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Back Issues By Wil Alambre

The Super Wizard From Space #64

"Demolio, part 4"

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"We've _sztudied_ you for thiz entire Tournament! Without your cosZzmic weapon, you're no threat! You're little more than a ztubborn _nail_ for me to hammer down."

The Super Wizard From Space #63

"Demolio, part 3"

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"Here I am, having a heck of a time trying to put my own head together, I never figured on finding szomeone else'sz in here, too."

The Super Wizard From Space #62

"Demolio, part 2"

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"And after everything, after all our concern, it was so easy. We crushed him. Like an insect."

The Super Wizard From Space #61

"Demolio, part 1"

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"The Schrivener has the Crown. The cosmic tournament is between him and Queen Buzz. Walk away from all this devestation. Put an _end_ to this madness." "That's exactly what I intend to do."

The Super Wizard From Space #60

"A Moment, Before We Get To The Last Story Of My Only Daughter..."

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He'll head toward Genovefa. Maybe not immediately, but inevitably. She can't hide from him any more than he can avoid her. The Cosmic Crowns draw them together. Its a drive. Its a feverish heat.

The Super Wizard From Space #59

"Kilo Yuga, part 5"

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Andy Dharma bent over the Stringer's prone body, wrapped both arms around his head, and with a single fast wrench, broke the super-wizard's neck. KRACK!

The Super Wizard From Space #58

"Kilo Yuga, part 4"

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"If you cannot see these as the curses they are, then you are best deserved of them."

The Super Wizard From Space #57

"Kilo Yuga, part 3"

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"They observe our encounter. All we do and everything we speak. They're allowing me this opportunity to resolve this peacefully."

The Super Wizard From Space #56

"Kilo Yuga, part 2"

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"With all the power you can draw upon, it would never be a fair fight. So we had to even the odds. We cheated. We poisoned the sun."

The Super Wizard From Space #55

"Kilo Yuga, part 1"

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"The philosophies of your unconventional brother go against your own... he would do _anything_ to ensure your safety. With his assistance, we will prevail."

The Super Wizard From Space #54

"The House Of Manifest Destiny"

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Hardly believed it when told how imperious they'd gotten. Maybe it _is_ past due for Hoag to face its failures.

The Super Wizard From Space #53

"The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 3"

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"You finiszh up however much wallowing you think the universze owes you... 'causze your time isz nearly run out."

The Super Wizard From Space #52

"The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 2"

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"This is a nightmare." A single expression of disappointed disgust, from hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of faces. "Please, I want to go home."

The Super Wizard From Space #51

"The Surrogate Sovereignty, part 1"

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Somewhere on Planet M, a forlorn survivor is losing her grip on her unusual authority. "I'm... what? A surrogate? A stopgate? Why keep me and then lie to me? Why save me and then despise me so much?"

The Super Wizard From Space #50

"Memento Mori"

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His ancient race long ago unravelled the laws of physics, and they then learned how to redefine them. They harvest fusion fire to sustain themselves, and they hollow out suns to build their private strongholds. They are guardians of the spaces they know and explorers of the spaces they don't.

The Super Wizard From Space #49

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 6"

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Do you have any idea how this looks? We aren't at war anymore. The tournament is supposed to *prevent* this exact sort of conflict from flaring up again. You can't just go around dropping armies on the *home planets* of the universe's seven super-races."

The Super Wizard From Space #48

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 5"

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"What I'm doing, it has to be done. Because someone has to do it. Because no one else is doing it. They're scared of what might happen. Scared of what they could lose. Scared of things they can't change. We can't live like that."

The Super Wizard From Space #47

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 4"

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Long spear-length stingers, glints of wet toxin at the tips. Wide crystal wings banging against torsos, making thrumming thunder. It's a *blanket* of angry buzzing. Getting thicker as they crawl over each other. At me. Looking to smother me. Kill me. If I'm lucky.

The Super Wizard From Space #46

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 3"

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"A swarm! A monster swarm! Oh! Oh gods, they were everywhere. They killed everyone. They stabbed them and killed them. And the dead changed into more and went to do the same. Stabbing and changing and stabbing. Everyone's gone!"

The Super Wizard From Space #45

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 2"

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Vaso sneers at the world below. "I don't trust Sixth Columnists, General. They're an unstable bunch, every lot of them. And they splintering apart. Hard to be sure what bent their worship takes."

The Super Wizard From Space #44

"The Red Hand Of General Dragutin, part 1"

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"Hello Dragutin. I wouldn't be here if things weren't desperate. But things are desperate, and seeing as you're partially to blame, I think it appropriate to give you the chance to resolve it."

The Super Wizard From Space #43

"The Secret History Of The Seven Cosmic Crowns, part 2"

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Now, I was halfway through a tale about countless doomed lives... and yes, my friend, I do know the difference between 'countless' and 'seven'. Those tragic academics were only the first direct victims of these newly formed cosmic crowns. What happened next was intended to prevent more loss of life, but it actually placed the entire universe in peril.

The Super Wizard From Space #42

"The Secret History Of The Seven Cosmic Crowns, part 1"

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If you'll indulge me, I'll tell you a story about how some people ( who were much too smart for their own good, I'm afraid ) tried to find an easy, quick solution; by doing so, they doomed countless lives to AGES of suffering.

The Super Wizard From Space #41

"Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 5"

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"The Szuper Wizard From Szpace is sztill alive. And He sztill has Hisz coszmic crown." We say it aloud. Not to anyone. To ourselves, as swirling shaking thoughts become cold and real. This is real. This is happening. "Why? Why have you done thisz?"

The Super Wizard From Space #40

"Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 4"

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Emperor gestures back to the great monolith and declares, "At-the-behest-of-our-electronic-ennead, I've-entombed-the-Super-Wizard-From-Space-within-the-Pyramids-Of-Ka! His-power-will-feed-our-preservation-batteries-for-countless-cycles."

The Super Wizard From Space #39

"Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 3"

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In the clarity of the desert night, a single point of light smolders against the blue-black curtain. And it slowly grows the closer it gets, falling toward Us through immense distances. The Super Wizard From Space is coming to Planet M.

The Super Wizard From Space #38

"Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 2"

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"I-hereby-challenge-the-Super- Wizard-From-Space-to-combat," spits out Emperor M, the bile broadcasted from his loudspeaker face, "and-you'll-bear-witness-to-it , you- insufferable-bitch."

The Super Wizard From Space #37

"Do While Rw Nw Prt M Hrw, part 1"

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Across the vastness of galaxies, a nameless forager bee achieves a stable geosynchronous orbit with distant Planet M. The ladened insect has been in contact with appropriate representatives, has deposited it cargo. It now maintains a microwave relay with the surface, and only awaits permission from the Hive to open communications.

The Super Wizard From Space #36

"The House Of Eternal Ice"

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The Super Wizard From Space towed his wounded prisoner to a dying system in a lonely constellation. It was a place that had been full and vibrant when the universe was young, a very long time ago. Now, it's small, dense white star bled away its diminishing heat and weak light into empty space.

The Super Wizard From Space #35

"Cephalo Paul's Revenge, Part 2"

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"My name is senior lieutenant Yuri Gigan Topithecus, last survivor of the once-mighty space-sasquatch race. I was a hero of my people and a triumph of my government, becoming the first of my planet to journey into outer space... and as I completed my first orbit in my prototype capsule, I helplessly watched the Super Wizard From Space destroy my world."

The Super Wizard From Space #34

"Cephalo Paul's Revenge, Part 1"

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In the seedy bowels of a seedy mining camp, Cephalo Paul roused from blurriness to found himself at the mercy of an unkindness of anthropomorphic ravens. The lot of them stood on four clawed talons, spoke through horrifying beaks lined with serrated edges, and had too many ruby-coloured eyes.

The Super Wizard From Space #33

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 9"

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The Devil, The Secret Living Language, and the Super Wizard From Space stood upon a massive square of black stone half buried in blistering desert sands. "This is it, end of the line," the Devil announced.

The Super Wizard From Space #32

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 8"

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Looking about, he could see endless desert interrupted by black stone squares, similar to the one they were taking refuge on. A long wind was blowing, picking up loose dunes, shifting them up and over and around in an ever-moving landscape. It gave everything a burnt look, a rising sea of sand that just faded without an horizon. The only thing cutting through the leather-colored sky was the sun, massive and oversized, ten times larger than it should be.

The Super Wizard From Space #31

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 7"

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Black glass and brittle shale and oddly shaped boulders all bashed against each other in the tornado ferocity of the space between conceptual realities. Every small piece was both nonexistant and an immense solidity to itself, dragging and throwing and colliding with its surroundings as the entire mess fell through infinite layers of fractal

The Super Wizard From Space #30

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 6"

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Somewhere in the dank musky darkness swamp, a single snapping growl was followed up by a chorus of hungry grumbles and hollers and howls. Jagged trunks of twisted trees creaked and cracked as something massive pushed through. Huge lungs filled up and expelled, making for a thunderous breathy bass echo.

The Super Wizard From Space #29

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 5"

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The ashen remains of the gorgon sunk into the circling river of molten rock and disappeared down the sinkhole in reality, pulled toward the punishments of Triple-Hell. A bleating car horn sounded. The Devil tugged at the wizard's shoulder. "Come along, guv. Our ride awaits."

The Super Wizard From Space #28

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 4"

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A slow, thick consciousness leaked in as the Super Wizard From Space opened his eyes. His thoughts were dulled, like he'd slept for far too long.

The Super Wizard From Space #27

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 3"

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"Once upon a time, five dark lords of multiple underverses made the mistake of signing a series of magical contracts in an attempt to insure some level of trust between them. Inevitably, all five of them went back on their words and now the tangled wording of those contracts have trapped them in the stone sepulchres of Quinto-Hell."

The Super Wizard From Space #26

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 2"

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"I will not tolerate your presence here. Nor your trickery. I will burn away every molecule. I will crack every atom. I will unravel your infernal form down to the minimalist components and grind the remains under my boot."

The Super Wizard From Space #25

"To Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Hell And Back Again, Part 1"

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Sharp super-lightening split across a sick dry sky as a lone yellow cab pulled up in front of a long abandoned university. The pale driver scratched at his unkept beard. Hunched over the steering wheel, he got a better look through the windshield at the derelict campus. "You sure this is where you wanna to be?" he gruffly asked the passenger in the back seat.

The Super Wizard From Space #24

"The House Of Blinding Light"

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A portion of empty space bubbled and bulged, like plastic melting in a fire, then peeled away to reveal the spitting green end of a warp tunnel. Wrapped and protected in a cocoon of pale starlight, the Super Wizard From Space blasted out of the tunnel opening at incredible speed. The wound in black reality mended behind him with a practiced flick of

The Super Wizard From Space #23

"The Super Funeral Of Sharkasaurus Rex, Part 2"

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He wiped his hands on his bloody apron, then stroked his long grey beard with a smile. It was with great experience that he could judge the quality and balance of a blade and in all the experience, he had never worked with such magnificent instruments.

The Super Wizard From Space #22

"The Super Funeral Of Sharkasaurus Rex, Part 1"

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On the side of a small lake, a simple man was fishing off the end of a rickety dock. The lake was usually a clear blue, filled with many delicious fish. It was not so now. It was murky, tinted pink and red, the fish preferring to stay closer to the bottom, where the water was cleaner and lines could rarely reach. It meant the man would be lucky for even a small catch, but that would be enough. He lived alone on this shore, in his cabin up the hill, and had only himself to feed.

The Super Wizard From Space #21

"The Echo People, Part 5"

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"Andy, don't do this," whispered Brody, "You can't." "Yes I can! Yes I will!" he shouted back at him. "No more bad habits disguised as tradition! No more of yesterday's rules deciding today's fate! I will show you what change can accomplish!" He spat on the floor in disgust, and backflipped off the balcony.

The Super Wizard From Space #20

"The Echo People, Part 4"

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"You are unbalanczed. You cannot be truszted with coszmic power." Her hand closed into a fist and squeezed. From every direction, the spectral fish tossed out their determination in crisscrossing grey lines, trying to ensnare his mind.

The Super Wizard From Space #19

"The Echo People, Part 3"

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In a clearing at the center, a nine-foot lizards bowed respectfully to his duplicate. He dressed the same way. He moved with the same simple grace. He stood with the same relaxed posture. And he looked back at him with the same calculating eyes, measuring the short distance between them, judging the smallest of movements.

Host of Net.Libertines #2

"No Monkey Business"

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The streets of chinatown were crowded and busy and loud. People were rushing to and fro, pushing through the many pedestrians and bicyclists, yelling in a mishmash of english and chinese. It was a breezy bright afternoon, and despite the shoulder-to-shoulder shoving, everyone seemed to be in good cheer. Everyone, that is, except the cowboy and the astronaut waiting impatiently outside a small convenience store.

Host of Net.Libertines #1

"Popsicle Stick Prophet"

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"I'm hoping to meet the Legion!" "Legion, huh? Are you, um, you supposed to be sooper-heroes?" "Nah. Grant says there's so many that we'd never get noticed. So we're going to be bad guys instead! Bad guys are keen, they get to spend a whole buncha time with the heroes!"

The Super Wizard From Space #18

"The Echo People, Part 2"

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I warned him not to use the Gong Ago, as the volume required from that sacred instrument would have unintended side effects. But like an old mule wearing ragged blinders, he rung it out anyway. And that powerful pitch has freed me and my like-minded brethren. My name is Andy Dharma. I am the master villain of the Invisible Monks.

The Super Wizard From Space #17

"The Echo People, Part 1"

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He was lying on the ground. Still at the top of the mountain monastery. Yes, he was certain of it. There was no mistaking. He remembered the feel of these particular stones. And the scent of that particular moss. But he could not remember how he had came here. It was like his mind was rattling around in his head while at the same time trying to swell larger than his skull could contain.