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Abandoned by their bestie, Domino’s gal pals go in search of the villains targeting their friend. Unfortunately they find them. While the flashbacks suggest there might be a familial relationship between the two, Domino #4 reveals that there is indeed a connection between the powers of both Prototype and Domino. Domino’s luck is derived from Prototype while making Domino hurt makes Prototype… well, honestly, I’m not exactly sure what his powers are yet.

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Following up the pair’s six-issue mini-series The Man of Steel, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the new ongoing Superman title. Superman #1 re-introduces readers to Superman‘s world, offers the creation of a new Fortress of Solitude, and includes cameos of Justice League members checking in after recent events.

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Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 offers two separate storylines for Ben Reilly and Kaine, while leading each down a path which should bring both Scarlet Spiders back together in the next issue. Reilly’s search for the doctor who can cure Abigail Mercury ends in a fight with Sauron, and a cryptic message from the dying scientist about the Diogenes Initiative.

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Although I like the character, the are a couple of reasons I haven’t been a regular reader on one of his titles for quite some time. The character’s convoluted, and often retconned, history (which has been patched so often you can’t see what it was originally supposed to look like) and writers who focus on making Peter Parker‘s life a struggle without capturing the joy of being Spider-Man, have too often made Spidey comics a chore to read.

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Issue #50 kicks off a new arc that shows the culmination of the Rebellion’s hard work. The Rebel Fleet has finally been assembled. It’s an impressive sight to behold. Finally, the Rebellion has a weapon to fight back against the Empire. While showing it off new toys and new level of unity to their closest allies, however, things begin to go horribly wrong.

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The Man of Steel #6 wraps up the six-issue mini-series with one more confrontation between Superman and Rogol Zaar who battle from inside the Earth’s core all the way to outer space and back to Earth. With Supergirl making the smart play and stepping in to end the conflict by trapping the villain in the Phantom Zone, neither Zaar nor Superman actually wins the fight and several questions remain about the alien, his hatred of Kryptonians, and Krypton’s destruction.

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After the wedding to a certain Dark Knight Detective which didn’t happen, Selena Kyle slinks off attempting to run away from her pain in the gambling dens and casinos. However, when Catwoman is framed for murder by an impostor, an exhausted Selina reclaims her role and hits the streets once more.

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If my math is right, this is the eighth relaunch of a Captain America title in the last 10 years. The latest finds a country broken and divided thanks to Hydra’s recent takeover. It’s not spelled out here exactly how Steve Rogers isn’t responsible for being a Hydra agent, etc. (but, as no evidence is presented to the contrary, I’m just going to assume that some Web-Head made another deal with Mephisto). While setting up a new threat in Russia, most of the comic deals with Captain America and the Winter Soldier fighting the tail end of a battle in Washington D.C. by taking down some shitty wannabes idolizing an evil shittier original character.

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The wedding day finally arrives in the over-sized Batman #50. While the main story features the bride and groom to be getting ready for the big event, the comic is a standout for a series of full-page art by various DC artist capturing Batman and Catwoman over the years. My favorites of these are the classic 70s and 80s pages from José Luis García-López and Jason Fabok, the classic 50s look from Andy Kubert, the fun Spidey pose from Rafael Albuquerque, and the longing in Becky Cloonan’s page. My only real complaint is that Bruce Timm isn’t included (although Ty Templeton‘s take harkens back to that style).

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The classic TV-show Charlie’s Angels gets new life as a comic. Dynamite Entertainment’s new series keeps the Angels in the 1970s, and opens with the trio working undercover in the Limbo Lounge to overhear a meeting between a skeezy crook forcing his way into the profitable night club and his equally sleazy guest.

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