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The second issue of Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden delves more into Inspector Ishida and Miyamoto Usagi delving into the murder of Christians the night before. Once again we see strong foreshadowing that Ishida’s boss is either culpable in the crimes or at the very least far more interested in finding someone to blame and closing the case rather than uncovering the true motives for the deaths.

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A poor man’s (or in this case, woman’s) Tarzan, Sheena has been swinging around the jungles since she was first introduced way back in 1937. The current comic has set Sheena against a global corporation intent on mining the jungle’s secrets for its own profits. In the latest issue, Sheena awakes to find herself drugged and caged in the Cadwell Industries Auxiliary Research Laboratory by a scientist who plans to use the company’s vast resources to discover what makes the jungle warrior tick believing it be worth billions in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Set in the not-so-distant future the world is upside down. Well, not literally upside down. Just… up in the air. Gravity has stopped, and you are now only as safe as far as you tether or to the nearest solid object to grab onto.

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The oldest comic around sets an unprecedented milestone with its 1,000th issue. Action Comics #1000 features a collection of variant covers of Superman over the years to go with a collection of stories from various writers and artists.

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Following the death of an Imperial Envoy on Mon Cala, Governor Tarkin‘s forces under the command of Darth Vader have invaded the planet and laid siege to above-ground cities. When diplomacy fails to halt the invading Imperial forces, the king decides to go to extreme measures and destroy every single surface city on the planet rather than allow them to be taken by the Empire and used as staging areas against the rest of the planet deep below the ocean’s surface.

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A large chunk of Red Hood and the Outlaws #21 centers on the ramifications of Artemis finding Bizarro‘s secret lab with synthetic Kryptonite. Forced into a corner, the Superman clone is forced to confess on his addiction to the substance Lex Luthor used to save his life and which Bizarro has become dependent on in order to keep his enhanced intellect and not regress back into the simple creature he once was. While the pair eventually come to and understanding, it looks like Bizarro’s lies to his friends isn’t over quite yet.

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The first issue sends Domino and her partners Outlaw and Diamondback into timber country on a job to stop the Russian mob from muscling in on a logging operation. When the attempted hostage rescue of missing loggers turns out to be a set-up by Topaz, shit hits the fan (but doesn’t get crazy enough to miss Domino’s birthday party later that night). Surviving the party with her dignity won’t be the only challenge when our villain arrives to finish the job. Has our heroine’s luck already run out? (As this is the first issue, I’m going to say no.)

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Astro City #51 continues the theme started in Astro City #50 as we hear from more survivors of those touched by the supernatural telling their stories the in support group led by Michael Tenicek. We get the terrifying tale of Rose Wilkerson who was saved from a giant spider-creature by the Honor Guard (unfortunately her son was not so lucky). It’s a heart-wrenching opening, but from there the comic takes an even darker turn as the grieving mother turns her anger on Michael who (because his wife was taken out of existence) she thinks is a fraud. How to you prove something that, according to the current timeline, never existed?

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #20 features Raphael and Alopex working together to free animals at Null Industries before they can be mutated. There’s plenty of action here as the pair square of against the murderous Zodi and the equally scary (but apparently far less-murderous) Krisa who Alopex is able to reason with long enough for our heroes to successfully finish their mission.

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The aptly-titled “The Big Goodbye” isn’t only writer Brian Michael Bendis’ final comic on the character created but it’s also one of the last comics of Bendis’ run at Marvel before moving to DC. The set-up gives us a Jessica a bit more in control than usual, while the world around her is still quite crazy. Hired by the girlfriend of the Armadillo (a D-list Marvel character if there ever was one) to find the unfortunate sod who has being picking fights with all the wrong super-hero types and convince him to come home leads Jessica to conversations with various heroes including Spider-Man, the other Spider-Man, the Thing, and Ironheart.

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