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Preview: Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #3

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #3

Issue Number #3 (of 5)
Full Color
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: September 11 2013 
Writer/Artist: Stuart Jennett

Trapped in the past, surrounded by starving velociraptors, and liberally daubed in blood, the Sarge and his squad are in their tightest spot yet!

But there’s no time to linger on their slim chance of escape – they’re sharing the Cretaceous with the Nazi time crew who’ve stolen an Allied Chronosphere – a piece of tech that could tilt the Time War in the Nazis’ favor! It’s up to the Sarge to take it back – or die trying!

Pulse-pounding painted pulpcore action, just like Mama always made!

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Review: A1 #3, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2, Lenore #8, Tomorrrowland #1, Numbercruncher #1

A1 #3

A1_03_CoverB_Back_webFrankenstein’s Monster is in the Weir and the angry mob greeting him with pitchforks and flaming torches are Mice, Weasels and Rabbits.

From World War 2 to Iraq, you’ll always find Blazing Glory in the thick of it. But after 60 years of combat he’s starting to question what he’s doing and why.

An extremely out-of-shape video game freak assembles his own army of gamers and plans a hit on a well-loved politician.
The reason? Said politician made a really disparaging comment on the nutfreak’s favorite game. Carpediem vs an army of vengeful nerds!

That’s the three stories you’ll find in Titan Comics‘ amazing anthology. Each is totally different in style and story, but they’re all amazingly good. There really is something for everyone, and that something is quality. The three stories, Carpediem, Odyssey, and Weirding Willows are each entertaining in their own way. All are familiar, with similar stories out there, but each have a spin and look that make them stand out from the rest.

Carpediem is the most original of the bunch following a team of super-agents, each named after a day of the week and each with their own “theme” and ability. There’s some great continuing jokes through the series that gets me to laugh with each issue. It’s just mad fun to read.

Odyssey might look like a certain character from another certain company, but it’s standing on its own with a beautiful style and action that keeps you entertained.

Weirding Willows is a mash-up comic taking characters from literary past. You’ll recognize the characters in a whole new way and so far the comic really stands out from all of the other similar comics out there with it’s focus, pacing and amazing art.

Titan Comics is making a case with each issue that A1 could be “the” anthology comic of the year. It’s that damn good.

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Chron_Comm_02cover_webNazi saboteurs have overrun Chronos Command, and made off with a Chronosphere core – a priceless piece of Allied technology that could change the course of the Time War!

Can the Sarge, his crack squad depleted after the white-knuckle events of #1, mount a daring recovery mission into the past with a unit of rookies? You’d better hope so — because all of history rides on the outcome!

First, lets talk about the art from Stuart Jennett who pulls double duty as the writer. The painted art is jaw dropping and so cool looking. There’s only a few artists who can pull this off and Jennett is up there with a style that makes each character unique and stand out, something some artists of this style have issues with. The art alone makes it a “buy.”

Next is the story which continues the pulpy B-movie fun involving time travel, dinosaurs and Nazis. That combination, how can it not be enjoyable? But, like the first issue, the characters are cookie-cutter and fill their role as the adventure moves along. You have the grizzled leader, the scientist who isn’t a soldier, and the red-shirts that you know will die at some point. They all have their role and fill it well.

The comic is just a lot of fun, it feels like a pulp movie. Rarely does a comic deliver exactly what you expect and does so with as much fun. We’re two issues in and I still think this is one of the most fun comics of the summer.

Story: Stuart Jennett Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

It Came! #1

IT CAME! CoverWitness a very British invasion!

Fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will love this hilarious B-movie romp, a knowing throwback to the heyday of low-budget SF cinema – in comic book form!

An enormous alien robot lays waste to the English countryside, annihilating bunting, villages and diagonally-sliced sandwiches alike! Only the pipe-chomping space scientist Dr. Boy Brett and his assistant Doris Night (a lady) stand a chance of stopping it from marching all the way to London – but can they possibly escape the grasp of GRURK and get the might of the British Army on their side?!

Keep your upper lips stiff, your ties immaculately knotted, and your notions of gender equality dialled back sixty years – for the sake of the planet!

It Came! feels like a lost classic movie, in this case from Pinetree Studios, filled with advertisements that draw you further into the time this might have come out.

Writer and artist Dan Boultwood continues Titan Comics’ dominance of the B-movie done in comic form with a story that not only feels like a B-movie plot wise, but also pulls from the sexism and misogyny of that time. You’re sucked in and at no point is Boultwood breaking character to update the tale.

Comics are supposed to be fun and Boultwood clearly understands that. This is a great debut and another example why Titan Comics is a publisher to keep an eye on.

Story: Dan Boultwood Art: Dan Boultwood
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Lenore #8

Lenore#8-coveraWhen a film crew from the “Ghosty Toasty” TV show: “Where we toast that ghost!” turns up at Lenore’s mansion in search of ‘ghosts and ghouls’… they get more than they bargained for, much, much more!

Issue #8 of Lenore marks the beginning of the end for one of Lenore’s main characters; with the start of a four-issue story-arc that will culminate in a fight-to-the-death between two of the comic’s most beloved characters. But who will stand victorious – and who will die, never to live again..?

Each of the four issues will also reveal the shocking truth behind the mask of Taxidermy (perhaps Lenore’s most mysterious and sinister character) and reveal his incredible history, which started back in the days of ancient Egypt!

It’s been a long time since I picked up an issue of Lenore, but even after all these years, creator Roman Dirge has continued the cute and twisted series in exactly the same messed up way I remember. The comic is hilarious, to the point I was laughing out loud numerous times and had people staring at me trying to figure out what I was reading and why it was so funny.

The cute beginning, the skewering of the “ghost hunting” shows that’s on television, and all in a package that moves along Lenore’s story. It all works together in a fun and twisted way.

I got to the end and felt like it’s been too long since I picked up a copy of Lenore. I’ve clearly been depriving myself and need to go back and find out what I’ve been missing all these years.

Story: Roman Dirge Art: Roman Dirge
Story 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Tomorrrowland #1

TomorrowLand (Atomeka)From the Eisner award-winning writer of Spider-ManWolverine: OriginThe Inhumans and The Darkness comes a music-led adventure like no other!

Meet Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, two young DJs – and the public faces of the world-renowned Tomorrowland festival – as they are drawn into an impossible adventure to save the vital spark of creativity!

Over the course of this retina-blasting fantasy adventure, the pair find themselves sucked into an eternal war between two worlds, a battle waged between the forces of creation and destruction for the energy we all carry inside us. It’s a war we’re rapidly losing, but can two DJs turn the tide over the course of just one festival?

I went into this comic with no idea what to expect. I’ve seen the build up and the previews and other than it taking place at some music festival, I was in the dark. The comic is best described as a modern fantasy with music acting as magic and full of the types of characters and monsters you’d expect in that type of story.

The characters are interesting too, I’m still not quite sure if I’m totally bought in and like the two protagonists. I’m not bought in that I’m cheering for them right now. Something just doesn’t sit right yet. Maybe it’s because I’m long disconnected from the type of world and environment they live in?

The art though is fantastic, with a great look and feel about it, that’s a major draw to the comic. The look is amazing.

The first issue was enough for me to come back for the second. It’s interesting and unique enough to stand out. We’ll see though what the second issue has in store and if that’ll keep my interest and enjoyment more than just something pretty to look at.

Story: Paul Jenkins Art: Stellar Labs
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Numbercruncher #1

Numbercruncher_#1_FinalCoverLayout_lowNumbercruncher is an  off-the-wall romance mixing time-travel, life-after-death and coal-black comedy is by Si Spurrier and  P.J. Holden.

Utterly unusual, vaguely insane, and unexpectedly heart-warming, Numbercruncher follows a brilliant mathematician who dies young, enters the afterlife and discovers a way to cheat the terrifying Divine Calculator. He schemes to be endlessly reincarnated within the lifespan of the woman he loves, no matter how often the violent bailiffs of the Karmic Accountancy cut short each life. It falls to one such bailiff – the surly Bastard Zane – to put a stop to the time-twisting romance once and for all, before the Mathematician can pull-off his greatest trick and escape Existential Justice forever!

Numbercruncher was originally serialized in black & white in Judge Dredd Megazine in the UK. The series is now being newly colored and expanded for the first time by Titan Comics. And that coloring is something that stands out to me, because it’s not the entire comic, instead just specific panels and parts. It’s a look that’s very cool and really catches the eye.

Overall the story is highly entertaining with a concept I haven’t quite seen before. The concept is an interesting one with a new spin in life after death and a main character in Bastard Zane who you can’t quite cheer for. But, at the same time, he’s entertaining, hell the whole world is really entertaining.

The fact that this comic is a reprint doesn’t phase me at all, it’s all new material in my eyes. And it’s material that I find engrossing and creative. I want to see what comes next and where this all goes. If you’ve never read the series before, absolutely check this one out. Another example why Titan Comics is a titan in the industry.

Story: Si Spurrier Art: PJ Holden
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #2

Writer/Artist: Stuart Jennett
Issue Number: 2
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 14th, 2013

Nazi saboteurs have overrun Chronos Command, and made off with a Chronosphere core – a priceless piece of Allied technology that could change the course of the Time War!

Can the Sarge, his crack squad depleted after the white-knuckle events of #1, mount a daring recovery mission into the past with a unit of rookies? You’d better hope so — because all of history rides on the outcome!

It’s fully painted high-octane pulp action, just the way you like it!

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Review: A1 #2 and Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

A1 #2

A1 #2 cover 3In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find…

Carpediem Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural Odyssey continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

Weirding Willows gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

The anthology is in it’s second issue and continues to blow me away. Three different stories with three different tones in both plot and look. Each excellent in varying ways.

Carpediem, continues to the story of the strange band of super-spies that is as bizarre in story as it looks. The characters and story is original, entertaining and fun, exactly what a comic should be.

Odyssey is the least original of the bunch with a look and feel of a certain Marvel character. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as we’re only two parts in we’ll see how it differentiates itself. The art is beautiful and story is still entertaining. It just feels like I’ve “seen” it before.

Mash-up tales, especially with literary characters, has been very popular these last few years and Weirding Willows is the latest example. Still, this spin is original and definitely entertaining. I’m still figuring out the world it inhabits, but we’re two parts in.

And that’s the only negative thing I have to say about this series, I want more. The stories feel a bit short and as soon as I’m done I want to find out more. Any of these stories can be a series unto itself. They’re that good I want them to be, so I can get more of it at one time instead of bit by bit month by month.

As I finish each issue I want to read more, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf Art: Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverWhen the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

Take soldiers, mix in time travel and add a bit of dinosaurs and you get this series. It feel straight out of the B-Movies I used to watch on Sundays and that’s awesome.

The first issue feels like the scene just before the credits roll in a movie, setting up the main characters and generally what’s going on. We don’t know how time travel works, but are given some rules in which this world runs. Given as a bit of dialogue that you know will come back later and be important, just like I’d imagine in a movie.

The characters are cookie cutter and that’s ok. When it comes to soldiers do you really need more than the “nervous guy,” “wise guy,” and the “grizzled leader”? That’s what we get and I’m totally good with it, because this comic is all about pulp fun, not some deep introspection on characters or war.

I went in to the comic fully expecting what it turned out to be. It knows what type of comic it is and wants to be and delivers it in beautiful pages and art. Chronos Commandos could wind up being one of the most fun pulp comics of the summer.

Story and Art: Stuart Jennett
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett

When the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

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Titan Comics Releases: 7/10/13

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1

Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: 5
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Retail Price: $3.99
Street Date: July 10, 2013
Writer(s): Stuart Jennett
Artist Name(s): Stuart Jennett

When the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous period, only the Sarge and his band of misfit soldiers can save the future – by saving history!

Dinosaurs! Giant crocodiles! Time travel! Nazis! Albert Einstein with a machinegun! All that barely scratches the surface of this astounding, fully-painted pulp spectacular!

Buckle up, ladies, it’s going to be a bumpy, cigar-chewin’ thrill-ride!

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A1 #2

Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013
3 Covers to collect!
Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf
Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

In the second smashing issue of the award-winning anthology we find… CARPEDIEM Agents must save their leader, Sir 8th Day, from an army of clowns, commanded by the fascist Clown Nazi!  But who is The Clown Nazi? And what is the reason for his grudge against Sir 8th Day? Find out in BY BLOOD A KING, IN HEART A CLOWN!

Blazing Glory’s supernatural ODYSSEY continues, as John Wilson joins the war effort and ends up on the front line — in arm’s reach of ADOLPH HITLER!

WEIRDING WILLOWS gets ever weirder as the White Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny lead Alice to the heart of the Wild Wood to face a destructive new visitor. Meanwhile, Dr Moreau and the Wicked Witch of the West finalize their deal for the creation of an army of Flying Monkeys.

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SDCC 2013: Titan Comics Launches in July With New Line Rolling Out!

PrintTitan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, launches in July 2013 – with new titles released throughout the rest of the year and beyond!

The first wave comprises debut dinosaur spectacular Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol by writer/artist Stuart Jennett; afterlife thriller Numbercruncher, by writer Si Spurrier, artist P.J. Holden and colorist Jordie Bellaire; B-movie comedy IT CAME! by Dan Boultwood; high-fantasy comedy Thrud the Barbarian by writer/artist Carl Critchlow, new horror fantasy collection Razorjack by Watchmen colorist John Higgins – plus the completely remastered and relettered library of The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz!

The next wave, beginning in October begins with game-changing post-superheroic statement Death Sentence, by writer Monty Nero and artist Mike Dowling and classic fantasy epic Marada The She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton.

Titan Comics kicks everything off at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, showcasing brand-new comics and collections available for the first time exclusively at the show. You can find them at the Titan booth #5537 and at special events programming of which you can find out below.

A number of new collections will be available for the first time at SDCC, with creator signings to support:

  • Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM
  • John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM
  • Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM
  • Roman Dirge will be signing copies of Lenore: Purple Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM

Other collections available for the first time at SDCC include the Eagle-Award-Winning Barbarian comedy series Thrud the Barbarian, by Carl Critchlow, and Devil May Cry: The Chronicles of Vergil.

With the hotly anticipated first issue of Numbercruncher hitting stores on July 17, Titan Comics is offering SDCC attendees a FREE exclusive art card signed by Si Spurrier with every copy of Numbercruncher #1 purchased – only available at Titan booth #5537.

The full schedule of Titan Comics SDCC activity includes:

THURSDAY JULY 18, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Thursday July 18, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Friday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Panel: Roman Dirge REBUILT

Thursday July 18, 3:00PM – 4:00PM, Room: 28DE

Earlier this year, Lenore creator Roman Dirge was almost killed in a Sunset Boulevard hit-and-run that left him lying in hospital with a shattered leg. After months of painful physical therapy, Roman is back – better, stronger… but not necessarily faster… – and is here to discuss his long road to recovery, his return to the drawing board with Lenore issue #8 and his fourth Titan Lenore collection:  Purples Nurples (which will be debuting at the show).

Signing: Lenore – Roman Dirge

Thursday July 18, 4:30PM – 5:30PM, Autograph Alley AA04

Lenore: Purples Nurples – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator Roman Dirge will be signing copies of his fourth Titan Lenore collection: Purples Nurples on Thursday at 4:30PM – 5:30PM in Autograph Alley AA04.

FRIDAY JULY 19, 2013

Panel: Titan Comics – Launching at SDCC and Beyond!

Friday July 19, 12:00PM – 1:00PM, Room: 32AB

Titan Comics, the new venture from publishing giant, Titan, offering the best original creator-owned comics, alongside new and classic graphic novels, launches this year at SDCC! With all the buzz that’s been generated by first-wave titles like Numbercruncher by Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy) and The First Kingdom by comics legend Jack Katz, 2013 looks set to be the year of Titan Comics!

Meet the key players behind the new line, go behind-the-scenes of new titles with creators, see exclusive preview art and hear exclusive announcements about brand-new originated titles by new and world-renowned talent!

Guests include: Jack Katz (First Kingdom), John Higgins (Razorjack), Dave Elliott (A1, Monster Massacre, Sharky), Steve White (Titan Comics, Senior Editor) and more!

All attendees to the panel will receive a special limited edition double-sided poster: an IT CAME! 1950s themed cinema style poster, signed by creator Dan Boultwood, and a fantastic Numbercruncher image by artist P.J. Holden. (This limited edition poster is only available to panel attendees).

Signing: Monster Massacre – Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn

Friday July 19, 1:30PM – 2:30PM, Autograph Alley AA02

Monster Massacre Vol.1 & Sharky – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creators Dave Elliott, Dave Dorman, Alex Horley and Andy Kuhn will be signing copies of Monster Massacre, Sharky and A1 on Friday at 1:30PM – 2:30PM in Autograph Alley AA02.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art print by Mark A. Nelson with every copy of Monster Massacre purchased. (Limited to 50 – first come, first served)

Signing: The First Kingdom – Jack Katz

Friday July 19, 3:00PM – 5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA07

The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran – available for the first time at SDCC! Creator Jack Katz will be signing copies of The First Kingdom Vol.1: The Birth of Tundran on Friday at 3:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA07.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition signed art card by Jack Katz with every copy of First Kingdom purchased. (Limited to 100 – first come, first served)

Signing: Razorjack – John Higgins

Friday July 19, 4:00PM-5:00PM, Autograph Alley AA03

Razorjack – available for the first time at SDCC!

Creator John Higgins will be signing copies of Razorjack on Friday at 4:00PM – 5:00PM in Autograph Alley AA03.

Attendees to the signing will receive a FREE limited edition Razorjack patch designed by Sally Hurst & John Higgins with every copy of Razorjack purchased. Plus, get your photo taken with Razorjack herself!

SUNDAY JULY 21, 2013

Portfolio Review: Titan Comics

Sunday July 21, 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B

Steve White, Titan Comics, Senior Editor will be holding portfolio reviews on Sunday at 10:00AM – 12:30PM, PR B.

Titan Comics Launch Time-Travelling Nazis And Dinosaurs Series, Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol!

Titan Comics has announced the launch of the brand-new creator-owned series Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol – a five-part time-travelling World War II pulp action extravaganza by Stuart Jennett!

After taking a break from Marvel Comics and 2000AD to develop a career as a concept artist and co-found Alien Apple Studios, creator Stuart Jennett has returned to comics – with an incredible, digitally-painted series.

When the Allies and Nazis develop time-diving technology – one that could see the course of the Second World War derailed by creatures from the Cretaceous – only a cigar-chomping Sergeant and his band of misfit soldiers can counter Nazi incursions and save the future!

The promotion for Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 has already started with Titan Comics releasing a viral of classified military documents which included redacted files, photos and blueprints – see them here.

Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 will hit comic stores on July 3, 2013.The series will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com.

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