Batman: Arkham Unhinged Vol 1 & 2

Batman_Arkham_Unhinged_Vol_1_1Pick up Volumes 1 and 2 of “Batman: Arkham Unhinged” and thought it worth a look. These are based on the game storyline for Arkham City (which I have yet to move onto yet) and involves all of Arkham being annexed into one giant penitentiary.

The artwork in this series is pretty good and some of the stories are better than others. I especially liked the Killer Croc origins story as I was unfamiliar with his story-line.

One thing I found tired was the interplay between Catwoman, Ivy and Harley. They (predictably) ended up at each other’s throats once a bloke (Batman) got involved and the writer could have been a bit more innovative.

51Z1UnRA0UL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Throughout the series is a vendetta between Penguin and Joker which looked as though it could get quite interesting.

I may pick up any future volumes at the library but I’m not going to knock myself out with them for the moment.

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Joker a war veteran?

Looper.com presented some interesting fan theories for various film characters but I found the following theory very interesting. The origins of the Joker are shrouded in mystery with no single decisive account of how he came to be. A poster on Reddit presented this idea a few years ago (not sure if they got it from somewhere else) and it makes a lot of sense. The Joker is very adept at planning and execution (!) along with the use of firearms and explosives. The scarring to his face (as well as his scarred psyche) could be as the result his experiences during war. It could also account for his lack of identity especially if he’s registered as KIA.

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Review: “Batman: Gotham by Gaslight”

250px-Gotham_by_GaslightReleased in 1989, “Gotham by Gaslight” was the first of the Elseworlds series in which DC characters were presented in settings outside of regular DC canon. In thisĀ one shot issue by writer Brian Augustyn and artist Mike Mignola, Bruce Wayne has recently returned from a tour of Europe in 1889 to a murky 19th century Gotham.

Following the Whitechapel murders in London,
Bruce appears to have been followed back to Gotham by the legendary “Jack the Ripper” and so is framed for these grisly crimes. Bruce doesn’t take this lying down but u9782809407662_1nmasks the killer in typical style giving a twist ending which whilst not unpredictable is not as obvious as it could have been (given this was a one-shot story)

I really liked the pace of this story and the artwork does a great job of capturing the shadows and murkiness of a 19th century Gotham. Batman is a very embryonic character (think “Batman Begins”) but is crucial in aiding Bruce to clear his name. Cowl is slightly different to regular canon but really does capture the style of dress typical of that period.

Overall: a great story, great artwork and fast paced (plus the “Joker/Jasper” cameo is nice!)

Comic Review- Superman/Batman: Night & Day (2010)

SMBMND_case_r1.inddI’ve recently managed to get hold of a few Superman/Batman crossover novels from the library. Night and Day seemed like an interesting venture with a number of good stories and a wide selection of artists. Some of the stories I found a little laboured- hard to follow but others were quite good. The one with the nightmares induced by the Scarecrow did leave an uneasy feeling but I guess that was the intention! Overall, reasonable read but I don’t think I’ll be buying this one- it didn’t blow my socks off or anything…

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Dark Knight III: The Master Race- Issue #1

After hearing about the release of a third part of Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight” trilogy (starting with “Dark Knight Returns” and “Dark Knight Strikes Again”) I put my subscription order in with Forbidden Planet and was thrilled to receive my first issue a few days ago.

As I’ve only ever read comics as compilations of complete stories/graphic novels I’ve been looking forward to reading a story as it’s released and so am hoping to review each issue here. Although I won’t be revealing the plot exactly, there may be inadvertent spoilers below so be warned!

Cover

The cover is simple but effective showing the Dark Knight in a very Black and White style.

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Artwork

I like the artwork as it’s very atmospheric and nothing at all like DKII (in a good way). You can see more of the art work on the Forbidden Planet site here.

Storyline

The story seemed quite slow with snapshots of many different characters including Wonder Woman & Superman/Supergirl. (My wife particularly loved the image of Wonder Woman carrying her son in a sling and overtly breast feeding him!) I can understand that it’s simply setting the scene and this will take an issue or two. The story also ends of a cliff hanger with the Dark Knight finally appearing (but is it Bruce and if not, where is he?)

Overall

Seems like a good start and I’m looking forward to the next issue