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review 2019-10-18 17:59
Super-Villains Not Required, For An Exciting Time
Batman: Absolution - Brian Ashmore,J.M. DeMatteis

Lack of an actual "super-villain" doesn't hurt this story at all. It almost seems like a part of our world.


Jennifer Blake, and the Children of Maya - urban terrorists - target government, big business, and the rich. So, when an explosion rips through a Wayne Enterprises building and people die at work, Batman makes it his mission to capture Jennifer Blake, no matter how long it takes.


It takes ten years. It's interesting to realize that this story spans ten years of continuity; a world search for Blake takes that long - she fights and hides masterfully - and of course much has been happening to Batman when he is not in London, England, or New Delhi, India, following up a lead on the whereabouts of this particular prey (see other Dark Knight graphic novels).


Batman confronts his own take on God, penance, redemption, and possible pity for a lost soul who suffered a horrible childhood and took it out on the "haves" using violence and terror...for the Jennifer Blake trail starts to suggest she "got religion" and has spent years doing good, repenting. When she stands before him, near the end, she swears to have changed. But Batman refuses to believe her, refuses to trust any of her words, and there's still the matter of the restless dead. And Justice.


J. M. DeMatteis, as is often the case, deals in spiritual themes, and ponders the existence of God through his characters. But Batman's world-view - extending here to his thoughts beyond the world we see and touch - remains distinctly familiar; he's a tough cookie, and like Jennifer Blake, has been shaped by a tragic childhood that does not lead to belief in a "loving God".


Besides all this, there's action, a twist or two....and I should mention the stunning art. Mention?

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text 2019-10-18 02:42
Reading progress update: I've read 96 out of 96 pages.
Batman: Absolution - Brian Ashmore,J.M. DeMatteis

enjoyed my re-read - review tomorrow.

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text 2019-10-17 20:25
Reading progress update: I've read 2 out of 96 pages.
Batman: Absolution - Brian Ashmore,J.M. DeMatteis

the Joker film has inspired me to re-read a few graphic novels, starting with Batman material; it's gonna be this favorite of mine, plus Going Sane, also written by DeMatteis. nice to see the author's take on the Joker make several "Best Joker Comics" Lists scattered around the internet, in the wake of the film.

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text 2019-04-19 15:30
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - The Protectors Series #1 - #3 by Sloane Kennedy
Absolution (The Protectors #1) - Joel Leslie,Sloane Kennedy
Salvation (The Protectors #2) - Sloane Kennedy
Retribution (The Protectors #3) - Sloane Kennedy

@debbiereadsbook, @sloane_kennedy, #Dark, #MM, #Romance, #Audio, 5 out of 5 (exceptional)


Length: 7 hours and 16 minutes

After four years abroad, artist Jonas Davenport has come home to start building his dream of owning his own art studio and gallery. But just as he’s ready to put the darkness of his past behind him forever, it comes roaring back with a vengeance.

The only thing keeping ex-cop Mace Calhoun from eating his own gun after an unthinkable loss is his role in an underground syndicate that seeks to get justice for the innocent by taking the lives of the guilty. Ending the life of the young artist who committed unspeakable crimes against the most vulnerable of victims should have been the easiest thing in the world. So why can’t he bring himself to pull the trigger?

After years of fighting in an endless, soul-sucking war, Navy SEAL Cole Bridgerton has come home to fight another battle – dealing with the discovery that the younger sister who ran away from home eight years earlier is lost to him forever. He needs answers and the only person who can give them to him is a young man struggling to put his life back together. But he never expected to feel something more for the haunted artist.

Cole and Mace. One lives by the rules, the other makes his own. One seeks justice through the law while the other seeks it with his gun. Two men, one light, one dark, will find themselves and each other when they’re forced to stand side by side to protect Jonas from an unseen evil that will stop at nothing to silence the young artist forever.

But each man’s scars run deep and even the strength of three may not be enough to save them… 

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/04/19/The-Protectors-Series-1---3-by-Sloane-Kennedy
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review 2019-01-24 01:32
Voltron v3
Voltron Legendary Defender volume 3: Absolution - Mitch Iverson




The art in these volumes never ceases to amaze me. So brilliant and accurate.

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