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Wednesday Round-Up: 8/26/2020

We had some heavy hitters from the "big two" this week, but which one ended up on top according to critics? Find out below!

5. Engineward #2 by George Mann and Joe Eisma Free of the hex that has plagued it, the ghoulem's head begins to reveal its secrets-but its reawakening does not go unnoticed. Meanwhile, Joss, Ichabod and the others attend the 'morning ceremony' of their late friend, where tensions run high, and the Celestials pay a visit to the shantytown to make pronouncements on the water crisis.

Average Critic Rating: 8.3/10

"This issue pushes me all-in on what's going on as it's very character-focused, explores the society and rituals well, digs into some neat things with the Celestials, and speaks to a larger storyline that goes back who knows how far. It's definitely worth reading both issues at one time to get the big picture and push but this installment has me excited to see what comes next..." - The Fandom Post

4. X-Men #11 by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu


Average Critic Rating: 8.3/10

"This is a fun book, and an excellent study of Magneto as a leader, and a hero, for the world." - Comic Watch

"X-MEN #11 is an exciting tale that elevates Magneto's importance to the Mutant Landscape while showcasing his leadership abilities, tenacity, and his clever ingenuity with his abilities. This issue felt like something Jonathan Hickman has wanted to write for a long time and was simply looking for an avenue or excuse to justify an entire issue dedicated to the Master of Magnetism." - Weird Science

3. Aero #10 by Zhou Liefen, Amy Chu, and Keng

LEI LING meets TONY STARK for the first time!  What's behind IRON MAN's surprise visit to Shanghai? Does he know the truth behind Aero's secret identity? Meanwhile, Aero's nemesis MADAME HUANG is back! Her deadly plan threatens not only all of Shanghai...but the entire world!

Average Critic Rating: 8.8/10

"The blending of golden-aged heroism with silver-aged plot construction and a slow and steady pacing contrast boldly against the quick clustering of action that typically shoots through a standard superhero comic. With the tenth issue's connection to the main Marvel Universe, Aero begins to feel a bit more like a part of a larger tapestry." - You Don't Read Comics

2. Batman: Three Jokers #1 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok Thirty years after Batman: The Killing Joke changed comics forever, Three Jokers reexamines the myth of who, or what, The Joker is and what is at the heart of his eternal battle with Batman. New York Times bestselling writer Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, the writer/artist team that waged the “Darkseid War” in the pages of Justice League, reunite to tell the ultimate story of Batman and The Joker!

After years of anticipation starting in DC Universe: Rebirth #1, the epic miniseries you’ve been waiting for is here: find out why there are three Jokers, and what that means for the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime. It’s a mystery unlike any Batman has ever faced!

Average Critic Rating: 9.0/10

"I honestly don't think I could have asked for a better start to what's sure to be the biggest Joker story of the year " and perhaps, if it continues at this level of quality, a classic comic in its own right. This is a dark, enthralling mystery of a Batman story: with a cast of characters sharing an electric chemistry, a trio of charismatic and sinister villains, and an ending that's both shocking and cathartic, yet leaves you wanting so much more." - Batman News

"Johns and Frank are creating something special here. I can’t wait for this to be collected, I hope in an ABSOLUTE edition down the line, it really requires the oversized treatment. A modern classic begins here friends. Do not miss out." - Let's Go Comic Show

"Jason Fabok brings some brilliantly dark and disturbing art to this first issue. Not only do all three iterations of the Joker look menacing and scary, but the crimes they commit are given a visceral, visual flair. A great looking book filled with detailed panels." - The Super Powered Fancast

1 Daredevil Annual #1 by Chip Zdarsky, Manuel Garcia, and Chris Mooneyham


Average Critic Rating: 9.0/10

"Overall, this is a fantastic annual that really delivered on story and feels like a great opener for what could've been another season of Daredevil. The situations from the first 20 issues are here, but this will really add an incredible new spin that has me waiting for more." - AIPT

"Chip Zdarsky changes the game for his Daredevil run without wiping out the importance of the preceding issues at all. No matter what you think of the "One More Day" on the cover (or Annuals), I think you will be surprised by what Zdarsky adds to his story, and I can't wait to see more." - Weird Science

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