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Review: Starfire #1

A “pampered serving girl” discovers love and heartbreak on her way to becoming the leader of the human resistance. David Michelinie’s story isn’t the most original, but Starfire does get a boost from the art of Mike Vosburg and Bob Smith.

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Review: The Savage She-Hulk #1

When henchmen gun down lawyer Jennifer Walters, her cousin Bruce Banner saves her life with a “surprisingly” transformative blood transfusion. Stan Lee returned to writing for his first new comic book in several years, but this collaboration with John Buscema lacks spark.

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Review: Isis #1

When an ancient pyramid is relocated to America, only Isis can stop an evil magician bent on conquering the world. Denny O’Neil’s simplistic story and the subpar art from Ric Estrada and Wally Wood make Isis #1 a forgettable affair.

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Review: Shanna, the She-Devil #1

Disgusted by mankind’s predilection for guns, a veterinarian takes an assignment in Africa that puts her at odds with poachers. Perhaps there’s a good comic-book story somewhere in this premise, but this debut issue – by Carole Seuling, Steve Gerber, George Tuska and Vince Colletta – isn’t it.

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Review: The Guardian #1

Former vice cop Bobby Karras dons superhero tights to do the dirty work he knows needs to be done. A surprisingly strong debut issue from Fred Schiller (with a little help from Paul Wishinsky) and the art team of Tom Morgan and Bob Lewis.

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Review: Quack! #1

A comic-book-drawing duck is pulled into the pirate world of the Duckaneer, and high-sea hijinks ensue. Frank Brunner’s lead feature leads off a talent-infused lineup – including work by Howard Chaykin, Dave Stevens and others – but the stories just aren’t on par with the art.

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Review: Mars #1

After spending 10,000 years in hibernation with a terraforming crew, Morgana Trace awakes to discover the rest of the team missing. Despite hurried pacing, Mars is an interesting early work from one of the most unique creative duos in comics, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel.

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Review: Imagine #1

Like the Image comics of the 1990s, Star*Reach’s anthology titles like Imagine often let star artists experiment with writing – and the results could be just as self-indulgent. This issue includes work by Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, Dave Sim and others.

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Review: Captain Canuck #1

In the not-too-distant future, Captain Canuck must thwart an invasion of world superpower Canada by a group of underground Communists. Richard Comely’s labor of love swells with Canadian pride but is brought down by its amateurish art.

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Review: The Avengers #146

As Captain America lies dying, the rest of the Avengers find themselves the target of the Assassin’s evil plot. Tony Isabella brings his unexpectedly strong two-parter to a surprise conclusion (or two), with less-than-sterling art (mostly) from Don Heck.

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