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The Wild Storm #4

by Alan Rapp on May 24, 2017

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The Wild Storm #4 comic reviewWarren Ellis continues to re-envision the Wildstorm universe with the introduction of another key character in Henry Bendix. As was the case in his previous incarnation, Bendix is still the head of a super-secret government agency. He’s also still very much a complete dick, but this version does have a bit of a sense of humor (albeit still a dark murdery one).

With some very important introductions over the past couple issues the main story thread has gotten a bit muddled. Angela Spica is still on the run, the government is still after her, and Grifter and his pals are still a pain in the ass for everyone involved (while murdering secret government agents in the coolest way possible for a guy with a handkerchief for a face).

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Will Eisner's The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers #3 comic review

In the third issue of Francesco Francavilla’s mini-series Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers both the Spirit and plucky detective Lisa Marlowe continue investigating the odd case of disappearances and movements of a group accumulating lost souls for a dark purpose. Following a coroner’s van to a warehouse, the Spirit stumbles onto a dark ritual and an entire room full of zombies. Just what is going on?

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Astro City #44

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2017

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Astro City #44 comic reviewI loved this issue! Even after years Astro City can still surprise me. With the single-issue story “The Cat Who Walked Through Walls,” Astro City #44 touches on a theme near and dear to my heart: animal heroes. In this case the animal is the pet cat of two Astro City heroines – Sunhawk and Nightingale who are completely unaware about what their pet does when they aren’t looking (other than try and knock dangerous substances off of tables and shelves).

Unaware of their cat’s power, or devilish intelligence, our heroes are completely oblivious to Kittyhawk tackling their case to stop the latest villainous plans of Popinjay on her own. Okay, she also relied on the help of another animal hero in Rocket Dog. Yes, I said Rocket Dog! Did I mention how much I love this comic?!

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Daredevil #20

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2017

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Daredevil #20 comic review“Purple” comes to a close by finally revealing the truth of how everyone forgot that Matt Murdock was Daredevil. As expected, given the events of the recent issues, events tie back to the Purple Man and his children. After defeating Kilgrave, the Purple Children decide to make one final use of their father’s machine to undo the damage he did to the city and to Daredevil. And just like that, Daredevil’s true identity was forgotten.

Now the method of Daredevil’s identity being put back under wraps does have some flaws. Kilgrave’s powers are proximity based. Even if the kids and the machine helped amplify his powers across the world, what about characters in space? In another dimension? Or immune to mind control? This would seem to leave individuals out there who still know the truth and could reveal Matt Murdock’s secret at some point in the future.

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Batman/The Shadow #1

by Alan Rapp on May 18, 2017

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Batman/The Shadow #1 comic reviewThe death of a descendant of Lamont Cranston, a well-respected orderly at Arkham Asylum, leads Batman down a rabbit hole. Encountering an odd shadowy creature at the crime scene, Batman goes back to the beginning investigating Cranston, his network of informants, and even talking with the man’s closest ally Margo Lane.

There are several questions posed in this first issue. How is Lamont Crantson still alive and spry enough to go toe-to-toe with the Batman? Why has he returned after all these years simply to kill his own descendant? Who is the Shadow’s new master? I’m always up for a Bat-story where our hero’s detective skills are highlighted, and I curious to see where Batman’s journey takes him from here.

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