An Amazing Spider-Man #2 Micro-Review – So Smart He’s Dumb

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #2
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In this issue one of Norman Osborn’s grandkids says something to Peter that’s pretty spot on…

“Grandpa says you’re so smart it makes you dumb.”

No Mary Jane in this issue, which is a little disappointing when you consider the big revelation we got last issue. Not to mention the cover. But I can chalk this one up to having patience with the story Wells is telling. Thus far, this feels authentically like a Spider-Man tale.

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A TMNT #129 Micro-Review – Hovering Near Horror

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TMNT 129, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #129
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Tony Gregori, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer). Cover by Pablo Tunica.

RELEASED: May 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover, while very well done, isn’t indicative of what’s in this issue. If it were my choice, I’d have depicted a fight between the Turtles and the Punk Frogs.

Raph and Casey Jones get into a scuffle here that’s very well written, and true to both characters.

I like the detail Tony Gregori puts into Dr. Barlow and his mutant creations. He’s not going for a horror vibe, necessarily. But he’s not far removed from it.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2 Micro-Review – Shared History

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #2
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: May 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue opens with a scene that might have been in the Solo movie: Han as a child, talking to his dad on the Corellian shipyards. We get the line about how father makes ships, but one day son will fly them…

For better or worse, every little nuance of the Star Wars movies is something to be explored. Case in point, in the original movie it was evident that Han and Greedo knew each other. This story dives into their shared history. Not a bad issue. Definitely an improvement from the first.

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Landing at Point Rain”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

SERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S2:E5 – “Landing at Point Rain”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Matt Lanter, Brian George, Dee Bradley Baker, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor
WRITER:
Brian Larsen
DIRECTOR:
Brian Kalin O’Connell
PREMIERE DATE:
November 4, 2009
SYNOPSIS:
The Jedi lead an attack on the Separatist droid factory on Geonosis.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I initially wrinkled my nose at Anakin and Ahsoka gloating about their respective kill counts. But then it occurred to me: The Separatists use robots. So they weren’t actually “killing” anyone.

Our big bad guy at the droid factory is named Poggle the Lesser. We also saw him in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. But question: Does his name mean anything? I mean…lesser what? What does that word mean in this context? That one’s a head-scratcher for me.

Here’s an odd complaint to have about a war show: This episode felt really loud to me. Lots of explosions and spaceship sounds and pew pew pews. I guess that’s how you know I’m not a young fanboy anymore…

There’s a moment in this episode where a Clone Trooper gets blasted into the air and takes a hard landing on the ground. Another clone then shouts, “Man down!” That was funny to me. When you go down like that, “Man down!” is pretty much adding insult to injury, isn’t it?

This episode really didn’t do much for me. This, despite it being on various “Best of” lists as it relates to The Clone Wars. It’s a great example of how well the show can do the big Star Wars battle sequences. And it’s got a cute little moment between Anakin, Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Ki-Adi Mundi at the end. But other than that…

My guess? Because it’s part of a multi-part story arc, “Landing at Point Rain” simply isn’t intended to stand on its own as much as a typical episode. I can only assume it’s meant to set the table for better things to come.

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A Nightwing #92 Micro-Review – Gorgeously Vintage

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Nightwing 92, cover, 2022, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #92
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s opening pages have a gorgeous vintage look to them, complete with classic costumes for Batman, Robin, and Batgirl.

George Perez and Marv Wolfman have a background cameo in this issue. That feels more than appropriate in the wake of Perez’s passing. Those two did more for Dick Grayson than perhaps anyone since his creators.

There’s a beautiful two-page spread here of Nightwing leaping from the cityscape, silhouetted in the light of the moon. Hat tip to Redondo and Lucas.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3 Micro-Review – A Show-Stopping Duo

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Batman Superman World's Finest 3, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue opens with Batman scared and in trouble, and Superman has to save him. That doesn’t sound like such a far out idea in a book about Superman and Batman. But considering how so many modern writers like to portray the Dark Knight as unstoppably smart and all-prepared, it comes off novel. As a Superman fan, it’s definitely appreciated.

I hope Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain are having as much fun on this book as I am looking at their work. Like our two titular heroes, they make for a show-stopping duo.

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Rookies”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

Star Wars The Clone Wars, Rookies, image 1SERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S1:E5 – “Rookies”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Dee Bradley Baker, James Arnold Taylor, Matthew Wood, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter
WRITER:
Steven Melching
DIRECTOR:
Justin Ridge
PREMIERE DATE:
October 24, 2008
SYNOPSIS: 
A group of rookie clones unite prevent a Separatist droid invasion.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We start the episode off with what looks like a hologram version of a radio broadcast. That’s a cool little world-building (or in this case, universe-building) element to throw in.

Almost all the characters on The Clone Wars, especially this early in the show, always wear the same outfits. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But in Obi-Wan Kenobi’s case, it can be distracting as he’s wearing battle armor. It looks out of place in scenes like the one on the bridge of the starship. In hindsight, I might have put him in something that looked a little less battle-ready.

Star Wars The Clone Wars, Rookies, Image 2

When I looked at “Ambush,” I noted how I’m not a fan of the battle droids being overly goofy. These stealth droid commandos, on the other hand, are right up my alley. They give off just the vibe you’d expect an evil robot army to have. They’re cold, efficient, merciless, and scary.

It took me a minute to realize that Echo, one of the clones we see in this episode, is also one of the main characters in The Bad Batch. I can only assume we’ll be seeing more of him and his evolution as we move through The Clone Wars and into The Bad Batch. That’s always a cool thing to see.

And of course, we have Rex and Cody in this episode. We know they’ll both play notable roles as time goes on.

“Big gun doesn’t make a big man.” That’s a good line. The kind that should be repeated often in certain parts of America…

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Ambush”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

SERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S1:E1 – “Ambush”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Brian George, Corey Burton, Nika Futterman
WRITER:
Steven Melching
DIRECTOR:
Dave Bullock
PREMIERE DATE:
October 3, 2008
SYNOPSIS:
Yoda is lured into a trap by Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

My research for this episode was my first exposure to how wonky the Clone Wars episode chronology can be. I invite you to check out Lucasfilm’s chronological episode order to see what I mean. But apparently, if one were to watch all the episodes in chronological order, “Ambush” would be the show’s fifth episode, rather than the first.

If nothing else, I guess it’s consistent with the Star Wars brand. This is, after all, the movie franchise that started with Episode IV.

Chronological issues notwithstanding, this was a good episode to start with. Everybody knows Yoda, so that was a nice hook for viewers who weren’t as familiar with Star Wars. It also establishes some of the main villains, who the good guy and bad guy troops are, the nature of the war itself, etc.

I’ve never like when the battle droids are overly jokey. That started in Revenge of the Sith, and continued here. It was the only thing in the episode that grated on me.

For whatever reason the Toydarians, King Katuunko in particular, don’t look as richly detailed as the other characters. First episode stumbles, maybe?

Obviously, the highlight of this episode is Yoda having the clones take their helmets off and then addressing them as individuals. The best line in his little speech? “Deceive you, eyes can. In the Force, very different each one of you are.” That’s a great Yoda line. 

On the subject of Yoda, I can’t imagine what it must have been like for Tom Kane to voice that character. At this point, he’d already played the character for the Star Wars: Clone Wars shorts that aired between 2003 and 2005. But this was obviously of a much larger scale. The character was, and still is, so closely identified with Frank Oz. But to his credit, Kane managed to make the character his own. He’s not as vocally flamboyant with Yoda as Oz was. But I might argue Kane gives the character a little more grit, which isn’t uncalled for in a show like The Clone Wars.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 Micro-Review – A Quiet Respect

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Superman Son of Kal El 11, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #11
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Federico Blee & Matt Hermes (Colors), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: May 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We’ve got both Batman and Nightwing doing guest spots in this book. As always, Batman characters tend to pull focus away from Superman characters. So I’m generally not a fan of them popping up in Big Blue’s books.

However, there is a pretty cool moment in this issue where Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent’s father, pulls Batman aside and says, “Bruce, I’d like a word, son.” With one line, we see that Jonathan Kent commands a quite respect, even from the likes of Batman.

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A Batman #123 Micro-Review – An Easy Transition

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Batman 123, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Batman #123
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Rain Beredo (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Willie Schubert (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was able to follow this issue fairly easily, despite not having read the two “Shadow War” issues that came after Batman #122. That kind of thing is always appreciated.

Still, for my money the back-up story by Williamson and Trevor Hairsine stole the issue. Taking place in the past, it sees Batman mix it up with Deathstroke and the Joker, as a bounty looms over Robin’s head. Hairsine renders the classic Robin costume very well, albeit briefly.

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