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Review: Morlock 2001 #3

Morlock joins forces with a burned-scientist-turned-rebel-leader in a revolution against the Thought Police … but is it too late? New writer Gary Friedrich continues this series’ mashup weirdness, but the real fun here is the art collaboration between comics legends Steve Ditko and Bernie Wrightson.

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Review: Tales of Evil #3

A “hitherto undiscovered bacterial force” “activates” algae and turns a washed-up Olympic swimmer into Man-Monster. Yes, this uninspired origin story by Tony Isabella, Rich Buckler and Mike Vosburg is as bad as it sounds. But the backup tale – featuring art by Enrique Badía Romero – is decent.

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Review: Captain Canuck #1

In the not-too-distant future, Captain Canuck must thwart an invasion of world superpower Canada by a group of underground Communists. Richard Comely’s labor of love swells with Canadian pride but is brought down by its amateurish art.

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Review: Planet of Vampires #3 

The astronauts attack the vampires’ dome in a last-ditch effort to save their wives – but are they already too late? Awkward dialogue from John Albano pairs with decent art from Russ Heath to bring Planet of Vampires to a somewhat satisfying conclusion.

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Review: The Brute #3

A local police chief wants the Brute dead. Wait. No. No, he doesn’t. Oh. Stop. Yes, he does. Also: supervillain. This final issue is a mess of stereotypes masquerading as a story, from the team of Gary Friedrich, Alan Weiss and Jack Abel.

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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: 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: 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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