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Review: The Cougar #1

When a real vampire causes trouble for a horror-movie crew, it’s up to The Cougar to save the day. Not great yet strangely enjoyable, this debut issue by Steve Mitchell, Dan Adkins and Frank Springer is fairly typical of the Atlas (Seaboard) line.

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Review: Hawkeye #2

Hawkeye teams with Mockingbird to strike back at Cross Technological Enterprises, and soon finds himself a target of the Silencer. A competent-but-flat chapter of the Hawkeye story from the team of Mark Gruenwald and Brett Breeding.

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Review: The Avengers #189

Hawkeye takes a new job as a security chief at Cross Technological Enterprises and soon tangles with Deathbird. Despite strong art from John Byrne and Dan Green, this issue’s misogynistic tone is largely incompatible with today’s social norms.

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Review: Chilling Adventures in Sorcery #3

Despite some supernatural or sci-fi elements, this issue’s tales hardly live up to the monster mayhem promised by the cover. The four main stories in this anthology are all written by artist Gray Morrow. Perhaps not surprisingly, his rendering and layouts prove more accomplished than his tales.

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Review: Weird War Tales #93

Soldiers modeled on classic horror monsters storm a French castle where Nazis are building android duplicates of world leaders. This debut of the Creature Commandos, crafted by J.M. DeMatteis and Pat Broderick, shows potential, but weak backup features bring down this issue’s overall grade.

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Review: X-Men #110

The X-Men’s Danger Room session takes a potentially deadly turn when Warhawk infiltrates the mansion and seizes control. Fill-in art from journeyman artist Tony DeZuniga derails the momentum of the new X-Men creative team, albeit temporarily.

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Review: Scorpion #3

Moro Frost “dies” in World War II, but the Scorpion lives on to battle the Golden Fuhrer in 1975. Not horrible, but this revamp by Gabriel Levy and Jim Craig pales in comparison to Howard Chaykin’s version of the Scorpion.

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