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Review: U.S. 1 #1

Ulysses Solomon “U.S.” Archer sets out with his CB-radio skull replacement and souped-up eighteen-wheeler to hunt down the maniacal Highwayman. This debut issue from Al Milgrom and Herb Trimpe isn’t as full-out awful as one might expect.

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Review: Dazzler #1

Disco singer Alison Blaire teams with superheroes, tries to find a job and wins a sing-off against the Enchantress. Not the historic stinker some recall, but this debut issue by Tom DeFalco, John Romita Jr. and Alfredo Alcala isn’t very good, either.

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Review: The Black Hood #1

When Kip Burland is drafted to foil the Death-Monger’s plan, it’s The Black Hood who answers to call. Red Circle’s attempt to relaunch its longtime hero falls short of exciting, with art by Gray Morrow, Doug Wildey and Al McWilliams.

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Review: Marvel Two-in-One #8

Miracle Man converts an American Indian reservation into Bethlehem in a plot to one-up God in the Immaculate Conception department. This typically madcap Steve Gerber outing fails to suspend readers’ disbelief, while the journeyman art from Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito does little to raise this Christmas tale out of the eggnog.

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Review: Amazing Adventures #33

During a layover in what was once West Virginia, Killraven discovers a society of African-American separatists living underground. This strange mix of racially charged dystopian tropes is a tough read from today’s vantage. From the fill-in team of Bill Mantlo, Herb Trimpe and D. Bruce Berry.

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Review: Hawkeye #3

Now broke and homeless, Hawkeye and Mockingbird continue to come under attack from hired guns sent by Cross Technological Enterprises. Writer/artist Mark Gruenwald serves up some weak villains and a bland story for this miniseries’ penultimate issue.

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