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Infamous Iron Man #11 offers a big reveal about just why this other Reed Richards wants Doom stopped. The reveal actually works quite well, and explains quite a bit without having to go into much depth. Much like S.H.I.E.L.D., this “Richards” has a definite agenda when it comes to stopping Victor von Doom. The question at the heart at this series has been whether or not Marvel’s biggest villain has a right at redemption. While not coming to a definite conclusion as to what he should be able to do, writer Brian Michael Bendis and and artist Alex Maleev state that Doom could (just maybe) become the kind of hero he wants given enough space and time.

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Why should James Bond get all the fun? This one-shot focuses on one of the British agent’s most famous supporting characters: Miss Moneypenny. Taking the cue from the Daniel Craig rebeoot, this Moneypenny isn’t just a mousey secretary but a highly-trained former field agent promoted to an important new job: protecting the head of the Secret Intelligence Service, M.

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The death of Ben Reilly‘s patient marks the end of Kaine‘s patience. However, before pitting the two Scarlet Spiders against each other once more, the comic introduces a wild card in Marlo Chandler-Jones who seems to have an unusual effect on both Ben and Kaine. Inspiring Ben to go after a pair of thugs shooting up Las Vegas, the Scarlet Spider jumps into action (although he does have to be talked out of gunning down the villains in the middle of the street by one of their would-be victims).

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Kaldur’ahm‘s underwater father-son bonding with Black Manta doesn’t go quite according to plan when the super-villain uses the boy to retrieve a weapon to make Black Manta the most powerful super-villain of the seas. Thankfully the Titans arrive in time to offers some back-up and give their friend the encouragement he needs to stand-up to his father and become the new Aqualad.

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Before the Dark Knight can turn his attention to searching for his missing partner he needs to track down Tim Drake‘s significant other who has traded in her Bat-Family membership for an alliance with Anarky. First created by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle back in 1989, Anarky is an unusual villain with a focus on justice through chaos. The current Rebirth version seems a bit more stable than some incarnations of the character over the years, although we’ve seen only the briefest glimpse.

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Introduced early in the current run of Astro City as part narrator and part guide, the true identity and agenda of the Broken Man has been in question. Tying back to the recent musical-history-inspired stories of Jazzbaby and Glamorax, Astro City #46 finally reveals the true origins of the Broken Man and his first contact with dark entity known as the Oubor.

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Batman #29 is a bizarre issue. I never thought I would see Batman offer criminals a huge payday to continue their mayhem in Gotham City. The entire comic takes place at the Wayne Manor dinner table where Bruce Wayne has gathered both the Riddler and the Joker (and some of their top lieutenants). With the War of Jokes and Riddles raging, and Batman impotent to stop it, Batman decides to… throw a dinner party?

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Green Arrow‘s road trip leads him to Gotham City where the reality of being a spoiled rich boy running away from his troubles is put to good use getting him one-step closer to answers as his investigation into Ninth Circle leads the Emerald Archer into the Court of Owls.

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“Heart of the Amazon” continues with David Messina taking over the artistic duties for Mirka Andolfo. There’s a noticeable change in style between the pair, and I can’t help but feel a bit letdown by the change. Following her friend’s injury, Diana vows to help Etta Candy recover after the government agent is released from the hospital. Still guilty over not being able to protect her friend from harm, Diana’s day isn’t going to get any better when an assassin shows up targeting the Amazon and putting Etta in further danger.

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Temporarily leaving behind the battle between the Empire and the Rebellion, Star Wars #34 offers a fun adventure with the unexpected team-up of Sana Starros and Lando Calrissian. The former ropes the later into a complicated con involving the selling of stolen Imperial blasters to multiple buyers including space pirates, Hutts, and even the Empire itself. Her quick thinking and manipulation of each situation can’t help but impress her fellow scoundrel (even when she puts his life in danger). Sadly, for the lovable scoundrel, Lando will never see the payday for all his help.

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