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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #042 – BATMAN #34

By Chris Fenn

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Thank you Gerry Duggan; this is what I’ve wanted to see in my main Batman title.

Batman #34 is a wonderful one issue story called ‘The Meek’ which is a welcome break from reading some really long story arcs. The plot is your standard find the murderer book, but instead of using copy-cat killers or any of the usual big names we get a nameless, disposable villain; which in my opinion does the book a lot of favours.

The book felt very ‘Black Mirror’ to me, especially in terms of tone, which is interesting as Scott Snyder is credited as co-writing the story to this issue. One observation I have made on Snyder’s work before is that he doesn’t write about Batman, he writes about Gotham and features Batman within the book, but I don’t think I can honestly say the same about this story.

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I found that the art style of this book was also similar to that of ‘Black Mirror’ and both really fit the narrative of their stories. What I really like about the art in this book (by Matteo Scalera) and Black Mirror (Jock) is both artists can really build tension and atmosphere without making anything feel over the top. I also loved Scalera’s Batmobile, it seemed like a beautiful mixture of the Killing Joke Batmobile, the Tim Burton Batmobile and the Tumbler.

It has to be said that Batman doesn’t get the most ‘screen time’ this issue, but his dialogue and actions make him feel like a benevolent and vengeful guardian of Gotham, which to me makes him closer to the core of the character, rather than the anger filled Batman we’ve seen in the bigger story arcs. I actually found this issues Batman more in line with the Animated Series interpretation.

To focus more on the comparison to the Animated Series; when Batman ultimately apprehends the villain of the story he doesn’t just lock him in Arkham, he adds a twist to the punishment so the villain doesn’t get any ‘reward’ from his actions. Touches like that that made me fall in love with the animated series, and if Snyder can continue to produce good characterisation like this then I’m eagerly awaiting his newer issues.

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Even though I am a reader of Batman Eternal, I found the two page spread at the start of the book a brilliant way to recap what had happened in the Batman world before and during the publishing of Zero Year; it wasn’t an overload of exposition and it felt natural to the events of the plot.

For anybody looking to get into the New 52 Batman titles without having to wade through back issues or pick up a bunch of trades I would certainly recommend this to you, and for anybody up to date on their Batman titles I would recommend this as a brilliant story of Batman being Batman.

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Posted on August 17th, 2014
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THE BURRITO BANDITO #031 – “REVIEW – DEADPOOL VOL. 4 #2”

By Ruben Mendoza

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN
Art by TONY MOORE
Cover by GEOF DARROW

Luckily for Pool, he has some unlikely friends and one of them comes to his aid…Ben Franklin?!

When we last left Deadpool he was face down with half a face, courtesy of Abe Lincoln. Luckily for Pool, he has some unlikely friends and one of them comes to his aid…Ben Franklin?! Have I missed issues? Was there a 90’s Franklin/Deadpool teamup I haven’t heard about? Together Ben Franklin and Deadpool try and stop the reanimated corpses of the former founding fathers and may need some help from a certain Sorcerer Supreme.

We get a very weird/funny dream sequence in which Deadpool is lying on the beach with various females of the Marvel Universe.

The Positive

We get a very weird/funny dream sequence in which Deadpool is lying on the beach with various females of the Marvel Universe, the entire thing is ludicrous and hilarious at the same time. The best part of the book would be the rumble in the zoo between Teddy Roosevelt and Deadpool as they fight each other and zoo animals!

The Negative

I honestly can’t think of anything wrong with the issue, the writers have delivered on everything they have promised.

Deadpool finally has a great direction, now let’s see if this can continue.

The Verdict

Deadpool finally has a great direction, now let’s see if this can continue.

5 out of 5

For more comic views and reviews follow Ruben on Twitter at @Ruben_Mendoza and check out his YouTube channel over at http://youtube.com/rubenm33

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Posted on December 8th, 2012
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THE BURRITO BANDITO #029 – “REVIEW – DEADPOOL VOL. 4 #1”

By Ruben Mendoza

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN
Art by TONY MOORE
Cover by GEOF DARROW

Right off the bat the book sets a very fun and exciting tempo with undead presidents running around New York and a giant 20ft lizard wrecking half the city and all of this falls on the shoulders of Wade Wilson.

Being a huge fan of Deadpool and a big fan of Daniel Way’s Deadpool run; I was very exciting going into this series. The big problem when you get a character like Deadpool, is balancing the humor and action. We often get very different approaches and interpretations of the character (Daniel Way and Rick Remender) and that may confuse some readers. This new relaunch should help people get very familiar with the Merc with the Mouth…Deadpool.

The artwork is fantastic and its frenetic feel adds to the story and suits the character very well.

The Positives

Right off the bat the book sets a very fun and exciting tempo with undead presidents running around New York and a giant 20ft lizard wrecking half the city and all of this falls on the shoulders of Wade Wilson. Since S.H.I.E.L.D doesn’t want to send Avengers to fight the formerly dead founding fathers, Deadpool is tasked with the duty. Deadpool is still his wise-cracking self (with regenerating ability back!) and still brings the action levels to an 11. The artwork is fantastic and its frenetic feel adds to the story and suits the character very well. My highlight of the book would have to be FDR vs Deadpool with a close second being Lincoln vs Deadpool (albeit a very short bout).

The Negative

Honestly, nothing really bad here. We get a great re-introduction to the character and an exciting and off the wall story that is right up Deadpool’s alley.

My highlight of the book would have to be FDR vs Deadpool with a close second being Lincoln vs Deadpool (albeit a very short bout).

The Verdict

A very fun book that will hopefully continue to be so, go out and pickup Deadpool #1

5 out of 5

For more comic views and reviews follow Ruben on Twitter at @Ruben_Mendoza and check out his YouTube channel over at http://youtube.com/rubenm33

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Posted on November 21st, 2012
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