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Review: Charlton Bullseye #1

The Question and Blue Beetle team to rescue Beetle’s Bug from the clutches of the Enigma. This Charlton experiment with free labor isn’t a total debacle, but the work of writer Benjamin Smith (with “A. Committee” and “Anon O. Mouse”) and artists Dan Reed and Al Val isn’t quite ready for prime time.

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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: Planet of Vampires #2

Astronaut Chris Galland and crew convince savage tribes of post-apocalyptic humans to unite against the “blood-sucking dome dwellers.” Not original and poorly scripted, this Atlas (Seaboard) comic from John Albano, Pat Broderick and Frank McLaughlin is still a lot of fun.

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Review: Planet of Vampires #1

A crew of astronauts returns to find a ravaged Earth split between two groups – human savages and high-tech vampires! This debut issue of Larry Hama’s dystopic future lacks spark, but the art by Pat Broderick and Frank McLaughlin is a strong draw.

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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 Man

A primitive man searches for food – and meaning – with the help of his good friend, Stick. This simple story from underground legend Vaughn Bodé is an early masterpiece of the graphic-novel form.

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