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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is the latest Dark Nights: Death Metal one-shot that’s better than the main story. Focusing on the hit Robin King character, we learn more about his history and his relationship with The Batman Who Laughs.

The issue is an interesting one. We dive further into this twisted version of Bruce Wayne and “Batman”. Bruce is the one who killed his parents. From there goes on a mission to take on the adult heroes and their rules. There’s a brilliance to it all and we get to see why the Robin King is so good at what he does. Like Batman, he plans, and plans a lot. But, that’s both good and bad.

Writer Peter J. Tomasi handles the main story and adds depth to the breakout character. We get a vision and a mission and it’s one that’s consistent. With distrust of adults and rules and wanting the children to rise up, Robin King has a distrust of everyone. That includes The Batman Who Laughs. With that small detail, Tomasi gives us someone who can rival that character and likely will be a thorn in his side down the road. He’s more than just another evil Batman now. The crumbs for what’s to come are sprinkled here. Like the other one-shots, Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is going to be a vital chapter in Dark Nights: Death Metal.

What Tomasi also does is deliver a chaotic glee about everything. Robin King has a kid-like excitement about the carnage and destruction. The attitude and actions make sense and are fun in a weird way. We see heroes murdered and there’s a bit of humor about it. That’s partially due to Tomasi’s writing but also the art by Riley Rossmo.

Rossmo is joined by Ivan Plascencia on color and Rob Leigh on lettering. Rossmo’s distinctive style with Plascencia’s colors creates a chaotic symphony of destruction visually. There’s an almost Looney Tunes feel about it all as Robin King’s joy explodes off the page. Rossmo’s character style adds to that and what could easily be gore and horror comes off as over the top humor. The glee with which the art presents Robin King too is somewhat infectious. Mixed with his at times child-like innocence, there’s a combination of a comic that’s reminiscent of 90s Bisley Lobo, a celebration of over the top destruction.

The issue also features a second story, “The Quiet Ones.” Featuring Signal, it has him going up against a new evil Batman we haven’t seen before. It too feels like a key moment that’ll have an impact down the road as the character “rights” his power and gets focus. Written by Tony Patrick with art by Daniel Sampere, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering from Andworld Design, it’s another story that probably should be in the main comic but is relegated to this one-shot.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1 is an odd comic like many of the one-shots. It’s likely an important part of the story filling in key moments not in the main comic. There’s clearly things here that’ll have an impact down the road and play in to what’s to come. But, at the same time, I’m not sure how you would add any of this to the main series. Even adding an issue, it’s too much of a side quest focus to keep the flow of that going. It’s also far more entertaining than what we’ve seen there. It’s focus on a few characters allows them to have depth delivering a comic that feels like it’s more about the character than the gimmick. That’s something that has plagued Dark Nights: Death Metal as a whole.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1, like the other one-shots, stands out. If you want to learn more about Robin King, it’s out there but there’s just enough having to do with the main event, it also doesn’t stand on its own. Still, it’s an entertaining read that’s beyond insane and fun.

Story: Peter J. Tomasi, Tony Patrick Art: Riley Rossmo, Daniel Sampere
Color: Ivan Plascencia, Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh, Andworld Design
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Wally West’s race continues in Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal

It’s the drag race from hell! Taking place after the events of Dark Nights: Death Metal #3, the Darkest Knight is after Wally West and his Dr. Manhattan powers. Thankfully, Wally has back-up in the form of Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, and Wallace West! It’s a knockdown, drag-out race through the Wastelands as the Flash Family tries to stay steps ahead of the Darkest Knight and his Lightning Knights! 

Dark Nights: Death Metal Speed Metal #1, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, and Adriano Lucas and a cover by Howard Porter, hits shelves on 9/22.

ComiXology Delivers a Trio of New Digital Comic Releases

ComiXology has three new digital comics for you today from Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and DC Comics! Check out all three here or the individual issues below!

Gunland #4

Written by Capitan Artiglio
Art by Capitan Artiglio
Cover by Capitan Artiglio
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On her own with her new dino steed, The Girl with No Name catches the attention of the notorious Cherub of Golgotha, the self-appointed deadliest outlaw in the land… and he’s bent on killing his number one competition to prove it!

Gunland #4

The Santangeli Marriage

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Orphan Marisa grew up supported by the wealthy Santangeli family. Their only demand was that she marry their son…

Italian billionaire and renowned playboy Lorenzo Santangeli is expecting to receive his money’s worth from his innocent new wife. But Marisa soon flees—how can she share a life with the man who married her solely to produce an heir?

Lorenzo vows to bring his bride home—you do not say no to a Santangeli! Once she’s back, she’ll be his completely, and he is determined to enjoy every minute of it…

The Santangeli Marriage

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15

Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils Paul Pelletier
Inks Andrew Hennessy
Colored by Adriano Lucas
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Superman is kicked out of Metropolis by its new protector, Metallo! Can the Man of Steel take back the city of tomorrow from the villain and just who did Superman bring as back-up?!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #15

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

Get a First Look at DC Cybernetic Summer!

DC Comics wants you to get into a summer mood with a look at some pages from their upcoming DC Cybernetic Summer! Revealed is the Table of Contents for the anthology (on sale July 28), along with a few story pages from “Summer Lovin’” and “The Speedster Games” plus a few pages of art from “Out There” to give you an idea of what to expect from this oversized issue!

  • Superboy, starring the Legion of Super-Heroes, in “Summer Lovin’” by Liz Erickson, Nik Virella, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Ferran Delgado
  • Mercury Flash in “The Speedster Games” by Joshua Williamson, David Lafuente, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
  • Midnighter, Apollo, Monsieur Mallah and The Brain in “Out There” by Steve Orlando, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Adriano Lucas, and Rob Leigh
DC Cybernetic Summer

This week’s DC Digital First includes Titans, Scooby-Doo!, Ghosts, From Beyond the Unknown, DCeased, Harley Quinn, and more!

DC’s Digital Firsts continues with new content every day! New series Titans: Titans Together, From Beyond the Unknown, Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. and Ghosts all continue with their second issues, giving fans even more choices. And watch DC’s digital space next week for new chapters of DCeased: Hope at World’s End on Tuesday, June 30, Batman: The Adventures Continue on Thursday, July 2, and Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 3!

Monday June 29

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #9

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What Lives Inside” by Jeff Parker, Sam Lofti, John Rauch, and Clayton Cowles

Superman and Lois respond to an emergency call at the mines outside of Metropolis. Can Superman save the miners from a horde of mysterious rock creatures? And where did these creatures come from?

Invasive Species” by Jeff Parker, Mike McKone, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Clayton Cowles

Brainiac unleashes a monstrous creature on the Portland airport. Can Superman stop it before it spawns and overwhelms the planet!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #9

Tuesday June 30

Batman: Gotham Nights #11

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Reunion” by Steve Orlando, Priscilla Petraites, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Ryan Christy

A face from Red Hood’s past needs his help when he’s targeted by Codename: Assassin—he just doesn’t know it yet!

One Minute After Midnight” by Marc Guggenheim, Robert Gill, Luis Guerrero, and Marshall Dillon

The clock counts down as a prisoner on death row awaits his sentence…but Nightwing and Red Hood believe there’s more to his case than meets the eye, and now they have one night to prove it!

Batman: Gotham Nights #11

Wednesday July 1

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #8

Awakening” by Louise Simonson, Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Adriano Lucas, and Janice Chiang
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While on an archeological dig in Peru, Diana Prince uncovers the burial chamber of the Ayar Cachi, the Incan god of Earthquakes. Her dig is interrupted by the arrival of Cheetah who wants the power of Ayar Cachi for herself!

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #8

Thursday July 2

Titans: Titans Together #2

The Bride of Blood” by Phil Hester, Scott Koblish, John Kalisz, and Marshall Dillon
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Master mercenary Deathstroke needs the Titans’ help. His daughter, Ravager, was infiltrating the demonic Church of Blood when she succumbed to the hypnotic power of its leader, Brother Blood. Red Hood believes that the plea is real…but is Deathstroke telling them the whole story?

Titans: Titans Together #2

Friday July 3

From Beyond the Unknown #2

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The Butler” by Tom Sniegoski, Eric Gapstur, Marissa Lousie, and Ferran Delgado

On Earth-A.D. (After Disaster), the world is a very different place—a postapocalyptic wasteland, full of talking animals and other strange sights. While exploring his dystopian home, Kamandi, the last living human, stumbles upon a robot butler patiently awaiting the return of his human masters, who disappeared years before. Kamandi takes pity on the loyal butler and tries to reunite him with his long-lost family…however unusual that reunion might be.

Stealth Mode” by Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Hi-Fi, and Ryan Christy

In the far future of the 31st century, the super-powered teens known as the Legion of Super-Heroes protect all the citizens of the United Planets. But when Legionnaires Sun Boy and Wildfire are kidnapped, their teammates must infiltrate a mysterious ice planet to try to save their friends…and the planet!

From Beyond the Unknown #2

Saturday July 4

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #2

Now You See Them…” by Sholly Fisch, Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
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One by one, the members of the Scooby gang are disappearing! Can Scooby solve the mystery alone?

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #2

Sunday July 5

Ghosts #2

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The Ghost Inside” by John Layman, Andy Clarke, David Baron, and Travis Lanham

John Constantine discovers that nothing is ever what it seems, especially inside a haunted house…

Child of the Night” by Keith Giffen, Priscilla Petraites, John Rauch, and Travis Lanham

A young girl on the run finds more than she bargained for when she takes cover in a house occupied by none other than Gentleman Ghost!

Ghosts #2

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Kick Off Your Week with Nine Digital Comics from DC, Magnetic Press, and Harlequin

Kick off your week with nine new digital comics to read this Monday. ComiXology has new comics from DC Comics, Magnetic Press, and Harlequin. It’s a little something for everyone!

Check out what you can get below!

An Arabian Marriage

Written by Lynne Graham
Art by Ayumu Aso
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Laura stands frozen in front of the gates of a castle that looks straight out of a dark fairy tale. The owner’s name is Richard, and she wonders if he’s as terrifying as all the villagers say. But no matter what sort of man Richard is, she was sent here as a nanny and must look after his daughter. However, Richard swiftly and bluntly rejects the young Laura. She tries to find a way to get him to accept her as a nanny, but that is difficult to do when he keeps to the darkness in order to hide his scars. Richard was injured in an accident, but Laura wants him to come out into the light. It’s not just for his daughter Kelly’s sake, it’s for her sake and Richard’s, too!

Taming The Beast

Written by Amy J Fetzer
Art by Takako Hashimoto
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Freddie stepped in to raise her cousin’s son, Ben, when she was killed in an accident. Then one day the crown prince of the kingdom of Quamar appears at her front door claiming he’s Ben’s uncle! The prince mistakes Freddie for her cousin, who had a reputation for being with countless men, and tries to forcibly take Ben from her. Freddie refuses to be bullied, though, so she gives the prince a new proposal…

Taming The Beast

A Marriage Betrayed

Written by Emma Darcy
Art by Hiromi Kobayashi
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It’s like she’d entered a different world… When Kristy visits Paris to commemorate her parents’ death by staying at the luxury hotel where they spent their honeymoon, the hotel employees all look at her with shock. Not knowing why, Kristy tries to book one of the cheapest rooms in the hotel and makes eye contact with a breathtakingly gorgeous man named Armand Dutournier. His strong gaze immediately captures Kristy’s heart. “You betrayed me!” Armand yells and then kisses her passionately. Everything is a mystery—Armand’s identity, his familiarity and the existence of a potential mirror image of Kristy!

The Devil’s Heart

Written by Lynn Raye Harris
Art by Miho Tomoi
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After Francesca’s millionaire father died, she was taken in by a kind old man named Jacques. When they discover that Jacques has cancer and needs money for treatments, she plots to take back the Devil’s Heart jewel from Marcos, a businessman she married when she was eighteen. Young and naive, she had given him the Devil’s Heart. But before they’d even spent their wedding night together, Marcos disappeared with the jewel.
Can she steal the jewel back without losing her heart to Marcos all over again?

The Devil's Heart

Marrying William

Written by Trisha David
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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“Get off my farm right now!”
Jenni faces a perilous predicament. The farm she and her blind sister have been protecting is in danger and there is only one way to protect it. She must marry her cousin, William, whom she met only once ten years ago! There’s no way a successful New York businessman would ever want to marry someone like her… But just as she is about to give up all hope, a helicopter lands on their property.
“I’ve come to retrieve you, my bride!” says an undeniably attractive stranger.
Jenni’s heart stutters. “Are you…William?”

Marrying William

This Man And This Woman

Written by Lucy Gordon
Art by Yukako Midori
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After being jilted at the altar by her fiancé, Gail used the bitter experience to build her career as a successful wedding planner. During a wedding for a wealthy customer, Gail meets his eldest son, Alex. According to Alex, his soon-to-be mother-in-law is only marrying his father for his money and is not who she appears to be. Alex’s cynicism stokes Gail’s temper and they get into a heated argument. However, later at the wedding reception, Alex suddenly whispers to Gail, “I want you. I’ll give you anything you desire…except marriage.”

This Man And This Woman

KLAW Vol. 3 #15: Counterattack

Written by Antoine Ozanam
Art by Joël Jurion
Colored by Yoann Guillé
Cover by Joël Jurion
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Shaaz teaches his new generation of Dizhis how to summon their totems, even at the risk of stealing one away at a time of need. The Stag and the Bull learn this the hard way…

Streamliner #3: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Written by Fane
Art by Fane
Cover by Fane
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As the race gets bigger, more and more dangerous elements are drawn to the desert to participate: Feds, thugs, killers, and possibly worst of all… the press. Meanwhile, retired champ Evel Oneil recounts the story behond the station’s landmark and namesake, the Lisa Dora…

Streamliner #3: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

Written by Robert Venditti
Pencils Paul Pelletier
Inks Andrew Hennessy
Colored by Adriano Lucas
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Lex Luthor has made Superman obsolete thanks to his security tech outfitting every corner in Metropolis. But when the tech begins to go too far and oppress the people, Clark will need to don the shield once more and be the hero Metropolis deserves! It’s a battle between man and machine for the fate of Metropolis!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

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DC Digital First Includes New Birds of Prey and Teen Titans Go!

DC has released a look at this coming week’s new DC Digital First releases! New additions include Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice#1 on Wednesday and Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1 on Saturday.

Check out below what you can find each day of the week!

Monday May 25

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

What Makes a City – Part 2
by Rob Venditti, Paul Pelletier, Drew Hennessy, Adriano Lucas, and Clayton Cowles
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Lex Luthor’s gone Big Brother in Metropolis after placing new hi-tech security cameras around the city to put an end to crime, and Superman with it!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #6

Tuesday May 26

Batman: Gotham Nights #6

Balyushka!
by Mark Russell, Viktor Bogdanović, Jonathan Glapion, Ivan Plascencia and Tom Napolitano
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The Joker has the perfect plan to cause mass chaos in Gotham City, one so simple—and legal—not even Batman can stop it!

Batman: Gotham Nights #6

Wednesday May 27

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Fight or Flight
by Gail Simone, Inaki Miranda, John Kalisz and Travis Lanham
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When a new hospital collapses into a sinkhole in the middle of Gotham City, Harley Quinn tries to convince Huntress and Black Canary to investigate. But can the Birds of Prey really trust the Clown Princess of Crime? Or do Harley’s true allegiances lie elsewhere?

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #1

Thursday May 28

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Stinging Tide – Part 2
by Steve Orlando, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse and Wes Abbott
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While investigating an abandoned Scorpio base, Aquaman and the Sea Devils unwittingly activate an old Scorpio weapon…The Torpedoman! Now they must turn the tides and stop this killing machine before it decimates an Atlantean Science Outpost!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Friday May 29

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

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Perfect World
by Jeff Parker, Miguel Mendonça, Mike Spicer and Rob Leigh

Gorilla  Grodd  takes  control  of  the  Senate  and  declares  war  on  Canada! Only the Flash is fast enough to stop him—but will he be enthralled by Grodd and his desire to create the perfect world instead?

Rational Thought
by Jeff Parker, Ramon Villalobos, David Baron and Rob Leigh

Barry  Allen’s  world  is  turned  upside  down  when  he  learns  that  everything he knows is wrong—the Earth is flat, animals can talk, and the moon landings were a hoax! Can the Scarlet Speedster prove that science is still true—or have the conspiracy theorists been right all along?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #6

Saturday May 30

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1

The Hic You Say?!
by Sholly Fisch, Marcelo DiChiara, Franco Riesco, and Gabriela Downie
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Starfire’s Tamaranean hiccups are just like regular ones—except for the explosions! Can the Teen Titans help her stop them before all of Jump City is destroyed?

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #1

Sunday May 31

Swamp Thing: New Roots #6

The Seeds of Destruction
by Mark Russell, Marco Santucci, John Kalisz, and Dave Sharpe
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Swamp Thing foiled Sunderland’s plan to create sentient, self-harvesting crops, but now Sunderland is aiming even higher. It could mean the end of the world as we know it…and the beginning of a brand-new one.

Swamp Thing: New Roots #6

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