This week at your comic shop – 9/7/2011

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Moon Knight #5

Moon Knight #5
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
The new kingpin of L.A. has brought the fight to Moon Knight’s front door and now Marc Spector is going to return the favor.Moon Knight unleashes hell on the L.A. underworld in his race to uncover the kingpin’s secret identity!!

From the Eisner award-winning team that brought you DAREDEVIL and SCARLET.
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Astro City Life In The Big City HC New Ed

Astro City Life In The Big City HC New Ed
By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, Will Blyberg, Alex Ross
The original ASTRO CITY miniseries is back in a new edition, simultaneously available in hardcover and trade paperback with new cover art by Alex Ross!

Welcome to Astro City, a shining city on a hill where super heroes patrol the skies. Each chapter in this collection is a stand-alone story highlighting different aspects or characters in the Astro City world.

The city’s leading super hero tries to be everywhere at once, and berates himself for every wasted second as he longs for just a moment of his own. A small-time hood learns a hero’s secret identity and tries to figure out how to profit from the knowledge. A beat reporter gets some advice from his editor on his first day on the job. A young woman tries to balance the demands of her family with her own hopes and desires.

Despite the fantastic settings, the characters in these slice-of-life stories feel like real people, and that gives the stories real power.

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Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1
By: Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, Rick Bryant
The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you’ve ever read!

This extra-sized debut issue is the cornerstone of the entire DC Universe!
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Alter Ego #104

Alter Ego #104
Alter Ego proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Four #1-and the birth of Marvel Comics! With a new, never-before-published interview with Stan Lee and rare art and artifacts by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Roy Thomas, and others! Also: Jim Amash’s interview with 1940s Timely editor Al Sulman, FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with Marc Swayze and C.C. Beck, and Michael T. Gilbert in Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt! All behind a new cover by Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott!

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Thunderbolts #163

Thunderbolts #163
By: Jeff Parker, Kev Walker, Pasqual Ferry
YOUR EYES DO NOT DECEIVE YOU!

The Thunderbolts have pulled off THE GREATEST ESCAPE IN HISTORY – and joining the powerful ex-cons are CAPTAIN AMERICA and NAMOR the SUB-MARINER!

This new era takes the kings of supercrime to a whole new level- at light speed!!

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Omac #1

Omac #1
By: Dan Didio, Keith Giffen, Scott Koblish

The all-seeing Brother Eye satellite has unleashed a new beast upon the DC Universe in this smashing new series! Kevin Kho has become an unwilling participant in a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye as he is transformed into the One Machine Army Corp known only as O.M.A.C.!
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Doctor Who Classics TPB Vol. 07

Doctor Who Classics TPB Vol. 07
IDW’s collections of re-mastered and fully colored classic Doctor Who tales return with the Seventh Doctor!

From the far reaches of space to Victorian London, follow the seventh incarnation of the Doctor-as portrayed by Sylvester McCoy-as he faces the reptilian Ice Warriors and other fantastic threats.

This volume features the finest writers and artists Who has to offer, such as Grant Morrison, Dan Abnett, Bryan Hitch, and John Ridgway.
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Detective Comics #1

Detective Comics #1
By: Tony S. Daniel, Ryan Winn
DC’s flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever, with new Batman adventures from acclaimed writer/artist Tony S. Daniel! A killer called The Gotham Ripper is on the loose on Batman’s home turf – leading The Dark Knight on a deadly game of cat and mouse.
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Punisher #3

Punisher #3
By: Greg Rucka, Marco Checchetto, Bryan Hitch
Award winning novelist GREG RUCKA continues his violent and visionary return to Marvel.

Even 10,000 feet above New York, no one escapes the Punisher.

As Frank trails the criminal underbelly of the city, he encounters the deadly, mob created villain: THE VULTURE for a brutal battle against death and gravity.

Meanwhile as NYPD detectives get closer to understanding Frank Castle’s new relationship, one of New York’s finest is struggling keep his own Punisher association untraceable.
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New Teen Titans Games HC

New Teen Titans Games HC
By: Marv Wolfman, George Perez, George Perez
Wraparound cover by GEORGE PÉREZ Twenty years in the making, TEEN TITANS: GAMES is a can’t-miss for fans new and old. Harking back to the era when NEW TEEN TITANS was the best-selling monthly comic series comes this lost tale from legendary creators Marv Wolfman (CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS) and George Perez (FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS) starring their fan-favorite characters just in time for the NEW TEEN TITANS’ 30th anniversary! Set in the 1980s during the height of the New Teen Titans popularity, this stand-alone hardcover features a mysterious villain playing a deadly game with New York City as the game board-and the Teen Titans as the pieces! Like something out of a time capsule, this never-before-seen epic is the New Teen Titans story from their original creators that has never been told…until now!
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Swamp Thing #1

Swamp Thing #1
By: Scott Snyder, Yanick Paquette
One of the world’s most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth! Alec Holland has his life back…but the Green has plans for it.

A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it’ll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!
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Walter Koenig Things To Come #1

Walter Koenig Things To Come #1
By: Walter Koenig, Juan Baez
Two hundred years after the apocalypse the human race, buried in the bowels of the earth, is a few tortured breaths from extinction.

It offers up one last gift to the poisoned surface and the mutant life forms that survive there; a new species.

Up until now the creatures of fiction, these new beings must determine the purpose of their being. Are they only the violent spawn of mankind’s evil doomed to a soulless eternity or the progenitors of a better more hopeful world?

Is it possible for them to tear the throats from their prey, drink the blood and still pray to god?
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Spider-island Avengers #1

Spider-island Avengers #1
By: Christopher Yost, Mike McKone, Leinil Francis Yu
SPIDER-ISLAND TIE IN!

All of Manhattan has been transformed into an island of Spider-Men… and it’s up to the Avengers to contain the chaos.

But when a spider-powered Ultimatum attacks the United Nations, the?Avengers are spread too thin… and must turn to the one man who can save them all: FROG-MAN.

No, for real.

We were just as surprised as you.

PLUS! Squirrel Girl takes on the most unlikely foe of all!
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Green Arrow #1

Green Arrow #1
By: J. T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, George Perez, Brett Booth, Rob Hunter
Green Arrow is on the hunt. Driven by inner demons, Ollie Queen travels the world and brings outlaws to justice…by breaking every law.

Now, armed with cutting-edge weaponry and illegally gained intel (courtesy of his team at QCore), Green Arrow is shooting first and asking questions later.
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Giant Size Little Lulu Vol. 4 TPB

Giant Size Little Lulu Vol. 4 TPB
By: John Stanley, John Stanley, Irving Tripp
Named one of the top one hundred comics of all time by The Comics Journal, John Stanley’s Little Lulu is one of the most enduring gems of the Golden Age. In a testament to Stanley’s bottomless imagination, this behemoth volume sees mischievous Lulu Moppet’s world continue to expand with new situations and characters, including the first appearance of fan-favorite villain Ol’ Witch Hazel.

* Collecting three more volumes of Dark Horse’s acclaimed reprint series! Contains Marge’s Little Lulu #38-#53.

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Marvel Minimates X-Men First Class Set

Marvel Minimates X-Men First Class Set
A Diamond Select Release! Art Asylum Designs & Sculpts!

Just in time for the release of the major motion picture, X-Men: First Class, Diamond Select turns to the classic X-Men comic with this set of Professor Xavier’s original first class of mutant students!

This Specialty Market Exclusive box set features four of the first mutant heroes in their original blue and yellow outfits, including: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel, and Ice Man. Each Minimate stands 2.5″ tall with 14 points of articulation and a variety of removable and interchangeable parts and accessories.
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Potters Field TPB

Potters Field TPB
By: Mark Waid, Paul Azaceta, J. G. Jones
First time in trade paperback! Outside New York City is Potter’s Field, where the unnamed dead are buried. Now, a mysterious man has taken it upon himself to name the unnamed in this cemetery!

Using a network of underground operatives who don’t know each other, he fights to save the unsaved and solve the mysteries of the unjustly slain!

Collecting the critically acclaimed three issue mini-series and the Stone Cold one-shot into one volume!
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The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir

The Boy Who Loved Batman: A Memoir
By Michael Uslan
Is any superhero cooler than Batman? He’s a crime-fighting vigilante with a tragic past, a lawless attitude, and a seemingly endless supply of high-tech gadgetry. In this fully illustrated memoir, author Michael Uslan recalls his journey from early childhood fandom through to the decades he spent on a caped crusade of his own: to bring Batman to the silver screen as the dark, serious character he was at heart. Uslan’s story traces his path from the wilds of New Jersey to the limelight of Hollywood, following his work as Executive Producer on every Batman film from Tim Burton’s 1989 re-envisioning to 2012′s The Dark Knight Rises. Through it all, he helped to create one of the most successful pop culture franchises of all time.

“Don’t miss this spellbinding tale of one man who saw what Batman was-and realized what he could become. See how Michael Uslan took a comic book hero and, through the magic of motion pictures, helped transform him into a world-wide icon!” -Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics and Chairman of Pow! Entertainment, co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Hulk

Michael Uslan brought comic books to academia in the 1970s with class (figuratively and literally) and he brought Batman to Hollywood a decade later with the same sort of integrity. I’ve been reading or watching his work since my youth and the intellect always shined through – now with his memoir I also see the emotional backbeat of his hero’s journey. -Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
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Men Of War #1

Men Of War #1
By: Ivan Brandon, Tom Derenick, viktor kalvachev
On the ground and on the front lines, a young, headstrong soldier known as Joe Rock assumes command of Easy Company – a team of ex-military men turned contractors.

Will they survive the battle-scarred landscape carved by the DCU’s Super-Villains? Find out in this explosive new series from Ivan Brandon (Viking, DOC SAVAGE) and Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA)!

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Spider #2

Spider #2
By: Martin Powell, Hannibal King, Dan Brereton
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The Spider faces a mastermind of monstrous power, The Thunder King who wields the tempests of the heavens like a scythe, holding New York in a reign of unrelenting terror. In the flooding avenues below, Nita Van Sloan, the Spider’s beloved, alone and against the odds, risks all to save the helpless victims of the drowning city.
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Doctor Who Dalek To Victory T-Shirt

Doctor Who Dalek To Victory T-Shirt
The Ironsides will turn the tide against the Nazi menace on this t-shirt that recreates a classic 1940s propaganda poster!
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Shadow Double Novel #52

Shadow Double Novel #52
By: Maxwell Grant/Walter Gibson, Tom Lovell, Edd Cartier
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows! First, The Shadow executes a deadly chess game with The Crime Master, an underworld kingpin whose amazing superbrain rivals his own. Then, the Master of Darkness seeks to unmask The Fifth Napoleon, the master plotter who commands New York’s four most powerful crime lords. This instant collectors’ item features both classic cover paintings by George Rozen, the original interior pulp illustrations by Tom Lovell and Anthony Tollin profiles radio legend Frank Readick, the ‘Man with The Shadow’s Laugh!’

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Hulk #40

Hulk #40
By: Jeff Parker, Grabriel Hardman
THE OMEGEX SAGA CONCLUDES!

Apparently you really can’t go home again. The Red Hulk just wanted to visit his old homestead, but is now in the fight of his life against the mighty Omegex, the world destroyer!

As Red Hulk is on the ropes and it seems as though things can’t get any worse, super-villainess extraordinaire Zero/One and her henchman Black Fog arrive.

Rulk’s renowned writer Jeff Parker and all-star artist Gabriel Hardman bring a thrilling, action-packed conclusion to Red Hulk’s most dangerous dust-up yet!

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AFX Exclusive Star Wars Logo Bookends (Gold Edition) by Gentle Giant

AFX Exclusive Star Wars Logo Bookends (Gold Edition) by Gentle Giant
Limited Edition of 1000
From the moment it blasted onto the silver screen in 1977, the Star Wars logo has become an iconic fixture of science fiction and fantasy to many generations. Cast in high quality polystone and then hand painted, each bookend is numbered and comes complete with a matching limited edition certificate of authenticity. Whether they’re holding up an assortment of media or on display proudly by themselves, these collectible bookends are sure to add enjoyment to any home or office.
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The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files

The Avenger: The Justice Inc. Files
From the flames of tragedy, a hero rises! In the roaring heart of the crucible, steel is made. In the raging flame of personal tragedy, men are sometimes forged into something more than human. Life was bliss for millionaire adventurer Richard Henry Benson until the fateful day crime and greed took away his wife and daughter and turned him into something more than human. Driven by loss, compelled by grief, The Avenger is a chilled impersonal force of justice, more machine than man, dedicated to the destruction of evildoers everywhere. This collection features new prose stories of The Avenger by such luminaries as Will Murray, Robin W. Bailey, Matthew Baugh, Joe Gentile, Paul Kupperberg, Howard Hopkins, Mark Ellis, Ron Fortier, and David Michelinie.

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The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010

The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010
Al Jaffee s fold-ins, on the inside back cover of virtually every issue of MAD Magazine since 1964, have become an icon of American humor. Generations have grown up with Jaffee s inspired skewerings of our foibles and cultural conundrums. Issue after issue, each Fold-in requires the reader to simply fold the page so that arrow A meets arrow B to reveal the hidden gag image, a simple idea that masks both undeniable artistic ingenuity and comic timing. In this deluxe four-volume set, each of the 410 fold-ins is reproduced at its original size, with a digital representation of the corresponding folded image on the following page (so collectors won t have to fold their book to get the jokes). Featuring insightful essays by such luminaries as Pixar s Pete Docter and humorist Jules Feiffer, The MAD Fold-In Collection is the definitive gift for the millions of fans who ve grown up with MAD for nearly 60 years.
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Animal Man #1

Animal Man #1
By: Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Dan Green, travel foreman
Buddy Baker has gone from ‘super’ man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers?

Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).
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New Avengers Annual #1

New Avengers Annual #1
By: Brian Michael Bendis, Gabriele Dell’otto
Marvel Architect Variant also available Marvel Architects Sketch Variant also available From the creative team of SECRET WAR!

Simon Williams doesn’t think the Avengers are helping the world and is willing to do whatever is needed to stop them.

Including bringing in his own NEW team…THE REVENGERS!

One of the biggest throwdowns in Avenger’s history starts HERE!
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Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine
Directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm)
At a party, someone goes insane and murders three women. Falsely accused of the brutal killings, Jerry is on the run. More bizarre killings continue with alarming frequency all over town. Trying to clear his name, Jerry discovers the shocking truth…people are losing their hair and turning into violent psychopaths and the connection may be some LSD all the murderers took a decade before. (via IMDB)

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Heroes For Hire #11

Heroes For Hire #11
By: Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Kyle Hotz, Jay Anacleto
FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN!

On the devastated Raft, the Purple Man unleashes Elektra as his pet killer-with only The Shroud standing in the way! Meanwhile, in the shattered streets of Manhattan, Misty Knight joins cult faves Gargoyle and Paladin to fight the macabre menace of Monster!
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Doc Savage Double Novel #50

Doc Savage Double Novel #50
By: Kenneth Robeson/Lester Dent, Paul Orban
The Pulp Era’s greatest superman journeys to the American West in classic pulp thrillers by Lester Dent. First, a bequest from a dying scientist leads Doc Savage to Death Valley in search of a long-dead pirate’s legendary treasure.

Can this amazing invention allow The Pirate’s Ghost to speak from beyond the grave? Then, the Man of Bronze goes undercover at a Wyoming dude ranch to solve the bizarre puzzle of a strange Green Eagle with lead feathers.

Plus, an intriguing article by The Shadow’s famous raconteur, Walter Gibson.
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Avengers 4pc Button Set

Avengers 4pc Button Set
The Avengers will assemble, and with Ata Boy’s Marvel Universe button sets, you can decorate your bookbag or jacket with buttons that feature artwork of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters! Each set comes with 4 buttons built around a theme – Captain America, Thor, or the Avengers as a whole. Blister card packaging.
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Godzilla Gangsters & Goliaths #4 (of 5)

Godzilla Gangsters & Goliaths #4 (of 5)
By: John Layman, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Hanley, Ponticelli
With the help of Mothra, Detective Sato thought he had the Takahashi crime syndicate on the ropes… but Takahashi isn’t going down without a fight!

Sato is once again helpless as his son is kidnapped and Mothra is no longer in his control.

Never one to give up, Sato decides to just think bigger. But what’s bigger than Mothra?

The chaos nears its conclusion!
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Dazzler proves that disco will never die

Originally a superheroine intended as a marketing gimmick in 1980 with Casablanca Records (much like the band Kiss had been a cross-media sensation), Dazzler is an oddity to say the least. Blue face paint that would look more at home on a Kiss groupie than a superhero, a skin tight bell-bottomed one-piece outfit and rhinestoned roller skates… Dazzler makes an impression right off the bat.

The character was so dynamic and popular that she later resurfaced as a possible film project featuring ’10′ star Bo Derek (all true, check out the incredible story here).

Debuting in an issue of the X-Men drawn by John Byrne, Dazzler turned lots of heads and spun right out into her own series with the most impressive covers of the time. In case you missed her, full page ads appeared drawn by Bill Sienkewicz beckoning readers to buy her book.

With the mutant ability to convert sound into all manner of light, singer Alison Blaire turned her talents to a profitable musical career rather than crime fighting. When the X-Men sought her out for recruitment, she turned them down flat and who can blame her. Look at the lives those unlucky mutants lead! Given that she showed no real interest in the superhero bit, the Dazzler series mainly followed her real life affairs, career woes and love life. This may sound boring but it was all written to meet the demands of a readership that was eager for something new. After four years in her own book where she battled the likes of Doctor Doom and the Enchantress and even had a stint as the herald of Galactus, Alison Blaire hung up her skates and disappeared into obscurity. There was the occasional hiccup where Dazzler would appear, for instance in her own graphic novel, but her time has passed.

Much later, Dazzler returned in the pages of X-Men as a tarnished pop icon driven out of the spotlight due to prejudice against her being a mutant. Employed as a roadie to the musician Lila Cheney, Alison attempted to get her life back together before she was possessed by the evil entity Malice. The X-Men assisted Blaire in getting rid of the controlling entity and in gratitude, she became a member of the X-Men family, a status that she holds to this day.

30 years after her first appearance, Marvel Comics has decided to through Alison Blaire a party in their typical mighty manner.

Dazzler by Kalman Andrasofszky

After impressing readers with his stellar writing in the New Avengers: Reunion mini-series that firmly re-established the relationship between Hawkeye and Mockingbird, Jim McCann was offered a one-shot focused on Dazzler. After mulling it over to get just the right story, he teamed up with NYX’s Kalman Andrasofszky for what promises to be a great comic. Don’t believe me? As it turns out, writers were clamoring for a chance at Dazzler. An iconic character to many on the comic book realm, she embodies that turning point where comics began to develop sophisticated and complex personas. There’s also the disco thing.

Interviewed by ComicBookResources.com, McCann had a lot to say about the character: “…she has an incredibly iconic (if dated) look with the disco thing, and that is both a blessing and a curse. But I think the real reason is it’s the fact that she represents someone that is very relatable. She struggles in her career, her self-image, her love life, her place in the world, and the persecution that she’s gone through at other people’s hands just for being who she is. That’s a huge part. She is the mutant metaphor that translates to a lot of different minorities.

“All of that was addressed in her solo series- we got to see her day-to-day life, which was unusual for a lot of spandex characters (especially when that came with roller skates and disco balls). That “slice of life” aspect she brought to comics continued to be a part of the character through the 80s. She was sort of lost in the late 90s and much of the 2000s, but I think we’re starting to see more of that Alison a little more now.

“She’s strong willed, and that was shown from the first appearance. She turned down membership in the X-Men twice. It was that second time that made me fall completely in love with the character, in “Dazzler” #38. She kicks Wolverine and Colossus’ asses in a real-world training session and then basically says, “Ok, thanks guys! I’m ready to take on the world again. On my own. Call ya if I need help.” That’s my girl.”

Despite all of the accolades from myself and the comic book community, you may still think of Dazzler as a goofy hero out of her element (disco), but just look at Iron Fist, a hero who was created to cash in on the Kung Fu fad in the 1970′s. All it took was Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction to retool Iron Fist into a fully rendered comic for readers to declare it a must read series.

You may be seeing similar reviews when Dazzler’s one-shot hits the stands in May.