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Author Archive: Matthew Mahar

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...

Review: Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

My experience with the characters of Batman Beyond wouldn’t be what anyone would call “extensive.”  I’ve seen a handful of episodes of the original series.  I’ve seen the Return of the...

Review: Batman #7

“I Am Gotham” is in the books and Tom King is taking a much-deserved step back and allowing a fill-in team of Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo to handle the core Bat-title’s opening salvo of...

Review: Batman #6

Now that Tom King’s first arc of Batman is in the books, we get the first Tom King epilogue story.  Epilogues are a tricky beast to manage, but more on that later.  We pick up shortly after the...

Review: Batman #5

When last we left Batman and his newfound friend-turned-enemy, Gotham, the latter was headed to destroy the root of the evil of Gotham City – the city itself.  While our hero does have several...

Review: Batman #4

We last left our newest superhero duo, the Gothams, in the clutches of Professor Hugo Strange, all-around bad guy, and his assistant Psycho Pirate, manipulator of emotions.  By the time Batman makes...

Review: Batman #3

The scene is a familiar one.  A family, mother, father, and son, obviously enjoying their time together, chooses the wrong back alley to cut down.  The bad man makes himself known.  The scuffle...

Review: Batman #2

The bi-weekly adventures of Batman and company continue with Batman #2, which wastes no time in getting down to business.  First, we have the re-introduction of another classic villain, Solomon...

Review: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Gotham is tearing itself apart, yet again, in the pages of Dark Knight III #5.  It’s comforting, in a way, to know that nothing ever really changes.  The only difference is this time the chaos is...