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Dopey Says:
Fantastic Four #16 (v1) : I like how they kept Dr. Doom microscopic for the beginning of this story, as back in issue ten we saw him shrink into nothingness with his defeat. Good continuity.

I don't like the whole 'mystery shrinking' part of the story. The way it panned out, it seemed as if Doom was doing it just to mess with the FF, and I just don't feel that that's his style.

I like how they brought Ant-Man into the fold, but it's such a shame that the Wasp wasn't brought along for the ride. Also, wtf is the deal with Pym's Alice in Wonderland gas shrinking ppl all the way down to super-microscopic size? That doesn't usually happen... And his growth gas halting the shrinkage but not making the team bigger? BAD continuity.

I don't like how that ash hole of a team leader Mr. FANTASTIC teases the Thing by shoving another one of his 'I have a cure for your grotesqueness/Nah, I was just fcuking with ya' potions down his throat while he was carrying a freaking piano. Also, note Ben saying "[Hey smartash, if you're so fantastic] why don't you put your efforts into whipping up a cure for my beloved [Alicia's] blindness?" And how Reed agrees. My money is on Richards giving Ben another 'Screw You, Ugly Mongoloid' potion before he ever thinks of helping poor Alicia's condition.

I don't like Sue's new hairdo either. How long do we have to wait until super- heroines get hot? These comic books are missing some serious t & a.

I loathe the unrealistic way in which the team and royal family escape the inescapable dungeon that they were trapped in. Torch's blinding incorporeal light rays? Come ON! Do better Stan Lee.
 
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amorbavian Says:
Incredible Hulk #105 (v1) : I love THE HULK but these stories are getting so repetitive.
 
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Robareid Says:
X-Men #1 (v1) : I didn't really think this was too good. The X-Men just came off as jerks, and Magneto could make ultimate force fields with magnetism (?) which can then be broke Cyclopses ray... Weird
 
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JWC Says:
Doctor Strange #5 (v2) : A decent, if uneven, first arc for this volume of Dr. Strange. I've enjoyed the art so far and I hope I haven't seen the last of the caterpillar.
 
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JWC Says:
Doctor Strange #3 (v2) : I don't mind flashbacks and I can appreciate a re-telling, but there's no excuse for a straight up reprint issue.
 
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Maidel Says:
X-Men #3 (v1) : This one had more plot holes than an ant man story. I really like the x-men, but this version of them is very difficult to like because they are all utter a.holes.
 
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Kokixo Says:
Fantastic Four #49 (v1) : Vanhornluke, maybe the planet of Silver Surfer was to be the first with life to be drained. Does anyone else think that, while he can't "interfere" with events, The Watcher is kinda meddling? I mean, the guy controls F.F. the same way Loki controls some of Thor's foes.
 
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john54542 Says:
Fantastic Four #142 (v1) : I've always thought that that scene was stolen by Locas as well. Of course it could be an extreme case of synchronicity. I can't find anyone discussing this online. All that said, I thoroughly enjoyed Darkoth!
 
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chrisWhite Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #19 (v1) : It's good to be back and I didn't even hate the enforcers this time.
 
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chrisWhite Says:
Strange Tales #127a (v1) : Quite possibly the best Strange Tales in the order so far. I didn't hate the Torch/Thing part and Dr. Strange was fantastic!
 
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sewixo Says:
Captain Marvel #49 (v1) : Spirit Virus is a very clever concept.

And did Rick just have an "Close Encounter of the Eighth Kind"? Playa Playa!
 
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malmantile2729 Says:
Daredevil #132 (v1) : Favorite panel was the circus elephant charging DD - well done, Brown and Janson. Favorite creative use of a "weapon" was Bullseye nailing DD with a resin bag. That opening fight had a bit of a Silver Age DC feel, for better and for worse.
 
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malmantile2729 Says:
Daredevil #131 (v1) : I enjoyed the Bullseye concept, able to use anything as a weapon and drawing a dart board around his victims. Also liked the free legal counsel Storefront subplot bubbling. And come on, guys, didn't the little puppy sitting up with a silly hat at the circus in the last panel make this book worth every penny?
 
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Calthor Says:
Defenders #17 (v1) : Another case of a lying cover, but nonetheless a fun issue.
 
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malmantile2729 Says:
Marvel Presents #3 (v1) : Yes, this was a disjointed, slapdash effort, disappointing from one of my favorite writers.
 
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malmantile2729 Says:
Daredevil #130 (v1) : This may have been a novel excursion into the exotic for the Marvel Maniacs of the day who only followed the color line, but for us Order Omnivores who have been reading the black and white mags it's a bit repetitive to read yet another tale of voodoo and black magic. Sweet cover, though.
 
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Dopey Says:
Strange Tales #111a (v1) : Steve Ditko, on the other hand, I fall in love with more and more. His work on Doc Strange really moved me. Not so much for the psychedelic style this time around, but I really got a feel for the way Strange's and Mordo's incorporeal selves were taking their fight inside of walls and objects, and there was one beautiful series of panels that showed an art style we've yet to see. Wonderfully done!

As for the story itself, apparently there is a slew of other first appearances here, again, none of which I know about, but still, I will keep an eye out for them in the future. I don't know what to think of [the Ancient One] as of yet, but I love the back story that has been set up for Dr. Strange so far. It's almost as if they've developed a backstory for this character. I've said it before, this is rare for the bullpen at Marvel so far.

It's hard to really love a story that is only given five pages to work with, but Doc Strange is doing a good job so far.

One star for Ditko. One star for Strange's development. One star for Blackie the Mobster's chauffeur, who shows much more wit than any of the gangsters I've seen as of yet.
 
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Dopey Says:
Strange Tales #111a (v1) : Skin-Covered Nitrogen Strands!

"We're gonna go work on our income tax report with Sue, [and do other grown-up stuff.]" Screw you Mr. Fantastic. You evil A-hole. Could've prevented all of this by being there for the teenage testosterone-filled Torch, but you chose to ignore it. I'll bet he secretly hopes 'it's curtains' for young Johnny.

Sue, after trying to console Johnny, turns the radio on to see what the media has to say about the debacle. (Good idea, Sue...) More and more I feel that the Invisible Woman is written to be a ditz. We find that the Asbestos Man is indeed a criminal, and Johnny exclaims "my reputation - everything I stand for - is at stake!" This is more evidence that Torch was meant to be written as a young brash ash hole and is not just the product of poor writing, as many fellow commenters tend to claim.

The advent of Asbestos Man was something that I think we all knew was coming. I mean, already we've seen many of the residents of Glenville pull asbestos-coated-somethings out of their back pocket that I was not surprised in the least to see this guy.

Good to see Sue Storm having input, when she points out the obvious to Johnny towards the end of the story. I don't think Dick Ayers is very strong at human profiles either, so there is no stars going into my ratings for his Torch work here.
 
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zweineuf Says:
Thor #170 (v1) : As lackluster as the Thermal Man was, he should have been polished off at the beginning of the next issue for proper pacing. It's the ridiculous non-continuing story policy that I blame for the super-rushed ending.
 
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chrisWhite Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #18 (v1) : Wow, if it all wasn't so overly dramatic I'd have loved this issue. This feels like the first time in the order so far that we've really seen Stan focus on character development and while it's over the top in a lot of ways I have to applaud him for that. Still, it was really damn boring too.

I hope we can see more character development mixed into each issue going forward.
 
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chrisWhite Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #17 (v1) : Much, much better showing of the Green Goblin, he definitely was the highlight of the issue! I did actually like the Torch making an appearance but I wish they would have gone a little easier on Peter. The whole Aunt May trick was pretty cheap, especially when we have to put up with the stupid love triangle.

All in all though, this was a great issue, one of the best in the order recently.
 
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bigkat5582 Says:
Incredible Hulk #138 (v1) : LOL "The Sand Witch"
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Marvel Team-Up #42 (v1) : -I had to bump up my rating for the credence added to the story by the very last page. I was hating this s**t until then.
-Interesting the way Pete keeps commenting that history cannot be changed no matter what they do, and then Doom shows up and basically contradicts that notion.
-Sal B's art is fine for the most part, but I've gotten to the point where I can't stand those crazy-assed trapezoids he uses for 95% of people's mouths. You won't be able to un-notice it now...
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Marvel Team-Up #44 (v1) : -"Cows, pigs, and witches! The world is beset by devils!"
-You can't spell freedom without Free Doom! Wait a minute...
-It's official: Moondragon is ALMOST a badass--The Rider had a lil too much for her, eh?
-Is Mantlo talkin' about boobies on page 30, panel 1? Naw, I looked it up.
 
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Calthor Says:
Savage Tales #11a (v1) : Best Savage Tales issue so far - even though I think this was the last.
 
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sewixo Says:
Avengers #158 (v1) : Wouldn't call Graviton's origin brilliant...
But extra star for WonderMan vs Vision fight. No excuses, no mercy. Nice.
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #14a (v1) : I deducted a star because the Shangy story is virtually identical to the previous issue. "Wait a minute," you say. "They're all the same kind of story." No, this issue is pretty much EXACTLY the same.
 
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Robareid Says:
Journey into Mystery #92 (v1) : Thor is helpless against trees without his hammer

*Chops tree in half with his hands to make a hammer to fight trees*
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Power Man #33 : Luke is rockin' the full-on pelvis thrust on the cover. Hell yeah!
 
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Redsvetz Says:
Power Man #35 : This arc (I recommend "The Name of Fear is Spear!") was not necessarily bad, it was just so...tedious.
 
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TheMarvelMan Says:
Tales to Astonish #62a (v1) : So Henry Pym causes millions of dollars of damage to the city (via his out-of-control plant) and let's a criminal go without being punished?! That's a weird story concept? I'm starting to understand why these tales were replaced by Sub-Mariner before too long!
 
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TheMarvelMan Says:
Tales to Astonish #61a (v1) : Yeah, that was pretty bad. The characterization of the Wasp is really embarrassing. Sexism was alive and well in 1964!
 
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malmantile2729 Says:
Vampire Tales #11 : Doug Moench at his finest, with interesting plot and fine prose. Ably abetted by Sonny Trinidad.
 
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TheMarvelMan Says:
Fantastic Four #31 (v1) : I also love the Mole Man! And the Marvel Universe is really starting to coalesce! It's great seeing the FF interact with the Avengers. Too bad the newspaper article about Dr. Storm wasn't in the Daily Bugle. Once the FF mag abandons "the generic press," the Marvel Universe will be in full swing!
 
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Robareid Says:
Incredible Hulk #6 (v1) : Well this issue was actually decent, but nothing overly special. You had quite a lot of nice development, and you got the sense that the Hulk we all know and love started to come out.

Metal Master was a decent villain, and probably a test for Magneto, but the idea that there was only one guy on Earth who decided NOT to use METAL agaist the METAL Master was a bit stupid. The way he got beat was stupid too. If he can effect metal all around the world from where he is, as he does when he's captured, then why does he not just use something else when he can't effet Hulk's cardboard gun...

Other stupidity brings it down, with the stupid teen brigade, the convienient latex Hulk mask, and going around the whole of the USA to get some plastic and cardboard. Still, one of the better issues ***
 
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Robareid Says:
Incredible Hulk #5a (v1) : This issue showed a little promise, but in the end wasn't too good. There was a decent little bit of character development, what with Betty Ross and Hulk interacting and Hulk resisting turning back into Banner, but a good bit of that was lost with the kop out of Betty fainting and forgetting everything.

The stories themselves weren't really that great either. They were okay, but fairly generic with some stupid things like Hulk needing to take a plane on the way there but just jumping back, and Hulk dressing up as the Abominable Snowman to scare people, as if the Hulk wouldn't scare you...

Overall, pretty bad stories, but enough character development and decent parts to escape the one star. **
 
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chrisWhite Says:
Strange Tales #125a (v1) : I really enjoyed Torch & Thing actually called the idiots they are for a change. We get an a-class villain and still the story sucks.
 
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metsguy Says:
X-Men #4 (v1) : Loved the characterization of Pietro. Some depth to a villain, like with Crimson Dynamo, is a welcome surprise at this point in the order.
 
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zweineuf Says:
Thor #162 (v1) : Kind of a weak origin. Glad they epic-ify it later. As it is in this issue, it's not bad per se, but just unoriginal. Pretty sure there have already been at least two other instances of a group creating an ultimate weapon that's uncontrollable and tries to destroy everything. It feels very Tales of the Watcher-y.
 
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Dopey Says:
Fantastic Four #15 (v1) : Pretty crummy issue when all is said and done. Mr. Fantastic outsmarted the Mad Thinker, Torch melted the crystal hull of the Baxter Building, The Thing chirped Reed for talking too much, and Sue called the police.

Knowing that both of these villains will come back, I'm interested to see what a year or so of development does for both of them. The Mad Thinker is, in my opinion, one of the worst foes the FF has faced yet. I completely agree with Blackie Skarr's judgement of him in the early panels.

Reed Richards has god complex. I swear, this guy is a super-villain masquerading as a good guy. When the FF is coming up the hall and see the Awesome Android, Reed knew exactly what it was just by seeing it. Mad Thinker used Reed's notes to construct the thing. The life he creates on his spare time. He even sells out to GE this issue.

The FF get called up and told to stick around because there is an influx of gangsters in the city and something is bound to happen. They then promptly decide to split up. Johnny even joins the circus...

At what time period to comics at least try to be believable?

One star for the Yancy Street Gang. One star for Torch in the circus.
 
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