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Review: The Barbarians #1

Ironjaw is captured by mutants, meets a wench, triumphs in the arena and learns a valuable life lesson about tolerance. And that’s just the lead feature. Sadly, the whole affair – including work by Gary Friedrich and Pablo Marcos – is a bit of a mess.

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Review: Ironjaw #4

When a beautiful minstrel is maimed by jealous thieves, a secret paramour and sorceress team to save the future Ironjaw! This final issue – by the creative team of Gary Friedrich and Pablo Marcos – is less offensive but still lacks likability.

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Review: Ironjaw #3

Astride his savage, snow-white unicorn, Ironjaw returns to his homeland of Amun-Rak – where betrayal and adventure await! While less misogynistic than previous outings, this issue from Michael Fleisher and Pablo Marcos still doesn’t offer much positive.

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Review: Ironjaw #2

Ironjaw saves a wench, becomes a sword for hire, threatens to rape his own sister, then becomes king. Whew. A surprisingly misogynistic outing – even for the ’70s – from the team of Michael Fleisher and Pablos Marcos.

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Review: Ironjaw #1

Ironjaw saves a wench – to use for his own “companionship” – but the duo falls prey to betrayal and royal intrigue. Despite its preponderance of barbarian clichés and over-the-top sexist dialogue, this relic of the ’70s is still strangely enjoyable. Michael Fleisher, Mike Sekowsky and Jack Abel are to blame.

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Review: The Destructor #1

Jay Hunter’s criminal activities get his scientist father killed – but not before the old man helps him become a superhero. Archie Goodwin writes this debut issue, but it’s the art of Steve Ditko and Wally Wood that makes it a treat.

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Review: Weird Suspense #1

Eugene Lycosa lives with the curse of his ancestor, a count who stopped a tarantula cult at great personal cost. Starring a creepy “hero” who eats bad guys, Micheal Fleisher and Pat Boyette’s Weird Suspense is one of the better Atlas (Seaboard) debuts.

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