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Review: Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World

Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World
Batwoman, Vol. 2: To Drown the World by J.H. Williams III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better. If you thought Batman and his stories were dark and twisted just give this a shot and I swear you will think his stories are normal. My only real complaint about this volume is the time jumping in the story, and how it didn’t really seem necessary in many places. Aside from the jumping time perspective the story itself was very well crafted and extremely engaging. Well worth the read.

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Review: Hawkman: Allies & Enemies

Hawkman: Allies & Enemies
Hawkman: Allies & Enemies by Geoff Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a pleasant return to the lives of some often neglected characters in the DC Universe. All to often these characters are relegated to minor character status in team books while the superstars such as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman steal all the glory while these characters get relegated to grunt status and are left to deal with the riff-raff of the villain world.

I really enjoyed following these characters, and the author (Geoff Johns, why am I not surprised?) did a fantastic job of bringing them to life and making them seem human. This book was really well written and I eagerly anticipate tracking down other volumes in the series in the hopes that they exhibit equal quality.

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Review: Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear Volume 1: Urban Jungle by David Liss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Black Panther character has always been a background character in other stories that I have read over the years, but never in my experience has he headlined his own series, so this was an interesting journey for me. I found the writing to be very mature and well written, and by mature I am not talking about being full of foul language but rather in the sense of being well handled, and a sign of maturity on the part of the writer. Honestly, something of a rarity in this market, so finding a writer with a clean, mature writing style is a rare gem to be treasured. The artwork is dark and moody, and is basically the sort of work you would expect in a Batman or Daredevil book. As Black Panther is taking over for Daredevil and patrolling Hells Kitchen I suppose this artwork is perfectly appropriate for the style of book that we have here. Honestly, I am not a super fan of the dark and moody style, even when it fits, but I found that I really didn’t mind it when reading this book.

In the end I found myself very satisfied with the read and looking forward to the next volume.

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Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection

Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection
Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very well written story. You don’t often see a hero trying to talk down a villain, or try to understand them psychologically beyond understanding what is necessary to take them down. This hero not only tries to understand the who and the why, but also tries to talk them down rather than beating them down. Very well done, and nicely balanced. There is still action, and there is still drama, and it all blends together quite nicely. I am eager to see more in this series.

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Review: Batgirl: Redemption

Batgirl: Redemption
Batgirl: Redemption by Adam Beechen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really love a story that lets me get into the head of the hero, to learn what drives them, what motivates them, and the mental process as they work. This book is doing an excellent job of letting me see into this character, watching her evolve as she confronts the ghosts that haunt her and overcomes them. I eagerly anticipate reading the next volume.

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