A Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3 Micro-Review – The Spider-Man of Milwaukee?

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Miles Morales Spider-Man 3, cover, February 2023, Dike Ruan, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #3
AUTHOR: Cody Ziglar
ARTISTS:
Federico Vicentini, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Dike Ruan & Alejandro Sanchez.
RELEASED: 
February 1, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue goes by pretty fast. But it does give us a backstory for our villain, who we see on the cover. It’s a pretty good one, too. One that, in hindsight, I’m surprised wasn’t thought of sooner.

A thought has stuck with me through these last three issues: Does New York City really need two Spider-Men? Couldn’t Miles have branched out to another city? Like say, Milwaukee? (Which happens to be the closest major city to me.) I mean, Milwaukee could be ripe with supervillains! All dying for a chance to steal that statue of the Fonz

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A Scarlet Witch #2 Micro-Review – Equally Enthralled

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TITLE: Scarlet Witch #2
AUTHORS: Steve Orlando, Stephanie Williams
ARTISTS:
Sara Pichelli, Chris Allen, Elisabetta D’Amico (Inking Assistant), Matthew Wilson (Colorist), Dee Cunniffe (Colorist), Cory Petit (Letterer). Cover by Russell Dauterman.
RELEASED:
February 1, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Last month I was enthralled by how Sara Pichelli rendered Wanda. This month I’m equally enthralled with her take on Viv Vision. She leans into the character’s machine side, making her look more mechanical than many other artists do.

Storm appears alongside Wanda in a back-up tale this month. Has she ever, historically, been portrayed as a character with magic abilities in addition to mutant ones? That’s what this issue states. But I’ve never heard of that. Fittingly Storm is also rendered beautifully by Chris Allen.

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The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 – Miscellaneous Information Dumping Ground

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The Flash One-Minute War Special 1, cover, January 2023, Serg AcunaTITLE: The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1
AUTHOR: Jeremy Adams
ARTISTS: Various. Cover by Serg Acuna.
RELEASED: 
January 31, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

There’s a lot of good information in here, including the origin of our villains, which expands the scope of this One-Minute War story. At certain points it sort of comes off like a miscellaneous information dumping ground. In other words, this is where Jeremy Adams put a lot of the exposition he couldn’t fit into the ongoing narrative of the story for fear of slowing it down. Makes sense.

On the downside, none of the heroes we see on the cover actually appear in the issue. That kind of thing always annoys me.

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AN MMPR/TMNT II #2 Micro-Review – The Witch in Leather

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MMPR:TMNT II 2, cover, January 2023, Dan MoraTITLE: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2
AUTHOR: Ryan Parrott
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Raul Angulo (Colorist), Ed Dukeshire (Letterer)
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“Ranger X” is the name of Rita Repulsa’s new brainwashed Power Ranger. That’s a cool name for a Ranger…

Between this book and the storyline in the MMPR ongoing right now, there seems to be an impetus to put Rita in tight leather outfits. What’s the deal with that?

The TMNT and MMPR worlds seem much more integrated in this book. For instance, there’s talk of there being Rangers in Dimension X’s past. The two teams even shout “Power-Bunga!” together. Not sure how I feel about that last one.

Either way, Mora and Angulo make it all look epic.

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An X-Terminators #5 Micro-Review – Roller Skates and Booty Shorts

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X-Terminators 5, cover, January 2023, Federico Vicentini, Matt MillaTITLE: X-Terminators #5
AUTHOR: Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Carlos Gomez, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Travis Lanham (Letterer). Cover by Federico Vicentini & Matt Milla.
RELEASED: 
January 25, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Dazzler spends most of this issue in roller skates and booty shorts. Based on what we’ve seen in the previous four issues, that seems about right.

I’m sad to see this miniseries end. It indulged in the cheesecake quite a bit, but it still managed to be a hell of a lot of fun. Like a good buddy-action-comedy for the ladies. I’m not sure how likely it is, but I’d definitely be up for more!

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A Tim Drake: Robin #5 Micro-Review – A Salty Nemesis

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Tim Drake Robin 5, cover, January 2023, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #5
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Josh Reed (Letterer). Cover by Ortiz.
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I like the idea of Tim getting his own arch nemesis. A Professor Moriarty to his Sherlock Holmes, etc. That’s what much of this story, and this issue in particular, build toward. The route the issue takes toward the reveal of our nemesis is a little befuddling, as it’s got a bunch of salt monsters, and a moment where Tim has to make himself vomit. But I like the destination we got to.

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, who’s been our cover artist, does some interior work here. Thankfully, his style is similar enough to Rossmo’s that it works out okay.

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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 Invincible Iron Man #2 Micro-Review – A Flat-Out Lie

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The Invincible Iron Man 2, cover, January 2023, Kael NguTITLE: The Invincible Iron Man #2
AUTHOR: Gerry Duggan
ARTISTS:
Juan Frigeri, Bryan Valenza (Colorist), Joe Caramagna (Letterer). Cover by Kael Ngu.
RELEASED: 
January 18, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

That cover is a flat-out lie. A beautifully drawn and colored lie, but a lie nonetheless. Ironheart is in this issue. But she and Tony do not, in fact, go “one-on-one.”

Naturally, the plot thickens in this issue in regard to the plot to kill Tony Stark. I can’t say I was particularly moved one way or the other on this one. Much like issue #1, issue #2 was just sort of…there. I’m waiting for business to pick up.

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An Action Comics #1051 Micro-Review – Family, Quality, and a Boob Joke

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Action Comics 1051, cover, January 24, 2023TITLE: Action Comics #1051
AUTHORS: Philip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Leah Williams
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Dan Mora. 
RELEASED: 
January 24, 2023

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman having an extended “family” the way someone like Batman does. To me, it ruins his whole “Last Son of Krypton” thing. But damn, look at that cover. At least Dan Mora makes them look good.

There’s an “untold chapter” in this issue from Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks’ Lois and Clark series. It’s quality, just like that series was.

Power Girl also gets a spotlight story in this issue, complete with a boob joke. Because I guess we can’t have a Power Girl story without at least one boob joke. Oye…

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Alex Ross Spotlight: The Mask of Batman

Batman, eyes, Alex RossBy Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

What’s the right way to portray Batman’s eyes in a real-world scenario? Should the mask have eyeholes that are smaller, and come right up to the eyelids? Or is it the standard set by Tim Burton’s Batman movie, in which the eyeholes are larger, but black make-up around the eyes creates the illusion of a tighter fit?

For Alex Ross the answer, in a sense, is both.

“I wanted it to look like it was just like make up on a face,” Ross said via YouTube video. “That it wasn’t this three-dimensional thing jumping off a human being, but that it was as close to his skin, like as if a human being becoming Batman is just more of a transformation. It’s less about what’s plausible and more about what matches what the comics always did, which is they treat costumes as really just naked skin painted. And that’s what I thought artistically was desired about Batman, not the practicality of, ‘Well how well will that mask take a gunshot?’ Well, it ain’t gonna take a gunshot. It’s imaginary, in effect.”

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