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Review: Planet of Vampires #2

Astronaut Chris Galland and crew convince savage tribes of post-apocalyptic humans to unite against the “blood-sucking dome dwellers.” Not original and poorly scripted, this Atlas (Seaboard) comic from John Albano, Pat Broderick and Frank McLaughlin is still a lot of fun.

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Review: Showcase #91

Starker, a space bounty hunter, leaves his pleasure-satellite vacation to pursue three pirates to the planet Pheidos. This weird mix of dated tropes gets a boost from the strong pencils of writer/artist Mike Sekowsky.

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Review: Doctor Strange #1

Silver Dagger breaks into the Sanctum Sanctorum, steals the Eye of Agamotto and Clea, and leaves Doctor Strange for dead. The Sorcerer Supreme returns to his own series guided by the creative team of Steve Englehart, Frank Brunner and Dick Giordano.

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Review: Ms. Marvel #1

Who is Ms. Marvel? Not even she knows – but that doesn’t stop her from battling the Scorpion! Carol Danvers gets promoted to superheroine status in this substantial-feeling debut from the team of Gerry Conway, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

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Review: Marvel Feature #1

Red Sonja investigates an ancient temple within the Darkwood and soon finds herself battling an “unhuman horde.” The lead feature by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano is good, but the reprint backup – featuring art by Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chan – is the real treat.

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Review: Detective Comics #500

“To Kill a Legend,” a gem of a Batman story from Alan Brennert and Dick Giordano, anchors this above-average “anniversary” collection, which also features work from Len Wein, Mike W. Barr, Joe Kubert, Jim Aparo, Walter Simonson and many more.

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Review: Batman #300

In a future Gotham City, an older Batman and Robin team to battle a color-themed secret society of nostalgia thieves. An unsatisfying conclusion undermines an otherwise entertaining comic by David V. Reed, Walter Simonson and Dick Giordano.

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