COMIC READ-A-THON: The Dark Knight: Knight Terrors

by David Finch, Paul Jenkins, Richard Friend

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, the Dark Knight continues his crusade as defender of Gotham City, taking on his greatest foes during a breakout at Arkham Asylum. But when his enemies gain powers and abilities far beyond their normal capacities, the Caped Crusader’s crusade may finally be at an end!

This is #5 in my read-a-thon. It took longer than I would have liked…probably because I was really bored. Batman thinks way too much in this one. I like inner monologues as much as the next guy but I really like for them to have a point, not just rattling on about fear.

There was a big cast of badies, which I liked, and the art was sweet but I was over this really quickly but I pushed through and read it anyway. I won’t be continuing this series.

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REVIEW: The Fury of Firestorm, the Nuclear Men, Vol. 1: God Particle by Ethan Van Sciver, Gail Simone, Yildiray Cinar

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics – The New 52 event of September 2011, two high school students worlds apart, Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond, are drawn into a conspiracy of super-science that bonds them forever in a way they can’t explain or control. As the two boys become caught in the crosshairs of an international special forces team with orders to capture or kill them, Ronnie and Jason seek to discover the secrets behind what has happened to them. What they find will shed light on the secret history of Firestorm!This major new vision of nuclear terror is brought to you by writers Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone with astonishing art by Yildiray Cinar! Do not miss this disturbing look into the future of super powers in the DC Universe!

I’m going to be straight with my opinion. No pussy-footing around. I didn’t like this. I thought it was angst driven and boring. I didn’t like either of the main characters because they were both asses in their own way. Jason was a smart ass. He could have been likable except that he thought he was better than everyone else. Ronnie was just a boring jock. They tried to make him a little more likeable when they pointed out that he didn’t bully the geeky kids because he knew that they would someday be running the world.

I did, however, like the art. I thought it all looked great and I really liked their character designs. But the pretty pictures couldn’t make up for the struggling story.

I will not be continuing this one.

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REVIEW: Animal Man, Vol. 1: The Hunt by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman

One of the breakout hits from DC Comics – The New 52! In these tales from issues #1-6 of the new series, Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? As these new abilities continue to terrify Buddy and his wife Ellen, things take a turn for the worse as Buddy and Maxine begin a journey into the heart of The Red. Don’t miss the amazing series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist)!

Okay. I knew it was going to be weird before I started it. I mean, take a second and look at that cover and tell me you don’t think it’s weird. It is. The cover is. The story is. The art is. It’s just freaking weird. Was it weird good? No. I’m the minority in this one because on goodreads it has an average of 4.03 stars. So know that lots of people do like it. I’m just not one of them.

I thought it was pretty gross with a disturbing plot line. I have a whole bunch of questions since I read the first volume. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I’m not going to ever find out because I’m not reading any more of these.

I’m trying to read all the volume ones of the new 52 so I’m exposed to more than just Batman…but this kind of made me want to just stick with the normal super heroes.

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REVIEW: Batman Incorporated Vol 1 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette

Grant Morrison continues his earth-shattering run on the Batman titles with this exciting new series illustrated by hot artist Yanick Paquette that features the next stage of evolution of the Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne publicly announces that he is the financial backer of Batman and establishes a worldwide franchise of Batmen that will protect the entire globe. This is the beginning of a stunning direction for the world’s greatest detective that will team him with Catwoman, Batwoman and Batman Inc representatives on international crime fighting missions against Lord Death Man in Japan, South America and Argentina.

Geh. This was my least favorite Batman so far. It was terribly confusing and a good chunk of the time boring. Half way through I actually posted on facebook and asked the other fans of comics if I should bother finishing it.

This is my second Grant Morrison Batman and I don’t know if I’ll read anymore by him or not but if you read my review for Batman Arkham Asylum you’ll know I have mixed feelings about the dude. I think sometimes people get popular just for pushing limits rather than doing things really well. (See Chuck Palaniuk who used to be awesome but just keeps trying to freak everyone one out with every new book he comes out with). But this is just my opinion. There are so many people out there who like Grant Morrison (and Chuck Palaniuk) and I can even appreciate what he did with Batman Arkham Asylum but I just think he needs to stick with the outrageous and this story was only part outrageous.

Just as a side note: I was told my my friend at Capeless Crusader that I would have been less confused if I had read Grant Morrison’s other Batman series first. This is probably true. But I’m not going to go back and sift through that stuff. Maybe later if I hear or read somewhere that it’s really important to the Batman legend.

There is one thing that I want to mention before I stop this that I thought was very cool…I loved seeing all the different Batmans that were created. I thought it was great. I just wish they were in a story I could have followed.

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