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The first issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s Blood Brothers: Hermanos de Sangre is unexpected. Issue #1 of the four-issue mini-series introduces us to Diego and Gabriel Soliz, a pair of mismatched brothers who nevertheless make effective detectives. Writer Fabian Rangel, Jr. and artist Javier Martin Caba create a fantastical world filled with creatures of all shapes and sizes. While our protagonists are both human, each brings an unique skill-set to their partnership.

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On one hand Detective Comics #959 is a middle issue of an Azrael arc. I’ll be honest, that’s not going to grab my attention or keep it, by itself, for that long. It appears the Order of St. Dumas, who programmed Azrael and sent him out in the world as their agent of change and vengeance, got tired of him choosing his own path and put together something even more fearsome in their new acolyte Ascalon. While the latest issue doesn’t offer much more information about the new threat, it does foreshadow a possible issue with Azrael looming in the very near future.

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After a series of single-issue tales, the current run of Astro City brings back the Broken Man to continue his story. Interrupted previously in telling us his tale, this time the strange figure begins by telling us of a hero known as Glamorax. Connected to the history of heroes and villains the Broken Man has already shared with us, this issue introduces us to the strange hero, and introduces Glamorax to the past lives tied to the character.

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Following Doom‘s bizarre vision, the former super-villain turned would-be hero is arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. If that wasn’t enough, a few agents decide it’s better that the tranquilized prisoner never wake up at all.

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Batman #25 offers very little of the Batman, and only one unspoken cameo for his new bride-to-be. Instead the issue sets up events for the comic’s next big arc. While the Joker passes time shooting comedians who fail to make him laugh, the Riddler finds a way to bring his incarceration to an end by threatening the lives of the prison guards’ children. With two of Batman’s most notorious enemies at large it doesn’t take long for the pair to cross paths. When the Riddler’s suggestion of a team-up for the pair is rebuffed by the noisy end of a gun it proves to be the first shot fired in “The War of Jokes and Riddles.”

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With The Wild Storm #5, writer Warren Ellis continues to build out the new universe by re-introducing old characters. The fifth issue gives us Zealot, who like everyone else is searching for Angela Spica but instead runs into an old enemy, a disconnected cameo by Voodoo, and the IO’s premier assassin Michael Cray whose employers want him to do one more job before he succumbs to what is slowly killing him – find Angela. However, even after a brief examination of the facts he can already tell the woman is far more interesting, and far less of a threat, than she seems.

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Josie and the Pussycats #7 is a fun single issue story in which Josie, Melody, and Val begin to see the fruits of their recent success and make an important decision about what kind of band they want to be going forward. After their performance the band has to decide whether or not to stick around and possibly claim their award or skip out early and perform at a local charity concert for a good cause (leaving their manager to make an uncomfortable acceptance speech). Was their any doubt what the girls would choose?

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #11 wraps up the four-part Artemis arc with the Outlaws finding themselves on opposite sides of the the Qurac conflict. However, it doesn’t take much more of Akila‘s out-of-control behavior for Artemis to recognize her friend, dead or reborn, is long lost to her. The tragic end helps cement a bond between the former Amazon and Red Hood, although the issue’s final panel does suggest some serious fallout for the other member of the team. As for Artemis, she’s not got a new godly weapon (one that drove her oldest friend into a murdering psychopath) to look after. Yeah… that should end well. For fans.

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While the third issue of Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider does offer a cameo of Kaine on the hunt for his clone brother, the majority of the comic deals with Ben Reilly‘s fucked-up Las Vegas adventure. With his lies buying some time from Cassandra Mercury, at the cost of a bomb in his neck, Ben is at least able to breathe again. However, when a group of spider-clad would-be heroes decides to show up in the casino our protagonist springs into action, playing the hero whether he wants to or not (at least for a little while).

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Detective Comics #958 begins a new arc for the comic which will dive into a bit of Azrael‘s past while also bringing back a familiar face for DC fans (more on that later). While Bruce Wayne goes out of his way, even ingratiate himself to the Penguin, to get in position to attend a very private show, most of the comic centers around Azrael whose old friend shows up injured and with a warning. Tired of waiting for their avenging angel to take his rightful place, the Order of St. Dumas now has a new champion who it has let loose in Gotham to find their wayward warrior.

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