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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman and Robin Vol. #2: Pearl

This is the second volume of Batman and Robin comics in the New 52 universe in DC. It starts with a little flashback to Damian’s early childhood, and his growing up to overpower his mother. We’re then thrown back into the “present” – full of sibling rivalry, father-son moments, and a hell of a lot of fighting.

The relationship between Bruce and Damian will always be great to read. I loved how Damian was so headstrong in this book, but then the ending was so sweet. And I actually really liked him fighting with the other “Robins” – Red Hood, Nightwing and Red Robin – in order to prove himself better than them. Nightwing’s response was definitely my favourite.

There are a good deal of villains in here – Terminus and his army of “scarred” victims of Batman, and a zombie uprising courtesy of Batman’s favourite clown. The action is good, and the “zombie” plot was great. 

And of course, the art was as fantastic as ever. 

4 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – Hardcover, Deluxe Edition, 64 pages – Published March 19th 2008 by DC Comics (first published 1988)

I went to London Super Comic Con on Friday and bought a few image books/graphic novels (I can’t wait to read them!) and decided to start taking advantage of my boyfriend’s extensive comic/graphic novel collection. As I’ve been intending to read The Killing Joke for ages now, I decided to start with that.

The edition I read included an introduction by Tim Sales, an afterword by Brian Bolland, and a final scene written and illustrated by Bolland.

This is one of the most famous and successful novels – and I can see why. The story is just fantastic – the Joker tries to prove that anyone can go insane after just one bad day, using Jim Gordon as his example. The colour palettes are so cleverly thought out, giving an eerie, creepy tone to most scenes, while the Joker’s (possible) origin story is mostly black and white with just small details in red.

Batman is obviously included, but is not a massive character in this story. The focus is on the Gordons and the Joker.

I really loved this. The origin story for the Joker that’s included can be taken as true or false – the Joker makes a comment about not actually remembering his past, and liking it to be “multiple choice”. This gives the reader the choice of believing it or not. And the Joker’s ways of putting Jim Gordon through hell are definitely in line with his character.

The Joker always fascinates me, and I would love to read all his stories. But whether you’re a “fan” of his or not, this book is definitely worth the read. 5 stars; an fantastic novel.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman Beyond Volume #1: Escaping the Grave

Batman Beyond (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #1: Escaping the Grave

Batman Beyond (DC Universe Rebirth) Volume #1: Escaping the Grave by Dan Jurgens – eBook, 146 pages – Published June 11th 2017 by DC Entertainment

Another story from DC’s Rebirth universe, set several decades from now in Neo-Gotham – or Jokerz Town as it’s been dubbed. There’s a new Batman on the streets and a whole gang of Jokerz. Terry, having been trained by the late Bruce Wayne, is wearing the cape and cowl now. The new clown-crazed criminals need to be dealt with – especially when they kidnap Terry’s old girlfriend, Dana.

Terminal, an old school friend of Dana and now the leader of the Jokerz, has a mad plan in action. It involves the original Joker, who everyone believed to be dead.

There are several big surprises in this novel. It’s a really interesting volume, definitely enticing you to read on. The readers aren’t the only one being surprised, though – every character is dealt their fair share of shock in this story!

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I like what I’ve seen of Terry so far, and his relationship with his little brother. I look forward to learning more about them. And I’m super interested to see what happens after the final plot twist was revealed. This seems like a really interesting comic, and I’m giving this issue 4 stars.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman: Night of the Monster Men

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I should really try and read comics in order a bit more…

I believe this is the first crossover of DC Universe: Rebirth? It’s also Batman Vol. III #1.5.

Batman: Night of the Monster Men

Batman: Night of the Monster Men (DC Universe Rebirth, Batman Vol. III #1.5) – eBook (Review Copy), 153 pages – Published March 21st 2017 by DC Entertainment

There are tons of great characters in this, mostly featuring Batman (duh), Batwoman, Nightwing, Orphan, Spoiler, Clayface, Gotham Girl and even Dr. Strange. Pretty great line-up, I think!

So the plot of this volume is monsters, as you may have guessed from the title. Genetically engineered monsters, developed from human corpses. But the dead aren’t the only ones affected by the creation; an algae-like substance is sending civilians insane with rage. And the costumed heroes aren’t immune to it, either…

The crew have to protect the citizens of Gotham, and Gotham Girl is intent on helping – even if she isn’t quite well enough yet. But why has Dr. Strange picked these particular people to turn into monsters? And why is he aiming them at Batman?…

I absolutely loved how it turned out to be “Batman’s monsters” (I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to read it, but it’s really clever I think). The characters are as good as always, but there isn’t much personal life included in this (but it is a superhero story, I guess.) There’s a lot of action, as you’d expect, as well as some careful calculations, biology and physics. A really good volume! 4 stars out of 5.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman: Detective Comics Volume 1 – Rise of the Batmen

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I finished this last night but was too tired to write the review then. (Sorry.)

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Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen (Detective Comics Vol. III #1 – eBook (Review Copy), 158 pages – Published February 7th 2017 by DC Comics

I actually had an issue with my copy of the file that I received (via NetGalley) which left me with a chunk missing from the start. Obviously, this was quite annoying and prevented me from being able to really enjoy the full story. I liked it nonetheless, and will still be reviewing what I was able to read.

I’m not going to tell you the whole plot and spoil it for anyone, but the basic gist of this is Batman and his recruits putting up a fight against “The Colony”. There’s action and shock and relationships – everything you could want in a volume of comics.

The ending was just… damn. Tim?!?!?!?! I loved the ending. And hated it.

The art is great, too, and I really like all the covers in the gallery at the end. And the relationships between all the different characters are really good. (I especially like Steph and Tim.)

I’m going to give 4 stars to this edition of comics, mostly because I can’t give any higher without having read the start. The ending is definitely what got me.

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Graphic Novel/Comic Book Review: Batman, Gotham After Midnight

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Batman: Gotham After Midnight – Steve Niles, Kelly Jones – 296 pages – Published 2009 by DC Comics

This novel contains 12 episodes of Batman stories, each full of action and crime and excitement. It includes Man-Bat, Axe-Man, Clayface, The Joker, Killer Croc, Catwoman, Scarecrow and the new villain, Midnight. At first, Batman is trying to figure out why his villains are suddenly changing their patterns. But then Midnight comes into the scene…

Batman becomes rather attached to a police officer, although Bruce Wayne has no success with her. But can he save her from this strange, crazy new murderer?

The detective side of this – especially toward the end, when Batman is close to discovering Midnight’s identity – is fantastic. Full of suspense. Of course, his encounters with the enemies are great, too. I wasn’t sure about his relationship with April, but I like how it all fit together in the end.

The inner monologue – and even the dialogue – wasn’t great. The text that was chosen for this also wasn’t the wisest. But the story got told and that’s all that really matters in the end.

And Alfred… I love him! He’s witty and smart, but also caring and wise when it comes to dealing with Batman. He often has to tell Batman to pull himself together and to stop being an idiot. I think he may be my favourite character.

The art was great and I liked the story, but the dodgy, clunky monologue was quite off-putting. Even so, it was an easy read still so it obviously wasn’t that bad. I think I’ll say 4 stars for this, though I may be being a little generous there.

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Comic Book Review: Batman (DC Rebirth) Volume #9

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Batman Volume #9, I Am Suicide Part One – Tom King – DC Universe Rebirth 2016

Okay, this one was amazing. I am so psyched for Assault on Santa Prisca.

So Batman is recruiting a team. He needs to break Bane out of the most secure prison on Earth in order to relieve Gotham Girl of her overwhelming headaches. They tell him not to recruit this one, it’s not safe… Anyone but them…

There are some incredible panels in this (I really am in love with the art in here). And obviously, I’m super excited to see how this plan goes for Batman.

Again, I don’t really have much to compare this to, but I know I loved it and that I’m definitely wanting to read on. So I think I’ll give this comic 4 stars too, quite easily.

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