Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1 Micro-Review – Better Together

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TITLE: Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League – Green Arrow #1
AUTHORS: Stephanie Phillips, Dennis Culver
ARTISTS:
Clayton Henry, Nik Virella, Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer). Cover by Henry& Maiolo.

RELEASED: October 11, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue’s feature is supposed to be about Green Arrow, with a back-up that’s about Green Arrow and Black Canary as a couple. But in truth, both stories are more or less about Ollie and Dinah. So they may as well have told one larger story about the two of them, as opposed to a larger one and a smaller one.

Artistically, both stories look great. But from a character insight perspective the back-up is stronger, as Pariah learns that he’s better off imprisoning Ollie and Dinah together than apart…

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #13 Micro-Review – Death and Dreamer

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Superman Son of Kal-El 13, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #13
AUTHORS: Nicole Maines, Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo & Matt Herms (Colorists), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: July 12, 2022

Dreamer doesn’t get the most dynamic debut I’ve ever seen. But she intrigues me enough that I want to see more. There’s a lot to be said for that.

This issue has a “death of the Justice League” fantasy (not to be confused with the “Death of the Justice League” storyline). It’s fine. But when you’ve been reading comics as long as I have, you know that when you’ve seen one of these sequences, you’ve pretty much seen them all. Not much to write home about.

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A Suicide Squad #8 Micro-Review – Still Buggin’ Me

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 8, cover, 2021, Gerald ParelTITLE: Suicide Squad #8
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Dexter Soy, Julio Ferriera (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Gerald Parnel.
RELEASED: October 19, 2021

Sadly, Ambush Bug’s meta narration was no more tolerable this time around. It’s to the point where I’m actually debating dropping Suicide Squad for the time being. I’m sure Thompson is having fun with it. But I’m certainly not.

On the upside, the issue is fun to look at. The Eduardo Pansica/Dexter Soy combination do right by Peacemaker especially. But it’s also fun getting to see them draw Swamp Thing, Bizarro Superboy, Talon, among others.

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A Shazam! #4 Micro-Review – Lightning and Exposition

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Shazam 4, cover, 2021, Clayton HenryTITLE: Shazam #4
AUTHOR: Tim Sheridan
ARTISTS: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer).
RELEASED: October 19, 2021

Considering this is a finale, there’s an awful lot of talking and exposition up front. But that can be forgiven if you plan on sticking around for what this mini is setting up over in Teen Titans Academy. On its own, however, these four issues only stand up so-so.

Clayton Henry’s work is consistently a joy. He’s got what I consider to be an animated and cartoony style. But at the same time, he knows his way around an imposing monster. He’s a tremendous fit for superhero comics in general.

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A Suicide Squad #1 Micro-Review – Ambush Bug. Ugh.

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 7, variant cover, 2021, Kevin Maguire, Alex SinclairTITLE: Suicide Squad #7
AUTHORS: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Kevin Maguire & Alex Sinclair.
RELEASED: September 7, 2021

This issue beats us over the head with Ambush Bug, who I’ve never really been a fan of. As such, my interest would wax and wane depending on which scenes he was and wasn’t in.

*checks future solicitations* Aw crap. He’s sticking around. I may have to take Suicide Squad off my pull list for the time being…

On the plus side, it’s always great to see Kevin Maguire’s work. His variant cover almost makes this issue worth it. Almost.

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A Shazam! #2 Micro-Review – The Finest Casino in Hell

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Shazam 2, cover, 2021, Rafa Sandoval, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Shazam #2
AUTHOR: Tim Sheridan
ARTISTS: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Rafa Sandoval & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: August 17, 2021

Reading this mini thus far, and reflecting back on the brief run the Geoff Johns book had, I’m starting to appreciate that the magic and fantasy elements in Shazam’s stories. You can do a lot with him that wouldn’t work as well with, for instance, Superman.

In this issue, for instance, Billy Batson dresses up in a nice suit and goes to what is essentially the finest casino in all of hell. I like the creativity there. This is turning out to be a nice companion to Teen Titans Academy.

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A Suicide Squad #6 Micro-Review – Matching the Movie

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 6, cover, 2021, Eduardo Pansica, Julio FerreiraTITLE: Suicide Squad #6
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Pansica, Ferreira, & Marcelo Maiolo.
RELEASED: August 3, 2021

If I’m at DC, I want this Suicide Squad book to be firing on all cylinders because of any interest the new James Gunn movie might generate. Frankly, I’m not sure it is. Right now we’ve got a story about Squad members traveling to Earth-3. That’s appealing to regulars like yours truly. But to a casual audience that might not normally read comics? Maybe not.

And while I normally am not a fan of how overexposed she is, not including Harley Quinn in this line-up might have been a mistake given how prominently she’s featured in the film.

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A Shazam! #1 Micro-Review – An Elective Course

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By Rob Siebert
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Shazam 1, cover, 2021, Clayton HenryTITLE: Shazam #1 (of 4)
AUTHOR: Tim Sheridan
ARTISTS: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)
RELEASED: July 20, 2021

Underplayed in Teen Titans Academy has been that one of the students is none other than Shazam, whose powers have been malfunctioning. This four-issue mini by Academy author Tim Sheridan is a nice way to zoom in on this Billy Batson story without having it pull focus in the main book.

So far, this feels more like an Academy story than a Shazam story, as we see a lot of Billy interacting with his peers at school than doing supehero stuff himself. Academy readers should be pleased. As should fans of Clayton Henry’s highly expressive, animated art style.

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A Teen Titans Academy Yearbook 2021 Micro-Review – Life with Stitch

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Teen Titans Academy Yearbook 2021
AUTHOR: Tim Sheridan
ARTISTS: Bernard Chang, Marco Santucci, Darko Lafuente, Rafa Sandoval, John Tarragona (Inker). Cover design by Stephen Blackwell.
COLORISTS: Marcelo Maiolo, Michael Atiyeh, Miquel Muerto, Alex Sinclair
LETTERER: Rob Leigh
RELEASED: June 29, 2021

This short stories collection is highlighted by a look at the mysterious Stitch. As I’ve said previously, I think the strength of a teenage superhero book is how well it highlights that teen element. The Stitch story does that, tying into how lonely and isolating high school can sometimes feel. Nice work by Sheridan, who to his credit writes the entire issue.

We also get a charming little outing for Beast Boy and Raven. Teen Titans Academy should first and foremost be about the new characters, i.e. the students. But the classic characters also have their place.

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A Suicide Sqaud #4 Micro-Review – Talon Says “Who?”

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By Rob Siebert
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Suicide Squad 4, cover, 2021, Gerard Parel variantTITLE: Suicide Squad #4
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Joe Prado (Inker), Julio Ferreira (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Gerard Parel.
RELEASED: June 1, 2021

For a portion of this issue, a Talon, one of the fierce and foreboding assassins that does the bidding of the Court of Owls, literally speaks owl. As in, he literally just uses the word “Who.” Not a fan.

I can’t look at Eduardo Pansica’s Peacemaker without seeing John Cena. Which of course, with the movie coming out, is precisely the idea.

I’m still not a fan of Suicide Squad and Teen Titans Academy crossing over so quickly out of the gate. Thankfully, it’s looking like that was a one-off.

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