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- A college chick with a sword
- Blogs come to comics
- Podcasts come to comics
- The terrifyingly good art of Eduardo Risso
- Plus: magic, mystery and underage drinking


Each week we run down the 5 most interesting comics that come out on Wednesday. Here's what to look for today.

5. THE SWORD #1
written by Joshua Luna; art by Jonathan Luna
Image Comics
32 pgs | $2.99

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The Luna Brothers made a big splash in the comics world a few years back with their witty Sex and The City meets superheroines satire - Ultra. Their latest is billed as Kill Bill meets Highlander and is about a college art student named Dara Brighton whose life is tragically turned upside down by a group of strangers looking for a mystical sword. Dara then goes on a trek - most likely with said mystical sword - for bloody revenge against the mysterious strangers.

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4. CORY DOCTOROW'S FUTURISTIC TALES OF THE HERE AND NOW #1 (of 6)
Written by Dara Naraghi, JC Vaughn, James Anthony Kuhoric and Dan Taylor; art by Daniel Warner, Exteve Polls, Paul McCaffrey, Alberto Dose and Vassilis Gogtzilas
IDW Publishing

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Blogger Cory Doctorow enters the world of comics with a six-issue mini-series adapting six of his sci-fi prose short stories. Various writers and artists team up for each issue and each cover is drawn by a different superstar artist such as Paul Pope, Ashley Wood, and Sam Keith. The series starts out with the tale of a 12 year old girl named Anda who gets paid in real life to kill cheating video game characters in the virtual world. When Anda finds out the identity of who is paying her to do this though, suddenly everything she thought she knew is wrong.

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3. AWESOME: THE INDIE SPINNER RACK ANTHOLOGY
By various
Evil Twin Comics
208 pgs | $14.95

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Blogs aren't the only piece of web chocolate finding their way into the comic book peanut butter this week. Indie comic podcast Indie Spinner Rack releases their own anthology showcasing a nice variety of indie newcomers and well-established superstarts such as: Al Columbia, Nick Bertozzi, Neil Swaab, Roger Landgrige, and Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (of Action Philosphers fame, who also happen to be the publishers of this book).

First bloggers writing comics, now podcasters producing comics. When do we get our first Twitter comic?

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2. EDUARDO RISSO'S TALES OF TERROR
Written by Carlos Trillo, art by Eduardo Risso
Dynamite Entertainment
160 pgs | $14.99

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Eduardo Risso is an outrageously talented artist who is mostly known in the U.S. for his work on the popular crime comic 100 Bullets. He has a large body of pre-Bullets work that until recently had only been available in his native Argentina - and some other non-English speaking countries but the key here is that it was not printed in English. Dynamite Entertainment has been working on translating much of this work and the latest offering is a volume of "Eleven Terrifying Tales of Modern Horror".

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1. SUBURBAN GLAMOUR #1 (of 4)
By Jamie McKelvie
Image Comics
32 pgs | $3.50

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Jamie McKelvie is an artist perhaps best known for the recent Phonogram mini-series he drew about magic powered by British pop music. For several years he's been writing and drawing his own book of magic, the first issue of which hits the stands this week. Unlike the black and white art on Phonogram, this book is in bright, eye-popping color thanks to colorist, Guy Major.

Set in a small town in England, Suburban Glamour follows two bored teenagers, Astrid and Dave, who discover their lives are more interesting then they thought when a childhood imaginary friend comes calling. Suddenly what is real and what is imaginary becomes very unclear.

Preview and an interview with McKelvie here.

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