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Review: Blue Beetle #32

Secret origins are fun I miss the days when comic books would spend an issue telling the back story of how the latest villain of the week became the villain of the week.  It was fun to discover how that person was wronged or what led him down the path to evil, and best of all it was all revealed in a single issue.  After reading Blue Beetle #32, those good ol’ days are back again.

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Review: Tangent: Superman’s Reign #8

Parallel world’s are not always a good thing I find it ironic that I sat down to read Tangent: Superman’s Reign #8, and then less than an hour later found myself watching the latest episode of Nova talking about Hugh Everett and his parallel theory of quantum physics.  I would hate to think the events were a coincidence, but it does make you wonder what would happen if someone were given the powers of Superman and decided to end all the world’s problems.

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Review: Ultimate Spider-Man #127

Sometimes life just kicks you in the teeth for fun Even though Peter Parker is the everyman hero that we can all sympathize with, I in no way would ever want to be Peter Parker.  The kid can’t catch a break.  If it isn’t some huge international military agency keeping tracks on your every move, it’s the villain of the week trying to wreck your day, and to top it all off, just when you think you’re going to make with the snoo-snoo with that hot red head Mary Jane, your personal stalker shows up.

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Review: The Flash #245

If you are a long time reader of comic books, you’ve seen Wally West grow from kid sidekick to a member of the Teen Titans to taking over the role of The Flash (and yet Batman is still the same age…) With a character that has some involvement in many of the DCU’s greatest stories, it is interesting to see those tales from his perspective.  And when your powers are suddenly fading, it’s a time to reflect on those friends around you. Yes Wally West, this is your life.

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Advanced Review: Hexed #1

Now that is creepy…  More please. There really aren’t enough good titles covering the various supernatural realms.  Sandman concluded years ago, as did Preacher, and while Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues to rock, Shadowpact got the axe.  Cthulhu Tales delivers the chilling supernatural sure to give the reader nightmares, but when it comes to supernatural thriller crime stories, the cupboard is pretty bare.  So, when Boom! Studios sent me an advanced copy of Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson with art by Emma Rios, I knew it was worth checking out, even if I am generally wary of titles I know…

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Review: Secret Invasion #7 (of 8)

Or – “And We Still Have Almost NO Idea What’s Going On…” The art of the big crossover event has changed over the years.  The first one, (in my memory, anyway) Secret Wars, was done almost entirely outside of the regular titles’ continuity, with the individual heroes stories jumping forward a few weeks in time, while the miniseries played out separately for the rest of the year.  Crisis on Infinite Earths took place everywhere at once, causing for weird moments where characters we expected to see in one place turned up in another.  Civil War annoyed me with it’s tendency to…

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Review: Ultimate Origins #5

They meddled in God’s domain I love how Marvel introduced the Watchers into the Ultimate Universe.  Throughout the five issue run of Ultimate Origins, they have been the silent central characters who bare witness to all the key moments in this universe’s history.  And now that this prequel to Ultimatum is over, it suddenly clicks.  Beware! Major Spoilers of Ultimate Origins #5 ahead!

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Review: Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2 (of 5)

Or – “They Had Me At Hello.” Can I just say that I HATE the vertically aligned giant theme covers for Final Crisis and Final Crisis by-products?  Not only is it nigh-impossible to get a decent cover scan, they have to cram whatever they’re trying to show you into 1/3 of a standard comics page, which compresses the visual information into a tiny little space and crams everything together.  But enough whining.  Legion fans and detractors alike have long complained that the logistics of a team with 25 members are impossible to coordinate, and I can certainly feel their pain. …

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Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves

Oh… Dear… God… NO! I can understand the zombie craze.  I can appreciate the love affair with the undead vampire.  I can even go so far as to say werewolves have their place in story telling.  But dear jeebus, why’d you have to convince someone in DC editorial that Superman & Batman should take on Vampires and Werewolves?

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Review: Powers #30

Or – “How Quickly Things Can Change…” Deena Pilgrim has been down a hard road, a road of physical, personal and professional ruin.  She has finally come to the end of her journey, but there’s still the matter of some debts left unpaid…

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Review: Nova #17

Or – “Two Guys With A Lot In Common…” Richar Rider and Chris Powell.  Two characters designed to be the next Peter Parker.  Each wearing a strangely shaped bucket on their head, empowered by alien forces, using their powers to fight crime.  Both former New Warriors, both summarily cancelled after a couple dozen issues.  The main difference?  Nova’s third shot at series fame seems to have actually stuck, while Darkhawk has been used as not much more than a prop in the inscrutable and unnecessary Loners miniseries… 

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Review: Booster Gold #13

Echinoderms.  Why’d it have to be echinoderms? You gotta love time travel.  Not only do you get to warp the universe around you to make all the bad things go away, you also get to warp the universe around you to make the good things happen.  Such is the case with the greatest hero no one has ever heard of and his Time Lord Chrononaught Time Master son.  What?  That’s a spoiler that was revealed like… three issues ago!  Oh Geez, gimme a break!  Here, put this starfish on your face, and the bad spoiler man will go away.

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Hero History: The Legion Of Substitute Heroes

Or – “Sometimes You Have To Work Your Way Up To The Big Leagues…” There’s a lot of confusion regarding the early days of the Legion and their recruiting practices. Bouncing Boy got in, but Radiation Roy did not. Matter-Eater Lad got the nod, whereas Animal Lad was told no. The reasoning behind this has been the subject of much discussion (though I like Geoff Johns’ recent revelation in Action Comics that some of the Legion rejects were rejected because Saturn Girl could tell that there was something wrong with their minds) but the whole issue really seems to boil…

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