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Green Lantern152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Selected by the Guardians because of his great sense of will, Hal Jordan stands up for what is right and true in the universe.  Against all odds, and at the expense of his own personal life, he fights for justice across the stars and at home on Earth.  A daring test pilot with a history of willful disregard for regulations, Jordan is a member of a select corps destined to bring peace to the universe; he is a Green Lantern.

 
 

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Legion Lost 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Seven young heroes from the future are sent back in time to stop a tragic event from changing the course of history.  Throughout their time in our present, they encounter criminals, government agents, police officers, and normal citizens who don’t understand what’s happening to them.  Forever unsure of their chances of getting home, they are the Legion (of Superheroes) Lost.

 
 

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Doctor WhoFor years people have been trying to get me to watch Doctor Who ever since it was reincarnated back in 2005, and for years I’ve always pushed them away.  For me, my reasoning was that it had such a huge backstory to it from the classic run that I’d never be able to find the time to sit down and immerse myself into it the way it deserved.  I actually did try to watch the classic run once and even caught the 1996 television movie, but I just couldn’t find myself enjoying them.  A second time I watched my fiancée catch up on Series 5 of the revived show, though I only paid a bit of attention to it; I was so lost as to what was going on that I once again concluded that it was to be one of those things I just didn’t get involved in.  It was a few months later when my fiancée decided to show it to my wife—who does not have the greatest love of some of the more obsessive geek culture identities such as comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, or tabletop RPGs—and her reaction to the show was what really made me decide to give it yet a third try.  After all, if she could like it, then there was a very strong chance I might at least enjoy some aspects of it.


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Green Arrow 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Multi-billionaire playboy and philanthropist Oliver Queen, known for his innovative technologies, spends his days running away from his responsibilities and his nights shooting hypersonic arrows to fight crime.  He has no powers, no abilities, no special skills, but the backup of two friends and the trained eye of a marksman.  A mundane man in the world of the super-powered, he is the Green Arrow.

 
 

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Bunker - Teen Titans*Please note that this article is an opinion-editorial.


I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately, one that is both positive and negative, and that’s the inclusion of more gay characters within comic books.  I have nothing against such an inclusion—in fact, I fully support it and want there to be more positive models—but the thing that’s really gotten to me is that some of these characters are being created specifically to be the “token” gay character in a title, just as how some African-American characters were created just so the publishers could be shown as being “inclusive.”  Once again, I don’t have a problem with diversity within comics—I wholeheartedly applaud it—but I don’t want characters being created for the wrong reasons, and with a personality type that just screams “being drawn gay (for pay).”


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Blue Beetle52 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

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Jaime Reyes wants nothing more than to fit in at school and enjoy life with his two best friends, Paco and Brenda, but a powerful Mayan relic changes his life forever.  Caught in the middle of a struggle between villains, the mysterious Mayan relic attaches itself to Jaime’s body, morphing him into a living weapon with a desire for planet-wide bloodshed, but Jaime is able to overcome its control to do what he wants.  Making a mess of his life, but standing up against the bad guys—big and small—he becomes the Blue Beetle.

 

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Dark Knight 1 new 5252 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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A lone figure in the black of night roams the rooftops of the city’s skyline and the shores of the harbor’s docks.  A detective of the finest caliber, he is able to sense things even the police cannot comprehend.  A man forged in pain by the death of his parents, vowing to always fight evil and crime in his city.  He is the night, he is vengeance, he is the Dark Knight known only as Batman.


 

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LEGO Batman 2While the LEGO games are probably geared more towards a younger demographic, the fact remains that they’re LEGO games, and LEGOs are completely awesome to play with.  Traveller’s Tales has done a great job of creating several games based on licensed properties over the years, evolving their game model and interactivity to make them more enjoyable and challenging, and I personally enjoy them all—although the newest one certainly has some frustrating moments.

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Captain Atom 152 Catch Up is a series devoted to looking at issues from DC's New 52 and seeing how they're faring now that they're underway, why they're worth reading (or not), and places we hope they will go in time.

 

 

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United States Air Force captain Nathanial Adam volunteered to pilot an experimental aircraft through a theoretical atomic splitter, but an accident resulted in him gaining incredible powers.  Able to manipulate the atomic structure of anything (and anyone), Adam is now seen as both a hero and a menace to the population around him.  Lonely from his ordeal and left wondering if he’ll ever be able to live a normal “human” existence again, Nathanial Adam fights to protect the world as Captain Atom.


 

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Darth PlagueisThere are several Expanded Universe books available for reading, and I—being the rather large Star Wars fan that I am—enjoy reading many of them.  I’m actually way behind in my book list, but I wanted to read Darth Plagueis (by James Luceno), an early 2012 release, because of its information concerning Bane’s Sith Order and the Rule of Two, and especially because of how it directly relates to the Sith most responsible for the galaxy’s woes and well-known to even the most casual of Star Wars fans: Darth Sidious, better known as Senator/Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine.

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