This Week in Gotham #96


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Yet another weird week for the blog.  We have another Flash comic to review as The Button story line ends.  The five books we are talking about this week are The Flash #22, Batman #23, Nightwing #21, Batwoman #3, and Super Sons #4.

Batman and the Flash try to save two lives with little success in the Flash #22.  If you are expecting some sort of answers for the question the story asks, you’re not going to get them.  This ending of The Button story line was the lowest the part of this four issue story.  The main problem is that it’s a set up for a story line called Superman: Doomsday Clock and for that we will have to wait until frigging November.

Batman and Swamp Thing team up to solve the murder of Swamp Thing’s father in Batman #23.  I don’t know important this story is to the overall Batman narrative due to the fact that it is a single issue story line.  As for the story itself, it’s a well written story however the way that it ends you can’t help but hate Swamp Thing.  I don’t know if this was the author’s intention or if there was a hidden meaning behind the story.

Dick Grayson and the original Wally West have a guy’s night out in Nightwing #21.  Never thought I had to address this on my blog!  There are two characters with the same name as Wally West.  I’m not going into more details because it will get confusing as I don’t have ten pages to talk about this.  Nightwing #21 is a fun issue.  This story takes a break from the serious and dark tone that the Nightwing comic has been going for and just shows two best friends and what they will do for each other.  Like Batman #23, it’s a one issue story that I very enjoyed and highly recommend it to anyone who is a Nightwing fan.

Batwoman tries to go undercover but her crazy ex-girlfriend ruins it in Batwoman #3.  Unlike the previous issues, this issue is more of a ‘meh’ than anything else.  The biggest problem I have is the fact that it feels like a single scene stretched out to fit a whole comic. 

Lastly, Robin and Super Boy have to face off against Kid Amazo in Super Sons #4.  This series keeps getting funnier and funnier and we are just in the fourth issue.  When you get to the end of this comic and you are not laughing you have no soul.  I can’t wait for the next issue and it takes a really good comedy comic to get me to that point. 

This Week in Gotham #95


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It’s another weird week for this blog.  We have a Supergirl comic to review.  In total we have six books to review.  They are Supergirl #9, Detective Comics #956, All*Batman #10, Red Hood and the Outlaws #10, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10, and Gotham Academy Second Semester #9. 

Supergirl and Batgirl team up to escape the Phantom Zone in Supergirl #9.  I have never reviewed a Supergirl comic on this site before so this is new.  I enjoyed this series but not as much as the new 52 Supergirl series.  This issue finally makes this series worth reading in my opinion.  I’m interested if this will affect the Batgirl comic at all or if it will just be contained to the Supergirl comic.

Batman and Cassandra Caine make their final stand against the League of Shadows in Detective Comics #956.  This is the last chapter of the League of Shadows story line.  I am unable to talk about much.  I can say that the ending to this story felt very rewarding for Cassandra Caine’s character.  If you enjoy this story line I think you are going to find the ending to be very satisfying. 

Batman is in a race to capture Hush only to find a message from the past in All*Batman #10.  While Hush is in this story he is not the focus of this story line.  In fact I am a bit confused as to why they even put Hush into this comic at all.  If you took the Hush element out of this story it would have not made much of a difference.

Each of the outlaws faces their own problems in Red Hood and the Outlaws #10.  There are three different story lines going on in this issue.  Each story line focuses on one aspect of each of the three main character’s life.  The major problem I had with this issue is we see the Red Hood reliving a certain moment of his life that we have seen countless times before.  The thing is we just visited that event ten issues ago.

Batgirl and Huntress have to save Black Canary from the hands of Blackbird in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10.  This issue feels like a rushed ending to the Blackbird story line.  I would have loved to see this issue split into two parts.  I felt that there was a lot of unanswered questions that would have been best answered in this story line.

Olivia has a spirit of vengeance inside of her in Gotham Academy Second Semester #9.  This series went from a teenage trauma to a creepy supernatural revenge story.  Now this series has always had a supernatural element but never this intense.  I just hope that this story line will not be written as badly as Paranormal Activity.

This Week in Gotham #94


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 This is the last month of DC Universe Rebirth year one.  This means we are half way through DC’s two year plan.  To start off this month we have only two books to review.  Batman #22 and Nightwing #20. 

Batman and the Flash return to the Flashpoint Universe where they meet up with the Batman of that time line in Batman #22.  For those who don’t know the Batman in the Flashpoint time line is Bruce Wayne’s father.  For more information read the story line Flashpoint.  As for the story itself the whole issue is a conversation where Bruce Wayne shows his vulnerability at the sight of his father who is dead in the main time line.  This shows a completely new side of Batman which we have never seen and I very much enjoyed how human the writer made Batman.

Nightwing has to battle hallucinations to save Robin in Nightwing #20.  As this is the end of a story line I am not going to talk a lot about the plot.  The last chapter of Nightwing Must Die ends in a way that you feel satisfied with only some of the plots being ended in a well written way.  The problem is not everything is ended in a well written manner.  I hope in the next story line we can feel more closure with this story.

This Week in Gotham #93


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What sorcery is this?  We have a Flash comic to be reviewed on a Batman Blog.  Truth be told, I am glad that another superhero that doesn’t usually cross over with Batman has done just that.  With The Flash #21 we also have Detective Comics #955, Batman Beyond #7, and Batgirl #10 to review.  Let’s get the show on the road.

After finding his friend beaten up and his arch enemy disintegrated, the Flash continues the investigation of the button in The Flash #21.  All the great parts of this issue I can’t talk about because they would be spoilers.  But what I can say is that the writer of The Flash has melded his writing style with the writing style of Tom King so perfectly that it seems natural.  That is a hard feat to accomplish.

When the rest of the Bat Family is captured it is up to Cassandra Cane to beat her mother in Detective Comics #955.  This feels a bit like a copy of the previous issue which is surprising to me because this the first time this series has done something like this since its revival last June.  Plain and simply most of this book is nothing more than filler and filler issues are rarely good. 

Can Terry McGuiness get to the Gotham police department before the League of Assassins kill everyone in Batman Beyond #7?  Up to now the Batman Beyond comics have been really good.  This is the first issue where it is just OK.  The story could have been told in half the issue instead of the whole book.  I’m not turned off of this series but I am hoping this is just a hic-up in the road.

Being the son of the Penguin can’t be good for any child.  The Penguin’s son deals with his Dad by stalking his girlfriend Batgirl in Batgirl #10.  This is an interesting concept.  Batgirl does not want to be with the Penguin’s son anymore but is still with him to investigate him.  This story line has delved into exploring abusive relationship but has not gone far enough to really convey a message.  I hope by the end of this story line whether it is the next issue or the story after, there is a message.  When an author   writes a story about abuse in any form the author need to leave the reader with a message about your thoughts on the topic.

This Week in Gotham #92


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 This week starts the four part Batman crossover with the Flash.  Next week we will take a look at our first Flash comic on this site.  We have five books to look at this week and they are:  Batman #21, All*Star Batman #9, Nightwing #19, Batwoman #2, and Super Sons #3.

The greatest mystery in the DC Universe picked up with Batman to figure out the meaning of the smiley face button in Batman #21.  If you were a fan of the Flash Point storyline, you are going to love this comic.  The interesting thing about this issue is that most of it takes place over a single minute.  You would think that a minute would not be a lot of time but there is a lot of character development and some amazing moments.

Batman and Ra’s Al Gul battle it out in Washington, DC in All*Star Batman #9.  This book is still confusing.  I barely know what is going on, maybe it is just me not paying as much attention as I need to but there is something that is charming about the book.  My advice is wait until the whole series is out in graphic novel form and just binge read because you just real need to not take breaks between chapters to understand the whole story. 

Nightwing convinces his girlfriend to help him rescue Damion in Nightwing #19.  So I have mixed feelings about this issue.  On one hand it is a fantastically written story with showing the darker side of Nightwing, on the other hand why is Nightwing’s girlfriend helping fight when she could be pregnant. 

Batwoman continues her journey into her past in Batwoman #2.  This issue has a bit of everything, former girlfriends, action, and mystery.  I really like the character development in this story.  My worries were about how they would bring Batwoman’s sexuality into the story.  This issue reintroduced it in a very natural way. 

Robin and Superboy  face off against Kid Amazo in Super Sons #3.  I am so glad that DC is not entirely forgetting the New 52.  This story is a continuation of a storyline from Justice League #35 to #39.  I just have a lot of fun reading this series.  I can’t wait for the next issue and that is what a comic book should make you feel.


This Week in Gotham #91


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 Up here in Canada it snowed again, it’s friggin April!  This week we have four books, they are Detective Comics #954, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, and Gotham Academy Second Semester #8. 

Batman and Ra’s Al Gul face off in a mental battle in the Bat Cave in Detective Comics #954.  There is a lot of talking in this issue.  However it is written very well.  Issue #954 goes over the history between Batman and the League of Assassins.  I’m unsure if most of it was necessary but it was a good comic nonetheless. 

Black Canary goes undercover in an assassin training school in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9.  It’s been a while since Black Canary had an issue all to herself and unlike her solo series this one didn’t suck.  The writing was excellent and the way the story unfolded felt very natural.  My only complaint is that Batgirl and the Huntress had a small cameo at the end but it wasn’t needed.

The Outlaws go to the Middle East to find Artemis’ sister in Red Hood and the Outlaws #9.  While I enjoyed the story of this issue, I’m just worried that it came out at the wrong time.  What I mean by that is it could be interpreted as making light of what happened in Syria last weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a good story.  I just feel like they could have picked a different location. 

Olivia gets possessed by a witch from long ago in Gotham Academy Second Semester #8.  Our final comic of the week had a good story but I think they could have gotten away with using more horror elements.  This comic played it safe and in parts a little too safe. 



This Week in Gotham #90


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I was going to put out a movie review but this site doesn’t have the budget for it.  So you are stuck with comics.  This week we have three books, Batgirl Annual #1, Batman #20 and Nightwing #18.

Batgirl and Supergirl have to team up for the first time to free someone from the Phantom Zone in Batgirl Annual #1.  I have been asking for this team-up for almost three years.  The story is well written.  I can’t decide if this comic was part of a natural story telling process or an attempt to get people to buy the Supergirl comic.  The reason why I say this is due to the fact that this story will continue solely in the Supergirl comic. 

Batman has to fend off Bane for one more night in Batman #20.  The good thing about this issue and this story as a whole is that we get some great character development for Bruce Wayne.  However, this story is supposed to take place over the course of five nights and I have to say it’s just not possible, unless seventy percent of the story takes place on the last night.  I highly recommend reading the story “I Am Bane”.  I just think you should ignore most of the time placement.

Nightwing and Robin have to save Nightwing’s girlfriend from Professor Pyg in Nightwing #18.  This comic could have been a lot darker.  If you like disturbing imagery in your comics, this is the comic for you. 

This Week in Gotham #89


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This week is all about assassins and crime lords.  The three books we are looking at today are Detective Comics #953, Batman Beyond #6, and Batgirl #9. 

Cassandra Cain is out for revenge while half the Bat team have been kidnapped in Detective Comics #953. A lot happens in this issue that makes it difficult to keep track of what is going on.  None of these sub-stories are bad, it is just too much at once.  That being said there is one scene in the beginning with Commissioner Gordon that was completely pointless. 

In the far future the League of Assassins is still a pain in the backside for Batman in Batman Beyond #6.  A lot of this comic is set-up and epilogue.  They made this comic to be an epilogue to the previous story arc while also being the first chapter of a new story arc.  Unlike Detective Comics this comic does not feel over cramped.  I just wonder if it is a good idea to have two different League of Assassin’s story lines going on at the same time.

Batgirl uses the opportunity to date her new boyfriend to see what he is secretly up to in Batgirl #9.  The main plot for this story is really well written and there is not to talk about on that side of the comic.  However, there is a sub-plot where Barbara Gordon talks to one of her friends about a personal matter that is greatly written.  The problem is this scene feels out of a place and there is no pay-off to the scene at all.

This Week in Gotham #88


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It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  Do me a favour and have a drink for me as I can’t drink.  This week we have five books, Batman #19, All Star *Batman #8, Nightwing #17, Batwoman #1, and Super Sons #2.

Can the inmates of Arkham Asylum delay Bane enough that Batman can save Gotham Girl’s sanity in Batman #19?  While enjoyed this issue there is about a dozen things I would have liked if it was written differently.   This whole story arc feels awkward to me and I think it is because that the author is focusing more on Bane than on Batman.

Batman attacks the base of the Mad Hatter in All Star*Batman #8.  If you ever wanted to try acid, read this book instead!  The story is very enjoyable but the art makes you feel uncomfortable due to how utterly bizarre it is.  I’m pretty sure that the writer and artist intended for this effect but I’m not sure.

Nightwing and Robin go on the hunt for Nightwing’s girlfriend to rescue her in Nightwing #17.  I love this whole series and this issue just made me fall in love with it even more, however, there is one point in the story where I thought they could do a lot more character development for Robin. 

Ghost from Kate Kane’s past comes back to haunt her as she hunts down the remainder of the Monster Venom in Batwoman #1.  Before I say anything about the story I am so glad that the author brought back Julia Pennyworth, Alfred’s daughter.  She was a great addition to Batman Eternal and I’m so happy we can see the next part of her character arc.  As for the story itself, this is a great start to a new story.  We have mystery and action.  The one thing I’m going to complain about is that an aspect of her character was not being touched on is this issue and I don’t know how the writer can incorporate this aspect in the future without it feeling awkward. 

Super Boy and Robin get caught out late by Lex Luther in Super Sons #2.  This issue made me laugh because it reminded me of an episode of Pinky and the Brain.  I’m amazed at how well this team-up between Super Boy and Robin works.  Super Boy is trying to be the best son in the world while Robin is a total brat sometimes. 


This Week in Gotham #87


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The theme of this week is “bad luck”.  We have four books to look at this week and they are Detective Comics #952, Red Hood and Outlaws #8, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8, and Gotham Academy Second Semester #7. 

When the League of Shadows leader reveals herself a secret comes out that shocks Cassandra Cain to her core in Detective Comics #952.  This issue was enjoyable however the reveal was obvious from the first page.  I’m not going to say anything about the reveal since I want you to be as surprised as possible.  The one thing I was surprised about is the ending and what the Bat Family has to do next.

Artimus discovers her best friend is still alive in Red Hood and the Outlaws #8.  Artimus is a character that has been in the series since issue 1 but more of a side character and this issue changed the focus on to her.  I’m very glad that Artimus has some good character development but I’m worried that it’s a bit late in the series.  This whole series so far has been primarily focused on the Red Hood.  I don’t know how the majority of readers will react to the change of focus.

Nightwing seeks the help of the Birds of Prey in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8.  Unfortunately this is not a crossover with the current Nightwing story line that I really enjoyed.  This doesn’t mean it is a bad issue, it just means I have no clue where in the time line this story takes place.  My favourite thing about this issue is that it does tie up some loose ends that were left over from the series Grayson.

Olivia‘s world is turned upside down after a discovery that changes everything in Gotham Academy Second Semester #7.  After believing that she murdered her friend Tristan she runs away from her friends to learn about her mysterious room-mate.  While this sounds confusing if you read this issue you are not going to be disappointed.  Can’t tell you much other than that.