A Sword of Azrael #2 Micro-Review – Azrael vs. Vengeance, Round One

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Sword of Azrael 2, cover, 2022, Nikola Cizmesija, Romulo Fajardo JrTITLE: Sword of Azrael #2 (of 6)
AUTHOR: Dan Watters
ARTISTS:
Nikola Cizmesija, Marissa Louise (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Cover by Cizmesija & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The theme in this book of religion and spirituality being used as a tool of manipulation is poignant. I can appreciate a book where a religious hero is willing to acknowledge its uses for more sinister purposes.

Azrael and Vengeance, Bane’s daughter, mix it up in the early part of this issue. The fight is short, but pretty sweet. I’ve got high hopes we’ll see them go at it again in the near future.

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The New Champion of Shazam! #2 Micro-Review – The Audition Process

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The New Champion of Shazam 2, cover, 2022, Evan Doc ShanerTITLE: The New Champion of Shazam! #2 (of 4)
AUTHORS: Josie Campbell
ARTISTS
: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Becca Carey (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Campbell, Shaner, and Carey are functioning like a well-oiled machine. Two issues in, and I’m officially ready for this to be an ongoing series. Actually, I might have been ready after one issue

That may not be an accident, per se. This story is clearly setting up a new status quo for Mary Marvel and the Shazam supporting cast, and planting seeds for things that may or may not happen in the future. It’s doing a damn good job at auditioning to be an ongoing.

I say, what are we waiting for? Give it the green light!

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An Amazing Fantasy #1000 Micro-Review – Spidey at 60

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Amazing Fantasy 1000, cover, 2022, John Romita JrTITLE: Amazing Fantasy #1000
AUTHORS: Various
ARTISTS
: Various. Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of great stuff here. As is always the case with big anthology issues like this, what stands out usually comes down to a reader’s personal tastes.

I myself was partial to the “Sinister 60th” story by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung, which sees an older Peter Parker get a look at Spider-Man’s legacy on his 60th birthday.

Neil Gaiman also has a story in here that includes a really nice hat-tip to Steve Ditko, the original Spider-Man artist.

Bottom line: If you’re a Spidey fan, you’re bound to find something in here you like.

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A Gambit #2 Micro-Review – The Right Way to Blow Up a Car

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Gambit 2, cover, 2022, Whilce Portacio, Alex SinclairTITLE: Gambit #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Chris Claremont
ARTISTS
: Sid Kotian, Espen Grundetjern (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a sequence in this issue where somebody throws a car and it blows up on impact. The explosion takes up more than half a page. I feel like that is the proper way to convey a car explosion in a comic book.

There’s a character in the book that’s obviously meant to be a token love interest for Gambit. Standard stuff. But then I looked the way she’s drawn and colored. And you know what? I get it. I’d want her to be my love interest too. I see you, Gambit. I see you.

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An Ant-Man #2 Micro-Review – Meeting Eric O’Grady

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Ant-Man 2, cover, 2022, Tom ReillyTITLE: Ant-Man #2 (of 4)
AUTHOR: Al Ewing
ARTISTS
: Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I came into this issue knowing nothing about the history of its main character, Eric O’Grady. But I came out wanting more from him. (Kudos to Marvel editorial for pointing out some additional O’Grady stories after the issue concludes.) That’s a tribute not only to the character and his story, but Al Ewing’s handling of this particular issue. I’d argue this issue is actually a little more friendly toward new readers than the first one.

Tom Reilly and Jordie Bellaire do another stellar job, with an issue that looks very different than the last one. Another excellent cover, too.

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A Thunderbolts #1 Micro-Review – Mayor Luke Cage?!?

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #1
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS
: Sean Izaakse, Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Cover by Izaakse, Chris O’Halloran, & David Nakayama.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Cage is the mayor of New York City now? I definitely missed that little tidbit of information…

I can’t say I’m familiar with most of the other heroes in this new Thunderbolts line-up. But the issue does a decent job introducing everybody, and enough of the focus is on Clint to hold my attention as we get through those introductions.

Thunderbolts looks like it’s going to be light-hearted and fun. I can’t find it in my heart to throw much shade at a superhero team book that tries to, and ultimately succeeds at, being fun.

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The Variants #3 Micro-Review – “Stow That Talk, Bean Jockey!”

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The Variants 3, cover, 2022, PHil NotoTITLE: The Variants #3 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS
: Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

A line from a gangster to a barista in this issue: “Stow that talk, bean jockey!”

I kind of wish I’d used that line during my barista days.

With all the coffee talk ere, along with the wit injected into some of Simone’s dialogue, parts of this issue almost reminded me of a Gilmore Girls episode. In the best way possible, of course.

This cover almost got our “Epic Covers” spot this week. Noto draws a great She-Hulk. Noto pretty much draws a great everything.

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #4 Micro-Review – The Value and Beauty of Life

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 4, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #4 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS
: Madibek Musabekov, Sebastian Cheng (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Musabekov and Cheng inject some really good art into this issue. Musabekov is particularly good at drawing Obi-Wan himself, and making the Clone Wars hero and the old desert hermit look like the same person. His Anakin looks a little too young at certain points. But I can forgive that.

Musabekov and Cheng also make pretty effective use of inanimate clone trooper armor, as the cover suggests.

Cantwell gives Obi-Wan a nice little monologue about the value and beauty of life. Great hero moment there.

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A Blood Oath #1 Micro-Review – Bold, Capable, and Strong

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Blood Oath 1, cover, 2022, Joe EismaTITLE: Blood Oath #1
AUTHORS: Rob Hart, Alex Segura
ARTISTS
: Joe Eisma, Hilary Jenkins (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 30, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Prohibition era elements mixed with bloody horror elements. Not necessarily a combination you see every day. But thus far, the results have been intriguing. I’m curious to see what comes next.

If you like bad ass heroines in your sequential art, Blood Oath won’t disappoint you. Hazel is bold, capable, and strong in an era where women weren’t supposed to be any of those things. And of course, the fact that she’s about to start shredding up monsters doesn’t hurt either.

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The Flash 2022 Annual #1 Micro-Review – A Writer and a Reporter

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The Flash 2022 Annual 1, cover, Marguerite SauvageTITLE: The Flash 2022 Annual #1
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS
: Serg Acuna, Matt Herms (Colorist), Justin Birch (Letterer). Cover by Marguerite Sauvage.
RELEASED:
August 30, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Quote from this issue: “A writer is just a reporter that gets paid less.”

I’ve been a reporter, and I’m not sure that’s true…

This issue consists of a comic book version of Linda’s novel. I can’t say it’s 100 percent what I was hoping to see when I opened it. We don’t actually see the Flash in the story. But it does provide a nice glimpse into her mind, and how she sees her relationship with Wally.

Serg Acuna and Matt Herms are definitely a winning combination on the art. I’d love to see more from them.

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