And that's where The Batman finds its footing -- the in-betweens. If you're looking for bombast or a narrative that hits you on the head with direct narrative, you'll be remiss to see the important ideas falling through the cracks. The more I think about it, the more I appreciate it.
With the world in turmoil after Superman's death, fear has risen to new heights. Who will protect Earth from the incoming alien forces being called by the powerful Mother Boxes?
On a technical level, the film's animation is stellar. The pacing is swift, the action is thick, and the lines are incredibly funny. I read a headline the other day that LEGO Batman has the best plot of any Batman movie ever, and I'm inclined to agree.
Gotham and Gotham Girl have Batman's respect, but do they have the chops to take over when he's gone? Batman #2 drums up an incoming threat that will likely test everyone's resolve, but we don't really know exactly what's coming and to the detriment of the story. Right now, all we know is that something... Continue Reading →
It's a little weird reviewing another Batman #1. Five years ago, the New 52 exploded onto shelves, and Batman #1 became a runaway bestseller partly because it was the first time the Batman title had a #1 since the first volume launched way back in 1940. Every issue of the second volume then went on... Continue Reading →
After Barry Allen tried to prevent his mother's death, he created an alternate future on the verge of destroying itself. At Thomas Wayne's behest, Flash went back in time to stop himself, and a new version of the universe was created out of the old that merged the distinct and separate DC, Vertigo, and Wildstorm... Continue Reading →
How does that song go? "Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." That's from Semisonic's Closing Time -- a song about leaving comfort zones and returning to stark realities. When Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo formally announced their departure on the Batman series -- a partnership and run with an endgame in mind... Continue Reading →
The message was on repeat. Rebirth is not a reboot. Over and over, DC staff sounded like a broken record repeating the words in case you didn't hear or didn't want to believe: Rebirth is not a reboot. It's not. It never was or was intended to be. Even in his release night appearance on... Continue Reading →
Batman and Superman go toe to toe in an epic match-up that Marvel wished they had the property rights to. Superman -- the all-American superhero who stands for truth, justice, and the American way. The adopted son from Krypton, raised in Kansas, working under the alias of Clark Kent for the fourth estate. So noble.... Continue Reading →
Jim Gordon jumps out of the fire and into the frying pan, so to speak, as he tries to capture Mr. Bloom. In Batman #44, Gordon was about to be cooked alive, trapped in an industrial furnace firing at 1,000-degrees. Relying on his ability to throw a batarang, Jim makes it out, slightly toasted and... Continue Reading →