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Fantastic Four #238

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After discovering a costume permanently attached to her body, Frankie Raye makes an greater discovery – she’s another Human Torch! Add a back-up story that mutates the Thing, and writer/artist John Byrne (with a little help from Terry Austin) is well on his way to mixing up the FF status quo.

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Wolverine #3

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Wolverine learns new lover Yukio has been playing both sides and vows to take down the Japanese kingpin Shingen. The classic miniseries from all-star creative team of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller roars toward its conclusion.

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The New Teen Titans #5

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The Titans thwart the monstrous Goronn, but prove no match for the invader’s master – Trigon the Terrible! Guest artist Curt Swan has this issue feeling like a Silver Age tale – not a good thing in 1981.

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Rom #6

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While recovering from earlier battles, Rom is attacked by mutant Dobermans – better known as hell-hounds from the Black Nebula! A better-than-average issue from writer Bill Mantlo and “Our Pal” Sal Buscema.

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DC Special Series #1

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Bad science and other silliness undermine what should have been a promising superhero anthology. Only the Neal Adams cover and some above-average Batman art form Mike Nasser save this one from being a total stinker.

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Fantastic Four #237

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A disoriented alien falls in with a gang of small-time thieves – and finds herself facing off against half of the Fantastic Four. John Byrne’s legendary solo run on FF continues with this competent done-in-one tale.

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Wolverine #2

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Following a battle with the Hand, Wolverine and rebound love-interest Yukio invade the stronghold of a Japanese crime lord. A second strong chapter to the debut Wolverine miniseries from Bronze Age superstars Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

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The New Teen Titans #4

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Under the influence of the Fearsome Five, the Titans set off to destroy their mentors – the Justice League! Mind-control shenanigans minimize the emotional impact, but this big-battle issue from writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez is still an enjoyable read.

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Rom #5

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Rom and two human allies take refuge in a deserted house – a house possessed by an other-dimensional terror! This odd outing from the creative team of Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema offers more “What?!” than wonder.