Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War

Superman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of WarSuperman/Wonder Woman, Vol. 3: Casualties of War by Peter J. Tomasi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

I think the art totally ruined the story for me.

Did Wonder Woman get hit in the face with a shovel?

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Stop it, Edward. You already have a girlfriend.

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Ok whatever. I just didn’t care for the way the faces of these characters were drawn. Maybe it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen, but it was really annoying (for me) to look at the speech bubbles dribbling out of these mouths.
Do you understand what I’m saying?

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The actual story was fine. It shows how the Power Couple first met, and then flashes forward to them in the present. They’re still trying to understand each other and make their relationship work, all while juggling their other responsibilities.

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There’s a new/old villain who’s been re-imagined for the purposes of this volume, plus one of Wonder Woman’s longtime Greek nemesis pops up to cause problems.

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Since this is a Superman/Wonder Woman story, it’s less about the bad guy, and more about the impact it has on them as a couple. They’ve gotta trust each other to not only do the right thing, but also to be able to take care of themselves. And with both of them being such powerhouses, and both of them used to being the one to rush in and save the day, it’s definitely interesting to explore that side to their relationship.
Plus, it’s just cool to see them beat the shit out of each other.
Magical Mind Control, FTW!

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Awww. Aren’t they the cutest?
I have to admit, I’m not as blown away with this title as I was in the beginning. I’d say it’s still decent, but unless they switch up the artist, I’m outta here.
*barf*

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I received a digital copy from NetGalley & the publisher.

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Review: Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1 by Peter J. Tomasi

Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1 by Peter J. Tomasi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

 

 

Ugh. I just feel drained after reading this.┬áIt’s not the worst thing ever, and parts of it are almost passable. Also, considering it’s a video game spin-off? Ehhhh. It definitely could have been even lamer than it was. But not by much.
Still, it was a snooze-fest.

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Here are a few examples of some of the GREAT lines…

Batman: I’ll sleep when I’m dead, Alfred.
Joker: There are no cheat codes and no extra life. It’s game over.
Killer Croc: I’ll find Batman and feast on his bones! But first…dinner!

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Not to mention the GREAT cameo appearances…

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, and (newcomer!) Tweedle Die. *cough*
The Abramovici Twins! sigh
And Kid Shark! The fuck?! Kid Shark Seriously?!

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Ok, I don’t play these games (or any games), but I understand the basic plot. And I’m pretty sure, after watching my kids get all shrivelly and allergic to the sun over the years, that I understand how these games work.
Batman + Villains + Arkham = Hours with a Controller
From what I gather, these are pretty fun if you’re a gamer. At the very least, it looks incredibly cool.

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Why DC feels the need to put out these dorky companion comics is just beyond my comprehension. If someone (who has never read a comic) wants to get into Batman because they’ve played the game, then this is the last title you want them to dive into.

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Right now, Batman titles are rocking DC’s world. There is quite literally no need for this shit.
No offense to Tomasi. I’m sure he did the best he could. Not really.

Skip!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy.

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Review: Detective Comics, Vol. 5: Gothtopia by John Layman, Jason Fabok (Illustrations)

Detective Comics, Vol. 5: GothtopiaDetective Comics, Vol. 5: Gothtopia by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars

Not all of the stories were stellar, but overall I liked Gothtopia.
Gordon gets his turn to tell his Zero Year story, and it’s one of the better issues in this thing. If you don’t feel like reading the whole volume, I’d still say check that one issue out. Very nicely done!

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The Man-Bat story is utterly forgettable. Kurt Langstrom has gone off the rails this time around to chase down his crazy ex-wife…Bat-Queen
*bangs head on desk*

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Moving on…
The Gothopia storyline finally gave me the answers to all of the questions I had about Batgirl’s alter ego Bluebell. I know I wasn’t the only one curious to find out why Babs was wearing white and living in Mayberry!

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For that alone I was excited to read those issues. Both Batgirl & Birds of Prey had crossovers with this…mysterious event, but you never really found out what exactly was going on.
Well, the bulk of the story happens here, people! And it’s not just Barbara Gordon who’s living an entirely different life…

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