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Wednesday Roundup: August 18, 2021

This week's top releases according to critics are listed below. Is your favorite included? Do you agree with the critics, or did they completely miss the mark? Let us know in the comments!

5. Iron Man #11 Written by Chris Cantwell. Art by Angel Unzueta. After bringing down an Ultimo robot nearly singlehandedly, Iron Man continues to investigate the strange and small colony on the remote planet where he’s been marooned. Life here seems perfect…but is it? And who’s possibly pulling the strings behind its delicate design? As Tony digs deeper for answers, an astral projection of Hellcat warns him that Korvac is still the biggest threat they all face…unless Tony gives into addiction, this time in the form of pain medication for his many injuries. FEATURING ANOTHER APPEARANCE BY EVERYONE’S FAVORITE ARMORED CANADIAN HERO, AVRO-X! Plus: STILT-MAN!

Average Critic Score: 9.1/10

"Unzueta delivers some beautiful art throughout this issue. There are so many great visual moments to be had, but the character is the focus, and those moments drew me in." - The Super Powered Fancast

"At this point, I've learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to this run of Iron Man, and it's resulted in one of the most rewarding reading experiences Marvel is providing right now." -

4. Black Cat #9 Written by Jed MacKay. Art by C.F. Villa

“INFINITY SCORE” Continues! The hottest new character of the last five years, STAR, brings her reality-warping powers to bear in THE BLACK CAT! Who hired Felicia to do this job? Why do they want this infinite power? AND HOW DOES FELICIA THINK SHE IS GOING TO LIVE THROUGH THIS?

Average Critic Score: 9.3/10

"Once again, it is becoming very apparent that Black Cat is one of the most appealing characters in the whole of the Marvel Universe, thanks to MacKay. The Spider-Mans girlfriend of the past is solidly in the rearview. She's her own person, and that person is a hell of a lot of fun to hang out with for 20 minutes per month." - You Don't Read Comics

3. Nightwing #83 Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Bruno Redondo and Cian Tormey, with colors by Adriano Lucas.

It’s a fight for the soul of the city! Now that Dick Grayson has inherited more money than he could possibly need, he has an idea on how he can help the city with it-and it’s time for him to announce it to the world! But with Blüdhaven's so beyond saving, what idea does he have that could possibly save it? Meanwhile, an unexpected figure comes into play with a plan to buy the city (and all the power that goes with it) from Blockbuster. Things are about to get messy for new public figure Dick Grayson, but maybe he can enlist some help from his “friend” Nightwing!

Average Critic Score: 9.3/10

"Nightwing #83 is an excellent issue that has me back on board the Nightwing trolley where I belong. Bruno Redondo's art is great as usual, but it was Tom Taylor's shift from trying to prove that Dick Grayson is a great guy to just showing me the character I have loved for that very reason. I can't wait for the next issue!" - Weird Science

"Nightwing #83 is the strongest issue of the series so far. While the book lays on the schmaltz more than my taste can handle at times, there's no denying the high level of craft on display. I personally find myself unconvinced by the larger social themes Taylor plays with, but the book's heart is in the right place and that's enough for now. Fans of the series to this point will not be disappointed." - Batman News

2. Radiant Black #7 Written by Kyle Higgins. Art by Marcelo Costa."

Picking up from the shocking ending of issue five, Radiant Black’s life just got a whole lot more complicated. Pursued by a new enemy and not sure who to trust, will our hero escape with his life? Or is this the beginning of the end for RADIANT BLACK?

Average Critic Score: 9.3/10

"Radiant Black has hit its stride and is moving in some inventive and unexpected directions, and it would seem the series is certainly living up to that Radiant title." -

"This series continues to be one of the best superhero books on the stands and serves as a harbinger of things to come for Higgins' Black Market Narrative creative collective. With the first volume of Radiant Black on sale this week, I highly recommend giving it a read if you haven't already." - But Why Tho?

1 Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 Written by Tom King. Art by Bilquis Evely, with colors by Mat Lopes

Supergirl’s journey across the cosmos continues! Her hunt to bring the killer Krem to justice brings her and the young alien in her care to a small planet, where they discover that there are still some very small minds, even on the outer edges of the galaxy. The cold welcome the locals give the Woman of Steel makes her suspicious enough to go looking for secrets they want to keep buried, and what she finds is nothing short of horrifying. Can she and Ruthye get off the planet alive now that these deadly sins have been exposed?

Average Critic Score: 9.4/10

"Quite simply, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 feels like an Eisner Award-winning "Best Issue." Top to bottom, front to back, inside and out it is simply immaculate. It exemplifies everything great about comics as an art form and it also exists as a sample of how literate and artistic comics can be." DC Comics News

"The events that go on here could easily fit into another character's story, but the youth of the two main characters and the way it affects them on a more personal level really sell the events here. We're almost halfway through Kara and Ruthye's story, and this could easily become one of the best Super-family stories in recent memory." - Geek Dad

"Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow#3continues to show that its strength lies in earnest and honest captions from a child's perspective and the horror of the world around Supergirl that she so desperately wants to protect her from. This latest issue offers a parable elevated by art that forces you to linger and process. Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow feels like a once-in-a-lifetime story that is powerful in its message." - AIPT

*Average critic scores are collected from Comicbook Roundup.

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