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Catwoman #3 Review

Violence, revenge and Batman. Catwoman continues to chart the darker side of Gotham life.

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Batwing #3 Review

  • November 7, 2011 4:57 pm
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Batwing fights to save the life of Thunder Fall!

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Catwoman #2 Review

  • October 20, 2011 9:08 am
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Don’t let the picture fool you, it isn’t just a fan-fiction hook up that sells this title

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Batwing #2 Review

  • October 6, 2011 7:12 am
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Batwing fights Massacre as he tries to unravel the mystery behind the former hero.

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Catwoman #1 Review

  • September 22, 2011 7:56 am
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Sex, violence and scantly clad girls! Catwoman joins the DC relaunch, but is it all a bit too much….

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Batwing #1 Review

  • September 13, 2011 8:42 am
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The newest Agent of the Bat soars into his solo title.

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Batman and Robin #23 Review

If Judd Winick is writing a Jason Todd story it’s an automatic purchase for me. Although he can’t be credited with the creation of Jason Todd (Gerry Conway and Don Newton in 1983) he gets most the credit for the character’s reassurance, or “rebirth,” into the DCU. And for good reason, Winick seems to have the magic touch with Jason Todd, the two make one heck of a team up.

That being said, this issue did not do it for me.

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UPDATE: On The Whole Who’s Damian’s Real Father Drama

At the beginning of the year I challenged the idea of Damian actually being the son of Bruce with my Top 5 Candidates To Be Damian’s Father article; it was all too suspicious. Bruce has never really come out and said they were father and son, we still don’t know the results of a blood test he did and there’s that secret computer chip that Dick found that’s bound to have some dirty laundry on it.

Well, the plot thickens.

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Batman: Under The Red Hood Review

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The latest DCU Original Animated Movie, Batman: Under The Red Hood was released on July 27, and was based on the Judd Winick storyline Under The Hood, which serves as a sequel to the controversial 1980′s story Batman: A Death In The Family. In A Death In The Family, the second Robin, Jason Todd and Batman embark on a mission to find Jason’s long lost mother, which eventually leads to his demise at the hands of The Joker.

 

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Cover of the Week: June 2, 2010

  • June 1, 2010 11:18 pm
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Every Wednesday I pick my favorite cover from all the comic books that came out during the week…today’s pick goes to Alex Ross’s Torch #8.

Gotta love that Alex Ross.

If anything, he truly separates his art from the rest of the genre. Not only do his covers always seem to stick out but this one in particular made me appreciative both to the gorgeousness of the action happening in the frame but the bold moves that you don’t see in a lot of other covers. For starters, there are no faces. Granted The Torch is one of the oldest characters within Marvel’s history and given his state-of-being he doesn’t really have a face but their is a distinct lack of any facial features from anyone on the cover, an attribute lacking in the previous covers from this series and in most covers in general. Also take note of the distinct “crucifix” position of the middle character, who is surrounded by burning Natzi flags, and the heavy presence of the color yellow, which in the publishing industry is considered to be a bit taboo, the thought is that yellow covers sell the fewest compared to other colored covers. I’ve also always thought that elements of nature that require a heavy amount of detail and lighting such as lightning, flowing water, or in this case fire, can be extremely difficult to recreate and sometimes make or break the piece of art; however, Alex Ross makes this fire real. I can almost feel the heat coming from the cover.

All of these “flags” stick out to me after some closer examination but kudos to Alex Ross for making a gorgeous enough cover to make those issues a non-factor, in fact those issues are the catalyst to what makes this a gorgeous cover. All of Alex Ross’s work is worth the look but I encourage you check out his most recent work for the Torch series, CLICK HERE. Also, because I could just keep looking at his work all day, here are just a few of my favorite Alex Ross covers (click title to see cover):

Earth X #10, Marvels #3, JSA #74, Battle Of The Planets #3

Other Honorable Mentions (click title to see cover):

Moving Pictures, Heralds #1, The Great Ten #8, The Mice Templar: Destiny #9

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Justice League: Generation Lost #1 Review

  • May 12, 2010 8:48 pm
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Justice League: Generation Lost #1

Welcome to our first review of the new series “Justice League: Generation Lost”, part of DC’s current Brightest Day company wide storyline. This series follows Booster Gold, Ice, Fire and Captain Atom as they search for newly-resurrected Maxwell Lord. The beginning of the issue features a worldwide manhunt that forces Booster Gold to play the detective role and find Lord, resulting in Lord performing his mind control on the entire world, except the four previously mentioned heroes, and erasing their memories of him. Personally, I really liked this issue and I’m highly anticipating the next one. Anyway, I guess I’ll start reviewing now!

This series is being written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. As you most likely know, this series is basically a sequel to the Justice League International series from the ’80s, which was also written by Giffen, so he obviously knows the characters and has a good grasp on how they should be handled.  Giffen and Winick teaming up may not seem that big at first, but the proof is on the paper. These two know how to write comics and the story they are crafting here is going to be an amazing tale of what it’s like to chase an incredibly dangerous person while no one believes you. I really hope we get to see more JLI members like Guy Gardner, Martian Manhunter and Black Canary. The only thing I don’t like about the issue is that the Batman showed looks and talks a lot like Bruce Wayne, and I’m pretty sure Bruce hasn’t returned yet in-continuity.

Pencils on this issue are done by Aaron Lopresti, Inks are done by Matt Ryan, and Hi-Fi takes the coloring. I think Lopresti was placed on the series because his work is similar to Kevin Maguire’s, who drew the JLI series, and it was a good idea to do the series in that fashion. Lopresti’s lines are uniform and detailed, but still convey the emotion and meanings behind it. Matt Ryan’s inks are beautiful, all the shading looks natural and all the art comes together brilliantly. I won’t lie, I am a huge fan of Hi-Fi, I think the books they color each week stand out even when they’re just sitting on the rack. All the colors are clear and distinct yet fluid and smooth. I have absolutely no complaints about the art in this book.

Overall, the pencils are detailed and meaningful, the writing is down to earth and informative and the only thing I don’t like is the Bruce-looking-Batman and the exclusion of quite a few JLI members. I understand they can’t use all of them but they should use more than 4. Anyway, here’s my rating:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Great JLI sequel type series, writers work great together, brilliant art team. My only complaint is the Bruce Wayne-looking-Batman and lack of other JLI members
Rating
70%

Anyway, come back next week and each week after that for the latest reviews from us here at ACB. Make sure to check out our Brightest Day Coverage as well as The Return of Bruce Wayne and The Flash reviews.

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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Batman: Under The Red Hood Trailer Has Arrived

  • April 20, 2010 12:32 pm
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Batman: Under The Red Hood Trailer

Under the Hood was a great story and my hats off to the people in DC’s animated department for sticking to the source material (or at least appearing to; course, they can go ahead and tweak with that whole Superman punch thing). If it plays out like the comic this has the potential to be one of the best original animated movies. Some geeked-out thoughts…

…looked to be scenes taken directly out of the comic (surprise attack on gang meeting and shooting into Black Mask’s office). Nice

…no Black Mask

…Saw Ra’s and Amazo for a split second

…possible flashback scene from Death and the Family

…I want Kevin Conroy

Can’t wait.

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