Batman

Batman #19

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2017

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Batman #19 comic reviewThe entire comic is foreplay, set-up for Batman vs. Bane round 2. Hidden deep in the bowels of Arkham to give the Psycho Pirate time to fix the mind of Gotham Girl, Batman waits.

Meanwhile Bane crashes through the mental institution ripping through the obstacles the Dark Knight Detective has set in his path. Needing to buy as much time as possible, Batman has released several of his old foes to stand between himself and Bane. While they do slow the lumbering creature down, not stop Bane who eventually arrives at his destination and the comic comes to an end.

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Mayhem of the Music Meister!

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2017

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Mayhem of the Music Meister!
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“Was the singing really necessary?”

Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Mayhem of the Music Meister! TV review

Given the character’s recent appearance on The Flash, it only seemed fitting that this week’s Throwback Thursday look back to the first appearance of the Music Meister (Neil Patrick Harris) on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. With an ability to hyptonize both heroes and villains through song, the Music Meister shows up during a fight between Black Canary (Grey DeLisle), Green Arrow (James Arnold Taylor), Aquaman (John DiMaggio), Black Manta (Kevin Michael Richardson), Gorilla Grodd (DiMaggio), and Clock King (Dee Bradley Baker) to mesmerize both sides and steal a satellite to increase his power to control the entire world. Using some Bat-Ear-Plugs, Batman (Diedrich Bader) manages to stay outside the villain’s influence, but he’ll need help to take down the musical maestro.

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Batman #18

by Alan Rapp on March 7, 2017

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Batman #18 comic reviewAfter kidnapping Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, and Duke Thomas, Bane offers Batman a simple exchange: his friends for the Psycho-Pirate. Despite his history with the Dark Knight Detective, the villain is unprepared for Batman’s response.

The latest issue of the “I Am Bane” storyline features an extended fight sequence between Batman and Bane. Although the villain gets the upper-hand, he’s unprepared for Batman’t contingency plan. Keeping Bane occupied with repeated headbutts to the super-villains’ fists gives Catwoman enough time to free herself and the other hostages and take away all of Bane’s leverage. Batman wins basically by letting Bane kick his ass.

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Detective Comics #951

by Alan Rapp on March 3, 2017

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Detective Comics #951 comic review

“League of Shadows” begins here with Shiva and the League hitting Gotham City. Killing the mayor and framing Batman for the crime (hrm, not really happy to see another Batman fugitive storyline), the League of Shadows also expose the local newscasters to Joker venom on-air. And they are just getting started. Wreaking general havoc, the League begins its attack on the city and its protectors. As to just what the League wants, and how Batman for Batman and his team will have to go to stop them, we’ll just have to wait and see. Worth a look.

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Justice League of America #1

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2017

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Justice League of America #1 comic reviewLogically, Justice League of America #1 makes about as much sense as the plot to the Oscar-winning Suicide Squad. This isn’t the first time Batman has assembled his own team (although events concerning his role in the Outsiders are still a bit fuzzy after the Rebirth reboot). Believing the Earth needs a new super-team to fight the DCU’s larger threats, Batman cobbles together one hell of a bizarre looking group. Longtime Justice League mainstays such as Black Canary and Vixen are givens. And the Ray and Ryan Choi certainly make sense. But the former super-villain Killer Frost? And the uncontrollable galactic bounty hunter Lobo? Just what is Batman thinking?

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