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One of our 5 Comics You're Not Reading But Should Be, Pluto stands out as a perfect example of how to reboot and resurrect old franchises in a decade full of attempts. But even those unfamiliar with the original Astro Boy will find themselves drawn into Naoki Urasawa's robot murder mystery. Unconcerned with repeating former glories, Pluto shifts focus away from the robot pinocchio this summer's movie made us tired of, and instead explores and recasts the world that original Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka built around him, finding new things to say with old ideas and characters. Tense, atmospheric and - unlike so many other reboots - fresh and contemporary, this isn't just one of the best science fiction comics of the last ten years, but one of the best crime comics, as well.


On a similar reboot theme, Marvel's Ultimate line reinvigorated the publisher's core franchises at the start of the decade with varying degrees of success - I'm not sure anyone would really be able to argue that either Ultimate X-Men or Ultimate Fantastic Four were overly revolutionary, for example. Although Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's The Ultimates was, at the time, the critical favorite, we've got a soft spot for Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man, which rebuilt the character as the teen soap opera where great power means great amounts of confusion, bad decisions and all kinds of responsibility that we never even knew we wanted. With art by Mark Bagley, Stuart Immonen and now the wonderful David LaFuente, it's been consistently entertaining for the last ten years, and consistency is worth something, right?

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