Fatherhood: Screaming Day

Black Canary, Canary Cry, Justice League UnlimitedBy Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You know what day in the life of a parent is really great?

The day your baby, your one-year-old in my case, learns she can scream. And I mean really scream. That blood-curdling, ear-piercing kind of scream. So now when you’ve got an upset and crying baby, you’re not only dealing with whatever crisis is at hand, you’re also wincing because your kid is about to break your damn eardrums…

It gives new meaning to the phrase “finding your voice.”

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The Essential Clone Wars: “Revenge”

***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:
S4:E22 – “Revenge”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Clancy Brown, Sam Witwer, James Arnold Taylor, Nika Futterman, Barbara Goodson
WRITER:
Katie Lucas
DIRECTOR:
Brian Kalin O’Connell
PREMIERE DATE:
March 16, 2012
SYNOPSIS:
Maul and Savage Opress enact their plan to kill Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Very early in the episode, we hear Maul repeating the name “Kenobi” over and over again. Last time, I questioned how the Jedi knew Maul’s name. This time, I question how Maul knows Obi-Wan’s name. Did Nute Gunray know? Did Sidious know?

Barbara Goodson, who voices Mother Talzin, also provided the voice for another famous witch: Rita Repulsa on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. When she’s chanting and casting her spell on Maul, it’s the closest she comes on this series to sounding like Rita again. As a Power Rangers geek, that was pretty cool to hear.

As should be obvious to anyone who’s read the story, Maul’s new look is based on his appearance in the short comic book tale, “Old Wounds.” That story highlighted the Star Wars: Visionaries graphic novel released in 2005. It saw Maul, complete with robotic legs, travel to Tatooine to go after a toddler-aged Luke Skywalker. He was, of course, met by his old rival Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul’s look, and the story itself, came to us courtesy of Aaron McBride.

Right before the fight with Maul and Savage Opress ensues, Obi-Wan does “the pose” (shown above). That’s what I’m calling it, at least. The one where he brings his saber-holding hand behind him, and holds his free hand out front. He did this in Revenge of the Sith, then later in Rebels, then again in Obi-Wan Kenobi. He even did it in Star Wars: Brotherhood. At this point, “the Obi-Wan pose” would be an apt name for it.

Obi-Wan and Asajj Ventress teaming up is a fun little arrangement. The episode ends with them fleeing together in a ship. I wish we could have seen how they parted ways, given their bitter history. Did they come to a mutual understanding and decide, in fitting with the episode’s opening tagline, the enemy of my enemy is my friend? It would have made for an interesting scene.

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An X-Men Legends #1 Micro-Review – Classic, Yet Modern

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X-Men Legends 1, cover, 2022, Kaare AndrewsTITLE: X-Men Legends #1
AUTHOR: Roy Thomas
ARTISTS:
Dave Wachter, Edgar Delgado (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kaare Andrews.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s obviously a treat to get something new from the legendary Roy Thomas, one of the architects of the Marvel Universe…

But as much as anything, it’s awesome to see Dave Wachter and Edgar Delgado’s work here. The former’s work is richly detailed. The latter uses a slightly darker color palette that evokes a classic Marvel tale, but also feels modern.

What’s more, there’s some nice meat on the bone here from a writing perspective. This issue wasn’t at the top of my stack this week. But it just might be my favorite of the week.

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A Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1 Micro-Review – Swatting Flies

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Ms. Marvel & Wolverine 1, cover, 2022, Sara Pichelli, Federico BleeTITLE: Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1
AUTHOR: Jody Houser
ARTISTS:
Ze Carlos, Erick Arciniega (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Sara Pichelli & Federico Blee.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover kind of indicates, this issue is more like Ms. Marvel & X-Men, as opposed to just Ms. Marvel & Wolverine. That’s a little disappointing for me, as I was hoping to see more of their personalities clashing.

What’s more, all these heroes don’t really do anything other than swat flies. Sure, they’re big robotic flies. And there a lot of them. But still.

It looks like this is the first installment of a multi-parter that sees Ms. Marvel work with a variety of Marvel heroes. So maybe they’re playing the long game with this one.

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There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #2 Micro-Review – A Certain Intrigue

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theres_something_wrong_with_patrick_todd_2_cover_2022_gavin_guidry_chris_ohalloranTITLE: There’s Something Wrong with Patrick Todd #2
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Gavin Guidry, Chris O’Halloran (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Last time, I talked about how Patrick Todd was missing a good hook to draw readers into the story. This time around we still don’t have one. But a certain intrigue is beginning to emerge.

It looks like what we have here is a story about a young man with a certain “gift,” who must now look to his past and his family to understand how best to use that gift. I can get behind that. I’m still looking for that hook, but Patrick Todd gives me enough that I’m still coming back for issue #3. So there’s that.

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Toy Chest Theater: Mario’s Dinosaur Chase

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Super Mario has been intrinsically linked with dinosaurs since Super Mario World in 1990. Wait, do Koopa Troopas count as dinosaurs? If so, then it goes back even further.

Either way, this mash-up of Super Mario Kart and a very angry-looking T-Rex is a perfect fit. The kicking up of the rubble under the cars gives the image a great sense of speed.

Our photographer, Mark Phillips, tipped his hat to Mitchel Wu for inspiration. I assume he’s talking about this image from Wu, which presents a very similar chase. Phillips did a nice job putting his own spin on the idea, though.

Mario Kart, Dinosaur, Mark Phillips

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The Amazing Spider-Man #7 Micro-Review – Gearin’ Up with Gobby

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The Amazing Spider-Man 7, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #7
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Apparently, Spidey is about to get some tech help from Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. “So smart it makes you dumb” indeed…

Wells seems to add Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, to Peter’s supporting cast in this issue. I can’t bring myself to complain about that.

Romita gets to draw the Vulture here. While I’ve been pretty critical of his work in the past, he’s undeniably one of the more iconic Spidey artists of all time. So any time he gets to draw a classic villain like that, it’s a treat.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5 Micro-Review – Consistent Quality

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star_wars_han_solo_and_chewbacca_5_cover_2022_phil_notoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This isn’t the strongest issue to come out of this series. But five issues in, Guggenheim, Messina, and this team have sold me on their ability to produce a quality monthly title about Han and Chewie. That’s saying something, considering how underwhelmed I was at the beginning.

The friendship between Han and Chewie is the understated emotional core to this book. It’s a buddy action comedy. And that’s how it should be, really.

On the downside, we get a gratuitous appearance from a couple of familiar Mos Eisley Cantina characters. Lame.

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A Batgirls #9 Micro-Review – Thanks For Showing Up!

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Batgirls 9, cover, 2022, Jorge Corona, Sarah SternTITLE: Batgirls #9
AUTHORS: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Neil Googe, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern.
RELEASED:
August 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is one of the only superhero comics I’ve ever read to not only acknowledge that it’s a comic book, but to have our narrator (Stephanie) thank us for showing up again. Granted, this is the first issue of Batgirls I’ve picked up in awhile. Have they been doing that kind of thing the whole time? It’s…different.

KGBeast, the villain that shot Nightwing in the head and gave him amnesia, is back to being treated like a chump. Our heroes pretty much spank him here. Well, we knew his sudden serious turn wouldn’t last, didn’t we?

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Lantern #1 Micro-Review – Two Snapshots

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Worlds Without a Justice League Green Lantern, cover, 2022, Fernando BlancoTITLE: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Lantern #1
AUTHORS: Philip Kennedy Johnson, Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Fernando Blanco, Jack Herbert, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Alex Guimaraes (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

So what we have here are glimpses at two worlds made from the essences of John Stewart and Hawkgirl, respectively. Though what these two stories really amount to are brief character snapshots, i.e. a look at what makes each character tick. And from that standpoint, they both more or less succeed.

This issue also has a giant undead baby monster with bat wings. Because comics are bizarre and wonderful like that.

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