'Blackest Night: Batman' #2 of 3 Reviewed!

Posted by No_Name_ (17409 posts) - - Show Bio

The latest issue of 'Blackest Night: Batman' Reviewed!


 
  
'Blackest Night: Batman' #2 of 3 
Written by: Peter Tomasi
Art by: Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes
 
I should probably apologize for the delay on the review of this book as I have been a bit under the weather and as a result I've been forced to play a lot of catch-up! I digress, though. This book is great. So great, in fact, that I really wish that it wasn't a mini and was extended to at least five issues! The fact that Tomasi is forced to cram all of that content into a mere three issues may be hindering the story. While it is well organized and the story remains fluid throughout, I feel like a lot of the content is glazed over and that there really isn't a lot of time to delve deeply into any sort of plot or character development. The book is well written, and the art work is really consistent and very good, so it is most certainly worth the purchase! 
 
If you have been reading the series since 'Battle For The Cowl' then you are probably familiar with the quasi fall-out between Tim Drake (former Robin,) and Dick Grayson (former Nightwing). The cool thing about Tomasi's book is that he draws the parallel in the two characters' similarities and utilizes that to bring them to look beyond their differences and work together. I love Tim, so an appearance from him in this series is a lot of fun. The interaction between Damian and Dick in the beginning should also be noted. Tomasi has a certain flair for depicting a very witty and fun interaction between these two characters, which is nice.
 
Barbara! Is it me or is 'Babs' making all sorts of appearances in the various 'Batman' books? Have I said yet how much I love it? There is an interesting interaction too between Barbara and Dick, and I wonder whether that relationship wil be touched upon in any of the other issues. What do you guys think? Was it me, or was there something there? 
 
Deadman is a fantastic character that really isn't used enough in comics, and it seems to me like Tomasi is having a blast writing this character! 
 
Overall, this is a great issue and I recommend it to anyone who is really interested in the 'Blackest Night' series. It's definitely been a great addition to the overall story!
#1 Posted by burr787 (2504 posts) - - Show Bio

I liked this issue, not as good as the first one though. Dick and Damian were awesome and the Oracle was  much better than she was in Batgirl #2.

#2 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3561 posts) - - Show Bio

Big events and mini series makes things difficult for even the most skilled writer in big arcs and cross overs. Every book only has so much time before the arc ends. That gives a writer very little time to tell a strong story. You'd like a mini series to have at a minimum of at least five parts, in my opinion; but if you think about it. That's almost half a year if you are speaking about a monthly series. Having a three part story almost feels like riding a short roller coaster and has a single drop. Sure, it may be fun, but it's over quickly and you are left feeling as if, "What, it's over already?".
 
Burning the bodies seems like a good solution to get rid of the bodies, but that doesn't solve what happens to the rings. Just feels like they could go off and find someone else to inhabit, or worse. Could you imagine if a Black Ring got to Doomsday? Though he never stays dead. He's like Jean Grey, but without the angst or the thunder thighs. (Sorry, channeling my inner Emma there.)
 
Barbara did look pretty hot in that picture. That almost looks like the "Don't you dare disappoint me!" look. I'll let your imagination create the setting there. lol

#3 Edited by Kyle C (96 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't understand the complaint about the density at all. A lot happened in the book. Good!
I would much prefer 3 issues brimming with action, than say, 6 tedious, drawn-out books. Isn't that what the 27 monthly Batman series are for?

#4 Posted by johnny_spam (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

I read Geoff Johns say  that Blackest Night takes place at the end of this DCU's "year".

#5 Posted by No_Name_ (17409 posts) - - Show Bio
@Kyle C said:
" I don't understand the complaint about the density at all. A lot happened in the book. Good!I would much prefer 3 issues brimming with action, than say, 6 tedious, drawn-out books. Isn't that what the 27 monthly Batman series are for? "
I guess that's where we are different. I'm a bigger fan of plot development than I am of "WAM! BAM! POW!" ?
#6 Posted by Bruce Vain (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

LOL Fran Drescher & Joan Rivers hilarious combination 
 
What happened between Dick & Tim?   
 
And hope you feel better.
 

 
#7 Posted by No_Name_ (17409 posts) - - Show Bio
@Bruce Vain: Thanks!
 
Dick and Tim haven't been getting along since Tim feels replaced by Damian and he is still in denial that Bruce is gone.
#8 Posted by ryanwh (373 posts) - - Show Bio

They resolve the whole 'how to kill a Black Lantern' problem in Blackest Night 3, and the solution is kind of the obvious thing. They also allude to an even more obviouser obvious thing that reminds me of Captain Planet. That's all I'll say about that. Im sure you guys are probably reading it today.

#9 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27119 posts) - - Show Bio

awww warm lemon and honey sweetie!! 
 
great review!

#10 Posted by Bruce Vain (1869 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs:
:) 
 
Hmmm I see then, well I don't think Tim should feel like he's been replaced since he's becoming his own man now as Red Robin. Just like when Dick became Nightwing. 
Thanks for the info.
#11 Posted by mattydeNero (526 posts) - - Show Bio

This has been a good mini-series.  I really liked when Deadman "phased" into Barbara.  I wasn't expecting that.  With the R.I.P. arc to this point in the Bat-world, I have to say that I have grown to respect the whole entire family of characters good, and evil a whole lot more.  Damien has got to be one of my favorite characters in comics right now.  And Peter Tomasi has written the kid really well.  IMO Tim Drake is the most 'like' Batman out of everyone encompassing the cowl, and in this issue, you definitely see that.  While I think that the Superman and Titans mini-series respectively will hold more of an important factor in the entire Blackest Night saga, this is a mini-series you can't pass up.  You're crazy if you do.
#12 Posted by Archetype (731 posts) - - Show Bio

You know for everything to come full circle I think they need to kill Talia.Robins are not supposed to have any living parents.How would her death effect him?
 
all joking aside I too wonder how the heck you kill these black lanterns.I believe there was a panel where it showed one of the black lantern's ring just hangin out after that particular lantern's hand was destroyed...I thought for a second that maybe it would have some kind of effect.I also liked Barbra's portrayal and am diggin me some Deadman(no pun intended).

#13 Posted by Moomin123 (2205 posts) - - Show Bio

Babs, I hope you get better. 
I'm reading Blackest Night: Batman. It's really good. My favourite Gotham Black Lantern is Blockbuster, he's super-smart and super-strong. Like Bane.
#14 Posted by Timm (255 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs said:
" @Kyle C said:
" I don't understand the complaint about the density at all. A lot happened in the book. Good!I would much prefer 3 issues brimming with action, than say, 6 tedious, drawn-out books. Isn't that what the 27 monthly Batman series are for? "
I guess that's where we are different. I'm a bigger fan of plot development than I am of "WAM! BAM! POW!" ? "
I'm with you Babs, i was feeling this book a lot less than you. I didn't like the Tim and Dick interactions and i hate that the black lanterns were nothing but old baggage. If you checked out the green lanterns blackest night books it got even worse. So far 12 year olds wrote this. i hate when i sound bitter, but this is really urking me. feels like this event has been dragging on forever.
#15 Edited by ryanwh (373 posts) - - Show Bio

Blackest Night is defintely something that Im reading just about exclusively for the art because the story is pretty tepid. Its just like the Red Lantern arc, totally corny, not really making sense, but the art was way metal. 
I mean, the reality is 80% of the people who were killed off in the DC universe were killed off because they weren't popular. So how interesting is it to revive unpopular villains and heroes?

#16 Posted by Timm (255 posts) - - Show Bio
@ryanwh said:
" Blackest Night is defintely something that Im reading just about exclusively for the art because the story is pretty tepid. Its just like the Red Lantern arc, totally corny, not really making sense, but the art was way metal. 
I mean, the reality is 80% of the people who were killed off in the DC universe were killed off because they weren't popular. So how interesting is it to revive unpopular villains and heroes? "
you haven't told any lies. I don't know who half of these dead guys are. I had to keep wikipedia open through a couple of these blackest night books to figure out why the next zombie was crying.
#17 Posted by Nahero (9915 posts) - - Show Bio

i see how fire is effective but is that the case for all black lanterns cuz superman might be a different story
 
and babs you didn't know i kinda had a sense that barbara and dick had feelings for eachother but they stayed friends i mean i know hes stern as a leader but he always has a soft spot for friends and family

#18 Posted by fueljunky (17 posts) - - Show Bio

This was a good issue and the part where Tim finally encounters his parents was great I thought. It finally showed a crack in Tims emotional armor. Anyone else get the feel that in #3 Tomasi might actually bring in Thomas and Martha Wayne?

#19 Posted by crazed_h3ro (1000 posts) - - Show Bio

had the comic for about three days, and i have to say i love it.Gothom is in flames by the black lanterns and its just hell.Great review babs (secreatly i like you <3) can't wait for the last instalment with Dick,Tim, Damian,Gordan,and deadman vs the flying Grayson and  Jack and Janet Drak, who will win?...battle of emotions begin
#20 Posted by stephen.christy3 (13 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs: GAME. BLOUSES.
#21 Posted by No_Name_ (17409 posts) - - Show Bio
@stephen.christy3: You know where you got that shirt from..
#22 Posted by Kyle C (96 posts) - - Show Bio
@Timm said:
" @Babs said:
" @Kyle C said:
" I don't understand the complaint about the density at all. A lot happened in the book. Good!I would much prefer 3 issues brimming with action, than say, 6 tedious, drawn-out books. Isn't that what the 27 monthly Batman series are for? "
I guess that's where we are different. I'm a bigger fan of plot development than I am of "WAM! BAM! POW!" ? "
I'm with you Babs, i was feeling this book a lot less than you. I didn't like the Tim and Dick interactions and i hate that the black lanterns were nothing but old baggage. If you checked out the green lanterns blackest night books it got even worse. So far 12 year olds wrote this. i hate when i sound bitter, but this is really urking me. feels like this event has been dragging on forever. "
Dragging on forever? It's only been 3 months...
#23 Posted by Mask of Tengu (208 posts) - - Show Bio

I loved this issue...even more than the first...I don't know why it just seemed fast paced and very well done...by the way Dick is a dick...just saying...he is such a dude the way he treats Barbara
#24 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

So you can stun a black lantern by using flames...nice!!!

#25 Posted by Kyle C (96 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs said:
" @Kyle C said:
" I don't understand the complaint about the density at all. A lot happened in the book. Good!I would much prefer 3 issues brimming with action, than say, 6 tedious, drawn-out books. Isn't that what the 27 monthly Batman series are for? "
I guess that's where we are different. I'm a bigger fan of plot development than I am of "WAM! BAM! POW!" ? "
But the first issue was ALL character development. To me, this issue was just evening things out.
#26 Posted by Marshal Victory (677 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs:
woot could actualy hear ya .sound was great this time around.by way thanks for a good honest review . hard but fair imho. 
being sick alot sucks (more experiance than i realy want in the feild of illness) so please get well soon.cant for life of me rember what kind of tea talk show hosts use for sore or rough voice.
#27 Posted by NightFang (10197 posts) - - Show Bio

Great Review, Babs.

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