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As Strix adjust to her new life with the League of Assassins her former teammates begin making preparations for a suicide run against the deadliest group of killers on the planet in order to get their friend back. With Catman calling in a favor to Scandal Savage, next month’s final issue is likely to be a mix of classic and New 52 members of the team against incredible odds (not unlike the previous volume’s farewell).

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The final issue, an epilogue if you will, to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s 4-plus year run on Batman comes to a close with what is very much a microcosm of Batman‘s self-titled comic during the New 52. Filled with some striking art, some questionable choices (why is Batman driving a penismobile?), humor, and a somewhat tantalizing mystery that ultimately leads nowhere all that interesting, Batman #51 is a fitting end to a period of the Dark Knight’s history I’d rather forget.

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Searching for answers about who killed X-14 and framed her as a traitor, and connecting that to the Watergate break-in, leads Velvet Templeton to Washington, D.C. where the spy makes a bold move in blackmailing Vice Gerald President Ford and kidnapping President Richard Nixon. You know, just another day for the world’s greatest spy.

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For the first time since Matt Murdock reset reality to hide his dual identity, both the lawyer and Daredevil have run-ins with Elektra. Murdock’s evening with his ex in a dive bar goes far better than the vigilante’s as Elektra proceeds to hold nothing back while beating Daredevil bloody (unaware who is under the mask).

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Steeljack‘s three-issue arc comes to a close as the former super-villain turned private detective and one-time squeeze Cutlass come up against the arc’s true villain: a greedy collector grabbing and using super-villain tech for his own amusement (and to decorate his garish restaurant). Astro City #34 is the weakest issue of the arc but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty for fans to enjoy including a nice (if a bit hokey) epilogue as dejected Steeljacket is surprised by the support of his friends which helps the man of steel put the entire sordid mess behind him.

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Darth Vader‘s mission on Shi-torum comes to a close as the Dark Lord of the Sith is able to fight off the attack of the force-sensitives Morit and Aiolin before returning to the front lines and offering Trios the Imperial support the new queen needs to put down the anti-Imperial rebellion on the planet.

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Starfire‘s time in the underworld of Strata comes to a close, but not before the hero gets to relax with Atlee and Stella and see just what the bizarre land has to offer. Mainly built around deepening the connections between Kory and her friends, is a dialogue-heavy issue without even a single real action sequence (if you ignore Kory’s brief misunderstanding with an octopus).

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Moon Knight gets a new start in Marvel’s latest reboot of the series. Moon Knight #1 opens with Marc Spector incarcerated in a mental hospital against his will where he’s fed a continuous amount of physical abuse from the guards, electroshock therapy, and lies from a therapist I’m guessing doesn’t actually have Marc’s best interests at heart. Under a medically-induced haze Marc knows something isn’t right, but his drug addled mind struggles for the truth.

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Will Eisner’s The Spirit #9 takes us back to the Spirit‘s adventures in Tangiers while revealing the injured hero’s first encounter with Sachet Spice who it seems took an immediate shine to the vigilante and didn’t want him to leave… ever. As to just what the woman’s plans are for our hero going forward, or as to what she and her father Mikado Vaas want in central City, we’ll just have to wait for that to be revealed in the series remaining three issues.

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With a few arcs under its belt it looks like its time for a little shake-up to the current status quo of the Secret Six. The neighborhood gets a trio of unexpected visitors in Secret Six #12. With Batgirl still hanging around from last month’s issue, Lady Shiva comes calling on the house of misfit toys. Determined to make Strix an offer the assassin can’t refuse, Shiva makes quick work of Catman, Strix, and Batgirl. Further threatening the lives of her new friends, Shiva convinces Strix to join the League of Assassins.

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