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Needlessly Elaborately Epic: “Uncanny Avengers #21”

Overly elaborate plots rarely justify their complexity. But there are exceptions.

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Good Guys With Guns?!: “Grayson #1”

The obvious question is whether or not Dick Grayson can carry a book, minus his mask and superhero identity. The answer, at least in this first issue, is yes, yes he can.

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Invisible No More: “Fantastic Four 100th Anniversary”

The setting is not one hundred years after Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny were first exposed to cosmic rays but rather one hundred years after Jack and Stan kicked off the Marvel revolution with the introduction of “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.”

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Paul Gravett Is in the Mood for Love in ‘Comics Art’

Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.

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On Equal Footing: “Sex Criminals #6”

Sex Criminals fits into a category all its own. Is it a book about sex? It is certainly dirty, but it doesn’t exploit its characters.

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A Beautiful Institutional Breakdown: “Uncanny X-men #22”

Disorganization and ineptitude somehow come together in a wonderfully meaningful story.

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But for the Trees: “The Woods #2”

Imagine you’re back in high school. You’re faced with a lot of societal pressures such as fitting in and applying for colleges. Now to top that off your school has inexplicably been transported to an alien galaxy. You are now entering The Woods.

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The Demon That You Can Swallow: “New Avengers Annual #1”

According to Joseph Campbell, The Demon You Can Swallow "gives you its power—and the greater life’s pain, the greater life’s reply."

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After the Invasion: “Trees #2”

The Trees are intelligent life that fail to recognize humans as anything more than parasites, if that. It’s the ultimate nature fights back tale. Except these Trees are invading from space.

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Excessively Bad Days and Bad Moods: “Batgirl #32”

An insight into the worst days of Barbara Gordon's life.

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Mirror’s Edge: “The City on the Edge of Forever #1”

You’d think that retracing the fertile ground of Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for “City of the Edge of Forever,” would bring that primal creativity into sharp focus…

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The Shroud of Going Public: “Daredevil #3”

Mystical mayhem in Daredevil. Daredevil is being stalked by The Shroud, a Batman-style vigilante. Except for the part where he trades his eyes to some sorcerers for the ability to command shadows.

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Highwater Everywhere: “Detective Comics #32”

In Detective #32, there is water on nearly every page. And blood.

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Humanizing the Gods: “Amazing X-men Annual #1”

Storm gives lessons in what it means to be both a goddess and an X-man.

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All Hell Breaks Loose: “Sovereign #3”

In Sovereign #3, a natural storytelling flow was replaced with methodical plotting and you can feel the writing happening.

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Poseidon Invictus: “Swamp Thing #32”

Charles Soule does an excellent job with the Swamp Thing/Aquaman conflict, managing to make them both seem menacing as they battle, not only against their common enemy, but also over the watery “turf”.

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Radical Concepts In Lovability: “Ms. Marvel #4”

As new Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan struggles on her path to become a hero, she finds a way to make herself more lovable.

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Good Ol’ Fashioned Showdown: “Southern Bastards #2”

Co-creators Jason Aaron and Jason Latour remind us at every turn that we’re in the Deep South and its inhabitants play by a different set of rules here.

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The Mad Titan’s Cold Sneer of Command: “Thanos Annual #1”

This is my favorite version of Thanos: scripted by Jim Starlin and penciled by Ron Lim.

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Evil Defeats Evil: “Forever Evil #7”

Fighting evil with evil by being good, thereby serving evil.

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