Review: Batman #684

Batman #684 (Variant Cover Edition)

(***)

No surprises here. As you could tell after the first part, this is forgettable filler. I would have been reading Batman anyway, but I feel bad for all the fans who bought this thinking it was essential to Battle for the Cowl. Again, Batman is gone in this issue, but he might as well be on vacation in Tahiti. This is nothing more than a Nightwing solo story. But hey, it’s not terrible. This is Dennis O’Neil back on Batman folks. It also has incredibly captivating art from a Mr. Guillem March. He’s a newcomer, but I hope to see more from him in the future. Oh, we also got a new character out of this story, but I highly doubt she’ll come up again. Although now that I’ve said that, I’m sure she’ll be the one who gets Batman’s cowl.

Bruce Castle Presents: The Invincible Detective

Invincible #56

Invincible #56 (***1/2)

The…art…is…so…pretty. Sorry I had to wipe the drool from my mouth. We get to see Eve naked in this issue. Well, comic book naked, which of course means all the good parts are conveniently covered. This is probably the worst issue since the revamp, but the new colors are so beautiful I hardly cared. Simply put, Mark finds Amber with a messed up face and he gets mad. That’s pretty much all the new info we get in this issue. Besides the art, I’m also not too bumbed because I just heard that Kirkman is going to cram an entire crossover into Invincible #60. Cool, right

 Detective Comics #851 (Variant Cover Edition)

Detective Comics #851 (***)

Dennis O’Neil on Batman? Check. Last Rites tag? Check. The story is called “Last Days of Gotham”? Check. This has to be awesome, right? Wrong, it’s just mediocre. That’s sad, isn’t it? Do we need another Nightwing and Two-Face story? A new character is introduced, that’s cool. But it’s some lame female Two-Face character. She is pretty though, which leads me to the art. Guillem March is a newcomer who I guess drew some Poison Ivy thing. That makes perfect sense because he draws the female form the best. Sure this new character looks like Charlize Theron at times, but she is pretty. March’s style looks very cartoony, kind of like Anime. I liked it well enough. But the main problem here is still the story. Did anyone think this would just be usual filler? Gaiman’s issues can’t be like this too, can they? Nah.

Bruce Castle’s October Prevews Order

ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN #12

ANITA BLAKE LAUGHING CORPSE #3 (OF 5)

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #11

BATMAN #684

BATMAN CACOPHONY #2 (OF 3)

BOYS #25

CAPTAIN AMERICA #45

CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #6

CROSSED #3 (OF 9)

DAREDEVIL #114

DARK REIGN NEW NATION

DETECTIVE COMICS #851

FC LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #4

FC REVELATIONS #5 (OF 5)

FC SECRET FILES #1

GREEN LANTERN #37

HELLBOY THE WILD HUNT #1 (OF 8)

HULK #9

INCOGNITO #1

INVINCIBLE #57

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #22

NEW AVENGERS #48

PUNISHER #65

PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #26

PUNISHER WAR ZONE 1-4 (OF 6)

SECRET SIX #4

SI DARK REIGN #1

SI REQUIEM #1

THOR GOD SIZED #1

ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #59

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #129

ULTIMATE X-MEN #99

ULTIMATUM #3 (OF 5)

UNCANNY X-MEN #505

WALKING DEAD #57

WAR HEROES #5 (OF 6)

WOLVERINE #70

Comics To Take Even More Of Your Money At Holiday Time: Events are always important so we have Secret Invasion wrapping up and making things dark. Final Crisis isn’t quite finished thanks to delays and Ultimatum is already half over. That Ennis Punisher: War Zone weekly series is pretty sweet but that war may destroy my wallet. Matt Fraction has a love letter to the Executioner in Thor God Sized #1. The longest Hellboy series yet begins in Hellboy The Wild Hunt #1. Oh yeah and Batman RIP has ended and we get to what Gotham is like. Dennis O’Neil returns to writing Batman in Detective Comics #851 and then in Batman #684.

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