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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 lighthearted reading review…because sometimes a Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.

Matt Wagner.  The Shadow: Year One.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, April 28th 2015.  304 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is a longer story of the pulp comic book hero known as “The Shadow.”  Not that I’m complaining about it being longer but rather I see it as a delight since this past year I have been immensely enjoying the stories and the character of “The Shadow.”  If you enjoy other titles on the Shadow you will enjoy this one.

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I finally got around to reviewing this awesome work for this Friday evening’s weekend leisure reading…why?  Because Pastors need mental breaks too…

Mark Waid.  Kingdom Come. New York, NY: DC Comics, October 1st, 1997. 231 pp.

5 out of 5

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Let me say in the beginning that in what follows in this review it will contain spoilers.

I read this graphic novel after this was recommended to me on my blog by Robert Jones.  I rarely begin any review of comics talking about the artwork (I’m more into the story than the artwork) but I must say Alex Ross has done an incredible work with the illustrations throughout the entire book.  The amount of attention to details was amazing especially for comics.  I love the complex facial expressions Ross was able to capture ranging from shock, being disturbed and anguished.  Again, incredible.  You even gain something by looking at what’s happening with the background.  I personally felt Ross’ artistic approach was that of Norman Rockwell but situated in the future and focused on superheroes.  I have always felt Rockwell’s art has a sense of realism of everyday life but one with a sense of direction that makes you think about us as persons in society; Ross’ work of art is like that but with even more realism in the sense that he captures that all n the world is not all right; it is filled with a streak of darkness, disappointments and despair.  In fact as I will later mention in the review knowing a bit of Rockwell might help us to interpret this work.

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Thank you for DC  for allowing me to review this comic.  This new book comes out today.  For more of my reviews of comics check out Collection of Posts: Superheroes, Comics and Worldview Series.

Gene Yang.  New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made In China. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 27th, 2017. 231 pp.

5 out of 5

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This was a fun read.  This was a little different than the typical Superman comic. This New Superman is Chinese (as one can gleam from the subtitle).  I loved the story as it was a breath of fresh air from the generic Superman story and also that it was a different cultural perspective.  I am glad DC printed this and had a good writer name Gene Yang tell this story.  Thus far this is my favorite of DC’s latest company-wide relaunched called Rebirth.

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A weekend leisure reading book review.  Because even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

Howard Chaykin.  The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, July, 2015.  160 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is another graphic novel of the pulp hero name the Shadow.  Most of the stories of the Shadow takes place in the 1930s but this particular volume takes place on the end of the year of 1949 and the beginning of 1950.  There are multiple references throughout the graphic novel that the Shadow has been fighting crime and evil men for over two decades and a major subplot is how long the Shadow would keep going with his fight against evil since there is no end in sight with the amount of evil men who would arise as villains and also because the Shadow’s longtime partner against crime and lover Margo Lane wishes to settle down.  Yet even when the two are on vacation trouble still follows them and the need for the Shadow calls.

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A break from heavy theological posts!  I want to thank DC comics for this advance review copy.

Tom King.  Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, April 18th, 2017. 168 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is volume two of the new Batman series in the DC rebirth series.  It picks up where volume one left off in which Gotham Girl is need of help; specifically in order for Batman to help her he needs to find Psycho-Pirate to restore her mental state.  But for Batman to get Psycho-Pirate this requires Batman to go on an adventure outside of Gotham.

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I’m thankful for DC Comics allowing me to review this new volume!

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Tom King.  Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, January 11th, 2017. 192 pp.

4 out of 5

Over the last year and a half I have really become a fan of Batman.  So as a new fan I could not wait to get my hands on this new Batman work titled “I am Gotham.”  This particular work is volume one in the new Batman in DC Comics’ 2016 relaunch which they have called “Rebirth.”  With this graphic novel as my first exposure to DC Comic’s Rebirth universe I must say that I’m excited to read and explore what else DC is doing with their other titles.

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