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review 2017-03-22 18:40
Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide by Tom King, Michael Janin and Mitch Gerads
Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) - Mikel Janin,Tom King,David Finch

 

Tom King caught my eye with the Vision comics, so when I saw he was writing Batman Comics I immediately requested them from Net Galley. 

 

The first, Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham , was pretty good, so I was happy to try Batman, Volume 2: I am Suicide.  Unfortunately, I'm not enjoying these as much as I enjoyed Vision. Admittedly, this could be because I am not very familiar with DC Comics or superheroes, in general, so please keep this in mind.

 

The first story in this volume is I Am Suicide. I loved the artwork but the story seemed to be all over the place. Batman was trying to capture Psycho Pirate who is being kept by Bane, and he assembled a group of misfits, none of whom I'm familiar with, to do so. On the way there, he encounters resistance and repeats himself constantly. (He's trying to get to Psycho Pirate because something he has or can do can help Gotham Girl, who's still a mess from her experiences in I Am Gotham.) Bane is a super huge criminal dude being held in a prison called Santa Prisca. I thought that if I were more familiar with these characters things would make more sense, but from reading the other reviews here, that doesn't seem to be the case. Overall, this story was a 2.5 stars out of 5 for me, mostly because I thought the art was very cool.

 

Rooftops, which is the second story in this volume, was much better. It was a bit cheesy and predictable, but it had some humor and a nice connection between Batman and Catwoman. Again, the artwork in this story was excellent and conveyed the feelings the author was trying to get across. 4 out 5 stars.

 

 

I did enjoy this volume, just not as much as I expected to. I'm still interested in seeing where this series is going, because I love the idea of a dark Batman. He is developing as a complex character and I like that, it's just that this volume was a bit of a let down.

 

Available April 18th, you can pre-order a copy here: Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth)

 

*Thanks to Edelweiss for the free advance review copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2017-02-16 01:24
Bookish Mail
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Two - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis
Love is Love - Various,Phil Jimenez
DC Bombshells #1 - Marguerite Sauvage,Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage

Past me got present me Valentine's Day gifts. Really, past me is so generous to present me it is almost embarrassing. Almost. Anyway, here is what came in the mail:

 

1. March: Book One by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

2. March: Book Two by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

              Read a copy from the base library, wanted a copy for my personal library.

 

3. March: Book Three by Rep John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

             Haven't read this one yet, wanted to complete the set for my personal library.

 

4. Love is Love by Various Authors

             This anthology was published as a team effort by IDW and DC comics to raise money and awareness/support for the survivors and families of those killed in the Pulse Night Club shooting in Orlando, FL back in June. I heard about this graphic novel because the Throwing Shade podcast interview with Phil Jimenez, who worked on several of the short stories featured in the volume.

 

Along with the two volumes of the DC Bombshells I received from me at Christmas, I am well stocked in the graphic novel arena. I plan on reading (or re-reading) these comics during July's 24in48 read-a-thon. I also hope to have a copy of the second trade volume of Vision: A Little More Than a Man by Tom King in my hands by then so I can finish the series (with a re-reading of the first volume).

 

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review 2017-01-29 06:01
Broken Strongman
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Two Vol. 1 - Tom Taylor,Mike S. Miller,Tom Derenick

Riveting stuff. Superman's rampage continues. He's decided that he needs to rule over mankind so he can keep it safe. Not everyone is down for it, so things come to a head between him and Batman. Heartbreaking, really. Batman will not give up. He's not made that way. Even he will take on a madman with unlimited power. Superman has lost his grip and he's developed a cult of personality around him. Very timely subject matter. Some leaders can do that, and that's when people have to make the truth clear. Even at great cost. Meanwhile, some galactic protectors need to decide if they will get in involved.

Batman is not able to to watch over Gotham (let's leave it at that), so Jim Gordon and his crew take up the mantle, along with the Birds of Prey. They have an asset in their favor to even the odds a little.

I wish I had written this review sooner, but it's so intense and affecting, and I'm not describing it well. Let's just suffice it to say that you can't read these books and be okay afterwards. It's good to be able to say, it's only fiction, and not all the DC books reflect this reality. Let's take this fiction and learn some lessons so we don't repeat these mistakes in real life, okay?

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review 2017-01-29 05:46
Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab (New 52) - Chad Hardin,Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti

This is my favorite one in this series. I'm glad I didn't give up. The silliness is tempered out a bit with good storytelling. Harley is much more of a heroic antiheroine instead of a neutral character who has no concept of right and wrong. Also, we get to see her psychiatrist roots in this book. There is still some gross humor, but not as over the top. Loved the Batman/Bruce Wayne storyline and the lesson about you might not want what you thought you did when you actually get it. A lot of good moments and this one actually had a feel good vibe to it. Not helping my Harley Quinn obsession here, folks.

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review 2017-01-29 05:29
Dante's Inferno Redux
Constantine: The Hellblazer Vol. 1: Going Down (John Constantine, Hellblazer) - Riley Rossmo,Ming Doyle

A new Constantine series that feels like old Constantine. Nice. Yeah, it's got the tone and the feel of the older series. By that I mean the cringy, it's the "that's not right" feeling I get when I read old Constantine. They haven't cleaned up this version and made him PC for a "kinder" generation. I didn't like the artwork so much. It's a little squiggly for my tastes. Okay, yes I'll keep reading. It's Constantine.

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