The thing with crime procedurals and crime genre in most fiction is that you can play on the murder mystery storyline or have the hard hunt on someoneThe thing with crime procedurals and crime genre in most fiction is that you can play on the murder mystery storyline or have the hard hunt on someone you know is guilty. This volume does both, having the Fuzz in Gotham investigate the killings of kids dressed as Robin and a corrupt cop within the force in two separate story arcs. It's very good writing, and while all this is going on Brubaker and Rucka never lose focus on their characters. There is the inclusion of SOME tights, but it's superfluous to what's going on.
Sometimes when you get to the last couple of arcs, they're not as good because it feels like the creators have used up all their good stuff in the first few arcs, but that's not the case with Gotham Central. Each book is as good as the last and they make each case different to keep it interesting for readers.
I'd been hearing for a while how good this series is and I really wish I read it a lot sooner. ...more
Batman 24 is double sized, to make up for the lack of Zero Year issue during DC Comics Villains Month. It's $7, which, even for a comic at 64 pages, iBatman 24 is double sized, to make up for the lack of Zero Year issue during DC Comics Villains Month. It's $7, which, even for a comic at 64 pages, is a lot, but it feels totally worth it. There's a lot of story in this, and the artwork (as usual) looks fantastic.
Bruce's mission as Batman is starting to come together. He has a suit, he's building his cave and he is taking the fight to The Red Hood Gang. There's a great moment early on in this issue were he ties up several members of the Red Hood Gang to a sign in the shape of a Bat. This was a great visual and also seemed like a nice nod to Falcone being tied to a flood light in Batman Begins. This comic is full of great moments like that. I'm not going to mention them all, because it would ruin the surprises.
Bruce learns about The Red Hood Gangs plot to use chemical weapons on Gotham, so goes to A.C.E chemicals to try and stop them. There's a few twists involved in how this plays out. The outcome also leads into what could be the origin of a very popular DC villain, or could just be left as it is. It has the sense of mystery to it, and is a plot line left open that could be returned to or just left as it is.
The art on this Batman run has been great. Capullo never disappoints with his story telling technique or detail in his panels. I also like how the style and colouring is quite bright for a Batman story, and isn't also dark and brooding. There are some great panels were Batman is shown in his silhouetted figure, but just as many were you can see his full costume, including his purple gloves.
Batman has been my favourite title of the New 52 launch, and this is a high contender for my favourite issue of the run. ...more
This has been on my radar to read for a while, pretty much since I first heard about it (which was years ago), and it didn't disappointed. I think a lThis has been on my radar to read for a while, pretty much since I first heard about it (which was years ago), and it didn't disappointed. I think a little more time could have been spent on getting to know the officers, but the third storyline with Renee Montoya made up for that. There's also a lot of scenes that are just people talking, but it never feels boring, because it's character or plot driven dialogue. I also really dig Michael Larks style. From his simplistic takes on Mr Freeze and Two-Face, to how he has his characters act through their facial expressions and body language. ...more
If you're interested in writing, for movies or comics or in general, this is for you. It has an introduction with the Nolan brothers and Goyer, as welIf you're interested in writing, for movies or comics or in general, this is for you. It has an introduction with the Nolan brothers and Goyer, as well as the storyboards for one scene from each of the movies. Admittedly, it would be better if it had the entire storyboards for each film, but then it would be twice as big. It's more of a book to have for reference, then for reading. ...more
So, chances are, you've heard of this book. Like Watchmen, it's a graphic novel that's popular amongst people who don't read comics on a regular, montSo, chances are, you've heard of this book. Like Watchmen, it's a graphic novel that's popular amongst people who don't read comics on a regular, month to month, basis (I think society calls them 'normal', but I digress).
Having just re-read it for the third, possibly fourth time, I think it lives up to the hype it's surrounded by. Now, I'm not big on the idea of giving the Joker a detailed back story. I think he works better when there's ambiguity to his origin, which is one of the things I loved about Nolan's Dark Knight. But, even though we see his origin, Moore still throws the line "If I'm going to have a past, I prefer it to be mulitple choice", which means the flashbacks we're seeing may or may not be what happened.
But, you know, it's comics. So whatever.
What I appreciated most this time round is the art. Bolland has a style that you don't see much in modern day comics. His panels are very detailed, with stuff often going on in the background that you might miss if you read through it too quickly. These were most likely scripted by Moore, but its great attention to detail that you don't get as much these days.
The edition I have (The Deluxe Edition released in 2008, when the Joker appeared in that movie you may have heard of, which I couldn't help but mention in this review) is completely re-coloured by Bolland, which makes it look modern and beautiful.
The art is also why I gave this book 5 stars, and not 4. ...more
The sequel to The Long Halloween. It's very much a sequel in the sense that, basically, its the same story .
Loeb and Sale re-team once again to giveThe sequel to The Long Halloween. It's very much a sequel in the sense that, basically, its the same story .
Loeb and Sale re-team once again to give Batman a new Cluedo murder mystery to solve. Much like The Long Halloween, the who's who of Batman's character catalogue appears, from Mr Freeze to the Calender Man. It doesn't add much to the story, other than the fact that they all team up, which doesn't make much sense. It does allow Sale to draw some pretty splash pages though.
Speaking of the art, I like Tim Sales style, and its the main reason I bothered to read this, but the Jokers jaw is much to big. He does draw a good Harvey Dent though. I like it when its made to look like Dent is made to look like he's missing half of his face, rather than just have burns.
Speaking of Dent, I do like how he's handled in this book. Gordon and Batman both feel regret over what happened to their friend, and still want to save him. But Dent is fully gone. It reminds of Dent from The Dark Knight, which is one of the best characterizations of the character.
Overall , its pretty passable. Its not, like, awful. Its just Loeb doing his usual thing of throwing everything including the kitchen sink in, and letting his artist do about 5 splash pages per issue. It looks good, the story is just kinda boring. ...more