A Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 Micro-Review – The Spider-Man of Milwaukee?

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Miles Morales Spider-Man 3, cover, February 2023, Dike Ruan, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3
AUTHOR: Cody Ziglar
ARTISTS:
Federico Vicentini, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Dike Ruan & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: 
February 1, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue goes by pretty fast. But it does give us a backstory for our villain, who we see on the cover. It’s a pretty good one, too. One that, in hindsight, I’m surprised wasn’t thought of sooner.

A thought has stuck with me through these last three issues: Does New York City really need two Spider-Men? Couldn’t Miles have branched out to another city? Like say, Milwaukee? (Which happens to be the closest major city to me.) I mean, Milwaukee could be ripe with supervillains! All dying for a chance to steal that statue of the Fonz

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A Star Wars: Sana Starros #1 Micro-Review – A Family Adventure

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Star Wars Sana Starros 1, cover, February 2023, Ken Lashley, Juan FernandezTITLE: Star Wars: Sana Starros #1
AUTHOR: Justina Ireland
ARTISTS:
Pere Perez, Jay David Ramos (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Ken Lashley & Juan Fernandez.
RELEASED:
February 1, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This is a solid start. A good jumping on point for Sana’s adventures, especially because you don’t need to know a great deal about her exploits with Han Solo or Doctor Aphra to get settled in.

Justina Ireland knows this universe well, having penned several Star Wars novels. In this issue she starts a story with an unexpected center: Family. I can’t say I expected this series to be a family adventure, but Ireland succeeds in getting us invested. I’ll be back for more.

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A Scarlet Witch #2 Micro-Review – Equally Enthralled

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TITLE: Scarlet Witch #2
AUTHORS: Steve Orlando, Stephanie Williams
ARTISTS:
Sara Pichelli, Chris Allen, Elisabetta D’Amico (Inking Assistant), Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Dee Cunniffe (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Russell Dauterman.
RELEASED:
February 1, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Last month I was enthralled by how Sara Pichelli rendered Wanda. This month I’m equally enthralled with her take on Viv Vision. She leans into the character’s machine side, making her look more mechanical than many other artists do.

Storm appears alongside Wanda in a back-up tale this month. Has she ever, historically, been portrayed as a character with magic abilities in addition to mutant ones? That’s what this issue states. But I’ve never heard of that. Fittingly Storm is also rendered beautifully by Chris Allen.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #3 Micro-Review – Yoda Out Yonder

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TITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #3
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

The book’s inaugural story wraps up here. I  haven’t necessarily been enthralled with the story up to this point. But Scott, Leon, and their crew stuck the landing with this story about a conflict between two alien races, and an ending that feels true to what the Jedi Order fight for. This is the strongest Star Wars: Yoda has been yet.

Leon and Sanchez-Almara’s renderings of Yoda really stood out to me this month. They may have a better handle on the character than any team I’ve seen recently.

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An X-Terminators #5 Micro-Review – Roller Skates and Booty Shorts

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X-Terminators 5, cover, January 2023, Federico Vicentini, Matt MillaTITLE: X-Terminators #5
AUTHOR: Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Carlos Gomez, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Federico Vicentini & Matt Milla.
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dazzler spends most of this issue in roller skates and booty shorts. Based on what we’ve seen in the previous four issues, that seems about right.

I’m sad to see this miniseries end. It indulged in the cheesecake quite a bit, but it still managed to be a hell of a lot of fun. Like a good buddy-action-comedy for the ladies. I’m not sure how likely it is, but I’d definitely be up for more!

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The Invincible Iron Man #2 Micro-Review – A Flat-Out Lie

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The Invincible Iron Man 2, cover, January 2023, Kael NguTITLE: The Invincible Iron Man #2
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kael Ngu.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover is a flat-out lie. A beautifully drawn and colored lie, but a lie nonetheless. Ironheart is in this issue. But she and Tony do not, in fact, go “one-on-one.”

Naturally, the plot thickens in this issue in regard to the plot to kill Tony Stark. I can’t say I was particularly moved one way or the other on this one. Much like issue #1, issue #2 was just sort of…there. I’m waiting for business to pick up.

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9 Micro-Review – Drawn From Life

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 9, cover, January 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #9
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS: 
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

David Messina and Alex Sinclair make a great team on this book. I especially enjoy Messina’s renderings of Chewbacca, as he’s got a great handle on the big guy.

I was less impressed with a rendering of Han late in the issue, which is clearly drawn with reference to a still from The Empire Strikes Back. I can’t help it. Stuff like that pulls me right out of an issue.

Still, the series remains fun. It’s near the top of my stack when it comes out.

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A Daredevil #7 Micro-Review – Hobo Daredevil?

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TITLE: Daredevil #7
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Rafael De Latorre, Marco Checchetto, Elizabetta D’Amico (Inker), Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Checchetto & Wilson.
RELEASED: January 11, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The jury is out for me on on Daredevil’s bearded look. His costume has a hood these days, and it sometimes makes him look like “Hobo Daredevil.” Not that a hobo couldn’t kick ass, of course…

So does the Punisher not use guns anymore? I’m pretty behind on Frank Castle’s business, as I’m not his biggest fan. But I like that he’s using swords instead of guns. Gun’s are a coward’s weapon. There, I said it.

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Alex Ross Spotlight: Spider-Man and The Electric Company

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It all started with Spider-Man.

Alex Ross has that in common with a lot of comic book fans, who were drawn to Spidey as their first superhero. But for Ross, it wasn’t a comic book or a cartoon or a movie that introduced him to the character. It was The Electric Company, a PBS show meant to teach children about reading, that opened the door to Spider-Man, and by extension a lifetime love of comic books and superheroes.

“Spider-Man was the opening door,” Ross said in Marvelocity: The Marvel Comics Art of Alex Ross. “That was the first time I had seen him – or anyone had – in three dimensions, and in action. It was weird and stilted, but it was thrilling: There he was, the costume was vibrant, he was alive! I hadn’t seen the comics yet, but soon did, and that led to all the other characters: Cap and the rest of the Avengers, the Green Goblin, the Invaders. It was amazing to me.”

Ross would later elaborate on the importance of Spider-Man in his love of superheroes via a YouTube video

“If I had seen Superman or Batman or anybody else before then, I can’t recall it … But I was just knocked out. I thought he was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. And I wanted to dress up like him and I wanted to draw him. … Once I saw Spider-Man at the age of four my interest turned really sharply in that direction. And so for the remainder of my life I was drawing characters focusing around superhero themes.”

The Spider-Man costume in particular would impact Ross, and his perception of superheroes at large.

“It was just transformative – that completely covered body, no trace of exposed flesh, was the most exciting thing I’d ever seen,” he said in Marvelocity. “Spider-Man was the design for me, by which all others would be measured.”

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A Scarlet Witch #1 Micro-Review – A Hollow Cliffhanger?

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TITLE: Scarlet Witch #1
AUTHOR: Steve Orlando
ARTISTS:
Sara Pichelli, Elisa D’Amico (Inking Assitant), Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Russell Dauterman.
RELEASED: 
January 4, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What jumped out at me about this issue immediately was that Wanda, Darcy Lewis (based partially off the Kat Dennings character from the MCU), and the other main characters look like they were drawn from life. Whether Sara Pichelli is doing that or not (I’m assuming not), they all look like they exist in the real world, as opposed to being drawings. It’s a pleasure to see.

This issue’s cliffhanger might be hollow for those who haven’t read books like Tom King’s The Vision, or perhaps Mark Waid’s run on Champions. But if you have, it’s a damn good one.

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