A Batman #130 Micro-Review – When Batman Fell to Earth

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Batman 130, cover, December 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #130
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue kicks off with one of the more dramatic examples of comic book science I’ve seen in recent memory: Batman falling to Earth from the moon. As in, he survives a fast and fiery entry into Earth’s atmosphere wearing nothing but the Batsuit and a breathmask. Offensive? Not necessarily. But enough to take me out of the issue.

On the other hand, Zdarsky’s “I Am a Gun” back-up ends on a fantastic note. Now that is how you stick a landing, folks.

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A Daredevil #5 Micro-Review – “…He Wouldn’t Have Sent the Devil.”

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Daredevil 5, cover, November 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #5
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Daredevil tells an opponent in this issue that if they were right with God, “…He wouldn’t have sent the devil.” That’s a great action movie kind of line.

The way Marco Checchetto draws Elektra’s hair is…quaint. It looks good, but it also looks like she’s perpetually underwater.

Generally speaking, though, this is a beautifully drawn and colored issue. We see some beautiful renderings of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the Hand’s HQ. We also get a fight between Daredevil and someone we recently met in the MCU that’s got some nice grit to it.

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A Batman #129 Micro-Review – Man Against Machine

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Batman 129, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #129
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist) Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was a little more into Chip Zdarsky’s “Failsafe” story this month. I think that’s because we’ve gotten to the point in the story where it’s just Batman against this killer robot. All the various sidekicks, apprentices, and Justice Leaguers are neutralized.  It’s strictly man against machine now.

But the “I Am a Gun” back-up feature continues to outshine the main story as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a huge fan of how the Joker is drawn on these pages. But other than that, it’s gotten very interesting very quickly.

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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 Batman #128 Micro-Review – Zur-En-Arrh: Year One?

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Batman 128, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #128
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Leonardo Romero, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Since he took the wheel on Batman, Chip Zdarsky’s back-up stories have been particularly strong. So much so that I’ve actually enjoyed them more than the main features. For the last few months we had a tale centered around Catwoman. This month begins “I Am a Gun,” which takes us back to the origin of the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh.

Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire’s art is what really make it stand out for me. It reminds me quite a bit of what Robin: Year One and Batgirl: Year One looked like. That’s to say, it’s great work.

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A Daredevil #3 Micro-Review – Why the Hoodie?

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Daredevil 3, cover, 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #3
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto & Wilson.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This opening scene has Daredevil in a coffee shop, talking to a cop while wearing a gray hoodie over his superhero outfit. Here’s my question: Why even bother with the hoodie? People can see you’re wearing a red mask. They can see your red Daredevil pants. Who does he think he’s fooling with that hoodie?

It looks like Daredevil is going to be a nexus point for a few different Marvel heroes. We’re already seeing a good amount of Luke Cage. And then we’ve got the man revealed as leader of the Hand…

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A Batman #127 Micro-Review – “He’s My Son!”

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TITLE: Batman #127
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The early portion of this issue directly references both JLA: Tower of Babel and Batman: R.I.P. Fanboy cred points to Zdarsky for that.

The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is in this issue. On the subject of R.I.P., I remember how confused I was when that story showed me this version of Batman. Thankfully, Zdarsky does a pretty good job of explaining the concept to new readers.

There’s a nice moment in here where Bruce Wayne loudly asserts that Tim Drake isn’t just his soldier, he’s his son.

Incidentally, Jimenez draws a damn good Superman.

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A Public Domain #3 Micro-Review – Expectations and Overachievement

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Public Domain 3, cover, 2022, Chip ZdarskyTITLE: Public Domain #3
AUTHOR/ARTIST: Chip Zdarsky
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover doesn’t make much sense, until you get into the issue. Then you realize the whole “vampire pose” thing is spot on.

The M.O. with Public Domain seems to be understated drama. The fate of the world isn’t on the line. But there are dramatic stakes. And in this issue, we feel the weight of those stakes. I’m not sure I expected to feel that way at the outset of this book. In that sense, you might call Public Domain an overachiever.

In this issue a debt collector teams with a heavy named Biscuits. I love that.

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A Daredevil #2 Micro-Review – Going All Out For #2!

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Daredevil 2, cover, 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #2
AUTHORS: Chip Zdarsky, Ann Nocenti, Chris Giarrusso
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Rafael DeLatorre, Zdarsky, Giarrusso, Various, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Checchetto & Wilson.
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is extra-sized, with lots of guest artists. Go figure. The timing worked out so they got to go all out for the second issue, not the first.

I’m intrigued by what Zdarsky, Checchetto, and the team are doing with this villain. The whole “villain that’s trying to do what they think is best for the hero” thing seems to fit Hell’s Kitchen well.

Checchetto is another good fit for Daredevil’s world. He and Matthew Wilson have the whole gray, rainy, semi-gothic aesthetic down really well.

Huh. I didn’t know Chip Zdarsky could draw. He’s pretty good!

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A Batman #126 Micro-Review – More Robots

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TITLE: Batman #126
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTIST:
Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman fights a new robotic villain called Failsafe in this issue, and gets a lot of help from his extended “family.” The combination of those two elements, plus the fact that Jimenez and Morey are still on Batman, made this issue feel like an extension of James Tynion IV’s “Fear State.” After all that, I’d kind of had my fill of Batman fighting robots for awhile. So hopefully we don’t spend an immense amount of time doing that again.

On the flip side I find the Executor, a robotic character we meet in Zdarsky’s Catwoman back-up, utterly charming.

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