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Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man

by Stephen Hardman

I’ve never been what you would call a huge Spider-Man fan. I’ve picked up various titles over my years of comic-book reading and enjoyed them, but maybe not to the same degree as other characters and other series. I guess my loyalties were set from an early age when I first started reading comics in the late Eighties/early Nineties: for a good number of years the only mainstream superhero titles I read featured Batman, and the rest of my weekly comic fix was made up of various independent and less mainstream titles. There was little room for anything else.

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REVIEW: Kingpin

by Stephen Hardman

Wilson Fisk. The Kingpin. Of all Daredevil’s enemies The Kingpin is perhaps his most ferocious. He’s certainly the one who has caused Matt Murdock the most suffering and pain in his life. Fisk has sought to destroy Matt since they first crossed paths, very nearly succeeding at times.

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Sombra

by Stephen Hardman

The modern drug war is often traced back to 1971 and US President Richard Nixon’s declaration to wage a “new all-out offensive” aimed at defeating America’s “public enemy number one” – drug abuse. Initially the policies focused on funding treatment programs aimed at tackling the demand for drugs. Nixon stated that efforts of interdiction and eradication would be destined to fail. Two years later he forgot his own words when the US launched a massive interdiction effort in Mexico, creating the DEA in the process. Since then the US has been fighting a war which many people believe cannot be won, at least not in a traditional sense.

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REVIEW: Outcast

Outcast
Writer – Robert Kirkman
Artist – Paul Azaceta
Colours – Elizabeth Breitweiser
Letters – Rus Wooton

Review by Stephen Hardman

In a recent letters column in Robert Kirkman’s Outcast he pointed out that the comic is now the third longest running series he has created, after The Walking Dead and Invincible. Currently nineteen issues in, it is easy to envisage Outcast reaching the 50 and 100-issue milestones that those other titles have in recent years.

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REVIEW: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

by Stephen Hardman

Writer – Ryan North
Art – Erica Henderson
Colours – Rico Renzi

Squirrel Girl is perhaps one of the more unlikely superheroes to have an on-going monthly comic book published by Marvel. However, it is testament to the desire for alternatives to the mainstream superhero books among today’s comic book readers that a character like Squirrel Girl can reach a big enough audience to warrant an on-going series in an industry where titles fall by the wayside every month as if sales are not high enough.

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