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Merlyn reviewed Iron Man #8 Apr 14, 2021
3.5

This was very bad, good idea, awful execution. Also no Cafu which is a clear minus though the artist did an okay job. Don't let yourself be deceived by the cover, Iron Man doesn't appear at all in this book because Cantwell is actually trying to sell a Hellcat book under a more succesful name.

Iron Man #8

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Released: Apr 14, 2021

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Merlyn reviewed Guardians of the Galaxy #13 Apr 14, 2021
7.0

Loved the entrance from Doom, best one in a while!

Guardians of the Galaxy #13

By: Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri
Released: Apr 14, 2021

A NEW AGE OF SPACE STARTS HERE!
They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves and a family. They were heroes... but times have changed. The galaxy no longer needs heroes.
It needs super heroes! Now, when the call goes forth - whether it's from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling and his Kree/Skrull Alliance - the ...

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Merlyn rated Daredevil #29 Apr 14, 2021
8.5

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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Merlyn reviewed The Joker #2 Apr 13, 2021
9.0

I'm shocked to say it but Tynion is really good here, it's like he's not the same guy who writes Batman, he's awful on that book. March continues to excel with his work.

The Joker #2

By: Sam Johns, Mirka Andolfo
Released: Apr 14, 2021

As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world-and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him...but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he’s been given the go-ahead to...

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Merlyn rated Superman #30 Apr 13, 2021
7.0

Superman #30

By: Phillip K. Johnson, Sami Basri
Released: Apr 14, 2021

Superman has received a signal from distant space. An old friend is in deep trouble, and only the Man of Steel can help him. By the time Superman and his son get there, though, the alien who sent the signal is nowhere to be found, and his people appear to be enthralled by a shamanistic storyteller who warns of an ancient grudge with the malevolent ...

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Merlyn reviewed Rorschach #7 Apr 13, 2021
7.5

I liked the dialogue but at the end of it, to quote Rolling Stones, I can't get no satisfaction. I don't know, the book just seems to go into crazy territory for the sake of it and some decisions from King are pretty weird. Some plots are pretty predictable, others very stupid.

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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10

This number left me with mixed emotions, on the one hand I love him on the other I do not hate him but there are things that I hate. There is excellent drama in between, it only reminded me of RHATO V2 25 with much better writing.And Jason isn't the Jay of the comics. there is something I hate about serial or movie adaptations and more when they are as bad as Titans and that is when they influen 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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Emma - Apr 13, 2021

It would be great if Jason stayed with Tyler. While the crying Mary Sue is doing nothing with her dog. Good review I am dismayed with Jaybaby

fenixalasnegras - Apr 13, 2021

I have verified your lack of activity Phantom of Krankor everything indicates that you are just a troll. Your comment sounded strange to me.

Merlyn reviewed Batman: Urban Legends #2 Apr 13, 2021
7.5

I'm glad to see that this book gets so many good reviews and this is for sure one of the best books DC puts out at the moment. That being said, as a Red Hood fan, I do have some problems with it. First of all, if Zdarsky read any earlier comics with Jason, he would not put that scene in this book. Sure, Jason had some rough edges and he was a bit of a troublemaker as a little kid but not in that d 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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fenixalasnegras - Apr 14, 2021

I also have a lot of problem with that topic, Zdasky's writing is good but making a murderous Jaybaby has made me uncomfortable. I do not know I do not like the insistence on the subject of Jason murderer and / or beaten already seems redundant and does not lead anywhere. On the one hand I love what Chip does and on the other I hate him.

Merlyn reviewed Batman: The Detective #1 Apr 13, 2021
6.5

The main idea for the book isn't bad, it's pretty interesting actually but until the last page the book felt like a bore. It's probably Tom Taylor's storytelling that I always find very cliche and the fact that his characters sound the same in all his books. I'm not a huge fan of Kubert's art but here he was really good.

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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Merlyn rated Thor #13 Apr 10, 2021
8.0

Thor #13

By: Donny Cates, Nic Klein
Released: Mar 17, 2021

"PREY" PART FIVE OF SIX!
A vengeful Donald Blake, Thor's enchanted ax, Jarnbjorn, and the World Tree - not a good combination! With Thor still nowhere to be found, Blake is about to finish what he started: the end of Asgard! Meanwhile, Valkyrie manages to track down the long-absent Odin, but he is not the same All-Father he once was. Can Odin ...

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jarheadtree reviewed King In Black #5 Apr 7, 2021
6.0

I don’t know what it is: but this and absolute carnage fell flat for me. They both started off amazing and then disappointed in the end. They basically gave it the end of the green lantern movie. And i enjoyed Eddie when he was just a street level hero, not a cosmic entity. It’s gotten a little out of hand for me.

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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Alloy Press - Apr 13, 2021

Even though I loved the ending I can totally get behind what you're saying ..I miss street Eddie for sure

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TJMB3891 reviewed Green Lantern #1 Apr 6, 2021
5.0

I gave it a 5 because I love Dexter Soy so those points are only for him and I subtracted for life points because the writing was a mess. Geoffrey Thorne is kind of a jerk, if you've seen his Twitter you know this but maybe you didn't know that he's also bad at writing comic books. This issue wasn't terrible but it wasn't far off and for some strange reason he's using Teen Lantern who is just a po more

Green Lantern #1

By: Geoffrey Thorne, Marco Santucci
Released: Apr 7, 2021

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be on...

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Weird Science Jim - Apr 8, 2021

and there are sites that push for the trade cover quotes, but personally, I look at those as looking like you are a shill for the company, but that's just me

GL Fan 2814 - Apr 10, 2021

@Merlyn www.blogofoa.com

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GL Fan 2814 reviewed Green Lantern #1 Apr 7, 2021
3.0

This was pretty boring and the art was hit or miss. The design of the Sinestro outfits was horrible and what the hell did they do to Dex-Starr!? The writing isn't any better than what we saw in Thorne's Future State, which was pretty poor. There was nothing interesting here and John Stewart just isn't a strong enough character to carry this book. Not off to a good start here.

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Green Lantern #1

By: Geoffrey Thorne, Marco Santucci
Released: Apr 7, 2021

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be on...

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TJMB3891 - Apr 13, 2021

Agreed about Teen Lantern, she's terrible. What the hell WAS up with Dex-Starr? Why the hell did he look like a cat person instead of a cat lol?

TJMB3891 - Apr 13, 2021

They should have used Tai Pham instead of Teen Lantern if they wanted a teen in the Corps.

Merlyn rated Nocterra #2 Apr 7, 2021
8.0

Nocterra #2

By: Scott Snyder, Tony Daniel
Released: Apr 7, 2021

"FULL THROTTLE DARK," Part Two-Val brings her passengers to their first truckstop - the Neon Grove! But with her brother getting worse by the minute, and dark forces in hot pursuit, our ferryman finds herself faced with a grave decision.

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Merlyn rated Immortal Hulk #45 Apr 7, 2021
8.0

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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Merlyn rated Beta Ray Bill #1 Mar 31, 2021
6.0

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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Svarietyy - Apr 6, 2021

Had high hopes for this book, instead we got a whiny Beta Ray Bill

Merlyn - Apr 7, 2021

I don't like the art most of all, the faces are particularly annoying.

Merlyn reviewed Batman #107 Apr 6, 2021
4.5

Wow, Tynion really must think himself so smart with the "strawman" metaphor that wasn't AT ALL super obvious to anyone. The Harley bits were cringe, even though I'm not against her role as sidekick to Batman, it's just that the writing was painfully bad. And again with the parallels to covid quarantine. What is it with these sadist writers that instead of helping us escape this nightmare we're liv more

Batman #107

By: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Apr 7, 2021

Tensions are sky-high in Gotham City following the events at Arkham Asylum, and public opinion and unrest are starting to boil over. The Dark Knight has his hands full juggling the investigation of the reappearance of an old enemy and the rise of a new gang in Gotham called the Unsanity Collective...Gotham City is getting more dangerous by the minu...

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Bats20832 - Apr 9, 2021

With respect, while I agree with a lot of the commenters, I don't see this as a "Tynion problem," but a "DC Comics problem." DC has been told AT&T, and told its writers, find a new audience... OR ELSE. So all of them are looking to create new characters to "expand" the audience. They figure they HAVE you as a reader. You're not going anywhere. So logic, reason, loyalty - phaw! It is all and only about $$$.

Bats20832 - Apr 9, 2021

For example, take a look at new "Harley Quinn" writer, Katana Collins, for "Batman White Knight" insanity. "Best-selling writer" Katana Collins is a romance story writer and "go-go dancer." I mean, seriously, do you think she cares Quinn was a psycho killer and The Batman's mission? Please. This is a great chance to make $$$ and get publicity. And good PR for DC... to "expand audience." That is the heart of Future State, no matter who the writer is.

Merlyn reviewed Green Lantern #1 Apr 6, 2021
7.0

Thorne is still a douchebag but for a first issue it was fine, some bits were actually good, some were very bad.

Green Lantern #1

By: Geoffrey Thorne, Marco Santucci
Released: Apr 7, 2021

As this new Green Lantern series begins, the newly formed United Planets and the Guardians of the Universe hold an intergalactic summit to decide who can best serve and protect the cosmos from danger. With the majority of Green Lanterns called back to Oa, John Stewart arrives alongside Teen Lantern Keli Quintela, whose powerful gauntlet could be on...

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Merlyn reviewed Crime Syndicate #2 Apr 6, 2021
7.0

Better than the first one, kinda dumb fun sort of book but it still doesn't reach very high. I like that he borrowed the Owlman philosophy from the movie but it was very poorly executed in the backup story.

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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SONOFBATMANN reviewed Suicide Squad #1 Mar 2, 2021
8.0

I had a lot of fun with this issue and I'm glad we're returning to a more traditional Suicide Squad as opposed to the Taylor OC cringefest that was the last series.

Suicide Squad #1

By: Robbie Thompson, Eduardo Pansica
Released: Mar 3, 2021

Things have changed for Task Force X. As Peacemaker takes over as field leader, there will be no more avenging or defending for the government’s top-secret task force of killers, thieves, and criminals. Amanda Waller-now back in control of the Squad-sends a new Squad into Arkham Asylum to “recruit” the deadly Court of Owls assassin Talon whil...

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1.0

Mark Russell is a fucking loser

Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Could the last days of Lexor be here already? Thanks to Lex Luthor’s greed, his adopted home is on the brink of financial and planetary ruin after leaving the United Planets. Now it’s up to Superman to act as a champion of these people and show them there’s a way through all of this. Will Lex stand down? Or is this the final showdown? The fut...

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RedKSuperman - Mar 31, 2021

I never met the man but from his writing I can get a sense of what a truly vile and distasteful person he must be.

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TheKize reviewed Strange Adventures #9 Apr 1, 2021
5.5

At this point it's clear that while this is a decent story about the gray areas of morality in wartime, it's also something of a cynical deconstruction of a longtime DC hero. I'm not saying there are droves of Adam Strange fans out there or that I'm personally invested in him, but I wish King, Gerads, and Shaner could have found a way to make their point without executing a takedown of an establis 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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Merlyn reviewed U.S.Agent #4 Mar 31, 2021
5.5

Priest is one of my favorite writers and I want so badly to like this more but I just can't. He deliberately tells the story in a disjointed way, I know this because he did it in Deathstroke too but that doesn't make his writing likable nor does it make it very smart, not here. And he doesn't seem to be very convinced himself of what messages he's trying to put forward. Also the fact that we have more

U.S.Agent #4

By: Christopher Priest, Georges Jeanty
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Conflicting visions of America intersect in a small mining town where long-buried S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets are unearthed, forcing a confrontation between John Walker and his own sister, who has commandeered powerful weaponry she is poised to unleash on the townsfolk Walker has sworn to protect.

Rated T+

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1.0

Garbage!

Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex #3

By: Mark Russell, Steve Pugh
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Could the last days of Lexor be here already? Thanks to Lex Luthor’s greed, his adopted home is on the brink of financial and planetary ruin after leaving the United Planets. Now it’s up to Superman to act as a champion of these people and show them there’s a way through all of this. Will Lex stand down? Or is this the final showdown? The fut...

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Merlyn rated Alien #1 Mar 31, 2021
7.5

Alien #1

By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Salvador Larroca
Released: Mar 24, 2021

THE ICONIC CINEMATIC TERROR MAKES ITS MARVEL DEBUT!
Gabriel Cruz gave his life to Weyland-Yutani--In the case of an alien attack he barely survived, almost literally! Recently retired, Cruz is trying to patch things up with his abandoned son with the help of his friend, a Bishop-model android, but his re-entry into civilian life is not going sm...

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Merlyn reviewed X-Men #19 Mar 31, 2021
8.5

I feel like this would've been much better with Yu's art, especially for how the Vault is built. I'm still trying my best to like Asrar's art but I can't seem to do it.

X-Men #19

By: Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Released: Mar 31, 2021

ESCAPE FROM THE VAULT!
Rated T+

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7.5

Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing #1

By: Steve Orlando, Francesco Mobili
Released: Mar 31, 2021

BURN AT THE TOUCH OF THE HARROWER!
Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando (Martian Manhunter, Batman, Wonder Woman) makes his Marvel debut with a blockbuster celebration of MAN-THING'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY! For decades, the Man-Thing has haunted the Florida Everglades. Now a new enemy has hijacked his body on a quest to take his incendiary abili...

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Merlyn reviewed Batman/Superman #16 Mar 23, 2021
9.0

Truth, Justice and the American Way, Yang, it's not forbidden to say "the American way", not yet, anyway.

Batman/Superman #16

By: Gene Luen Yang, Ivan Reis
Released: Mar 24, 2021

In the aftermath of Dark Nights: Death Metal, catch a glimpse of brave new worlds within the DC Universe...but what are these strange planets? As we delve into the parallel lives of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, we’ll meet new villains, new heroes, alternate realities, and a transdimensional collision that you will need to see to believe!...

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Merlyn - Mar 30, 2021

Could you please stop writing a message and then block me again? It's really annoying. At least leave behind this false appearance of well-meaning. If there's anything I truly hate it's people acting nice and then proceeding to be douchebags.

Swift Planet - Mar 31, 2021

I never liked "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" for Superman's character. If anyone should care so little about being patriotic, it should be the alien that literally flies across the world to save a life when he hears someone in danger. He really cares about all of humanity, regardless of border, and I think he would be thinking specifically of the ideals Ma and Pa Kent taught him, not the soil he landed on. With that said I have nothing against whichever way he says it.

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