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text 2017-07-17 17:15
Comic Book Post
Wonder Woman FCBD 2017 Special Edition (2017-) #1 (Wonder Woman (2016-)) - Greg Rucka,Jr., Romulo Fajardo,Nicola Scott
Batman: The Gotham Adventures - Ty Templeton,Rick Burchett,Terry Beatty
Red Sonja #0 (Dynamite Entertainment Comics) - Michael Avon Oeming,Mike Carey,Mel Rubi

Over the last month I have read several comic books/graphic novels that have been offered for free for kindle or on Comixology.  Here’s a some of the highlights.

Overwatch Series – This comic series, offered for free, is based on the video game of the same name.  It is a game I haven’t played.  The comic series, spanning ten issues, is pretty damn good.  There are quite a few woman characters, several of whom are women of color.  The series also covers several morality questions – what is good, just, right.  The series also uses characters who are older.  The artwork is pretty good as well.  While eight of the issues are basically character studies with action, the last two issues deal with Halloween and Christmas, and so are somewhat a guest star list type of story.  Familiarity is with the video game is not needed to read these, though they should be read in order.  This is because a character in one is the mother of the central character in the following issue.  While the series does offer a must know cliffhanger, it is resolved in the ten issues.

 

Various Batman Comics -  Overall the Batman comics were what you would expect from Batman, and yet, they were in some ways the most disappointing.  The Rebirth first issue was good, though perhaps straining at the very loose sense of reality that holds things together.  The sequence involving passengers on a plane was, in particular, really great.  Neil Gaiman’s Batman in Black and White was clever, if not as clever as it thinks it is.  But the taste of Batman was soured by two freebies, the 10c Adventure and Gotham Adventures. 

                Batman and the Ten Cent Adventure is not as bad as Gotham Adventures.  The basic set up is that Bruce Wayne is framed for a murder.  The story is told from the viewpoint of his bodyguard.  A young woman who reminds a bit of Black Canary.  She was Wayne’s bodyguard until she discovered his identity as Brue Wayne and then she became is crime fighting partner, just don’t call her Robin.  Her voice tells the story so we get very much of Wayne worship and of course, she is in love with him, though he doesn’t know it.  And poor Bruce had to break up with his true love which he does by inviting her to his mansion so she can walk in on him when he is with some other women.  Of course, then he stalks her when he is Batman because that is so romantic. 

                You see my problem. 

                Gotham Adventures is worse, even though it features the extended Bat family.  That comic opens with Batman, Robin, and Batgirl chasing the Joker.  Robin gets delegated to help some woman, and I am not really sure what Batgirl does because she doesn’t have anything to do with Batman catching the Joker.  The Bat group take Joker back to the Batcave because there is a bounty on Joker’s head.  Nightwing shows up and gets a few lines.  Finally, after several pages, Batgirl actually gets to speak.  Everyman had lines, mostly several, before Batwing gets even one.  She is left to guard the Joker, who of course knocks her out.  If it was Alfred getting the drop on the Joker the shit would have hit the fan.  While she is knocked out, the Bat men are all doing heroic things.   So, one woman, who can’t even guard a prisoner who is handcuffed.  It’s a shame really because it is leaves a sour taste in the mouth, and stops what would have been a pretty fun comic read from being so.

 

Various Wonder Woman Comics – So these include Wonder Woman Rebirth (FCBD editions and #1 itself) as well as DC Super Hero Girls.  The Rebirth issues are very interesting and good.  And guess what, one of the FCBD editions has two men talking about a woman and her relationship to one of them.  That is just awesome.  Really awesome.  In particular, what I enjoyed about the Rebirth idea was the concept of storytelling and retconning which WW’s Rebirth storyline seems to directly tackle.  This is wonderful because all the multiple origin stories get a tad confusing.   

                There was also an older Wonder Woman, apparently after Crisis of Infinite Worlds.  This is interesting because Diana Prince is no longer Wonder Woman, at least in name, though the villains still see her as such.  Which shows you that villains know better.  And this raises a question.  I have not read mainstream comics for several years.  But I do know that have been quite a few times when Diana Prince has lost the title of Wonder Woman (once to her mother).  I know that in the last few year, Marvel’s Thor lost his hammer to a woman, and Iron Man is, wonderfully, a young black woman but my question is this -  do any male super heroes lose their status or title as much or more as Wonder Woman has?  Why Wonder Woman?  I’m not trying to be snarky, I am legitimately curious.  How does this break down?  Anyone know?

                The Super Hero girl comics are cute, and intended it seems for a younger audience.  The two I read where actually the same story, one just longer than the other.  The story concerns summer break where Wonder Woman and Bumble Bee go to Mount Olympus.  The cast is multi-ethnic, though a bit strange – why Poison Ivy – but the series does show the girls working together and being there for each other.  Though, why Batgirl sightsees as Batgirl I don’t know.

 

There were some surprises in this comic freebie read – Red Sonja 0, written by Michael Avon Oeming and Mike Curry was actually quite good, despite the   costume that makes no sense and seems to have a magical power to stay still and not show X-rated bits.  Red Sonja Vol 4, #0 was not as good, in fact it was just annoying, with more teasing of body parts.  Damsels: Mermaids was also quite good and a wonderful take on Andersen’s Little Mermaid.  Honesty, this might just be my favorite version.

 

Of course, not much has changed in comics.  Women, in particular the heroes, are usually drawn with Triple DDD bust sizes and a middle that couldn’t house a liver or intestine.  The men are buff too, let’s be honest, but they at least have some room for internal organs.  This is particularly distracting in Grimm Comics because the story telling is good there, but the female characters so sexualized that it is nerve wracking.  The explanation seems to be Neverland, a spin off, because the Wendy character was actually dressed.  The Godstorm spin off was good too  - Zeus mediating on fatherhood was really great.

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review 2017-07-13 01:32
Eh...
Batman (2016-) #26 - Tom King,June Chung,Mikel Janin

I feel like so much more could be done with this war, and I haven't seen it yet.   I'm liking this series enough to continue, but it's definitely has it's ups and downs.  

 

Still, a three star down isn't bad.   

 

I do hope this storyline pulls together into something cohesive, something that I care about, and that Bruce gets less whiny about the people he couldn't save.   Or the Batman/Catwoman relationship gets less weird in this. 

 

And that there's less 'woe is me, no one gets me.'  

 

Blah.  

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review 2017-07-12 19:28
Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Rebirth)
Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Rebirth) - Tom King,Steve Orlando,Tim Seeley,James Tynion IV,Riley Rossmo

Apparently, this is the first crossover episode of the Rebirth branding and I’m afraid it’s kind of underwhelming. It’s not bad, it’s just… not great.


Collects Batman 7-8, Nightwing 5-6, & Detective Comics 941-942.


It might be called Batman: Night of the Monster Men but I’d be more inclined to rename it Team Batman vs a Japanese Monster Movie.


Following on from the recent Detective Comics storyline involving the death of Tim Drake (Really, who the hell would willingly put on the Robin costume? That’s 3 of 4. Either Batman is a really careless responsible adult or he’s a serial killer. Of course, it could be Dick, bumping off all others that replaced him in Bruce’s affection. Batman should never have slapped him. But I digress.) Batman is in ultra-protective mode. He has his team around him and is determined to save Gotham from a flood caused by a hurricane. Yes, people Batman is concerned with global warming. He couldn’t save Tim but he won’t lose another person, not even to a natural disaster. Of course, this rain splattered night is the very night that Dr Hugo Strange decides to attract Batman’s attention by unleashing a quartet of animal/reanimated human corpse hybrids on Gotham.


The Bat team consists of Batman, Batwoman, Nightwing, Orphan, Spoiler, and Clayface, with Gotham Girl (Tim Drake’s sister?) a chap called Duke (who suits up later on) and Albert all hanging in the Batcave. Batman keeps sending the other members of the team away to carry out more ‘safe’ parts of the job and they keep ignoring him.


The writing by Steve Orlando is okay (I prefer his Midnighter and Apollo stuff), but I don’t quite understand why they didn’t have a collaborative writing team of the writers who write the individual issues to write their particular characters. This would keep a consistent character voice. From what I’ve read after finishing the comic this storyline was one that was used in a Batman comic in the 90s, I don’t know how close this stuck to the original storyline.


As for the art, they at least kept the original artists for the individual runs. Unfortunately, this gave the overall look of this volume a patchwork vibe.


I didn’t like the artwork in the Batman issues, it was wishy-washy with almost a watercolour style yet without any of the colour you would expect from a that art style. It was a study in beige and grey, which did reflect the constant rain quite well, but gave the artwork an almost blurry quality. The figures were indistinct and poorly composed and I found myself squinting at the panels to try and make out the background.


By comparison I much preferred the art for the Nightwing issues. The artwork was much clearer and the characters more defined. It made for a much more enjoyable reading experience. And the art for the Detective comics issues hovered somewhere inbetween with some interesting panels and others not so much.


Overall the volume was okay. I didn’t clip and post and panels that I loved, or that made me laugh, or that were meta, which is an indication that I don’t love the story. I don’t regret reading it but I’m unlikely to read this again or recommend it to readers over other titles.

 

Titans still remains my favourite volume from the Rebirth series to date.

 

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url 2017-06-29 11:17
Torrent9 Batman Arkham Knight – PC Télécharger

Dans la finale Torrent9 explosive à la série Arkham, Batman fait face à la menace ultime contre la ville, il est juré de protéger. L’épouvantail revient à réunir une liste impressionnante de super-vilains, y compris Penguin, Double-Face et Harley Quinn, de détruire The Dark Knight pour toujours. Batman: Arkham Chevalier introduit la Batmobile à cette version du monde de Gotham City, qui peut être entraîné pour la première fois dans la franchise. L’ajout de ce véhicule mythique, combiné avec le gameplay acclamé de la série Batman Arkham, offre aux joueurs l’expérience ultime et complète Batman comme ils déchirent à travers les rues et monter en flèche à travers la ligne d’horizon de l’ensemble de Gotham City.

 

 

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review 2017-06-08 15:26
So, I loved this until the ending
Batman (2016-) #24 - Tom King,Jordie Bellaire,David Finch,Danny Miki,Clay Mann,Seth Mann

This was a more nuanced look at Batman, and what it means to be Batman, than I'd suspected when I first started reading.  On some level, it's fairly matter-of-fact, but if you want, there's much more to mine in this issue. 

 

The way that Batman deals with Claire is different than he does with any of his Robins, or Batgirl, or Batwoman.   Of course it is, although it's not because she's a girl.   He simply doesn't know her, and hasn't trained with her, or fought by her side as much as he had with any of the others. 

 

I think, given all she's lost, and given that it was her brother who really wanted to be the superhero, that it explains the difference.   Once someone committed in their world, they committed fully; they didn't fight, or hope for Bruce Wayne, or Batman, to tell them what to do.  A lack of commitment would have gotten Wayne himself, and thus Batman, killed over and over again.   How could he possibly tell a woman to fight if she wasn't sure she wanted to, on his word, and then expect her not to be killed?   (Since using her powers kills her, he couldn't possibly tell her anything expect 'do what you can do without using your powers,' too.)

 

And because he lets her in so closely, because her circumstances match his, and because she's so uncertain, they talk frankly about this life and if he's happy.   Which leads us to the ending. 

 

Which I found, quite frankly, forced.  I wonder if King was told to make this move, to be honest, which would be quite a departure from DCs earlier stance on the subject of superhero marriage.  Or maybe it's not: maybe there's a character death in the near future, although I doubt it given whom he proposed to.  Maybe she'll just laugh it off and say no, although I doubt it given what King's been building up to in this series.  I can't decide if she'll take time, or just say yes, although I'm really, really hoping it's not an immediate yes!

 

I really enjoyed this episode up until the last scene.   I finally nailed down why I felt it so forced at the time: given the talk throughout this issue, Bruce seems to have had these issues of happiness on his mind for a while.   Why he's Batman, and if that means he can be happy.   And yet, one talk later and he makes this huge commitment?   This from the man that researches everything?   This from the man who knows what a huge clusterfuck this can become?

 

I don't buy it.   I think he would at least take time to think about it, and I seriously hope the unnamed she does.   

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