Here we find ourselves again sitting back and enjoying our favorite “funny books” full of the caped superheroes who will save us from the evil doers and the things that go bump in the night.
So, let’s dive in and see what the pull list brought us this week.
If you hadn’t noticed, I really like Batman. It seems to be a recurring theme on this site (and especially our podcasts). I can’t help it, I just love the Bat. But this month’s Batman book has almost no appearances of the Batman himself.
Running in a similar vein to the current Punisher run and the Gotham Central books from a few years back. This is a story where the main focus is a new side character Harper Row, a young girl who lives with her brother in the Narrows, a nasty section of Gotham City. She is the main crux of the story and Batman only appears in a handful of panels.
But you can feel him behind the scenes and you spend the first half of the book just waiting for him to appear. It’s like a roller coaster where you go up the first hill and have those seconds to think about how high you are and feel the tension build before you go over the edge. You know Batman will appear and you just wait for the scene in which he does.
If you were on the fence about jumping into a Batman title, this is a great place to start.
Speaking of favorite characters and topics that come up a lot, there is Wolverine. Logan has always been one of my favorite characters and recently I’ve been tossing a lot of flak Marvel’s direction for the confusing backwards release schedule.
It seems we are finally back on schedule and back in proper order. But what we got was a great issue of Wolverine fighting the reborn Sabretooth.
I didn’t read the story where Logan killed Sabretooth, but he does mention in this book in a clever, tongue in cheek kind of way. The writing here is pretty top notch as Wolverine is blind sided by everything that is going on.
Wolverine fans have a lot to love in this issue.
Daredevil is up with this annual issue. This is a larger than normal issue that ties into the Fantastic Four and Wolverine Annuals as well for a larger story.
It’s worth noting that this story is not connected to the current Daredevil run, and sadly you can tell. Mark Waid’s writing is among my favorite, and it’s not to say that Alan Davis’s writing is bad, but I miss Waid’s writing.
The story here is a good one, with Daredevil hunting down a killer who might just be a possessed robot. Yup, a possessed robot, but it works and the story is good. Daredevil’s past and his powers are used against him and they are the reason that he is brought in to the fight.
I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to pick up the Fantastic Four annual tie-in, but I will definitely be picking up the Wolverine annual to see how this all wraps up.
We begin with the Bat and we end with two Bats! Two Bats for the price of one.
Batgirl is not one I am normally reading, but I saw that Batwoman would be included and I had to check it out. I’m glad I did.
This story was a lot of fun, and even though I didn’t really know what was going on in the story I found enough there to keep me interested and wanting to check out more. The writing here is top notch. Although I was a bit disappointed that Batwoman didn’t have a larger role in the story. I can’t complain about her entrance and the not so subtle nod to JH Williams’s art that is so characteristic of the character.
From what I understand of the backstory here, Batgirl is still fairly new to being a walking superhero and is still learning. That definitely fit the story that we have. She is experienced but not as much as others and underestimates her opponents.
I will definitely be checking out more of Batgirl.