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If you are looking for the Major Spoilers reviews of comic books from the comic book industry, you’ve found it! The best and the worst comics are reviewed each week.

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Review: Robin/Spoiler Special #1

In last week’s review of Robin #174, I wondered what was going to happen with the Tim/Stephanie/Robin/Spoiler relationship now that Stephanie has returned to Gotham City from her sojourn in Africa. The Robin/Spoiler special released this past week from DC Comics clears up some of those unanswered questions.

Marvel
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Review: Secret Invasion #3 (of 8)

Or – “Colonel Nick Fury And I Have Sompin’ To Say…  ‘We’re Baaaack!!!’ ” So.  My cable internet was initially supposed to be on last Friday.  It wasn’t, due to an error on MY part.  So, they scheduled a hookup for Monday… which didn’t happen.  I was, needless to say, less than pleased.  But, I was assured, Wednesday morning I would have internet access.  Wednesday night I returned home to find…  nothing.  I cursed my carrier and made a couple of calls.  I explained that the cable drop was running through two different splitters and some sort of black box…

Marvel
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Review: Ultimate Origins #1

“No one can stop us now, We are all made of stars Short of stealing directly from Moby, or Lost, or any other story that has everyone connected in some way or another, Brian Michael Bendis brings a different take to mutants, heroes, and villains in Marvel’s Ultimate Origins.

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Review: Fables #73 – War and Pieces

Even though some of the story arcs these past couple of years have been hit and miss at times, Willingham continues to deliver interesting tales of the struggles between the fables and the villains of the home world, and this issue is no exception.

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Review: STUDIO SPACE – The World’s Greatest Comic Illustrator’s At Work

When I was a kid, I remember wanting to be a comic book artist so badly it hurt. Comics had been in my life since before I could remember, and many a day was spent tracing over the art of the greats like Don Heck, John Romita, and Jack Kirby. I shudder to think the number of Bronze Age comics I devalued or destroyed in the name of artistic training. When I got older, I enrolled in every art class I could find and actually became quite good, winning state contests and school shows. The thing that always bugged me…

Marvel
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Review: X-Factor #31

I became a fan of X-Factor late last year, and have been in love ever since. To be fair, it’s pretty much just a giant man-crush on Jamie Madrox, but there is nothing too shabby about Siren either, a character that I really do like. However, the reason I continue to keep reading X-Factor – primarily – is to see when in hells bells Layla Miller will return. And to anyone who wants to cry “Marvel continuity sucks” at me for her appearance in Secret Invasion, give me a break; it was a flash-back!

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Review: X-Force #4

It was not only a big step for Scott Summers, but a similarly big step for Marvel to set up X-Force with their own book. Now, four issues in, from my side of the fence, I think their decision has been rewarded by four well done books. Granted, give me a series on Wolverine and my biases may not necessarily allow me to see clearly.

Avatar Press
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Review: Rapid-Fire Reviews II: Electric Boogaloo!!

Or – “Hell, Man… I Only Have So Much Free Time!” There seems to be a thing out there called “Real Life.”  It’s composed mostly of things to annoy you and drain your wallet of cash, but sometimes it also feeds on your free time.  One of the joys of this gig is getting to share the wondrous things that happen in comics and split the burdens of that which is terrible, which means I usually bite off more than I can chew in terms of comics that I’d like to review.  Since this has happened yet again, it’s time…

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Review: Robin #174

I dig the Robin title. I’ve liked the character of Tim Drake Wayne since he was first introduced way back in August of 1989 (Batman #436). I liked what happened with the Robin character following One Year Later (for better or worse). I’ve liked what I’ve seen with Robin trying to get his love life in order and really coming into his own as a powerful character. But I have to say, the last several issues playing up the “Who is Spoiler?” story line left me pretty flat.

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Hero History: Shadow Lass

Or – “If You Had Powder Blue Skin, You’d Probably Show Off Too…” Talok VIII is an anomaly in the worlds of the Legion. It’s a hidden, backwater world of swords and sorcery, the kind of place that Red Sonja or Claw the Unconquered wouldn’t feel at all out of place, and it’s favorite daughter has a tendency to dress in a manner that would befit Sonja as well. As with last week’s entrant, she was that rarest of Legionnaire stories, a hero so successful that she was offered LSH membership in the middle of a mission. She was also…

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Review: Thunderbolts #120

Or – “There Is NO Escape From Ellis!  You Will Be Assimilated!” I was going to make the Sonny Corleone joke about being “pulled back in,” but I think I’ve leaned on that particular chestnut a bit too often.  Quitting Thunderbolts has been a lot like quitting smoking for me, repeatedly enjoying that “last one” before giving up the habit altogether.  The problem is that the last one tends to be an enticing thing, and before long, you feel the urge to pick up another, and another, and by that time you’re realizing that you haven’t quit at all, and…

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Review: House Of Mystery #1

Or – “The Vertigo Problem.” Recently, Gatekeeper Manager Deon (who doesn’t get Howard The Duck, but somehow loves XO: Manowar) explained to me his problem with Vertigo comics:  They’re just weird for weirdness’ sake.  I don’t know how true that assessment is, but I can clearly see the kernel of truth at the bottom of that statement.  I love classic Swamp Thing, I have read Hellblazer religiously since day one, I have all the Sandman trade paperbacks, I even loved Shade: The Changing Man.  But there came a point where Vertigo seemed to have found a niche, a hook, and…

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Season 8 #14

Or – “Giant Teenage Girl In Tokyo?  It’s Stephen’s Dream Comic!” No, no, I kid.  Stephen’s dream comic would have Zatanna, a transformer and a vat of pudding.  In any case, Buffy’s war against the Vampires of Tokyo (not to be confused with the Werewolves of London) is heating up, with unlikely alliances, invisible hands, and mystical fooferaw erupting from all quarters.  But Buffy can take at least a cold comfort from the knowledge that things can’t get all THAT much worse…  can they?

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REVIEW: American Dream #2

Or, “No, really, remind me who Steve Rogers is?” Well, hot off the news that American Dream #1 has sold out I get to review the second issue, and number two is keeping me as thrilled as number one did! This is how comics used to be, and I really wish that Marvel would bring back the MC2 Universe in a more regular way. Sure, the Spider-Girl series is good, but there is so much more MC2 love out there to discover!

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