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A quick look at 3 new first issues 

Last week was a big one for the comic book industry, with a ton of new first issues hitting the stands. Here are a few quick looks at a trio of books:

Wolfskin: Hundredth Dream No. 1 -- Writer Warren Ellis brings back his "barbarian" comic for a new story line. This title has earned a rep for being ultra-violent -- and it is pretty blood-soaked -- but the characterization is just as strong as the action scenes.

Black Widow No. 1 -- This comic should be used as a case study on how not to start an ongoing series. The book fails to explain who exactly the lead and/or supporting characters are, fails to set up an interesting world for these characters and fails to show what makes the Widow cool. I hate to be doom-and-gloom, but expect this comic to get axed very soon.

The Flash No. 1 -- Now, this is how you start a comic book series. Coming out on the heels of event comics like The Flash: Rebirth and Blackest Night, the first issue of this new Flash comic provides a fresh start that's totally accessible to new readers. DC's MVP writer, Geoff Johns, makes all the right moves by quickly telling us who the lead character is, giving us the lowdown of his world, and showing readers what makes this hero worthy of his own monthly comic. Buy it.

Reviewed materials provided by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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