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News Talk Florida Interview: Tim Seeley Gives More Details On ‘Grayson’

GRAyson #1 2014 BatmanLast week in USA Today, DC Comics announced a new series ‘Grayson’ coming out of the aftermath of ‘Forever Evil.’

‘Grayson’ finds Nightwing, Dick Grayson embarking on a new life as an undercover agent. DC Comics has put together an interesting creative team with writers Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, Witchblade, Batman: Eternal) and Tom King, former CIA operation officer in the Counterterrorism Center, with art by Mikel Janin.

Grayson’s secret identity was exposed in Nightwing #29 and as a result DC Comics has taken the character in a bold new direction.

News Talk Florida was able to get more details on ‘Grayson’ from the series writer Tim Seeley.

NTF – What about writing ‘Grayson’ are you most excited about?
Seeley – “It’s what I’m excited AND terrified about…the fact that Dick Grayson has such a long and storied history in superhero comics. He’s a household name. And, he’s one of the best characters ever created in superhero comics…the first real sidekick with an identity all his own!”

NTF – Is there anything that scares you about taking the character (Dick Grayson) in this new direction?
Seeley – “Yeah. Most everything. Because, by definition it relies on the personality and character of Dick over a costume. It’s up to me, Tom, Mikel and the rest of the team to convince readers that the man is more important than the suit and the genre.”

NTF – You talked about creating Grayson’s “Joker or Lex Luthor” – Is this an established character or someone new? What emotion would encompass this new nemesis?
Seeley – “It’s a new character. We realized he had to be someone who defined an aspect of Dick Grayson…a perfect foil in the way that Joker is the Chaos to Batman’s order. He has to be the mistrust to Dick’s faith.”

NTF – In the USA Today article there is mention of ‘Breaking Bad and ‘The Americans’ – Will ‘Grayson’ be a darker character/book than before and if so how?
Seeley – “I don’t think it’s darker, per se…at least not in the way people tend to think of darker. There’s not more gore or murder or whatever. In that way it’s almost lighter actually. But, I think it’s a bit more darker in its thematic issues, and its treatment of authority and trust.”

The finale issue of Nightwing comes out on May 28th and GRAYSON #1 hits your local comic book store on July 2nd.

Fanboys Remain Calm: Affleck as Batman is a good idea

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This is a bit of a first for me I typically do reviews and interviews but I wanted to take a moment to touch on the overtly negative reaction to the news that Batman/Bruce Wayne will be played by Ben Affleck in the sequel to Man of Steel. While I have been enjoying all of the Batman quotes in a Bostonian accent and general Batffllec Twitter rants I have to admit that I’m actually ok with the news of Affleck as Batman. My issue isn’t  with anyone having a negative opinion, but more so the blind hate and negativity for an actor that’s had a more successful than not movie career. I think this is also a very smart move on WB’s part. Why not have Affleck be Batman? I’m sure there were more than a few conversations happening about him being the one to direct Justice League and or the next Batman movie anyways. This now establishes him and allows him hypothetically to start creating his new take on the world and character himself. I know its Zach Snyder directing the film but it would be crazy not to think that he wouldn’t go to an Oscar winning director for advice and opinions on the movie. This gives him someone  in Affleck whose opinion I’m sure he respects an opportunity to help build momentum into the next Batman or Justice League film and is a great idea.

There are going to be people out there that point to him being Daredevil and how awful that movie was. Daredevil wasn’t a bad movie because of Ben Affleck as Daredevil , it was a bad movie because it wasn’t a well written or directed movie to begin with. It was largely changed by Fox and the love story shoved into the movie slowed the pace down and created an unrealistic soap opera aspect to the film. It’s not a mistake that I’m sure Ben Affleck would be willing to make as an actor again. Id rather point people in the direction of Hollywood land or the Town to see that Affleck has more than enough talent to handle a character with dual personalities.

Finally both Michael Keaton and Heath Ledger had just as strong a backlash when it was announced that they were going to be cast as Batman and Joker respectively in their respective movies and I think its safe to say that turned out pretty well. At the very least I think everyone should reserve judgement until they see footage or watch the film. Creating nerd rage and petitions for the sake of effecting the franchise in a negative way doesn’t mean you care more for the characters or subject matter. Besides in the long run we all know who’s the best Batman / Bruce Wayne to have ever played the character.

 

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Batman and Robin- Remembering Damian Wayne

Earlier last week in Batman Inc. #8 Grant Morrison decided to end the life of Damian Wayne aka Robin in a heroic and violent fashion. Ive seen a lot of reviews stating that Damian going out like this makes sense and is the only way that Damian’s story could end.  Aside from Morrison having an established pattern of killing characters he himself creates it just left me feeling sad. I thought maybe it was just the brutal way Damian was murdered in the issue, or like all comics when a character dies its suppose to have meaning and in this way yes Morrison succeeds. However I finally realized its Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s run on Batman and Robin that is responsible for the sadness.

Batman visiting familiar territory
Batman visiting familiar territory
Since the new 52 relaunched  I have been extremely impressed with the amount of depth Peter Tomasi has given Damian. Starting off with Damian taking another life and  crossing that line because he wanted to protect his father was a nice beginning. Tomasi has continued from there on showing just why Damian was such a special member of the Bat Family. in later issues PEter Tomasi has Damian disobey his father to jump into an angry and crazed mob. As the reader you think oh Damian is just being rebellious but at the end of the issue you see that Damian put himself in danger to bring back Bruce’s mothers Pearl Necklace. I’ve wrote before that Tomasi is able to show the Father and Son relationship in his book so well that you believe in the progression of their story and the acceptance and love they have for one another.
Gleason’s art has been just as important to this series. Every facial expression every interaction displayed in perfect detail. Gleason’s pencils have just continued to get stronger and stronger with each issue. When this series ends I have to put it up there with one of the best written and drawn series Ive ever written. From creating new villains each issue to doing an amazing job at making me absolutely terrified with his take on the newly redesigned Joker Gleason’s amazes me with his art each issue. I look forward to picking up whatever project he starts next.
Which brings me back to the last issue they just released with Batman and Robin #18. Which I believe is the best comic I’ve read this year. There is no dialogue , only Tomasi scripting a heart breaking story of Bruce and Alfred coping with the loss of Damian. Gleason’s art again pairing perfectly in each panel as Batman tries to get his mind off of the loss of Damian only to have his memory remind him of his son every step of the way.  Which finally ends with a heart-felt letter Damian leaves for his father explaining why he disobeyed his orders in the first place and tried to save him which leads to his death. It’s a perfectly scripted moment showing how much Damian is in fact like his father. Which brings me back to the fact that yes Damian was Grant Morrison’s creation but in my opinion he felt more like Tomasi’s character in the end. I think the saddest thing about Damian’s death is that Tomasi and Gleason aren’t able to continue creating stories that involve Damian anymore. The first image of Damian I showed was not the way I want to remember the character, thanks to Tomasi and Gleason this is the way Ill always remember Damian Wayne.
Like Father like Son R.I.P Damian Wayne
Like Father like Son R.I.P Damian Wayne

Looking forward to seeing where the Bat Family goes from here..

Mike DeVivo

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Tales From the Water Cooler #103

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Tales From the Water Cooler: New Years Special

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Batman and Robin #15 Bird on a Wire

Batman and Robin #15

Writer: Peter Tomasi

Art: Patrick Gleason

Batman and Robin has its inevitable tie-in to Snyder’s own  ” Death of the Family” arc taking place in Batman begin with issue 15. I have to admit I’m weary of tie ins but I was more than shocked at not only how good this issue is right off the bat (no pun intended) but how effortlessly this becomes one of the best single issues of any Batman book I’ve read this year.

Damian is left at the Bat Cave with Titus to keep him safe as the rest of the Bat Family is out hunting down the Joker. Damian being his usual rebellious self decides he shouldn’t waste his time just sitting around and decides to examine Alfred’s crime scene. A lead left for Robin leads him straight to Gotham Zoo and into a well designed trap by Joker. What follows next is page after page of amazing dialogue between Damian and Joker.

Tomasi’s Joker fits right in along the way Snyder has written with a good mix of Batman the Animated series to boot. He also shows that he pays attention to detail tying the events of Batman #13 nicely into this issue. I could talk about all the awful and twisted things the Joker say’s to Damian as he is at his mercy  but the only thing I will say the Joker gives the phrase “Turn that frown upside down” a very literal meaning.

I also appreciate seeing Damian fight and scrape and claw to get out of the situation he’s in. I’ve grew to like the idea of Damian as Batman during Morrison’s run but I’ve absolutely fell in love with Damian as Robin under Tomasi’s guidance of the character. Damian acts like a child first and the son of a genius Superhero second. It grounds him as a character and has you worried that something terrible could happen to him at any moment.

Patrick Gleason knocks this issue out of the park. His Joker is ugly and Morbid in all the right ways and there isn’t a single panel that he doesn’t make use of Joker’s new / old face. From doing a point of view shot outside of the flesh mask he wears to having him constantly pull and stretch his face around I couldnt take my eyes off of how amazing his art was. The same effort and precision went into the layout of each page as well. Starting the issue off with harsh reds and heavy shadow one moment and harshly lit backgrounds the next the wash each character in shadow this book is nothing short of beautiful.

I’ve really liked Batman and Robin as apart of the relaunch in the New DC. If you would have told me this week that a tie in issue of Batman and Robin would have pleased me more than Batman itself I would have thought that a crazy idea but Gleason and Tomasi knock this out of the park. Even though everything is not alright in the Bat-family with the return of the Joker we have the honor to enjoy the hell out of two books this week with the title Batman in them. Go out and buy this issue and thank me later.

Overall Score: 9.5/10

Mike DeVivo

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Tales From the Water Cooler #92

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Batman#13 A Clown walks into a Police Station….

Batman #13

Story By: Scott Snyder Backup Story By: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV

Art By: Greg Capullo & Jock

Its been a year since The Joker has been in any of the Bat Books and Scott Snyder has decided to bring him back in issue 13 of Batman. Following His past Court Of Owls story Arc is no easy task. Death of the Family’s opening issue manages to set the tone and expectation for this book through the roof. This version of The Joker is menacing , frightening and out right horrific.  Snyder manages to go very deep into Joker as a character thanks to his amazing dialogue and writing skills.

The story moves very fast. The feeling I got while reading issue 13 can only be compared to how I feel when I watch Breaking Bad. The tension is constant and builds until the end of the issue. You will feel emotionally invested by the end as Batman, Commissioner Gordan and the rest of the Bat Families fears become yours.

Greg Capullos art continues to amaze me. He’s still playing with  his style and I love his version of Batman now. Everything from his jaw line down to the subtle high lights on his cowl are fluid and perfectly rendered. Capullo has mastered building tension through his panels as well. Often times focusing on some thing iconic without giving everything away. His redesign of the Joker is disturbing and I hope it sticks.

The back up story this issue focuses on Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship. It does a good job of making Harley a sympathetic character now and its interesting to see what her role will be as the story plays out. I don’t want to give parts of the story away because I want you to enjoy the book the same way I did. There is a specific moment with Gordon and Joker that made me sick to read.

Batman #13 is an amazing start to The Death in the Family arc. The pacing is perfect and Snyder does a great job throwing you right into the madness without showing his cards yet. Comics are supposed to be engaging and fun and I can’t think of  a better DC book to buy this week. If you haven’t been reading Batman now is the time to start.

Review Score 9.5/10

On a side note the cover is one of coolest things I’ve come across in a while. See Below

Batman #13’s cover doubles as a very creepy Mask

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 trailer

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The trailer to “The Dark Knight Returns Part 1” has hit the internet. The film stars Peter Weller as voice of a 55-year old Batman, Ariel Winter as voice of the female Robin and Jay Oliva directs. It looks like there is no Superman or Joker in part one. “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1” hits Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD and download on September 25, 2012 from Warner Home Video. Part 2 will be released in 2013.

Amazing Spider-Man #700 Predictions, Speculation, and Crackpot Theories

With the 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man coming up this December, it’s only right that I, the Comic Vault’s resident diehard Spider-Man fan, weigh in on what may or may not happen in this momentous issue.  There are a lot of crazy theories floating around right now, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

Current scribe (and the best writer on the book since Roger Stern or David Michelinie in my opinion) Dan Slott stated via cell phone at Comic Con a few weeks ago that this is going to be the biggest thing he’s ever done in comics, which is saying a lot coming from the guy who penned the phenomenal Amazing Spider-Man #600 just three years ago.  It’s even been said that what he’s doing in #700 will be so controversial among fans that he’ll have to go into hiding after the issue hits stands, or that this might possibly be his final arc on the book. (Damn you, “Marvel NOW!”)

With the ’90s Clone Saga and J. Michael Straczynski’s “Sins Past” and “One More Day” story arcs, Spider-Man fans have a high threshold for controversy.  At this point, what could possibly be more controversial at this point than Peter Parker’s clone Ben Reilly being revealed as the real Peter Parker and taking his place, Norman Osborn knocking up Gwen Stacy prior to her death, or Peter and Mary Jane trading their marriage to Mephisto (the “devil”) in exchange for Aunt May’s life?

Really, Marvel?  What were you thinking?  That “o” face in the bottom left corner is the stuff of nightmares. And Gwen… You desecrated poor, sweet Gwen!

Maybe resurrecting Gwen Stacy could top the scenarios above, but Slott has already said he (thankfully) has no interest in doing that, as Gwen is much more meaningful dead.

Over at the CBR boards, members have been posting a plethora of crackpot theories regarding what will happen in the issue.  Some have taken a statement that Slott made at Comic Con regarding the future not looking good for Madame Web as a hint that the new Madame Web, Julia Carpenter, will be kicking the bucket soon.  Personally, I think they’re reading a bit much into this and Slott was just being Slott.  Madame Web is a clairvoyant and only has visions when something terrible is about to happen–of course the future doesn’t look good for her.

“The future…always…looks…TERRIBLE…to MEEEEEEEEEE!!!”

Regardless, below is a list of my favorite theories from that thread:

  • Black Cat shows up with a baby.
  • Norman Osborn is Peter’s father.
  • Peter pulls the plug on Doctor Octopus and then goes crazy.
  • Peter gets flung back in time, is stuck, and in a nod to his clone brother, names himself Ben Parker.  He then meets a lovely girl named May Reilly.
  • Peter gives up being Spider-Man to be with Mary Jane or Peter ends up getting killed, with either scenario leading to new sidekick Alpha taking his place.
  • Peter moves to Japan and gets a giant robot.
  • Peter goes crazy and becomes the new Green Goblin.
  • Kaine is the real Peter Parker.
  • Batman subcontracts Peter to become his new gadget man in Batman, Inc. as part of a cross-promotional deal between Marvel and DC.
  • J. Jonah Jameson is actually a 1940s reporter covering the war in Europe.  He is wounded by a grenade blast, which kills his soldier body guard Steve Rogers.  For two months, Jameson has been in a coma, and it’s revealed that the whole Marvel Universe is taking place in his mind.
  • Black Widow becomes Spider-Man’s new crime-fighting partner and Spider-Man has a clone baby from an alternate reality with Mystique.

That’s a lot of outlandishness to digest, huh?  As promised in the first paragraph, though, I also have my own predictions as to what might happen in #700.

The cover for Amazing Spider-Man #700 is a preexisting collage by a French artist named Pascal Garcin.  You could say that this makes the presence of certain characters on the cover arbitrary, but I like to think that Marvel chose to use this cover for that issue for specific reasons.  If you look closely near the bottom, to the left of the center, there’s a Carnage hidden among all of the Spider-Mans.

Hey, look…It’s a schooner!

This leads me to believe that Carnage has some involvement in this issue, perhaps killing a beloved character like Mary Jane Watson.  Despite wreaking havoc in Spider-Man’s world in two mini-series over the last two years and continuing to do so in an upcoming Venom/Scarlet Spider crossover, it’s been years since Carnage has committed mass murder in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.  This site’s owner, Matt Sardo, even claimed to me in an e-mail that during Comic Con’s Spider-Man panel, “[The panelists] were asked what character they wanted to work with or draw. [Humberto Ramos] mentioned Carnage and then said, ‘Oh, wait.  I’ve drawn Carnage,’ and then he got dirty looks.”  What better time for Carnage to show up and do something chaotic than the book’s 700th issue, 24 years after the character’s “father,” Venom, debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #300?

Speaking of Venom, the border of the eyes on that collage is composed of the character.  I’m going to go ahead and also predict that if Peter doesn’t find out by then that Flash is the guy wearing the Venom symbiote by #700, he’ll probably find out there.

If I’m wrong about Carnage, then the next likely scenario is that the Roderick Kingsley Hobgoblin, rumored to return in the upcoming “Danger Zone” arc, shows up and kills someone.  Either way, I think someone is dying in #700.  Mary Jane is a likely choice, though I’d rather not see that happen.  Sardo wants Aunt May to die, and I have yet to figure out what he has against sweet, little old ladies.  Her husband, J. Jonah Jameson, Sr. may be a more likely candidate for the grave, or possibly other characters that have grown on fans in recent years–like NYPD forensic detective/most recent Peter Parker ex Carlie Cooper or Daily Bugle reporter Norah Winters.

Or maybe in their infinite wisdom, Marvel, seeing that it worked so well in Ultimate Spider-Man, actually do decide to kill off mainstream (Earth-616 for you nerds out there) Peter and replace him with his new sidekick Alpha, at which point they’ll lose me as a reader.  Just because something worked in one universe doesn’t mean it should be spread to the others.

But seriously… Keep any sweet, elderly women you hold dear away from this man.

6-page preview: Grim Leaper #3 – Holy tongue-tied Batman!

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Image Comics Monday released a six-page preview of Grim Leaper #3 written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Aluisio Santos. Death and love knock on your local comic book store’s door on July 25th, 2012.

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Life’s no picnic. Still, Ella and Lou find some quiet time for romance. Too bad death proves to be a frequent third wheel. Don’t miss the issue that changes the game for our star crossed lovers forever.

Review: Batman Earth One – Average at best

Issue: Batman: Earth One
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 7/4/2012

From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE! In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE’S transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT

Story: 7/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 8/10
“Batman: Earth One” is a new take on an old tale. No, not really. It feels more like a reboot in the New 52 than a game changer of the “Earth One” universe. J. Michael Straczynski raised the bar with “Superman: Earth One.” In turn I hold DC Comics to a higher standard with the “Earth One” universe. I hope you do to.

Geoff Johns is a game changing writer, just look at the rainbow over in the Green Lantern titles. The Penguin as the mayor of Gotham City is not a game changing move, did Johns forget that Lex Luthor was president once. What “Batman: Earth One” was, is a very good Batman story with minor tweets to his origin. Bruce’s parents still get shot and die, and Bruce becomes Batman to fight the corrupt Gotham politicians. This sound like every other day for Batman, doesn’t it?

What John’s does will is develop supporting characters in the story. Alfred is a badass! Who doesn’t want to see Alfred running around with a shotgun? Also, John’s develops the characters just enough to where you want to see more of them by the end of the book. Harvey Bullock, James and Barbara Gordon are setup beautifully in this book. Johns even puts a twist on the Dents.

Gary Frank’s artwork is fluid in his storytelling and spectacular in his splash pages. Frank slows down the reader with his detail so that the reader can enjoy every panel. Frank draws action on level that only few have reached.

The problem with this book is that it’s not bold enough to be called an “Earth One” book. Johns needed to be bolder with Batman’s origin. You could have changed the meaning of the “no gun” rule or not killed his parents. That would have been bold or you could have killed them in a different way or killed someone else. If you killed Jim Gordon, that would have been bold.

The question that every person in a comic book shop should ask, is do I want to pay $22.99 for an average Batman story with great artwork? The answer is no, wait a month and buy a used copy for $10.

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Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes


Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes also known as Lego Batman 2 is a 2012 Lego action-adventure video game developed by Traveller’s Tales, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game is a sequel to Lego Batman: The Videogame. A large variety of playable DC characters within the Batman continuity and outside it will be playable characters. Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will feature dialogue, the first in the TT Games’ Lego series to do so.

When the Joker interrupts the “Man of the Year” award ceremony in Gotham City to rampage across the city, Bruce Wayne, a candidate, steps into the shadows to change into the Caped Crusader, Batman. Joker calls upon various villains to assist him, such as Harley Quinn, Riddler, Penguin, and Two-Face. However, Batman teams up with the members of the Justice League in order to stop the Joker before it is too late.

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Tales From the Water Cooler #69

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Listen in as this week as the guys talk about some more DC canceled titles, Albany Comic Con and Kankakee Fantasy Con. The check out there thoughts on Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 (Digital), Steamcraft #1 and Prophecy #1.

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Batman #10 This Issue Changes Everything

Batman #10

Story By: Scott Snyder

Art By: Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion

Wow…there are very few comics out now that have been on a stronger roll than Batman. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo manage to increase the level of intensity this issue while also shedding light on their entire run on Batman thus far.

Batman is now the aggressor this issue after getting a tip from Lincoln March on who is responsible for the Court Of Owls. Snyder writes this issue pretty straight forward at first but as always starts to peel back the layers of the story and his most solid issue since Batman was trapped in the Owl’s maze in issue 5.

There are a few twists this issue. With the biggest reveal coming towards the end of this issue changing not only Batman’s but Bruce’s life forever. I don’t want to spoil the story for you but its safe to say that their will be people who love and hate this plot twist. In my opinion I think it’s a ballsy move by Snyder and shows that he’s willing to play with every corner of Bruce’s life. Hell if it makes things harder for Bruce and Batman as a whole why not?

I’m also completely in love with Greg Capullo’s art. He draws batman this issue full of rage and anger. You get the feeling he’s ready for this whole ordeal to be over but that he’s enjoying playing the role of Batman for the first time in a long while. Whether it’s a well placed bit of sarcasm towards Ms. Powers  as he smashes an owl mask against steel bars or increasing anger that builds as he chases the mystery person behind The Court you feel his anger on each page grow.

5 o'clock shadow Batman finally gets his revenge on the court

Jonathan Glapion’s inks also have to be brought to light. He’s just as important to this book. I recommend anyone wanting to see how much he actually contributes to each page to look his name up and you tube and watch one of his time elapsed ink jobs he’s done so far.

The backup story written by James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder this issue serves to drive Snyder’s story home even further while also showing us the fate of Jarvis Pennyworth. It also shows us a side of Martha Wayne I’ve never seen. Long story short I think Bruce may have more of his mother in him than I was ever aware of. It’s all drawn hauntingly and beautiful by Rafael Albuquuerque. The painted style is a nice choice and goes along way to making the time period feel believable.This story is just as worth the price of admission as Snyder’s Court of Owls and both creators should have a long career at DC afterwards.

With the way this issue ends I cant wait to read the conclusion to what may be the best Story in comics this year. I know it sounds like I’m gushing over this book and I am. There is something to be said about a book when you’re at issue 11 and you want to immediately start reading issue one again to appreciate all the smaller nuances to the story you may have missed. This is a rare comic created by people who truly love their source material and are fearless to place their own stamp on Batman . Buy it , Read it , you’ll enjoy every page of this book.

Review Score : 10/10

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Tales from the Water Cooler #68

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Listen in as this week as the guys waste more time covering some WWISD’s. The check out there thoughts on Batman Annual #1, A pick that can not be named, and Grim Leaper #1.

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Batman Dark Knight #9 One tie in to Avoid

Batman Dark Knight #9

Story By: Judd Winnick

Art By: David Finch

This was the first issue of the Dark Knight I decided to pick up. There were two reasons for this . First David Finch wasn’t writing this issue, those duties were given to Judd Winnick. Also Red Robin was on the cover and I was interested to see what Winnick could do with Tim Drake as a character. Sadly neither one of these two things came to reality.

The issue focuses on another Talon by the name of Alton. This is the same Talon who was assigned to murder Lincoln March. Batman stopped the Talon with March’s help. It’ and odd choice to focus on a Talon who had little impact on the overall story in the first place.

David Finch’s art this issue is more of what you would expect from him as an artist. Fights scenes look great and are drawn with great precision and detail. However I’ve never liked the way he draws facial features and this issue doesn’t do much to change my opinion. I feel like he gives his characters only one expression and find it very hard to discern what age anybody is on the page because they all look like their in the 30’s, even Tim Drake and Damian Wayne look like their in their dirty thirties.

Throughout this issue I was waiting to see if there was going to be a tie in with this character to the Drake family and Red Robin, hell I was waiting to see Red Robin appear in the book . After all Red Robin is on the cover right? Well we finally get to see Red Robin in the book ….for ONE PAGE! He doesn’t say anything he just meets up with Batman , Robin and Nightwing and is directed by Batman to find the Talon who got away. This is one of the biggest issues I have with comics lately. If you have Red Robin on the cover of your book and show him for one page the entire issue you’ve let your core fan base down with false advertising. In the end I took a chance on this book this once and I wont be returning. Stay away from this book and this series.

Review Score: 4/10

Mike DeVivo

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Dark Knight Rises TV Spot featuring Catwoman

Warner Bros. released two Dark Knight Rising TV spots Thursday afternoon with one featuring a closer look at the Catwoman character played by Anne Hathaway. The second TV spot is more of already seen footage with a few added frames of Bane played by Tom Hardy. The Dark Knight Rises will hit theaters and IMAX on July 20th, 2012.

From IMDB:
Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.

Marvel’s 30-seconds on ABC’s The View = Gay Batman & Robin – Really?!

Whoopi Goldberg made the announcement about Norhstar’s proposal to Kyle from Marvel Comics Astonishing X-Men #50 on the View Tuesday morning. Here is the 30-second video and bad Batman and Robin humor by Joy Behar. On one hand Goldberg is defending gay marriage and comic books and then Behar makes a cheap gay Batman & Robin joke. You feel that you’re making ground and then you realize how far you still need to go.

Batman #9 Batman defends Wayne Manor Against a Talon Invasion

Batman #9

Story By: Scott Snyder

Art By: Greg Capullo and Rafael Albuquerque

Scott Snyder keeps the pace fast and furious as Batman defends the Batcave from The Court of Owl’s and their Talons. The issue reads very quick due to most of the pages in the main story taking place inside the Batcave. Snyder continues to build on the history of Wayne Manor and The Wayne family during the fight. What starts out as an all out brawl ends up being a gripping fight between Batman and the Talons.

It’s nice to see again that Snyder uses his narration in the beginning of the issue to expand on the action and story as Batman fights for his life. The new suit design by Capullo and the fight choreography are both amazing to look at. This fight is intense and Snyder takes advantage of Batman’s new look by showing off the vicious weapons Batman has in the suit. In fact Snyder chooses to take Batman into a darker and more aggressive mindset as he unleashes his anger and frustration on his enemies throughout the issue.

Greg Capullo’s art in this issue is very strong and I really enjoy the smaller details he works into each issue. Viewing each panel is exciting and Capullo is just as responsible for the sense of danger on the page as Snyder. There was one scene towards the end of the issue that left me a little confused but as always Capullo’s art continues to be just as high a selling point as Snyder’s writing. Snyder does manage to introduce one new piece of information at the end of the story that has me looking forward to next issue.I’m not sure whether it was intentional or not but I love the fact that Batman’s armored suit is reminiscent of the suit Batman wore during the old Batman vs Predator Series.

Batman unleashes a few new toys on a group of Talons

What’s more impressive to me is that the backup story is just as thrilling if not more important to the main story itself. The story centers around Alfred’s father Jarvis Pennyworth. Jarvis writes a letter to his son warning him of the Curse put on Wayne Manor and his fear that Alfred may one day have to deal with that fear. It becomes yet another wrinkle Snyder and his writing partner James Tynion IV manage to place into an already thrilling story. I also have to mention that Rafael Albuquerque’s art is perfect for this story. He uses a painterly style that lends itself very nicely to the early days o f the Wayne Family. The story closes on a very big cliff hanger that promises to have huge effects on both the Wayne and Pennyworth Family down the road.

I continue to be amazed that Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo manage to deliver such High Quality work issue after issue. I highly recommend this issue and commend Snyder for putting an extra back up story in each issue that improves on the story and is strong enough to warrant its own arc.

Review Score : 8.5/10

Mike DeVivo

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