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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: 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: 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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