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BatWatch Review: Teen Titans #18 1

To Belle and BackThere was a brief period several months ago, during Teen Titans #13-14 I believe, that I actually thought Teen Titans might be getting good, but that...was quite a long time ago, and it hasn't. I'm tired of Teen Titans. Nothing particularly interesting even happens, the characters are unlikable, and there are about a million and a half subplots, few of which actually concern me. Last issue revealed that Tim Drake was possessed or some such, and I do not really care. With that a...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

BatWatch Review: Batman, Incorporated #9 2

Fallen SonWhat can be said in preparation of this issue that has not already been stated? We lost Damian which most in the Bat community feel to be a tragic loss of a beloved character. I count myself among that number, yet I'm willing to wait see where Morrison (former writer of Rebellion's 2000AD and Batman and current writer of Batman, Incorporated and Action Comics) and the other Bat writers plan to take the story before I cry foul. It's already led to some powerful stories of loss most not...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

BatWatch Review: The Dark Knight #18 0

Devil's Bargain It's time to see what The Dark Knight has cooked up for us this week. I was pleasantly surprised with last week's issue. Whereas I generally find Gregg Hurwitz (former writer of Vengeance of the Moon Knight and Penguin: Pride and Prejudice and current writer of The Dark Knight) stories to be lacking, I actually enjoyed the cat and mouse game between our fearless hero and his short stack villain last time around, and though I know some horrible tragedy is doubtless on its way in ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

DC Universe Presents #18 0

Without Honor or HumanityThis is the second to last issue of DC Universe Presents, and it focuses on none other than Red Hood and the Outlaws' best naked heroine, Starfire. Starfire is a bit of a conundrum to me. She is gentle with her teammates yet a merciless warrior in many cases, and still, she is willing to forgive the deepest betrayals from her sister. Early on, she was said to have memory troubles, but now she seems more aware, so what is the deal with that? Out of the three main characte...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Birds of Prey #18 0

Burning ColdBirds of Prey has been a very rough book of recent, and by rough, I mean bad. Duane Swierczynski (former writer of Birds of Prey and Cable) has been writing some really bad adventures for the Birds of recent, and I am delighted that the book is finally getting some new talent. However, I'm not sure if Christy Marx (former writer of Epic's The Sisterhood of Steel and current writer of Birds of Prey and Sword of Sorcery) is really the booster shot the Birds need to make them a major pl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Catwoman #18 0

He Said, She SaidCatwoman is a book that, to put it nicely, is struggling to find a mature voice for itself. I've detailed its ups and downs (mostly downs) in past reviews, so I'm not going to belabor on the point. Last issue was actually an up...at least from the standard nonsense we've been batting from the series. The last issue was not amazing, but it held up as a respectable and somewhat entertaining adventure story. This issue has yet another mandated crossover intersecting with whatever N...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batwoman #18 0

SecretsYay, it's Batwoman time. Batwoman has been one of my favorite series of the DCNU. It might even be my very favorite of the bunch. Many things make this issue special since there was a triple surprise at the end of the last issue. The least among them was the revelation that Kate Kane's evil twin sister, Alice, is coming back into play. The most important revelation in the minds of the average Joe is probably Kate revealing her identity and then proposing to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

RHATO #18 0

Last Dance, Last Chance for...Death!Red Hood and the Outlaws has been pretty consistent at delivering fun stories. Granted, it is not the deepest comic book series on the market, and as some have pointed out, Lobdell's (former writer of Uncanny X-Men and current writer for Red Hood and the Outlaws, Teen Titans, Superboy and Superman strong suit as a writer is not subtlety, but still, I can't think of a single issue of RHATO (minus the Death of the Family crossover issues) that I did not enjoy.To...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #18 0

Slow BurnI'm not sure I've come straight out and said this in any previous reviews, but I've really been a bit disappointed with Higgins' Nightwing. I've heard lots of interviews with Kyle Higgins, and it is clear the guy is a true fan of Dick Grayson; he seems to get the character, yet when pen meets paper, the results are mixed. There are almost no issues of the DCNU Nightwing I would classify as bad, but Dick Grayson has no longer been adopted and/or raised by Bruce, Dick Grayson gets routine...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ravagers #10 0

Women and Children FirstWith his first issue on the series, #16, Michael Alan Nelson appeared to be bringing something fresh and new to The Ravagers, but then the next issue arrived, and it was really just more of the same with the exception of Warblade who under Nelson's writing has changed from a one dimensional villain to a hilarious pragmatic sociopath. The title still has more character than it seems to be able to handle, and the series soon coming end means that the characters will never g...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batgirl #18 0

The Masks of AshesI can't say I am terribly excited for this issue. I've become kind of bored with the forever long build up of James Jr.'s attack without any apparent motivation or game plan. Ray Fawkes, (former writer of Vertigo's Mnemovore and current writer for Batgirl and Justice League Dark) who is standing in for the fired/hired Gail Simone, (former writer of Birds of Prey) did write Barbara in a way that made her more likable in last month's issue, but whatever excitement that brought wa...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Legends #39-40 0

I Hate It when He Does That...Again, I'm running behind on reviews, I should already be in bed, and I really want to be caught up before I get another pile of comics dumped in my “To Review” file manana, so I'm going to try to keep this brief even though I have to admit that I really suck at keeping things short. In that spirit of trying to be brief, I will be doing the review Bat Droppings style, but first, the intro.To see this review with images, Click Here.Two weeks before Scott Snyder annou...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batwing #18 0

Casualties of WarI'm pretty stoked about this issue of Batwing. I enjoyed the Sky-Pirate from last issue, and the creative team is saying that someone will die soon. The obvious choice target for death would be Matu for Heaven knows a hero cannot be allowed to have a father figure, but there are other options. Another intriguing question is what will happed to David Zavimbe and who will replace him? Jimmy Palmiotti (former inker and cover artist for Catwoman, inker for Jonah Hex, writer for Ame-...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin #18 0

UndoneEverybody get your tissue boxes ready because Peter J. Tomasi (former editor of Hitman and current writer for Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps) and Patrick Gleason (former artist for Robin and cover artist for Arkham City: End Game and current penciler for Batman and Robin) are about to unleash some serious emotional devastation on us. The team that has manged to put more heart into their issues than most other Batman series combined will now have the mother of all potential heart ...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Batman #18 0

ResolveSnyder (former writer for Detective Comics and current writer of Batman, Talon, American Vampire, and Swamp Thing) promises an issue focused on Harper Row, the girl without any apparent role in the DC Universe. Apparently, she will somehow discover Batman's loss of Robin or at bare minimum witness the fallout from the event. Harper appeared to be taking an unhealthy fascination with Batman in Batman #12, so perhaps she has spent all her time since then obsessing over The Dark Knight and s...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Worlds' Finest #10 0

Some Things You Can Change, Some Things You Can't...Worlds' Finest is upon us once more, and this issue is using the death of Damian to give itself a sales boost. I dislike this series as you will well know, but I did read the preview, and it shows a close encounter between Batman and Huntress, and I have to admit that the idea of these two meeting does hold some intrigue. How odd would it be to meet your potential father or daughter from another dimension? Still, I have very mild hopes for this...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Detective Comics #18 0

Return To RoostIt is time once more for Detective Comics. Unfortunately, I was not able to get this out Wednesday due to my crazy week, so since I am now playing catch up, I will probably cut this review a little short, but still, I'll try to do the review justice.To see this review with images, Click Here.Detective Comics, with the combined talents of John Layman (former writer of Image's Chew and current writer of Detective Comics) and Jason Fabok, (former penciler for Aspen MLT's Michael Turn...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

DC Universe Presents #17 0

Roy's Night OutWell, this is now a week overdue, sadly. I've been trying to get to it for some time, but I've been unsuccessful until now. Due to the late date, I'll probably be more brief than usual. Obviously, I'm covering this issue of DC Universe Presents because it focuses on Arsenal who is famous from Teen Titans and is currently a member of the Outlaws. I'm pretty interested in seeing what happens when Arsenal meets once more with Killer Croc. In case anybody is out of the loop, Arsenal b...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Talon #5 0

ChurningI've really been enjoying Talon, and the preview for this latest issue looks promising. The last issue appeared to be a turning point as Calvin met his arch nemesis and finally partnered up with Casey Washington and her daughter Sarah. I also expect, based on solicits, for Sebastian Clark to be a traitor by April, so I'm eager to see how things play out in this issue. Does Talon #5 deliver a thrill a minute, or has this escape artist ran out of tricks?To see this review with images, Clic...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Dark Knight #17 0

Sweet ObsessionYeah, so...here we are again. The Dark Knight may be an awesome movie, but it's a horrible comic. I don't hate this series, but I'm really disappointed in it pretty much every week. Gregg Hurwitz (former writer of Vengeance of the Moon Knight and Penguin: Pride and Prejudice and current writer of The Dark Knight) has failed, as the cheerleaders say, to bring it, and David Finch (former artist for Top Cow's Ascension and The Dark Knight and current artist for Justice League of Amer...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Teen Titans #17 0

A Tale of Light and DarkThere are books I love reviewing every month, and there are books I hate reviewing every month. I never know which Teen Titans is going to be. Teen Titans #15? Meh. Teen Titans #16? Really cool. You just never know.To see this review with images, Click Here.Batman and Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood and the Outlaws all set a pretty high bar for what we can expect as fallout following Death of the Family. So far, Batgirl is the only one who just kind of glazed over the othe...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Batman, Incorporated #8 0

So, I'm super stoked about this issue. As most of you probably know, it promises big, big, horrible things, and I'm game. Perhaps Death of the Family and its aftermath has wet my appetite for a game changing event, and that is exactly what we are going to get here. (watch as I dodge spoilers. It's a delicate dance full of love for the BatWatch community and the purists who have worked so hard not to ruin the reveal) I have a lot of speculation and theories, but I cannot voice them without reveal...

14 out of 14 found this review helpful.

#Legends 38 0

I Hate It when He Does That...I greatly enjoyed the last issue of Legends, so lets see what this issue holds in store. This arc is written by Joshua Williamson, former writer of DC's Voodoo and current writer for Monkeybrain's Masks and Mobsters. I can't say that Voodoo inspires much confidence considering it was canceled before it managed much of a run, but Masks and Mobsters sounds really cool for whatever that is worth. The art is handled by Wes Craig. (former artist for the 2008 volume of Gu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Legends #37 0

Return of the Batman...I've been really enjoying this story arc of Legends of the Dark Knight. It has explored the role that technology plays in Batman's life and the way Bruce has come to rely too much on his toys. Now that Wayne Industries has started hurting on its bottom line, Batman's arsenal is depleted, and Bruce now has to stop Ra's without the benefits of his tech. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the production of this story arc, and the final issue was delayed for an entire we...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Birds of Prey #17 0

HeartstopperI'm running behind on reviews, and I kind of hate this series, so don't be surprised if I cut this review short. Birds has been massively disappointing recently, and I've already read the preview for this issue, and I know I have no reason to expect things to get better. Is Birds of Prey a scream, or is it for the birds? (yep, I just made both those puns. Suck it class!)To see this review with images, Click Here.In this issue, the Birds are attacked by killer Russian robots, private ...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Catwoman #17 0

Rat TalesCatwoman is upon us once again. To say I've grown tired of this series is at this point an understatement. There are a handful of books now that are most definitely being bought by me begrudgingly. I certainly hope I am warning people off this book because it would pain me to know that I was aiding this series. Still, hope blooms eternal, and this is Nocenti's first story separate from any official crossovers (though it is worth mentioning that Catwoman's future plots appear to be tying...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batwoman #17 0

MercyIt's taken nearly a year and a half to get here, but finally, the conclusion of the first arc of Batwoman is concluding. Batwoman has been a consistently great series, and I am very excited to see how things wrap up. I could belabor the introduction, but honestly, I just want to get to the reading. Does Batwoman deliver a great conclusion to this epic, or does the story fizzle out in the end?To see this review with images, Click Here.In this issue, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, and Flamebird take...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

RHATO #17 0

Don't Let the Door Hit You on Your Way Out!Nightwing's follow up issue to Death of the Family was quite satisfying, so now I am curious if Red Hood and the Outlaws will get a similarly great story. I was not particularly impressed with RHATO's crossover with Death of the Family though it had some moments. It will be nice to see this trio of antiheroes reunited since Roy and Jason have been on separate adventures and Kory barely received any face time in the past couple issues. Does RHATO #17 bri...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #17 0

Nightwing #17Death of the Family is finally over, and we can finally see the fallout left over from Joker's rampage. A lot of people are complaining that Death of the Family has not made a lasting impact on the universe. Personally, I don't feel that every plot line has to be a game changer to justify its existence. On the other hand, almost all the authors of the various tie ins claimed that this crossover was going to affect the characters for years to come, and this is nowhere more evidenced ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batman Beyond #18 0

The slow pace of Batman Beyond is beginning to really tick me off. The whole series is geared to be released alongside Superman Beyond and Justice League Beyond. If you are following all three series, then you get a new chapter each week, but if you are only following one, then you go nearly a month between each issue. Given the series short chapters, this makes unraveling the story painfully slow. However, the conclusion is finally upon us. Does Bruce Wayne finally meet his maker? Does Joker Ki...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Death by Design 0

Last week, a new Batman graphic novel was released straight to trades. It never had an issued release. Since I was busy wishing I were dead (I had a bug of some sort) around that time last week, I was not able to get a review out on it, but I have read it now, and I do have some thoughts. Does Death by Design's story of architecture gone wrong represent an outstanding triumph of modern man that all Batman fans should proudly place on their mantle, or is it a crumbling mess falling apart under th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Ravagers #9 0

FathersI really enjoyed the last issue of The Ravagers which finally gave some development to two of the series lead antagonists, Rose Wilson and Warblade. At the end of the issue, The Ravagers finally appeared on the scene, and it looked like things were about to get cranked up a notch. The Ravagers might be a dead series walking right now, but perhaps it can deliver a few great issues before getting canceled. Does this series manage to get things right in its final days, or was last months' gl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batgirl #17 0

Endure the FlameI'm surprised to find that after building up his appearance for approximately forever, Gail Simone handed off Barbara's confrontation with James Jr. to Ray Fawkes. I know that there was the whole firing/rehiring thing, but if Simone could get herself unfired, surely she could secure the story about James Jr., so this strikes me as odd. Also, James Jr. had a rather odd role in Death of the Family. I could buy into the idea that perhaps James had been keeping tabs on his mom and th...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin #17 0

Life Is But a DreamI'm going to have to address a spoiler from Batman #17 to talk about this month's Batman and Robin. I don't think it will be a major revelation, but if you are eager to preserve every second of surprise from the conclusion of Death of the Family, then turn back now because the rest of this review is not safe.Click Here to see this review with lots of images.Damian is alive! Rejoice Robin fans...at least until Morrison completes his run on Batman, Incorporated and murders the b...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Batman #17 0

The PunchlineThe end draws nigh. It's about thirty minutes until midnight at which point I am hoping Comixology will add Batman and allow me to do an early review. (it didn't, so I went to bed an did the review this morning) Early reports from advanced and pirated copies say that we should expect good things from Batman #17, but I aim to give you my best objective opinion hype free. Still, it is hard not to feel some amount of apprehension and excitement as the minutes count down. This has only ...

11 out of 14 found this review helpful.

Legends #35-36 0

Return of BatmanFor only the second time since starting BatWatch, I've managed to get over a week behind on reviews. I'm sorry about that. I had an illness that took me out of commission for most of this week, so I was unable to get caught up.To see this review with image, Click Here.Honestly, I don't remember in the slightest what was going on in the last issue, so let me read my own review on it real quick to get caught up. It seems I generally liked it. Oh wait, it's come to me without having...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batwing #17 0

The Dying BreathI'm having an incredibly hard time getting my brain to focus right now, so again, I ask for your patience with this review because I am having difficulty thinking due to lack of sleep and illness.To see this review with images, Click Here.I'm sad to learn that Fabian Nicieza will be leaving Batwing because I've had high hopes for his work on this series. Last issue was a great intro to his first real arc on Batwing which delved into the political realities of The Democratic Repub...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Worlds' Finest #9 0

RaidWorlds' Finest is a crappy comic. I hate it. I don't want to have to review it, but I'm doing it anyway because I said I would, but I'm tired, I feel like throwing up, and I do not feel like dressing up my disdain for this series in any sorts of fancy words. Crap is crap and this book sucks. Is this another issue that proves my hatred for Worlds' Finest to be fury well spent ,or is this one of those few issues that is actually okay and makes me question if this book has some potential?To see...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Detective Comics #17 0

The Pursuit of HappinessAs you probably know if you have been following my blog, I've been sick the last couple of days, so sadly, I'm coming to the game late to review this month's 'Tec. Due to the fact that I'm backlogged and a bit fuzzy in the head, this review might not be as detailed as some others. I'll just write what comes to mind, and we'll see what shakes loose from my semi-poisoned mind.John Layman has delivered some excellent stories for his four issues of Detective thus far. I was a...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Talon #4 0

NightmaresTo see this review with images, Click Here.I've really been enjoying Talon. So far, there has not been a bad issue. There have not been some less than stellar issues, but all of them have been at least fairly good, and some, like last month's have been great. A lot happened in Talon #3 with Calvin reuniting with his old girlfriend and tangling with a crew of ex-villains before coming face to face with a talon awakened just for the sole purpose of killing Calvin Rose. Does this issue de...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.