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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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text 2017-09-04 15:40
August 2017 Round Up!
The Suicide Motor Club - Christopher Buehlman
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston
Marvel 1602 - Neil Gaiman,Richard Ianove,Andy Kubert
Mass Hysteria - Michael Patrick Hicks
Through A Glass Darkly - Donald Allen Kirch
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane (Rebirth) - Tom King,David Finch
Dreamwalker - James Russell Lowell
The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests - Chris Smith,Jon Stewart
The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

I read 15 books In August

 

 

Graphic Novels:

 

Marvel 1602 by Neil Gaiman

The Lost Boys Volume 1 by Tim Seeley

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Lady of Shadows by Robin Furth

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-Bitter Medicine

Batman: Volume 3 I am Bane by Tom King

 

Total: 5

 

Audio Books:

 

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The Daily Show The Book: An Oral History

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story by Douglas Preston

 

Total: 4

 

ARCS:

 

Mass Hysteria by Michael Patrick Hicks

Spungunion by John Boden (not yet available)

 

Total: 2

 

Random Books:

 

The Suicide Motor Club by Christopher Buehlman

Through a Glass Darkly by Donald Kirch

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

Dreamwalker by Russell James

 

Total: 4

 

 

 

 

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1-The Talented Mr. Ripley

Running Count: 6

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

 

Running Count: 33! Challenge Met!

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-26 20:44
Post series one-shot
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #6 - Matthew K. Manning,Jon Sommariva

And it's a lot of fun, especially as Robin has changed: it's a new Robin to the Turtles, and they can't seem to get over that fact!   I laughed out loud a couple times, but overall, this is the same as the rest of the series: the art isn't good enough to warren the last of the five stars, and it's fun, but not a favorite of mine.  

 

It was nice catching up with the Gotham crew later and seeing how they evolved, and how the newbie reacted to the giant turtle-men.   So I'd give it a reread, but probably not in the next couple of years. 

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review 2017-08-26 20:37
End to this mini-series
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #5 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Issue six is an epilogue: it takes place after, it takes place in Gotham rather than the in the Turtles' universe, and it takes place a good deal while after from what I can tell.   Still, this issue, five, ends up wrapping up the portal storyline with a twist.  

 

It's fun, it used a character I didn't expect to be the brains behind this operation, and I liked it enough to reread in the future even if it's not a complete favorite mini-series, or crossover.

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review 2017-08-26 18:56
War of Jokes and Riddles: dinner interlude
Batman (2016-) #29 - Tom King,June Chung,Mikel Janin,Hugo Petrus

Riddler and Joker are murdering the citizens of Gotham, destroying the city, in an all out war to see who gets the right to kill the Bat.  

 

To choose how to tip the fight, Bruce Wayne invites them over, and offers them financial aid to the one who can convince him why they're the one who should kill the Bat.  He's trying to gauge which one is more dangerous, since this is a story set in earlier times, so he doesn't know them as well as he does now.  

 

The only way to win this fight, you see, is to actually have one win.   He'll throw in as both Bruce Wayne and Batman to back the less dangerous man and win, then I'm assuming, take down the winner. 

 

It's an interesting idea, and seeing them all sit down and be civil for a full nine courses was fascinating - but I don't completely buy that this is the best way to do this.   Superman and Wonder Woman don't care that this is happening?   No heroes do?   

 

There's no one Bruce can reach out to?   The government, someone?   

 

And me not completely buying this being the best solution is why this is four stars instead of five.   It's an interlude to the fighting certainly, but it's tense, it tells a lot about the characters, and it's ramping things up in it's own way.   Just not with fists or guns. 

 

Looking forward to the next issue. 

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