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DC Comics “The New 52” Batman Family Second Issues

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. The New 52 titles have been grouped into eight specifications such as Green Lantern or Justice League themed titles. Last month we blogged about as many of the individual first issues as we could get our hands on and segmented each of the posts based on what family they fell into. Here is our continuation of the overview with the second issues of the Batman family of titles.

"Batman" #2
“Batman” #2

Batman #2: The opening scene finds Batman being set upon by numerous denizens of Arkham Asylum who are in the middle of a full scale breakout. He has some unexpected assistance that might make you scratch your head for a moment and I am not spoiling the scene for you. Some interaction with the Commissioner and a LOT of Bruce Wayne time as he holds court and unveils some big Donald Trump like happenings at a function at Wayne Manor. We meet all of the Robin’s with the exception of Jason Todd and all are in street clothes for this and learn about some of the cool technology that Batman is using in his battle on crime. We close out with a scene that is not too far off from the movie “Seven” if I had to draw a comparison and the reveal at the end while shocking to the readers eyes will likely be explained away somehow that will make sense as the writers line it out. For now it leaves you a little shaken but remember my friends “it’s only a comic book story”. I admit that it did leave me anxious just a tad because I love a good cliff hanger. Scott Snyder writes this tome while Greg Capullo penciled and Jonathan Glapton inked.

"Detective Comics" #2
“Detective Comics” #2

Detective Comics #2: Did not review, official premise follows. Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings – while also trying to uncover Bruce’s own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.
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Presenting DC Comics “The New 52”: Project 2

Deja Vu? Or shall I say “Deja Deux??” Don’t worry dear readers of the PiercingMetal Musings Blog you are NOT seeing double or even accidentally stumbling upon an older post about DC Comics’ “The New 52”. Of course the subject matter is exactly the same and should be thought of as a continuing series of reports about the company wide title relaunch that started a couple of months ago. I’ve been a comics fan for many years and when the chance to offer objective views into this initiative came to mind I gave my all for your enjoyment.

If you are just now coming into the blog and don’t know what we are referring to, well let me recap very quickly. In September of 2011, DC Comics cancelled all of their titles and started them over at issue #1 – the initiative was called “The New 52”. The 52 new issues were broken up into groupings by character or theme and that gave us segments focused on the Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Justice League and Young Justice mythos. We also had groupings such as The Edge and The Dark that dealt with both edgy and darker story lines. You get the picture right?


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An Overview Of DC Comics: “My Greatest Adventure” Issue #2

Since I had blogged about the DC Comics relaunch of titles last month, I decided that perhaps this is something that should be looked into for the Blog readers a little more often when it is possible to do so. That being said I snared the first two issues of a new six-issue mini-series called “My Greatest Adventure”. It’s a revisit to an anthology title that ran way back in 1955 and offered readers the first appearance of The Doom Patrol in 1963. The Doom Patrol was a great group of misfit characters who have gone through many different series and incarnations over the years and in this new title, the group’s most popular member Robotman continues his adventures. The series also hosts short tales about Garbage Man and Tanga (who is an alien from a faraway place). I’ve put together some quick thoughts about the second issue for your enjoyment.

“My Greatest Adventure” #2

Issue #2 Overview: Serialized Adventures Of Robotman, Garbage Man and Tanga

Robotman: With the zombies taken care of we learn how Cliff fuels or “feeds” his Robotman body. Apparently it can consume and turn anything into the energy that it needs to keep functioning. I liked how he was not some endless supply of energy and hence totally unstoppable. The chance of his running low at the wrong time makes for interesting storytelling. This tale finds our hero heading to Zanzibar for more answers about what is causing them to exist and instead finding a lot more trouble. It will be interesting to see how he gets out of this one for sure. Matt Kindt writes and Scott Kolins draws.

Garbage Man: The mystery of Garbage Man continues to develop and when one is in Gotham City can Batman be far away from the action? No he cannot. So we end up finding the caped crusader directing his attention to the creature and lining out some more of the circumstances behind the monsters secret identity. Garbage Man also meets his former life assistant and she does not handle it well. She just cannot believe it is him and while he explains a bit of what he thinks happened she runs. It’s at this point that The Batman shows up and he aims to find out what the creatures motives are in his usual fashion. I guess the big fight is next issue before they come to terms of some kind. Story and pencils by Aaron Lopresti with inks by Matt Ryan.

Tanga: We left Tanga in a frozen state just as some nasties prepared to do her in but at the last moment she was back. There were a lot of sweeping space scenes which I felt wasted storytelling space in such a short few pages but it’s made up for with the introduction of some other alien races so more about Tanga and her missions will likely be revealed. I will stick around and see what comes of it. Kevin Maguire does the story and art.

Closing Thoughts: So far the order of preference of the stories are the same as how they are presented in the title. Robotman is the clear winner with Garbage Man generating enough of my curiosity to be a close second. Tanga is showing that there might be some promise here and I guess by next issue she will have me enjoying her story much more. The artwork by all the creative teams in this title is spot on and definitely what I like to see. Nice work.

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An Overview Of DC Comics: “My Greatest Adventure” Issue #1

Since I had blogged about the DC Comics relaunch of “The New 52” titles last month, I decided that perhaps this is something that should be looked into for the Blog readers a little more often when it is possible to do so. That being said I snared the first two issues of a new six-issue mini-series called “My Greatest Adventure”. It’s a revisit to an anthology title that ran way back in 1955 and offered readers the first appearance of The Doom Patrol in 1963. The Doom Patrol was a great group of misfit characters who have gone through many different series and incarnations over the years and in this new title, the group’s most popular member Robotman continues his adventures. The series also hosts short tales about Garbage Man and Tanga (who is an alien from a faraway place). I’ve put together some quick thoughts about the first couple of issues for your enjoyment.

“My Greatest Adventure” #1

Issue #1 Overview: Serialized Adventures Of Robotman, Garbage Man and Tanga

Robotman: Having not followed any of the Doom Patrol’s adventures in a number of years I was happy to find their most popular member getting some solo screen time in this new title. Robotman was always pretty cool as he was a robot with a man’s brain and with that in mind found that the same crap that bothers a regular person bothers him, he is just more invulnerable to the other stuff around him. Interesting to learn how he operates in a clandestine fashion and manipulates computers and any social media reference to his activities so they don’t show him doing any of the heroism. He runs an adventure agency which is more of a detective agency to the public who needs his help and is assisted by Maddy Rouge (I will guess this to be Madame Rouge from the original Doom Patrol comics storylines). This particular quest leads him into the path of zombies and his programming doesn’t let him harm humans so he is in a bit of a bind even if their dead. Dare I say “Oh the humanity”? I guess that was better than saying how this left off on a “Cliff” hanger. Matt Kindt writes and Scott Kolins draws.

Garbage Man: Our story begins with the creature known as Garbage Man floating to the bottom of a river and then it’s all recollection from its mind about how it ended up in this predicament. We see a marriage falling apart some obvious corporate nastiness and the value of one’s friends. The creature comes to and makes it to the banks of Gotham City where it begins a new quest for some answers and while the tale is just beginning it is here that it ends for the readers. This was my first exposure to the character that apparently starred in “Weird Worlds” with the Tanga character in the next segment. I’ve never read “Weird Worlds” before so cannot discuss much about it even though I know Lobo was a part of it if I am not mistaken. Story and pencils by Aaron Lopresti with inks by Matt Ryan.
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DC Comics “The New 52” First Issues: “The Edge” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Edge titles are a little more unique than the others as they feature three titles most commonly associated with the Wildstorm imprint. Comic fans from a couple of decades ago might recall that Wildstorm (a Jim Lee creation) was once part of Image Comics until DC Comics purchased it in around 1999 (unless I am mistaken). As a comics universe it operated independently from that of the DCU but with The New 52 reboot we are finding those characters integrated into a single setting and working together. Here’s what we get with the eleven titles: Stormwatch, Voodoo, Grifter, Deathstroke, I had most of these titles to examine and any missing parts shall be added to the blog when they are looked at.

“Stormwatch” #1

Stormwatch 1: I read the original “Stormwatch” when it was under the Image Comics banner but like many titles over the years did not keep up on it. The premise of a team of super beings working together in a global sense with one main person dishing out the agenda of the day (Weatherman) was interesting enough, but I had too many issues of Spider-Man, Superman and Batman to keep up with to find me focused on something new when it came down to it. I think I gave the storylines a year and still have most of those issues somewhere. Today’s Stormwatch finds the same global mind presence but I didn’t see Weatherman anywhere and instead the new team is out and about building up its membership roster. A lot of the issue is spent chasing Apollo (who was in The Authority) and he is a Superman class being that would bring a lot of power to the team. Also present is the Martian Manhunter and I am guessing that this is the reason we didn’t find him involved with the Justice League. Only time will tell if he serves a better purpose in this role as opposed to the other team where he is quite appreciated. During the chasing going on down on the Earth we meet the pending nasty that will need a smiting and he appears to possess The Swordsman in order to get the better of Stormwatch. I felt a little too much time was spent chasing Apollo around before they had the chance to explain themselves but what can you do. Paul Cornell writes and Miguel Sepulveda draws. One has to wonder what made them choose Stormwatch over WildC.A.T.s as I felt the latter was a slightly better title.
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