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Taking a break from recent events, and stretching out new abilities, Leonardo travels to the Astral Plane where he encounters an unusual guide and an unexpected adversary. Tied to recent events, but very much a standalone story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25 is an interesting issue that takes place almost entirely in the mental/spiritual realm.

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The Black Knight doesn’t make very many Top 10 Marvel lists (except coolest West Coast Avengers with a flying horse), but he did make this one. Still not sure how he didn’t snag the top spot, though.

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The focus of the latest “Special Mission” one-shot story turns its attention on Destro. We catch up to the weapons supplier in the middle of a sales pitch to a wealthy, but reluctant, prospective client. In a series of controlled tests, Destro showcases the inventions of M.A.R.S. Industries, but its not until an attack by the client’s enemies who rips through existing defenses and leaves only Destro between the man and certain death that the true salesmanship begins.

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Ben Reilly and Kaine both follow their own leads which will lead both Scarlet Spiders to the Diogenes Initiative. For Kaine that means sneaking into the top secret facility and getting chased around by a giant two-headed dog before getting taking down by Nakano (although, to be fair, she did cheat).

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 continues the war between the Green Lantern Corps and their various allies versus the Darkstars. In a coordinated assault, Hal Jordan and Hector Hammond attack the Controllers, disrupting the inter-connectivity of the Darkstars, giving their allies a fighting chance.

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Set in the near future of Los Angeles which is experiencing a new wave of crime that has been spurred on by the rise of black-market technology comes Aphrodite V. A sentient, artificially intelligent robot created by a global creation bent on controlling the world, Aphrodite V escaped from her masters and is now free to determine her own fate. In Aphrodite V #1 that means saving the life of a single wealthy individual who can grasp just who and what she is.

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The comic’s opening arc continues with Charlie being attacked and abducted by the mysterious foreign agents who use the man’s anonymity against the Angels by supplying just the right amount of disinformation to trick the trio into unintentionally helping out their interests. While their endgame is still unclear, we now see how they plan to toy with our detectives.

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Brian Michael Bendis’ run on Action Comics begins with the writer quickly putting to rest the rumors that Superman is responsible for the rash of fires in Metropolis. The idea that a criminal would pay a kid to implicate the Man of Steel to shift the investigation offers some reasoning for the bombshell and also temporarily hinders Superman’s investigation (although is likely a big mistake in the long term).

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Issue #2 features Stellar squaring off against her old friends while intercutting the battle and its aftermath with flashbacks to Stellar’s past and how, as children, they were chosen and turned into weapons for a higher purpose by a fascist government with their own agenda.

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It appears even Gotham’s wealthiest bachelor can’t escape his civic duty. Batman meets 12 Angry Men in the first issue of the post-Catwoman arc which features Bruce Wayne selected as one of the jurors for Victor Fries‘ trial for triple homicide. Tied to the courtroom, it falls on Nightwing to act as a stand-in for the Batman while Bruce struggles with listening to a defense attorney rip apart the case Batman built.

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