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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #97 (v1) : Harry's pill addiction ramps up.

I know MJ is attracted to Peter, but she is just straight up rude in this issue. I know it is more a plot point to get Harry onto some drugs, but still that is cold.

Comics tackling drug and alcohol dependency are impressive. I like that they are at least trying to deal with weighty issues.

Spider-Man is the most consistently enjoyable of Marvel's comics right now. I'm certain that Spider-Man makes up more than half of the 5 star rankings I've given on this order.
 
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sbcolt15 Says:
Adventure into Fear #29 : Considering how bad these last 2 issues were, I guess I shouldn't complain about the rushed ending.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #96 (v1) : Getting a little heavy-handed with the angry young man and a bit blunt with the anti-drug message. I support it, but a little subtly would help.

Is Randy always this much of a jerk?

I don't have a problem with MJ making plays for Peter. I think she is quite cruel to Harry in this issue. Of course there comes a point where it goes from cute to harassment, so she should be careful here.

Thus far, I haven't seen much a triangle in the Gwen-Peter-MJ relationship. Gwen and Peter are pretty tight, and MJ just beats her own head trying to break in. I don't remember Gwen expressing too much jealousy of, nor Pete expressing too much interest in, Mary Jane.

Still, a great start to the trilogy.
 
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Vancelot Says:
Firestar #1 (v1) : Another example of Marvel's horrific world view. Everybody who isn't a hero is a terrible person and 95% of the population is bullying a**holes. Brings the score down.
 
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Shintetsuken Says:
Avengers Infinity #4 : Is this a reason this is listed as part of Maximum Security? Because it's totally not.
 
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RikerDonegal Says:
Defenders #88 (v1) : I have thoroughly enjoyed the Ed Hannigan run so far. But what the frak was this? Did he just... give up?
 
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alendor Says:
Wonder Man #7 (v1) : Very inventive and thrilling action in this one
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #95 (v1) : Fun little romp in London. Enjoyable story. Pete, you could write to Gwen to see what is happening. You're already here; go see her and have it out.

Ripping off the bandage is better. It hurts more now, but gets better faster as well.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #40 (v1) : I'm down to 16 years, 4 months to complete the reading order. Progress is being made.

Yet another Dues Ex Machina.

I get the feeling that Princess T. is just making up traditions as she needs to control them. Why would it be acceptable to have two champions?
 
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benmason486 Says:
Daredevil #77 (v1) : It doesn't seem like there was any reason to include Daredevil in this story. He does nothing.

I like Mary Jame. I have no problem with her attempting a play for the guy she likes. That doesn't bode well for Harry, though. I thought they were dating.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #39 (v1) : Namor, how would you have reacted if Attuma came and took possession of a derelict building in Atlantis? That is what you are doing.

I hate how he disregards law, courtesy, and common sense when anyone disagrees with what he wants.

I looked up squatter's rights after reading this. Namor would not qualify for them due to the time constraints (the minimum amount of time of occupancy in my research is one year).
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #10 (v2) : So, Black Bolt was faking the whole time. That is devious. How could he know he would be able to pull that off until a good opportunity to betray Magneto would happen. Magneto could have commanded him to kill Medusa, then what?
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #9 (v2) : The Inhumans have their own magazine, now. That's good; I am enjoying them, but where is Widow? I liked her stories too.

Magneto is back and forcing others to do what he wants. Slavery isn't a good thing, Magny.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #38 (v1) : An origin story for the enmity between Atlantis and humanity. At last, Namor has accepted his part in the story. Obviously, Namor's decision here will be upheld forevermore, and he will never again assume the throne of Atlantis.

Yes, he is allowed to wallow in self-pity for an issue, but if there is one thing that Marvel comics have shown us, it's that the one issue will stretch out for a year or two (at least).

Well, I guess Dorma is truly dead. R.I.P.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Marvel Tales #30b (v2) : I'm glad that Candy survived. I liked her.

Why would you hit the mutant carrying you several hundred feet in the air? What's that? Right, you can't answer because you're street pizza. Gain some situational awareness!
 
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benmason486 Says:
Ka-Zar #3b (v1) : Angel, unwritten laws are not real laws. A person can't violate them.

Really, you're blaming Candy for your father's death? You weren't there because you made a choice.

And, of course, the villain has captured Candy. At least he is interested in see who the Angel is in real life, as opposed to all other villains who leave the heroes masked.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Ka-Zar #2b (v1) : The villain is "probably" not the same person as the '80s superhero.

The Angel has never been a favorite of mine, so I didn't have high hopes going in. And my hopes were not over-passed.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Iron Man #40 (v1) : Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal! Was anyone surprised that Shara-Le would betray White Dragon? He was made out to be quite ineffectual. Here is where a bit of self-reflection would have been helpful.

Overall, not a great story arc. The villain is lackluster; Iron Man is dull; and even Kevin is maudlin.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Iron Man #39 (v1) : I'm pretty sure that a scythe in a field moves nothing like Cap's shield, or it is a pretty inefficient scythe.

Interesting plan. Take control of Stark, then destroy the Dept. of Defense. I'm glad that technology doesn't exist, yet.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #8b (v2) : Wow! An issue where Natasha didn't disrobe. Maybe they couldn't fit it in between all the action.

It is hilarious to see Ivan (a Russian ex-pat) say "natch."

Nat, you're not cursed. He died because he was an idiot. If anything, he did humanity a service by removing himself from the gene pool.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #7b (v2) : 3 for 3 with the semi-nude shots of Widow. Was that really necessary in the '70s? Widow is a strong female character (or at least she could be if not written like a debutante), she could hold her own with the Avengers. She doesn't need to be shown like that to get readers.

Nat, you're a spy. People die around spies. Spies kill people. Get over it.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #6b (v2) : Yet another scene of Natasha changing her clothes. Can we get one of MJ in the next Spider-Man?

This was a fun story, Nat's state of undress aside, though I think ransoming a city's blood supply is one of the most cold-blooded acts I've seen from a comic criminal.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #5b (v2) : Nice set up to a story. I hope the rest does it justice.

Not that I am complaining, but did they need to have Natasha in the shower the first time we see her?

Widow is a bit maudlin in this issue; I hope she will get back to being an international spy in personality in the later parts of this arc. But given the track record for female characters, I'm guessing not.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #7a (v2) : I have the same problem with this one that I had with Leyla from Captain America & Falcon: destroying the tenements won't actually help anyone who lives there. The land/building owners will get the insurance money and rebuild nicer buildings and charge much higher rents. The plan is not well-thought-out.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #6a (v2) : Why do any of the Inhumans have sympathy for Maximus? He attacks them, revolts, and imperils them every time he is free.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me a dozen times, we're the Inhumans.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Amazing Adventures #5a (v2) : Setting up the next three stories, boss.

Fun set up, but not very exciting. Why must everyone question their leader's decisions. Black Bolt "said" he was imprisoned, not being murdered. Maybe we can trust him. Not Nixon, obviously, but Black Bolt may have earned some trust.
 
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Allencthulhu Says:
Daredevil #74 (v1) : There's an old William Tenn story where some hippies put LSD into the New York water system. This story reminds me of that but not as well told.

Two stars.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #37 (v1) : Proteus, way to show some logic. Namor and Llyra are not married. I didn't expect that.

Dorma is dead. This is sad.

I must wonder if this will be like Janice Cord or George Stacy, or will she be revived in a few issues.

I liked Dorma and she will be missed.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #36 (v1) : Pg. 2, panel 4: "though he hasn't ne'er before laid eyes upon you--?" Double negative. So, Proteus HAS laid eyes upon Namor before.

Is Llyra the woman to whom Namor swore fealty? Proteus himself said the ceremony isn't important. Deception doesn't make Namor your husband. Sure it is a reason for dissolving the union.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Incredible Hulk #139 (v1) : Yes, Leader, Hulk will have a heart attack due to physical exertion. That makes perfect sense.

Shouldn't it be more difficult for Jim to infiltrate a military base? There are presumably some pretty powerful weapons, possibly some classified, that shouldn't make their way into the general knowledge base of society.

While I appreciate the Nixon cameo, where is Spiro? That is an unfulfilled teaser.

I always hear Nixon in the Futurama voice. Even if I'm listening to a video of him actually speaking. I should probably get that checked; it might mean something not good.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #35 (v1) : Once more, Namor makes a unilateral decision, ignoring U.N. jurisdiction.

Pg. 19 - General says if anything is destroyed he will order the shoot to kill. On the same page, Ikthon blows up the machine, and the General thanks Namor. Come on! Give us some consistancy.
 
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benmason486 Says:
Sub-Mariner #34 (v1) : Not that the Silver Surfer would know this, but Namor has not "reigned unchallenged." He was challenged last issue and every few issues before that. He's almost as bad as a child-king in Medieval Europe.

The fight with Silver Surfer could have been avoided if Namor was less of an imperious bastard. Being the monarch of a nation doesn't mean that other people have to respect and obey you.

Here's hoping the revolutionaries have some sense of government and diplomacy, or else it will just fall to corrupt despotism once again.
 
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Allencthulhu Says:
Avengers #84 (v1) : "I may have lost my enchanted blade, but I still have a pointy stick!"--Monty Black Knight
 
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Allencthulhu Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #93 (v1) : Actually, there were a few hours between Gwen's first talk with Peter and the Prowler incident. For all we know, there's possibly a waiting list of people who want to sub-let her apartment, it IS New York, you know. She quite possibly called the airport and the person who wanted to move into her apartment while Spidey was running around the city trying to figure himself out.
 
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jareth Says:
Spider-Woman #1 (v1) : Durango55, they did indeed, in MTIO #32, but it turned out, I think, that the mystery box only sucked them into a let-down cameo appearance in the half-baked MTIO #33.
 
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Allencthulhu Says:
Incredible Hulk #137 (v1) : The science in this story doesn't matter any more than it matters in Doctor Who. It's the drama of the story that matters. Yes, others have made better SF versions of Moby Dick since 1971, possibly before it, too. However, this is possibly the most ambitious Marvel story in the Order so far that wasn't written by Stan Lee.

We razz Thomas a lot about his writing in these books but here is a story where the Hulk is peacefully living with a bunch of aliens in a, dare we say it, space commune (okay, he's a slave aboard a whaling ship, but never mind that). The story doesn't revolve around the Hulk trying to escape or fight with those who imprison him, instead it's about his conflict with the ship's First Mate. There are depths here being explored for the first time.

Four Stars.
 
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Allencthulhu Says:
Incredible Hulk #136 (v1) : The aliens ray only affects organic molecules. So, Hulk's pants: cotton twill? unstable wool?
 
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benmason486 Says:
Incredible Hulk #138 (v1) : I'm pretty sure that doctor violated a number of his ethical rules by doing this. He is going to lose his license at best; he'll go to jail as well, probably.
 
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mizak23 Says:
Black Panther #13 (v1) : My puffy shirt version is also messed up.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man #26 (v1) : I see Stan has learned about solar power. Okay, learned might be overstating it: He heard about solar power, and made up the rest.

Between Solar Energy creating pollution last issue, and just being present in the atmosphere this issue, I think it might be the new "transistor" or "magnet".

For the record, I didn't hate this issue. It wasn't good, but it wasn't as bad as Human Torch, Ant-Man, Daredevil, or X-Men.
 
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