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

Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV.  Dark Days: The Road to Metal. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, May 22nd 2018. 256 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a collection of various DC Comic issues that lays the foundation for a big DC Comics event called “Metal.”  The first section collects a story called “Dark Days” while what follows after that is a collection of various other stories in the DC universe that the editors felt was important and foundational for “Metal.”

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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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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…

Gene Yang. New Super-Man, Volume 2: Coming to America. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 10th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is the second volume of a fun series in which this volume collects issues 7 through 12.  One of the big reason why I enjoyed this series is because this is different than the typical Superman:  While the writing of this book is in English this New Superman is ethnically Chinese.  I love the Asian cultural flavor to the story; it is unique in a stimulating way while not being so Chinese or Asian where non-Chinese readers would not understand what is going on or turned off.  I thought this reflected the skill of the author Gene Yang a Chinese American computer science teacher turn comic book writer.  He is among my top five favorite comic book writer.

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The year is almost over and I’m trying to crank out all my reviews of stuff I read in 2017.  Here are the last two comic books I read for 2017.

James Tynion IV.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 4: Deus Ex Machina. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is volume four of Batman’s Detective Comics.  The volume collects Detective Comics issues #957-962.  In the past I have not really enjoyed Batman working as a team but I think either I am getting used to it or the story for volume four really helped me enjoy it.  I must say though that this volume was enjoyable.

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