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*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent # 1 (10/10)
Amazing Spider-Man # 21 (9/10)
Avengers # 66 (8/10)
Batman # 133 (8/10)
Batman # 357 (Facsimile Edition) (9/10)
Black Panther # 15 (7/10)
Fantastic Four # 5 (8/10)
The Flash # 794 (9/10)
Monkey Prince # 12 (8/10)
Moon Knight # 21 (8/10)
Predator # 1 (10/10)
Stoneheart # 1 (9/10)
X-23 # 1 (Facsimile Edition) (9/10)

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent # 1– Tom Taylor returns for a new Jon Kent series that sees him continuing to live up to the mantle of Superman while forging a new path of excitement. Ultraman returns with a vengeance after spending most of his time killing off various Supermen in any alternate universes so he’s setting his sights on Jon himself (He previously held Jon hostage and tortured him during that time) but he does find some salvation when he runs into Val-Zod, The Superman of “Earth-2″(and without a doubt one of the shining stars of The New 52) and an alternate Red Tornado who’s got close ties to the Clark Kent of her world (**NO SPOILERS**); Taylor has definitely bounced back from the slump he was in during this time on “Son of Kal-El” because, for the first time ever, he’s giving us the start of a superhero epic that doesn’t feel convoluted in the least but will show Jon in a new light that feels like a fresh start for both him and Taylor as this is his best work to date. Clayton Henry on art duties is by far the best choice the editor of this title made as his style is sleek yet powerful enough in order to tell a story of this magnitude. AoS: Jon Kent is the true rebirth for a character that’s been dismissed by Superman fans while at the same time, it’s a brilliant companion piece to “Injustice” and the start of a story that may or may not thrill you but will keep your attention regardless of the premise.

Amazing Spider-Man # 21– “What did Peter Parker do?!?” – That’s the question that’s been asked since the start of this new volume and a year later we get our answer but in the form of a two-parter. This issue opens up one year earlier where we get the return of Benjamin Rabin, a mathematician who summons a Mayan deity called Wayep in some bizarre attempt to merge with it and become “Kuhul Ajaw”; After being defeated by both Spider-Man and Wolverine, Rabin comes back to settle the score but Spidey feels out of his league with a villain that’s more powerful than anything; It’s great that Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. have decided to unveil the mystery behind Spidey’s actions that had everyone in his life turn his back on him. John Romita Jr. turns in some less-than-stellar art as usual but I’m not waiting for him to revert back to his old style from the 1980s as that ship has sailed indefinitely. Yes, it’s unfortunate that we got more questions than answers but I’m hoping that the next issue will give us a huge payoff instead of laying all this groundwork for nothing. Praying that the next issue delivers big time.

Predator # 1– This new volume of Predator opens up with a group of survivors, who are from different nations, kidnapped by the Yautja and they have to stick together no matter the odds. Is this series already going full-speed with the violence and blood? yes, and I have to say that it wouldn’t be a Predator comic without that aspect. This opening issue already does a great job of showing respect for the movies to come out of this franchise while once again giving us a new story that couldn’t be told on the big screen but in the comic pages which so far, works on all angles. Predator fans will rejoice after reading this issue and with Ed Brisson once again handling the writing, it’s going to be a fun read… even with the blood taking center stage on every page.

Stoneheart # 1– Emma Kubert debuts her new series for Image that’s basically “Dungeons & Dragons” meets “Willow”; When a young blacksmith named Shayde Whisper has been exiled to a new village she starts to hear a voice that wakens a power she can’t possibly handle. Emma Kubert not only excels in the art but her writing looks strong especially after the first few pages as she’s good at utilizing caption boxes to help elevate her story. Her art, however, has a unique feel to it, almost like a cross between her father Adam Kubert, and Walter Simonson which is just downright amazing. Shayde Whisper is a character that anyone will be smitten with as Kubert shines in fleshing out her personality to where you want her to succeed in being a hero. This fantasy-based series brings with it such passion and joy while giving us something to look forward to as the series progresses. With that, Emma Kubert has solidified herself as an accomplished storyteller and the sky’s the limit for both her and this series.

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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