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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 15, 2012: The Blind Fighting the Blind

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

KEY:
* Set time machine for sometime around the Kennedy assassination
^ Set time machine for sometime around Elvis's first appearance on Ed Sullivan
¢ Set time machine for sometime around the collapse of the USSR
£ Set time machine for sometime around the end of the Civil War
% Just give the time machine's dashboard a good hard smack, that'll work

* DAREDEVIL #9
How did nobody, in almost fifty years, think of having Daredevil encounter the Mole Man before Mark Waid did? Paolo Riv...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – December 21, 2011: Giant Toads with Mustaches

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

KEY:
¢ I've posed for pictures with Ivory soap
* I wanna be nasty/I wanna drink booze
^ I wanna be wicked/And trump an ace
% Just so I can step on everybody's feet

* ^ BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES
Grant Morrison writes, Cameron Stewart and Chris Burnham draw, those of us who've been waiting for this storyline to get moving again whoop with glee. Thi...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 23, 2011: The End of Lulu

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

KEY:
* Numbers
^ Exodus
% Genesis
¢ Colossians

^ % BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC
Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla's double-headed Batman/Commissioner Gordon serial from Detective Comics was one of the chief attractions of the pre-reboot DC (and had a lot of impressively over-the-top artwork), even though it was kneecapped a little by the series reverting from 30 to 20 pages of story very shortly into its run. I'm loo...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – Oct. 19, 2011: Nothing More to Fear

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

KEY:
* Meta-
% Mice
¢ Madness
£ Min(n)i(e)
^ Cold climates

£ 15 LOVE
A paperback collection of the long-delayed Andi Watson/Tommy Ohtsuka quasi-sports-manga miniseries about the future Millie the Model and her career as a tennis prodigy. Watson also con...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – August 17, 2011: Shadows and Tall Trees

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

KEY:
* Small things, looking up
^ Large things, looking down

^ AVENGERS #16
I still don't know if alternating issues in the same storyline drawn by John Romita Jr...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – July 20, 2011: Comic-Con Blowout Edition

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

KEY:
* Bald men who save the universe
^ Helmets
% Go ahead: smile!
¢ At least one creator appearing at Comic-Con

* ^ AVENGERS #15
Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo continue the Fear Itself tie-in. The...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – June 15, 2011: Alpha Delta

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

KEY:
* Life after death
^ Up in the North
% Construction equipment
¢ Fright night

* ^ ¢ ALPHA FLIGHT #1
Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Dale Eaglesham are behind this 8-issue miniseries, which I believe is the fourth attempt at giving these Canadians their own series, if you don't count Omega Flight. It sound...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 20, 2011: Dark Horses, Pale Writers

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

KEY:
* The New Yorker
^ National Geographic
@ American Rifleman
% Family Circle
¢ AARP Bulletin

* ¢ AVENGERS #12
Brian Michael Bendis may have written himself into a corner with this Infinity Gauntlet plot--last issue's all-splash-page format seemed like a punt, and not a particularly successful one--but now he and John Romita Jr. have to ...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 2, 2011: Emerald, Ivy, Woodcuts

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

KEY
* I become a transparent eyeball
% Braver five minutes longer
^ Like a vegetable bud
¢ Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

% ¢ BATMAN: ODYSSEY #6
The first leg of Neal Adams' miniseries concludes; this thing has been getting more and more off-the-map as it goes along, like Bob Haney levels of whoa. Adams co...

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Invincible Iron Man #500 – Forever Resilient [Review]

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Iron Man recently celebrated its 500th issue with an extra-length story that serves as a great single story, a remarkable character study of Tony Stark that returns to a common theme of Iron Man's adventures: Stark's fear of the technology he creates falling into the wrong hands and doing more harm than good...

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