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The latest single-issue tale of the new Astro City offers a glimpse into the daily life of the assistant to the most powerful magic user in the realm of Astro City – the Silver Adept (a powerful sorceress with a bit of both Dr. Fate and Doctor Strange thrown in).

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With a grounded and disgruntled Luke heading off with some of the locals to change a fuel cell on a mountain outpost the latest issue of Star Wars shows us the farm boy from Tatooine and his friends are hardly the only ones with serious doubts about Leia‘s impending wedding and the new alliance between the Rebels and Arrochar.

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Feeling more than a little unnecessary and out of place for a comic that just relaunched with a brand new issue last month, and feeling more like an annual or special than part of the ongoing continuity, the over-sized Daredevil #1.50 is 50th Anniversary celebration of the character which takes a look forward rather than back with what Mark Waid has in mind for the character going forward.

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The second-half of the “Monster Day” begins with the Powerpuff Girls defeated and dejected in their room and Steve‘s monster swarm destroying the city of Townsville and preparing for the night’s final festivities: eating the Mayor! Getting the kick in the butt they need from Professor Utonium, Bubbles comes up with a plan to even the odds by taking control of the remaining Mojobots and leading them into battle against the monster horde.

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With Samurai Jack and the Scotsman both turned into females by the Leprechauns the pair’s two-issue gender-bending adventures continue as Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman seek to complete their bargain with the devious imps and confront the giant Cuhullin the Cruel.

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The “monumental” 25th issue of All-New X-Men feels much more like a forgettable annual rather than an important issue of an ongoing comic. Centered around the Beast‘s conversations with an over-talkative Watcher, the framework is a relatively weak excuse to bring in a variety of artists to give takes on their version of various X-Men characters in the present and possible futures (including Magik as Sorceress Supreme) all put in jeopardy by McCoy’s decision to bring the younger versions of his friends into the present.

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green-hornet-2013-11-crime-boss

Reunited with Kato, successfully taking down The Voice, putting down a pathetic imposter, and grabbing control as the new head of organized crime, everything is finally going according to the Green Hornet‘s plan. And that’s when things begin to fall apart because of a monster of the vigilante’s own making.

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Continuing the trend started in last month’s first issue, writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey offer another story where the themes dovetail into that of our main character but the crimes and villains of the piece take center stage. Moon Knight #2 focuses on the inner monologue of a screwed-over Special Forces soldier turned sniper looking for vengeance against those who he blames for his misfortunes.

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What happens when the son of crazy dictator, who also happens to be the Fantastic Four‘s arch-enemy, shows up in your office looking for help getting away from his father? If you’re She-Hulk it means you’ve found your burgeoning new law firm’s first client.

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The five-issue mini-series featuring a number of artists and writers offering various takes on the She-Devil with a Sword comes to a close as Red Sonja picks off another member of the Grey Riders in a tale by writer Blair Butler and former Secret Six artist Jim Calafiore and one more member of the band will fall to the tricks of a band of actors and thieves in a story by Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro.

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