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An Aquaman: The Becoming #1 Micro-Review – A Strong Start

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Aquaman the Becoming 1, cover, 2021, David TalaskiTITLE: Aquaman: The Becoming #1
AUTHOR: Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Diego Olortegui, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters). Cover by David Talaski.
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

This is a really strong first issue. While it doesn’t start quite and ground-level (sea level?) for readers not familiar with our new Aquaman Jackson Hyde, it sets up our status quo quite nicely. We learn about Jackson, his supporting cast, why Arthur Curry (the traditional Aquaman) isn’t there, and we tee up what the story is going to be.

Diego Olortegui’s characters are also really well defined. As someone who hasn’t picked up an Aquaman book in years, I appreciate that. It provides a nice sense that we’re getting to know these characters.

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A Batman #112 Micro-Review – Villainous Outfits

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Batman #112
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Brandon Thomas
ARTISTS: Jorge Jimenez, Jason Howard, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Variant cover by Jorge Molina.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

This is a nice issue for the Simon Saint character. We get a sense of how he’s selling the Magistrate program to Gotham City. Also, I get a weird kick out of him dressing in a turtleneck, purple pants, and flip flops. Now that’s a villain’s outfit.

At one point, Harley Quinn quips about being given a Robin suit. Considering how prominently she’s been featured during Tynion’s run, I actually wouldn’t rule that out at all…

I continue to dig this look for Scarecrow. Great variant cover!

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A Batman ’89 #2 Micro-Review – Costume Complaints

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman 89 2, cover, 2021, Joe QuinonesTITLE: Batman ’89 #3
AUTHOR: Sam Hamm
ARTISTS: Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: September 14, 2021

For some bizarre reason, Batman ’89 tinkers with the Michelle Pfiefer Catwoman costume. Not sure why you’d do that. That suit is every bit as iconic as the Burtonverse Batman costume.

On the subject of costumes, I’m not necessarily a fan of the direction they’ve taken the Robin suit. It’s a little too ninja for my liking.

Credit where credit is due, though: This is a fairly unique take on Harvey Dent. And he’s at the center of the story, which is right where he should be.

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A Justice League Infinity #3 Micro-Review – Multiverse Fatigue

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Justice League Infinity #3
AUTHOR: J.M. DeMatteis, James Tucker
ARTISTS: Ethen Beavers, Nick Filardi (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Cover by Dan Mora.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

Both DC and Marvel have been leaning into multiverse stories lately. As such, three issues in I’ve got a little bit of multiverse fatigue when it comes to Justice League Infinity.

I’ll grant, though, that it’s somewhat interesting to see the Calvin Ellis Superman, a.k.a. the African American Superman (see the cover at right) drawn in that DC Animated Universe style. There’s not much substance to his part of this story. Not yet, at least. But it’s cool to see.

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A United States of Captain America #2 Micro-Review – “Good Gosh…”

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

United States of Captain America 2, cover, 2021, Gerard ParelTITLE: The United States of Captain America #2
AUTHORS: Christopher Cantwell, Mohale Mashigo
ARTISTS: Dale Eaglesham, Natacha Bustos, Matt Milla (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Gerard Parel.
RELEASED: July 28, 2021

Steve Rogers actually says, “Good Gosh…” in this issue. Somehow that’s both facepalm worthy and precisely in character.

Less in character? A flashback to a young Steve Rogers almost (unintentionally) urinating on the battle site at Gettysburg. Whoops.

Natacha Bustos has a strong performance in this issue, illustrating Nichelle Wright’s solo back-up story. I’m curious to see whether these DIY Captains America pop up again down the road. Of course, I’m sure that depends on how this book sells…

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A Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two #2 Micro-Review – No More “Grey Son”

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman The Adventures Continue, cover 2021, Kris AnkaTITLE: Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two #2
AUTHORS: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
ARTISTS: Ty Templeton, Monica Kubina (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Kris Anka.
RELEASED: July 6, 2021

As we can clearly see from the cover, Nightwing has made his BTAC debut. Thankfully, Burnett and Dini don’t go the “grey son” route that Scott Snyder did in the original Court of Owls book.

Though ultimately, Nightwing doesn’t play that big a role in things. But the Batman: The Animated Series character they killed last issue? He does. Whereas I was sour about what they did with him last month, now I’m impressed by how they wove him into the Court of Owls concept. It’s one of the better takes this book has had on modern DC Comics lore.

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A Teen Titans Academy #4 Micro-Review – The Bat Pack is on the Case!

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Teen Titans Academy 4, cover, 2021, Rafa SandovalTITLE: Teen Titans Academy #4
AUTHOR: Tim Sheridan
ARTISTS: Steve Lieber, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Rafa Sandoval & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: June 22, 2021

In this issue we meet the “Bat Pack,” three young detectives decked out in Batman-inspired garb. Based on how much Batman worship goes on at DC, I can only assume that’s also how the editorial staff dress at work…

Jokes aside, the Bat Pack stuff is pretty fun to follow. The characters actually feel like teenagers, a vital ingredient in teenage superhero books that’s harder to nail down than one might think. Steve Lieber’s art is also a good match for the story.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Mighty Morphin #6

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Mighty Morphin #6
AUTHOR: Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS: Marco Renna, Walter Baiamonte (Colorist), Katia Ranalli & Sara Antonellini (Color Assistants), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Cover by InHyuk Lee.
RELEASED: April 14, 2021

This issue shows us a couple of things we don’t traditionally see in Power Rangers. The first is the Rangers interacting with the military, with a specific reference to the president of the United States. It’s a hint at the Rangers having some king of ongoing relationship with the U.S. government, and an allusion to the idea that the government has an idea the Rangers are teenagers. There’s a good amount of meat there, and I hope Parrott explores it further down the line.

The other is bunks in the Command Center. That’s a cool thing to see.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Ultramega #1

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Ultramega #1
AUTHOR: James Harren
ARTISTS: Harren, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)
RELEASED: March 17, 2021

This book is about a virus that turns people into kaiju, i.e. giant monsters. So…are we thinking it’s too early to do a story about a virus that engulfs the world, or just the right time? I’m thinking it might be the latter. But who knows?

Business really picks up for Ultramega once the action starts. It’s hard-hitting, high-octane, and a lot of fun. There’s a good amount of weird to be found in the second half of this issue too. I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

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Superman & Lois, “Heritage” Review

SERIES: Superman & Lois
TITLE: S1:E2 – “Heritage”
STARRING: Tyler Hoechlin, Bitsie Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alexander Garfin, Emmanuelle Chriqui
WRITER: Todd Helbing
DIRECTOR:
Lee Toland Krieger
ORIGINAL AIR DATE:
March 2, 2021
SYNOPSIS: As the family adjusts to life in Smallville, Clark teaches Jordan about his Kryptonian heritage.

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I do need to make a correction from last week’s post. The “first” Superman costume from the premiere did not make its debut in The New Frontier (although that’s primarily the work I associate it with). It’s from all the way back in the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons of the ’40s. Whoops. Hey, what do you expect? I’m not Superman, y’know…

Captain Luthor says, “We need to stop Kal-El before he does to this world what he did to mine.” It looks, then, like Captain Luthor is an alternate-universe Lex Luthor. In the comics, the most prominent alt-universe Lex is the one from Crisis on Infinite Earths. Alexander Luthor, as he’s known, is that world’s only hero, fighting against an evil version of the Justice League. Is that what we’ve got here?

There’s a city on Krypton named “Kryptonopolis?” That’s pretty dumb, actually. I wonder where the city of “Earthopolis” would be…?

We see the artificial intelligence Jor-El, played by Angus Macfadyen. I imagine it’s more daunting for an actor to play that role than we imagine. After all, a large portion of the audience associates that role with Marlon friggin’ Brando. No pressure there.

Question: Clark takes Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude to learn about his Kryptonian heritage, but not Jonathan. Why? Odds are Jonathan is manifesting powers too, right? They’re just different than his brother’s. So why sew the seeds for jealousy by taking one brother and not the other? Also, they couldn’t have waited until after school to take Jordan to the fortress? What, are they worried about him missing dinner or something?

I’m finding myself wanting to see more personality from Bitsie Tulloch’s Lois Lane. It feels like she’s missing a certain spunk, or killer instinct. I suppose you can argue this is an older, more subdued version of Lois. But I’m not sure I buy that. Granted, it could also just be Tulloch growing into the role.

So now we’ve had another episode to let this Social Anxiety Disorder thing with Jordan sink in. Much like I’m wishing Lois had a little more spunk, I’m wanting to see Jordan be more socially isolated. After all, he kissed a girl in the show’s very first episode. That’s not to see everyone experiences social anxiety the same way, or that it should be portrayed uniformly. But if you’re going to say the kid has Social Anxiety Disorder, why not really dive in and explore it?

Lana not knowing Clark’s secret takes some getting used to. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. But she’s almost always portrayed as having been in on it since Clark was a teenager. And even having a cunning nature to rival Lois’ at times. Thus far, Superman & Lois has portrayed her more like a ditzy homemaker.

That shot of Superman standing with the American flag in the background was a nice touch. I’m a sucker for cheesy stuff like that. 

Lois quits The Daily Planet after an editor re-writes a story of hers, and joins The Smallville Gazette. I’ve always been a fan of the journalism-oriented side of Superman’s world. So seeing Lois empowering a small community newspaper is pretty cool. I’m also liking the Chrissy Beppo character. Here’s wondering what she and Lois can learn from each other.

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