Tagged: All-Star Batman

Amazons Attacked In The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

“FINALLY, DK III #8 has come back, to Forbidden Planet!”

Or at least that’s what I imagine The Rock would say if he came into the shop this New Comic Book Day (Mr. Johnson, if you somehow are reading this and will be in downtown NYC on March 29th, please do stop by we’d love to smark out in front of you).

The main thrust of it is that Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello‘s latest installment in the seemingly never-ending Dark Knight saga is here. At last. Thank Rao. After the crazy cliffhanger of the last issue there’s a lot we readers need answers to. One thing’s for certain, Baal’s Kryptonian army is planning to bring the pain to the Amazons. Themsyscira is squarely in the Kryptonians’ sights and all Hades is busting to break loose at the smackdown of mythic proportions coming our way.

SPOILERS AHEAD, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T PICKED UP THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #7

Okay, now that we in-the-know folks have a little bit of privacy let’s discuss that major cliffhanger for a second. Bruce Wayne’s back to the prime of his youth! Remember how Frank Miller originally crafted a story about an aging Batman with a death wish? Yeah, this series isn’t about that anymore. Plus, with Mr. Miller’s statements about wanting to write further Dark Knight series and spin-offs, this appears (and I cannot stress that word enough) to be the new status quo moving forward. But Bruce just took a dunk in a Lazarus Pit. We all know that means a small piece of a person’s left behind as a price to pay for renewed youth. What part of Bruce is gone? How bat-crazy is he right now? What are he and Superman going to do in the face of the battle on Themyscira?

We all thought this was the end but clearly with a crazy massive climax coming, it’s no wonder we’re going to get an extra issue to this mini-series that’s taking it to the max. All together now: Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh, Batman!

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Chris’ Comics: All-Star Batman #1

asbatman1cvrAll-Star Batman #1

Scott Snyder, John Romita Jr, Danny Miki, Dean White, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

DC, $4.99

Bruce Wayne is having one of those days. You know the ones, where everything is #$%ed and everybody sucks. The type of days that have you packing a chainsaw, to skin some dudes raw. And if Bruce’s day keeps going this wa- okay I’ll stop.

All-Star Batman #1 is the double sized return of Scott Snyder to Batman, paring one of the most acclaimed Batman writers of our time with modern legend John Romita Jr, and current artistic tour-de-force Declan Shalvey. While I’ve stated that I REALLY REALLY REALLY don’t like paying $5 for single issues, it’s hard to say no to a creative team like this, also my ability to not spend money is questionable at best.

The debut of this new, villain focused All-Star Batman sees Batman and ol Harvey Dent taking a little road trip to try solve Harvey’s Two-Face problem. Two-Face, reimagined as All-Star-Batman-1-pagesome sort of crime boss Snowden, has put quite the bounty on the Bat which means everyone from Firefly to common folk are gunning for Batman. The Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire colored back up has Batman working with former We Are Robin lead/Snyder created character Duke Thomas to investigate a murder that appear to be unrelated to the Two-Face arc. Both tales have some incredible twists to them, ensuring that readers/suckers like me come back to spend $5 again next month.

John Romita Jr is an artist whose work I’ve been exposed to a lot, as I grew up reading hella Spider-Man comics. It does feel odd to see him draw Batman, but that does not at all mean his work on this book is bad, far from it. He’s an excellent fit for the title and this universe, bringing the right amount of bombastic action to a story that’s heavy on fight scenes. His take on Two-Face is terrific, and the last page of his story is possibly the greatest collection of panels assembled in 2016. Inking JRJR is Danny Miki, who is superb, with Dean White providing the book with some gorgeous colors. The Declan All-Star-Batman-1-DC-Comics-Rebirth-Spoilers-1Shalvey & Jordi Bellaire story is a little more contained, slower paced and something you’d expect from a Scott Snyder Batman comic. It’s gorgeous in its own right, offering sleek visuals to a more psycho-analytical story.

I’ve dug a number of past Scott Snyder-penned Batman stories, and All-Star Batman is no different. But this larger page count and multiple artist project allows Snyder to flex his creative muscles and tell the type of cerebral detective story we’re use to with the back-up, with the main story being an over the top action story.  Year Zero certainly hinted at that sort of thing with crossbow wielding dirt bike Batman, but here we get the next level of that with CHAINSAW TRUCKER Batman. It’s a nice counter offer to the more traditional super heroics seen in the Tom King Batman series, as well the more X-Men influenced Detective Comics.

All Star Batman is my favorite thing to come out of Rebirth so far. Given a murder’s row of artists and his own little corner of the Bat universe to play in, Snyder is now allowed to tell his own stories, free of worry of the current status quo, and with some of the most iconic villains in the industry. As much as I’m against five dollars comics, this is definitely the rare exception that is worth every penny.

 

 

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