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A Superman ’78 #2 Micro-Review – The Joy of Lex

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Superman 78 2, cover, 2021, Ben OliverTITLE: Superman ’78 #2
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Ben Oliver.
RELEASED: September 28, 2021

This issue captures the comedic side of the first two Superman movies very well, especially with its use of Lex Luthor. Venditti, and Torres really nail Lex’s introduction.

Remember Batman ’66: The Lost Episode? When DC adapted that unused Batman TV script featuring Two-Face, and used William Shatner’s likeness for the character? I’m finding myself wishing they’d tell us what ’80s era actor is playing Brainiac in this story. That’s what fan casting is for, I suppose.

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A Batman #113 Micro-Review – Spotlight on Clownhunter

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman 113, cover, 2021, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #113
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

The back-up stories on Batman have switched from Ghost-Maker to Clownhunter. Thus far this story is holding my attention better. There’s a fun two-page spread in this issue that’s made to look like an old Pac-Man game.

“Fear State” will likely go down as one of the most, if not the most, notable Scarecrow story of the two decades at least. That’s not to say it’s been a great story overall. But it’s the first time I can remember that Scarecrow has been the center of a big crossover event like this.

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A TMNT: The Last Ronin #4 Micro-Review – Scope Overblown

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TMNT The Last Ronin 4, cover, 2021TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4
AUTHOR: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz
ARTISTS: Eastman, Esau & Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Luis Delgado (Colorist), Samuel Plata (Color Assistant)
RELEASED: September 22, 2021

Coming in, The Last Ronin felt (to me at least) like it was going to be a small scale personal story involving Michelangelo, Oroku Hiroto, and maybe April O’Neil and her daughter. Instead, they’ve gone too big with it and make it into an almost militaristic save-the-world story. The scope has been blown way out of proportion.

Case in point, the most interesting scene in this issue is the one-on-one time between Mikey and April’s daughter. I’d have gladly taken more of that over the sci-fi warfare stuff.

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A Nightwing #84 Micro-Review – DC’s Ted Lasso

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nightwing 84, 2021, cover, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #84
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Robbi Rodriguez, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Bruno Redondo.
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

The feeling of positivity that Tom Taylor is injecting into Nightwing feels very uncharacteristic of a Bat-book. It’s almost the Ted Lasso of DC Comics.

Barbara Gordon debuts a slightly modified Batgirl costume in this issue. I’m not sure if it’s the way Robbi Rodriguez (who otherwise performs beautifully) is drawing it, but it looks a little…baggy? That can’t be intentional.

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An Aquaman: The Becoming #1 Micro-Review – A Strong Start

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Aquaman the Becoming 1, cover, 2021, David TalaskiTITLE: Aquaman: The Becoming #1
AUTHOR: Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Diego Olortegui, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters). Cover by David Talaski.
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

This is a really strong first issue. While it doesn’t start quite and ground-level (sea level?) for readers not familiar with our new Aquaman Jackson Hyde, it sets up our status quo quite nicely. We learn about Jackson, his supporting cast, why Arthur Curry (the traditional Aquaman) isn’t there, and we tee up what the story is going to be.

Diego Olortegui’s characters are also really well defined. As someone who hasn’t picked up an Aquaman book in years, I appreciate that. It provides a nice sense that we’re getting to know these characters.

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A Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two #4 Micro-Review – Did I Miss An Episode?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman the Adventures Continue Season Two 4, cover, 2021, Rob GuilloryTITLE: Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two #4
AUTHORS: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
ARTISTS: Jordan Gibson, Monica Kubina (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Rob Guillory.
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

Did I miss an episode? This issue depicts Renee Montoya as being anti-Batman. I don’t think she was ever that way on the show…was she?

This issue is nicely self-contained. Though it fits into the overall narrative of the “season.”

Jordan Gibson is our artist this time around. He mimics that DCAU style perfectly, to the point where I could easily mistake his work for that of Ty Templeton or Rick Burchett. In this case, that’s fairly high praise.

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A Suicide Squad #1 Micro-Review – Ambush Bug. Ugh.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 7, variant cover, 2021, Kevin Maguire, Alex SinclairTITLE: Suicide Squad #7
AUTHORS: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Kevin Maguire & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

This issue beats us over the head with Ambush Bug, who I’ve never really been a fan of. As such, my interest would wax and wane depending on which scenes he was and wasn’t in.

*checks future solicitations* Aw crap. He’s sticking around. I may have to take Suicide Squad off my pull list for the time being…

On the plus side, it’s always great to see Kevin Maguire’s work. His variant cover almost makes this issue worth it. Almost.

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A Batman #112 Micro-Review – Villainous Outfits

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Batman #112
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Variant cover by Jorge Molina.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

This is a nice issue for the Simon Saint character. We get a sense of how he’s selling the Magistrate program to Gotham City. Also, I get a weird kick out of him dressing in a turtleneck, purple pants, and flip flops. Now that’s a villain’s outfit.

At one point, Harley Quinn quips about being given a Robin suit. Considering how prominently she’s been featured during Tynion’s run, I actually wouldn’t rule that out at all…

I continue to dig this look for Scarecrow. Great variant cover!

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A Batman ’89 #2 Micro-Review – Costume Complaints

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman 89 2, cover, 2021, Joe QuinonesTITLE: Batman ’89 #3
AUTHOR: Sam Hamm
ARTISTS: Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: September 14, 2021

For some bizarre reason, Batman ’89 tinkers with the Michelle Pfiefer Catwoman costume. Not sure why you’d do that. That suit is every bit as iconic as the Burtonverse Batman costume.

On the subject of costumes, I’m not necessarily a fan of the direction they’ve taken the Robin suit. It’s a little too ninja for my liking.

Credit where credit is due, though: This is a fairly unique take on Harvey Dent. And he’s at the center of the story, which is right where he should be.

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A Justice League Infinity #3 Micro-Review – Multiverse Fatigue

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Justice League Infinity #3
AUTHOR: J.M. DeMatteis, James Tucker
ARTISTS: Ethen Beavers, Nick Filardi (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Cover by Dan Mora.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

Both DC and Marvel have been leaning into multiverse stories lately. As such, three issues in I’ve got a little bit of multiverse fatigue when it comes to Justice League Infinity.

I’ll grant, though, that it’s somewhat interesting to see the Calvin Ellis Superman, a.k.a. the African American Superman (see the cover at right) drawn in that DC Animated Universe style. There’s not much substance to his part of this story. Not yet, at least. But it’s cool to see.

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