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Comic Proportions 

In this week's (online-only) edition of Comic Proportions, I'm skipping my usual reviews to present out a list of a few comics I actually read on a regular basis. So this time around, you won't be seeing my take on what's bad -- only the good. Here goes:

Fell (Image Comics): Written by Warren Ellis with art by Ben Templesmith, this crime comic tells the ongoing adventures of police Detective Fell and his attempts to solve crimes in the weird city of Snowtown. Honestly, I'm usually not a big fan of mystery comics, but Ellis is a master at making a sometimes-boring genre exciting and bizarre. One of the cooler features of the book is the actual page structure; Ellis and Templesmith have created a panel grid that makes reading the 16-page comic seem like you're reading a 32-page comic. And Fell only costs $1.99 per month. A trade paperback collecting the first eight or so issues is out right now.

The Mighty Avengers (Marvel Comics): When Brian Michael Bendis took over writing chores on the Avengers years ago, fan boys around the world groaned. Everyone was certain he'd impose his dialogue-heavy style and turn the book into a talking-head fest. And, you know what? He did. Under his reign, the action in The New Avengers did take a backseat to the talky talk. So I for one was close to orgasmic when I read the first issue of Bendis' second Avengers book, The Mighty Avengers. His approach to Mighty is almost the total opposite of what he does on New. He's loaded the comic with heavyweights like Wonder Man, Sentry, and Ares (the god of war) instead of scrubs like Echo and Ronin-- and he's downplayed the tongue action to play up the fisticuffs and explosions. If you hate Bendis, you'll love Mighty Avengers. Oh and the art in the first six issues is by Frank Cho, and it's damn good.

Powers (Marve/Icon): Yeah, yeah -- Bendis writes this, too. But it's good. I actually dropped this book a year or so ago after that whole monkey story arc. But I decided to pick it up a few months ago to check on the characters I've come to love. Once I returned, I discovered that the regular "super hero detective" story had been reinstated and the crazy letters section was still going strong; however, the format of the book was changed to accommodate eight more pages of art and story. And you'll never hear me complain about more pages for my buck. If you were a reader of Powers before, trust me: you can go home again.

That's it for this week. Come back next time -- we'll be in print and online with our regular style of reviews.

Reviewed materials furnished by Heroes Aren't Hard To Find: www.heroesonline.com.

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