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Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception

by Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, Jenny Frison



A reporter has been trying to investigate a cult of a self-help guru that some of her followers kill themselves for no apparent reason. Chloe lost her fiancé to Astrid and her group and she will not stop until she finds the reasons for it. By the end of this collection you have some idea of what the cult is about but no real conclusions. It was a bit too creepy for me so I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next one.


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This one has Maika looking for more info about the what is inside her and you find out more about her family. You get flashbacks of her as a child with her mother and meet her goddessfather , a pirate that helps her move find the island she needs to get to for more answers. You do find out more about the monster inside her and at some point we are going to find out more about her father. As usual the art is amazing in this book.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher.





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This story arc does some jumping back and forth through time and give the backstory on Red Tool. There is still a hanging plot thread that is introduced in this book that doesn’t get resolved by the end of it. Power Girl does make a cameo in this one book as well to help defeat a baddie that thanks to Harley and Red Tool going down in the tunnels in an earlier book made it possible for the baddie to get out of his prison down in the tunnels. A fun read and I’m interested in what happens with the one plot thread that was left hanging in this book.

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This is a collection of one shots of Harley paired with various people. The most off the wall pairing was with Lobo. So, for the most part you get to see her interact with different people that normally she wouldn’t cross paths in her regular series. Overall it was an ok collection but not necessary to read to keep up with the story line.

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This collection covers the story arc Black Mould. Semi sentient mold is attacking people and the only thing they have in common is the landlord. I like this one because we get Sahra throughout the entire story. Also Peter uses chemistry along with magic in this story to try and solve the problem. The one shots at the end of the collection are good as always but you need to have read through Foxglove Summer to know everyone they refer to. Overall a fun read and barely enough to keep me going while I wait for the next novel.


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After only reading this comic when someone shares it on social media I knew I would enjoy this and boy was I right. I wasn’t planning on tearing through it in one read but it was impossible to stop. Now I need to get the rest of the comics. I didn’t feel at all left out since this isn’t the first collection. Most of these comics are self-contained and self-explanatory. Brain is being logical and heart lets his emotions take control. A fun and entertaining read and I now need to pick up more of them.


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I’m not a follower of this comic but I have seen several over the years that friends have shared over social media. There are running gags about breaking the fourth wall that are amusing and certainly self-depreciating to the creator. This comic is read for the jokes and not for any amazing graphics but it is well worth the read.


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This one starts out with Ivy and Harley on vacation in the Caribbean but doesn’t last for more than in issue. The main meat of the plot in this one is the Joker has come to be with Harley and she is not happy about it in the least. I liked this one a bit better than the previous collection. Harley is a complicated character and her motivations in the ongoing storyline show it.

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Set after the main line Fables stories have ended several fables are still here and working for an agency trying to protect the world from the new magic. Connor Wolf is now grown and after a quick cameo by his parents he goes to work for the new agency. Sent out with the team on a mission on his first day with no team training he uses his initiative when things don’t go to plan. The good news is this works and they uncover the group that is stealing the objects and what they want them for.

After reading the first arc and a one-shot story added in this volume it left me cold. Yes, there was interesting stuff seeded into the plot that you know will come out later on down the story line but for the most part I don’t feel that motivated to read any more of them. Maybe I’ll change my mind if other people I know are reading it and loving it I might give it another shot.

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This is more of a collection of shorts than one long arc of stories.  The zombie story was cute but felt more like an alt universe instead of going to part of the new cannon.  The call center attack was fun and almost everyone dreams of doing it at some point.  By the end of the issue Harley get a new villain to spar with that I’m sure we will be seeing more of in the future.

A decent start to this latest reboot in the DC universe. I’ll pick up the next one to see where it is going from here.

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Hellblazer: The Family Man
by Jamie Delano, Richard Foreman, Ron Tiner, Sean Phillips, Steve Pugh, Dean Motter, Dick Foreman


This collection is from the original run on Hellblazer. Most of this collection has John dealing with human matters than with magical ones. The best part is the section with the serial killer he helps by chance and then does everything he can to make it right. John pays for his actions in a very personal way but in the end good does triumph over evil in this collection.

Overall a good collection and it can be read out of order since I read a later collection before reading this one.



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Keep Kleenex nearby when you read this collecting of vignettes about writers feeling on the Pulse shootings.  Some used their personal feelings and dramatic retellings of the events, others used comic characters they are working on to show their reactions to the attack.  I had to take breaks reading this because of the emotions reading this brought about. This is a moving tribute to the people that suffered at the hands of the shooter and an emotional read.



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This collection of issues shows some of the best battles in the long run of Wonder Woman.  This isn’t the best spot for someone who doesn’t know her history or the supporting players to grab as a first read. It is a great sampling of various art and story styles by people who had had very good runs with the comic. This might have been a friendlier volume to the new fan if there was a page or two of a setup recap instead of showing comic after comic of her taking down some great villains and caring for people at the same time.


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If you are familiar with Hellblazer this is a reboot and doesn’t slavishly follow the previous series but does remain faithful to the character.  This first volume has Constantine coming back to London and facing off with a demon for all the souls in London to lift a curse the demon placed on him. John wins but doesn’t seem to get much of a reaction out of the London magic scene.  Turns out there is a new power in town and it has its sights on Constantine.  This is only part one of the story there is no real conclusion and is more Act one to the plot. Overall a good read and I’ll be looking at getting the next one.


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Hazel is now in kindergarten in a prisoner of war/ refugee camp with her grandmother and ghost sitter. Her parents are still working hard to track her down and become a family again.  The other plot lines are converging back again on the family but for the most part I’m still only interested in this odd family unit that the universe doesn’t want to see happen.

There are new characters introduced and out of those Hazel’s teacher is by far my favorite one.  It doesn’t seem we will be seeing any more of her in the near future but with this universe you just never know.

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This story arc seems to start with Harley setting up a fake kidnapping of herself to get her gang thinking for themselves and quickly becomes Harley being kidnapped for real.  The new villain makes some bad choices for herself while she is fighting the gang and those parts irked my story wise but overall it was a fun read and the last bit definitely lets you know that this villain will be back at some later date.

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The Wicked + The Divine: Year One
by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie , Matthew Wilson, Clayton Cowles


This new collection is the first 11 issues or books one and two if you have read those collections instead.  I had read the first book but that was almost two years ago, so it was good to reread it. The overall arc doesn’t seem to have an end coming to it but one of the mini arcs in the story is completed by the end of the book. This collection also has lots of additional info for fans on how the comic came to be and the way the story was put together.

Here is the link to my review of the first 5 issues. http://missingvolume.livejournal.com/282610.html

Overall, I’m very curious with the way the plot is unfolding and will certainly be reading more of this series.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher.

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This thin black and white comic is great understanding people that don’t believe they have their lives together. I first found out about the art from people posting very bookish cartoons by this artist on social media and the non book drawings are just as fun.  A great book to give a gift to someone or to get for yourself.



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This is the first collection of comics that is a complete story.  Most of the regular cast do show up in the pages with the major exception of the Faceless Man, which would take more than a few issues to wrap up a story if he popped up.  For the most part it shows Peter working on a Falcon case and Nightingale coming in with a historical background knowledge that helps them solve the case.  Overall a good read but not the best starting point for a new reader since there are jokes that will be missed studded in the story.



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Hellboy, Vol. 11: The Bride of Hell and Others by Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan


Somehow I missed reading and reviewing this collection.  It is a collection of one shots which is probably why I never thought I was missing a part of the series. Some of these are great for a taste of Hellboy without having to get all the backstory. What I like most of all is everyone is fine when they see him. No one freaks out and he must explain himself over and over. The last story in the collection was a great giggle.


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