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Ms. Marvel Vol. 6: Civil War II - Kamala continues defending Jersey City, competes in an only-slightly-exaggerated science fair (Sky Shark, the happiest shark!), watches her supporting cast splinter in the wake of their own drama, and comes into conflict with Captain Marvel over pre-crime profiling. While some of the allusions to real-world issues are heavy-handed, I continue to like the general tone of the series.

Superman: Earth One - This is yet another “modernized” retelling of Superman's first appearance in Metropolis, and I wouldn't be surprised if this was JMS's rejected script for the Man of Steel movie. (It's better than what they went with, but that's not exactly a high bar to clear.) I don't think there's enough that sets it apart from so many similar origin stories for the accolades it apparently got—it's good, but nothing stands out.

Lumberjanes Vol. 5: Band Together - Now with more mermaids!

Lumberjanes Vol. 6: Sink or Swim - Now with more selkies! Seriously, though, I am slightly concerned that, while this remains a lot of fun, they're getting stuck in a formulaic rut and they aren't actually going to pay off all the mysteries they've set up. I suppose the eventual volume 7 will tell us whether they're spinning their wheels indefinitely or if they're willing to actually progress things.

Archie Vol. 1 (Mark Waid) - Is Archie still Archie if you reboot the various relationships, adapt the art style and add more minority characters? Short answer: As long as Archie is catastrophically incompetent at most tasks and remains torn between the many women in his life, yes. I think I prefer when it goes for more outright goofy than dramatic, but that's pretty much always been my preference for Archie comics.

Jughead Vol. 1 (Chip Zdarsky) - Set in the same continuity as the Archie reboot, this Jughead is explicitly asexual, exceptionally devious, and prone to extended daydreams that match classic more-fantastic Archie stories (I particularly loved the Jughead's Time Police references).

Vision Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man, Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast - This is the story of the Vision making terrible life choices, and his attempt at creating a “normal” suburban family turning into a slow-motion train wreck. Greek tragedy starring android superheroes.

Giant Days Vol. 1 - A slice-of-life comic featuring a trio of college girls as they encounter love, loss, angst, booze and flu season. Fun!


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