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Barry’s Best Buddy

cheat-4Toon Books brilliantly merges supremely talented comics artists with beautifully simple stories for young kids and early readers (and adults who can appreciate such things), and this looks like another high achievement for them. Renée French usually has a very haunting and hypnotic style that may not seem suited for grade school kids, but it actually looks like a perfect match. Her style is nudged a bit to a more friendlier tone and the addition of warm colors really locks in place an inviting and delightful world. Pages are kept alive with the main action going on between the two main characters, a grumpy bird Barry being escorted to a surprise destination by his goofy friend Polarhog, and a parade of ants carrying various objects in the foreground. – Corey Blake

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Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1

cheat-5Combining SHAZAM with the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is one of those ideas that’s so amazing and obvious that you can’t help but wonder why no one’s come up with it already. Kudos to Frank J. Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham for getting there first. Since it was announced, I’ve been in love with the idea of an Indiana Jones-style treasure hunter who can call on the abilities of Merlin, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, Musashi and Dracula. What makes it even better is knowing that my Kill All Monsters partner, Jason Copland is contributing to a back-up story in the second issue. – Michael May

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Action Comics #18

cheat-6It’s not just Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ last issue, it’s Morrison’s farewell to Superman (including JLA and All-Star Superman) and part of his big goodbye to monthly superhero comics. Plus it’s oversized, which is nice. – Tom Bondurant

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PAXEast! cant wait.

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