Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) Rise of the Batmen (Rebirth) by James Tynion IV

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“Welcome to boot camp. Keep up if you can.”

— James Tynion IV, Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) Rise of the Batmen

    James Tynion IV did a great job in making this first volume in his Rebirth series worthwhile. While Rise of the Batmen wasn’t the most brilliant and never-before-seen story, it still managed to deliver something that made some sense and shows a creative team that wisely utilizes the quicker release of these shorter Rebirth comic issues. Containing issues #934 to #940, this volume sets things clear regarding its direction. It is far from being focused on just Batman, it is the story of a whole new Batman family while putting the spotlight on a specific character for each volume. I felt like this first volume was essentially more focused on Batwoman by relaying a sort-of origin story for the character. In fact, the story explored her character a lot more and solidified her position in the squad. Having plenty of occasions to shine, her character is set as the new leader to a group of individuals that will trained under her wings in order to face an enemy that they have yet to uncover.
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Batman (Volume 2) I Am Suicide by Tom King (Rebirth)

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“You are happy. You are brave. You can always stop.”

— Tom King, Batman Rebirth (Volume 2) I Am Suicide

    Following the events of I Am Gotham, this volume builds itself around the formation of a Suicide Squad and its task of capturing a certain person of interest that can save Gotham Girl from her predicament. The last two issues also features a special two-part story that embarks in the love-hate, and very complex, relationship between Batman and Catwoman. I solemnly swear that this is a step-up from Tom King’s first volume, but I still feel like the story had issues at several moments, hence dragging my overall enjoyment downhill. Although every official website indicates that issues 9 to 15 are the only ones included in this volume, I thought I might as well throw in the Annual #1 that was released midway throughout this storyarc. I’ll rectify this, if it ends up being wrong, when Annual #1 gets integrated in a future collection (if ever).
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Justice League (Volume 1) Origin by Geoff Johns

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“Too many people believe that. That’s the problem here. The world belongs to no one. And everyone.”

— Geoff Johns, Justice League (Volume 1) Origin

    The birth of the Justice League. Who wouldn’t want to check out one of, if not THE most epic superhero team out there? Who am I kidding, as a DC fanboy, the Justice League will always remain the BEST superhero team ever. Of course, with Batman among the club, that’s a no-brainer. As part of the New 52 reboot by DC Comics, fans are served with a brand new and completely modern take of this superhero team. Written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Jim Lee, these two legends bring together a blockbuster retelling with one of DC’s most powerful villain soon to appear on the big screen. Collecting issues 1 to 6, Justice League (Volume 1) Origin glues together seven of the most powerful heroes on Earth (and from beyond?) and delivers a brilliant introduction to DC’s almighty squad. It kicks things of with the arrival of some new and mysterious creatures lurking around the shadows, preparing something that could potentially leave a nasty scar on the world. As matters get out of hands, a series of events lead our heroes to cross paths and unite to smooth out the chaos.
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Batman (Volume 1) I Am Gotham by Tom King (Rebirth)

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“Everyone gets a chance to be brave.”

— Tom King, Batman (Volume 1): I Am Gotham

    What a poor, poor storyarc to start things off. If you didn’t have time to check out my review of DC Universe: Rebirth #1 where I explain the new beginning for DC Comics after New 52, you should definitely do so now. Batman (Volume 1) – I Am Gotham is the very first storyarc to kickstart the Rebirth run for Batman and includes issues 1 to 6. I can’t stress enough how disappointing this was, especially when you’ve got your hands on one of the biggest superhero series to work with. Of course, plenty of fans would easily love to jump at this opportunity to compare this debut to the Scott Snyder era that has blown more minds than we can count. But even without doing so, I still found plenty of reasons to be sadened and remain in awe at how many steps backwards this took the Batman name. Tom King’s first story arc, I Am Gotham, is a pot of random ideas that simply didn’t stir well.
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DC Universe: Rebirth #1 by Geoff Johns

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“Every second is a gift.”

— Geoff Johns, DC Universe: Rebirth #1

    Hey Lashaan, is this another reboot by DC? No, my friend. This is far from being a reboot. We don’t start from scratch. We aren’t about to re-explore all the origin stories of our beloved superheroes. We will not be looking looking at rehashed stories from the past. Wait. Are we? DC Universe Rebirth is a new step by DC Comics. You can gladly say goodbye to all the New 52 tags that you’ve been seeing for the past couple years. DC even changed their logo to mark their brand new beginning. While some people are probably lost and completely disoriented by all the things that happened during the New 52 era, others just jumped into anything that tickled their curiosity. More often than not, people found the New 52 a real big mess, even if some series had some really amazing runs here and there. Rebirth is probably something that was much needed by the company. I’m all in for a completely new management, new creative teams, new series and new numbering. Continue reading

The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade by Frank Miller

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“It doesn’t matter how fast you are… If your opponent knows what you’re going to do.”

— Frank Miller, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade

    A prequel to a classic masterpiece. Necessary? Definite not. Substantial? Not really. Entertaining? Sure was. This one-shot comic with Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello, John Romita Jr. and Peter Steigerwald does a fine job in creating a short and sweet story for fans of The Dark Knight Returns. The Last Crusade is essentially a past event that comes illustrates events that were only quickly mentioned in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Instead of leaving it to the reader’s imagination, this creative team decided that a prequel story would be a fun idea; and they didn’t think twice about it. After all, wouldn’t it be wrong to drop something that would otherwise bring more attention and money to you by simply slapping the “The Dark Knight” name onto it?

    A huge focus is on the relationship between Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Robin (Jason Todd); and anyone who knows what happens to the boy wonder—based on the story in The Dark Knight Returns—should know by now what exactly The Last Crusade is all about. And, in all honestly, without diving into huge comparisons with past comics, I actually enjoyed this sort-of “retelling” of SPOILER HERE: Hover over text to read. . It didn’t need to dive into crazy details to understand what pushed the relationship between the dynamic duo to this end, and it felt sufficient for readers to understand the ending that is to be expected. By taking away the whole hunt for a mother and the goose chase outside of Gotham, this story felt neatly condensed and interesting. Continue reading

DC Comics Bombshells Vol.1 : Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett

MY RATING: ★★★★

Honestly, I didn’t have much expectations when starting this comic because you know.. it’s DC comics. HAHA JOKE. Don’t hate on me guys! I LOVEE THIS COMIC. I mean I didn’t have much expectations because I had no idea how they are  going to rock these superheroes in the 50’s. BUT THEY DID.

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World War II fought by super women ! YUP. It’s that awesome 🙂 At first, we follow the story of Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Stargirl.They all have different backup stories in different countries but they are all affected by the same war.  It’s an alternate universe where the heroines came first.

One of the main scenes that indicate this element is where Batwoman rescues the Wayne’s family by knocking out the shooter who is supposed to murder Bruce’s parents, making it impossible for him to become Batman.

It’s how this series start and a way to tell people the girls are in charge now! 

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Batman: Knightfall (Part One: Broken Bat) by Doug Moench

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“A community cowers behind locked doors. I have created darkness that chills their very souls. I have made a city injured to its own horrors know fear. Can you feel it? And it has only just begun.”

— Chuck Dixon, Batman: Knightfall (Part 1: Broken Bat)

    If you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises, then know that what you see here is one of the many comics that inspired some of the great scenes that Christopher Nolan translated onto the big screen. As much as this volume is known as an absolute classic in Batman’s universe, it however struggles to survive the test of time. Published in the 90s, written by both Chuck Dixon and Doug Moench, illustrated by Jim Aparo, Jim Balent, Norm Breyfogle and Graham Nolan, Knightfall is only the first part of a trilogy, and essentially the most memorable story arc. The great writers behind this volume introduces readers to Bane and his ultimate plan to take control of Gotham by first getting rid of the one and only Batman. While Bane manipulates the whole orchestra and devises a painful and exhausting trial for Batman, the story essentially leads to the one and only highlight hinted in the title of the volume. Is Bane’s plan truly flawless? Will he be able to take down the Dark Knight? The crusader that no other villain has yet been able to put an end to? Continue reading

We Are Robin (Volume 1) – The Vigilante Business by Lee Bermejo

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“Someone told me that the problem with youth is the inability to accept your own mortality. I wouldn’t consider this one of my problems.”

— Lee Bermejo, We Are Robin (Volume 1) – The Vigilante Business

     Lee Bermejo? You might be wondering who on earth that is, right? He’s the man who wrote, illustrated and inked the famous Batman: Noël. He’s the one who did the artwork for the notable piece, Joker by Brian Azzarello. He’s also the guy behind the art of Before Watchmen: Rorschach. When I first saw posters for this new series, I actually had no clue what it was about or who was writing it. I grabbed the 1st issue out of pure instinct and thought I might as well try it because the cover was pretty darn sexy. And now, after going through the first 6 issues (which constitutes the first volume, The Vigilante Business), I can tell you that I don’t regret the calling. The ideas behind it, the diverse styles of art, and the unique direction it was taking sold me. Continue reading

Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) – Faces of Death by Tony S. Daniel

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“His modus operandi changes with the wind…and it’s been windy in Gotham City.”

— Tony S. Daniel, Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1) – Faces of Death

      The New 52 event hit DC Comics like a whirlwind and brought us brand new series and brand new creative teams working on our favorite superheroes like never before. As some series stand out compared to others, comic fans still find themselves in front of dozens of new worlds to jump into and new ways to entertain themselves with never before seen characters, artwork and stories. If anything, this major comic book event helps new readers plunge into the DC universe with more ease. Who doesn’t like order and cleanliness anyways? Continue reading

Superman/Batman (Volume 1) – Public Enemies by Jeph Loeb

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“In times of war, circumstances dictate action.”

— Jeph Loeb, Superman/Batman (Volume 1) Public Enemies

    The world’s oldest question: Superman or Batman? Now, what if it isn’t always a “or”? The two titans haven’t always been either side of the fence. Although their sense of justice and their means vary grandly thanks to differences in their childhoods, there are various similarities that bring these two together more often than not. Legendary Jeph Loeb brings forth one of the many popular series that stars the “World’s Finest” duo as they tackle the danger that lies within their reach. With Gods roaming Gotham and Metropolis, it is only fair to find non-believers among the crowd. Superman/Batman (Volume 1): Public Enemies reunites the two biggest members of the Justice League in a story of survival. Continue reading

Batman: A Death in the Family by Jim Starlin

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“It’s painfully obvious which path I must choose. The question is: How will I ever be able to live with this decision?”

— Jim Starlin, Batman: A Death in the Family

       Let’s cut to the chase. If the cover of this trade paperback doesn’t single-handedly give away one of the biggest events in Batman’s history, then something’s wrong. Aside from the fact that Batman : A Death in the Family is considered to be one of the most important reads for comic fans and that the death of a Robin is seldom tragic, this volume was a stunning disappointment. I’ll be frank, I jumped into the volume without prior knowledge of the story to expect or even the additional content introducing the new Robin—yes, my friends, there are more than one Robin’s out there. Oh, don’t give me that look. With all those different costumes and physical disparities compared to the original Robin, you’re going to tell me that the kid behind the mask was always the same?  Continue reading

Spawn/Batman by Frank Miller

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“Another night creature glides through Manhattan’s concrete canyons, on a quest of his own. He is a dead man brought to wretched life—a slave of hell who seeks redemption.”

— Frank Miller, Spawn/Batman

       Call me insane, but I’m on a mission here. If there’s one comic book legend that I vow to know inside and out, it’s going to have to be Frank Miller. Although Frank Miller has created some the most iconic comic book stories in the industry, he has also made some of the most atrocious garbage that you could wish to never come across. After all, what else would you call The Dark Knight Strikes Again, if not cow manure? Author of The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, Frank Miller teams up with none other than Todd McFarlane to bring fans a publisher crossover story fancied by any fan: Spawn/Batman. Per usual, Frank Miller doesn’t spare this one-shot comic story Continue reading

Batman Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison

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“Enough madness? Enough? And how do you measure madness?”

— Grant Morrison, Batman Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth

       What rhymes with unoriginal and sells on a bi-weekly basis? Definitely not this graphic novel! Batman Arkham Asylum is not like other graphic novels that hit the market and made a name of themselves. Grant Morrison, another God among writers, wanted to deliver something out of the ordinary. Something that leave a nasty scar in the end. A comic that will push the boundaries of the medium and search its identity within the very art. Batman Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth is a challenge for readers. It goes lengths to push through ideas that are in their core, amazing. Continue reading

Batman Vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles by Robin Wildman

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“If I know him—and I do—I know what his next move will be. What he doesn’t know is what my next move will be.”

— Jeph Loeb, Batman Vs. Superman The Greatest Battles

         And who dares to tackle a task this big? Was their sanity on the verge of extinction when picking up their pencils? Citizens of Gotham, Metropolis and probably every human being on Earth had to ruminate on this idea throughout their whole childhood. Who would want to satisfy our deepest desire and spare us this endless torture on mulling over which of the two Gods would come out as the sole superior in the greatest battle of all time? Luckily for us, brilliant and legendary writers have conceived some of the most captivating tales that touch upon the battle between two of the most iconic superheroes in history. You might be cognizant of the upcoming sequel to the Man of Steel movie. Continue reading

A DC Universe Christmas by Mike Carlin

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“…I know you love me. What I want is for you to show it… By listening to me. Really listening, with all your heart, when we talk. Between the alien invasions and the super-villains and who knows what else… Well, sometimes it’s hard to fight for attention in your world.”

— Mark Waid, A DC Universe Christmas

           Isn’t it a beautiful tradition to have Holidays and celebrate these cold times with your loved ones? I couldn’t be any happier to know that the holidays are at my doorsteps. Other than the fact that it announces freedom from school and work (for some anyways), this time of the year is definitely the most heart-warming and needed one of them all. Showing the people you love most how much you care through dedicated time, shared laughter and expressed gratitude, the Holidays will always somehow manage to put a smile on our faces. Continue reading

Superman Earth One (Volume 1) by J. Michael Straczynski

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“Because truth is, if you do go down that road, you’ll probably lose more than you’d ever stand to gain from it.”

— J. Michael Straczynski, Superman Earth One (Volume 1)

             Seriously. I really believe the Earth One series only truly work if you don’t know much about the superhero in the first place. My knowledge of Superman is really limited to the movies and the animated appearances of the Man of Steel. If you’ve followed Clark Kent through the comic world and know every bit of his story, from Action Comics to All-Star, I’m pretty confident that this volume let you down in many ways. As you might already know, the Earth One series is a trend in DC’s universe where the superheroes all get a reboot treatment. Superman Earth One (Volume 1) is the story of a depressed and conflicted Clark Kent who tries vainly to fit in with humans. As he struggles to find an identity that suits him throughout a great deal of this book, a menace from way back in Superman’s past surges from space to seek and destroy the last Son of Krypton. Continue reading

The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller

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“Freedom of speech is a powerful thing — so long as nobody’s listening.”

— Frank Miller, The Dark Knight Strikes Again

          This is the most epic, mind-boggling, creative, throne-worthy and more-colors-than-an-90s-arcade-game piece of garbage that the comic industry must have ever known; I really hope it can’t get worse than this. Almost two decades after the release of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, the man returns with a brand new storyline—I don’t even think that’s appropriate. You know how a writer has an idea and feels the urge to scribble it away as soon as paper meets hand? Well, Frank Miller didn’t have one. What he has created for our fellow comic readers is a nightmare where anything and everything goes. From News in the Nude to a sadistic Batman who barely even appears in a comic while his name’s on the cover page. “The Great Miller” has stooped very low to release a sequel to what a lot would call a masterpiece. Albeit some very interes- no. Fuggedaboutit (Manhunter’s voice). Nothing interesting in this bowl of baloney! Continue reading

Batman Earth One (Volume 1) by Geoff Johns

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“But I’m beginning to see Gotham has its beauty too.”

— Geoff Johns, Batman Earth One (Volume 1)

         Let’s get something out of the way. Sometimes, you just got to dive into a book without having expectations. Expectations are destructive and prone to send you reeling down deception and disappointment. It is true that one out a thousand times, expectations has you jittering, at the edge of your seat and ready to jump out of the comfort of your bed and sky-rocket through the concrete ceiling. This isn’t due to the fact that the author conveyed a story that met your expectations. It’s because they managed to surpass what you wished would happen and have you explode in happiness to the big surprise the book has gave you. Do you see what I see? The secret to a splendid read? It’s in having none to little expectations. Now friends from far lands on the world, be very wary about your level of expectations. It’s for your own good. Continue reading

Batman Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb

“I made a promise to my parents that I would rid the city of the evil that took their lives. That remains unchanged. Only now… I am no longer alone.”

– Batman, Dark Victory

Another big piece of Batman history by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. But this time, we get to welcome with big open arms to the best – this might be debatable, but not with me – Boy Wonder. As if the cover art doesn’t already show you who we’re talking about here, Dark Victory introduces Mr. Dick Grayson into the Batman universe. This trade paperback collects all 14 issues published back in 1999 and 2000 and follows the events of The Long Halloween. The story focuses on a killer that prowls the city of Gotham and brings Death to Gotham City police officers. Behind every corpse, a hangman riddle is left revealing a hint – impossible to decipher as a reader, might I add. The killer goes by the name of the Hangman and seeks to fulfill a purpose that no one can pinpoint, except one fellow. Characters such Harvey Dent, Catwoman, the Joker, the Falcone family members and plenty more make more appearances in Dark Victory, only to make Batman and Gordon’s life a lot harder.

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