Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 Micro-Review – A Quiet Respect

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

Superman Son of Kal El 11, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #11
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Federico Blee & Matt Hermes (Colors), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: May 10, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We’ve got both Batman and Nightwing doing guest spots in this book. As always, Batman characters tend to pull focus away from Superman characters. So I’m generally not a fan of them popping up in Big Blue’s books.

However, there is a pretty cool moment in this issue where Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent’s father, pulls Batman aside and says, “Bruce, I’d like a word, son.” With one line, we see that Jonathan Kent commands a quite respect, even from the likes of Batman.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Batman #123 Micro-Review – An Easy Transition

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

Batman 123, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Batman #123
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Rain Beredo (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Willie Schubert (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was able to follow this issue fairly easily, despite not having read the two “Shadow War” issues that came after Batman #122. That kind of thing is always appreciated.

Still, for my money the back-up story by Williamson and Trevor Hairsine stole the issue. Taking place in the past, it sees Batman mix it up with Deathstroke and the Joker, as a bounty looms over Robin’s head. Hairsine renders the classic Robin costume very well, albeit briefly.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Micro-Reviews

A TMNT #128 Micro-Review – Coming Full Circle

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

TMNT 128, cover, 2022, Pablo TunicaTITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #128
AUTHORS: Sophie Campbell, Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story Consultants)
ARTISTS:
Pablo Tucina, Campbell, Patricio Delpeche (Inker), Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In adapting Venus from the old Next Mutation TV show, they’ve taken a sort of telepathic Frankenstein’s monster approach (as one can see from the cover). I dig it, as I think it beats straight up plucking her from the show as she was.

Sophie Campbell draws a scene on the astral plane in this issue, which brought me back to the “Northampton” story arc from about 100 issues ago. So in a sense, this issue brought her full circle.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1 Micro-Review – From Young to Old

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

Star Wars Obi-Wan 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #1
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Ario Anindito, Carlos Lopez (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: May 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love me some Phil Noto art. That’s it. That’s the intro.

So what we’ve got here is a miniseries that will highlight moments from across Obi-Wan Kenobi’s life. Not surprisingly, we start with a story from his childhood. I can’t say it’s an amazing start, but it’s perfectly serviceable. This book should accomplish its goal. Which is to say, it’ll be a nice companion to the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A TMNT: The Last Ronin #5 Micro-Review – A Fitting Conclusion

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #5
AUTHORS: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Eastman, Esau & Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Shawn Lee (Letterer)
COLORISTS: Luis Delgado, Ronda Pattison, Samuel Plata (Color Assistant)

RELEASED: April 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Last Ronin has a pretty strong beginning, a fairly lackluster middle, and a fitting end. Which is to say, it pretty much has the ending you think it will. Nothing wrong with that, though. For my money, better to have an ending that’s predictable than an ending that’s wrong.

This story isn’t the grand masterpiece that some would have you believe it is. I’m not sure how anxious I would be to return to this world for future stories. But there are some cool ideas here. Perhaps none more so than the Last Ronin character himself.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Joker #14 Micro-Review – Damage and Legacy

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

The Joker 14, cover, 2022, Guillem MarchTITLE: The Joker #14
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Alex Pahnadel
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Vasco Georgiev, Cam Smith (Inker). Cover by Guillem March & Prianto.
COLORISTS: Arif Prianto, Rain Beredo 
LETTERERS:
Tom Napolitano, Becca Carey

RELEASED: April 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We’re 14 issues in, and I still don’t care about these Punchline back-ups. Maybe they’re better if you read them all in one hit…?

Giuseppe Camuncoli draws a hell of a Bane. Just sayin’.

It continues to impress me how far Tynion has taken this Joker book with such a relatively low amount of emphasis on the Joker himself. It’s less about the character, and more about the damage and legacy he leaves in his wake.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

An Amazing Spider-Man #1 Micro-Review – Romita’s Redemption?

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #1
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: April 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

John Romita Jr’s work at DC soured me on him for many years. At the risk of being overly harsh, it just wasn’t very good. But I’ll say this much: There’s something about the combination of Romita and Spider-Man that just works. I’m not his biggest fan, but I can’t dump on him much for this issue.

Everybody’s mad at Peter Parker when we open this book, and for jumpers-on like me, it doesn’t do the best job of explaining why. We can chalk it up to the ol’ Parker luck, though. This is a solid first issue.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Captain America #0 Micro-Review – Hot and Ready

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

Captain America 0, 2022, cover, Alex RossTITLE: Captain America #0
AUTHORS: Tochi Onyebuchi, Jackson Lanzing, Colin Kelly
ARTISTS:
Mattia de Iluis, Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: April 20, 2022

From an in-story standpoint, this issue doesn’t give us a hell of a lot to latch on to as it relates to this “new era” for Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson.

It is, however, gorgeously drawn by Mattia de Iluis, as our two Captains take on Arnim Zola. It’s high octane and high energy, not to mention high heat. An enjoyable fight, albeit not as gripping as it might have been.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2 Micro-Review – Spying on Superheroes?!?

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

Batman Superman World's Finest 2, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASED: April 19, 2022

There’s a panel in this issue where Batman is incredulous that Niles Caulder would spy on superheroes. I’m wondering if that’s a coy little reference to Waid’s famous JLA: Tower of Babel story, in which Batman does just that.

There’s some hostile tension between Robin and Supergirl in this issue. That’s unexpected and kind of fun. I like it.

Other superheroes are popping up in this book already. We’ve got the Doom Patrol, obviously. Then in this issue we’ve get a few Justice Leaguers. I don’t necessarily mind that, so long as the focus remains on our two titular heroes. In that respect, so far so good.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.

Posted in Comic Books/Graphic Novels, Micro-Reviews

A Superman: Son of Kal-El #10 Micro-Review – Pulling Focus

***This is where we keep it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

TITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #10
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Federico Blee (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: April 12, 2022

Dick Grayson makes another appearance in this issue, as does Batman. I tend to not like it when Batman and his cast of characters guest star in other books too much, particularly Superman books. They inevitably pull focus away from Big Blue. Taylor does it in a way that isn’t as obnoxious as it can sometimes be. But nevertheless, let’s keep the focus on Jon…

On the plus side, Taylor makes this a strong issue for Lois Lane, as she goes toe to toe with Lex Luthor at a press conference.

Email Rob at primaryignition@yahoo.com, or check us out on Twitter.