Baturday is back and it’s starting a brand new tradition: I’ll be keeping it (for the most part) pretty spoilery from here on out, but I’ll also be giving my two cents and a review for the week’s TV world of the Dark Knight: Fox’s hit show, Gotham! So here are my thoughts on this week’s Batman releases:
Gotham Episode 1.8: “The Mask” – My Rating: 5/5
* The Black Mask’s dad and a young Tommy (Hush) Elliott got his ass kicked by a young Bruce (Batman) Wayne. Also: Penguin is secretly still working for Carmine Falcone. Big surprises this episode, and great stuff surely to follow.
Batman #36 – My Rating: 5/5
* Joker returns (and is revealed to have been here all along) in quite possibly the best single issue of the year. Go out and buy Batman Annual #2 while your local shop still has copies… It’s a must-read now that we know the Joker is actually Eric Border!
Batgirl #36 – My Rating: 3/5
* The new creative team makes things fun again as Babs starts her graduate assistant role and continues her Batgirl antics. Starting to really dig the artwork and the new costume, but not entirely on board with the new “less serious” direction yet.
Earth 2: World’s End #6 – My Rating: 4/5
* Man, life on Earth 2 is horrible. But hey, Thomas Wayne being willing to move heaven and earth to save his granddaughter is definitely worth the cover price alone. This is by far the best issue yet.
The New 52: Futures End #28 – My Rating: 3/5
* Batman v. Batman Beyond and some other terrible possible DCU future stuff goes on in this issue. Is there such thing as too much going on in one book? I think so.
Batman Eternal #32 – My Rating: 5/5
* Alfred is finally safe, and his daughter has decided to tag along and stay to see this new catastrophe through. But Hush takes the game to the next level as he steals a bunch of Wayne Tech and starts targeting the cops, national guardsmen, and everyday ordinary citizens of Gotham City. Batman is well on his way to becoming public enemy number one.
Worlds’ Finest #28 – My Rating: 4/5
* Wonder Woman protecting young Clark Kent and young Bruce Wayne of Earth 2. Great stuff and an excellent jumping on point (or jumping back in point, for that matter) for readers of all ages and genders.
New Suicide Squad #4 – My Rating: 4.5/5
* The team all lives and has decided to live with one another (or die trying) in the conclusion of the first story arc. But the best part of the entire issue? Amanda Waller being called out, taking charge of a situation, and doing what the Wall does best: Regaining leverage over the Suicide Squad.
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So there you have it. Another week, another ginormous Batman frenzy from your friends here at Comic Booked. What were your thoughts on all things Batman this week? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll see you back bright and early next Baturday morning!