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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #280

by Alan Rapp on May 12, 2021

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #280 comic reviewThe final issue of the one-off “Untold Tales” stories turns its attention to from the Joes to Cobra. The issue starts with Wild Weasel and the Baroness crash landing a severely damaged Rattler prior to the Baroness heading off to Paris on her next assignment. The mission is to kidnap the Borovian Prime Minister in order to make him reconsider cutting off his country’s association with Cobra. Things are complicated by Major Bludd planning a triple cross hoping to kill the target and cash a payday from multiple angles.

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Darth Vader #11

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2021

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Darth Vader #11 comic review“Into the Fire” concludes as Darth Vader reaches the surface of Exegol in search of the Emperor. Although Vader fights off a few guards, and defeats a crowd of the Sith supporters shown in The Rise of Skywalker, Darth Vader #11 sadly doesn’t offer any more context to the group on the Emperor’s secret base nor reveal any more detail about them. Other than the one unexpected item Vader discovers in the laboratory, the base on Exegol offers no surprises or reveals (either because Greg Pak had nothing to add to the underdeveloped plot hole left from the film or wasn’t given permission to fill it).

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Once and Future #18

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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Once and Future #18 comic reviewRiding a dragon, Duncan, Rose, Bridgette, and the Shadow Secretary race to prevent the Holy Grail from falling into the hands of Merlin and Zombie Arthur. While successful, Nimue (or whatever she’s referring to herself now) inserting herself back into the story to save her son has much larger implications that she could ever imagined.

While celebrating their victory, our heroes discover that the government has leaked the truth about magic and the hidden otherworld to the public. The knowledge not only puts the Grail back into Arthur’s hands (giving him exactly what he’s been after all this time) but also plunges the world into the hellscape our heroes just fought their way out of it. Yes, government bureaucrats have destroyed the world.

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Batman: Black and White #5

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2021

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Batman: Black and White #5 comic reviewFive more stories of Batman in black and white are presented in Batman: Black and White #5. The most interesting of the issue is the Choose Your Own Adventure style tale from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie which pits Batman against both the Riddler and Killer Croc allowing the user to choose Batman’s actions and jump forward to another panel further in the issue to discover the results. While the concept works better in print than digital, it’s still a fun exercise (especially for those of us who grew up with Choose Your Own Adventure novels).

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Black Widow #6

by Alan Rapp on May 5, 2021

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Black Widow #6 comic reviewWith the first arc concluded and the fake life both revealed and taken from her, Black Widow looks to move on with Yelena Belova. Her chance encounter with a pickpocket in trouble named Marigold draws Nat’s attention to an organization known as the Apogee whose henchmen she beats up through several panels in some beautiful art by Rafael de Latorre.

While Nat ignores the suggestion from the White Widow that the two should put together their own version of the Red Room, this (along with the introduction of Marigold and the recent loss of her family) suggests a possible new (and somewhat therapeutic) path for the heroine.

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