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Star Wars: Legacy #6

"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

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Chin Music #2

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.

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Bloodshot

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.

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KISS Kids #1

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.

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Deathmatch #8

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.

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Justice League of America #7

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.

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March: Book One

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

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Daredevil: Dark Nights #3

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.

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Sidekick #1

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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Hunger #2

Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov takes a grandiose notion and makes it mundane in "Hunger" #2, and although artist Leonard Kirk makes it look grand in spots, the issue is largely an emotionless piece of an under-realized idea.

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Superman Annual #2

Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund make "Superman Annual" #2 look nice, but Scott Lobdell's rather pedestrian and low-key story combined with a misplaced backup from another title give readers little reason to bother with this issue.

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Batman Annual #2

Building on an intriguing idea by co-writer Scott Snyder, Marguerite Bennett effectively fleshes it out in the brighter-than-usual "Batman Annual" #2, but gets hampered by shallow and inconsistent characterization.

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Planet of the Apes Spectacular #1

"Planet of the Apes Spectacular" #1 is the long-awaited and welcomed next chapter in writer Daryl Gregory's excellent take on the franchise, and artist Diego Barreto strikingly maintains the previous look of the series.

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Thanos Rising #4

"Thanos Rising" #4 by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, the next-to-last issue of the series, is a mostly nice-looking but ultimately ordinary chapter in the origin of Marvel's most nihilistic villain.

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Thor, God of Thunder #10

Despite overly prolonging the storyline with sequences similar to past issues, the latest chapter of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's "God Bomb" in "Thor, God of Thunder" #10 is still a worthy and nicely drawn entry.

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Harbinger Wars #4

"Harbinger Wars" #4 proves that superhero crossover events can be highly entertaining, as this carefully crafted and uncluttered conclusion by Joshua Dysart, Duane Swierczynski, and a team of artists illustrates.

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Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #11

"Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm" #11, the penultimate issue of the series by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, is a tightly-written and appropriate-looking near-goodbye to a series that has bridged the gaps and enhanced the PotA franchise.

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Uncanny X-Men #8

Writer Brian Michael Bendis uses his gift for gab to bring readers up to speed in the X-Men's world in "Uncanny X-Men #8, and penciller/colorist Chris Bachalo returns to bring a pleasant, quirky look back to the title.

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Batman #22

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the latest retelling of Batman's origin in "Batman" #22 with some fresh enhancements that build on the character's legend without detracting from it.

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Iron Man #12

Tony is finally born, as the third installment of "The Secret Origin of Tony Stark" continues to unfold in "Iron Man" #12 by Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham, in an issue that's more fun as a shoot-em-up than as part of its main s

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