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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Batman '89 #1 Aug 17, 2021
6.0

Hats off to Quinones for capturing the absolutely grotesque facial features of Michael Keaton. I know that Burton is always into things that would make an audience vomit, and while watching his Batman films I can wholeheartedly attest that Keaton did not obtain his role because of any "good" looks.
I was always more of a Superman kid, so any time that the '89 Batman came on I would be bore more

Batman '89 #1

By: Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones
Released: Aug 11, 2021

Step back into the Gotham of Tim Burton’s seminal classic Batman movies! Batman ’89 brings in screenwriter Sam Hamm (Batman, Batman Returns) and artist Joe Quinones (Dial H for Hero) to pull on a number of threads left dangling by the prolific director. Gotham becomes torn in two as citizens dressed as Batman and The Joker duke it out in the st...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Skybound X #5 Aug 10, 2021
9.0

Skybound X is the top anthology on the shelves right now overflooded with bloody black & white stories.
I've skipped over The Walking Dead for years because of the hype and high issue count never made the franchise inviting. The Rick Grimes 2000 tale that bookends here is more than I could have asked for in my first trip into The Walking Dead.
Short, to the point, and accessible to rea more

Skybound X #5

By: Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley
Released: Aug 4, 2021

RICK GRIMES 2000 concludes! Plus, new THE SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON and GASOLINA stories! ALSO, something COMPLETELY NEW from ROBERT KIRKMAN & JASON HOWARD! SECRETS!

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Black Widow #9 Aug 3, 2021
8.5

High paced action and my favorite person to ever wear a Spider this side of Eddie Brock, Black Widow No.9 is featuring a Widow story that is just getting better and better.
I am glad I stuck with the series, because the Arcade storyline dragged , and it seems as if the farther Natasha gets away from her family life the better the story gets.
The banter between Yelena & Natasha is spoke more

Black Widow #9

By: Kelly Thompson, Elena Casagrande
Released: Jul 28, 2021

The Black Widow and her team learn the source of the Olio's powers - and the bleak fate of those in thrall to Apogee, including Natasha's protégée, Lucy, whose time is running out. Natasha and Apogee go head-to-head for the future of San Francisco, but Natasha will risk everything to protect her city and the new life she's built there.

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9.0

Morrison didn't retire. Morrison didn't retire! MORRISON DIDN'T RETIRE! Those were my initial thoughts when I picked up "Superman And The Authority". Happy that one of my favorite scribes and teachers was not going to hang his hat on a series about my least favorite (and most overrated) Green Lantern's. It appears that authors in all mediums have a tendency to pull the ol' bait and switch to get c more

Superman and the Authority #1

By: Grant Morrison, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 21, 2021

Sometimes even Superman finds a task almost impossible. Sometimes even the Last Son of Krypton needs to enlist help. Some tasks require methods and heroes that don’t scream “Justice League.” So Clark Kent, the Metropolis Marvel, seeks out Manchester Black, the most dastardly of rogues, to form an all-new Authority tasked with taking care of s...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Barbarella #1 Jul 20, 2021
6.5

Barabarella busts out in an era where being a sex worker is more socially acceptable than ever before; dropping right on the heels when a clown like Meagan Thee Stallion covers a rag like S.I. It's only fitting.
The thing is, despite Barbarella's laughable, Enchantress - esque powers, there is deep storytelling here that throws everything that previous Barabarella know into flux - capturing more

Barbarella #1

By: Sarah Hoyt, Madibek Musabekov
Released: Jul 14, 2021

The Siren of Space returns for a series of all-new adventures by a dynamic new creative team!  Multi-award winning author SARAH HOYT and rising star artist MADIBEK MUSABEKOV are at the controls as Barbarella leaves space dock on a new mission fraught with unseen layers of danger, duplicity and perhaps a dose of romance!  Camelot...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Immortal Hulk #48 Jul 11, 2021
10

I would give a lot for Bennet to draw She-Hulk 24/7. I love the way that Ewing writes her too and doesn't make her Savage side look stupid , as opposed to Aaron's writing on the current Avengers.
That's all the comparisons I'm going to speak on for this review, because Immortal Hulk will win against any other title currently on stands if I continued to do that.
It was great to see Harp more

Immortal Hulk #48

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 7, 2021

COUNTDOWN TO THE END...
•  Questioning himself after his recent confrontations, the Hulk turns to the one person who always understood him - only too well.
•  It's time for truths to be told. But will it be Betty Banner who tells them...
•  ...or will the Hulk face the gaze of the RED HARPY?<...

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10

The latest issue of Secret Files just could not dissapoint. What to expect from anything featuring Psycho Pirate? Here is a good reason why this character has survived every generation of the DCU.
Filled with existentialist themes to further push the narrative in the main Infinite Frontier series, the best really had been saved for last with a classic interrogation featuring some of the most more

Infinite Frontier: Secret Files #6

By: Dan Watters, Christopher Mitten
Released: Jun 23, 2021

The Psycho Pirate is the only being who has been there for ever Crisis. Yet even he doesn't realize how important a part he plays, or just how integral he is to what happens next.

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10

Black Hammer Reborn No.1 is Lemire doing what he was born to do : telling goddamn stories about unknown characters that an avid comic book reader can only grow to love.
I come off of falling in love with Sweet Tooth two years ago at a Kansas Public Library.
Damn representation, "Black Hammer" to me was just an edgy superhero group that went at it with the Justice League before I read more

Black Hammer: Reborn #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Caitlin Yarsky
Released: Jun 23, 2021

The Eisner Award-winning superhero saga returns in this ongoing series picking up twenty years later with new series artist Caitlin Yarsky.  

Now, it's twenty years later, and Lucy, and the world, have moved on. Living in the suburbs of Spiral City, Lucy is married and has children. But all is not blissful. Her marriage is fallin...

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C.V.R. The Bard dropped Heroes Reborn (2021) from their pull list Jun 21, 2021

Heroes Reborn (2021)

A WORLD WITHOUT AVENGERS!   
Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead this world has always been prot...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Static: Season One #1 Jun 21, 2021
4.5

In a week where I played catch up due to just hopping out on "time-served", "Static" was a title that I was looking forward to, though not at the forefront of the Milestone relaunch. Though it's placement is understandable , as Static is arguably the most recognizable character from Dakotaverse , all that I had feared was present in this first issue, namely the overwhelming sense of teen melodram more

Static: Season One #1

By: Vita Ayala, ChrisCross
Released: Jun 16, 2021

At long last, the most famous face of the Milestone Universe is making his shocking return!
Bullied nerd Virgil Hawkins wasn't the kind of kid you'd normally find on the streets at a protest– but like everyone else in the city of Dakota, he was fed up. Unfortunately, the first time he stood up to raise his voice, the world turned upside d...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed X-Men #21 Jun 15, 2021
9.5

What with getting locked up over a little misdemeanor and then getting things together for my new place out in the 313, I've been sleeping on a lot of the books that have been coming out over the past two weeks.
Luckily, I was able to feast my eyes on Hickman's latest, via X-Men number 21.
The Hellfire Gala was every bit as extravagant as promised, given the lead up over the past sever more

X-Men #21

By: Jonathan Hickman, Russell Dauterman
Released: Jun 9, 2021

THE HEROES OF KRAKOA DEBUT!
It's a changing if the guard as the first X-Men team of Krakoa debuts! One era ends as a new one begins, and the handoff happens here.
32 PGS./Rated T+

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Wonder Girl #1 May 20, 2021
8.0

Gorgeously drawn & well-written. Jones is able to tell a backstory & drum up excitement for the future without dragging in any point of her pilot.
Nubia makes a token appearance, as well as a queen who appears to have usurped Artemis' thrown. That's all great, but I still want to see more of Nubia in the DCU than these little cameos. Since she took over as Queen of the Amazons, I still ask D more

Wonder Girl #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: May 19, 2021

The story of Yara Flor starts here!
Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life-and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and wit...

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8.5

These composite Batmen really make me think they are the real deal with the way Kubert is drawing this.
Kubert stays showing off his chops here, while the story from Taylor feels a little heavy on backstory. Hopefully the buildup is over so next issue we can get into the meat & potatoes.
The death of the stooges are straight out of a noir novel and I am looking forward to learning the more

Batman: The Detective #2

By: Tom Taylor, Andy Kubert
Released: May 12, 2021

The bestselling team of writer Tom Taylor and artist Andy Kubert continue their epic Batman adventure!
Batman’s European adventure continues as the mystery around the organization known as Equilibrium deepens! Just who are these enigmatic villains, and why are they out to erase the Dark Knight’s legacy? And how does Henri Ducard play in...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Heroes Reborn #2 May 17, 2021
6.0

Hulk got fused with Bizarro - two of my comic book favorites - just to get stamped out by the worst iteration of Hyperion. And I thought Spider-Man got done dirty ...
The lack of the MAX Squadron Supreme is going to stay as my biggest gripe against this story. I might try to ignore it.
Blade popping up like Ebon ob Static Shock was crazy, and Cap with a beard is such a crazy look I was more

Heroes Reborn #2

By: Jason Aaron, Dale Keown
Released: May 12, 2021

Make way for the adventures of Marvel's Mightiest Megastar, the all-powerful Hyperion! When America's solar-powered, super-sentinel of liberty looks to return his archenemy Victor Von Doom to the other-dimensional prison of the Negative Zone, mighty Hyperion must deal with a breakout of his most powerful enemies, such as Ultron, General Annihilus a...

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C.V.R. The Bard added Heroes Reborn (2021) to their pull list May 17, 2021

Heroes Reborn (2021)

A WORLD WITHOUT AVENGERS!   
Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him. Instead this world has always been prot...

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7.0

Shiva's story was heartbreaking. But letting go of those you love is the universal language of life.
Skipped the rest but Red Hood. Great to see the best version of The Dynamic Duo back in action. I am a sucker for this shit.
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Batman: Urban Legends #3

By: Che Grayson, Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque
Released: May 12, 2021

• The mystery around Cole Cash and HALO deepens as Batman takes a more active role investigating the man known as Grifter. But other villains in Gotham have begun to notice what Grifter is up to, and they’re about to attempt an assassination! How long can the unlikely team-up between this Dynamic Duo last?
• The Outsiders epic reaches ...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Rorschach #8 May 17, 2021
3.5

An interrogation? The only thing I liked was the callbacks to the mask becoming the wearer's face.
I'm done man. And Rorschach is one of my favorite comic book characters. This wacky story is losing it's legs.
Anybody but Tom King should have handled this.
This book should have went straight to GN - maybe that would have saved it from being a blemish to Watchmen's legacy.
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Rorschach #8

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: May 12, 2021

As the detective digs deeper into the mystery behind Rorschach and his sidekick, the story becomes about not what they wanted to do but why they started on their murderous path. As more witnesses emerge, the stranger Laura’s history is revealed to be. Tough times made her want to kill a presidential candidate, and she did a lot of damage herself ...

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10

I wish Peter would have killed J. Jonah. Oh well,he'll be wishing the same thing next issue.
This is great. I love seeing Spider-Man cut loose and with the symbiote that never forgot him.
I always loved What If? stories, and this as a limited with Zdarsky on it - the master of pulling superhero's into depressive states - is the perfect intro to something I want to see more of.
Se more

Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #2

By: Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry
Released: May 12, 2021

WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM?
Spider-Man's vicious new approach to crime has every villain on high alert! No one is safe as Peter succumbs further to his new dark powers. Wilson Fisk wants to put an end to this deadly new Spidey once and for all, but who is really the one coordinating this takedown attempt? And with Peter haunted more by h...

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6.5

Just read the Red Hood joint, because my favorite Robin was the draw to cracking open another dreaded Future State book.
It was not that bad. I'll check out the next one. Need to replace the penciler though, I hate how he makes Ravager look like a disproportionate toothpick.
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Future State: Gotham #1

By: Dennis Culver, Giannis Milonogiannis
Released: May 12, 2021

The event that was DC Future State continues in its own ongoing title starring the Bat-Family, beginning with the epic story “Hunt the Batman.” Disaster strikes Gotham City, and all evidence points to the Next Batman! Red Hood must choose justice over his family and allies when the corrupt Magistrate enlists him to bring in the new Batman dead ...

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7.5

Lovee some of the shorts here that I read and the exposure to characters that just get overlooked.
Kong should be replacing Jon for the next Superman role, and finding out so much of Green Arrow'd extended family - I smell a new Arrow team complete with a new Speedy.
And as for that last tale, Nubia looked perfect completing the Trinity. DC what's the hold up? Bendis would write her we more

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration #1

By: Aniz Adam Ansari, Gurihiru
Released: May 12, 2021

Grab your favorite boba and pull a chair up to the dim sum table as we celebrate Asian Heritage Month with all your favorite Asian DC characters, old and new! Join Cassandra Cain, Katana, Green Lantern Tai Pham, the Atom, Dana Tan (a.k.a. Batman Beyond), Red Arrow, Lady Shiva, Damian Wayne and the al Ghul clan, New Super-Man, and more as we present...

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed X-Corp #1 May 17, 2021
3.0

This isn't it. I dont care what the writer says Penance looks like a bitch. And Angel looks like a dunce.The frontrunners of this team are completely unlikable. Make Madrox and that hacker girl team leaders , because this writer cant voice Penance or Angel.
Too long of a book. This just wasn't it.
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X-Corp #1

By: Tini Howard, Alberto Foche
Released: May 12, 2021

KRAKOA IS FOR CLOSERS!
The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa.  As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. B...

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7.5

I'm eager to see the dysfunction between the dismantaling of the League - once again. A little tired of Martian Manhunter being a sacrificial lamb, but I am a sadistic sucker for watching him burn so let Zdarsky tell his DC tale that makes Batman look like an asshole, once again.
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Justice League: Last Ride #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Miguel Mendonca
Released: May 12, 2021

Once, the Justice League was the most powerful collection of superheroes in the universe. But an unthinkable tragedy within its ranks has caused Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to go their separate ways, leaving the League broken and disbanded under a veil of anger and mistrust. Now, against the backdrop of the universe’s greatest murder trial,...

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10

An orgy,a Snow White Evil Queen take, and alot of flying/running around with gorgeous shots of Vampi/Purgi's "lovely lady lumps". This title is the fun version of Harry Potter's hunt for horcruxes. The mystery just got deeper, more villains got introduced and this title is at least more than halfway through. I don't know how they do so well over at Dynamite (probably the lack of big event books an more

Vampirella vs. Purgatori #3

By: Ray Fawkes, Alvaro Sarraseca
Released: May 12, 2021

It's always darkest before the dawn, right?  Let's tell ourselves that, because not only is Lilith getting very creative with her "corrupt the incorruptible, end the world" plan, but a powerful new player has decided to get involved for the giggles... but mostly for the Armageddon. Things are shaping up to get massively out of hand, which...

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10

Well this is what I expect from all Dynamite titles : something raw & titilating. I haven't read a catfight this arousing in awhile, nor have I read a superhero throwdown more visually or phonetically satisfying than this.
There was no rush, and even though the fight was seen through Sonja's eyes, the perspective of Vampirella & "The Superpowers" were still translated thoroughly.
And th more

Red Sonja: Superpowers #5

By: Dan Abnett, Jonathan Lau
Released: May 12, 2021

FINAL ISSUE! Sonja has fought the idea of being a hero long enough. Will she accept membership into The Project...and if so, is she ready for the evil she must face? By DAN ABNETT (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and JONATHAN LAU (Red Sonja)!

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C.V.R. The Bard reviewed Wonder Woman #772 May 11, 2021
1.0

Again no. I just looked at the cover. Another double Diana story, when she's supposed to have BEEN dead? WHERE'S NUBIA? Hell, where's Yar? DC needs to stop bullshitting the readers and pass the torch. Pussyfooting time has been long gone.
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Wonder Woman #772

By: Jordie Bellaire, Paulina Ganucheau
Released: May 12, 2021

Wonder Woman may have outsmarted the beasts of Asgard for now, but nothing has prepared her for what’s to come. Diana’s darkest self has emerged as a new opponent, and she’ll need help from an unexpected ally whose connection to thunder has inspired many a tale: Thor! Can this god-and-demi-goddess duo find out what has disturbed the balance o...

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BitchWitcher - May 11, 2021

This is so ridiculous. A writer, an artist, a colourist, a letterer, and two editors worked hard on this book so you'd give it a 1 because a character you like isn't in it. You realise the solicit for this came out in February, and nowhere in them was Nubia mentioned? You wilfully spent $4.99 for a hissy fit you could've spared yourself. Good for you.

Axolotl - May 13, 2021

DC announced a Nubia and the Amazons book coming this year at ComicsPRO. The release date and writer haven't been announced yet, but it's in the works. They put it on their website as well, if you want to copy and paste the link. https://www.dccomics.com/blog/2021/02/19/dc-teases-new-series-and-confirms-free-comic-book-day-at-comicspro

7.0

"Dear Becky" had more substance than the first volume because of the added tear-jerker of a love story. If you've read this book and can empathize with any of the characters, then you've probably already lost love. Ennis playing on this was gold enough to get through the more rougher parts of the tale.
The action, stark political stances, and expletives are still all here - but these element more

The Boys: Dear Becky Collected

By: Garth Ennis, Russell Braun

Twelve years after the events of The Boys, Hughie finds himself back home in Scotland where he intends to finally marry Annie in the company of friends and family. But the sudden appearance of a peculiar document sends our hero into a tailspin and threatens to bring the events of his nightmarish past crashing down on him in the worst possible way. ...

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Hey love your name & thanks for saluting my review!

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6.5

So this is the infamous Wildstorm run that started at all. Written with a heavy Crown tongue, the whole book is brutal violence and innuendos. When that isn't enough it's orgies and blowjobs topped off (pun intended) with impalements and flesh-eating hamsters.
Beyond all these attractions is a story of espionage, vengeance, and the missuse of power common in the U.S. "country" that is openly more

The Boys Vol. 1: The Name Of The Game

By: Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to welcome Gath Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys as they present the first trade paperback collection of the comic book series everyone is talking about!! Collecting the first 6 issues of the controversial new series from PREACHER writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson (TRANSMETROPOLITAN)! Don't miss thi...

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9.5

Even down to the title, it's just cold how Dynamite's composite JLA is doing Vampi over Red Sonja. But I love how they are being pitted against each other, because even though there were hints - I did not see this coming. I thought this storyline and Sonja's was happening in another universe - not a before and after !
Vampi being prejudged and the way she takes it : hurt , but been there bef more

Vampirella: The Dark Powers #5

By: Dan Abnett, Paul Davidson
Released: Apr 14, 2021

VAMPIRELLA VS. THE BLACK TERROR!

The Project is convinced that Vampi has turned villainous and will stop at nothing to contain her!
By DAN ABNETT (Justice League Odyssey) and PAUL DAVIDSON (Silver Surfer)!

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1.0

Terrible art, boring story that just cant stand up with the more oft-kilter Sonja titles out now. These are the feminist clowns that ruined Harley Quinn ? Hard pass.
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The Invincible Red Sonja #1

By: Jimmy Palmiotti, Moritat
Released: May 5, 2021

Written by the award-winning fan favorites AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI, Red Sonja finds herself on a spectacular journey filled with pirates, mermaids, princesses, and political intrigue as the threat of two kingdoms hangs in the balance. All this, plus the spectacular art of MORITAT and a cover by AMANDA CONNER and PAUL MOUNTS makes THE INVI...

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