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We will start with what Marvel came out with this week. Overall Marvel has been pretty mediocre for a while. This week was no different for me. Amazing Spider-Man #24 was a lackluster follow-up for the Clone Conspiracy event that just ended. This focused on what happened to the “Jackal” Ben Riley and what happened to the real Jackal. It felt like a slow issue with no real progression. It did help setup the new Scarlet Spider comic that will be coming out later this year. Ghost Rider, Rocket Raccoon, Prowler and Occupy Avengers all fell into the vein of just “meh” comics. They don’t really build any excitement; this is only naming a few of the comics that suffer from this problem. A few of the shining stars for Marvel are Infamous Iron Man, Thanos, and Uncanny Avengers. The best comic of this week goes to Captain America: Steve Rogers. This is an outstanding comic for Marvel; it takes the status quo and flips it on its head in a big way. Steve Rogers being a Hydra agent is a refreshing take on the character. With Taskmaster finding out his secret and the introduction of the new Madame Hydra, this comic is really heating up.
DC has been killing it since they kicked off Rebirth in May of 2016 and this week was no exception. Some of the best titles that came out this week were: Detective Comics, Action Comics, Batgirl and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. The best of the best this week was definitely the new Justice League of America comic. With a fresh new team featuring: Batman, Black Canary, Ray, The Atom, Vixen and Lobo, this comic feature plenty of action and an unique team dynamic to keep readers interested. Two of DC’s weaker comics this week are Blue Beetle and Deathstroke. Blue Beetle is focusing on Jaime Reyes as the scarab takes over his bottom; this is mixed with a confusing Dr. Fate storyline that ties in. Blue Beetle is a rushed plot with very little holding it all together. Deathstroke has the same issue. It is trying to tie to many storylines together and in the process, losing what makes Deathstroke amazing: being the most badass assassin in the DC universe, if they get back to the basics this comic can get on track.
That wraps up this weeks breakdown! Tune in next week for more comic goodness!
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