Review: Batman #87

"Their Dark Designs" - Part Two Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Guillem March
Color Artist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Review by Max Byrne

The game is most definitely afoot. After making his debut on the title with the release of Batman #86, James Tynion IV has now begun to work his magic. Displaying a deftness of touch and a knack for multi-layered storytelling that would make his predecessor proud, his start on DC's flagship book could not have got off to a better start.

Whilst some naysayers may bemoan the changing of the guard, I am of the opinion that the future is very bright indeed.

Whilst not a reinvention of the proverbial wheel, this feels interesting and fresh enough to draw readers in. Yes, there are tried and trusted tropes on offer here, but they are delivered in such a way that they avoid feeling like a rehash of comics past. We are also treated to new relationships and dynamics in the life of the titular Caped Crusader. A prime example is the role of Ha…

Review: American Jesus #2

"The New Messiah" - Book Two Writer: Mark Millar
Artist: Peter Gross
Color Artist: Jeanne McGee
Letterer: Cory Petit

Review by James Stone

Just when I believed I had American Jesus all figured out issue #2 has just thrown everything up in the air. Some new, and fairly serious, questions have been raised and what started out as a simple story of good vs evil is now making me wonder, who is the good and who is the evil? Well done Mark Millar, well done indeed.
I mentioned in my review for issue #1 that I wasn't familiar with Peter Gross' art, but after this issue I've had to look back into his portfolio. This comic is an absolute beauty. Credit obviously must also be given to Jeanne McGee, the color artist, because if you want a bleak and dreary looking setting then it gets no better than this. Comic panels in the rain are always a tricky concept to draw, because you run the risk of filling the panel with rain, and losing important details. Between Peter and Jeanne though,…

Review: ‘Harley Quinn’ Season 1 Episode 7 “The Line”

“The Line”
Writer: Laura Moran Director: Juan Jose Meza- Leon Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk, Matt Oberg, Phil LaMarr, Ron Funches, Tony Hale, Jim Rash, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Wanda Sykes, J.B. SmooveReview by Kendra Hale  Fairy Tale Fiasco“The Line” starts with Harley’s friend and mentor, the Queen of Fables, getting an out of jail free card… or so she thinks. As with all things in this show, not is all as it seems. The rug is soon pulled out from under the Queen, voiced by Wanda Sykes. Catch up not only on my reviews but the show too, if you’ve missed any episodes, by signing up to DC Universe from here. Let’s dig into this wonderful, horrific, humor-filled episode of Harley Quinn! Oh, Happy DayIn “The Line”, we see a news broadcast where the courts have decided to release the Queen of Fables from her bondage, trapped in a storybook. In a twist, the judge reveals they would be crazy to set her fully free, so she’s having her sentence commuted to jail time. Harley Quinn,…

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Unleashed In April

Article by Steve J. Ray
2018 and 2109 saw the 80th Anniversaries of Superman and Batman. There is no doubt that these two iconic characters paved the way for everything that’s great in comics, and all the wonderful characters they inspired. As you may know Wonder Woman and Flash will be getting commemorative 750th issues this year, but that’s just the start.

Hot on the heels of the Catwoman 80th Anniversary Special, DC Comics have announced that fans will also be treated to The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular too! Yes, both these iconic characters made their comic book debuts in Batman #1, way back in 1940, so this is the year of the Clown and the Cat, just like 2019 was the year of the Bat. Here’s the full lowdown, direct from DC Comics: The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1Celebrates Eight Decades of Chaos, Mischief, and Mayhem with Batman’s Greatest Enemy Tribute Comic Book to Feature Original Stories from Comics Legends, Decades-Spanning Variant Cov…

Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular Is Coming

Article by Steve J. Ray
1939 gave the world Batman, but 1940 delivered some of his greatest supporting characters: Joker, Robin, and the love of his life, Selina Kyle – Catwoman. To commemorate Batman vol. 1 #1 and the world’s greatest cat-burglar, DC Comics are publishing the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular. This amazing book will follow the style and format of the biggest selling comics of 2018 and 2019; Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000 by featuring tales from some of the greatest talents ever to write or draw a Catwoman story. Oh, and for the serious collectors out there, we will also be getting covers featuring Selina as she appeared in every decade since her creation. Here’s the full press release, direct from DC Comics: CATWOMAN 80TH ANNIVERSARY
Arrives April 15, 2020Catwoman has been baffling Gotham City’s heroes, both masked and unmasked, from the very Beginning. This landmark 100-Page comic book also features the retu…

Preview: Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Article by Steve J. Ray

Comics fans were left in shock near the end of Tom King’s epic “City Of Bane” storyline, when the arch villain murdered Alfred in cold-blood. Now the Batman, his closest family and allies, and indeed fandom itself, will commemorate the Dark Knight’s surrogate father in the upcoming Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1 special one-shot comic-book. Written by James Tynion IV (Batman) and Peter J. Tomasi (Detective Comics) and featuring visuals from a stellar line-up of amazing Batman artists, this issue will be a must-have for any fan of the World’s Greatest Detective and, of course, Mr Pennyworth himself. Here’s what DC Entertainment have to say about this very special issue: Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. #1Celebrates the Life, and Loss, of
One of the Most Important People
in the History of Gotham City Tension in the Bat-Family Hits Breaking PointAlfred Pennyworth served the Wayne family for decades—even through the tragic loss of Bruce Wayne’s parents. His death at the hands of …