While I wasn’t actively buying comic books during the DC Comics revamp and relaunch of its entire line, known collectively as “The New 52,” I was aware it was happening. Jim Lee’s redesign of all the major DC superheroes was big news and got some press coverage. Superman’s uniform was altered to more resemble the […]Read more "Batman: Vol. 3: Death of the Family (The New 52!), by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion — a comic book review"
“The rest” are Jonathan Glapion, James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Andy Clarke, Rafael Albuquerque and Jason Fabok in this case. Too many names to include in my title, although I want to give credit where it’s due. The material in this TPB dates back to 2012 and includes Batman #8-12 and Batman Annual #1. […]Read more "Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52!), by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo & the rest — a comic book review"
Okay, you had me at Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Justice League: Volume 1: Origin collects Justice League 1-6, originally published in 2011-2012 as part of The New 52 relaunch of DC Comics following the conclusion of the “Flashpoint” crossover storyline. Since then, beginning in 2016, DC has gone through a Rebirth, which I believe […]Read more "Justice League: Volume 1: Origin, by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams — a comic book review (the new 52!)"
I knew who Greg Rucka was before I purchased this novel. And, not for his work in superhero comics. No, Rucka was the author of a series of novels about a bodyguard named Atticus Kodiak. I read a couple of these about twenty years ago, and, as I recall, I liked them. Batman: No Man’s […]Read more "Batman: No Man’s Land, by Greg Rucka — a comic book novelization review"
I almost didn’t watch Pennyworth. You want reasons? Well . . . I knew it was developed by Bruno Heller, the British gentleman who also created the show Gotham for FOX. It’s not fair to let that sentence stand alone like that. It makes it sound like I didn’t like Gotham, which is not wholly […]Read more "Pennyworth: Season 1 — a review"
After Flashpoint, DC Comics reset its own timeline in a 2011 event known as The New 52. Batman’s continuity was reestablished in this new universe with the publication of the second volume of the title Batman, beginning in November 2011. Batman Volume 1: The Court of Owls collects issues 1-7 of this new Batman comic, […]Read more "Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) — a comic book review"
The right thing to write, I guess, is that this was a landmark series that forever changed DC Comics. Not to be a contrarian, but this limited-series of seven issues didn’t exactly rock my world. Was it good? Mos’ definitely. Was it great? Not by a long shot. That’s my review in a nutshell. Shall […]Read more "Infinite Crisis, by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Perez, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, and Andy Lanning—a comic book review"
This is a review of the novelization of the “Knightfall” storyline that spanned an entire year of Batman comics during 1993-1994. Actually, three separate storylines: “Knightfall”, “Knightquest”, and “KnightsEnd”. The novel itself was first published in 1994, some twenty-five years ago as I write this review. So . . . not exactly a timely review. […]Read more "Batman: Knightfall, by Dennis O’Neil — a book review"
Way back in March 2018, I announced that I was going to stop watching Gotham after Season 4. It was one of the series on my DVR that I put off watching each week. My lack of enthusiasm to watch the show was a sign. And my decision to stop watching was final. Until the […]Read more "Gotham: Season 5 — a review and postmortem"
I went about this, as they say, all bass-ackwards. I watched the 2011 DC Universe Animated Original Movie version of this first. This was the one in which Ben Mackenzie, who would go on to play Jim Gordon in the television series Gotham (now wrapping up its final season), provided the voice of Bruce […]Read more "Batman: Year One, by Frank Miller & David Mazzucchelli — a comic book review"