Talkative Tuesday #10

Always love looking at my new covers

BATMAN 102

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR BATMAN #102

Gotta say, Gotham is not the city that would come to mind if I were looking for a fresh start where I could improve upon myself, but the man behind Ghost Maker’s mask sure thought so. Dude could have picked anywhere else. DC telling us this man could have seen/heard about bright, sunny Metropolis yet still said, “Oh man, let me go move to GOTHAM.” I’m on the floor. That said, Gotham is probably in worse shape than he left it, just take a look for yourself:

Ghost Maker has an axe to grind. [Batman (2016) #102]
Interested in seeing Barbara return to her role as Oracle. [Batman (2016) #102]
Well, we sorta meet him, he’s still hiding behind a mask. [Batman (2016) #102]

ART TALK

There were a few different artists working on this issue, and the entirety of pages 13–16 are credited to Carlos D’Anda (who does a stellar job).

[Batman (2016) #102]
[Batman (2016) #102]

Necessary or Nah?

Absolutely. Gotham’s recovering? New Villain? Someone else helping out Clown Hunter? If you don’t have this issue by now, get out there and get it. Especially because collectors and resellers are probably on it like hawks thanks to the revealed origin of Ghost Maker.

BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE #6

This is the main, but I also picked up the variant. Both were great covers.

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR B:TAC #6

The book begins with an exchange between Bruce and Leslie, and once her patient leaves all of Leslie’s attention turns to Bruce. She faults him for what happened with Jason, and reveals her grief over having played a part in Jason’s role as Robin. Batman does what batman does best, a few short remarks before turning his back.

ART TALK

I’ve not got much to say here about the art. That nostalgic feel we all came here for is maintained through the end. On my life, the following was the funniest panel of the whole issue.

[B:TAC (2020) #6]

Necessary or Nah?

B:TAC definitely is not everyone’s cup of tea. Where this lies in it’s own line of continuity, it is easy to see why some interpretations of characters may not fit the narrative we’re used to. For example, Alfred would never:

[B:TAC (2020) #6]

DCEASDED: DEAD PLANET #5

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DECEASED DEAD PLANET #5

Man oh man sometimes a month just seems too long a time between these issues, they’ve been excellent!

Even still, this was a hilarious moment. [DCeased Dead Planet (2020) #5]
Constantine just never gives a damn and that is truly part of his charm. [DCeased Dead Planet (2020) #5]
First in B:TAC, now this. How many hurt Jasons will we have this week? [DCeased Dead Planet (2020) #5]
[DCeased Dead Planet (2020) #5]

Necessary or Nah?

If you’ve been reading this whole time, no sense in stopping now! The plot thickens with every issue and now that Constantine’s really got himself going there is no way we’re slowing down!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #56

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR JUSTICE LEAGUE #56

Justice League #56 opens up to a grim sight. Nightwing’s on the ground, clawing his way from the destruction of the Omega Knight. Hawkgirl squares off against Mindhunter up in the air. Lex, Cyborg, and Starfire have all been beat down; they lay unconscious on the ground. Detective Chimp has stayed away from the battle, remaining on the ship with Comet. Unfortunately, events only seem to get worse for our heroes. Nightwing seems about ready to give up when Detective Chimp swoops in to save him.

Comet can turn invisible! Very handy. [Justice League (2016) #56]
An epic moment with some truly epic art. [Justice League (2016) #56]
Dick manages pretty well when it comes to getting out of tough situations. He’s got this for sure. [Justice League (2016) #56]

ART TALK

As can be expected from this title, the art is out of this world yet again. The thrill picks up immediately on the cover page, pulling you right back in where we left off two weeks ago.

KILLER two page spread. [Justice League (2016) #56]

NECESSARY OR NAH?

Why on earth would you quit reading this title now? If you’ve been following along with the Death Metal Doom Metal tie-in, this is a must have. Plus, this issue saw many great variants this week. But, if you’re uninterested in tie-ins, leave this one alone. You’re not in need of it.

YOUNG JUSTICE 20

SPOILERS AHEAD FOR YOUNG JUSTICE #20

This last issue opens with one wordy page about the previous successes of Young Justice and dives right into the next story. Throughout this series, Bendis has done his best (only 20 issues for nearly 10 characters is a tough order) at giving everyone their chance in the spotlight, and 20 is no exception.

Something, something “continuity.” [Young Justice (2019) #20]
[Young Justice (2019) #20]

LINGERING THOUGHTS

At times, the pacing on this story did feel a little awkward, but it is important to take into consideration the limitations imposed on Bendis with this run. Each comic has a finite amount of pages (unless it is an oversized issue), there were NINE characters to write about, everyone had to be tied together in a cohesive manner, and the plot had to be driven to a point where it could be wrapped up neatly while giving characters some decent development. For everything that was undoubtedly asked of Bendis, I believe he did a great job writing Young Justice. Leaving the teens to their new HQ gives the next writer a concrete place to start, should Young Justice continue in the future.

[Young Justice (2019) #20]

ART TALK

CONNER. KENT.

Exhibit A [Young Justice (2019) #20]
I rest my case. [Young Justice (2019) #20]

NECESSARY OR NAH?

Had I not bought #20, I wouldn’t have missed out on much. Our young heroes were given another Monster of the Week to overcome, and there was no real plot development. Seeing as how the story was ending, there was not a huge necessity for some big driving force in the plot. Instead, Young Justice concludes with a place the team can call their home away from home. While I enjoyed this issue, I would not say it was absolutely essential. We all knew it would be ending, and it was unlikely for DC to use this as a chance to throw a cliffhanger at their audiences.

WRAP UP.

Alrighty folks, sorry this one came so late…. But between real life and the election I just didn’t have the time needed to read these issues…. And reread what came before.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

HELLBLAZER RISE AND FALL #2

No context, only images. [Hellblazer Rise and Fall (2020) #2]

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KriKri’s Comic Corner

Passionate about many things, blogging about comics.