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The Other Dead #1

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Digger Mesch's idea of undead animals is decently-realized by Joshua Ortega in "The Other Dead" #1, albeit with some gratuitous distractions that slow the story's pace. It's nicely drawn by Qing Ping Mui, who makes zombie animals

Uncanny Avengers #12

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Rick Remender advances his Apocalypse Twins story in "Uncanny Avengers" #12, but his awkward dialogue, over-the-top violence and some sloppy artwork from Salvador Larroca make it far less enjoyable.

Detective Comics #23.4

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Writer Frank Tieri uses Villains Month as a backdrop for a brutal but enjoyable character study of Man-Bat in "Detective Comics" #23.4, and Scot Eaton and Jaime Mendoza are in sync portraying a conflicted character with noble intent but animal i

Ghosted #3

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Writer Joshua Williamson finally gets his paranormal game on with "Ghosted" #3, and artist Goran Sudzuka delivers an uncluttered looking story of an expert thief and his crew attempting to steal nothing less than an actual ghost from a haunted m

Superman #23.2

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Writer Tony Bedard makes Brianiac out to be more like a spiteful kid rather than the brilliant mind his name suggests in "Superman" #23.2, but artist Pascal Alixe's textured and detailed interpretation at least makes it worth looking at.

Batman #23.2

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The chemistry between Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun combine for a well-constructed and suspenseful standalone featuring The Riddler in "Batman" #23.2.

Reality Check #1

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In "Reality Check" #1, Glen Brunswick and Viktor Bogdanovic put together a convincing but somewhat predictable look at the life of a driven, lonely comic book creator whose creation turns up in a very strange place.

Action Comics #23.1

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Writer Michael Alan Nelson turns Cyborg Superman into a flat and soulless character with a contrived origin in "Action Comics" #23.1, but at least artist Mike Hawthorne makes the character look villainous and the issue pleasing overall.

All-New X-Men #16

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Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger nicely manage an array of X-Men from multiple eras, but Bendis' usual slow and talky approach does little to advance "Battle of the Atom" in "All-New X-Men" #16.

All-Star Western #23

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Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and artist Moritat deliver an unexpected, powerful, insightful and often hilarious look at a time-displaced Jonah Hex's character as he finds his way in present-day Gotham in "All-Star Western" #23.

Captain America #10

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Rick Remender satisfyingly wraps up his epic "Dimension Z" story in "Captain America" #10 and sets up an interesting new status quo for the future. John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson make it look epic enough, but with some noticeable we

Star Wars: Legacy #6

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"Star Wars: Legacy" #6 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman is fun overall, starting off quickly but then slowing way down as it sets up the next story. Brian Theis is a capable but inconsistent artist, who darkens things up a bit too much at t

Chin Music #2

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Writer Steve Niles and artist Tony Harris come together for "Chin Music" #2 in a story that's ideally suited to the talents of both, despite some distracting artistic blemishes that impede the story's progress.

Bloodshot

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Writer Matt Kindt stays remarkably faithful to the original character in "Bloodshot" #0 -- an entertaining albeit overbearing origin -- while artist ChrisCross make decades of history look like it fits into real-world history.

KISS Kids #1

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Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz and Jose Holder turn the rock band KISS into a quartet of cute little tykes in "KISS Kids" #1, and their fun and comedic adventures are a refreshing treat for all ages, whether they're fans of the group or not.

Deathmatch #8

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As the series enters its final stage, readers can sit back and enjoy the game as the number of characters continues to drop and the tension rises in "Deathmatch" #8 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno.

Justice League of America #7

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Part four of the six-part "Trinity War" in "Justice League of America" #7 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke is another great-looking, fast-paced thrill that's a great example of an excellent superhero event.

March: Book One

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Splendidly rendered by Nate Powell, U.S. Congressman John Lewis co-writes "March: Book One," a wonderfully positive and gripping account of his youth that led to him becoming one of America's most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movemen

Daredevil: Dark Nights #3

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Lee Weeks wraps up his "Angels Unaware" story in "Daredevil: Dark Nights" #3, making his case for Daredevil being an extraordinary superhero but also playing into an ever-darkening trend on how to tell Daredevil stories.

Sidekick #1

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Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Tom Mandrake make a welcome return to the superhero genre in "Sidekick" #1, an uncomfortable but convincing story of a former hero who's long since fallen from public favor.

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