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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A Daredevil #1 Micro-Review – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

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Daredevil 1, cover, 2022, Marco Checchetto, Matthew WilsonTITLE: Daredevil #1
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As a jumper-on, it’s a little tough to get your bearings in this one, given the current status quo of the New York side of the Marvel Universe. Wilson Fisk is supposedly dead, Matt Murdock is supposedly dead, there are two Daredevils, etc.

But naturally, the issue is at it’s strongest when it focuses on where things are headed: Our Daredevils are leaving New York. That’s where the intrigue is, and that bodes well for things moving forward.

Oh, and Spider-Man is in this issue. Because…well, just because.

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A Batman #125 Micro-Review – Business Casual Batman

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Batman 125, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #125
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky and Jimenez bring us an action sequence where Batman is wearing his mask and utility belt with a white dress shirt and slacks. I think I get what they’re going for. But it looked pretty ridiculous to me. What’s that look called? Business casual Batman?

The Penguin gets a good amount of shine in this issue. Jimenez gives him a very Danny-Devito-esque look. I’m always impressed when a creative team can make Penguin look like formidable opponent for Batman. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, despite his status as an iconic Batman foe.

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A Batman ’89 #6 Micro-Review – Catwoman ’92, Anyone?

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Batman 89 6, cover, 2022, Joe QuinonesTITLE: Batman ’89 #6
AUTHOR: Sam Hamm
ARTISTS:
Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

With the benefit of full hindsight, this story really didn’t need Catwoman. (Not to mention the alteration to her costume.) If anything I’d have given her a miniseries of her own, Catwoman ’92. Heck, it’s not too late…

Batman ’89 was an interesting experiment, with some excellent art from Joe Quinones and Leonardo Ito. But it doesn’t succeed the way Superman ’78 did. I’d have kept the story more simple, with less emphasis on the political and financial sides of Two-Face’s attack on Gotham.

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A Star Wars #24 Micro-Review – A Villain’s Comeuppance

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Star Wars 24, cover, 2022, Carlo PagulayanTITLE: Star Wars #24
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Ramon Rosanas, Madibek Musabekov, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagylayan, Jason Paz, & Rosenberg.

RELEASED: June 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue seems to wrap up the story of Commander Zahra, giving her a cathartic comeuppance that she so richly deserves. But you know how these things go with villains. They’re never gone unless you actually see a corpse. And even then, it’s not a guarantee.

To his credit, though, Soule does turn the end of Zahra’s story into something of a character moment for Leia. She’s tough as nails, and this issue reminds us of that in fairly grim fashion.

Massive credit to Rosanas (Or perhaps Musabekov?) for giving Zahra some great facial expressions on her final pages.

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