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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 18, 2012: The War of Fog

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Arms and armor
^ Crusty Bunkers
% The world before us

* % 3 STORY: SECRET FILES OF THE GIANT MAN
This is the ramp-up for the Era of Matt Kindt Doing a Whole Lot: a saddle-stitched collection of three brief sequels (which originally appeared online) to his 2009 graphic novel about a giant secret agent...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 11, 2012: That Which Remains Concealed

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Continuity implants
^ Stars and/or garters
% What lies beneath

^ % UNTERZAKHN
The wonderful Leela Corman's long-in-the-works graphic novel, which was appropriately enough serialized in the Forward, concerns two sisters growing up in the Jewish community on the Lower East Side in the early 1900s, and how incidents from their childhood echo in their adult life...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 4, 2012: Hero of the Beach

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* The Paul Masson principle
^ Somebody's read some Moorcock
% Supertasters
¢ Claret and/or carrots

% DAREDEVIL #10.1
Ma...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 28, 2012: Unearthing

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
% Run the mission
^ Don't get seen
* See
¢ Swim away from the Mission

^ DAREDEVIL #10
Paolo Rivera draws the fantastic quasi-Dore cover, as well as the Mark Waid-written story inside, which wraps up the Mole Man sequence. I l...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 21, 2012: He Didn’t Think It Too Many

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Different class
^ Separations
% Freaks

* ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN
This 1986-1987 Frank Miller/Bill Sienkiewicz miniseries might be the most visually impressive thing Marvel has published in the direct-market era--Sienkiewicz at the absolute peak of his form, a phenomenal he-do-the-police-in-different-voices act that constantly shifts its look between and within panels to register changes in perspective and psychological mood...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 14, 2012: I Was Happy When I Looked Like This

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* The realm of the quotidian
% The realm of the fantastical

* SHOWCASE PRESENTS YOUNG LOVE VOL...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – March 7, 2012: Blanket Recovery

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Post-manga
^ The beloved entertainer
% Schools
¢ Specific urban setting is very important

* % FRIENDS WITH BOYS
Faith Erin Hicks' 200-page webcomic about a home-schooled teenager facing her first day of public school is still online--but only through today, since tomorrow it gets replaced by this print edition. Fil...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 29, 2012: Fifth Week Non-Event

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Adjective begins title
^ Adjective does not modify anything

* NEW AVENGERS #22
Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato bring us more New vs...

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Gilbert Hernandez’s ‘Birdland’ Offers Alliteration, Transfiguration, Penetration [Sex]

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Gilbert Hernandez's comics, from his work in Love and Rockets to standalone volumes like last year's Love from the Shadows, have often included some pretty intense sexual content. But he's only ever released one project that qualifies as full-on pornography: Birdland, a three-issue miniseries from 1990-1991 and a one-shot sequel from 1994, later collected as a single volume...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 22, 2012: Roy G. Biv Is a Colorful Man

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Eyes obscured by masks
^ Ears overwhelmed by sound
% Noses invaded by a byproduct of conflict

^ THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED #2
The first issue of David Hine and Shaky Kane's returning homage to the weird old days of pulp comics was appealingly different from last year's run; this one is subtitled "Tales from the Haunted Jazz Club," and is apparently a fake issue of a lost EC-style jazz-horror anthology...

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