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On the far edge of the universe, through a rift in space, two heroes answer the call about a dangerous weapon and a cry for help. Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1 follows the basic set-up of crossover issues with our heroes from different universes each mistaking the other for a villain and coming to blows for a few panels before discovering that they are on the same side. But, hey, this has Space Ghost and Green Lantern, so there was no way I was passing it up.

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The latest Hellboy-adjacent mini-series continues here with a longer look at the alien visitor sent to destroy Hellboy as a child and instead chooses to watch from afar while the demonic creature destined to destroy the world develops into a hero. We get panels of Hellboy’s heroics in various times here and there, but it’s the Visitor who is the real focus of this issue.

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While Infamous Iron Man #6 doesn’t attempt to explain the bizarre reveal that Cynthia von Doom is alive, and apparently involved with Reed Richards, the comic series’ latest issue does offer a glimpse into the past of Doom, Richards, and Ben Grimm. Given the unburdened character striving for redemption we’ve seen in action over the past few issues, this is a sobering reminder of who Doom used to be.

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One of a handful of special one-off crossover issues, Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special #1 takes Booster Gold back to Bedrock in search of the original cause of a current alien invasion (unaware that his actions will actually put the dominoes in motion). It’s good to see Booster back, even if it is only in an unusual one-shot like this. Thankfully the character has reverted back to his pre-New 52 costume (complete with yellow pants), but sadly his Elvis collar has still left the building.

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Elektra #2 comic reviewIn the aftermath of her heroic action to save a casino worker from an abusive work environemnt, Elektra plans to put the entire series of events behind her and move on a soon as possible. Those plans fall through rather quickly with sudden appearance of a generic robotic version of the Royal Flush Gang that push the assassin into showing off more of her skills for her new admirer.

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Learning that a Jedi Padawan is being held by the Xrexus Cartel, Darth Maul ignores the explicit orders of his master and makes his way to Nar Shaddaa looking for answers. Unable to reveal his true nature to those he needs to beat information out of, Maul instead hires some help in his search for Jedi.

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I have never denied that fact that Kyle Rayner is my least favorite Green Lantern. Ever. Born out of the masturbatory fantasies of Ron Marz who destroyed one of DC Comic’s oldest heroes to write himself into the storyline, Kyle has been a problem for me ever since his first appearance (where he was given a power ring because a Guardian couldn’t bother to find someone actually worthy and handed the most powerful weapon in the universe over to the first person he came across). I explain this not to attack the character, who I find tolerable at the best of times, but to offer an explanation while a Kyle-centric issue is never going to be a favorite of mine.

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The entire comic is foreplay, set-up for Batman vs. Bane round 2. Hidden deep in the bowels of Arkham to give the Psycho Pirate time to fix the mind of Gotham Girl, Batman waits.

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Caught snooping by Lex Luthor, Robin and Superboy manage to get away thanks to a little misdirection and Damian threatening to blow up the LexCorp laboratory. Luthor’s reaction to the entire encounter is puzzling.

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Continuing to fill-in the events between the previous series set in San Fransisco and Matt Murdock‘s return to New York City as an Assistant District Attorney, Daredevil #18 brings back a classic villain with the return of the Purple Man. As told in flashbacks during Murdock’s confession, the Purple Man’s escape from prison and the arrival of two of the Purple Children on his door with a mind-controlled mob behind them springs Daredevil into action to seek out the remaining children and discover just what the Purple Man has in store for them.

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