Batman Eternal #4

Batman Eternal #4

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Dustin Nguyen 

Cover by: Jason Fabok 

Released: April 30, 2014 

A weekly book can be pretty tough. We’ve seen DC try it twice in the past with some mixed results. However, one month into BATMAN ETERNAL, this book feels like it has a good direction and is way more than just another Batman book. If anything, this book should be called “Gotham Eternal” because it covers so much more than what Batman is up to.

The main focus of this story is Barbara dealing with her father’s incarceration after the events of issue #1. The opening courtroom scene is a hard one to read for any James Gordon fan as there seems to be no justice for the character because there’s no real proof that the train crash wasn’t his fault.

Barbara does what any person would do when someone you love and care about is falsely accused of something, beats the heck out of some low level thugs. Well, maybe only vigilantes do that. The reader can easily become empathetic with the character through her struggles here. It’s a very satisfying opening to the book. With that being said I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue. 


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Batman Eternal #3

Batman Eternam #3

Written by: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV

Art by: Jason Fabok 

Cover by: Jason Fabok 

Released: April 23, 2014 

This series is kicking off in a good start. In this issue we see batman trying to figure out who set all this up and made it look like Gordon shot an unarmed man. Batman knows it’s all related to Falcon. Yes he’s back after 5 years of hiding he’s back and he wants to take the city back. We also see the mayor appoint him as the commissioner and that can be a bad thing for batman. 

This issue was really good we see a preview of the war that’s going to be raging for Batman. This issue was suspenseful and intense. The artwork was really good. I like the dark tone they give batman which is rely cool, with all that being said I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue.

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Batman eternal #2

Batman Eternal #2

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Jay Fabok 

Cover by: Jay Fabok 

Released: April 16, 2015 

The framework of this issue revolves entirely around Jim Gordon and Batman’s attempts to learn the truth about the accident. In that, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV’s delivery of this issue is quite solid. Throughout this issue, we are introduced to fourteen supporting characters, two villains, and a very surprising character that will have fans talking. These characters are an interesting mix of Gotham citizens, bat-allies, and more.

While we are all too briefly introduced to these characters, it’s clearly a promise that many of these characters will be a priority for this series. It was certainly a fun rush to see all of these characters on display, but it might have been better to hold off on revealing some of them in order to focus more on one or two. This is a weekly series after all, so we really wouldn’t have had to wait that long for other characters to get their spotlight. In all this issue was solid. I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #2

convergence #2

Written by: Jeff King, Scott Lobdell

Art by: Carlo Pagulayan 

Cover by: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis 

Released: April 15, 2015

To bar fair, Convergence #2 does improve on the previous two issues somewhat. The series isn’t quite so burdened by the compulsive need to recap previous events and set the stage for Telos’ forced war of 40 cities. There is a fair amount of rehashing in the early pages as writer Jeff King flashes back to the climax of Earth 2: World’s End and how that world’s Dick Grayson factors into this conflict. It’s redundant to an extent, but it at least paints Dick in a better and more capable light. He seems positioned as the central protagonist of Convergence. If nothing else, King establishes his tragic past and what separates him from the traditional Dick Grayson.

It’s also nice to see the plot actually move forward. The battle between the Earth 2 heroes and Telos is dull, doing little but taking up page space as the characters punch and wrestle with an opponent who clearly can’t be harmed by such conventional means. But after that point, the characters split up and the script focuses on the odd couple team-up between Batman (an aging, grizzled, drug-addicted bruiser) and Dick Grayson (a widower, a pacifist and a journalist) as they venture into one of Telos’ captive cities. The script takes on a more epic tone as the carnage of the war begins erupting around them.

In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #1

convergence #1

Written by: Jeff King 

Art by: Carlo Pagulayan 

Cover by: Joe Prado 

Released: April 8, 2015 

On that note, this issue starts out well enough for those readers interested in learning what befell the Earth 2 heroes and how they factor into the Convergence conflict. Their inclusion helps make this story feel more relevant than it might otherwise. Convergence is inherently divorced from DC’s ongoing storylines, and without this bridge to their usual publishing catalog it could become too isolated and insular for its own good. After reading these early pages it becomes clear that the relationship between Earth 2 Batman and his planet’s very different Dick Grayson will be a focal point of the mini-series. It’s a solid foundation to build from.

Also intriguing is the brief glimpse of the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe. This issue is the first to explore what transpires after the video game, as Injustice’s Gotham City becomes one of 40 realms dragged into Telos’ grand design. As a fan of the Injustice prequel comic, I’m eager to see where this plot element is leading and whether DC is setting the stage for some sort of comic book continuation. It’s certainly doesn’t look as though WB Games is in a hurry to continue the franchise.

This first issue was a little hard to understand what was going on but it was still a good issue. The artwork in the other hand was amazing. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence: Superman #1

Convergence Superman #1

Written by: Dan Jurgens 

Art by: Lee Weeks 

Cover by: Brad Anderson, Lee Weeks 

Released: April 8, 2015

The set up is different cities from different universes have been taken. The citizens have been living under a dome for a year. Those with superpowers have been living without them. Thankfully for Superman, he had Lois Lane by his side. You can imagine the two wouldn’t simply sit around and do nothing, especially when stuck in Gotham City. It’s just another reminder of who these characters are. Of course all this makes sense since it’s Dan Jurgens writing the familiar version.

Things soon start moving towards the main set up, seen in CONVERGENCE #1. As with the other Convergence titles, Superman will find himself up against other versions of his friends and enemies. With the Flashpoint versions showing up, things are going to get a little messy. I’ve only read one Superman Issue besides this one and I can tell you that I like the Pre-New 52 version of Suprman better than the Post-New 52 Superman. In all I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #3

convergence #3

Written by: Jeff King 

Pencils: Stephen Segovia 

Inks: Jason Paz 

Released: April 22, 2015 

We are 4 issues in and things are starting to drag for me.  As we get closer to the finale, the momentum should increase.  We should be presented with fresh material that makes us eager to see the outcome and engages us in the present.  Instead, we are treated to a rehashing similar to what every preceding issue has delivered thus far.  Our heroes are in a waste land, they fight something, they give it their all, they succeed (or think they do), and then journey on to the next challenge.  To be honest, I’m getting tired of seeing meaningless battles in the middle of nowhere.  The fighting that occurred in this issue felt like it was generated just to give us something to look at.

Along with the “pretty-looking” fights, we are given a hero’s sacrifice that ends up feeling completely hollow and utterly avoidable.  One of our heroes decides to stay behind to give the rest of the party time to escape.  It’s the classic: go on without me/I’ll only slow you down/I’ll buy you time to get away.  While I felt that the sentiment was in the right place, it just felt overly cliche.  I also had a problem with the fact that the threat was not significant enough to warrant a loss of one of the heroes.  Flash alone could have easily dealt with the entirety of the threat.  It’s almost as if it was decided that someone had to die because we are halfway through the story and this is when something like this is supposed to happen according to the user’s guide to writing an epic. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue. 

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Batman Eternal #1

Batman eternal #1

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Jay Fabok

Cover by: Jay Fabok 

Released: April 9, 2014

The first issue places its focus on a very important group: the GCPD. Snyder and Tynion begin by introducing us to new character, Detroit cop Jason Bard. Not only is he a new arrival to the Batman mythos, but to the city of Gotham itself. He is introduced as a character who might be a touch innocent, but one who also has experience and recognizes Gotham as a city of cautious beauty. We are also reintroduced to Major Forbes, a Gotham cop who clearly falls in line with some of the more corrupt elements of the GCPD.

The only Batman book that I have read is the Dark Night Returns and I thought that was good so I thought about reading more Batman Comics. For the first issue it was pretty amazing! This issue quickly grabs your attention and hooks you. This issue was just amazing and the artwork is just as good to! In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue! 

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