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Author Archive: Matthew Mahar

Review: Batman #27

(Spoilers ahead) Love him or hate him, Kite Man is here to stay.  His presence in Tom King’s Batman run started innocuously enough, with a number of brief cameos mostly played for laughs.  Here...

Review: Batman #26

(Spoilers ahead) “The War of Jokes and Riddles” carries forward in Batman #26.  The Riddler, obviously, has survived Joker’s assault and bounces back rather quickly for a man who has just...

Review: Batman #25

I’ve been both looking forward to “The War of Jokes and Riddles” with both anticipation and wariness.  Anticipation for the return (albeit in flashback form) of two of my favorite members of...

Review: Batman #24

(Spoilers ahead) I like to think I’m a fairly easy-going guy.  I don’t get bent out of shape over much and I tend to let things play out as they will.  However, my level-headed demeanor has...

DCU Spotlight: Review: The Flash #22

(Spoilers ahead) “The Button” has been a wild ride.  It started strong and maintained that course throughout the four issue run, despite some shakeups on the production end of things.  As we...

Review: Batman #23

First and foremost, this issue is dedicated to the memory of Bernie Wrightson, who sadly passed away in March of this year following a battle with brain cancer.  Wrightson was known for many of his...

Review: Batman #22

(Spoilers ahead) I’m a champion of Tom King.  I greatly admire the man’s catalog, and even though his work on Batman so far may not have been top notch, it has had its moments.  That being...

DCU Spotlight: Review: The Flash #21

We may not be getting all the answers, but the powers that be sure are teasing us. The Flash #21 is the second installment of the long-anticipated story “The Button,” wherein one assumes we will...

Review: Batman #21

Rebirth has been more than a simple rebranding for DC Comics in the past year.  It has signaled the coming of something great.  It has drawn in both the coveted “new reader” market as well as...

Review: Titans #10

The Titans were misled to the borough of Manhattan after Omen gleaned the word from the mind of Abra Kadabra.  While it remains to be seen whether or not Kadabra was referring to Doctor Manhattan of...

Review: Batman #20

The final showdown is one of the greatest staples of the comic book experience.  It’s a testament to how well writers and artists can work together to tell a cohesive story.  Here, we get one...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #8

Another three months, another issue of Dark Knight III: The Master Race.  We’re now well over a year into the publication of this book and we’ve reached the penultimate eighth issue.  We ended...

Review: Batman Beyond #6

It’s good to know that in the future there are some things you can always count on.  First came the Batman and the Jokers, now the League of Assassins is making its debut in the pages of the...

Review: Batman #19

“All hope abandon, ye who enter here!”  Dante’s Inferno.  Canto III.   As Bane forces his way into Arkham Asyulm, he is greeted by self-proclaimed deity Maxie Zeus, reciting the words...

Review: Titans #9

Titans continues to be one of the most solid books DC has been putting out throughout the Rebirth rebranding.  Consistently, the team has been delivering a fun, approachable book that makes use of...

Review: Batman #18

The beginning of the end is here.  “I Am Bane” has been a rush of build-up to the showdown between Bane and Batman, and this issue does not disappoint.  We pick up immediately after the close...

Review: Batman #17

I’m going to give in to my fanboy nature and tell it to you like it is.  I want to love “I Am Bane.”   I want it to be required Batman reading.  Ten years from now, I want to look back...

Review: Batman #16

When I sat down with Batman #16, I had a lot of expectations.   Tom King is a great writer.   While a great deal of his Batman run so far has been lackluster,  he’s coming off the...

Review: Batman #15

Who’s ready for a little trip down memory lane?  Today brings us the close of the two part Catwoman-centric story “Rooftops,” wherein we actually get answers.  And closure.  It’s a weird...

Review: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #4

We’re past the build-up.  We’re past the initial squabbling.  The parties may still not like each other very much (or at all, actually), but they’ve agreed upon a common threat and the action...

Review: Batman #14

I’ll always remember the first “fancy” wedding I attended after leaving my small town life behind.  Between courses we were served a lemon sorbet as a palate cleanser.  My then-girlfriend had...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

To employ a tired, terribly overused analogy, 2016 has been a mixed bag of nuts.  Sitting here at the end of the year, looking back at everything that has happened the past twelve months, I can’t...

Review: Batman #13

Again, we find ourselves at the closure of a Tom King Batman story arc.  Batman #13 brings the conclusion to King’s sophomore effort, “I Am Suicide.”  I find myself in a similar place as I...

Review: Batman #12

As “I Am Suicide” shambles forward, we get another mixed bag from Tom King.  This issue features another letter-based narration, only this one’s from Batman to Catwoman, and it seems to have...

Review: Batman Annual #1

The annual has been a time honored tradition throughout the years.  It’s a versatile issue that can be used in a number of different manners.  Batman Annual #1, for example, provides a number of...

Review: Batman #11

As we dig deeper into “I Am Suicide,” I find myself torn.  Issue #11 brings us the third installment, wherein things happen, but not really in the way I was expecting.  We open with a flashback...

Review: Batman #10

Batman #10 comes with two stories told simultaneously.  The first in the next installment of Tom King’s “I Am Suicide” arc, detailing the storming of the gates of Bane’s island...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6

What is there to be said about Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6?  There’s action.  There’s suspense.  There’s another cliffhanger.  All three things are important when making a great...

Review: Batman #9

We’re past the Gothams.  We’re past the Monsters.  Now is the time for Suicide.  The ninth issue of Tom King’s Batman run kicks off with an abbreviated origin of Bane.  Quick, powerful, and...

Review: Batman #8

The Night of the Monster Men continues.  Team Batman has been steadily losing ground, and members, to Strange’s monsters.  Before focusing on the larger abominations, Batman and Batwoman decide...