A Daredevil #5 Micro-Review – “…He Wouldn’t Have Sent the Devil.”

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Daredevil 5, cover, November 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #5
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Daredevil tells an opponent in this issue that if they were right with God, “…He wouldn’t have sent the devil.” That’s a great action movie kind of line.

The way Marco Checchetto draws Elektra’s hair is…quaint. It looks good, but it also looks like she’s perpetually underwater.

Generally speaking, though, this is a beautifully drawn and colored issue. We see some beautiful renderings of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the Hand’s HQ. We also get a fight between Daredevil and someone we recently met in the MCU that’s got some nice grit to it.

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A Gold Goblin #1 Micro-Review – Gold Goblin & Gwen

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Gold Goblin 1, variant cover, 2022, Marco ChechettoTITLE: Gold Goblin #1 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Lan Medina, Antonio Fabela (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Variant cover by Marco Checchetto.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Lan Medina draws a hell of a Norman Osborn. He’s got the trademark wavy hair look down. But he also injects just the right amount of age in the character’s face. He is supposed to be a grandfather, after all.

Perhaps not surprisingly, this story is overplaying the Gwen Stacy card as it relates to Norman’s guilt over his Green Goblin days. At certain points it felt like I was reading a story called Gold Goblin & Gwen. I mean, we get it. She’s dead. No need to hammer that in.

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Epic Covers: Gold (and Green) Goblin #1 by Marco Chechetto

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Norman Osborn may seemingly be turning over a new leaf this week in Gold Goblin #1. But let’s be honest: He’s the Green Goblin. And it’s only a matter of time before his true colors show themselves again. Sad? Yes. True? Also yes.

Marco Checchetto finds himself back in this space as he gives us two variant covers that put the duality of Norman Osborn on display. One features the gold version, the other the green one. The former in the pink glow of sunrise, the latter in the dark of night. And the two figures are posed identically. It’s beautiful work. Dare I say, good as gold.

Gold Goblin 1, variant cover, 2022, Marco Chechetto

Gold:Green Goblin 1, variant cover, 2022, Marco Chechetto

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A Daredevil #4 Micro-Review – A Violent Milestone

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Daredevil 4, cover, 2022, Marco Checchetto, Matthew WilsonTITLE: Daredevil #4
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto & Wilson.

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Word is already out about what happens with Matt Murdock and Elektra Natchios in this issue. I won’t spoil it by coming out and outright saying it. But I will say that, while it could have come off really hokey, this milestone manages to feel very true to both characters. They’re in their element. And hey, they even have matching costumes!

Zdarsky has also succeeded in making Matt and Elektra’s taking over of the Hand feel like the start of something big. Despite not being a Daredevil die-hard, this book has my attention…

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A Daredevil #3 Micro-Review – Why the Hoodie?

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Daredevil 3, cover, 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #3
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto & Wilson.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This opening scene has Daredevil in a coffee shop, talking to a cop while wearing a gray hoodie over his superhero outfit. Here’s my question: Why even bother with the hoodie? People can see you’re wearing a red mask. They can see your red Daredevil pants. Who does he think he’s fooling with that hoodie?

It looks like Daredevil is going to be a nexus point for a few different Marvel heroes. We’re already seeing a good amount of Luke Cage. And then we’ve got the man revealed as leader of the Hand…

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Epic Covers: Daredevil #3 by Marco Checchetto

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I hopped aboard the recent Daredevil relaunch a couple months ago, and have thus far enjoyed the ride. This cover was a nice little bonus.

What sealed the deal for me on this one was the whole blood drops/puppet strings motif. I can’t recall if I’ve seen that done before. But if I have, it wasn’t executed this well. It fits Daredevil and his world to a T. Plus, the blood red color goes with his costume.

Daredevil 3, cover, 2022, Marco Checchetto

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A Daredevil #2 Micro-Review – Going All Out For #2!

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Daredevil 2, cover, 2022, Marco ChecchettoTITLE: Daredevil #2
AUTHORS: Chip Zdarsky, Ann Nocenti, Chris Giarrusso
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Rafael DeLatorre, Zdarsky, Giarrusso, Various, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Checchetto & Wilson.
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is extra-sized, with lots of guest artists. Go figure. The timing worked out so they got to go all out for the second issue, not the first.

I’m intrigued by what Zdarsky, Checchetto, and the team are doing with this villain. The whole “villain that’s trying to do what they think is best for the hero” thing seems to fit Hell’s Kitchen well.

Checchetto is another good fit for Daredevil’s world. He and Matthew Wilson have the whole gray, rainy, semi-gothic aesthetic down really well.

Huh. I didn’t know Chip Zdarsky could draw. He’s pretty good!

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A Daredevil #1 Micro-Review – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

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Daredevil 1, cover, 2022, Marco Checchetto, Matthew WilsonTITLE: Daredevil #1
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Marco Checchetto, Rafael De Latorre, Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As a jumper-on, it’s a little tough to get your bearings in this one, given the current status quo of the New York side of the Marvel Universe. Wilson Fisk is supposedly dead, Matt Murdock is supposedly dead, there are two Daredevils, etc.

But naturally, the issue is at it’s strongest when it focuses on where things are headed: Our Daredevils are leaving New York. That’s where the intrigue is, and that bodes well for things moving forward.

Oh, and Spider-Man is in this issue. Because…well, just because.

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Weekly Comic 100s: TMNT, Star Wars, Batman Annual

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #99
AUTHORS:
Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz
ARTISTS:
Dave Wachter, Ronda Pattison (Colorist),
RELEASED:
 October 30, 2019

This damn thing cost $7.99. I’ve been following this main TMNT series since the beginning. But damn. That hurts.

But devil’s advocate: They jam a lot in here. Dozens of heroes and villains battle, with the fate of New York City at stake. Not to mention the lives of various mutants, and even children.

It all culminates in…well, I can’t say I knew for sure they were going in this direction. But after issue #50, I had a pretty good feeling a certain character would be on his way back by now.

TITLE: Star Wars: Allegiance #4
AUTHOR: Ethan Sacks
ARTISTS: Luke Ross, Lee Loughrige (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto.
RELEASED: October 30, 2019

Again, no Kylo Ren in this issue. Not even a closing shot of him in the last few pages. Lame. Sauce.

On the way to The Rise of Skywalker, Allegiance basically tells us two things: What the Resistance has been doing since the Battle of Crait, and how they obtained some of the resources they’ll undoubtedly have in the movie. It’s not the most fun Star Wars book you’ll ever read, and I doubt it’ll hold up to repeat readings. But as a little appetizer for the release of Episode IX, it works fine.

TITLE: Batman Annual #4
AUTHOR: Tom King
ARTISTS: Jorge Fornes, Mike Norton, Dave Stewart (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 30, 2019

This issue quick-fires a bunch of mini-stories at us, narrated via Alfred’s journal. “Everyday” moves day by day from April 7 to April 24.

I’d like to think these are a bunch of cooky ideas Tom King had while brainstorming for his Batman run, but couldn’t squeeze in. Based on what we’ve seen, some of these ideas really feel like his. Batman fights a dragon, takes on an MMA fighter for charity, solves a whodunnit, etc.

Mike Norton tags in for Jorge Fornes for several pages. So we got from a David Mazzuchelli, Year One-ish look to something more akin to Michael Lark.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Star Wars Stuff, Batman/Superman,

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Tacked an extra one down on the end here. The most recent issue of Superman. But of course, in the spirit of the Rise of Skywalker hype, we begin with Allegiance

TITLE: Star Wars: Allegiance #3
AUTHOR: Ethan Sacks
ARTISTS:
Luke Ross, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Marco Checchetto.
RELEASED:
October 23, 2019

Leia, Rey, and some of the Resistance are still on Mon Cala in this issue. Because it’s largely an underwater planet, Leia has to wear the equivalent of a scuba suit. Imagining an older Carrie Fisher in an outfit like that is…weird.

The “B story” in Allegiance has been about Finn, Poe, and BB-8 stealing weapons for the Resistance. Sacks writes their chemistry very well. Well enough, in fact, that I felt a pang of sadness that they didn’t end up being romantically involved. Yeah, I was on that team.

No Kylo Ren in this issue. Bummer.

TITLE: Star Wars #73
AUTHOR: Greg Pak
ARTISTS: Phil Noto, Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 16, 2019

This volume of Star Wars is going out strong as we head toward its issue #75 finale. Greg Pak knows how to weave the multi-strand rip-roaring adventure, as all of our main heroes fight for their lives.

But for yours truly, the star of this “Rebels and Rogues” storyline has been Phil Noto. He’s been one of my favorite Star Wars artists dating back to the build-up to The Force Awakens. His “sketchy” style is a lot of fun, and he nails all the likenesses. As far as I’m concerned, he’s welcome in this galaxy any time.

TITLE: Batman/Superman #3
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS: David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), John J. Hill (Letterer)
RELEASED: October 23, 2019

Unlike many, I’m not really into the Batman Who Laughs, or much of the Metal stuff. But the premise of that character “infecting” six characters across the DCU, and our two heroes having to solve the mystery of who they are was enough to draw me in.

But the way Williamson has executed it thus far, it’s not so much a mystery as it is them happening upon each victim. It’s still a cool idea. I just wish they’d dig a little deeper into it. On the upside, it’s great to see Marquez drawing the World’s Finest.

TITLE: Action Comics #1016
AUTHOR: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTISTS: Szymon Kudranski, Brad Anderson (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Jamal Campbell.
RELEASED: October 23, 2019

I absolutely adore the framing device for this issue. A Daily Planet reporter does man-on-the-street interviews to recap a fight between Superman and the Red Cloud. Bendis is as good as almost anyone at playing up the journalism element in Superman’s world.

A Szymon Kudranski comic that’s this colorful takes some getting used to. There’s nothing wrong with it. But his M.O. is typically on the dark and gritty side. Type his name into Google Images. You’ll see what I mean.

TITLE: Superman #16
AUTHOR: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTISTS:
David LaFuente, Paul Mounts (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Ivan Reis.
RELEASED:
October 9, 2019

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Superman look quite so…blocky. I know LaFuente’s style is more on the cartoonish side, and generally I like what he turns in. But the Superman we see here looks more like a Superman action figure than the Man of Steel himself.

This issue gives us the inevitable reunion between Superboy and Robin after Jon Kent’s trip into space, which aged him a few years older than Damian. Bendis gives us what you’d hope to see here. The initial awkwardness, some hijinks and a feel-good exit. A strong issue, blockiness notwithstanding.

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