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Title: Frankenstein #4

Stranded by an arctic shipwreck, Frankenstein’s monster ponders his back story while trying to assist his dying colleagues. Gary Friedrich’s story isn’t the most engaging, but the work of artist Mike Ploog and colorist Glynis Wein is top shelf.

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Review: Ms. Marvel #1

Who is Ms. Marvel? Not even she knows – but that doesn’t stop her from battling the Scorpion! Carol Danvers gets promoted to superheroine status in this substantial-feeling debut from the team of Gerry Conway, John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

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Review: Marvel Feature #1

Red Sonja investigates an ancient temple within the Darkwood and soon finds herself battling an “unhuman horde.” The lead feature by Roy Thomas and Dick Giordano is good, but the reprint backup – featuring art by Esteban Maroto, Neal Adams and Ernie Chan – is the real treat.

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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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Title: Astonishing Tales #29

Four survivors on the run from the Badoon invasion join together to form the Guardians of the Galaxy. While this reprint from Marvel Super-Heroes #18 disrupts Astonishing Tales’ Deathlok serial, this tight intro tale from Arnold Drake and Gene Colon is a fine consolation.

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Review: Fantastic Four #165

The inability to secure a bank loan sends the Crusader (né Marvel Boy) on a ferocious rampage seeking vengeance. Unfortunately, there isn’t a likable character to cheer for in this off-putting outing from the team of Roy Thomas, George Pérez and Joe Sinnott.

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Review: Doctor Strange #46

Called by a dream, Clea joins the sisterhood of Sibyls in an effort to thwart the Black Oracle prophecy. A pair of stories – including a backup with stunning art from Michael Golden and P. Craig Russell – demonstrate the underlying problem with the Doctor Strange/Clea relationship.

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Review: What If? #21

Still bitter over losing his beloved Susan Storm to the Sub-Mariner, Mr. Fantastic brings the fight to Atlantis. Bill Mantlo serves up a decent sequel to What If? #1, with a little help from the art team of Gene Colan and Bill Wiacek.

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