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Darth Vader #5

by Alan Rapp on September 22, 2020

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Darth Vader #5 comic reviewDarth Vader‘s search for answers about the death of Padme Amidala and the birth of his son comes to a close. A final clue in Padme’s beautifully rendered tomb leads Vader to the former Rebel base on Polis Massa where Padme died. However, the long-abandoned base has few specifics about what caused his wife’s death or anything to ease the Dark Lord of the Sith’s conscience.

Needing to release his anger on someone, Vader allows those who betrayed him on Naboo, loyalists and freedom fighters who believe Darth Vader is responsible for the deaths of both Padme and Anakin (which is true… from a certain point of view) to follow him to Polis Massa and deal with them once and for all. Their desire for vengeance ends poorly.

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Detective Comics #1027

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2020

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  • Title: Detective Comics #1027
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  • Writers: Matt Fraction, , Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Dan Jurgens, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Scott Snyder, Marv Wolfman, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Tom King
  • Artists: Jim Cheung, José L. García López, Lee Bermejo, Dan Jurgens, Jamal Campbell, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Riley Rossmo, Eduardo Risso, Chip Zdarsky, David Marquez, Chris Burnham

Detective Comics #1027 comic reviewLike many of DC Comics’ recent anniversary issues, Detective Comics #1027 (which marks 1,000 issues since the first appearance of the Batman in Detective Comics #27) offers a collection of stories and art featuring one of the comic industry’s most beloved characters.

Even if it lacks a single great stand-out story, the collection is solid. The best of the tales collected here, “The Master Class,” features all of the best-known Batman sidekicks winding up investigating the same body left on a Gotham City rooftop.

“Blowback” centers around Batman’s ability to escape a death trap (while also thinking back on the many he has survived over the years). “Many Happy Returns” showcases the Joker‘s odd behavior of sending Batman strange birthday every month for years. “Rookie” offers the struggles of a newbie cop in the most corrupt police force in the world. Batman and Robin team-up with Deadman in “Ghost Story.” A business rival attempts to frighten Bruce Wayne in “Fore.” “Odyssey” offers a decades-long mystery in which the search for the ship of art belonging to Batman’s grandfather continues.

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Green Hornet #2

by Alan Rapp on September 16, 2020

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Green Hornet #2 comic reviewAlthough they initially mistake the strange being in front of them for an alien, and the creature does everything in its power to force that assumption, Britt Reid and Kato discover the creature before them to be a British astronaut transformed through his reintroduction to Earth’s atmosphere as his secret space station was destroyed by a passing spaceship.

Seeking answers and revenge on the pilot of the spacecraft that led both to his transformation and the death of his fellow astronaut, the creature is in no mood for the Green Hornet’s attempt at an olive branch demanding answers and the location of the pilot who he blames for his current condition.

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Batman & the Outsiders #16

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2020

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Batman & the Outsiders #16 comic reviewThe story 16 issues in the making finally arrives as the Outsiders face Ra’s al Ghul who plans to unleash his new weapon on the world. In “The Demon’s Fire, Finale,” Batman leads the Outsiders into battle but it’s two of the team’s members who steal the show. First, Orphan mops the floor with the League of Assassins and Black Lightning flexes his enhanced powers against the Demon’s Head who offers Jefferson the opportunity to be a hero to a greater world.

I don’t know that any payoff would be worth such a wait, but Batman & the Outsiders #16 does deliver the conflict teased since the launch of the series. The real question, now that Ra’s has been beaten (for now), is what happens to the Outsiders?

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Superman #25

by Alan Rapp on September 15, 2020

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Superman #25 comic reviewSince his arrival at DC Comics, writer Brian Michael Bendis has offered up several intriguing stories. Unfortunately, the over-sized Superman #25 isn’t one of them. Despite the extra pages (and increased price), the comic feels incomplete.

What Superman #25 does offer is two storylines, neither of which is resolved. The first involves an alien race, planet, and character all known as Synmar who have apparently been watching over the universe in their own way for millennia. They witness the destruction of Krypton and recognize the possible threat of a sole survivor on Earth and keep vigilance. However, after seeing what he becomes they decide to make their own Superman.

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