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: “Wake” #5

(DC/Vertigo Comics, 2013)

Review by Zakk Saam

Written by Scott Snyder
Artwork by Sean Murphy
Color Artwork by Matt Hollingsworth
Letters by Jared K. Fletcher

The end of one story, and the beginning of another. That’s what you get in The Wake #5, the bimonthly mini-series from Vertigo comics. As always, this issue comes from the creative team of Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus). Continue reading

REVIEW: “Batman” #25

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Zakk Saam

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

“Dark City” begins as Gotham City is plunged into total Darkness by the Riddler just days before superstorm Rene is posted to hit Gotham. With thirteen issues tying into Zero Year this month, several of which take place in “non-bat” books, this arc provides a nice alternative to Forever Evil, the universe-spanning event currently in play at DC Comics. Continue reading

REVIEW: “The Wake” #4

(DC Comics/Vertigo, 2013)

Review by Zakk Saam

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ARTWORK BY: Sean Murphy
COVER ART BY: Sean Murphy

Today marked the release of The Wake #4, the fourth chapter of ten in a sea monster story written by Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman) and illustrated by Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus).

The Wake #4 follows Doctor Lee Archer, a specialist in hydroacoustics and her team as they try and escape a damaged underwater rig Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 6

Greetings fellow Gothamites, I had to leave our fair city of Gotham for the even darker and deadlier streets of Baltimore, just for a weekend to attend the 14th annual Baltimore Comic-Con. I hope you read and enjoyed the report of my exploits on the convention floor. It was a blast, I met so many great creators and vendors but we are here to speak of all things Batman. This episode is going to focus Continue reading

REVIEW: “Superman Unchained” #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Scott Snyder
PENCILS BY:  Jim Lee & Dustin Nguyen
INKS BY:  Dustin Nguyen & Scott Williams

The sky is falling, well not really but the satellites in it sure seem to be falling out of it at an alarming rate. So who else could save the day from such perilous events but Big Blue himself, Superman? Not just any Superman but Superman as brought to us by Batman scribe extraordinaire Scott Snyder and legendary artist Jim Lee, so to say that expectations are high would be beyond an understatement. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Batman” #19

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITER:  Scott Snyder
PENCILS:  Greg Capullo
INKER:  Danny Miki
COLOR ARTWORK: FCO Plascencia
LETTERING:  Comicraft

A madman holds Commissioner Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department at bay. He exits the bank through the front door with a young woman laden with 25 pounds of explosives. He urges her forward pressing a gun to her head. What makes this terrible event even worse is that the perpetrator appears to be none other than Bruce Wayne. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Swamp Thing” #18

(DC Comics, 2013)   –   Review by Sam LeBas

Writer:  Scott Snyder
Artist:  Yanick Paquette
Colors:  Matthew Fairbairn
Letters:  Travis Lanham

swamp-thing-18Snyder and Paquette’s final issue gives us the bittersweet ending we were all hoping for. Swamp Thing #18 proves that when these two work together, it is magic.

Alec Holland and The Parliament of Decay bend space and time to allow Abigail to take her place as the avatar of death. This issue follows the climatic end of that quest. The final battle with Anton Arcane, who must be stripped of the mantle before Abigail can take it up, is the kind of outstanding action that sustained this series success in the beginning of this run. Full of tenderness, Snyder’s star-crossed lovers are given the treatment they so richly deserve. It is a satisfying conclusion to this eighteen issue run.

Abigail Arcane is given a chance to shine in this issue. Her character grows, as she becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with. The redemptive tone of issue #18 reveals Abigail to be strong and courageous to an even greater extent than we have seen preceding this point. She is capable of immense sacrifice and bravery. In addition to Snyder’s direction of Abigail’s story, Paquette quite literally paints her in a new light as well.  His character design in regard to Abigail is truly inspired, and singularly beautiful.

Snyder’s swansong is a near perfect ending to his epic saga; equally strong is the work of Paquette. Deftly personifying both death and rebirth, Paquette’s expressive artwork reaches new levels of intensity. Organic layouts and comprehensive aesthetic environments bring life to the story. Nostalgic symbols like orchids fill empty space, reminding us of all that Alec and Abbey have been through.

The culmination of this year-and-a-half long run brings the skills that Paquette and Snyder have shown over time to a new level of perfection. Swamp Thing #18 is full of high-quality action, strong character development, and emotional depth. In other words, it brings together the best parts of what we have come to expect from this incredible team.
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