A Batgirls #12 Micro-Review – Classic (Not S&M) Riddler

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Batgirls 12, cover, 2022, Jorge Corona, Sarah Stern, RiddlerTITLE: Batgirls #12
AUTHOR: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Neil Googe, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Neil Googe and Rico Renzi put together a really fun rendition of the Riddler. Classic Riddler, mind you. Not S&M Riddler.

Batgirls has hit its stride, and become one of the most fun offerings at DC Comics right now. Not just because of the dynamics between the characters, but work Neil Googe is turning in. It’s a bit unconventional for a Bat-book. But he’s making it work. I’m hopeful this series has a long life in front of it.

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A Wonder Woman #793 Micro-Review – A Trio Reunited

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wonder_woman_793_cover_2022_yanick_paquette_nathan_fairbairnTITLE: Wonder Woman #798
AUTHOR: Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Jordie Bellaire
ARTISTS:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Paulina Ganucheau, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Bellaire (Colorist), Kendall Goode (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Our main feature is a nice little one-off about Wondie, Superman, and Batman. It’s highlighted, for my money, but how they act as close friends. It’s a feel-good issue in that respect. Hat-tip to Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn for a pretty awesome cover.

This is my first exposure to these “Adventures of Young Diana” back-ups. They’ve got a really cool look to them, reminiscent of something you’d see in one of DC’s graphic novels for kids or young adults. I’m thrilled to see something like that in one of the main books.

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The New Champion of Shazam! #3 Micro-Review – The Appeal of Talking Animals

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The New Champion of Shazam 3, cover, 2022, Evan Doc ShanerTITLE: The New Champion of Shazam! #3
AUTHOR: Josie Campbell
ARTISTS:
Evan “Doc” Shaner, Becca Carey (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was sad when this story took a month off in October. I missed it.

I’m equally sad this is our penultimate issue. I’ve talked about the potential New Champion has as an ongoing series. But we could have gotten another, say, two issues out of this.

At this point in the story, Mary’s pet bunny can’t talk to her anymore. That saddens me. Never underestimate the charm and appeal of talking animals, I suppose.

Evan “Doc” Shaner’s art continues to be pitch perfect for Mary Marvel. More of him in the DC Universe, please.

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A Batgirls #11 Micro-Review – Arkham Zoo?!?

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Batgirls 11, cover, 2022, Jorge Corona, Sarah SternTITLE: Batgirls #11
AUTHORS: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Neil Googe, Scott Godlewski, Wayne Faucher (Co-Inker), Rico Renzi (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern.

RELEASED: October 11, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Cloonan and Conrad are doing a nice job making the Gotham Academy characters feel important and relevant to Batgirls. I never read GA, but always heard good things.

As I’m a stickler for this sort of thing, I have to point out that while there is a zoo in this issue, there is in fact no Arkham Zoo as the cover suggests. No pack of tigers surrounding our heroes either.

Who would you keep at Arkham Zoo, anyway? All the animal-themed villains? The Penguin? Killer Croc? Man-Bat?

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A Golden Rage #3 Micro-Review – Particularly Stabby

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Golden Rage 3, cover, 2022, Lauren KnightTITLE: Golden Rage #3
AUTHOR: Chrissy Williams
ARTISTS:
Lauren Knight, Sofie Dodgson (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue imparts a universal truth upon us: “You can’t pick your mum. But you can overcome her in hand-to-hand combat.”

A fitting truth, as this issue of Golden Rage is particularly stabby.

Our narrator for this issue is a Hispanic character that speaks, to an extent, broken English. I liked that, as it’s something you don’t see often. It gives that character a unique voice.

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A Batgirls #10 Micro-Review – Animated Grit

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Batgirls 10, cover, 2022, Sarah SternTITLE: Batgirls #10
AUTHORS: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Neil Googe, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern.
RELEASED:
September 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For my tastes, Neil Googe and Rico Renzi’s art is a little easier on the palette. It’s highly animated at times, especially when it comes to Stephanie Brown. But at the same time it’s got a certain grit to it that fits Gotham City well. Let’s call it animated grit…

Steph gets a love interest in this issue. It comes off pretty charming, largely thanks to the way Neil Googe and Rico Renzi draw it. After a couple decades of conditioning, having that love interest not be Tim Drake is going to take some getting used to.

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A Golden Rage #2 Micro-Review – Fair Game For Fiction

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Golden Rage 2, cover, 2022, Lauren KnightTITLE: Golden Rage #2
AUTHOR: Chrissy Williams
ARTISTS:
Lauren Knight, Sofie Dodgson (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a page in this issue where a character’s narration boxes are purposefully placed over another character’s dialogue balloons. Said narrator then loses her train of thought. That’s an interesting way to portray the mind wandering, and makes me wonder if the character in question is about to struggle with dementia. Not exactly a cheery subject. But of course, it happens in the real world. So I say it’s fair game in this fictional one.

Golden Rage expands to include a sort of tribe of the dead in this issue. Pretty cool.

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The New Champion of Shazam! #2 Micro-Review – The Audition Process

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The New Champion of Shazam 2, cover, 2022, Evan Doc ShanerTITLE: The New Champion of Shazam! #2 (of 4)
AUTHORS: Josie Campbell
ARTISTS
: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Becca Carey (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Campbell, Shaner, and Carey are functioning like a well-oiled machine. Two issues in, and I’m officially ready for this to be an ongoing series. Actually, I might have been ready after one issue

That may not be an accident, per se. This story is clearly setting up a new status quo for Mary Marvel and the Shazam supporting cast, and planting seeds for things that may or may not happen in the future. It’s doing a damn good job at auditioning to be an ongoing.

I say, what are we waiting for? Give it the green light!

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A Batgirls #9 Micro-Review – Thanks For Showing Up!

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Batgirls 9, cover, 2022, Jorge Corona, Sarah SternTITLE: Batgirls #9
AUTHORS: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Neil Googe, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern.
RELEASED:
August 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is one of the only superhero comics I’ve ever read to not only acknowledge that it’s a comic book, but to have our narrator (Stephanie) thank us for showing up again. Granted, this is the first issue of Batgirls I’ve picked up in awhile. Have they been doing that kind of thing the whole time? It’s…different.

KGBeast, the villain that shot Nightwing in the head and gave him amnesia, is back to being treated like a chump. Our heroes pretty much spank him here. Well, we knew his sudden serious turn wouldn’t last, didn’t we?

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A Golden Rage #1 Micro-Review – Violence From the Voiceless

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Golden Rage 1, cover, 2022, Lauren KnightTITLE: Golden Rage #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Chrissy Williams
ARTISTS:
Lauren Knight, Sofie Dodgson (Colorist), Becca Carey (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Golden Rage takes place in a world where older women are deemed useless and abandoned on an island. The solicitation calls it Battle Royale meets The Golden Girls. But once you discover just why they’re on the island, you learn there’s a touch of The Handmaid’s Tale in there too.

I appreciated and enjoyed this first issue. It gives a spotlight and a voice to a group that’s often as cast aside in the real world as they are in this story. Also, don’t let the “kindly grandma” imagery fool you. There are some bad ass ladies in this book.

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