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Detective Comics #958

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2017

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Detective Comics #958 comic reviewDetective Comics #958 begins a new arc for the comic which will dive into a bit of Azrael‘s past while also bringing back a familiar face for DC fans (more on that later). While Bruce Wayne goes out of his way, even ingratiate himself to the Penguin, to get in position to attend a very private show, most of the comic centers around Azrael whose old friend shows up injured and with a warning. Tired of waiting for their avenging angel to take his rightful place, the Order of St. Dumas now has a new champion who it has let loose in Gotham to find their wayward warrior.

Azrael is a complicated character. Never intended to become Batman (even a brutal bat-shit crazy version) it’s been something of a struggle for DC to know what to do with him following the events of Knightfall. As with many characters, Rebirth has given Azrael new life put to good use as part of this ensemble. The comic uses just enough of his origins here to work.

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Batman #24

by Alan Rapp on June 13, 2017

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Batman #24 comic reviewBatman #24 teases a major change for Batman. There’s little to no action here as the comic focuses on two separate conversations. The first involves Batman discussing the future with Gotham Girl, where she might go from here, and his own reasons for crime-fighting. This conversation leads into the other part of the story with Batman seeking out Catwoman and making a very unexpected proposal.

Over the years both Bruce Wayne and Batman have had several different love interests. Every Bat-fan has their favorite, but each is flawed in some way. Talia al Ghul is the daughter of one of Batman’s most fearsome enemies. Vicky Vale is a reporter. And Catwoman is, despite the stretches during which she’s attempted to go straight, a criminal.

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  • Title: Batman and Harley Quinn
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I’ve got to admit I love Bruce Timm returning to the world of Batman: The Animated Series, however the recasting of Harley Quinn leaves something to be desired. Batman and Harley Quinn. The movie will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 29th.

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Detective Comics #957

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2017

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Detective Comics #957 comic reviewWith the extended arc surrounding the invasion of Gotham first by an army of Batmen an then by the League of Shadows, Detective Comics has let the actions of Spoiler fall through the cracks. Detective Comics #957 picks up this thread to let us in on what Stephanie Brown has been up to since the apparent death of Tim Drake.

Obviously still in mourning, the vigilante has come up with a plan to focus attention away from Batman and the Bat-Family by solving crimes and giving the GCPD all the credit. It’s an odd plan, but fits in with her role of “spoiler” I guess. It also gives her an outlet to use her pain for good rather than misguidedly taking on or harming any member of the Bat-Family directly. Of course there is glaring error in her plan: mostly Batman doesn’t take credit for what he does, meaning her actions might not amount to what she hopes. Also the lure of Batman, and the fear he causes the lesser-criminals of Gotham City, isn’t to be ignored.

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Batman/The Shadow #1

by Alan Rapp on May 18, 2017

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Batman/The Shadow #1 comic reviewThe death of a descendant of Lamont Cranston, a well-respected orderly at Arkham Asylum, leads Batman down a rabbit hole. Encountering an odd shadowy creature at the crime scene, Batman goes back to the beginning investigating Cranston, his network of informants, and even talking with the man’s closest ally Margo Lane.

There are several questions posed in this first issue. How is Lamont Crantson still alive and spry enough to go toe-to-toe with the Batman? Why has he returned after all these years simply to kill his own descendant? Who is the Shadow’s new master? I’m always up for a Bat-story where our hero’s detective skills are highlighted, and I curious to see where Batman’s journey takes him from here.

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