REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

So far, writer Tom King‘s run on “Batman” has been a bit uneven. For every triumphant moment, for me there’s been some baffling ones as well. The “I Am Suicide” arc, for instance, left me cold as I felt it blew a fantastic set up by disappearing into introspection and a simplistic plot. Thankfully, Batman #16, the first part of the “I Am Bane” arc, has renewed my faith. King and artist David Finch deliver…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

All-Star Batman #6 kind of exemplifies the unique approach writer Scott Snyder is taking to this unconventional Batman series. With one arc already under his belt (a hellish road-trip with collaborator John Romita Jr), Snyder takes an entirely different tack with this issue, a new arc with Jock leading the art team. It confirms the jazzy, experimental and unconventional approach Snyder wants this series, ostensibly his last kick at the Bat-can, to have. And like…

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Comic News Roundup 12/26/16

Comic News Roundup 12/26/16

TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2016 Details Emerge About Snyder and Capullo’s Batman Reunion Comic Con Coming to Saudi Arabia Rogue One Box Office Update CBLDF Joins Fight Against Censorship in Virginia   Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.More Posts Follow Me:

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REVIEW: Trinity #4 – Amazon.Conned

REVIEW: Trinity #4 –  Amazon.Conned

After we got a view into the realities the Black Mercy plants created for Superman and Batman in previous issues, Trinity #4 turns its focus to Wonder Woman, in an issue that succeeds both in revealing Wonder Woman’s character and role within the Trinity while still advancing the plot towards new developments and revelations. In this way, the issue succeeds in maintaining the warm yet incisive look at our heroes while still delivering an intriguing…

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REVIEW: Batman #13 – Suicide Mission: Unsatisfying

REVIEW: Batman #13 – Suicide Mission: Unsatisfying

With Batman #13, the “I Am Suicide” arc comes to its ambitious, inconsistent and ultimately unsatisfying conclusion. Tom King is a writer I greatly admire, and I actually can appreciate a lot of what he tried to do with this arc, but he ends up with a story that has so much on its plate that there’s a problem giving each element enough space to effectively mesh into a cohesive whole. With this final issue,…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #946 – Victimology

REVIEW: Detective Comics #946 – Victimology

With Detective Comics #946, “The Victim Syndicate” moves into its fourth chapter. While I’ve enjoyed the arc for the most part, I do think this issue from James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows stumbles as it moves into the storyline’s climax. The issue opens with a flashback to a conversation between Tim Drake and Batman about this new team of allies they’re building. Since his supposed death, Tim Drake (or rather, the absence of him)…

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REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

Look, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Xmas issues of super-hero comics. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s because I once owned a DC Digest book called “Christmas With the Super-Heroes.” In any case, I’m a sucker for them, rank sentimentality and all. With Batman Annual #1, we get an anthology of stories all centred around Xmas, and the results are remarkably cohesive and enjoyable. The first story, written by Tom King with David…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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REVIEW: Batman #10 – Suicide Mission: Unfathomable

REVIEW: Batman #10 – Suicide Mission: Unfathomable

After a solid opening chapter to this Suicide Squad arc last issue, writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin deliver a seriously flawed second instalment in Batman #10 that nearly derails the momentum achieved by the tense, creepy and lean previous issue. This is an issue that makes some pretty substantial mistakes, the initial one being having the issue barely reference the opening chapter at all. We see Batman heading into action against Bane, assaulting…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #943 – Heroes & Victims

REVIEW: Detective Comics #943 – Heroes & Victims

With a multi-title story arc now concluded, Detective Comics #943 finds the series returning to constructing an effective direction for the characters and concepts at the core of the series. The result is a solid issue that introduces creepy new antagonists for our team of heroes while deepening the characters of each of the protagonists. Writer James Tynion IV continues to build his team of central characters, with Batwoman in the lead. Without an overriding story arc…

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