A Superman: Space Age #1 Micro-Review – Simply Glorious

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Superman Space Age 1, cover, 2022, Mike AllredTITLE: Superman: Space Age #1
AUTHOR: Mark Russell
ARTISTS:
Mike Allred, Laura Allred (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Be ready for this one. It’s hefty. If you’re a slow reader, grab a sandwich.

Thankfully, it’s worth it. Mark Russell gives us what, in many ways, is a DC: The New Frontier type story set in the ’60s and centered around Superman. It comes out beautifully. He drops several profound truths that really resonate with the world today.

And Mike and Laura Allred? The art they deliver is gorgeous as always. Their take on Superman is up there with some of the best I’ve ever seen.

If you only buy one comic this week, make it this one.

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A Deathstroke Inc #11 Micro-Review – Less Fantasy, More Tears

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Deathstroke Inc 11, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #11
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This series is a hell of a lot more grounded than when I last left it. Much more personal too. Gone are the more fantastical elements that defined this series at the start. In their place are often heavier scenes, a la Slade looking into the eyes of his crying child.

This “Year One” story is a bit more palatable for yours truly. Less to take in all at once when you open the issue. Plus, these Mikel Janin covers are epic.

There’s a pretty cool showdown teased for next issue. For now, Deathstroke Inc. has me hooked back in.

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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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The Essential Clone Wars: “Witches of the Mist”

***I must confess that, despite being a huge Star Wars geek, I have yet to see the landmark Clone Wars animated show in its entirety. I’m aiming to rectify that to a large extent here, as we look at pivotal episodes of the series in, “The Essential Clone Wars.”

SERIES: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
EPISODE:
S3:E14 – “Witches of the Mist”
WITH THE VOICE TALENTS OF:
Corey Burton, Clancy Brown, Nika Futterman, James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter
WRITER:
Katie Lucas
DIRECTOR:
Giancarlo Volpe
PREMIERE DATE:
January 7, 2011
SYNOPSIS:
Asajj Ventress springs her trap on Count Dooku.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Another thing that’s stupid about the “Savage Opress” name? George Lucas has said that the bad guys in Star Wars (specifically in the prequel era) all think they’re good guys, and doing what’s best for the galaxy. If you thought you were a good guy, would you tack the word “oppress” on to your apprentice’s name? No. You wouldn’t.

Unless you were stupid. There’s always that.

Granted, I didn’t buy the whole “bad guys think they’re good” theory in the first place. Either way, somebody here is wrong…

Obi-Wan immediately assumed the footage they got of Savage Opress was of Darth Maul. I’m assuming he, and the Jedi at large, learned Maul’s name from interrogating Nute Gunray after the events of The Phantom Menace.

Dooku’s sadistic training methods for Savage Opress feel true to his character, and the Sith as a clan. The Sith channel hate into power in the Force. I’d say electrocution via Dark Side lightning is a decent way to spark hate in someone.

Get it? Spark? Tee hee.

How long did Dooku actually train with Opress? Doesn’t seem like very long…

Mother Talzin simply tells Obi-Wan and Anakin that Opress is on the planet Toydaria, and they go running off to find him. Shouldn’t they have asked for, y’know, more specifics? Toydaria is an entire world. You’d think they’d want to narrow it down to a city or something.

Fun fact: King Katuunko is voiced by Brian George. He also voices Ki-Adi Mundi. George is probably best known for playing Babu Bhatt on Seinfeld. He also had a recurring role as Raj’s father on The Big Bang Theory.

King Katuunko has a pretty brutal death in this episode. He gets his neck forcibly snapped, and then his corpse gets dragged around by Opress. Not exactly the dignified ending you look for when you’re a king.

The title of this episode is a little misleading. It’s more about Ventress, Dooku, and Opress than the titular “Witches of the Mist.” A better title might have been “The Sith Trap,” or something to that effect.

At the end of the episode, Mother Talzin reveals to Savage Opress that his brother Maul is alive. I maintain that if they wanted to bring Maul back, they didn’t need to create the Savage Opress character. They could simply have had Talzin send Ventress after Maul, with the idea that he could help her overthrow Dooku. The whole “Darth Maul has a brother” idea grates on me to this day.

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A TMNT #131 Micro-Review – A Lone Voice of Reason

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TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #131
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tunica, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s only one person among the Splinter Clan (i.e. the Turtles and their extended family) that puts up a fight about aligning with Shredder. And frankly, they’re right. Why do the Turtles align themselves with Shredder so readily? This guy was their worst enemy at one point. What gives?

This story is tying back to City Fall in a big way. Fans that have jumped on since that event might be a little lost. But for those of us who’ve been around since issue #1, it’s pretty cool.

Pablo Tunica and Ronda Pattison continue to do awesome work together.

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An Aquamen #6 Micro-Review – Go Figure…

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Aquamen 6, cover, 2022, Travis MooreTITLE: Aquamen #6
AUTHORS: Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown
ARTISTS:
Max Raynor, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letters). Cover by Travis Moore & Lucas.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Go figure. They create an Aquamen title starring Arthur Curry and Jackson Hyde, only for Arthur to die (supposedly) in the pages of another book.

The cover for this issue makes it seem like it’s about the fall-out from what happens in “The Death of the Justice League.” In truth, that reaction only gets a few pages. The vast majority of the book is essentially business as usual. That’s fine for regular Aquamen readers. Not so much for Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths readers hoping to jump on.

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A Detective Comics #1062 Micro-Review – Going Goth

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TITLE: Detective Comics #1062
AUTHORS: Ram V, Simon Spurrier
ARTISTS:
Rafael Albuquerque, Dani, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Ariana Maher (Letterer), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Evan Cagle.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Detective is embracing Batman’s gothic side with this story. Compared to last issue, much of this one is measurably darker. The texture is a little bit scratchier. We’ve got a very gothic looking opera scene, complete with a demon. It’s too early to judge the story. But it’s a way to go.

Our back-up story stars Jim Gordon. Between this, and what James Tynion IV had him doing over in The Joker, I’m really digging him in the detective role. It allows him to get his hands dirty in a way he often couldn’t as the commissioner.

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Honey Nut Cheerios, Stickiness, and Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh, HoneyBy Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Honey Nut Cheerios are deceptively sticky. I put my one-year-old in the stroller yesterday, along with a snack container filled with them. When we got home they were stuck all over her body.

That’s why Winnie the Pooh isn’t nearly as cuddly as Disney wants you to believe. Much as we all love him, dude is elbow-deep in honey half the time. You’d come away with yellow fur stuck to your body.

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Toy Chest Theater: Goldar in the City

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s just something about Goldar. The gold armor, the fierce face, the broad wings, the big sword, that scary voice from Kerrigan Mahan. When you put it all together, it made for one of the most intimidating and formidable villains in Power Rangers history. And he wasn’t even one of the main villains!

Panoramic Toys presents us with this great shot of Goldar making his way through (presumably) Angel Grove as the sun sets over the city. That lighting is what really makes the image. It sets a sort of mood and tone one might not normally associate with Power Rangers.

Goldar, Panoramic Toys

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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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