A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2 Micro-Review – Lights in the Darkness

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Luke Ross, Nolan Woodard (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard’s art highlight this issue, as they have the not necessarily enviable task of depicting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in an environment mostly devoid of light.

This issue didn’t blow me away from a plot perspective. But it did do a fine job of capturing the master/apprentice dynamic between our two heroes, which for my money was one of the better aspects of The Phantom Menace.

Marvel should really release a book of Phil Noto’s Star Wars work. The majority of it is just brilliant.

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A Public Doman #1 Micro-Review – A Question of Interest

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Public Domain 1, cover, 2022, Chip ZdarskyTITLE: Public Domain #1
AUTHOR/ARTIST: Chip Zdarsky

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

I’m curious to see how Public Domain sells as we move past this first issue. There are no otherwordly elements, and hardly any punching or violence. Thus far, it’s a story about a comic book creator owning the rights to a big screen superhero he created. That kind of thing is interesting to a comic book geek like me. But to the general public? Maybe. Maybe not…

Either way, Public Domain is very well written and drawn by Chip Zdarsky. It’s very much worth your time. I’m just curious to see how many readers will actually give it their time.

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The Variants #1 Micro-Review – One Woman, Multiple Shades

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The Variants 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #1
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone and Phil Noto was a team-up I never knew I needed. And yet, here we are. They’re both so damn good…

As the cover suggests, this story features multiple multiversal versions of Jessica Jones. My favorite part of the issue is a two-page spread where Simone and Noto play with that idea as Jessica tries on multiple shades of lipstick.

“Each one will make you a completely different person.”

See what they did there?

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3 Micro-Review – Our Hero’s Daddy Issues

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TITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue ends with an appearance from a Marvel character that recently made their live action debut on The Book of Boba Fett. I’m definitely hooked for issue #4.

Han Solo & Chewbacca has rebounded nicely after what I thought was an underwhelming first issue. Guggenheim has Han nailed from a depiction perspective. They’ve even managed to get me into the question “The Crystal Run” poses about Han’s father…

Because of course Han Solo has daddy issues. Star Wars is about that as much as anything else, isn’t it?

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Voyage of Temptation”

***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, Voyage of Temptation, Obi-Wan, SatineSERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S2:E13 – “Voyage of Temptation”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
James Arnold Taylor, Anna Graves, Matt Lanter, Greg Proops, Phil LaMarr
WRITER:
Paul Dini
DIRECTOR:
Brian Kalin O’ Connell
PREMIERE DATE:
February 5, 2010
SYNOPSIS:
Buried feelings between Obi-Wan and Satine come to the surface as a traitor is revealed.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is the episode where we learn about Obi-Wan and Satine’s history together. That they developed feeings for each other years ago, but Obi-Wan remained devoted Jedi Code. Obviously, this provides an interesting parallel between Obi-Wan and Anakin, who of course is secretly married to Padme. Obi-Wan made the choice that Anakin theoretically should have made.

Unfortunately, “Voyage of Temptation” falls into the same trap that Attack of the Clones did as far as Star Wars romances are concerned: It tells instead of shows. We don’t see that spark develop between Obi-Wan and Satine. Instead, we’re told about it via anecdotes. The best we get is a little banter between them.

“Voyage of Temptation” might actually have been better as a flashback episode, taking us back to a young Obi-Wan as he meets Satine for the first time. That way we could actually see some of these memories they recount, as opposed to having them exposited to us.

Still, Obi-Wan confessing that he’d have left the Jedi Order for Satine is a powerful moment. But imagine how powerful it could have been…

This episode was written by Paul Dini, who rose to prominence writing for Batman: The Animated Series, and is widely known as the creator of Harley Quinn. This would be his third and final episode of Clone Wars.

At one point, Anakin asks Obi Wan, “Were you and Satine ever…?” The obvious implication being that he’s asking if they slept together. Yeesh. In the last episode we had a suicide, and now a sexual reference? This arc was a little edgy for Cartoon Network. I won’t complain, though. I’m of the mindset we shouldn’t always shy away from that kind of thing when writing for kids. Granted, it should obviously be done tastefully, and with a certain amount of restraint. Clone Wars checks both those boxes with these instances.

Incidentally, Obi-Wan doesn’t actually say no…

Tal Merrick, the turncoat senator, is voiced by Greg Proops. That’s an interesting casting choice, as Proops is a comedian widely known for his performances in shows like Whose Line is it Anyway? Over a decade prior, Proops also voiced the podracing announcer in The Phantom Menace.

When he’s in that stand-off with Obi-Wan, Merrick asks who’ll strike first and become a cold-blooded killer. Anakin then strikes from behind, killing him instantly. I can’t decide if that’s a little too on-the-nose or not.

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Toy Chest Theater: Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Ant-Man is something of a regular here at “Toy Chest Theater.” We’ve seen him play with Baby Groot, confront Covid-19, and help the Statue of Liberty mask up.

This time, @pepitocarnvalj brings us Ant-Man at the breakfast table. Why he’s hiding I don’t know. But I can’t necessarily blame him for being cautious. How often do you want company before breakfast?

Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

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George Lucas on Star Wars: Good and Bad Technology

***Think what you will about George Lucas, but in terms of Star Wars, it can all be traced back to him. That’s why I always find it so interesting to listen to him talk about it. His creative process, the reason certain decisions were made, and how these movies became the pop cultural staples they are. This space is dedicated to just that. This is “George Lucas on Star Wars.”***

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

C-3PO, Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

The Scene: R2-D2 and C-3PO are among the allies our heroes find as they face off against the Trade Federation and its army of Battle Droids.

George Lucas Says: “I like technology. I use technology. But at the same time, I understand the failings of technology. You can’t rely on technology for everything. So I have this duel nature in the movies of the friendly human good technology of Artoo and Threepio, and the evil technology of the battle droids. … I’m constantly playing with those two ends of the dilemma. But never really saying that one is better than the other. I’m just simply trying to promote the human spirit, even as it exists in a droid.”

I Say: I get what he’s saying here about the good and bad of technology. But at the same time, George Lucas talking about how he understands the failings of technology is a little rich, as so many of us would say his over-reliance on technology and CGI is one of the major drawbacks of the prequel trilogy.

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The Flash #783 Micro-Review – Finding Barry

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TITLE: The Flash #783
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Brandon Peterson & Michael Atiyeh.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve picked up The Flash. So I’m coming in completely cold. Nevertheless, this first chapter of “The Search For Barry Allen” is pretty easy to digest. We’ve got various speedsters going into different timelines looking for the titular character. My favorite of which is a reality that’s essentially a Silver Age Flash comic.

So to differentiate between Wally West (The Flash) and Wallace West (Kid Flash), the latter apparently now goes by Ace? That’s…kinda clever. I like it.

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Astonishing Art: Starlight by Anthony Helmer

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I must confess, I’m far from caught up on The Boys. Truth be told, I haven’t even finished the first season. But I can still recognize great art when I see it.

That’s exactly what we get here from Anthony Helmer. He captures just enough of actress Erin Moriarty in this image, while still doing his own thing. When you’re drawing from life, that’s one of the hallmarks of a great artist.

Anthony Helmer, Starlight

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A Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 Micro-Review – In Good Hands

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Dark Crisis Young Justice 1, cover, 2022, Todd NuackTITLE: Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer). Variant cover by Todd Nuack & Matt Herms.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Meghan Fitzmartin has impressed the hell out of me lately. Not just with this issue, but her handling of Tim Drake’s emergence as bisexual. Tim’s new ongoing series is in good hands with her.

Fans of Tim, Conner Kent, Bart Allen, and Cassandra Sandsmark should lap this one up. It’s got nods and tributes to their history in and beyond the original Young Justice series. It also has a very relatable core story about this seemingly lost generation of heroes struggling to find their place in the world. I’m all in on this one.

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