Diving and thinking this was another origin story, this time revolving around one of the few female villains in the Batman Universe, Poison Ivy. I iniDiving and thinking this was another origin story, this time revolving around one of the few female villains in the Batman Universe, Poison Ivy. I initially saw this as a disappointment.
I do not have an in depth knowledge of who Poison Ivy is as a whole - except maybe for a few cloudy scenes from the 1997 film, Batman & Robin, I watched when I was a child where she was killed and reborn anew to be known as Poison Ivy.
In this comic however, it just showed a small glimpse of who Ivy was before she joined the dark side. Foolishly thinking this was an origin story, I tried best I could to understand the writers perspective; That yes she volunteered for the experiment, so there was no point in elaborating what happened inside the lab. But THAT was the very thing I was clamouring for. The banal reason I was reading this graphic novel in the first place. I wanted more details on what Dr. Woodrue did to her or what truly happened in that lab and not just a brief summary of her past.
But even given that predicament, I found myself enjoying the issue. It was a light, easy and fast paced read where there was a decent amount of action where it would change from Ivy's Point Of View to Batman which was a nice change from the usual Batman and Captain Gordon that we are all too familiar with. Aside from a change in perspective, the one thing that slapped me into realization is that Batman was still just a regular man. A man who posses great intellect and athletic abilities, at the end of the day is bound by the same weaknesses we, the non-metahumans encounter in our natural lives - pheromones and toxins - which Poison Ivy can easily manipulate and use against Bruce and Batman.
This is why this is my favorite scene, it showed me his frailty as a person and not a hero that we all know him to be:
Another thing that sets this set of panels from the rest was how Bruce was wonderfully drawn in this page (except for the last one). A shower scene mixed with a hint of innuendo and Alfred's disdain for his masters train of thought was hilariously sexy all at the same time.
Overall, although this wasn't the story I originally planned on reading, Poison Ivy's first appearance was brief but beautiful....more
In my pursuit of reading the Batman timeline from scratch, I didn't read the part with Green Lantern. I felt it was set too far from the beginning arcIn my pursuit of reading the Batman timeline from scratch, I didn't read the part with Green Lantern. I felt it was set too far from the beginning arc and will save that for a later date.
In regards to the first half of this lovely novel, I really did quite enjoy it. Although I felt a bit in the dark at first seeing I read no prior comics in relations to "the red hood" which a quick search on Google did no good to try to get my hands on how the Batman defeated him. With that sorted out of the way, I really did enjoy this graphic novel.
Even without prior knowledge of who "The Joker" is, one can easily see that he is an insane lunatic who will do whatever it takes to get his revenge on the people who made him who he is. One part that completely eluded me (I've always been a fan of Batman but never got around of watching the films and cartoons whilst growing up) was how crafty the joker was with his grand schemes. The way he planned and played the Batman, who we all know is a master sleuth and Captain Gordon in his first appearance has to be looked up on and should be applauded aside from the killing, maiming and chaos he ensued to the innocent people of Gotham.
Aside from the storyline, I also liked the art style of this comic. Everything was detailed and simple at the same time. It was drawn to my liking which I am most particular with.
All in all, Jokers first appearance in the Batman universe was enjoyable for me. It was beautifully drawn and the storyline can just hook you from the start....more
Deadpool Corps is about how the Deadpool Corps first got banded. Deadpool starts recruiting different versions of himself from the Multiverse - whichDeadpool Corps is about how the Deadpool Corps first got banded. Deadpool starts recruiting different versions of himself from the Multiverse - which is a concept in the Marvel universe as in real life, to put it simply, it is a theory that there are multiple variations of you who lives in another universe- in an attempt to save the world.
To be completely honest, this is one of my least favorite Deadpool comics. Although I liked the first four comics where it shows the different lives of the "alternate Deadpools" and how Deadpool, convinces them that the world is in grave danger. The fifth and final comic was a train wreck. The art and style of how it was presented was a topsy turvie of 3D images (where I don't know if this was the infant stage of 3D art in 2010) but it was so poorly drawn that as I read I grew more annoyed on why did they have to change the style.
All in all, I give this 2.5 stars. Although I liked the storyline, I wasn't completely blown away either especially the final chapter....more