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Comic Review: Batman/Superman Vol. 4 Siege

superman batmanBatman/Superman Vol. 4 is written b y Greg Pak and collects issues 16-20 of Batman/Superman, Batman/Superman Annual #2, and Batman/Superman: Futures End #1.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Someone is targeting the people closest to Superman—those who wear his sigil, those he cares most about, even innocents whose lives he’s saved. The attacks seem random, but Batman recognizes the pattern. A madman who hates you so much he strikes at the people around you…this is Superman’s Joker.
Worse, the method of the attacks is even more bizarre: the bullets leave no residue, no clues, then seem to disappear into nothingness. Even the World’s Greatest Detective is at a loss.

But when Batman hatches a plan to draw the killer out of hiding, a crucial clue is uncovered—one that reveals that the killer is more closely tied to Superman than they could have imagined! Can Superman, Batman and Supergirl defeat this threat from Superman’s past…or will Superman’s Joker prove to be his final undoing?

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Comic Review: Side-Kicked

side-kicked-2The Story (aka from the publisher)

It should come as no surprise to learn that within the superhero “community,” egos run rampant. But how does all that free-flowing narcissism impact those just outside the spotlight? Chicago finds out when five of the city’s most loyal Sidekicks finally grow tired of being disrespected by both the prima donnas they work with and the citizenry they strive to protect. And it’s not like the Windy City needs yet another labor upheaval…..

“But You’re Replaceable”

Russell Brettholtz takes the classic superhero story and turns it on its head. While these superheroes in Chicago are given great praise for all that they do for the city, the sidekicks are often over looked. They have many of the same responsibilities, sometimes more, but they receive no recognition.

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Comic Review: Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3 – Casualties of War

25241729Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War collects issues #13-17 and is written by Peter J. Tomasi

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Superman and Wonder Woman—two of the world’s mightiest heroes—are the ultimate power couple. And yet, when a new superhero arrives out of nowhere asking for their guidance, the two Justice Leaguers can’t help but suspect that something is very, very wrong. Wonderstar has no past, no memories and only a strange connection to Superman and Wonder Woman. He claims his intentions are good, but when his true identity is finally revealed, it will take the combined strength of the Man of Steel and the God of War to take him on.

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Comic Review: Convergence

2976491Convergence collects issues #0-8 of Convergence and is written by Jeff King.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Once, there were Infinite Earths. Untold timelines. Innumerable Elseworlds. Then there came a Crisis…a Zero Hour…a Flashpoint. Worlds lived. Worlds died. Now they all must fight for their future! The evil alien intelligence known as Brainiac has stolen 50 doomed cities from throughout time and space and brought them to a place beyond the Multiverse—a sentient planet of his own design, a world with the power of a god. As heroes and villains from dozens of worlds battle each other for their very existence, it’s up to a ragtag band of warriors from a slain Earth to put an end to this threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. Reality itself hangs in the balance… This is it! The entire DC Universe from the dawn of time through the New 52 stars in CONVERGENCE — an unprecedented event that brings together your favorite characters from every era and series. Whether familiar or forgotten, none of them will ever be the same!

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Comic Review: Wonder Woman Vol. 7 – War Torn

WWVol7Wonder Woman Vol. 7 collects issues #36-40 and Annual #1 written by Meredith Finch.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)

Please welcome the new superstar creative team of writer Meredith Finch and artist David Finch! As this new epic begins, the fate of the Amazons is about to be revealed, major new characters will be introduced and a new villain will arrive with enough power to defeat the combined might of Wonder Woman and her Justice League teammates! Don’t miss the start of this story that guest stars Swamp Thing! It will define what it takes for Diana to fulfill her destiny as Wonder Woman!

First Thoughts

In this volume, Wonder Woman is torn by an internal war. She is the Queen of her people, she is a founding member of the Justice League, and now she is the God of War. These three identities seem to be pulling her in different directions.

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Comic Review: Batman Eternal Vol. 2

Batman Eternal Batman Eternal Vol. 2 collects issues #22-34 of the fairly new weekly Batman series written by the New York Times best-selling author Scott Snyder.

The Story (aka from the Publisher)
After Commissioner Gordon’s arrest, Batman’s world is turned upside down. New allies emerge, old allies fall and his rogues gallery of villains are not quite who they seem. With a new power structure being established in Gotham amidst rising tension and chaos, can Batman adapt to the changing status quo?

Family Matters

One of the major themes in this volume is the role of family, both in negative as well as positive ways. Alfred has gone missing. It turns out that Alfred has been doused with a huge amount of fear toxin. Alfred’s daughter, Julia, comes looking to check in on him, and stumbles into the Bat Cave. There she fulfills her father’s role in aiding Batman.

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Comic Review: Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1

Batman: Arkham Knight Vol. 1 is a collection of Arkham Knight comics #1-6 that are the prequel to the brand-video game Batman: Arkham Knight. The fact that the comic is tied to the Arkham video games, may prevent some people from picking it up.

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Comic Review: The Flash Vol. 6: Out of Time

The Flash Vol. 6The following may contain spoilers. You have been warned. 

It is the beginning of a new era for the fastest man alive. In this volume, we are introduced to the future Flash who is a broken man. Time and again, his powers have failed him at an enormous cost to himself and the city he loves and has sworn to protect. Future Flash concludes that the his powers are weakening the more he travels through time. In order to remedy this problem, he goes back to the current, present-day time to stop the one event that starts it all.

The story comes from writer Robert Venditti, Van Jensen, and artist Brett Booth, collecting The Flash #30-35, The Flash Annual #3, and The Flash: Futures End #1. The main troubling element of this graphic novel is the story in the present. For the most part it isn’t all that interesting. There are pieces that are repetitive, and some things are overly explained. The pattern is established – someone is using weapons from previous villains to enact random acts of violence. Once the act has been committed, the Flash/Barry is the only one who knows that the villain who owned the weapon is not who they are looking for. The investigation continues until he figures out who is behind it all.

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