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Preview: Batman #82

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Preview Direct From DC Comics
Take a look at Mikel Janín and Jordie Bellaire’s preview pages from Batman #82! Remember the “Knightmares” chapter featured in Batman #62, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads? Batman had batarangs taped to his chest to counter against the inevitability of being tied up and hung upside-down, when he was swinging on a hook, after being captured by Professor Pyg. Well, it’s time to  break out your back issues, my friends! True-to-form for Tom King, those batarangs are back! It’s “City of Bane” part eight, as Mikel Janín rejoins Tom King for the climactic chapters of the epic, sold-out storyline that’s sent Gotham spinning into chaos and tragedy! Batman and his allies wage war on the City of Bane, but an unexpected turn of events will send everyone reeling. Will there be another death in the family, or can the Dark Knight break Bane’s iron grip on Gotham City? City Of Bane

Review: Batman #81

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"City Of Bane" - Part Seven
Writer: Tom King
Artists: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson and Mitch Gerads
Color Artists: Tomeu Morey and Mitch Gerads
Letterer: Clayton Cowles


Review by Max Byrne

"The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon their sons."

Never have truer words been spoken, especially when discussing this new issue, laced as it is with action, bloodshed and a true sense of reckoning. The true extent of Bruce's genius plan is finally revealed, and it's typically intricate and multi-layered.

The Bat-Family get their chance at retribution, and loose ends are all being tied up, leading to an almighty crescendo. Tom King's masterpiece is approaching its endgame, and having invested in all 81 issues to date, I have to say that the pleasure's been all mine!

Without wishing to over egg the spoiler pudding here, Thomas Wayne finds himself in a very tough spot indeed. Damian's part in the plan is revealed to be that of a pseudo Trojan Horse, the literal…

Review: Nightwing #65

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"Sins Of The Grandfather" Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ronan Cliquet
Color Artist: Nick Filardi
Letterer: AndWorld DesignReview by Steve J. RayReaders may (or may not) be pleased to hear that I’ve parked my Yellow Submarine, crossed through Strawberry field and walked my way down Penny Lane, all the way back to (semi) sanity after last month’s Magical Mystery Tour. Yes, I’m back to my (semi) normal self for this month’s review of Nightwing #65. Last time, we left Ric and Bea at the mercy of William Cobb; Ric’s great grandfather, the cold-blooded, nigh-on unkillable assassin known as Talon. With Zack in critical condition in hospital, the original Nightwing is on his own, with no memory of, and no real defence against, his deadly adversary. Dan Jurgens has cleverly given us the perfect villain for Ric to face, on so many levels. Our hero has forgotten his past, which is something that many fans are still up in arms about, even though this series has been telling some pretty great s…

Review: Titans – Burning Rage #3

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“Meltdown” Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artists: Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher
Color Artist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Tom NapolitanoReview by Steve J. RayTitans – Burning Rage #3 seems to wrap up the Fearsome Five tale which started in issue #1, but the menace of H.I.V.E. remains, and Raven’s runaway powers also help make the issue a fascinating read. Back in the halcyon days of the New Teen Titans, Raven was always one of my favorite characters. Though I’m gradually getting used to her 21st Century look (I still far prefer the long haired George Perez version) seeing her character remain consistent makes me happy. In theory Raven is one of the most powerful magic users in the DC Universe, so seeing those powers control her – as opposed to her controlling them – always raises the stakes, and the danger levels, in every issue she appears in. Dan Jurgens really is a master of comics storytelling, as the way he handles both emotion and action is incredible. This is a writer that makes balance and co…