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Review: Tales of Evil #2

A hideous-looking bog beast escapes from the La Brea Tar Pits to explore and study the human condition. This lead feature by John Albano and Jack Sparling has a spark of potential – but just a spark. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the rest of this poor-man’s EC.

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Review: The Guardian #1

Former vice cop Bobby Karras dons superhero tights to do the dirty work he knows needs to be done. A surprisingly strong debut issue from Fred Schiller (with a little help from Paul Wishinsky) and the art team of Tom Morgan and Bob Lewis.

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Review: Quack! #1

A comic-book-drawing duck is pulled into the pirate world of the Duckaneer, and high-sea hijinks ensue. Frank Brunner’s lead feature leads off a talent-infused lineup – including work by Howard Chaykin, Dave Stevens and others – but the stories just aren’t on par with the art.

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Review: Mars #1

After spending 10,000 years in hibernation with a terraforming crew, Morgana Trace awakes to discover the rest of the team missing. Despite hurried pacing, Mars is an interesting early work from one of the most unique creative duos in comics, Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel.

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Review: Imagine #1

Like the Image comics of the 1990s, Star*Reach’s anthology titles like Imagine often let star artists experiment with writing – and the results could be just as self-indulgent. This issue includes work by Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, Dave Sim and others.

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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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