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Vertigo’s ‘Strange Sports Stories’ #1 is So Good We’re Using Sports Metaphors

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Over the last several years, Vertigo has revived several forgotten anthology titles with good results: Strange Adventures, Mystery in Space, The Witching Hour and Time Warp. With Strange Sports Stories, Vertigo once again dips into comics history, drafting a lineup of heavy hitters and utility players for odd tales of sports and science fiction coming together in unexpected ways.

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Toy Review: Marvel Select Hawkeye (And Pizza Dog)

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Bro, do you like surprises, bro? Then you'll love the just-released Hawkguy figure from Diamond's Marvel Select line. Partly because of the David Aja-inspired interpretation, but mostly because of the inclusion of Lucky aka Pizza Dog.

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Sex, Religion, Heroes, Fame, and the Cold War: ‘Red One’ Review

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In Red One, the Soviet Union sends a bombshell Russian soldier to infiltrate American society under the guise of a "real-life superhero." Her stated mission is to dissuade Cold War Americans from looking for Commies in every corner, but her true calling may be to help them take ownership of their sexuality.

With the hook it has, Red One could go in so many different directions: paranoid spy thriller, over-the-top action comic, political drama. Instead, the new book by Xavier Dorison, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson takes a route you never would have expected: a satirical look at America's obsession with sex, religion, heroes, and fame.

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Tynion and Stevenson’s ‘Wonder World’ Sets a New Standard for Wonder Woman Stories

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Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman published one of the character’s greatest stories ever last month: “Wonder World,” written by James Tynion IV and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson, told over the course of digital chapters 23 and 24, and published in print this week in Sensation Comics #8.

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Get Ur Freak On: Waid and Haspiel’s ‘The Fox’ Returns in ‘Fox Hunt’ #1 [Review]

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Before Archie Comics announced their intentions to relaunch a handful of their old superhero properties in a new line called "Dark Circle" — but not too long before — Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid and company revived one of those characters in their five-part Fox miniseries that ran from 2013-2014. An all-around excellent series from one of the most reliable writers in the field and an amazing artist who just doesn't get enough opportunities to prove how good he is at drawing superheroes, that first Fox series proved that Archie superhero comics could be just as good — or even far better — than many of those produced by the genre's two leading publishers.

There's every reason to believe that the overall quality of The Fox, and its rather warm reception by readers and critics, had more than a little to do with the creation of Dark Circle. For further, more concrete proof, look no further than the fact that a new Haspiel and Waid ongoing Fox series is part of the new line.

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‘Jem’ #1 Has All The Glamour And Glitter, Fashion And Fame That You Need In Your Life

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I've been excited about Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell's Jem and the Holograms comic since before IDW even announced that there was a Jem comic to be excited about, so getting an advance review copy was a pretty big deal. It's easily my most anticipated new series of the year, but at the same time, that means that I'm expecting an awful lot from it. Outside of our own Betty Felon, I'm the biggest Jem fan here, and there's nothing that'll disappoint me faster than a book that just doesn't get it quite right.

Which is why I've decided that the first issue can only be judged on the objective criteria laid out in the theme song. With that in mind, I'm happy to announce that a) Jem is excitement, b) Jem is adventure, and, perhaps most importantly, c) Jem is truly outrageous, truly truly truly outrageous.

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Our Resident Transformers Skeptic Reviews the IDW Series in ‘The Transformed Man’: Act 1: ‘The Death Of Optimus Prime’

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I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise never really got its hooks into me when I was a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it's never really clicked. But now, with the recommendations of almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale, I've found myself in possession of three years (and counting) worth of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics. I'm working my way through a story arc every week, and if I have to read about these robots, you're coming with me.

This week, it's The Death Of Optimus Prime, in which Optimus Prime does not actually die. Spoiler warning?

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On The Cheap: Your Best Bets For Comixology’s ‘Flash’ Sale

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I think we can all agree that the best comics are cheap comics, which is why I always keep an eye on Comixology's sales page to see if there are any good deals to be had. This week, there's a massive sale going on featuring The Flash, which has pretty consistently been one of the best and most innovative comics at DC for the past 50 years.
But that presents a good problem to have: With so much on sale (and so many great comics out there), what are the hidden gems that you should look for while they're on sale? Fortunately for you, you have a guide that has read a lot of back issues and knows just which ones to check out!

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Simon and Jenkins’ ‘Neverboy’ Finds Its Oddball Groove When The Drugs Run Out

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The imaginary friend isn't a super-prevalent trope in comics, but it's been deconstructed enough in some very good comics that it's hard to believe that something shockingly new can be done with it. Morrison, Gaiman, and Moore are all fans of the device; Jamie McKelvie's Suburban Glamour, God's appearances in Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, and more.

Despite the territory that's already been covered, Shaun Simon and Tyler Jenkins have hit a hidden deposit in Neverboy, in which an unyoked imaginary friend takes drugs to stay in the real world. It's a clever idea, and it's definitely never been done before, but where Neverboy really strikes gold is when the drugs run out.

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All For the Wookiee: Seven of the Star-Warsiest Moments In ‘Princess Leia’ #1

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Welcome back to All For the Wookiee, where we take a look at the recent Star Wars universe offerings from Marvel and pick the most Star Wars-ish moments to share with you, dear reader. Today we’re joined by royalty for the first issue of the Princess Leia miniseries from Mark Waid and Terry & Rachel Dodson, with colors by Jordie Bellaire.

As usual, spoilers follow. You have been warned.

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