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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

Purchase: Amazon

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

Purchase: Amazon

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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Scott Snyder.  All-Star Batman, Volume 2: Ends of the Earth. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 12th, 2017. 144 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is volume two of “All-Star Batman” that is a part of DC Comics’ recent “rebirth” reboot.  I wanted to read this graphic novel largely due to the fact that Scott Snyder wrote the story.  Snyder’s previous stories has been good and I’m especially impressed with his Court of Owls.  I must admit though I wasn’t as impressed with this particular volume as I have been with other works by Snyder.

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Thanks to DC Comics for this advance review copy!  This work is out for sale today!

Tom King.  Batman Volume 3: I Am Bane. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 5th, 2017. 176 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is volume three of the new Batman series in the DC rebirth series.  It picks up where volume two left off in which Batman was able to bring back the character named Psycho-Pirate to help restore Gotham Girl back to a regular mental state due to events that are explained in volume one.

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A later post today because I was trying to finish this review.  Thank you to DC Comics for this advance review copy.  This volume comes out today.

Dan Jurgens.  Batman Beyond, Volume 1: Escaping the Grave. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, July 11th 2017. 144 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a story of the next generation Batman.  It tells the story of a man name Terry who took the place of Batman. This is volume one of Batman Beyond in the New DC “Rebirth” makeover of the DC hero universe and while some of these new Rebirth series has started out with a shaky start I think this is one that was started out solid.

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A weekend light reading review.

Scott Synder.  All-Star Batman, Volume 1: My Own Worst Enemy. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 25th, 2017. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a volume that is a part of DC Comics’ recent “rebirth” reboot.  This particular work is on Batman.  I wanted to read this graphic novel largely due to the fact that Scott Synder wrote the story.  Synder’s previous stories has been good and I’m especially impressed with his Court of Owls.  While this particular work wasn’t as good as some of his previous works nevertheless you see the author’s creativity with how this story was told.

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