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: 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 Nightwing 2021 Annual Micro-Review – Wait…Brothers?

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Nightwing 2021 Annual, Nicola Scott, Annette KwokTITLE: Nightwing 2021 Annual
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Cian Tormey, Raul Fernandez & Daniel HDR (Inkers), Rain Beredo & John Kalisz (Colorists), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Nicola Scott & Annette Kwok.

RELEASED: November 30, 2021

This one has a really nice opening sequence. It’s got a great cinematic, action movie quality to it.

Part of this issue is a flashback story that shows us when Dick met Jason Todd for the first time. It’s been done at least a couple times before. I can’t say this is my favorite take, but it’s perfectly serviceable.

One thing about the flashback story I didn’t like was how quickly Dick and Jason got chummy. It’s to the point where Dick calls Jason his brother by the end of the story. That’s a little on the nose, isn’t it?

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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: 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 Nightwing #85 Micro-Review – Putting the Family in Batman Family

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nightwing 85, cover, 2021, Jamal CampbellTITLE: Nightwing #85
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Robbi Rodriguez, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Jamal Campbell.
RELEASED: October 19, 2021

This feels like more of a Batgirl/Barbara Gordon issue than a Nightwing issue. It’s told from her point of view, and is all about the Seer, a villain who’s forcefully commandeering her Oracle identity. Her prominence in this issue isn’t a bad thing. It’s just a thing.

As a longtime fan, it’s really gratifying to see how much stock Taylor is putting into Dick’s relationship with not only Barbara, but Tim Drake, Batman, and the various others. He makes the Batman family feel like an actual family.

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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: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb & Hi-Fi (Colorists), Dave Sharpe (Letterer).
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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A Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 Micro-Review – From Out of the Shadows

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Superman Son of Kal-El 2, cover, 2021, John TimmsTITLE: Superman: Son of Kal-El #2
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb (Colorist), Dave Sharpe (Letterer)
RELEASED: September 28, 2021

I can see more conservative readers turning away from Superman: Son of Kal-El, for obvious reasons. The book is unabashedly liberal. But it is nice to see Superman tackling the issues. As he should, quite frankly.

It’s also nice to see the book is about to address the issue of Jon being in his father’s shadow. The classic Superman is going away, at least for awhile. As that’s the case, I’m happy he’s had a presence in this series early on. It gives us a nice sense of where Jon’s values come from…as if it wasn’t obvious already.

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A Nightwing #84 Micro-Review – DC’s Ted Lasso

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Nightwing 84, 2021, cover, Bruno RedondoTITLE: Nightwing #84
AUTHOR: Tom Taylor
ARTISTS: Robbi Rodriguez, Adriano Lucas (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Bruno Redondo.
RELEASED: September 21, 2021

The feeling of positivity that Tom Taylor is injecting into Nightwing feels very uncharacteristic of a Bat-book. It’s almost the Ted Lasso of DC Comics.

Barbara Gordon debuts a slightly modified Batgirl costume in this issue. I’m not sure if it’s the way Robbi Rodriguez (who otherwise performs beautifully) is drawing it, but it looks a little…baggy? That can’t be intentional.

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