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By Rob Siebert Fanboy Wonder
TITLE: Batman ’89 #1 (of 6) AUTHOR: Sam Hamm ARTISTS: Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer) RELEASED: August 10, 2021
This one didn’t give me the nostalgic feels like the first issues of Batman ’66 or Batman: The Adventures Continue. Though I’ll grant that having Sam Hamm, who co-wrote Batman and Batman Returns, gives it a certain authenticity.
This six-issue mini is giving us what the movies never got to: Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. Hamm nicely fleshes out Harvey Dent, and even manages to plant a few story seeds. Quinones is doing his best to recreate the vibe from the movies, complete with late ’80s tech and that gothic architecture. All in all, a solid effort.
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Naturally, there’s been plenty of buzz over the new Joker trailer. From where I’m sitting, it actually looks pretty good. Keep your expectations low with these DC movies, folks. Then at least you won’t be disappointed…
As it happens, the high visibility of the trailer gives me a chance to spotlight an artist I’ve had my eye on for awhile: Gabriel Soares. A 3D cartoonist from Brazil, Soares puts a lot of great detail into his work, while still keeping things in that exaggerated cartoon realm. Even if it’s only slightly so. To illustrate, I’ve included his takes on the Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto Jokers.