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When It Really Could Be Worse: “All-New X-men #34”

The O5 X-men think their future is bad, but a trip to the decaying world of Ultimate adds some needed perspective.

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Look at the Women: “Bitch Planet #1”

Bitch Planet gives us naked bodies and bloody violence. (Naked bodies and bloody violence in space, no less!) It's called Bitch Planet for God's sake. And it gives us something more.

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Grading on a Curve: “Spider-Man and the X-men #1”

Spider-Man's first teaching experience with mutants has some new twists, but misses out on important lessons.

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Potently Poetic Adaptation: “ODC-Y #1”

Fraction’s writing, which dips in and out of epic verse with a casual mastery, demands a close attention to rhythm and meter, but retains his unique voice.

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The Results of True Collaboration: ‘The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio’

Reading this book is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby’s cigars.

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Press Start With Your Mind Finger: “God Hates Astronauts #4”

Don't let God read God Hates Astronauts. He would hate it even more than he hates astronauts.

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The Hedonistic Nihilism in ‘Moomin’ Comes to the Fore in This Collection

While children may laugh at the simplicity of the non-sequiturs in the Moomin stories, adults will be drawn to the droll humor -- and something much darker.

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Heavenly Beginnings: “Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #1”

Angela is now a part of the Marvel Universe. This is a story of how she stakes her claim in it.

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The (Lost) Promise of Paradise: “Superman #36”

Superman faces a daunting challenge to his principles and ideals, but he ends up not having to confront it.

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Mars Is Heaven: “All New Invaders #12”

H.G. Wells' invading menace is back, this time to be met by a different sort of Invaders.

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It’s Hard to Love the Pieces: “The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1”

This is a complex and, perhaps, technically perfect comicbook. So why is it, I wonder, that I am unmoved?

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Anatomy of an Inversion: ‘Magneto #12’

Magneto's transformation gives form and substance to the concept of inversion.

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Aura of Superiority: “Superior Iron Man #1”

Iron Man finds a way to be arrogant, shallow, and superior in all the right (and a few wrong) ways.

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The Spiderversity: “Spider-Verse #1”

The Spider-Verse has no one author, no omnipotent guiding hand. It is organic, connecting and reconnecting like the strands of a web, like the strands of life.

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Inspiration of an Ideal: “Superman Unchained #9”

Superman demonstrates his power to inspire in an appropriately effective ending to the series.

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An Elegant Hack: “Batman #35”

Batman #35 shows how current writer Scott Snyder manages to subtly subvert the New 52's narrative vector.

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What Makes a House a Home: “Justice League Dark Annual #2”

Through all of the noise and overstuffed panels in this issue, through all the clatter and the clutter, DeMatteis manages to tell a story worth telling. I wish he had taken more time with it.

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Godhood, Womanhood, and Humanity: “Wonder Woman #35”

The culmination of so many battles brings out Wonder Woman's greatest strengths, but not much else.

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Reading ‘The Hospital Suite’ Is Rather Like Watching a Play Adapted from the Dairies of a Dying Man

If the unprepared reader gives the man and his book a chance, that reader will learn to appreciate, and possibly even love, John Porcellino's storytelling.

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Standalone, Complex: “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth #124”

How do you take an image as powerful as Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks", and turn it into a tale about inherent social collapse? If you're Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Tyler Crooks, the answer is, "quite easily".

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