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A Nightwing #88 Micro-Review – Subtly Provocative

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Nightwing 88, 2022, variant cover, Jamal CampbellTITLE: Nightwing #88
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Andworld Design (Letterer). Variant cover by Jamal Campbell.

RELEASED: January 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Both my wife and my local comic shop guy did a double take when they saw this cover. This isn’t an overtly sexy image. But it’s subtly provocative. It’s certainly eye catching, which I suppose is the point.

We get the Flash, Starfire, and the rest of the Titans in this issue, and Superman is advertised for next issue. So we’re heavy on guest stars for a couple months. But for Nightwing I don’t mind that as much, as he’s got such an open heart, and has so many connections across the DC Universe.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 Micro-Review – The Importance of Compassion

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TITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #7
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
Cian Tormey, Raul Fernandez (Co-Inker), Hi-Fi (Colors), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by John Timms.

RELEASED: January 18, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

One of the things that makes Tom Taylor a great Superman writer is that he understands how important compassion is to the character. For my money, Superman should be overflowing with compassion for others. It’s practically one of his powers. He should have great compassion not only for the innocent, but for his enemies. We see a tremendous example in this issue, as Jon approaches a giant monster with an open mind and heart, as opposed to clenched fists. Good form.

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A Superman ’78 #5 Micro-Review – Is that Shaggy?

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Superman 78 5, cover, 2021, Francis ManapulTITLE: Superman ’78 #5
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS:
Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Francis Manapul.

RELEASED: December 28, 2021

For whatever reason, this issue decides to give us a cameo from Shaggy of Scooby Doo fame (among various others). Why? Well, why the hell not…?

I really can’t say enough good things about Wilfredo Torres’ art in these issues. This is truly a career performance for him. His art really sells you on the idea that this could have been one of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #6 Micro-Review – Gratuitous Bat Appearances

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TITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #6
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS:
John Timms, Hi-Fi (Colors), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)

RELEASED: January 4, 2022

We get two gratuitous appearances from Batman characters in this issue. The first from Batman himself, the second from Damian Wayne/Robin. It looks like John Timms, intentionally or not, aged Damian up in his artwork. I call foul on that, as Damian is supposed to be in his early to mid teens, while Jon is supposed to be in his…what? Late teens? Early 20s?

Making Jay Nakamura a metahuman gives he and Jon a different kind of romantic dynamic than Clark Kent and Lois Lane. In principle, that’s a good thing. But we’ll see how it works in practice.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual Micro-Review – A Silly Game

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Superman Son of Kal-El Annual 2021, cover, John TimmsTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Steve Pugh, Clayton Henry, Romulo Fajardo Jr. (Colorist), Steve Buccelato (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by John Timms, Pugh, & Fajardo Jr.

RELEASED: December 7, 2021

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I don’t like when superheroes act chummy with their villains. Case in point, Superman playing a game of chess with Lex Luthor in this issue. Even by superhero standards, it’s silly. Plus, the metaphor is beyond obvious and Tom Taylor is a better writer than that.

On the up side, we get a pretty cool flashback sequence with Superman, Lex, and the Justice League that feels classic and cool. Especially with Romulo Fajardo Jr’s colors. It’s actually reminiscent of an episode of the Justice League cartoon.

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A Superman ’78 #4 Micro-Review – The Superman III That Could Have Been…

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Superman 78 cover, 2021, Brad WalkerTITLE: Superman ’78 #4

AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Brad Walker & Nathan Fairbairn.

RELEASED: November 23, 2021

Superman ’78 feels very much in line with Superman II. Specifically, the Richard Donner cut. In both stories, Clark gets a taste of a different sort of life. In the movie, it’s life without super powers. Here, it’s life as a member of a Kryptonian society. In that sense, Venditti’s script offers us a great consistency.

Take that, along with Torres’ excellent renderings of the characters, and Venditti’s spot-on takes on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, and Superman ’78 feels like it could have been Superman III. All things considered, that’s probably the best compliment it can receive.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #5 Micro-Review – The “Controversial” Issue

Superman Son of Kal El 5, cover, 2021, John TimmsTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #5
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: John Timms, Hi-Fi (Colors), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)
RELEASED: November 16, 2021

This is the “controversial” issue where we find out our new Superman is bisexual. Generally, I like the way the revelation goes. It casts Jay Nakamura, our love interest, as the one person who can be there for Superman when things get overwhelming. Tom Taylor is just a tad heavy-handed with that. But by and large, it works.

Superman: Son of Kal-El has a fresh feel to it that’s very welcome. Jon Kent is a hero whose story hasn’t been told yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Hmmmm. Bendix. Bendis? Strange.

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A Justice League Infinity #5 Micro-Review – The Adventures of Superman and Superman

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Justice League Infinity 5, cover, 2021, Meghan HetrickTITLE: Justice League Infinity #5
AUTHORS: J.M. DeMatteis, James Tucker
ARTISTS: Ethen Beavers, Nick Filardi (Colorist), DC Hopkins (Letterer). Cover by Meghan Hetrick.
RELEASED: November 2, 2021

We get a lot thrown at us here. We’ve got Superman teaming with an alt-Earth Superman and a team of alt-Earth supervillains to fight a Nazi regime led by Vandal Savage. And it’s all narrated by Martian Manhunter. Oh, and the multiverse as we know it is falling apart. It works. But it’s definitely a lot to take in.

On the upside, Batman doesn’t get shoehorned into the center of things the way he does in a lot of modern Justice League stories. That’s how you know DeMatteis and Tucker are good at what they do.

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A Superman ’78 #3 Micro-Review – Margot’s Moment

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Superman 78 3, cover, 2021, Amy ReederTITLE: Superman ’78 #3
AUTHOR: Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Wilfredo Torres, Jordie Bellaire (Colorist), Dave Lanphear (Letterer). Cover by Amy Reeder.
RELEASED: November 2, 2021

I came away from this issue thinking not about Jor-El and Lara (as you’d think based on the cover), but Margot Kidder and Lois Lane. Venditti and Torres do Kidder’s portrayal of the character a lot of justice in this issue, and deliver writing and art perfectly in line with her performance. It’s the best of Superman ’78 thus far.

I can’t decide if I want this book to line up with special effects from the ’70s or the modern era. I’m inclined to say the ’70s, but this issue seems to present both.

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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #4 Micro-Review – Bringin’ Down the House

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Superman Son of Kal-El 4, cover, 2021, John TimmsTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #4
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Danielle Di Nicuolo, Gabe Eltaeb & Hi-Fi (Colorists), Dave Sharpe (Letterer). Cover by John Timms.
RELEASED: October 19, 2021

Heard any interesting news lately?

The news about Jon Kent being bisexual shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone who read the previous three issues. It was obvious something was going on with Jon and Jay Nakamura.

I was happy to see a couple of characters from Tom Taylor’s Suicide Squad run pop up in this issue. I figured it was inevitable that they’d show up in a future Taylor project.

As we can see by the cover, the Kent household gets blown up here. I wonder how many times they’ve pulled that stunt. Feels like a lot.

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