A Superman: Son of Kal-El #18 Micro-Review – Superman vs. Twitter?

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TITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #18
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Scott Hanna (Co-Inker), Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: December 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

We learn in this issue that Red Sin, Jon Kent’s new enemy, has been posting hateful stuff about him on social media. Does that mean we’ve got Superman fighting a Twitter troll? Hey, seems like a perfectly despicable villain to me. Especially after all the fake outrage that was generated on social media after the revelation that Jon was bi.

The Justice League are rebuilding Jonathan and Martha Kent’s house when we open the issue. Martha wonders if the Justice League should be prioritizing them, and Wonder Woman replies that they are Justice League. I love that.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #14 Micro-Review – Swinging Out (For Now…)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 14, cover, November 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Zeb WellsTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #14
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Marcio Menyz.

RELEASED: November 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Good news first: This issue is a potpourri of great art from names like Terry Dodson, Ryan Stegman, Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, and more. Truly a joy to look at…

That being said, this issue proved to be a jumping-off point for me. I have little to no interest in the Dark Web crossover stuff, and this issue did very little to pique my interest. That’s always the risk you run with crossover storylines. I’ll probably be back once the book is doing its own thing again.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #13 Micro-Review – Spidey’s Helmet

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The Amazing Spider-Man 13, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #13
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 9, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The high quality, high octane glider battle between Spider-Man and the Hobgoblin(s) continues in this issue. I was surprised to learn along the way that the headpiece on this version of Spidey’s suit is a helmet. It seems obvious in hindsight, especially when you look at how it appears on the cover to this issue. But somehow I missed it…

Does this issue mark the beginning of the end for Norman Osborn’s attempt to be a good guy? I hope not. I’ve actually come to enjoy this little ride we’re on with him.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #12 Micro-Review – Sympathy For the Devil

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The Amazing Spider-Man 12, cover, 2022, Hobgoblin, John Romita Jr.TITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #12
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I love the idea of a glider fight between Spidey and Hobgoblin. To this issue’s credit, it really delivers on that idea.

So it’s been 12 issues now, and we have yet to really follow up on the revelation from issue #1 about Mary Jane’s family. Is that a let-down? Or is it simply long-term storytelling? Maybe both?

Norman Osborn seems to get more and more sympathetic with each issue. Zeb Wells deserves a lot of credit for that. It’s not easy to have sympathy for the devil. Even when he’s not acting like the devil…

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The Amazing Spider-Man #11 Micro-Review – Instant Heat

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The Amazing Spider-Man 11, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #11
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 12, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As relatively new parent, scenes where bad guys kidnap or generally mess with little children hit different now. So Hobgoblin got instant heat with me early in this issue.

I’ve been a critic of John Romita Jr’s in the past. But I will say this: He draws a really good Hobgoblin. He gives a great texture to the character’s costume.

Zeb Wells is doing a good job making Norman Osborn sympathetic, like someone who’s trying to genuinely redeem himself. Thus, it’ll be all the more heart-wrenching when he inevitably goes back to the dark side.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #10 Micro-Review – The Gwen Stacy Trick

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The Amazing Spider-Man 10, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #10
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Nick Dragotta, Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Menyz.

RELEASED: September 28, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

No, it’s not really Gwen. It’s Peter’s…memories of her? Or a vision of her? I dunno. This issue ties in with a bigger story Marvel is doing with the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals.

I’m not even that big a Spider-Man geek, and even I know that “the Gwen Stacy trick,” i.e. bringing Gwen back to try and pop a sales number, is beyond played out. I can’t even say this is a bad issue. But the stunt with Gwen feels so cheap that it practically ruins the issue. For me, at least.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #9 Micro-Review – Cut Me a Slice of that!

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The Amazing Spider-Man 9, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #9
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
Patrick Gleason, Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Menyz.
RELEASED:
September 14, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Patrick Gleason drawing both Spidey and Wolverine? Cut me a slice of that!

I wasn’t overly thrilled to see the X-Men in this issue, as I find their line of books is as impenetrable as ever for me as a novice to the mutant world. But still, having Spidey and MJ attend Krakoa’s Hellfire Gala is a fine way to bring them together.

Spidey wears a red and black suit to the affair, which apparently doubles as his equivalent to formal wear? I never knew he had a “black tie” costume…

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #15 Micro-Review – Bitch-Slapping Bendix

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Superman Son of Kal-El 15, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #15
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Scott Hanna (Co-Inker), Federico Blee & Matt Herms (Colorists), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.
RELEASED:
September 13, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a panel in this issue where Robin slaps Henry Bendix, and it’s drawn exactly like the old panel used for the “Batman slaps Robin” meme. I found that a little lame, notwithstanding that it really should have been Superman or Jay Nakamura that got the big punch on Bendix.

While this issue does manage to stick the landing at the end, things nonetheless feel rushed. I get the sense Taylor had to rush the ending to make way for the big crossover where Kal-El returns to Earth next month. Not ideal. But understandable.

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An Amazing Fantasy #1000 Micro-Review – Spidey at 60

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Amazing Fantasy 1000, cover, 2022, John Romita JrTITLE: Amazing Fantasy #1000
AUTHORS: Various
ARTISTS
: Various. Cover by John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED:
August 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of great stuff here. As is always the case with big anthology issues like this, what stands out usually comes down to a reader’s personal tastes.

I myself was partial to the “Sinister 60th” story by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung, which sees an older Peter Parker get a look at Spider-Man’s legacy on his 60th birthday.

Neil Gaiman also has a story in here that includes a really nice hat-tip to Steve Ditko, the original Spider-Man artist.

Bottom line: If you’re a Spidey fan, you’re bound to find something in here you like.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #8 Micro-Review – High Altitude, High Velocity

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The Amazing Spider-Man #8, cover, 2022, John Romita Jr, Scott Hanna, Marcio MenyzTITLE: The Amazing Spider-Man #8
AUTHOR: Zeb Wells
ARTISTS:
John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna (Inker), Marcio Menyz (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 24, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

As I’ve indicated previously, I really dig this cover. It’s the best Romita has put out for this series thus far.

There’s a cool high altitude, high velocity struggle between Spidey and the Vulture in this issue. Very enjoyable, and again, some of the best work Romita has turned in since he returned to the character.

As this new dynamic between Peter Parker and Norman Osborn continues to progress, I keep coming back to that “so smart it makes you dumb” quote about Peter from issue #2. This is not going to end well…

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