A Tim Drake: Robin #3 Micro-Review – The Most Effective Disguise in Comics

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Tim Drake Robin 3, cover, November 2022, Riley RossmoTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #3
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue suffers from bad timing. Normally the “all the past Robins together” thing works, whether it’s in a fight scenario or some kind of big group meeting. But we just saw it a couple weeks ago in Batman vs. Robin #3. So to see it again here came off a little lame.

Also lame? That Robin meets Tim Drake’s boyfriend Bernard in this issue, and Bernard doesn’t recognize him. It’s that classic, yet no less ridiculous rule that somehow the domino mask is the most effective disguise in superhero comics.

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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2 Micro-Review – Thinking Like a Clown

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 2, cover, 2022, Carmine Di GiandomenicoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #2
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Troy Peteri

RELEASED: November 1, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

If all is as it seems in this series thus far, the Joker is doing his own inner monologue. That’s a big no-no for me. The Joker’s thought process, his unique and insane mental state, should be incomprehensible to us as readers. We’re not supposed to know what he’s thinking, or how he’s thinking, etc. To try and approach him otherwise is a mistake.

But we’re still not sure entirely what’s going on in this book from a story perspective. So I reserve the right to take that back…

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The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 Micro-Review – Laughing Across America

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The Joker the Man Who Stopped Laughing 1, cover, 2022, Carmine di GiandomenicoTITLE: The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1
AUTHOR: Matthew Rosenberg
ARTISTS:
Carmine Di Giandomenico, Francesco Francavilla, Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

James Tynion IV’s Joker series is a tough act to follow. But thus far, Matthew Rosenberg and this team have done a nice job running with the baton, so to speak.

Our titular villain travels to Los Angeles in this issue, in what I hope is the beginning of a cross-country story of sorts for him.

Francesco Frankavilla does the back-up story about Joker crushing on Power Girl. His art and colors are always great to see. Though I wish he had a better handle on the Joker’s trademark lips and smile.

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A Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 Micro-Review – “We’re the Titans!”

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 5, cover, 2022, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #5
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: October 4, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The momentum from last issue continues here, as this finally starts to feel like a Crisis-level story with world-shattering implications. But it’s too little, too late at this point. If Dark Crisis had this level of tension and energy at the beginning, that would have been one thing…

This issue does include a really nice rallying moment for Nightwing and the Titans, though…

“You are not the Justice League!”

“We never were…we’re the Titans!”

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A Tim Drake: Robin #1 Micro-Review – Robin’s Rightful Return

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Tim Drake Robin 1, cover, 2022, Ricardo Lopez OrtizTITLE: Tim Drake: Robin #1
AUTHOR: Meghan Fitzmartin
ARTISTS:
Riley Rossmo, Lee Loughridge (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer). Cover by Ricardo López Ortiz.

RELEASED: September 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Riley Rossmo’s art doesn’t necessarily have the conventional look you’d expect on a Bat-book. (Though he has worked on Batman before.) So there’s an adjustment period with Tim Drake: Robin #1. But by the time you close the issue, you’re into what he and Lee Loughridge are doing.

Meghan Fitzmartin gets the series off to a good start here, which isn’t a surprise. Right now, there’s no one more qualified than her to write a Tim Drake series. She’s been killing it with him.

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A Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 Micro-Review – Where’s Our Big Bad?

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths 4, cover, 2022, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro SanchezTITLE: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (of 7)
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)
RELEASED:
September 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Things ramp up a little bit this month. But by and large, my complaints about Dark Crisis still stand. I’m still waiting for this to feel like a Crisis-worthy event.

I’m wondering how much of that has to do with our villain choices. Right now we’ve got Pariah and Deathstroke working for something called the “Great Darkness,” which is a fairly vague concept. Did I miss some kind of required reading before Dark Crisis?

Maybe what we’re missing here is a big bad. Somebody like the Anti-Monitor or Darkseid.

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The Closet #3 Micro-Review – “That’s it?”

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The Closet 3, cover, 2022, Gavin FullartonTITLE: The Closet #3 (of 3)
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV
ARTISTS:
Gavin Fullarton, Chris O’Halloran (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“That’s it?”

That’s literally what I said as I closed The Closet #3. As in, that’s it? That’s the end? That’s issue #3 of 3?

The Closet doesn’t have the hopeful or happy ending you hope it does. Which kind of sucks, given how much Tynion, Fullarton, and the this team get you to root for this father and his four-year-old son. I suppose you can chalk it up as a cautionary tale about parenting.

But man, talk about a downer.

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A Dark Crisis #3 Micro-Review – Longing For Doom

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TITLE: Dark Crisis #3
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sanchez (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)
INKERS:
Sampere, Daniel Henriques, Danny Miki
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Three issues in, and Dark Crisis still hasn’t quite found its legs. What we’re missing is that sense of impending doom that’s so prevalent in a lot of the great event comics from the big two. It’s certainly prevalent in all of DC’s Crisis stories.

There’s a sense of disorganization to Dark Crisis that doesn’t do it any favors. I understand that some of that is the nature of the story they’re telling. But the fact that DC is renaming the series Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths makes me wonder how much of this is being adjusted on the go…

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The Closet #2 Micro-Review – Daddy Guilt (with a Monster)

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TITLE: The Closet #2
AUTHOR: James Tynion IV
ARTISTS:
Gavin Fullarton, Chris O’Halloran (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 6, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Does James Tynion IV have kids? He must. Or he must at least have had little kids in his orbit at some point in his life. That’s the only explanation I can think of as to how he captures being the parent of a young child so well. You’ve got that childhood innocence, mixed with the guilt and pressure of doing right by your kid, and the absolute horror of something possibly happening…

There’s a monster too. Did I mention the monster?

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The Joker #15 Micro-Review – The Last Laugh (Get It…?)

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The Joker 15, variant cover, 2022, Brian BollandTITLE: The Joker #15
AUTHORS: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns
ARTISTS:
Giuseppe Camuncoli, Sweeny Boo, Cam Smith & Lorenzo Ruggiero (Inkers), Arif Prianto (Colorist), Tom Napolitano (Letterer), Becca Carey (Letterer). Variant cover by Brian Bolland.

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Epic variant cover by the always amazing Brian Bolland.

This being the final issue of The Joker, I can safely say that this book overachieved. Tynion kept the title character’s mystique alive, while telling a story that was as much about Jim Gordon as the Joker. Granted, he did get a little exposition and dialogue heavy in this last issue. And the ending is predictable. But still, a well crafted story and an enjoyable series.

Still no interest in Punchline, or her back-up stories.

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