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The Outlaws’ announcement to Gotham’s heroes that they are no longer needed doesn’t exactly sit well with Batwoman and the Detective Comics team. Despite the fact that the Red Hood‘s team has been able to drop Gotham’s crime rate to almost nothing, the bravado of their announcement forces an inevitable conflict between the two groups starting with Clayface‘s kidnapping of Bizarro and ending with a full-on fight between the two groups.

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I may have enjoyed Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 a bit more if the entire story hadn’t been a misdirect. That said, fans of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps should still have fun with the Green Lantern’s return to Earth to investigate Superman‘s recent encounter with Parallax and news that Sinestro is alive in the anti-matter dimension on Qward.

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Jessica Jones #13 is all prologue for one hell of a creepy-ass final panel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s damn good prologue. Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias run introduced the connection between Jessica Jones and the Purple Man. The run made such a lasting impression its run became the source of Netflix’s Jessica Jones television series. The only surprise is it took the new comic series this long to bring him back.

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Opening with Kitsune in jail for a murder she did not commit, a situation that doesn’t agree with the thief, the concluding half of “The Body in the Library” offers Miyamoto Usagi and Inspector Ishida‘s investigation into the the second of two recent murders and the theft of precious foreign medicine.

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Star Wars #37 offers the return of Sgt. Kreel and his elite Scar Squadron. Opening with the sergeant facing the displeasure of Darth Vader, who decides to give the Imperial soldier one last chance to prove his worth (while also remarking about a non-Sith’s use of a lightsaber being highly suspect), the comic follows Kreel and his men back into action with their attack of a Rebel outpost on Horox III.

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There’s a fun idea at the heart of bringing Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy to Riverdale. However, not necessarily this version of Riverdale nor this version of the DC characters. Something set more in the classic tone (like Scooby-Doo Team-Up) might have played better, but Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 struggles with a more adult version of Riverdale and (for some reason) the New 52 versions of Harley and Ivy.

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After his brief encounter with Death and given yet another chance to redeem himself, Ben Reilly begins his road back to being a hero. This means attempting to make good on his promise to save young Abigail from her incurable illness and deal with the sudden appearance of the Hornet (yet another character who has made a recent return from the grave – something Ben knows quite a bit about) who creates havoc on the strip in order to draw out the Scarlet Spider.

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After last issue’s reveal of just who has been toying with Doctor Doom this entire time, Infamous Iron Man offers a team-up between Doom and Doctor Strange against Mephisto (who appears quite put out by the idea that Victor von Doom could perhaps redeem himself).

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It’s easy to compare Marvel Legacy to DC’s recent Rebirth which helped restructure the DCU. However, this first issue is all over the map and far less personal than DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Over the past couple of years writers have done a pretty good job of fucking up the Marvel Universe beyond all recognition (points for those who got the Tango & Cash reference). Given it’s themes, and the need (for reasons passing all understanding) to create a team of Avengers during cave man days, comparing it more to an ambitious clusterfuck like Final Crisis would seem more apt.

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The Wild Storm #5 offers a bit of breather for readers. And murder. Lots of murder. The introduction of Jackie King, Chief Analyst at I.O. allows the comic to go over the events of recent issues and the growing number of threats I.O. has to solve, primarily that of Angela Spica. While not dwelling too much on what we already know, this works as a nice refresher for those who have read the previous six issues and a primer for those just coming on-board for the first time.

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