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Review: Batman #84

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"City of Bane" - Part 10 Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Review by Max Byrne

In a prime example of Tom King's prowess at the old bait and switch, the expectation for this issue was that we were going to get a knock down, drag out slobberknocker of a fight between Thomas and Bruce. The ending of issue #83 set the stage for this and the wonderful cover art from Mikel Janin, depicting Batman Sr and Jr in full on fight mode, also eggs the pudding.

King, however, has decided instead to send us down a different path, one full of answers, action, horror and real sadness. What we in fact get is a look back at the key events in Thomas' life in the Flashpoint universe, done brilliantly. Despite all his terrible deeds, I felt a degree of sympathy for Wayne Sr, as the tragedies that hit his life shaped his destiny.

What makes this warped trip down memory lane so effective is that King elects to tell the story in a non-linear f…

Review: ‘Titans’ Season 2 Episode 13 – “Nightwing”

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"Nightwing"
Writer: Richard Hatem, Greg Walker Director: Carol Banker Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Drew Van Acker, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Iain Glen, Esai Morales, and Joshua OrpinReview by Adam Ray The dramatic conclusion has come, and Titans fans have finally seen the worthy emergence of Nightwing. This is what the past two seasons have been building to and the show has delivered admirably. The winding stories have all twisted around each other into two separate conclusions. Everything came to a head in the penultimate episode and ended up in the show’s most comic-book instalment yet.

Review: Batman Universe #6

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Batman Universe #6 Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Nick Derington
Color Artist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: ALW’s Troy PeteriReview by Steve J. Ray

I’ve loved every single moment of this series, and Batman Universe #6 is a fitting final issue to what has been catalogue of pure joy. This tale of riotous riddles, cosmic odysseys, time-travel, crime and comedy has been thrilling, hilarious and emotional. I’m really going to miss this series arriving in my inbox, and in the drawer at my local comic shop, every month. As I have come to expect from Brian Bendis, the finale is chock full of love, not just for Batman; but for Alfred, Nightwing, the Green Lantern Corps, Vandal Savage and all the wild and wacky sides of the DC Universe. I would’ve liked to have seen a little more of a reality devoid of Batman, but what we got to see was fascinating and enlightening. Bruce Wayne is an amazing character, in or out of costume. We still got cowboys, power rings, assassins and aliens, though… so I actuall…

Review: ‘Batwoman’ Episode 8 “A Mad Tea-Party”

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"A Mad Tea-Party"
Writers: Caroline Dries & Natalie AbramsDirector: Michael A. AllowitzStarring: Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, Elizabeth Anweis, Dougray Scott, Sam Littlefield, Greyston Holt and Rachel MaddowReview by Steve J. Ray

Come one, come all… everyone’s invited to a Mad Tea-Party! It’s Batwoman episode 8, a story full of revelations, surprises, lies and consequences. My maternal grandfather, in his infinite wisdom, always said to me that a liar is easier to catch than a man with one leg. This week we see how lies affect everybody, and how the truth will always come out. This could well be the deepest and most emotional episode to date, as one character’s lies have catastrophic repercussions for everyone around them. Kate Kane reaches a startling realization this week on just who and what family really is, as Alice’s tea party claims its first victim. I’ve gone on the record to frequently state that I adore the work that Nicole…

Review: ‘Titans’ Season 2 Episode 12 – “Faux-Hawk”

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"Faux-Hawk"

Director: Larnel Stovall Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Drew Van Acker, Minka Kelly, Alan Ritchson, Curran Walters, Conor Leslie, Iain Glen, Esai Morales, and Joshua OrpinReview by Adam Ray

We all get a perfect episode of context this time around. The struggles the Titans have been facing finally become clear here, and we get a logical, and deeply interesting explanation to last episode’s big revelation. We see that, coupled with a great look back into Rose’s past and the current state of Hawk. The last stray member becomes the main focus this time around, and the detailed plot-threads give us all a lot to consider as the conclusion draws near.