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Batman: Li'l Gotham #6 - Lunar New Year Review

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Damian and Katana go on their own adventure.

The Good

Damian and Katana team up to find the Blade of the Jade Serpent. Alfred reveals that he used to kick some major butt, too, and he was Batman's driver. Where's Batman? Meeting with the board of directors because you can't fight crime all the time.

This book is always a ton of fun. This is the type of book you want to read when you want a simple, comical, one-shot story. It'll put a smile on your face.

Let's be honest, you're picking this up because Dustin Nguyen is drawing Batman in his beautiful art style. However, what keeps you happy, with every issue, is the story, written by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs. There's nothing else on the shelf to compare this to, that I can think of. The stories are a bit out there, but they really work, when paired up with the art. The highlight of the issue, for me, was seeing Alfred and Batman working together, during Bruce's first few years as the Bat. I really just liked seeing Alfred throw a few punches.

I'm a big Damian Wayne fan, and I love how he's portrayed in this issue. He's a tough guy, but this book doesn't forget that he's a kid. He gets super-excited about the events around him and shouts it out. LI'L GOTHAM treats Damian more like a kid than a sidekick, and it's the most charming element of the series and this issue in particular.

Nguyen's art style is so awesome. The guy is amazing. I love everything about his work. His color work here really shines, as well as his black and white scenes. It amazes me the amount of awesome he can create with water colors.

It's only 99 cents. If you're not buying this, then you're crazy and you hate fun, life, puppies, and rainbows.

The Bad

This isn't the world of Batman you're used to. It's a much lighter Batman and world. It's not a bad thing, but it's very different, and if you've never read this book before, you may have a little problem adjusting.

I'm a huge fan of this digital series, but this issue was not my favorite. I was a bigger fan when all the issues were holiday based. I am glad we're getting more of this series though.

The Verdict

BATMAN: LI'L GOTHAM is the funnest thing on the digital shelves. Sure, you can pick up a physical copy a month down the road, but this book, to me, works better in the digital format. It's a super fun issue featuring Alfred beating up some people while Damian gets excited. The story is fun and the art is beautiful. Plus, it's cheap, so go get it.

On the down side, if you're expecting "the Dark Knight" then you may want to buy.... THE DARK KNIGHT because this is a very light-hearted and fun book.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue and series.

17 Comments
Posted by kennybaese

I really hope that they put these out in print some time soon. I'd love to read it.

Posted by evilvegeta74

They'll end Damian here too, sadly!

Posted by longbowhunter

Plan to buy all these in print.

Posted by Fantasgasmic

The Bad should include the "cover" to this issue. It's the same as the one for #5, just without the pink hearts/outlines of hearts. Kinda misleading, and lazy.

Posted by The Average Bear

Damian********

Posted by evilvegeta74

@The Average Bear said:

Damian********

Posted by ME24601

I wonder what they'll do with these after this week. They'll need a new character to focus them on.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Definitely wanna give this a try!

Posted by Owie

So is this a kids comic? I don't follow digital stuff so I didn't know about this before. I'm tired of trying to find darned comics for my kids that don't get cancelled!

Posted by inferiorego

@Owie said:

So is this a kids comic? I don't follow digital stuff so I didn't know about this before. I'm tired of trying to find darned comics for my kids that don't get cancelled!

I think this book is appropriate for all ages with a kid appeal

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Posted by Mucklefluga

@inferiorego: YOU SPELT DAMIAN WRONG. I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Posted by inferiorego

@Mucklefluga said:

@inferiorego: YOU SPELT DAMIAN WRONG. I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Your comment are going to make me commit seppuku one day... :P

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Posted by Mucklefluga

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@inferiorego: YOU SPELT DAMIAN WRONG. I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Your comment are going to make me commit seppuku one day... :P

Hey you made me learn something new! What a Seppuka is :D You should totally bring BW back and watch videos of it! :D

Posted by inferiorego

@Mucklefluga said:

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

@inferiorego: YOU SPELT DAMIAN WRONG. I AM NOT IMPRESSED.

Your comment are going to make me commit seppuku one day... :P

Hey you made me learn something new! What a Seppuka is :D You should totally bring BW back and watch videos of it! :D

If you're falling me on twitter, there's a big announcement about the BW network by the end of this week.

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Posted by Samimista

This is absolutely adorable. Have not read this series but looks very funny.

Posted by SupBatz

@ME24601 said:

I wonder what they'll do with these after this week. They'll need a new character to focus them on.

@evilvegeta74 said:

They'll end Damian here too, sadly!

Not necessarily. This series is kind of disjointed from the rest of the DC Universe at the moment. We saw that Babs is still Oracle and that Steph and Cass are around in the Thanksgiving issue. So I'm hoping we'll still see Damian here after Morrison's done with him.

Posted by evilvegeta74

@SupBatz said:

@ME24601 said:

I wonder what they'll do with these after this week. They'll need a new character to focus them on.

@evilvegeta74 said:

They'll end Damian here too, sadly!

Not necessarily. This series is kind of disjointed from the rest of the DC Universe at the moment. We saw that Babs is still Oracle and that Steph and Cass are around in the Thanksgiving issue. So I'm hoping we'll still see Damian here after Morrison's done with him.

Well at least he 's alive in this Dc verse.