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A weekend light reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker.  Gotham Central Book Three: On the Freak Beat. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 15th 2009. 224 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is the third volume in the “Gotham Central” series, which feature stories of the police and detectives in the make-believe city of Gotham where many of the Batman stories takes place.  Following several members of the Major Crimes Unit, or MCU for short, we see these men and women also tackling on the “freaks,” who are the supervillains that Batman has to battle (hence the book’s subtitle).

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This volume comes out today!

Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando.  Batman/The Shadow: The Murder Geniuses. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, November 28, 2017. 168 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is probably my favorite comic in 2017!  I love Batman and I just found out about the Shadow this year; now the two superheroes are together in a story told by a team that include Scott Snyder, a writer who have written some of my favorite Batman stories.

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A long holiday weekend!  Here’s this weekend’s light reading weekend reviews…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

To check out part one of historical fiction comics I reviewed this year click here.  Since I read more than I can review there’s also a part three I’ll post sometime in December.

Code Word: Geronimo

Dale A. Dye. Code Word: Geronimo.  San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, September 20th, 2011. 88 pp.

4 out of 5

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The subtitle of this graphic novel is “The True Story of the Raid Against Osama Bin Laden.”  This is a comic book telling of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.  The publisher IDW Publishing brought together a very interesting and talented team to tell this story.  For instance this work is written by a former US Marine Captain Dale Dye.  Dye’s biographical background is rather remarkable with his beginning as an enlisted Marine who rose quickly to the rank of Master Sergeant within thirteen years and later became a commissioned officer.  He is a veteran of both Vietnam and Beirut.  I think no doubt his military background helped with the story; I have seen some other military historical theme graphic novels that has less attention to details in its accuracy both in terms of the writing and the artwork than this particular work.  This is also probably the only comic book that I have seen the creators include someone with a PhD.  Julia Dye is mentioned on the cover as having a PhD and her creator biography in the last page mentioned she has a doctorate in anthropology in human conflict and her career specialization is keeping “the Entertainment Industry honest…and helps Hollywood directors capture the realities of warfare.”

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A weekend light reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break heavy reading.

Ed Brubaker.  Gotham Central, Book Two: Jokers and Madmen. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 15th 2009. 288 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a fun reading as a break from more serious reading.  To the end that it relaxes my mind and gave me a mental break I think it accomplished its purpose.  This is the second “Gotham Central” volume that I read.  “Gotham Central” is a series that feature stories of the police and detectives in the make-believe city of Gotham where many of the Batman stories takes place.  Specifically this series looks at the men and women who are part of the Major Crimes Unit, or MCU for short, who not only fight the typical crime one expect in a large urban city but also the “freaks,” who are the supervillains that Batman has to battle.  But what I like about this series is that it takes place in Batman’s world but it is not about Batman; in fact this volume has less appearance of Batman than in volume one.  I love how the characters that are often supporting casts for Batman comics are put front and center in this series while Batman and even the supervillains play a less prominent role.

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This is a weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading too.  This work by the way just came out this past Tuesday!

Tom King.  Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 17th 2017. 104 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is actually a continuation of DC Universe: Rebirth.  I wished this work could have told readers that it would be confusing reading this without first knowing what happened in that previous work.  Here in this present volume we see the continuation of the flashpoint event continuing in which time has been changed by someone or something in the DC Universe.  We see the hero Batman and the superhero the Flash team up to try to figure out what’s going on with everything and who is behind the deliberate and malicious changing of time.

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I was delayed in posting last weekend’s leisure reading review so here’s the review.  This is the latest Batman from DC Comics and officially it is released for the public today!

James Tynion IV.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 3: League of Shadows. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 10th 2017. 184 pp.

4 out of 5

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DC Comics has several series on Batman running at the same time and Detective Comics is one of the longest running series not only in DC Comics’ history but also in comic history in general.  This volume collects Detective Comics issues #950-956.  Here it focuses on Batman fighting a villainous group called the League of Shadows.

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A weekend comic reading review…because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading.

Ed Brubaker.  Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 16th 2008. 240 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is the first volume in the Gotham Central series put out by DC Comics.  It tells the story of Gotham city’s detectives in their police department’s major crimes unit.  Gotham of course is the fictional city in the world of Batman.  But this is not primarily a story about Batman and while Batman does make his appearance this is primarily about the story of the cops and detectives in a world where Batman exists along with the villains that Batman fights against.  I love the reversal where Batman and even the villains are on the “side lines” while Gotham police force which often takes a supporting role in most comics are brought front and center.  This is an interesting angle for a graphic novel!

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