A Star Wars: Yoda #3 Micro-Review – Yoda Out Yonder

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TITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #3
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

The book’s inaugural story wraps up here. I  haven’t necessarily been enthralled with the story up to this point. But Scott, Leon, and their crew stuck the landing with this story about a conflict between two alien races, and an ending that feels true to what the Jedi Order fight for. This is the strongest Star Wars: Yoda has been yet.

Leon and Sanchez-Almara’s renderings of Yoda really stood out to me this month. They may have a better handle on the character than any team I’ve seen recently.

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The Invincible Iron Man #2 Micro-Review – A Flat-Out Lie

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The Invincible Iron Man 2, cover, January 2023, Kael NguTITLE: The Invincible Iron Man #2
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kael Ngu.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover is a flat-out lie. A beautifully drawn and colored lie, but a lie nonetheless. Ironheart is in this issue. But she and Tony do not, in fact, go “one-on-one.”

Naturally, the plot thickens in this issue in regard to the plot to kill Tony Stark. I can’t say I was particularly moved one way or the other on this one. Much like issue #1, issue #2 was just sort of…there. I’m waiting for business to pick up.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9 Micro-Review – Drawn From Life

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 9, cover, January 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS: 
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

David Messina and Alex Sinclair make a great team on this book. I especially enjoy Messina’s renderings of Chewbacca, as he’s got a great handle on the big guy.

I was less impressed with a rendering of Han late in the issue, which is clearly drawn with reference to a still from The Empire Strikes Back. I can’t help it. Stuff like that pulls me right out of an issue.

Still, the series remains fun. It’s near the top of my stack when it comes out.

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A Fantastic Four #3 Micro-Review – Pulling Punches

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TITLE: Fantastic Four #3
AUTHOR: Ryan North
ARTISTS:
Iban Coello, Jesus Aburtov (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letter). Variant cover by Alex Ross.
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a scene in this issue where a guy with no powers is punching the Human Torch, and Johnny is “turnin’ off your fire on impact.” In essence he’s making an effort to allow someone to beat him up by pulling back his fire powers. Because, you know, he’s the Human goddamn Torch.

I get not wanting to hurt people because you’re a good guy. But if you’re a bad guy, and you’re stupid enough to touch (much less punch) someone or something that’s on fire, you deserve what you get.

How’s that for wisdom?

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A She-Hulk #9 Micro-Review – A Battle With a Big Head

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She-Hulk 9, cover, December 2022, Jen BartelTITLE: She-Hulk #9
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ARTISTS:
Takeshi Miyazawa, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Jen Bartel. 
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

These Jen Bartel covers are consistently awesome. I always look forward to seeing them.

In this issue She-Hulk fights a short lady with an oversized head who’s dressed a little bit like Cable for some reason. Is she supposed to look like Cable? Probably not. But her look reminds me of Cable.

Those of us who aren’t too into fourth-wall breaking won’t be a fan of this issue, as Jen literally tears apart the page she’s on and talks to her author. I was actually surprised Rainbow Rowell didn’t talk back to her in some way.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #2 Micro-Review – Diminutive Yet Powerful

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Star Wars Yoda 2, cover, December 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #2
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Yet another great Star Wars cover by Phil Noto. I love that Yoda looks diminutive, yet still so powerful.

This series sees Yoda take up residence on the planet Turrak to help a village. It’s interesting to see Yoda live somewhere that isn’t the Jedi Temple or Dagobah. That’s something we’ve rarely, if ever, seen.

Question: Could this story have taken place during the High Republic era? It feels like we haven’t gotten a lot of Yoda stories from that time period. Thus far there’s nothing in this story that specifically ties it to the prequel era. So why not?

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8 Micro-Review – “Oh Bull@#$%!”

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 8, cover, December 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #8
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This series continues to deliver on the trademark Star Wars hijinks, action, and adventure. But this issue did contain what I’ll call an “Oh bull@#$%!” moment. Han and Chewie take out about eight Imperial Death Troopers in the space of about one panel. Nice try, but no.

As the cover indicates, Grand Moff Tarkin pops up in this issue. David Messina excels at rendering Peter Cushing’s trademark sunken cheeks.

I also dig the design of the marshal we briefly see in this issue. I assume the design is Messina’s.

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The Invincible Iron Man #1 Micro-Review – A Passing Interest

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TITLE: The Invincible Iron Man #1
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kael Ngu.

RELEASED: December 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is something of an oddity for me, in that I’m a fan of the handle Gerry Duggan and the artists respectfully have on the Iron Man character and his world. I also like the framing device Duggan is using, i.e. Tony Stark writing his autobiography.

But somehow, the story just didn’t hook me. It didn’t turn me off, and I’ll likely still come back to check out issue #2. But I’m not dying to see what happens next. It’s more like I have a passing interest in seeing what happens next.

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A Fantastic Four #2 Micro-Review- A Town Called Doom

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Fantastic Four 2, cover, December 2022, Alex RossTITLE: Fantastic Four #2
AUTHOR: Ryan North
ARTISTS: 
Iban Coello, Jesus Aburtov (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: December 7, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is a really strong character issue for Doctor Doom. That’s saying something, as he doesn’t appear in the issue.

We started this series off by checking in with Ben and Alicia Grimm. This month we check in with Reed and Sue Richards. And (Spoiler Alert!) next issue we check in with Johnny Storm. In terms of starting a new team book in particular, that’s not a conventional approach. But it’s not a bad one. New readers (like myself) get a chance to spend some more time with the characters before we get into the larger-scope stuff.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #1 Micro-Review – The Smoldering Jedi

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Star Wars Yoda 1, cover, November 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #1
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nico Leon and Dono Sanchez-Almara really hit this one out of the park from an artistic perspective. Leon has a great handle on Yoda. There’s a gorgeous full-page shot of him, lightsaber lit, standing atop a smouldering surface.

And of course, I’m a sucker for Phil Noto drawing Star Wars. So I’m very pleased with the cover.

On the writing side of things, this is a pretty standard, yet still nice tale about Yoda saving a tribe of villagers from an evil force. It’s most of what you want and expect from a solo Yoda story.

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