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The Psychotic Perspective: Nightwing #0 0

Perpetual MotionI love all the Robins, and though Tim is my favorite, there is definitely a soft spot in my heart for Dick. I know Nightwing has the potential to be great, but he has struggled from time to time with poor writers. I have found his DCNU series to be fairly good, but I do not think it has yet begun to fire on all cylinders. Kyle Higgins seems to have a good grasp of the way Dick Grayson talks and thinks, but I felt Higgens undersold Nightwing’s fighting abilities in the last issue....

3 out of 9 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #43 0

Uninvited GuestsI enjoyed the Arkham video games, but the plot of Arkham City stretched my incredulity a bit. Sadly after reading a couple issues of Arkham Unhinged, I have discovered that the writing here fairs even worse than the game. Does issue forty-three convince me I’ve been wrong about this series, or does it just add weight to the idea that this comic brings shame to the name of the Bat?In this issue, Alfred, Nightwing, and Robin defend Wayne Manor from an attack by Tyger security.Make ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #15 0

TogetherI have found Legends of the Dark Knight to be one of the most surprisingly gratifying Batman series in production. There are other titles that deliver a more consistent level of quality, but there are no other titles which are so consistently surprising. With a new creative team on each story arc, I never know what to expect, and I love that. The last issue was good though it felt a bit rushed, and I wish that it had been expanded into a two-issue arc rather than being crammed into a one...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Boomtown 0

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 all likelihood, dying. Before he can even begin to come to terms with this news, Terry hears of an...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Ravagers #0 0

Day OneThe Ravagers started off with a surprisingly large amount of promise, but is has since begun to whither as the series continues to produce throwaway villains and harp on the ever-present, yawn inducing NOWHERE which was already boring by the first couple issues of Teen Titans. Will this zero issue continue The Ravagers downward trend, or will it once again make me a believer that this can be a great series?In this issue, we see the partial origins of the Ravagers codenamed Beast Boy and T...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman and Robin #0 0

Someday Never ComesI’m not really all that tantalized by “Zero Month.” I saw this trick back in the nineties, and the stories it produced were not exceptional. This time around, DC is touting Zero Month as an opportunity to explore characters’ back stories, but that is something DC should have been doing from day one of the DCNU as far as I am concerned.That being said, I was actually genuinely excited for the zero issue of Batman and Robin because Damian is one of the most mysterious characters...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman #0 0

Bright New YesterdayI’ve heard nothing but great things about Snyder’s run on Batman, and when I read last month’s issue of Batman, I was delighted to see that his reputation has not been overblown. However, this is zero month, and I have to admit I was a little skeptical that any writer could make a truly compelling origin story for Batman. Let’s face it, Batman’s origin has been told and retold plenty of times, and there is not a lot of fresh ground to break.In this issue, we see Bruce operati...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batgirl #0 0

A Fire in the HeavensI greatly enjoyed the last issue of Batgirl, and I picked up this zero issue with high hopes. Since all the zero issues are focused on retelling characters origins, I was interested in seeing how the new series would address Batgirl’s past, a tough thing to do well when working with a five year limit on the extended Bat Family.In this issue, we see the Barbara Gordon of four years ago. She enters the Gotham City Police Department hoping to find information on the mysterious ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Arkham Unhinged #42 0

Uninvited GuestsI’m reading well over a dozen Batman comics and Batman related titles, and this is the only one that I actually dread reading. It is not the worst comic of the lot in many ways, but it does seem to be the most pointless. This is a series which expands on a game. Now the Arkham Asylum games are great, but their plots are not their strongest suit, and to try to expand the hole-ridden narrative of Arkham City into a weekly comic seems a tall order.However, I am probably not being fa...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Ravagers #4 0

UnchainedThe Ravagers so far has been a pretty good series. There are definitely some problems with it, but overall, it has been a pleasant surprise. Does this issue continue to deliver quality entertainment, or is the quality of the series beginning to degrade?In this issue, The Ravagers have been captured by the forces of Brother Blood, and Beast Boy and Terra mount a rescue.Displeasure RisingI am growing tired of this series. This is the forth issue, and The Ravagers are still bouncing around...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Ravagers #3 0

BloodI thought the first issue of this series was a pleasant surprise, but the second was not quite as good for it reintroduced the boring villain Harvest. Does the third issue of The Ravagers continue this downward trend, or does it elevate the series to a whole new level?In this issue, Fairchild and The Ravagers are attacked by a group of cultists who worship the mysterious villain Brother Blood. In the meantime, Beast Boy and Terra try to survive on their own.The Blood HarvestI was glad to se...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Ravagers #2 0

Shadows of the PastI did not expect much from the pilot issue last month since I thought “The Culling” was a horrible story, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Ravagers’ first issue was good. I am very interested in seeing where the story is headed.In this issue, we see how Fairchild and company managed to escape the arctic waters and return to dry land. After making it ashore, the team disassembles against Fairchild's wishes, but Thunder and Lightning are soon in need of help when t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Children of Destiny 0

Children of DestinyThe Ravagers is a brand new team and a brand new comic which developed as a spin-off from “The Culling” crossover between Legion Lost, Superboy, and Teen Titans. Wherein most of the series in the New 52 are simply continuations of old series or old series somewhat retooled, The Ravagers actually offers something new. Half the characters are brand new creations, and the other half appears to be a completely new take on old characters. The established characters are somewhat ecl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #14 0

Batman: The MovieI did not expect much from Legends of the Dark Knight, but the last two arcs have impressed me. They were not all great. Specifically, the last issue left something to be desired, but overall, it is a very good value for ninety-nine cents an issue. Does this issue add or take away from the series?In this issue, Bruce Wayne visits the set of a movie being made about Batman, but Joker also makes an appearance and tries his hand at directing.The BlockbusterThe story is fun and ligh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Worlds' Finest #0 0

BeginningsThe last issue of Worlds’ Finest left me scratching my head and wondering why anyone would be reading this crap, but one bad issue is understandable, and the earliest reviews of this zero issue led me to believe that the series might be improving. Does this issue show that the series has promise, or does it just give readers another reason to stay away?This issue gives some insight into who Huntress and Power Girl were in their home universes. We see both of them train with their mento...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Detective Comics #0 0

The Final LessonI’ve only read one issue of the DCNU Detective Comics previous to this one, but I was not impressed by the last issue. I thought Daniel’s writing was awful, and the art was a long way from good. Did issue zero fair any better?In this issue, we get to see Bruce go to Japan and learn martial arts from a great master.Disaster Once MoreThis issue was not as slipshod as the last one, but it was boring. This issue followed a classic (tired) Batman formula…admittedly, with a slight twis...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwing #0 0

They Will Pay for What They’ve Given Birth ToI just read my first issue of Batwing last week, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a very good story. However, I came in on the end of a story arc, and one issue does not a good series make, so my opinion on Batwing remains up in the air. Does this issue help build the case that Batwing is an excellent series, or does it show that Batwing is unworthy to fly with the other bats?In this issue, we travel with David as he goes from a boy soldier to m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #13 0

Slam!I’ve greatly enjoyed the last three issues of Legends of the Dark Knight, and I was looking forward to finding out how this arc resolved.In this issue, Slam Bradley teams up with Batman to clear his name and take down Black Mask.I Am DisappointIn short, this issue is a letdown. The last two issues build up to so much putting Slam Bradley in an impossible situation, and I was eager to see how he would get himself out of this tight spot, but at the risk of slightly oversimplifying the story r...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #12 0

Slam!I’ve been highly enjoying Legends of the Dark Knight, and I was eager to see how Slam! would develop.In this issue, things go from bad to worse for Bradley when he discovers that the perp he is trying to nail is involved with the notorious mob boss, Black Mask.The JoyIt’s fun to see how super villains can really ruin the day of an ordinary Joe. It is also nice to see how easy it would be for inattentive or crooked cops to allow the wrong man to hang for a crime. Furthermore, it's good to be...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #11 0

Slam!I greatly enjoyed the last issue of Legends of the Dark Knight, and I was hoping for just as good a story in this issue.In issue #11, we get the story of Slam Bradley, a private detective living in Gotham who just wants to keep his nose clean.A Quick History LessonWhen I first saw this issue, I was reminded of Sherriff Shotgun Smith, a supporting character in the Robin comics throughout the nineties. However, I quickly found that Slam Bradley is an entirely different guy altogether, and des...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Legends of the Dark Knight #10 0

A Game to Die ForI read some of the Legends of the Dark Knight series that came out back in the nineties, and I thought they were okay, but this is the first time I have tried out the modern version of this series. The internet format seems ideal for a rotating cast of Batman contributors, but the real question is how does this issue work as a standalone comic?This issue focuses on a new vigilante, Praetorian, enduring the mind games of a captured Joker. Will Praetorian manage to keep Joker subd...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Beyond #10 0

Crooked Parallel LinesI’ve never been a follower of Batman Beyond. I have nothing against it, but though I enjoyed the episodes of the series I had the opportunity to see, I was not memorized by it, and I’ve never really pursued my passing interest. Wanting to give Batman Beyond a fair shake, I made sure to read up on all the characters' histories before I read this issue. Does the new Batman Beyond series deserve the full attention of comic readers, or does is earn nothing more than to be passe...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Birds of Prey #12 0

Heartbreak and VineI've never been a huge Birds of Prey fan. I like the concept, I like Barbara Gordon, I'm generally up for anything that centers around Batman, and I know Birds of Prey has had some excellent writers over the years, but I guess I have never picked it up at the right point.It appears that all of that is irrelevant because the history of the Birds of Prey seems to have been wiped out in the reboot. Instead of being a team formed by Oracle and Black Canary a few years ago, Black C...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman: Arkham Unhinged 0

Uninvited GuestsUp until a couple days ago, I had no idea that there was an ongoing comic series based in the Arkham Asylum universe. I have played both of the main games in the Arkham Asylum series though I have not played through any of the DLC campaigns. I enjoyed both of the games, but I was a little cynical about a comic adaptation since the plot of Arkham City was pretty ridiculous. My cynicism rose when I discovered that Arkham Unhinged was not just set in the same universe as Arkham Asyl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwing #12 0

I Am One with This LandBatwing is certainly not the first black character to be associated with the Bat Family, but he is the first to get his own ongoing series. In that regard, the Batwing ongoing series is one of the few real surprises to come out of the DCNU reboot. With only a measly two appearances in the old DCU, it surprised many people that this practical non-entity was suddenly given his own series. A cynical man would say that that Batwing is nothing more than another cash in on the B...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Teen Titans #12 0

Armored Up and Out!The only DCNU book I have followed is the Teen Titans. I do not have any particular love of the series; in fact, I think the series as a whole has been very bad, but it is the only series which regularly features my favorite hero, Tim Drake. I have been very disappointed with Lodbell's handling of the team. Up to this point, the current volume of Teen Titans has been at best pretty good (issue 6) and at worst complete and total crap (issue 10). Lodbell has failed to deliver an...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Nightwing #12 0

Inside OutThis is only my third issue of the new run of Nightwing. I thought the last issue had a lot of good things going for it, but some of the dialogue felt off, and I was dissapointed that the majority of the Republic of Tomorrow died. Still, Nightwing #11 was very good, and I looked forward to seeing the story continue.In this issue, Nightwing finally throws down with the villain Paragon. When Nightwing follows the police to the pile of bodies which is all that remains of the Republic of T...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Worlds' Finest #4 0

Rebirth, ConclusionThis is the first issue of the new volume of Worlds' Finest I've had the chance to read. I'm familiar with Power Girl and Huntress' pre-Flashpoint counterparts, and though I was not a fan of Helena at first, I came to like Huntress after seeing her grow as a character. As for Power Girl, I have rarely seen her in a comic, but I do know her back story. When I heard that Earth-2's Power Girl and Huntress would be crossing over to the main DC universe, I really did not care for t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batwoman 12 0

World's Finest Part 1: Blood TidesI have heard great things about the new Batwoman series, but I have only read one other issue starring this second redheaded Bat Female. Though I enjoyed that issue and I've heard positive reviews, I have to admit that Kate Kane seemed like a redundant character to me, and I've never been particularly curious about her. Still, I read this book hoping for the best.In this issue, Batwoman does battle with Bloody Mary and meets Wonder Woman.So How Good Is Batwoman?...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Red Hood and the Outlaws 0

We Are Family - Come on Everybody and Die!I've been sitting on the sidelines of the DCNU for the most part spending my time reading mostly back issues of DC comics, but I was glad to hear that the Red Hood was finally getting his own series. Jason definitely has the potential to be a fascinating character, but his pre-DCNU appearances have been all over the map at times portraying him as simply a hero willing to use lethal force, and at times making him out to be a sociopath wacko eager to kill ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman Incorporated 3 0

The Hanged ManI read all of the pre-Flashpoint issues of Batman Incorporated, and I enjoyed them though I did feel that they were a bit rushed in their delivery of the story. This is the first issue I’ve read of the new run, but I hav heard that Talia Al Ghul turned out to be the force behind Leviathan who had put a bounty on Damian’s head. Like many others, I do not approve of this decision, and I find it completely out of character for Talia.In this issue, Bruce has sidelined Damian insisting ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman and Robin 12 0

Terminus Last GaspThis is my first issue of Batman and Robin since the DCNU began. I read and enjoyed all the Batman and Robin issues pre-Flashpoint, but this is my first taste of father and son working together. Does the Dynamic Duo still have the same chemistry with Damian and Bruce as it did with Damian and Dick?Unfortunately, I do not know because the two were hardly together in this entire issue. This issue starts off with a fight between Batman and Robin, and approximately a billion bad gu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Catwoman 12 0

It's Nice to Have Someone I Can RELY OnThis is the first issue of Catwoman I have read since Flashpoint, and I was interested in seeing how Selina was being treated these days. I have heard rumors that she was being written poorly and out of character, but I pleasantly surprised to find this to be a pretty good Catwoman story though not without considerable faults.FaultsLet's talk about faults first.DollhouseDollhouse is a boring villain. Her (his?) costume looks ridiculous, her motivations are....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: The Dark Knight 12 0

Mirror, MirrorThis is my first issue of The Dark Knight to ever read. I was interested in seeing if this book would differentiate itself between the plethora of other Bat books, or if it would just be one more in the crowd. Sadly, it is just another Bat book, but it still tells a solid story.The main arc of this issue focuses on Scarecrow torturing Batman by exploring elements of his past, yet at the same time, the issue explores the Scarecrow's background giving us new origin information for th...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batgirl 12 0

Every Time I FailThis is only my second issue of Batgirl since the DCNU started, and I found it to be a very good read.I, like most fans, was annoyed to hear that Barbara would be returning to the role of Batgirl. She played such an amazing role as Oracle that she has probably done more damage than good by returning to the streets and vacating her wheelchair, but though I dislike the editorial move of giving Barbara back the use of her legs, I am delighted that Barbara continues to have excellen...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Detective Comics 12 0

The Killer InsideThis is my first issue of Detective Comics to read since the reboot, and boy was it a disappointment. This whole issue was a mess.The UnexplainedThe first panel starts off with Bruce being covered by an unknown substance. He soon manages to start a fire which somehow causes this...stuff to disintegrate. Something is said about a chemical reaction and flames causing it to burn itself out, but beyond that meager narrative, no explanation is ever given to clue in new readers as to ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Nightwing 11 0

The Republic of Tomorrow, TodayBy mistake, DC sent me the first issue of the DCNU's Nightwing, and I enjoyed it, but I've stayed away since then to focus on other things. However, I picked up Nightwing 11 yesterday to see how things were going with Grayson only to find that he was having a very bad day.The VillainsNightwing has been framed for murder and is battling some sort of rogue vigilante group called the Republic of Tomorrow which operates under the leadership of Paragon. The Republic of ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Psychotic Perspective: Batman 12 0

Ghost in the MachineOne year into the DCNU, and Snyder takes a break from the tale of Batman to focus solely on a character previously believed to be only a member of the minor supporting cast, Harper Row. Snyder has already confirmed that that Harper will be playing a larger role in the Bat Verse, but beyond that, no hard facts exist on how Harper Row will shape the legacy of the Bat. With that in mind, how did Harper's first stand alone story fair?Harper: The PositivesMany have claimed that Ha...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Things Are Getting Better 0

For more thoughts on Teen Titans, try my blog, Teen Titantics:http://www.comicvine.com/myvine/psychoknights/blog/So far, I have disliked this series, and though I wouldn't say that this issue has changed my opinion, it is a step in the right direction.The Good:The characters are starting to get fleshed out a bit. There are still a few individuals such as Skitter and Solstice which we know almost nothing about, but the other characters are beginning to take shape. The dialogue in this issue was c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.