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review 2018-11-15 01:08
I wanted this to be five stars
Batman: White Knight - Sean Murphy

The execution, the details, were interesting.   I do think that Sean Murphy bent a little things: if Jack Napier were a truly good man, as he's presented here, and had to account for everything that the Joker did, then I think he'd be slightly more shellshocked.   Now, I could buy the argument that he was so overwhelmed that he ended up placing all his hopes of forgiveness in Harley Quinn - but that's not how this is presented.   It's presented as he feels bad, whoops, let's save Gotham now.   (Although a lot of his redemption is all about Harleen, so that was kinda weird, too.)   He was a little... off with Harleen, too?   Maybe it was calling her Harley, which seemed weird since they were trying so hard to disassociate themselves from their former lives.  But there was something else, where it was all too cut and dry: her accepting him, his complete devotion to her, and I found it too far off form The Joker to really be buyable.   

 

Then again, some of this could be explained by the final reveal, although I don't want to go into details: this is well worth reading, and it's worth reading not knowing what's coming in my opinion, so I won't spoil that. 

 

There's so much elegance in this story that it didn't seem more than a star off, and I think the story focuses enough on other things that I couldn't really say this flaw overtook everything.   I also think when the love story between The Joker and Harleen doesn't take over?   This story is a lot stronger. 

 

And I'm not spoiling things when I say The Joker goes sane or Batman is in Arkham.   The tagline on the back is The Joker goes sane, and the first page or so has Batman in Arkham.   It's all about the small reveals leading up to the big one  at the end.   It's a slow burn that's dealt with perfectly for the most part.   

 

Lovely story.  I'm definitely going to look into reading more by this writer/artist. 

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review 2018-11-13 19:19
No crazy about this storyline
Champions (2016-) #26 - Sean Izaakse,Jim Zub,Paul Laurence Dunbar

Looks like it'll be a longer arc.   Lack of emphasis on Viv combined with the Weirdworld fantasy storyline aren't really engaging me.   Then again, I'm psyched that the writer isn't afraid of doing something different. 

 

I've been happy with the writer as far as characterization goes and have liked his storylines better than this.   Snowguard isn't my favorite newcomer to the Champions, but she hasn't been a deal breaker either, and I think I just needed to get used to her.   She doesn't annoy me, and I'm liking her a little more the more I read her. 

 

That being said, I'll stick it out, and hope the next storyline is more to my liking.   It's not horrible, it's just not my jam.

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review 2018-07-26 17:21
Disjointed BS.
BATMAN #50 ((The Wedding)) - ((Regular Cover)) - DC Comics - 2018 - 1st Printing - TomKingBatman50,DavidFinchBatman50

One artist per page, with a letter from Batman to Catwoman and a letter from Catwoman to Batman.   Further adding to the disjointed feeling is that you get each letter a page at a time, alternating between them. 

 

Wasn't really happy with the letters: not enough revelation and it felt like killing off space for the most part. 

 

Not happy with the ending, either.   

 

Hopefully this series will get back on track starting with issue 51.

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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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review 2018-07-26 17:10
Joker storyline
BATMAN #48 ((Regular Cover)) - DC Comics - 2018 - 1st Printing - TomKingBatman48,MikelJaninBatman48

Joker tries to undermine the wedding, first by kidnapping and killing a whole bunch of people and drawing Batman to him. 

 

But, yeah, still, wedding storyline.   Better than the Booster Gold storyline...

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