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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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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #13a : Excellent cliffhanger. Seems lively so far; I doubt I'd be saying that if dear old dad was involved. 3 stars.
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Iron Man #13 (v1) : I would have given this one 4 stars, but the roller skates brought it down one. But these past few issues have been some of the best yet for the series.
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Iron Man #13 (v1) : I would have given this one 4 stars, but the roller skates brought it down one. But these past few issues have been some of the best yet for the series.
 
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mormegil4 Says:
Iron Man #12 (v1) : The controller actually seems like a credible threat. The scene where is brother is pleading for his life feels so creepy.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #130a (v1) :
  • That's my line – "Love! An emotion fit for only fools... and weaklings!" (Tana Nile)

  • Ouch! This is definitely NOT the Cerberus I was expecting! Little disappointed, here! Kirby missed a great opportunity to design a very cool creature. Also, as kungfufan pointed out, I would have preferred demons and monsters instead of machines. The Greek Underworld had so much potential in terms of characters and landscape. It's too bad they were totally ignored.

  • On the same note, I don't mind having mythologies of different origins intertwine. But since the beginning of this arc, I'm truly bothered with the names for the Gods of Olympus. Stan got most of them right, except for the two most important in this story. Hercules and Pluto should have been called Heracles and Hades. Or call all the other gods by their Latin name.

  • OK. I'm still intrigued by Tana Nile, whatever she is.

  • Thor is such a party pooper!

  • This was a great mini-arc. The outcome was unexpected and surprisingly good. And one more star for Thor and Hercules being BFFs again. 4 stars
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #53a (v1) : On "Credit Due":

I think so too... I first thought Kirby was drawing this one because Blastaar's face looked so much like the faces Kirby draws...
Thankfully he BW-S also takes some influences from steranko as you mentioned... I don't want another Kirby...
 
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Urgat Says:
X-Men #53a (v1) : I don't think that he is annoying, imo He could be a really powerful and good villian if pitted against the right Heroes...he is just seriously misused in this Issue.
 
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Vancelot Says:
Power Pack #27 (v1) : Pretty emotional issue. Shew.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #12b : Popular culture wasn't very kind to oil companies as the country was coming out of the mid-70s energy crisis (or was becoming desensitized to it). I wonder if Caxon Oil is an offshoot of Roxxon; there's not enough room for two unscrupulous oil companies in the US, is there?

I agree this was pretty good. Sons of the Tiger together can get pretty cheesy, and I'm not sure any of the three are strong enough to carry a solo series, but a one-shot with Abe here was an excellent change of pace. It didn't have much in the way of martial arts action, but who cares? Still a good story overall.

3 stars.
 
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Russ Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #12a : At least it's an attempt to do something different with Shang-Chi. Personally, I think there'd be worse things to do with him than trying him out in an espionage-type story arc. And this doesn't look half-bad so far in spite of some convolution and misdirection.

3 stars. Sometimes they get really daring with drawing some of the outfits on women in these black-and-white mags. Shareen has some underboob going there, as if one good sneeze and that top pops right off.
 
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Marksman Says:
Iron Man #30 (v1) : A mighty kaiju robot defeated by its own reflected light.

So, shouldn't the mirror be concave as opposed to convex as drawn (pg 20 pn 1) to be able to reflect back the light as opposed to disperse it?
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #21 (v1) : Comments complaining about how racism is handled have no perspective.

Regarding the Order: Sgt Fury and His Howling Commandos should be in this 1960s Order and The Invaders should be in the 1970s Order.

As it stands now, we have to read about Nick Fury in Early Marvel, but that also has a bunch of Roy Thomas retcons with The Invaders. I may have to go back now and try to match up Howling to this. :-(

Oh the issue? One of the best FF so far.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #115b (v1) : Love the artwork and origin. Would have given it 5 stars if there was more length.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #115a (v1) : Hmm...feels like this comes right after FF 20 since Thing and Sue are writing up the report.

Love how Johnny RAGES at Reed.

I liked the battle and Johnny's characterization.
 
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jennychan Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1) : Petah da Playah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Man, wish he had focused on Betty only.

Not a fan of the Vulture (he looks ancient and just flies) but the dialogue and art were funny and the JJJ scenes were amazing.

4 stars, which appears to be the default setting for any Amazing Spider-Man.
 
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jennychan Says:
Avengers #2 (v1) : Kinda weird how the heroes act differently when they team up in the Avengers compared to their own mags. Wasp has a super crush on Pym but immediately switched to Thor..Thor wished death upon The Space Phantom...Iron Man has a short fuse..

Anyway, I really don't like Space Phantom's look or powers, and the art made it confusing to read.

Surprised so many people liked this, no doubt because it is "Avengers #2". If it was #12 it would be an easy 1 or 2 stars.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #49 (v1) : Grant Morrison would have had the characters REALLY be erased from continuity.

The Wasp is the better superhero. Pym does not appreciate what she did for him.

As far as the controversial and historical notion to have Ant-Man become Giant Man, yeah it probably was to inject something new and make Pym seem more powerful.

Inconsistent powers + art + plot though.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #47 (v1) : The super-villains were always right: Tony Stark is a capitalistic lap dog who takes orders from corrupt senators! Iron Man is a corporate stooge! lol

I was rolling at the end when Tony Stark ordered Pepper for some DICtation to catch up on in his office.

A $10,000 custom sports car: thanks government created inflation.

Anyway, I like Tales of Suspense now that it focuses on Tony's business, has Happy and Pepper, and custom made supervillains (Crimson Dynamo + Melter), although Melter should have been a one-shot villain.
 
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Marksman Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #89 (v1) : Seems Randy's comments become an inspiration for a new PSA slogan for Woodsy Owl, "Give a hoot, don't pollute!"
 
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metsguy Says:
Incredible Hulk #161 (v1) : Well, that was quite a dark ending.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Adventures #14 (v2) : Bad start, worse ending, and more Mission Impossible masks. There were some high points interspersed, but overall this was pretty bad.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Adventure into Fear #13 : Man-Thing is kind of like then anti - hulk, in that he's dimly aware of having been something else, and yearns to have that back, where Hulk is more aware of Banner, but hates him. This lead to a poignant and different scene with the mirrors that I quite enjoyed
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #152 (v1) : Yeah, Shocker, you tend to get defeated a little easy; time for a new line of work. Oh, speaking of which, Linda Lovelace on line 2, and she says she has a few ideas!

The last 2-3 years of Spider-Man have been pretty dark; it's cool to go back to the more lighthearted jovial tone of the earlier days while keeping the current storylines rolling. The interaction with JJJ was priceless; we can only hope he throws less parties in the future! If so, the other "priceless" artifacts in his place will breathe a sigh of relief.

3 stars. It does seem like a fresh start the last couple of issues. And Len Wein is another less-than-fantastic writer who seems to have Spidey pretty well figured out, at least so far.
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #151 (v1) : A new era for Spidey! Starting it off by dumping a body. You never would've seen him do this in a Silver Age Spidey book, that's for sure!

Pretty entertaining party thrown by JJJ, if you weren't actually invited. JJJ was being classic JJJ: rolling out the coke instead of the liquor, pushing the tuna fish over the caviar, announcing Betty and Ned's transfer to Paris for a busman's holiday, and of course, losing power in the middle of one of his long-winded speeches. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

So, Harry's back! Something tells me that cast-in-plaster smile on his face means he's probably not as cured as we're being led to believe.Between him and Aunt May, those two could send the Cryptkeeper fleeing in the night in terror!

3 stars. Len Wein takes over the Web-Head, and he chooses the Shocker as his first opponent. At least he didn't choose to revive the Kangaroo.
 
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eykim21 Says:
Journey into Mystery #85 (v1) : Interesting looking Rainbow Bridge with no red and yellow between green and blue.
 
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fragsel Says:
Marvel Mystery Comics #20e : Everything was quite cool and entertaining, but then They introduced the radio controlled gun in the telephone, that literally killed my reading pleasure. Shame!!!
 
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grayrender Says:
X-Men/Alpha Flight #1 (v1) : CC and JB have such similar styles. I'm curious about what distinguishes them so much for you.
 
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grayrender Says:
X-Men/Alpha Flight #1 (v1) : This only felt drawn out because it was a double-length issue
Think of it as two distinct parts of a 4-part mini-series. There is even a break-point halfway through where you can tell they were planning to end the issue.
 
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eykim21 Says:
Fantastic Four #5 (v1) : Sue climbs the electrically charged net!
 
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grayrender Says:
Uncanny X-Men #192 (v1) : Page 5 (MU pagination): is Peter wearing a dog collar????
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #9 (v2) : I chalk that up to a sort of holdover from more psychedelic days.
 
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jwerth Says:
Captain America #237 (v1) : The first half of this issue was very good, including the Sharon Carter stuff. Is this the first time in the Order that a hero has been based out of Brooklyn?

But the Holocaust flashback was really frustrating. First, it made no sense in the story - why are we spending half the issue on a long flashback for a minor character? Second, I appreciate that Claremont and McKenzie were trying to portray a sympathetic Holocaust survivor, but would it have been so hard to tell a story that was historically plausible, instead of grabbing some famous phrases (Kristallnacht! Death camps! Train cars!) and shoving them together? No one was arrested on Kristallnacht and sent to death camps, the Nazis didn’t start using death camps until several years later, in ‘41/‘42. And it’s really unlikely that a little girl would be arrested on Kristallnacht, 30,000 Jewish men were arrested that night and sent to concentration camps (including my grandfather), but not kids and families (at that point). I probably sound nit-picky, but I think it’s respectful to try to get the basic details right. The truth is terrible enough, without sensationalizing or oversimplifying the history.
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #7 (v2) : I'm enjoying the hell out of this run, bbut I suspect that's due in large part to the issues being only 12 pages. No time for any tedium.
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #6 (v2) : Yeah . . . Psylocke is certainly no D.I.D., even before also being a ninja.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #129a (v1) :
  • That's my line – "Quick! Tear off a piece of his cape... for memento!" "One of his hair! That's all I want... Just one!" (Disrespectful crowd) – Welcome back to Midgard, Thor!

  • That's my line too – "A costume party... on this floor... and I wasn't invited!" (Jane's disappointed neighbor)

  • I really liked that fun casual scene with the no-nonsense cabbie. Too bad the poor lad did not get paid, but he did offer to help, didn't he?

  • Great giant panel on page 4. I guess Olympus is to Asgard, what Hercules is to Thor: much more fun!!

  • Just as she jumps in the arms of the next immortal she sees, Jane is willing to share an apartment with the first weirdo that comes. No judgment whatsoever!

  • I like how Ares is wearing a mohawk similar to his traditional helmet.

  • Well, the plot towards Thor fighting for Hercules is far from being subtle.

  • I love how Kirby draws horses. They are simply magnificent!

  • Pretty solid issue again, even if the outcome was too obvious. Nice sub-plot with that creepy Tana Nile. I'm looking forward to next issue. 4 stars.
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #5 (v2) : Medically, yes.
 
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imeco Says:
Black Panther #6 (v1) : These are not the type of stories I expected from Black Panther.
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Iron Man #159 (v1) : This book's art just dropped off a cliff after Layton and JR JR left, and didn't improve until Layton came back. This fill-in, however, was a rare bright spot with Paul Smith. His Iron Man is shiny like Layton's and has the 80s look a la Golden, Rogers, Kevin Maguire, that's a little cartoony but slick and stylish. Could have done without that last panel that shows Iron Man's armor somehow smiling, but still a good ish.
 
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Russ Says:
Black Goliath #5 : Just found an old Marvel correspondence rescued from a landfill somewhere on the east coast; coincidentally, it's related to this issue. Here's an excerpt....

Hey Chris? Bad news, old buddy. We're cancelling the Black Goliath book. We had to do it, and it's your fault. See, in issue #4, you had Bill lose to the Stilt-Man. So now, nobody believes Black Goliath is a viable superhero anymore, and they stopped buying the book. In order to tie up this plot thread, we're probably going to have to send the Werewolf in since it's all taking place in L.A., and he can't really beat anybody either. Hopefully Wolfman can figure it out because we don't wanna cancel that book, too. Well, at least this will give you a chance to concentrate on the X-Men and Iron Fist, if nothing else.

The final issue ended up better than I thought, given the plot. I liked Derath, and it sucked when he was killed senselessly. The circumstances behind it did make it seem like Goliath was incredibly self-centered, but who knew there was that level of danger? Ugh, I like Claremont, but I think that entire scene came off too awkward to work.

2 stars, and a final grade of B- for the series. It had the elements to succeed long term, and like @Drax said the plug was pulled on it too early. There's not much I'd change here, but Bill was a character making a serious stab at superheroing and his ineptitude, while charming, would've worn thin after awhile. It's all a shame; I would've liked to see what else Claremont could've done with this title.
 
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chademe Says:
Marvel Super-Heroes #16a (v1) : Not as bad as I thought it would be.
 
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Russ Says:
Black Goliath #4 : Bill, you're a cool dude and I have respect for you, but it took you awhile to subdue three bank robbers, and you just lost to a Daredevil villain. I don't think the superhero biz is your thing. You've got one super-villain victory under your belt, I'll give you that, but since the start of this title you've gotten your butt kicked most of the time, and your opponents are making it look easy. You've got heart, and a good supporting cast, but that won't win you many fights.

2 stars. Geez, Stilt-Man finally wins one fight and he develops a God complex. What's next, stealing the ultimate nullifier from Galactus?
 
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duncanm Says:
Iron Fist #10 (v1) : Okay how the heck did Fisty punch the weapon that was choking him hard enough to break it without crushing his own windpipe!
Knight and Wing were made to look way too weak in this arc. They don't even get a punch in, they get one shotted and are out... twice for Misty.
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #98c (v1) : So THAT'S where Ymir's artwork came from in the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE.

 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #98a (v1) : I remember Cap issues with Cobra. Cobra is a dick. Shoulda been a one-shot Spidey villain.
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
Sensational Spider-Man #28 (v2) : I don't usually like Aguirre-Sacasa, but this one was a much better effort. Sometimes these events can really elevate a writer's abilities.
 
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duncanm Says:
Iron Fist #9 (v1) : Was going really good until the stupidity at the end. The cops know that this gang is going around attacking people, and Iron Fist in particular, so they're going to call him a killer for defending himself. Not to mention, it's not like anyone checked to see if he was alive before calling him a killer.
And yeah, superhero forgets he has a superpower until the last minute to add tension is so dumb.
 
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jennychan Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #6 (v1) : Spidey's rogue gallery have great debuts.
A shame most of them never branched out to other heroes that much.
 
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jennychan Says:
X-Men #2 (v1) : To think that the mindwipe was a huge deal in Identity Crisis in DC which caused the DC Universe to go dark..lol
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #20 (v1) : Read the letter's page: at least 2 famous people wrote in, proving Stan did not write all the letters himself lol

I had loved Molecule Man since Secret Wars I, II, and III (yes, you will see that issue one day). Good origin, but bad execution here. Still gave it 3 because he really caused havoc here and the Watcher had to interfere.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3j (v1) : Poor Louie, he has to change his name to Bedpan Louie...

'Nuff Said - "I've got a nice, wet treat in store for our snoopy friend!"-Dishpan Hands Louie
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
Blade #4 (v4) : A surprisingly effective issue. Wish I still had this one and didn't have to read it online...
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3i (v1) : Finally, a decent costume! I love the scene of Dynamic Man swinging the bad guy at other bad guys! I'm sure Lamont Lewis is okay with Dynamic Man destroying his house to get the bad guys!

'Nuff Said - "Take that Snoopy!"-The Hood, a Peanuts hater...
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
New Avengers #22 (v1) : This is hands down my favorite moment in Civil War. Luke Cage gives all the best reasons for being anti-Registration. The erosion of civil liberties and the actions of S.H.I.E.L.D. are just plain wrong here. There really should have been a good Samaritan clause as Peter suggested when he was in front of Congress. Otherwise this be happens.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #114a (v1) : Love this obscure test run of Cap's return.
Great action and tension.
I voted 4 stars, but could understand why the average is 3.
Either way, much better than most of Torch run in Strange Tales.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3h (v1) : Way better than Zara's last story, and I love Zara doing her own thing! Goodbye Zara, we hardly knew you...

'Nuff Said - "I know--I love danger!"-Zesty Zara
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #48 (v1) : The Porcupine had interesting motivations and unmasked looks like George Lucas. I liked him. He could have killed Pym easily as soon as he had him in hand.

I loved the dialogue from everyone in this issue. I really dig the Wasp. I didn't like her in the 1980s: did not know why she was leader of the Avengers, always flirted with everyone and was obsessed with her looks, and even made out with Magneto in Secret Wars #2. But now that I am experiencing her genesis, she really impresses me. I knew a few older males that had a crush on her, and now I know why they did- she was the first real exciting, tough female Marvel hero. She's a smart, feisty little thing. So much better than Pym.
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
Heroes for Hire #1 (v2) : It was a little talky but really enjoyable to see Misty, Colleen and Shang-Chi in action together again! Nice tie-in with the Civil War story and Misty's "this is our reality but we don't want to hunt out friends" dilemma nicely highlights the complexity and nuance of the issues with Registration.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3g (v1) : This could've been a better story with more pages. To bad it just happens to be Dakor's last story. Great scene of Dakor getting clubbed! Interesting that a drug from lilies can dull Dakor's powers. That stone goddess at the end is a MAN!!!

'Nuff Said - "Fists before magic!"-Dakor the Fighting Magician
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #46 (v1) : Wow how old are you if you believe Iron Man was morally bankrupt for tricking Crimson Dynamo at the end?
So many people here are down on this issue, yet we finally get the first armored villain for Tony, Tony'e empire was close to being ruined, insight into how the U.S. military has problems with him, great Comrade K scenes, and a reformed commie at the end.
This story was so much better than most of Tony's previous ones.

4 stars, eat it and weep!!!
 
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duncanm Says:
Iron Fist #8 (v1) : Okay, you've gotta be kidding me with those tiger masks! It looks like they were picked up from the local child party/sex shop.
The thought bubble dialogue in this issue was horrendous. Worst offenses were Iron Fist warning himself of a thug's attack in the third person, and everything that Bill Hao was thinking, giving himself his entire backstory, including the fact that he is indeed, Bill Hao.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3e (v1) : Hmmm...I can see why Excello doesn't appear again until the Twelve miniseries!

@Zirilian: Yeah, some disguise, it looks like he didn't do anything different!

'Nuff Said - "OWW-WW!"-Borovich the Kussian
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #97b (v1) : Tales of Asgard is the real creative, artistic work behind Thor. Kirby is tapping into the realm of the gods to draw this and Stan is basing the history from library text books.
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #97a (v1) : Wonder if Dr. Bruce Andrew Basil already tried out Jane Foster during the interview Harvey Weinstein style...

Lava Man started off well but Thor went into roid rage, probably over Jane lol

Art is good.

Thor's personality- he has been slowly changing his speech patterns last two issues, plus Avengers, and it appears he took over Don Blake's body..lol

I think all of this gets revealed with Tom DeFalco in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I read the secret origin of Donald Blake then.
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3c (v1) : Interesting that Flexo is fireproof. Shame he never ran into the Human Torch.

'Nuff Said - "I'm gonna blow the top of your head off!"-Iron Duke
 
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Locust75 Says:
Mystic Comics #3b (v1) : Hercules, Hercules, Hercules...The story was very choppy. Making it look like Bobbie was just walking around pointing out things for Hercules to do!

'Nuff Said - "All I ask is your thanks--it was a little thing for a strong man to do."-Hercules, Hercules, Hercules...
 
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duncanm Says:
Eternals #10 (v1) : Yeah, I've got to agree with HeffElf, this seems so out of place because there are giant monsters wreaking havoc everywhere and there are no people in spandex fighting them off.
That being said, this issue actually made it seem like some forward progress was made in the story for once, so... yay?
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
Civil War: Front Line #2d : They seemed to be comparing the Super Iron Man fought to Caesar.
 
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VirtualAdept Says:
Spider-Woman #36 (v1) : The aliens mind wipe themselves of the incident as well... but like how far back are they going? is this alien lady gonna be wandering around forever now wondering where her husband went?
 
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Russ Says:
Marvel Team-Up #37 (v1) : Well, I wish I could say this arc was a classic....actually, no I don't. Monster Maker as a villain is about as weak as they come. We don't see him again; I think 40 years later he's still locked up in a sanitarium somewhere crying his eyes out!

It'll be awhile before we see Man-Wolf again. Yeah, his appearance here seems to break continuity a little bit, but I'm kinda finding myself not caring about it too much.

2 stars. @TheAmazingGatorMan: I dunno. Hellcow was a bit intimidating. Mooooooooooohahahahaha!
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #128a (v1) :
  • That's my line – "He hath tottered at the brink of the eternal sleep, my Lord Odin... but, the glowing strength of his limbs, coupled with the matchless courage of his spirit, shall surely restore thy princely offspring to thy bosom, Sire! (submissive royal physician)

  • For once, I like the punishment Odin chose. Also, the Rock Trolls don't look bestial at all. Here, they are rather portrayed as... Minions-like insignificant little creatures! "Bello!"

  • Thor on a fishing trip, all dressed in fur with his best buddy Balder. So cool!

  • Thor's recovery, in relation with Hercules's sub-plot, seemed a bit rushed. These can't be happening on the same time span, can they? I mean, Thor went from near death to kickass full-powered fighting God in the time it took Hercules to have dinner over a contract.

  • Speaking of which, it appears that all it takes to sign an Olympian contract is a greasy thumbprint! No ink necessary!

  • I would never have thought, but this series has become my favorite, after Spidey and the FF. Kirby's art was breathtaking in this one! I just love his full-page panels. And I'm just fond of stories with Hercules in them. Even if it felt a bit like a filler, it was a very enjoyable read. 5 stars.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #128a (v1) : > ...he's back and learning the first lesson upon dealing with mortals: always read the fine print!

Well, technically he was dealing with an immortal. Good one about Seidring, BTW!
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #128a (v1) : > Thor has a bed that's shaped like a boat...what he is like 8 years old..?!?

Yeah, but a badass boat! With a gargoyle on top! I just love it! And I'd sleep in it!
 
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Russ Says:
Marvel Team-Up #36 (v1) : Well, at least the two actually met and teamed up, unlike the last ill-advised horror cross-over from Giant-Size Spider-Man #1 which had Dracula. This isn't much of a story here, but by now we all know that's not really the point of this title.

The inaccuracies of the flashback kind of irked me too. I think they wanted to demonstrate that the monster's mind is a little faulty (hey, the guy was stitched together from dead body parts including the brain, he's going to get stuff wrong!) The villain makes me chuckle a little bit; he's got a goofy name, plus he wants to make a monster he can control. We all know how that works out in fantasy literature, right?

2 stars. Spidey's incredulous reaction to Frankie's story makes sense, considering the events in his main title.
 
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metsguy Says:
Marvel Team-Up #9 (v1) : Ummm... when did Marvel Team Up turn into an early Silver Age DC book?
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Thor #128a (v1) : I agree. You'd just want to be BFF with the guy and party!
 
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Vancelot Says:
Uncanny X-Men #211 (v1) : Storm's final instructions to Wolverine are bada** and Colossus reaching his breaking point was awesome as well.
 
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ClownShoes Says:
Defenders #9 (v1) : Hawkeye seemed a little too cavalier about throwing acid in a former teammate's face!
 
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fragsel Says:
X-Factor #79 (v1) : Yeah, piano scene is marvelous. Also loved Sean Young scene. Probably because I love Sean Young. Always did. And probably always will...
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #19 (v1) : Back in day this was essential, but after all the Kang/Doom retcons, not much now.
Too many plot holes in this story.
 
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jemsmck Says:
Captain America Comics #14b : What was the doctor using the scalpel for?
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #2 (v2) : This is exactly the kind of zaniness I need on a Saturday morning.
 
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grayrender Says:
Captain Britain #1 (v2) : I know right! The guys at Marvel have a shockingly low opinion of the detectives in and investigative journalists of NYC.
 
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grayrender Says:
Daredevil #219 (v1) : At first, I was thrilled that Miller was back, but then I realized that this was probably just a Miller-written filler issue or something.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #113 (v1) : Plantman vs Human Torch should have been one panel.
But noooooooo...The plants put Johnny's flame out with DEW and seaweed moisture. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Anyway, Doris makes a good debut at least. Love how she keeps Johnny guessing which makes him like her more...typical man! hehehe

Another plus is not having random villains- Plantman knew Doris's dad.

Wish Strange Tales was billed as a comedy comic, so my expectations would come down. It is amazing that most of the cheesy Marvel villains spawned from here (although The Wizard had a handful of good runs in FF and Hulk years later.) As it stands now, it's just pure garbage with DC artwork.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #47 (v1) : RIP Korr :-(

I knew this comic would blow chunks HARD based on the splash page (covers can always be deceiving).

I like Don Heck's Janet, she is the most beautifully drawn female in Marvel at this point. But the overall art from Heck is better off in a true romance comic than Ant-Man's adventures.

Awful jazz hypno impressionist stuff.

RIP Korr :-(
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #45 (v1) : Was thrown for a loop when Pepper was called Kitty.
Anyway, Happy is great and although Jack Frost is nothing to write home about, he is an organic villain as opposed to a random alien, commie, or time traveler.

So Jack Frost is the first disgruntled employee to turn on Tony Stark? It is a neat trope. Tony has more angry ex-employees than Steve Jobs did.

Anyway, Tales of Suspense finally feels like a real comic book now with actual character development.

Don Heck's inks are amazing. Too bad they don't appear in The Avengers.

Still not as fun as Spidey, FF, or even X-Men #1, but better than Tales to Astonish and Strange Tales. Journey into Mystery is hit or miss.

Tangent: I hate the old Marvel anthology names.
 
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jennychan Says:
Avengers #1 (v1) : It is technically Marvel's biggest crossover to date but it is more like Marvel Universe vs Hulk and only Thor really shines.

Pretty disjointed and does not feel like a team book like FF or X-Men #1. Feels more like an all-star game.

It's not 4 stars, but it's better than a random anthology comic so far. Because of the star-studded line-up, I guess I will give it a 3 begrudgingly.
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #150 (v1) : As far as anniversary issues go, this one actually wasn't bad at all, though that's not a very high bar to clear. I give Archie Goodwin some credit here; he used this issue to get his feet wet in scripting Spidey, while using the current plot threads still in motion, interweaving them to great effect. And yeah, Smythe's plot was a little lame, but because of that interweaving it worked better than it should've.

3 stars. Peter may have had his doubts about who he is throughout this story, but in the hour between the end of last issue and the start of this one, with MJ over it didn't seem like he had any doubts whatsoever!
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #96c (v1) : How do the different Medusas keep making it in the order?
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #96a (v1) : I disagree with the negative comments:
Merlin had potential to be an awesome Marvel villain.

A shame Marvel is inconsistent with Merlin.
 
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grayrender Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #265 (v1) : Minus one for costumed Spidey telling a random couple where the Osborns are. Secret identi-what???
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #149 (v1) : Yeah, this didn't end as well as I was hoping. It was quite rushed as if it needed another issue to let the story breathe. The arc doesn't land with a dull thud, but it did end on a somewhat disappointing note, and I can see everyone's dread at the 90's Clone Saga that spawned from this arc.

Some other notes:

- Send in the Clones: I'm guessing when Gwen's blood sample was collected in biology class, so was Peter's. What's to say that Gwen's sample was the only one worked on? Without revealing any spoilers, I think this is examined in the 90's arc, though I'm honestly not certain.

- Putting in your Two-Sense Worth: Something is quite wrong with Spidey's Spider Sense. They made a point at it not tingling with friends (like Warren last issue), but it tingles when Peter finds Mary Jane at his apartment? Maybe some third agent is nearby creating the tingles. Or, Peter's losing it. Or, the writers are messing up again.

- Hardest word to say: While it might've worked for more stories to have Gwen-clone stick around for awhile, I think having her leave was probably the smart move. It's time for Peter and MJ to give things a whirl and the entire storyline with Gwen played out as far as it could go. However, having Gwen turn up periodically would work if not overdone.

4 stars, mostly for historical importance. It may not have been that great overall, especially the ending, but it made a nice postscript to Spidey's Silver Age.
 
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flushin Says:
Thor #267 (v1) : 5 stars!! No, no, 10! No, ALL THE STARS for the Odin's Pillar! May it stand forever erect and polished!
 
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grayrender Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #264 (v1) : Agreed with the guys above that expressed mild enjoyment. I have learned that the occasional lighthearted, "off-beat", nonsequitur issues are just a part of the Marvel experiencce. And this issue is adequately enjoyable as an example of that.

My only beef was the seeming lack of any attenpt to acknowledge the main story.
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #1b Annual : Feels like Kirby had penciled this originally and then Ditko did his own version, which then got published in FF1, and then Stan re-presented the original as an extended version.........

Do I get a No-Prize?
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #1a Annual : Hey, REED, let's NOT cut this short. "Dr. Falton" was gonna tell us that Namor fought for the Allies in the Big One.

Not sure why Stan thought there were 9 million people in NY or NYC in 1963.

Anyway, this is a CLASSIC Atlantis/Namor origin story and he takes over the world for a brief time. With the side drama of Sue + Namor plus Lady Dorma + Krang, great artwork, and lots of pages this is 5 stars.
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #148 (v1) : This was indeed one of the better reveals in the Order up to this point, and the bait-and-switch was executed brilliantly. Conway, why can't you put together story arcs like this in your other work? Seriously, dude, you're exasperating!

But another thing about this reveal, and this is the problem I have with it, is that Prof. Warren ad the Jackal are of two completely different body builds. How the heck can an older, stocky guy become a slender athletic type with some contortionist poses thrown in? I know Warren was created quite some time ago, well before the Gwen Stacy death arc, but the body mismatch happens because it's never thought through and it annoys me.

I also didn't like the Peter-Mary Jane interaction. Both were a little out of line here, as MJ didn't really have any business making Peter make a choice at this stage. But Peter was out of line even worse by ignoring her. Yep, he realized it after the fact, but geez, get a grip, man.

3 stars. Wanted to give this 4, but the two problems I had knocked it down one. Still, this is shaping up to be quite a finish!
 
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phogbear Says:
Hulk Comics UK #28a : I'm so glad to be done with this title.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #112 (v1) : Actually a decent Torch issue in Strange Tales. His sacrifice is a prototype to the one he makes in Hickman's run.

Prolly too much dialogue. Eel's costume looks good. He should keep that mask on though- ugly dude underneath. Was always into D-list villains like him when I saw them in the 1980s.
 
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jennychan Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #5 (v1) : Slight step down, so "only" 4 stars lol...
Parker's characterization and background characters are so superior to anything at the time, that a slightly bad appearance by Doom (too many Doombots, art, and it seemed like a low-end plan for Doom) still allows for an amazing comic.

Liked how Pete at least mused about joining Doom and not saving Flash.
 
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jennychan Says:
X-Men #1 (v1) : Musta read this a dozens times over the years. It stands out compared to the rest of the line once I read it in Order. I think it's a great intro to a team and their villain.

Another difference is that there are no commies or aliens. For those of you who are complaining about Magneto's powers, did you read the previous abilities already shown in Order? Get over it.

Stan and Jack seemed to be determined to make a new team work. For some reason, Stan thinks teenagers sell- he has them in all of his comics. Well, this is a TEAM of them. They work better as a team than the FF and have different personalities. Only Ice-Man is his typical wise-cracking youngster.
 
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Russ Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #147 (v1) : Peter, you sly dog you! Ten Gwen Stacys, a hundred....the Jackal (I'm assuming at this point) is doing you a huge favor, dude; he's giving you your own harem! No wonder MJ's so pissed, she can't even begin to compete with that!

Never figured that the Tarantula would figure so prominently in this arc, though; especially at this stage. He's not that memorable a baddie in Spidey's rogues gallery and the way his service were procured is a little dubious. Why the heck is he in jail in the States? He should've been extradited back to his home country to face (or not face) charges for his war crimes. And I just don't see him as a willing thrall for the Jackal either, but I guess he's gonna work for whomever springs him! However, that fight was taken right out of a '60's Batman mag, and I mean that as a sort of compliment. George and Mary in that VW was funny, though they could've been seriously hurt. And the bus scene was just loony tunes and well played out. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle and this was put together nicely. Again, Conway may not be Marvel's best, but he has this arc well thought out.

But is it any wonder May gave Mary Jane that pep talk about Peter? She and Anna have been trying to get the two kids together since the earliest days of the series, so I'm sure there's always been a little bias toward MJ away from Gwen. Still, as was mentioned above, Peter's in a huge situation that transcends anyone's love life at this point, so their concerns are a little selfish at this point.

4 stars. Really surprisingly well done.
 
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Daredevil Says:
Marvel Presents #7 (v1) : Didn't understand what the heck was going on, but Gerber didn't inspire me to be bothered enough to try to reread it and work it out
 
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Katryn Says:
Monsters Unleashed #5a (v1) : One thing I'll say for the ending - she didn't know what she looked like. It's just that it didn't matter any more.
 
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Vancelot Says:
Power Pack #26 (v1) : They've been pretty terrible parents for a while.
 
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fragsel Says:
Dark Angel #7 : This is the worst graphic representation of major Marvel heroine since Gary Erskine's Sue Storm in first volume of Knights of Pendragon...

Awful. Just awful. My eyes hurt.
 
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grayrender Says:
Rocket Raccoon #4 : This was a fun read, start to finish. I don't understand the hate.
 
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grayrender Says:
Rocket Raccoon #3 : Anyone else notice that the Guardians' symbol appears in this series?

(Insignia on the human in the flashback, among other places)
 
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grayrender Says:
Rocket Raccoon #2 : I guess this is one od those comics you like if you also enjoyed Howard. I don't love it by any stretch of the imagination, but it's niceto see Mantlo cut loose and be as weird as he wants.

 
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HeffElf Says:
Eternals #12 (v1) : Kirby's dialogue reads like a chorus from a poorly translated Greek play you are forced to read in high school.
His art is dated at this point and the cognitive dissonance this creates because of its poor fit in the marvel universe makes it a painful read. Only 7 to go, thank goodness!
 
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Katryn Says:
Monsters Unleashed #9a (v1) : This wasn't even the same character. I mean, he had the same backstory, but that was the only thing they got right. Well, that and his murdering almost everything in sight.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Tales to Astonish #32d (v1) : Why this issue is in the order?
Damn I hate these filler stories.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Tales to Astonish #32d (v1) : Why this issue is in the order?
Damn I hate these filler stories.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Incredible Hulk #1 (v1) : This first issue of Hulk looks more like a mix between Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde and a werewolf.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Incredible Hulk #1 (v1) : This first issue of Hulk looks more like a mix between Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde and a werewolf.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Incredible Hulk #1 (v1) : This first issue of Hulk looks more like a mix between Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde and a werewolf.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Tales to Astonish #30e (v1) : I don't even know who or what is this Qogg, I've never seen him before but I hate him already.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Tales to Astonish #29a (v1) : Thanks Odin this issue was just 7 pages.
 
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stiffmeyster Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #7 (v1) : Even though i find the villains of Spider Man the most interesting of all the Marvel's universe, the vulture kind off bored me.
 
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MrGeekBoi Says:
Civil War: Front Line #1c : I don't usually like these shorter pieces but this and The Accused work really well to expand the Civil War story.
 
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jennychan Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #4 (v1) : Spidey has been the best Marvel hero since his debut. He deserves all the accolades he receives.
Granted the Marvel Universe revolves around the FF so far and they have more issues, but Lee + Ditko really are hitting it out of the park with interesting villains, Peter Parker's psychology, supporting cast, humor, drama, and good stories.
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #18 (v1) : 4 stars, great combat, seemed like Super-Skrull could win, showed that the Skrulls were not one-shot aliens, some funny lines.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #44 (v1) : Bad art, plot, script, editing.....looking forward to seeing when Marvel turns the corner and gets more consistent in all of its titles or if Sturgeon's Law applies.

 
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logan49 Says:
Rawhide Kid #11d (v1) : Damn glad the IRS don't send a tax collector out like that anymore.
 
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chademe Says:
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... : I read the story twice and I'm still not sure I followed it completely. There art was still great though.
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #95 (v1) : Thumbs up if you think Joe Sinnott is better than Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko so far in the Order, boys and girls!
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #17 (v1) : Was hoping this was the one where Ben tore Doom into pieces- he deserved it this time.
Anyway, we are already overexposed with Doom. Two issues in a row? It's like Stan forgot about him from issue 10 and now scrambled to use his favorite villain.
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #16 (v1) : Splash page looks like an alternative cover.
Good job with explaining how Doom survived last time.
But the story was hard to follow and all over the place.
Very confusing microverse logic and placement.
Gonna give this 1 or 2 stars.
Could have been a classic as this was the first teaming of Ant-Man + FF plus Doom. Wasp should have been with him.
 
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Hoshizora Says:
New Mutants #8 (v1) : Best part of this one is the hilarious cover...
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #111c (v1) : Dr. Strange > Human Torch in Strange Tales but needs more pages to really thresh out the stories.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #111a (v1) : Asbestos Man died of cancer 15 years later and missed the class action lawsuit.
 
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Skeeter17 Says:
Mephisto VS #4 : Mystic Mylar
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Daredevil #17 (v1) :
  • That's my line – "Complaints may be sent to irascible Irving Forbush!" (Credits)

  • That's my line too – "Why don't you accuse me of being the Hulk also while you're at it?" (Flabby Foggy)

  • That's my line, the third – "If everyone who wanted to see me swung in through that blasted window, I'd move to a dungeon!" (J.J. Jameson)

  • Oh Foggy, Foggy, Foggy! What kind of stupid and dangerous mess are you getting yourself into? All this because you're jealous of Matt.

  • I like how Jameson is so easy to manipulate and always falls for that Let's-catch-Spider-Man routine!

  • Page 6 last panel, there is actually show or channel called JJJ TV? How cool is that! – Yes, I knew you'd notice that too Locust75.

  • Soon, Spider-Man will stop all activities after Aunt May has successfully brainwashed him into thinking he's too frail. She should have died from that heart atta... Woah.... stop... what the hell am I sayin'?

  • It's nice for continuity that they would mention the Ka-Zar reports.

  • When the company execs learned the Marauder was coming for the formula, why did they keep it in the building and panic?

  • This one lost a 5-star score just because of the endless thought bubbles. And it's not something to brag about, Stan! Well at least, there were several lines that really got me laughing and the story was worth it.
 
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Russ Says:
Inhumans #2 (v1) : Have to admit, I'm surprised there hasn't been a Kree-Inhuman War just yet, considering the way the Kree feel about their little experiment on Earth. That said, how many gizmos did the Kree leave on Earth to monitor and/or destroy the Inhumans anyway?

I think everybody I know is going to want one of those Terrigen Mist chambers. Black Bolt must power those things with Red Bull, because as everyone knows, Red Bull gives you wings.

3 stars. It might've been a little better to keep a thread or two dangling for the next issue, but wrapping everything up in an issue isn't always a bad thing.
 
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chademe Says:
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... : The art was great, but I don't understand how Fury and Woo got back into the complex on page 18. They just seem to show up there. The story overall was kind of confusing to me.
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Master of Kung Fu #113 : Art is terrible, way below what Gene Day usually provides. Not sure if he is coming back next month, but let's hope so, because it's about the only redeeming quality of this book.
 
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RobinHoodMtl Says:
Daredevil #17 (v1) : And if you remove the text in the speech bubbles, the drawings on this panel and the next looks more like:
- Peter my dear boy, why do you keep watching those crime reports?
- Oh, not again!
~ The poor boy should not watch such exciting news!
~ God I wish that old fart would get off my f*cking back! One day, I tell you, one day...!
 
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wcharrison355 Says:
Uncanny X-Men #158 (v1) : Really appreciating Cockrum all these years later, when, at the time of publication, I was still too hung up on him not being Byrne. Also, sometimes these Bronze Age stories follow the dictum "a picture is worth a thousand words, but let's do both just to be safe." I mean, man, they over-explain sometimes! Still, good read.
 
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jennychan Says:
Fantastic Four #15 (v1) : Good evidence Reed always had a God-complex as seen in modern issues.

I'm a sucker for The Mad Thinker. He's a parody.

Always loved the silent Awesome Android's look.

I do not think this was an Essential issue though.
 
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Russ Says:
Inhumans #1 (v1) : I approached this issue, and this series in general, with a bit of trepidation. I like the Inhumans, but mostly as guest stars in other mags like the Fantastic Four. Beyond the usual Maximus ploy for the throne of the Great Refuge, they didn't seem to offer much in the way of story potential. With all that said, it seems like Doug Moench wanted to float some ideas here, and they're actually not half-bad. I could wish for a better villain than Blastaar, of course, but I'll wait to see who his "masters" are and what they want before I pass further judgment.

3 stars. Oh Iridia, looks aren't everything! But maybe Black Bolt wants to moonlight as a makeover artist. Hey BB, maybe she was born with it!
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales of Suspense #43 (v1) : Bad B-movie plot, but I guess kids and teens were used to that.
No mention of a Submariner connection or even a Mole Man or Tyrannus thread? WHY NOT?
Very, very, very bad Iron Man story.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #45 (v1) : Art looks like it's from the 1970s.
And we finally get to see animals try to eat Ant-Man.
 
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JWC Says:
Iron Man #260 (v1) : Living Laser telling Iron Man to "shut up," while simultaneously shooting him, is worth four stars.
 
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jennychan Says:
Journey into Mystery #94 (v1) : Art is very crisp. Pretty cool how Thor and Loki took over the earth, but horrible Silver Age ending. Heck, it's a Smallville TV show ending.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #110c (v1) : Hmm...I guess I learn something new every day no matter how old I am, I always thought Dr. Strange's first story was his origin as a surgeon and going to Tibet. That's the one that always gets reprinted.
Ditko's art isn't that great in this one, and the concept appears to be a test run. Pretty cool that Nightmare was there at the beginning of Strange's publication history.
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #110a (v1) : The first team up of one half of the Frightful Four was pretty good, prolly 2 stars but gave it three because of them.
 
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metsguy Says:
Night Nurse #4 : That was a better “horror” tale than most of the horror books have been able to pull off. I also really dug Winslow Mortimer’s art. Very reminiscent of contemporary advertising art.
 
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jennychan Says:
Tales to Astonish #44 (v1) : So many white knight comments about how we have "evolved" from The Wasp's thought bubbles...

Anywho, I somehow had never read the full origin of the Wasp. I am glad I did. She is much more lively than the Invisible Girl.
We also see that Henry Pym already had a nervous breakdown after his wife Maria died. I think it's awesome that he had a wife btw. I remember John Byrne's West Coast Avenger retcons so look forward to seeing more about Pym's backstory before then.

I agree with CrazyforRAMU, Kirby did not pencil this comic by himself.

I really liked this story: 4 stars, true believers.
 
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Russ Says:
Black Goliath #3 : My opinion, this was a slight step below the first two issues, though still pretty good overall. Maybe some things will be explained in subsequent issues, like who executed Atom-Smasher and why, and Bill's health problems after that battle. I'm assuming his body was reacting to the heavy size-changing, but again, that was never explained out, only presumed beforehand. Yet, he still went out to confront Vulcan and that biker gang.

I also like the fact that he's making mistakes as a neophyte hero; it's setting up future plotlines that could go in almost any direction. And Talia's little interlude is very Claremont-like in execution. Very well done.

3 stars. Anyone wanna wager that Tony didn't send that box to Bill and Co.? He wouldn't send them anything that unstable without heavy guard escorting it!
 
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jennychan Says:
Strange Tales #109 (v1) : Felt like a DC Silver Age story and not the same universe as FF even with the FF in it.
 
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