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Ratings: -Bad, ~OK, +Good, *Magic.
Content: [humour]Fun, [sci-fi]SF, [fantasy]Fantasy, [all ages]All Ages, [beyond genre]Beyond, [les/bi/gay]Gay, [smut]Smut.
+ JLA: The Nail - Alan Davis (What if little Kal-El hadn't been rescued by the Kents?)
+ The Crimson Avenger - Roy & Dann Thomas, Greg Brooks (a 1938 adventure of the early costumed hero)
+ Superman: Distant Fires - Gil Kane, Howard Chaykin (Supes survives nuclear holocaust without powers)
~ Prisonopolis, Infochameleon - Ben Adams & co. (stories with something to say about our future) [sci-fi]
~ The Enchanters - Steven Gellman (a team of magical gay/lesbian superheroes) [fantasy][les/bi/gay]
-+ Iron Man - Scott Lobdell & Jim Lee, Kurt Busiek (two recent relaunches of a classic hero)
+ The Invisibles - Grant Morrison, Phil Jimenez (what if those occult conspiracies were all real?) [fantasy] [sci-fi]
+ Atlantis Chronicles - Peter David, Esteban Maroto (the epic of Aquaman's kingdom and people) [fantasy] [sci-fi]
+ Another Day - Mario E. Miranda (an ordinary young man discovers he can do extraordinary things) [beyond genre]
~ Crisis on Earth Prime - Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas (a mondo Multiverse multi-team crossover) [all ages]
+ DESTROY!! - Scott McCloud (32 pages of meaningless violence and mayhem, plus one naughty word) [humour]
+ Superman Adventures #11,12 - McCloud, Burchett (Superman - and Lois - face a threat to his life) [all ages]
+ Anarky - Alan Grant, Norm Breyfogle (an anarchist anti-villain schemes to save the world)
- Blood Pack - Charles Moore, Christopher Taylor (a hip made-for-TV superhero team)
~ Green Lantern/Green Arrow - O'Neil, Marz, Dixon (hard-traveling heroes: then and now)
+ Leave It To Chance - James Robinson, Paul Smith (an adolescent girl tries following dad's footsteps) [humour] [all ages] [fantasy]
+ Tempest - Phil Jimenez (the former Aqualad explores his past and makes a new name for himself)
+ The Spectre - John Ostrander, Tom Mandrake (the wrath of God joined with a dead cop) [beyond genre][fantasy]
~ Gemini Blood - Christopher Hinz, T.L.Edwards (mercenaries vs. creatures with 2 bodies but 1 mind) [sci-fi]
+ Time Breakers - Rachel Pollack, Chris Weston (What if time paradoxes were necessary for life to exist?) [sci-fi]
~ Jet #1 - Jonathan Hong (manga-influenced masked kid urban adventurer) [super] [humour] [all ages]
+ Scare Tactics - Kaminski, Williams, Lanning (horror meets humour meets human interest) [humour]
~ Vampirella Lives #1 - Warren Ellis, Amanda Conner (one of the original "bad girl" characters)
~ Oktane - Gerard Jones, Gene Ha (a 10-foot oil-guzzling post-apocalyptic enigma) [beyond genre] [sci-fi]
~ Turok #1 - Fabian Nicieza, Rafael Kayanan (an irresponsible stud[ent] becomes Turok the dinosaur hunter)
+ Troublemakers #1 - Fabian Nicieza, Kenny Martinez, Anibal Rodriguez (adolescent superkids) [humour]
+ Heroes - Matt Wayne, ChrisCross, Prentis Rollins (Milestone's first "public" superhero team) [les/bi/gay]
~ Green Arrow #0-109 - Dixon/Puckett, various artists (Ollie Queen's son follows in his father's footsteps)
~ Eradicator - Velez, Robinson, Lowe (the last "pure" Kryptonian looks for his humanity) [sci-fi]
* Gon #1 - Masashi Tanaka (a dwarf dinosaur's adventures in the modern world) [humour] [all ages]
~ Prez - Joe Simon / Ed Brubaker ("the first teen president", in 1973 and 1995) [beyond genre]
+ What They Did to Princess Paragon - Robert Rodi (what if DC made Wonder Woman a lesbian?) [humour] [les/bi/gay]
* Wonder Woman #1-46 - George Pérez, & co (an Amazon brings her message of equality and peace)
+ CyberZone #1-7 - Jimmie Robinson (future adventures of a street-tough woman and her sentient Gunn) [les/bi/gay] [sci-fi]
~ Leatherboy - Craig Maynard (a gay sex-toy superhero fights a super-powered-sex menace) [smut] [les/bi/gay] [sci-fi]
- Manhunter - Steve Grant, Vince Giarrano (some dude with kewl shoulder pads and a scowling attitude)
+ Primal Force - Seagle, Hooper/Choles, Kaalberg (heroes from the fringes of the DC Universe)
+ Starman #0-20 - J.Robinson, Harris, Von Grawbadger (the son of the first Starman reluctantly takes the job)
- Fate - J.Moore/Grant/Kaminsky, Williams, Lanning (Dr. Fate is replaced by a sword-wielding ruffian)
~ Xenobrood - Moench, Coker/Hunter, Aiken/Lowe (a team of "genies released from a bottle")
+ The DC Challenge! - the 1986 DC creative staff (round-robin mini-series featuring DC's superheroes) [all ages]
+ The Jam #1-11 - Bernie Mireault (a guy who wears a suit and fights crime... but isn't a superhero) [beyond genre] [humour]
+ The Foot Soldiers vol.1 - Kreuger, Oeming (a group of kids become heroes in an oppressed future) [sci-fi]
~ Prime vol.1 - G.Jones/Strazewski, Breyfogle, etc. (flagship title of the original Malibu Ultraverse)
~ Powers That Be / Star Seed #1-4 - Jim Shooter & co (superhero series from Broadway Comics)
* V for Vendetta - Alan Moore, David Lloyd (a masked anarchist takes on fascist Britain) [beyond genre] [super]
~ Avant Guard #2 - Stephen Conley (old-style superheroes drawn using modern computer tools) [sci-fi]
Dedicated to the memories of Andy Bristol, cerebral hemorrhage survivor.
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