A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #15 Video Review – Double-Edged Swords

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A Shazam! #1 Micro-Review – Oh Captain, My Captain

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Shazam 1, cover, May 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Shazam! #1
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: Dan Mora, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)
RELEASED: May 2, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This story kicks off with our hero riding a Tyrannosaurus Rex from space. Comics, am I right?

This issue tries to tell us that our hero’s official name isn’t Shazam anymore, but rather just “Captain.” His original name used to be Captain Marvel, of course. So I guess this is kind of a middle ground?

All in all, this is about as solid a first issue to a Shazam! series as you’ll find. We’ve got great writing by Mark Waid, and stellar art by Dan Mora and Alejandro Sanchez. I’m expecting good things from this series.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #14 Micro-Review – The Green Arrow Tease

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Batman Superman Worlds Finest 14, cover, April 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #14
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: April 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Oliver Queen appears in this issue. Not Green Arrow, mind you, Oliver Queen in civilian mode. I can only assume that means we’ll get Green Arrow at some point in the next few issues. If not, that’s a hell of a tease for Dan Mora drawing Green Arrow.

This “Elementary” storyline is the first time in the 20-some years I’ve been reading comics that I feel like I’m really getting to know Metamorpho. That’s a testament to Mark Waid’s love of the DC Universe.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #13 Micro-Review – Refresher Course

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Batman Superman World's Finest 13, cover, March 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #13
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: March 21, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue dives into Metamorpho’s origin story. It’s a nice little refresher course for readers who aren’t familiar with him.

Waid, Mora, and Bonvillain also give us some quality work with Jimmy Olsen here. Hat-tip to them for that. A more modern take on Jimmy Olsen can be tough to get right. They do a pretty good job, though.

Also? Batgirl is in this issue. Very nice to see Mora and Bonvillain work on her.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #12 Micro-Review – One Bad Date

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Batman Superman World's Finest 12, cover, February 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #12
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade Von Grawbadger & Norm Rapmund (Inkers), Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Dan Mora. 
RELEASED: 
February 21, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is a comedic issue about a first (and presumably last) date between Supergirl and Robin. How comedic is it played? There’s an avalanche of bowling balls released from a truck into oncoming traffic. And it’s caused by a monkey.

As a point of trivia, I didn’t know Kara Zor-El and Dick Grayson were around the same age. I just naturally assumed she was younger than him.

Dan Mora is strictly on cover duty this month. But Lupacchino, Von Grawbadger, and Rapmund do a fine job. I’d be open to seeing more from them on this book.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11 Micro-Review – Leave ‘Em Wanting More

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Batman:Superman World's Finest 11, cover, January 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Considering the cliffhanger we got last issue, this “Strange Visitor” storyline ends pretty abruptly here. It seemed like there might have been a lot more meat on the bone. Better to leave them wanting more, I suppose?

This issue borrows an idea from Superman II that I don’t know if we’ve ever seen in the comics. Certainly not in recent history…

Mora and Bonvillain get to work on some fairly obscure villains in this issue. Zebra-Man? Acid Master? Bag O’ Bones? Sure! Why not?

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A Lazarus Planet: Alpha Micro-Review – Sexuality on Display

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Lazarus Planet Alpha, cover, January 2023, David Marquez, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Lazarus Planet: Alpha
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Gene Luen Yang
ARTISTS:
Riccardo Federici, Billy Tan, Brad Anderson (Colorist), Sebastian Cheng (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer), Janice Chiang (Letterer). Cover by David Marquez & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is gorgeously drawn by Riccardo Federici. Perhaps too well drawn in the case of Power Girl. Her sexuality is very much on display in this issue, and it…pulled focus. I can’t decide if that’s Federici accentuating it, or if that’s just her costume.

Supergirl’s newer costume, however, is great. The Girl of Steel actually stole the issue for me when she got pissed at a minion and (literally) clapped back.

I can’t say I’m super invested in this Lazarus Planet stuff. But this issue piqued my interest enough to bring me back for at least one more issue.

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A Batman vs. Robin #4 Micro-Review – A Misleading Title

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Batman vs Robin 4, cover, December 2022, Mahmud Asrar, Nathan FairbairnTITLE: Batman vs. Robin #4
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Mahmud Asrar, Scott Godlewski, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Those bat ears on the Helmet of Fate look ridiculous. Just my opinion. But I’m right.

We do get a little character-driven scrap between Bruce and Damian in this issue. But ultimately, Batman vs. Robin isn’t really about Batman and Robin. It’s a misleading title in that sense. The story is really about setting the table for next month’s Lazarus Planet event comic. I can’t say I’m swayed one way or another at this point. Just feeling misled.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10 Micro-Review – Dropping the Bombshell

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batmansuperman_worlds_finest_10_cover_december_2022_dan_moraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #10
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist) Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a big bombshell dropped at the end of this issue. I won’t spoil it, but it raises more than one intriguing question…

Waid is playing some of the same notes in this story that he did back in Irredeemable. It’s clear that, like the Plutonian, David/Boy Thunder is not emotionally equipped to be a superhero.

I didn’t expect the classic Teen Titans to be a regular fixture in this story. But I ain’t complainin’. It’s consistently a treat to see Mora draw them.

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A Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 Micro-Review – The Bro Hug

 

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Superman KAl-El Returns Special 1, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Sina Grace, Marv Wolfman, Alex Segura
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Dan Mora.

RELEASED: November 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue contains four short stories, most of which show us the immediate reactions certain characters have to Superman being back. The best of which, for my money, shows what may be Mark Waid’s best work on Superman and Batman since he’s been back with DC. He writes the two as close friends and confidants, which is a sensible approach given how long they’ve known each other.

Plus, they give each other a bro hug in the opening scene. A Superman/Batman bro hug? I never thought I’d see the day…

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