A Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1 Micro-Review – The Bro Hug

 

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Superman KAl-El Returns Special 1, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Superman: Kal-El Returns Special #1
AUTHORS: Mark Waid, Sina Grace, Marv Wolfman, Alex Segura
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Dan Mora.

RELEASED: November 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue contains four short stories, most of which show us the immediate reactions certain characters have to Superman being back. The best of which, for my money, shows what may be Mark Waid’s best work on Superman and Batman since he’s been back with DC. He writes the two as close friends and confidants, which is a sensible approach given how long they’ve known each other.

Plus, they give each other a bro hug in the opening scene. A Superman/Batman bro hug? I never thought I’d see the day…

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A Nightwing 2022 Annual Micro-Review – A Little Training…

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Nightwing 2022 Annual, cover, November 2022, Eduardo PansicaTITLE: Nightwing 2022 Annual
AUTHORS: Tom Taylor, Jay Kristoff, C.S. Pacat
ARTISTS:
Eduardo Pansica, Inaki Miranda, Julio Ferreira (Inker), Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Pansica, Ferreria, & Lucas.

RELEASED: November 29, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

In addition to an origin story for Heartless (shown on the cover), this issue gives us a really cute story about Haley/Bitewing. Quality stuff.

But my favorite of the three short stories we get in this Annual is about Nightwing doing a little training with Jon Kent. By and large, I think their friendship is a little bit forced. But C.S. Pacat, Inaki Miranda, and the creative team still manage to tell us an insightful story about Nightwing’s teaching methods compared to the one he grew up with under Batman.

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The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 Micro-Review –

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Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special 1, cover, November 2022, Dan Jurgens, Brett Breeding, Brad AndersonTITLE: The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1
AUTHORS: Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, Louise Simonson
ARTISTS:
Various. Cover by Jurgens, Brett Breeding, & Brad Anderson

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

For those of us who were around back when Superman “died” in the early ’90s, this is a nice little supplement featuring many of the same creators who worked on the classic story.

The main feature sees a young Jon Kent learn about the big fight with Doomsday as his father fights an opponent named Doombreaker that’s almost identical. It’s a great performance on both the writing and art side by Dan Jurgens.

Meanwhile Steel gets a back-up story written by his creators Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove. The affection they have for him is evident on the page.

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An Action Comics #1049 Micro-Review – Bring On Bibbo!

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Action Comics 1049, cover, 2022, Steve BeachTITLE: Action Comics #1049
AUTHOR: Philip Kennedy Johnson
ARTISTS:
Mike Perkins, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Trish Mulvihill (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Steve Beach.

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

You know who I’m starting to develop an affection for? Bibbo Bibbowski, Superman’s dopey civilian buddy. He’s had a small role these past issues, and he’s kinda grown on me. He’s not consistently around in the comics, so I hope he’s here for awhile.

We have a cover that doesn’t reflect anything that happens in the issue. It’s another gorgeous one by Steve Beach. Just not really relevant.

David Lapham and Trish Mulvihill once again steal the show in the Supergirl back-up.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9 Micro-Review – Fleetfeet?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 9, cover, 2022, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, JokerTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #9
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 15, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The big attraction for this issue is seeing Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain do the Joker. They don’t disappoint. Mora even nails the crazed look in the character’s eyes (note the cover).

During this issue, someone calls Kid Flash “Fleetfeet.” I know it’s a joke. But was that an early version of the character’s name? Or maybe a nickname from back in the day? It sounds like a name they’d have come up with back in the ’50s…

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A Wonder Woman #793 Micro-Review – A Trio Reunited

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wonder_woman_793_cover_2022_yanick_paquette_nathan_fairbairnTITLE: Wonder Woman #798
AUTHOR: Michael W. Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Jordie Bellaire
ARTISTS:
Emanuela Lupacchino, Paulina Ganucheau, Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Bellaire (Colorist), Kendall Goode (Colorist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Cover by Yanick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Our main feature is a nice little one-off about Wondie, Superman, and Batman. It’s highlighted, for my money, but how they act as close friends. It’s a feel-good issue in that respect. Hat-tip to Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn for a pretty awesome cover.

This is my first exposure to these “Adventures of Young Diana” back-ups. They’ve got a really cool look to them, reminiscent of something you’d see in one of DC’s graphic novels for kids or young adults. I’m thrilled to see something like that in one of the main books.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #17 Micro-Review – The Big Talk

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Superman Son of Kal-El 17, cover, 2022, Travis Moore, Tamra BonvillainTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #17
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Ruairi Coleman, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Travis Moore & Tamra Bonvillain.

RELEASED: November 8, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue is centered around Jon being afraid to talk to his dad about his bisexuality. It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the matter ends on a high note. Because…y’know, his dad is Superman. He says all the right things. But it’s still a nice little window into what I’m sure a large percentage of LGBTQ people go through with their parents. Even those who aren’t as supportive as Superman.

Artistically, the opening scene in this issue is fun. A nice little race sequence between father and son. It made me smile.

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An Action Comics #1048 Micro-Review – Osul-Ra, Otho-Ra, and…Orion?

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Action Comics 1048, cover, 2022, Steve BeachTITLE: Action Comics #1048
AUTHOR: Philip Kennedy Johnson
ARTISTS:
Mike Perkins, David Lapham, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Trish Mulvihill (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by Steve Beach.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The New Gods make the presence felt in this issue. Is Orion a bad guy now? I thought he was a good guy…

I missed the introduction of these twins, Osul-Ra and Otho-Ra in previous issues of Action. But apparently we need to take note of them, as they’ll be a part of the extended “Superman family” going forward.

Loved David Lapham’s work on the “Red Moon” back-up this month. He draws a hell of a Supergirl, especially in that newer costume.

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Epic Covers: Action Comics #1048 by Steve Beach

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

It’s always funny to me what a little or two can make a piece of art. In the case of this cover to Action  Comics #1048 by Steve Beach, it’s the wrinkles in Superman’s costume. As I’ve said in the past, Beach really channels George Reeves with his take on the character. All the more so as he makes the costume look like it’s made of cloth, very reminiscent of how Reeves’ suit looked on Adventures of Superman.

It’s definitely a “vintage” version of Superman. For my money, it’s a thing of beauty.

Action Comics 1048, cover, 2022, Steve Beach

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A <i<Batman/Superman: World's Finest #8 Micro-Review – Thunder and Steel

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Batman Superman World's Finest 8, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #8
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

More old school Teen Titans in this issue, which prompts me to reiterate: When are we giving Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain a Titans title?

This cover is a neat little homage to the original Batman #1 cover from 1940. Somewhat subtle. But once you recognize it, it’s pretty cool.

The obvious instability that Mark Waid injects into David, a.k.a. Boy Thunder, is compelling. The reader can see what’s coming a mile away. But of course, the characters can’t. Not even the world’s greatest detective.

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