Toy Chest Theater: Cap and Krang by @radtoyologist

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Some toy shots make such a vivid impression that you can practically hear what one of the characters is saying in the image.

In this case of this one from @radtoyologist, it’s zombie Captain America, voiced by Chris Evans of course, groaning: “Braaaaaaaainsss.”

Zombie Captain America, Krang, @radtoyologist

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A Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2 Micro-Review – Lights in the Darkness

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Star Wars Obi-Wan 2, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Obi-Wan #2
AUTHOR: Christopher Cantwell
ARTISTS:
Luke Ross, Nolan Woodard (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Ross and Nolan Woodard’s art highlight this issue, as they have the not necessarily enviable task of depicting Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in an environment mostly devoid of light.

This issue didn’t blow me away from a plot perspective. But it did do a fine job of capturing the master/apprentice dynamic between our two heroes, which for my money was one of the better aspects of The Phantom Menace.

Marvel should really release a book of Phil Noto’s Star Wars work. The majority of it is just brilliant.

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The Variants #1 Micro-Review – One Woman, Multiple Shades

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The Variants 1, cover, 2022, Phil NotoTITLE: The Variants #1
AUTHOR: Gail Simone
ARTISTS:
Phil Noto, Cory Petit (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Gail Simone and Phil Noto was a team-up I never knew I needed. And yet, here we are. They’re both so damn good…

As the cover suggests, this story features multiple multiversal versions of Jessica Jones. My favorite part of the issue is a two-page spread where Simone and Noto play with that idea as Jessica tries on multiple shades of lipstick.

“Each one will make you a completely different person.”

See what they did there?

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A Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3 Micro-Review – Our Hero’s Daddy Issues

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TITLE: Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca #3
AUTHOR: Marc Guggenheim
ARTISTS:
David Messina, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: June 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue ends with an appearance from a Marvel character that recently made their live action debut on The Book of Boba Fett. I’m definitely hooked for issue #4.

Han Solo & Chewbacca has rebounded nicely after what I thought was an underwhelming first issue. Guggenheim has Han nailed from a depiction perspective. They’ve even managed to get me into the question “The Crystal Run” poses about Han’s father…

Because of course Han Solo has daddy issues. Star Wars is about that as much as anything else, isn’t it?

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Toy Chest Theater: Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Ant-Man is something of a regular here at “Toy Chest Theater.” We’ve seen him play with Baby Groot, confront Covid-19, and help the Statue of Liberty mask up.

This time, @pepitocarnvalj brings us Ant-Man at the breakfast table. Why he’s hiding I don’t know. But I can’t necessarily blame him for being cautious. How often do you want company before breakfast?

Ant-Man by @pepitocarnvalj

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An Amazing Spider-Man #4 Micro-Review – Blood and Authenticity

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Amazing Spider-Man 4, cover, 2022, John Romita JrTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #4
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Spidey is bleeding from the face in this issue, and naturally, the blood soaks through his mask. It looks a little splotchy in certain panels. But I appreciate the idea nonetheless.

Zeb Wells is as good as any author I’ve read in recent memory at writing the “Parker luck.” In other words, the weight of Peter’s responsibilities bearing down on him, and how he struggles (and often fails) to balance them all. It makes for a product that feels very authentic.

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Astonishing Art: RIP Tim Sale

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In honor of Tim Sale, who we lost yesterday at the age of 66, I now present just a small selection of his work. Sale’s work on Batman: The Long Halloween helped turn it into one of the most iconic Batman stories ever told, not to mention one of my favorites. But as you’ll see here, Sale’s work went far beyond the Dark Knight. The man could truly do it all, and the industry will miss him tremendously.

Thank you for the memories, Mr. Sale. And for all the truly amazing work.

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Toy Chest Theater: Chris Evans as Buzz Lightyear

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In honor of Lightyear coming out this week, I couldn’t help but share these images from @marvelousactionfigurespose. With a little bit of head swapping, he was able to put a live action Chris Evans into the Buzz Lightyear costume we all know so well. His poses come off very lifelike. Or in the case of the middle pic, very evocative of a comic book cover.

Go ahead. Look at these pics and try to sell me that Chris Evans couldn’t be a live action Buzz Lightyear. I’ll wait…

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An Amazing Spider-Man #3 Micro-Review – When Spidey Begs…

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The Amazing Spider-Man 3, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #3
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I knew next to nothing about the villain Tombstone coming into this issue. Coming out of it, I feel like I know him fairly well. Wells, Romita, and this creative team put him over like a million bucks here. After all, not every villain can make Spider-Man beg…

The beating Spidey takes in this issue has a certain grit to it that reminded me a little bit of Kick-Ass, another book of Romita’s. In this instance, that’s a good thing.

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A Star Wars #24 Micro-Review – A Villain’s Comeuppance

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Star Wars 24, cover, 2022, Carlo PagulayanTITLE: Star Wars #24
AUTHOR: Charles Soule
ARTISTS:
Ramon Rosanas, Madibek Musabekov, Rachelle Rosenberg (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Carlo Pagylayan, Jason Paz, & Rosenberg.

RELEASED: June 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue seems to wrap up the story of Commander Zahra, giving her a cathartic comeuppance that she so richly deserves. But you know how these things go with villains. They’re never gone unless you actually see a corpse. And even then, it’s not a guarantee.

To his credit, though, Soule does turn the end of Zahra’s story into something of a character moment for Leia. She’s tough as nails, and this issue reminds us of that in fairly grim fashion.

Massive credit to Rosanas (Or perhaps Musabekov?) for giving Zahra some great facial expressions on her final pages.

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