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“The Secret of the Hell Screen” continues as Miyamoto Usagi and Inspector Ishida continue to investigate the odd deaths surrounding the bizarre piece of art that even the son of its creator believes is cursed and needs to be destroyed. No closer to answers, Usagi’s dreams begin to make the rabbit ronin wonder if there isn’t some truth to the curse of the Hell Screen. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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Healed and ready for action, Green Arrow breaks into Queen Industries looking for answers as to why he was betrayed and left for dead. Alerting his enemies that he’s very much alive, this leads to another confrontation between Ollie and Shado (who Oliver learns is working for the Ninth Circle to pay off a debt). While both Diggle and Black Canary, still unaware that Ollie is alive, continue to separately investigate the mysterious organization, Emiko helps her new employers set a trap to catch the hero.

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Velvet #15 concludes “The Man Who Stole the World” story arc by putting Velvet Templeton face-to-face with the man who framed her as a traitor and tricked her into killing the man she loved. Unfortunately this means the series is going on hiatus, allowing writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting to work on other projects, meaning it will be the last Velvet issue we get for awhile. And for a comic this good that’s disappointing news.

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The Shadow: The Death of Margo Lane #2 delivers on its title as the Shadow is able to narrowly escape a trap set by the Red Empress. Unaware of the danger, or that the Shadow has already made it out safely, Margo Lane runs straight into a building about the explode and to her (less than definite) doom.

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Betrayal is the theme of Detective Comics #936. With Batman taken down by an elite team of armored Bat-soldiers, Batwoman activates her team of Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Clayface, and Cassandra Cain. Needing all the help she can get, Batwoman also enlists the help of her father Colonel Jacob Kane and that’s when things go from bad to worse for our heroes.

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The structure of this comic is going to drive me nuts. Rather than continuing the story begun in Wonder Woman #1, the second issue of the series (and all successive even-numbered issues for the foreseeable future) will focus on a retelling of the origins on Wonder Woman before she left Themyscira.

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The follow-up to last month’s issue of Matt Murdock‘s gambling adventures in Macau features a Far East team-up between Daredevil and Spider-Man. Given his trust of Daredevil (because of the unexplained memory wipe Daredevil performed on everyone who knew his secret identity which Spider-Man can sense but not explain), Spidey does have some concerns about what his fellow vigilante is after in Macau and Hong Kong. However, that doesn’t stop the fun the two have together performing a heist and then chasing the plunder Daredevil has spent a considerable amount of effort to retrieve.

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 is a transitionary comic to move the character of Hal Jordan from roaming nomad with a glove back to the DCU’s most prominent Green Lantern. Finishing up Hal’s storyline using Krona‘s glove, the comic features Jordan far from the remains of Oa where Sinestro and his Corps now rule. On a dead world in Space Sector 563, Jordan performs a Herculean task by using Krona’s glove to forge the impossible: a new ring.

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After stepping in to help Gotham and Gotham Girl stop Solomon Grundy, Batman agrees to give Gotham City’s two new super-heroes a few pointers. This includes introducing the pair to Commissioner Gordon for the first time. Other than the fight at the beginning of the issue Batman #2 doesn’t offer much in the way of action, but there’s plenty of slow-boiling story here for Bat-fans. It also gives us the first appearance of a classic Batman villain for the first time since the Rebirth reboot. I’ll be curious to see just what Hugo Strange is up to and how he ties into the monsters and suicide attacks around Gotham City. Worth a look.

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With Darkwing Duck trapped in the maximum security prison with all the super-villains he put away, Negaduck sits back and sends the villains after our hero one by one. Surviving battles with Liquidator, Muckduck, Ammonia Pine, the Beagle Boys, and Camille Chameleon, our hero is finally taken down by Suff-rage and the guards at her command.

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