An X-Terminators #2 Micro-Review – The Sharpshooter Applied!

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X-Terminators 2, cover, 2022, Federico Vicentini, Matt MillaTITLE: X-Terminators #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Carlos Gomez, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Federico Vincentini & Matt Milla.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

X-Terminators continues to be fun. Even sexy, albeit in a low-brow sort of way.

This issue has a little bit of a pro wrestling flavor to it, to the point that Dazzler gets the Sharpshooter submission hold placed on her. That move hurts. I know from experience.

I also genuinely laughed at an exchange between Jubilee and Boom-Boom. The former mentions hubris, and the latter asks how she can be talking about circumcision at a time like this…

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A She-Hulk #7 Micro-Review – The Sexual She-Hulk

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She-Hulk 7, cover, 2022, Jen BartelTITLE: She-Hulk #7
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ARTISTS:
Luca Maresca, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Jen Bartel.

RELEASED: November 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue sees Jen represent a supervillain’s cyborg doppleganger who’s being tried for the crimes of the genuine article. Now that‘s the kind of lawyer work I want to see her doing!

Things get a little sexy in the early portion of this issue. I know it’s nothing new to see She-Hulk portrayed in a sexy light. But as a newer She-Hulk reader, it feels a little weird to me. After all, you rarely if ever see her male counterpart used that way, do you?

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A Deadpool #1 Micro-Review – Hugh Jackman Not Included

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Deadpool 1, cover, 2022, Martin Coccolo, Neeraj MenonTITLE: Deadpool #1
AUTHOR: Alyssa Wong
ARTISTS:
Martin Coccolo, Neeraj Menon (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Not a bad start to a Deadpool series. About what I expected. I was waiting for a Hugh Jackman reference in this issue that never came. Maybe it went to presses too late…

Is it becoming fashionable for artists to draw panels fashioned after memes? We saw one in Superman: Son of Kal-El not long ago. Now in this issue, we get a two-page spread that’s drawn like the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelpha conspiracy meme. Unlike the Superman one though, at least Deadpool is a comedy. So it works better here.

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The Variants #4 Micro-Review – The Toilet Bowl Smash

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The Variants 4, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #4
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a scene early in this issue where Jessica Jones attacks an alt-universe version of herself, and smashes her head through a toilet bowl. That’s just surreal enough to be brilliant.

There’s an X-Men character who shows up kinda randomly in this issue to serve telepathic purposes. That left a little bit of distaste in my mouth. Instead of doing that, why not just create and use a telepathic variant of Jessica? It would certainly fit with the story. Plus, Jessica Jones as an X-Man? I’d be game to see it.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #12 Micro-Review – Sympathy For the Devil

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The Amazing Spider-Man 12, cover, 2022, Hobgoblin, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #12
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love the idea of a glider fight between Spidey and Hobgoblin. To this issue’s credit, it really delivers on that idea.

So it’s been 12 issues now, and we have yet to really follow up on the revelation from issue #1 about Mary Jane’s family. Is that a let-down? Or is it simply long-term storytelling? Maybe both?

Norman Osborn seems to get more and more sympathetic with each issue. Zeb Wells deserves a lot of credit for that. It’s not easy to have sympathy for the devil. Even when he’s not acting like the devil…

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A Thunderbolts #3 Micro-Review – Super-Powered Intelligent Talking Russian Primates

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #3
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba (Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Ariana Maher & Cory Petit (Letterers). Cover by Sean Izaakse & Nolan Woodard.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That’s right, folks: Super-powered intelligent talking Russian primates. Unleashed at a zoo, no less. At least they’re not slingin’ poo…

Things get a little more serious this month, as Hawkeye, Spectrum, and Gutsen Glory (Yes, that’s really  his name.) come into conflict over leadership of the team. This book is on the comedic side, for sure. But it’s nice to see that Zub and this team can crank up the interpersonal drama too.

And yes, I still love Eegro the Unbreakable. More Eegro, please.

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Epic Covers: Star Wars: Darth Vader #28 by Rahzzah

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

They’ve been doing a long-term storyline in Star Wars: Darth Vader where Vader teams up with one of Padme’s former handmaidens, Sabe. While I can’t say I’ve been following along, this cover for today’s issue by Rahzzah caught my attention. The Emperor tends to have that effect, doesn’t he?

Darth Vader 28, cover, 2022, Rahzzah

This cover has a lot going for it. The blocking is wonderful, placing Palpatine behind Sabe with his hand on her shoulder, like he’s a vampire or some undead creature reaching for her. The detailed fashion in which Rahzzah renders his face certainly accentuates that idea. Along those same lines, Sabe looks just like Natalie Portman. That might actually be the one thing I dislike about the image, as Sabe was played by Keira Knightley in The Phantom Menace. Do they not have the rights to her likeness?

Then you have the obvious color contrast between the two characters. Palpatine is in black, while Sabe is all in white. Good and evil, etc. The red background also gives the image a certain intensity. Of course, it helps that red is synonymous with the Sith in Star Wars.

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A Daredevil #4 Micro-Review – A Violent Milestone

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Daredevil 4, cover, 2022, Marco Checchetto, Matthew WilsonTITLE: Daredevil #4
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto & Wilson.

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Word is already out about what happens with Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios in this issue. I won’t spoil it by coming out and outright saying it. But I will say that, while it could have come off really hokey, this milestone manages to feel very true to both characters. They’re in their element. And hey, they even have matching costumes!

Zdarsky has also succeeded in making Matt and Elektra’s taking over of the Hand feel like the start of something big. Despite not being a Daredevil die-hard, this book has my attention…

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A Star Wars #28 Micro-Review – A Forgettable Journey

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Star Wars 28, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #28
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andres Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue sees Luke Skywalker travel to Coruscant, the epicenter of the Galactic Empire. You’d think that’d be a pretty big, dramatic deal, right? But Luke makes pretty quick work of his mission, and gets right back to the Rebel Fleet. I get that he’s, y’know…Luke Skywalker. But that’s still pretty anticlimactic.

I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of this family of Imperial double-agents. I was slow to get into their story, but they grew on me.

E.M. Gist keeps knocking it out of the park. He captures Luke’s likeness damn near perfectly.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #11 Micro-Review – Instant Heat

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The Amazing Spider-Man 11, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #11
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As relatively new parent, scenes where bad guys kidnap or generally mess with little children hit different now. So Hobgoblin got instant heat with me early in this issue.

I’ve been a critic of John Romita Jr’s in the past. But I will say this: He draws a really good Hobgoblin. He gives a great texture to the character’s costume.

Zeb Wells is doing a good job making Norman Osborn sympathetic, like someone who’s trying to genuinely redeem himself. Thus, it’ll be all the more heart-wrenching when he inevitably goes back to the dark side.

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