Taranaki seller of $22.3m Lotto Powerball ticket excited she’s ‘given someone their hopes and dreams’

The excited Taranaki shopkeepers who sold the Lotto Powerball ticket that won $22.3 million hope the lucky person is a local.

“It would be nice for it to be a local,” said Lorraine Reeve, of the Inglewood Book Centre. “At the moment there’s a lot of tourists and visitors coming through.”

Reeve said she and her husband had sold a ticket that won $1m soon after taking over the business around a decade ago, but never anything as big as last night’s $22,333,333 – a $22m Powerball prize plus $333,333 first division win.

“This is amazing. We were so excited that we felt – I mean we had only just sold the ticket, so imagine being the winner.”

“[It] took my breath away. It was really exciting; very, very exciting. Let’s just say we didn’t sleep much last night.”

Reeve said customers had been talking about the win all morning, “and it’s surprised a few people”.

“They have come in checking their tickets and they didn’t actually know we’d sold the winning one, so that’s even quite exciting too.”

She said the winner hadn’t brought in the winning ticket yet, but she hoped they would bring it to her shop.

Asked if she would put up a poster proclaiming “winning ticket sold here, $22 million”, Reeve said: “I’ve got the big winner sold here poster – that’s a start.”

She said she bought Lotto tickets but not the Powerball option, although her husband did buy Powerball last night.

“[You] can’t be envious can you – you’ve given someone their hopes and dreams.”

Lotto NZ said the $22.3 million ticket had not been presented yet. The buyer should write their name on the back of the ticket and check it immediately at any Lotto outlet, online at MyLotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ ticket-checker app.

Inglewood Community Board chairwoman Karen Moratti said, “Congratulations to David and Lorraine [Reeve] at the Inglewood Book Centre. It’s wonderful that they had a big win there. They have had some wins before.

“Obviously we would love it to be that it’s going to a local and I wish them all the very best with their big win.

“They might just go straight to Auckland, like some people do – try and keep it a little bit quiet, but in a small town that might not be so easy.”

South Florida student demands SAT score be released after…

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida student accused of cheating on her SATs held a press conference Wednesday along with her high-profile attorney, Benjamin Crump. 

“My name is Kamilah Campbell. I didn’t cheat,” Campbell said. “I studied to achieve my dreams, and I know to achieve them, I had to be focused and dedicated. And I won’t let ETS or anyone take my dreams away from me.”

Campbell is still waiting for her SAT scores to be released following a Jan. 1 college deadline. 

Last week, the Dr. Michael Krop Senior High School student told Local 10 News about her dreams of attending Florida State University. 

But her dream has been threatened after she received a letter from Educational Testing Services saying her October SAT scores were invalid. 

Campbell said it is due to a 300-point score increase from March. 

“She studied harder than she ever studied before. Focused more than she ever focused before to conquer this test,” Crump said. “She made a 1230 on the SAT in October.”

“I turned in a letter from my tutor, a letter from my teacher and I wrote a statement myself. I also turned in pictures of the study book I used on my own,” Campbell said. 

Campbell stood alongside her mother, community members and Crump, asking ETS to release her scores immediately.

“She stayed up late nights, she stayed up early mornings, studying. She received extra tutoring because she set a goal in her head she wanted to reach and she accomplished that goal. She deserves to be honored,” the student’s mother, Shirley Campbell, said. 

An ETS official released a statement regarding the issue, saying, “We cannot discuss specific students’ scores. After every test administration, we go to great lengths to make sure that all test scores we report are accurate and valid. In order to do so, we sometimes take additional quality control steps before scores are released.”

Campbell has created a GoFundMe page, which states that she may now be forced to pay for college without scholarship assistance due to her SAT score being withheld.

The website states that Campbell is “unable to accept money for legal fees,” but will spend the funds “at her sole discretion.”

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How Biden Has Paved the Way for a Possible Presidential Run

The list includes Mr. Biden’s sister and longtime campaign manager, Valerie Biden Owens, who is vice chairwoman of both the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and the Biden Foundation, as well as a paid consultant to the institute; Mike Donilon, his strategist across four decades and now the managing director of the institute and a consultant for Mr. Biden’s PAC; and Steve Ricchetti, his vice-presidential chief of staff and now the managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. Another longtime Biden operative, Joshua Alcorn, has been paid by Mr. Biden’s PAC while serving as an executive at the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The top compensation, as far as can be determined from Internal Revenue Service records, belongs to Gregory C. Simon, who was projected in a tax exemption application to receive $552,500 a year to run the cancer initiative. Mr. Biden selected Mr. Simon in the final year of the Obama administration to lead the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force for less than 40 percent of that amount.

Gregory C. Simon runs the Biden Cancer Initiative.CreditMatt Low

Mr. Biden declined through his spokesman to be interviewed about his post-vice-presidency. But several people close to him emphasized that he had built his mini-empire not to prepare for 2020 but to make a continuing contribution on matters of longstanding concern.

“They planned a lot of this under the assumption that Hillary Clinton would be president of the United States,” said Sarah Bianchi, a former Biden policy aide who is now a paid senior adviser to the institute.

That said, some top staff members will undoubtedly decamp for a campaign if there is one, several advisers said. Whether all the groups could sustain operations is unclear, given that Mr. Biden could face pressure to suspend fund-raising to avoid improper influence.

During the 2018 cycle, Mr. Biden maintained visibility with campaign visits to 24 states and at least 135 other speaking engagements, giving him a platform whenever he wanted. At a book-related talk in Missoula, Mont., in early December, he fueled coast-to-coast speculation about his plans by declaring himself “the most qualified person in the country to be president.”

Mr. Biden has long been self-deprecating about his relative lack of wealth, compared with some politicians. He and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, left office with assets worth between $277,000 and $955,000 (not including their house near Wilmington, Del.), as well as a mortgage of $500,000 to $1 million and other smaller loans, according to a 2015 federal disclosure. The report gives values in ranges.

Become Human’ Dev Has Some ‘Great News’ Coming In 2019

The developers at Quantic Dream had a pretty good year, with its latest release, Detroit: Become Human, clearing two million copies sold, adding to its continuing success on the storytelling game front. But it appears that there’s more where that came from as the team has teased something big on the horizon for 2019.


It posted on Twitter earlier today, not only thanking fans for the success that it’s achieved with Detroit this year, but also hinting that there’s some “great news” on the way, though they didn’t indicate what it is just yet. You can see the tweet (and the “group applauding” GIF) below:

There is some speculation that we could see some downloadable content for Detroit: Become Human, focusing on Hank and Connor. At least, that’s what fans seem to be wanting, based on the tweets below.

Then there are a couple of oddball requests, because reasons.

Whatever Quantic has planned, it’s sure to be intriguing, based on what we saw from the game this year. More Androids!

Detroit: Become Human is available now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

J.D. Salinger at 100: Is ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ still relevant?

Tuesday is J.D. Salinger’s 100th birthday, but Holden Caulfield is still 17. The iconic teenager of “The Catcher in the Rye” is forever suspended in the amber of our youthful alienation.

Although a few pious schools continue to ban Salinger’s only published novel, for millions of adults, a faded copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” is a sweet teenage treasure, as transgressive as a trophy from band camp. Ninth-graders who secretly read the book with a flashlight when it came out in 1951 are now in their 80s.

To read it again as an adult is to feel Holden’s pain lingering like a phantom limb. His righteous cynicism is adolescence distilled into a sweet liquor. But the novel also feels like revisiting your first house. The familiarity is enchanting but discombobulating. The story is smaller than you remember, and some details you had completely wrong. But what’s most striking is how common the novel’s tone has become over the intervening decades. Holden is Patient Zero for generations infected by his misanthropy. We live in a world overpopulated by privileged white guys who mistake their depression for existential wisdom, their narcissism for superior vision.

We have met the phonies and they are us.

“The Catcher in the Rye” was not originally marketed as a book for teens, but they responded to it as their anthem: More than 65 million copies have been sold. I suspect, though, that the novel wouldn’t be such a phenomenon if it debuted today. We’re in the middle of a long-overdue renaissance in young-adult literature, and it looks nothing like the monochromatic shelf of titles that came before. The current hot novels are by Jason Reynolds, Elizabeth Acevedo, Angie Thomas and other writers who tell stories that reflect the vast diversity of our culture. It’s no longer tenable to imagine that the anxieties of a white heterosexual young man expelled from an expensive prep school capture the spirit of our era. Today’s snarky young anti-hero instead looks like Norris, the black French Canadian boy who moves to Texas in Ben Philippe’s forthcoming young-adult novel, “The Field Guide to the North American Teenager.”

Salinger himself, the legendary recluse, would fare even worse in our age of social media. “I’ve borne all the exploitation and loss of privacy I can possibly bear in a single lifetime,” he wrote to Ian Hamilton in the early 1980s, long before anybody had a Facebook account. (When Hamilton persisted with his biography, Salinger effectively crippled the book in court.) But nowadays publishers expect writers to participate actively in the marketing process — and so do readers.

Consider that in 1961, two months after the publication of “Franny and Zooey,” Time magazine ran a 6,000-word cover story on Salinger — a publisher’s dream — but the piece included no direct quotations from the author and no recent photos. That sounds tragic in an era when writers feel compelled to Instagram every moment of their lives — from the death of a spouse to the consumption of a salad. If two hours go by without a tweet from Roxane Gay, we all start to worry. Against that standard, Salinger’s insistence on eschewing publicity feels exotic, possibly the symptom of some mental illness.

But our demand for personal access to writers isn’t the only challenge Salinger would face in today’s publishing market. In 1998, when Joyce Maynard first detailed her teenage relationship with Salinger, it was fashionable to make allowances for the abusive behavior of manipulative men, particularly if they had written popular books. (In a vile column that could have appeared in 1899, Maureen Dowd dismissed Maynard as a “Leech Woman.”) Fortunately, the #MeToo movement has shifted the parameters of what’s acceptable, as Maynard pointed out this fall in a stinging critique of the way Salinger and the press treated her.

At the moment, it’s not clear how Salinger’s reputation will evolve in the new century. As usual, time helps, e.g. we can ignore Ernest Hemingway’s behavior; we can’t ignore Sherman Alexie’s. The biographies have tended to leave two impressions: Salinger’s fiction is even more autobiographical than we thought, and Salinger himself was even loonier than we suspected. Homeopathy! Acupuncture! Dianetics! In 2013, David Shields and Shane Salerno suggested that Salinger’s undescended testicle could help explain his entire life. “Surely,” they wrote, “one of the many reasons he stayed out of the media glare was to reduce the likelihood that this information about his anatomy would emerge.” (Someone asked on Twitter, “Why didn’t he just wear pants?”)

Toward the end of “The Catcher in the Rye,” Holden starts obsessing, “Don’t let me disappear. . . . Don’t let me disappear.” That’s not likely anytime soon. But will Salinger’s appeal survive the passing of the generations that adopted him as their misanthropic saint?

Like the dioramas in the Natural History Museum that Holden adores, Salinger’s books never change. The author went to extraordinary lengths to prohibit adaptations or continuations of “The Catcher in the Rye,” and his heirs have honored his wishes. There are no e-book or audio versions of any of the books he published. Even an austere boxed set released this fall required his son, Matthew, to admit that his father would never have approved these modestly redesigned editions: “He’d certainly hate this centennial.”

Salinger reportedly kept writing long after he stopped publishing in 1965, which has fed rumors about unknown stories — and even a novel — awaiting exaltation. Yet almost 10 years after his death in 2010, the silence continues. The New York Public Library is planning a special exhibition of manuscripts, letters, books and artifacts for October 2019, but no new work is expected to be revealed there.

The tomb raiders can’t be put off forever, though. The copyright on “The Catcher in the Rye” expires in 2046. Even before that, it could fall into the hands of trustees who feel less beholden to the author’s prohibitions. As one legal scholar noted, “Their emotional commitments, principles, and financial interests may diverge over time.” Indeed, large amounts of money have a way of encouraging such divergence. In 2013, a CPA in Forbes estimated that the J.D. Salinger Literary Trust could be sitting on material worth $50 million, and as Holden knows, “People are always ruining things for you.” It wouldn’t be shocking if someone eventually tried to bend the trust’s restrictions and exploit the canon’s maximum value. Then we’d finally see “Catcher in the Rye” starring Tyler Posey, “The Glass Family” series on HBO and the thrilling Broadway musical “Zooey!”

Don’t think it won’t happen.

All Salinger wants on his 100th birthday is to be left alone, but that’s the only thing he still can’t have.

Ron Charles writes about books for The Washington Post and hosts TotallyHipVideoBookReview.com.

Book World: A new book about cancer offers something rare – realistic hope

|     Sharon Begley     |

THEY sure don’t do human studies like they used to. After a young physician at New York Hospital named William Coley lost a patient to cancer in 1890, he began combing through hospital records for clues about who had survived the usually fatal disease. Reading one case, Coley noted that the patient’s seemingly miraculous cure followed a raging strep infection that appeared to melt away the man’s head-and-neck sarcoma.

Intrigued, Coley got a chance to test his hunch (no ethics board’s approval or patient’s informed consent required!) the following year, with a man suffering from a neck tumour and given only weeks to live. Coley “basically winged it,” journalist Charles Graeber tells us in The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer.

The good doctor injected the patient first with a little bacteria and then with a lot, at one site on his body and then another, and finally with bacterial toxins collected from a corpse (“the good stuff, potent and fresh,” Graeber reports) and shot right into the ghastly tumour.

After suffering near-lethal fevers, the patient rallied. His tumour seemed to break down before Coley’s eyes. Although infection-causing injections killed two of Coley’s next 12 patients, the doctor was convinced: If the immune system can be unleashed, it will kill tumours.

Coley was 100 years ahead of science’s understanding of the immune system. He was dismissed as a charlatan, and once he started bottling and peddling his cancer-fighting toxins, he was also called a snake oil salesman. Generations of oncologists and cancer biologists either heard nothing about Coley’s observations or lumped them together with cancer quackery.

Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer by Charles Graeber. – TWELVE

Immunology became a vaguely disreputable backwater in cancer research. Stalwarts like Steven Rosenberg kept it alive, but they seemed to epitomise the cycle of soaring hopes and dashed dreams: interferon, interleukin-2 and other immune-boosting drugs came – were fleetingly heralded – and mostly went.

It took an immunologist, not a cancer biologist, to crack the code. James Allison realised it wasn’t that the immune system needed boosting. Instead, molecules on tumour cells that thwarted the immune system needed to be disabled. Allison figured out how to disable those molecular brakes, or checkpoints, and allow the immune system to rip: His discovery led to the first approved ‘checkpoint inhibitor’ cancer drug, in 2011, and won him a share of the 2018 Nobel Prize in medicine.

If you read about cancer discoveries in the media and have a good memory, you are likely to react to the title of Graeber’s book with a lot of eye rolling and maybe some understandable anger.

Despite decades of cancer “breakthroughs” – potent chemotherapies and molecularly targetted drugs – roughly 600,000 people in the United States (US) die of cancer every year.

But Graeber makes a persuasive case that cancer immunotherapy has earned the b-word. With checkpoint inhibitors like Allison’s, which target the molecular brake called CTLA-4, followed by inhibitors of brakes called PD-1 and PD-L1 and then genetically engineered T cells called CAR-Ts, once-hopeless cancer patients are actually achieving something physicians have been loath to utter: a cure.

Breakthrough is full of gripping stories of white-knuckle experiments, of mice that lived, of pioneers who had to wrangle fellow scientists into investigating the interaction of the immune system and cancer. These determined few valiantly fought a cancer hierarchy that viewed the whole thing as a dead end.

Gatekeepers at prestigious science journals rejected research papers in the stubborn belief that the immune system can’t attack cancer – data be damned. Eventually, the data could not be denied. Graeber deserves credit for telling stories of both the successes and the failures of immunotherapy. Graeber meets the goal of every writer: to leave the reader wanting more rather than less. There are very few places in this brisk account where you slog through more biochemistry than you ever wanted to see in several lifetimes.

This chapter of the cancer immunology story still needs writing, as do other tales of the research and the scrambling – and catch-up-playing – of multiple drug companies.

For now, Graeber has given us a riveting account of science that truly deserves an accolade that has been all too frequently awarded, but almost never actually achieved, in cancer research: Unleashing the immune system on tumours is indeed a breakthrough.The Washington Post

The Best Books We Read in 2018

‘Tis the season for best-of lists, and this year we had plenty of delightful books to choose from. Here are 17 of our favorites from 2018.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

This National Book Award finalist beautifully weaves together the early days of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago and 2015 Paris in two unforgettable twin storylines.

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Follow a pair of star-crossed lovers over the course of a decade in Reese Witherspoon‘s new book club fave, a smart, funny spin on the classic boy-meets-girl-in-a-bus-stop tale.

Calypso by David Sedaris

The witty Sedaris never disappoints, and his latest collection takes on aging and family (and aging family) in an entirely new and welcome way.

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

Obsessed with all things Bachelor? This is your ticket behind the scenes of every rose ceremony, champagne toast and fantasy suite. Read at your own risk—you’ll never watch the show the same way again!

Related: The 5 Books Bill Gates Wants Us All to Read This Year

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Notorious RBG has an amazing life story, and she set out to tell it in her first book since becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1993, a collection of writings and speeches gathered by RBG and her authorized biographers, Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

The debut release from SJP for Hogarth, the imprint spearheaded by Sarah Jessica Parker, made a big splash and landed a powerful message in a year full of polarizing conversations about immigrants and refugees.

Related: 7 Must-Read Books to Spend Your Holiday Gift Cards On

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

A 20-something blonde decides to drug her way through the angst of living just months before 9/11 in this remarkable (heavy!) new novel from a rising literary star.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This knockout novel tackles the hard truths of race, mass incarceration and the American Dream, all wrapped up in one tangled marriage you won’t be able to look away from. It was an Oprah’s Book Club Pick for a reason!

Related: The Best Books Coming to TV in 2019

Circe by Madeline Miller

An epic work of fiction that spans thousands of years, Circe has all of the mythical madness and godly infighting you could want, and then some.

Grist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

For fans of dark, intense plotlines, we can’t recommend this one enough—just don’t read it in the dark.

Educated by Tara Westover 

The power of an education shines in Westover’s memoir of overcoming her incredibly harsh upbringing in favor of academia.

Related: Tara Westover Shares How She Overcame a Brutal Upbringing to Rise to the Top of Academia

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The former first lady opens up like never before in the memoir that’s been heralded by many as one of the best White House books—and it’s the top-selling book of 2018!

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

What’s not to love about a sweet, thoughtful romance featuring a heroine who agrees to be a last-minute fake wedding date after a to-die-for elevator meet-cute?

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Southern or not, you’ll swoon over the Oscar winner’s lifestyle-guide-meets-cookbook-meets-essay-collection, featuring Witherspoon’s best buttermilk biscuit recipe, tips for hot-roller usage and more.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Many thrillers have been called “the next Gone Girl,” but this one lives up to the hype—and we hear it’ll come to the big screen in 2019.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

For real-life thrills and chills, we recommend this in-depth true crime search for the Golden State Killer, who was fortuitously found just months after the book’s publication, written by the late wife of comedian Patton Oswalt.

In Pieces by Sally Field

The former star of Steel Magnolias and Forrest Gump tells her own story, in her own words, in no uncertain terms.

Related: Sally Field Opens Up About Surviving Sexual Abuse and Thriving in a Male-Dominated Field

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First Look at Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

We have our first official look at the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie. Guillermo del Toro has been working to bring the beloved horror book series to the big screen for quite some time and, even though he’s only producing, that dream will finally be realized in 2019. Now, we have our first look at the movie adaptation in the form of a behind-the-scenes image that was taken during production.

On its own, the image isn’t all that revealing. We see a group gathered outside of a house that looks old and questionable, which we suspect is the film crew as equipment is visible in the shot. The fact that it’s pitch black outside and a big foggy doesn’t help matters. While specific plot details, in terms of what short stories from the books may be explored, haven’t been revealed, we know that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will center on a group of young teens who are investigating a wave of horrific deaths that have started to plague their town. Nothing bad ever happened to anyone who was investigating a strange murder and found themselves in a scary looking house at night, right?

The movie is based on the works of author Alvin Schwartz who wrote a trilogy of books published between 1981 and 1991. The trilogy consists of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. All three books combined contain more than 25 horror stories, many of which are based on real-life folklore and urban legends that were exhaustively researched by Schwartz. The trio of books has sold more than seven million copies worldwide since their initial publication. The popularity of the books coupled with the current hunger on the part of moviegoers for quality studio horror flicks positions this as a big potential hit.

Related: Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Finally Moves Forward

The cast includes Zoe Colletti (Wildlife), Austin Abrams (Tragedy Girls), Gabriel Rush (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Zajur (Kidding), Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black), Natalie Ganzhorn (The Night Before Halloween) and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad). Andre Ovredal, whose previous credits include Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, is in the director’s chair. Daniel Hageman and Kevin Hageman of The LEGO Movie fame penned the script with Guillermo del Toro.

Even though Guillermo del Toro isn’t directing, having him involved following his Best Picture Oscar win for The Shape of Water bodes well for the project. With any luck we’ll be getting a teaser trailer for the movie sooner rather than later. Lionsgate is set to release Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on August 9, 2019. On that date, it will be competing directly with Disney’s adaptation of Artemis Fowl, another beloved children’s book, which comes from director Kenneth Branagh. Be sure to check out the first image from Fandango below.

Comic Book Reviews for This Week: 12/26/2018


Welcome to this week in comic book reviews! The staff have come together to read and review nearly everything that released today. It isn’t totally comprehensive, but it includes just about everything from DC and Marvel with the important books from the likes of Image, Boom, Dark Horse, and more.

The review blurbs you’ll find contained herein are typically supplemented in part by longform individual reviews for significant issues. This week, however, we’ve decided not to do longform reviews given that it’s, you know, the day after Christmas.

Also, in case you were curious, our ratings are simple: we give a whole number out of five; that’s it! If you’d like to check out our previous reviews, they are all available here.

And with that, on to the reviews — which are listed in alphabetical order, but first by DC, Marvel, and the rest of the publishers.

Slide 1 of 2Marvel #1

First of all, can I just say how refreshing it is that a wedding issue in the big two actually saw the two advertised characters tie the knot? The wedding in FF is sensational and packs every ounce of joy that you’d expect from this book. It is a very, VERY long issue, but the pacing helps it move pretty quickly, and the dialogue is second-to-none. Fantastic Four continues to be one of the most marvelous books around. — Charlie Ridgely

Rating: 5 out of 5

There’s nothing inherently wrong with Superior Spider-Man; the art is solid, the colors pop nicely, and the dialogue is well-written. But this new Otto Octavius is honestly just hard to buy as a protagonist. He’s bent on saving the world, but you never quite believe him. The megalomaniacal tendencies of the character make him a drag as the lead of a series, and that makes this book sort of a chore at times. Spider-Man should be a whimsical experience for a reader, and this is anything but. — Charlie Ridgely

Rating: 2 out of 5

Uncanny X-Men #7 is quite a change of pace compared to previous issues. The issue only features a handful of the young X-Men students, rather than the multitude of mutants from the rest of the series so far. The extra breathing room allows for the issue to provide some much-needed nuance to the young X-Men’s arc, which has up until now been little more than generic teen angst. It comes to a head fight and moral debate between Armor and Pixie that, like much of the rest of the series, feels like an attempt at returning to a classic X-Men them that doesn’t quite get beyond going through the motions. The quiet is welcome in a series that has been so much cacophony so far, and hopefully, the sense of focus will carry through the final act of “Disassembled.” — Jamie Lovett 

Rating: 3 out of 5

X-Force just got the band back together, and the reunion is getting off to one heck of a start. Granted, this X-Force is a little different than what you’re used to, what with Kid Cable and Deathlok on board, but the changes are what make the team fresh. The contrasting personalities of Cable, Domino, Warpath, and the rest of the group nails that fresh but familiar balance, and we’ll take more of Ed Brisson’s hilarious Deathlok as much as we can get him. The book’s humor was a pleasant surprise, as was Dylan Burnett’s stylish visuals. The narrative isn’t anything X-Fans haven’t seen before, but if Brisson can make the team this entertaining every issue, you’re not going to mind. — Matthew Mueller 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Slide 2 of 2Other Publishers #1

Bone Parish continues to craft a deeply interesting narrative, one that can go from high-octane set pieces to intimate moments with relative ease. There are some new elements introduced in this issue that could mean major things in the series’ long-run, although it’s unclear exactly what those are. But either way, Bone Parish never ceases to be an emotional and thrilling read. — Jenna Anderson

Rating: 4 out of 5

Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple have really created something unapologetically brutal here, but the crassness more often than not just gets in the way. There’s a compelling tale of espionage throughout DIE! DIE! DIE!, and the tale of three brothers is demented to say the least but is equally as riveting. The crass humor that pops up in between though often falls flat or is at best wholly unnecessary, and just feels like someone going blue for the sake of it rather than for any meaningful reason. If it can trim some of the fat, this series will finally find its stride.  — Matthew Mueller

Rating: 3 out of 5

This series has been following some of the earlier days at the BPRD and as a result, less focus is put Hellboy himself and instead, Trevor and company receive the spotlight. This issue, in particular, includes virtually no action as various agents at the BPRD lay the groundwork for future operations and missions. If you’re looking for a page-turning, blood-pumping action thriller, this isn’t it. — Adam Barnhardt

Rating: 3 out of 5

This issue forgoes the format that Man-Eaters has already established, instead bringing to life a sort of in-universe magazine about the big cat attacks. The end result is unbelievably clever, with the men-targeted ads and articles being much more than meets the eye. Sure, this issue does essentially step away from Maude and company, which might be a little frustrating after the cliffhanger of last issue, but the larger world of Man-Eaters is all the better for it. — Jenna Anderson

Rating: 4 out of 5

Marvel Action Avengers is the perfect solution for fans looking to give Marvel’s most powerful team a shot. The group is made up of Marvel’s biggest hitters and at least in the first issue requires little to no prior experience with the characters to get up and running. Writer Matthew K. Manning delivers a light-hearted tone throughout that doesn’t sacrifice a compelling narrative for the sake of humor, and artist Jon Sommariva’s kinetic designs and action sequences also manage to impress. If you’re looking for the perfect way to introduce a new MCU fan to the Avengers, this is your dream come true.  — Matthew Mueller

Rating: 4 out of 5