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Preview: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A/CA) Freddie Williams II
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $3.99

The team behind the smash-hit crossover series is back to reunite the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell. When Donatello goes looking for a new mentor to help him improve his fighting skills, he opens a doorway to another reality, hoping to summon the Turtles’ one-time ally, Batman. But instead, he gets sent to Gotham City and someone else comes through the open portal-Bane! Suddenly, there’s a new gang boss in New York and he’s out to unite all the other bad guys under him. Can Donnie get back in time and bring Batman with him to help his brothers before Bane causes irreparable destruction? Co-published with IDW.

Review: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

The team behind the smash-hit crossover series is back to reunite the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell. When Donatello goes looking for a new mentor to help him improve his fighting skills, he opens a doorway to another reality, hoping to summon the Turtles’ one-time ally, Batman. But instead, he gets sent to Gotham City and someone else comes through the open portal-Bane! Suddenly, there’s a new gang boss in New York and he’s out to unite all the other bad guys under him. Can Donnie get back in time and bring Batman with him to help his brothers before Bane causes irreparable destruction?

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 picks up where the first volume left off but does so in a way that you don’t need to read the first. Writer James Tynion IV does an excellent job of building off of that first volume without being beholden to it.

The issue has the Foot Clan not too happy with the fact that Shredder and Ras failed in their mission in the first volume and things are a bit chaotic. Over on Batman’s world, the League of Assassins are up to their own thing as well. There’s some solid parallels pointed out through all of this but what the Turtles have that Batman doesn’t is a team of heroes. In this case that comes into play as Donatello is forced to face his role within the Turtles and what he lacks that the others have. This causes him to seek out the advice of Batman and things don’t go as planned. Tynion does a great job of making Donatello’s feelings and issues easy to relate to. It’s a place we’ve all been and in that way he makes the Turtle human.

The art by Freddie Williams II looks solid. I wasn’t completely sold on it when I read the first volume but at this point I’m not sure who else could pull this off. The style works for both worlds and sets of characters and this first issue, the art pops. There’s some great sequences and panels. The art adds to the fun of it all.

The issue is all setup, but does it in a way that’s intriguing and really does well to play off the strengths of each set of characters. The first issue is a slow build but the emotional punch along with some of the twists and reveals make the issue one that’s a solid entertaining read.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Freddie Williams II
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Woods Vol. 8 SC

The Woods Vol. 8 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Price: $14.99

Every 100 years, the Black City has selected a remote population from Earth and transported them to the woods. These civilizations have not always lived in harmony… but now, they must either fight in unison to turn their weapons against the technology that brought them here in the first place, or meet total elimination in the face of Isaac’s unworldly power. Will this unification of factions be enough, or are they all doomed?

Written by James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Memetic) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Gotham Academy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), The Woods Vol. 8: The Final War collects issues #29-32 of the GLAAD Award-winning series.

Preview: Detective Comics #969

Detective Comics #969

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“FALL OF THE BATMEN” part one! Everyone in Batman’s orbit is broken somehow-some more than others. For Clayface, keeping the pieces of his psyche together has been a years-long struggle…and it’s a war he may be about to lose! And as the team tries to pull itself back together, their enemies have learned something from Batman’s newfound spirit of cooperation…and have formed a cabal of their own!

Review: Batwoman Vol. 1 The Many Arms of Death

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Batwoman!

Batwoman Vol. 1 The Many Arms of Death collects Batwoman: Rebirth and issues #1-6 by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Stephanie Hans, Renato Arlem, and Steve Epting.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in bookstores on November 21. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Batman: Who Laughs #1

As the events of Dark Nights: Metal rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? But who are these nightmare versions of Batman? Through a series of one-shots, the story of Metal is expanded and explored focusing on each of the nightmares we’ve been introduced to.

The One Who Laughs is clearly the ringleader of the group of extra dimensional beings and from what we’ve seen a blend between Batman and the Joker with a dash of Hellraiser and BDSM. But, what’s the story?

Writer James Tynion IV delivers the things of nightmares as we find out about this mysterious character and it actually surpasses how far I thought it’d be taken. This is disturbing on an impressive level as we see how this Batman fell and why he’s laughing. It’s some interesting, and weirdly entertaining, stuff that takes us through everything we need to know and delivers something new that ups the “holy shit” factor of Dark Nights: Metal.

Tynion has given us a vision as to what could happen if the Joker focused and had Batman’s cunning and smarts. But, this story also gives us some of the thought process behind this particular Batman and what he’s been promised and his motivation. All of that is framed in an interesting way and with impressive visuals that enhances it all.

The nightmares are brought to life by Riley Rossmo who knows how much to show and how much to leave off the page and let our minds run wild. It’s a prefect combination of blood and disturbing imagery to make the reader unnerved. This is a perfect example of artist and writer being on the same page when it comes to the story.

Also standing out is the colors by Ivan Plascencia and letters by Tom Napolitano. The colors are a purpleish hue that helps make Rossmo’s art pop and there’s great us of yellows and greens throughout. It’s a focused color palette. The lettering is key too as we see the switch in Batman primarily through how his dialogue is presented. It enhances the Hyde like change of the character and is pretty key in understanding and appreciating the switch.

I had a high bar for the issue and it met it and exceeded it. Some of the one-shots lately have slumped a little but this one is the best yet. Batman: Who Laughs is a thing of nightmares that embodies everything Dark Nights: Metal is about.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Riley Rossmo Cover Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation:

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Preview: Batman: Who Laughs #1

Batman: Who Laughs #1

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Riley Rossmo (CA) Jason Fabok
RATED T+
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

Preview: Detective Comics #968

Detective Comics #968

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez (CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“A LONELY PLACE OF LIVING” finale! Tim Drake is back on Earth – but if the deadly threat he brought back with him from outside of time has its way, it won’t be for long… and this shadowy figure wants to take one of Batman’s team down with him, too! Everything Tim died for the first time is at risk, if he can’t survive this attack!

Review: Batman Lost #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got more Dark Nights: Metal!

Batman Lost #1 is by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, and Jorge Jimenez.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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