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Triple Shot: THE ROCKETEER & THE SPIRIT #1, ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. HACK/SLASH #1, THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14

Mark Waid continues his winning streak and takes to the skies by pairing up The Rocketeer and The Spirit;  we get our groovy on with S-Mart employee of the month—housewares, 1999—Ash as he joins the Hack/Slash universe written by Tim Seeley and witness an even more unlikely team-up of Superior Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson in this week’s Triple Shot!

THE ROCKETEER & THE SPIRIT #1
WRITER: Mark Waid
ART: Paul Smith
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Price: $3.99
Publisher: IDW Publishing / DC Comics
UPC: 82771400477900111
Buy it HERE

Have you also been watching The Aviator on a loop, quoting “Way of the future” and “show me all the blueprints” for the past month? Me neither, that would seriously harm the close relationships in your life. “Bring in the milk”.

A perfect companion (or welcome break) from the OCD Howard Hughes biopic would be the latest in Mark Waid’s take on The Rocketeer, co-starring Will Eisner’s The Spirit, subtitled “Pulp Friction”.

Alderman Cunningham is found murdered 3000 miles away in Hollywood from his home in Central City.

After The Spirit, Denny Colt makes his way to California to investigate, The Rocketeer, Cliff Secord and mentor, Peevy grow suspicious.

The Rocketeer picks up The Spirit for an amazing round of hand to hand combat hundreds of feet in the air, unlike anything seen before!

You’ll have to tune in next month to find out more, as Cliff’s Betty starts to fall for none other than The Spirit!

Mark Waid, ladies and gentlemen, teaming up classic characters and telling the best stories in monthly comic books on the shelves this year.

ARMY OF DARKNESS VS. HACK/SLASH #1
WRITER: Tim Seeley
ART: Daniel Leister
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment / Image Comics
UPC: 72513020623700121
Buy it HERE

Cassie is still reeling from recent events in Hack/Slash, and is out for date night.  She doesn’t expect the visitor that rolled up in an Oldsmobile Delta 88 and broke into her house to be friendly, mostly because our friend Ash is pushing a gun into her face! 

Seeley has the funny Ash dialogue down pat and after some explaining, some guy is selling pages of the Necronomicon and he needs Cassie’s special skills to hunt him down.

It is not without a confrontation with Cassie’s babysitter Kristen, who has been touched by a demon to close the book out.

We’re given groovy mini-series and mash-up of two similar universes that I didn’t ask for, but am so happy exists.


THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14
WRITER: Dan Slott
ART: Humberto Ramos
Publication Date: July 24, 2013
Price: $3.99
Publisher: Marvel Comics
UPC: 75960607912401411
Buy it HERE

A new Spider-Man!

Oh, OK, you knew that already. Superior has a new look, though, designed by Spidey favorite Humberto Ramos and debuting here in issue #14.

Doc Ock still is operating under his own rules of great power and responsibility, so that takes him into the heart of The Shadowland in Hell’s Kitchen to take on The Kingpin of Crime and leader of The Hand, Wilson Fisk.

Hobgoblin is by Kingpin’s side as we discover that Fisk has been prepared to fake his own death for some time!

With Superior looking to destroy all that is Shadowland and free the neighborhood once and for all from the crime lord, his plan had better be foolproof.

Collateral damage means nothing to Superior Spider-Man, and he has an upper hand on mayor Jameson though blackmail!

JJJ screams, “We’re in cahoots. CAHOOTS”!

Somehow Slott keeps at the fun action here and continues to make the city a safer place by making Superior judge, jury and executioner. How long will Spidey fans be able to handle this status quo? I know I’m on board but I sooooo miss Peter. Slott no doubt has a great way out, but no one knows what it is yet. I want to be in cahoots with Slott so I know what happens next. CAHOOTS!

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