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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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 Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9 Micro-Review – Fleetfeet?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 9, cover, 2022, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, JokerTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The big attraction for this issue is seeing Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain do the Joker. They don’t disappoint. Mora even nails the crazed look in the character’s eyes (note the cover).

During this issue, someone calls Kid Flash “Fleetfeet.” I know it’s a joke. But was that an early version of the character’s name? Or maybe a nickname from back in the day? It sounds like a name they’d have come up with back in the ’50s…

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A Wonder Woman #793 Micro-Review – A Trio Reunited

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wonder_woman_793_cover_2022_yanick_paquette_nathan_fairbairnTITLE: Wonder Woman #798
AUTHOR: Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Jordie Bellaire
ARTISTS:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Paulina Ganucheau, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Bellaire (Colorist), Kendall Goode (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Our main feature is a nice little one-off about Wondie, Superman, and Batman. It’s highlighted, for my money, but how they act as close friends. It’s a feel-good issue in that respect. Hat-tip to Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn for a pretty awesome cover.

This is my first exposure to these “Adventures of Young Diana” back-ups. They’ve got a really cool look to them, reminiscent of something you’d see in one of DC’s graphic novels for kids or young adults. I’m thrilled to see something like that in one of the main books.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #17 Micro-Review – The Big Talk

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Superman Son of Kal-El 17, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #17
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is centered around Jon being afraid to talk to his dad about his bisexuality. It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the matter ends on a high note. Because…y’know, his dad is Superman. He says all the right things. But it’s still a nice little window into what I’m sure a large percentage of LGBTQ people go through with their parents. Even those who aren’t as supportive as Superman.

Artistically, the opening scene in this issue is fun. A nice little race sequence between father and son. It made me smile.

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An Action Comics #1048 Micro-Review – Osul-Ra, Otho-Ra, and…Orion?

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Action Comics 1048, cover, 2022, Steve BeachTITLE: Action Comics #1048
AUTHOR: Philip Kennedy Johnson
ARTISTS:
Mike Perkins, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Trish Mulvihill (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Steve Beach.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The New Gods make the presence felt in this issue. Is Orion a bad guy now? I thought he was a good guy…

I missed the introduction of these twins, Osul-Ra and Otho-Ra in previous issues of Action. But apparently we need to take note of them, as they’ll be a part of the extended “Superman family” going forward.

Loved David Lapham’s work on the “Red Moon” back-up this month. He draws a hell of a Supergirl, especially in that newer costume.

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A <i<Batman/Superman: World's Finest #8 Micro-Review – Thunder and Steel

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Batman Superman World's Finest 8, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #8
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

More old school Teen Titans in this issue, which prompts me to reiterate: When are we giving Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain a Titans title?

This cover is a neat little homage to the original Batman #1 cover from 1940. Somewhat subtle. But once you recognize it, it’s pretty cool.

The obvious instability that Mark Waid injects into David, a.k.a. Boy Thunder, is compelling. The reader can see what’s coming a mile away. But of course, the characters can’t. Not even the world’s greatest detective.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #16 Micro-Review – Daddy’s Back

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Superman Son of Kal-El 16, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #16
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: October 11, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We knew that Jon Kent’s father, the classic Superman, would be back eventually. That’s just how superhero comics work. But I wish Jon was allowed to remain the one and only Superman for awhile longer. In many ways, he’s a character that better reflects the world we live in now.

The impetus is on DC now to keep Jon Kent special, and not allow him to fade into the background.

We see the Ultra-Humanite in this issue, and he looks about as imposing and scary as I’ve ever seen him. My hat’s off to our artists for that.

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A Superman: Space Age #2 Micro-Review – The Batman Trap

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Superman Space Age 2, cover, 2022, Mike AllredTITLE: Superman: Space Age #2
AUTHOR: Mark Russell
ARTISTS:
Mike Allred, Laura Allred (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is largely about power, and what Superman does with his power compared to what other characters do with theirs. It’s a theme that Mark Russell handles almost perfectly…

After such a glorious first issue, I was borderline angry to see this one fall into the Batman trap. In other words, it overemphasizes Batman in a story that’s not supposed to be about Batman. This is sadly common in Superman stories in particular. It’s a damn shame it happened here.

On the upside, the art continues to be amazing. So at least there’s that.

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An Action Comics #1047 Micro-Review – Superman Returns

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Action Comics 1047, cover, 2022, Steve BeachTITLE: Action Comics #1047
AUTHOR: Philip Kennedy Johnson
ARTISTS:
Riccardo Federici, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Trish Mulvihill (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Steve Beach.

RELEASED: September 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

First and foremost, that cover is a thing of goddamn beauty. Steve Beach seems to be channeling George Reeves with his take on Superman. The colors are gorgeous too.

This is my first issue of Action Comics in awhile. As such, I’d forgotten just how good a handle Philip Kennedy Johnson has on the Superman character. He proves that very early on here.

Riccardo Federici and Lee Loughridge’s “sketchy” art is a really nice change of pace. It’s not necessarily what you expect to see when you pick up a Superman comic. But in this case, that’s a good thing.

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