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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:
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We talk about what we have been watching and reading recently including The Walking Dead, Into The Badlands, Wasted Space and more.
Our Fantastic Feature this month focuses on Batman, as we celebrate his 80th anniversary. We also talk about our highlights from TV, Film, Comics and more. Our good friends at Comic-Biz.com have sponsored this episode and are giving one lucky listener the chance to win a copy of Detective Comics #1000 with the Jock Variant cover. For full details on this head to our Twitter page and follow the instructions on our pinned Tweet.
It's very rare that the worlds of geeks and music collide in a powerful way, but Professor Elemental has made that happen.
'School of Whimsy' sees Brighton's finest export solidify his career with his strongest album to date. Over a ten year journey Paul Alborough has helped create the phenomenon of Chap-Hop, a mix of hip hop and a tongue-in-cheek take on English gentry.
The character of Professor Elemental has allowed Paul to push the boundaries of his music, as well as allowing him to show the world his love of anything nerdy. His songs are littered with references to superheroes and comics, and have a huge underlying message of positivity.
Luckily, Fantastic Universes' resident music ninja Scott Hamilton managed to chat not only with Paul, but also with the crazy genius that is Professor Elemental. Here's part one where we talk to Paul about his musical career, his love of comics and what we can expect from the Professor in the future…
I make it no secret, readers, that I love two games more than the air I breathe. Dungeons and Dragons, and Magic: the Gathering. Despite being made by the same publishing company, Wizards of the Coast, they've made almost no crossed streams.
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