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Barb Wire #7 Review

After reading the first issue of Barb Wire, I'll have to admit, I let it fall to the wayside. It always seemed to come into our mailbox at the wrong time. The Adam Hughes covers are eye catching as always, but I've been burned by pretty covers before, so I always tread lightly whenever I see a really great cover. I tend to put a large burden inside on the writer and artists to live up to the appeal of that cover. Let's see if Barb Wire #7 follows through.

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Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special: Review

The Jem and the Holograms Holiday Special is a pleasant addition to holiday themed comics. Jem and the Holograms has been one of those series that makes comics, especially licensed comics, fun to read and something to tell friends that they have to read. It's also one of those series that you want to make certain your daughters read. So let's dive into the Holiday Special and see what it has in store for us.

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We Can Never Go Home #5 Review (and Preview)

We Can Never Go Home has been one of those titles that shows how good comics can be.Now a story that kept us riveted and eagerly awaiting the next issue has come to an end. In our reviews for the title, the average review score has been 93/100. For a series to get this kind

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Dark Knight III The Master Race #1 Review

The sequel to the sequel of one of the most lauded mini-series of all timeis out, Dark Knight III The Master Race. Is it worth the six dollar cover price? Is it worthy of the hype that DC has given this comic? Will it make fans forgive Dark Knight 2, which has a legacy as one of the most disappointing sequels in comic book history? We can only answer the first two questions, and with only the first issue out, the third question is up to you guys.

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Archie #4 Review

The new Archie series has been one of the gems of this year, so it's no surprise that we've been looking forward to Archie #4. Mark Waid has been crafting a wonderfully charming and believable Riverdale and revealing each character slowly. He's also crafted the mystery that opened the series with "the lipstick incident" that broke up the couple of Archie and Betty. If you've been wanting to find out exactly what happened, this is the issue for you.

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Empowered Special #7: Pew! Pew! Pew! Review

Adam Warren's Empowered is one of those series that remains a unique dichotomy. Adam Warren's style lends itself to the hyper-sexualized artwork we've come to expect from super hero comics. Empowered as a character is defined by her propensity to get captured, bound and gagged by super villains. Along the way, Adam Warren has shown Emp to grow into a very confident heroine capable of defending her image and the perception of female super heroes everywhere. The latest special is entirely by Adam Warren, making it unique among the specials that have come out.

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Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird #1 Review

Dark Horse has a new series coming in December, Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and The Bird, that has the genre-expanding style you’ve come to expect from one of the top five publishers in the industry. This promises a hard-boiled southern crime drama mixed with a little of the supernatural.   Alabaster: The Good, The Bad, and

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Star Wars #11 Review

With The Force Awakens nigh, the interest in all things Star Wars is increasing. In case you didn't notice among all of the trailers, toys, novels and fan theories, Marvel is producing a regular series set firmly between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Written by Jason Aaron, known for his work on Southern Bastards and Thor, among many other comics, the book sits firmly near the top of the sales charts every month. However, how does the latest issue hold up?

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The Hangman #1 Review

The latest offering from Dark Circle is The Hangman #1. Because the Dark Circle line hasn't been entirely successful in getting noticed among all of the events being put out by the larger superhero publishers, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found.

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Doctor Who: Eighth Doctor #1 Review

The Eighth Doctor, as portrayed by Paul McGann, is almost entirely unknown to Doctor Who fans that haven't indulged in non-television portrayals of the Doctor. Titan Comics helps remedy that a little with a new series featuring the Eighth Doctor. Since so much of this regeneration's adventures are left open, a new comic series of his adventures should be able to pleasantly entertain. Does it succeed? How does it stack up to other adventures of the Doctor? There's only one way to find out.

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The Paybacks #2: Review

The Paybacks from Dark Horse has all the earmarks of an enjoyable series, with a premise rooted behind the scenes of the suspension of disbelief required by the super-hero genre. How do super-heroes get such cutting-edge technology? The most logical answer is that they need to take out a loan, which means inevitably, someone will be unable to pay back and have to undergo repossession. This series is based in that premise and when the repossession of physical property isn't enough, then indentured servitude as a super-human repo man becomes the next logical step. Once you get past the logic, it seems a little absurd, so naturally humor is the result.

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Spider Gwen Volume 2 #1 Review

Spider-Gwen Volume 2 is the title we here at Needless Essentials have been waiting through the summer for. Secret Wars temporarily ended the first series, leaving a void in our hearts, but we remained patient, and now that patience is rewarded. If you were worried the time away would take the magic off of the best alternate version of Spider-Man to ever come down the pike, then you worried for nothing.

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