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Grids of Gotham: My Reviews of Grant Morrison's Bat-Epic - Part I: Batman and Son

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Sibling rivalry.

 

Look, I love Batman. I'm 31 years old and I've been reading Batman comics most of my life, and I've read a great deal of them, decades worth, just within the past few years. I have a pretty respectable collection of Batman collected editions, from trade collections to original graphic novels. I've seen all the movies, watched most of the TV shows, and I've reviewed 51 issues of Batman Eternal (with the final issue to come next week) for my blog. Aside from Japanese animation, and maybe James Bond, my big fictional preoccupation is the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, the World's Greatest Detective. I know my Batman.

 

Batman Eternal #51 Review

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The villains are foul, Bruce loses his cowl, to Steph Harper scowls, someone's going to need a towel, and surprise! The man who's an owl! The penultimate issue of DC's weekly Batman event sees a lot of revelations, an overconfident C-lister, Selina asserting her power, Jim Gordon's return to form, and the villain anyone with two brain cells to rub together guessed it would be, turns up. With all the raw nerves exposed and Gotham crumbling and burning, can Batman and his team keep the city from becoming a mountain of ashes? Well, I'm guessing yes, but there's bound to be even more blood spilled before the end of this story!

 

Batman Eternal #49 Review

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Blackgate erupts, Alfred shuts Hush up, Steph still disrupts, and this book's time is almost up, all in this action-packed, and yet revelation-deprived forty-ninth installment to DC's weekly Batman event. As the Bat family struggle with their various enemies, Stephanie rejects her father's "We can rule the galaxy together!" offer, Jason Bard races to get to Jim Gordon in time to save him, and Batman makes a flashy, dangerous entrance. Meanwhile, the guy from Gotham Spoilers is hemorrhaging over a lack of main villain reveal (I think he's ready to drop it by next week). Lincoln, Lincoln, I've been thinkin', readers' patience is a'shrinkin'! Are you dense? Are you 'tarded? The big reveal has long been charted!

 

Batman Eternal #47 Review

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Villains run amok, Alfred has more hard luck, Julia is chucked, and the city is proper f--- you get the picture, many little pictures in sequential order in this week's forty-seventh issue of its weekly Batman ruckus. And while I'm still clutching the pages screaming into them, "JUST SHOW LINCOLN MARCH ALREADY, WE KNOW HE'S BEHIND THIS!", this issue does seem to at least waste my time entertainingly, with the Bat crew taking on the well-stocked baddies while Batman makes his way back to the city (though if I were him, I'd call a few members of the Justice League for extra help).

 

Batman Eternal #45 Review

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Batman vs Nico Robin?

 

Mr. Bygone's a host, Batwing judo chops ghosts, and Harper abandons her post in this spooky, ooky, and pretty freaking goofy forty fifth in the increasingly meandering (but still worthwhile overall) weekly Batman title. Jim Corrigan interrogates Professor Milo with his fist, but of course Milo was transferring his credits from chemistry to necromancy, and he can't do that mid-semester. Harper tries to talk some sense into her new suburban blond friend. And Batman discovers that The Demon's Head has been diversifying his portfolio. But come on, writers. We know who's behind this at this point, and it ain't the Middle Eastern immortal with the Fu Manchu.

 

Batman Eternal #44 Review

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"I'm trying to get on a plane heah, ya chowdahead!"

 

Professor Milo's out of school, Batman fights ghouls, and Steph acts the fool in the underwhelming forty-fourth installment in DC's usually good weekly Batman tome. Ah, the supernatural part of this storyline. I thought you'd been put to bed with the destruction of Arkham and Jim Corrigan's exorcism of Maxie Zeus. If only it was. But unfortunately, we return to all the ghost crap because Batman recalls that Milo (now a professor appearing in the Gotham Academy book) was involved in that whole haunted Arkham situation with Deacon Blackfire, and Milo's coincidentally making his way to a plane out of town. I guess his students don't have to complete all their homework.

 

Batman Eternal #43 Review

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Steph's in the lair of the Cat, where the two of them chat, they're joined by the Bat, and Harper thinks Steph's a brat, all in this forty-third installment of DC's weekly Batman serial. Cullen is recovering and back home, which is also where our fair haired ninja girl is staying now. Selina has a little theory about her loyalty to her father and Harper thinks she's just being stubborn (look who's talking, girl). And aside from some of the weird noses, David Lafuente's art combined with the coloring makes for some great visuals, and a good issue becomes even better because of it.

 

Is that Streets of Rage?

 

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