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Writers: Howard Chaykin, David Tischman  Artist: Luke Ross
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: DC/Vertigo Comics,   Shipped On: 042402
MSRP: .$2.50 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
A new storyline begins with "An American in Paris," Part 1 of 3. Still stinging from Lorelei's betrayal, Harry Kraft's traded the backwoods of North Carolina for the bistros of Paris. Drinking le wine, reading le book, and cutting le cheese, Harry's in ex-pat heaven until he meets up with an old army buddy named Buddy who needs a favor.
One of the best series DC produces is the morality tale known as American Century. It's not a book for everyone, however, due to the lack of action and the emphasis of kinky sex (and the non-kinky kind). This is a book created by adults for only adults.

Howard Chaykin has shocked us before with the twisted Black Kiss and the unconventional American Flagg so this is no different. He co-writes this with former Cable writer David Tischman but the concept is all his. Their 'hero' Harry Kraft is a war hero who decides to chuck it all and tour the world. He's lost interest in heroism but each place he visits makes him to the right thing even though he would rather walk away.

In the first installment of "An American In Paris" Harry is reunited with an old friend while sitting in a café drinking wine. This chance meeting gets Harry involved with forged masterpieces, a dominatrix, a willing bed partner and a pastry chef with homicidal tendencies.

Marc Laming normally draws this series but he's working on the next arc so former X-Man artist Luke Ross visits through #16.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis  Artist: Alex Maleev
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics,   Shipped On: 041702
MSRP: .$2.99 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
After the recent devastating events in Daredevil's life, the FBI turns its attention towards his pal Matt Murdock! Meanwhile, Foggy Nelson comes to a startling conclusion!
Bendis asked Previews catalog writer Bill Rosemann (writer of the ultra cool Deadline) not to mention anything about the events of last month's issue in the catalog. Just say the book was coming and that something huge was going to happen inside it, that's it. The last time Bendis had Marvel do this Peter told MJ he was Spider-Man in the Ultimate book so be warned.

The current storyline introduced Sammy Silke (from Chicago), a mobster who wanted to challenge the rule of the Kingpin. Bendis reintroduced Richard Fisk (last seen as the Rose) to fandom but returned him to the screw up roots he once had. The two (along with the other crime bosses) ganged up on Wilson Fisk and tried to stab him to death ala Julius Caesar but failed. They also put out an open contract out on Matt Murdock because Richard blabbed he was Daredevil. All of these threads led into last issue where Vanessa Fisk commissioned a Corleone family special and had everyone (including her son) whacked. Silke escaped and went to the feds, which leads us to this issue.

Silke told the Feds that Matt is Daredevil, which caused some frantic phone calls. A 3:00 AM talk with a supervisor runs down the pieces of the puzzle and connects everything. But what do you do with such knowledge and is it worth the trouble it will bring? The matter is supposedly closed but the cover of the issue shows you that leaks happen.

Matt's in this issue in flashbacks and Bendis has Foggy find the story in the paper. This decision allows penciller Alex Maleev to go to town by having his reaction be non-verbal makes the pain in his face more effective than any dialogue.

Now before people start bringing up the fact that the Bob Gale arc that preceded the Bendis/Maleev run on this title covered the same ground that's true. It did cover the same subject but the styles are totally different and Marvel's not that rigid on continuity these days so it doesn't matter.
Writer/Artist: Peter Bagge
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics,   Shipped On: 041702
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Shortly after he was bitten by a radioactive spider that gave him his strange powers, Peter Parker failed to stop a burglar fleeing from police. When that man went on to murder Peter's beloved Uncle Ben, Peter took it upon himself to atone for his sin of inaction - adopting a mantra instilled in him by his Uncle: "With great power must also come great responsibility." But what if Uncle Ben wasn't all he was cracked up to be? What if he was nothing more than a lout and a con artist? What road might Peter travel if his life had been guided by a different mantra: "Look out for number one"?
With the addition to Marvel editorial of former Vertigo editor Axel Alonzo & the Jemas/Quesada reign there are creators coming to Marvel that previously wouldn't have even walked down the streets near their offices. Hate creator Peter Bagge is one of those creators. Bagge made a name for himself on the independent front but in the back of his mind he always wanted a shot at a major character so Marvel took a chance. What Bagge does is he takes the basics of the Spidey mythos and turns it on its head. Gwen's a campus radical, Uncle Ben had a gambling jones, fighting crime bores the crap out of Pete. After another battle with another villain he decides to hang it up and become a businessman cashing in on the Spider-Man name. This book is so offbeat that it may annoy regular Spider-fans but will get folks who never read mainstream comics to take a shot at it. Bagge's pencil style is sort of Steve Ditko on crack. His characters are built like interconnected water balloons that gravity beats the crap out of.
Writer/Artist: Ben Dunn
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Marvel Comics,   Shipped On: 041002
MSRP: .$2.25 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
 Meet Marvin Elwood, timid teenager... and possible savior of Earth! Heir to alien Kree technology and the awesome Nega Bands, Marvin must face his legacy as - Captain Marvel! But can even this cosmic crusader save the world from the gigantic threat of Galactus? Guest-starring the Megascale Metatalent Response Team Fantastic Four!
Since Marvel doesn't really do 5th week events like DC does it was a bit weird when they announced in January the "Mangaverse" event. Sales numbers were weirder; customers who never bought Manga or even looked at the bottom of the rack it was on gobbled up the one shots like candy and so Marvel decided to make a regular series out of it.

Ben Dunn (who did the bookend versions of the event) in this first issue takes on Galactus, the FF, the Watcher and a kid who turns out to be the latest version of Captain Marvel. Manga Galactus looks completely different than the regular Marvel version (in fact, he looks like Ego) but it heads for Earth to feed just like the regular one.
Dunn drops in cameo appearances by some comics legends and one almost legend. His art is quirky enough to appeal to most fans and won't turn you away from the page.

This series is more or less another tweaking of the Marvel Universe in the same manner as the Ultimate line. Sales should be steady but this series probably won't get any non-Manga fans into Manga nor have any hardcore Manga fans picking this up.
Writer: Chris Sarracini  Artist: Pat Lee
Review By: Larry "Bocepheus" Evans
Publisher: Dreamwave Comics,   Shipped On: 040302
MSRP: .$2.95 each (15% OFF during it's 1st Week of release only at Alternate Reality!)
Dreamwave presents the triumphant return of The Transformers! Long thought dead by the inhabitants of Earth, we discover that the classic metal warriors of Generation 1 are far from gone. But where have they been for so long, and why only now have they chosen to return? And who is the mysterious man called Lazarus and what is his plan? Issue #1 promises all of the intrigue, action and excitement Transformers fans have waited so long to see! Transformers: Generation 1 #1 is the first issue of a 6-issue mini-series that marks their victorious return to comic books. The fun and mayhem begin here.
The massive success of the GI Joe re-launch led the Dreamwave team to purchase the rights for a new Transformers series right from under Marvel. The Darkminds folks also picked up the rights to the Micronauts.

Now most fans didn't think that there was enough interest in putting GI Joe back but sales proved them wrong. The Dreamwave folks took a major chance by purchasing the rights and an even bigger chance walking away from the friendly confines of Image. After reading this initial offering I think they may have made the right decision.

Considering only die-hard fans would remember how the previous series ended the boys made the right decision to make this an entry-level series. During this issue we meet some folks who last encountered the Transformers during a mythical event in 1999 when the big machines arrived on Earth. The army has one survivor and two others are scattered around the US; one of them could be trouble and the others will end up fighting it.
The premise is about as limited as the premise for the original series, which could show itself in fluctuating sales figures. The art is clean (with that casual coloring style Dreamwave loves to use) and the story by Chris Sarracini doesn't insult you or challenge you in any way.

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