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Daredevil #6

by Alan Rapp on May 2, 2016

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Daredevil #6For the first time since Matt Murdock reset reality to hide his dual identity, both the lawyer and Daredevil have run-ins with Elektra. Murdock’s evening with his ex in a dive bar goes far better than the vigilante’s as Elektra proceeds to hold nothing back while beating Daredevil bloody (unaware who is under the mask).

Daredevil #6 showcases the positives and negatives of allowing Marvel Comics to reset Matt Murdock’s past. On one hand the issue provides the kind of throwdown between Daredevil and Elektra we wouldn’t have gotten before such a change. On the other hand such a move messes the waters of Daredevil’s past with one of key characters in it (he’s not even sure just what version of events Elektra remembers of her time with what she now believes are two separate individuals).

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Astro City #34

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2016

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Astro City #34

Steeljack‘s three-issue arc comes to a close as the former super-villain turned private detective and one-time squeeze Cutlass come up against the arc’s true villain: a greedy collector grabbing and using super-villain tech for his own amusement (and to decorate his garish restaurant). Astro City #34 is the weakest issue of the arc but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty for fans to enjoy including a nice (if a bit hokey) epilogue as dejected Steeljacket is surprised by the support of his friends which helps the man of steel put the entire sordid mess behind him.

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Darth Vader #19

by Alan Rapp on April 26, 2016

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Darth Vader #19Darth Vader‘s mission on Shi-torum comes to a close as the Dark Lord of the Sith is able to fight off the attack of the force-sensitives Morit and Aiolin before returning to the front lines and offering Trios the Imperial support the new queen needs to put down the anti-Imperial rebellion on the planet.

The manner in which Aiolin falls is surprising, although it works as a callback Vader’s lightsaber battle with Obi-Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith. With the battle already halted, and knowing he can’t possibly best Vader on his own, Morit’s actions to sacrifice his sister are perplexing. Whatever his true motivations, I’ve little doubt we will see the him return before too long.

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Harley’s Little Black Book #3

by Alan Rapp on April 23, 2016

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Harley's Little Black Book #3

The latest issue of Harley Quinn‘s bi-monthly team-up book pairs Zatanna, who gets booked in Big Tony’s cabaret show the same day a trio of ghosts leave Coney Island and take up residence in Harley’s building, with Harley. The plot is a little convoluted with Harley’s house guests, Zatanna, the ghosts, the demon chasing the ghosts, the buggy monster, and the more powerful creature controlling the demon. That said, what works well is the interactions between the two women.

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Starfire #11

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2016

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Starfire #11Starfire‘s time in the underworld of Strata comes to a close, but not before the hero gets to relax with Atlee and Stella and see just what the bizarre land has to offer. Mainly built around deepening the connections between Kory and her friends, is a dialogue-heavy issue without even a single real action sequence (if you ignore Kory’s brief misunderstanding with an octopus).

Starfire #11 is a strange issue to jump back into for a series I had largely forgot was still in print. It’s certainly not a must-read (especially for a series that’s going away with DC Comics’ new Rebirth reboot). That said, fans of the character are likely to have fun here seeing Kory more relaxed than usual and enjoying a true day off from her super-heroing duties.

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