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DC
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52 – Week 46 – Mad Science

How to bring a man-god down Last week Black Adam discovered the Mads of Oolong Island were behind The Four Horsemen project that resulted in the death of his wife and brother-in-law. Having the power of seven gods should be enough to make anyone mess his lab coat, but not these crazy bunch of bastards.

Marvel
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New Avengers #28

Or – “I Had A Pair Of Pants Show Their Seams This Quickly, And Demanded A Refund.” On paper, New Avengers looks like a guaranteed hit, a no-brainer. Luke Cage getting respect. Iron Fist back at his best friend’s side in his hour of need. Spider-Man, at his lowest point, but no longer alone. Spider-Woman finding a group of people who ALSO don’t have anywhere else to go. Doctor Strange, once again the backbone of a team book. Wolverine doing what he does, at which he is the best. The mysterious masked Ronin, probably someone we know, and many of…

Dark Horse Comics
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 8 #1

Or – “Waitaminnit!  That Ain’t Kristy Swanson!  I Call Shenanigans!” \ I can tell you right now where the real difficulty lies with each and every Buffy comic I’ve ever read.  Sure, that Joss Whedon dialogue is rough to reproduce, and the exact personalities of the various Scooby gang members can be a little amorphous (especially Willow), but the real difficulty, the thing that’s torpedoed my enjoyment of some previous Buffy comics is simple:  Sarah Michelle Gellar’s face defies any attempt to draw it.  There is some strange aspect of the way her features coalesce that makes Buffy look not-so-much like…

Marvel
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Heroes For Hire #7

Or – “How To Get A Head In The World…” No, Wait, How ‘Bout “He Shoulda Quit While He Was A Head.” Wait! Let’s Try “That’s Not What I Meant When I Asked For…” Oh, Nevermind. I’ve been wavering for a couple of months about Heroes For Hire, whether or not I’m going to continue reading it, and I’ve decided that I’m keeping it on my hold list, for one of my simplest reasons: I sincerely believe that Marvel will end the title before too much longer. Certainly I’m not saying that Heroes is a bad comic book, it isn’t,…

Marvel
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Thunderbolts #112

Or – “Because Salieri Demanded It, And I Don’t Want To Wind Up Like Mozart…” The Marvel Universe is a huge tapestry with hundreds of superhumans that we never see anymore, characters who seem to have just dropped off the face of the Earth, usually after quitting a team book or losing their “next big thing” status. For all it’s faults, at least Civil War tried to reflect that, with the likes of Prodigy, Typeface, and Thunderclap getting involved in the conflic (if only briefly), showing that the events affect EVERYONE, even those who are no longer active. Last issue’s…

Marvel
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Fantastic Four #543

Or – “When Is A Surprise Ending NOT A Surprise?” There’s a theory that circulates around my comic shop about the Fantastic Four, that states that people misunderstand the roles of the members. Contrary to popular assumption, says our thesis, Sue is NOT the heart of the Fantastic Four. That’s Ben Grimm, the member most likely to respond on an emotional level. Likewise, Ben is not the steel in the FF’s backbone, it’s Sue that truly acts as the team’s fist, the spine that will not break, even when everything has gone to pot and a big purple fat guy…

DC
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52 – Week 45 – Every Hour Wounds, the Last Kills

“I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!” There is a cliché in every action movie where the hero loses his loved one(s) and goes on an angry rampage seeking vengeance until he reaches the big boss. Black Adam takes on that cliché this week as 52 reaches a dark turning point in the DC Universe.

Marvel
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X-Factor #16

Or – “Multiple Maaan, Multiple Maaan, Doin’ The Things A Multiple Caaan…” It’s no coincidence that, in addition to titling this particular book, “x-factor” refers to that certain something that raises a particular person, place or thing above the average and mundane. Every time I feel like I’ve gotten the whole story on the characters, they throw me a curve and I have to start all over. From Guido’s sudden murderous turn (he was brainwashed) to the Siryn/M/Madrox triangle (they weren’t) to the strange vibe surrounding “House of M” plot device Layla Miller (she’s more than she seems, but we…

Marvel
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Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness #1 (of 5)

Or – “Who’s The King, Baby? Whaddaya mean ‘Kirby?’ ” There are some concepts that are just flat-out too cool to be ignored. The original premise of “Marvel Zombies,” to be honest, is NOT one of them. It sounds like Marvel just cashing in on the usual crazes. “Walking Dead” sells for Image, so we get the writer of that to bang out a one-off series featuring zombie versions of Marvel heroes. What they DIDN’T count on was the off-kilter humor of Kirkman, and the way that he translated his long-time love of Marvel’s finest into beautiful character moments, distilling…

DC
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Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters #8 (of 8)

Or – “If They’re All From Earth-X, What Happened To A Through W?” One of the problems with alternate Earths (after the obvious trying to remember which character resides on which Earth) is the name designations. Marvel’s current numbering system makes sense, but is also ridiculously obscure and complicated. The designation “Earth 616” (invented by Alan Moore, who says it’s arbitrary, though some claim it’s derived from the shipping date of Fantastic Four #1, the year 1961, and 6 standing for the month of June) making it clear that their world is one of many, but the overwhelming evidence that…

Marvel
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Eternals #7 (of 7)

Or – “The Song Remains The Same…” Every limited series boils down to one of three premises. The establishment or re-emphasizing of important characters or bits of information that may be necessary for upcoming events (see the Annihilation minis or the Infinite Crisis buildup books, or even Uncle Sam & The Freedom Fighters). The second premise is to put and/or keep a character in the spotlight (most of Marvels’ original minis, the Ghost Rider: Hammer Lane mini, and the current White Tiger book all fit this criteria). The Eternals is an example of the third type of series, the revitalization/reworking…

Marvel
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Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #15

Or – “Explain To Me Once More Why *HE’S* Not Also In Jail?” So, the Civil War is over, and the new Marvel Universe has begun, a world where the old guard superhumans (original Avengers, the core Fantastic Four, Ms. Marvel and others of a ‘lawful neutral’ bent) are now creating an initiative that will keep all new superheroes within government specifications, creating a rank-and-file led by one of the oldest and most respected heroes of them all. The problem is, all the “trustworthy” heroes who work for the government currently would have been drummed out of service at one…

Marvel
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RETRO REVIEW: Captain America Vol. 1 #255 (March 1981)

Or – “Who He Is, And How He Came To Be…” This was originally supposed to be last night’s recap, but a series of unfortunate events that ended with a visit to the emergency room pretty much put the kibosh on that. (Pinched nerve in the neck causing tremendous pain in the arm and shoulder, but I’m okay, thanks.) So, for the sake of argument, pretend it’s Sunday. You’ve just watched Grey’s Anatomy, or Battlestar Galactica, or whatever it is that NBC puts up, and you’re dreading the hateful Monday morning to come. That’s when you click on Major Spoilers.com…

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