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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 3: KnightsEnd
Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 3: KnightsEnd
by Doug Moench
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.67
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Prodigal, December 26, 2014
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So this book collects Knightsend and Prodigal. We don't see how Batman is healed which from what I hear isn't that good of a story anyways.

Knightsend is about Batman working with Shiva to get his fighting skills back and finally taking down Jean Paul Valley.

Prodigal is about Dick temporarily taking on the role of Batman.

Knightfall vol. 3 is probably my most favorite part of the whole saga for one simple reason. This is the volume I credit with forming the modern Bat-family. Prior to Knightfall, Dick Grayson hasn't really had any involvement with Batman since he had left the role of Robin. In all that time, Batman has lost another Robin and gained a third one. With this book, we finally see Dick come back into the fold. Prodigal has Dick confronting Batman over their relationship the last few years and finally facing the past. Prodigal isn't the best Dick as Batman story (that honor goes to The Black Mirror) but what it does for the Bat mythos makes this a must-read story.

Supergirl Vol. 1: Power
Supergirl Vol. 1: Power
by Jeph Loeb
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, December 10, 2014
This story directly comes after Jeph Loeb's Superman/Batman: Supergirl. Basically the plot of this book is that someone has been watching Supergirl preparing for a showdown. In the meantime, Supergirl has been getting familiar with the larger DCU meeting the JSA, Teen Titans, Outsiders, and JLA. And in every situation, it results in Supergirl having to get into a fight. Then when the bad guy who has been watching her reveals himself her personality gets split into two.

My biggest criticism of the book is that Supergirl spends so much time fighting that all the heroes either because she is reacts defensively or because the other heroes immediately jump to conclusions and hit first and ask questions later. But outside of that, the plot is pretty standard. Its not the worst story but its not a masterpiece either. Its an enjoyable follow up. If you liked Jeph Loeb's Superman/Batman work then you'll probably enjoy this story as well.

Sleep Master Platform Metal Bed Frame/Mattress Foundation, Twin
Sleep Master Platform Metal Bed Frame/Mattress Foundation, Twin
Offered by Mattress Firm Inc.
Price: $72.00
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, November 20, 2014
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Originally this was a great bed frame, assembly wasn't challenging. But 5 months later the bed frame buckled because the welded sections somehow came loose. So I wouldn't recommend this bed frame to anyone.
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Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom
Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom
by Justin Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: $9.65
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Opinion, November 4, 2014
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This is a fun little romp. Basically, Supergirl faces a defeat by one of Darkseid's followers and so Superman takes her on a "camping trip" on another planet where their powers don't work. Their adventure is hilarious. The only reason I gave this story 4 instead of 5 stars is because I didn't really care for the Maelstrom subplot where she basically obsesses over trying to impress Darkseid. This story isn't by any means a critical piece of work. Its just a fun little story where we get great character interaction between Superman and Supergirl which doesn't happen so much in the main comics these days.

Batman: Hush
Batman: Hush
by Jim Lee
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why I Love the Book, August 21, 2014
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This review is from: Batman: Hush (Paperback)
I didn't really care much for the actual villain of the book. What made me enjoy it had more to do with 3 things:

1. I loved that this book focuses on Bruce's childhood. Outside of his parents death, I feel like we don't get much insight into what Bruce's childhood was like. This and Darwyn Cooke's Ego have been my favorite stories in regards to exploring that aspect.

2. This is a great introduction into Who's Who of the Bat-universe. So its a great starting point for new fans.

3. I love the internal monologues as we get to learn what Bruce thinks of everyone in his life.

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Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars My Review, July 22, 2014
This review is from: Overseas (Kindle Edition)
Overseas is one of my favorite time travel romance books. Its what got me into the idea of the hero coming into the present rather than the female going back in time. Make no mistake, she does eventually go back in time but it represents only a small microcosm of the book itself.

What I loved most about the book is that I fell head over heels in love with Julian. Julian is written to be so likable that when he does things that would make a girl feel trapped, you still can't help but love him.

However, I do have a few criticisms so I will ask those who have yet to read this book and are particular about spoilers to STOP reading this review right now. I repeat SPOILER ALERT!!!

1. I hated how Kate's pregnancy was used as a plot device. The idea of her getting pregnant wasn't horrible. It was that the author felt the need to have her lose the baby once they were out of trouble.

2. As with most time travel romance books, the mechanics of how time travel is even possible pretty much gets ignored or little depth to the details.

3. I felt like there wasn't proper build up to the bad guy. It all sort of just comes at you at once. In a way that is good because that means majority of the book isn't wasted on the Big Bad but at the same time, it just feels sort of underwhelming too.

Outside of those 3 issues, I enjoyed the book and plan to reread it in the future.

Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (New Edition)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Murderer? (New Edition)
by Chuck Dixon
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.22
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Review, July 19, 2014
Okay, so I bought the corrected edition at a comic book store since Amazon hasn't updated their description box to indicate if they've gotten the corrected versions. So here is what the new books contain:

Batman 10 Cent Adventure
Detective 766
Batgirl 24
Nightwing 65
Gotham Knights 25
Birds of Prey 39
Robin 98
Batman 599
Detective 767
Nightwing 66
Gotham Knights 26
Robin 99
Birds of Prey 40
Batman 600
Gotham Knights 27
Birds of Prey 41
Batman 601
Batman 602
Detective 768
Detective 769
Detective 770
Batgirl 27
Nightwing 68
Gotham Knights 28
Gotham Knights 29
Nightwing 69

The reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because there are some issues where it contains subplots totally irrelevant to the story which makes it annoying. Also, there are still some problems with the ordering. For instance, Robin 98 and 99 are not back to back even though 99 continues were 98 left off. The reason its a problem is that in between those two issues, Robin is in Gotham doing something else entirely! So I guess its an improvement over the incorrect edition but its still not perfect either.

Batman: Bruce Wayne - Fugitive (New Edition)
Batman: Bruce Wayne - Fugitive (New Edition)
by Various
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.38
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Wayne Fugitive, July 18, 2014
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I've only glanced over it a few times but I can say that so far, it looks like most of the problems that plagued Murderer in terms of production are not a problem here. However, Amazon's description has a few errors and states that this includes Detective 768-775 when it is actually 771-775. The corrected edition of Murderer (which I don't know if Amazon has stocked up on yet) includes some of those issues. Here is what Fugitive actually contains:

Birds of Prey 43 (only a few pages however)
Batman 603
Batman 604
Detective 771
Batgirl 29
Gotham Knights 30
Azrael 91
Azrael 92 (only a few pages)
Detective 772
Gotham Knights 31
Batman 605
Detective 773
Detective 774
Detective 775
Gotham Knights 32
Batman 606
Batman 607
Batgirl 33
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All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder
All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder
by Frank Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.52
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1.0 out of 5 stars There are better stories than this one...., May 15, 2014
I can't help but wonder if this story is supposed to be about showing why Batman shouldn't have a Robin. We see Batman abuse Dick Grayson and then turn Dick into a psychopath that almost kills another superhero (I stopped reading after that point). It just makes you wonder if its trying to give the message of how Robin is worse off being part of Batman's mission. If this isn't the intent and the book is to be played straight then its terrible for the poor characterization. If its really supposed to be a satire, its still horrible because I happen to like Robin and disagree with those that think Robin serves no purpose in the mythos.

If you are looking for some good modern day dynamic duo stories let me suggest to you Dark Victory which is a good example of how Robin can work in a dark mythos and Robin: Year One which take place after Dark Victory.

Batman: A Death in the Family
Batman: A Death in the Family
by Jim Starlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.12
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4.0 out of 5 stars My Two Cents Worth, April 26, 2014
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Like many others, I bought this book more for the secondary story, A Lonely Place of Dying. You see, I am a huge Robin fan with Dick and Tim being my most favorite characters of all time. However, if I were to rate both stories, I'd give the first story, A Death in the Family 3 stars and the second story, A Lonely Place of Dying 4 stars. Let me explain (and Spoiler Alert for the record).

Its well known that Jim Starlin had an immense hatred for the entire concept of Robin and had been lobbying for his death since he began his run on Batman. As a result, he intentionally wrote the character in an unappealing way. And you see that in A Death in the Family, there are many instances in just the first half of the story alone where all I could think about was the lost opportunities in doing some character development for Jason. But that and having him die isn't even the worst part of the story. The second half of A Death in the Family deals with the Joker becoming the Ambassador to Iran. It felt like I was reading an entirely different book. The concept isn't bad and sounds like an interesting plot for a Bronze Age type story but given that they just killed off Robin it was a weird gear change. I am also not a fan of the dialogue, it just felt really dated and sometimes Batman sounded like he was a hip-cat. The only good things I can say about this story is that its definitely a quick read and that if not for this watershed moment, I would never have gotten my favorite character Tim Drake and for all we know we never would have gotten the reuniting of the Bat-family during Knightfall a few years later.

As for the second story in this book, its much better. While the aim of the first story was to basically destroy the concept of Robin, Marv Wolfman is the exact polar opposite of Starlin. A Lonely Place of Dying seeks to repair the concept and while other writers such as Chuck Dixon will take it to an even higher level by making Robin a solo hero in his own right, Wolfman did a good job given what a debacle the whole Jason Todd thing had become. Honestly, my biggest criticisms of the story is that I felt it could have been a bit longer to really show how Batman needs Robin. I mean Tim meets Bruce in the last 25 pages and so it feels rather rushed. I also feel like the dialogue was a little too heavy, its definitely a longer read compared to the other story. Also the Joker angle kind of annoyed me a bit as well. But overall its a good story and I am glad that DC paired it with A Death in the Family, although I think Robin-The Joker's Wild would have also made a great story to go along with A Death in the Family as it sort of brings the entire Robin saga full circle when Tim Drake goes up against the Joker by himself (to date this story can only be bought in the out of print book, Robin: Tragedy and Triumph). Regardless, this book is worth getting at least for the second story.

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