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text 2017-10-16 23:33
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 288 pages.
Batman by Ed Brubaker Vol. 1 - Scott McDaniel,Ed Brubaker

gosh, I'll tell ya--when I took my bag o' reading options out to the coffee shop just a little while ago, A Watery Grave looked nothin' but mighty tempting, especially after I polished off a short story. I mean, think about it--do you see the allure, even in the title...A Watery Grave. says it all. huh...yah? A Watery Graaaaaaaaaave. A. Watery (not Earthy, not Airy, not Fiery). very Watery (I'm just assuming; I could be way off). Grave (ya can't have a grave without a body, and that means someone has to get something sorted).

 

but, I went to Batman. and now I don't regret it, because the first few comics in this graphic novel were fun, and I'm looking forward to more. maybe I won't take any kind of break from superhero shenanigans in print, after this. maybe some Aquaman. Aquaman! Sea Devils! Sub-Mariner! Triton of the Inhumans! watery super-heroes--and, A Watery Graaaaaaaaave (very soon)....

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text 2017-10-15 16:32
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 288 pages.
Batman by Ed Brubaker Vol. 1 - Scott McDaniel,Ed Brubaker

hope it's entertaining, because (gasp!) I may be taking a break from superhero comics for a while, after this. meanwhile, this should keep me busy until everyone has a certain novel for a Buddy Read.

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text 2017-10-08 04:36
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 352 pages.
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1 - Jiro Kuwata,Jiro Kuwata

 

I feel like only in a Batman manga would there be a character named Lord Death Man.   

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review 2017-09-23 00:13
Okay introduction to Batgirl
Batman: Arkham Knight - Batgirl Begins (2015) #1 (Batman Arkham Knight: Batgirl Begins (2015)) - Tim Seeley,Matthew Clark

I think this is for the video game, and so it's not the usual origin story, or not exactly what I'm used to anyway.   Still, it's fairly solid, despite the whole 'knowledge could get a young girl into trouble,' aspect.   

 

And yeah, being Batgirl could get her into trouble, but it could get a younger Bruce Wayne into trouble.   So if it's okay for him, why isn't it for her?   

 

Which is why I definitely think this could have been much better. 

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review 2017-09-05 12:30
Batman: Volume 3 I Am Bane
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch

 

In a volume where the opposite of some of the events in Batman: I Am Suicide occur, Bane has to run a gauntlet of enemies to get to Batman. Where this didn't work well for me in the that volume, in this one it worked just fine!

 

I adored the tongue in cheek of the opening scenes in the restaurant BATBURGER! between Batman and the Robins. "Do you want to Joker up your fries?" The restaurant even had Batsuits in special cases. 

 

I also thought the comparison panels between Bruce and Bane and all the similarities that made them who they both became were brilliant. 

 

Ace the Bat-Hound has his own brief little story-mostly involving the unflappable Alfred training him while  Bruce then reaps the benefits and complains about his Christmas present. 

 

Lastly though, OMG with Catwoman! What will happen as we progress further down that road? Will it ever really take place? (I'm trying to talk about it, without spoiling it.) I am not familiar enough with the Batman series to know, and I'm not sure that people who are familiar with it would know for sure either, but that was most definitely a surprising event.

 

Overall, this has been my favorite volume of the Batman Rebirth series by Tom King. I'm so glad I stuck with it and I'm very much looking forward to the next volume!

 

*I received an e-ARC of this volume from DC Comics via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is it.* 

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