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A few good books

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I read a ton of comic books every week. But due to space restrictions in the paper, I'm only able to denounce or recommend one or two comics in each column. So, every now and then, it makes sense to provide you (dear reader) with a more comprehensive list of what I'm checking out these days. That said, allow me to present a breakdown of comics I'm digging right now:

The Astounding Wolf-Man No. 7 (Image): This book has been floundering since it appeared on the scene a little more than a year ago, but No. 7 looks to be the series' best issue yet. The latest edition of writer Robert Kirkman's horror/superhero comic throws everything that's been set up in the story so far out of the window and teases to a very dramatic future for all the characters in the comic. Also, Wolf-Man goes monthly starting with issue No. 8.

Astonishing X-Men No. 25 (Marvel Comics): Writer Warren Ellis and artist Simone Bianchi have taken over the book that was started by Joss "I created Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Whedon, and the first issue is amazing. Ellis' dialogue is outrageous and entertaining -- especially a hilarious exchange between Storm (yes she's back) and Emma Frost.

Justice Society of America No. 17 (DC): For the last year, the Justice Society has been mired with way too many characters and storylines that have dragged on for way too long. Well, with the release of issue No. 17, it appears as if writer Geoff Johns thankfully ties up a lot of loose ends and gets the ball rolling on a ton of upcoming stories.

Powers No. 29 (Marvel/Icon): Yes, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Von Oeming are still churning out issues of Powers. And now, after a long lull of lackluster issues, the superhero/detective comic is getting good again. This issue wraps up a pretty engrossing story arc and sets the stage for a return to the comic's former status quo.

Reviewed materials furnished by Heroes Aren't Hard To Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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