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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #54a (v1) : Ugh. I went ahead and read issue 55 as well, just to see if I could make *any* sense of this nonsense. I could not. I'd just hot, steaming garbage.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Incredible Hulk #119 (v1) : Man, the fate of Maximus' Costa Salvadoran servant was pretty dark for Silver Age book.
 
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Tower of Shadows #1a : This explains a great deal. There's a classic story under here, that's well paced, and the art is great, but the dialog was off. In particular, there's extraneous explanation of the art that's very Stan, but very not Steranko.

I love the panel layout in this book. It reminds my of Frank Miller
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #170 (v1) : Man, between Thermal Man and Pluto, NYC has had a busy week.

I've long had and idea for an RPG where all these cataclysmic events are happening in the background. Like, the characters are trying to track down the stolen MacGuffin when a column of energy appears across town, or the evacuation order is given, or everyone is mind controlled for 15 minutes, or the sun gets blotted out for an hour. None of them have to do with plot or the players, and the majority there's no time or way to get involved. It would just be window dressing to show how crazy it is in the Marvel U.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #168 (v1) : I've never before realized how badly I want - no, need - a comic about the Warrior's Three fighting foes on earth. I want to see them set up a Heroes for Hire style detective agency, and team up with Spider-Man, and the Avengers, and Dr Strange....
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #167 (v1) : Filler or not, this was worth it for the splash page of Galactus alone.

The scene with Odin and Lori was icing on the cake. This is just like when I just finish chewing out one of my kids, and the other immediately misbehaves. Dude, does it look like I'm in the mood to put up with your nonsense, too?
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #166 (v1) : Hrm. This was going really well until we got another round of 'Odin gets hacked off at his kid for an arbitrary reason, and has to punish him." This probably would have been okay, if this weren't the - what, fourth? Fifth?- time it's happened. It put a sour note on an otherwise good arc.

I'm hoping this hunt for Galactus story pans out, so Odin doesn't ruin another arc.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #77 (v1) : As a practitioner of the martial arts, I alternate between enjoying and being aggravated by the constant references to Judo, or Mandarin's mastery of Karate (despite being from china). I often take screen shots of panels and send them to friends who train in Jiu Jitsu.

In this issue, though, I cheered as Spidey hits a collar choke on the Lizard.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #164 (v1) : I was disappointed by the resolution to the fight, but even moreso to the last 3 panels just repeating the cliffhanger from the previous issue.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #163 (v1) : Aside from a brief dip into silver age foolishness (bodily vibrations, Eterna Power) this was an intriguing issue. Great tease at the end, and I'm very excited if that I who I think it is.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Incredible Hulk #118 (v1) : ::sigh:: I was glad I'd reached the end of the Namor comics that are on Marvel Unlimited (at least for a while), but then we have this.

This featured all the stuff that I hate about Namor and Atlantis, from his capricious temper, to nobody and nothing acting like they are under-water, to nobody trusting anyone.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Incredible Hulk #117 (v1) : I can't decide whether to give this a 2 because it was so dumb (how did hulk jump back in time, Russia's not waiting until the bomb hits to launch a counter attack, 'Impervious Plastithene'), or 4 stars because it made me laugh so hard (The fate of the world rests on Banner's programming, Hulk pulling a reverse Slim Picken's, 'No falling object can be any concern of mine!').

I settled on a 3.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #75 (v1) : Excellent issue. I especially enjoyed Spider-Man no selling Marko, Silvermane, and the Thugs.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #74 (v1) : ...Okay. I'll buy that as a reason that they needed Dr. Connors. +1 for the excellent fight scene, as well as for Harry's mustache.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #73 (v1) : This book was better than most of the books published at the same time, but it wasn't up to the standard I expected from Amazing Spider-Man. Man Mountain Marko just isn't a credible threat, and the involvement of Curt Connors seems contrived, though I'll reserve judgement in case they have a super good rason in the next issue.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Silver Surfer #6a (v1) : This was a terrible combination of pointless and nonsensical. I'm not sure what he expected to be there in the far future, but certainly not Shalla-Bal or anyone else he knew.

The worst part is that his plan worked. He travelled to the future and the barricade wasn't there. And he's already shown he can travel backwards in time, so why not just go to Zenn-la and travel backwards in time?
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Silver Surfer #5a (v1) : I had to ding this a bit, because the whole 'Steal the Space Scrambler' thing rang hollow with Surfer's criticism of mankind. The FF are about the only people who actually would have helped him, and instead he stole from them.

Otherwise a reasonable story that probably didn't need 40 pages to tell
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #92 (v1) : Look, deceptive covers (someone will die tonight! by someone, we mean a nobody introduced in the issue) are a time honored tradition in comics. With this issue, though, Thing killed no one, was thought to kill no one, was never accused of killing anyone. It just didn't have anything to do with the issue at all.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #89 (v1) : I'm fairly certain Jack forgot they were supposed to be blind after Mr Fantastic got knocked out, and the had to patch that with dialog at the end.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #84 (v1) : Dr. Doom, as potrayed by Eddie Izzard

"Cake or Death?"
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.... : Apparently it's not that hard. Didn't Egghead and Mad thinker* pull if off just a few issues (in the order) ago?

8 - I don't include puppet master, because there's no way he was any help in that effort
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #161 (v1) : I can't help but notice that Galactus' visi-sphere is less spherical, and more of a...washing machine shape.

Other than Galacus' peculiar choice of transportation, this arc was great.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Thor #160 (v1) : Oh my God, someone in a Stan Lee book said 'Woman' instead of 'Female'! My world has been turned upside down!
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Fantastic Four #83 (v1) : Third royal bathtime. Odin has tubby-time in Journey Into Mystery 116 and Thor 140.

...Please don't ask how I know this.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Avengers #64 (v1) : I wanted to give this 2 stars for the lackluster wrap-up (maybe? I don't feel like anything was wrapped up) to the lackluster crossover. but I boosted it to 3 for the first couple of pages and the nursery rhyme.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain Marvel #13 (v1) : What everyone else said. Terrible, just terrible.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Sub-Mariner #14 (v1) : I was all set to give this a 1 star, but I promoted it to 2 for 3 reasons:
1) The Toro Twist was pretty good
2) Namor shutting Mad Thinker up.
3) This being the last issue on Marvel Unlimited for a while.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Iron Man #14 (v1) : As with a lot of these Silver Age books, I like the concept of this issue better than the execution. The story here was good enough for me to apply some head cannon here (for instance, if the Night Phantom's face was un-bandaged and horrifying under the mask, that would work okay.)

It helps that, for the most part, the art was great, and had a different feel than most of the books.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Avengers #63 (v1) : Roy Thomas' writing and plotting has definitely improved over time, but I still feel like he struggles to give individual voices to people. This issue is particularly problematic, because Vision, Black Panther, Hank, and Hawkeye have very similar manners of speaking, where they are wildly different in later works. I suppose he puts a little bit more...accent?... on Hawkeye, but the rest of them have the same casual sarcasm and gruff manner, and I find it off-putting.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain Marvel #12 (v1) : "I am the Man-slayer! I slay men!"

Okay, thanks for clarifying
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Captain Marvel #11 (v1) : Boy, that Dick Ayers sure knows how to draw a cloud.

I wonder if he can draw anything else well....
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #70 (v1) : That issue was kind of up and down.

I'm tired of the Spidey 'Crisis of Character'. It's been done like 3 times already.

King Pin's escape seemed pointless, and unnecessary, but that may be me applying the modern Kingpin, whose lawyers would have had him out in no time, to this nascent version.

The Jameson arrival at the end was super contrived, as he's never been know to go out that way.

On the other hand:

I like the Spider-Man/Peter dichotomy getting in the way with Gwen.

I sort of liked the resolution to the protest, and I didn't mind that it was a stand in for more serious protests of the day

I loved Spidey's rampage accross Kingpin's men

And, honestly, I liked the exchange between Spidey and JJJ, and the result - I just wish the set up for it had been better...
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #69 (v1) : Or a reasonably long crow bar. Or a floor jack. Or a winch/pulley, or like 2 or 3 less strong guys...
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Amazing Spider-Man #68 (v1) : I love when Spidey has occasion to not hold back, and people realize how dangerous he is. He usually holds back against Kingpin, but once Randy's in danger, Spidey gives him a quick beatdown.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Avengers #62 (v1) : I feel like the ending stole some of the punch from an otherwise really good issue. I don't see any reason for Panther not to have just beaten Man-Ape cleanly, rather than having him be killed in an accidental avalanche
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #51b (v1) : I kinda want to give this a 1 on the 'strength' of the Conquistador alone, but the plot was intersting-ish, and rolled in Professor X's continued assembling of the X-Men.

That art doesn't deserve to share a book with Jim Steranko, though.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #50b (v1) : I kind of liked the art in the frames where people are mostly standing around, but all the action panels are just terrible.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
X-Men #53a (v1) : The only positive thing I can say is that this was only 15 pages.
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Incredible Hulk #110 (v1) : The nice thing about a Ka-Zar/Hulk combo is that neither of them talk much, and definitely don't think much, so the issue is a quick read, and you can actually see the art, rather than it being covered with word balloons.

It was actually kind of refreshing
 
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JonahBlack Says:
Incredible Hulk #109 (v1) : I hope Kim Jong Un never reads this. Apparently all North Korea has to do to increase it's missile range is add a Hulk.

I really enjoyed the art in this on. It was simple, but very dynamic. I didn't even mind Ka-Zar in this one.

I can't help but feeling that the Savage Land would be an excellent place for the Hulk to just stay. Not story-wise, but as an end to his quest for peace and solitude. Not to say that the Savage land isn't dangerous, it's just not dangerous to Hulk
 
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