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

Francesco Francavilla. The Black Beetle: No Way Out.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, August 27th 2013. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I almost didn’t read this comic book.  After all who wants to read a superhero that’s named after a bug (beetle) that I find gross?  But the pulp feel of the comics in which the stories takes place in early 1941 and the beautiful colors and artwork that I gleamed from flipping through the book made me reconsider to give this comic book a chance.  And boy did the writer and illustrator did not disappoint!   I give this work a five out of five since the writer and artist Francesco Francavilla gave us a new comic character, a wonderful story and an interesting mystery.  I also appreciated that this book had a noir mystery feel and yet it was clean.

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Here are weekend reviews of comic book readings, because sometimes Pastors needs a break from heavy theological reading!

The following are comics that are historical fictions, nonfictions or comics that takes place of a certain specific historical era.

Ethan Young. Nanjing: The Burning City.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, September 1st 2015. 216 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This graphic novel is a historical fiction and tells the story of those Chinese abandoned by their government during the Japanese war against China in 1937.  The story takes place in the former capital of the Republic in Nanjing.  While this is an historical fiction the theme and characters could have easily been real life ordinary soldiers and people trying to survive.  The author and illustrator Ethan Young is to be commended for his illustration, his storytelling ability and also his focus on an era that is very hard to think about and which some today downplay or are ignorant of concerning the Japanese atrocities during World War Two.  This graphic novel was so good that it won the 2016 Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel.

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A weekend review of a light-hearted reading, because sometimes Pastors needs a break from heavy theological reading.

Tom King.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 7: The Wedding. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 30th 2018. 176 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is volume seven of Batman in DC’s Rebirth era.  The volume collects Batman issues # 45-50.

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A weekend comic book review, because sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

Tom King.  Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 168 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is the sixth trade paperback volume in the DC Comics’ Rebirth reboot series on Batman.  The book collects issues #38-43.  This particular volume gives us three stories that feature Batman but also Catwoman by his side, whether in a small role or a larger role.

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This is my fun read while on Vacation.  Because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy reading…

Dwayne McDuffie.  Batman: Blink. New York, NY: DC Comics, February 24th 2015. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This volume is a reprint of some older Batman issues (the original work was not in 2015).  This book collecting Legends of the Dark Knight issues 156-158 and Action Comics 847 and presents two story concerning a blind character name Lee Hyland.  Originally I wasn’t going to read this book since it looks like “90s stuff” but it turned out to be better than I anticipated.

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In light of this long “weekend” I thought I share this leisure reading review…because Pastors sometimes need a break from heavy theological reading too!

Scott Snyder.  Batman & the Signal. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, August 28th 2018. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This was more about the new DC Comic hero “the Signal” than it was about Batman although Batman played a big part in this book and it was Batman who trained the Signal into his role of being a crime fighting hero.  This book collects various issues of Batman and tells us different stories about Duke Thomas who later became known as “the Signal” in the second half of the book.  One of the thing that I like about the character Duke is that it breaks out of the mold that Batman’s partner has to be another “Robin.”  Instead in the collected stories of Duke Thomas both in this book and elsewhere we see Batman’s deliberate attempt to raise Duke up to be more than just a “sidekick” but for him to be his own person.  I really appreciate the writer Scott Snyder exploring a deeper and more maturing view of human nature and longings and desires.

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For this weekend reading recommendations (because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading) I’m sharing something different: Web comics by blogger RG’S 2 CENTS.

Unlike other comics I review our Christian brother has the Christian worldview shape his comics of an alternative world.

Here’s the web comics you can read online:

This was the first one I read by RG: When Foxes Fly.  Flying Fox?  Yep, a character goes to a new city and meet others and uses his power for good.  There’s a spoof on the Batman movie and King Kong.  In the midst of all the character is a kid whose faith in God is important and an example for the adults.  Check it out here.

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