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The mismatched pair of green rookie (pardon the pun) Lanterns continues as Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz struggle to work together to deal with the rage epidemic created crowds of rage-fueled rioters (including Jessica’s sister Sara).

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Marc Spector may have escaped the asylum, but another person will pay the cost as his longtime friend Frenchie is cut down by another of agent of Seth. Back in New York with Marlene, who has either contracted Marc’s same illness or has begun to see behind the veil of Seth’s manipulations, the pair run into the most unexpected adversary of all to set up next month’s conclusion of the comic’s opening arc.

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I do have to wonder if this is the second issue Marvel Comics and writer Nick Spencer had planned. I have no doubt the story existed, but given the backlash of the first issue I am curious as to whether this story was fast-tracked as it gives away pretty much every secret of the new series in only its second issue.

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In this issue Darth Vader fights a Rancor. And not just a Rancor, but a cybernetically-engineered monster sent by its creator to slow Vader down. What more could you want?

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Mockingbird is one of the few (arguably the only) Marvel Comics character whose appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has improved the character. Largely a second-stringer, Bobbi’s new popularity helped to get our gal her own solo series. Opening in Kazakhstan where the same pathogen dormant inside her wiped out an entire species of antelope, Mockingbird #4 takes us along on Bobbi’s search for answers into an A.I.M. rip-off’s secret underwater laboratory. And while she’s there, why not spend the time to save Hawkeye who somehow got himself captured by the science soldiers of T.I.M. (Total Idea Mechanics). Seriously, no Marvel hero should ever let him live this down.

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I had a mixed reaction to Batman #1, as I do in any issue where Batman has to be saved by some outside force. The entire issue involves the Dark Knight Detective preventing a plane from going down in the heart of Gotham City. While I don’t mind that the greatest mind in comics is willing to let himself die to save others I do have some qualms about why Batman wouldn’t be able to save himself (such as couldn’t Batman have jumped free once he got the crashing plane above Gotham Harbor?). There are also nagging issues I have such as Batman and Alfred using real names over their comms (something that seems far too amateurish a mistake for Batman to make).

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Another tale of Rocket Raccoon and Groot‘s adventures shows off the competitive nature of the two best-friends. Starting simply with a game of pool, things escalate quickly as Groot continues to beat out Rocket at everything from drinking games and darts to a galactic space race.

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Rain-soaked and road-weary, Usagi arrives at the Temple of the Golden Buddha (home to a most unusual piece of art depicting the nature of Hell). At first turned away by a over-zealous guard, Usagi refuses to leave which leads to a reunion with his old friend Inspector Ishida who has arrived to investigate a murder an decide the fate of the temple. With factions wanting both the temple to remain open or to be closed, and the victim killed in a manner Ishida can’t identify, the inspector asks for Usagi’s help on the case.

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While the most interesting, and humorous, parts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #28 are the interludes of Dawn and Xander dimension-hopping to find their way home, the latest issue also focuses on Buffy and Spike working through their relationship issues while finding a way to prevent the threat of the super-powered D’Hoffryn.

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The first issue of Wonder Woman‘s new series features two separate stories set in just miles apart in Africa. In the main tale, following the events of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, our heroine traipses through the jungles looking for an old acquaintance in hopes of discovering what has happened to Themyscira. Finding, and battling her way through a small army of creatures, the final panel of the comic reveals just whose help Diana needs.

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