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Comics for summer reading 

A ton of comic books are set to hit shops this summer -- but some will be more worth reading than others. Here's what I'm looking forward to reading over the next few months:

Batman and Robin (DC Comics, June): Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely reunite to introduce a brand-new Batman and Robin. Let's hope they can rekindle some of the wild creativity they pumped out on All-Star Superman.

Chew (Image Comics, June): Now here's a book with a cool concept: Chew tells the story of a police detective with the ability to get psychic impressions from whatever he eats. This comes in handy when searching for killers and such ... but unfortunately requires nibbling on corpses.

Buck Rogers (Dynamite Entertainment, June): Dynamite brings back one of pop culture's first heroes: Buck Rogers. The enduring "man out of time," who served as the inspiration for dozens of iconic characters, returns with a new design by Alex Ross and a new ongoing series.

Captain America No. 60 (Marvel Comics, June): Is Steve Rogers coming back from the dead? I hope so (even though I love the new Cap).

Blackest Night (DC Comics, July): Writer Geoff Johns rolls out this limited series that stars Green Lantern (all of them) and promises to bring back a bunch of dead heroes (like Aquaman and Martian Manhunter).

Wednesday Comics (DC Comics, July): With Wednesday Comics, DC hopes to bring back the look and feel of those classic full-page Sunday comic strips. The weekly, 12-issue series sports an impressive lineup of creators, including Neil Gaiman, Joe Kubert, Paul Pope, Kyle Baker and Brian Azzarello.

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

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