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Lucas Stand #6: ok. Weird. Not sure what I was expecting.

Moonshine #2,3: pretty solid. I like the slow game they're playing.

Nightwing #12: this was just ok.

Comics: 284
Trades: 21

Graphic Novels: 9

Omnibuses: 5

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Did Jim Starlin do that issue or was it Marv Wolfman? Starlin's run is one of my favorites. He has the best voice for Batman's inner monologue.

No, that was Christopher Priest. The writing staff was shuffled a lot at that time on the Bat-books, but it's still probably the best era of Batman. Thanks, in no small order, to Jim Aparo.

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Batman #430: Reading these out of order, the reason for the tension between Batman and Gordon in #432 becomes clear: he's yet to tell Jim that Robin is dead. So here, when Gordon asks if Robin is with Batman tonight, your heart breaks for Batman. Besides that, the small addition to Batman's origin is interesting, and it makes it seems like this was meant to be a soft jumping on point for new readers. (One imagines there were a lot of new eyes on Batman post-A Death in the Family, so it makes sense.) While not the most memorable issue of Batman, there are good moments in here: Gordon hinting he knows who Batman is, Batman being slightly off his game, and the seven pages containing the origin and contemporary stories spring to mind. 

Batman #431: Batman throwing a frying pan at a ninja has to be my new favorite Batman moment. This one is jumbled. Skip it.

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Did Jim Starlin do that issue or was it Marv Wolfman? Starlin's run is one of my favorites. He has the best voice for Batman's inner monologue.

Starlin did #430, while Owsley / Priest wrote #431-432.

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I love this era of Batman, but I think it's really interesting that his reaction to Jason's death - becoming super grim, angry, "I don't need anyone's help", really just a huge asshole - which was presented as precisely the reason why it was so important that he bring Tim Drake on board, essentially became the default Batman characterization within a few years.

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Yeah, between A Death in the Family and Tim becoming Robin, there's a solid reason for him to be so cold and driven. After that, it's writers not realizing why that characterization came about, and not wanting to change it.

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I generally feel disconnected with the current era of Batman, and have pretty much since Morrison left. The character can be dickish, but the idea of him being an insane asshole who hates and distrusts everybody is so counteractive to how I grew to know the character, and how writers portrayed him for years before that. My main thing was in Bruce Wayne: MURDERER/FUGITIVE, where Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka addressed his mental problems and he came out of that better than ever. There was no "Bruce Wayne is a mask" BS. But then Identity Crisis has him all paranoid, and Geoff Johns tries to address and fix that with Infinite Crisis and One Year Later. But the general idea is that these moments: Jason's death, Gordon getting shot, having his mind wiped, all these explained his behavior. Now it's just he's like that all the time, and it's more than a personal preference. It doesn't make sense for the character. In Dark Knight Returns, he was grinning from ear to ear being Batman. It's how he copes. If he's really supposed to be eternally morose, he would've killed himself a long time ago. It's like Morrison says, you cannot go through all that training and mental preparation and end up an asshole.

I better stop before I pollute this thread more...

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Nah, don't stop.

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Nova #2: the best single issue Marvel comic I've read in years.

Old Man Logan #16: Interested to see where this goes.

Squarriors v2 #1,2: A step down form the first volume, but I'll try another.

Superman #14: Ok, multiversity stuff. Hope it's better than Morrison's series.

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #1: Interested to see where they go with this.

The Flintstones #7: still great.

The Unstoppable Wasp #1: THIS is how you attack social issues in comics. I Loved this issue. Not sure what to expect going in, and I don't know how long I'll like it for, but I'm glad it exists.

Unworthy Thor #3: Solid. Love Beta Ray Bill.

US Avengers #1: Weirdly, a bunch of characters I don't know anything about, a non-character (Cannonball) and a character I really liked who is now unrecognizable (Sunspot). I still kind of liked it.

Unfollow #15: still good.

All-New Wolverine #16: still good.

Avengers #3.1: I think I might be done with this.

Action Comics #971: not as good as previous issues.

Batman #15: This second part would have had more of an impact if AT ANY TIME OVER THE PAST YEAR OF COMICS BATMAN GAVE A SHIT ABOUT OR RAN INTO CATWOMAN IN THIS SERIES.

Black Hammer Giant-Sized Special: this was pretty ok.

Black Eyed Kids #10: still good.

Captain America Sam Wilson #18: way better attacking social issue than the atrocious last issue.

Captain America Steve Rogers #9: ok.

Captain Kid #4: Interesting. One more issue to go.

Curse Words #1: Once passed on making a comic book with a friend because we didn't think we could do it justice properly. Reading this tells me we could have.

Deathstroke #10: this is not good, but the next issue feature The Creeper, so I'll check that out before quitting.

Comics: 306
Trades: 21

Graphic Novels: 9

Omnibuses: 5

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Black Jack Ketchum - I'll be honest, I have zero clue what happened in this.  I tend to zone out a little when things get mystical, but even so, this was a step beyond that. 

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon - I thought this would sorta pick up where the Immortal Weapon series left off.  I guess things happened in the in-between time and I am a little lost on the Ku'n Lun of it all.  This might have been an okay book. But this art is some of the worst I have ever seen.  I want to say this looks all 90s EXTREME~!!~!, but that would insult the 90s. 

 

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Black Jack Ketchum - I'll be honest, I have zero clue what happened in this.  I tend to zone out a little when things get mystical, but even so, this was a step beyond that. 

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon - I thought this would sorta pick up where the Immortal Weapon series left off.  I guess things happened in the in-between time and I am a little lost on the Ku'n Lun of it all.  This might have been an okay book. But this art is some of the worst I have ever seen.  I want to say this looks all 90s EXTREME~!!~!, but that would insult the 90s. 

Funny, how we can agree and disagree in one post. Case in point: I gave Black Jack Kertchum one issue and thought it sucked. IF: TLW is one of the best-looking Marvel books of the past quarter century.

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Robin #116-120: Thoughts here.

Comics: 226

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Star Trek: Deviations: A "What If?" story where the Romulans destroyed the Federation and invaded Earth at some point during Kirk's era, enslaving humankind and erasing our history. So much of our past has been forgotten, we believe the Romulans made first contact, not the now-dead Vulcans. Somehow, Riker (as Snake Plissken) learns of a man named Picard who's being held captive, and frees him because he knows of a secret base in the stars. He does so with the help of familiar faces, but there's no explanation of how they all came to be on Earth or how this base is supposed to save them, and we only care about the characters because we know versions of them from TNG. It's a jumble, I'm sorry. Skip it.

Comics: 227

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The Deep #3: Quick but fun issue. The art looks a little looser in places.

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Detective Comics #854-860: There is so much good in here (I'm speaking only of the Batwoman portions, as I read this as Elegy the TPB), but it's muddied by all of the stuff with the cult, the monster-people, and the prophecy. And so much continuity! I thought this was supposed to be a major introduction to Batwoman, but it's nothing of the sort. You will literally have no idea what's going on if you're not already familiar with her adventures. Don't get me wrong, everything about Kate's past, especially when she came out to her CO and father, was amazing. Brilliant storytelling. (I could read an ongoing series, by Rucka, of Kate Kane's life between getting the boot from the military and meeting Batman for the first time as Batwoman.) But I found myself actively getting angry at the book for not explaining the monster-people, which come out of nowhere. Worse: Alice. Her way of speaking bored me.

Despite all my griping, I did enjoy the book. In fact, I thought I would try to seek out what came before, hoping it would fill in the gaps. So I read...

Crime Bible: The Five Lessons of Blood #1-5: ... because I was under the impression this was a Question / Batwoman story, not a Question story in which Batwoman appears for one-ish issue. If you read 52, maybe this will make sense. It is an Aftermath book, after all, but to me it was boring and didn't answer the questions about Kate. Looks like I'll have to dig into 52 to get that, but I'm in no rush.

Comics: 240

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