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A Detective Comics #1037 Micro-Review – Secret Identity Blown?!?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Detective Comics 1037, Lee Bermejo variant cover, 2021TITLE: Detective Comics #1037
AUTHORS: Mariko Tamaki, John Ridley
ARTISTS: Victor Bogdanovic, Karl Mostert, Dustin Nguyen, Jonathan Glapion (Co-Inker), Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), John Kalisz (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer), Rob Leigh (Letterer), Tom Napolitano. Variant cover by Lee Bermejo.
RELEASED: June 8, 2021

There’s a weird error in this issue. Mr. Worth, a new villain, is hunting Bruce Wayne. He asks aloud, “Where are you, Wayne?” Batman then pops out and says, “Here!” Kind of gives away the whole secret identity thing, doesn’t it?

John Ridley and Dustin Nguyen do a back-up story this time around. As far as I’m concerned, both of them are always welcome in Batman’s world. Naturally, it serves as a precursor to The Next Batman.

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A Compass #1 Micro-Review – Breezing into History

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Compass 1, cover, 2021Justin GreenwoodTITLE: Compass #1
AUTHORS: Robert Mackenzie, David Walker
ARTISTS: Justin Greenwood, Daniela Miwa (Colorist), Simon Bowland (Letterer). Cover by Greenwood & Brad Simpson.
RELEASED: June 15, 2021

This first issue has an Indiana Jones vibe to it. It’s light on dialogue and exposition early on, and heavy on the action. As such, it’s a breeze to get into.

If historical fiction is your flavor, then Compass might be for you. All the more if you’re into strong female characters. It takes a bit of time to catch up with the history element. But once you do, you realize this series has a lot of promise.

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The Joker #4 Micro-Review – Lady Bane? She-Bane?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Joker 4, cover, 2021, Guillem MarchTITLE: The Joker #4
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Ariana Maher (Letterer)
RELEASED: June 8, 2021

The Joker has featured the debut of Bane’s daughter Vengeance. I like her design a lot. Particularly in how her mask resembles the one Bane wore when he first appeared in the ’90s.

I’m split on whether I like the name Vengeance. When I opened this issue I was calling her Lady Bane in error, but that’s not a horrible name. Joker actually calls her She-Bane here. That one is…less inspired.

The Punchline back-up is still coming out flat for me, despite the presence of Harper Row/Bluebird.

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A Batman #109 Micro-Review – Those Damn Distractions

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman 109, cover, 2021, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #109
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV,
ARTISTS: Jorge Jimenez, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: June 1, 2021

The stuff we’re getting with Harley Quinn and Ghost-Maker is still feeling like a distraction from what should be our main plot threads. Namely, Batman becoming a financially middle-class superhero, the Scarecrow terrorizing Gotham, and Simon Saint’s tightening grip on the city. I trust Tynion. But it still feels tedious.

Random question: How does having the use of her legs again fundamentally change Barbara Gordon’s Oracle persona, if at all? I’m still getting used to the wheelchair not being there.

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A Justice League #62 Micro-Review – Flash and…No Subtance?

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Justice League 62, cover, 2021, David MarquezTITLE: Justice League #62
AUTHOR: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
ARTISTS: David Marquez, Xermanico, Ivan Plascencia (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed (Letterer), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Marquez & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: June 1, 2021

I’m liking how Naomi-centric Bendis’ Justice League run is, thus far. That said, much of this issue consists of a big fight between the League and Brutus, Bendis’ banter-spouting villain. So there’s not much of substance in this particular issue.

On the upside, we get a nice little character moment for Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mother, as she confides in the Flash.

The Justice League Dark back-up still does nothing for me. *sigh* Is it me? Did I do something wrong?

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A Batman/Catwoman #5 Micro-Review – Selina Gets Drunk…For Some Reason

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman:Catwoman 5, cover, 2021, Clay MannTITLE: Batman/Catwoman #5
AUTHOR: Tom King
ARTISTS: Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED: June 1, 2021

In this issue we get a confrontation between old lady Selina Kyle and old lady Harley Quinn. Turns out, even in her old age, Harley is still fixated on the Joker. Kinda sad, actually.

We also get drunk Selina in the present-day. That’s…unexpected.

Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey continue to give us a pretty great lookin’ Phantasm. But I’m starting to wonder if this is one of those stories that’s better when you consume the whole thing in one or two sittings, as opposed to monthly increments. Because the latter method is starting to not work for me.

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A Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two Micro-Review – Owl Season

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman the Adventures Cotinue Season Two, cover, 2021, Riley RossmoTITLE: Batman: The Adventures Continue – Season Two #1
AUTHOR: Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
ARTISTS: Ty Templeton, Monica Cubina (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Riley Rossmo.
RELEASED: June 1, 2021

Great to have this book back for another “season.” Burnett, Dini, and the team are kicking things off with their “animated” take on the Court of Owls. Thus far, there isn’t anything distinct about it compared to the version Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo created. For my money, that’s a drawback. But of course, it’s early yet.

They also kill off a long-standing minor character from the show, which was a surprise. I didn’t necessarily appreciate that. But again, it’s early. Let’s see how things play out…

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A TMNT: The Last Ronin #3 Micro-Review – A Grumpy Old Turtle

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TMNT The Last Ronin 3, cover, 2021TITLE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #3
AUTHORS: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Tom Waltz
ARTISTS: Eastman, Esau & Isaac Escorza, Ben Bishop, Luis Delgado (Colorist), Shawn Lee (Letterer)
RELEASED: May 26, 2021

These Last Ronin books are all great looking. But for yours truly, the most interesting artistic element is how our lead character looks as that grizzled old man. It’s not often you get to see the Ninja Turtles age, as they’re obviously prominently portrayed as teenagers. So to see the line and ink work on an older, more ragged Ninja Turtle is interesting.

From a story perspective, I’m ready for the action to start up again. Hopefully that’s what they give us next time.

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A Robin #2 Micro-Review – Damian Cuts Loose

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Robin 2, cover, 2021, Gleb MelnikovTITLE: Robin #2
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS: Gleb Melnikov, Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Troy Peteri (Letterer)
RELEASED: May 25, 2021

There’s a sequence in this book where Damian gets to let loose and kill a bunch of enemy combatants (They come back.). Have we seen that before? That feels like the kind of thing we should have seen before.

The initial supporting cast for Robin is pretty strong, and includes the likes of Ravager and Connor Hawke. We meet several other supporting players in this issue. Williamson is doing a really nice job setting up a story that’s fun, but also has a good amount of meat to it.

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A Joker #3 Micro-Review – Wrong Turns

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: The Joker #3
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS: Guillem March, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Variant cover by Gary Frank.
RELEASED: May 11, 2021

The main story in Joker takes a couple of turns in issue #3 that I’m not too fond of at first glance. The first is that it rehashes The Killing Joke, which is a trick that’s beyond tired at this point. The second is bringing Jim Gordon and the Joker together too soon. I was hoping to see the Gordon’s manhunt continue for another one or two issues.

Still, the book is still on track. And there is plenty of intrigue in the Jim Gordon and Joker team-up we’re about to see…

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