Review: Batman, Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrations)

Batman, Vol. 6: Graveyard ShiftBatman, Vol. 6: Graveyard Shift by Scott Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

I would have preferred a long story arc, but dreams don’t always come true. This is a bunch of leftover stories from random times and places.
Yeah, I know Suck it up, Buttercup!
I will say that they were all consistently good, even if the timelines were all over the map.

It starts off with a prequel to Zero Year that was maybe not necessary, but interesting anyway. It showed Bruce trying to clean up the city before he put on the mask.

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Also included was a look at Tim, Jason, Dick, & Barbara’s first peek at the Batsymbol in the sky, which coincided with (varying degrees of) turning points in their lives.

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Harper (Bluebird) and her brother Cullen feature in this one twice. The first time Harper is determined to help Batman deal with his rage after Damien’s death.

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I’m not sure how much I’m actually enjoying this Death of Damien storyline. It rankles my nerves a bit, and I wish they’d just dip his ass in a Lazarus pit already and be done with it. It’s a personal preference, but I just don’t like watching the writers try to decide how Batman should act while in the throes of grief over his dead child.
There was this story on the news the other day about this woman who lost everything because she started smoking crack. Turns out, her kid had died a few years beforehand. Now, I don’t think smoking crack is a good idea under any circumstances, but she gets a pass in my book. If there was ever one excuse to be a crackhead, that’s the one.
My point is, I just don’t enjoy the dead kid angle. I believe the writers are trying to convey Bruce’s deep emotions, but (to me) it feels hollow and cheap.
And the longer it drags out, the more annoyed I get.

Love this piece of art, though.
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In the issue called Ghost Lights, Superman pops in to check on Bruce, and they end up taking on an evil spirit who has been summoned by some stupid kids.

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I enjoyed the Superman/Batman team-up. Always nice to see those two together!

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Clayface shows up in this sucker and makes quite an impression. Snyder played up how dangerous a villain he could be if he totally went off the rails.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

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The story set in Arkham with the character
Anchoress
was a bit of an iffy one for me. It was different enough to keep me interested, though.
It’s basically a tale about a not-bad-but-bad-anyway nutter in the loony bin.

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Creepy serial killer tale ahead! Unless it somehow plays into the Joker mythos, this one is a throwaway. Again, not bad storytelling, but I’m burned out on the subject matter. I simply prefer Batman to take on ‘villains’ and not real-life psychos.
*shrugs*

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The last one is a tie-in with the Batman Eternal stuff.
Spoiler below!

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Get it?! Spoiler?
{insert knee-slapping here}
Hyuck, hyuck!

*cough*
Yes, so…anyway. It’s a random collection of stories, but it’s a solid random collection of stories. I think this volume is a nice addition to Snyder’s Batman run.

Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a digital copy to read and review.

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Review: Grayson, Vol. 1: Agents of Spyral by Tim Seeley , Mikel Janin (Illustrations)

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You might think you know Nightwing…you don’t know Dick.
*slow clap*
So, yeah, that’s a pretty cute tagline for DC’s new Grayson title.

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So, you know how…ok wait. If you don’t know what happened to Dick in Forever Evil, then this might be a spoiler for you. Everyone else, feel free to keep reading.
*taps foot…waits*
So, you know how Nightwing gets captured, unmasked publicly, and then is killedish?

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Well, Batman and Grayson have a big pointless fight scene in Nightwing: Setting Son, and Batman orders asks Dick to stay dead and infiltrate an organization that he wants to keep an eye on.

Love takes many forms…
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Alrighty. This is all about Grayson’s adventure in becoming a double agent. And it’s all very Bondesque. The lies, the gadgets, and, of course…the ladies.
They even manage to throw in a few more Dick jokes.

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So was this faboo?
Yes and no.
I loved the lighter tone of this one. The humor, and the lack of a gritty/grim feel to everything was so refreshing. I mean, just unbelievably refreshing.
Thank you, DC! More of this, please!
But the actual plot is a bit confusing.
WhatTheFuck is Spyral?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Kathy Kane started this group to keep an eye on superheroes. But beyond that teeny little explanation, I have no idea what these guys are about. Are they good? Are they evil? Are they something else? What?!
From what happened in the opening sequence, I assumed they were straight-up bad guys bent on world domination, but by the end of this, I thought maybe some of them thought they were the Good Guys. And then I changed my mind. And then I changed it back. The whole thing left me confused.
And maybe that was the point, but I didn’t like it.
*stomps foot*

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However, the good outweighed the bad. For me, at least.
I’m on board with this one, and hoping that they work out the kinks in the next volume, because I can see Grayson turning into something that could be one of my favorites.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me a digital copy to review.

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