Review: Pennyworth R.I.P.

"Pennyworth R.I.P." Writers: James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Chris Burnham, Marcio Takara, Diogenes Neves, David Lafuente and Sumit Kumar
Color Artists: Adriano Lucas, Rex Lokus and Nathan Fairbairn
Letterers: Travis Lanham and Tom NapolitanoReview by Steve J. RayI still don’t want to believe it, but Alfred Pennyworth is dead, and I really felt his loss, even though he’s “just” a fictional character. In Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. we get to see his family mourning him, and in ways I never expected. The fact that this commemorative issue was written by James Tynion IV and Peter J, Tomasi, two of the premier Batman writers of today, and the gentlemen who currently hold the reigns of the two premiere Bat books, Batman and Detective Comics, shows that DC Comics are treating the loss of this wonderful character respectfully, and with all the love that Mr Pennyworth deserves. Alfred’s demise must count as the greatest loss in Batman’s life since…

Are You Ready? This Punchline Will Kill Ya!

Article by Steve J. RayFollowing on from our reveal of the latest femme fatale in the Dark Knight’s life, DC have shed a little more light on the Joker’s newest henchwoman. Are you ready? This Punchline will kill ya! Coming Your Way in Batman #89, Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3, and Beyond!A brand-new DC villain set to play a major role in Batman’s life is already generating buzz and press interest…but who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline! The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey: One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3; art by Steve Epting & Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:

Review: Batman And The Outsiders #10

" A League Of Their Own" - Part Three Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Color Artist: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Clayton CowlesReview by Steve J. RayBatman And The Outsiders #10 turns up the heat and dials up the action. Can the team withstand the onslaught of Kaliber, Ishmael and Karma? Can Shiva be trusted? What is Ra’s Al Ghul’s ultimate plan? One of the (very minor) quibbles I’ve had (and heard) about with this series is that, for a comic that has Batman in the title, we actually don’t see very much of him. It’s a minor quibble for me  because Bryan Hill’s handling of every other character means that I don’t miss my favorite hero that much, and Hill’s writing makes the Dark Knight a presence, even when he doesn’t physically appear. Readers who do miss the caped crusader will absolutely love this issue, as it contains several great and powerful Batman moments. Just look at page two, reproduced below, then read ahead for some of the finest lines of dialogue I’ve read in a l…

Review: The Batman’s Grave #5

"TheBatman’s Grave" - Book Five Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Color Artist: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Richard StarkingsReview by Max ByrneThe incredibly high standard of this wonderful limited series continues right here in TheBatman’s Grave #5, courtesy of the A-List creative team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. This is a title that feels like a highlight reel within every single issue, full of thrills and pointed, sharp dialogue. Whether you favour non-stop action or articulate, realistic verbal exchanges, this series has got you covered! Following on from the previous issue, which contained an extended fight scene that rivals anything recently committed to print, this new instalment is all centred around Batman’s quest for answers. Ellis is doing a masterful job of not revealing his hand too early. Instead, each week gives us just enough to further the plot along and hook the reader in even further. Hot on the trail of the Scorn Army, the stage is set for a trip to t…