Sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading…hence this review.
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James Tynion IV. Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, February 14th, 2017. 128 pp.
4 out of 5
From what little I know about DC Comics I believe their “Detective Comics” series is the longest series in comic book history and that’s largely due to the character Batman. This is volume one of Detective Comics as part of DC Comics’ relaunched called “Rebirth” that started in 2016. I’m still quite the rookie when it comes to Batman and this is the first Batman I read in the Detective Comics series and thus far I’m enjoying it.
I notice for this particular volume the theme of the importance of team and teamwork. Often it seems Batman likes being on his own when he goes on his mission. Yet there is this paradox with Batman in that while he’s often alone and can be somewhat of a lone ranger when he’s out fighting crime. This is the case despite the irony that Batman does has friends and a “Bat” family. Think of Robin. Or Batgirl. Or his loyal butler Alfred. For our immediate story there’s a team assembled including characters that are new to me. Batman assembled this team because he realizes he can’t take on this new threat alone. The stakes are too high when the government’s secret military branch goes rogue and even have soldiers that are patterned after Batman.
I also thought this book showed a Batman with a wider range of human emotions than that which are typically found in most Batman’s storyline. Readers wouldn’t want to miss Batman’s emotion towards the end of the book. Personally it made Batman more human and believable.
Overall a fun read. There’s a few twists and turn as the story progresses but it wasn’t necessarily anything legendary or epic. Without spoiling anything I want to say the book does end in such a way that makes readers curious as to what was going on and what’s going to happen next.
NOTE: This book was provided to me free by DC Comics and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.