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31 Thoughts About 31 Comics – Avengers Undercover, Secret Avengers, Returning, Rust, First Born, Wraith, All New X-Men, Bee & Puppy Cat, Batman Eternal, Uber, Royals Masters Of War, Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu, Batgirl, JLU, TMNT, Deceivers, Lumberjanes, Next Testament, Sons Of Anarchy, Judge Dredd, Miss Fury, Transformers, Star Trek, GI Joe, Ash And The Army Of Darkness, Tales From The Con, Shutter, Minimum Wage, Starlight, Shadow, Think Tank

So, did everyone watch last night's Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD last night? Well not me, not yet, been too busy. No spoilers! Ironic I know… but I reckon a lot more of this stuff with the Clairvoyant could have been tidied up if, as today's Avengers Undercover tells us, they'd had…


Exactly. SHIELD has Necromancers. Anything else?


Courtesy of Secret Avengers, SHIELD has MODOK! Remind me who are the good guys again?

This may be my favourite comic of the day though, as it successfully channels its inner Hawkeye with a painter/poet turned terrorist (not such a jump) and meets a suicidal bomb. Shades of Life The Universe And Everything?

Maybe it's time for another Secret War…


And could it be Returning that gets us there?


Rust Vol 3 shows you just how KFC do it. Still, it's good to give our young ones a lesson or two in life's hard realities.

First Born #1

First Born #1 from Sam Keith helps with that.

Wraith #6

As does Wraith #6. No nightmares tonight everyone?


Do note the Cyclops Was Right poster in Charles Xavier Jr's bedroom in All New X-Men… There are worse ways to wake up though.


From Bee & Puppy Cat #1 there, new out today. Now, this is your regular Stephanie Brown Watch. There are no Stephanie Browns in today's comics. However in Batman Eternal, there is a Joker's Daughter.


So, you know. That's something.


I'm sorry, Winston, I don't think Pirates Of The Caribbean, The World's End was that bad just because they brought him back. Royals Masters Of War seems to disagree.


Captain America, in Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu, seems to have been on a bit of a diet. Has the super soldier serum worn off?


Batgirl teaches us a very valuable lesson when facing a supervillain. Always mention the monkeys.


From Justice League United #1 … is it me or is this the closest we've had to the golden years of Giffen/DeMatteis for years? Although there are other comics that can challenge that, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


One punch.


International diplomacy, with power derived from an unsheathed knife, courtesy of Deceivers #5


Lumberjanes #2 weighs up the overall benefits of haircare at inappropriate times. Or, as it turns out, rather appropriate ones.


Clive Barker's Next Testament gives us a little metaphysical exposition.


While Sons Of Anarchy #9 gives us a glorious combination of words and pictures. And proves out lead has quite a reach on him to do that from sitting down. And an attitude summed up more verbosely by other characters.

Judge Dredd #19

Such as Judge Dredd. Surely "Fuck it" would have done well here as well?

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Whereas Miss Fury is much more taciturn.

More Than Meets The Eye #29

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye supplies what passes for robotic humour. I'm not convinced.

New Visions #1

John Byrne's Star Trek: New Visions gives us a Mirror Mirror Spock but… without the beard! How evil!

A Real American Hero #202

From GI Joe A Real American Hero… you know, in a world where people take their names very literally, you'd have thought people might suspect folk called Doctor Mindbender wouldn't you?

So… anyone hungry?

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Ash and The Army Of Darkness gets food where he can get it.


Whereas Uber #12's own version has some entertaining side effects….


Tales From The Con is never more than a page from a gag you'll enjoy… and a lesson never to buy any comic book themed Valentine's Day cards. You'll never get over the trauma.


In Shutter, comics aren't just for kittens. They are also for kittens who should be in comics. Watch the neverending reflection in this cat's eyes…


Starlight keeps its finger on the pulse…


While Bob Fingerman looks at the comic book artist's ancient dilemma in Minimum Wage. One that Bob Monkhouse suffered from it seems.

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Whereas The Shadow is struggling with his own moral dilemmas…


And Think Tank gives us the weaponised concept of the decade. Evil and unstoppable. How come Doctor Doom never came up with that?

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. With a Michael Golden/James O'Barr signing today…



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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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