REVIEW: Batman #26 – Taking Sides, Crossing Lines

REVIEW: Batman #26 – Taking Sides, Crossing Lines

Writer Tom King certainly can’t be accused of being unambitious in his aims for the Dark Knight. After ending issue #24 with the massive twist of Batman proposing marriage to Catwoman, he followed that up with kicking off a massive ongoing storyline called “The War of Jokes & Riddles.” If you liked issue #25’s opening chapter, then you’re going to enjoy Batman #26, which does it job in raising the stakes of the conflict and…

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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: 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: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

REVIEW: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

After getting sidetracked (as books almost always do) by a multi-title event, it’s good to see writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin back on track with Batman #9. It’s a crackerjack of a set-up issue that finds Batman recruiting some of his most unbalanced enemies for a Suicide Squad-type mission on behalf of Amanda Waller. But Batman clearly has his own reasons and objectives for this mission. What makes the issue so enjoyable is…

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REVIEW: Action Comics # 958

REVIEW: Action Comics # 958

Action Comics #958 reinforces my long held assertion that the character of Doomsday is the comics embodiment of the law of diminishing returns. The character first appeared as the architect of Superman’s destruction in the classic “Death of Superman” storyline, and he was amazing in that story. An unstoppable force, with no backstory, no character, no purpose other than to be an unstoppable engine of destruction that would force comics’ most powerful character to lay…

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