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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 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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A Friday night weekend light reading review!  Don’t miss the end of this review where I have a Christian reflection.

Geoff Johns.  DC Universe: Rebirth. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, May 25th 2016. 80 pp.

5 out of 5

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I enjoyed this work.  Having been interested with Comics only the last few years I started reading Batman and a few other DC Comics materials during their “New 52” era and was surprised to learn that in the middle of 2016 they stopped the New 52 reboot with a new era company-wide change called “Rebirth.”  This work was helpful in explaining to me what Rebirth is about and the possible direction DC comics is going.

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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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This came out yesterday and is currently #1 Best Seller in DC Comics & Graphic Novels (and rightly so!)

Frank Miller.  Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 19th, 2017. 376 pp.

5 out of 5

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Wow this work is just incredible.  This is definitely the best work on Batman released by DC for the year 2017; I think it would be up there with some of the best works on Batman.  This is the third volume in the famous Dark Knight Saga by Frank Miller, with the first one titled The Dark Knight Return and the second titled The Dark Knight Strikes Again.  With the release of Batman: The Dark Knight: Master Race it has been thirty one years since the first one began.  That’s thirty one year since Frank Miller wrote a story that has shaped Batman’s narrative and also have influenced the movies about Batman.  This third work is epic in the same fashion as The Dark Knight Return.

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