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Or – “Now You’re A MAN!  A Manny Manny Man!” So often, comic books spend a lot of time setting up interesting, nuanced, layered conflicts, full of angst and realism and existentialistic doubts and foibles, only to come apart at the point where those conflicts come to a head.  Titles like Final Crisis, Civil War, even the much lauded Kingdom Come all spend massive amounts of effort, only to wrap things up the Dragonball Z way:  AND NOW, THEY FIGHT!  Will The Twelve likewise fall into this insidious story-telling pothole?

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Press Release The Twelve, one of the most critically-acclaimed comic series in years, makes its dramatic return this January, taking comic shops everywhere by storm once more! Superstar creators J Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston kick the new year off in style as the two conclude their pulse-pounding story of World War IIs super heroes awakened in the modern day and struggle to adapt. Except they’ll have to work fast as a threat hurdles their way that could destroy them all!

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Or – “Three Weeks Of Comics In Handy Bite-Sized Servings!” A side-effect of reading as many comics as I do comes when, after a particulary heavy week of reads, you find all the stories kind of blurring together into one.  It makes for some pretty entertaining nightmares as well, like the one where Wonder Woman was guarding the galaxy against marauding zombies who wanted to shape-shift into teenagers and make out while simultaneously refitting all of our cars to fly and emit fire, and also giving our grandparents cyborg limbs that glow in the dark.  So, I got that going

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Or – “Because I’ve Fallen Further Behind Than Ever Before…” I have to tell you, two weeks of being unable to type without crying like a little girl really makes your work pile up.  The last couple of weeks of comics have been a tumultuous ride, with a whole lot of minor things happening that made me happy.  An old favorite disappoints, while a surprise contender impresses the heck out of me.  British vampires, time-lost Arcturans, underground civilizations, the chupacabra, and a fifty-foot stalk of marijuana await you, beyond the fold!

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Or – “Major Spoilers, Major Time Crunch!  I Blame Stephen!”   There’s a couple of reasons why I do what I do here at Major Spoilers…  The first is, I love comics, and I know you do, too.  (See what I did there?)  I want you to look at Wednesdays the same way I do, with a combination of joy, expectation, and “What in the world will they do next?”  Basically, I want to share the love. Also, and possibly more importantly, I’m an attention whore.  Problem is, I actually have two jobs other than this one, both of which tend

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As previously reported, The Twelve #2 from Marvel sold out at the distributor level, and we’ve all come to expect, Marvel has indeed stated it will go back to press for a second printing. The variant features a cover by Chris Weston. So if you were sold by Matthew’s review of the issue, then head on down to your LCS on March 19, 2008 to pick your bad-self up a copy. And that variant cover? You know where to click (hint: it’s after the jump).

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Or – “This Is The One Reviving Golden Age Heroes WITHOUT Alex Ross…”                   The comic book publishing field is full of unexplainable little synchronicities.  The Doom Patrol (a group of outcast super-powered freaks led by a wheelchair bound genius) debuted just months before the X-Men (ditto.)  Swamp Thing and Man-Thing were brainstormed at the same time, The Invaders and the Freedom Fighters showed up nearly simultaneously, and The Avengers and the JLA both had red-skinned androids who were created by their sinister foes go straight and join their teams in 1968 (The

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