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Batman #36

by Cap'n Carrot on December 14, 2017 · 0 comments

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Okay, this is pretty good. Kicking off a new arc, writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann tackle the issue of Batman‘s impending wedding to Catwoman, and his friendship with Superman, from the perspective of both the Dark Knight Detective and the Man of Steel. While both are attempting to get to the bottom of their latest cases (which will end up linked by the end of the issue) each has to deal with the women in their lives asking why one hasn’t talked with the other about the wedding.

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Usagi Yojimbo #164 comic reviewThe middle chapter of “The Mouse Trap” picks up with Usagi‘s attacker delivering the rabbit ronnin to the Black Goblin Gang where the quick intervention of Inspector Ishida and the thief Nezumi prevent a groggy Usagi from meeting an inglorious end. Although Ishida is able to save his friend, Usagi is able to overhear a bit of the underlings talk about the hidden true head of the gang, and several members are killed by our heroes, Usagi and Ishida don’t learn about the next attack of the Black Goblin Gang until it is too late.

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Set prior to John Wick‘s retirement in the first film, the new series from Dynamite Entertainment focuses on the professional killer’s earlier career. Ghosts from the past lead John Wick to El Paso, Texas where an encounter leads to a confrontation with a gangster he knew from childhood. Whether or not Wick was specifically hunting the killers, or merely coincidence, is a bit unclear (although the former seems more likely). Stepping in on a hit allows John to reintroduce himself to and old “friend” and likely get him into considerable trouble int he issues to follow.

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The first issue of Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade takes Lara Croft to Corniglia, Italy inside a secret underground tomb discovered by Trinity. Lara isn’t there for the tomb, its riddles, or its treasures. She’s come seeking out members of the mysterious organization for answers concerning the identity of the person responsible for her father’s death.

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Astro City #49 takes a look at the unusual hero Registor as shown through the eyes of a reporter who catches the wiff (literally) of a story with ties to her childhood when she witnesses the hero appear to stop an attack by Earthpride white supremacists during a protest. With ties to old school civil disobedience, civil rights protests and rallies, I’d be curious to know the origins of this story which tie our protagonist’s current search back to her missing father.

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DC Comics’ next big event begins here. Born out the the Rebirth reboot, which introduced that idea that Dr. Manhattan was responsible for the shitstorm that was The New 52, Doomsday Clock #1 returns us to the world of Watchmen. Despite his plan initially succeeding, Ozymandias has seen the truth exposed by the Rorschach journal and his world fall back into chaos.

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Sometimes it’s hard to be a Dark Lord of the Sith (especially after you’ve murdered most of your friends, choked out your wife, and had your best friend cut off your legs and leave you to burn in a pool of lava… okay, that last one he probably deserved).

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The Wild Storm spins its wheels a bit in issue #9 which proves to be more about setting up future events in the series (IO’s Jacklyn King planning a covert cyberwar attack against Skywatch, and Angela Spica being introduced to Jacob Marlowe‘s secret laboratory) than big reveals or takeaways. That said, the issue is highlighted by some strong art by Jon Davis-Hunt in what little we see of the lab and one hell of a silent extended action sequence set in John Colt‘s past in feudal Japan.

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And this doesn’t even include the time Norman Osborne fathered children with Gwen Stacy.

10 Times Marvel Comics Lost Their Damn Minds

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I’ve missed the last couple of issues so I’ll admit being a bit confused as to why Batman is bleeding in a cave watching Catwoman and Talia al Ghul swordfight through ruins while Robin and Nightwing sit outside at campfire discussing Bruce’s plans to marry Selina. And what the hell Selina’s old BFF Holly is doing in the middle of it all?

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