Monday, August 22, 2016

DETECTIVE COMICS #938 - Rise of the Batmen Pt. 5

Detective Comics #938 – Rise Of The Batmen Pt. 5










ublished August 10, 2016 by DC Comics. Written by  James Tynion IV and illustrated by Alvaro Martinez/Raul Fernandez.

In part five of the Rise of the Batmen we learn a little more about past events that have had a hand in shaping the current relationship between Kate and her father. There was a time when she wanted to fight alongside him but now as an adult she questions his motives and ideology.

And inside the Colony lair it’s an all-out brawl between the newly rescued Batman and his group against the super soldiers of the Colony led by Colonel Kane and Ulysses Armstrong. The Colony learns that underestimating Orphan can be costly while Tim and Ulysses wage a blackhat war against each other.

Kate and her father continue butting heads as the Colonel attempts to lure her to his side but she refuses and stands by Batman. As the Colony closes in Tim unleashes another blackhat attack that gives the group just enough time to escape. However, the game has now changed as Ulysses unleashes his bat-eyes.

With the conclusion of “Rise of the Batmen” I’m interested to see how this story continues into the next arc. Batman’s comment to Colonel Kane as he escapes has me curious as to what he was referring to. Was he referring to the idea that the League of Shadows is real? Or was it a reference to something else? I’ll have to stay tuned to find out…

Sunday, August 14, 2016

DETECTIVE COMICS #937 - Rise of the Batmen Pt. 4

Detective Comics #937 – Rise Of The Batmen Pt. 4













Published July 27, 2016 by DC Comics. Written by  James Tynion IV and illustrated by Alvaro Martinez/Raul Fernandez.

Things are heating up as the conclusion to Rise of the Batmen is near. The utility belt is being analyzed as Batman is able to escape but doesn’t know where he is or what the Colony is really about.

Batman’s group manage to make it to some abandoned subway tunnels beneath Gotham where Tim’s been working on a way to beat Gotham’s rush hour traffic.

Back at the Colony Batman starts to learn what is really going on and how he’s been a part of this new organizations training and purpose. But the shocking surprise is yet to come as his uncle reveals more to the cause of the Batmen and the supposed coming threats to America and Gotham. But Bruce pushes back in a heated confrontation with the cornel.  Just as Batwoman and the group arrive Batwoman choses her side to begin the ending to “Rise of the Batmen”.

I’ve enjoyed the premise to this whole story arc. I like the clash of ideologies expressed between Bruce and his uncle. His uncle sees a future where one man can’t fight the good fight alone and thinks the US military with clones of Batman are the answer to protecting her shores. Batman sees the video of the Colony in action at hot spots around the world but still thinks the real threat is the League of Assassins and not the conspiracy group his uncle believes is. I’m anxious to see what comes of the Colony after all this is resolved. Do they remain a covert force in the military or does Batwoman somehow take command?   

BLACK PANTHER #5 - A Nation Under Our Feet Pt. 5


Black Panther #5 Brian Hildebrandt variant cover

Published August 10, 2016 by Marvel Comics. Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and drawn by Chris Sprouse.

What are the depth to which T’Challa will go to curb the rebellion in Wakanda? The Black Panther enlists the help of the mutant Manifold in a raid on the People’s hideout in the Alkama Fields. In a bid to learn more about the People and the rebellion he has taken prisoners, who have bombs attached to their hearts, for questioning.

In a move that seems desperate T’Challa organizes a meeting of the security for ruthless, despotic nations in an attempt to learn how to best handle the rebellion destroying Wakanda. But the council of the wicked may prove more costly than the capital he is willing to pay.

Shuri continues her quest through the DJalia led by the Griot spirit resembling the Queen Mother. She learns of the parable of the Adowan people who would not be strong armed by strangers seeking the Adowan’s wealth. The strangers viewed the Adowans as weak but rich and when the strangers attempted to rob them they found the Adowans united against the usurpers. While Shuri scoffs at the Griot spirit’s story she is finally made aware that even though a nation may appear weak its true strength comes when it is united as one.

After his meeting with the council of the wicked, T’Challa turns his attention to one of the People he had captured. And eventually makes a pact with him. But what does T’Challa have in mind? And Tetu, Zenzi and Stane meet with Jorick Kroawl, Intelligence Directorate of Genosha, who offered T’Challa some very bad advice which was rejected. But the fires of rebellion are further stoked as a video of Kroawl’s advice is spread through Wakanda.

I still think the return of Shuri will be the key to Wakanda’s salvation and I’m starting to think it’ll cost T’Challa his spot on the throne. The pact T’Challa makes with Kwabena is still a mystery but I suspect he is to act as a spy for T’Challa and bring the rebellion under control.    

Friday, August 5, 2016

DOCTOR STRANGE #10 - Last Days of Magic Pt. 5



Published August 3, 2016 by Marvel Comics. Written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Chris Bachalo.

The thrilling conclusion to the “Last Days of Magic” has begun. But will magic come back after the threat of the Empirkul’s and Imperator are gone?

The Sorcerer Supreme isn’t feeling too supreme in the opener as he must battle the Imperator to stop the Imperator's quest to destroy magic with science. It may not be Strange’s magic that ultimately wins but his pain. The pain that was trapped by Wong and Doctor Strange is unleashed on the Imperator and the world feels his pain too.

But as the Imperator takes the place of Strange’s pain the Eye of Agamotto doesn’t flicker and the starch in his cloak just doesn’t seem to be holding its form. So all magic users are left to wonder where is the magic and how to bring it back?

Visually this Doctor Strange has been a real treat to look at and the writing of Aaron is very entertaining. Plots and dialog are great while still keeping with Doctor Strange’s lingo. There’s a bit of wit and humor in the dialog that really makes it fun to read. Throughout the whole story arc of “Last Days of Magic” it’s been intriguing to read the suspense and see the action as the Imperator and Empikrul’s seem to have bested magic with science. In this last issue we also get to see what’s really motivating the Imperator and his crusade to end magic. The ending leaves it on a low note as the state of magic is unknown.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

DETECTIVE COMICS #936 - Rise of the Batmen Pt. 3


Published July 13, 2016 by DC Comics. Written by  James Tynion IV and illustrated by Alvaro Martinez/Raul Fernandez.

Kate and Renee meet over a drink and Kate expresses a need for guidance but Renee pushes back and bodes her to trust her instincts while alluding to the reason they are no longer together.

Back at the Belfry Red Robin shows Batwoman the recent attack Batman suffered from the Colony. Batman’s vigilante group is assembled and briefed on the recent attack on Batman. She also has brought her father onboard now to assist with their training.

Meanwhile Red Robin is getting concerned about Orphan who is fighting the Colony as she tries to make her way to the Belfry. Once the fight reaches the Belfry’s roof all hell breaks loose as the sky is falling and the group is betrayed.

Surrounded by the Colony Red Robin makes a quite attempt to hack into the Colony’s computer system but when it doesn’t work the group is still able to escape the ambush at the Belfry.

With Batman out of commission and Batwoman left to lead the group the story takes an interesting twist as it is revealed what the Colony really is and who’s leading them.

BLACK PANTHER #4 – A Nation Under Our Feet Pt. 4

BLACK PANTHER #4 July 2016

Published July 27, 2016 by Marvel Comics. Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and drawn by Brian Stelfreeze.

During a high level meeting with Hodari, T’Challa is briefed on the security status of Wakanda as well as Zenzi and Tetu. Tetu had been a pupil at one time at Hekima Shule. T’Challa’s step-mother, Ramonda, reveals that the one Tetu met was a tutor for the royal court under T’Chaka, T’Challa’s father. T’Challa is also briefed on the Midnight Angel’s crusade through the northern part of Wakanda and it is characterized as revolution against the throne.

The Queen Mother goes to Shule to visit Changamire, the one Tetu recently met with, and tries to persuade him on the side of the king. But Changamire refuses and is warned of the coming conflict.

Tetu visits the Midnight Angels in an attempt to unite with them on their cause against the throne of Wakanda. But Tetu learns it’s not as easy as just having a common enemy to side with the Angel’s crusade.

The Queen Mother confides in T’Challa about her recent visit to Changemire and recounts the differences in views held by his father and Changemire. But she feels T’Challa has not reached his people on a level he needs to, to defeat the forces conspiring against him and the throne of Wakanda.

After his meeting with the Midnight Angels Tetu tends to Zenzi revitalizing her with magic. And meets with a mysterious man, Zeke Stane, who warns Tetu of his impending doom if he doesn’t bolster his technology against King T’Challa.

After a devastating explosion that nearly kills the Queen Mother and leaves many dead in Wakanda, T’Challa vows to avenge the fallen from the recent attacked aimed at the throne.

T’Challa is starting to learn the key to reaching his people and how to make amends for past transgressions. The buildup for this story has been captivating to say the least. But I think it’s going to get better as more and more is revealed. All the major players are set in motion for the coming war T’Challa is going to unleash on his detractors.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

DETECTIVE COMICS #935 – Rise Of The Batmen Pt. 2


Published June 22, 2016 by DC Comics. Written by  James Tynion IV and illustrated by Eddy Barrows/Eber Ferreira.

Batwoman begins the new vigilante group’s training. It’s exhausting and grueling but is she pushing them too hard? She has a vision for the team and the team’s potential is being challenged.

Red Robin confronts Batman about the training yet both are keeping things back from one another.

Azrael’s computer becomes the focus of Batman’s investigation into the mysterious group called the “Colony” who are targeting him and the new vigilante team. While the Belfry super crime fighting computer may be the solution they are looking for to solving the riddle.

Being a Kane has a high standards and low views of the Waynes. Kate wrestles with her father’s expectations and her own ideals as well as her loyalties to her cousin, Bruce Wayne.

The story so far has me hooked. I like this new foe, the Colony. A gathering of bats is called a colony as they fly. I think this new group is something on another level than Man-Bat and the man-bat serum. Only time will tell and I’ll keep reading to learn more…