It's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster MenIt's interesting to see how much Batman: Year One has influenced the narrative style and canon of Batman in years to come. Batman and the Monster Men is no exception and continues to use the detective-style multiple narrative we saw in Batman: Year One; we even some flashbacks and references to the piece. It's a nice tie in and works well, especially if you read Batman: The Long Halloween after this mini-series (and its sequel Batman and the Mad Monk). I enjoyed this little comic, especially since it just strayed on the side of the supernatural elements in Gotham. The romance was, also, strangely compelling, which is always a plus for me. ...more
***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supe***Disclaimer: I actually worked with the author while reading this (though not anymore), but knowing him or having him exert his authority as my supervisor doesn't not affect my opinion or rating. I sadly was not bribed either.***
I've been putting off this review for, well, a while. Mostly because I didn't quite know what to write since so much of me was mixed on this novel. Blackbeard's Freedom was a fun novel in a lot of ways; fun moments, good character interaction, and a few gripping scenes. There was that piraty adventure quality to it basically that makes you want to break down and buy all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies even though 3/4 of them are godawful. But they're fun, they have pirates, they have crazy inexplicable adventures (view spoiler)[like that one time the boat was on this giant rock thing and I don't know what kind of physics was going on, but I call all the shenanigans Jeremy, all of them. (hide spoiler)] So while there were moments of historical inaccuracy (view spoiler)[Acadians do not belong in the Caribbean! Do not make me get out my history notes! (hide spoiler)], crazy physics moments, and a romance plot that I was nooot a fan of (view spoiler)[Sorry, but even before the giant princessy plot twist at the end, that ship had sunk for me (hide spoiler)], Blackbeard's Freedom was an enjoyable read.
And while there were parts I didn't care for (which I've mentioned briefly above), and I found the writing difficult at times (I'm always a stickler on this), I really enjoyed the spirit of adventure and friendship through this novel. After all it has more than a few intense relationship between the pirates that a fanfiction fandom could definitely sink their teeth in :D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
While not as great or gripping as Batman: The Long Halloween, Loeb's sequel is still a strong title within the Batman canon. It continues to delve intWhile not as great or gripping as Batman: The Long Halloween, Loeb's sequel is still a strong title within the Batman canon. It continues to delve into themes of hope, legacy, and the future of Gotham city, while still being true to its crime lord roots. A definite read for Batman fans and for those who've read Batman: The Long Halloween. Just don't read it too long after!...more