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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    Scott Snyder delivers with All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally. One of my favorite things about Snyder's Batman stories is how he is able to fresh ideas and characters to Batman's past while making it seem like they'd been there all along. That is what he's done with The First Ally, only in this case, he's added to Alfred Pennyworth's tman tracks Hush to Miami to test and acquire the Genesis Engine before Hush, Penguin, Black Mask, and Amazing White can obtain there hands on it. As Batman nears his goal in a confrontation with the descendants of actual pirates, he encounters an unexpected fresh foe: a Black Knight, or Nemesis, and his handler, a man named Briar. While Nemesis is fresh to Batman, he is familiar to Alfred, who at one point in his life was on the path to be a Nemesis Black Knight. As the struggle for the Genesis Engine heats up, Alfred will revisit a part of his past he thought was ere was a lot to like about the First Ally storyline. I really liked the focus on Alfred, who narrated the entire story. Snyder alternates between Alfred's past as an SAS agent and his show as Bruce Wayne's ally. We are given a very open, and interesting, look into Alfred's relationship with his father and some unresolved feelings that led him to join the military. The confrontation between Batman and Briar and his Black Knight dovetails with Alfred's training in the Nemesis program. Additionally, the modern pirates tie in with Alfred's story, as well, which ends up bringing The First Ally full circle. All of these things created for a rich, deep story, one which was really enjoyable. I've found that often times my favorite Batman stories are the ones that deepen the characters that surround Batman, rather than just focus on Batman himself. This is what Snyder did with The First Ally, and it paid ong with The First Ally arc, there was a back-up story arc called Killers-in-Law that focused on Bruce Wayne going undercover in Russia as a part of a Russian crime family known as the Myasniks. Batman wants to stop a shipment of weapons from making their method to Gotham for the Russian crime families there to begin a battle with the Falcone family. While in Russia, Bruce makes the acquaintance of Vik Myasnik, who will become known as Assassin Queen. Snyder makes this an interesting story with Batman out of his normal element, and also finds a method to tie it into his main First Ally story arc.Overall, I found All-Star Batman Vol. 3: The First Ally by Scott Snyder to an perfect read. I highly recommend this story of fathers and sons, especially to Batman fans who like their supporting cast to be rounded out with depth of character.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    This is volume three of “All-Star Batman” that is a part of DC Comics’ latest “rebirth” reboot. I enjoyed the storyline for this show work more than the previous two volumes. It seems the “All-Star Batman” is more fast-paced than other Batman titles which can have its strength and weaknesses but being bored won’t be one of them. But in volume three the timing was right in my opinion along with a amazing reoccurring theme and human interest’s angle. The artwork is amazing as well. I give this a rating of five out of is work include two stories. The first is titled “The First Ally” and the second is titled “Killers-In-Law.” The bulk of this volume is dedicated to “The First Ally.” At first it might seem to be two unrelated stories but by the end of the volume the author gives enough clues of how they relate but it does so in a method that builds anticipation for the next ncerning the first story, “The First Ally,” I love how the story is told from the perspective of Alfred narrating the story. The author did a amazing job of bringing a hero that is usually in a supporting role of helping Batman and placing him to the limelight. What we have here is not just only a story about Bruce Wayne/Batman but also Alfred the man, his past and also his motivation and relationship with Bruce Wayne and his adventure of being Batman. The plot for this story is centered on Batman trying to search and retrieve a mysterious “Genesis Engine” device but we also the narrating voice of Alfred and flashback scenes from Alfred’s younger days. Here we see Alfred’s youth and how much it parallel that of Bruce Wayne. I thought that is a fascinating angle, where you explore there is more to Alfred than the stoic butler. In fact Alfred’s lives isn’t just parallel to Bruce in the story but also becomes relevant to what’s going on in the show as readers explore more about Batman’s recent villains that he is fighting. Both the villain Blair and the knight Nemesis has ties to Alfred and towards the end of the story there is a fascinating twist concerning their relationship to ncerning the second story, “Killers-In-Law” Batman sneaks into Russia pretending to be a Russian thug in order to penetrate into a strong Russian crime organization run by the Myasnik Family to pre-emptively stop a weapons smuggling operation into Gotham. As the story progress we see Batman’s philosophy of not killing being contrasted with how the father and daughter of the Myasnik Family operate. The daughter Vik is the chief villain versus Batman in this story and like the first story there is a theme of fathers, secrets and betrayal. The ending is gold in how it ties it to the first story in the volume. Readers shouldn’t miss the latest few panels of this work.Overall I enjoyed this volume very much and one reason is that the story takes Batman out of Gotham to other areas such as the islands off of Florida, a deep sea in a submarine and to Russia. Like the other “All-Star Batman” volumes there is a hosts of different villains and with a lot of of them being fresh ones. It is nice to see some fresh characters with various personalities and motivations being introduced. This volume also is a testament to the author’s creativity of having a running theme that unified the two stories which at first glance seems so various and unrelated but towards the end of both stories the saying of “the first and latest ally” and echoes of the theme of fathers and lost kids occurs. I think this work was quite deeper for a comic for exploring the theme of the impact of fathers on their children, whether for amazing or for ill. It also discover the theme of dark secrets, authoritarianism, love, betrayal and more complicated is the theme of how being a father with amazing intention can still bring about questions of enabling issues for one’s son. Again I give this work a five out of five TE: This book was provided to me free by DC Comics and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    DC continues its revisionist approach to Alfred in volume 3 of All Star Batman. I’m generally opposed to revising iconic characters, but I have to admit I like the presentation of the fresh Alfred. Who knew he was such a [email protected]#$% in the Falklands? I mean, all Brits think they’re James Bond, but it turns out that Alfred was the true deal. And after all, it’s been decades since DC cared about continuity, so why not remake Alfred? At DC, if the current universe gets out of control, just blow it up and begin a fresh one. The past doesn’t exist at DC, so writers are free to do any damn thing they please. Sort of like Trump. But anyway . . . .The story takes us back to Alfred’s youth while, in the present, it takes Batman and Alfred to Miami. Hush is pretending to be Bruce Wayne for reasons that have to do with the Genesis Engine, which is apparently in the hands of some pirates. Batman wants it and the Penguin and squad wish to support him for territorial reasons (Miami muscling in on Gotham? Never!). So Batman and Alfred have to save each other multiple times while Batman tries to obtain control of the Genesis Thing.Eventually the past and show merge, as they always do. Alfred’s mentor from the past becomes Batman’s nemesis in the present, except there’s another villain who is actually named Nemesis, so test not to obtain them confused. There’s even another Alfred.Put aside the convoluted comic book logic, and Scott Snyder’s powerful prose actually makes the story worth reading. It’s genuinely touching without being melodramatic, and there’s no shortage of e next story is a flashback to a time when Batman went to Russia pretending to be a warrior named Knockout (Nokaut) so he could infiltrate a crime syndicate that is moving into Gotham. He might also infiltrate the hot daughter of a Russian crime boss, a chick named Vik, if she doesn’t slay him first. He wants to stop a weapons shipment because the Gotham police, Coast Guard, FBI, CIA, NSA, and other agencies that handle that sort of thing just aren’t up to the task. Flashing forward to the present, Vik has become the Assassin Queen and is seeking revenge by doing business with Penguin, bringing us full circle back to the Genesis in this volume is generally beautiful good, although it continues the modern tradition of artists drawing iconic characters as they see fit, without regard to how any other artist has drawn the hero over the latest several decades, but apart from that quibble, the art is pleasing and that’s better than the modern DC often delivers.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    Story: There are two stories to this the first obviously The First Ally story written by Scott Snyder. It deal heavily with Alfred, his internal struggle dealing with what Bruce Wayne has become and the part he played in it. The villain is someone from his past and while he is helping Batman deal with the Black and Whites (Penguin, Black Mask, Amazing White), Hush, and some others it flips back and forth between Alfred's youth and the current situation which is Batman trying to stop Hush and the Black and Whites from gaining control of a high tech device that can clone exact duplicates like it's a 3D printer. The second story Killers-In-Law written by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone is all about Batman infiltrating a Russian mob in Moscow to stop them from making an arms deal that could lead to a all out battle in : Rafael Albuquerque does the art for The First Ally story arc and Sebastian Fiumara did Killers-In-Law. Both did a amazing job attractive photos and the coloring (Jordie Bellaire, Chris Peters, Trish Mulvihill, Lee Loughridge) The covers Albuquerque did are my favorites they have a amazing light and dark contrast and the detail is so well done. Don't obtain me wrong I enjoyed Fiumara's work : Overall, I did like this peek at Alfred's life before the Wayne's and his own troubled youth all the juicy bits after. While I did like that it explained how Alfred got to be as well trained and how he could teach this to Bruce but the whole thing with Briar and all that was a small too much. The analogy with the pirates and the classic pirate stories I'm torn on I liked it but it also came off as cheesy. But between the art and what of the story I liked, mainly Killers-In-Law, a solid four stars.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    All Star Batman Vol 3: The First Ally uses flashbacks effectively interspersed with the main Dark Knight plot line. The flashbacks tell Alfred’s origin story and how he starting working for the Batman. There is a amazing comparison between superhero and pirate stories that will create readers think. The main plot is Batman taking risks and fighting evil as usual. Penguin, Black Mask and Amazing White join in on the fun. The two plots intertwine in surprising ways. The ending is unexpected and is book includes problems 10-14, which were published separately from July 2017 through November 2017. It can be read as a standalone. It also includes the five-part short story that was including in the original comics: Killers-in-Law. Rafael Albuquerque is credited as one of two writers along with Rafael Scofone. The art is done by Sebastian Fiumara. It is a slight tale of the Batman’s travel to Russia to prevent weapons being smuggled into Gotham City. While there, he is engulfed in a turf battle between two rival gang families. Princess Vik is amazing but the rest was rather forgettable. Still the main story was very amazing and expanded the reader’s knowledge of the Bat universe. It is definitely worth picking up. 4 stars!Thanks to the publisher, DC Comics, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    The globe knows the early history of Batman, the man whose parents died one evening when out for dinner. Bruce Wayne would be raised by the families faithful butler, Alfred. What most of us do not know (this reader at least did not) is the early history of Alfred Pennyworth and his connection to British Intelligence. This edition of All-Star Batman provides some of that e story moves back and forth between flashbacks and current history, occasionally making the story difficult to follow. But even with that little flaw, the story is fun and kept this Sexagenarian's interest. The artwork (both for photos displaying the past and that displaying the present) appears to present a somewhat aged set of characters. I might expect the modern set of characters to present aging - but it was disappointing to see some of that same aging to appear on the historical Batman et al.I expect those who are fans of DC Comics or Batman, whether earlier generations of the story or of the current generation will search the story and book of interest. I know I did.______________This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    'All Star Batman, Volume 3: The First Ally' by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque and other fine artists continues Scott Snyder's run on the title and collects problems tman tracks down a device in Miami that is being sought by a group of villains, including Hush who is impersonating Bruce Wayne. There is another Dark Knight on the trail, and his origins may have something to do with Alfred Pennyworth's tale. And pirates, for some the backup story, Batman infiltrates a Russian mob in Russia and tries to stop an arms shipment bound for bastian Fiumara's art elevates an average story to something worth reading.I liked the main story well enough, but felt like the lost boy, father/child theme was laid on just a bit too thick. I like the hero of Alfred, and giving him a cool backstory is a amazing idea, but this felt heavy-handed.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    Scott Snyder does it again! As usual, his writing is superb!Snyder digs deep into Alfred’s history and brings forth a villain that, while not the deepest, is certainly entertaining. Alfred spends quite a bit of the story narrating the current timeline along with his flashback experiences. Snyder weaves the narrative perfectly into the context of an old pirate tale. You can almost hear the pain in Alfred’s voice over how torn he is over his role in Batman’s yder also keeps Batman human which is why we’re drawn to him in the first place. He’s not an alien demigod who can only be killed by a green rock. Batman is flesh, blood and emotion. He’s relatable on every level and his wounded state through most of the novel aids e art by Rafael Albuquerque was very good! Not my usual taste (I’m a die hard Greg Capullo fan) but it really lent itself to the story. I was impressed finitely pick up a copy of this story! I missed out on series 1 and 2 of the All Star line so far but didn’t feel like I couldn’t pick up this story right away. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    Two connected stories which go towards an unpredictable end that I hope to read as soon as possible. The first one in this comic is absolutely unbelievable, and the second is also good, so this is a super comic .Due storie collegate che avranno un finale che spero di leggere il piú presto possibile. La prima storia inoltre é fantastica e anche la seconda non é male, quindi direi un fumetto super nel suo complesso.

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    All Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: The First Ally (All-Star Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2018-5-9 18:1

    Better than the latest story arc, so don't give up on it just because "Ends of the Earth" was so you will obtain some items in here to I am guessing Snyder is planting for some future goodies that he's got planned.

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    Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition (Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2017-10-17 18:1

     DC Comics Rebirth has been, in my humble opinion, a huge success on recapturing the vibe of the DC Universe before THE NEW 52. A lot of series are following their own story telling adventures. Though in the larger scheme of things, DC REBIRTH does have a main story that started with DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH and trickled down within a few key series. Nothing that is vital thankfully, but small nuggets to tease readers with like Mr. Oz and the "God" being who altered the five years of the DC timeline. Well it looks like head honcho Geoff Johns will finally answers all those questions with DOOMSDAY CLOCK later this year into 2018. Until then though, writers Tom King and Joshua Williamson gives readers small preview to hype readers up. Is it well done? I think so. is it essential? The jury's still out on that E BUTTON collects problems BATMAN #21-22 and THE FLASH #21-22. Continuing from where DC UNIVERSE: DELUXE EDITION left off, both Batman and Flash carry on their investigation of who and or what changed the 5 year history of their Universe with the mysterious smiley button. To Batman’s surprise, the Reverse-Flash shows up in the Bat-cave and somehow survived FLASHPOINT and wants revenge. Yet it’s not Batman or Flash he wants vengeance on. It’s the mysterious “God” who altered the DC Universe and Reverse-Flash knows how to obtain to it though time and space. Now Batman and Flash must follow the evil speedster through dimensions that might surprise them who and what they E BUTTON is equal parts a mini-sequel to FLASHPOINT, a teaser for the next huge happening DOOMSDAY CLOCK, and continuous progression of the REBIRTH main story Geoff Johns started with (DC Universe: Rebirth Deluxe Edition (DC Universe Event)). THE BUTTON continues right afterward that is a character-driven tale more so than it is furthering the REBIRTH main story Geoff Johns is handling it. Because this is only four issues, I cannot divulge too much as it gives things away, but be prepared for a lot of winks and nods for things to come in the future. Both Batman and Flash are handled well here, even more so with Jason Fabok doing the Batman problems and Howard Porter doing the Flash.I would also argue THE BUTTON even influences the turn of happenings for Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle in (BATMAN VOL.3: I AM BANE). Seeing as problems BATMAN #21-22 are included here, they do tie in extremely well with much of King’s narrative with Gotham Girl and Catwoman, even though Williamson is credited as writing most of these issues. King has not followed up if the happenings of THE BUTTON had influenced his Batman series or not.While THE BUTTON does emotionally capture some amazing moments and tease huge things to (possibly) come, it also feels as if the narrative didn’t move forward. Did/does Bruce and Barry remember the happenings of these 4 issues? A few things are answered, yet it leaves method more questions. Certain surprise characters appear, and then die right in front of Bruce and Barry. It almost feels like an isolated incident. It’s definitely an emotional and character-driven story for Barry and Bruce, yet not much more in terms of plot to the huge DC REBIRTH Universe which are reserved for the Geoff Johns DOOMSDAY CLOCK. The “God” hero responsible for messing with time/space with THE NEW 52 finally revealed here is absolutely no surprise for anyone following REBIRTH since the beginning, nor does it necessarily hype things up for DOOMSDAY E BUTTON is a amazing character-driven story for Batman and Flash, measuring a sequel to FLASHPOINT and crazy teases to future happenings with phenomenal art by Jason Fabok and Howard Porter. I really did have fun this interlude/tease for the 12-issue DOOMSDAY CLOCK in the future, yet nothing actually happens in terms of propelling the DC REBIRTH as nothing more than to tantalize tips that could or could not happen later. I personally felt it was enjoyable enough to give a 4-star rating on its own merits, yet because of its nature of it I’m rounding it to 3-stars since Amazon doesn’t let half stars (why have they not done that yet?). My opinion might change with DOOMSDAY CLOCK. Either way, it looks interesting.

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    Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition (Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2017-10-17 18:1

    The Button starts with Reverse Flash beating the guano out of Batman. Reverse Flash shouldn’t be able to do that, given that he’s dead, but the speed force bounced off a smiley face button, or something like that, I’ll leave you to figure out the details. The button showed up in the Batcave when Wally West returned, and Batman has been studying it ever since, not that’s there much pondering you can do about a smiley face other than measuring its tually, the story starts with one hockey player killing another hockey player, but that’s just hockey. Happens all the time, hardly worth Reverse Flash is a blast from the past (or, technically, the future) but Batman also sees the past in the show when his father shows up, dressed in (of all things) Batman duds. Our heroes suspect that this all goes back to that Flashpoint thing that brought about the disastrous Fresh 52. But Flash is also having visions of that funky helmet the original Flash wore, so who knows what’s going on?Anyway, Flash is back on the cosmic treadmill and Batman is tagging along, pulled along on the batrope and using his cape like a parasail. They zoom by comic books from the past and you know things are going to go @#$% up when that happens. Eventually they see an alternate history (Aquaman at battle with Wonder Woman) that should have been replaced by the true history (superheroes at battle with supervillains) and after that they meet Jay Garrick, the original Flash. You know, the one with the of the most interesting aspects of the story is the buddy relationship between Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne, both of whom have a keen interest in forensic science. And I like the fact that Flash uses some ver of forensic science to pursue the mystery.I’m not sure this story entirely makes sense but I’m not sure that a lot of comic book stories entirely create sense. The ending is a small too overtly religious for my taste, but overtly religious readers might search it heartwarming. And maybe the epilog means something in the method that the cosmic baby at the end of the film 2001 means something, but what it means, I’m not sure, although it does seem to tie into a recently dead DC character. All I can say is that I thought the story was entertaining, and that’s enough to earn 4 stars.

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    Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition (Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2017-10-17 18:1

    DC's Rebirth happening was a method to restore/correct their comics to a more traditional history. There have been so a lot of various world-shattering events, that the continuity spun out of control. So, Rebirth was to fix all of that, while still making the books friendly to fresh readers. One of the amazing mysteries hinted at in the book was the return of the Watchmen to the DC Universe.Jump ahead to Batman/The Flash: The Button by Tom King and Joshua Williamson. Batman and the Flash are investigating a mysterious smiley face button (with a blood stain on it) that showed up in the Batcave during the Rebirth unique latest summer. The button appears to be the same one the Comedian (of Watchmen fame) wore. In the course of their investigation, Batman is confronted by Reverse-Flash, who grabs the button for the power it's emitting. Chaos ensues from there, with time travel, alternate universes/histories, and deaths all around them. And at the end, some questions are answered, but more are asked, as this story leads into the Doomsday Clock happening (another Watchmen reference).I enjoyed this book, and have liked seeing this mystery unfold. I'm one of those readers who didn't care for the Fresh 52 or the results of Flashpoint, and I like the creativity that DC is using to restore some of the traditional history to it's line-up without erasing (again) even more continuity. Whether you are a fan or not, I also think using the Watchmen and bringing them into the mainstream DC Universe is a clever idea. King and Williamson have done a nice job with this story, revealing what they can, yet making it very private to both Batman and Flash.I really enjoyed Batman/The Flash: The Button, by Tom King and Joshua Williamson, and recommend it to fans of the Rebirth event. I look forward to seeing where this story continues to go in the future.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition (Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2017-10-17 18:1

    Story: Batman finds a strange blood stained smiley face button in the batcave. All of his analysis leads him to believe that it's not from this dimension. When a strange spark causes him to see his father he knows only one person can support The Flash. But an instant later the impossible happens The Reverse Flash appears beats up Batman, then when he discovers the button a split second later he dies. Flash arrives to search a beaten up Batman next to the charred corpse of The Reverse Flash. After Batman fills Barry in on what happened Barry wonders if the Flashpoint timeline didn't disappear like it was supposed to and together they decide it's worth a try. Batman and The Flash "travel" to the Flashpoint universe where Bruce Wayne comes face to face with his father. awwwwww. But Batman and Flash need to hold going to obtain to the bottom of this and search out who is : Jason Fabok does the pencils and inks for pt.1 and 3 with Brad Anderson on colors and all four covers. Howard Porter's art on pt. 2 and 4 with Hi-Fi on colors. I liked the art in a whole you can definitely see the differences between the two when they are next to each other but side by side with almost the same photo and you can see it. Overall I think I prefer Jason Fabok I just like his lines better, but all in all I loved the all the : I know there are a lot of mixed reviews but I enjoyed this one. I liked the touch on Flashpoint and even bring in Garrett for the short amount of time that he was there. I hope Reverse Flash stays dead this time. I really do like that it appears to be DC's solution to fixing things, going back to before the Flashpoint paradox screw up and going more traditional. I am enjoying Rebirth and this tease for what's to come was amazing because now I'm on pins and needles waiting for what's next. As the crossover that leads up to the huge happening and as the tagline says the street to the Doomsday Clock starts here.

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    Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition (Batman (2016-)) review [Book]  2017-10-17 18:1

    I thought Tom King and Joshua Williamson made a very amazing crossover so create sure you read Flashpoint then DC Universe Rebirth One Shot because this is a continuation from those. I like that DC is tying things together and that the authors created this such a fun story to read which created me feel like it was a amazing use of my time. The teasing of The Watchmen keyed me up as I poured through this.We obtain a amazing opening that will draw you in which is always a plus. The quick pace and well timed action hold you flying through these stories and it becomes a pleasurable android game of seeing which characters are going to pop up next within the plot. When you finally create it to the end we obtain a cliffhanger that will leave you feeling energized for the next tman and Flash together – how can that not lead to an entertaining crossover for fans of the duo? The banter between Batman and Flash was done well and created their interactions humorous to read; you could feel like these conversations could actually happen if they existed.Having artwork by two various artists took some getting used to because they have very various styles and they are each inputting their own viewpoint into the art. The colors chosen were done well and helped bring the pictures to life but at times some of the art didn’t have the same level of energy I’ve seen in other pieces they’ve done. It wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t “I want I could blow this up and place it on my wall” long as you’ve read the stories required to obtain here then I highly recommend you check out this Crossover because it hits the high notes required to inject some fun and excitement into the brand.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    Batman: Endgame features the return of Batman's greatest foe, the Joker, in a war that will shake the core of the Batman universe. Scott Snyder and Capullo are on top of things as they hit the ground running with an attack on Batman. Batman begins to place the pieces together and comes to the realization that the Joker has been right under his nose the whole time and he was blind. Gotham spirals into chaos as Batman must stop the Joker and his fresh found "immortality", but the Clown Prince of Crime has only one goal in mind, it isn't to love or create Batman better as he claimed in Death of the Family, it is to utterly destroy him for rejecting his help. Batman's closest allies are threatened as he must face the Joker one latest time. Snyder's writing is still sublime, it's as if he never has a poor day writing Batman. Capullo and the art squad are still knocking it out of the park with colors and artwork. Snyder appears to throw a curveball at the reader when he addresses a "new origin" of sorts for the Joker, but in problem 40 collected in this volume it doesn't turn out to be so. Which is one of the things that sometimes I don't like about Snyder's story telling. He will tease something that we kind of know isn't real and then just reveal that of course it wasn't true. But to be fair it serves his purpose as a story teller to create a larger point. The Joker's design in this arc is the same design that influenced Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad. No offense to people who like that movie, but it wasn't translated well over to film. But I do like how Capullo draws him and how Snyder depicts him, almost like a corpse, gone are the purples and wild colors normally associated with the Joker, it's black as if he is dressed for a funeral. Another thing that I like is that the book is solely written and drawn by Snyder and Capullo, so no other confusing and jarring changes of writers or artists anywhere in the bookOverall it was a amazing read and I could see if Snyder and Capullo would have intended for this one to be their latest story arc. But they still had one more story to tell. It's not as amazing as Death of the Family or Zero Year, but it's still a amazing and arguably iconic Batman story and a nice love letter to Batman and the Joker.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    I'm just going to say it - This is the Best Batman Story PERIOD.I know that's a controversial thing to say, what with dozens of other terrific incarnations of Batman out there, but out of all the fan-favorite movies, cartoons, TV shows and Comics, which I also enjoy, I honestly think this tops them all. Again, I know that's a controversial thing to say in the Comic Book community, but I don't care. Scott Snyder is a genius, and I hope his run on Batman never r those who haven't read this, it's basically Batman VS. The Illuminati. Unlike the Illuminati, The Court controls Gotham specifically, rather than the whole world, and it's just done so brilliantly, you wouldn't even believe it. Buy this mask set - trust me, you're going to wish that mask when you're done reading the included books.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    Gorgeous art and a amazing story so far. They have some variant art at the end and those are SO much better than the cover that was chosen. This is my very first comic book ever but I’m beginning the fresh 52 for Batman. I received a free digital comic so I chose a Doctor Strange one which is also good.I ordered the hardcover but received the softcover so I’m immensely disappointed about that. I reported this to Amazon and they said they’ll investigate.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    This is an perfect Fresh 52 DC title because it hasn't really changed the Batman mythos. It has taken the classic Dark Knight detective and created him a contemporary action hero. There's still the mystery noir aspect of The Batman and the Fresh 52 look of the story. The best thing about the first 6 problems of Batman is both long time comic book fans will love this title along with the casual fan. In saying "the casual fan", I mean the fans who discovered the Dark Knight through the Christopher Nolan movies. This a Fresh 52 Reboot/ revamp that didn't need to change much and like the changes created to Wonder Woman, where the changes created were just enough to create the stories work.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    The Batman\Joker 'Endgame' storyline that has been building over the zone of the past few problems culminates in the 7th Fresh 52 Batman trade. After a less-than stellar series of sidestips in Vol.6, Vol.7 showcases Batman at his best. Scott Snyder has place together a nail-biter of a conclusion, bringing in the Court of Owls, along with a coterie of Batman's long-term adversaries, and throwing them into the mix of a Gotham driven to the brink of destruction (again) by The Joker's virus. It would be unfair to discuss how it all plays out, but things come to a head in a grand finale that will dramatically affect the Batman line for quite a few problems to come. Highly recommended.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    This paperback collects the first seven problems of Batman Volume 2, which launched in 2011 and received lots of praise from critics and fans alike. The squad of Scott Snyder (writer) and Greg Capullo (artist) may be the best squad to handle Batman since Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee made the "Hush" storyline eight years earlier. Snyder's writing seems to be just as intelligent as Loeb's, but each book is a fast read and not at all exhausting. While nobody can touch Jim Lee's illustrations, Capullo gives us some very sharp and unbelievable photos to look at. However, this book is only the first chapter in the fascinating story of the Court of Owls. I highly recommend picking up the next volume, "The Town of Owls," to obtain the rest of the story. Chances are you'll wish to hold reading the work that Snyder and Capullo have done with Batman.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    Story just didn't do it for all the Graphic Novels in this story arc for Christmas 2016. I read them twice hoping I would like it better the second time. Didn't work. I really can't place a finger on why they fell flat with me. Want I could. The look of the books and artwork are top notch but something about the story itself just didn't do it for me. Batman seemed so inconsistent from other books. He struggled mentally and physically with things and people that in other stories he would have created fast work of. If Batman is the world's greatest detective and greatest martial artist is other stories then he needs to be in every story. Can't have it both ways. Art, whatever form it takes, is very subjective (writing, painting, sculpting, etc.) so I can only speak for myself. I wanted to love this story arc but just could not.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    Scott Snyder and Greag Capullo are an awesome creative team. This story is incredibly entartaining and fascinating. Snyder is a amazing writer with a knack for psychological development and making Gotham Town feel real, ancient and alive. Greg Capullo is one of my favourite artists and seeing him working on Batman is e Court of Owls was such a fierce and interesting enemy that, even if these villains were completely original and never seen before, it quickly became a fan favourite, when it comes to villains. People wish to see the Court in TV series, animated series and even the Ben Affleck movies. That's how amazing this story is.I strongly reccomend this story arc and everything Snyder has written for Batman. It's an exciting fresh spin for longtime Batman fans and it would work amazing as introduction for fresh fans who never read icing on the cake, the box set is ungodly cool and the mask is awesome, it looks just like it does in the ry happy with the story and with the quality of the product. Also, the price is more than reasonable.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    About the only thing I knew going into this volume was that Batman faces the court of owls. In word word, wow. I may give away spoilers so beware....I have read volume 1's of Justice League, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman and now Batman. By far this is the most graphic and bloody of all. In saying that, the story is also the best of all in my opinion. As I was reading I felt a sense of dread for Batman because he litterally has no idea who he is against. There have always been rumors, or stories of a secret organization that has run Gotham from its birth, but even Batman never uncovered the evidence to prove the court existed. Not until they wanted him to know. If there was ever an opponent of Batman that was more dangerous, or at least just as risky as the Joker, it is the Court of Owls. I admit, I have just read Volume 1 so I don't know the entire story but what I do know is that Batman took all he could handle from just one Talon, their assassin. By the end there was a little troops of Talons descending on Gotham. Nightwing is tied into this story in a cool method that adds so much history to the tragedy of @#$% Grayson's family.I hope that who runs the court and how the talons are used will be thourougly done in later volume's. I am so interested in this organization. And the reason why is because of how they create Batman feel. he says Gotham is his city, not theirs. But it is clear who really runs things. The Court! On a side note, I see that DC has spin off story called Talon. I'm getting that next. I was origionally buying all the members of Justice League's volume 1's first, but after readin this I now wish to obtain Talon volume 1 next.

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    Batman (2011-2016) Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (Batman Graphic Novel) review [Book]  2018-5-12 18:1

    [Adapted from a post on my blog on Tumblr.]The main comics of Marvel and DC are hard to obtain into--they are notorious for being messes of convoluted decades-long continuities. DC has created efforts to attract to fresh readers by relaunching and revamping all of its comic series. By most accounts DC is still a mess. However, the Batman series, spearheaded by Scott Snyder, has been described as a bright spot. I downloaded problems for "Death of the Family" via Comixology earlier, but after receiving a twenty-dollar bill as repayment for collecting a neighbor's mail, I place that towards downloading the two volumes for "Court of Owls" directly from Amazon. The latter story arc is what I read on the method to San tman uncovers a secret society which, contrary to what he thought much earlier, turns out to be far too real. Once it gets going, the story flows with impressive suspense and some intense turns. A highlight is a stage in the Court of Owls' heavy maze. When the Court unleashes its forces, the wars and chases practically compel eg Capullo is the main artist. His human figures take a very slight leaning towards the cartoonish but they are believable enough to convey serious emotions. The overall detailing and texturing convey much grit and the scenery bolsters the atmosphere. The secondary artists, who pop up in various spots within this arc, have various styles that are nonetheless just as effective. Comic Book Girl 19 did me another favor by recommending "Court of Owls."

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    Batman (2016-) #34 review [Book]  2017-11-1 18:1

    Part II of writer Tom King's "Rules of Engagement" is just as exciting as Part tman and his newly-engaged fiancee, Catwoman - who is disputedly the world's most risky woman - are headed for a showdown with his ex on her home turf. She's claiming the same title as Cat, as both women prepare to war it out over is problem has it all: catfights and batfights, and even a small birdie tugging on Superman's cape, as Robin confronts the Man of Steel at the entrance to Talia's issue: Swords and Claws. Can't wait!

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    Batman (2016-) #35 review [Book]  2017-11-16 18:1

    With an injured Batman sidelined, two beauties do war for his this corner: Talia al Ghul, a/k/a the Demon's Daughter!And in this corner: Selina Kyle, a/k/a the Catwoman!Writer Tom King and artist Joelle Jones breathe fresh life into characters I grew up reading as a e ending to the war of the beauties was a satisfying read for this adult, but the Cat and her injured Bat left the demon daughter's lair t for long. The talented Mr. King appears to be a romantic, and in his capable hands, the Bat and the Cat have a comic book destiny to fulfill.

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    Batman (2016-) #35 review [Book]  2017-11-16 18:1

    Batman has two woman fighting over him... Sword fighting over him. Selina and Talia are having words, and swords, over the Bat.

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    Batman (2016-) #36 review [Book]  2017-12-7 18:1

    Once again, amazing writing and attractive perman is feeling estranged from his amazing mate Batman ever since the caped crusader got engaged and never told the man of e consummate loner, Batman feels uncomfortable talking about his fresh mething's gotta e two women in their lives are determined to bring their men back together again as is Batman problem cleverly juxtaposes seperate discussions between Clark Kent and his wife, Lois Lane, and Bruce Wayne and his fresh fiancee, Selina Kyle, as the two couples talk about the two men's relationship with each other.

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    Batman (2016-) #36 review [Book]  2017-12-7 18:1

    I'm a large DC fan, Batman and Superman being my favorite characters. Its always amazing when they cross paths. This book was fantastic. I've been loving these fresh problems with him and Catwoman engaged. She's the one person who always gets the better of him and it adds a amazing dynamic to his story. The most enjoyable Batman book as of late.

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    Batman (2016-) #37 review [Book]  2017-12-21 18:1

    So, the Bat and the Blue Boy scout double date with the Cat and Lois Lane. It's strange. It's Bruce and Clark doing something utterly average. Strange.

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    Batman (2016-) #37 review [Book]  2017-12-21 18:1

    I thought it was a well written interpretation of Batman and Superman's friendship. Lois and Cat woman were great, they need to squad up more often.

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    Batman (2016-) #37 review [Book]  2017-12-21 18:1

    Is there such a thing as a excellent issue? Because this is a excellent issue. No punch is thrown. No villain seeks to take over the world. All we're doing here is hanging out with our friends.

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    Batman (2016-) #38 review [Book]  2018-1-3 18:1

    Actually, no, it's not another origin story. But rather, a one-off story about another young boy that sees his parents dead and Gordon calls Bruce Wayne to come and talk to the boy.

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    Batman (2016-) #41 review [Book]  2018-2-22 18:1

    It's the begin of a brand fresh story arc. It's a amazing start. We will see were it goes. 🌿🌱

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    Batman (2016-) #42 review [Book]  2018-3-10 18:1

    The previous problem #41, was beautiful weak as far as Batman comics go; so problem #42 was a much required revitalization. They brought back tension, a touch of action, and that fun humor / witt between Catwoman and Batman. The art was also better than the previous issue. Beautiful amazing overall, looking forward to the next chapter.

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    Batman (2016-) #44 review [Book]  2018-4-5 18:1

    This was a clever story by author Tom King, ably-abetted with stunning artwork by Mikel Jann and Joelle e premise is simple: Mrs. Batman-to-Be goes shopping for a wedding gown. However, Catwoman is no ordinary bridezilla; she shops for a dress the same method she has lived her life - outside the ong the way, Catwoman reminisces about her nearly 80-year-long comic book relationship with fiance Bruce Wayne, and the method she has dressed for it over the decades.I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait to see what DC and this talented Batman squad have planned for the upcoming nuptials.

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    Batman (2016-) #44 review [Book]  2018-4-5 18:1

    I'm not sure if I like it yet. I have to see what the next problem is like before I know.

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    Batman (2016-) #44 review [Book]  2018-4-5 18:1

    I'm getting a small bored w/this story line. S*** or obtain off the pot. It seems like they've got 3 problems worth of story that they're stretching to a dozen or so by doing the equivalent of film's reaction shot or tight shot. This latest problem has Cat breaking into a dress store trying on several various wedding dresses with no dialogue whatsoever. Seriously? Again, I say, "S*** or obtain off the pot!".

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    Batman (2016-) #45 review [Book]  2018-4-18 18:0

    Apocalyptic future? What is going on here? Read on and you will obtain your. I'm not sure if I like it or not. I have to think about it.

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    Batman (2016-) #48 review [Book]  2018-6-7 18:0

    King at the top of his android game bringing Batman and Joker nose to nose ala Killing Joke. Janin continues to amaze with some of the most breathtaking art in comics.

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    Batman (2016-) #49 review [Book]  2018-6-21 18:0

    This clever two-part tale showcases writer Tom King at his o of Batman's deadliest foes share a quiet moment together to reminisce before Catwoman's marriage to the earances can be deceiving.I thoroughly enjoyed this prelude to DCs landmark happening of the year. I'm still wondering if the satisfied couple will tie the knot in their civilian identities of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, or as their costumed alter-egos Batman and Catwoman.I can't wait to search out next issue.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    I think a lot of Batman readers may feel the method I did after finishing this wedding problem - disappointed.I won't spoil the ending, but the actual problem felt tedious to read, interspersed with endless 1-page guest artist illustrations covered with endless, boring dialogue balloons.I gave this wedding problem four stars, instead of the three it deserved, because the artwork was impressive. Sadly, however, the plot was not.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    I could literally vomit from the knot Tom King has left in my stomach from Batman #50. This is nothing but a repeat of what happened to Batwoman during her Fresh 52 run (and at least the staff was passionate enough to quit instead of continuing to take part in something they no longer could stand behind). I'm both sad and dissapointed as I have previously defended King's style of writing in debates with mates who were not so fond of his writing. Heck, I even eagerly shook the man's hand and gushed over what a fan I was of his work at the latest comic con he attended in my state. Please save yourself the cash and search something less predictable and depressing to read. While the artwork is gorgeous, the story line will leave a bitter taste in your mouth for a long time to come.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    I have to completely disagree with the other people who have reviewed this problem so far. Batman 50 is nothing less than a modern-day masterpiece. If you’re looking for a corny, golden- or silver-age wedding comic with the Super Mates sitting in the pews, Wendy and Marvin’s Wonder Dog as the ring bearer and a nice, neat, happily-ever-after ending, this isn’t for you. If you wish to see the complex, well-constructed, well-planned and thoughtful work of modern master, Tom King, then this is right up your (Crime) Alley. Tom has taken comic storytelling to fresh heights with his superb 50-issue’s-and-counting run. Everything that began in problem one of his run culminates here and sets the scene for the next 50 issues. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    Gave it an additional star for the sweet inclusion of some of my favorite artists. DC is trash and doesn't care about their readers, though.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    Look, I literally buy every fresh rebirth comic. They are simply amazing, but this....this is sad. God, a small hero development wouldn’t slay Bruce Wayne. Just allow him obtain married you cowards. Batman deserves happiness. Also the argument that he can’t continue being Batman without angst is ridiculous. That’s like saying Clark can’t be Superman if he has a wife. Lame. All this buildup for nothing. Honestly, don’t even read. The only reason this book shouldn’t be thrown out is because of the awesome artists. Amazing job artists, go rethink yourselves DC writers and executives. Listen to your fans for once.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    SPOILERSRiddle me this? Why go through with a crossover that spans a year's worth of Batman comics and multiple crossovers if you're not even going to go through with the wedding? Answer: Money! This reminds me of the Death of Batman, when he didn't really die..

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    A wedding that doesn't actually happen. Bait for fans who invested themselves in this wedding only to be letdown. Come on, DC.

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    Batman (2016-) #50 review [Book]  2018-7-4 18:0

    A build up with no payoff. All the wedding hype for NO REASON!!

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    Batman (2016-) Annual #2 review [Book]  2017-12-1 18:1

    From the first page of this very unique Batman annual, readers are in for a ing on his Rebirth Bat/Cat relationship, Batman writer Tom King, ably assisted by the equally-talented artist Lee Weeks, retells the beginning and the end of the courtship and marriage of the Earth 2 Bruce Wayne and Selina e cat and mouse relationship between the caped crusader and the feline felon blossoms into love. Two lonely people search each other in the pages of this issue's action-packed beginning, and lose each other at its heart-wrenching conclusion - or so it m King sets the scene for what may - or may not - be Selina Kyle's fresh romantic rival for the heart of Gotham's most-eligible superhero bachelor.I was very moved by this second Rebirth Batman annual. I haven't stopped thinking about it. Neither will you.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    I've been away from comics for decades. I heard so much about 'Rebirth' I decided now would be a amazing time to dive back in. This was a excellent re-introduction to the globe of DC only complaint was certain things would happen off page that I would've liked to have seen happen. Sometimes, I obtain the feelling that there is quite a bit more meat on that bone if the artists and writer would just allow us see it. But, nevertheless, a amazing book.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    The Batman rebirth series is off to a really powerful begin here in my opinion. Tom King is a unbelievable writer and did wonders with the Vision. Here he takes a more psychological take on the Batman and I really enjoyed it. It's not what the typical reader may be used to when reading Batman, but is very well written nonetheless. The Gotham twins are a very interesting addition and amazing foils to the Batman. Also, there were even some parts where I laughed out loud reading this. A powerful begin to the Batmans rebirth.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Powerful art, decent storyline, very amazing dialogue. This isn't the best iteration of Batman but it had a compelling story, with some dark turns and pathos. Not a gangbusters beginning but a solid one

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    amazing/awesome/sensational/spectacular

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Loving Rebirth and Batman is one of the best.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Amazing continuing series. I love it and will hold reading more and more.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Not on the same level as omega men and vision. Also not as amazing as Grayson (the best work by tom king, in my opinion). Nevertheless, very amazing and enjoyable.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Amazing method to restart/reboot. We'll written, we'll drawn, and kindle ver was well designed. Cat wait to obtain into the rest of rebirth.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Art and story is breath taking. I legitimately cried twice. It's also a solid starting point for anyone who skipped the Fresh 52 run.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: I Am Gotham review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:1

    Amazing begin to fresh editions for the rebirth story lines. Should be interesting to see how it plays out moving forward

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    .... but was expecting more to the ending left me wondering too much like what happened to Bane? Where are they keeping him now? What will happen when he escapes again?

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    Rebirth is a winner!

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    all obligations were met, job well done

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    It starts amazing but theres not as much dialogue and what dialogue there was I didn't have fun much. I loved the end though, it had a nice surprise and I'm very interested to see how they might connect this with Batman beyond.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    I thought it was amazing!!

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    Bane has been an underrated batman villain these past couple of years and this story proves how king is in fact the king of reinventing the not only a hero's tone but their overall scope of a story arch.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    Best volume by far this year! Must read!

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    With Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane, Tom King wraps up his "I Am" trilogy of Batman stories. And boy did he wrap it up well. I Am Bane is a terrific story, with lots of action and some quieter, deeper moments of self-reflection for Bruce Wayne, and even Bane. To summarize the , thanks to Psycho Pirate, a character known as Gotham is dead and Gotham Girl is emotionally broken. Bane took possession of Psycho Pirate to support him deal with the effects of his long time use of Venom. Batman, knowing the Pirate was the only who could heal Gotham Girl, used a group of questionable "heroes" to take the Pirate from Bane, invading Bane's home, the prison island of Santa Prisca, to do it. Which brings us to this final volume. Bane wants the Pirate back, Batman needs five days for Gotham Girl to be healed, and will do anything and everything to delay Bane in his quest.With that said, the story is much more involved than that. There are guest appearances by multiple former Robins and Duke, Superman, and Catwoman. There are plans within plans. There is plenty of action and confrontation. And there is an interesting parallel between the childhoods of Bane and Batman. All of this sets up a crisis of conscience for Batman, and sends him off on a fresh path in his addition to the main story, there are several others as well. There is a nice tale about how Bruce Wayne acquires a pet dog, named Ace, and an interesting team-up with Swamp Thing that is deeply philosophical. The best of these stories, though, is the epilogue to the I Am Bane storyline. It involves Batman and Catwoman, and spotlights their relationship. It is told in contrast to a conversation between Gotham Girl and Batman. It is well told, and King does a fabulous job with the characterization. In fact, the characterization in this whole volume, particularly with Batman/Bruce Wayne, is a highlight for me. I feel like King has added to an already storied and iconic character, which is hard to ly, the ramifications of I Am Bane are sure to be felt for a long time. Bruce has come out of this ordeal a changed man, and I'm anxious to see where King takes him. I highly recommend Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane, particularly to readers who have read the first two volumes in this trilogy. King has risen to the challenge that Scott Snyder left for him on the Batman title. He is well on his method to writing a very definitive take on Batman and I recommend this book to all Batman fans.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    Easily one of my favorite comics in ages. Tom King's "I Am" Trilogy comes to its climatic end with Bane, back to using his super steroid Venom, launching an all out assault on Batman in Gotham in revenge for the latter's actions during the previous volume. Tom King, one of the best writers working for DC at the moment, proves not only that Bane has always been one of Batman's most formidable threats, but wonderfully explores the aspects of how their characters are two sides of the same coin. Bane paves a brutal swath through Gotham and the Bat's allies in his quest to reclaim the Psycho Pirate (who'd been using to support alleviate the pain of his venom withdrawals) and shows once again that he is more than a match for Bruce. While some bits of the story are left unseen (such as an early throw down between Bane and Nightwing, Red Hood, and Robin) the effects of those unseen moments are surely felt and create Bane less of a 'roided out warrior and more of a shadowy presence striking Batman at his leisure. As a conclusion to the story begun with the introduction of Gotham Girl, this is a smash hit and the subsequent ending chapters are amazing as well such as the culmination of the romance between Bat and Cat, a haunting interlude between Batman and a revenge-seeking Swamp Thing, and a moment of required levity with the Rebirth reintroduction of Ace the Bat Hound (for such a cheesy old school character, Ace's "origin" story here is both heartbreaking, funny, and wonderfully affecting).

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 3: I Am Bane review [Book]  2017-11-23 18:2

    While not necessarily the oldest Batman villain, Bane has created himself out to be now one of the Caped Crusader's most notorious, dangerous, and iconic villain. So how does this conflict between a 'roided-out jock' and the Batman stand up versus more than two decades of prior conflicts? I would say surprisingly well, but I would be lying if I was surprised by Tom King's perfect story-telling e art talent is very solid. Finch handles the majority of the art here, but is joined by two others near the end. Finch's Batman continues to look remarkable and fits the story extremely well, aiding King in crafting an action-packed narrative, but not lacking subtlety, either. The cover pages are especially well done, yet do not grossly supersede the quality of the interior panels. In short, Finch delivers consistently amazing pencils and the inkers and colorists likewise do not disappoint in the slightest. The Swamp-Thing story shifts in stylistic tone greatly, which fits perfectly as ST is a very atypical hero in Gotham (discounting Poison Ivy).As previously mentioned, the writing continues to be engaging and original for the most part. As with volume 2, several pieces of dialogue are repeated almost to the point of annoyance. Bane tells Batman he is Bane enough times that he makes himself almost echo Solomon Grundy's speech pattern. A few other points of the story seemed a small off, for example, Bane rather easily takes out all surviving Robins very easily, but does not slay them. With his hatred and blood-lust so powerful for Batman, it was an odd choice on King's part to have Bane leave them alive. I also didn't obtain the feeling that this was a 'I could have but didn't' moment, either, but of course, I could be wrong. Other than that, the book reads very quickly and cohesively, with enough humor added in to break up the darkness, yet not so much that it feels out of place. There is a major fresh development between the Cat and the Bat, and while I won't reveal it here, it was surprising, but not nonsensical in terms of hero development. King continues to create this Batman his own, yet not an unrecognizable shadow of his former self like some of those OTHER heroes to sum up, I Am Bane was a genuinely amazing Batman book. Not earth-breaking, but not entirely predictable, either. Snyder's run seemed to have more of a kinetic, 'out of left feel' energy and style to his narratives, whereas King's seemed to be more about a pattern or rhythm. Both have worked out well thus far, so it's safe to say this is an simple recommendation and makes me excited for volume 4.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Tom King delivered a unbelievable volume here, adding totally fresh dimensions to the Batman Cat Woman relationship, and bringing a much darker aspect of the dark knight. The repeating of dialogue is an perfect motif, and it helps the emotional journey of the characters making it a deeply impactful and symmetrical read. The two characters that King focused most on were Batman and Catwoman, and their inner monologues were unbelievable and added a amazing contrast between the two, as well as connecting them. Not only was it a unbelievable emotional journey but Mikel Janin drew some amazing action that perfectly matched the morbid tone of the story. Batman was just as intelligent and in control of the situation as I wanted him to be, a amazing representation of the Dark Knight . The fighting weaved seamlessly across the page which gave a amazing flow to the story. Bane was also phenomenal, totally [email protected]#$% and also a tragic story of addiction his final confrontation with Batman was chalk full of the amazing twists you expect from a Batman book. On top of all of this the Batman Catwoman was handled wonderfully, it was a heart breaking love story that left you wanting more. Overall this sets the tone for Batman in rebirth and I hope that King and Mikel hold this up. Definitely read this one.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    I'm really confused and conflicted on this fresh take on the Batman . The characteristic that always set Batman apart from the other superheroes with powers was his reliance on wit and preparation to avoid hurt and prevail in battle. This fresh Batman series has him run headlong into armies firing guns at him at point-blank range and he beats them despite being him numerous times by bullets, fists, and blades WHAT??? Since when did he become Superman. Also Bane breaks his back again and he just resets it with no after effects. COME ON MAN!I don't wish to give away the plot twists so I will keep further comment on the storyline.Anyway, l like most of the art and the main story is interesting though at times too preachy. The interchange with the junior "suicide squad" is also interesting but again bogs down in the metaphysical mumbo-jumbo of the writer trying to create the situations feel like an episode of the Outer Limits. The latest 2 problems of this collection was all about the Catwoman/Batman relationship. Amazing but it felt slightly out of put in thus collection.I gave this graphic novel 3 stars because I truly like the Batman hero and the story is original and well crafted. I just want they stop with the super-Batman charaterization.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    The second installment in the I AM Trilogy is a definite hit. Beautifully by both Mikel Janin and Mitch Gerads, this volume has quite possibly one of my favorite Bat stories with the two part Rooftops mini-arc. This book picks up where the latest volume left off, and has Bruce assembling his own private Suicide Team to take on Bane. King writes from multiple perspectives in this title and gives each of the squad's members a distinctive voice, and ties all the individual plot threads together until they finally cross paths at the end. It's understandable why some might not have fun this title's dialogue as it can be very cryptic and repetitive; however, Mikel Janin's amazing artwork makes up for it with his dynamic use of panels, and brilliantly illustrated action. The Rooftops story follows Bruce and Selina for one night as they discover the rooftops of Gotham taking on some of Batman's more obscure villains, and reminiscing over how they met. The artwork here by Mitch Gerads is exceptional, and complements an equally exceptional story. Overall another quality volume.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    In a sense, this is both a self-contained story, and one that feels incomplete at the same time. The quality, however, is still fantastic, and Tom King delivers some perfect Batman mythos that continues his volume 1 talent in bringing together both the familiar and something refreshingly fresh to the Dark thing that this volume's storytelling contains, almost to the point of annoyance, is symmetry. Dialogue is repeated several times as a motif, and it usually works well to convey the dark, mysterious tone. However, it grows a small tiresome after a few chapters. It's difficult to describe without giving too much away, but anyone who reads this collection will immediately understand. King narrates certain chapters from various perspectives, which adds more depth and makes for a more interesting read. Each narration feels and sounds different, reflecting the hero it belongs to. In a general sense, the story is genuinely interesting, though I feel like the story picked up in the middle, and not in one of those 'and here's how we got here' moments. There were a few story elements that must have been established in other titles that seemed rather sudden here. For example, Bane, the central antagonist, was in Gotham the latest he was mentioned in a Batman title, so I was wondering how he not only abandoned venom, but became the ruler of his native country home. When Waller shows up (briefly) it's in a very off-putting matter that rather poorly reflects on Batman. Even in this fresh established continuity, I was a bit surprised at how she did what she did. This sounds a bit dumb phrased as it is, but it is a surprise I'd rather not spoil. As a final note on the writing, Catwoman was depicted very well, conveying both a sense of weakness and undeniable strength. The only thing slightly confusing was that, just as she was preceding the Fresh 52, she is aware of Bruce Wayne's violent nocturnal e art is a departure from Finch's volume 1, and I must say, Janin crushes it here. The back cover makes Batman look a bit awkward, but this is the sole example. His work is shadowy and open, yet detailed and realistic. There are a few war scenes which include Batman in several positions, showing the progression of his fights. It looks great, though is a bit strange to behold, as it does look like there are a dozen Batmen attacking. The only thing I felt was a small off was the depiction of Bane. I'm not sure if this was Janin or King's choice, but the man that broke the Bat is nude virtually the entire time. I'm no prude, and rest assured this is nothing like the blue member in Watchmen, but it felt a small strange. I understand, I think, what they were going for, related to the ancient Scottish fighters would do to inflict fear on the enemy. It's a power move and intimidation factor, but still took a bit of getting used to.Overall, Batman's Rebirth title continues to search success in King. Janin's work is superb, and created some of the less enjoyable dialogue easier to obtain through. Related to volume 1, this is an simple recommendation for fans of the Dark Knight.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Strong second volume of three volume story arc that makes Batman one of the thre or four best DC titles right now. Beautifully written and drawn. There are a few pages that I want I could frame and place on my wall.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Amazing story. Following the happenings of I Am Gotham, Batman is off on an adventure with his own suicide team of sorts, to take Psycho Pirate from Bane. Batman needs Psycho Pirate to support heal Gotham Girl. He is willing to invade Bane's sovereign state with the support of Cateoman, Bronze tiger, Punch and Jewlee.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Overall a beautiful amazing story. Batman assembles his own "team of villains" to infiltrate Bane's is story is following up on Night of the Creature Men, where Batman had his own giant squad of heroes. While each of these villains have a unique role to play in the mission, I have to believe that Batman's actual allies would have been able to accomplish the mission. Alas, Batman's allies are multiplying...even his worst opponents of the the end of the book, is a two part love story. This story was a classic Catwoman h stories contained odd "listings" of D-list Batman villains (forced into the plot). Seemingly just to acknowledge that they still exist? The one amazing thing about this is that we see Calendar man...So maybe they will eventually follow up the "Rebirth #1" story? Either way, to pause the "story" while they display a gallery of D-list villains is a small jarring, but overall, this book is worth the time and cash to read!I will say that I also bought "All Star Batman Vol 1" with this, and a few of those "D-list" villains are somewhat relevant in that book.....But here it's beautiful pointless.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    King, in his second story arc on Batman's main title, certainly proves again that he's willing to hold things new. While it does directly follow a thread set up in I Am Gotham, this is legitimately its own self-contained sequel story. The theme is basically one of Batman + Suicide Squad, both in and out of universe, making something of a high-stakes Batman heist story, and it works beautiful e hero work is all interesting. Batman himself is shown to be very vulnerable here, despite also being shown as his usual one-man-army capabilities. It's not simple making a normal man who repeatedly runs straight at gunfire (and wins!) look vulnerable at the same time, but King pulled it off. Besides Batman, Catwoman gets the most focus, and while the setup might seem controversial to Catwoman fans, stick with it; the payoff more than justifies what is happening. The rest of Batman's team only gets a small focus, which is a shame, but there seems to be the intention to pick up down the road, so we may obtain more yet. As for the villain, King pulls out one of the huge hitters, Bane. The covers are a small misleading; while Bane is shown in costume, he's not quite shown that method in-story. He's completely stark naked the entire time. And it works. Bane is at some of his most terrifying capabilities here. Thematically, it also makes sense; Bane doesn't have some big, evil scheme; he's actually the one defending versus Batman's ng is clearly gaining momentum from what was already a powerful start. I can't wait to see what he does from here.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Some of those problem are quite awesome and as amazing as vision and sheriff of Babylon. Other are just ordinary, plagued by simples solutions and deus ex machinas... overall, the writing is still very good, even if frustrating sometimes. The art is amazing.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 2: I Am Suicide review [Book]  2018-6-8 18:2

    Vol 1 was alright. I didnt have fun it as much. However, I Am Suicide brought my excitement back to Batman's Rebirth series! Really showed how dark Batman is, he partners with Catwoman and a few others, and gets you hyped for the next volume! (Which is even better)

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 5: The Rules of Engagement review [Book]  2018-5-4 18:1

    After decades of close encounters, innuendos, and teases, Batman and Catwoman are finally an item. The back-and-forth conversation between Bruce and Selina alone create this a memorable collection; add in the adventures they have together (saving Holly Robinson from Talia, double-dating with Lois and Clark, and a possible look at their future) create it even more memorable.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 5: The Rules of Engagement review [Book]  2018-5-4 18:1

    Amazing Bat/Cat items continued. Amazing and funny double date with Clark/Lois. More lighthearted. If you liked the previous volumes, you should have fun this one.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    The Dark Knight and Two Face take a street trip in an attempt to cure Harvey Dent once and for all. Throw in some familiar faces and a few plot twists, and you have a diverting but not particularly groundbreaking Batman adventure that is worth the read but not essential. It was interesting enough for me to pick up Volume 2.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    I bought this because JRJR drew it and I was not disappointed! The art is awesome backed up by a amazing story!Book was shipped perfectly for a comic collector and promptly!

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    Ever wondered what a street trip with your favorite caped crusader would look like? Then look no further than this book. It's filled with over-the-top nonstop action that keeps you on a joy ride the whole time. So buckle in and have fun this brilliant book!

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    In his introduction to All Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy, Scott Snyder mentions that after he finished his iconic run on the Batman title, he still had stories he wanted to tell. However, he wanted to take Batman out of Gotham and use fresh artists to tell each story. Well, mission accomplished with this first Own Worst Opponent is a Batman street trip reminiscent of Midnight Run or The Book of Eli. In short, Batman is taking Harvey Dent/Two-Face to a secret zone in order to provide him with a "cure" for getting rid of his Two-Face personality forever. To defend himself, Two-Face has promised to release every bit of compromising info on the citizens of Gotham unless they stop Batman. To add to the chaos, Two-Face has promised the combined fortune of Gotham's top three crime bosses to anyone who frees him and stops Batman. Allow the madness is was a very entertaining story. The street trip aspect allowed the setting to be constantly changing. Also, it allowed for a huge number of B list (and C and D, etc.) villains to take their crack at Batman, with often amusing results. Ordinary people were place in difficult positions, and Penguin and his cohorts (the top 2 crime bosses) were desperate, as well. On top of all this, James Gordon and the Gotham police force search themselves compromised as well, due to some info Two-Face has on ere were two things I particularly enjoyed about My Own Worst Enemy. The first was the relationship between Batman and Two-Face. Snyder reveals a rather poignant encounter from their childhood, and I found that it added depth to both Bruce and Harvey. (Snyder has become a master at adding background to Batman's past and making it feel very natural, like the reader knew about it all along). I also enjoyed the focus on Duke, Batman's fresh non-Robin partner. He plays a pivotal role in the story, and his relationship with Batman is just various enough from the Robins of the past/present to add an interesting perspective (Duke also gets a back-up story that adds depth to him as well).If this first volume of All Star Batman is any indication, Scott Snyder has again got a hit on his hands. If he hasn't already, he is well on his method to establishing himself as one of the top Batman writers ever. I highly recommend All Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy. It will thrill long-time readers and is a fine starting put for fresh readers.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    An action packed book!Batman kidnapped Harvey Dent, with the intent to travel and "cure" him of Two-face once and for all. One problem. Two Face has his own contingency plans in place. Plans that have everyone gunning for Batman and Harvey, mates and opponents alike. This book is packed end to end with action, drama, plot twists, and villains from the well known rogues gallery to rarely seen classic D-list villains.A gripping story, though (as someone who has been reading all of the Batman Rebirth titles) Batman seems to be Traveling quite a bit lately, for so much to have been event in Gotham....I would have liked to have seen a 'nod' to latest happenings in "Batman" and "Detective"

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    The first multi-part story in this volume is “My Own Worst Enemy.” Firefly and Assassin Moth bust up a diner. Little time crime, but Batman protects the diner’s patrons, only to explore that everyone is cheesed off at him (again), this time because he’s trying to obtain Two-Face out of Gotham, and Two-Face has threated to expose the hypocrisies of all the hypocrites in the state, which would be beautiful much everyone, unless all the hypocrites stop Batman from having his way.I sorta like the concept, although I suspect most people are too lazy to go chasing after Batman just because a supervillain is going to out their dark secrets. Still, everyone over the age of two has dark secrets and a credible threat to expose them might be a potent weapon. But the larger idea is that Batman wants to cure Two-Face because of their childhood bonding, and the story seems method over-the-top to achieve that goal. Still, over-the-top can be fun, and this volume has its moments. But it sandwiches those moments inside a convoluted story that only occasionally makes sense.Other villains getting in on the act are Assassin Croc and King Shark and Amygdala and Cheshire and Copperhead … wait, there’s more … Penguin, Black Mask, Amazing White, the Beast, the Royal Flush Gang … wait, there’s more … Tweedledee and Tweedledum? How’s that for a blast from the st of the villains fold beautiful quickly — a lot of of them seem to have been added for filler — but I liked the portrayal of Penguin’s sinister nature, and just the fact of so a lot of villains popping up was kinda fun. So again, some amazing moments here but not quite enough to create me enthusiastic about the story as a whole. I’d give it 3 1/2 e next story is “The Cursed Wheel.” It’s sort of a “training Duke” story. I like it because it doesn’t test to do too much. It’s sort of a Batman and Luke bonding story that digs a bit into Luke’s past. The story carries the volume up to 4 e art is inconsistent, always a demon that bedevils DC. Some is good, some is bad, some looks like an artist’s rendering of Claymation. Why a hero can’t look the same from story to story, or even from one page to the next, is beyond me, but that seems to be an ongoing issue at DC.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    Scott Snyder returns to write more amazing Batman. The whole journey is back and forth between the past mates that Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne use to be and the now. Two –Face has place a hit on Batman as he tries to return his old mate to his old self again. Harvey sent Batman a notice that he found a method to eliminate his split personality but he hid it in a put Two –Face will never know about. THe hit brings out all kinds from the woodwork. Penguin, Black Mask and Amazing White hire an Killer to slay Batman and Two-Face. Along the method Batman is faced with a multitude of foes and :The art was impressive, the info and the somewhat muted tones mixed with the bright basic colors. It kind of reminded me of an old style of story book illustrations. I really liked the method Two-Face was aracters:Batman/ Bruce Wayne: of course, his usual brooding, loyal, overprotective self. Protecting his ward, loyal to an old mate and brooding over the past that he can't change. Determined to do the right thing to fix the unfixable no matter the obstacles.Duke: the fresh not Robin. As of now Duke may be in what looks like a Robin costume but Batman told Gordon they were trying something new. I like Duke so far. He differs from the majority of the rest of the sidekicks as his parents are still alive (like Tim Drake) but Duke has a vendetta versus the Joker and he wants justice to always prevail, and not just like Batman but mostly because his o-Face/Harvey Dent: Two-Face knows the right method to manipulate Bruce Wayne.Other cameos: Amygdala, Assassin Croc, King Shark, Firefly, Assassin Moth, Black Spider, Copperhead, Cheshire, The Royal Flush Gang, Gotham’s Lords of Organized Crime, Harold Allnut, The Court of Owls, The : I really liked this one. I've never been a huge Two-Face fan but this one was beautiful good. The manipulation level was really up there and bringing in all these other villains honestly I didn't even know two of them even existed. The story kept me hooked to the end all very exciting I couldn't place it down, and the latest one with a bit of the back story with Duke was nice to have.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    Title: All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Opponent (Rebirth)Publisher: DCWriters: Scott SnyderArtists: John Romita Jr. & Declan Shalvey(pencils), Danny Miki, Tom Palmer, Sandra Hope, Richard Mate (inks), Dean White & Jordie Bellaire (colors), John Romita Jr., Danny Miki, Dean White (covers)Collects: All-Star Batman #1-5Price: $24.99So (as tends to happen every 8 years or so) the DC universe has been rebooted again, and the Fresh 52 is out and Rebirth is in. With the change-over of all DC titles to the fresh “Rebirth universe,” a whole slew of fresh or revised titles have been launched. Scott Snyder had been writing the main Batman title in the Fresh 52 universe. Now, in the Rebirth universe, he is writing All-Star Batman. I really enjoyed his work on Batman, before, and I figured it was a beautiful safe bet that I’d have fun this fresh Batman book, also. I was also very pleasantly surprised to see that Marvel Comics superstar John Romita Jr. was on board for pencils! What?! Other than some independent projects, I have never seen him work outside the walls of Marvel. I’m not complaining, though! I’ll take JRJR art on any book I can get!There’s certainly a lot going on in this book. Batman is on a trip across the country with Two-Face in custody – destined for a put that the readers are left wondering about until the very end. All the while, the two are being pursued by a host of Gotham City’s villains and a cadre of mercenaries – foremost of which is Beast (formerly KGBeast). All of these people are out to slay Batman, and – to create matters worse - back in Gotham Town the police are raiding the Wayne Manor. It seems that Batman has no method out and no one he can truly trust – apart from his fresh sidekick Duke Thomas. As far as I know, Duke was introduced in the Fresh 52 Batman Zero Year storyline, but I don’t remember much about him. I’m sure he will be fleshed out over the coming years as he is moved into a character role instead of a bystander is book is a true roller coaster ride. Everything moves at a rapid pace, yet Snyder still manages to build tension from begin to finish. Though this book includes only five problems of the fresh series, I’m wondering if the first problem was oversized, as there just seems to be a whole lot of content in just five issues. Interspersed between all of the action scenes are flashbacks to a young Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent – childhood mates who created certain pledges to each other. The friendship between them lingers to the present, but is very often overshadowed by the bi-polar Two-Face criminal persona. The story threads from the past and show come together at the end of the first arc, and Snyder proves that he hasn’t lost any steps in this fresh Batman series. The only thing I didn’t like about the first story arc was the absolute beating that Batman/Bruce Wayne sustains. He’s not exactly Wolverine, you know? Any normal human who would be subjected to that number and type of injuries would certainly be laid up in a hospital for the next month. Somehow, though, Bruce Wayne doesn’t take any medical leave and keeps right on e second “mini” two-issue story arc in this book deals with Batman training Duke to be a amazing investigator. Although I didn’t care for this story as much as the first, it was still decent, and it begins to give the readers a bit more history about the Duke Thomas character. The art squad on this second story was various than the first arc. Declan Shalvey is the penciller, and I was a hug fan of his work on Moon Knight Volume 1: From the Dead. And the colors by Jordie Bellaire absolutely pop in this story, which is necessary in this story, as you’ll know when you read it. Lots to like, even if the Mr. Zsasz storyline wasn’t my is book is off to a amazing start, and I look forward to reading the next installment!Writing: 8/10Artwork: 8/10Cool Factor: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 8/10

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    If there is any aspect of THE NEW 52 that worked out, it definitely was BATMAN under the creative squad of Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo that ran for 51 issues. All amazing things must come to an end though, as Capullo left to pursue other projects. Don’t worry though, the duo will obtain back together on a Batman project sometime this 2017 year. In the mean time, with DC REBIRTH getting back to basics that means fresh creative squads for series. Tom King takes over writing duties for Batman, so what of Snyder? He gets to write his own self-contained Batman stories! This means Snyder is free of continuity and writing his own contained Bat-Universe away from everyone. Hence the title ALL STAR BATMAN. Now does this mean it’s an ode to Frank Miller’s ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN in the same method of allowing a more mature content Batman? Meaning more violence, gore, curse words, and just allowing Snyder to run wild on his own? Well, Snyder never goes toward Frank Miller’s “The %[email protected] Batman” level, but yes, this is Snyder’s own loose take on Batman and ALL STAR is a fun L STAR BATMAN VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY collects problems #1-5. Acid rain is continuously hailing down Gotham and the one responsible for it is one of Batman’s notorious villains, Two-Face. Even in police custody, Two-Face won’t reveal how to stop storm hanging over Gotham. Harvey Dent, Two-Face’s amazing side, has convinced Batman that the respond to stopping Two-Face’s toxic rain clouds lie in a put located 498 miles away from Gotham City, additionally there lies a possible solution to curing Harvey/Two-Face’s duel personality disorder at this place. It seems like a trap, but Batman knows the exact zone Harvey/Two-Face is talking about and believes him. It doesn’t support Two-Face has place out a heavy bounty on Batman to break him out of confinement, which Batman is going to personally escort Two-Face 498 miles seeing as it would be too risky for anyone else to do so. Now it looks like Batman will see every villain and cutthroat come out of the woodwork to break Two-Face the simplest terms, Scott Snyder’s opening volume in ALL STAR BATMAN is really a street trip book between Batman and Two-Face as they travel planes, trains, and automobiles across 498 miles as they dodge and evade every Bat-rogue thrown at them from B to Z-tier villains. It really is an action-packed fun moving comic that doesn’t allow up in the same vein as the film, Angry Max: Fury Road. It helps with the ALL STAR moniker to let for some surprising moments that might not work in the traditional Batman continuity like cursing, the occasional edgy Batman, and moments of Batman using a chainsaw (yes, a chainsaw!). Snyder still tells a decent story while chugging along with Batman and Two-Face across the land where both exchange conflicting ideals about people. Snyder’s NEW 52 Batman main theme was showing how extreme Batman is pushed to, yet never gives up even as a normal human being which continues here in REBIRTH under Snyder. REBIRTH Two-Face examining his case on the dark/good sides of people, with his point of view being that people revel in their evil side much more than the good. Two-Face is also more multiple-personally based here between Harvey Dent as the amazing side and Two-Face as the poor side, whereas most depictions are simply about duality. These changes coupled with some fresh back story with Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent as childhood mates give fresh faucets for e backup stories from problems #1-4 involve around Duke Thomas training methods under Batman, as Duke is trying to catch Victor Zsasz. It’s an okay read that helps build up Duke and Batman’s working relationship within the main story, but nothing cause this is called ALL STAR for the “All Star” creative squads involved, we have the love-him-or-hate-him superstar artist John Romita Jr. who does each problem to fit Snyder’s zany script. His powerful angular pencils match the quick pace and go with the high violence rate that reminds me of his work on [email protected]#$% with Tag Millar. And Declan Shelvey does the backup problems from #1-4 that showcase Duke Thomas going through Batman’s ‘color’ regime.And here is the part where I go over my flaws. As much as I love Snyder’s work all around, with each passing volume of his NEW 52 Batman, my list of grievances grew and even with REBIRTH, I still have some qualms. Much like his previous story arcs, Snyder ramps up his villains to absurd heights of powers that is almost borderline hard to believe for Batman rogues much like Riddler was for ZERO YEAR, Joker for DEATH OF THE FAMILY/ENDGAME, and even Mr. Bloom for SUPERHEAVY/BLOOM. Two-Face is done in the same outlandish way. In this case, he is an info broker that has dirt on everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) in Gotham and pulls strings to his regard. Now I can buy him having some level of holding vital info on Gotham’s elite, but not this level. Its method too absurd, even to the point he has three of the most cunning/powerful crime lords Penguin, Black Mask, and The Amazing White Shark financial holdings. Sorry, but no freaking way. Added to this, he controls the acid rain cloud hovering over Gotham. What? There is zero explanation of how the cloud is made or controlled; it just fits Two-Face as omnipotent. I also search it insanely difficult to believe anyone and everyone would believe Two-Face on anything, including people believing he would pay the bounty and Batman believing Harvey has a ‘cure’. Just about every level of criminal goes out of their method to take out Batman trusting Two-Face will pay up when everyone knows he’s a mastermind criminal that will say and do anything to obtain his way. Even normal citizens obtain involved to test and claim the bounty! Snyder goes method too much off the rails when it comes to sizing up his villains and initial premise in most Batman stories and this one is no different.Another aspect of Snyder that I feel he has difficulty on is his endings. His ambition on these arcs is so grand in concept and scale, when it is said and done, I search them anticlimactic (so far, I found ZERO YEAR to truly have a credible ending). When I saw the reason for the acid cloud and the ‘cure’, it didn’t really warrant Two-Face’s Modus Operandi. And lastly, again, this is ALL STAR BATMAN which is meant to be away from canon Batman so it allows Snyder to go more edgy in his portrayal that might not sit well with usual ill, ALL STAR BATMAN VOL.1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY is still a fun moving action-packed book that keeps moving at breakneck-pace under Snyder and manages to have amazing hero moments in-between. I dug JRJR.’s artwork, I didn’t mind the backup stories about Duke Thomas slowly coming into his own. Just the typical Snyder snags for me in the villain being method too powerful, hoax-y premise, and the lackluster ending damage this book for me. All these staples have become the norm for me in reading Snyder’s Batman. So much I truly have fun his stuff, yet so much annoying aspects that plague it for me as well. I’m still on board for more Snyder Batman with volume 2 as we see ze as the next huge baddie.

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    All-Star Batman (2016-) Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy review [Book]  2017-11-25 18:1

    Scott Synder has set a beautiful high bar for himself writing Batman. This was just...OK. The main story is one huge 500 mile chase. The whole thing feels so contrived to hold the story headed towards where Snyder wants it to go. Two Face is blackmailing every poor guy in the town and offering up millions to stop Batman from taking him to this house they spent time in as kids where there is supposed to be a cure for Two Face's dual personalities. So it's nonstop Batman villains appearances for 5 issues. Batman pulls out some ridiculous gadgets during these fights. They approach Bat Shark Repellent levels.I found the backup story to actually be the better story and features art by the unbelievable Declan Shalvey. It's about Batman's training of Duke as they take on Mr. Zsasz.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles review [Book]  2017-12-19 18:1

    Tom King continues his perfect run on Batman with Batman Vol. 4: The Battle of Jokes and Riddles. Following the happenings of Zero Year, the Joker "forgot" how to laugh, so he decided to slay and destroy even more than usual. The Riddler, in custody, was asked to support Batman and the GCPD in finding and stopping Joker. Riddler refused, then escaped and confronted Joker with a proposal: Squad up and allow the Riddler slay Batman. Joker said no, and the two went to war. The resulting carnage was devastating. As for Batman, he is almost secondary as he is left to test and prevent more devastation and protect the innocent citizens of Gotham.I really enjoyed The Battle of Jokes and Riddles. It was a spectacular story. King deftly handled the characterization of both Joker and Riddler, raising the level of genius and crazy to extreme heights. Both are equally menacing and unforgiving, refusing to give in or bow out so that the other might have the opportunity to slay Batman. King also does a amazing job juggling the different supporting villains the two gather to help them in their war. Of particular note is Kite-Man, a seemingly "C" list villain, almost a joke himself. Kite-man gets several chapters of the story to present his role in the war, and King adds a level of pathos to a formerly ridiculous villain. It is in moments like these that King's talent shines through.With his fresh relationship with Catwoman, Batman decides he needs to reveal his real self to her, and that is how the story of the Battle of Jokes and Riddles is presented. Batman promises to tell her something that may cause her to reevaluate their relationship and the method she sees him. This provides an interesting and suspenseful framework to an already enthralling story.Over the past 30+ issues, King has proven to be a amazing writer who excels in characterization. He is adding layers and depths to characters who have been around for decades (Batman, Bane, Riddler, Kite-Man). This raises his writing above the average. He has also made some intriguing plots, especially I Am Bane, but the Battle of Jokes and Riddles has the possibility to become one of the legendary Batman arcs.I highly highly recommend Batman Vol. 4: The Battle of Jokes and Riddles by Tom King. With each successive volume, King continues to raise the bar, putting himself in the discussion for all-time greatest Batman writer. This is a must for Batman fans, and because it's self-contained, it makes for a amazing story for anyone wanting to give it a try.*My review copy did not contain the final volume of the story, so as of this writing I'm unaware of the secret Batman promised to reveal to Catwoman.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles review [Book]  2017-12-19 18:1

    Story: A year after Batman took up the cape and cowl a battle hit Gotham between Joker and Riddler. In this volume he tells Selina his side and everything he learned by talking to as a lot of of the participants involved as possible. He still feels guilt over what he had to do and has to tell someone. The Joker has lost the ability to laugh, nothing's funny anymore and he blames Batman for ruining his joke. The Riddler breaks out of prison so he can solve the one riddle he has yet to solve, Batman. Riddler originally goes to Joker so they can band together to slay the Bat, but Joker instead shoots him in the gut. Joker and Riddler gather up all the other villains and divide Gotham, showing no mercy to anyone who gets in the way. Deadshot and Deathstroke go at it shot to shot, head to head until then Batman and Gordon have been dealing with it the best method the could but that was the straw that broke the camel's back. Batman figured the only method to stop it was to pick a side, but whose side to pick????Art: Mikel Janin did the main story line with June Chung as the Colorist. The Ballad of Kite Man done by Clay Mann and Jordie Bellaire (colorist) and Gabe Eltaeb (colorist). For the most part I'm simple to please when it come to the art I think the only thing that really bugged me was how Riddler was drawn. I guess I'm just so use to the lean almost scrawny cerebral kind of guy instead of this Irish bruiser-ish type guy with his shirt all open. But Riddler has evolved quite a bit since Frank Gorshin played him, I'll obtain over it. Back to the art this has some beautiful impressive and detailed two page spreads, I always like those. Overall it was very pleasing on the eyes and added so much to the : Overall, this was a unbelievable read, it was a amazing story even if it did feel a small truncated it just gave you the info you required to know. It was amazing to see Deathstroke and Deadshot war it out. (Although I think Deathstroke would win.) I liked the interludes with Kite Man with his story and how he plays a major part in the story. For missing the first three volumes this one was true simple to pick up and read without having read the previous problems and normally I wouldn't have grabbed this one not having read the previous one but how could I turn down Joker vs. Riddler?!

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    Batman (2016-) Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles review [Book]  2017-12-19 18:1

    If you're like me than you probably weren't too high on Tom King Batman. Scott Snyder has a definite claim to go down as the best Batman writer of all time and having to write the series after his departure is an unenviable task. Not helping either were Snyder's All-Star Batman and Metal (which if anything is really just a continuation of his Batman run) which launched while this series was running. Having read all of Snyder before him I was convinced that he was an impossible act to follow and while King is a talented writer in his own right nothing he did could ever measure up to Snyder. I'm very satisfied to say this is the story arc in which King more than earns all his accolades and really comes into his own. It's good. Really e primary premise (with no spoilers), of The Battle of Jokes and Riddles is a flashback story to Batman's early days set right after Snyder's Zero Year (which is also a amazing story line but not needed reading to have fun this). As the title suggests it centers around a conflict between The Joker and The Riddler and takes Batman from the young optimistic character we saw in Zero Year and leaves him the familiar brooding protagonist we're used to. It's a dark story , impeccably well written and truly hero driven writing that puts you right in it. I don't wish to give anything away because it really is something you should read for yourself but if you are wondering how a certain major hanging question from Batman 24 is answered (I do recommend buying the previous volume of it or at least tracking down the single issue) it does obtain answered here. King writes the best Joker I've seen in years. He's a true stage stealer, simple, menacing, compelling, and somehow actually funny. King manages to give him a really amazing groaner or two every problem .Whether or not you've enjoyed King's run up to this point this arc will likely create you a believer if you weren't already. Easily one of my favorite books of 2017, I cannot recommend this highly enough. Buy it for yourself or any Batman fan in your life and see for yourself.

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    Batman - Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 3: League of Shadows review [Book]  2017-11-22 18:1

    Unbelievable book. This is one of my fresh favorite Batman books and could easily stand on its own as a graphic novel. Who knew Batman's best ongoing series would be a squad book? I love how this volume focuses on Cassandra and her back story while making her into a [email protected]#$%. Also it was cool to see Azrael obtain his own mini problem at the end. Overall a amazing book, I'm loving this series.

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    Batman - Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 3: League of Shadows review [Book]  2017-11-22 18:1

    DC Comics has several series on Batman running at the same time and Detective Comics is one of the longest running series not only in DC Comics’ history but also in comic history in general. This volume collects Detective Comics problems #950-956. Here it focuses on Batman fighting a villainous group called the League of of the things that I noticed in this volume is how this is more of a story focused on a squad rather than just Batman the solo hero. We see an array of characters and sidekicks from Batwoman, Robin, Nightwing, etc. The story began with readers meeting Cassandra Cain, a lady who is behind the character named “Orphan.” In fact much of the story is directly tied to her origin and background as readers will soon discover. She’s a hero that is rather fresh to me and I thought the first problem with her talking about her upbringing by her father to become an killer and how she has issue communicating was interesting for this is a story of a character who is troubled, flawed and she knows it. There’s an element to the method the writer and artist presenting her inner thoughts that makes it more believable and invokes empathy for the character. I really found the hero Cassandra Cain compelling and a powerful lead in this volume. First off she’s stronger than Batman and even Batman admits in the story that she can slay Batman. Secondly she’s someone who was raised in a worldview that is completely opposite of that of Batman in which she is trained to murder at a whole various level of fighting than the rest of the villains and heroes in the story but you see her living out what Batman believes in not taking a human life. Of course to keep to Batman’s value as her own she inevitably clashes with the ghosts of her past which becomes incarnate so to speak when the league of shadows emerges and eventually lead Cassandra to face her own om the previous paragraph I hope it is evident that I enjoyed the story in this work. At the same time I felt there were some drawbacks. For a work on Batman this has method too a lot of sidekicks than what I’m used to. It felt somewhat crowded. Which might not be a issue for other heroes and superheroes but there’s something to Batman that is rather aloof even when he has others helping him. Having so a lot of sidekicks seem to also pull away from the Cassandra Cain storyline which seems to be the main thing in the volume. Also I thought there were times where the story got a small bit wonderful even for a globe of DC Comics superhero. There are moments where different members in Batman’s squad obtain severely injured only for them to somehow obtain freed and back in action right away. Now I know it is not true life and it is just comics but the writer and artist has it as their intention to describe how lethal the opponents are and how much devastation they can cause but it was rather distracting and took away from their emphasis on the strong attacks and coordination of the opponent when Batman’s sidekicks could just somehow be in the war so quickly and at times without explanation how they got themselves back together. Also I felt this story presupposes a lot of what went on before in volume one; I had to go back to volume one to situate what is going on in volume three and I’m not sure if I required to know what’s in volume two for the story to be more complete (I happen to have not read volume two). I wished maybe perhaps in the beginning of the book it could have told us where it was picking up from or filling in some of the info in summary form in the same method Batman volume one and two did in the Fresh 52 TE: This book was provided to me free by DC Comics and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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    Batman - Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 3: League of Shadows review [Book]  2017-11-22 18:1

    Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: League of Shadows, by James Tynion IV, is another in the line of perfect Batman books. Tynion builds on the idea of Batman forming a squad of Bat-heroes to support him protect Gotham. Trained by Batwoman, this group, consisting of Clayface, Orphan, Azrael and Batwing (replacing Red Robin and Spoiler), is growing in confidence and ability. But, the League of Shadows may be too much for them.When Lady Shiva and the League of Shadows come to Gotham, they plan to destroy it. Along the way, they run in to the remains of the Colony (a group run by Batwoman's father), Batman's fresh crew, and Ra's al Ghul. Cassandra Cain, aka Orphan, is particularly spotlighted. The story speeds along and comes to a unbelievable and heartwarming conclusion.I really liked this collection. Tynion has done an perfect job with the group, and in this book he focuses on Orphan. I thought he did a terrific job portraying a young girl with limited speaking skills (but powerful non-verbal communication), raised to be an killer with no remorse for killing, who desperately wants to be someone and something different. There are several heartbreaking scenes with Cassandra, yet some of the most heartwarming as well. I also found the League of Shadows, whom I had small previous knowledge of, to be a worthy enemy for Batman, and a worthy challenger to the better known League of Assassins. Lady Shiva is formidable and I look forward to future stories about her and the ditionally, there are some interesting developments with Kate Kane (Batwoman) and her father. Tynion has done a nice job with Batwing and Azrael, who form an interesting partnership (science vs. faith). I also like the depth Tynion is adding to Clayface, who is no longer a one-note tman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: League of Shadows, by James Tynion IV, is a terrific book. I highly recommend it to Batman fans. It is also a fine self-contained story (minimal knowledge of previous storylines required) and a amazing beginning point for fresh readers.I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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    Batman - Detective Comics (2016-) Vol. 3: League of Shadows review [Book]  2017-11-22 18:1

    The first story in this volume is narrated by Orphan. It’s poignant. The second story, stretching over several issues, features the League of Shadows, believed by Batman to be nothing but a myth, as if Batman isn’t. The League mostly consists of Shiva, who has conspired to turn the Gotham police versus Batman (again), just as he was putting an end to the city’s corruption. Something that smells like Joker toxin is making people laugh, Orphan gets involved in family drama with her [email protected]#$% mama, Batwoman gets involved in family drama with her badass papa, Batwing and Azrael obtain snatched, and Ra’s al Ghul gets into the Batcave. What a mess for the Batfamily.Eventually it’s up to Orphan to save Gotham. Well, Orphan and a small support from Jacob Kane and the Colony and all the aforementioned Bat-heroes, not to mention Clayface. But the story as a whole is very much Orphan’s story, and it’s a beautiful amazing e next story a talkfest between Batwing and Azrael as they discuss their respective religious beliefs. The story after that is a talkfest between Batman and Red Robin about Batman’s preparation for war. Both of those are snoozefests that don’t go e Detective title needs to obtain it into gear, to move along with a bit more alacrity, but I'm giving this 4 1/2 stars, mostly on the strength of Orphan's e art starts with a lot of detail and recognizable faces. But by the end of it volume, it has deteriorated into a sketchfest.

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