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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars, Bad Mother, Disaster Inc., and More!

***”Weekly Comic 100s” keeps it nice and simple. Comic book reviews in 100 words or less. Straight, concise, and to the point.***

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Star Wars #5
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS: Jesus Saiz, Arif Prianto & Dan Brown (Colorists), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by R.B. Silva & Guru-eFX.
August 5, 2020

This new Star Wars series hasn’t been doing it for me thus far. It had Luke and Lando go back to Cloud City for a really stupid reason. It’s about to give Luke a yellow lightsaber right after he lost his father’s. Now in this issue he meets yet another Force user, who I assume is going to serve as a mentor. Even though adding another person in that role dilutes the impact of Obi-Wan and Yoda.

In exploring the year between Empire and Jedi, I’m starting to think we should have kept Shadows of the Empire as canon.

TITLE: Bad Mother #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christa Faust
ARTISTS: Mike Deodato Jr., Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Dezi Sienty (Letterer)
August 5, 2020

Bad Mother feels a little bit like Taken if the lead role were gender-swapped. Granted, April Walters doesn’t have that “particular set of skills.” But the cover certainly suggests a big attitude change is coming. I’m expecting something cathartic and suitably gory out of this one.

I’m definitely excited to see what Mike Deodato Jr does with this material, as he fares quite well here. There’s one exception, though: Based on the cover and the first page, I thought April might be pregnant. Whoops.

TITLE: Disaster Inc #2
AUTHOR: Joe Harris
ARTISTS: Sebastian Piriz, Carlos M. Mangual (Letterer). Cover by Andy Clarke & Jose Villarrubia.
August 5, 2020

The industry hiatus caused by COVID-19 did no favors for Disaster Inc. It took me a decent amount of time to re-familiarize myself with the real-life disaster it’s based on. But once you start to pick up momentum in that respect, you fall back into it.

We get to explore our setting a little bit in this issue, which is nice. We also dive into some samurai folklore, which obviously lends itself to our monster/killer. All in all, a solid sophomore issue with some great art and colors by Sebastian Piriz.

TITLE: Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler
AUTHORS: Jonathan Hickman, Alan Davis
ARTISTS: Davis, Carlos Lopez (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Davis & Edgar Delgado.
August 5, 2020

These Giant-Size X-Men titles are a little misleading. I come into them hoping for something tightly focused on the title character. But with the Magneto one, and now this Nightcrawler issue, that’s proving not to be the case. This is less about Kurt and more about the three other mutants that are with him.

This issue takes us back to the mansion in Westchester, which has apparently been abandoned for so long it’s being overrun by friggin’ vegetation. (Not to mention some aliens.) You’re telling me that thing wouldn’t sell? It’s the X-Mansion, for cryin’ out loud!

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A Snowfall #1 Review – Winter is Coming Back

Snowfall #1 (2016)TITLE: Snowfall #1
AUTHOR: Joe Harris
PENCILLER: Martin Morazzo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASED: February 17, 2016

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

So Joe Harris and Martin Morazzo, the guys behind Great Pacific over at Image, have written a comic book about a world where it never snows. I’m not sure where these guys are from, but as a guy from Chicago, I think somebody needs to tell them a world without midwestern blizzards might not be all bad.

In the year 2045, the Earth has been forever altered by climate change. Due to atmospheric changes the Earth’s atmosphere has grown drier, and man has had to adapt to a lack of water resources. But when snow falls on upstate New York, it appears a weather-changing vigilante called the White Wizard has resurfaced…or has he?

Snowfall #1, 2016, interior, Martin MorazzoLike Great PacificSnowfall is somewhat politically charged. For the sake of neutrality, I’m simply looking at it as a quasi-post-apocalyptic comic. And as far as quasi-post-apocalyptic comics go, it’s pretty good. Harris makes the White Wizard a sort of fairy tale legend, giving him an added mystique within the story. The teenaged Anthony Farrow, more than familiar with the White Wizard’s exploits, seeks him out after many years in retirement. So we’ve got that returning hero vibe, which Harris and Marozzo put a nice twist on at the end. Early on we see the Cooperative States of America, i.e. the corporation-backed American government, have stormtroopers that can measure precipitation in the air. That adds nicely to the whole post-apocalyptic vibe.

Martin Morazzo gives us characters that are very expressive, if not realistic-looking. They convey emotion very well, particularly toward the end when the intensity cranks up. I would argue it’s not the prettiest stuff to look at, but it’s undeniably effective. We’ve got a great visual with the White Wizard, with the bright circular eyes looking out from the blackness under that hood. Morazzo also draws his snowflakes very large and detailed, as if they’re all those paper cut-outs kids make in school. It’s a little hokey, but it works with his style.

At this point, I’m not sold on the long-term potential of Snowfall. But I’m intrigued enough to come back for seconds. Harris and Morazzo have also proven themselves as a team with Great Pacific. The weather angle, whether we like it or not, is timely and current. If that’s what you enjoy, then Snowfall is worth a look.

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