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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 long holiday weekend!  Here’s this weekend’s light reading weekend reviews…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

To check out part one of historical fiction comics I reviewed this year click here.  Since I read more than I can review there’s also a part three I’ll post sometime in December.

Code Word: Geronimo

Dale A. Dye. Code Word: Geronimo.  San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing, September 20th, 2011. 88 pp.

4 out of 5

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The subtitle of this graphic novel is “The True Story of the Raid Against Osama Bin Laden.”  This is a comic book telling of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.  The publisher IDW Publishing brought together a very interesting and talented team to tell this story.  For instance this work is written by a former US Marine Captain Dale Dye.  Dye’s biographical background is rather remarkable with his beginning as an enlisted Marine who rose quickly to the rank of Master Sergeant within thirteen years and later became a commissioned officer.  He is a veteran of both Vietnam and Beirut.  I think no doubt his military background helped with the story; I have seen some other military historical theme graphic novels that has less attention to details in its accuracy both in terms of the writing and the artwork than this particular work.  This is also probably the only comic book that I have seen the creators include someone with a PhD.  Julia Dye is mentioned on the cover as having a PhD and her creator biography in the last page mentioned she has a doctorate in anthropology in human conflict and her career specialization is keeping “the Entertainment Industry honest…and helps Hollywood directors capture the realities of warfare.”

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I’m going to have a part 2 of reviews of comic books and graphic novels that are historical fiction in its genre that I read this year, 2017 since I take a long time to write up all the reviews as oppose to just reading them.  For now here are the following reviews as part of this weekend’s light reading weekend reviews…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading.

Brian Wood. Rebels: A Well-Regulated Militia.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, May 4th 2016. 262 pp.

4 out of 5

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This volume collects a series of graphic novel stories about the American War of Independence.  The idea of a comic series on the War of Independence fascinates me as someone who loves to read history; and the beautiful artwork for the cover sealed it for me that this worth picking up.  While one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover nevertheless in this instance the artwork with the cover was a tastes of things to come.

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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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This is a weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading too.  This work by the way just came out this past Tuesday!

Tom King.  Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 17th 2017. 104 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is actually a continuation of DC Universe: Rebirth.  I wished this work could have told readers that it would be confusing reading this without first knowing what happened in that previous work.  Here in this present volume we see the continuation of the flashpoint event continuing in which time has been changed by someone or something in the DC Universe.  We see the hero Batman and the superhero the Flash team up to try to figure out what’s going on with everything and who is behind the deliberate and malicious changing of time.

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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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