REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

I miss “The Brave and the Bold.” It was a team-up book, and back in the day, when I was a kid, team-up books were very special. They usually had a star, and in this case it was Batman, and then each issue you would see the star team up with another DC Comics character, often one that couldn’t support their own title, or did support one that was pretty different from the adventures of…

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REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. The issue is the opening chapter of an arc entitled “The Button” and it seems to be some kind of attempt to integrate landmark self-contained comic series “Watchmen” into the DC Universe proper. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely…

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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: 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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BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

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. Earlier this week, HBO’s latest culturally omnipresent TV hit “Westworld” wrapped up its inaugural season. For the myriad of fans out there missing its trippy and unsettling exploration of sentience, free will and exploitation of the other, not to worry, comic books have got you covered! This…

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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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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: Batman #8 – Action-Packed Monster Jam

REVIEW: Batman #8 – Action-Packed Monster Jam

Batman #8 is the fourth chapter in the “Night of the Monster Men” story, an epic horror adventure that is being spun out across several books in the Bat-family line. Writer Steve Orlando is clearly the mastermind of the arc, taking on the scripting duties and working in collaboration with each book’s regular writer, in this case Tom King. So far, the storyline has been a slightly silly but overall enjoyable creature feature, with Orlando…

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REVIEW: Batman #3

REVIEW: Batman #3

Batman is one of the most iconic characters ever created. Some of the best comic book stories ever written revolves around Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, so it’s a nearly impossible task to write something long lasting. Something that stands out as memorable, creative, unique. Over the last couple of years, DC’s flagship title has been in the hands of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, who churned out some of the best stories of…

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