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Silk #6

by Alan Rapp on August 30, 2015

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Silk #6I still don’t know what to make of Silk. Although I like Cindy Moon as a spunky teen heroine, it’s an awfully crowded Spidey Universe right now and like Spider-Gwen so far I’m enjoying the design of the costume (even if the bandanna mask still doesn’t quite work for me) more than the character’s adventures.

Silk #6 opens with our heroine at the mercy of The Repairman who plans on dissecting young Cindy to see what makes her tick. Managing to squirm free, and in thanks to the sudden arrival of a pissed-off Black Cat, Cindy escapes death (or something far worse), but this only leaves her with the same troubles and with no new clues to the location of her missing parents.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18

by Alan Rapp on August 27, 2015

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18“Old Demons” comes to a close as despite Archaeus‘ temporary hold over Angel pitting Buffy‘s ex against her current undead boyfriend, and having a host of lesser demons to fight off the rest of the Scoobies, the gang finds a way to come through in the end. Despite the fact that the arc comes to a close here with Archaeus’ defeat neither the demon nor the “Restless Door” artifact are taken out of play leaving the opportunity for one or both to make an appearance later in the season.

The further Buffy gets from the end of Season Three the less weight an appearance by Angel has on the character. More fun is the interaction between Spike and Angel (part of what made Season Five of Angel so entertaining). Not only does Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #18 finally allow the pair to bury the hatchet but it also forshadows future trouble for Buffy’s rekindled romance (although I’d be happy to see Angel proved wrong).

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Velvet #11

by Alan Rapp on August 23, 2015

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Velvet #11With issue #11 Velvet moves forward on a new arc as Velvet Templeton reaches out to an old acquaintance in Maximilian Dark. The first five pages are all presented from Dark’s point of view before a ghost from his past shows up asking for his help. The opening conversation between the pair helps solidify the comic’s timeline as we learn Velvet has been on the run for three months and remains her former agency’s #1 most wanted. It also fills us in on how Velvet has spent time as a secretary in Paris snooping into an international conglomerate she believes may be connected to X-14’s death.

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Darth Vader #8

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2015

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Darth Vader #8With Darth Vader waiting in the wings the motley crew put together by Aphra of both bounty hunters (including Bossk) and killer droids (including IG-90) take down the Son-Tuul’s Pride on the Outer Rim to make off with a serious supply of credits to fund his secret operations. Just as everything seems to be going his way Vader is saddled with an Imperial Adjunct who the Sith Lord quickly realizes is more than clever enough to see through his ruse and eventually trace the theft back to him.

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Green Lantern #43

by Alan Rapp on August 15, 2015

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Green Lantern #43I’m on the fence about the latest course of Hal Jordan‘s life. On one hand I’m pleased that the comic has (for the most part) appeared to put the rainbow-colored corps in the rear-view mirror and allowed Jordan to wander the spaceways without being marred in the middle of a multi-faceted civil war of power rings. One the other hand I’m far from sold on the character’s new look that strips the character of one of the greatest super-hero costumes of all time for a trench coat covering a much more bland generic jumpsuit. The fact that the new storyline apparently will not only include but feature Black Hand and the resurrection (yet again) of the Black Lanterns is also far from welcome news.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2015

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48In an action-heavy issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48 moves the title one-step closer to its concluding 50th issue as Splinter, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Robo-Donatello fight for their lives against the seemingly never-ending supply of Mousers and Flyborgs controlled by the Shredder and Baxter Stockman. Even with the arrival of back-up in Alopex and Angel things look bleak for our heroes.

Aside from the action, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #48 also begins to foreshadow events which will play out over the course of the series’ final two issues. Old Hob‘s decision to liberate Hun from the police is likely going to cause its share of trouble. And despite finally having the upper hand over the Turtles, it appears the Shredder may need to watch his back as his control of the Foot Clan may be in danger of slipping away.

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The Shadow #1

by Alan Rapp on August 10, 2015

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The Shadow #1Picking up from events introduced in last year’s The Shadow #0, Dynamite Entertainment launches a new series starring The Shadow and his war against a secret cabal of illusionists known as The Society of United Magicians. Opening with the death of magician George Carlini and The Shadow taking on a group of circus performers and then interrupting a seance, the first few pages (as bizarre as they are) lay the groundwork for arc as the Shadow reveals himself to a low-ranking member of the order that he, and he alone, holds Harry Houdini’s secret of “the Last Illusion” which the society covets.

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Star Wars #7

by Alan Rapp on August 8, 2015

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Star Wars #7Star Wars #7 is a throwback issue that follows the events Luke Skywalker finds in the journal Obi-Wan Kenobi left for him on Tatooine. Taking place a few years into Obi-Wan’s exile, the latest issue of Marvel’s Star Wars comic deals primarily with Ben’s struggle with no longer being a Jedi, hiding in the desert, and his failure to train young Luke in the ways of the Force.

Although some complain that Luke is the biggest whiner in the Star Wars universe, there’s more than enough self-pity in this issue for Obi-Wan to give the farm boy a run for his money. Despite struggling with inaction, Obi-Wan does find a way to be of service when during the biggest draught in the planet’s history a young Luke attempts to stand-up to Jabba‘s shakedown of the local moisture farmers which almost gets him killed.

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Astro City #25

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2015

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Astro City #25Astro City #25 offers a snapshot of the life of a second-generation super-hero in Hummingbird who is both gifted and cursed with unique gifts which begin to express themselves during adolescence including wings that give her the power of flight.

Drawn by guest-artist Jesús Merino, the latest issue of Astro City is very much a throwback to the kinds of comic tales that DC and Marvel, for whatever reason, seem to have gotten out of the habit of telling in favor of large-scale event tie-ins. In a single issue you could argue we get a better feel of Hummingbird than any recently-rebooted version of a major character from either of the big two comic publishers.

And she’s heroic! Presented with hard choices our hero rises to the challenge to save not just one world but two. There’s no cynicism or unnecessary grim filter that Busiek and Merino are forced to tell their tale through. This results in a fresh take on a rather basic premise that, like nearly all issues of the series, delivers just the kind of story you’ve been looking to read. Worth a look.

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Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #1

by Alan Rapp on August 3, 2015

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Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #1Released first as a webcomic and later picked up by IDW for print publication, the first issue of Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire deals with the present-day fallout of Tesladyne being branded a terrorist organization (see Atomic Robo and The Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur) and Atomic Robo‘s Old West adventures (Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle) after being lost in middle of Dr. Dinosuar‘s timebomb and presumed dead by all but a handful of his most trusted scientists.

Sadly, our title character only makes the briefest of appearances here (and he’s certainly seen better days) as the first issue picks up events two years after the disappearance of Atomic Robo with the small band of Tesladyne scientists searching for their missing boss.

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