I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
There is a brief mention of Gotham Girl, but this delves into the 'monster men' who've been mentioned by the suicidal terrorists. They're clearly not alright, and they've all claimed monster men are coming - and they start in this issue. (I refuse to buy issues not written or spearheaded by King, so I won't be buying half or more of this crossover.) That being said, it brings in a lot of characters, like Clayface and Batwoman and Spoiler to help Batman, and then the monster men show up.
I enjoyed it so far, but it was a little anticlimactic for me after the Gotham and Gotham Girl storyline.
My wrist is aching - it might still be messed up from pushing away the car from me on Sunday - so I'm going to leave this review short, and stop writing them right now. I'll try to get in the rest of the reviews (Batman Europa, two Spawns, Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1, Blue Beetle #1 and Red Tornado #1) tomorrow morning. Night, guys.
This whole series superimposes action on the trauma Gotham Girl is going through after the ending of last issue. It's wrenching to watch her, even more so as no one seems to realize what she's going through, even more so when you realize this is exactly what Virginia Vision was going through in King's previous series.
This could have been similar, could have felt exactly like what was going on in Vision. Instead, Batman realized what was happening, as he'd had a similar experience. But it isn't Batman who helps Gotham Girl. It's Bruce Wayne talking to Claire, the girl behind Gotham Girl. It's the people, not the icons, who have experienced similar trauma and it's by letting her know that she isn't alone that Bruce gets to Claire.
It's touching and honestly, I cried then. Not while she was going through the trauma and trying to find some sort of relief, but when Bruce gave her a way by understanding: the buildup of the pressure was intense, and emotional, but it was that small kindness and that small give that undid me.
Bravo, King, bravo!
Because as Gotham continues to rampage, ranting about destroying Gotham itself, Batman is forced to do something he's never done before: call the Justice League into Gotham. As this is happening, Gotham Girl reveals how she and her brother got their powers and that since they adapt to the strength of their enemies, Batman can't win. The Justice League can't win.
She continues to struggle with the preternatural fear, fear that the Psycho Pirate instilled in her as he controls emotions. She finds the strength to confront her brother as she believes she's the only one who has a chance against him, or even to control him.
The ending is shocking to say the least, although it's truly heartbreaking when combined with the effects it will have. I do hope this comes back and isn't just a forgotten storyline, although I suspect it might be. I'm going to trust King not to just drop this, though, and so far I've had no reason to complain. The next issue deals with the fallout and I can't expect there to be no other storylines, so since we only have seven issues and six deal with Gotham and Gotham Girl, I can't complain or even guess what will happen just yet!
Even as Batman pulls this mystery together, or begins to, the Psycho Pirate is let loose on both Gotham and Gotham Girl and he takes it far worse than she does. Gotham is scared out of her mind and unable to function, while Gotham's anger is fueled and he goes on a rampage.
There is a lot of destruction due to heavy action scenes, but this series continues to be propelled forward by how the characters act. Talking things out, which Batman would prefer to do in this case, does not work with Gotham, however, so something will have to give.
The humor is shed a little as this gets serious, but I didn't even notice when reading this, only when looking back. This needed to get sober to match the story arc, and it works here.
Who are Gotham and Gotham Girl, the two new heroes who follow Batman's lead even though they have the power of Superman himself? All the backstory is told here, and it makes their banter and bickering make even more sense to me.
It also makes a lot of sense in why they want to be heroes, and why they look up to Batman so much. They are a version of Batman where his parents didn't get killed because Batman was there to save them.
And how their stories diverge is interesting. It's also nice to see them rely on studies and intellect even with their metahuman abilities. Furthermore, I'm glad to see they aren't copycats of Batman: he is clearly more experienced and was even at their age. They might try to be Batman, but they are, in fact, not Bruce Wayne.
A lot of character building going on here, and I'm willing to see where King takes this beyond issue seven - and was even at this point.
It's absolutely fantastic. There were some laugh out loud moments, I think King has a solid hold of Batman, and there was a nice and creepy twist at the end. I don't have screen caps as I ended up getting this series in paper format, but I'm also happy about that: there's something I find charming about reading certain comics in paper and Batman is one of them. Even with the shiny paper and slick printing, making it look more modern, there's something old-fashioned about flipping the pages while reading Batman that digital comics don't do. (I still read Batman comics in digital format, but I'm finding in general I prefer them in paper.)
It was brilliant to keep that twist at the end, as for now, Batman has enough to contend with - new heroes and people who are killing themselves in spectacularly violent ways, not only for themselves, but for as many people around them as well.
Until he ties it all together, nothing will make sense, and I'm enjoying watching him pull all the clues together. Oh, Batman, you may be one of my favorite Mary Sues!
I have like ten reviews backed up. I'll be doing a small flood, hopefully tonight.
He wanted to know how it was $150 for a gas cap. He was willing to admit it had to be paid, but wanted to know what they'd done. They ended up charging me only for the gas cap (a little over 26) and he paid for it. Yay! Even though I offered to and wanted to pay for it, i will take this as a consolation prize. I also got to tease him by asking if he wanted a Louis Vuitton bag. Neither he nor my mom are interested in vanity type brands. I've seen how well the bags hold up with my own eyes, but he was disgusted by the prices!
The diagnostic costs a hundred plus and then there's more for the cap to the fuel tank. The problem is it could have been something serious and I wouldn't have known. It's worth the money to know that my car will not spontaneously explode!
I still ill got out of this with less than two hundred in damage which is good! I'll have my car back tonight and won't have to worry tomorrow. Yay!
The guy I spoke to was baffled as to what I wanted since no one logged me in as making an appointment when I called last Tuesday. They're doing what they can but were trying to fit me around a schedule tomorrow. I'm exhausted so I flat out told them I needed them to find what was wrong - they need to smoke the car - and fix it today. I snapped and was immediately embarrassed and apologized multiple times. Good news is that they know me and my family as we are great customers and it should be as easy and inexpensive as a $150 to $650 fix.
I called my mom and told her about the near accident/near death and she thought I was exaggerating because she thought I was hit in the car. She was horrified when she realized I had been walking. I'm ready to crash and nervous again because they probably won't have my car ready today, even though they /should/ because I called to get it brought in six days ago. A loaner car is going to be a PITA tomorrow. Ugh.
I was using a crosswalk and paying attention. A driver was not and I had my hands on her car as she pushed me back into a busty road. I'm shaking. As she stared at me, her window cracked open, I yelled, 'there's a crosswalk. Are you looking at the crosswalk?' No lights for walking so I clearly had right of way. I'm still shaking. Yikes, guys!
I just need a frame now.
I'm also going to be making some books in the near future, little art pieces.
all my information shows as wiped out and I get messages saying alert, could not complete your request. Just me or is anyone else having this issue?
I got the first for ten dollars instead of fifty and the second for five instead of ten. I figured I deserved it after a ten hour day. Gonna nap for like a half hour and try to catch Jeopardy because I work from nine to three and then four to nine tomorrow. These books make it worth it, though.
I don't know if it's Ellis, Marvel or the artist or what but this comes out like every three months. I remembered what happened as soon as I started reading this, but unfortunately none of the issues delves into Karnak and makes him as interesting and complex and compelling as he was in the first issue.
There were hints of that here, and I liked him better in this issue than some of them. I liked some of the plot better here, too, although it was mostly about getting into Karnak's head. Still, it doesn't quite match the excitement, the complexity, and the charm of the first issue. Still, I keep hoping, so I keep reading this series.
Deliciously creepy, super violent, and Cloonan gets the Punisher. She gets that he won't hurt kids or those involved in law enforcement - so long as they're clean. It's gritty, it's dirty, and it's a revenge fantasy, pure and simple.
That isn't to say that Punisher isn't complex: he has his lines that he draws in the sand, and to some he seems heroic because he truly does want to protect those who are innocent. Those who others might not be able to help because they're not there, they don't see the day to day problems because they're fighting off larger level problems like alien invasions or people trying to destroy or take over the world. Or perhaps there aren't any easy solutions within the law, so they truly can't do anything.
Anyone like Frank Castle would disgust me in real life, but he brings to life and deals with real life problems: slow moving justice while people are injured or killed, for example. He also deals with larger than life characters that aren't so much about real life - like The Face who literally collects faces. Or at leas the skin off those faces. He does so in a way that makes me feel better about problems that aren't easily solved: justice is oftentimes slow to give due process to, well, everyone. Everyone and everything needs to be treated fairly and with care, but it's so frustrating sometimes.
That being said, the Punisher is a far easier - and quicker - solution. He simply strolls into town and kills all the drug dealers and murders and rapists that he can find and then moves onto the next town. He's mobile, too, so he's spreading the bloody - and illegal - justice around. (He's been on trial and everyone calls him out for being a mass murderer and serial killer.) It's quick, it's neat, and it's a comic book so you know he never kills anyone innocent. It would never work in real life, and it would be repellent. But I need to deal with these issues. I need catharsis. And when real life inevitably shows me that justice is not always served, I have Punisher.
I feel so much better after having read this. Love, love, love this series!