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CAPTAIN AMERICA #698

(W) Mark Waid

(A) Chris Samnee

Reviewed by Drake Robinson


Vibrant, kinetic, and resounding: Captain America is firing on all cylinders. Samnee is producing some of the best work of his life, and Waid feels totally at home with Steve Rogers. Have you simply wanted comics to be your favorite heroes battling villains? Trying against all odds to save the innocent? Having crazy adventures throughout time and space? This is the book for you. Truly dynamic, striking, and powerful art work back dropped against an interesting, slow burning plot. Books like this show Marvel firing on all cylinders, and I honestly cannot wait for more.

9/10

MARVEL

$3.99

INVINCIBLE #144

(W) Robert Kirkman

(A) Ryan Ottley & Various 

Reviewed by Drake Robinson

 It was never going to be easy to end Invincible. I always imagined a couple different ways the series might grow and eventually end, but thankfully this massive-oversized issue manages to surprise me just enough, that I am almost not upset with how rushed this all is. If you have been reading for years you will find that little time is spent on anything other than the immediate Grayson family, although there are a couple fantastic pages showing the wider galaxy as things change, but for the most part you will not be able to shake the feeling that there is a mad dash to the end. Character driven, and at moments poignant, this is a decent conclusion to what truly has been one of the greatest superhero comics of the modern era. It could have easily slowed down a bit, and answered more questions, maybe even hit issue #150, but I am grateful this book was given a purposeful and heart felt end. To anyone who has never tried this book you now have a beginning, middle, and end! Overall it was nice to see both artists get a chance to shine one last time, and I cannot wait to see what Ottley does next.


8/10

IMAGE

$5.99

STAR WARS THRAWN #1

(W) Jody Houser

(A) Luke Ross 

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


 Great? Really good at least? How to best describe Thrawn...how about not the least bit disappointing? Yeah, we'll go with that to start. Thrawn is the anticipated comic adaptation of Timothy Zahn's novel of the same name. Jody Hauser does a nice job of capturing the mix of menace and intellect Thrawn is known for. It's always nice to see a Star Wars origin that doesn't involve kids. Highly recommended. 


8/10

MARVEL

$4.99

SIDEWAYS #1

(W) Dan DiDio, Justin Jordan

(A) Kenneth Rocafort

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


 Your enjoyment of Sideways may be affected by your attachment to spotted blacks in your comic art. I believe you almost need blacks in your inking to create a feeling of contrast to direct the eye around the panel, the page and identify light sources. Since that isn't happening here, you had better have a pretty great story, or compelling characters, or a low price point. Well, one out of three out of five isn't bad I guess. 

2/10

DC

$2.99

KICK-@SS #1

(W) Mark Millar

(A) John Romita

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


I'll answer the question on everyone's mind- Yes, its totally worth your time. Different Kick-@ss, different motivation, different skill set, different criminals, absolutely no Mindy (yet), absolutely no sign of her hand picked replacement for Dave Lizewski, and readily available Kick-@ss costumes.


That's what is and isn't here. What's missing though? Tom Palmer and Dean White, embellisher and colorist respectfully. They're replaced with digital inks and colors by Peter Steigerwald (whose work and I'm totally unfamiliar with) and stronger than usual pencils from John Romita Jr.


The other thing missing is the flying guy from the end of Kick @ss 3. I can't wait to see if we're in a larger world or not here. I'm genuinely surprised how much I liked this. 

7/10

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$3.99

DOCTOR STRANGE #385

(W) Donny Cates

(A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta 

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


 This was a great ending to a story that managed to be surprising without going entirely off the reservation. It's almost like Cates bothered to read the preceding run and build upon it. He wraps this arc up with a big bow, full of omens and portents. This has consistently been one of Marvels more dependable series since the end of Secret Wars. As long as Cates stays on the book, I would expect this to continue to be one of the "must have" titles in what is rapidly becoming a better publisher. This week, anyway. Highly recommended, and has been since late 2015. That's two years, multiple creative teams, and no reboots. It's kind of like what we want has been in front of us the entire time. Just remember, Valentines Day, like loving Marvel, comes with a price... 

9/10

MARVEL

$3.99

COLD WAR #1

(W) Christopher Sebela

(A) Hayden Sherman

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


 Hey Kids! Relax! The Cold War isn't just for the '80's anymore! This is a book that will appeal to fans of Judge Dredd, Marshall Law, and those who those who think that it's no coincidence that both fascism and fun-loving both start with a big F. Strangely similar to last weeks "VS", but with more initial world building (while offering considerably less on the art front), this debut makes it seem like this will be a title to watch. Highly recommended for fans of Shatter, Cryogenic suspension, dystopian futures, meat popsicles, and the color red. 

7/10

AFTERSHOCK

$3.99

DEATH OF LOVE #1

(W) Justin Jordan

(A) Donal Delay, Omar Estevez

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


 Ahh, Valentines Day. Known for it's cherubic imagery, long wait times at eateries, and bloody murder in Chicago, this is a holiday for some. Others however, may want to take the red pill and find out just what's what. You don't learn Kung Fu, but you get to see all of the cherubs that are responsible for your love life. Would you feel gratitude toward these beings, or would you be subject to murderous rage? An interesting debut, this issue was a lot of set-up, but it was as fun as it needed to be. Highly recommended for readers who suspect that love may be some sort of scam, and those who harbor violent thoughts about slaughtering winged babies. 

7/10

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$3.99

BARBARELLA #3

(W) Mike Carey

(A) Kenan Yarar 

Reviewed by 'Doc' Schaefer

 

Barbarella's first adventure at Dynamite comes to a close. Mike Carey's script ends more like the Barbarella that most of us know and love. Some innuendo, some humor, and a villain who gets what he deserves. But now I have to wonder if the creative team will be able to capture that flavor with their next storyline? |


7/10

DYNAMITE

$3.99

SHADE: THE CHANGING GIRL/WONDER WOMAN

(W) Cecil Castellucci, Magdalene Visaggio

(A) Mirka Andolfo, Sonny Liew 

Reviewed by 'Doc' Schaefer

  The weird grows weirder. Wonder Woman's Milk induced counterpart Wonder Wife is a bizarre blending of conflicting women traits. Oven mitts in place of bracelets? Home conveniences as children? Stone statues of heroic women with milk pouring from their stone breasts? There is some symbolism here that is making my brain hurt. Thank goodness that Cave Carson's eye can snap them out of it. And don't get me started on the Wonder Wife's line "Oh, I know my place again." This is a place where men should fear to tread. 


8/10

DC

$4.99

DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT

(W) Mark Waid & Various

(A) Aaron Kim Jacinto 

Reviewed by 'Doc' Schaefer

  Finally, a Dark Knight Metal title with something to move forward with. Even as the dark universe versions of Batman move forward with their plans, heroes continue to exist. And with characters such as Rex the Wonder Dog, Detective Chimp, and Egg Fu around, the feel of the 1960's version of the DC Universe feels nice. My question is one of perspective. By reintroducing some hope into this storyline, is that why I can tolerate it again? Has this whole plotline been so depressing that it was actually steering people away from reading it? Either way, we are back in the realm of the Multiverse and that is always good news. 


7/10

DC

$4.99

NEXT WEEK's RELEASES!

Available in-store 02-21-2018, or pre-order online now!

MARVEL
Amazing Spider-Man #796
Astonishing X-Men #8 vol 2
Avengers #676 second print
Avengers #681
Avengers #681 bradshaw connecting variant
Black Panther Annual #1
Black Panther Annual #1 variant
Daredevil #599
Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan #5
Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan #5 variant
Defenders #10 vol 4
Defenders #10 vol 4 hulk variant
Doctor Strange Damnation #1
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 connecting variant
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 garron young guns
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 lim variant
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 noto variant
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 tarnation cover
Doctor Strange Damnation #1 trading card variant
Generation X #87 vol 2
Incredible Hulk #713
Incredible Hulk #713 deodato hulk variant
Infinity Countdown Prime #1
Infinity Countdown Prime #1 logan cover
Luke Cage #170
Mighty Thor #704
Mighty Thor #704 hulk variant
Monsters Unleashed #11 vol 2
Old Man Hawkeye #1 second print
Punisher Platoon #6
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #17
Star Wars Doctor Aphra #17 galactic icon luke variant
Tales Of Suspense #102
Venom #160 second print
Venom #162
Venom #162 poison x variant
X-Men Gold #22

DC
American Way Those Above And Below #6
Aquaman #33 vol 6
Aquaman #33 vol 6 variant
Batman #41 vol 3
Batman #41 vol 3 variant
Batman And The Signal #2
Batman Sins Of The Father #1
Batman Sins Of The Father #1 variant
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4
Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 variant
Batwoman #12 vol 3
Batwoman #12 vol 3 variant
Bombshells United #12
Brave & The Bold Batman & Wonder Woman #1
Cave Carson Swamp Thing Special #1
Damage #1 vol 2 second print
Damage #2
Deathbed #1
Future Quest Presents #7
Future Quest Presents #7 variant
Green Lanterns #41
Green Lanterns #41 variant
Harley Quinn #38 vol 3
Harley Quinn #38 vol 3 variant
Injustice 2 #20
Justice League #39 vol 4
Justice League #39 vol 4 variant
Nightwing #39 vol 3
Nightwing #39 vol 3 variant
Super Sons #13
Super Sons #13 variant
Superman #41 vol 4
Superman #41 vol 4 variant
Trinity #18 vol 2
Trinity #18 vol 2variant
Wonder Woman Conan #6
Wonder Woman Conan #6 lopresti variant
Wonder Woman Conan #6 reis variant

INDEPENDENT
Alters #10
Archies #5 cover a
Archies #5 cover b
Archies #5 cover c
Belle Beast Hunter #2 cover a
Belle Beast Hunter #2 cover b
Belle Beast Hunter #2 cover c
Belle Beast Hunter #2 cover d
Birthright #30
Bloodborne #1 cover a
Bloodborne #1 cover b
Bloodborne #1 cover c
Bloodborne #1 cover d
Blue Baron #1
Blue Baron #2
Brilliant Trash #4
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover a
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover b
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover c
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover d
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover e variant
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover f variant
Bsg Vs Bsg #2 cover g variant
Catalyst Prime Summit #3
Catalyst Prime Superb #7
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover b
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover c
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover d
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover e
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover f
Cavewoman Face Off #1 cover g
Comic Book History Of Comics Comics For All #3 cover a
Comic Book History Of Comics Comics For All #3 cover b
Days Of Hate #1 second print
Dept H #23
Descender #27 cover a
Descender #27 cover b
Empowered & Sistah Spookys High School Hell #3
Eternal Empire #7
Evolution #4
Family Trade #5
Fence #4
Further Adventures Of Nick Wilson #2 cover a
Further Adventures Of Nick Wilson #2 cover b
Gears Of War Rise Of Raam #2 cover a
Gears Of War Rise Of Raam #2 cover b
Gears Of War Rise Of Raam #2 variant
Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #12 cover a
Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #12 cover b
Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Tales Of Terror Vol 3 #12 cover c
Heathen #6
Hellboy & Bprd 1955 Burning Season One Shot
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover a
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover b
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover c
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover d
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover e
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover f
Hit-Girl #1 vol 2 cover g
Horizon #18
Ice Cream Man #2 cover a
Ice Cream Man #2 cover b
James Bond M special
James Bond The Body #2 cover a
James Bond The Body #2 cover b variant
Jim Henson Storyteller Fairies #3
Jim Henson Storyteller Fairies #3 subscription
Kid Lobotomy #5 cover a
Kid Lobotomy #5 cover b
Kill Or Be Killed #15 second print
Kiss #1 black cat
Kong On Planet Of Apes #4
Kong On Planet Of Apes #4 connecting variant
Kong On Planet Of Apes #4 subscription
Lazarus Sourcebook #3
Lucas Stand Inner Demons #1
Maestros #5
Mata Hari #1
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 vol 4
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 vol 4 action figure
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 vol 4 variant a
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 vol 4 variant b
Monstress #14
Moonshine #7 cover a
Moonshine #7 cover b
Multiple Warheads Ghost Throne One-Shot
Musketeers #1 cover a
Musketeers #1 cover b
Musketeers #1 cover c
Musketeers #1 cover d
Musketeers #1 cover e
Musketeers #1 cover f
Ninjak Vs Vu #2 cover a
Ninjak Vs Vu #2 cover b
Ninjak Vs Vu #2 cover c
Ninjak Vs Vu #2 cover d variant
Ninjak Vs Vu #2 cover e variant
Postal Mark #1
Princeless Raven Year 2 #5
Pumpkinhead #1 cover a
Pumpkinhead #1 cover b
Pumpkinhead #1 cover c
Pumpkinhead #1 cover d variant
Pumpkinhead #1 cover e variant
Pumpkinhead #1 cover f variant
Punks Not Dead #1 cover a
Punks Not Dead #1 cover b
Punks Not Dead #1 variant
Quake Champions #3 cover a
Quake Champions #3 cover b
Quantum & Woody #3 vol 3 cover a
Quantum & Woody #3 vol 3 cover b
Quantum & Woody #3 vol 3 cover c variant
Quantum & Woody #3 vol 3 cover d variant
Quantum & Woody #3 vol 3 preorder cover
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover a
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover b
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover c
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover d
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover e
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover f variant
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover g variant
Red Sonja #13 vol 7 cover h variant
Redlands #6
Regression #7
Rivers Of London #4
$ex Criminals #22
$ex Criminals #22 variant
Startup #1
Startup #2
Super Suckers #1
Super Suckers #2
Super Suckers #3
Super Suckers #4
Taarna #1 cover a
Taarna #1 cover b
Telepathetic #1
Tremendous Trump Retromastered Edition
Twisted Romance #3
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover a
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover b
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover c
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover d
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover e
Vampblade Season Two #12 cover f
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover a
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover b
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover c
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover d
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover e variant
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover f variant
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover g variant
Vampirella #10 vol 5 cover h variant
Vinegar Teeth #2
Wrapped Up #5
Wrapped Up #5 wrap cover
WWE #14
WWE #14 action figure Var
WWE #14 raw connecting Var
WWE #14 ultimate warrior cover
Z-People #1
Z-People #1 variant

ALL AGES
Adventure Time Comics #20
Adventure Time Comics #20 subscription
Best Of Archie Comics Betty & Veronica TPB Vol 02
Krusty The Clown #1
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #63 cover a
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #63 cover b
My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #63 variant
Popeye Great Comic Book Tales TPB
Rugrats #5
Rugrats #5 subscription
Sami Samurai Squirrel Welcome To Woodbriar Gn
Tangled #1 cover a
Tangled #1 cover b
Tangled #1 variant
Teen Titans Go #26

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
All New Wolverine Vol 05 Orphans of X TPB
Astonishing X-Men TPB Vol 01 Life Of X
Cable & X-Force TPB Onslaught Rising
Dc Universe By Neil Gaiman TPB
Excalibur Epic Collection Cross-Time Caper TPB
Flashpoint Unwrapped HC
Ghost Station Zero TPB
Invader Zim Vol 5 TPB
Invincible Iron Man Ironheart TPB Vol 01 Riri Williams
Marvel legacy HC
Mother Panic TPB Vol 02 Under Her Skin
Rebels These Free & Independent States TPB
Relic Of The Dragon HC
Robin Year One Deluxe Edition HC
Runaways Vol 09 Dead Wrong TPB
Secret Warriors TPB Vol 02 If Trouble Must Come
Star Trek the Next Generation Mirror Broken TPB
Superman President Luthor TPB New Ed
The Beatles Story HC
Uber TPB vol 6
Young Justice TPB Book 02

MAGAZINES
Comic Shop News
Mad Magazine #550

TOY & STATUES

Marvel Gallery ASM Homcoming PVC Figure
Marvel Gallery Marvel Now Cap America PVC Figure