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Merlyn rated X-Force #16 Jan 20, 2021
5.5

X-Force #16

By: Ben Percy, Joshua Cassara
Released: Jan 20, 2021

TERRORS OF THE DEEP!
FORGE, WOLVERINE and QUENTIN QUIRE brave the depths of the sea, where a deadly discovery reveals a dark side of KRAKOA.

Parental Advisory

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Merlyn rated Avengers #41 Jan 20, 2021
1.0

Avengers #41

By: Jason Aaron, Javi Garron
Released: Jan 20, 2021

THE BATTLE TO DECIDE THE ALL-NEW PHOENIX CONTINUES!
Who will wield the power of the PHOENIX FORCE? A globe-spanning tournament is underway, under the direction of the firebird itself, pitting some of Marvel's greatest heroes against their fiercest enemies and also against each other, giving each of them a taste of the awesome cosmic might that'...

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Merlyn rated Rorschach #4 Jan 19, 2021
6.5

Rorschach #4

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Jan 20, 2021

At last, it’s time for Laura’s story.
The detective following Rorschach’s trail turns his eyes toward the vigilante’s female companion. Who is behind that domino mask, and what led her to team up with an old comic book creator to try to assassinate a controversial presidential candidate? These are the threads the detective must unr...

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5.5

Future State: The Next Batman #2

By: Vita Ayala, Aneke
Released: Jan 20, 2021

In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime-and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offense! Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems...and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, ...

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Merlyn liked this:
2.5

It is ridiculous this Batman who just for putting on his hood without training only with resources that I imagine he stole from somewhere snaps his fingers and is a fighter and detective at the height of Bruce Wayne.
The only thing that raises this story is the part of Cass and Step, the art is very good but the things they take for granted spoil, there is a desperate need to make this Batman more

Future State: The Next Batman #2

By: Vita Ayala, Aneke
Released: Jan 20, 2021

In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime-and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offense! Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems...and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, ...

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6.0

The first story is pretty uninteresting, we've seen this type of story a thousand times over, if this is the best that PKJ can come up with I don't have a lot of faith in his Superman for the future. Janin's art is good, though. The surprise was the Mister Miracle bit, I loved it. The last two stories were okay.

Future State: Superman: Worlds of War #1

By: Jeremy Adams, Valentine De Landro
Released: Jan 20, 2021

This monumental Future State title features four big stories! First, Clark Kent is gone, leaving a Superman-shaped hole behind. People gather in Smallville to celebrate their hero, little realizing that he is across the galaxy helping others. Superman has gone to Warworld, where he fights as a gladiator in the deadly pits of Mongul. But this is Sup...

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Merlyn rated Future State: Shazam! #1 Jan 19, 2021
3.5

Future State: Shazam! #1

By: Tim Sheridan, Eduardo Pansica
Released: Jan 20, 2021

No one’s seen Billy Batson in years-not since the incident known as the Final Battle of Titans Island. Now leading a small band of heroes, even his allies have begun to ask who’s controlling Earth’s Mightiest Mortal. In a story set years after the events of Future State: Teen Titans, learn the truth behind the sacrifice Billy made to imprison...

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Merlyn rated Future State: Nightwing #1 Jan 19, 2021
7.5

Future State: Nightwing #1

By: Andrew Constant, Nicola Scott
Released: Jan 20, 2021

Batman is gone! Now, Nightwing has taken on the mission of keeping the citizens of Gotham City safe from the Magistrate. But to do that, he’ll have stay one step ahead of the Magistrate! And you know things have gotten bad in Gotham when the safest place for Dick to hide out is the abandoned Arkham Asylum! When Nightwing gets a visit from a mask ...

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5.0

7 for the first (mostly for the art, the story could use some work), 3 for the second.

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #1

By: Becky Cloonan, Jen Bartel
Released: Jan 20, 2021

The Undoing are coming. Long past the Age of Heroes, few of Diana Prince’s friends survive, and most of her sisters have passed as well. As an immortal goddess, this is her lot. But then, a threat appears that even the mighty Darkseid can’t handle-and it’s up to Wonder Woman to take on the battle! It’s big action and high fantasy at the end...

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Merlyn reviewed DCeased: Dead Planet #7 Jan 19, 2021
3.0

Ugh...glad that this is finally over, the most overrated series ever, I just don't get why people like so much Taylor's juvenile writing.

DCeased: Dead Planet #7

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jan 20, 2021

The Justice League fights an army of Amazos for Earth, while John Constantine goes head-to-head with Trigon! The Justice League fight for Earth and the lives of the...infected?! The final chapter of the best-selling series will be talked about for years to come!

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Merlyn reviewed Batman/Catwoman #2 Jan 19, 2021
7.0

My main issue is that this is not a book about Batman at all, DC just inserted him in the title for sales, it's a Catwoman book. And Catwoman just owns the Bat, King continues the trope of the submissive man and the dominating woman, I guess he really is into that. The art is splendid, Mann is just great. It would also be really great if King would stop inserting songs into every single comic he w more

Batman/Catwoman #2

By: Tom King, Clay Mann
Released: Jan 20, 2021

Phantasm has come to Gotham City! Andrea Beaumont, the one-time love of Bruce Wayne, is looking for her lost child, and she’s pretty sure The Joker is involved. So, who better to have as an ally than Batman? And what better way to get to Batman than through Catwoman? It’s a knotted history for this costumed quartet, spanning past, present, and ...

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Briton reviewed The Union #2 Jan 15, 2021
2.0

So having lost all the arguments and all the elections over the last five years, what does the hardcore 'remainer' do? He persists with his inability to accept democracy and clumsily writes a comic. Pathetic.

The artwork isn't bad though.

The Union #2

By: Paul Grist, Andrea Di Vito
Released: Jan 13, 2021

• The Union must battle for their lives (and each other) as the Empyre Invasion crescendos!  
•  Thrust unto the global stage, will they be able to prove themselves as a team or will they crumble as the world watches?
•  Plus, a devastating blow to the fledgling team rocks them to their very...

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Merlyn - Jan 16, 2021

Thing is, Marvel could have avoided to release this book. Initially it was planned to be a Empyre tie-in, they chose to skip it from that event but I guess they just could not let go so they made it a King in Black tie-in. I wish UK all the best, I admire the fact that you chose to assert your sovereignty.

Briton - Jan 16, 2021

Thanks. The people fought the media, the political establishment, the church and the celebrity class. Somehow we got our way, but we'll have to watch the politicians now...

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Psycamorean reviewed The Union #2 Jan 14, 2021
6.5

This is fine, I wish it were better. It would be way better if the writer was okay with a conservative lie like Brexit, that upheaved the economy, took Britain down several pegs on the world stage and cut them off from the rest of the much-better European nations. I wonder why anyone would dislike the direction of their country after such a big-brained maneuver.

The Union #2

By: Paul Grist, Andrea Di Vito
Released: Jan 13, 2021

• The Union must battle for their lives (and each other) as the Empyre Invasion crescendos!  
•  Thrust unto the global stage, will they be able to prove themselves as a team or will they crumble as the world watches?
•  Plus, a devastating blow to the fledgling team rocks them to their very...

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Briton - Jan 15, 2021

I do agree with you re China. The west should be standing together over the rise of China, and not just economically. However the EU was not the vehicle for this. Britain can still cooperate with the EU if they can get over their sulk. But we are supposed to be reviewing comics so I'll leave it there.

Psycamorean - Jan 16, 2021

At least you were able to say something instead of just back pedaling, Briton.

Merlyn liked this:
3.5

Once again DC goes to the well of depowering the Green Lanterns - one of the least compelling tropes for the franchise. The issue starts out without any clue as to what's going on, making the story a jarring start. The writing on the John Stewart story is very weak as well, so it doesn't make a good impression about the guy who's going to be writing Green Lantern post-Morrison. After seeing some o more

Future State: Green Lantern #1

By: Ernie Altbacker, Sami Basri
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Assigned to map and contact new lifeforms past the 3,600 known sectors of space protected by the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart and an elite team of Lanterns are trapped behind enemy lines and fighting for their lives when the Central Power Battery goes dark and leaves the entire corps defenseless. Meanwhile, across the cosmos, Green Lantern Jes...

Merlyn liked this:
4.0

Oh man!! I just can't stand how they are just so lazily creating new characters. "He did what the original Batman could not and truly saved Gotham". I ranted about this in another post but are we actually going to see how Tim Fox had the proper training to actually be Batman? He was a full grown adult when he was introduced. Where did he learn everything from? Hes like Rey in the sequels lol. >But I was planning on skipping Justice League once I heard Bendis was the new writer anyway so I guess I don't care about the far future of Justice League or the near future of it either. more

Future State: Justice League #1

By: Ram V, Robson Rocha
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman,
Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another-but why? When th...

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Beyond_Batman - Jan 16, 2021

I hope you'll behappy when DC changes every character in the comics so they can make movies for people who don't read or give 2 shits about comics. And then comic fans stop buying comics from the big 2 companies. Comic sales say it all. Indie titles are already selling at record numbers and the big 2 are declining. I'm not alone. That is all. You can respond but I'm not going argue because u disagree with my view. Go fight an SJW battle on someone else's post. Begone troll

Toonstrack - Jan 16, 2021

Ok, I'm not worried, this is nothing new with DC. Imagine an Alan Scott fan saying this same stuff back in '59 when Hal debuted. Or a Jay Garrick fan in 56. DC is still here. Hopefully they will continue to be, and to evolve the stories and characters as well. But we can just disagree. Have a good one.

Merlyn rated DCeased: Dead Planet #5 Jan 13, 2021
1.5

DCeased: Dead Planet #5

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Nov 4, 2020

With most of the Justice League off Earth, John Constantine and Batman lead a covert team on a mission so insane it could have only been hatched by the man they call Hellblazer! But time is running out to save the infected on Earth-because a fate worse than death is coming!

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Merlyn rated DCeased: Dead Planet #6 Jan 13, 2021
5.5

DCeased: Dead Planet #6

By: Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Dec 2, 2020

The remaining heroes of the DC Universe are stuck between Hell and a hard place! With the Justice League racing against the clock to create a cure, the cruel masters of the southern garden are determined to wipe all anti-life from the planet. 
Just when you didn’t think it could get worse…the war to save Earth takes a devilish new dire...

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Merlyn reviewed Penultiman #4 Jan 13, 2021
7.0

This is a nice book but I always feel it could be more, it just needs to reach out juuuust a little farther.

Penultiman #4

By: Tom Peyer, Alan Robinson
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Early retirement torments Penultiman - but he just might have found the right motivational speaker to dig him out of his rut! (SPOILER: It's the wrong motivational speaker!) Meanwhile, Penultiman's android assistant, Antepenultiman, builds an artificial sidekick of its own! Also: bonus illustrated prose stories!

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5.0

Man, this is a mess. Claremont doesn't know when to quit, the guy was probably the best X-Men writer ever but nowadays he's just incoherent. Brett Booth's art was really great though, can't wait to see him on X-Men with Hickman.

Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1

By: Chris Claremont, Brett Booth
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Celebrate Chris Claremont's enormous impact on your favorite Marvel comics of the past five decades with an all-new story! Dani Moonstar is drafted for a mission across time and space for an incredible psychic showdown against the Shadow King-joining forces with characters created and defined by the pen of Chris Claremont!
Rated T+

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Merlyn reviewed The Union #2 Jan 13, 2021
1.0

You can tell that the writer is just a sad remainer who can't get over Brexit and has come to hate his own country with passion, the title for the book is uninspired to say the least.

The Union #2

By: Paul Grist, Andrea Di Vito
Released: Jan 13, 2021

• The Union must battle for their lives (and each other) as the Empyre Invasion crescendos!  
•  Thrust unto the global stage, will they be able to prove themselves as a team or will they crumble as the world watches?
•  Plus, a devastating blow to the fledgling team rocks them to their very...

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Merlyn - Jan 13, 2021

Cry more.

Briton - Jan 15, 2021

Brexit is glorious.

Merlyn reviewed S.W.O.R.D. #2 Jan 13, 2021
7.5

Great characterization of Brand, I just don't buy Magneto being played by Cortez again.

S.W.O.R.D. #2

By: Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti
Released: Jan 13, 2021

WHAT IS PROTOCOL V?
The S.W.O.R.D. station is thrown in at the deep end of a planetary crisis as Krakoa battles the KING IN BLACK! While a cross-division team take on latex dragons from outer space, Abigail Brand prepares a deniable operation all her own. What is PROTOCOL V - and can the Earth survive it?

Rated T+

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maelstron reviewed Marauders #17 Jan 13, 2021
2.5

Pure bore and bad fan-service

Marauders #17

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 13, 2021

REMATCH!
Storm versus Calisto. This time, it's personal.

Rated T+

Merlyn reviewed Marauders #17 Jan 13, 2021
4.0

The writing is juvenile (classic Duggan) and the art is messy, I swear Kitty (not Kate) had a moustache in a panel. Come on, you're professionals!

Marauders #17

By: Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli
Released: Jan 13, 2021

REMATCH!
Storm versus Calisto. This time, it's personal.

Rated T+

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maelstron - Jan 13, 2021

Kitty hair is so ugly hahaha

Merlyn reviewed Future State: Teen Titans #1 Jan 12, 2021
6.5

Sandoval is great as usual, Sheridan has to work more on his storytelling.

Future State: Teen Titans #1

By: Tim Sheridan, Rafa Sandoval
Released: Jan 13, 2021

When the original New Teen Titans formed a school to mentor and train young heroes, they wanted to help save the world. Years later, Titans Tower is a monument to a graveyard of pupils lost in a terrible battle. Returning to the site of their greatest failure, Nightwing, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Cyborg join Raven to plot a course to face off agains...

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5.0

I expected better from Watters, he's a good writer, this isn't the best he's capable of.

Future State: Superman/Wonder Woman #1

By: Dan Watters, Leila Del Duca
Released: Jan 13, 2021

The sun has set on the heroes of the past, and a new age is dawning! As two arrogant gods challenge one another to a contest of strength, Superman and Wonder Woman are forced to take action to save their cities from the chaos. Together, Jonathan Kent and Yara Flor, man of science and woman of myth, have the potential to become something powerful, b...

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Merlyn reviewed Future State: Robin Eternal #1 Jan 12, 2021
6.5

The story needed just a little more substance, Barrows did the best he could.

Future State: Robin Eternal #1

By: Meghan Fitzmartin, Eddy Barrows
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Lazarus Resin is on its way to Gotham City, and the Magistrate intends to use this regenerative super drug to make its forces immortal! That is, unless Tim Drake has anything to say about it! Join the ultimate heist at 20,000 feet as Robin and Spoiler hijack the sky convoy that could mean the end of freedom in Gotham forever-if the emotional baggag...

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1.0

This was abysmal, both the story and the art, poor Supergirl just can't catch a break.

Future State: Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1

By: Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Kara Zor-El, Superman’s hot-tempered cousin, has finally found peace and purpose away from Earth and its heroes. Now known as Superwoman, she watches over the Moon and the refugees from across the galaxy who have congregated there. But all of that is about to change when a spaceship piloted by a runaway alien crash-lands and turns Kara’s world ...

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3.0

Future State: Justice League #1

By: Ram V, Robson Rocha
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman,
Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another-but why? When th...

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3.5

Future State: Green Lantern #1

By: Ernie Altbacker, Sami Basri
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Assigned to map and contact new lifeforms past the 3,600 known sectors of space protected by the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart and an elite team of Lanterns are trapped behind enemy lines and fighting for their lives when the Central Power Battery goes dark and leaves the entire corps defenseless. Meanwhile, across the cosmos, Green Lantern Jes...

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Merlyn reviewed Future State: Dark Detective #1 Jan 12, 2021
8.0

9 for the first story, 7 for the second, I look forward to Bruce's story, so far it's interesting and Mora is really great.

Future State: Dark Detective #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jan 13, 2021

The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down...but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-...

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