Batman is dead! Or so everybody thinks. He’s actually been sent back in time through a complicated series of events involving Darkseid, omega beams, radion bullets – but as far as anyone in Gotham knows, he’s dead. After a brief battle for the cowl, Dick Grayson is the new Batman. And Damian Wayne is the new Robin. It’s up to this oddball pair to restore order to Gotham. And with it being Grant Morrison, things are going to get weird.Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn’ by Grant Morrison"
Final Crisis is deeply flawed, yet captivating. It’s head-scratching at times, and at others it’s seemingly far too straightforward. Characters will make grand speeches about the nature of good and evil, followed by a dumb joke. It’s Grant Morrison’s take on the epic, crossover event.Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Final Crisis’ by Grant Morrison"
Comics are confusing. I’d argue that nothing is quite as confusing as the world of DC comics, particularly the really out-there cosmic stuff. And Grant Morrison is famously bonkers. So the two of them together, in the wake of one of DC’s typically bloated and ridiculous crossover events (penned by the chaos magician himself) in a Batman-meets-Cloud Atlas time-hopping adventure – how confusing could it be?Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne’ by Grant Morrison"
Everyone has an opinion on ‘Joker’ – especially those who haven’t seen it. But it’s not the dangerous incel fantasy that some have hailed it as – though it will surely still find an audience with that crowd.
‘Joker’ is gorgeous in it’s own disgusting sort of way. And, going into it, if you consider it as an alternate universe spinoff, or Elseworlds retelling, you’ll have a great time – even if you’ll need a shower afterwards.Read more "Joker (2019) Review"
A quick review of one of the stranger characters in the Batman mythos; Azrael. After discovering him in the ‘Arkham’ games, I couldn’t believe he wasn’t more popular. I decided to buy his origin story and discover how he was introduced.Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Batman: Sword of Azrael’ by Dennis O’Neil and Joe Quesada"
After ‘The Dark Knight’ was released, the Joker became a pop culture icon. People worshipped him, slapping pictures of the character onto clothes and merchandise. You couldn’t escape people doing impressions and asking you “why so serious?”
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo use the story of lowlife Jonny Frost to give us an alternative look at the Joker, and make you think twice before buying that t-shirt with his picture on.Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Joker’ by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo"
Batman: White Knight is an Elseworlds-esque thriller which sees the Joker become a good guy and try to save Gotham City from the unregulated, violent Batman. It is superb and original.Read more "What I’m Reading – ‘Batman: White Knight’ by Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth"