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review 2018-10-07 21:30
The Ballad of Kite Man
Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) - Tom King,Mikel Janin

Tom King writes superhero stories about psychological trauma, not just as a plot element but as a raison d'etra. In books like Vision and Mister Miracle the psychological trauma is the engine of the plot. In his new series Heroes in Crisis an attempt to recover from trauma leads to far greater trauma. Batman: the War of Jokes and Riddles reveals a story from Batman's second year as a hero. The Joker and the Riddler go to war, not for control of Gotham City, but over who gets to kill Batman. Every name villain in Gotham gets roped into the fight on one side or the other, hundreds of civilians are killed in the crossfire, and Batman is forced to compromise his core values to try an end the war. Despite the death toll, in places it reads like an homage to the old Batman TV series from 1966, with Batman trading punches with bad guys with "POW" sound effects. In the end Batman is so traumatized he feels like his whole incorruptible persona is a sham.

 

Oh, and it is the origin story of Kite Man.

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review 2018-09-12 14:21
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Frank Miller,Klaus Janson,Lynn Varley

I loved the story! Great artwork!

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review 2018-08-30 13:11
Batman: Dark Victory (new edition) - Jeph Loeb,Tim Sale

Again a great story with great art work!

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review 2018-08-28 19:46
Batman: The Long Halloween - Jeph Loeb,Tim Sale

Great story and amazing art work! A must read for any Batman fan.

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review 2018-07-26 17:19
Joker has more luck with Catwoman
Batman #49 Stanley Artgerm Lau Variant Cover - Tom King

A surprising enemy uses a proxy to plant the idea that Gotham needs Batman and Bruce Wayne can't be Batman if he's married into Catwoman's mind. 

 

lWhat does this mean?  Well, the wedding issue is coming up.

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