence also the "Jon is bi thing".
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Dark Knights of Steel #2

By: Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri
Released: Dec 8, 2021

An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems… From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, S...

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Dc Fan of Sorts - Dec 12, 2021

I think this Superman wasn’t as bad since it is a medieval world and he is now thrust into the role of king essentially. As far as Bruce, I actually thought Taylor, whether he intended it or not, wrote Him as a pretty strong character who failed at his job and wasn’t going to use the fact that Jor-El is his real father as a way to bite back at Kal when he flips out at him. I loved Injustice, hated DCeased, but am liking this.

Merlyn - Dec 12, 2021

I also loved Injustice, hated DCeased, liked the first issue here but with the second I'm already not liking where this is going. I don't like the constant shade throwing at Bruce, he does it all the time. As for Supes, he totally was a douche to Bruce without any reason whatsoever other than to create tension between them. I don't like how he's treating a lot of characters here. I hope next issues will be better.

maelstron rated Daredevil #36 Dec 3, 2021
9.5

Daredevil #36

By: Chip Zdarsky, Manuel Garcia
Released: Dec 1, 2021

After a romance that’s blossomed over the last two years in DAREDEVIL, MAYOR WILSON FISK and TYPHOID MARY are prepared to tie the knot! But in a fashion truly befitting The House of Ideas, calamity is right around the corner for the happy couple! But what sort of terrible discovery could be so monumental as to derail the most powerful man in New ...

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Merlyn reviewed Avengers #50 Dec 1, 2021
7.5

I dropped this book a long time ago because it was unreadable but I wanted to get back for the anniversary at least. And I had some fun. One of the reasons I had fun is that I could feel Aaron's pain for having to turn She-Hulk back to her sexy self, probably because of the tv show. Dude still carries a grudge for fans hating his version of She-Hulk and he peppered the book with hints at that, jus more

Avengers #50

By: Jason Aaron, Javier Garron
Released: Dec 1, 2021

COMMEMORATING LEGACY #750! Supersize extravaganza of Earth’s mightiest action and surprises! Witness the jaw-dropping conclusion of “World War She-Hulk!” Learn the true purpose of the prehistoric Avengers! Uncover the shocking secret of the Iron Inquisitor! Behold the most powerful collection of super-psychopaths that any Earth has ever see...

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Merlyn - Dec 3, 2021

Decent response, you're not wrong. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I also remember liking the first arc but then it started going downhill faster and faster. I know some people liked it but overall the reaction to it was very mixed and Aaron's childish tantrums didn't help either.

DDJamesB - Dec 7, 2021

I loved Jane Thor.

maelstron rated Venom #2 Dec 1, 2021
8.5

Venom #2

By: Ram V, Bryan Hitch
Released: Dec 1, 2021

The tour de force of comics awesomeness brought to you by the dynamite new creative team on VENOM continues! VENOM #1 shocked, intrigued and terrified you! With Ram V and Al Ewing weaving a mind-bending story that will push Eddie and Dylan Brock to their limits, and Bryan Hitch doing some of the most action-packed work of his career, VENOM #2 will...

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maelstron added Venom (2021) to their pull list Dec 1, 2021

Venom (2021)

AN EPIC NEW ERA FOR THE SINISTER SYMBIOTE STARTS HERE! Hot off the heels of VENOM #200 and EXTREME CARNAGE, we’re closing out 2021 with one of the most ambitious books in symbiote history – an all-new VENOM from some of comics’ greatest talents! Marvel mainstay AL EWING, who himself has just ended a character-redefining run on IMMORTAL HULK, ...

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maelstron reviewed Marauders #26 Dec 1, 2021
1.5

Another boring white man representing krakoa
Filler fight
Bad art

Marauders #26

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Dec 1, 2021

HOW TO FIGHT YOUR DRAGON! While a new representative of Krakoa hits the international stage, the Marauders find themselves face-to-snout with He-Whose-Limbs-Shatter-Mountains-and-Whose-Back-Scrapes-the-Sun, FIN FANG FOOM himself! 

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maelstron reviewed Hulk #1 Nov 24, 2021
8.5

Seems like Cates are taking ideas of "inside out" pixar movie, it is hilarious for sure. Not everything has to be so serious

Hulk #1

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Released: Nov 24, 2021

IMMORTAL NO LONGER! CATES & OTTLEY DELIVER A NEW, COLOSSAL-SIZED ERA! “MAD SCIENTIST” Part 1 of 6 The uncontrollable rage of the Hulk has reached an all-new level, and nobody – including the Avengers – is prepared to handle it. But is it really the Hulk that people should be afraid of, or is there something missing to this puzzle? Join th...

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maelstron rated Wolverine #18 Nov 24, 2021
8.0

Wolverine #18

By: Ben Percy, Lan Medina
Released: Nov 24, 2021

KRAKOA COMPROMISED! You’ve seen some action in Benjamin Percy’s WOLVERINE, but never quite like this! It’s a life-or-death protection mission as WOLVERINE goes on the run with his friend C.I.A. Agent Jeff Bannister when a secret surveillance device is discovered on Krakoa – and its owners are willing to kill to get it back! But who would g...

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maelstron reviewed X-Men #5 Nov 24, 2021
6.0

Disjointed issue. The only interestingplot is about Ben discovering the mutant ressurrection

X-Men #5

By: Gerry Duggan, Javier Pina
Released: Nov 24, 2021

ENTER: DOCTOR STASIS! The X-Men’s new nemesis finally makes himself known to them, bringing his creations to bear. Mutants may have conquered death, but their foes are all too living… 

maelstron rated S.W.O.R.D. #10 Nov 19, 2021
7.5

S.W.O.R.D. #10

By: Al Ewing, Jacopo Camagni
Released: Nov 17, 2021

STATION DOWN! As Storm battles the Lethal Legion on Mars, there are explosive problems on the Peak – as the mole in S.W.O.R.D. is revealed! Meanwhile, Wiz Kid and Cable find themselves face-to-face with the one foe they never expected! And where is Abigail Brand? 

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maelstron reviewed X-Force #25 Nov 17, 2021
6.0

Just meh all around.
So Logan has been a surfer all this time and he asks Forge to do a adamantium surfer board for reasons
Quentin and Phoebe bore me even their break up.

X-Force #25

By: Ben Percy, Robert Gill
Released: Nov 17, 2021

A DEADLY TURN OF THE TIDE TO MARK 25 ISSUES OF X-FORCE! The island paradise of Krakoa has no shortage of beautiful vistas, but WOLVERINE’S tastes run toward the coves with the deadliest waves in the world! It will take more than a healing factor to survive this thresher as a previously unknown threat to mutantkind splashes down! Plus: A sea ...

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Merlyn reviewed Darkhold: Wasp #1 Nov 17, 2021
1.5

This is what I like to call "utter shit". It played into all of Hank's worst traits while adding the classic feminist male-hating. But of course it's all ok when it's being done against men. We've stopped "fridging" female characters (and rightly so) because it was a shitty thing but we don't apply the same standards to shitty stuff writers did to male characters. No, instead we double-down on the more

Darkhold: Wasp #1

By: Jordie Bellaire, Claire Roe
Released: Nov 17, 2021

INTRODUCING THE IRREDEEMABLE WASP! Renowned colorist and writer Jordie Bellaire makes her Marvel writing debut with a story that will make you shrink in fear! Bidden to draw forth five archetypal heroes, the Scarlet Witch chose Janet Van Dyne as “the artist” — the hero whose ingenuity and strength of will could prove the lynchpin in the comin...

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maelstron - Nov 17, 2021

Oh dude, Hank is a established wife beater. But of course you have to take it on feminists man haters. Pathetic

Merlyn - Nov 17, 2021

Yes, and that's why I compared it to the problematic "fridging" stuff. That was wrong, it was done against women and they stopped doing it. This is also wrong, but they continue with it because we can always shit on men. You're pathetic if you don't get why this is wrong.

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Merlyn reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 Nov 16, 2021
1.0

So we all knew this was coming and we all knew Tom Taylor is as stupid as they come but we didn't know it was going to be this stupid. I mean, I expected some explanation as to why a character who has NEVER shown any attraction to boys and has been attracted to several girls his age would all of a sudden swing that way. Nope, he just kisses the pink-haired guy and that's it, we're supposed to buy more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5

By: Tom Taylor, John Timms
Released: Nov 17, 2021

Faster than fate. As powerful as hope. Able to lift us all. For all his great power, Jon Kent can’t save everyone, but that won’t stop him from trying. How much can Earth’s new Superman do before this Man of Steel buckles? And when he does, who swoops in to save Superman?

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Merlyn - Nov 25, 2021

Dude, a copy means you've replicated something. Conner ISN'T a copy, he's a COMBINATION of Clark and Lex. Search the dictionary for what "copy" means. Match is a copy, yes, he's Conner's copy. Conner is no one's copy. Ergo, he is the first half-human, half-kryptonian, not Jon. I am not wrong so yeah, I'm not going to admit I'm wrong when I'm not. You know when I was wrong on Black Manta I admitted as much. Seems like you're not man enough to do the same. No surprise there, honestly.

Sup3rsa1yan1990 - Feb 14, 2022

Fuck this propoganda and fuck DC

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Amazing Psycamorean reviewed Robins #1 Oct 19, 2021
4.0

I can't believe the fans voted for this one. The writing is really not good at all. And the art is... an acquired taste. I really don't have much to say about this issue beyond that. As a tangent to lengthen my review, I've never been more confused by a comic's attempt at political inserts than by the Devotees of Anarchy. It's obviously QAnon inspired, but at the same time, it's about anarchy. The more

Robins #1

By: Tim Seeley, Baldemar Rivas
Released: Nov 17, 2021

The five heroes to have donned the Robin cape and mask find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne come together to discuss the big thing that binds them together: Was being Robin, and Batman’s sidekick, the best choice they could’ve made? But before they can get to the ...

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FuzzyCracker - Nov 17, 2021

Seeley has written some very good comics in the past, and the disparity between the real Anarky and the terrorists here is intentional. https://twitter.com/HackinTimSeeley/status/1460794140065734663?s=20 It's not uncommon for these QAnon-types to misunderstand and misappropriate political ideologies. Just look at Merlyn.

Amazing Psycamorean - Nov 17, 2021

I've read plenty of his work and holy shit, it isn't good. And yeah, I know it's not uncommon, I said as much. I just don't trust Seeley and, since I'm no fan, I'm also not following him on twitter. I'm glad it's intentional. Doesn't change my review here, because I didn't rate it on this one part of the comic. I rated it for its very poor writing.

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