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Project Superpowers: Hero Killers #1

Welcome thrill-seekers, to Libertyville, USA. If you are unfamiliar with Dynamite Entertainment’s Project Superpowers series, and its subsequent spin-offs, that ok. A good spinoff doesn’t rely on it’s source material too much. You don’t need to watch Cheers to enjoy Fraser. Smooth Willie Williams Jr., Mayor of Libertyville, catches you up on the important details in a short “expository seminar” which basically comes down to the fact that Libertyville has “too many $&@#(! Heroes”

When the full blown heroes are busy trying to get a piece of the spotlight, what hope does a sidekick have? That’s basically the story we have when Captain Battle Jr., Sparky, and Tim (you’ve heard of, Tim, haven’t you?) are the first on the scene when Dr...

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Groo: Fray of the Gods TPB

What happens when you put artist Sergio Aragonés and writer Mark Evanier together, then toss in some letters by Stan Sakai, and colour it with some Tom Luth? What you get is the longest running creative team around, and probably another wandering tale of Groo. In today’s case, it’s Groo: Fray of the Gods.

Fray of the Gods was originally announced by Dark Horse as a 12 issue limited series, with the first issue being advertised as such, and the preorders for the TPB collection of the first four issues being advertised as Volume 1. Somewhere the plan changed slightly, and the story concluded with issue #4.

The Comixology description of issue #4 starts:

“It’s the last issue of a four-issue Groo miniseries, and we all know what that leads to: the first issue (coming soon) of the next fou...

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The Black Hood: Season 2 #4

The Black Hood: Season 2 is nearly over. It’s Black Hood vs Black Hood in Issue #4 as the original Black Hood (Kip Burling) confronts the current Black Hood (Greg Hettinger) saying, “Killing me wasn’t enough, officer? You had to steal my identity too?”

The first two-thirds of the story is the formulaic, testosterone fueled fight that happens whenever two heroes meet for the first time, followed by how Burling survived being shot in the face by Hettinger once they inevitably beat each other to a stalemate. The last third of the story has The Nobody kidnapping Hettinger’s ex girlfriend, before coming to an explosive finish.

As usual, the issue is capped off with a classic 1940’s Black Hood story.  I’m really torn about these backup stories...

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Tak

“My next several hours were spent learning how to play Tak. Even if I had not been nearly mad with idleness, I would have enjoyed it. Tak is the best sort of game: simple in its rules, complex in its strategy. Bredon beat me handily in all five games we played, but I am proud to say that he never beat me the same way twice.”

-Kvothe, The Wise Man’s Fear

Tak is called “A Beautiful Game” and it’s true. Simple to learn, easy to play, and challenging to master, it has all the hallmarks of a classic game. In fact, it is as classic: it is ancient, IF you happen to live in the Four Corners of Civilization, the world created by Patrick Rothfuss in his Kingkiller Chronicle books...

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The Black Hood: Season 2 #3

Welcome back to The Black Hood: Season 2. Issue #3 picks up with Greg Hettinger heading cross country, retracing the path that took him to California. The mysterious assassin called The Nobody has been taking the same path, murdering people at every location that Hettinger stopped to interrupt a crime.

Finally, the two meet in Missouri in the home of a family that The Black Hood saved several months before. Although Hettinger is able to save the family again, The Nobody escapes and moves on to burn down a gas station in Indiana before heading back to Philadelphia, where the The Black Hood started his crusade and where Hettinger is wanted for multiple murders...

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