This Week in Gotham #116

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Finally after two weeks I have the correct comic in the blog.  For the last two weeks I have been telling you guys that Batman the Drowned was next week.  Well it is finally next week and here we are.  With Batman the Drowned we have four other books.  They are Batman #33, Nightwing #31, Batwoman #8, and Super Sons #9. 

Earth 11 is a parallel universe where genders are swapped and men are women and women are men.  Batman the Drowned explores the concept of a female Batman who is lost her true love to the Alantians.  This is the craziest issue of the Dark Nights saga so far.  The Batman the Drowned is supposed to be a fusion of Batman and Aquaman.  This comic handles the origin really well and I think it is one of the best of the one shot in this saga.

Batman and Catwoman head to the desert in the search of something in Batman #33.  This is one of those stories where you don’t have a clue as to what’s going on until the very last page and then it all makes sense.  If you have trouble reading this because you don’t know what is going I beg you to keep reading until the very end.  It is well worth it.  There is no easy way to write a story like this without shutting some readers away but Batman #33 does a pretty good job of it.

Nightwing is under attack and his new girlfriend dumps him already in Nightwing #31.  Mr. Tim Seeley , could you please stop using drama scenes that belong in a teen soap opera?  The action scenes in this comic were great as usual.  My only issue was when Nightwing was being dumped by his new girlfriend it was so corny I could have cried. 

Batwoman has to fight against her nightmares in a cell in Batwoman #8.  This is a good comic however the best parts of this comic would be spoilers so I can’t talk about them.  What I can say is readers of this comic are in for a trip.  The nightmares feel like nightmares which in a comic is hard to accomplish because most of the time just feel weird for the sake of being weird. 

Robin and Super Boy have their last stand on the Planet of the Capes in Super Sons #9.   The only problem for this story is the bad guy is so forgettable I don’t even remember the dude’s name.  Other than that it is a perfectly good story.  I can’t wait for the start of the next story. 

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This Week in Gotham #115

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Last week I said I would be reviewing Batman the Drowned.  I got my dates mixed up.  I apologise for that.  Batman the Drowned will be next week and if I still have it wrong I will be providing tortures and pitch forks for free.  This week we have four books.  They are Dark Night’s Metal #3, Detective Comics #966, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #15.

Superman and Wonderwoman find out they are still alive but trapped in a pocket dimension with other heroes in Dark Night’s Metal #3.  This is my favourite issue of the whole Dark Night’s Metal event so far.  There is a twist at the end that we have seen so many times but it works so well this time.  The reason why it works is you don’t see it coming at all.  At this point I have no idea how the author is going to end the whole story and I can’t wait.

Tim Drake escapes his prison with the help of his future self in Detective Comics #966.  I’m interested in where this story is heading however this chapter made me question the author’s intent.  The problem is Tim Drake’s future self is him as a Batman who kills.  To me, Tim Drake is the one Robin who is least likely to go this road.  I’m hoping the next issue gives a clear explanation as to how he could go this way. 

The Birds of Prey encounter a virus that only affects men in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15.  While we have seen this plot line before we see it so rarely that I’m glad someone new is taking a chance on making a good story with it.  The one thing I have to complain about is the fact that Green Arrow seems to be immune.  This doesn’t make sense.  If you are going to have a virus that only affect men, have all men be affected otherwise what is the point. 

The Outlaws have to defend their new base from the Batmen in Red Hood and the Outlaws #15.  Why does this chapter exist?  This is the best example of a terrible filler issue.  Nothing gets resolved, there is zero character development, and it is just one big fight scene.  I hope the next issue is a lot better than this because I know the author can write a lot better story than this one.

This Week in Gotham #114

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Another week, another evil Batman as we continue the Dark Night: Metal One-Shots with Batman, the Dawnbreaker #1.  The other four books we have are Green Arrow #32, Batman #32, All*Star Batman #14, and Nightwing #30. 

What happens when Bruce Wayne gets a Green Lantern ring right after his parents die?  The answer to this question is in Batman, the Dawnbreaker #1.  I’m so glad that the author did not use the same formula as the other two One-Shots did.  I enjoyed reading this book and it introduced a concept to the Green Lantern lore that I really would like to see explored.  The Green Lantern rings are given to people with the ability to show will-power at the darkest moments in their life.  This comic asks if there is any point where too much will-power is a bad thing.  I hope one day the Green Lantern comics can touch on this because this One-Shot is just the tip of the iceberg.

Oliver Queen and the rest of the Gotham Resistance fights against the Batman who laughs in Green Arrow #32.  While this is a final chapter to a story line you are not going to get a conclusion.  This story was meant to fill the gap between Dark Nights: Metal #2 and Dark Nights: Metal #3.  With that being said, the final chapter of this story was excellent.  I think it is the best written chapter of the four-part story.  Next week we’ll be looking at Batman: the Drowned #1 as we continue our journey through the Dark Nights: Metal story line. 

Bruce Wayne confesses to Selina Kyle about the worst thing he has ever done in Batman #32.  This is the final chapter of the war of jokes and riddles story line.  For a mediocre story line the ending was fantastic.  I honestly thought that this story I would forget as soon as I moved on to the next Batman story but the ending was so well written that it genuinely shocked me. 

In the final issue of All*Star Batman (#14), Batman has to defeat the Monster, Alfred’s former boss created.  This whole issue is like a final battle in a James Bond movie.  This series had its high points and its low points but I think I can safely say it ended on the highest point.  To be honest, if you are going to read this series, get the trade paper backs which means they are collections of the story in one book.

Nightwing’s former mentor, Raptor, goes on a revenge spree in Bloodhaven in Nightwing #30.  Unlike the first four books I reviewed this week, I don’t know where I stand on this one.  The issue feels like there is so0mething off.  I am not a hundred percent what but I hope that the next issue will clear some things up. 

This Week in Gotham #113

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This is week 2 of the tie-ins to Dark Night Metal.  This week we have five books.  We have Batman: The Murder Machine #1, Suicide Squad #26, Detective Comics #965, Batman Beyond #12, and Batgirl #15.  Let’s get started.

Batman of Earth (insert #) tricks Cyborg into fusing with him in Batman: The Murder Machine #1.  Unlike Batman: The Red Death, Batman: The Murder Machine is confusing to me.  There is a lot of flashback but not really any indicator of when the flashback happens.  The other problem is it is a very similar story to the Red Death story from last week.  I hope the other oneshots get better because I would hate to have seven different books with a similar story.

The Suicide Squad helps Nightwing and Robin in defeating Poison Ivy in Suicide Squad #26.  This comic could have been fantastic.  However, it is just all right.  We have the typical friend trying to save a friend story line that has been done to death and adds nothing new to the formula.  On a positive note, if you liked the Mad Max movies, you are going to love some of the panel because they are taken straight from the Mad Max films in the best way possible.

Tim Drake tried to escape from the clutches of Mr. Oz in Detective Comics #965.  After a year and a bit of Tim Drake being missing, we finally get the start of a resolution for his story.  If you read Action Comics then this is a bit of a tie-in due to the fact that the reveals in this story first happened in that book.  I can’t wait for the next chapter of this story.  I knew Detective Comics was going to be an important comic to the DC Universe but I never imagined that it would fit seamlessly with a story from another comic.

In Batman Beyond #12 we meet Batwoman Beyond for the first time.  I would love to say that this is a great comic but I can’t.  We are introduced to a brand new character and it just feels completely unnatural.  I enjoy the Beyond universe and to have this character be introduced in such a lame way is such a disappointment. 

Batgirl and Nightwing continue to fight an enemy from the past in Batgirl #15.  Yet another issue where I don’t care about the story.  The previous book was very interesting and then they made this boring story.  I don’t know if this supposed to be filler or a real attempt at a good story.  Let’s hope that the next issue is better.

 

This Week in Gotham #112

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Today we are starting the Dark Night Medal One Shot.  This week we will begin with Batman: The Red Death.  After that we have the usual stuff to look at, such as, Batman #31, Nightwing #29, Batwoman #7, and Super Sons #8.

When Batman of Earth 50 goes insane and tries to steal the Flash’s power, you get Batman: The Red Death.  Unfortunately I don’t know much about Earth 50 other than what is said in this comic.  With that being said, this is a great and twisted origins story for a different kind of super villain.  I just hope that the other one-shots don’t follow the same formula otherwise it will get boring very quickly. 

Batman and the Riddle team up to stop the Joker in Batman #31.  This comic is twice as long as it needed to be.  While there was not much filler in this comic, the scenes tend to drag on more than they should but when you finally get to a new scene it is very exciting for the first half of the scene.  What I mean to say is that every scene needed to be shorter. 

Nightwing leads a group to take back Gotham in Nightwing #29.  This is the second part of the Gotham Resistance story that started in last week’s Teen Titans.  I love this second chapter because the book isn’t afraid to do some crazy stuff.  When I say crazy, I mean fighting ice-demons with swords style crazy.  My only complaint is the inclusion of Mr. Freeze felt more like an after-thought than part of the story.  The next chapter in this story is going to be an issue of the series Suicide Squad.

Batwoman is stranded in the desert hunting for clues in Batwoman #7.  If you are looking for a Scarecrow story you may want to be aware that this issues only introduces the Scarecrow on the final page even though the cover picture would imply that the main villain is the Scarecrow. 

Robin and Super Boy are trapped on another planet with no way to get home in Super Sons #8.  This duo’s crazy adventures continue in another great issue of this series.  I can’t complain about much at all.  We had a lot of character growth for both Robin and Super Boy.  I am always excited when the new Super Sons comic comes out and I hope that never changes.

    

 

This Week in Gotham #111

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Welcome to another week where my share my useless opinions with you.  We have five books today because one book is a tie-in to another.  We have Dark Night’s Metal #2, Teen Titans #12, Detective Comics #964, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14, and Red Hood and the Outlaws #14.

Batman tries everything in his power to stop being the conduit to the Dark Multiverse in Dark Night’s Metal #2.  This is an amazing second chapter to the Dark Night’s Metal series.  It clears everything up from the previous issue and the two prologue issues.  It is hard for me to pick out any faults in this story because I like it so much.  I plan to cover every part of the Dark Night’s Metal saga, even the tie-ins which brings me to my next book.

The Teen Titans have to protect Gotham City from the apocalypse in Teen Titans #12.  Like I said in the last paragraph, this is a tie-in to Dark Night’s Metal.  Is it as good as the main story?  So far it is.  My favourite part of this issue is when Robin has to fight a mechanical Minotar controlled by the Riddler.  This is the first chapter of the storyline Gotham Resistance.  I believe the next chapter will be in the next Nightwing comic but I am not sure.

Clayface and Spoiler realize their lives are going to change in Detective Comics #964.  This is the case of where they added the Clayface story to pad out the Spoiler story.  The Clayface story is nothing that we haven’t seen before.  Even though this is written by my favourite author in comic books, I have to be fair, this issue could have been written much better. 

Black Canary and Huntress volunteer at an historical site in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14.  While this issue is completely filler, it’s a fun issue to read.  I did not find this issue to frustrate me like most filler issues do.  I don’t think, however, that anything in this issue will be brought up again anytime soon.

Bizarro’s intellect goes from negative 12 to positive 200 in Red Hood and the Outlaws #14.  This is a continuation from the last issue in which we find out the aftermath of Bizarro’s surgery.  I enjoyed this issue a lot.  It brought comedy to spots where I never thought you could put comedy.  It also balanced the comedy with serious drama very well.  I can’t wait for issue #15.

This Week in Gotham #110

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Good news everyone.  I started playing in my first ever D&D campaign.  But no one cares about that.  You came here for my opinion.  Today we are only looking at two books, Batman #30 and Nightwing #28. 

In Batman #30 we have the second half of the Origin of Kite Man.  I’m amazed that this is a story.  What I mean by that is, who cares about Kite Man and this issue does nothing to make you care about Kite Man.  I don’t know if this story is setting something up or the writer is just trying to trick us into buying his crap.  To be fair, the story does an excellent job of making the reader feel like Kite Man is the most pathetic human being in the DC Universe and that is saying something.  In this Universe we have a villain called the Condiment King.

Nightwing has to deal with a ghost from the past in Nightwing #28.  Before I comment on the action part of the storyline, I have a message to the author, Tim Seeley.  Tim, I love your writing, could you stop making the drama in Nightwing something you can see every bloody day on MTV.  You’re a great action writer but when it comes to drama you use the same three scenes over and over again.  The rest of the story in Nightwing #28 is perfect.  I couldn’t wait to turn the page and then the issue ends with one of Tim’s three drama scenes.

 

This Week in Gotham #109

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Kids are going back to school and I’m going to be playing my first Dungeons and Dragons game on Sunday.  This week we only have two books to talk about which are All*Star Batman #13 and Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1.

How far will Batman go to protect Alfred?  This question is answered in All*Star Batman #13.  This is probably the best issue of the series so far.  It’s not as confusing as other issues and ends with the most bad-ass scene ever.  I’m going to miss this series after it ends next month because, while the whole series can be confusing, as a whole it is really good.

Nightwing joins the Outlaws in a circus investigation in Red Hood and the Outlaws Annual #1.  This comic is good for showing us the relationship between Nightwing and the Red Hood which we have not seen a lot of in years.  There is a lot of character development for all four main characters.  The only problem is I don’t have a clue as to where in the timeline where this one shot story takes place.

This Week in Gotham #108

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I’m back from vacation.  I’m not going to tell you where I went as it’s not your business.  We have eight books today since I missed last week.  They are Dark Nights Medal #1, Batman #29, Detective Comics #963, Batman Beyond #11, Batwoman #6, Nightwing #27, Batgirl #14, and Super Sons #7.  This is going to be a long one!

Batman tells the Justice League what he has been doing in secret for years in Dark Night’s Medal #1.  While this is a bit confusing story-wise, I love that the original new 52 Justice League is back together.  My favourite Green Lantern has always been Hal Jordan.  The problem with this first chapter is the two parts are confusing as to the time-line order.  When the first part of the story ends we cut to the Justice League where it seems like it is before the first part but I got a theory that it may be an alternate time-line. 

Bruce Wayne tries to negotiate a peace treaty between the Joker and the Riddler in Batman #29.  The whole chapter is one big dinner party and it focuses on Bruce Wayne fighting crime as Bruce Wayne, not as Batman.  My favourite part of the book is when Bruce Wayne tells them that Batman is nothing to worry about.  This shows how much of a tactitian Bruce Wayne is. 

Fed up with Batman’s methods, Spoiler joins forces with the villain Anarchy in Detective Comics #963.  I’m glad to see Spoiler again after a couple of issues of her missing in action.  From what I have heard in interviews, this is a two part story that will set Spoiler on a new direction.  So far, the first part has been nothing but set-up.  I don’t if this is on purpose or not. 

The final battle between Damion Wayne and Terry McGuiness occurs in Batman Beyond #11.  This is the final chapter of The Rise of Demon story-line and I honestly don’t know how to feel about the conclusion.  On one hand we have a happy ending but on the other hand it feels forced.  This feels like the writer wrote himself into a corner.

We take a look at the Gotham’s bleak future in Batwoman #6.  This comic ties into an up-coming Detective Comics storyline but shows a glimpse of the worst possible out-come.  I highly recommend you read this issue if you are currently reading Detective Comics.  If you are just reading Batwoman, not much of this comic will make sense.

Nightwing and Huntress have to fight their old friend, Agent 1, in Nightwing #27.  There are a lot of twists and turns in this comic but luckily it is not too many.  There is a sub-plot with Nightwing’s ex-girlfriend that feels like it is just filler.  Other than that, this is a really good thriller story.

Batgirl and Nightwing remember their first year fighting together and it affects the present in Batgirl #14.  This could have been a very confusing story but luckily it is not.  I’m excited for the first time in a long time to see where a Batgirl storyline goes. 

Robin asks for Super Boy’s help because he had been transformed into an old man in Super Sons #7.  This series keeps getting funnier and funnier.  There are scenes of this comic where you just have to laugh.  If you haven’t laughed at this series so far, seek medical help!

This Week in Gotham #107

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LATE (meant to be posted on 11/08/17)

Next week there will be no Blog.  It’s not because there ain’t any books, it’s because I am going away on holidays.  We have four books to look at this week.  They are Detective Comics #962, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13, Red Hood and the Outlaws #13,  and Gotham Academy Second Semester #12.

Can the Bat Family save Jean Paul’s sanity in Detective Comics #962?  This is a conclusion to a story arc so I can’t say many plot points.  What I will say is we get to see Nightfall Batman return just for this issue.  For those who don’t know who Nightfall Batman is, it is Jean Paul when he took up the mantle of Batman when Bruce Wayne was paralyzed.  I’m glad we got to see this costume again because it is one of my favourite designs of the Bat suits ever.  It also helps that they did not repeat the same story line from the nineties.

The Birds of Prey gain two new members in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13.  I enjoyed this issue very much however I have to say it was a bit predictable.  There was no point in this story where I was surprised.   I am really excited to find out where the Birds of Prey go next.

Can Lex Luther save the life of Bizzaro, the question is answered in Red Hood and the Outlaws #13.  My favourite part of this comic is the recap of Bizzaro’s life as told by Bizzaro himself.  It is a hilarious intro into a serious chapter.  I think this is my favourite issue in this series so far.  My only problem with this book is it feels like the ending is too revealing.  I think the big reveal should have been left for the next chapter.

Can Olivia be saved from her mother’s past in Gotham Academy Second Semester #12, the final issue?  Unlike most of this series this last issue was fantastic.  Maybe part of the reason is it is finally over.  Like the last Gotham Academy series it took the last half of the series for the book to be any good.  If they do a third series in the Gotham Academy line could we please have consistency?  There is a good side to this story.  At least it is not as bad as the Black Canary series from 2015 otherwise I would have been admitted to a mental hospital.