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Batman Vol 8: Superheavy Review

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After the events of Jokers End Game, Batman is presumed dead and the criminals who are usually in hiding have now come out to play. A new Super-villain has come forth whose deadly plans involve giving hard criminals superpowers. It is as clear as it was to Bruce the day he lost his parents that Gotham needs a Batman. Powers International has bought out Wayne Enterprises, with all its resources now available to them they ask a certain someone to take up the mantle of Batman.

“Commissioner Gordon is the new Batman” is said in bold letters on the back of Vol 8. Yes the one good cop in Gotham has (at first begrudgingly) accepted the responsibility and commitment of being Batman.

But is it over his head?

It seems the Mayor and the GCPD want to prove something to civilians of Gotham. That not only can Batman work within the confines of the law but that he can work better.

To some having Jim Gordon be Batman is ridiculous, to me though… I actually kinda like it. It isn’t like when Dick Grayson took up the mantle, he was still kinda the same Batman but with a bit more social skills. With Jim, from the suit itself to the Mech-suit to the way he handles each encounter, this is a very very different Batman and I found that quiet exciting.

As touched on above. It’s not just Jim going into a fight wearing a Bat mask and a smoke in his mouth, no for one this Batman uses a gun………. of sorts. it shoots out batarangs which helps Jim make up for his lack of throwing skills. As mentioned above, yes Jim even has a mech-suit. Its agile and quiet strong, comes in different colours and has bunny ears. It has a few surprises and features we learn about more as the story goes along. It’s like a Bond Car with all its special secrets. On top of all the new gadgets and suit’s, Jim has a team of ‘professionals’ in his ear giving him advice through every battle and conflict. There are also a few more gadgets I’ve not mentioned. But I don’t want to spoil it all for you.
The main villain is a interesting fellow. We get the impression early on that he is just a dealer of sorts to criminals in need of an extra kick over their rivals. However as the story concludes we learn there is more to this guy than earlier assumed.

The thing that I loved, was seeing a refreshing take on how ‘Batman’ finds all the clues to who and how the Villain operates. Normally with Bruce’s Batman, it was bad cop through n through but Jim spices up things with a little bit of empathy on some of the thugs.
I found myself at the beginning underestimating Jim’s Detective skills and knowledge of the city and all its residents. But don’t be mistaken, Jim is a smart cop and the skills that earned him the rank of commissioner are (more so than almost ever before) on show.
Scott Snyder is one of my favorite writers and it had been awhile since I read any of his work. Its clear even early on in Volume 8 that this guy knows how to write and he knows how to write Batman.
If him and artist Greg Capullo joined forces for the rest of their careers I would be a happy man.

Fantasizing aside, Batman Vol 8 is a good starting point to anyone looking to get into Batman. Jim shows us that a Batman can work within the law and still kick ass. I gotta keep reading to find out if Jim can not only be a Batman… But become the Batman.

Planetes Volume 1 – Review by Tyrone Burns

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Planetes Volume 1

Holy Smackaronies! I just could not put this book down. While in Greenlight Comics I remember picking this book up and reading the synopsis, right below that there are some high praise quotes from well respected websites and people including Archie vs Predator! writer Alex De Campi who said Planetes is “My favourite sci-fi comics series of all time”. It was then I thought to myself “well this book should be worth a read” and thank goodness I picked it up. It wasn’t just worth the read, it is now my top read so far this year!

“I respect the selfish dreamers. Without them, space would still be a mystery.”

That is a line from about half way in this epic manga series written and drawn by Makoto Yukimura and it really sets up the tone of Volume 1’s story. Each chapter beautifully opens with a few full colour pages; It just blows my mind this book was written and drawn by the same person. So much talent and thankfully it is all on show on every page.

The journey within is set over the course of 3 years and though based around a team of Astronauts, the story mainly focuses on Hachiroto (Hachi) and his quest/obsession to own his own spaceship. The rest of the team include Yuri: A wise man with a tragic past. He is sort of the ‘Grown up of the group’. Fee: The comedy of the crew. If she isn’t piloting the DS-12 (their Garbage Truck Ship) she is smoking… hell sometimes she is doing both. Tanabe: The heart of the Bunch. Her importance comes more into play as Volume 1 concludes.

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I said to a friend that Planetes is like the movie Gravity except with a deeper story and a stronger heart.
The Japanese are geniuses when it comes to putting multiple themes in one story without it losing focus and direction.
There are moments that are funny, silly, terrifying, heartfelt and sad.
I won’t forget the story I read. It touched me and left me with so much to think about.
Why do “the selfish dreamers dream? Why is it when we are living our dream we then dream of home?
Those are just some of the questions the book asks and I am so thrilled there is more to the story than shown thus far.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi or human exploration and contemplation you need to read Planetes.

This is now my favourite read this year and it is gonna have to take something mighty good to knock this off my number 1 spot.


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