A Thunderbolts #3 Micro-Review – Super-Powered Intelligent Talking Russian Primates

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #3
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba (Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Ariana Maher & Cory Petit (Letterers). Cover by Sean Izaakse & Nolan Woodard.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That’s right, folks: Super-powered intelligent talking Russian primates. Unleashed at a zoo, no less. At least they’re not slingin’ poo…

Things get a little more serious this month, as Hawkeye, Spectrum, and Gutsen Glory (Yes, that’s really  his name.) come into conflict over leadership of the team. This book is on the comedic side, for sure. But it’s nice to see that Zub and this team can crank up the interpersonal drama too.

And yes, I still love Eegro the Unbreakable. More Eegro, please.

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An All-Out Avengers #1 Micro-Review – Popcorn, Anyone?

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All-Out Avengers #1, cover, 2022, Greg Land, Frank D'ArmataTITLE: All-Out Avengers #1
AUTHOR: Derek Landy
ARTISTS:
Greg Land, Jay Leisten (Inker), Frank D’Armata (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Thus far, All-Out Avengers strikes me as a book that would be easy for Marvel movie fans to pick up. Kids too.

We’ve got a lot of heavy hitters (Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, etc.), most of whom have been in the movies, taking on a big alien threat, without a lot of continuity to get bogged down in. We’ve got action. We’ve got humor. There’s a lot to like here.

Popcorn, anyone?

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An Ant-Man #2 Micro-Review – Meeting Eric O’Grady

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Ant-Man 2, cover, 2022, Tom ReillyTITLE: Ant-Man #2 (of 4)
AUTHOR: Al Ewing
ARTISTS
: Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I came into this issue knowing nothing about the history of its main character, Eric O’Grady. But I came out wanting more from him. (Kudos to Marvel editorial for pointing out some additional O’Grady stories after the issue concludes.) That’s a tribute not only to the character and his story, but Al Ewing’s handling of this particular issue. I’d argue this issue is actually a little more friendly toward new readers than the first one.

Tom Reilly and Jordie Bellaire do another stellar job, with an issue that looks very different than the last one. Another excellent cover, too.

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The Variants #3 Micro-Review – “Stow That Talk, Bean Jockey!”

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The Variants 3, cover, 2022, PHil NotoTITLE: The Variants #3 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS
: Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

A line from a gangster to a barista in this issue: “Stow that talk, bean jockey!”

I kind of wish I’d used that line during my barista days.

With all the coffee talk ere, along with the wit injected into some of Simone’s dialogue, parts of this issue almost reminded me of a Gilmore Girls episode. In the best way possible, of course.

This cover almost got our “Epic Covers” spot this week. Noto draws a great She-Hulk. Noto pretty much draws a great everything.

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An Ant-Man #1 Micro-Review – Tiny Time Travel

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Ant-Man 1, cover, 2022, Tom ReillyTITLE: Ant-Man #1 (of 4)
AUTHOR: Al Ewing
ARTISTS:
Tom Reilly, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Even as someone who’s not overly familiar with Ant-Man, this issue is a lot of fun. It’s flavored like a ’60s superhero comic, complete with page-yellowing by colorist Jordie Bellaire. Our heroes are squeaky clean. Our villains twirl their mustaches with delight. They even have a cringeworthy name: The Ant-Agonists. (That can’t be the first time someone has used that…can it?)

If this issue is any indication, this four-issue tribute for Ant-Man’s 60th anniversary won’t be for everybody. But Ant-Man fans and comic book lovers should enjoy the ride.

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The Variants #2 Micro-Review – No Cosmic Fluff

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The Variants 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)
RELEASED:
July 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone’s wit really shines through in this book, thus far. It’s a good fit for Jessica Jones and the Hell’s Kitchen setting.

I can already tell I’m going to miss this Simone/Noto team when they’re done.

Considering this story has multiple multiversal Jessica Jones doubles, thus far it’s surprisingly grounded. By Marvel standards, anyway. Case in point, we open with a simple diner conversation between Jessica and Tigra. It feels very personal, and doesn’t get lost in what I’ll call “cosmic fluff” of it all. 

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The Variants #1 Micro-Review – One Woman, Multiple Shades

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The Variants 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #1
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone and Phil Noto was a team-up I never knew I needed. And yet, here we are. They’re both so damn good…

As the cover suggests, this story features multiple multiversal versions of Jessica Jones. My favorite part of the issue is a two-page spread where Simone and Noto play with that idea as Jessica tries on multiple shades of lipstick.

“Each one will make you a completely different person.”

See what they did there?

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A Sabretooth #1 Micro-Review – Sabretooth Goes to Hell

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Sabretooth 1, cover 2022, Ryan StegmanTITLE: Sabretooth #1
AUTHOR: Victor LaValle
ARTISTS:
Leonard Kirk, Rain Beredo (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer & Frank Martin.

RELEASED: February 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve always found the X-Men books are the most difficult to penetrate if you aren’t a regular reader. I was hoping a book like Sabretooth might serve as a smaller scale, character-based taste of what’s been happening in the X-Universe lately. It’s a taste, alright. But I wouldn’t call it small scale.

Victor Creed is essentially in charge of the island of Krakoa’s hellish version of a prison. I’ll say this much: It’s a role that suits him. Leonard Kirk turns in some pretty awesome art as well. Let’s not overlook that cover by Ryan Stegman either.

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A Hulk #1 Micro-Review – Bruce Banner…Madman?

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TITLE: Hulk #1
AUTHOR: Donny Cates
ARTISTS: Ryan Ottley, Frank Martin (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 24, 2021

So…aren’t we supposed to like Bruce Banner? It looks like this series is going to portray him as a mad scientist type for the foreseeable future. It’s almost like they’re going for a World War Hulk vibe, but without the sympathy for our title character.

This issue makes multiple references to some big event happening with Hulk in El Paso. But what exactly happened is never explained. A little bit of exposition on that front would have been nice.

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Weekly Comic 100s: The Scumbag, MMPR Finale, and More!

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Scumbag #1
AUTHOR: Rick Remender
ARTISTS: Lewis Larosa, Moreno Dinisio (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 21, 2020

This issue has, perhaps fittingly, the only blatant female pereneum shots I’ve ever seen. Clothed, obviously. But still.

I do love this premise, though. Essentially, giving Captain America’s super-serum to the worst person possible. And The Scumbag most certainly sells us on that point. There’s a gross-out quality to this book that doesn’t necessarily appeal to me. But there may be enough intrigue for me to give it another look…

TITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #55
AUTHOR: Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS: Moises Hidalgo, Igor Monti & Sabrina Del Grosso (Colorists), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Cover by Jamal Campbell.
RELEASED: October 21, 2020

As our gorgeous Jamal Campbell cover indicates, we get a new Green Ranger in this series finale. (Two new ones start next month.) It’s not exactly an exciting choice. But the character sells comic books.

I’m assuming this is the last we’ll see of these new Dark Rangers. That’s a shame, as I feel like this story could have gone another issue or two. I wasn’t sure about them initially. But they grew on me.

TITLE: Batman #101
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 20, 2020

I’m not normally a big Guillem March fan. But in this issue he does a two-page rendering of Batman in the classic blue and gray costume that’s pretty awesome.

This issue tries to sell us on the idea that things are going to be very different for Batman and Gotham City going forward, with Bruce even getting a new base of operations. Of course, this kind of thing has been done before with varying degrees of success. Despite my mixed feelings on “Joker War,” I still have confidence in Tynion IV to deliver.

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #110
AUTHORS: Kevin Eastman & Tom Waltz (Story), Sophie Campbell (Script)
ARTISTS: Jodi Nishijima, Ronda Pattison (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 21, 2020

A strictly okay issue. Transitional, if nothing else. The first half is a mildly amusing story about Raphael getting a motorcycle. Then we go into a brief tale about Leo and some of the Mutant Town kids breaking into Old Hob’s lair. The latter is the more intriguing of the two, as the angle with the kids has never been done in a TMNT story. But all in all, this one is pretty skippable.

TITLE: Marvels X #6
AUTHORS: Alex Ross (Story), Jim Krueger (Story & Script)
ARTISTS: Well-Bee, Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Ross.
RELEASED: October 21, 2020

This mini goes out on something of a whimper. But if you enjoyed Earth X, I suspect you’ll like it regardless.

The star of the book, besides Ross of course, is Well-Bee. His grounded, slightly gritty take on the Marvel Universe is fitting given we have a civilian as our point-of-view character. As the series expands, its fun to see him get to draw all the classic Marvel characters.

TITLE: Juggernaut #2
AUTHOR: Fabian Nicieza
ARTISTS: Ron Garney, Matt Milla (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Inker). Cover by Geoff Shaw & Milla.
RELEASED: October 21, 2020

Ron Garney draws a hell of a Hulk. Tremendous line work. My only complaint is we don’t really get to see the body of the fight between Juggernaut and Hulk. That’s what’s drawing readers in, yes? So at least a portion of your readership is going to come away disappointed…

Still, I’m liking the whole “Juggernaut teams with a YouTuber” premise. It’s enough to bring me back for at least one more issue.

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