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Graphic Novel 'Is This How You See Me?' Carries on the Legacy

The Hernandez Bros.' Love and Rockets graphic fiction series has created a community of misfits filled with as much anger as warmth, with as many mistakes as wisdom, and with as much sadness as joy.

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A Journey of Damned Souls (to a Point) In Marvel's 'Weapon X #26'

Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente tap into hellish themes, but not enough to affect hardened souls.

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An Uncanny Deconstruction of Superheroes in 'Uncanny X-men #1'

A new kind of existential threat strikes the X-men, but it has little to do with hatred, fear, or killer robots.

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Class, Clones, and Killer Robots in Marvel Comics' 'X-23 #6'

The family dynamics between Laura and Gabby are on full display in X-23 #6, but not much else.

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Ascent of a True Queen: 'X-men Black: Emma Frost #1'

Through flexible morality and uncanny sex appeal, Emma Frost establishes a truly regal status.

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Marvel's 'X-men Red #9' Gets into Psychic Wargames and Battling Ideas

Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova finally do battle, but their tactics and principles couldn't be more different.

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The (Almost) Complete Julie Doucet

Doucet's creative id, whether awake or asleep, knows few boundaries—or rather seeks out boundaries to challenge.

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Carol Danver's Past Has a Twist in 'The Life of Captain Marvel #4'

A surprising revelation changes the history, but not the spirit of Carol Danvers in Marvel's 'The Life of Captain Marvel #4'

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'What If? Punisher #1' Toys with Spider-Man

What if Spider-Man's concept of power and responsibility were different?

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Master of Magnetic Personas: 'X-men Black: Magneto #1'

Chris Claremont returns to reaffirm what makes Magneto such a compelling and relevant villain.

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Shattered Grids and Missing Connections: 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #31'

The destruction wrought by Shattered Grid begins, but without the powerful components that make the Power Rangers so mighty.

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Healing and Nuance Amidst the Violence in 'Return of Wolverine #1'

Wolverine coming back to life surprises no one, but the particulars bring unexpected intrigue.

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Time (Inevitably) Runs Out for the Superheroes in 'X-men Blue #35'

The time-displaced X-men confront overdue consequences and existential crises.

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Heroes, Criminals, and Heroes Operating As Criminals: 'Astonishing X-men #15'

Havok's efforts to redeem himself clash with a conflict that creatively twists the X-men's long-standing feud with the Reavers.

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Nick Thorburn's 'Penguins' Is Crude, Clever, and Often Amusing

Whether a general commentary on American greed, or on a personal loss of self, or something else, there's an adroit depiction here that can be unexpectedly moving.

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Graphic Biography 'Prisoner 155' Is a True-life Story of Resistance, Revolution and Love

The true story of larger-than-life anarchist rebel Simon Radowitzky, captured here by Agustin Comotto, offers a complex tale of morality and dignity.

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Evolving Revolutions in a Devolving World: 'Scarlet #1'

Scarlet Rue returns at a time when corruption and revolution parallel ongoing real-world relevance.

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Really, Really Loving the Beatles: Carol Tyler's 'Fab4 Mania'

Tyler's excitement and seemingly never-ending thrill from the point of view of her younger self as a Beatles fan nearly leaps from the page.

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Tenuous Temporal Deconstruction in Marvel's 'Extermination #1'

The Original Five X-men's time is up -- and they're woefully unprepared.

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Unforgettably Unforgotten: 'Fantastic Four #1'

Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli remind us how much we've missed the First Family and why they matter to the MCU.

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'X-men Gold Annual #2' Is a Summer Camp Snoozer

This issue of X-Men makes us think that it's time for Kitty Pryde to grow up.

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Fighting for Love: Marvel's 'Mr. and Mrs. X #1'

Marriage is a catalyst and not a hindrance to superheroes Rogue and Gambit.

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Mixed Matrimonial Machinations in 'Batman #50'

A not-so-memorable marriage of Batman and Catwoman with memorable implications.

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Milestones, Achievements, and Slumber Parties: Ms. Marvel #31

In the context of a milestone issue for a teenage superhero, a slumber party is a fitting setup.

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Misguided Matrimonial Bait-and-Switch: X-men Gold #30

It's quite possibly the greatest bait-and-switch in the history of comics, turning the marriage of Kitty Pryde and Colossus into the marriage of Rogue and Gambit.

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'Deadpool Assassin #1' and the Maturation of (Regenerating) Degenerates

Deadpool is crazier than a sack of ferrets but he still maintains a code of conduct that sets him apart from less scrupulous mercenaries.

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Justice in Its Totality: Justice League #1

Upheavals in the DC Universe unleash a new chaos for the Justice League, but only to a point.

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Overdue Resurrections and Heartfelt Reflections: 'X-men Red Annual #1'

The return of Jean Grey brings back the heart and compassion that the X-men have sorely lacked in her absence.

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Friends Matter in 'Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor #1'

Granted, Wolverine can be a violent, cynical, beer-loving brute, but he can also be insightful and sincere.

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Musings on Mutant Matrimony: X-Men: The Wedding Special #1

This is a giant-sized rehearsal of sorts, utilizing creative contributions from Marc Guggenheim, Kelly Thompson, and the X-men's most famous scribe, Chris Claremont.

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Dark Connections and Darker Divinity in 'Wonder Woman #46'

The world of mortals, gods, and demigods converge on Wonder Woman and chaos ensues.

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It's Anger Across The Ages in 'Marvel Generations: Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1'

Two Hulks from two eras, Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, do a lot of smashing but leave surprisingly little impact.

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Secret Origin of the Superhero: On Philip Wylie's 'Gladiator'

If you have ever wondered what a superhero novel written by Ernest Hemingway would have been like, then Gladiator is your answer.

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