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Review: Marvel Team-Up #85

Can Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Shang-Chi keep Viper from crashing the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier into the Capitol Building? Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema and Steve Leialoha wrap up their four-part Marvel Team-Up arc with great skill.

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Review: Marvel Team-Up #84

Shang-Chi joins the fray as Nick Fury, Spider-Man and Black Widow lead an assault against the compromised S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. The Marvel Team-Up super-spy saga reaches its penultimate chapter – and it’s another fine issue from the creative team of Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema and Steve Leialoha.

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Review: Marvel Team-Up #83

Spider-Man rescues an amnesiac Black Widow from S.H.I.E.L.D., running afoul of Nick Fury – and Boomerang and the Silver Samurai, too! Though not quite as strong as the previous issue, this second chapter of the Marvel Team-Up super-spy saga by Chris Claremont, Sal Buscema and Steve Leialoha is still a great deal of fun.

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Review: X-Men #102

Lured into a trap at Banshee’s ancestral home, the X-Men battle Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut. While a solid effort, this issue from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum struggles with both pacing and suspension of disbelief.

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Review: X-Men #101

Jean Grey nearly dies saving the X-Men but becomes Phoenix instead … then the rest of the team goes on vacation. A mid-issue shift in plot keeps Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum’s debut of Phoenix from being a classic.

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Review: X-Men #100

X-Men try to rescue X-Men but end up fighting … the X-Men? Sentinel shenanigans are afoot – perhaps with deadly consequences! Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum go all in for this celebratory 100th issue of X-Men.

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Review: X-Men #99

The new X-Men race to S.H.I.E.L.D.’S orbital platform to rescue teammates captured by the Sentinels. A fun read from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum – but one that requires some serious suspension of disbelief.

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Review: X-Men #98

The X-Men’s Christmas outing to Rockefeller Center is interrupted by the return of the mutant-hunting giant robots, the Sentinels! Great character work and dynamic art anchor this strong effort from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.

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