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DiRT reviewed Future State: Swamp Thing #2 May 13, 2021
9.5

This review covers Future State: Swamp Thing #1 and #2.

Future State: Swamp Thing is perhaps the greatest Future State mini-series to find its way to print. Its biggest strength is its disconnect from the rest of the Future State event and the DC Universe at large. You could easily take this story and publish it as a stand-alone graphic novel, and it might become one of the best-selling more

Future State: Swamp Thing #2

By: Ram V, Mike Perkins
Released: Feb 3, 2021

Humanity strikes back! The shadow of Swamp Thing Supreme stretches across the globe as it has for centuries. The world is at peace, until a rebellious faction of humanity ignites their terrible plan, fueled by Woodrue Wilson’s appetite for power. But Swamp Thing, too, harbors a secret-one he must reveal in order to restore peace to the planet onc...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Swamp Thing #1 May 13, 2021
9.5

This review covers Future State: Swamp Thing #1 and #2.

Future State: Swamp Thing is perhaps the greatest Future State mini-series to find its way to print. Its biggest strength is its disconnect from the rest of the Future State event and the DC Universe at large. You could easily take this story and publish it as a stand-alone graphic novel, and it might become one of the best-selling more

Future State: Swamp Thing #1

By: Ram V, Mike Perkins
Released: Jan 6, 2021

From the ashes of a terrible war, life blooms anew in Swamp Thing’s image. The remnants of humanity lie in hiding, forever in the shadow of the green god who now rules the planet. When the new avatar of the Green uncovers a stray human, a rebellion is revealed! But this Swamp Thing is no stranger to violent ends, and neither are his creations. If...

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GL Fan 2814 reviewed Infinite Frontier #0 Mar 2, 2021
5.0

I disliked this more than I liked it and I found it to be very average for all the hype piled on it. I hated the ending which positioned the "big bad" to be way too powerful considering how easily he dispatched the characters he killed.
This book really cemented for me how poor of a writer Geoff Thorne is and I am finding myself in a position of not buying the Green Lantern book in a very, more

Infinite Frontier #0

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stephen Byrne
Released: Mar 3, 2021

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.
In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never exp...

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Mingthemerciless - Mar 5, 2021

For a start DC needs to dump Snyder Tynion and Bendis. Get more focused on flagship centric ideas for Batman Detective Supes Actionand Justice League. Bring Wonder Woman back from Snyders silly idea of her. Start thinking stories not constant reboots and bix checking.

Mingthemerciless - Mar 5, 2021

I agree Narvel may be stepping on the same rake with heroes reborn V2

DiRT reviewed Infinite Frontier #0 May 13, 2021
1.0

Infinite Frontier is a mess. DC Comics has always used these big “Crisis-like” events to fix problems in DC continuity, bring back characters from the dead, and wipe clean the mistakes that past writers made with the DCU. Scott Snyder’s run on Batman lead to Metal which lead to his run on Justice League which lead to Death Metal which lead to Infinite Frontier which is basically leads to the more

Infinite Frontier #0

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Stephen Byrne
Released: Mar 3, 2021

The next phase of the DC Universe begins here! Dark Knights: Death Metal presented the darkest threats of the Multiverse. DC Future State revealed what may lie ahead. Now it’s time to look into the Infinite Frontier of the current-day DC Universe.
In Gotham City, The Joker jolts citizens awake with an attack even the Dark Knight never exp...

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DiRT reviewed Man-Bat #2 May 13, 2021
8.0

The advertised “Man-Bat vs Suicide Squad” showdown was not quite what I expected it to be. I expected a look at the new Suicide Squad as revealed in the new Suicide Squad #1 comic book that came out this month. Since about half the team tends to die off in the first issue of a Suicide Squad series, I thought maybe they’d show us a little more about the team members who recently left us. Inst more

Man-Bat #2

By: Dave Wielgosz, Sumit Kumar
Released: Mar 3, 2021

Man-Bat is on the run from the law following a horrific night of blood and mayhem on the streets of Gotham. But the police aren’t what Kirk Langstrom’s monstrous alter ego should worry about...it’s Task Force X, better known as the Suicide Squad. To undo the damage he caused, Man-Bat must seek out a cure for the innocents he has injured, all ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Suicide Squad #2 May 13, 2021
8.5

This review covers both Future State: Suicide Squad #1 and #2.

I knew that Future State had to offer at least one book that was a bonafide good title worthy of your money in both story and art, from start to finish. I had hoped that I would find that praise-worthy title amongst the Superman and Batman titles that crowd the shelves. You can only imagine my surprise when I has finished th more

Future State: Suicide Squad #2

By: Jeremy Adams, Javier Fernandez
Released: Feb 24, 2021

Peacemaker attacks! Assigned to bring Amanda Waller back to Earth-1 at all costs, the Suicide Squad battles Waller’s private Justice League on Earth-3. As lives are lost and blood is spilled, the fate of the Multiverse will be decided by Superman!
Also in this issue, the 853rd Century is burning, and only Black Adam can save reality from ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Suicide Squad #1 May 13, 2021
8.5

This review covers both Future State: Suicide Squad #1 and #2.

I knew that Future State had to offer at least one book that was a bonafide good title worthy of your money in both story and art, from start to finish. I had hoped that I would find that praise-worthy title amongst the Superman and Batman titles that crowd the shelves. You can only imagine my surprise when I has finished th more

Future State: Suicide Squad #1

By: Jeremy Adams, Javier Fernandez
Released: Jan 27, 2021

The Suicide Squad enters the Future State era as Amanda Waller uses Task Force X to save the world and remake it in her image-but what happens when the team shows up to stop her?
And in the second story in this extra-sized issue, Black Adam, the immortal one-time champion of the wizard Shazam, rules the planet Kahndaq in the 853rd century. ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Green Lantern #2 May 13, 2021
4.0

This review covers Future State: Green Lantern #1 and #2.

Green Lantern is the name of several characters in the DC Universe, but most people associate the name with Hal Jordan, the character created in the Silver Age of comics. It’s a little disappointing to see that Hal only shows up in one back-up story at the end of issue #2, and the story doesn’t do much other than set-up an ap more

Future State: Green Lantern #2

By: Priest, Tom Raney
Released: Feb 10, 2021

Outnumbered but never outwitted or outfought, John Stewart leads the last of the Green Lanterns against insurmountable odds. Facing a bloodthirsty Khund cult dedicated to the “God in Red,” the onetime Green Lantern shows that even without a ring or the Corps to back him up, he’s still a force to be reckoned with!
Plus, from the pages ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Green Lantern #1 May 13, 2021
4.0

This review covers Future State: Green Lantern #1 and #2.

Green Lantern is the name of several characters in the DC Universe, but most people associate the name with Hal Jordan, the character created in the Silver Age of comics. It’s a little disappointing to see that Hal only shows up in one back-up story at the end of issue #2, and the story doesn’t do much other than set-up an ap more

Future State: Green Lantern #1

By: Ernie Altbacker, Sami Basri
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Assigned to map and contact new lifeforms past the 3,600 known sectors of space protected by the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart and an elite team of Lanterns are trapped behind enemy lines and fighting for their lives when the Central Power Battery goes dark and leaves the entire corps defenseless. Meanwhile, across the cosmos, Green Lantern Jes...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: The Flash #2 May 13, 2021
4.0

I recently joked with a friend that the classic Marvel “What If…?” stories always ended with the end of the world. While Future State: The Flash #2 doesn’t quite hit the full apocalypse, it does bring about the worst possible outcomes for the Flash family. It wasn’t the ending I expected, but I don’t really have a problem with the end of the story being a downer. My biggest gripe is th more

Future State: The Flash #2

By: Brandon Vietti, Will Conrad
Released: Feb 3, 2021

All hope is lost as Barry Allen races to save his former partner, Wally West. Armed with the weapons of the Rogues who once tried to destroy the Flash, Barry plots an attack that’ll either free the former Kid Flash from the evil that’s possessed him-or end his threat forever!

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DiRT reviewed Future State: The Flash #1 May 13, 2021
4.5

Brandon Vietti was a writer on the Young Justice cartoon and a bunch of animated movies, including DC’s own direct to video LEGO offerings, and that weird Scooby-Doo/WrestleMania you’ve probably seen in the discount bins at Dollar General. This is his first attempt at comic books and it’s not the best first impression.

The biggest problem is that he’s using Wally West as the ma more

Future State: The Flash #1

By: Brandon Vietti, Dale Eaglesham
Released: Jan 6, 2021

With no powers, no backup and no other choice, Barry Allen and the other former Flashes face the deadliest threat they’ve ever encountered-Wally West. Possessed by an evil force trapped for thousands of years inside the Speed Force, Barry turns to his greatest foes’ weapons to save the young man he loves like a son. In the end, how much will Ba...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Dark Detective #4 May 13, 2021
6.5

This is the best the issue of Dark Detective, but that’s been a very low hurdle to clear. The strongest factor that helps this issue to soar above the others is that Mariko Tamaki doesn’t have much story to tell or inane inner monologues to annoy us with. Instead, we get final showdown between Batman and Peacekeeper-01 with a bunch of punching, kicking, and explosions. Sure, we still get a lot more

Future State: Dark Detective #4

By: Mariko Tamaki, Giannis Milonogiannis
Released: Feb 24, 2021

Bruce Wayne may be a dead man in the eyes of the villainous Magistrate, but this dark detective isn’t through yet! In this pulse-pounding finale, Bruce makes his final move and comes face to face with the man at the top of Gotham’s oppressive regime, Peacekeeper One! With bombs planted and the trap waiting to be sprung, this final battle will d...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Dark Detective #3 May 13, 2021
6.0

Well, that was... nothing. This issue of Dark Detective advertised the meeting of the original Batman and the Next Batman, and their face-to-face meeting turned out to be a whole lot of nothing much at all. In all, they stared at each other, exchanged a few words, then turned away and walked off. That was it. Mariko Tamaki should be ashamed.

The terrible inner monologue Tamaki seems to more

Future State: Dark Detective #3

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Feb 10, 2021

In this issue, Bruce Wayne meets the next Batman! As the dark detective makes his move to put an end to the villainous Magistrate once and for all, the man who once wore the cowl encounters the next Batman-and these two have some questions for each other! Fists will fly as this explosive meeting erupts in the skies over Gotham...but with the clock...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Dark Detective #2 May 13, 2021
5.5

Emo teen Bruce Wayne is back and narrating this story again, showing how poorly Mariko Tamaki seems to understand the world around here. The internal dialog of Bruce is much worse in this issue than it was last time while also providing one of the biggest plot holes outside of a Looney Tunes train tunnel painted on a mountainside. Why Tamaki thinks that police detectives will mistake an old rottin more

Future State: Dark Detective #2

By: Mariko Tamaki, Giannis Milonogiannis
Released: Jan 27, 2021

Bruce Wayne is supposed to be dead...but this Dark Detective is on the run and shining a light on the mystery of his own “murder”: How did the killers know Bruce Wayne was Batman? As the forces of the Magistrate zero in on Bruce’s location, it’s a race against time to unlock the secrets of their surveillance tech and take the fight to the v...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Batman/Superman #2 May 13, 2021
8.0

Gene Luen Yang’s final chapter of this Batman and Superman team-up reads like the final chapter of Batman and Superman’s friendship, strained and exhausted, before the events that lead to Superman’s exit from Earth and Batman’s descent into the worst version of Gotham City ever imagined. It’s sad because even as the two allies see their friendship falling apart for various reasons, they more

Future State: Batman/Superman #2

By: Gene Luen Yang, Ben Oliver
Released: Feb 24, 2021

Superman has fallen deep into the Magistrate’s Kryptonite caverns, and now he’s at the mercy of a gruesomely transformed Professor Pyg! So what do animalistic body modification and caves of Kryptonite have to do with the Magistrate’s growing fascist state in Gotham City? That’s what Batman needs to find out as the race against time to save ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Dark Detective #1 May 13, 2021
6.0

DC Comic’s new publishing initiative of adding back-up stories and raising the cover price comes to Detective Comics for the Future State debacle in the form of Future State: Dark Detective. This time, the mediocre writing talents of Mariko Tamaki get the proper Bruce Wayne/Batman story while the superior writing talents of Mathew Rosenberg get the mediocre character of Grifter to work with. Bot more

Future State: Dark Detective #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jan 13, 2021

The world thought Bruce Wayne was dead. They were dead wrong! When the sinister para-military organization known as the Magistrate seizes control of Gotham City, the original Batman went big to put them down...but even the Dark Knight couldn’t predict how far this evil force would go to stop him. Now, Bruce Wayne is on the run! From Eisner Award-...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Batman/Superman #1 May 13, 2021
8.5

Unlike other Future State comics that have been set in the far future where things are radically different, Batman/Superman is set at the beginning of the massive upheaval that changes the DC Universe. On the one hand, it’s a sad moment of the last gasps of a DC Universe that doesn’t completely suck, but on the other hand, it’s great to see the real Batman and Superman working together again more

Future State: Batman/Superman #1

By: Gene Luen Yang, Ben Oliver
Released: Jan 27, 2021

Back in the early days of the Magistrate’s occupation of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne found himself pushed to the edge like never before. So calling the Man of Steel in for backup makes sense, right? Wrong. Gotham’s sinister overlords have already sprung the ultimate trap on the Last Son of Krypton...and with Kryptonian power at your command, no on...

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9.0

The better backups of this series are in the odd issues.

Future State: The Next Batman #3

By: Paul Jenkins, Laura Braga
Released: Feb 3, 2021

The adventures of the next Batman continue! Batman has captured a pair of murderous fugitives, but he faces a tough decision: leave them for the Magistrate troops, which means certain death, or risk his life and fight his way through Gotham City to deliver them to the GCPD for trial. He’s Batman...so there’s only one choice!
And in “...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: The Next Batman #3 May 13, 2021
3.5

Issue #3 once again shows how quickly the overall quality can shift in DC’s new publishing format that combines a 22-page feature story with two 20-page back-up stories. While the feature that should be drawing me in has left me underwhelmed, again, the two back-ups have proven that there are much better stories to tell in the DC Universe, even if the execution isn’t perfect.

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Future State: The Next Batman #3

By: Paul Jenkins, Laura Braga
Released: Feb 3, 2021

The adventures of the next Batman continue! Batman has captured a pair of murderous fugitives, but he faces a tough decision: leave them for the Magistrate troops, which means certain death, or risk his life and fight his way through Gotham City to deliver them to the GCPD for trial. He’s Batman...so there’s only one choice!
And in “...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: The Next Batman #2 May 13, 2021
1.5

The mixed bag that DC’s new publishing initiative of adding two back-up stories and raising the cover price hits hard on this issue. If these back-up stories had been included in the initial issue, I would have never given the series another chance. I still feel that the “feature” story is somewhat lacking, but the back-up stories at downright terrible. $7.99 for a comic book is a tough sell more

Future State: The Next Batman #2

By: Vita Ayala, Aneke
Released: Jan 20, 2021

In this second Future State: Batman chapter, wearing a mask in Gotham City is now a crime-and when it’s compounded with murder, it can be a shoot-on-sight offense! Batman is on the trail of a murderous couple but quickly finds that all is not as it seems...and finds himself in the firing line of the Magistrate and their Peacekeepers! The gritty, ...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: The Next Batman #1 May 13, 2021
3.5

One of the many problems with Future State is the “Elseworlds” dilemma. We are given a story set in a “possible future” of the DC Universe and are asked to care about it, when we know that it will most likely be gone in 2 months and little, if anything, will ever come of it. Additionally, we get introduced to new characters and find ourselves reading about these strangers in place of the f more

Future State: The Next Batman #1

By: Paul Jenkins, Nick Derington
Released: Jan 6, 2021

Gotham City has always been dangerous-but now, it’s downright deadly! Following the tragedy of “A-Day,” the mayor allowed the private law enforcement group known as the Magistrate to take over policing so-called mask crime-and that has given rise to a new Dark Knight! What is this mysterious crime fighter’s connection to former Batman weapo...

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DiRT reviewed Future State: Aquaman #1 May 13, 2021
5.5

It’s not that Future State: Aquaman #1 is a bad comic book, the problem is that it doesn’t really do anything of value. For a book that gives us our first glimpses of Arthur and Mera’s child, Andrina “Andy” Curry, grown into adolescence and having her own adventures, the story does nothing to make the character interesting – or memorable – or even present for most of the story. Inste more

Future State: Aquaman #1

By: Brandon Thomas, Daniel Sampere
Released: Jan 27, 2021

When Jackson Hyde accepted the mantle of Aquaman, he didn’t expect to also have to mentor Andy Curry, Arthur and Mera’s teen daughter. Nor did he expect that he and Andy would get sucked into the Confluence-an interdimensional nexus that connects distant planets and galaxies through the One Great Ocean. And he certainly didn’t expect to lose ...

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DiRT reviewed Man-Bat #1 May 13, 2021
9.0

I wasn’t planning on reading Man-Bat #1, but the pairing down of the DC Comics line during Future State, and my lack of enthusiasm for Future State in general, left me with a hole where my reading pile used to sit. I decided to give it a chance even though I was unfamiliar with the creative team and I’ve never been much of a fan of Kirk Langstrom.

I’m glad I gave it a chance. >
Man-Bat #1 give us the story of a man who desperately wants to be a hero, but instead finds himself an addict of his own ego, unable to realize that he can no longer control himself or his alter-ego during his transformations. In fact, his transformed self has taken on a distinct personality and that personality is beginning to wrest control away from the human that once dominated the body they share. To make matters worse, the constant experimentation has left Langstrom’s body in terrible shape and his life may be in danger due to cellular breakdown discovered by Batman.

There’s something more tragic about Man-Bat in this series than I remember from before, and I find myself rooting for him as the underdog. There’s actually a chance in the current environment at DC Comics that the character may be killed off in this series, which puts some real stakes on the table. It’s somewhat sad the poor state of comic book publishing and the financial burdens of parent company AT&T might be giving this series more gravitas, but you can’t really complain with the results. The story is more compelling, but it’s also good enough regardless to justify coming back for a second issue.

The artwork has a real Norm Breyfogle feel to it, which suits me just fine. Having found my way to comics during the Aparo/Breyfogle-Batman/Detective years, this feels right and I really enjoy how Sumit Kumar handles the action sequences, allowing the motion to move the eye through the page while NOT drawing every single individual action like many artists do these days. He’s a gifted storyteller and now that he’s caught my eye, I’ll be paying more attention for his name after this series.

I’m willing to admit that the lack of “real” Batman comics these days has left a hole that Man-Bat squeezed into rather easily, and perhaps that has jaded my perspective a bit. But the structure of the story, the fantastic art style and storytelling, and the fact that this comic dares to tell a story without trying to be “topical,” “trendy,” or “timely,” makes it one of the best things I’ve read in while.

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Man-Bat #1

By: Dave Wielgosz, Sumit Kumar
Released: Feb 3, 2021

For years Kirk Langstrom has struggled with his monstrous alter ego, Man-Bat, and the serum that transformed him. But he’s finally hit rock bottom following a devastating setback, and he’s going to take his anger out on every single citizen of Gotham City. Will the combined might of Batman and the GCPD be enough to stop Langstrom once and for a...

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DiRT reviewed X-O Manowar #4 May 13, 2021
7.0

When the pandemic hit last spring, I remember purchasing X-O Manowar #1 for no better reason than I was desperate for something to read while new comics were on hold. It was not the greatest book on the racks, but it wasn’t the worst either. As the virus continued to mandate shut-downs and played havoc with the comic book publishing schedule, I continued to read the series mainly because, again more

X-O Manowar #4

By: Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Emilio Laiso
Released: Jan 27, 2021

Does Manowar make the armor?
X-O steps into a brand-new suit... and just in time to face his biggest villain so far on his path to becoming the hero we need.
Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum and Emilio Laiso's epic journey brings X-O to a stunning crossroads!!

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4.0

The rebirth of the DC Universe into the New 52 has given DC Comics the opportunity to revitalize and reintroduce characters largely forgotten or ignored by modern readers. While the Forever People were part of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World in the early 1970’s, not much has been done with the characters in the decades since. Dan Didio and Keith Giffen bring this new series to life and hope that rea more

Infinity Man And The Forever People #1

By: Dan DiDio, Keith Giffen
Released: Jun 11, 2014

Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity - but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees! The only thing that stands between them and total destruction is the mysterious entity known as the Infinity Ma...

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DiRT reviewed Figment #1 Jun 11, 2014
8.0

There are times when my cynicism gets the better of me. Upon hearing that the Disney Epcot ride, Journey Into Imagination, was going to be developed into a comic book, I felt confident that it could easily become one of the worst comics I would read in a long time. Keeping in mind that I haven’t been on the ride since 1985, I failed to see how any writer could make a little purple dragon of imag more

Figment #1

By: Jim Zub, Filipe Andrade
Released: Jun 11, 2014

THE NEXT DISNEY ADVENTURE IS HERE -
STARRING ONE OF DISNEY'S MOST POPULAR CHARACTERS!
•  Dive into a steampunk fantasy story exploring the never-before-revealed origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and how one little spark of inspiration created a dragon called Figment.
•  What is the Academy Scient...

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