A Batman #126 Micro-Review – More Robots

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TITLE: Batman #126
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTIST:
Jorge Jimenez, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)
RELEASED:
August 2, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Batman fights a new robotic villain called Failsafe in this issue, and gets a lot of help from his extended “family.” The combination of those two elements, plus the fact that Jimenez and Morey are still on Batman, made this issue feel like an extension of James Tynion IV’s “Fear State.” After all that, I’d kind of had my fill of Batman fighting robots for awhile. So hopefully we don’t spend an immense amount of time doing that again.

On the flip side I find the Executor, a robotic character we meet in Zdarsky’s Catwoman back-up, utterly charming.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #5 Micro-Review – Too Chummy?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 5, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #5
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASE DATE: July 19, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Mora and Bonvillain’s art is what’s really selling this book. What’s more, Waid has given them no shortage of exciting stuff to draw.

Question: How chummy should Superman and Batman be? Waid might be writing them a little too friendly for my taste. They should have a healthy respect for each other, and there’s nothing wrong with there being a friendship between them. But there should also be a certain something in the air when they’re working together. Tension? Weight? It’s tough to describe…

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A Batman #125 Micro-Review – Business Casual Batman

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Batman 125, cover, 2022, Jorge JimenezTITLE: Batman #125
AUTHOR: Chip Zdarsky
ARTISTS:
Jorge Jimenez, Belen Ortega, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Luis Guerrero (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Zdarsky and Jimenez bring us an action sequence where Batman is wearing his mask and utility belt with a white dress shirt and slacks. I think I get what they’re going for. But it looked pretty ridiculous to me. What’s that look called? Business casual Batman?

The Penguin gets a good amount of shine in this issue. Jimenez gives him a very Danny-Devito-esque look. I’m always impressed when a creative team can make Penguin look like formidable opponent for Batman. That’s not always the easiest thing to do, despite his status as an iconic Batman foe.

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A Batman ’89 #6 Micro-Review – Catwoman ’92, Anyone?

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Batman 89 6, cover, 2022, Joe QuinonesTITLE: Batman ’89 #6
AUTHOR: Sam Hamm
ARTISTS:
Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: July 5, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

With the benefit of full hindsight, this story really didn’t need Catwoman. (Not to mention the alteration to her costume.) If anything I’d have given her a miniseries of her own, Catwoman ’92. Heck, it’s not too late…

Batman ’89 was an interesting experiment, with some excellent art from Joe Quinones and Leonardo Ito. But it doesn’t succeed the way Superman ’78 did. I’d have kept the story more simple, with less emphasis on the political and financial sides of Two-Face’s attack on Gotham.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #4 Micro-Review – More of Mora’s DCU

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Batman Superman World's Finest 4, cover, 2022, variant, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #4
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASED: June 21, 2022

While I’m not a fan at all of other heroes popping up in a Batman/Superman book to pull focus away from our titular heroes, I can’t deny that the big selling point of this book so far has been Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain’s rendering of a variety of different DC heroes. In this issue alone we get more of the Doom Patrol, plus Green Lantern, Black Canary, a couple Teen Titans, and more. It’s a real treat.

As the cover illustrates, we get a new take on the Composite Superman/Batman here. It’s a decent design. Very slick.

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A Batman 2022 Annual Micro-Review – More (*sigh*) Ghost-Maker…

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TITLE: Batman 2022 Annual
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
John Timms, Rex Lokus (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.

RELEASED: May 31, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Ghost-Maker character still does almost nothing for me. So unfortunately, as he’s our main character here, this issue did very little for me. That’s a shame, as the issue is well drawn by John Timms.

Thankfully, the Batman Inc. characters are there to add a little spice. Hopefully they’ll continue to add that spice as DC releases its new Ghost-Maker led Batman Incorporated relaunch this fall.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3 Micro-Review – A Show-Stopping Duo

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Batman Superman World's Finest 3, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #3
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS: 
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 17, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue opens with Batman scared and in trouble, and Superman has to save him. That doesn’t sound like such a far out idea in a book about Superman and Batman. But considering how so many modern writers like to portray the Dark Knight as unstoppably smart and all-prepared, it comes off novel. As a Superman fan, it’s definitely appreciated.

I hope Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain are having as much fun on this book as I am looking at their work. Like our two titular heroes, they make for a show-stopping duo.

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A Batman #123 Micro-Review – An Easy Transition

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Batman 123, cover, 2022, Howard PorterTITLE: Batman #123
AUTHOR: Joshua Williamson
ARTISTS:
Howard Porter, Trevor Hairsine, Tomeu Morey (Colorist), Rain Beredo (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer), Willie Schubert (Letterer)

RELEASED: May 3, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

I was able to follow this issue fairly easily, despite not having read the two “Shadow War” issues that came after Batman #122. That kind of thing is always appreciated.

Still, for my money the back-up story by Williamson and Trevor Hairsine stole the issue. Taking place in the past, it sees Batman mix it up with Deathstroke and the Joker, as a bounty looms over Robin’s head. Hairsine renders the classic Robin costume very well, albeit briefly.

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A Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2 Micro-Review – Spying on Superheroes?!?

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Batman Superman World's Finest 2, cover, 2022, Dan MoraTITLE: Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #2
AUTHOR: Mark Waid
ARTISTS:
Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Colorist), Aditya Bidikar (Letterer)

RELEASED: April 19, 2022

There’s a panel in this issue where Batman is incredulous that Niles Caulder would spy on superheroes. I’m wondering if that’s a coy little reference to Waid’s famous JLA: Tower of Babel story, in which Batman does just that.

There’s some hostile tension between Robin and Supergirl in this issue. That’s unexpected and kind of fun. I like it.

Other superheroes are popping up in this book already. We’ve got the Doom Patrol, obviously. Then in this issue we’ve get a few Justice Leaguers. I don’t necessarily mind that, so long as the focus remains on our two titular heroes. In that respect, so far so good.

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A Batman ’89 #5 Micro-Review – Stache or No Stache?

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Batman 89 5, cover, 2022, Joe QuinonesTITLE: Batman ’89 #5
AUTHOR: Sam Hamm
ARTISTS:
Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito (Colorist), Clayton Cowles (Letterer)

RELEASED: April 12, 2022

I can’t help but wonder, had he played the role of Two-Face would Billy Dee Williams have kept his trademark mustache? He has it in Batman ’89 and there’s an awkwardness to it that I’m just now noticing…

Great cover by Quinones. He’s great at capturing the likenesses of Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfiefer, Williams, etc. And it’s a nice callback to Batman Returns. I still don’t understand the purple that’s been added to the Catwoman suit. But I suppose I’ll take the bad with the good.

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