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 Star Wars #27 Micro-Review – Small Characters, Big Universe

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Star Wars 27, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #27
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andrés Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.
RELEASED:
September 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Another gorgeous cover by E.M. Gist. He’s definitely a keeper.

These last two issues have been largely about a couple of spies within the Empire, and their attempts to flee and get their children to safety. I like that. Sometimes I think this series, or perhaps another series altogether, should be about “smaller” stories and characters in the Star Wars universe that aren’t bound to Luke, Leia, etc. The galaxy is a big place, after all. There’s lots to explore…

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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 Gambit #2 Micro-Review – The Right Way to Blow Up a Car

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Gambit 2, cover, 2022, Whilce Portacio, Alex SinclairTITLE: Gambit #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Chris Claremont
ARTISTS
: Sid Kotian, Espen Grundetjern (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a sequence in this issue where somebody throws a car and it blows up on impact. The explosion takes up more than half a page. I feel like that is the proper way to convey a car explosion in a comic book.

There’s a character in the book that’s obviously meant to be a token love interest for Gambit. Standard stuff. But then I looked the way she’s drawn and colored. And you know what? I get it. I’d want her to be my love interest too. I see you, Gambit. I see you.

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A Damage Control #1 Micro-Review – Superhero Sitcom Time

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Damage Control 1, cover, 2022, Carlos PachecoTITLE: Damage Control #1 (of 5)
AUTHORS: Adam F. Goldberg, Hans Rodionoff, Charlotte (Fullarton) McDuffie
ARTIST
: Will Robson, Jay Fosgitt, Ruth Redmond (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, & Rachelle Rosenberg.
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a scene in this book where our main character Gus, has to deliver an ice cream cake to someone in the Damage Control building. He subsequently gets on an elevator with Ghost Rider, and asks him, “Can you maybe turn off your head? It’s making my delivery melt.”

I really shouldn’t have chuckled as hard as I did.

In way, that’s a snapshot of the entire Damage Control premise, isn’t it? It’s superhero sitcom time, folks. Strap in.

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A Star Wars #26 Micro-Review – Going a Simpler Route

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Star Wars 26, cover, 2022, E.M. GistTITLE: Star Wars #26
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Andres Genolet, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by E.M. Gist.
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love this cover. It’s got a great old fashioned movie poster feel to it, and the background is a delightfully simple blue and white. I even like Luke’s leather jacket, which has a vague Indiana Jones feel to it.

The interior art is a little bit more simple too, compared with issues past.. It’s something of a pleasant change, actually. Star Wars artists tend to go into such rich detail, which is great. But this more animated style is welcome too.

All these issues in, and I still don’t like the gold lightsaber…

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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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Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler #1 Micro-Review – King’s Riddle

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Batman One Bad Day Riddler 1, cover, 2022, Mitch GeradsTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler #1
AUTHOR: Tom King
ARTISTS:
Mitch Gerads, Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Tom King has written some great Batman stories, and a few pretty bad ones. Thankfully, this is a good one.

I’ve read a bunch of Riddler origin stories. This is about as good as any of them. It might be the most complex. Which considering the lead character, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

And of course, Mitch Gerads delivers. He and King almost always do.

Incidentally, Riddler has a teacher in this book that looks a lot like a West Wing-age Bradley Whitford with a mustache.

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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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A Gambit #1 Micro-Review – Return of the King

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Gambit 1, cover, 2022, Whilce Portacio, Alex SinclairTITLE: Gambit #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Chris Claremont
ARTISTS:
Sid Kotian, Espen Grundetjern (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Whilce Portacio & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I might lose a little fanboy cred for this, but I had no idea Gambit knew a young Storm. But this five-issue story returns Remy to his co-creator and legendary X-Men scribe Chris Claremont to dive into their shared history.

Any time Claremont writes an X-Men title it’s newsworthy, and rightfully so. Those who loved his Uncanny X-Men run will be at home here. And Sid Kotian and Espen Grundetjern make it look great. Fans less versed in X-Men history might be a little lost. But this is a worthwhile outing nonetheless.

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