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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Red Atlantis #3 Feb 10, 2021
6.5

NOW we're cooking! Miriam's strange powers explained. Mole agents exposed, and the FBI agents orginally on the case are sidelined. Even a nice little action sequence.

The art isn't my favorite, but it's good enough to tell the story.

At this point, I'd suggest trade waiting on this "kinda sorta rooted in reality" spy thriller if such things interest you.

Red Atlantis #3

By: Stephanie Phillips, Robert Carey
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Last week, Miriam Roberts was a normal college student. Now, she's wanted by the FBI in
connection with a series of terrorist attacks involving psychically powered Russian sleeper agents. Just when Miriam believes things couldn't get worse, secrets about her long-lost
parents resurface, and she realizes that she might have powers of her o...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Scout's Honor #1 Feb 10, 2021
9.0

Wow. WOW. So much to process. Okay, basic premise is what if, in the American world of Mad Max, a society of "Ranger Scouts" organized as a quasi-religious cult based around the 7 Laws of their founder? As insane as this sounds, it works really well. (But all is not what it seems...)

Art and coloring are excellent complements to the script, too.

That said, and I apprec more

Scout's Honor #1

By: David Pepose, Luca Casalanguida
Released: Jan 6, 2021

Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes...and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual.

A young Ranger Scout named Kit has endured the harsh survivalist upbringing needed to con-quer the irradiated Colorado Badlands. But after discovering a terrible secret once lost to histo-ry, Kit must risk everything o...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed We Live #4 Feb 10, 2021
8.0

Extinction Day....the kids rush to the train that will take them to the evacuation ship, but (of course) there's interference. Chaos ensues. The train scene has the same overtones as the beginning of Snowpiercer. Well told, very well drawn. And I enjoy the coloring...very bright and almost cheerful, which is odd for an end of the world book.

One thing I did not indulge on past issue more

We Live #4

By: Roy Miranda, Inaki Miranda
Released: Jan 20, 2021

Humbo's plan for escaping the Acceptists might not be enough for the group to make the train headed to Megalopolis Mother 9. This might be the end of the trip.
  
The fragile fantasy world created by Tala for her little brother Hototo finally crumbles under the cruel weight of reality. Tears are the only language left between them....

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Byte Sized #2 Feb 10, 2021
6.5

The creature is in the house and spends the issue getting acclimated. He reads some robot comic and figures that to be the template, so he cannibalizes the electronics and machinery in the house. Fun reveal at the end!

Cute piece, but we're halfway through this miniseries without much happening.

Art has a cartoony flair.

Byte Sized #2

By: Cullen Bunn, Nelson Blake Iii
Released: Jan 20, 2021

When two young siblings excitedly unwrap their final Christmas presents, they discover toy robots unlike anything they have ever seen. And with good reason. What the kids and their parents don't know is that their quaint suburban home just became the beachhead for these self-aware 'bots that have begun to explore the outside world. And when one of ...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed E-Ratic #2 Feb 10, 2021
5.0

The "10 minutes of powers per day" leaves a lot of tine to fill. It's a lot of young high school stuff, and that's not appealing to this reader. Think an old school Peter Parker book with only sporadic Spider-Man.

Art is manga-inspired.

E-Ratic #2

By: Kaare Andrews
Released: Jan 13, 2021

Take another step into the world created in The Resistance. You're fifteen years old. You're suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There's only one problem: you can only use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Lei...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Mann's World #1 Feb 10, 2021
4.5

In this sci-fi book, four buddies take an adventure vacation to a resort on a wild planet. They run afoul of the locals and lost control of their craft a few hundred miles away from home base. They're left to their own skills to get back but have to contend with po'd locals, wild creatures and unforgiving terrain/climate.

Story is ok, art is never better than "could be better" and o more

Mann's World #1

By: Victor Gischler, Niko Walter
Released: Jan 13, 2021

A weekend getaway on a resort planet goes south when four friends run afoul of the planet's working class. Stranded in the wilderness of a strange planet, surrounded by danger on all sides and relentlessly pursued by vengeful locals, they must test their bonds of friendship in order to survive.

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9.0

What appears to be an oversized book (but still 3.99) with 5 vignettes featuring origin stories of characters who survived the pandemic that killed millions and left a very few with extraordinary powers.

Straczynski writes with a detached style, and that made the initial miniseries a bit of a slog. Promising concept, just muddled execution. Well this is different as JMS has maybe 8 p more

The Resistance: Reborns #1

By: J. Michael Straczynski, C. P. Smith
Released: Jan 6, 2021

Stemming from the pages of the hit series, The Resistance, The Resistance: Reborns explores the origins of the newly superpowered humans after a global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake, causing a few thousand to suddenly manifest superhuman powers. This special collection explores the origins of five characters in this new univ...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Origins #3 Feb 10, 2021
8.0

The colors muted a bit with this issue, but the story blossomed.

The Big Reveal happened, and it was done with a calm that would make this issue a talker if it wasn't so interesting and, dare I say, fun. The stakes are laid out, and the last 3 issues look to be exciting. That said, there's a question of "Why push forward?" that this issue suggests. I'm interested in seeing if the c more

Origins #3

By: Clay Mcleod Chapman, Jakub Rebelka
Released: Jan 13, 2021

* Chloe and David have discovered a lost city, populated by the robot servants of long dead humanity.
* But now that they've encountered their first human being in over a century, will they help Chloe and David - or become their enemies?

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Seven Secrets #6 Feb 10, 2021
6.5

The assault on the Secrets is in full swing, with plenty of action and craziness. Two of the Secrets' cases are opened, which is good to see as I was well on my way to thinking that Taylor was screwing with everyone ("There's nothing in the cases!"). The character moments were traditionally Taylor strong. The supernatural elements...well, we'll have to see how this plays out.

Art i more

Seven Secrets #6

By: Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Released: Jan 13, 2021

* To save The Order and everyone he loves, Caspar must leave them all behind.
* But even with his sacrifice, will Amon get his hands on the Secrets once and for all?

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6.5

Book One of the second story arc. Ewing's writing on a couple of levels, and I'm afraid that he's entirely lost me on the deeper one. The "gotta repair the ship and GTF outta there" theme is pretty easy, but the crew is trying to work out some backstory that suggests Georges, the ship's captain and protagonist, has a very cloudy history.

Then we cut to a different ship, different cr more

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #5

By: Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo
Released: Jan 27, 2021

* Destiny has come for the endeavors of the Vihaan II.
* Malik and Richter face off for the last time and only one will survive.
* Their uncertain futures will be forever changed by a shattering discovery.
* Please Note: The Spoiler Variant will be bagged to protect the shocking ending of this issue!

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Crossover #3 Feb 10, 2021
8.5

Donny Cates opens with a discussion of the ending of Watchmen and how it was a catalyst for peace and cooperation. He then says when we had our real catalyst (9/11), all we did was "[build] bigger bombs." Damn, that's fine writing.

While I could sit and ponder the opening pages for an hour, I'll try to write the rest. Cates again proves an insightful and easy read. No obtuse Al Ewin more

Crossover #3

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Jan 6, 2021

"KIDS LOVE CHAINS," Part Three-Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series' most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don't miss this one, folks.

If you do, it just might drive you...mad.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Fire Power #7 Feb 10, 2021
8.5

Apparently the start of the third arc. Let no grass grow, eh?

Anyway, the lesson I took from this issue is that nobody is dead for long in FP-verse. But there are lots of good moments - Owen and...his wife...getting right with each other, then with the kids. The grandparents are supportive and add levity. And it looks like the bad guys are revving up again once they realize that t more

Fire Power #7

By: Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee
Released: Jan 6, 2021

NEW STORY ARC!

The Dragon's Claw has struck! Damage has been dealt! Owen and his family are reeling from the loss-and more danger lurks on the horizon!

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Post Americana #2 Feb 10, 2021
5.0

As we venture far astray from the top tier of indie books, we have Post Americana. I bought in because I loved Steve Skroce's art from We Stand On Guard by Brian K Vaughan. Lesson learned? As a writer, Skroce is...a great artist for Brian K Vaughan.

The story this issue involves our protagonists escaping from a cannibal cult camp and the President and his bunkerized government get more

Post Americana #2

By: Steve Skroce
Released: Jan 27, 2021

From MAESTROS creator and WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator! Carolyn and Mike's mission to stop the new president is interrupted when they're captured by a gang of CANNIBAL MANIACS. They're not just on the menu, they're dinner theatre too. And these maneaters love to play with their food.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Blade Runner: 2029 #2 Feb 10, 2021
8.0

Ash is back on the beat, but not quite as orthodox as before. She'll let a replicant slide here and there. And that gets her access that she wouldn't otherwise have. Now, she's tracking down a death at the under-construction seawall, and it doesn't look like the death is a replicant. This issue represents a ton of gumshoe sleuthing, and that means world building as we see even more of the Blad more

Blade Runner: 2029 #2

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Jan 13, 2021

The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe returns!
It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she's trying to protect as many as she can find.
Written by Academy award-nominated screenwriter M...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Radiant Black #1 Feb 10, 2021
5.5

One of the downsides of these awesome looking covers is that you then have to open the book and see that the interior art sometimes doesn't live up to the excitement. This is totally the case here, where a great looking Frank Cho cover obscures what is run-of-the-mill, cartoony character work inside.

The story is a down-on-his-luck writer who has to move back into his parents' house be more

Radiant Black #1

By: Kyle Higgins, Marcello Costa
Released: Feb 10, 2021

For fans of INVINCIBLE and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes a brand-new ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer KYLE HIGGINS (Ultraman, C.O.W.L.) and artist MARCELO COSTA that reinvents superheroes for a new generation!

Nathan Burnett has just turned thirty, and things aren't great: He's working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card de...

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6.5

The protagonists and their hunter have indeed found a live God. But the hunter doesn't care. How do Malik and the small crew of the Vihaan II get out of it? Gotta read the book!

Ewing's story is dense, which is interesting as it's anything but over-written. Every word has meaning, and it takes a study of the page to get where it's headed (and I'm not sure that I do).

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We Only Find Them When They're Dead #4

By: Al Ewing, Simone Di Meo
Released: Dec 16, 2020

* The final showdown between Malik and Richter has begun on the surface of the God they've discovered.
* But will Malik survive long enough to find a living God - or has he doomed his crew to an unimaginable fate?

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Post Americana #1 Jan 24, 2021
6.0

Another "after the fall" story, this time where a guy holed up in the safe bunker meets up with a girl from the insane wastelands that used to be America. With lots of cannibalism. Lots. There's lots of world-building, but it's largely Mad Max-style screwball stuff.

Art by Steve Skroce (who also writes) is reasonable if a touch fanzine-ish.

In all, this is perhaps the ch more

Post Americana #1

By: Steve Skroce
Released: Dec 16, 2020

From MAESTROS creator, WE STAND ON GUARD co-creator, and The Matrix storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE with coloring by Eisner Award-winning DAVE STEWART.
The Cheyanne mountain installation, aka The BUBBLE, is the most sophisticated super bunker in the world. It was built to ensure the survival of America's executive branch of government and its mo...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Sea of Stars #8 Jan 24, 2021
3.0

This book lost me. Not regretting dropping it.

Sea of Stars #8

By: Jason Aaron, Stephen Green
Released: Dec 23, 2020

"THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN MOON," Part Three
Kadyn is on the run in the wild heavens, with shark-riding warriors, a giant, mysterious leviathan, and his own space-ravaged (and possibly crazed) father in hot pursuit. He now must decide if he can trust Dalla, his only companion...but what is the dark tragedy that left her banished from her people?

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Blade Runner: 2029 #1 Jan 24, 2021
7.0

Ash is back as a Blade Runner, but she has a heart and only retires the ones who need to be. She lets others go free. And Ash appears to have a replicant girlfriend. Anyway, she's off to track down replicants working on a massive seawall project. She finds one, but he commits suicide after giving a cryptic statement. And the story begins.

Art is very good. Andres Guinaldo has a way more

Blade Runner: 2029 #1

By: Michael Green, Andres Guinaldo
Released: Dec 16, 2020

The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe
returns! It is 2029 and Blade Runner Ash continues to hunt the streets of the rain-
soaked dystopian world of Los Angeles for renegade Replicants, but this time she's
trying to protect as many as she can find.
Written by Academy award-nominated scree...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Rorschach #3 Jan 24, 2021
7.0

I have a sneaking suspicion that I am missing a layer or three in this one, but the part that stuck with me was the aftermath of the trauma of Ozymandias' squid disaster - even as far away as Wyoming. The ensuing craziness has so many parallels to how America reeled after 9/11. It's profound and really quite sad, showing us how we often internalize the wrong lessons.

Not really sure more

Rorschach #3

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Dec 16, 2020

In an instant, 15 million people are dead! What happens when the human psyche is forced to accept such a devastating truth? Follow the story of “the Kid,” a radicalized, gun-toting performer and the right-hand woman of the new Rorschach. See how this masked woman grows from an innocent child to the would-be cold-blooded assassin of a presidenti...

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7.0

A worthy read.

I love using Ordway's art on the actual Earth Prime sections.

The story is BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE the best in the Death Metal collection...which is more a statement about the terrible weakness of Death Metal, because the the story is good but not great.

Small nitpick: If Superboy-Prime was returned to 1985, why would Laurie be joking about com more

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Secret Origin #1

By: Geoff Johns, Ryan Benjamin
Released: Dec 23, 2020

The DCU’s darkest secrets are explored while two titans clash! The heroes search for a way to defeat the Darkest Knight through the universe’s past, while Superboy Prime faces down the demonic Batman!

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4.0

Same silliness. Same stupid plot. Different issue.

Capullo clearly was trying, but his work seems so much looser and lighter than his first issues.

On the bright side, it's almost over.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Dec 16, 2020

The battle rages as the entire DC Universe stands against the Darkest Knight! Villains fight alongside heroes working as one to banish this demon from the deepest corners of the Dark Multiverse. Meanwhile, the Robin King lurks nearby, his army of Groblins in wait. The dogs of war are loose and no one is safe.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Crossover #2 Dec 21, 2020
7.5

Cates slaughters his writer buddies off camera. The relationship between those outside of the bubble ("real life") and in the bubble ("comics life") is explored. Those outside are rough on the comics folk who get out. Wonder is it's the same vice versa. The preacher's kid is being compelled to go to the bubble. The comic shop girl in the domino mask wants to take the refugee comic girl to the more

Crossover #2

By: Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw
Released: Dec 9, 2020

"KIDS LOVE CHAINS," Part Two-The event continues to unravel as Ellie, Otto, and Ava rise from the ashes of their comic shop to begin their four-color odyssey to find the truth beyond the dome. Meanwhile: super-prisons! Magic guns! Mysterious government agents! And other stuff, too!

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Seven Secrets #5 Dec 21, 2020
7.0

There was this whole arc of the Seinfeld TV show about making a show that literally was about nothing. And Jerry and George delivered the pitch, wowing the execs with this notion that they could deliver a terrific show about absolutely nothing.

Not to make light of Seven Secrets, but I wonder if Tom Taylor made a similar pitch for this book.

Five issues in, and we have a cor more

Seven Secrets #5

By: Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo
Released: Dec 9, 2020

* Caspar has been training all his life for this moment - but he never expected an all-out war like this.
* As enemy forces converge on The Order, lives will be shattered by the truths that are revealed...
* ...and a shocking decision by The Order to protect The Secrets from an enemy who will stop at nothing to change the world.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Origins #2 Dec 21, 2020
8.0

A frustrating part of the recent flood of dystopian comics and the modern move to write for trades and thus skip the "story thus far" recap at the top of each issue is that it takes a few pages to reorient oneself to "this" story. Fortunately, the Big Backstory happened in the front of this issue, and it is awesome. So well conceived, so well executed. You come out feeling for the main charact more

Origins #2

By: Clay Mcleod Chapman, Jakub Rebelka
Released: Dec 9, 2020

* Nowhere is safe on the planet that David helped destroy, including the secret hideout where he was brought back to life as the last living human.
* When enemy AI attacks, David and his robot guardian, Chloe, must face an impossible mission in search of answers.
* It's a dangerous journey but humanity's only hope lies in the father of robo...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Byte Sized #1 Dec 17, 2020
4.5

Presumably cute robots escape from a lab and wind up at a home in the suburbs. Nothing really past that in issue 1, in fact a book so short on content that they had room for 3 pages of writer/creator reflections (in really big, poorly-laid out type) and 5 pages of an E-Ratic preview.

Cullen Bunn's story isn't much - introduces the lab, introduces the family, introduces the still larg more

Byte Sized #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Nelson Blake Iii
Released: Dec 9, 2020

When two young siblings excitedly unwrap their final Christmas presents, they discover toy robots unlike anything they have ever seen. And with good reason. What the kids and their parents don't know is that their quaint suburban home just became the beachhead for these self-aware 'bots that have begun to explore the outside world. And when one of ...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed E-Ratic #1 Dec 17, 2020
6.5

A highly professional, slickly produced re-production of the Spider-Man character for the 2020's. The hero gets his powers for only 10 minutes a day, so - as the book says - that leaves a crap-ton of time for everything else related to life....like starting a new high school, meeting teachers and future friends/enemies/romantic interests, learning about his Mom's questionable life choices, growin more

E-Ratic #1

By: Kaare Andrews
Released: Dec 2, 2020

You're fifteen years old. You're suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There's only one problem: you can only use your powers for ten minutes at a time. What do you do when you have to save the world but you only have ten minutes to do it? This is the problem faced by Oliver Leif, a teenager who has just moved to a new town, and a new sc...

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3.5

It took me a few years after the NFL's Detroit Lions hired Matt Millen for me to completely tune out the team, and I've never come back the same way. Don't get me wrong, I'll watch them when they're on TV, and I guess I'm happy when they win, but I don't set my clocks by the Lions like I used to....and it all started with Millen.

Death Metal is my Matt Millen with DC, I fear. It's w more

Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last Stories of the DC Universe #1

By: Cecil Castellucci, Rafael Albuquerque
Released: Dec 9, 2020

The last battle against the Batman Who Laughs is at hand…the final fight for everything in the universe. And while the night is usually darkest just before the dawn, what would be the last thing you’d do if you weren’t sure the dawn would ever arrive? Join our heroes in their waning hours as we show their journeys through what could be their ...

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AdmiralWhiskers liked this:
3.0

Couldn't be bothered to list all the stories here. This is not worth reading. The worst stories are the Bizarro ones. I've got pretty much nothing to say about the rest. The final story about Lobo by Tom King is needlessly pedantic. He quotes 1 Maccabees throughout the story, and it's like... Really, did we need this for a stupid Lobo story? I don't even agree with the message of it in the end bec more

DC's Very Merry Multiverse #1

By: Jay Baruchel, Eleonora Carlini
Released: Dec 9, 2020

Joy to all 52 worlds-it’s time to celebrate the holiday season across the DC Multiverse! In ten stories that will light your yule log and spike your eggnog, Batman decks the gaslit halls, Lobo goes Old Testament in space, Ragman learns the true meaning of Saturnalia, President Superman attempts to figure out how Bizarro stole Christmas, and Harle...

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AdmiralWhiskers liked this:
6.0

Usually I can look at the table of contents of these and see a few writers I’m excited to see, this one only had Tom King. The multiple Bizarro stories and multiple takes on A Christmas Carol read as sheer laziness.

DC's Very Merry Multiverse #1

By: Jay Baruchel, Eleonora Carlini
Released: Dec 9, 2020

Joy to all 52 worlds-it’s time to celebrate the holiday season across the DC Multiverse! In ten stories that will light your yule log and spike your eggnog, Batman decks the gaslit halls, Lobo goes Old Testament in space, Ragman learns the true meaning of Saturnalia, President Superman attempts to figure out how Bizarro stole Christmas, and Harle...

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