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Hulk Grand Design: Monster! Writer: Jim Rugg Artist: Jim Rugg From the Gamma explosion that turned Robert Bruce Banner into The Hulk, to his days as a founding member of The Avengers, his struggles to control the monster within and his involvement in the first Secret Wars, this first issue covers events from Hulk issue 1 through 300, in a fun crash course of Hulk history. The Leader, Abomination, M.O.D.O.K., and even his fellow heroes all seem to contribute to the Hulk’s loneliness and anger. Like the X-Men Grand Design books by Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg gives both a condensed,...

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Wolverine: Patch #1, Marvel Comics Writer: Larry Hama Artist: Andrea Di Vito Set during Wolverine’s fan favorite Madripoor era, when Logan went by the alias “Patch” and co-owned The Princess Bar with Tyger Tiger, this series is also written by Wolverine veteran writer Larry Hama. After a client makes a request that Patch look into suspicious activity in the jungles surrounding Madripoor, Patch dives into the mission (literally), and quickly discovers that there’s more going on than meets the eye.  Complete with Patch’s pilot pal Archie, a visit with old school Nick Fury, and featuring a shady organization doing evil...

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Carnage #1, Marvel Comics Writer: Ram V Artist: Francesco Manna Continuing from the events of the Carnage Forever one shot, the Carnage Symbiote is still on its own following the King in Black crossover, and a serial killer is trying to get the Symbiote’s attention. Leaving clues for Carnage, the killer seeks to become his next host. Meanwhile, a Detective is on the killer’s trail, and is fast getting in over his head, while Carnage has his own grand schemes. Complete with a backup by industry veterans David Michelinie and Ron Lim, Carnage issue 1 shows a lot of promise...

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Slumber #1, Image Comics   Writer: Tyler Burton Smith Artist: Vanessa Cardinali  Meet Stetson, she’s a dream detective and nightmare hunter. She takes on clients with bad dreams, stuff that haunts them, and she enters their dreams (in a reverse Monsters Inc. sorta way, also involving a door) and makes the bad stuff go away. From battling evil spider-turkeys, Zombie pop stars and Goblin King’s, Stetson handles it all in search of clues to find The Shadow Walker and to fulfill an as yet unexplained need within her.  A really well written first issue, the story is unique and very...

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Little Monsters #1, Image Comics Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Dustin Nguyen  A new series from Image Comics, Little Monsters focuses on a group of immortal children as they go through the monotony of their daily lives. Whether it’s playing capture the flag, drawing on walls, writing music, or carelessly jumping off rooftops, the kids are bored of their decades old routine as they wait for the return of an elder. As it’s revealed they’ve been alone for a long time, the final pages cliffhanger changes everything. A beautifully illustrated issue, using color only sparingly, and to great effect, while focused...

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