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Review: Batman #104

Batman #104

Mixing Batman with Saw sounds like an awesome concept. Batman #104 dances around diving into that combination as Batman, Harley Quinn, and Clownhunter have been captured by Ghost-Maker. The first story arc after “The Joker War” continues to stumble as the series fails to excite.

Batman #104 has the group capture by Ghost-Maker bouncing between that and Nightwing and Oracle discussing Bruce’s history with Ghost-Maker. Writer James Tynion IV dips his toes in what could be a very interesting concept and direction. Ghost-Maker forcing Batman to make a tough decision with Clownhunter and Harley Quin while trapped within a room. But, the issue focuses mostly on Bruce’s past with the mysterious Ghost-Maker. By the end, we have learned only a little more than we knew before.

Almost half of the comic is dedicated to the past of Bruce and the anti-hero, about six times as is needed. We already knew they trained together, so adding in a little more is fine but much of the issue sets up the relationship between the two to once again emphasize that Bruce/Batman cares. The focus feels like filler to some extent presenting a sequence extended far more than it needs to be.

Where things would get interesting is presenting Batman with an actual dilemma, one where he needs to make a difficult choice. We get that tease in what looks like the set of Saw. Pitting Batman, Clownhunter, and Harley Quinn together in the situation really emphasizes Ghost-Maker’s point. And while the basics are there, it never really gets to the interesting aspects. That’s teased for the next issue.

Things aren’t helped with the art on the issue which is inconsistent. Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, and Guillem March all contribute to the issue and it’s noticeable that there’s so many hands in it. There’s a dip in details from segment to segment and at times page to page that’s distracting. While DC has gotten away with multiple artists where things aren’t an issue, Batman #104 features such a variation that it’s jarring at times. Not even the art can really save the issue.

Much like much of the Ghost-Maker arc so far, Batman #104 continues a story which has potential but never quite nails the interesting meat of it. The issues feel like a build-up to what will be a packed final issue that really lays things out. This seems to be Tynion’s pattern with his multiple arcs so far. The initial issues lay out some interesting concepts, dances around them, and the final issue lays out the theme and “conclusion” of the arc. It creates for issues where things don’t feel satisfying and as a reader we’re left with potential with little payoff.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Ryan Benjamin, Danny Miki, Bengal, Guillem March
Color: David Baron Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation:
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ComiXology Features 5 New Comics Including Batman and Overwatch!

ComiXology kicks things off with five new digital comic releases on their platform from DC, Magnetic Press, Dark Horse, and Harlequin. Check out all of the issues here or the individual issues below!

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Written by Charlotte Girard, Patrick Marty, Jean-Marie Omont
Art by Golo Zhao
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Yaya is finally back home but finds the big house where she expected to find her family to be deserted. Only the loyal driver Chang is there to greet her. Fortunately, Tuduo and his little brother arrive to cheer her up and give her hope, because her parents may not be that far away…

The Ballad of Yaya #9: Sonata

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Written by Mark Russell
Pencils Scott Koblish
Inks Scott Koblish
Colored by Nick Filardi
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The Toyman is creating the MUST-HAVE toy this Christmas, and everyone’s gotta have a piece of it…but when the toys become violent with the innocent press of a button, Batman must find a way to be in every home in Gotham, before it’s too late!

Batman: Gotham Nights #22

Overwatch: Tracer–London Calling #3

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Pencils Babs Tarr
Inks Babs Tarr
Colored by Rachael Cohen
Cover by Bengal
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Tracer struggles with guilt after the assassination of Mondatta. Meanwhile, Kace—the major omnic advocate for anti-human-omnic cohabitation—provokes a rebellion against humans in response to the death of their omnic leader.

Acclaimed Eisner and Harvey award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, X-23) and kinetic artist Babs Tarr (Batgirl, Motor Crush) are joined by exquisite colorist Rachel Cohen (Snotgirl) and letterer extraordinaire Deron Bennett (Tale of Sand). Working in close collaboration, Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics present fans and players with an exciting new addition to Overwatch’s expanding story!

Overwatch: Tracer--London Calling #3

Pregnant At Acosta’s Demand

Written by Maya Blake
Art by Eri Kawamura
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Suki has always been in love with her best friend’s brother, gorgeous and kindhearted Ramon. After they spend the night of her twenty-fifth birthday together, her heart is shattered when he immediately gets back together with his stunning girlfriend. For the next year, she keeps her distance from Ramon, until a tragic accident brings them back together. Suki has never told him about the baby they almost had, but Ramon has shocking news of his own… He wants Suki to have his child!

Pregnant At Acosta's Demand

The Tycoon’s Proposal

Written by Leigh Michaels
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Lissa is working the cloakroom at a party when she bumps into Kurt Callahan, someone she never thought she’d see again. He’s still as charming as ever, and now he’s become a very successful businessman. He asks Lissa for her phone number, seemingly forgetting they’ve met before. Lissa, however, hasn’t forgotten about Kurt sleeping with her just to win a bet. This time, it’s his turn to get a taste of humiliation!

The Tycoon's Proposal

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Preview: Batman #104

Batman #104

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Bengal, Guillem March

Ghost-Maker is living up to his spectral name as Batman scours Gotham City for any trace of him…but this deadly new vigilante is going to prove a bloody point to the Dark Knight by murdering both Clownhunter and Harley Quinn. That is, unless they kill each other first!

Batman #104

Get an Early Look at Something is Killing the Children #11

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Something is Killing the Children #11, the launch of a brand new story arc in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about the close-knit community of Archer’s Peak, rocked by a series of murders, and Erica Slaughter, a mysterious figure who rides into town claiming she can stop the brutal attacks turning their lives upside down.

Erica’s gambit to save Archer’s Peak has failed. Now, the town is under the full control of the Order of St. George. And if the spread of the monsters can’t be contained, then the Order might move to eradicate the entire area…

Something is Killing the Children #11 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan-favorite artist Jenny Frison, Bengal, and Martin Simmonds with design by Dylan Todd. It comes to shelves on October 21, 2020.

Something is Killing the Children #11

Preview: Alienated #1

Alienated #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Chris Wildgoose
Colorist: André May
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
    Main Cover:
Chris Wildgoose
    Variant Cover: Bengal
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jamie McKelvie
Price: $3.99

Acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker) present a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a superpredator in the making—and it’s in need of prey.

Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1

Watch the Brand New Trailer for Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose’s Alienated #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new series trailer for Alienated #1,  the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 features a main cover illustrated by Wildgoose and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Bengal and Jamie McKelvie. It comes to shelves February 12, 2020.

Get a First Look at Alienated #1 from Simon Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose, André May, and Jim Campbell

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at  Alienated #1, the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 will be available for sale February 12, 2020.

Alienated #1

Preview: Angel #8

Angel #8

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Colorist: Roman Titov
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
 
    Main Cover: Dan Panosian
    Variant Cover: Steve Morris
    Preorder Cover: Scott Buoncristiano
    Incentive Cover: Bengal
Price: $3.99

A HELLMOUTH TIE-IN! Back in Los Angeles, TEAM SPIKE—Spike, Fred, and Gunn—is doing their best to stem the tide of evil that Hellmouth has unleashed, but the city is being overwhelmed. But to save their city, Fred must decide whether to fight off the darkness inside her…or embrace it.

Angel #8

Preview: Supergirl #37

Supergirl #37

(W) Jody Houser (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Bengal
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Infected Supergirl strikes! After Supergirl protects Superman from getting infected by the Batman Who Laughs virus, she gets infected herself…and accepts this new version of herself with pride! With Batman and Superman claiming to want to “cure” her to cover up that she had to protect Superman, and the Batman Who Laughs wanting to use her in his own plans, which side will Supergirl choose? Or will she forge a whole new alliance?

Supergirl #37

Death or Glory Shifts Gears for a New Arc in November

Bestselling writer Rick Remender and fan-favorite artist Bengal return to Death or Glory with a new, pulse-pounding story arc hitting shelves in November from Image Comics.

In Death or Glory #6, Glory is back and barreling toward the Mexican border in the hopes of delivering the liver transplant to save her father’s life. Hot on her heels is her ex-husband, his criminal empire, crooked cops, psycho killers, and a Mexican murder cartel. Time, fuel, and hope are running out, but no one outruns Glory.

Death or Glory #6 Cover A by Bengal (Diamond Code AUG190176) and Death or Glory #6 Cover B by Eric Canete (Diamond Code AUG190177) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 6.

Death or Glory #6
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