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Batman #86

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2020

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Batman #86 comic reviewA new creative team takes over following the events of City of Bane. Batman has taken back Gotham City, but in his absence things have gotten worse. The Dark Knight Detective is also down a few allies given the death of Alfred no appearance from any of the other members of the Bat-Family here (other than Catwoman).

The main theme to this opening arc appears to be that Batman has become reckless without Alfred in place to pull him back from the edge. The comic features Deathstroke returning to Gotham with a gang of C-list villains in tow. Most aren’t worth mentioning, but I was happy to see the underutilized Cheshire get an appearance here.

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Batman Beyond – Spellbound

by Alan Rapp on January 9, 2020

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Batman Beyond - Spellbound television review

Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to the dystopian future of Gotham City. The aptly-named “Spellbound” introduces a new villain to the show in Spellbinder (Jon Cypher) who uses his knowledge of the human psyche and futuristic tech to trap victims in hallucinatory fantasies while tricking them into performing crimes for him. While the episode never really explains why the tech works on Terry (Will Friedle) through the suit, it does allow Terry to fight against the altered reality as Batman and the effect on villain’s other subjects is one of the best parts of the episode including a Raiders of the Lost Ark opening sequence. Along with a pretty good original villain in the mold of a character like Scarecrow, the episode is also notable for Terry’s first meeting (out of costume) with Commissioner Barbara Gordon (Stockard Channing).

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Batman & the Outsiders #8

by Alan Rapp on December 30, 2019

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Batman & the Outsiders #8 comic reviewDespite a late betrayal by one of their own, the Outsiders successfully return to Gotham City with Sofia Ramos in Batman & the Outsiders #8. Opening with the betrayal of Kaliber, the latest issue of the series confirms the death of Alfred has been what has kept Batman from being in the field with the Outsiders over the comic’s first arc.

It also offers a look at the Batcave through new eyes as Sofia takes another step into the world of heroes and villains while providing a pair of nice moments between Sofia and Katana, and between Signal and Cassandra who offer each other support after the turmoil of recent events.

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Event Leviathan #6

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2019

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Event Leviathan #6 comic reviewThe six-issue mini-series concludes with confirmation that former Manhunter Mark Shaw is the man responsible for stealing Leviathan away from Talia al Ghul and putting it to work to take down the DC Universe’s various spy agencies. Batgirl also arrives in time to reveal Leviathan’s endgame: leverage and expose various secrets around the world to gain control and gain power (and do what Manhunters were designed to do and bring order).

While far from a flashy choice, Shaw works as the man behind the mask that even revealed leaves him something of a mystery (Superman doesn’t even recognize him). With Shaw and Leviathan still at large as the mini-series comes to an end, this offers a chance for further explore both the leader and the organization over the coming months in potentially several different DC titles.

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Event Leviathan #5

by Alan Rapp on October 15, 2019

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Event Leviathan #5 comic reviewThe penultimate issue of the six-issue mini-series begins delivering some answers about Leviathan, although the identity of the person behind the mask is still yet to be revealed. Picking up from issue #4’s cliffhanger, Lois Lane gets some unhappy news from the secondary group of detectives who have a theory about what is happening. Event Leviathan #5 will likely be remembered for the death of a major Superman supporting character over the years in Sam Lane (who is revealed to be working with, or at least sympathetic to the cause of, Leviathan).

The rest of the issue continues the bickering between the heroes and Superman‘s interaction with the Leviathan leader inside a trap Spyral originally created to deal with an out-of-control Superboy (should the need ever arise).

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