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Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s run on Detective Comics begins here with the beginning of a new arc that focuses on organized crime in Gotham City and Bruce Wayne‘s new business venture to help rehabilitate the city’s East End with crusader Elena Aguila rather than go for a far more lucrative option of re-developing the area.

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Pairing writer Dan Slott with artist Mike Allred, the first issue of Silver Surfer is split equally between Norrin Radd‘s space adventures which take him to being recruited as a champion to save the hidden impossible world of The Impericon and twin sisters on the planet Earth, one of whom will (somehow) become tied to to the Surfer as “The Most Important Person in the Universe.”

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The friction between Donatello and Raphael, and Raph’s disrespect of what his smarty-pants brother brings to the team, causes Donnie to use Metalhead to attempt to teach him a lesson. Faking an emergency of the Kraang taking over the robotic turtle, the brothers struggle to stop Donnie’s invention – especially after he really does loose control.

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The Flash‘s two-issue team-up with Deadman comes a close as the Scarlet Speedster fights off the Keystone Killer who discovers the hero is the perfect new host for the evil spirit. There’s less Deadman this time around and more dancing around the subject of Barry’s true parentage until the reveal that proves the teases were just that and that there is no blood connection between Barry and his mentor Captain Frye.

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“The Trial of Jean Grey” concludes with Jean Grey being pushed to her limits by Gladiator and the Shi’ar and finally having enough. Not surprisingly when all is said and done both teams leave Shi’ar space with a successful rescue of Jean Grey who has a surprise of her own by tapping into an internal reserve and showing off an increased power-set that proves enough to finally force Gladiator to relent.

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As with the show that spawned it, Beware the Batman comes to a close prematurely just as things were starting to get interesting. With Katana busy and Batman missing it falls to Alfred to track down the Dark Knight Detective who has been captured by Killer Croc.

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Continuing the comic’s final arc, Nicolas Lash is reintroduced to Josephine‘s world and meets her librarian who is helping Jo make final preparations for “the convergence.” After spending weeks cooped up in the house, obsessing about where Josephine goes without him, Lash is finally offered a night out with the woman who has captured his soul which will earn Josephine a prize and allow Nicolas to play his role in a ritual that will tie the pair of them even closer together.

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The first issue of Boom Studios new Rocky and Bullwinkle comic is fun, if not quite as madcap and zany as I would have hoped. In the style of the television show, the two parts of Rocky and Bullwinkle‘s main story (involving Bullwinkle’s accidentally acquiring psychic powers, and Boris and Natasha playing fake psychics) are interrupted by a short Dudley Do-Right adventure involving Snidley Whiplash‘s plan to increase Dudley Do-Right‘s attractiveness to Nell allowing the villain freedom to commit his crimes in peace.

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While Cyclops and his team head out into the field to find a new mutant, Hijack gets a visit from S.H.I.E.L.D. who is ready to charge the mutant as a terrorist unless he provides information about Cyclops and the location of his team.

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Here’s Chris Sims arguing for Comics Alliance that Impulse #3 is the best single-issue comic story ever made. He’s wrong of course (how can it be without Catman, right?), but it’s worth a listen if you’re a Bart Allen fan.

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