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Strangers In Paradise #27 – Reviews Of Old Comics

I really don't know why I haven't done an issue of Strangers In Paradise here. Terry Moore's series is an excellent example of long form storytelling. He also worked in morality lessons along the way of telling a compelling same-sex love story. He had characters develop and grow past their original, one-line descriptions they first appeared with. I chose this issue for how it followed such an unforeseen event in the comic. David and Katchoo's plane to New York has crashed near Nashville. For issues, we were under the impression that Katchoo, David and Francine were free from the legacy of Darcy Parker, and this crash seemed that it might be more than a random event. The plane crash would have lasting effects right up until the end of the series. This issue was an emotional punch to the gut from page one, and it went on from there.

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Mike Kaluta To Draw New Zorro Adventures

Mike Kaluta is a comics legend. His science fiction series Starstruck is a masterpiece of the genre. His version of the Shadow set the bar for every other version of the character. Now he's bringing his style to another iconic character, Zorro.

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Alex Ross Exhibit: How Did I Miss This Happening?

My wife suggested a family adventure to Greenville, SC to see the Alex Ross exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. I had no idea that it was going on. My only request for my day off was to visit a comic shop. She found this and asked if I'd be interested. Yeah, I was interested.

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Avengers West Coast #56 – Reviews Of Old Comics

Watching Avengers: Infinity War, I was taken with how powerful the Scarlet Witch was portrayed. This was a character shown to be powerful enough to shatter an Infinity Stone. Given that in the past two films that she's appeared in, her powers have been shown to be primarily telekinetic and mildly telepathic, but not so powerful that she can shatter one of the six most powerful items in the universe. This level of power is something that is not uncommon to long time comic fans. Most famously, she has completely rewritten reality in the House of M crossover event. She also stripped all but a handful of mutants of their powers at the end of that event. Writer John Byrne explored how her original power to alter probabilities in a great, albeit truncated story in Avengers West Coast collected in Darker Than Scarlet. On his forum, John Byrne explained that Wanda's powers worked backward through time, which brought the attention of Immortus. Immortus sought to exploit the most powerful aspect of her mutant power to change history, creating a timeline without an Avengers. This was a demonstration of how powerful Wanda could be, and that demonstration of power was the best part of what remained from the original story.

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Tales Of The Legion #316 – Reviews of Old Comics

I was going to review Tales of the Legion #316 a month or so ago, but then realized I would have been jumping the gun on it, since Legion of Super-Heroes #3 comes before it chronologically. If I wanted to continue reviewing the Legion  from the point I really became a fan, then it would have to wait. Now it has its turn. Tales of the Legion #316 went on sale to comic shop on July 3, 1984. This was just a week after the third issue of the companion magazine. However, the direct market was still very new and like me, many fans had no close comic book shop, so many fans read this story out of order. I actually didn't read the Baxter series for some time, years, probably. Of course, that means that Tales of the Legion was my only outlet for new Legion stories, so this was the only way that I knew about anything that happened in the Baxter series. You'll see the problem later.

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Magnus Robot Fighter #6 – Reviews Of Old Comics

I was thinking of what old comic to review next and arrived here at Magnus Robot Fighter. I'm not sure exactly how I got here, but somehow I was thinking of something neat that Valiant did with the future world of Magnus. Magnus is a Gold Key character that Valiant got the rights to, including Solar, Man of the Atom and Turok, Son of Stone. They then proceeded to build a universe around them, adding original characters that have become the cornerstone of the current Valiant Universe.I picked this issue because of the crossover of two of those characters, Magnus and Solar. What I didn't realize is that this is part of the multi-issue story where we learn the secret to future Japan. Future Japan is a giant metal dragon.

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Flash #275 – Reviews Of Old Comics

The death of Iris Allen, the Flash’s wife, also known as Iris West, is a watershed moment in comics. While it may be an early case of “Women In Refrigerators,” the death of his wife affected the flash for the next six years. It drove him to kill an enemy, which started his very last

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New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 – Review

Before I start reviewing this latest New Mutants series, I want to make one thing clear. I always want to review any comic written by Matt Rosenberg. Since We Can Never Go Home, he's been one of my favorite writers. 

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Uncanny X-Men #257 – Reviews Of Old Comics

I bought myself a membership to Marvel Unlimited Plus, a neat service Marvel offers where you can catch up on the history of the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the like. I like the idea of reading old comics whenever the urge hits me. Thus, I decided to use this gift to do a Review

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Vampironica #1 – Review

Archie Comics has a new addition to the Archie Horror line among its new releases this week, Vampironica. I shared an early look at it a month ago. I was excited at the time, and upon reading the preview Archie Comics sent out, I am still excited. Why, do you ask?

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Barbarella #4 – Review

The Barbarella series from Dynamite has been hit or miss. The first issue was impressive enough, but the next two seemed less than stellar, to say the least. However, I was still intrigued by the treatment of the character. I decided to try the fourth issue. There was enough science fiction in that first story to be interesting. With a new storyline, I decided to give Barbarella another chance.

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Legion of Super-Heroes #3 – Reviews Of Old Comics

Before I get started, I need to make an admission. I was going to make my next Legion review Tales of the Legion #316. However in reading, I realized that I was skipping an issue. I’ll certainly be happy when I get to the end of this year they published two Legion books every month.

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