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Marshal Law: The Deluxe Edition

Once upon a time, as a young man at the dawn of the 1990s, I truly believed superhero comics were dead, and that they'd been killed by three things, The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen and Marshal Law. While it is possible to interpret the first two of that trifecta as having come to praise the superhero idiom, Marshal Law definitely wanted to bury it. "Bury" is the wrong verb, really: It wanted to put a bullet in the back of its head, throw the corpse in the trunk of its car, drive it out into the desert and set fire to it. Pat Mills' distaste for superhero comics was palpable, biblical and usually hilarious. This book maybe also features the career-best artwork of Kevin O'Neill. His typically frantic line work is softened here by (frequently, unexpectedly pretty) watercolor effects that seem to just make the horrible things going on in these panels even more terrible. And even if you love superheroes, you have to read this, because this book is something of a comic books Rosetta Stone — get this, and immediately understand how much Warren Ellis and Mark Millar absorbed from it, how much its ideas and tone filtered back into the superhero mainstream through comics such as The Authority, The Ultimates, Civil War and more.

Now that Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neiil would never have expected to happen. Of course, superhero comics were just rallying, damn their humps, saved by flooding the direct market and Tim Burton's Batman film. Oh, well. Their day will come. -- Mark Kardwell

Dragon Age: World of Thedas

When it comes to Dragon Age, I’m a total fanboy, buying up the comics and novels as I wait for the next edition of the game. This hardcover from Dark Horse looks like the kind of sourcebook that appeals to my inner fan, and I’d like to think I’ll spend as many hours poring through it as I did the original Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe when it came out. -- JK Parkin

Miniature Jesus #1

A recovering alcoholic struggles with his sobriety and faith when a number of gods, demons and monsters from different cultures converge on him to cause chaos. Ted McKeever's lush black-and-white illustrations are set to maximum creepy and disturbing in this five-issue miniseries. Not for the delicate but if you've never been through hell and back, this will probably serve as a good sampler. -- Corey Blake

The Sixth Gun #30

The always-entertaining supernatural Western by Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree begins a new story arc with "Ghost Dance, Part 1," as Becky Montcrief sets off on a vision quest to "to bear witness to what the terrifying power of the Six has wrought … and what it might yet bring about." Sold! -- Kevin Melrose

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