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IDW Publishing
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Star Trek: Year Four #1

60’s flava returns in IDW series It was supposed to be a five year mission, but thanks to low ratings, NBC cancelled the series after three. After some 11 movies, five spin-off series, and more individual episodes than you can shake a stick at, there was still the question of what happened to the five year mission to seek out new life and new civilization. IDW has answered with a six issue series aptly called Star Trek: Year Four. IDW sent an advanced peek at the series. Better set your phasers to stunned as Major Spoilers brings you the advanced…

DC
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Teen Titans #47

Or – “It’s An ‘Abused By Bruce Wayne’ Support Group Reunion!” They apparently get a special rate at “Domino Masks R Us” for the case lot assortment… Teen Titans is a book that I keep meaning to get around to reviewing, vacilating as it does between superb and absurd, and now that we have a slow comic week, (and since Steve kindly covered the accompanying issue of Countdown yesterday) I thought we could check in with the junior JLA and their road to recovery after the devastating battle with Deathstroke. Though I’m irritated at the sight of Jason Todd (DC…

DC
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HERO HISTORY: Dawnstar

Or – “More Than Just Warren Worthington’s Dream Date…” The initial instinct when writing the Hero Histories was to show you the hidden awesome in even the most maligned members of comics’ galaxy of stars. With Karate Kid’s sudden resurgence, (No Ralph Macchio jokes, as they mean something different in comics) we had to touch on Val, and then I felt the need to defend a couple of my boys, Blok and Matter-Eater Lad. But now there’s almost a full-scale revival, with the return of seven Legionnaires, and references to continuity that we never saw, and I feel it’s necessary…

Marvel
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New Avengers: Illuminati #3

Or – “What Happens When The Smartest Heroes Are Neither Smart Nor Heroic…” The first two issues of The Illuminati miniseries can be boiled down pretty succinctly by saying this: Overconfidence and arrogance nearly costs them all their lives. In the first issue, it’s a miscalculation as to the competence of the Skrull Empire, in the second, they overestimate their own ability to resist the phenomenal cosmic power of the Infinity Gems. Every time we see this grouping, they have done something incredibly stupid because they presume to be smarter than everyone else on the planet, and that hubris will,…

DC
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Countdown #48

Death of a New God Last week readers got a few clues into the mystery of Jimmy Olsen, Mary Batson stumbled upon a repowered Black Adam, Stinky made the other Monitors angry, and Karate Kid continued to hang out in a JLA cell. So what becomes of our key characters this week?

Image Comics
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Freshmen II #4

Or – “It’s Always Sad When You See People Make Mistakes You’ve Already Made…” Freshmen was one of those series that really captured my attention and fascination when it came out.  The story of a group of new college students given super-abilities based on what they were thinking about at the time, the first series had beautiful covers, compelling stories and dialogue, and a cast that I not only like, but recognized from my college days.  It’s sequel has had a lot of scheduling issues (4 issues have come out since last summer) and they’ve irritated me by having a…

DC
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Justice Society Of America #6

Or – “The Lightning Rods Are Important… They MEAN Something.” The return of the annual JLA/JSA team-up is an interesting card to have played this early in the run of the two books, for several reasons. Primarily, neither team has really established their status quo at this point, making it obvious that certain important moments have to have taken place off-screen. Secondly, they’ve resurrected the old Len Wein/Cary Bates tradition of adding a THIRD team to the proceedings, which takess the focus off the two teams who JUST GOT TOGETHER. And most confusingly, that third team is the Legion of…

Marvel
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Heroes For Hire #10

Or – “Wanna See The Last Thing A Slow Dinosaur Sees?” The Savage Land is a harsh mistress. With the team separated, conflict in the air, everybody acting strangely, Colleen dipped in monkey pheromones, and more sexual tension than you could reasonably shake a stick at, things are not looking up for our favorite group of adventurers in tight pants. Big doings in the offing for the H4H, but we can at least be comforted by the lack of rapacious alien appendages…

Image Comics
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Dynamo 5 #3

Or – “Here’s The Story… Of A Superhero…  Who Couldn’t Keep His Hoohah In His Pants!” He had children everywhere… With different mothers… Some of them real cute girls. Till the one day when the hero met his maker… And his secret found out by his angry wife… So she gathered all the kids and gave them costumes… That’s the way they all became Dynamo 5! Dy-NA-mo Fiiive! Dy-NA-Mo Five! That’s the waaay they becaaame DY-NA-MO 5! *ba nana na na naaah naaa naaah!*

DC
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Supergirl & The Legion of Superheroes #30

Or – “Did NOT See That One Coming.” For all the love I give the original incarnation of the Legion, it’s sometimes important to note that the book does still come out monthly, and while we’re a couple of reboots down the line, I feel like the creative minds behind it are again firing on all cylinders. Aside from my ongoing lament about the loss of the less powerful or later-period original Legionnaires, (Bouncing Boy, Matter-Eater Lad, Tyroc, and the Substitute Heroes are mostly missing, and later characters like Wildfire, Dawnstar, & Blok are, as yet, undepicted) and echoing Christopher…

DC
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Countdown #49

“There’s something wrong with that boy.” I was sorely disappointed last week after reading Countdown #50 as it seemed a huge section of continuity for the last 20 years was thrown out the window to advance the story. Jimmy Olsen acted rather strange, knew the identities of superheroes, and seemed completely oblivious to his immanent death. As suspected, all is not right with Jimmy Olsen.

DC
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Birds of Prey #106

Or – “Things Continue To Fall To Pieces… Thanks, Spy Smasher!” With the rather unhappy news that Gail Simone is leaving ‘Birds of Prey,’ the title she pretty much made excellent again, I was a little bit saddened to see this issue in my hold bin. In my mind, it meant one less issue of awesome Gail writing… Turns out my mourning was very much premature, as BoP gave us a nice couple of twists on the traditional comic book fight scene, some character development for several of our twelve or thirteen main characters, and made me almost like the…

Marvel
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She-Hulk #18

Or – “Initiate THIS, Iron Dictator!” Anthony Stark has made enemies of virtually everyone in the Marvel Universe in the last six months, faithful Spoilerites, not the least of which include many of US. And while there are those among the “Legion of Iron-Haters” who are more popular, or arguably more powerful, even some that Stark considers a bigger threat, the Iron Dictator is about to get a lesson in why not to underestimate Jennifer Walters, who combines power, intellect, and the desire to protect her family into a potent big green anti-Stark missile. Look at her eyes… Jennifer is…

Image Comics
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Madman Atomic Comics #2

Or – “Sometimes It’s So Good To See An Old Friend, You Don’t Notice That He’s Crazy…” Mike Allred is one of those creators where even the people who don’t enjoy his art don’t say it’s bad, they say they don’t “get it.”  The stylization and animation influences in his drawing can be off-putting to some readers (Hi, Tom!) but the same can be said of Frank Miller’s Sin City work, which draws on many of the same influences (film noir, Hong Kong action movies, ultra-violence and movie romance) but in a completely different way.  I may be the first person…

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