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A Superman ’78 #6 Micro-Review – A Rush to Satisfaction

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Superman 78 6, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Superman ’78 #3
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS:
Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.

RELEASED: January 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Things feel a little rushed in this conclusion to Superman ’78. But I can’t bring mysef to throw too much shade at it. Venditti and Torres still manage to close things on a satisfactory note.

Torres gives us a pretty conspicuous Goonies cameo here. And probably a few more that I’m missing.

In the end, Superman ’78 is one of the better nostalgia books DC has put out in the last several years. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: This could have been Superman III. And perhaps it should have been.

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A Superman ’78 #5 Micro-Review – Is that Shaggy?

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Superman 78 5, cover, 2021, Francis ManapulTITLE: Superman ’78 #5
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS:
Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Francis Manapul.

RELEASED: December 28, 2021

For whatever reason, this issue decides to give us a cameo from Shaggy of Scooby Doo fame (among various others). Why? Well, why the hell not…?

I really can’t say enough good things about Wilfredo Torres’ art in these issues. This is truly a career performance for him. His art really sells you on the idea that this could have been one of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

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A Batman: The Imposter #3 Micro-Review – Unique, Compelling, and Worthy

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Batman the Imposter 3, cover, 2021, Andrea SorrentinoTITLE: Batman: The Imposter #3
AUTHOR: Mattson Tomlin
ARTISTS: Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 14, 2021

With this being the final issue, we can officially call The Imposter a worthy addition to DC’s Black Label imprint. Andrea Sorrentino provides a suitably gritty texture along with often typical outside-the-box layouts. Meanwhile, Mattson Tomlin creates compelling dynamics between his unique takes on Bruce Wayne and Leslie Thompkins. As well as, and more importantly, Bruce and Gotham cop Blair Wong.

Tomlin and Sorrentino’s takes on Ratcatcher and Ventriloquist were also really compelling. Should DC come back to this well, I’d be curious to see how they approach other villains.

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A Superman ’78 #4 Micro-Review – The Superman III That Could Have Been…

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Superman 78 cover, 2021, Brad WalkerTITLE: Superman ’78 #4

AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Brad Walker & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 23, 2021

Superman ’78 feels very much in line with Superman II. Specifically, the Richard Donner cut. In both stories, Clark gets a taste of a different sort of life. In the movie, it’s life without super powers. Here, it’s life as a member of a Kryptonian society. In that sense, Venditti’s script offers us a great consistency.

Take that, along with Torres’ excellent renderings of the characters, and Venditti’s spot-on takes on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, and Superman ’78 feels like it could have been Superman III. All things considered, that’s probably the best compliment it can receive.

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A Batman: The Imposter #2 Micro-Review – Armored, Yet Gothic

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TITLE: Batman: The Imposter #2
AUTHOR: Mattson Tomlin
ARTISTS: Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist)
RELEASED: November 9, 2021

One of Andrea Sorrentino’s great gifts as an artist is designing stunning, mesmerizing two-page spreads. We saw a lot of those in Gideon Falls, and we get two of them here. He also draws a hell of a Batman. Even as armored up as this version is, he still manages to look dark and gothic. Beautiful work.

The Imposter has a great cinematic quality to it. Which I’m sure isn’t an accident, given The Batman screenwriter Mattson Tomlin’s involvement. It should be one of the first stories one dives into when exploring DC’s original Black Label books.

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A Superman ’78 #3 Micro-Review – Margot’s Moment

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Superman 78 3, cover, 2021, Amy ReederTITLE: Superman ’78 #3
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Amy Reeder.
RELEASED: November 2, 2021

I came away from this issue thinking not about Jor-El and Lara (as you’d think based on the cover), but Margot Kidder and Lois Lane. Venditti and Torres do Kidder’s portrayal of the character a lot of justice in this issue, and deliver writing and art perfectly in line with her performance. It’s the best of Superman ’78 thus far.

I can’t decide if I want this book to line up with special effects from the ’70s or the modern era. I’m inclined to say the ’70s, but this issue seems to present both.

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A Batman: The Imposter #1 Micro-Review – Starring…the Ratcatcher?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman the Imposter 1, cover, 2021, Andrea SorrentinoTITLE: Batman: The Imposter #1
AUTHORS: Mattson Tomlin
ARTISTS: Andrea Sorrentino, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist)
RELEASED: October 12, 2021

The two big selling points for Imposter are that it’s written by The Batman writer/director Mattson Tomlin, and has a realistic gritty texture provided by Andrea Sorrentino. Both deliver on what’s meant to be a hyper-realistic take on Batman.

This issue also has one of the best, if not the best take on the Ratcatcher I’ve ever seen. Certainly not something I expected to find here.

Like The Batman, this story has a horror vibe going for it. It works great here. I’m just wondering what kind of mainstream Batman movie it will make for…

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A Superman ’78 #2 Micro-Review – The Joy of Lex

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Superman 78 2, cover, 2021, Ben OliverTITLE: Superman ’78 #2
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Ben Oliver.
RELEASED: September 28, 2021

This issue captures the comedic side of the first two Superman movies very well, especially with its use of Lex Luthor. Venditti, and Torres really nail Lex’s introduction.

Remember Batman ’66: The Lost Episode? When DC adapted that unused Batman TV script featuring Two-Face, and used William Shatner’s likeness for the character? I’m finding myself wishing they’d tell us what ’80s era actor is playing Brainiac in this story. That’s what fan casting is for, I suppose.

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A Superman ’78 #1 Micro-Review – Richard Donner Lives On

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Superman 78, cover, 2021, Wilfredo TorresTITLE: Superman ’78 #1
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer)
RELEASED: August 24, 2021

This one evokes its source material a little better than Batman ’89 #1 did. I credit that to both Venditti’s writing, and Torres’ art, which captures the actors’ likenesses fairly well.

The highlight of this issue for me was the scene on the city streets with Clark Kent nervously bumbling behind Lois Lane. It felt very much like a scene pulled out of the Richard Donner film. There’s a dark irony to the fact that Donner just passed away last month. The issue is rightfully dedicated to him.

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A Detective Comics #1040 Micro-Review – A Classic Costume Returns!

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Detective Comics 1040, cover, 2021, Lee Bermejo variant coverTITLE: Detective Comics #1040
AUTHORS: Mariko Tamaki, Dan Watters
ARTISTS: Dan Mora, Max Raynor, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Arif Prianto (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Variant cover by Lee Bermejo.
RELEASED: July 27, 2021

Dan Mora makes a very welcome return to Detective here. I’m always happy to see his work.

There’s a flashback sequence in this issue where we see Batman back in the classic blue and gray costume, complete with the yellow oval behind the bat symbol. That’s a cool little treat.

Do these Lee Bermejo variant covers get the love they deserve? I hope so…

Dan Watters and Max Raynor give us a somewhat touching back-up story about Man-Bat and the fate he’s met. Definitely worth sticking around after the main feature.

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