DC Rebirth Batman Beyond Vol. 1 Escaping the Grave by Dan Jurgens

Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Most of my knowledge of Batman Beyond is from the TV show of the same name. I have never read a BB comic book until now.

Terry McGinnis is the Batman of the future, mentored by an old, retired Bruce Wayne to protect Gotham. He has a younger brother named Matt and a girlfriend named Dana.

In this volume, Terry is believed dead (I have no idea if the cause was written about in another issue). Bruce Wayne is also believed dead. Gotham has been without a Batman for months. Terry finds the city practically overrun by Jokerz, criminal who idolize the Joker. The main plot is that the leader of the Jokerz wants to bring the Joker back to life and also kidnaps Terry’s girlfriend (now ex, since he’s believed dead) to show her what he’s doing. The leader of the Jokerz, Dana, and Terry all went to high school together apparently.

This volume has a lot of confusing references for readers who have never heard of Batman Beyond until they picked up this issue. I could only understand part of it because I watched some of the TV show. This volume is not the best introduction to a character. The art style isn’t the easiest to understand either, it’s not something I’m a fan of.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

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DC Rebirth Batgirl Vol. 1 Beyond Burnside by Hope Larson

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

This volume contained Issues #1 – 6.

Barbara Gordon travels to Japan to train with combat masters of the East. But on her first day she runs into an old friend who causes a whole load of problems for her and whose actions place a target on Batgirl’s back.

Gordon is in fine form in this volume, using her combat skills, technology skills, and library science skills to fight against this new nemesis. The new skills she struggles to learn also help her save herself and her friend. The only downside, for me, in this issue is the unnecessary romance between her and her old friend. Why do they have to be lovers? Why can’t a man and a woman just be friends?

It’s also not the best issue to start with if someone is new to DC because it assumes the reader knows who Babs is and what she can do. Her personality is already firmly established. There is nothing new here beyond the skill she learns from the people she meets in this issue. There’s only a brief hint to the long period where she was wheelchair-bound (the great Oracle days) and is easily missed. I personally am still torn whether it’s tolerable or bad that she is no longer paralyzed.

Overall, it’s an acceptable iteration. Issues #7-10 are already available.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for this honest review.

Free Comic Book Day 2017 Haul

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Pictured:

Rebirth Batman, Betty & Veronica, Steam Wars Strike Leader, Doctor Who, Wonder Woman, Catalyst Prime The Event, The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess

Went to my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 2017). I arrived around 4pm and the line took approximately one hour just to get in. The employees were throwing out trivia questions for prizes, which is how I got the Batman comic that is in the picture. I wasn’t able to purchase any comic books because I was with someone who wanted to leave and they were my ride so I had to listen to them (the woes of not having my own car). Plus the line to purchase items looked like a two hour wait and I was in no mood to wait in another line. It was really great to see them have such good business though. It was the first time I’ve been to a comic book shop (because no car) and I was relieved I didn’t have to deal with any snide comments. I’m hoping the atmosphere is as positive during regular business days because I want to browse their Funko collection one day.

I highly recommend FCBD to anyone who has the chance to go. Many comic book stores sell comic books other than the Big 2. And FBCD has special issues to help people who wouldn’t normally be into comic books get into comic books, such as The Legend of Zelda or Spongebob Squarepants. They have kids and teenage and adult (not that kind of adult, mind you) comic books so anyone and everyone can find something they like on FBCD. It is an annual event on the first Saturday of May and you find a local comic book store that participates¬†using this link.