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Another Batman comic book review, because even Pastors need a break from time to time from heavy theological reading (And I will be reviewing more now that I’ve been back from my trip and getting back to my routine!).

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 5: Rules of Engagement. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, May 1st 2018. 160 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is volume five of the Batman’s Detective Comics in the New DC Comics’ Rebirth series/era.  This work collects BATMAN #33-37 and BATMAN ANNUAL #2.  I finished this volume less than a month after it was officially released and I read several other Batman titles during the same time though I enjoyed this more than the other two works with one of them being Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 5: A Lonely Place of Living which came about a few weeks earlier than this volume.

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A light-hearted weekend leisure reading book review…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Mark Chiarello.  Batman: Black And White. New York, NY: DC Comics, September 26th 2007. 240 pp.

4 out of 5

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This work is unique in that it is a Batman volume that is in black and white instead of color.  It is also further unique in that it is a collection of various famous, writers, inkers, etc., contributing to this volume.  As the editor mentioned in the beginning it is not easy to get the top contributor in the field to submit something on Batman when they all have their own quirks, deadlines and personalities.  This volume is even more of a challenge as the contributors are “who’s who” of comics.

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After weeks of serious posts, here’s a light hearted comic book review!  Because Pastors also need a break from heavy reading!

James Tynion IV.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 4: Deus Ex Machina. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 10th 2018. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is volume five of Batman’s Detective Comics.  The volume collects Detective Comics issues # 963-968 and DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #1.

The bulk of this volume is the multiple chapter story “A Lonely Place of Living.” This story started off with Timothy Jackson Drake being alive contrary to what many have thought in previous Batman stories.  Timothy is held in an isolated placed where some mysterious and hidden individual asked him question about his past and how he eventually became Robin.  Whom the mysterious interrogator was turned out to be quite a surprise for Drake.  Drake was able to send out a message to get help only for the alleged Batman that showed up turning out to be the Drake of tomorrow.  Again this was a total surprise for Drake especially since the Drake of tomorrow is more cynical but also more better in his intelligence and combat ability.  As the story progress the Drake of today along with other team members helping Batman has to fight off the Drake of the future from hurting one of their own.  But the fight feature great dialogues that raises the issues of the whole Batman and caped crusaders’ enterprise.  Very well written!  The story also leaves readers wondering of what happened in the future that would result in such a cynical Drake.  It left me as the reader with a lot of questions though it was a compelling storyline that made me want to know more and anticipate future issues and volume that would answer my questions.  But then the volume transition to other stories that did not seem to be related to the rest of the volume that was rather anticlimactic and leaves fan rather confused.  I think it was a rather big letdown and volume five should have ended with the story of “A Lonely Place of Living” instead of smaller stories that felt more like fillers.

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.

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This work comes out today!  Thanks to DC Comics for the advance review copy!

Scott Snyder. All Star Batman Volume 3: The First Ally. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, March 20th 2018. 176 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is volume three of “All-Star Batman” that is a part of DC Comics’ recent “rebirth” reboot.  I enjoyed the storyline for this present work more than the previous two volumes.  It seems the “All-Star Batman” is more fast-paced than other Batman titles which can have its strength and weaknesses but being bored won’t be one of them.  But in volume three the timing was right in my opinion along with a great reoccurring theme and human interest’s angle.  The artwork is great as well.  I give this a rating of five out of five.

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It has been a while but here’s a weekend comic book review…because even pastors need a break from heavy theological reading!

Rob Liefeld.  Grifter, Volume 2: New Found Power. New York, NY: DC Comics, May 28th 2013. 208 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is volume two on the superhero known as the “Grifter.”  I have previously read and gave a positive review for volume one.  This second volume was not as good as the first volume; in fact it kind of died down.  The story is a continuation from the previous volume.  This book collects issues #0 and #9-16.

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A weekend light reading review, because even Pastors (and apologists) needs a break from heavy reading…

Nathan Edmondson.  Grifter, Volume 1: Most Wanted. New York, NY: DC Comics, July 31st 2012. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

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While this particular volume is not the original mid-1990s “Grifter” since this is part of DC Comic’s reboot series called “The New 52!” I thought this particular volume was a great introduction to the character.  Over twenty years ago as a kid I badly wanted to read comics that involved the Grifter since I thought his mask looked kind of cool but I never got around to it until now: twenty years later.  I enjoyed this “introduction.”

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A weekend light reading review, because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading…

Ian Edginton. The Hound of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes graphic Novel.  New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, February 1, 2011.124 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a graphic novel adaptation of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes Classic, Sign of the Four.  This is my third graphic novel on Sherlock Holmes that I read that was written and illustrated by this team and I found this specific work delightful.

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