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JonahBlack Says:
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... : The art on the first page alone warrants 5 stars.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man #2 (v1) : Huh. I added a star because Sitwell was there...

To each his own, I guess.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #48a (v1) : I can't tell if this was a 2 star issue, or if it was a one star and just looks good in comparison to the last few Xmen issues.

OK, not good, but I guess less awful
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain America #105 (v1) : Only Batroc's OUTRAGEOUS FRENCH ACCENT saved this from getting one star
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #64 (v1) : "My greatest power is flight!"

Dude, your only power is flight.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #63 (v1) : I just don't respect a guy who's only power is wings as a threat, and, judging by the need to handicap Spidey, neither does Stan. Every fight between them should be Spidey dodging, and then webbing up Vulture's wings. The biggest challenge should be defeating him without him getting killed.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Silver Surfer #1a (v1) : Norrin's thought that maybe a space invasion will be "what we need to make us the men our forefathers were" is similar to the position many British Aristocrats made going into World War I. It did not go well for them, either.

This is one of those tough moments where I've seen this origin retold in many later books, and other media, and it's difficult to actually rate the progenitor. The art was fantastic, and the story kept me engaged, so 4 stars.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Sub-Mariner #4 (v1) : It irks me when these Atlantis stories don't really convey that this is happening *under water*, and this issue is the worst yet. Everyone is walking on the floor rather than swimming. Namor and Attuma's battle takes place entirely at ground level. In fact, if you ignore the couple panels at the beginning and end with Namor swimming, there would be no indication that this was under water at all.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain Marvel #4 (v1) : I much prefer Namor in the supporting/antagonist role than in his own book.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #17 (v1) : "...and None Shall Survive!"

Having just ready X-Men #47, I kinda wish they hadn't.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #47b (v1) : This feels like the quality of writing that would accompany an add for Hostess fruit pies. I wish I could give it a zero.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #47a (v1) : Vera and Zelda might be the reigning champs for not figuring out that their friends are superheroes. At least Peter Parker has a built in excuse for where he runs off to...
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Marvel Super-Heroes #15 (v1) : "Together, we'll be invincible!" Uh, you weren't invincible before. How is it different now?
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #62 (v1) : This issue was terrible. The entire plot with Medusa made no sense: She acts more like Namor or Surfer than she acts in the Fantastic Four books. Speaking of the FF, if she wanted to check out Humanity, why wouldn't she go through them, since her sister is currently hanging out with them. I don't even know what to say about the hair spray plot.

I kind of like the Peter-Gwen angle, but "Wait, let me explain!" "OK, explain!" "I can't explain!" just doesn't cut it, even in a comic book.

I look forward to ASM in the order, so this was a particular disappointment
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Doctor Strange #172 (v1) : Things that were good:
The art.
Dormammu smack-talking Umar, and laying down the law on his servants.
The guardian made of Strange's stolen power.

Things that were not:
Dormammu's story - especially coincidentally encountering Clea
The pointless love triangle
Most of Dormammu's dialog. In fact, most of the dialog in general.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Doctor Strange #171 (v1) : That last splash page would have been improved by removing every word other than 'Dormammu!'. In a very Roy Thomas way, he sucked all the punch out of the reveal by explaining the art.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Avengers #54 (v1) : The art was really excellent in this issue. It could have stood to have maybe 50% fewer words, but otherwise an excellent issue.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #46b (v1) : -1 for Professor X mind wiping Bobby's parents.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #46a (v1) : "The End of the X-Men!"

If only...
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #45b (v1) : ::sigh:: This started off well last issue, but got dumb real quick. "I'm here to rescue you!" "I don't need/want to be rescued. " "Too bad. Let's fight!"
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #44b (v1) : I liked this one. It was an iconic mutant coming out story, told concisely
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #78 (v1) : Why did they spend half a page showing us the special belt buckles the FF uses to get into their part of the Baxter Building, only to have the Wizard show up with no explanation?

That said, despite the Wizard being a lackluster villain, and the 'Make Ben Human Again' storyline being played out, this was an entertaining issue. There was legitimate tension during the fight, and Wizard was just a credible enough threat against Reed and Johnny with the element of surprise without being *too* successful, given his previous lack thereof
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #74 (v1) : Glad everyone else was confused by the mention of the Surfer's disappearance. I chalk that up the Marvel Method - Stan had something else he wanted to happen, and it needed to be shoehorned in.

I like the Punisher Robot in concept, but the design of it is spectacularly bad.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Doctor Strange #170 (v1) : The art was tremendous, but the story seemed like a re-tread of previous stories without bringing anything new.

Now, my recollection from reading later Dr Strange stuff is that his amulet is called the 'Eye of Agamotto. Having read through all the Strange Tales books, he always calls it his Amulet, and uses the 'Eye of Agamotto' as a spell (like the Flames of the Faltine, or the Crimson Bands of Cytorak). This seems to be the issue where that starts to blur. Anybody else notice that?
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Doctor Strange #169 (v1) : Adkins' art deserves a 4, but the repeated material, plus the somewhat tedious dialogue, drag it back to 3. Still solid and enjoyable - a decent start to the book under Strange alone.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Sub-Mariner #2 (v1) : Plant Man: "Oh no, it's Namor!! He could rip my ship in half like a...hmm, need a plant metaphor...seed pod! That's it, a seed pod"

(Ok, cool, Plant Man's heard of Namor, as he should have, and he's justifiably afraid of him. Nice job with the realism, Stan)

Plant Man: Hey Namor! Do my bidding!!"

(Wut.)
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #53 (v1) : Reading through the scenes with Gwen, Mary Jane, and Peter's other friends, I was musing to myself that this is the only book where the relationship dynamics ring true. I think this is for two reasons:

1) This book is fundamentally a teenage drama. Peter is a young person coming out of his shell, and he's struggling to make the right choices and balance the myriad aspects of his life. Sometimes things don't go well for him, but sometimes they do. Over in Thor, or Daredevil, we've got people who are ostensibly adults having the same dilemmas, and we, the readers think "get your act together, Dr Blake!", but Peter gets a pass because he's a kid, and we've all been there.

2) Where Don Blake, Matt Murdoch et. al. bemoan their fate, and the fact that they can never be with their loves for...reasons... Peter actually takes chances and affects change in his life. This doesn't always work out (Betty, for instance), but he tries, and it's enjoyable to watch his triumphs and failures.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #55 (v1) : No. No more amnesia heel turns.

Honestly, this is a solid 3 until the last page, but it get's a 1 for my least favorite trope.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #54 (v1) : I was kind of okay with another round of "Aunt May can't take it", but for me the unforgivable part was letting Doc Ock in in the first place.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #43b (v1) : I enjoy these kind of character overviews, but I couldnt help but notice that this isn't at all consistent with how Cyclops' powers are portrayed even in this run of issues (for instance, recharging while his eyes are covered by a metal mask while imprisoned by Magneto)
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #45a (v1) : This issue is emblematic of my x-perience (sorry) with X-Men thus far in the order. There's a lot to like in this issue, concept- and plot-wise, but it's outweighed by inconsistencies (how does Cyclops's power work? Does it cut, or melt, or is it force? How does he rest it if it's always on?), dialogue problems (Nobody tells Cyclops to stop!) and very uneven art (quicksilver is posed like Toad in a few places).

The end result is that I just don't *enjoy* reading it.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #44a (v1) : What is this I don't even
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #43a (v1) : Quicksilver: "If I can stop the X-Men myself...perhaps they will not be harmed!"

-hey, you know, this dynamic with Quicksilver and Magneto is pretty good. Maybe this book will turn around...

Toad "And look at me, Master!" *Shoots ram shaped battering ram*

-*sigh*. Maybe not.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #42b (v1) : I kinda liked this story. Aside from the presence of the Xmen, it reminded me of a Twilight Zone episode, or an early, non-superhero Tales to Astonish story
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Avengers #51 (v1) : *tsk tsk* Pym better hope OSHA never comes to audit him, what with not installing a proper E-Stop circuit on his *ahem* Vibrotron.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man #1b (v1) : 3 pages? 3 stars.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man #1a (v1) : Strong debut. I was surprised when he got gassed, having assumed that a full body powered armor would be air tight, but chastised myself for applying modern tropes/ideas to a nearly 50 year old story. But, it turned out that it wasn't me who was foolish (this time), but in fact the head of AIM (they really need to update their candidate selection criteria for leadership...)
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner #1a : I finally figured out why this arc is bothering me: I think the arc would be excellent if it starred Captain America, or Maybe Nick Fury. Iron Man seems like an odd fit, what with gangsters and Whiplash, and this makes some of the peril he faces seem contrived. Granted, this may be unfairly colored by later depictions of Iron Man (particularly with regards to Power Level).
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Tales of Suspense #99a (v1) : Argh! The timeline of this arc makes no sense! Stuff that should take forever takes no time (Morgan getting from the ship to stark industries; Sitwell getting to the airport and to the boat), and stuff that should take no time takes forever (Whiplash vs the illusions). Sitwell should have arrived to find the ship sunk, and Iron Man gone, or dead.

Still, Sitwell is awesome, and I liked the arrival of AIM, even if it was a bit deus ex machina.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Tales of Suspense #98b (v1) : This issue lacks the charm and flow of the last one, and just feels like filler. I mean, it essentially ends exactly where it started.

1 Star
 
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