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Comics coming out in the spring 

A change of seasons brings a slew of new comic books and graphic novels. Here's a look at four titles you should try to snag:

Dark Horse Presents: Dark Horse Comics' groundbreaking anthology series (which launched watershed comics like Sin City, among others) is back in a brand-new incarnation. This 21st century version of Dark Horse Presents clocks in at 80 pages and will be released quarterly. But the reason this comic is one to watch is because early issues will feature new serialized comics by Paul Chadwick (bringing back Concrete), Frank Miller (with "Xerxes," a prequel to his acclaimed 300 graphic novel), Howard Chaykin and a host of other award-winning creators.

Moon Knight: I don't know if I'm anxious about this comic because I'm excited ... or afraid. Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev are bringing their controversial talents over to the cult character Moon Knight — and they're injecting a radical new take on the hero. Apparently, this time around, Moon Knight will embrace his multiple personalities and somehow (and for some reason) mimic the traits of other super dudes — like Spider-Man, Wolverine and others. Yeah, it sounds like a potential disaster. Then again, it might be brilliant. Whether it's good or bad, you should plan to (at least) pick up the first issue.

Batwoman: Writer Greg Rucka and artist JH Williams transformed what was essentially a lesbian version of Batman into a credible and relevant character. Now, Williams is back on his own to both write and draw the adventures of Batwoman in a new ongoing series. The jury, of course, is still out on Williams' ability to carry the comic without Rucka, but when the two creators worked together a year or so ago on Batwoman in the pages of Detective Comics, Williams turned out some truly awe-inspiring art. So, hey, the comic will — without a doubt — look gorgeous.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown: Snoopy fans, take note — the Peanuts gang gets its first graphic novel with Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, published by Boom! Studios' all-ages imprint kaboom! This 80-page hardcover is derived from a tale by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and coincides with the release of a new animated feature of the same name (available March 29 on DVD). All that said, this is a book that can't be missed. Even comic snobs love the Peanuts.

carlton.hargro@creativeloafing.com

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

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