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Book Review: Batman/TMNT, Volume 1

Batman/TMNT Vol. 1Batman/TMNT Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Batman/TMNT finds the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles having crossed over to Batman's universe and at risk of losing their powers forever as the mutagen that gives them their powers may lose its potency in our Universe. Meanwile, Batman finds himself investigating the Foot Clan and the Turtles.

Overall, a cynic could point out to how much of this is expected. Our heroes meet, fight, and then realize their both good guys and join forces. However, the success of Batman/TMNT is all in the style . Not only is the way the Turtles make contact with Batman surprising, but the Dark Knight develops a very interesting relationship with the Turtles.

The characters are joyous to read. The characters have problems, but angst isn't the driving force of the story. There's a great sense of fun and imagination on every page. The art is gorgeous and manages to capture the epicness of the two Universes. In short, Batman/TMNT is so joyous and fun, it reminds long-time fans how comics can be so awesome.

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Published on December 26, 2016 23:09 Tags: batman, crossover, tmnt

Book Review: Batman: Night of the Monster Men

Batman: Night of the Monster Men (Rebirth)Batman: Night of the Monster Men by Steve Orlando

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a crossover between Batman, Detective Comics, and Nightwing as the heroes of all three books unite to face off against an invasion of monsters in Gotham during a natural disaster. The story is okay, with a lot of good action, but it doesn't really do a whole lot to stand out. If it does anything, it does allow some reflection by characters involved in Detective Comics about what happened to Tim Drake.

The story has some sequences that go on too long such as Cacssandra Cain and Stephanie Brown with the cave of confused and angry citizens. But on a more positive note, the story does feature a classic Batman villain with a crazy plan but doesn't go too far with it.

Overall, this crossover is okay, but eminently skippable.

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Published on April 10, 2017 05:03 Tags: batman, crossover, nightwing

Book Review: Avengers Epic Collection: Operation Galactic Storm

Avengers Epic Collection: Operation Galactic Storm (Avengers: Galactic Storm)Avengers Epic Collection: Operation Galactic Storm by Bob Harras

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's a 19-part cross-over saga told across seven different magazines with an epilogue chapter thrown in. This isn't the type of book I'd usually go for, but this was actually pretty good as the Avengers try to stop the Kree and Shiar from destroying the Earth in the course of their war.

This works because the book manages a delicate balance. Each issue needs to feel like a chapter in the ongoing saga while also feeling like they really are a part of their own book, and it succeeds. The story moves and their action, adventure, personal issues, and of course, the West Coast Avengers worrying about being seen as good as the regular Avengers. (Though actually that's mainly Hawkeye.)

I'll be honest that I'm not a big fan of the ending chapter, but I don't think it's the worst thing ever, and I did enjoy the journey the book took. Overall, it's a pretty good read, particularly the Captain America and Quesar chapters.

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Published on April 12, 2019 22:58 Tags: avengers, crossover, galactic-storm

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