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.

 

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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.

This Week in Gotham #106

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I can’t believe it is already August!  This week we have only two books to look at.  They are Batman #28 and Nightwing #26.  Without dragging this intro longer than it should, let’s get started.

The first casualties of the Riddler and the Joker’s war are detailed in Batman #28.  As much as I like the premise of this story, the way the writers dealt with it was completely amateurish.  The thing is that we don’t know anyone who died.  There is no one named on the death toll which makes it hard to feel sorry for the victims if you can’t relate to the deceased.  I mean it is hard when it seems these people were just made up to die off-panel. 

To cheer Nightwing up, the Huntress invites him to go on a mission with her in Nightwing #26.  This is a very interesting story, however I hope that it doesn’t direct the series down a route that we have seen before.  This is the first chapter of a story that is meant to tie up loose ends from the Grayson series.  What my biggest fear about this story is that it will get over complicated like Grayson did and I really don’t want that. 

 

This Week in Gotham #105

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This week we have only four books to talk about and nothing else.  The four books we are looking at today are Detective Comics #961, All*Batman #12, Batman Beyond #10, and Batgirl #13.  Let’s get this thing done.

The Bat Family fight for their survival in Batman Detective Comics #961.  Unlike the other part of this story, there was really nothing memorable about this chapter.  By the time I finished reading all of my comics I had actually forgotten that I had read this issue.  I don’t know what went wrong here.  It had the potential to be a good issue however I barely remember a thing about it.

Batman and Alfred must survive Alfred’s former teacher’s attack in All*Batman #12.  This my favourite issue of All*Batman so far.  We learn more about Alfred’s past as a Black Ops operative.  There is one scene where Alfred has to talk some sense into Batman and it is written wonderfully well.  I hope the last two issues of this series is written as well as this.

Can Terry McGuinness control his anger while Bruce talks to Damion in Batman Beyond #10.  This issue is more or less just one long fight scene.  There is some good character interaction but very little character development.  I think this is a filler issue because the story could have been told in five to ten pages instead of twenty. 

Batgirl and Catwoman team up to save a pair of pets in Batgirl #13.  This is not a serious story.  It is meant for just a light-hearted bit of fun.  There is nothing much to complain about for this story because it is very well written.

 

This Week in Gotham #104

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San Diego Comicon is this weekend and already we have some great Batman announcements.  But this blog is about the current comics that came out Wednesday.  This week we have four books.  They are Batman #27, Nightwing #25, Batwoman #5, and Super Sons #6.

What happens when you push a good man too far?  In Batman #27 we get the first part of the origins of the villain Kiteman.  While this was a great story it is hard to take the ending seriously.  I don’t know if the intention was to make the ending as ridiculous as possible but the author succeeded in the part.

Can Nightwing keep his girlfriend after breaking her trust?  Find out in the end of Nightwing #25.  This is the ending of the blockbuster story arc in which Nightwing has to be a guinea pig for villains.  I have to say that this is a bit of a disappointing ending.  There is nothing here that we haven’t seen before in other Nightwing story lines and I really hoped that we could have seen something different.

We dive deeper into Batwoman’s past in Batwoman #5.  This is a story about an abusive, manipulative relationship.  This issue made me feel very uncomfortable as the story should.  Like I said before, I have never had firsthand experience with this kind of matter, so I can’t tell how realistic it felt.  What I can say is I think the comic invoked feelings that the author wanted me to feel.

Superboy learns whether or not he can join the Teen Titans in Super Sons #6.  Another hilarious issue that I can’t wait for the next part of the story.  There is very little I can complain about with this story line.  If I had to pick one complaint though it would be that we see the young super hero “has to go to bed” cliché too much. 

 

This Week in Gotham #103

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Hello again internet.  We have another blog today.  We are reviewing six books today. They are Supergirl #11, Dark Days, The Casting #1, Detective Comics #916, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12, Red Hood and the Outlaws #12, and Gotham Academy Second Semester #11. 

Can Batgirl and Supergirl escape the Phantom Zone in Supergirl #11.  This is going to be the last Supergirl comic I review until Batgirl returns to a Supergirl story.  As for the comic itself, I can’t tell you much because it is the final chapter in a story.  I can say that I was very satisfied with the ending and can’t wait to continue with Supergirl in the future.

What is Batman’s secret?  We learn this in Dark Days, The Casting #1.  This is the second prologue to next month’s Dark Nights Medal story.  What is interesting about this prologue is, while it leaves you with a lot of questions, you can almost piece together answers. I’m very excited for Dark Nights Medal and this prologue just turned my excitement level to 11.

When a member of Batman’s team goes crazy it is up to the rest of the team to defend themselves in Detective Comics #916.  This comic references events from Batman and Robin Eternal which I love that they haven’t forgotten about it. My only issue with this story is it seems a bit slow and I don’t know if this is intentional or not.  I hope the next story will have a better pace than this one.

Catwoman joins the Birds of Prey in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12.  This issue is completely a set-up for the rest of the current story and if you are not aware, I don’t really like set-up issues. The author didn’t even try to make this seem like anything other than a set-up.  I hope the rest of the story is written better than this.

The Red Hood and Artemis try to save Bizzaro’s life in Red Hood and the Outlaws #12. This could have been a great issue but instead it is just an OK issue.  The biggest problem was that the writer started the story on an emotional level and then it flat-lined.  This could have been a master-piece story and then it got dropped.

Maps and the gang break into Wayne Manor only to deal with Damion Wayne in Gotham Academy Second Semester #11. I was wrong to think that the series was getting terrible.  This is a good issue.  I enjoyed it, however I still think that the series needs to be put on hold for a while.  Next issue is the final issue and unlike last month, I have more hope that it will end well.

This Week in Gotham #102

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This week I have finished two exams, not that anyone really cares about that.  We have two books to review this week.  They are Batman #26 and Nightwing #24.  Let’s get this review started, shall we?

The war of jokes and riddles rages on in Batman #26.  This issue is a very character driven story.  We have loads of character development for Batman, the Joker and the Riddler.  I enjoyed this comic but I was a little confused as to why the last issue said it was going to be about Batman having to choose a side when in reality there wasn’t anything about that in the story itself.  Whether this comes up or not in a future issue I have no idea.

Nightwing becomes a guinea pig for experimental weapons in Nightwing #24.  This whole book is one big action scene.  It reminds me of a scene in a movie that I can’t remember the name of.  I’m really curious about where Nightwing will be character-wise by the end of the story.  The only complaint I have for this issue is the scenes with Nightwing’s girlfriend, Shawn, I felt were unnecessary.

This Week in Gotham #101

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Today for the first time we are reviewing an out-of-continuity Batman comic or at least I hope it is out-of-continuity.  For today only we are reviewing Batman/Elmer Fudd #1.  The other three books we are looking at are Detective Comics #959, Batman Beyond #9, and Batgirl #12.  You may want to get some aspirin because it is going to get weird.

Elmer Fudd has to kill Bruce Wayne for his revenge in Batman/Elmer Fudd#1.  Seriously DC comics how much drugs were you on to green light this?  This comic feels weird to read.  I don’t know whether to laugh or be disturbed.  To the book’s credit, Elmer Fudd talks and acts like Elmer Fudd should.  Other than that, this book is just plain weird.

To fight the enemy Batman acquires help from his old friend, Zatanna, in Detective Comics #959.  What I like about this comic is you learn a bit about how Batman knows about the mystical world via flashbacks.  However, the part that took me out of the story was the amount of talking.  There is enough character development here for two issues.  I like character development but there is such a thing as too much.

Terry McGuiness has to fight Damion, the son of Bruce Wayne, in Batman Beyond #9.  This is just one long fight scene with a bit of history about what happened to Damion between the current DC Universe and this future that we see in this comic.  I’m surprised that this book took a route like this because the other issues mostly have a different type of storytelling.

Batgirl has to fight in a pool in Batgirl #12.  My apologies for that intro as I really do not like this issue.  This issue is filler and that is all it is.  You can’t say that it’s so that the artist can draw Batgirl in a sexy bathing suit because her bathing suit is a one-piece suit that you could see on a pool employee.  Why this issue was even written baffles my mind.