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Review: The Best of DC #22

The fingerprints of Charles Dickens are all over this DC reprint digest, as the Victorian author’s classic tale serves as inspiration for more than one story. (Except for Jack Kirby’s Bronze Age Sandman adventure, of course, a story widely distributed for the first time in this issue.)

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Review: The Uncanny X-Men #164

The Brood continue to pursue the X-Men, but this time it’s Carol Danvers – now as Binary – who saves the day. This debut of Binary – from the creative team of Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum – has a mostly been-there, done-that feel.

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Review: The Microbots #1

With the help of worker robots, a scientist and his son survive an environmental apocalypse to wake in the future. This toy tie-in by Len Wein and Jack Sparling is unexceptional as comic-book entertainment but still ahead of its time.

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Review: Charlton Bullseye #3

Can an overmatched barbarian free the village from the sorcerous thrall of evil Queen Shalastra? The first of four sub-professional tales, all displaying some degree of promise. Featuring work by Ian Carr, Michael Grace, Gary Wray, Ron Fortier and Gary Kato.

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Review: World’s Finest Comics #243

When the relocation of ancient statues puts the Immortals of Cy-Tor at risk, the aliens are forced into action against Batman, Robin and Superman. A snoozy story from Bob Haney has its moments, but bland art from Curt Swan and Al Milgrom doesn’t help this dated affair.

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Review: Fantastic Four #103

The Sub-Mariner and Magneto team to take on the Fantastic Four and the world – at least until one villain betrays the other! The departure of Jack Kirby helps usher in the Bronze Age of comics, as artists John Romita Sr. and John Verpoorten join Stan Lee on Fantastic Four.

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