The Amazing Spider-Man #14 Micro-Review – Swinging Out (For Now…)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 14, cover, November 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Zeb WellsTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #14
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Marcio Menyz.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Good news first: This issue is a potpourri of great art from names like Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman, Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, and more. Truly a joy to look at…

That being said, this issue proved to be a jumping-off point for me. I have little to no interest in the Dark Web crossover stuff, and this issue did very little to pique my interest. That’s always the risk you run with crossover storylines. I’ll probably be back once the book is doing its own thing again.

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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 Star Wars: Yoda #1 Micro-Review – The Smoldering Jedi

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Star Wars Yoda 1, cover, November 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #1
AUTHOR: Cavan Scott
ARTISTS:
Nico Leon, Dono Sanchez-Almara (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nico Leon and Dono Sanchez-Almara really hit this one out of the park from an artistic perspective. Leon has a great handle on Yoda. There’s a gorgeous full-page shot of him, lightsaber lit, standing atop a smouldering surface.

And of course, I’m a sucker for Phil Noto drawing Star Wars. So I’m very pleased with the cover.

On the writing side of things, this is a pretty standard, yet still nice tale about Yoda saving a tribe of villagers from an evil force. It’s most of what you want and expect from a solo Yoda story.

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A Thunderbolts #4 Micro-Review – Moving in Two Directions

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #4 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Sean Izaakse, Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba (Co-Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Cover by Izaakse & Nolan Woodard.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It takes a lot of talent and versatility to be able to create art that can be slanted in either a serious or a humorous direction. In Thunderbolts #4, Sean Izaakse and Netho Diaz show they can do both in the span of one issue. That’s by no means a small feat.

This is our penultimate issue, but here’ hoping we see more of Zub’s take on this team. If for no other reason than I’m kind of in love with Eegro. He’s too much fun to fade into obscurity.

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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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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #7 Micro-Review – A (Quick) Prison Break!

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Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 7, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #7
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
Paul Fry, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: November 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Han Solo & Chewbacca continues to fire on all cylinders, delivering on the kind of rip-roaring adventures one pictures when they think of Han and Chewie’s pre-A New Hope antics. My biggest complaint is that the two-pronged story with Chewie in prison and Han marooned on a strange planet wraps up too quickly for my taste. But I suppose there’s something to be said for not overstaying your welcome.

Guggenheim, Fry, and this crew even manage to sell me on the inclusion of Ponda Baba and Doctor Evazan in the prison stuff. Well done, gentlemen.

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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 Fantastic Four #1 Micro-Review – A Fantastic Foundation

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Fantastic Four 1, cover, 2022, Alex RossTITLE: Fantastic Four #1
AUTHOR: Ryan North
ARTISTS:
Iban Coello, Jesus Aburtov (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Alex Ross.

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’m not sure what I expected when I opened this issue. But what we got? Mr. and Mrs. Ben Grimm trapped in a time loop in the middle of small town USA without any of the other members of the FF? That definitely wasn’t it…

But for the record, I’m not complaining. This is probably unlike first issue there’s ever been to a proper Fantastic Four series. The art by Coello and Aburtov is colorful and fun, and it sets a nice foundation with Ben and Alicia. It’s not what I expected. But I can’t hate on it.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #13 Micro-Review – Spidey’s Helmet

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The Amazing Spider-Man 13, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #13
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The high quality, high octane glider battle between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin(s) continues in this issue. I was surprised to learn along the way that the headpiece on this version of Spidey’s suit is a helmet. It seems obvious in hindsight, especially when you look at how it appears on the cover to this issue. But somehow I missed it…

Does this issue mark the beginning of the end for Norman Osborn’s attempt to be a good guy? I hope not. I’ve actually come to enjoy this little ride we’re on with him.

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Epic Covers: Fantastic Four #1 by Alex Ross

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s an argument to be made that every cover Alex Ross does is epic just because he’s Alex Ross.

But what sticks out to me about the cover to today’s Fantastic Four #1, as opposed to the various other covers Ross has recently done for Marvel, is that it’s a blaze of color. The effect is borderline psychedelic. Thus, not only do we have Ross’ pitch perfect renderings of our four heroes, but he’s taken a step outside the box with them. The FF have, for my money, rarely looked this good.

Fantastic Four 1, cover, 2022, Alex Ross

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