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

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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+.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1 Micro-Review – Mostly Missable

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 1, cover, 2022, Alex MaleevTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #1
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Maleev.

RELEASED: March 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Naturally, there’s a lot of potential in a series about Han and Chewie. This first issue didn’t quite live up to that potential, though. It’s perfectly missable.

Though I will say, there’s an intriguing cliffhanger for next issue. So perhaps it’s just a slow starter…

The best part of the presentation by far is the cover by Alex Maleev. It reminds me of some of the covers you used to see for Star Wars novels in the ’90s.

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A She-Hulk #2 Micro-Review – The Joy of the Mundane

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She-Hulk #2, cover, 2022, Jen BartelTITLE: She-Hulk #2
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ARTISTS:
Roge Antonio, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Jen Bartel.

RELEASED: March 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We spent most of this issue expositing with Jack of Hearts, a former Avenger and friend of Jennifer Walters who’s suddenly arrived at her new apartment. Not necessarily the way I would have gone about this second issue. But it seems like he’s integral to the story we’re telling here, so I get it.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a regular She-Hulk reader, but I’m more amused by her trying to do mundane, everyday stuff. Taking the subway, navigating through city traffic, getting to the office, etc. We only get that in the last fourth of this issue.

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A Captain America/Iron Man #3 Micro-Review – That Much Closer…

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Captain America Iron Man 3, cover, 2022, Alex RossTITLE: Captain America/Iron Man #3
AUTHOR: Derek Landy
ARTISTS:
Angel Unzueta, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: January 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Civil War is mentioned a couple times in this issue. So it looks like we’re that much closer to Steve and Tony actually talking about it, as I’ve been waiting for. They actually have just such a conversation in this issue about when Cap “joined” Hydra.

But as far as I’m concerned the real star of this book is our villain, Veronica Eden. Cap and Iron Man are ultimately just pretty window dressing.

As is often the case, these Alex Ross covers are worth the cover price on their own.

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A She-Hulk #1 Micro-Review – A Mundane Brawl?

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She-Hulk 1, cover, 2022, Jen Bartel, Adam HughesTITLE: She-Hulk #1
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
ARTISTS:
Roge Antonio, Rico Renzi (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Jen Bartel & Adam Hughes.

RELEASED: January 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve never read She-Hulk regularly. But I’m a Rainbow Rowell fan. So I might be sticking around for this one.

The series starts off with a brawl between She-Hulk and Titania that has a nice, almost mundane flavored comedic twist to it. It nicely set what will presumably be the tone for the series.

I got a little lost during the last two pages. But generally this was pretty easy to follow. Rowell writes Jennifer Walters very well as a down on her luck underdog, and Antonio’s art is a lot of fun. Here’s hoping the fun continues!

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A Captain America/Iron Man #2 Micro-Review – The Eye Has It

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Captain America Iron Man 2, cover, 2022, Alex RossTITLE: Captain America/Iron Man #2
AUTHOR: Derek Landy
ARTISTS:
Angel Unzueta, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: January 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Love that cover with the eye showing through the Iron Man armor. It’s so simple, yet it’s one of the better Marvel covers Alex Ross has done recently.

We get some of the banter between our two heroes in this issue that was missing last time. But I’m still waiting for them to tackle the elephant in the room: Civil War.

Landy is good with Veronica Eden. He’s able to make her funny without turning her into a parody. Or worse: Making her annoying.

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A Captain America/Iron Man #1 Micro-Review – After the War…

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Captain America:Iron Man 1, cover, 2021, Alex RossTITLE: Captain America/Iron Man #1
AUTHOR: Derek Landy
ARTISTS: Angel Unzueta, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: December 8, 2021

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It looks like this picks up where another miniseries left off. But I was able to jump in without missing a beat.

Angel Unzueta’s art gives me a little bit of a John Byrne vibe. At least in this issue.

For me, the main draw of this mini is diving into Cap and Tony’s friendship, and how it’s able to even exist after what we saw back in Civil War. We don’t get into that much here. But we’ve got four more issues. Plenty of time.

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A United States of Captain America #2 Micro-Review – “Good Gosh…”

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

United States of Captain America 2, cover, 2021, Gerard ParelTITLE: The United States of Captain America #2
AUTHORS: Christopher Cantwell, Mohale Mashigo
ARTISTS: Dale Eaglesham, Natacha Bustos, Matt Milla (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Gerard Parel.
RELEASED: July 28, 2021

Steve Rogers actually says, “Good Gosh…” in this issue. Somehow that’s both facepalm worthy and precisely in character.

Less in character? A flashback to a young Steve Rogers almost (unintentionally) urinating on the battle site at Gettysburg. Whoops.

Natacha Bustos has a strong performance in this issue, illustrating Nichelle Wright’s solo back-up story. I’m curious to see whether these DIY Captains America pop up again down the road. Of course, I’m sure that depends on how this book sells…

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