A Star Wars: Yoda #5 Micro-Review – A Planet of the Apes Vibe

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Star Wars Yoda 5, cover, March 2023, Phil NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #5
AUTHOR: Jody Houser
ARTISTS: Luke Ross, Nolan Woodard (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.
RELEASED: March 15, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Luke Ross is a tremendous Star Wars artist at large, beyond simply drawing an amazing Yoda. There are a lot of wookiees in this issue, and Ross does a fine job making them distinct from Chewbacca. I get a little bit of a Planet of the Apes vibe, which works for me.

As a longtime Star Wars geek, I appreciate Houser incorporating the feud between wookiees and Trandoshans into this story. That’s been a part of Star Wars lore for a long time, dating back to a feud between Chewbacca and Bossk.

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A Star Wars: Yoda #4 Micro-Review – A Young Christopher Lee

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Star Wars Yoda 4, cover, February 2023, Phill NotoTITLE: Star Wars: Yoda #4
AUTHOR: Jody Houser
ARTISTS: 
Luke Ross, Nolan Woodard (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Phil Noto.

RELEASED: February 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For Count Dooku, this issue’s artistic team do a nice job evoking a young Christopher Lee, all while giving him a look (i.e. hair and beard style) he apparently never adopted in his real life.

By virtue of a young Dooku being present, this story might make a nice companion to some of those Tales of the Jedi shorts that came out on Disney+ awhile back.

Luke Ross draws an absolutely amazing Yoda. The level of detail he injects into the character is stellar.

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A Thunderbolts #5 Micro-Review – Series, Please!

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Thunderbolts 5, cover, December 2022, Sean Izaakse, Nolan WoodwardTITLE: Thunderbolts #5 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Sean Izaakse, Netho Diaz, Victor Nava (Co-Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Joe Sabino (Letterer). Cover by Izaakse & Nolan Woodard. 
RELEASED: 
December 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue wraps things up fairly quickly. It had to, as unfortunately, it’s the end of this Thunderbolts miniseries.

Supposedly, this isn’t the end for this team, as we’ll be seeing them elsewhere in the Marvel Universe. But I’d pick up an ongoing series with these creators and these characters. The Hawkeye stuff alone has enough legs to carry a book. And of course, I love me some Eegro the Unbreakable.

The way Zub balances the comedic and the dramatic is the key to the formula that makes his incarnation of Thunderbolts work. Here’s hoping we do, indeed, see more.

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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 Thunderbolts #3 Micro-Review – Super-Powered Intelligent Talking Russian Primates

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TITLE: Thunderbolts #3
AUTHOR: Jim Zub
ARTISTS:
Netho Diaz, Victor Olazaba (Inker), Java Tartaglia (Colorist), Ariana Maher & Cory Petit (Letterers). Cover by Sean Izaakse & Nolan Woodard.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That’s right, folks: Super-powered intelligent talking Russian primates. Unleashed at a zoo, no less. At least they’re not slingin’ poo…

Things get a little more serious this month, as Hawkeye, Spectrum, and Gutsen Glory (Yes, that’s really  his name.) come into conflict over leadership of the team. This book is on the comedic side, for sure. But it’s nice to see that Zub and this team can crank up the interpersonal drama too.

And yes, I still love Eegro the Unbreakable. More Eegro, please.

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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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