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Comic Review: Uncanny #3
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Uncanny #3
Written by Andy Diggle
Illustrated by Aaron Campbell
Colored by Bill Crabtree
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Covers by Sean Phillips and Dan Panosian
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: August 28, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

“There are others like you. Edge cases. Living on the fringes, hiding in the shadows…afraid to show their abilities.”

If you had a super power, would you hide it? Would you use it to benefit others or for personal gain? In Uncanny #3 written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Aaron Campbell, Dominic Weaver begins to realize that no matter what you choose to do with your powers, others will always seek to exploit them, because everything comes with a price tag.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: Series 3, Vol. 2
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Doctor Who, Vol. 2
Eye Of Ashaya
Written by Andy Diggle, Richard Dinnick, Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Josh Adams, Marc Deering, Horatio Domingues, Ruben Gonzalez, Charlie Kirchoff, Andres Ponce, Adrian Salmon
Cover by Mark Buckingham and Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Cover Price: $17.99

The second collection of comics featuring the Matt Smith incarnation of the Doctor follows through a few adventures that will sure to be a delight to fans of the modern Doctor Who series, with a few references to the classic series as well. Set after the Battle of Demon’s Run, but still with the Ponds as the Doctor’s travelling companions, this compilation of short adventures will be a must-read for Whovians.

The first story, The Eye of Ashaya, features the return of Lady Christina from the excellent Planet of the Dead episode from the David Tennant era. The story reunites the Doctor with the professional thief, though in the most unlikely of places – in another galaxy someplace. The tale brings into question how Christina got there in the first place, and also her motives.

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Comic Review: Uncanny #1
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Uncanny #1
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Aaron Campbell
Colors by Bill Crabtree
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Jock, Sean Phillips, Dan Panosian
Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: June 26, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

As kids, we all wanted a superpower…right? Okay, be honest here. That carried through to adulthood, didn’t it? Especially when we go see any of the blockbuster comic-based films that Hollywood has turned (or churned) out in the last decade or two. Well, Uncanny #1 is the story of a guy with just such an ability. What he does with it is less than spectacular, but we all make poor decisions from time to time.

Okay, first off it’s good to know who you’re dealing with here. The guy’s name is Weaver and he’s a con artist. Sure, he’s got the badass ability to siphon the thoughts and knowledge from people that he touches, but he uses it to gamble and cheat people out of their money. Unfortunately for him, this information that he absorbs is very temporary. And he’s started noticing that his power is becoming slightly unreliable, though he has no idea why. But Weaver’s life is about to change. Other folks have taken an interest in him and, luckily, they’ve got pretty good timing. A last minute rescue finds him racing off with no idea what the future holds.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who #10
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Doctor Who #10
Written by Andy Diggle and Eddie Robson
Art by Andy Kuhn and Charlie Kirchoff
Covers by Mark Buckingham and Charlie Kirchoff
IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

The latest issue of IDW’s Doctor Who enters the second part of a new story arc called Sky Jacks, which (plot wise) is about as mad as many of the episodes of the long-lived and much-loved television series. The current issues have now moved on from the Pond days of the Matt Smith Eleventh Doctor era, and now Clara Oswald, our new companion, is included in the IDW series.

The opening of this issue features a reunion between Clara and the Doctor – both have been sucked into a dimensional universe thingy of some kind through a white hole, that’s made their arrival more than timey wimey: for the Doctor, he’s been there three years (and now has a huge beard), and for Clara, it’s only been a few hours.

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Comic Review: Thief of Thieves #14
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Thief of Thieves #14
Story by Robert Kirkman, James Asmus, and Andy Diggle
Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Shawn Martinbrough
Colors by Felix Serrano
Cover by Shawn Martinbrough and Felix Serrano
Image Comics
Publication Date: May 29, 2013
Cover Price: $2.99

I’m a sucker for those good old heist movies, in which there are all kinds of complicated plot twists and turns and surprises, highlighting the advanced master strategy of the protagonist – the forward-thinking nature of the (anti)hero we follow. Enter Thief of Thieves, the concept of which is literally like the above description, though things go awry and the tale moves into a completely singular and sometimes unexpected direction.

Thief of Thieves follows the master of pilfering renowned among the criminal netherworld and organized syndicates, known as Redmond (aka Conrad Paulson). He is the best of the best, and is known for taking down major heists. But in his mind, his time is up – it’s time to step out of the scandalous life, and retire. Despite this, constant evolving events cause him to get dragged back into the lifestyle.

His son, Augustus, tries to follow in his father’s shoes, more so from rebelliousness against Daddy Redmond. Augustus gets himself tied up in Mexican Cartel business, causing his father to step in and attempt to pull his son out of a hole that just keeps getting deeper and deeper.

This brings us to Issue 14″¦

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