An X-Men Legends #1 Micro-Review – Classic, Yet Modern

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X-Men Legends 1, cover, 2022, Kaare AndrewsTITLE: X-Men Legends #1
AUTHOR: Roy Thomas
ARTISTS:
Dave Wachter, Edgar Delgado (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kaare Andrews.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s obviously a treat to get something new from the legendary Roy Thomas, one of the architects of the Marvel Universe…

But as much as anything, it’s awesome to see Dave Wachter and Edgar Delgado’s work here. The former’s work is richly detailed. The latter uses a slightly darker color palette that evokes a classic Marvel tale, but also feels modern.

What’s more, there’s some nice meat on the bone here from a writing perspective. This issue wasn’t at the top of my stack this week. But it just might be my favorite of the week.

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A Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1 Micro-Review – Swatting Flies

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Ms. Marvel & Wolverine 1, cover, 2022, Sara Pichelli, Federico BleeTITLE: Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1
AUTHOR: Jody Houser
ARTISTS:
Ze Carlos, Erick Arciniega (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Sara Pichelli & Federico Blee.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover kind of indicates, this issue is more like Ms. Marvel & X-Men, as opposed to just Ms. Marvel & Wolverine. That’s a little disappointing for me, as I was hoping to see more of their personalities clashing.

What’s more, all these heroes don’t really do anything other than swat flies. Sure, they’re big robotic flies. And there a lot of them. But still.

It looks like this is the first installment of a multi-parter that sees Ms. Marvel work with a variety of Marvel heroes. So maybe they’re playing the long game with this one.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #7 Micro-Review – Gearin’ Up with Gobby

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The Amazing Spider-Man 7, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #7
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Apparently, Spidey is about to get some tech help from Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. “So smart it makes you dumb” indeed…

Wells seems to add Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, to Peter’s supporting cast in this issue. I can’t bring myself to complain about that.

Romita gets to draw the Vulture here. While I’ve been pretty critical of his work in the past, he’s undeniably one of the more iconic Spidey artists of all time. So any time he gets to draw a classic villain like that, it’s a treat.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5 Micro-Review – Consistent Quality

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star_wars_han_solo_and_chewbacca_5_cover_2022_phil_notoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #5
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
August 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This isn’t the strongest issue to come out of this series. But five issues in, Guggenheim, Messina, and this team have sold me on their ability to produce a quality monthly title about Han and Chewie. That’s saying something, considering how underwhelmed I was at the beginning.

The friendship between Han and Chewie is the understated emotional core to this book. It’s a buddy action comedy. And that’s how it should be, really.

On the downside, we get a gratuitous appearance from a couple of familiar Mos Eisley Cantina characters. Lame.

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Toy Chest Theater: Hulk vs. Godzilla

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Does Hulk stand a chance against Godzilla? I say he does. He’s probably the only (relatively) normal-sized being that could be a physical threat to the King of the Monsters.

Either way, @toystorys_ puts up a pretty convincing argument with this image. A nice tight shot of our two characters, milliseconds before Godzilla tries to blast Hulk into oblivion. The lighting effect is great, and the scale difference between Godzilla and Hulk is spot on. A beautifully done image.

Hulk vs Godzilla, toystorys_

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A Gambit #1 Micro-Review – Return of the King

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Gambit 1, cover, 2022, Whilce Portacio, Alex SinclairTITLE: Gambit #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Chris Claremont
ARTISTS:
Sid Kotian, Espen Grundetjern (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I might lose a little fanboy cred for this, but I had no idea Gambit knew a young Storm. But this five-issue story returns Remy to his co-creator and legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont to dive into their shared history.

Any time Claremont writes an X-Men title it’s newsworthy, and rightfully so. Those who loved his Uncanny X-Men run will be at home here. And Sid Kotian and Espen Grundetjern make it look great. Fans less versed in X-Men history might be a little lost. But this is a worthwhile outing nonetheless.

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An Ant-Man #1 Micro-Review – Tiny Time Travel

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Ant-Man 1, cover, 2022, Tom ReillyTITLE: Ant-Man #1 (of 4)
AUTHOR: Al Ewing
ARTISTS:
Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Even as someone who’s not overly familiar with Ant-Man, this issue is a lot of fun. It’s flavored like a ’60s superhero comic, complete with page-yellowing by colorist Jordie Bellaire. Our heroes are squeaky clean. Our villains twirl their mustaches with delight. They even have a cringeworthy name: The Ant-Agonists. (That can’t be the first time someone has used that…can it?)

If this issue is any indication, this four-issue tribute for Ant-Man’s 60th anniversary won’t be for everybody. But Ant-Man fans and comic book lovers should enjoy the ride.

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #3 Micro-Review – Lamenting the Lost

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 3, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #3
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Alessandro Miracolo, Frank William (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is about what you’d imagine it would be: Obi-Wan waxing poetic about all the lives lost in a particular battle during the Clone Wars. It doesn’t blow you away. But it doesn’t disappoint either.

The issue touches briefly on Obi-Wan’s dynamic with clone Commander Cody, his close ally during the war who would eventually turn on him during Order 66. If I were to pose on major complaint about this issue, it’s that the relationship between those two wasn’t explored more. There’s fertile storytelling ground there.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #900 Micro-Review – Love For Libraries

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The Amazing Spider-Man 900, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #900
AUTHOR: Various
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, & Marcio Menyz.
RELEASED: July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

One of the back-up stories in this oversized 900th issue is about Peter Parker returning overdue books to the library. As the husband of a librarian, I appreciated that one.

Another back-up is about Spidey meeting Jimmy Kimmel. So there’s that.

This issue is filled to the brim with great work by great creators. But selfishly I gravitated toward Ed McGuinness, who draws the main story in his exaggerated and cartoony style. He gets to work on not only Spidey, but his supporting cast and several classic villains. This one is pricey, but worth it.

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Astonishing Art: Neal Adams Draws Star Wars

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The comic book industry continues to miss the legendary Neal Adams, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 80. The world of comic books will likely always miss him. Recently, I found myself missing him a little bit more when I stumbled on to this little gem…

I was totally unaware that Adams had done any Star Wars work. But low and behold, here we have a variant cover for Marvel’s adaptation of The Force Awakens from 2016 (shown below left). I love the red trail that he gives Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. That’s a unique little touch we don’t see too often. And just to see him render Kylo and the stormtroopers is fun.

For those with more of a taste for the classic trilogy, Adams would go on to do a variant cover for Star Wars: War of the Bounty Hunters – Alpha (shown below right), which allowed him to draw Boba Fett.

It’s a shame Adams didn’t get a chance to visit the Star Wars universe more often. It looked damn good under his pencil. Then again, most things did…

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