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Russ Says:
Avengers #145 (v1) : I'm with everybody else on the deadline/continuity issues, so I won't re-hash that. I'm also with everyone else about the quality of this issue as a stand-alone; I'll comment about that alone.

Tony Isabella has a barn burner going here. He's got a nice little suspenseful arc with Cap in a coma and the others misdirected on where the real threat lies. This one could have a fair-sized body count before it's over (if you believe the Assassin about the poison within the gang's masks, and the tainted money paid to the old woman). And we get some stronger hints on what Cap means to the other Avengers, leading to some pretty good character development; something you don't usually see in this title, at least not at this level. That's something I'd have expected from Englehart, especially since he wrote arguably the best Cap stories so far in the Order.

I'm giving this 4 stars in spite of the continuity break. This is way above and beyond typical filler, and I can't penalize the story for what it is. But I do hope they offer a better explanation on how this does fit into continuity.
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #99a (v1) : Just wish Stan would lay off the super-wordy captions and let the artwork explain the scene.

I liked Mr. Hyde in the 1980s and early 1990s, so interesting to see his debut.
 
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TStarnes Says:
Fantastic Four #21 (v1) : Keep an eye on the expanded order. When it reaches this point it merges the main order with the WWII order (and all the others), giving you how to read this comic in combination with the ones in other orders.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #38 (v1) :
  • That's my line "I haven't been able to find one good secretary since she walked out of here! They all want coffee breaks... pension funds... profit sharing...!" (J. J. Jameson)

  • That's my line too "Actually, I've never met a modest costumed scrapper before! Usually, they start off by saying 'Nobody can defeat the Purple Pantywaist!', or 'You fool! Don't you realize you've no chance against the Human Windshield Wiper!'" (Spider-Man)

  • Joe Smith! I don't think they were able to find a more common name than that!

  • Fun scene with the students protesting against... well, practically nothing! One more star for that!

  • Unlike the Doctor Strange series, we cannot say that Ditko left this one with a fanfare, giving us an average filler. Things must have gone pretty bad with Stan if he didn't bother to make a decent cover or even a splash page. And unlike the other series, I cannot say that I'm disappointed that someone else takes over the art for Spider-Man. True, Ditko was good at drawing Spider-Man in action scenes and wrote the best plots in the MU at this time. But I will surely not miss the way he was drawing regular people.

  • Looking at the smilin' dummy at the end and how Spider-Man punches him got me wondering if this was not Ditko's subtle attempt to get back at Stan. The dummy does bear more resemblance with young Smilin' Stan than with Ned Leeds, doesn't it?

  • Also, ain't that a shame, or at least ironic, that Ditko left the series without ever drawing Mary-Jane's face?

  • I was a bit disappointed with this one. I was hoping that Ditko's last Silver Age story with Marvel would be more memorable, but it really is not. Sorry, but 3 stars are all I can give.
 
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logan49 Says:
Fantastic Four #5 (v1) : DOOOOOOOM!!!
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain America #147 (v1) : This was better, or at least more readable, than last issue. The mastermind being Kingpin doesn't make a lot of sense, but I concede that I may be colored by later portrayals of the kingpin.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain America #146 (v1) : The plot and pacing of the issue are...okay... but the dialog is unreadable. There are worse issues in the order, but this one was an unpleasant chore to get through.

I did like the Femme Force being more useful, though.
 
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jemsmck Says:
Champ Comics #19a : How would you not know if someone got in your car while you were in it?
 
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Hoshizora Says:
Peter Parker, The Spectacular... : This is the first comic I've read with an appearance by Punisher or Kingpin, and even I can tell something is wildly off with the characters.
 
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jemsmck Says:
All-Winners Comics #4a (v1) : Love the insults. Die Liberty Lovers!
 
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