The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 Micro-Review –

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Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special 1, cover, November 2022, Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding, Brad AndersonTITLE: The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1
AUTHORS: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Jurgens, Brett Breeding, & Brad Anderson

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For those of us who were around back when Superman “died” in the early ’90s, this is a nice little supplement featuring many of the same creators who worked on the classic story.

The main feature sees a young Jon Kent learn about the big fight with Doomsday as his father fights an opponent named Doombreaker that’s almost identical. It’s a great performance on both the writing and art side by Dan Jurgens.

Meanwhile Steel gets a back-up story written by his creators Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove. The affection they have for him is evident on the page.

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A Daredevil #5 Micro-Review – “…He Wouldn’t Have Sent the Devil.”

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Daredevil 5, cover, November 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #5
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Daredevil tells an opponent in this issue that if they were right with God, “…He wouldn’t have sent the devil.” That’s a great action movie kind of line.

The way Marco Checchetto draws Elektra’s hair is…quaint. It looks good, but it also looks like she’s perpetually underwater.

Generally speaking, though, this is a beautifully drawn and colored issue. We see some beautiful renderings of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the Hand’s HQ. We also get a fight between Daredevil and someone we recently met in the MCU that’s got some nice grit to it.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #102 Micro-Review – Under Zedd’s Mask…

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 102, cover, November 2022, Mateus ManhaniniTITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #102
AUTHOR: Melissa Flores
ARTISTS:
Simona Di Gianfelice, Raul Angulo (Colorist), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Cover by Mateus Manhanini.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Have we ever seen Lord Zedd with his mask off? I don’t think we have. Either way, he gets it ripped off in this issue and we see what’s underneath…ouch.

“Mistress Vile” is an interesting alternate shade to Rita Repulsa. It feels weird to call her “Dark Rita,” as Rita is already evil. But that’s what she feels like.

This issue gets pretty dramatic toward the end. Very nicely done by Flores, Di Gianfelice, and everyone involved.

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Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 Micro-Review – A Quality Recipe

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Once Upon a Time at the End of the World 1, cover, November 2022, Mike Del MundoTITLE: Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1
AUTHOR: Jason Aaron
ARTISTS:
Alexandre Tefenkgi, Nick Dragotta, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Rico Renzi (Colorist), AndWorld Design (Letterer). Cover by Mike Del Mundo.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What we have here is Jason Aaron’s answer to the post-apocalyptic YA romance novel.  And thus far, it’s a pretty good one.

We’re in a world that’s been ravaged presumably by climate change and pollution. Our only two characters are a pair of young people meeting for the first time. One is quirky and endearing, the other is quiet and deadly. We’ve also got art that’s fun, interesting, and versatile in terms of its ability to do action, comedy, and drama. All of this makes for a recipe for a good series. This is one to watch.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #3 Micro-Review – The Most Effective Disguise in Comics

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Tim Drake Robin 3, cover, November 2022, Riley RossmoTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #3
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue suffers from bad timing. Normally the “all the past Robins together” thing works, whether it’s in a fight scenario or some kind of big group meeting. But we just saw it a couple weeks ago in Batman vs. Robin #3. So to see it again here came off a little lame.

Also lame? That Robin meets Tim Drake’s boyfriend Bernard in this issue, and Bernard doesn’t recognize him. It’s that classic, yet no less ridiculous rule that somehow the domino mask is the most effective disguise in superhero comics.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #1 Micro-Review – The Smoldering Jedi

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Star Wars Yoda 1, cover, November 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #1
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nico Leon and Dono Sanchez-Almara really hit this one out of the park from an artistic perspective. Leon has a great handle on Yoda. There’s a gorgeous full-page shot of him, lightsaber lit, standing atop a smouldering surface.

And of course, I’m a sucker for Phil Noto drawing Star Wars. So I’m very pleased with the cover.

On the writing side of things, this is a pretty standard, yet still nice tale about Yoda saving a tribe of villagers from an evil force. It’s most of what you want and expect from a solo Yoda story.

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An Action Comics #1049 Micro-Review – Bring On Bibbo!

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Action Comics 1049, cover, 2022, Steve BeachTITLE: Action Comics #1049
AUTHOR: Philip Kennedy Johnson
ARTISTS:
Mike Perkins, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Trish Mulvihill (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Steve Beach.

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You know who I’m starting to develop an affection for? Bibbo Bibbowski, Superman’s dopey civilian buddy. He’s had a small role these past issues, and he’s kinda grown on me. He’s not consistently around in the comics, so I hope he’s here for awhile.

We have a cover that doesn’t reflect anything that happens in the issue. It’s another gorgeous one by Steve Beach. Just not really relevant.

David Lapham and Trish Mulvihill once again steal the show in the Supergirl back-up.

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A Thunderbolts #4 Micro-Review – Moving in Two Directions

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #4 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Sean Izaakse, Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba (Co-Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Cover by Izaakse & Nolan Woodard.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It takes a lot of talent and versatility to be able to create art that can be slanted in either a serious or a humorous direction. In Thunderbolts #4, Sean Izaakse and Netho Diaz show they can do both in the span of one issue. That’s by no means a small feat.

This is our penultimate issue, but here’ hoping we see more of Zub’s take on this team. If for no other reason than I’m kind of in love with Eegro. He’s too much fun to fade into obscurity.

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Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1 Micro-Review – One Fundamental Flaw

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Batman One Bad Day Mr. Freeze 1, cover, 2022, Matteo Scalera, Dave Stewart, Mr. FreezeTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze #1
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Matteo Scalera, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Deron Bennett (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

My big issue with this…uh, issue, is that it paints Victor Fries as a bad apple even before the accident with his wife that turned him into Mr. Freeze. That waters down the tragedy element that makes the Mr. Freeze origin story so heart-breaking. The issue is otherwise well written and beautifully drawn. But it’s got that one fundamental flaw that drags it down.

On the upside, the story provides a nice glimpse into the kind heart of Dick Grayson, who is still Robin in this story.

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A Gold Goblin #1 Micro-Review – Gold Goblin & Gwen

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Gold Goblin 1, variant cover, 2022, Marco ChechettoTITLE: Gold Goblin #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Lan Medina, Antonio Fabela (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Variant cover by Marco Checchetto.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Lan Medina draws a hell of a Norman Osborn. He’s got the trademark wavy hair look down. But he also injects just the right amount of age in the character’s face. He is supposed to be a grandfather, after all.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this story is overplaying the Gwen Stacy card as it relates to Norman’s guilt over his Green Goblin days. At certain points it felt like I was reading a story called Gold Goblin & Gwen. I mean, we get it. She’s dead. No need to hammer that in.

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