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The Librarians #1

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2017

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The Librarians #1 comic reviewDynamite Entertainment brings TNT’s adventure series The Librarians to comics beginning with The Librarians #1. For those unfamiliar with the premise, the Librarians are a group of talented archaeological heroes and their Guardian Eve Baird who keep the world safe from magical artifacts and groups who would use them for evil. Appearing to be set sometime during or after the show’s Second Season, which saw a more hands-on involvement by original Librarian Flynn Carson, the first issue of the series involves the group heading to the film festival of an archaeological hack who is murdered on stage by a mysterious wooden weapon by his longtime partner.

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Green Arrow #30

by Alan Rapp on September 20, 2017

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Green Arrow #30 comic reviewGreen Arrow‘s road trip finally leads him back to his former hard traveling companion. Needing help to get into space to check out the Ninth’s Circle secret satellite, Ollie calls on his old pal Hal Jordan. Writer Benjamin Percy certainly has fun bringing this argumentative pair back together for one more road trip.

After trading a few barbs, Ollie explains the situation and the pair set off into Green Lantern’s realm looking to destroy the evil syndicate’s satellite located on the dark side of the moon. Over the past several issues the comic has teamed-up Green Arrow with various Justice Leaguers, but this is the pairing we’ve been waiting for. And it doesn’t disappoint.

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Astro City #47

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2017

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Astro City #47 comic reviewWith Astro City #47 writer Kurt Busiek and guest-artist Mike Norton introduce perhaps the most adorable Astro City hero ever. The latest issue is an origin story, but an unusual one. In the first page of the story introduced to a small-time thief and the cute Corgi he “borrows” as collateral to get the money owed to him as a friend. While he never gets the money, he does make a quick connection with the dog who will turn out to be man’s best friend.

Later, after stealing an amulet from a house full of super-hero memorabilia, our two characters find themselves combined into a half-man half-dog creature. While initially planning to use his good fortune to rob and pay back mobsters he owes, the influence of his dog Hank helps our protagonist find a new path and become the world’s most adorable super-hero G-Dog.

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Darth Vader #5

by Alan Rapp on September 18, 2017

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Darth Vader #5 comic reviewAfter defeating Jedi Master Kirak Infil’a, Darth Vader has one last piece of business before claiming his trademark red lightsaber. Sent to Mustafar by the Emperor, the Dark Lord of the Sith will face one final challenge in his attempt to bend the Kyber crystal to his will and create his trademark blade.

The last bit of this arc details with the questionable decision to have a Sith change a Kyber crystal in order to force the crystals to delve into the Dark Side of the Force. As a story point having the crystal “bleed” red is awkward at best. That said, the final issue of the arc offers an interesting look into the internal conflict within the Sith who was once Anakin Skywalker. Given a vision by the crystal we see what might have been if Vader would turn against his master and reclaim his role as Jedi.

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Jessica Jones #12

by Alan Rapp on September 14, 2017

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Jessica Jones #12 comic reviewJessica Jones #12 wraps up the Maria Hill arc with answers for Jessica about why Hill put out a hit on herself, hired Jessica to dig into her past, refused to answer questions about the reason for why she hired Jessica, and then shot her for doing her job. After a couple of final battle blows, including seeing her office explode, Jessica is able to track down her client and get paid (along with an overdue apology).

The issue answers most of the questions the arc has raised but not in an altogether satisfactory manner. Hill’s need to find a classified file but hide it from others makes sense from her character’s point of view but her behavior, even after being explained, is baffling. No longer frenemies, the arc’s end at least allows the two women to sit down together and talk honestly for the first time.

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