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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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Moon Knight #1

by Alan Rapp on April 20, 2016

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Moon Knight #1Moon Knight gets a new start in Marvel’s latest reboot of the series. Moon Knight #1 opens with Marc Spector incarcerated in a mental hospital against his will where he’s fed a continuous amount of physical abuse from the guards, electroshock therapy, and lies from a therapist I’m guessing doesn’t actually have Marc’s best interests at heart. Under a medically-induced haze Marc knows something isn’t right, but his drug addled mind struggles for the truth.

It appears the new series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Greg Smallwood is going to once again play up the mental instablity of the character who isn’t even certain if the hospital in which he’s incarcerated is in New York City or somewhere in Egypt. Whichever is the case, I’m guessing the hospital isn’t going to hold him for much longer.

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