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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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bharbeke Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #691 (v1) : Great cover and issue!
 
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bill_the_cat Says:
X-Men #8 (v1) : A possible explanation for why Beast didn't explain himself: Sometimes it is easier for scary-smart people to implement their plans than it is for them to explain them to us mere mortals. It seems to be almost physically painful for them to dumb down their explanation enough for the rest of us to understand and can take a lot of time. Easier for them to say, "trust me this will work." This could be an excuse for the Beast and Reed at times. However both of them love to talk and show off their intelligence so this isn't a perfect explanation.
 
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skywalker3880 Says:
Defenders #42 (v1) : In the time between Val's jail stint and now, she's searched every city dump to recover her old outfit that the police threw away. Hulk 207 ended so well with an emotional burden on Hulk but let's ignore that too.
Still, interested to see where this goes despite having Egghead show back up.
 
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jemsmck Says:
Young Allies #3a (v1) : The art is much better in this issue than in previous issues. The beautiful two-page spread was bay far one of the best shots in the era to date. Not a fan of how the Japanese were literally portrayed as monsters with claws and filed pointed teeth. The story itself is just average with the standard logic issues but otherwise not a bad issue.
 
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metasynthie Says:
The Spectacular Spider-Man #190... : With all the mind-games on Peter, Liz and Normie, Harry comes across much scarier than his father did! Quite an accomplishment considering the long shadow of the original Green Goblin.
 
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metasynthie Says:
The Spectacular Spider-Man #189a... : Cycle of abuse, illustrated and magnified.
 
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bill_the_cat Says:
Tales to Astonish #63a (v1) : I'm getting thrown out a door...wheeeeee. I don't see this bear trap on a bare floor in a well lit room. Last time I punched a hole in an unfamiliar ceiling to find wires it took me several tries to get them...then I realized how much easier it would have been to flip the switch.
 
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jgauthie001 Says:
Daredevil #90 (v1) :
 
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gmonkey Says:
Excalibur #56 (v1) : Alan Davis should be more celebrated.
 
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Anansi2010 Says:
Bloodstone #1 : Subtle character design.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Fantastic Four #21 (v1) : I feel as cheated as Anonymous up here in the comments.
Man I read every $@%#%^ issue in the order and now turns out that I haven't been doing it right?
Where these Sgt. Fury stories came from? What do I do now? Where am I?
This issue has just ruined my life.
 
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skalchemist Says:
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme... : The death itself was at least heroic it's the "no time to grieve" thing that makes me mad
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain America #306 (v1) : Crap. Just crap.

Braddock, naked and unarmed, is running through a medeival armory on his way to a brawl and fails to pick up narry a morningstar as a souvenir. This, and everything else about rhus dreck, led me to the first Cap 1-star I've seen a while.
 
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jwerth Says:
Power Man and Iron Fist #57 (v1) : Were they not paying von Eeden enough to draw full panels? There were so many panels with blank backgrounds that it really took something away from this issue. Good interactions between Luke and Danny, but I wish Colleen and Misty were more than just a sobbing mess, that didn’t seem at all true to character.
 
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Katryn Says:
Monsters Unleashed #7b (v1) : This would have actually been a better story if Jack did know that Coker was also a werewolf for it. But it's still better than most of the other Werewolf stories.
 
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DarianRogue Says:
Marvel Mystery Comics #7c : I am SO pumped.
 
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Katryn Says:
Monsters Unleashed #6b (v1) : This is probably the best Werewolf story I've read in a long time, definitely helped by the fact that he actually remembered that it was a full moon and went elsewhere for the night.
 
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metasynthie Says:
The Spectacular Spider-Man #187... : This is a much better and more textured conclusion to the story of Nathan Lubensky.
 
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metasynthie Says:
Darkhawk #15 : This arc makes Darkhawk feel like a more well-fleshed character, with motivations and troubles beyond "excited teen trying to figure out how to be a superhero." At the same time, it feels very much cast in the mold of Spider-Man -- tragic death of male parental figure makes him serious about doing good, while keeping the secret from his female parental figure, and he even swings around (on a cable) and fights a bunch of Spider-Man villains, at least in this arc. Next step: differentiate from the most popular hero, maybe?
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Fantastic Four #243 (v1) : Well, they did say he was shrinking in the interior, so maybe that explains it.
 
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blueballs9 Says:
Captain America #161 (v1) : The setup kind of bugs me. Any self respecting villain would have just slit their throats and dumped them in a ditch instead of playing games.
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Fantastic Four #243 (v1) : Really well done. Great Byrne art, and he really humanizes Galactus, making it possible to be sympathetic to him. I remember reading this when it was out, though, and thinking Cap and Reed were crazy in trying to save him, since they would surely doom millions more if he lived.
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Ghost Rider #69 (v2) : Strange seeing the demon in a red and yellow costume. Not that bad, although the moral could instead be for young, pretty girls to not be so loose or they might end up thrown from a car and almost run over by runaway construction vehicles.
 
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Russ Says:
Avengers #144 (v1) : That's how Patsy became Hellcat? Cap saying "Here, put this on"? No ideas on how Roxxon or Brand got a hold of the costume in the first place, or who it was that wore it? Cap, I sure hope you could tell if that was washed first *shudder*

And yeah, Roxxon is on a completely different level of threat if they can transport people across alternate universes. Somehow this arc just kind of turned ridiculous, and not in a good way.

2 stars. Still holding out hope that Englehart knew what he was doing. And George Perez's artwork is always a treat.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Marvel Mystery Comics #58c : That's my line – "Wait! You can't strike a woman!" "Why not? I'm a woman too!" (Black Widow and Miss America)
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Marvel Mystery Comics #58b : They could fit a the whole tribe on their ceremonial boat? Well, given they are actually cannibals on a small isolate island, they probably ate each other off, but still...
 
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Vancelot Says:
Uncanny X-Men #213 (v1) : It was good. I rounded up to 4 stars, but it feels like a 3.5 star story.
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Captain America #113 (v1) : The art and coherent storyline made this 5 stars from for me. Vision and Thor being affected by the gas brought me out of the moment and I hate the fact that he has a secret identity again. But the art was so good.

This is Steranko's best issue yet.
 
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Russ Says:
Avengers #143 (v1) : You'd think Kang would've learned by now that the last thing he'd want to try to do is out-power Thor. Sure, he's got 41st century know-how on his side, but he's up against a god. Dude, there's only outcome in a case like that and it generally doesn't favor you.

Not impressed with Moondragon during this storyline. She sees to fancy herself a god but really wasn't of much use here except to make the cowboys do double-takes at her bald head.

3 stars. Fun little story overall. If it weren't for that, I'd be saying it's taken two issues too long for the other Avengers to free themselves from Brand Corporation's trap.
 
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jemsmck Says:
The Human Torch #7a : The great full page spread on the secret base almost makes up for the blatant racism.
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Incredible Hulk #115 (v1) : I love the speed suit reference
 
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Locust75 Says:
Giant-Size Defenders #1 : I was really hoping Clea and Valkyrie would've had a good ol' fashioned pillow fight!!!

'Nuff Said - "--Let the magicks in my fingers enter your very ego..."-Clea to Valkyrie...
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Captain America #112 (v1) : I thought the art for this was great. Especially the splash on page 14.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Defenders #12 (v1) : I don't know, I always had a soft spot for the big ol' fluff ball! I agree with Russ, they really don't know what to do with Xemnu yet. He should've had no problem mentally stopping the Hulk?!

'Nuff Said - "Well, Hulk hates you back--"-Hulkster
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Kid Komics #6b : Funny how the Destroyer just puts on some civilian clothes over his costume and suddenly, he assumes that he looks just any other regular guy, regardless of the mask.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Marvel Two-in-One #1 : I never knew that Marvel Two-On-One was previously Marvel Feature! Anyway we know the real Molecule Man will return someday. I agree with the Thing at the end, it's a baton, not a wand!

'Nuff Said - "My hand--firm--strong--"-Son of the Molecule Man
 
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Locust75 Says:
Marvel Feature #12 (v1) : I fell this would've been a better story set in the 80's during the Thing's wrestling career. A tag team bout with Thanos as manager of the Blood Brothers. I can see him throwing chairs and holding Iron Man against the ropes! And have Mentor as the inept referee who can't control the match!

So the Blood Brothers are real space vampires?!

'Nuff Said - "--I wuz beginin' ta look forward ta some good licks--eh?"-Thing
 
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edgar987 Says:
Fantastic Four #149 (v1) : I can’t believe the ff are getting consistent 2s. How the mighty have fallen! Awful.
 
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metsguy Says:
Defenders #6 (v1) : It’s a shame Cyrus Black has only three more appearances in the Order.
 
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Russ Says:
Avengers #142 (v1) : Slap on some chaps, grab yer Stetson, and travel back to the Old West with....the Avengers? I liked how Hawkeye got here and how well he fit in. Considering all the problems he's had in the present, it wouldn't have surprised me if he stayed in the past. It'd be pretty much the same reason the Black Knight had; you know, the guy he went after in the first place. Ironic, isn't it?

And if I remember correctly, he was originally called the Ghost Rider, but they changed his name to Night Rider/Phantom Rider so as not to cause any confusion with the modern day Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze. Like it makes a difference if that's true; we have two Human Torches and two Visions, right?

3 stars. I don't really think I want to read the western heroes either, but this arc is great fun so far.
 
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phogbear Says:
The Hulk! #18a : I could see how the Hulk thought that was the best solution. He didn't want to leave, but he also wanted to help so he took both with him. Made for. great full page!
 
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Russ Says:
Avengers #141 (v1) : I surmise that Englehart has a plan for Patsy in this arc, but I'm not real certain what it could be. She's not ready to procure a costume that somebody else used to wear recently? But yeah, she didn't belong with the other Avengers at Brand Corp. I like the Beast, but he shouldn't be imposing on the team.

3 stars. Not up to Englehart's usual brilliance but I can tell he's got something big cooking.
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain America #305 (v1) : Steve bitching about his deadlines feels very meta, especially in this poorly conceived filler issue.

Also, Steve (who has refused his Avengers stipend and rent-free housing) complains about money and then takes a last-minute Concord flight to London.
 
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logan49 Says:
Combat Kelly #44a (v1) : What a very "Tommy Boy" to defeat the enemy.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain America #145 (v1) : I had a great time reading this issue.

Oh, it was awful though and through, from art, to dialog, to the insane levels of cringy-sexism.

But my wife and I had a good laugh at its expense, so it's got that going for it.
 
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Wilk Says:
Captain America Comics #7a : So the Red Skull is dead again, and Cap works for Hydra, huh?
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Captain America #111 (v1) : The art was great. I still find Rick Jones annoying. Between that and the secret identity thing. It keeps me from giving it three stars.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Adventures #15 (v2) : It can't possibly be the case that in the Secret Empire incompetence is punished by death. There wouldn't be anyone left! The last Number One died when his cape got stuck in a door while trying to flee an explosion. This group is all about incompetence.
 
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kungfufan Says:
Tower of Shadows #6d : Needs to have been audio for me to have enjoyed it. Good art. Enjoyed the non-Order Beowulf story.
 
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phogbear Says:
The Hulk! #16 : Shouldn't everyone, especially these people, know you can't kill the Hulk with explosives.

Rudy Nebres's pinups in the back of the book are very nice.
 
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bill_the_cat Says:
Tales to Astonish #62a (v1) : Some costume jewelry is worth some money. This story might not have been the worst in the order, but that is no reason to give it more than 1 *. The concept of grading these early comics on a curve is beyond me. Bad is still bad. Too many of these are still not worth reading.
 
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blueballs9 Says:
Hero for Hire #10 : A character relying solely on luck? That's a Longshot.
 
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Locust75 Says:
X-Men #53b (v1) : Don't worry about Chico. He's alive and doing well with...the Man!

:)
 
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kungfufan Says:
Marvel Mystery Comics #14a : So... Tibetan lamas, dressed as Sikhs, swearing by Allah... Strange cult, for sure! But seriously, I did like this one a lot (excepting the artwork, as usual). Best Human Torch story so far.
 
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Trentus Says:
Spider-Man, Storm, and Power Man #1 : If cigarettes are 75c a pack and a stereo is $300, how many packs of cigarettes will you need to steal and sell illegally to minors to buy a stereo?
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #53b (v1) : I think the minions were crushed-ice after the blast...
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #53b (v1) : Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't one of the guards at the site where Beast stole the thingymajiggy mentioning that they protect and keep safe a nuclear power source? And here and now it is powered by the sun...sounds more like photovoltaics...

another inconsistency in this (now) less then mediocre origin story...
 
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grayrender Says:
X-Men/Alpha Flight #2 (v1) : This is better Loki material than almost anything in Thor (except Ragnarok).
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #52b (v1) : Take a good story insert stupid af villain....flush it away
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #52b (v1) : Of course, what do you expect...it is his most favorite hobby....wipe wipe wipy wipe ..."could do this all day"
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #51b (v1) : Funny thing, here in Germany this phrase is not uncommon (translated of course: Was zum Teufel!) also the youth is more and more using "wtf" even here ;-)
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Fantastic Four #51 (v1) :
  • That's my line – "There ain't enuff coffee in the world to... Aw, nuts! I'm beginning to sound like a blasted soap opera!" (The Thing)

  • OK. It's one thing being able to take someone's looks and voice, but it's another to know his particular expressions. How would that scientist know that Ben calls Reed 'Stretcho'? Or even who is Aunt Petunia?

  • I'm sorry, but I don't buy that Reed would not be at least suspicious about the Thing when a perfect Ben Grimm look-alike shows up to warn him of the imposter, let alone trust said imposter with his own life right away.

  • It seems that Stan intends to repeat the success of Peter Parker's entourage and give a more elaborate one to Johnny. He even gave him a Flash Thomson clone. I do love Wyatt Wingfoot who is still a mystery to me.

  • Why didn't Reed explode when HE got in contact with negative matter?

  • I felt so bad for poor Ben who got his hopes crushed again just when he was about to propose to Alicia.

  • This was a great suspense, considering it's a single-issue story, but the basis for its imposter plot was too contrived for me to give it a perfect score. Cheesy as it was, I really loved all the moral and emotional struggles at the end. 4 stars.
 
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melvillean Says:
Avengers #187 (v1) : Points for the Peer Gynt pun, I suppose.
 
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phogbear Says:
Shogun Warriors #16 : How long do giant robots continue working without maintenance?
 
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cdolphy Says:
Avengers #146 (v1) : Tough arc to rate. The interrupted story line sours you a bit on it from the start and the admission that they know it doesn't work in the continuity in this issue just makes it worse.

But then the story is ok, with a few places it has more promise than similar stories. But of course the promising ideas don't pay off.

Assassin was more likable than it deserved to be considering the boring character design. The basic idea of hired killer trying to take out the Avengers is ho-hum, but the hook of having the assassin plan for a year helped it a lot. But then the actual plan was so lame basically tricking Cap into running down a dark alley and ambushing him, then drugging a few of the Avengers then directly assaulting the rest of them. This was not a plan that takes a year. But the twist ending helped. But the melodramatic family connections of characters we just met somewhat ruined the ending.
 
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skywalker3880 Says:
Nova #2 (v1) : Nova totally killed Powerhouse. Dude just suffocated him for sure.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #116b (v1) : Love the Nightmare dimension artwork.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #116a (v1) : John Byrne must have read this when he was young and got the idea to hook up Alicia with Johnny.

Thing was drawn badly.

Alicia is the best female in the Marvel Universe.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #50 (v1) : So...Human Top was active in the 1950s before the Age of Marvels.

Ain't he special.

To be continued???
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Incredible Hulk #110 (v1) : I love hulk issues where banner saves the day
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #48 (v1) : Like Ditko's armor, but Mr. Doll and the Pepper trick were lame.
 
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CrazyforRAMU Says:
Power Man #19 : "Cage sheds *lead* like a duck does *rain*."

Hell. Yes.
 
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jennychan Says:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling... : RIP Junior :-(
 
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jennychan Says:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling... : Have still counts for predating Black Panther, though, right?
Yeah, no, I know, but....
 
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jemsmck Says:
All-Winners Comics #4e (v1) : Great Namor story here. Good action panels.
 
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metasynthie Says:
Incredible Hulk #392 (v1) : Kind of impressive that the dialogue between Hulk and Havok here includes both jokes about how convoluted Galactic Storm was and references to the real-life Desert Storm "regime change" policies that Galactic Storm was named after, but never referenced thematically. Most writers stick to either using references for in-jokes or real-world issues, not both!
 
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metasynthie Says:
Incredible Hulk #390 (v1) : Peter David: tries to offset 90s joke about the Hulk shooting giant guns by also including bunny slippers. Surprisingly, a little bit effective.
 
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jennychan Says:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling... : Hmm...I'm afraid I'm out of my league to judge a war comic. I'm a GI JOE fan but I knew it was a fantasy comic and never viewed it as war.

The diversity of the Commandoes is cool, prolly based on the people either Stan or Jack knew in the War.
I know Stan is not a historian or realist, so I have no expectations for that but King Kirby knows more which is why I was surprised about the air grenade and far fetched plot.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #18b : Surprisingly good team up of Iron Fist and the Sons. Snake Eyes wasn't bad, but his plan was quite unoriginal. I wonder if it was Jonas Harrow who fixed him up; we've heard that name a couple of times in Spider-Man and he's the guy responsible for Hammerhead. It would make sense.

Seems to be a breach in continuity here. I'd think the Sons would still be in shock over their involvement in the prison riot over the past couple of issues, with Lin Sun and Bob possibly at odds with each other over Lotus, and Abe more than pissed at the establishment over the racially motivated mistreatment of the prisoners. Hope this is a thread that's picked up somewhere; there's more than enough to affect the Sons for a long time to come.

2 stars. Not bad, but it just didn't seem like it belonged.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #18a : Well, that arc was worth about as much as the Golden Dragon itself; basically, nothing. I wasn't too sure where this was going to end up, but this really landed with a dull thud. And it was set up beautifully, too.

1 star, for not properly finishing what was started.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #17b : Easily the highest body count of any story in the Order up to this point. I can see Halliday and Byrd regretting the decisions to put the Sons in this situation. I don't know if anyone else could've done this better, but....yeah, ugly.

And I got the impression that Lin Sun isn't so much as stealing Lotus away from Bob, as Bob basically gave Lotus a reason to leave him. He was making jokes when Jackson was gunned down; that was a d**k move on his part. "Just like in Hollywood" indeed, Bob; couples break up, too.

2 stars. This story had a surprising amount of elements to change the trajectory of the Sons of the Tiger series; too bad the premise and execution of this arc was all wrong. Yet somehow, that's been par for the course for them.
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #49b (v1) : just ROFL Groovy ...nice one XD
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #17a : I almost wanted to say that this was filler in a way. Having Shang-Chi run that cloister through the dragon (or his own mind, or both simultaneously) struck me as a way to lay out to the reader who all the players for the dragon are; probably a handy device at the time since readers had to wait a month for the next part, unlike us readers of the Order. Taken at that level, this actually wasn't bad. But, it did take a little steam out of the arc.

2 stars. Still a good arc, but it's time to end it.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #16b : I'm a little torn on this one. It did make for a better Sons story than most of what we've seen so far, but I agree that they probably shouldn't have been there in the first place. I can also see it now; Halliday has some connection with Byrd, and the two probably got to talking one day: "I just heard some reports about this one prison...." "Hey, before you send any feds or SHIELD in, I've gotta friend who helped me solve a murder a few weeks ago; let me call him and his buddies and see if they can turn something up first. Subtle approach might work better in this case." "Okay, you're on!"

2 stars. It didn't work, Byrd. Sorry....
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #16a : I think this is starting to get a little long in the tooth as well. At least the excessive amount of elements of the story are starting to come together in a coherent manner, but I'm left thinking that this arc should probably be wrapped up next issue, instead of taking two issues. We'll see. 3 stars.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #14b : I'm not sure I got the point of this. Death in heaven? What a mess.

1 star. Abe's solo story was the only worthwhile one here. Too bad; wasted opportunity with the others.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #14a : I think the story arc's been pretty good so far. There's been quite a bit of misdirection and intrigue yet I've been able to follow it pretty well. And I wonder how Denis is wrapped up in this, assuming that really is Blackjack holding a gun to everyone. And a pretty well-done sequence to escape that trap, even if it took nearly the entire length of the story to do it.

3 stars. As far as we know, the Shadow Thief probably has yet another decoy statue.
 
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phogbear Says:
Captain America #239 (v1) : That's a pretty bleak ending there. I liked it.

Cap looks naked without his shield.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #13b : Either Curtis was extremely trusting, or extremely lucky being caught on that car. His scenes were poorly done, which is a shame, because this story wasted an excellent setup. After the first 2-3 pages I was puzzled by the low rating. Now I know.

2 stars. I like the concept of solo Sons; too bad Bob's couldn't be as good as Abe's last issue.
 
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poj-poj Says:
Marvel Comics Presents #27b (v1) : 60% done...only 80 pages to go.
 
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