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Title: Frankenstein #4

Stranded by an arctic shipwreck, Frankenstein’s monster ponders his back story while trying to assist his dying colleagues. Gary Friedrich’s story isn’t the most engaging, but the work of artist Mike Ploog and colorist Glynis Wein is top shelf.

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Review: Phoenix #4

A second group of aliens stop Phoenix’s suicide attempt, turn him into the Protector and send him to battle a cyclops. A victim of the dreaded Atlas-(Seaboard)-last-issue revamp, this outing by the new creative team of Gary Friedrich and Ric Estrada is pretty much a bust.

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Review: The Cougar #2

Stuntman Jeff Rand is forced to go into action as the Cougar when his brother – a werewolf! – attacks the set. This origin story, by the team of Gary Friedrich and Frank Springer, offers a great surprise ending.

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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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