REVIEW: ‘Batman’ #30

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Greg Capullo
Inks by Danny Miki
Color Artwork by FCO Plascencia

This issue begins the climactic chapter of the Zero Year story entitled “Savage City” with events that were first glimpsed in the opening pages of the epic arc. However now, when viewed in retrospect these images are so much more momentous, not just for the sheer weight of the events but for the calamitous consequences resulting from them that we have now seen unfold. Continue reading

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‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’: Episode #24

Greetings once again fellow Gothamites and welcome to the meeting of Bat-Fans we like to call The Weekly Bat Signal, where we the faithful gather to get all the Gotham gossip and converse about our very own caped and cowled crime fighter, The Batman. From Hollywood to the local comic book shops, we uncover all the latest details on The Dark Knight and discuss them in depth here Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 21

Greetings on this auspicious anniversary of the first appearance of our revered Dark Knight Detective.  The year was 1939, the publication was Detective Comics volume one, number twenty-seven and the co-creators were the brilliant Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Little did these two mild mannered cartoonists know that they had touched eternity with their creation and in so doing they had given a gift to the ages Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’, Episode 19: Year End Wrap-Up

Greetings fellow Gothamites and welcome to the final episode of The Weekly Bat-Signal for 2013. The city is abuzz getting ready to ring in the New Year Gotham style which means lots of garish pageantry and drunken disorderly conduct in the streets, from the lowest of Crime Alley miscreants to the stratosphere of Gotham’s high society the parties will rage on well into the first morning of 2014. Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 18

Season’s Greetings fellow Gothamites. There is nothing quite like Christmas in Gotham; the snow covered city takes on a picturesque charm worthy of any Hallmark holiday special, even the usually imposing gothic architecture and grounds of Arkham are somehow transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland when dusted with a frosty coating of shimmering snow. Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 17

Greetings and apologies fellow Gothamites, I must offer my most sincere request for your forgiveness for my absence last week. It seems even in Gotham the holidays can cause more chaos than a Riddler produced blackout. I tell you my friends that I would rather face The Joker, Killer Croc and Bane than a mob of WalMart Christmas shoppers waiting on queue for a deep discounted 52 inch hi def flat screen television Continue reading

REVIEW: “Batman: the Dark Knight” #25

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Zakk Saam

Written by Gregg Hurwitz
Artwork by Alex Maleev
Color Artwork by Dave McCaig
Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual

Clayface is back in Batman: The Dark Knight #25. While there seems to be an influx of Clayface stories in the past six months, this is one of the better ones in my opinion. In a story carefully crafted by Gregg Hurwitz (Vengeance of the Moon Knight, Penguin: Pain and Prejudice), Clayface has broken out of Arkham Asylum Continue reading

REVIEW: “Li’l Gotham” #6

(DC Comics Digital Firsts, 2013)   –   Reviewed by Feral Fang

Bats-LilGotham-no6--cover1--ii‘Lil’ Gotham’ has been one of my favorite comics since launch, especially at the unbelievable price of 99 cents an issue, but I may be heavily biased due to the fact that I am one of the largest ‘Batman Freaks’ I know of.  Once I saw Dustin Nguyen’s beautiful Bat Family artwork surfacing, I instantly fell in love with its child-like humor and visual beauty.  It was amazing stuff – painted lightly but with a range of color that would go from near pastel to deep, rich tones.  While the character designs and look of the style were much like a children’s book, they were spot on, allowing it to be a weirdly perfect fit within the usually darker Batman universe.  The figures were strong, with such well placed hints of detail that you instantly knew which character you were looking at.  Upon seeing the release of the first installment of the digital only “Lil’ Gotham” series, I figured I had just found a new favorite comic.  And I was very happy to be correct in that assumption.

Since last year’s opening Halloween-themed issue they’ve released 5 more, all based on and released near certain Holidays.  I quickly found that the title was as genius and amazing I had hoped.  And maybe even better.  Written by Derek Fridolfs and Nguyen, so far we’ve seen stories for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day.  All of these have been incredibly fun reads, taking a classic innocent silliness and mixing it into hints of the darkly serious tone of the usual Batman title.  I was amazed (and still am) at how well it worked.

Today saw the release of issue #6, which revolves around the Chinese New Year, and is one of the most well written issues to date.  For me, this new issue is exactly what I needed after #5’s Valentine’s Day story, which I found to be too unoriginal of a concept and the weakest in the series so far.  This issue opens with Damien, frustrated that his Father (that Batman guy) is too busy with business matters to train with him.  Alfred takes him to Chinatown, where there are celebrations already going on, and assures Damien that he will be training, after all.  Arriving at one of the original schools Bruce had trained at years prior, they are greeted and Damien finds Katana waiting there to train, as well.  Upon learning of a sacred blade that was recently stolen from the school, the training turns to a mission to find it.  This also cues Alfred to tell a story of his and Bruce’s past, in the first days of Batman.  This flashback is painted in black, white, and greys, all the while still as vibrant and perfectly shaded as the color work.  This flash has many great moments, including a very bitter-sweet nod to the ‘Flying Graysons’.  And that’s the kind of series this is – it will make you laugh out loud, you will marvel at how wonderfully charismatic the artwork is, and – for the Batman fans in the crowd – you’ll get plenty of canon references and other things that have always made it such a treat to be a fan of the Batman Family.  Expect to fall in love with these different but all too familiar versions of beloved characters, and – most of all – expect to fall in love with this title.  Even if you’re not the biggest Bats fan or even one at all, this series has all the humor, artistic quality, and great stories that should ‘seal the deal’ for just about any interested comic fan.  Brilliant, genius, and damn near perfect.

WRITING:  8 / 10

ARTWORK:  9 / 10

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:  8 / 10

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