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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!   

Batman The Adventures Continue Season Two

Paul Dini and Alan Burnett.  Batman: The Adventures Continue Season Two. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 14, 2022. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you like the Batman Animated Series from the 90s?  If so this comic might be for you!  Earlier this year I read and reviewed Batman: The Adventures Continue Season One.   I enjoyed it a lot and I felt it was one of the better works published by DC Comics these days since sometimes new materials seems to be filler, too much backstory, it was too dark, the story was lame or the creative team was advancing socially divisive agenda.  I just want good story telling and both this one and the earlier volume delivered.  Plus this echoed the artwork and characters of Batman the animated series as a kid and I got nostalgic joy reading both books.  This trade paperback edition that collects the second year’s issues (season 2 issues 1 through 7).  They even had one of the screen writers from the Animated Series as one of the writers for this “Batman: The Adventures Continue” series.

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A weekend fun comicbook reading review…because sometimes a Pastors need a break from heavy reading!

Doc Savage The Ring of Fire

David Avallone.  Doc Savage: The Ring of Fire.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, November 14, 2017.  96 pp.

4 out of 5

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Have you heard of the pulp comic book hero name Doc Savage?  This is the first time I read a story about Doc Savage, a character that is popular in pulp magazine stories in the 1930s and 1940s.  In this modern retelling of Doc Savage in comic book form by Dynamite Entertainment the story takes place in 1938 and involves Pacific Island, secret conspiracy plots and also the Japanese Navy and fascinating of all Amelia Earhart.  If you know your history you would remember Amelia Earhart was a woman famous pilot who unfortunately disappeared in her plan in the Pacific.

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

The Shadow the last illusion

Cullen Bunn.  The Shadow: The Last Illusion.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, May 25, 2016.  144 pp.

5 out of 5

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Have you heard of the pulp 1930s era superhero name the Shadow? He’s one of the oldest superheroes from the pulp age whom the creator of Batman “borrowed” the concept of the Shadow (I am saying this as a fan of Batman).  Older generations would hear about the adventures of the Shadow on Radio; that was way before my time.  In this modern retelling of the Shadow you see that the character the Shadow fight crime and pursue a mystery with twists and turns.  As someone who love the references to the 1930s in comics this satisfied my interests and the story was worthwhile!  I am glad Dynamite Entertainment have printed this story about the Shadow on trade paperback collecting all the issues for this story arc and I hope they would have more stories of the Shadow in the future (I think I am almost done with all their recent stories of the Shadows that they published).

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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Haven’t done one of these for months, so here’s a Batman comic book review!  I actually read this back in January but forgot to write a review! 

Batman The Adventures Continue Season One

 

Paul Dini and Alan Burnett.  Batman: The Adventures Continue Season One. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 1, 2021. 208 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you like the Batman Animated Series from the 90s?  If so this comic might be for you!  One of the screen writers for the Animated Series is one of the writers for this “Batman: The Adventures Continue” series and there’s a feel of the 90s Animated Batman: Its gritty but also not over the top or gory, it has stories that are interesting and other characters are explored including villains.  This trade paperback collects issues 1 through 8.   

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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a comic book review!

Captain America White

Jeph Loeb. Captain America: White. New York, NY: DC Comics, November 15, 2016. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read the story of Captain America and his partner Bucky?  This is a story of World War Two, fighting fascism, camaraderie and memories of those who died.  I picked up this graphic novel because whenever the writer Jeph Loeb and the artist Tim Sale team up they typically give readers a great story and wonderful nostalgic artwork that gives a historical mood.  I thought this book is really good and in the same vein as Loeb and Sale’s previous titles that I enjoyed: Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman for All Seasons and Daredevil Legends, Vol. 1: Yellow.

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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!  After a long weekend of teaching youth group, teaching systematic theology on Saturday night and sermon prep, I need a break! I haven’t posted one of these once in a while!

 

Batman Gothic

Grant Morrison.  Batman: Gothic. New York, NY: DC Comics, January 1, 1986. 128 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read a fun 1980s Batman adventure? If so this story might be for you.  I have to take a break from some of the newer Batman especially with DC Comics trying to bring in political agendas here and there mixed in with some issues that seems to be more fillers than anything worthwhile when all I wanted is just some good old fashion good story of a hero taking on a bad guy as a break from everything political around me.  So while I haven’t read as much comics this year nevertheless I’m glad there’s 80s Batman to enjoy. 

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Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!

 

Batman Gotham by Gaslight

Brian Augustyn.  Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. New York, NY: DC Comics, March 12, 2013. 112 pp.

5 out of 5

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Can you imagine Batman being a crime fighting superhero during the Victorian era of the late 1800s?  I think that would be a cool setting for Batman!  And this trade paperback edition definitely did not disappoint!  This is part of DC Comic’s alternative world series they called Elseworlds where they have various characters in different era. Previously I have read a story from the Elseworlds series titled Batman: The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat in which Batman is a hero during the era of the American Civil War.  I enjoyed that story enough that when I heard of this story (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight), I knew I had to read it!  As I researched more about this book I learned that this is the first volume in this series.  Although this Trade Paperback edition was published in 2013 originally the issues that’s collected in this volume was published in 1989.  I started being a fan of Batman comics relatively late compared to most fans (in my late 20s) and have found stories like this one from the 1980s were really enjoyable.

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A Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!

gates of gotham

Scott Snyder.  Batman: Gates of Gotham. New York, NY: DC Comics, February 7th 2012. 144 pp.

5 out of 5

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There is a rather different feel to this Batman story, in a refreshing kind of way!  Its part-mystery, part-Gothic, part-Steampunk and part-Noir.  And yet it does all that in a way that didn’t feel it was forced or trying to do everything but failing in doing anything.  I appreciate these dimensions to the story of this Batman graphic novel and felt the uniqueness kept me going in reading this (and I haven’t read much comics so far in 2021!).

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A Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  So here’s a Batman comic book review!

Lee Bermejo. Batman: Noël. New York, NY: DC Comics, November 2nd 2011. 112 pp.

4 out of 5

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A Batman Christmas story?  Can it be?  Indeed!  I enjoyed this comic book that is a Batman’s version of Charles Dickens’ famous story A Christmas Carol, but modern and updated in the world of Gotham.  I enjoyed it perhaps more than some of the reviewers online and hope some of the people’s negative remark might not turn people away and perhaps my review can add some balance consideration!

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Finally a Batman review for some of you fans!  I haven’t read any comics for months but got to read this for this long holiday weekend, this has bee a busy season of ministry.

 

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 12: City of Bane Part 1. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 14th 2020. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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Looking for a Batman story to read as a fun read? This is worthwhile. Having been disappointed with some of the recent Batman volumes from the last two years which felt like fillers and the story is presented in a disjointed fashion in this particular volume it seems DC Comics picked up their game and gives us a good story. Here the writer Tom King did a good job with focusing on a plot and the artistic team also delivered. This volume collects Batman issues number 75-79.

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Mike Barr.  Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, November 28th 2017. 176 pp.

5 out of 5

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Want to read some fun old school (late 80s/early 90s) Batman adventures?  This title volume might be for you!  Having read some of the recent volumes of Batman from the new Rebirth series I felt I needed a break from things “new” and maybe explore some just good old fashion Batman fight against crime and villain.  I’m happy to say this work delivered!

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!  Finally a Batman review for some of you fans!

I’m going to review volume 11 first before volume 10 since volume 11 is way better than volume 10.

(EDITED: If you want to read some old school Batman fun check out our recent review “Review: Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.”

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 11: The Fall and the Fallen. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, January 14th 2020. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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Here’s some more Batman adventures!  As I mentioned in my review of volume 10 the last volume felt like a dreamy filler but here in this volume it picks up from volume 8 after Batman was knocked out in a plot by Bane.  This volume collects Batman issues number 70-74 and Secret Files #2.

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Haven’t done a comic review in a while!  A weekend light reading review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Greg Rucka.  Gotham Central, Book 4: Corrigan. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, March 15th 2011. 224 pp.

4 out of 5

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Are you into Batman enough that you are interested in the world of Batman and also its peripheral characters?  Batman of course lives in Gotham City, a city that resembles a lot to New York City.  In this graphic novel (comic) volume Batman moves away from center stage so Gotham City’s police department’s Major Crimes Unit can take the limelight and focus for the readers.  DC Comics got a good team of artists and writers for this Gotham Central series and book four is no different.

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

 

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 9: The Tyrant Wing. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, March 26th 2019. 152 pp.

4 out of 5

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Ready for another adventure with Batman?  This title collects Batman comic issue 58 through 60 and also Batman Annual 3 and Batman Secret files 1. While the cover says this is written by Tom King in actually he was the writer for issues 58 to 60 and the rest was written by various other writers.

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

 

Mark Waid. The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom.  San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, March 5th 2013. 104 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you remember the movie the Rocketeer?  As a kid I seen commercials for it and never got to watch it until recently.  The Rocketeer is a story of a young man name Cliff Secord who found a rocket backpack.  He goes around doing good with it.  After watching the movie I wanted to read comic books about the Rocketeer so I picked up this graphic novel.  As my first reading of the Rocketeer it didn’t disappoint!  In fact I want to read more adventures of the Rocketeer as a result of this book.

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