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The last five nights and days has been long so I’m getting a little breather today from the ministry.  Here’s a fun read review as a mental break.

Enrico Marini.  Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Book One. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, November 6, 2018. 144 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a comic book written and illustrated by a European artist name Enrico Marini.  It is an exciting take on Batman versus Joker from the perspective of an European artist.  I thought Marini did a good job telling this story.

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

Sean Murphy.  Batman: White Knight. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 9th 2018. 232 pp.

5 out of 5

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I have been anticipating this story ever since I made my first or second visit to the comic bookstore and I overheard the clerk tell someone about this.  And it did not disappoint!  Which is why I gave this a five out of five.  This volume marks the debut of the publisher DC Comics’s new Black Label imprint which feature well known characters in DC universe in new stand-alone stories without necessarily continuity that affect the stories being told in the regular comics.  I love the originality of Batman: White Knight.  This work collects an eight issue miniseries in which the writer and artist Sean Murphy presents us a scenario of what would happen if the Joker goes sane.  But it was also so much more than that!

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This book comes out today!  Thanks to DC Comics for the advance review copy.

Tom King.  Batman Volume 8: Cold Days. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 24th 2018. 176 pp.

4 out of 5

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The adventure with Batman continues!  This eighth volume of Batman collects Batman issues # 51-57 in DC’s Rebirth era.  Being released in December there is a winter theme to the stories collected in this comic book.

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

Francesco Francavilla. The Black Beetle: No Way Out.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, August 27th 2013. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

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I almost didn’t read this comic book.  After all who wants to read a superhero that’s named after a bug (beetle) that I find gross?  But the pulp feel of the comics in which the stories takes place in early 1941 and the beautiful colors and artwork that I gleamed from flipping through the book made me reconsider to give this comic book a chance.  And boy did the writer and illustrator did not disappoint!   I give this work a five out of five since the writer and artist Francesco Francavilla gave us a new comic character, a wonderful story and an interesting mystery.  I also appreciated that this book had a noir mystery feel and yet it was clean.

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Here are weekend reviews of comic book readings, because sometimes Pastors needs a break from heavy theological reading!

The following are comics that are historical fictions, nonfictions or comics that takes place of a certain specific historical era.

Ethan Young. Nanjing: The Burning City.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, September 1st 2015. 216 pp.

5 out of 5

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This graphic novel is a historical fiction and tells the story of those Chinese abandoned by their government during the Japanese war against China in 1937.  The story takes place in the former capital of the Republic in Nanjing.  While this is an historical fiction the theme and characters could have easily been real life ordinary soldiers and people trying to survive.  The author and illustrator Ethan Young is to be commended for his illustration, his storytelling ability and also his focus on an era that is very hard to think about and which some today downplay or are ignorant of concerning the Japanese atrocities during World War Two.  This graphic novel was so good that it won the 2016 Reuben Award for Best Graphic Novel.

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A weekend review of a light-hearted reading, because sometimes Pastors needs a break from heavy theological reading.

Tom King.  Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 7: The Wedding. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, October 30th 2018. 176 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is volume seven of Batman in DC’s Rebirth era.  The volume collects Batman issues # 45-50.

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A weekend comic book review, because sometimes even Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading.

Tom King.  Batman Volume 6: Bride or Burglar. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, December 19th 2017. 168 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is the sixth trade paperback volume in the DC Comics’ Rebirth reboot series on Batman.  The book collects issues #38-43.  This particular volume gives us three stories that feature Batman but also Catwoman by his side, whether in a small role or a larger role.

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This is my fun read while on Vacation.  Because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy reading…

Dwayne McDuffie.  Batman: Blink. New York, NY: DC Comics, February 24th 2015. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

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This volume is a reprint of some older Batman issues (the original work was not in 2015).  This book collecting Legends of the Dark Knight issues 156-158 and Action Comics 847 and presents two story concerning a blind character name Lee Hyland.  Originally I wasn’t going to read this book since it looks like “90s stuff” but it turned out to be better than I anticipated.

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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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For this weekend reading recommendations (because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy theological reading) I’m sharing something different: Web comics by blogger RG’S 2 CENTS.

Unlike other comics I review our Christian brother has the Christian worldview shape his comics of an alternative world.

Here’s the web comics you can read online:

This was the first one I read by RG: When Foxes Fly.  Flying Fox?  Yep, a character goes to a new city and meet others and uses his power for good.  There’s a spoof on the Batman movie and King Kong.  In the midst of all the character is a kid whose faith in God is important and an example for the adults.  Check it out here.

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Here’s my weekend reading review, this time it is a post reviewing three comic books that are historical fictions…because Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Patrick Weber.  1066: William the Conqueror. Paris, France: Europe Comics, November 10th 2015. 78 pp.

3 out of 5

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This is a comic that tells the story of the famous and important year of 1066 in English history and the events leading up to the battle of Hasting.  This work was originally published in France in 2011 and then translated into English in 2015.  Since the work was originally in French you really get a slightly favorable perspective of William of Normandy.  I suppose there would be no surprise there.  If you are into medieval theme comics or you are a guy who like to read comics with historical references this work might be enjoyable for you.  I thought in general it tells the history pretty well although there is creative literary license with the details.

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It’s Friday night!  Here’s a light reading review for the weekend…because Pastors need a break from heavy theological readings too!

Gene Yang. New Super-Man, Volume 3: Equilibrium. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, June 19th 2018. 168 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is the third volume and final volume of a fun series.  I’m not usually a fan of Superman but this “New Superman” has really been a delight to read.  This particular volume collects issues 13 through 19.  I was actually looking forward to this volume to come out; something very rare for me with comics.  I really am a fan of the writer Gene Yang and he does not disappoint in this book.

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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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