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Quick comic book reviews for week of Nov. 19

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I read a ton of comic books every month, but only get to review a few. So, in an effort to rant about more comics than usual, I've put together some quick takes on five titles I consumed last week. Here goes:

Kull No. 1: After finding success with characters created by Robert E. Howard -- like Conan and Solomon Kane -- Dark Horse is returning Kull to the world of comics. This version of Kull dwells a little too much on royal intrigue, but it still manages to be downright brutal and bloody.

Batman: Cacophony No. 1: Director Kevin Smith returns to the world of comics with the villain Onomatopoeia -- a dude he created years ago during his run on Green Arrow. Smith's writing is entertaining as always, with his dialogue particularly shining through. If the regular Batman books are confusing you with all that "R.I.P." business, you'll dig Cacophony.

Kingdom Come Special No. 1: Superman: Artist Alex Ross writes and draws this one-shot that spins out the "Kingdom" storyline currently stirring in the pages of Justice Society of America. As usual, Ross is at his photo-realistic best when it comes to the art. The story is pretty decent, too; although, it probably will be most entertaining to folks who read JSA on a regular basis.

Captain Britain and MI:13 No. 7: Paul Cornell has crafted a fast-paced comic here, but some of the events from last issue (such as one character trying to murder his own teammate) get resolved a little too quickly. On top of that, I think Cornell assumes all his readers have a thorough knowledge of his characters (which I sure as hell don't). An introductory caption here and there wouldn't hurt.

Freak Angels Vol. 1: Warren Ellis' post-apocalyptic Web comic gets collected in this trade paperback. The story moves a wee-bit slow, but the mysteries that abound in the comic and Ellis' great dialogue make this book incredibly engrossing.

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

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