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The Ravagers #7 0

Ghosts of Future PresentTo see this review with images, Click Here.The Ravagers has been a mediocre series with promises of something great and hints of rot around the edges. Despite its lackluster record, I am actually quite excited to read this issue because the last two issues have been pushing the team in a new, more heroic direction. Also, the giant teaser at the end of the last issue which left The Ravagers facing Rose and Warblade is hard to resist. Will these two teams finally have a dec...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batgirl #15 0

EngagementTo see this review with images, Click Here.Everybody has probably heard the big news already; Gail Simone has been fired off Batgirl. It seems an odd choice because Simone has a huge following, good sales, and a fairly consistent record of quality writing. I could have seen how she might have been let go in the early days of the DCNU since the original run of Batgirl left something to be desired, but it has been on a steady incline ever since, and I loved the last issue. Perplexing as ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin #15 0

Little Big ManTo see this review with images, Click Here.The last two issues of Batman and Robin have been vastly disappointing and nonsensical. Anybody who read Tomasi’s original Batman and Robin story for the DCNU knows that he can write, but his recent material has seemed rather soulless. Nonetheless, I am very excited for this issue simply because I suspect Damian might be the one to die in Death of the Family, and if that is the case, it would stand to reason that this month’s tie in to Dea...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Batman #15 0

But Here’s the KickerTo see this review with images, Click Here.Despite the fact that I came down somewhat hard on the last issue of Batman with its supernatural Joker killing dozens of guards with a sweep of his hand, the hype seems to be getting to me because I found myself positively giddy to get started with this issue. Does Batman #15 live up to its hype, or does it prove to be but an average comic wrapped in a supernatural media storm?In this issue, Batman confronts Joker, suffers a distur...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #55 0

Welcome to the Slough of DespondArkham Unhinged has been pretty good recently. The story of the Bookbinder is a fascinating one, but it is beginning to feel like this story has stalled. At the end of the last issue, Batman finally discovered a lead on the individual who appears to be the Bookbinder. Will this issue finally show Batman racing towards a confrontation with Bookbinder, or is this story just spinning its wheels?In this issue, a con artist takes a ride out of Gotham and Gotham for a r...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #54 0

Welcome to the Slough of DespondI’ve been greatly enjoying Traviss’ run on Arkham Unhinged, but I am beginning to fatigue of this story. If it were in a tighter package, it would not be so bad, but even though I know it is only about the equivalent of four or five regular issues, seeing that “Slough of Despond” is in its eleventh issue somehow makes me tired. Still, as long as the story stays strong, I really have no right to complain. Is this issue a strong addition to the arc, or has this stor...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #27 0

Off the MenuLegends of the Dark Knight and Batwoman are constantly at war in my mind for the title of best Batman related comic book. Both of them have me brimming with excitement and sitting on the edge of my seat each issue, but they deliver that level of anticipation for different reasons. With Batwoman, I always know I will have a good story and mind blowing art. With Legends, it is all about the adventure. Whereas you can usually see the next Batman story arc shaping up in the distance in m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batwing #15 0

Lost and FoundBatwing is a book with a whole lot of potential and not a whole lot else going for it right now. Just this week, I started reading the original run of DCNU, “The Kingdom,” and it seems to be a very solid and entertaining story, but this current “A Hard Turn” story arc focusing on Father Lost? It’s just not that good. There is hope, however. The old writer was Judd Winick, but he has moved on to other projects and handed the reigns over to Fabian Nicieza, a writer I very much enjoye...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Worlds' Finest #15 0

Family MattersWorlds’ Finest has been crap. The zero issue was okay, but beyond that, it’s crap. Helena and Karen do demonstrate good chemistry, and the basic premise of the story, two super heroines trapped in an alternate world, does hold some promise, the story has been trapped with boring nonsensical plot lines and inexplicable decisions by characters not to mention the often stilted dialogue between characters, questionable art, and the infamous gag of making Power Girl lose her clothes in ...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Detective Comics #15 0

The Dirt NapDetective Comics had a long less than impressive run in DCNU, but the team of Layman (writer) and Fabok (artist) have done a great job of turning the title around. Many have complained the Penguin is an overused character in the DCNU, and though I do not strictly disagree, I have been greatly enjoying this Penguin-centric story. Besides as I have said before, the true villain of the piece is Ogilvy, and the story will rise and fall on how Layman develops his character. Added to all o...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #53 0

Welcome to the Slough of DespondKaren Traviss is the writer of this current long running story arc, and she has brought this title from a series I dread reading every week to one I greatly enjoy. Arkham Unhinged is still not among the upper echelon of Bat titles, but the current story is quite satisfying. Does this issue satisfy my lust for quality Batman comics, or does it leave something to be desired?In this issue, Penguin punishes an Arkham noob, Bruce ponders his case, and Mayor Sharp finds...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #26 0

Dreaming He Is a ButterflyTo see this review with images, Click Here.Legends of the Dark Knight has produced some of the best Batman stories coming out in comics, but it is not always the greatest comic on the market. A constantly changing creative team necessitates at least a little shift of quality from arc to arc, and the last two arcs have been varying degrees of disappointing. However, the last issue was an excellent introduction to a two part Scarecrow story, and it was of much greater qua...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Teen Titans #14 0

The Origin of Wonder GirlTo see this review with images, click here.Teen Titans has had a rather inconsistent run starting off horribly but becoming better with the current story arc. Though I despised Lobdell’s earliest issues of Teen Titans, I’ve found myself growing fond of the central three characters as they set off on their own to help Cassie harness and then reclaim her armor. Does this issue expand further on the chemistry between Red Robin, Superboy, and Wonder Girl, or does this trio o...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Talon #2 0

To see this review with pictures, click here.First StrikeI have been a big fan of Tynion IV’s work on the backup features for Batman, and though I was somewhat skeptical with the idea behind Talon, the first two issues have made me a believer. Calvin seems to be an interesting and likable character with a fairly unique set of tricks, and though I hope his series becomes more than just a quest to overthrow the Court of Owls, I do not mind them being the starting point for Talon’s superhero career...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Batman, Inc. #5 0

AsylumTo see this review with images, click here.Batman Incorporated has been a good series that seems to become better with every new twist, but at times, it seems to get a little lost in its own mythology. Morrison does not slow the pace of his story to brief the uninformed reader. Despite this arguable failing, Batman Inc.’s last issue delivered an amazingly action packed issue which both stalwart Morrison fans and relative noobs could appreciate. Unveiling several surprises, last issue showe...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Dark Knight #14 0

The Twilight KingdomTo see this review with images, click here.The last few months of the Dark Knight, except for the Zero Issue, have been a rather mediocre affair featuring the Scarecrow. Gregg Hurwitz spent an entire two issues doing the classic (and by classic, I mean tired) trick of Scarecrow capturing Batman and then using fear toxin to bring to light Batman's darkest fears. At the end of the last issue, we finally saw Batman freed and ready to kick some burlap butt. Does the Dark Knight f...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Batman Beyond #14 0

Lights of GothamFor a review with pictures, click here.https://batwatch.squarespace.com/batman-beyond/2012/11/24/review-batman-beyond-14The current volume of Batman Beyond has been a wonderful treat every week. I expected little from this series when I first started reading it, but boy have I ever been surprised! Adam Beechen took what was already a solid story from the television series and previous comics and cranked it up to eleven with this tale of 10,000 Clowns which seems to just get bigge...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Li'l Gotham #2 0

For a review with images, check out BatWatch.netThanksgivingLi’l Gotham #1 came out of nowhere to warm the hearts of thousands of Batman fans. It’s not every day that you get to see a wholesome, pre-Flashpoint presentation of your favorite characters, but that is exactly what Lil’ Gotham #1 delivered. Does Li’l Gotham #2 carry on the holiday tradition this Thanksgiving, or does this issue provide little worthy of giving thanks?In this issue, Penguin plots a turkey revolt, Damian criticizes the B...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #25 0

To see this review with images, click here.Dreaming He Is a ButterflyLegends of the Dark Knight is one of my favorite Batman series, but it has been in a bit of a slump lately with the truly bad “Carved” and the mediocre “Unnatural Selection.” Does this issue straighten up the series, or does it cause Legends to collapse?In this issue, Bruce Wayne dreams that he is fighting Scarecrow in a graveyard, but when he is exposed to a new brand of Scarecrow toxin, he awakes to find himself in Wayne Mano...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Birds of Prey #14 0

If you would like to see this review with images, click here.Three Hours of the CondorJust over the past week, I read the first volume of DCNU Birds of Prey, and I was surprised because it was good. The recent issues of Birds have averaged out to be okay, but it is really nothing special. The writer is the same, so how has this series managed to go from being high quality to its meh inducing current quality?At the moment, I have no answers, but I can say that I go into this issue without particu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

RHATO #14 0

For a review with images, click here.Up, Up and Away...My Beautiful, My Beautiful Balloon!I’ve come to really enjoy Red Hood and the Outlaws. Though it deals in death, it actually has a more lighthearted tone than most of the Bat books, and I like the reprieve from doom and gloom. Last issue, the Outlaws were acting a little to campy with their one liners by making jokes in a situation where they expected to die. I also disliked last issue's easy resolution to the strife between Starfire and Bla...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Batwoman #14 0

For a review with images, click here.Heart of StoneIt is time once again for my favorite Bat book, Batwoman. Ever since the DCNU began over a year ago, Batwoman has been producing consistently excellent stories. Perhaps even more impressive, all the issues thus far have been one large story arc centering around Batwoman’s fight with Medusa. It appears everything is finally coming together and readers are nearing the end of this epic. The last issue left us with our heroic duo encountering Pegasu...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Catwoman #14 0

Click here for a review with images.To Skin a CatThe last issue of Catwoman was fun but utterly stupid. Someone apparently set up chess pieces across the city with people locked inside. When one piece takes out another, the people inside die, and Catwoman got caught up in this ridiculous situation. Does Catwoman manage to win the game in this issue, or does she turn out to be nothing more than a pawn in someone else’s game.In this issue, Joker is revealed to be the force behind the chess scheme,...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

Nightwing #14 0

For a review with pictures, click here.Die for MeNightwing has been a solid book all throughout the DCNU. Last month, readers got their first glimpse of the new creative team with the new writer Tom DeFalco. DeFalco’s first story brought mixed responses from fans with many feeling that his story meandered without any solid focus, but I rather enjoyed DeFalco’s pacing as he gave due time to all the different aspects of Nightwing’s life. The focus for this month’s issue should be solidly on Lady S...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #52 0

For more reviews of Arkham Unhinged with Images, click Arkham Unhinged.Welcome to the Slough of DespondI hate to admit it, but Arkham Unhinged has been wowing me with its last few issues. Considering the drivel it produced when I first started reading back in August, that is quite a step up. The praise goes to Karen Traviss who has managed to mold a good story out of the poorly crafted narrative of Arkham City. She has tried, with only slight success, to patch up the plot holes from the game. Wh...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Legends #24 0

Unnatural SelectionLast week's Legends of the Dark Knight featured a bizarre tour of the world of cryptotaxidermy and a creature born out of the mind of a SyFy horror movie director. This week features the conclusion of this two part tale. Is it a monster movie smash, or a B-movie flop?In this issue, Bruce tracks down the location of the Barghest and discovers that Garfield the taxidermist has learned how to bring mystical creatures to life.A Still Beating HeartThis issue works better than the l...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #51 0

The Slough of DespondJust when I had given up on this series, it surprised me with a truly excellent issue last week. The Bookbinder seems to be intent on teaching the world painful truths one victim at a time just like a less bloody version of Jigsaw from the Saw movie franchise. Traviss does not do a good job explaining away the fundamental problems of Arkham City's plot, but perhaps that is an impossible task. She has, however, done an excellent job creating a new villain for the Batman unive...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Suicide Squad #14 0

Running with the DevilI have been interested in this series ever since I first heard about it many years ago, but until this moment, I never found an occasion to buy an issue. With The Death of a Family crossover, I now have my excuse. Do Harley Quinn and Joker still have the romantic chemistry, or does their relationship fail to sizzle?In this issue, Joker interrupts Deadshot’s funeral to bring Harley back to his side and ask for a favor.Death of a Suicider?If you are thinking about buying this...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Ravagers #6 0

…Engage!Though The Ravagers originally showed a lot of promise, it has developed into a lackluster series with no apparent point. However, the last issue set our heroes off in a new direction. Rather than merely escaping the clutches of N.O.W.H.E.R.E., The Ravagers vowed to dismantle the evil organization’s network piece by piece. Does The Ravagers thrive now that they have a mission, or is this a series that should be left classified?In this issue, The Ravagers train as a team in their danger r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Batgirl #14 0

Batgirl #14Batgirl has been a solid book, but it has struggled to breach the realm of the everyday to become something exceptional. With the last issue, Batgirl’s mother was kidnapped by the Clown Prince of Crime. Does Joker manage to bring a little light to Batgirl’s life, or does this clown fail to amuse?In this issue, Barbara follows a taunting voice on the telephone who claims to know all her secrets including the location of her mother, but to follow the voices’ instructions, Barbara will h...

11 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Batman and Robin #14 0

Batman and Robin #14In the past month, I have read the first nine issues of the DCNU Batman and Robin, and I must say, I am shocked at how far this series has fallen since its original stellar story arc. The recent issues of Batman and Robin have been okay, but they are not nearly as high quality as the early issues. Batman and Robin #13 was downright bad having no real point, at least one major plot whole, and slew of zombies for no apparent reason. Does this next issue pack a little meat on it...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Batman #14 0

Funny BonesSnyder has promised to deliver a story in “Death of a Family” which will transform the face of the Batman world. Batman #13 revealed a promising start with an even darker Joker leaving his mark on the GCPD courtesy of a pile of dead officers. He also brought Batman back to the scene of his original encounter with the Clown Prince of Crime. Finally, he beat and subdued Alfred for his own twisted and unknown purpose. Does Snyder continue to bring the laughs with the next installment of ...

6 out of 12 found this review helpful.

Ame-Comi Girls #2 0

BatgirlI cannot say that I really understand the premise of this series. I know that this series is based off of a series of figurines, and that in this new universe, only girls have superpowers, buy I do not understand the point of it all. Is this supposed to be attracting the anime crowd? Is it just an attempt to create a female centered universe? Does it have an overarching story?I attempt to answer these questions and many more as I review the latest hard copy of Ame-Comi Girls starring Batg...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Legends of the Dark Knight #23 0

Unnatural SelectionLegends is one of the best Batman comics on the market, but it had its first massive failure last week with a lousy tale about a stone carver that made no sense. This week, we have a brand new creative team bringing us the two-part story, "Unnatural Selection." Is this issue the right choice for you, or should you stay away from this monstrosity?In this issue, Batman investigates a bizarre animal attack which leads him to a collector with some abnormal taxidermy.Cryptotaxiderm...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Arkham Unhinged #50 0

Welcome to the Slough of DespondI think Arkham Unhinged could give me ulcers. The first arc I read was the abysmal “Uninvited Guests” story which made me want to vomit. After that came Karen Traviss’s current plotline which has been taking its sweet time to advance. Through Traviss’s story, Karen has shown sparks of brilliance with the Bookbinder, but she has been trapped by the horrible fencing of Arkham City which, sad to say, has a lot of plot stupidity in its playtime. Does Traviss manage to...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Batwing #14 0

The Nightmares Never StopWhen I first read Batwing a few months ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. I was even more impressed by the zero issue that explored David’s tragic background. However, I was very disappointed in last month’s issue, and I began to wonder if I had overestimated the series. Though David and Africa are rich with potential developments, the writer of the series, Judd Winick, has not produced much fruit in either area and has instead taken the time to...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Worlds' Finest #6 0

Family MattersWorlds’ Finest is so bad it is nearly laughable. It reminds me of many cult classic movie which manage to be so cheesy and poorly made that they loop back around the scale of awfulness and becomes charming in its ineptitude. Sadly, Worlds’ Finest generally falls short of this mark and remains simply stupid and uninspired. On the flipside, Worlds’ Finest did produce one worthwhile issue during zero month. It was still not good, but it was okay. In addition, the flirty and boisterous...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Detective Comics #14 0

Unnatural SelectionFor a long time, the DCNU volume of Detective Comics was rubbish, but things seem to be taking a turn for the better under the guidance of John Layman. While not a perfect issue, Detective #13 worked as a very entertaining opening act for a story centered on Penguin’s fight with Bruce Wayne for the title of head philanthropist of Gotham. Of course, Penguin is vying for the title by engaging in many actions which do not speak to brotherly love. Does issue fourteen prove to be a...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #22 0

CarvedI know I say this every week, but Legends of the Dark Knight is my favorite Batman series just because it is always fresh. The last story arc was the three part "Haunted Arkham" which was superb until the last panel defied comprehension. Does this week's one shot deliver a great story from start to finish, or was this story doomed before the first panel was ever drawn?In this week's issue, people are disappearing all over Gotham only to be replaced by wooden replicas.What the Heck?Upon see...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #49 0

Slough of DespondI’ve lost all hope in Arkham Unhinged. It seems the original narrative of Arkham City has too many holes for any of the inexperienced writers of this series to patch up. Though the Bookbinder aspect of this current narrative is quite interesting, the halfhearted justification of Arkham City does not work for me. The displacement of crime ridden neighborhoods is a fun and logical concept, but that the city council has come up with the genius idea of paying the criminals to leave ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.