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This whole month has been torture for me! Ever since I read the first issue of Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland back in August, I could hardly wait for October to read the next chapter in this fresh, new comic book series. I was immediately hooked by Eric Shanower's beautiful story and unique take on the brilliant works of Winsor McCay.

When my boss first posted the title for this comic book, I knew it had to be a mistake. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles AND the Ghostbusters . . . IN THE SAME STORYLINE!!! No way. These are two of my favorite childhood cartoons. Could they really work together? That's when I realized the connection: New York City.

Uh oh. Here we go . . .

In last month's issue of our ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic books, our heroes met with Hob who was currently building his own mutant army to help win the fight against Shredder and his foot clan. Everything was going well until Hob's dim-witted pigeon friend spilled the beans about his plans and the Turtles' involvement to baddies Rocksteady and BeBop. And now, they're looking for revenge!

In the movie business, the good guys always win. And, they should! Good will always prevail, even if evil pins us down every once in a while.

But, not all villains are bad. To some, the baddies are the good guys. And, Star Wars: A Shattered Hope shows us exactly that. Well, at least it tells a beautiful story through the eyes of Ensign Nanda, Commanding Officer to one of the worst villains ever created: Darth Vader!

Beautiful. Just beautiful! No. I'm not talking about the destruction of the Death Star. I'm not even talking about the famous Princess Leia herself, although the same could certainly be said about her. No. Clearly, I'm talking about the comic book I just read, Star Wars: Rebel Heist.

Boy, am I glad I caught up on Volume 9 of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Monsters, Misfits, and Madmen. I feel as though all the other TMNT comic books I’ve read as of late make much more sense now. A whole lot of trouble is brewing in New York City, and I can why tell our heroes would be stressed.

You know what I love most about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books? The whole tie in with the action figures. Each comic I've read so far has reminded me of so many fond memories I had as a child. And, in TMNT #38, I saw so many of my favorite action figure characters!

These days, if I were to pick up a Star Wars comic book and hope for a new storyline, I would expect to read about tales during the currently popular Clone Wars. Naturally, you'll feel my surprise and excitement when I asked to read Star Wars Volume 3: Rebel Girl and learn all about what happens to some of my favorite original characters from a galaxy far, far away.

Poor, misunderstood Darth Maul.

When we think of all the Star Wars villains out there--particularly from the films--Maul is probably the worst of them all. I mean, think about it: we barely get to know Darth Maul's back story in Star Wars: Episode I--The Phantom Menace. All we discover is that he died an apprentice. "Always two, there are," Yoda says. "A master and an apprentice." The comic book I just finished, however, Star Wars: Darth Maul--Son of Dathomir, gives an excellent inside look as to who Darth Maul really was and perhaps even who he could have been.

Wow. That was deep. I'm talking "reasons-why-I-love-the-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-series" deep. And, if you don't know how deep that love goes, then think of Michelangelo's favorite style of pizza. That's right, I'm talking deep-dish kind of deep. It doesn't get any deeper than that!

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