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Review: Marvel Team-Up #54

Things go from bad to worse as Spider-Man finds himself imprisoned, with Hulk and Woodgod, within the mysterious Tranquility Base. Bill Mantlo’s script is just so-so, but the big draw here is a young John Byrne’s quickly improving art.

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Review: Giant-Size Defenders #1

Clea’s efforts to reveal the Defender’s past to Valkyrie reintroduces the team to past perils. This Giant-Size outing features classic Golden and Silver age work from the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Bill Everett and Steve Ditko, along with a gorgeous framing sequence penciled by Jim Starlin.

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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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Review: The Avengers #145

The Assassin targets Captain America – just the first step in a plot to take down all of the Avengers. The first of two surprisingly strong fill-in issues by Tony Isabella, with less-than-exceptional art from Don Heck and John Tartaglione.

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Review: Fear #20

After a brilliant rabbi biochemist fails to help Morbius, the living vampire clashes with a demon-priest. Though Morbius’ Fear debut isn’t that well executed, Mike Friedrich and Paul Gulacy’s work with the character shows potential.

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