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Review: I Am Batman #2

John Ridley continues to give us a different take on Batman as the series begins to tie itself into Fear State.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Olivier Coipel
Color: Stephen Segovia
Letterer: Troy Peteri

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Review: I Am Batman #2

I Am Batman #2

John Ridley has been putting together an interesting story with I Am Batman. Coming from the world of film and television, it’s not surprising that Ridley’s approach has differed from other comic writers. While one can pick up each volume of his works on their own to read, it’s the overarching story that makes each stand out. I Am Batman #2 has Jace attempting to put the pieces of the puzzle together. He’s getting dragged into the current “event” “Fear State” and is convinced what he’s investigating is tied into the Magistrate and Scarecrow.

Ridley’s take on Batman is different in multiple ways. We’re seeing “year one” in many ways as Jace slowly is figuring out what he’s doing in some dangerous on the job training. This isn’t a polished Batman at all, instead delivering a bit more of a brutal ground level take on the character. There’s no issues breaking bones or a knife plunging into a bad guys’ leg. The theatrics aren’t as present and instead it’s a much more direct approach to things. The differences are there.

What’s more intriguing is what Ridley does with the character in this issue. The traditional Batman has had his jaw out in the open for individuals to see. You can see his mouth move and you know he’s likely white. Jace’s take covers that space though in this issue uses it to an advantage. In a scene I probably lingered on for far too long, Jace removes the plate to his enemy. In doing so he makes it clear that this is not the regular Batman. This is one who operates differently. I can’t also help but think that there is something to signaling that this Batman is Black. Jace uses it all to his advantage and in doing so will create a potentially interesting dynamic that I hope Ridley will explore further.

Stephen Segovia‘s art is solid. With Rex Lokus on color and lettering by Troy Peteri, the art continues to forgo the splashy spreads and two-page entrances. Here, things are kept to a partial page or a panel. Jace on a motorcycle launches in with a multi-panel page delivering a different feel of an entrance than we’re normally used to. There’s a bit more of a focus on the physicality of this Batman. Fights are close combat and up close, relying less on gadgets to stop the enemy. It all comes together for a comic with a very different feel than Batman.

I Am Batman #2 continues Jace’s journey in the cowl. He’s not a polished crime-fighter. The approach is far different and attitude as well. And it’s all perfectly caught in the writing and the art. This is a series for those that love the long game and storytelling. Where Jace is here will not be the same character a year from now. And watching John Ridley plot and guide that growth will be a potential masterclass in storytelling.

Story: John Ridley Art: Stephen Segovia
Color: Rex Lokus Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Mazebook #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman: The Imposter #1 (DC Comics) – It’s early on in Batman’s career and there’s a second Batman on the rooftops and this one has no problem with murdering criminals.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #9 (Archie Comics/Archie Horror) – We still can’t believe this is finally out and we have a review copy. It feels like forever.

Deadbox #2 (Vault Comics) – Mark Russell is a brilliant satirist and this series is no exception.

I Am Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Jace Fox has been an interesting new Batman and write John Ridley has focused on delivering motivation and depth to the character along with a style of crime fighting that makes the character stand out.

Kang the Conqueror #3 (Marvel) – This is your life Kang! The series has been putting together the rather complicated history of Kang and giving us some interesting new insight into the character.

Mazebook #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – A heavy read focused on a father who has lost his daughter. The first issue was a punch to the gut and we’re expecting much of the same.

No One Left to Fight II #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Kung-fu over-the-top action.

Science Comics: Whales (First Second) – Always fun. Always education. Great for parents and kids alike!

Star Trek: Mirror War #1 (IDW Publishing) – We’re always up for a trip into Star Trek’s Mirror Universe.

Telepaths #2 (AWA Studios) – The first issue was a nice setup of a world where a large portion gains telepathic powers. What that means for the world seems to be the exploration of the series and we’re intrigued by the concept.

Preview: I Am Batman #2

I Am Batman #2

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Stephen Segovia

Jace Fox is on the streets as Batman, fighting the misinformation and violence flooding Gotham City during Fear State. What mysterious connection exists between the Magistrate and The Next Batman: Second Son villain Arkadine? And what Gotham vigilante pays the ultimate price when a misguided young man shoots him down in cold blood?

I Am Batman #2

Review: I Am Batman #1

John Ridley continues to give us a different take on Batman as Jace dons the cowl to fill the gap Batman has left.

Story: John Ridley
Art: Olivier Coipel
Color: Alex Sinclair
Letterer: Troy Peteri

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: I Am Batman #1

I Am Batman #1

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Olivier Coipel

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?

I Am Batman #1

Review: I Am Batman #1

I Am Batman #1

John Ridley is one of the best storytellers out there today. Television, movies, and comics, it doesn’t matter, whatever he creates will entertain and make you think. His work in comics is no different with stories that suck you in and can be enjoyed on a surface level or take you deep into thought. For DC, Ridley has been plotting the path of Jace Fox as he takes his steps to become the next Batman. We’ve seen a possible future in “Future State” where Jace is one of Gotham’s protectors. The Next Batman: Second Son had Ridley diving deeper into Jace’s past and his motivations. I Am Batman continues that journey as Jace puts on his own spin to the Batman suit, an origin and debut in I Am Batman #1.

I Am Batman #1 has Jace taking to the streets of Gotham, a city taking steps to a fascist future. The Magistrate is all around and masks are being cracked down on. The issue plants the flag as to what this Batman is going to be like. We not only get a look at his take on the suit and relationship with his partner in crime, but also how he’ll handle his on street theatrics. This isn’t a Batman with a fancy car or plane, it’s a Batman who sticks to motorcycles and where he can be seen. The point is to make sure the people now Batman is here. And that’s maybe the only issue with the comic. There’s comments about Batman being missing for years but that doesn’t quite jive with the other Batman books, especially since there’s mention of a “fear bomb” attack tying into the current story Fear State. It does mention that Batman is believed to be dead, which does fit but there’s some dialogue that doesn’t quite make sense.

It’s the details that Ridley delivers that really stands out. We get a lot about Jace’s dual life. There’s also an explanation of his Batsuit. It all comes together to help create a richer start that entertains and feels like a fleshed out world.

Olivier Coipel‘s art is fantastic. Along with Alex Sinclair on coloring and lettering by Troy Peteri, this feels like the best visual take of Jace’s journey. There’s numerous striking moments with great action sequences. There’s also a clear choice to forgo the over the top entrances keeping things a bit more grounded. Jace’s take on Batman is different and that extends to the visuals. There’s a brutal beauty to how he handles things with a focus less on the toys and more on the physical confrontation.

I Am Batman #1 is as solid as it’s expected to be. The issue is a fantastic start to the series that plants a flag as to what this Batman is going to be like and how he’ll be different. There’s a tone and style to the narrative and visuals that makes the series stand out on its own as opposed to an extension of the rest of the Bat-titles. This is an issue to pick up and series to keep an eye on, especially if all of the issues are going to be this good.

Story: John Ridley Art: Olivier Coipel
Color: Alex Sinclair Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Primordial #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Batman ’89 #2 (DC Comics) – It’s been fun going back to the “film universe” of Batman and we want to see where it goes, especially with what has been hinted at.

Batman: The World (DC Comics) – Batman stories from creative teams from around the world in a new anthology.

Black Widow #11 (Marvel) – This series has delivered with every issue. It mixes great action, with real emotion, and the sexiness this sort of “spy” story can deliver. It’s just perfect entertainment.

Campisi #2 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. dragon. That’s all you really need to know about this one.

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 (Marvel) – The Eternals have been shaken up in their own series delivering a story that makes them “A” level in the Marvel Universe. What this spin-off brings to the table has us intrigued.

Hellboy & the BPRD 1957 Family Ties (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is always fun. This one-shot focuses on an unwanted house guest that Hellboy and BPRD agent Susan Xiang need to take care of.

I Am Batman #1 (DC Comics) – John Ridley has been delivering an interesting take on the next Batman with a story that features a lot of emotion and depth.

Kang the Conqueror #2 (Marvel) – The first issue did a solid job of streamlining the character’s convoluted history. We’re excited to see where this second issue goes as a young Kang begins to confront his different versions in a twisted version of “this is your life”.

MAW #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What happens when one woman becomes the real monster society has always made her out to be? That alone has us intrigued to read this one.

Nobody’s Child #1 (Behemoth Comics) – Albino rhinos have a genetic code that holds the properties to regenerate man. This leads to their near extinction. This is the story of a boy who decides to dedicate his life to protecting this rhino.

Primordial #1 (Image Comics) – Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino launch this new series about some of the animal test subjects during the early years of the space program. The animals never came back… they were taken and all of these years later, they’re coming home.

Stray Dogs (Image Comics) – If you missed this series as individual issues, you need to get the trade. It’s a murder mystery from the perspective of the dogs that might have witnessed it. Amazing art and full of tension.

Unearthed: A Jessica Cruz Story (DC Comics) – A new take on Jessica Cruz’s origin story. We’re fans of the character and interested in seeing what new ideas can be done with her.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a good introduction to this faction and the world delivering solid art and action. Individuals who enjoy a straightforward “space marine kills alien” type story should check this out.

X-Men: Trial of Magneto #2 (Marvel) – The debut was full of emotion as the attempt to figure out who killed the Scarlet Witch began. But, we’re expecting a lot of twists and turns before this one is over.

Preview: I Am Batman #1

I Am Batman #1

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Olivier Coipel

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed rebellion in the citizens of Gotham?! Can one man inspire a city?

I Am Batman #1

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we have a lot coming at you! We’re starting it off with a lot of reviews you might have missed over the weekend. So, start your day figuring out what you might want to catch up on!

Atomic Junk Shop – Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles
Fandomwire – I Am Batman #0
Collected Editions – Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 1
Atomic Junk Shop – Jim Lives: The Mystery of the Lead Singer of the Doors and the 27 Club
Atomic Junk Shop – Resistance
The Laughing Place – Star Wars: The High Republic #8
CBR – Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1

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