A Justice Society of America #2 Micro-Review – Scatterbrained

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Justice Society of America 2, cover, January 2023, Mikel JaninTITLE: Justice Society of America #2
AUTHOR: Geoff Johns
ARTISTS:
Mikel Janin, Jerry Ordway, Scott Kolins, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), John Kalisz (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This book still feels a little bit unfocused to me. We’re bouncing around the timestream a lot, which doesn’t necessarily allow us to invest in what we’re seeing. I’m still not ready to poo-poo the book just yet. But thus far it feels scatterbrained.

On the upside, Justice Society has been artistically beautiful. Mikel Janin gets to draw the classic JSA in this issue, which is cool to see.

Those classic JSA members are the ones we primarily bought this book to see, yes? It feels odd that Johns would withhold them from us as much as he has.

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The Flash #791 Micro-Review – They KILLED Her?!?

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The Flash 791, cover, January 2023, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #791
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Wellington Dias (Inker), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED: 
January 17, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Turns out they killed off a major character last issue. (It wasn’t made entirely clear.) On one hand, that’s pretty surprising. But on the other, 10 bucks says she’s alive again by the end.

This story has done a decent job so far of explaining why the Fraction are a group of bad guys that only the Flash family of heroes can fight. In normal alien invasion storylines in the DC Universe, you have inevitable questions like, “Why doesn’t Superman just stop them?” Those questions have been successfully neutralized here.

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The Flash #790 Micro-Review – Have We Seen These Aliens Before?

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The Flash 790, cover, January 2023, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #790
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Roger Cruz, Matt Banning & Wellington Dias (Inkers), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED: 
January 10, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As the cover suggests, the “One-Minute War” storyline starts with an alien invasion. Have we seen these particular aliens before? I don’t think we have…

Either way, the story is off to a strong start. A big one, too. We see mass destruction, and it looks like virtually every speedster will be involved here. Jeremy Adams, Roger Cruz, and the creative team are hitting the right notes, thus far.

I’m on a Taurin Clarke kick lately. I’m really digging his cover work on not just The Flash, but Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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The Flash #789 Micro-Review – Comfort Food

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The Flash 789, cover, December 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #789
AUTHORJeremy Adams
ARTISTS: 
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Matt Herms (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: December 20, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You know what The Flash is right now? Comfort food. At least for me. Between Wally West being back in the role, and the light and fun family dynamic at the center of things, it feels good to read The Flash these days. In an era where DC is trying to get back to more hopeful storytelling, this series is leading the pack.

Pasarin, Ryan, and Herms are also on point for this issue. Flash and the Rogues are all rendered damn near perfectly. There’s also a scene in the mayor’s office in which Pasarin excels with Flash’s body language.

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The Flash #788 Micro-Review – An Insane Mayor?!?

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The Flash 788, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #788
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS: 
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan (Inker), Matt Herms (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Deputizing the Rogues, as the new mayor of Central City does in this issue, makes for interesting story possibilities. And thankfully, the story realizes just how insane the whole thing is.

One of the most endearing things about this Jeremy Adams Flash run is how he writes Wally and Linda West. They’re almost impossibly in love. But not to the point that it’s grating. You root for them and their family. That’s a sign of quality writing. And Pasarin, Ryan, and Herms offer some quality art along with it.

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A Tim Drake: Robin #2 Micro-Review – Detective Comics

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Tim Drake Robin 2, cover, 2022, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #2
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

They’re leaning heavily into the whole “Tim Drake as a detective” thing. That’s not a bad approach, as his mind is what sets him aside from the other Robins. I’m just wondering if we need all the references to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, etc.

How long have Tim and his boyfriend Bernard been together? They’ve known each other a long time. But how long have they been a couple? I ask because Tim talks about wanting to share his life with Bernard. That seems a little heavy if they’ve only been together for a short time, doesn’t it?

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Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin #1 Micro-Review – The Underachiever

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TITLE: Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin #1
AUTHOR: John Ridley
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This one wasn’t quite as gripping as the Riddler or Two-Face issues. If you’re looking for something with more of a character-driven punch, I’d recommend Joker’s Asylum: Penguin #1 or Penguin: Pain and Predjudice.

Still, John Ridley is a respectable choice to take on the Penguin, as he excels at grounded, street-level stories. Camuncoli, Smith, and Prianto also turn in a respectable artistic performance. It’s not that this is a bad issue, per se. But it does underachieve compared to its predecessors.

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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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The Flash #785 Micro-Review – The Eyes Have It

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The Flash 785, cover, 2022, Taurin ClarkeTITLE: The Flash #785
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Taurin Clarke.
RELEASED:
August 16, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We see Barry Allen and Wally West running side by side in their Flash costumes in this issue. And as per usual, we see Barry’s eyes through his mask. But Wally simply has white slits. Why does Barry get his eyes and Wally doesn’t?

These are the things I think about, folks.

“The Search For Barry Allen” didn’t blow me away. But it was a nice little tie-in story with Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. It had some cool vintage-style art too. This issue in particular was also really cool for Linda Park-West.

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The Flash #783 Micro-Review – Finding Barry

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TITLE: The Flash #783
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS:
Amancay Nahuelpan, Jeromy Cox (Colorist), Rob Leigh (Letterer). Cover by Brandon Peterson & Michael Atiyeh.

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve picked up The Flash. So I’m coming in completely cold. Nevertheless, this first chapter of “The Search For Barry Allen” is pretty easy to digest. We’ve got various speedsters going into different timelines looking for the titular character. My favorite of which is a reality that’s essentially a Silver Age Flash comic.

So to differentiate between Wally West (The Flash) and Wallace West (Kid Flash), the latter apparently now goes by Ace? That’s…kinda clever. I like it.

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