A Nemesis: Reloaded #1 Micro-Review – Recapturing the Vibe

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Nemesis Reloaded 1, cover, January 2023, Jorge Jimenez, Giovanna NiroTITLE: Nemesis: Reloaded #1
AUTHOR: Mark Millar
ARTISTS: 
Jorge Jimenez, Giovanna Niro (Colorist), Clem Robins (Letterer)

RELEASED: January 11, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In my 20 years of reading monthly comic books, Nemesis is one of the few characters I’ve come across that really makes me nervous. As in, what horrible and disturbing thing is this guy going to do next? It’s a tribute to Millar’s twisted genius that he keeps coming up with such truly awful things to do to other human beings. This character is like the personification of a Saw movie.

That’s all to say that this issue definitely recaptures the vibe of the first one. Somehow, I just can’t look away.

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A Lazarus Planet: Alpha Micro-Review – Sexuality on Display

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Lazarus Planet Alpha, cover, January 2023, David Marquez, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Lazarus Planet: Alpha
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Gene Luen Yang
ARTISTS:
Riccardo Federici, Billy Tan, Brad Anderson (Colorist), Sebastian Cheng (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer), Janice Chiang (Letterer). Cover by David Marquez & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is gorgeously drawn by Riccardo Federici. Perhaps too well drawn in the case of Power Girl. Her sexuality is very much on display in this issue, and it…pulled focus. I can’t decide if that’s Federici accentuating it, or if that’s just her costume.

Supergirl’s newer costume, however, is great. The Girl of Steel actually stole the issue for me when she got pissed at a minion and (literally) clapped back.

I can’t say I’m super invested in this Lazarus Planet stuff. But this issue piqued my interest enough to bring me back for at least one more issue.

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The Flash #790 Micro-Review – Have We Seen These Aliens Before?

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The Flash 790, cover, January 2023, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #790
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Matt Banning & Wellington Dias (Inkers), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover suggests, the “One-Minute War” storyline starts with an alien invasion. Have we seen these particular aliens before? I don’t think we have…

Either way, the story is off to a strong start. A big one, too. We see mass destruction, and it looks like virtually every speedster will be involved here. Jeremy Adams, Roger Cruz, and the creative team are hitting the right notes, thus far.

I’m on a Taurin Clarke kick lately. I’m really digging his cover work on not just The Flash, but Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 Micro-Review – S&M Joker?!?

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Batman and the Joker the Deadly Duo 3, cover, January 2023, Marc SilvestriTITLE: Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3
AUTHOR: Marc Silvestri
ARTISTS:
Silvestri, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I dig that cover, but…is that an S&M mask the Joker is wearing? What the hell? First S&M Riddler in The Batman and now this? If they give one to the Penguin I’m gettin’ the hell outta here…

Silvestri hits his stride with this issue, particularly in terms of his writing. His art was pretty much always on point.

The one downside to the writing: Nightwing is in this story, essentially in a sidekick role. Which is odd, because last I checked Batman had a sidekick. You might have heard of him. His name is Robin.

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A TMNT: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #3 – A One-Two Punch

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TMNT The Armageddon Game The Alliance 3, cover, January 2023, Roi MercadoTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Armageddon Game – The Alliance #3
AUTHORS: Juni Ba, Erik Burnham
ARTISTS: 
Ba, Roi Mercado, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), William Soares (Colorist), Jake M. Wood (Letterer). Cover by Mercado.
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is far and away the best issue to come out of this Armageddon Game storyline yet. Juni Ba’s writing and art on the main story (along with Ronda Pattison’s colors) are a tremendous change of pace, delivering a great character story for Alopex. Then Burnham and Mercado’s back-up makes for a great one-two punch.

Mind you, I’m still not enthralled with Armageddon Game as a whole. But this the first issue from the storyline that I’ve enjoyed from start to finish.

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A Star Wars #30 Micro-Review – Life in a Vacuum

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Star Wars 30, cover, January 2023, Stephen Segovia, Rain BeredoTITLE: Star Wars #30
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: 
Andrés Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Stephen Segovia & Rain Beredo. 
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

How long can a human being survive in the vacuum of space without protection, i.e. a space suit? Lando has to do it for a few seconds in this issue. There was also a great issue of Darth Vader a few years back where Doctor Aphra had to do the same. But how long could one really last in space?

LiveScience.com says about two minutes. That seems about right. Either way, it obviously creates a hell of a lot of tension and urgency.

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Epic Covers: Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #11 by Szymon Kudranski

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Blood coming from the eye socket. *shudders* I don’t even want to think about it.

Eyes inherently draw attention as it is. But then to have the blood underneath, along with the vascularity of the eyeball, adds that much more of a scare factor to this cover by Szymon Kudranski.

And did I mention the hooded murderer? Because he’s important too.

Nita Hawes' Nightmare Blog 11, cover, January 2023, Szymon Kudranski

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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #4 Micro-Review – Sick Kid Jokes

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 4, variant cover, January 2023, Lee BermejoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #4
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Nick Filardi (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Variant cover by Lee Bermejo.
RELEASED: 
January 3, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue turned me off early on. The main story takes place in a hospital, and we see a group of kids in what is presumably a cancer ward. So, as this is a Joker comic, we get a lot of sick kid jokes. That’s not really my cup of tea.

These Rosenberg/Francavilla back-ups continue to be weird as hell. But they’re also genuinely amusing and funny. Case in point, this one sees Joker swallow a bunch of mud, then vomit up a mud creature that he and his henchmen have to chase around.

See what I mean? Weird.

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A Batman #131 Micro-Review – The Tim Drake Renaissance

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Batman, 131, cover, January 2023, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #131
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Mike Hawthorne, Miguel Mendonca, Ariano Di Benedetto (Inker), Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Roman Stevens (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Jimenez.
RELEASED: 
January 3, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky’s “The Bat-Man of Gotham” storyline isn’t going much for me thus far. But I eventually came around on his previous story, “Failsafe.” So I’m hopeful that will change.

I’m partial to this issue’s back-up, which sees Tim Drake commence his hunt for the missing Batman. Granted, it treads some ground we already covered more than a decade ago. But still, between the revelation about his sexuality, his new ongoing series, and him getting this spotlight in Batman, I’m digging this Tim Drake renaissance we’re having.

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Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #2 Micro-Review – A Spark of Sweet Humanity

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Once Upon a Time at the End of the World 2, cover, December 2022, Mike Del MundoTITLE: Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #2
AUTHOR: Jason Aaron
ARTISTS:
Alexandre Tefenkgi, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), AndWorld Design (Letters). Cover by Mike Del Mundo.
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The most endearing part of Once Upon a Time at the End of the World thus far has been watching Mezzy, our hardened, no-nonsense survivalist extraordinaire, gradually warm up to her new companion Maceo. More than anything, it’s that spark of sweet humanity that has made these last two issues work so well.

Jason Aaron also uses this issue as a chance to fill in some of Mezzy’s backstory, as well as the larger world of the book. His ability to keep those storytelling plates spinning at the same time is commendable.

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