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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten comes to a close by concluding the “Own It” story arc and having the Scoobies come together once more to stop a big bad. In the battle against D’Hoffryn our heroes find an unexpected ally as the vengeance demon discovers he may have made the new Anya a little too well. Granting her boss’ wish, Anya is able not only to satiate her own need for vengeance but also give Buffy and her pals a fighting chance.

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“The Secret of the Hell Screen” concludes as Miyamoto Usagi and Inspector Ishida lay a trap to capture those responsible for the pair of recent murders at the temple which houses the most bizarre piece of art Usagi has ever come across in his travels.

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As Guy Gardner searches for information about the current state of the universe for the returned Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan battles and increasing number of Yellow Lanterns who Sinestro dispatches to take down his former pupil. Eventually the odds become too great likely leading to a confrontation between the pair in next month’s issue.

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Owing more than a little to Bryan Q. Miller‘s Batgirl run which put the younger hero under the tutelage of her retired predecessor, Keith Giffen offers us two Blue Beetles for the price of one. First off, I’m ecstatic to see Ted Kord back in the DCU complete with his Bug (if not his costume or partner in crime Booster Gold). Focused primarily on the adventures of Jaime Reyes as the Blue Beetle, I’m happy to see Ted carving out a new spot for himself in the background.

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The discovery of the bodies of 27 dead soldiers lead Batman down a dark path which will fill-in the truth about Gotham’s newest super-heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl and their origins as part of Amanda Waller‘s Suicide Squad. Solving one mystery, how Waller’s plan to help Gotham using the Psycho-Pirate and Dr. Strange backfired, leaves an entirely new problem for Batman to face: how to deal with a murderous unhinged super-being looking to stop the city he’s sworn to protect from ever hurting another one of its citizens.

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Although Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 kept the latest Task Force X to a small group involving only the foursome of Rick Flag, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn, the first issue of the new series enlarges the group to closer match the team seen in the recent Suicide Squad movie. The smaller team actually worked for a tighter story and by not introducing all the characters in the Rebirth issue the comic has to cover a bit too much of the same ground the second time out.

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Green Arrow and Diggle storm the castle, or the bizarre floating bank museum, of the Ninth Circle. The ensuing battle not only frees Black Canary from her captors but also opens the door for Emiko to choose Oliver over her Shado and her obligations to the Ninth Circle.

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Chasing some questionable intelligence, and removing herself from the circus of Hawkeye‘s upcoming trial, Mockingbird boards a super-hero-themed cruise ship where the source’s need for secrecy, an encounter with a former boyfriend, and a murder all stand in the way of Bobbi finding what she seeks.

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Following the events of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1, Batgirl and Black Canary chase down Huntress whose vengeance over mobsters has criss-crossed their search into the new criminal Oracle. The comic’s events turn the adversaries into reluctant partners in the search for both Oracle and Fenice (whose snake soldiers are likely to give the gals trouble over the next few issues).

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The Bat-break-out issue features Batwoman leading her time inside her father’s super-secret base to battle the Colony of Batmen to rescue Batman and expose Jake Kane‘s illegal war on domestic soil. Heavy on action, the issue spends the time to highlight each member as Clayface continues to prove useful, Cassandra Cain continues to kick some serious ass (although too much off it off-panel), and the back-and-forth between Red Robin and Spoiler continues to be a highlight of the comic.

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