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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: Spider-Man: Christmas in Dallas

In Dallas on a photo assignment, Peter Parker soon finds himself swinging into action to thwart the Kingpin’s Christmas plot. This promotional comic from the Dallas Times Herald – by the team is Jim Salicrup, Alan Kupperberg and Mike Esposito – is not much of a holiday treat.

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Review: The Grim Ghost #3

When Hell comes under siege from the demon Brimstone, the Grim Ghost finds himself coming to the aid of Satan. A silly story from Tony Isabella – but not a bad one. The same can not be said for the art, a subpar outing from the usually talented Ernie Colón.

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Review: Arion, Lord of Atlantis #1

Trapped on a dead world in his astral form, Arion lies helpless as his ancient mentor battles the Star-Spawn. Readers hit the ground running and never get the chance to get settled in this difficult series debut from co-creators Paul Kupperberg and Jan Duursema.

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Review: Creepy Things #1

On a stormy night, a young man hitches a ride from a vampire – and lives to tell the tale! The lead feature is one of four sub-par stories from the likes of Enrique Nieto, Dick Piscopo and, thankfully, Tom Sutton (who also crafted that excellent cover!)

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Review: Americomics Special #1

The action heroes of the Silver-Age Charlton universe join together to stop the Manipulator and assorted other big bads. This one-off from the team of Dan St. John and Greg Guler would be an above-average fanzine but falls short as a professional comic-book outing.

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Review: Questprobe #1

Against the backdrop of a peaceful world facing annihilation, the Chief Examiner comes to Earth to steal the Hulk’s power. An early, subpar effort at transmedia, from the team of Bill Mantlo, Mark Gruenwald and John Romita Sr. (working off a concept by John Byrne and game designer Scott Adams).

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