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

Scott Snyder.  Batman: The Court of Owls Saga (DC Essential Edition). Burbank, CA: DC Comics, September 11th 2018. 320 pp.

5 out of 5

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A few years ago when I first started reading comics again it was Batman’s The Court of Owls Saga that got me into reading the newer Batman stories and Batman in general.  When the Court of Owls kicked off DC Comic’s “New 52” reboot of their superhero universe Batman gets a new and original story of a secret society that existed all the time in Gotham City under the radar of Batman’s eyes and ears.  I am glad that the saga now is collected all in one volume as a “DC Essential Edition.”  I think this is an essential edition for Batman fans and those who want to try out reading the better materials on Batman.

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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

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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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We haven’t reviewed comics here for our weekend leisure reading review in a while so here’s one.  Why a weekend review?  Because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Tom King.  Batman Volume 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 200 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is the fourth trade paperback volume in DC Comics’ Rebirth’s series on Batman.  The book collects issues #25-32.  This particular volume tells the story of the war between Batman’s two super-villains: The Joker and the Riddler.

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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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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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