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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.

Or – “Sasha Bordeaux Looks Just Like My Old Boss…” There are some comic books you read because they amaze you… Astonishing X-Men, Invincible, Agents of Atlas, 52 and others fall in this category for me. Some books you read because you want to be impressed the way you had been before… My 20 year involvement with Hellblazer has been like that, up and down, but I always open a Constantine issue with a sense of “Wow, I hope this is as good as before!” Then, some books you just kind of… read. You’ll notice a cool plot point, or…

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The Great Stygian Passover Comes What the heck is the great Stygian Passover we’ve been hearing about for the last 30 weeks, and how could it destroy an entire sector in space? We learn the grisly details, and get a major clue into the identity of Supernova.

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Or – “Forty Years Ago… Or Perhaps Some Time Last Week, Whichever…” So, foolishly, I didn’t realize when I covered issue 1 that this series is shipping bi-weekly, meaning two issues per month to cover rather than the usual one (or, if you’re reviewing Wonder Woman, the usual apologies and adjusted shipping date…) My enthusiasm for last issue was pretty much unbridled, both in terms of seeing a cool new series and seeing a classic Avengers lineup interacting in today’s more adult terms. There’s more of the same this issue, and the comparison to today’s Avengers makes for an interesting…

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I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti I usually don’t mind seeing grotesque depictions in my comic books. I’m an adult regardless of what my wife says, and know the difference between make believe in real life. However it is reel life that gets to me, especially when so much of a character’s modus operandi borrows from Hannibal Lecter. Or is it the Black Dahlia murder? Or is it Darkman?

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Or – “Some Life Experiences Shouldn’t Be Plot Points…” I suppose when I reviewed the last issue of OMAC, (the review, which may have been overly harsh, can be found over here…) I should have been more specific. When I lamented the story and wished that the plot would GO somewhere, I sort of meant somewhere GOOD. Granted, it’s an interesting issue, and it’s not without it’s subtle charms, but, frankly, it feels a little bit like Banky Edwards or Brodie Bruce wrote this issue, without even getting the fun Kevin Smith cursewords. What do I mean by that?

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Or – “Sure, One Has No Socks, But The Other Makes Up For It With A Great Belt…” Batman-Tarzan. Aliens-Stormwatch. Punisher-Archie. The comic industry is known for weird “chocolate in my peanut butter moments.” Some of these are wondrous beasts where the two things combine into a greater whole, others leave the poor reader wondering who switched the chocolate and peanut butter for salsa and cheesecake. “Two great tastes that taste WEIRD together,” so sayeth the great philosopher Doug to his dad. So, when you take The Spirit, a character who is only a superhero because the syndicate required that…

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Or – “Joe McCarthy Was A @!*#.” Comics historians lament the loss of different genres in comic books, and rightly so. Westerns, romances, even TV adaptations used to be viable forms of comic art. Likewise, the historical comic has a long and varied pedigree. Classics Illustrated, for instance, put out more product than Marvel, DC, and every Rob Liefeld vanity publisher combined. That said, the historical is a strange beast, neither fish nor fowl, but with aspects of both. The escapist fantasy of a pure superhero story can undermine historical context, and the framework of most adventure stories can sag…

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The Batman is Gone We’ve been lead to believe that for the last six months Batman, Nightwing, and Robin have been touring the world bonding with one another. But instead of good times, Batman has lead Nightwing and Robin on journey tracing Batman’s training history.

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Or – “All The World Is Waiting For You… And Waiting And Waiting And Waiting…” There’s an old chestnut of the comics industry that goes something like this: Wonder Woman is seldom profitable as a comic book, but they keep printing it because of the merchandising potential behind the character. Even among comics fans, the buzz on Wonder Woman tends to be about the creator, not the character. I’m old enough to remember 1987’s buzz over George Perez’s Wonder Woman, or the later fooferaw regarding the John Byrne or Mike Deodato version. Currently, the slowly-dwindling heat on the title centers…

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When I first started getting back into comic books, one of the very first #1 issues I picked up was a little something called Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. There was a yellow cover, a pink cover, a blue one, and an orange one, all tempting me with tales of the Batman during his early years. Seventeen years later, I continue my uninterrupted run and reach issue #212.

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Or – “Big Brother Is Watching (From The Phantom Zone)!” Last time on Supergirl/LSH, we left our heroes on the Kryptonian colony of Rokyn (previously known as The Bottle City of Kandor), flat on their backs from a nearly disastrous battle with separatists, while simultaneously dealing with fallout from the revelation that Supergirl could, just possibly, be nothing but a giant loon with the full range of Kryptonian powers, giving her the ability to annihilate anything that annoys her, including your planet. Meanwhile, Substitute reserve member Jack Bau-Er of Daxam hides in the cargo section of the Legion Cruiser, ready…

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Or – “These Happy Days Are Yours And Mine…” These days, Marvel’s output is a real crapshoot. Sometimes, I read their solicitations with a kind of mind-numbing shock, stunned to the core at the things they think will make good stories. Other times, I feel there’s still a deep affection for comics, comic history, and the untapped potential of characters previously written off as third stringers. It’s an old cliche, but even the X-Men got cancelled due to low sales before somebody came up with a hook that worked. Occasionally, Marvel puts out a comic that makes me think I’m…

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Demons from outer space Josh Howard continues his reboot of the Dead@17 Universe with new characters and situations, but the end is still the same – hard rockin, demon butt-kicking.  Although not much of that is going on…yet.  Our new hero ended up dead last issue, but as we might expect, she doesn’t stay dead for long.

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Clone Saga: Part 6 Peter Parker is the center of a huge scandal involving cloning. He isn’t the one that is doing it, but all of the Spider-clones that have been showing up lately have come from him. Nick Fury thinks Parker needs to be taken into custody, while the Fantastic Four think otherwise. And what about the mysterious Spider-Woman? The big reveal is made in the review you have been waiting for.

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