An X-Terminators #2 Micro-Review – The Sharpshooter Applied!

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X-Terminators 2, cover, 2022, Federico Vicentini, Matt MillaTITLE: X-Terminators #2 (of 5)
AUTHOR: Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Carlos Gomez, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Federico Vincentini & Matt Milla.

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

X-Terminators continues to be fun. Even sexy, albeit in a low-brow sort of way.

This issue has a little bit of a pro wrestling flavor to it, to the point that Dazzler gets the Sharpshooter submission hold placed on her. That move hurts. I know from experience.

I also genuinely laughed at an exchange between Jubilee and Boom-Boom. The former mentions hubris, and the latter asks how she can be talking about circumcision at a time like this…

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The Flash #787 Micro-Review – “Macho Man” Randy Savage…?

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The Flash 787, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #787
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is a fun little one-off about the Flash encountering an intergalactic, multiversal pro wrestling group. His tag team partner (shown on the cover) seems to be a purple amalgamation of Hulk Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Magnum T.A. There’s even a championship belt that looks like the classic Intercontinental Title.

As a wrestling fan, I found this one to be fun. Not too serious, and not the most dramatic Flash issue I’ve ever read. But still fun.

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A Do A Powerbomb! #5 Micro-Review – “No DQ, Barb Wire, Ladder, Falls Count Anywhere…”

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Do A Powerbomb! 5, cover, 2022, Daniel Warren JohnsonTITLE: Do A Powerbomb! #5 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Daniel Warren Johnson
ARTISTS:
Johnson, Mike Spicer (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Most of this issue consists of a “no disqualification, barb wire, ladder, falls count anywhere deathmatch.” In other words, a giant, bloody, violent fight. And yet the interesting thing? Most of what we see here has actually been done by real wrestlers. I’m not sure what that says about the wrestling industry.

Either way, Do A Powerbomb! remains chock full of fun. Especially for wrestling fans. What’s more, the drama takes an unexpected turn near the end. It’s a shame this story is only seven issues. It feels like it has a lot more juice left in it than that.

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A Do A Powerbomb! #4 Micro-Review – “Taste My Lariat of Steel!”

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Do A Powerbomb! 4, cover, 2022, Daniel Warren JohnsonTITLE: Do A Powerbomb #4 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Daniel Warren Johnson
ARTISTS:
Johnson, Mike Spicer (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)

RELEASED: September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The big guy in the helmet on the cover does a move in this issue called the “Lariat of Steel.” That name needs to be used in WWE or AEW. Or somewhere. It’s too good to sit on the shelf.

On the other hand, there’s a tandem move called the “Coin Pouch of Judas.” Is that a reference to what I think it is? It must be.

The issue closes on a pretty bad-ass shot of Cobrasun, as he prepares to go hardcore next issue.

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A Do A Powerbomb! #3 Micro-Review – Orangabang!

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Do A Powerbomb! 3, cover, 2022, Daniel Warren JohnsonTITLE: Do A Powerbomb! #3 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Daniel Warren Johnson
ARTISTS:
Johnson, Mike Spicer (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In you want to endear your heroes to your audience, have them save a puppy. Tom Taylor did it in Nightwing. Daniel Warren Johnson does it here. Works every time.

Said heroes wrestle a team of orangutans in this issue. They’re collectively named “Orangabang.” That is simply awesome. What’s more, they’re sympathetic characters! Now that’s writing, right there!

There’s a video game quality to the wrestling we see here. I’ll allow it…considering this book has things like giant orangutans in it.

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A Do A Powerbomb! #2 Micro-Review – Feeling It (and Hearing It)

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Do A Powerbomb 2, cover, 2022, Daniel Warren JohnsonTITLE: Do A Powerbomb #2 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Daniel Warren Johnson
ARTISTS:
Johnson, Mike Spicer (Colorist), Rus Wooton (Letterer)

RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s fun to read Do A Powerbomb as a wrestling fan, because it’s obvious when reading it that Daniel Warren Johnson is one too. Cast in point, he incorporates actual weapons used in death match wrestling into this issue. Barbed wire, a fork, fluorescent light tubes, etc.

The “choreography” of the wrestling matches is also very well done. There are a couple of panels in this issue where one wrestler hits another with a chop to the chest, and the impact is depicted very well. You can almost feel (and hear) it.

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Weekly Comic 100s: MMPR/TMNT, Over the RopesBatman

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
AUTHOR:Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS: Simone di Meo, Walter Baiamonte (Colorist), Igor Monti (Color Assistant), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer). Variant cover by Goni Montes.
RELEASED: December 4, 2019

Surprisingly, they don’t go the trans-dimensional portal route with this one. This book seemingly has the Rangers and the Turtles living in the same universe. So…does that mean these are the Next Mutation Turtles that go on to meet the Space Rangers? *gulp*

This looks like it’s going to be a pretty standard first-time team-up story. The two teams start out against one another, then work together to face the enemy. But our heroes are in good hands with Ryan Parrott and Simone di Meo.

God damn, those Goni Montes covers are instantly iconic…

TITLE: Over the Ropes #1
AUTHOR: Jay Sandlin, Francesco Segala (Colorist), Justin Birch (Letterer).
ARTISTS: Antonello Cosentino
RELEASED: December 5, 2019

“Wrestling is like religion. You get it or you don’t.”

That’s amazing. Both as an opening line, and a simple philosophy regarding pro wrestling.

Wrestling comics have never really done it for me. Which makes no sense, of course. They’re my two big interests, yet I don’t like them together. But Over the Ropes held my interest, at least. They start off seemingly going with a standard “underdog’s quest for the title” story, but then we get a twist that shakes everything up.

I’ve got a good feeling about this one. I’ll be back for issue #2.

TITLE: Batman #84
AUTHOR:
Tom King
ARTISTS:
Jorge Fornes, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.
RELEASED:
December 4, 2019

We should have gotten this content several months ago. It wouldn’t have saved “City of Bane,” but it would have added some valuable depth to Thomas Wayne.

This book consists mostly of flashbacks, but done in reverse order. We start with the Flashpoint Batman’s recent actions in Gotham City, and go all the way back to before young Bruce Wayne was murdered. (See Flashpoint.)

The reverse order thing is cute in theory, but I found it tough to follow. It didn’t always jog the memories it was supposed to. You might be better off reading this issue back to front.

TITLE: Young Justice #11
AUTHOR: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTISTS: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer)
RELEASED: December 4, 2019

A decent issue. But it left me with some questions…

So let’s say I get transported elsewhere in the multiverse. Then somebody goes back in time and causes a dramatic temporal shift, altering the course of the world, and my life with it. If I’m elsewhere in the multiverse when that happens, am I somehow unaffected? Wouldn’t my memories change? And if/when I come back to my now altered world, does my mere presence restore their memories of me from the prior timeline? Do the ripples caused by a said shift not reach across the multiverse?

Asking for a friend.

TITLE: Collapser #6
AUTHORS: Mikey Way, Shaun Simon
ARTISTS:
Ilias Kyriazis, Cris Peter (Colorist), Simon Bowland (Letterer)
RELEASED:
December 4, 2019

You know what sucks? When you really get into a new series, and then remember it’s not a series. It’s a six-issue mini. Rrrrgh.

Either way, Collapser wound up being pretty damn good. This is a book you can hold up as an example of what the Young Animal imprint is capable of, and how it’s different. In terms of both writing and art.

Here’s what I will say: This issue felt a little rushed. I’m inclined to think that means they had a bit more story they could have told. If that’s the case, it’s a cryin’ shame.

TITLE: Lois Lane #6
AUTHOR: Greg Rucka
ARTISTS: Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb (Colorist), Simon Bowland (Letterer)
RELEASED: December 4, 2019

This issue is all about the death of General Sam Lane, Lois’ father, in Event Leviathan. Perhaps fittingly, the pre-New 52 Sam Lane was killed off in an event comic as well. The poor guy is just snake bit…

It’s frustrating that we’ve brought the story to a full stop just so we could lament the death of Sam Lane. But with the exception of an awkwardly drawn facial expression Lois has while accepting an American flag at the funeral, the issue is at least done well. It also sticks its landing with a genuinely touching final page.

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