The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 – Miscellaneous Information Dumping Ground

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The Flash One-Minute War Special 1, cover, January 2023, Serg AcunaTITLE: The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS: Various. Cover by Serg Acuna.
RELEASED: 
January 31, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of good information in here, including the origin of our villains, which expands the scope of this One-Minute War story. At certain points it sort of comes off like a miscellaneous information dumping ground. In other words, this is where Jeremy Adams put a lot of the exposition he couldn’t fit into the ongoing narrative of the story for fear of slowing it down. Makes sense.

On the downside, none of the heroes we see on the cover actually appear in the issue. That kind of thing always annoys me.

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A Batman – One Bad Day: Catwoman #1 Micro-Review – “Why Do I Steal?”

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Batman - One Bad Day Catwoman 1, cover, January 2023, Jamie McKelvieTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: Catwoman #1
AUTHOR: G. Willow Wilson
ARTISTS:
Jamie McKelvie, Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m not a huge fan of the current Catwoman costume, which for some reason has no armpits. But damn, Jamie McKelvie’s art makes about as strong an argument for it as you’ll ever find. Selina is always gorgeous, but she rarely looks this gorgeous.

“Why do I steal? Because what things cost has nothing to do with what they’re worth.” Great line.

G. Willow Wilson is so good sometimes, it’s scary. I’d be more than game to see her on the ongoing Catwoman series someday.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #5 Micro-Review – A Salty Nemesis

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Tim Drake Robin 5, cover, January 2023, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Ortiz.
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I like the idea of Tim getting his own arch nemesis. A Professor Moriarty to his Sherlock Holmes, etc. That’s what much of this story, and this issue in particular, build toward. The route the issue takes toward the reveal of our nemesis is a little befuddling, as it’s got a bunch of salt monsters, and a moment where Tim has to make himself vomit. But I like the destination we got to.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, who’s been our cover artist, does some interior work here. Thankfully, his style is similar enough to Rossmo’s that it works out okay.

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A Justice Society of America #2 Micro-Review – Scatterbrained

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Justice Society of America 2, cover, January 2023, Mikel JaninTITLE: Justice Society of America #2
AUTHOR: Geoff Johns
ARTISTS:
Mikel Janin, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kolins, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), John Kalisz (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This book still feels a little bit unfocused to me. We’re bouncing around the timestream a lot, which doesn’t necessarily allow us to invest in what we’re seeing. I’m still not ready to poo-poo the book just yet. But thus far it feels scatterbrained.

On the upside, Justice Society has been artistically beautiful. Mikel Janin gets to draw the classic JSA in this issue, which is cool to see.

Those classic JSA members are the ones we primarily bought this book to see, yes? It feels odd that Johns would withhold them from us as much as he has.

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An Action Comics #1051 Micro-Review – Family, Quality, and a Boob Joke

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Action Comics 1051, cover, January 24, 2023TITLE: Action Comics #1051
AUTHORS: Philip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Dan Mora. 
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman having an extended “family” the way someone like Batman does. To me, it ruins his whole “Last Son of Krypton” thing. But damn, look at that cover. At least Dan Mora makes them look good.

There’s an “untold chapter” in this issue from Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks’ Lois and Clark series. It’s quality, just like that series was.

Power Girl also gets a spotlight story in this issue, complete with a boob joke. Because I guess we can’t have a Power Girl story without at least one boob joke. Oye…

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Alex Ross Spotlight: The Mask of Batman

Batman, eyes, Alex RossBy Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What’s the right way to portray Batman’s eyes in a real-world scenario? Should the mask have eyeholes that are smaller, and come right up to the eyelids? Or is it the standard set by Tim Burton’s Batman movie, in which the eyeholes are larger, but black make-up around the eyes creates the illusion of a tighter fit?

For Alex Ross the answer, in a sense, is both.

“I wanted it to look like it was just like make up on a face,” Ross said via YouTube video. “That it wasn’t this three-dimensional thing jumping off a human being, but that it was as close to his skin, like as if a human being becoming Batman is just more of a transformation. It’s less about what’s plausible and more about what matches what the comics always did, which is they treat costumes as really just naked skin painted. And that’s what I thought artistically was desired about Batman, not the practicality of, ‘Well how well will that mask take a gunshot?’ Well, it ain’t gonna take a gunshot. It’s imaginary, in effect.”

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11 Micro-Review – Leave ‘Em Wanting More

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Batman:Superman World's Finest 11, cover, January 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Considering the cliffhanger we got last issue, this “Strange Visitor” storyline ends pretty abruptly here. It seemed like there might have been a lot more meat on the bone. Better to leave them wanting more, I suppose?

This issue borrows an idea from Superman II that I don’t know if we’ve ever seen in the comics. Certainly not in recent history…

Mora and Bonvillain get to work on some fairly obscure villains in this issue. Zebra-Man? Acid Master? Bag O’ Bones? Sure! Why not?

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A Nightwing #100 Micro-Review – New, Exciting, and Conspicuous

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Nightwing #100 cover, January 2023, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #100
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: 
Various. Cover by Bruno Redondo.
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue manages to be a nice celebration of Nightwing’s solo history via guest artists who’ve worked on him. Scott McDaniel, Eddy Barrows, etc. But it also clearly points Dick Grayson in a new and exciting direction. This is an issue of which all parties should be proud.

My only qualm with it? It’s got a scene where Batman and Nightwing are talking in front of Alfred’s grave…in broad daylight. They’d be kind of conspicuous, wouldn’t they? And they’re kind of blowing the whole secret identity thing…

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Batman – One Bad Day: Bane #1 Micro-Review – Doing Your Homework

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Batman One Bad Day Bane 1, cover, January 2023, Howard Porter, Tomeu MoreyTITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: Bane #1
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This story follows up on a classic Denny O’Neil story from the ’90s called “Venom.” I’ve had my issues with Williamson in recent months over Dark Crisis. But I’ve got to hand it to him on this one. He did his homework, and it paid off.

I was confused by something, though. There’s a villain in here called Grudge, and the story acts like we should know who he is. To the best of my recollection, I’ve never seen him before…

Somebody in this issue says, “No amount of venom can ever fix stupid.”

Words to live by, perhaps?

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A Batgirls #14 Micro-Review – No Words…

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Batgirls 14, cover, January 2023, Jorge Corona, Sarah SternTITLE: Batgirls #14
AUTHORS: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
ARTISTS:
Jonathan Case. Cover by Jorge Corona & Sarah Stern. 
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This might be the overall strongest issue Batgirls has produced. That largely has to do with Jonathan Case, who’s a one-man artistic force of nature.

It’s also about the way this issue is written. For most of it, there’s no dialogue. Which is fitting, as we spend the whole thing with the typically silent Cassandra Cain. Case masterfully shows her being stealthy, doing her thing, etc.

But the issue eventually dives into the core of Cass’ friendship with Stephanie Brown. It’s beautifully written, and downright touching. A tremendous series of pages for both Cass and Steph.

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