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Review: Detective Comics #956
“League Of Shadows,“ Conclusion
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Marcio Takara Review by Steve J. Ray
After six blistering issues of Detective Comics, the battle against the League Of Shadows is finally over… but the war to save Gotham City has only just begun.
This story arc has had all the hallmarks of a classic. Action aplenty, character growth, shocks, surprises and twists galore. The team of James Tynion IV and Marcio Takara have closed this arc with style, while still keeping readers wanting more.
What more can a Bat-Fan ask for?
Even though one threat has been defeated, the shadow of Ra’s Al Ghul still looms over the city. Team ‘Tec have come out of one struggle triumphant, but have they got anything left? Two of their number are still cut off, and the ones that remain are injured
Swords And Sorcery
It’s a widely held belief amongst comics fans that, if fully prepared, there’s almost nothing that Batman can’t handle. Over the years, he has used his wits, cunning, strategic know-how and experience to win. There are, however, lines he will not cross and tools he doesn’t want to use. After battling immortals and shadows, the time may finally have come for him to unleash weapons that he never has before.
I love it that Batman sometimes has doubts. Perfect heroes that never lose and are always confident in their abilities are just unrealistic. I like my heroes to be human and sometimes second guess themselves. When this type of character wins, it’s that much more inspiring. Yes, he’s the good guy and in fiction the good guys win, but when you believe that this time they may not… that’s what makes them engaging.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the roller-coaster ride that has been The League Of Shadows arc. I know I keep saying it, but Detective Comics could be the most consistently excellent book that DC are producing right now. The final chapter gets a well deserved:
“Detective Comics #1000” Writers: Peter J. Tomasi, Tom King, Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Kevin Smith & Scott Snyder Artists: Dough Mahnke, Tony S. Daniel, Joëlle Jones, Álvaro Martínez Bueno, Kelley Jones, Alex Maleev, Neal Adams, Steve Epting, Becky Cloonan, Dustin Nguyen, Jim Lee, Mikel Janín, Jason Fabok, Amanda Conner & Greg Capullo Inkers: Jaime Mendoza, Raül Fernandez, Derek Fridolfs, Scott Williams & Jonathan Glapion Color Artists: David Baron, Tomeu Morey, Brad Anderson, Paul Mounts, Michelle Madsen, Dave Stewart, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Jordie Bellaire, John Kalisz, Alex Sinclair & FCO Plascencia Letterers: Rob Leigh, Clayton Cowles, Sal Cipriano, Josh Reed, Willie Schubert, Andworld Design, Simon Bowland, Steve Wands, Todd Klein & Tom Napolitano Review by Steve J. RayBatman’s Longest CaseWhen DC revealed the incredible talents that would be contributing to Detective Comics #1000, I was understanda…
DC Comics’ imprint for younger readers, Zoom, has produced some beautiful books recently, each one accompanied by its own trailer. Today the comics giant revealed the latest video, for their Dear Justice League graphic novel. Check out the press release: TRAILER REVEAL! GET A FIRST LOOK AT ‘DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE’ BY MICHAEL NORTHROP AND GUSTAVO DUARTENew Middle Grade Original Graphic Novel from DC ZoomHits Stores Everywhere Books are Sold on August 6, 2019Available to Pre-Order Now DC revealed today a new book trailer and preview artwork for DC Zoom’s forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, by New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop (TombQuest) with art by Gustavo Duarte. In DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, I wanted to explore who these DC Super Heroes are behind the masks and answer the kinds of questions kids would have for these larger than life figures,” explained Northrop. “On a personal note, comics helped me become a better reader, a better …
"Batman Universe #4"
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Nick Derington Color Artist: Dave Stewart Letterers: Josh Reed and Tom NapolitanoReview by Steve J. Ray Batman Universe #4 feels like the ultimate tribute to Bat-Lash, Jonah Hex, and all the other wonderful DC Comics western characters, from back in the day. It’s also the Back To The Future tribute I never knew I needed. I love this silly, fun, guest star-packed, universe hopping, time-jumping craziness sooooo much. From Faberge eggs to fantastic fashion choices, this issue delivers. Both Hal Jordan and Bruce Wayne look great in clothes from the old west… in fact, this could be one of the coolest Batman looks ever! Nick Derington and Dave Stewart must have had a great time designing and coloring those threads. There are no lantern or bat symbols to be seen anywhere, but you just know that we’re looking at Hal Jordan and Batman.