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The Psychotic Perspective: Batgirl Annual #1 0

The Blood That Moves UsI have thoroughly enjoyed all the issues of Batgirl so far, but though the issues have been good, they have not been great. It is a solid book, but each issue seems to be held back just a tad, and I have not yet pinpointed what needs improvement. Does Batgirl’s Annual push past good and into the realm of great, or does it remain just short of excellence?In this issue, Batgirl discovers that the Court of Owls is still making trouble in Gotham, and Catwoman is hired to break...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Li'l Gotham #1 0

HalloweenI was delighted when I learned yesterday that this series would be coming out. Though all fans love the dark elements of Batman, I, and I think many others, have reached a sort of fatigue on darkness. It is delightful to see the world of Batman explored in a less dire setting. Clearly, Dusting Nguyen has the artistic chops to draw a cute version of the Batman universe, but can he also craft an amusing tale?In this issue, Batman teaches Robin the true meaning of Halloween, dressing up an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Beyond #9 0

Note: I have been doing a weekly review of Batman Beyond. This is a compilation of those reviews.BoomtownI’ve never been a fan of Batman Beyond. I don’t dislike it, but I’ve never had much experience with it. Despite that, I found the last issue of Batman Beyond to be extremely engaging. The last issue left us on a cliffhanger revealing the Bruce is suffering from liver failure, and I was very interested to see how this story progresses.In this issue, Terry reacts to the news that Bruce is, in a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #21 0

Haunted ArkhamI am a big fan of Legends of the Dark Knight in general, but this arc has been really superb. Last week, I was desperately curious as to what would happen next, but of course a great story can always be ruined in the last act. Does this issue deliver the goods or take a dive?In this issue, the poltergeist finds some playmates with the inmates of Arkham Asylum.Up Until the Final Panel…I was in love with this story up until the final panel, and then it just kind of lost me.For those ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Teen Titans #13 0

The Origin of Wonder GirlThis volume of Teen Titans, as a whole, has sucked, but I have actually enjoyed the latest story arc.Showcasing Wonder Girl’s struggle with her armor, Lobdell has focused in on the series three primary protagonists, Red Robin, Superboy and Wonder Girl, and crafted a story with actual intrigue and good character interactions. The story is still not great, but it is a vast improvement over the drivel that turned into “The Culling.” The series reverted to form in the zero i...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Talon #1 0

The Gotham TrapThe zero issue of Talon was a solid story, but it left me with one main concern. Can a series about an escape artist really go the distance? In last month’s issue alone, Calvin made four masterful escapes. That may be fun for a time, but how long can a series continue to produce death traps for its hero? At the same time, Calvin obviously has more going on than just his escape artistry even if that is his headlining feature. Does this issue round out the character and show that Ta...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Dark Knight #13 0

The Undead PastI have not yet formed a solid opinion of Batman: The Dark Knight. My initial impression has been positive but mixed. I did greatly enjoy the zero issue, but some have accused it of being predictable and implausible, and I would not fight anybody with much vigor on those points. Issue twelve featured a Scarecrow story which was somewhat interesting for delving into the psychology of Bruce and Crane, but cliché for its use of the “Scarecrow tortures Batman with fear toxin” gimmick. ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Inc. #4 0

Kill BoxI've enjoyed Batman Inc., but the series has often begged the question, “Where is this all going?” It purports to be a team book, but in the past two issues, we have seen nearly a complete absence of anybody but Batman (issue #3) and a helter-skelter issue containing lots of character but no real point. (issue #0). Does Morrison finally strike the right balance between Batman and company, or are readers left to scratch their heads once more?In this issue, several operatives of Batman Inc...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged 0

Slough of DespondArkham Unhinged has been a disappointing book. Granted, video games are not known for spawning great stories when converted to other mediums, but quite frankly, this is a Batman comic; it should not be that hard to do. Though it seems that a Batman book set in the Arkham Asylum universe would be a gimme, it has proven to be a bad book overall with poor characterizations, barren art, and mundane story arcs.Now, it appears that this all might be on the verge of change. The last tw...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #48 0

Slough of DespondArkham Unhinged has been a pain in my butt to review every week due to its low quality, but I was pleasantly surprised when last week’s issue turned out to be good. In general, “The Slough of Despond” arc has been okay, but it really seems to have found its stride in the last issue by introducing an interesting villain, exploring logical conflicts arising from the construction of Arkham City, and presenting its story at a good pace. Does this issue continue the new positive tren...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #20 0

Haunted ArkhamLegends of the Dark Knight is my favorite Batman series because of its constantly changing nature. Last issue was a very promising start to a three-part arc called “The Haunting of Arkham” wherein it appeared that an Arkham psychiatrist is manipulating inmates. Does this issue build a corporeal body off of the first issue’s bones, or is this arc doomed to walk the halls of eternity with sorrow?In this issue, Bruce Wayne begins investigating Dr. Green at the Bat Cave when suddenly b...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Red Hood and the Outlaws #13 0

The Moon's Up, and the Sun's Down -- and a Thousand Starry Eyes Have Caught Me Dying!In case anybody was wondering, the stupid title for this comic is a parody of a song from Fame. Three cheers for Google for answering life's most meaningless questions.Thus far, I have enjoyed Red Hood and the Outlaws. I would not accuse issue twelve of greatness, but I though Lobdell crafted a very interesting origin tale for Jason Todd in the zero issue. (I am assuming that the bit about Joker making Jason Rob...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Nightwing #13 0

The HunterI seem to be one of the few people on the planet who was actually offended by Nightwing’s zero issue where it was revealed that Dick was no longer raised by Bruce and the role of Robin was always meant as a temporary gig. How this does not cause Nightwing’s fanbase to react with unbridled venom is beyond me, but I am clearly in the minority. Despite my low opinion of this recon, I have generally enjoyed the DCNU Nightwing, and I am hoping that the series will get back on the straight a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Catwoman #13 0

Burnt OfferingsThis issue is the first since Catwoman’s rebooted origin which many longtime fans consider an unholy abomination. I am not among those fans because I believe most readers wrongly mistook Catwoman’s new origin to involve supernatural aspects, but I can certainly appreciate others distaste for stupid retcons. For my part, I’ve found the current run of Catwoman to be innately shallow yet profoundly fun, and I am torn between my enjoyment of cool action with my desire for a substanati...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Birds of Prey #0 0

Swear by My EyesHaving only read Birds of Preys since August, I am not yet sure what to make of the series. It’s zero issue was very good providing an interesting story regarding how Black Canary, Batgirl, and Starling first met. On the other hand, issue twelve was painfully stupid and abysmally constructed. By the numbers, these two issues should have cancelled each other out, but in my heart of hearts, I still hold a deep grudge against this series for making me suffer though issue twelve. The...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwoman #13 0

World's FinestThough Snyder’s Batman certainly gives it a good run for its money, I do not think any Bat book in the DCNU has delivered consistently high quality stories as well as Batwoman. The field of paranormal warrior gives Batwoman a unique flair while J.H. Williams inks and layouts are staggeringly beautiful. Though the zero issue of Batwoman was yet another great story, it only meant that readers had to wait an extra month to see the promise at the end of Batwoman #12 come to fruition, t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Beyond #13 0

All HandsBatman Beyond has been on hiatus, strangely, for over two weeks. I’ve tried to find a reason for this, but none has been forthcoming. Presumably, part of it is due to Batman Beyond’s relocation to a Saturday release schedule. Regardless, I had nearly forgotten about this story it had been so much longer than expected since an update. When last we say Terry, Gotham City was blowing up amongst a host of Jokerz. Has the long wait given the creative team time to create a perfect chapter, or...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knights #19 0

Haunted ArkhamAnother week and another exciting and invigorating take on the Batman universe. Last week, Legends contained an okay issue with a modern noir feel, but it's lackluster finish made it less than ideal. Does Haunted Arkahm provide a perfect Batman story, or is this issue worse than the last?In this issue, Maxie Zeus, an inmate of Arkham Asylum, manages to escape and target one of the therapists, Dr. Green.Top Shelf ArtUsually, the digital exclusives tend to get artwork which is far fr...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Ravagers #5 0

Game ChangerThe first issue of Ravagers started out stronger than I would have ever guessed a series spinning out from “The Culling” ever could be. Despite a strong start though, Ravagers has slowly devolved into a series of somewhat interesting heroes fighting a series of uninteresting and inconsequential foes. Since issue two, I've been longing for the series to establish some sort of purpose for the team, yet so far, they have failed to do so. Does Ravagers finally get to the point in this is...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman and Robin #13 0

EclipsedBatman and Robin has been a fun though not particularly deep series. Damian is always entertaining; even those that hate Damian love to hate him. Last month’s zero issue was especially good giving readers an action packed look into Damian’s bloody origin. However, this is a new month and a completely new story arc. Does this new chapter elevate Batman and son to even greater heights, or do the bat and bird take a drastic plunge in quality?While the threat of Joker hangs over Gotham’s hea...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman #13 0

Knock, KnockIt almost seems unnecessary to even talk about Batman #13 since it will probably be the single most discussed Batman issue of this year with the possible exception of the climax issue of the series depending on what Joker and Snyder have cooked up. Nonetheless, I paid extremely close attention to this issue, and I am ready to throw in my two cents. Hopefully, you will find my thoughts worthwhile.This is the first issue of what is likely to be Snyder’s final run on Batman for he has c...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batgirl #13 0

A Blade of MemoryI've been pleased with Batgirl thus far, but though the series is solid, it is not great. Does issue thirteen move Barbara Gordon to even greater heights, or does this issue continue to be just short of greatness?In this issue, Batgirl has to stop Knightfall despite the fact that she has been deeply stabbed. Also, Knightfall reveals the truth behind her father's murder.More Knightfall Please!Based on the name alone, I was a bit reluctant to accept Knightfall as a serious villain...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #46 0

Slough of DespondArkham Unhinged has been in a race with Worlds’ Finest to be awarded the title of worst Batman series. They are both lousy competitors, but I think Arkham is winning by just a nose. The current story arc has shown a slight bit of promise, but my cynicism is in full effect. I find it difficult to imagine Arkham Unhinged becoming so much as a decent book, but if it gets its butt in gear, it could at least limp into second from last place. Does this issue increase Arkham’s stride, ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #18 0

Look InsideEvery week, I am excited to see what Legends has cooked up. Last week was an especially good issue which brought a dragon to the Gotham City skyline. Will this issue bring another unique concept to Gotham, or does it present yet another drab and crime-ridden street?In this issue, Penguin hires a disturbing and mysterious hitman to take care of a rival in Gotham, but when the hitman turns on Penguin himself, Cobblepot has to summon his arch rival for help.The Horror of GothamThis issue...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Worlds' Finest #5 0

Midnights, Far From HomeI have only read the last two issues of Worlds' Finest, but that was more than enough for me to learn that this is far from the finest comic on the market. Does issue five improve this series quality, or does it build the case that this series should be called Worlds' Worst?After Helena puts Power Girl's endurance to the test, Kara relates the story of her latest battle with a robot from another dimension.Overestimating the SeriesThe creative team proves me a fool for sus...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Detective Comics #13 0

Duck and CoverThe last two issues of Detective Comics were a disgrace to the name of Batman. For that reason, I was delighted to hear the series was getting a new writer, John Layman. I am unfamiliar with Layman's past work, but I have been reassured by some of his fans that we can expect great things. Does Layman manage to create a turn around for the series, or does Detective Comics continue to be an utter failure?In this issue, Penguin has nasty plans for both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Can Batm...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwing #13 0

A Hard TurnBatwing is a divisive book in the DCNU's lineup. Some believe it to be a high quality series delivering great stories while others think it is mundane at best and deserves to be cancelled to make way for a higher quality and more original series. There is definitely some truth in the idea that Batwing is the bastard son of Batman and Ironman, but I do not hold the view that Batwing is a throwaway book. In fact, I thought last Batwing had one of the strongest zero issues in the entire ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #45 0

Slough of DespondThe “Uninvited Guests” plotline of Batman: Arkham Unhinged was about as fun for me as a needle being jabbed repeatedly into my eye, but with the last issue, the series seemed to have taken a major turn for the better. Does issue #45 continue the upward trend or does it return to Arkham’s usual crap writing?In this issue, the Gotham crime wave continues, Batman becomes aware of the Bookbinder, and Mayor Sharp continues to deal with political fallout.MehThe last issue was actually...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #18 0

Dungeons and DragonsLegends of the Dark Knight is probably my favorite Batman series at the moment just because it is always fresh and exciting. Overall, it has presented a high quality of stories, but it did misstep last week with the mundane “Gotham Spirit.” Still, it has a new creative staff nearly every week, and this time around we get to see the collaboration of Michael Avon Oeming as he works with Michael Avon Oeming. Apparently, Oeming writes and does his own art. Does he manage to provi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #44 0

Slough of DespondIt is time once more for the bane of my existence, Arkham Unhinged. I thought that perhaps this series could be good, but in the last four issues it has been unbelievable bad. To call this a crappy comic is an insult to crap. Does issue forty-four continue to stink things up, or has the series finally pulled up out of the death spiral of stupidity?In this issue, the Mayor gets harassed by the media while Bruce contemplates the Arkham City facilities while they are still under co...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Teen Titans #0 0

Red RobinI have not been a fan of Lobdell’s work on Teen Titans. Lobdell’s run on this series has been very slipshod, but to his credit, the last two issues have demonstrated a marked improvement. In the exploration of Cassie’s background, Lobdell has actually created a good narrative and demonstrated chemistry between Cassie, Tim, and Superboy. However, this is zero month, so the continuation of that story arc has gone on hiatus in order to explore the origin of the DCNU’s Tim Drake. Does this ...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Talon #0 0

The Long RunI have a confession to make. I have not read “The Court of Owls.” I know this is a shameful admission, but until last month, I was spending my comic budget on back issues, and I have just recently discovered the joy that is Snyder’s Batman. I am in the process of trying to read all the DCNU back issues of Batman, but I have not yet managed to read them all.Consequently, I had less idea than most about what to expect from this issue. I have done some research on “The Court of Owls” st...

0 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Dark Knight #0 0

Chill in the AirIt is a new week and we have yet another Batman origin story. I’ve only read one issue of Batman: The Dark Knight, the last issue, and I found that to be a good story exploring interesting new concepts in Bruce Wayne’s life, but the central conflict of the story was executed in a mundane manner. Does the Dark Knight’s zero issue provide a more original story or do we once again get an entertaining but trite Batman story?In this issue, we see Bruce’s character development between ...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Incorporated #0 0

Brand BuildingBatman Incorporated is a very interesting idea, and it has been dreamt up and written by the creator that many comic fans consider the pinnacle of Batman writers. I do not share this view, but I do find Morrison’s writing be very good though perhaps a little bit more scatterbrained than ideal. As a whole, Batman Incorporated has been pretty well executed, but the last issue frustrated me by focusing almost purely on Batman to the detriment of his supporting cast. Does Batman Incorp...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Gotham Spirit 0

Gotham SpiritLegends of the Dark Knight has quickly become my favorite Batman comic simply because it always tries something new. The rotating creative roster is perfectly suited to an online weekly comic, and I love never knowing what to expect.In this issue, Batman responds to a call for help at a liquor store. He soon begins to subdue the thugs.The Not So Beautiful LetdownI’m sad to say that this issue was a bit of a letdown. The premise of this story is pretty much this entire story. Batman ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Beyond #12 0

Levels of PanicI’ve never followed Batman Beyond before last month, but these last few issues have impressed me so much that I have started watching the old cartoons, and I am greatly enjoying the series in all mediums now. I do feel the more mature nature of the comics improves the Batman Beyond unvierse, but there is a lot of value in the old cartoon as well.In this issue, Batman teams up with Vigilante to try to stop Jokerz from blowing themselves up all over Gotham City. They soon find out t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwoman #0 0

InterludeWhen I first heard about the new Batwoman back during the 52 storyline, I was unimpressed. We have plenty of Bat people already jumping around Gotham. Why should we add another?That has pretty much been my attitude ever since, and I did not follow Kate Kane’s adventures…until Batwoman #12. That issue completely blew me away, and I feel horrible that I have been missing these stories all this time. For this reason, I eagerly picked up Batwoman #0? Does the zero issue continue to uphold t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 0

Everyone Has To Start SomewhereI’m a big fan of all the Robins, but I have been vastly disappointed in Scott Lodbell’s work with my favorite Robin, Tim Drake, in Teen Titans. For this reason, I was surprised to find that he is doing very solid work with Jason Todd in Red Hood and the Outlaws. Before this, I’ve only read issue #12, but I thought it was very entertaining. Granted, the costumes needed improvement, and I felt a few panels were unnecessary, but overall I was very pleased with the iss...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Birds of Prey #0 0

First FlightI’m not going to sugarcoat it; Birds of Prey #12 was an unmitigated disaster. Of the thirty plus comics I read over the past month, it was definitely the worst (although Arkham Unhinged certainly makes a good run for that prize). Though Birds of Prey has never been one of my favorite series, I did enjoy the old title, but Birds of Prey #12 was such a mess of ridiculous plot points wrapped in a lackluster presentation that it pained me to read it. The idea of even having an eco-terror...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Catwoman #0 0

Zip Me UpThough I am reasonably familiar with Catwoman’s pre-Flashpoint series, I’ve only recently started reading her DCNU series. I found the last issue to be a fun ride, but I was disappointed by the lackluster villain, the exploitation of Catwoman’s figure, and the lack of a supporting cast. Does Catwoman #0 confirm the idea that Catwoman is an entertaining but shallow series or does it drag Selina further into the gutter?In this issue, we see bits of Selina’s transformation from petty thief...

5 out of 7 found this review helpful.