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2.5

This was a disappointing twist, totally plagiarism.

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Neil Googe
Released: May 25, 2022

A blood-soaked one-shot tale of vampire violence! The Son of Batman, after years of training to be an assassin, is on a path toward utter destruction of the vampire race... Enter Damian Wayne: vampire hunter!

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9.0

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #3

By: Sean Murphy
Released: May 25, 2022

The future of Gotham is coming to destroy its past! Batman...murderer? After discovering Bruce Wayne facilitated the murder of his father, Terry goes on the hunt, ready to unleash as Batman Beyond. The clock is ticking for Bruce in more ways than one after Harley Quinn's daughter goes missing. And if she takes after her father, the fate of the city...

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things as they are reviewed Task Force Z #8 May 24, 2022
9.0

Enough solid, maybe it could have had a better plot.

Task Force Z #8

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows
Released: May 25, 2022

All-new team! Same old problems! After losing everything, Task Force Z has finally discovered who their real enemy is. Jason and his team are on the run, underpowered, and outgunned. But everyone knew this was really just a Suicide Squad when they signed up, right? One way or another, they are going to finish this. Only one thing stands in their wa...

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things as they are reviewed Task Force Z #6 Mar 22, 2022
8.5

The handling of the flashbacks was quite nice, and of course the conversation between Bruce and Jason was incredible, both need to come to trust, however a new separation is glimpsed.

Task Force Z #6

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows
Released: Mar 23, 2022

Secret-origin issue, baby! Task Force Z #5 was quite the disaster for Bane and Jason, huh? Let’s give those two a minute to sort out their lives and travel back to the very beginnings of the team: where the black market Lazarus trade has just begun, and Two-Face makes a call that heywaitaminute this is going to inform the current story, isn’t i...

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5.0

Titans United #7

By: Scott Cavan, Jose Luis
Released: Mar 16, 2022

The Titans face their final challenge as the true enemy is revealed. An alien armada is heading toward Earth, and Superboy must decide once and for all where his true allegiance lies. Will Starfire join forces with her evil sister, and what mysteries lurk far below the streets of Metropolis?  

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7.5

Batman: The Knight #3

By: Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Mar 16, 2022

While training in Paris with an infamous cat burglar, Bruce gets caught in a web between Henri Ducard and a serial killer known as the Foundling...will this "first test" for the young Batman prove deadly?

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8.0

Detective Comics #1057

By: Mariko Tamaki, Dan Mora
Released: Mar 16, 2022

"Batman is back! And just in time to save the life of Nightwing, who was given a fear toxin super-dose and tossed out of a skyscraper-another tragedy surrounding Arkham Tower's hostile takeover. As Scarecrow readies his forces for the big bat, war erupts on every floor of the building between the Penguin's thugs, the Party Crashers, the murderous A...

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Merlyn reviewed Iron Fist #1 Feb 16, 2022
1.0

Yeah, this is awful. Not just that the story is bad but the reason Marvel came up with this is awful. It all began when those idiots online started screeching that Finn Jones should be replaced with an Asian actor because in their tiny minds only Asians can learn martial arts. Imagine being this deluded. So Marvel broke the no.1 rule on the internet: don't cave in to online morons. And ever since more

Iron Fist #1

By: Alyssa Wong, Yg
Released: Feb 16, 2022

WHO IS THE NEW IRON FIST?!
•  After giving up his power to save the world, DANNY RAND believes he's seen the last of the IRON FIST...
•  ...But when DEMONS begin to attack cities around the world, a MYSTERIOUS NEWCOMER in a FAMILIAR MASK appears, hands blazing with the CHI OF SHOU-LAO THE UNDYING!
•  Who is this NEW IRON FIS...

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Fury - Feb 21, 2022

Oops make that masterbating to Tom Taylor.. so confusing all these Tom’s in your fantasies.

Ultimate Goblin - Feb 22, 2022

I agree with you on your "P.S." statement. Seems like many fakes or something like that, but not just actual comic readers...

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Merlyn reviewed The Man of Steel #6 Feb 20, 2022
7.5

Review for the whole book. This was good, I read it a very, very long time ago and just re-read it right now and it's good, it's just... not as good as people remember it. The Bizarro issue is by far the best.

The Man of Steel #6

By: John Byrne

Clark Kent's childhood sweetheart Lana Lang is back in Smallville, and the Man of Steel decides to pay her a visit. In the process, Clark learns the truth of his home planet of Krypton and the life his people led--but what does it mean for his future on Earth?

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Merlyn reviewed The Sheriff Of Babylon Deluxe Feb 20, 2022
8.0

Pretty decent book, I feel like this is more King's wheelhouse than superhero stories are.

The Sheriff Of Babylon Deluxe

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerards

Baghdad, 2003. In an effort to establish some semblance of order in the war-torn city, Florida cop-turned-military-consultant Chris Henry has been assigned to train cadets in law enforcement. But good intentions are not immune to the chaos found in the post-9/11 Middle East. When one of Henry's trainees is found dead, he's forced to ally himself wi...

things as they are rated Punisher #1 Mar 12, 2022
7.0

Punisher #1

By: Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz
Released: Mar 9, 2022

WILL THE PUNISHER'S WAR END?

Born of tragedy. Devoted to war. Unstoppable in his rage. As the Punisher, Frank Castle has become the most accomplished killer the world has ever seen. Now it's time for him to face his true destiny. What shocking secret from Frank's past will convince him to take the reins of the Marvel Universe's most notori...

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things as they are rated Task Force Z #5 Feb 22, 2022
10

Task Force Z #5

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows
Released: Feb 23, 2022

Heads? Everyone gets eaten by a zombie. Tails? Aw, who am I kidding…everyone’s going to get eaten by a zombie. It’s always a trick question when Two-Face is involved…and Harvey Dent’s role in this whole zombie Suicide Squad thing (zombicide? Is this a Zombicide Zquad?) is a whole lot weirder than you think it is. Or maybe not, I don’t k...

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things as they are is now following Merlyn Jan 18, 2022

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9.0

Much better than what Spencer was doing.

Amazing Spider-Man #77

By: Kelly Thompson, Sara Pichelli
Released: Oct 27, 2021

• Kelly Thompson and Sara Pichelli pick up the baton to define this new era for Spider-Man.
•  The Beyond Corporation has retuned and this is your chance to meet the people who've brought you the new (and improved) Spider-Man.
•  There's a target on Spider-Man's back and one of his classic villains is out for blood.

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things as they are reviewed King Spawn #3 Oct 28, 2021
10

I cannot describe the emotion of having this delivery in my hands, the art, the exciting story and the challenge that Spawn now has to face leaving us in suspense.

King Spawn #3

By: Sean Lewis, Javier Fernandez
Released: Oct 20, 2021

New fan-favorite creative team LEWIS & FERNANDEZ continue their dark trek into a world beginning to come undone at the seams. Enemies have begun to unite as the battle for the gates of Hell continues to escalate. And Kincaid is back, but what does he want, and what
role does he need Spawn to play in his creation of a new world?

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8.5

Pretty good, it doesn't beat the original, but it's good

Batman: The Long Halloween: Special #1

By: Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale
Released: Oct 27, 2021

Twenty-five years ago, you thought you knew the whole story of Batman: The Long Halloween. Now, legendary creators Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale return to Gotham City to reveal that no secret remains buried forever! Join us for the return of the Batman Halloween specials and a mystery that could destroy Batman, Commissioner Gordon, Two-Face, and…well, t...

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things as they are reviewed DC vs. Vampires #1 Oct 28, 2021
4.5

I did not find such a wonderful delivery, to be honest I got bored a bit.

DC vs. Vampires #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Otto Schmidt
Released: Oct 27, 2021

The Justice League has long protected Earth from all manner of foreign and alien invaders over the years, always keeping a vigilant eye to the skies for the next threat. But what if the threat was already walking the Earth…hiding in plain sight…watching…waiting for their moment to strike… In the tradition of DCeased comes a terrifying new s...

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things as they are rated Task Force Z #1 Oct 28, 2021
10

Task Force Z #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows
Released: Oct 27, 2021

In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope. Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead…now, a mysterious benefact...

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things as they are rated Wolverine #16 Sep 29, 2021
7.0

Wolverine #16

By: Ben Percy, Adam Kubert
Released: Sep 29, 2021

THE SOLEM TRUTH!
The game is nearly over... but when SOLEM is involved, that's just an excuse to change the rules. Did you figure out the mystery before WOLVERINE?

Parental Advisory

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things as they are rated BRZRKR #5 Sep 29, 2021
7.5

BRZRKR #5

By: Matt Kindt, Ron Garney
Released: Sep 29, 2021

What shocking new discovery will bring B. one step closer to understanding his origins?

As B. and Diana's bond continues to grow, B. opens up about a recurring trauma from his past.

Will this new revelation jeopardize B. and Keever's latest mission? Or is it all part of a plan by Caldwell to trigger more memories?

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things as they are rated Batman #113 Sep 23, 2021
6.5

Batman #113

By: James Tynion IV, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Sep 22, 2021

Ghost-Maker reveals a dark revelation about his past connection to Jonathan Crane while Batman puts together the pieces of Scarecrow’s master plan. Using the Unsanity Collective’s technology, the villain plans to detonate a “Fear Bomb” in Gotham City! Backup: Clownhunter has been dosed by the Scarecrow with a deadly fear toxin and is now tr...

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things as they are rated Moon Knight #3 Sep 23, 2021
7.5

Moon Knight #3

By: Jed MacKay, Alessandro Cappuccio
Released: Sep 22, 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man 10th ANNIVERSARY Variant Cover by GREG LAND
An apostate priest, Moon Knight has taken on Khonshu's duty as his own. To the people he protects, this is a blessing. To Hunter's Moon, this is sacrilege. It is no small thing, to betray a god and take on his role. And when the Fist of Khonshu offers shelter to vampires, the...

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8.0

Guardians of the Galaxy #18

By: Al Ewing, Juan Frigeri
Released: Sep 22, 2021

THE LAST ANNIHILATION CONCLUDES!
•  The Guardians and their allies are being overrun on all fronts by the Mindless Armies of Dormammu. There's only one hope for the galaxy as we know it.
•   ROCKET RACCOON has a plan. All he needs to know is Dormammu's weak spot.
•   Dormammu doesn't have a weak spot.
•   Uh-oh.
...

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7.0

X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1

By: Simon Spurrier, Bob Quinn
Released: Sep 22, 2021

YOU HAVE STRAYED FROM THE WAY OF X. THE ONSLAUGHT IS UPON YOU!
•  The X-Men's greatest foe, mutantkind's primal evil, slithers in the minds of its most senior leaders...
•  The kids whisper of the CRUCI-BALL: a party to end all parties. A party to end everything.
•  The seals are broken, the trumpets have sounded; only a sma...

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9.0

The Death of Doctor Strange #1

By: Jed MacKay, Lee Garbett
Released: Sep 22, 2021

DEATH COMES FOR THE SORCERER SUPREME!
Doctor Stephen Strange is the world's greatest neurosurgeon and Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. He defends our planet from the supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle. But what would happen if he unexpectedly died? Who would protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? A...

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things as they are rated X-Men #3 Sep 23, 2021
8.0

X-Men #3

By: Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz
Released: Sep 22, 2021

EVOLUTION IS THE ENEMY!
The X-Men are no strangers to being targeted for their genes...but when the High Evolutionary returns with his brand of unnatural selection, the survival of the whole planet is at stake!

Rated T+

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7.5

Spider-Woman #15

By: Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez
Released: Sep 15, 2021

• WHO IS THE AETERNUM?! He's incredibly powerful and more than happy to destroy Jessica Drew and anyone else standing in his way.
•  The fight of Jess' life lands on her doorstep and puts her best friend and child in danger. Uh-oh - for Aeternum - as Jess WILL NOT TAKE THIS LIGHTLY!

Rated T+

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7.5

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2

By: Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck
Released: Sep 15, 2021

HABEAS CORPSES!
•  Heroes of the Marvel Universe came to Krakoa for a memorial. Now they've got a fight.
•  Magneto pushes Krakoa and the Council to the brink!
•  Also... there's something wrong with the body...

Rated T+

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8.5

Fantastic Four #35

By: Dan Slott, Jason Loo
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surpris...

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8.5

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Dustin Weaver
Released: Sep 15, 2021

• Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children.
•  It's simply not what Eternals do.  
•  Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best.
•  They were terribly, terribly wrong.

Rated T+

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