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Batman Incorporated #7 0

Belly of the WhaleTo see this review with images, Click Here.Last month's Batman Inc. had tons of mystery and the death of Knight to keep fans on their toes. Does this week finally give us some answers to readers' burning questions, or are we left scratching our heads?In this issue, Nightwing, Red Hood, Red Robin and Batwing try to clean up after last month's battle, Damian discovers the origin of The Heretic, and Talia plots over a captured Batman.Too Many IronsThis is the first issue I've read...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Dark Knight #16 0

Touch of CrazyTo see this review with images, Click Here.I've been a harsh on Gregg Hurwitz recently, the writer of The Dark Knight. He just concluded his previous arch on the Scarecrow, and though it wasn't awful, it also wasn't good. Apparently, many others share my dislike for the series since not one of twenty people thought he was the best current Batman writer on the BatWatch poll. Still, he has a chance to redeem himself now with his current arch. However, its going to be an uphill battle...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Teen Titans #16 0

Gotham Runs Red!To see this review with images, Click Here.RHATO #16 was a massive disappointment with a story which completely skipped the plot of Red Hood and Red Robin to focus instead on Roy Harper and the Teen Titans. Presumably, Teen Titans will be focused purely on the Reds which would mitigate some of these annoyed feelings of mine. I've already read a preview for this issue, and I am actually a little excited because in the preview, Tim was presented as analyzing the situation in a fash...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin Annaul 1 0

Batman ImpossibleTo see this review with images, Click Here.Normally when I introduce a comic, I talk about what has been going on previously in the series, but since this is an annual, I really have no idea what to expect. Sure, I could cheat and read the solicits, but I like being surprised. We know this issue cannot be taking place chronologically with the regular series since the last time we saw Damian, he was being dragged God knows where by Joker, so unless this issue features forty pages...

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Team 7 #4 0

The Possession of Slade WilsonDue to the....interesting run in Catwoman, I felt I was obligated to read some more of the crossover “The Black Diamond Probability.” Without any central narrative to follow, I figured it would be most advantageous to read the issue that happened most recently chronologically. As with last month, that means I picked up Team 7. Seeing as this is not a Bat Family title, I will probably make this review brief.I really enjoyed this title last month. The art was excellen...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #38 0

The Return of BatmanI used to say that Legends of the Dark Knight was one of my favorite series, but then it went on a less than stellar run which used Abattoir II and a weird cryptotaxidermist as villains. That is not to say that those stories were bad, but I would not accuse either of extremely high quality. Perhaps more importantly, neither of them took advantage of Legends unique nature as a non-cannon title by exploring new aspects of the Batman mythos or presenting Bruce in a new light. Th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Birds of Prey #16 0

Lights Out.To see this review with images, Click Here.“Crap, is it time to read Birds of Prey again?” That was my thought just a few short minutes ago when I realized I only had one comic left to review today. The beginning of the DCNU Birds of Prey was pretty good, but the Birds have been in a slump for at least half a year now. The last arch was especially boring removing Katana in a pointless three part arch and adding new member Strix. Further adding to my dread of reading this book is the p...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

RHATO #16 0

Family Matters!To read this review with images, Click Here.I'm really interested in this week's Red Hood and the Outlaws not so much because I want to see how the Joker arch concludes but because I've seen some very low scores on this issue from people who usually give RHATO high scores. I was not crazy about the last issue, but I did respect how Jason did not relent against the Joker, and I thought the labyrinth Joker set up for Red Hood was pretty menacing. Furthermore, Lobdell said months ago...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Batwoman #16 0

Serpent's HomelandTo read this article with images, Click Here.Yay! It's time for another issue of Batwoman. Nothing gets me so worked up as being able to see another adventure of my favorite heroine. As the Medusa saga sprints towards the finish line, everything has taken on epic proportions as Gotham is under siege from the creatures of nightmare. Last month's Interlude II story was an good respite from the main arch, but I'm more than eager to get back to Kate, Diana, and the fray of monsters...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Catwoman #16 0

Battle in BlackTo read this article with images, Click Here.For my own sanity, I've had to downgrade Catwoman into a whole different category of comic book. It is no longer something I compare to modern Batman, Nightwing or other serious comics but rather something I compare to Silver Age stories where crazy things often happened without explanation, and all the characters spoke in long monologues which explained relevant plot details. Truth be told, I'm not even sure how to grade Catwoman anymo...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #16 0

Curtain CallTo see this review with images, Click Here.I was not particularly impressed with the last issue of Nightwing which puts me in the vast minority. I would not say it was a bad issue, but it simply failed to wow me. Joker killed a guy who looked like him and then left him hanging in a creepy place, but beyond that, all he did was give Raya a dose of laughing gas and turn her loose on Nightwing. I found the whole setup rather boring because Joker uses innocents against heroes all the tim...

10 out of 10 found this review helpful.

Legends #33 0

AdaptionThe latest arch of Legends of the Dark Knight was pretty good, but despite the arch's strong points, it ended with a bit of a fizzle that left a sour taste in my mouth. Now, we have a new arch with a new creative team, and I'm a little excited about this issue for several reasons. First, the cover is intriguing showing a Batman who appears to be wounded and on the verge of defeat which is an usual pose for a Legends of the Dark Knight cover. Second, the writing and most of the art is don...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Ravagers #8 0

Pray That Ye May Be HealedTo see this review with images, Click Here.For some reason, I find myself rooting for The Ravagers to succeed. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it is because in the Bat Family, The Ravagers is kind of like the estranged Bat Uncle that nobody remembers. Perhaps I feel sympathy for it because it actually showed a surprising amount of promise for being the product of such a crappy crossover. Perhaps I am just being a softy and wanting all series to be a success. Who knows? All I ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batgirl #16 0

CeremonyTo see this review with images, Click Here.I have been thrilled by the last couple of issues of Batgirl, but I was a little disappointed when Babs turned the tables on Joker at the skating rink last issue only to be defeated by a cheap Ace Joker had hidden up his sleeve. Now, it looks like there are wedding bells and amputation gauze in Barbara's near future, and I can't help but wonder if Simone can pull off a satisfying finish to this arch which is more pleasing than the near resolutio...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin #16 0

Cast a Giant ShadowTo see this review with images, Click Here.The last issue of Batman and Robin was one of the best tie ins to Death of the Family thus far. In addition to having excellent interaction between Damian and Joker, it left us with a massive tease as it appeared that Robin was about to have to face off with the Dark Knight. Given that there has been no time for Bruce to attack Damian, I am even more skeptical now than I was last week that this is really Bruce Wayne, but still, this i...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Batman #16 0

Castle of CardsTo see this review with images, Click Here.I've not been as flabbergasted by Death of the Family as some. The story has its problems with overexposed and formulaic crossovers not to mentions a Joker who can apparently do anything he wants whenever he wants, but still, the core story has been a heck of a ride with brilliant art, solid story, creepiness galore, a couple intriguing mysteries, strong dialogue, cool aesthetics, clever themes, and fitting dialogue. On the list of awesom...

12 out of 20 found this review helpful.

Batwing #16 0

A Blind Eye Sees RedTo see this review with images, Click Here.Batwing started strong, but it has been struggling ever since. The last two issues from writer Judd Winick felt like he was just going through the motions. Luckily, help arrived in the last issue in the form of new writer Fabian Nicieza. I loved Nicieza's work with Robin and Red Robin, so I have some high hopes for his work with Batwing, but the reality of Nicieza's more recent run on Legion Lost also bears some consideration since t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Worlds' Finest #8 0

Hunt and Be HuntedTo see this review with images, Click Here.I am amazed that this series is selling so well. It may not a breakaway hit, but its running towards the middle of the pack of DC's New 52, and it deserves to be at the bottom of the pile. I suppose there are a few misguided fans of Huntress and Power Girl that think they are supporting their favorite characters by buying this series, but they would do far better to pull their support and prompt the editorial staff to create better sto...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Detective Comics #16 0

Nothin' But SmilesTo this review with images, Click Here.John Layman has taken the reigns of Detective Comics, and he has delivered three good issues. However, the last one left a little something to be desired with the “Death of the Family” cross over feeling extremely forced and undermining the strength of the original narrative. Furthermore, the lack of resolution between Ivy and Clayface was a bit irritating. Still, it was a pretty good issue, and I am eager to see what Layman has in store. ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Legends #31 0

What Happened Was...The last issue of Legends of the Dark Knight was a solid beginning to a three part story which relayed a Batman tale from various unreliable narrators. All we really know is that Batman and Calendar Man had a conflict at a stadium which caused an explosion. Now, a detective has to pick up the pieces and figure out what really happened. At the end of the last issue, the detective's inquiries were about to turn towards Calendar Man himself. Should you save the date for this iss...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Teen Titans #15 0

Teen ScreamTo see this review with images, Click Here.The DCNU Teen Titans has been a disappointment to me overall. The latest arch was better than all that has come previously, but it still did not wow me. The last issue left us with the cliffhanger that Red Robin had been presumably kidnapped by Joker, and apparently, the clown wants the Teen Titans to join in on the fun. It is hard to get too excited about any of this since we have seen so many tie ins to the Death of the Family story, and th...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Talon #3 0

Sting of the PastTo see this review with image, Click Here.The last issue of Talon left something to be desired. It was okay, but there was much that held it back from greatness chief among them a poorly drawn scene s which did not make the flow of the action clear. Still, Calving Rose is a promising protagonist in my eyes, and I have high hopes for his series. Does this issue maintain the status quo or bring Talon to new heights?In this issue, Calvin travels to NYC to meet up with his friend Ca...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Batman Incorporated #6 0

Garland of SkullsTo see this review with images, Click Here.I absolutely loved the last issue of Batman Incorporated. I think I am beginning to get a grasp on Morrison's unique writing style and long term story telling, and I love it. Granted, it would be nice if he would occasionally answer a few more questions rather than speed from one ambiguous revelation to another, but at the same time, his refusal to nail down every aspect of his story is what paves the way for so many theories in the pre...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The Dark Knight #15 0

Cross to BearTo see this review with images, Click Here.Over the past several months, The Dark Knight has devolved from a fairly entertaining Scarecrow story to a festering pile of crap. The entire plot is too long, sloppily constructed in parts, and derivative of other better Scarecrow stories. Our hero did manage to escape bondage last issue, but sadly, things just got worse. The last glimpse we see of Scarecrow if of him ripping off his origin tale from Batman: The Animated Series by piloting...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Catwoman Defiant 0

Since this is not an "official" BatWatch review and I am really just kiling time while I am trying to get tired enough to go to sleep, I am going to be less formal with this review than most.I read Catwoman Defiant which is an old 1992 graphic novel featuring everybody's favorite feline fatale. I was very interested in this for many reasons. First, the cover gives little away. We see an oddly outfitted Catwoman in a bizzare pose standing along a Gotham City skyline and the word defiant. What doe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arkahm Unhinged #46 - 47 0

Welcome to the Slough of DespondThis plotline has outlived its welcome, and I am ready for it to end. Who is the Bookbinder? Who cares? I'm tired of the ridiculous politics at work in this series though I am not certain whether it annoys me because it is so far removed from reality or because it actually holds up a twisted reflection of the U.S. political process. At this point, I'm just bearing up under the series and waiting for it to come to a close. Do these latest issues lighten my load a l...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #30 0

What Happened Was...Legends of the Dark Knight is back to deliver a brand new story with a brand new creative team. Off the heels of the solid three part “Off the Menu” story arc, new writer Paul Jenkins brings us yet another three part story. Does this one deliver a satisfying meal, or will this story turn your stomach?In this issue, Detective Brian Kelly must uncover the events that led up to a tragedy at a Knight ballgame by talking to those that witnessed the devastation. It does not take hi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batman: Li'l Gotham #4 0

New Year’s EveDC’s release schedule for Li’l Gotham has me a bit stumped. They release their Christmas issue nearly a week before Christmas which makes a sort of sense. After all, people enjoy Christmas stories before the big day itself. However, they also chose to release their New Year’s issue on Christmas day. Does that make sense to anyone?Well, I guess I shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Li’l Gotham has been a whole lot of fun, and I’ve enjoyed all the previous episodes immensely. T...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Li'l Gotham #3 0

ChristmasLi’l Gotham has been a delightful blast of fresh air. It’s practically the polar opposite of the regular Batman titles taking all that is dark and twisted in Gotham and making it airy and light. The first issue was excellent, and the second issue was nearly as good. It’s now time for Li’l Gotham’s third installment, and I am happy to note that Nightwing features prominently on the cover. As much as I love that little brat, Damian, I’m glad to see that another member of the Bat Family ge...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Batman Beyond 15 - 16 0

Dark CityTo read this review with pictures, Click Here.I’m a little embarrassed because for the first time since opening BatWatch, I’ve managed to get way behind schedule. My computer freezing up several times a day and moving at the speed of an elderly wino doesn’t exactly help, and Christmas parties and shopping have also taken a bite out of my time, but my original fault was that I simply forgot to download and review Batman Beyond two Saturdays ago, and I have not had a chance to get caught ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Team 7 #3 0

Darkness RisingClick Here to see this review with images.Since this month’s Catwoman was a crossover with the mysteriously named The Black Diamond Probability story arc, I thought I should read tie in which had occured most recently leading up the Catwoman story. In addition to giving me a chance to broaden my horizons, I figure this will help me understand the nature of Eclipso in the New 52, and maybe it will shed light on the bizarre flesh map that Selina possessed.I know very little about Te...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Legends #29 0

Off the MenuThough Legends of the Dark Knight is one of my favorite series, it was less than stellar lass issue with an apparent plot hole and some questionable choices. Still, it was not a complete loss with a potentially fascinating cannibal as the lead villain. Does this new Abattoir live up the bloody and brutal legacy that name holds, or is this merely one more villain with a dime store superpower and a gimmick?The Man in the SuitLast issue ended with Bruce Wayne being subdued by Abattoir, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Birds of Prey #15 0

Sayonara, KatanaTo see this review with images, Click Here.I really enjoyed the beginning of DCNU Birds of Prey, so what happened? Duane Swierczynski is the same guy who has been writing Birds from the beginning, so how did the series manage to go from pretty good to barely tolerable? I can’t answer that question, but I can say that this recent story arc has been anything but thrilling. With generic ninjas and a new menace in Condor, I can’t decide which is worse, the generic nature of the threa...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

RHATO #15 0

It Only Hurts when You LaughTo see this review with images, Click Here.There have been many crossovers in the Death of the Family story arc, but I’m not sure any of them have filled me with as much hope as this issue. I would really love to see Jason spill Joker’s brains across the ground, and though I know that will not happen, Lobdell has said that Jason will deliver quite a beating, and I guess that will have to suffice. As best as I can tell, Red Hood and Joker have not met since Under the R...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Catwoman #15 0

In the ZoneTo see this review with pictures, Click Here.I am actually quite eager to read this issue of Catwoman. After the catastrophe which was the Death of the Family tie in, I have a major rubbernecking desire to see what further atrocities will come from Nocenti’s arc. Whatever happens, part of my brain will be playing Yakety Sax. I have no doubt that I will be amused with this issue, but will I be amused because this issue is high quality or because it is so low as to be comical?In this is...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Batwoman #15 0

Interlude IITo see this article with images, Click Here.Time once again for my favorite Bat comic, Batwoman. The battle between Kate Kane and Medusa has been heating up for fifteen issues now, and it finally came to a boil in the last issue when all the creatures of nightmare attacked Gotham. Does this issue live up to the quality of Batwoman and deliver an awesome monster packed thrill ride, or has this series been consumed by darkness?In this issue, we see the attack on Gotham through Maggie S...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #15 0

Cleaning HouseTo see this review with pictures, Click Here.Nightwing has been a solid book throughout the DCNU, but it has rarely wowed me. The last arc featuring Lady Shiva was okay, and though I enjoyed the revelation that Penguin was behind Lady Shiva’s machinations, the lack of a conclusion to the fight between Nightwing and Shiva made things feel a bit hollow. After what seems like an extremely long wait, Joker finally comes to visit Batman’s original son, Dick Grayson, and he’s just in tim...

5 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Ame-Comi Girls #3 0

Duela DentDespite high recommendation of Ame-Comi Girls, I found last month’s issue staring Batgirl to be quite yawn inducing. It seemed juvenile and regressive without any of the charm I had been led to expect. With this in mind, I go into this issue of Ame-Comi girls which features Duela Dent with very low expectations, yet hope blooms eternal. Does this issue surprise me or confirm my suspicion that this series is highly overrated?In this issue, we get a glimpse of Duela Dent’s origin. We are...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #28 0

Off the MenuLegends is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. Last week had a good intro to the story featuring a gourmet cannibal who hears voices in his head. Does this week’s issue prove to be a feast for the senses, or is this one meal you should just skip?In this issue, Bruce theorizes on the psyche of the cannibal and the cannibal remembers past lives. The cannibal soon meets the caped crusader, but our hero is wearing the guise of Bruce Wayne rather than Batman...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Suicide Squad #15 0

Running with the DevilTo see this review with images, Click Here.Last week was my first taste of Suicide Squad, and with a taste like that, I was eager to come back. Suicide Squad 14 might not have been the most substantive issue of all time, but it had atmosphere to spare and did a great job of making Joker the menacing ex-boyfriend. By the end of the last issue, Joker was ready to strangle the life out of Harley Quinn. Do the couple manage to reconcile their differences, or will the life final...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.