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By Julio Angel Ortiz on 30 July 2012 Comments Off

So, we have, at last long last, the finale to the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy.

By Mark Clapham on 22 December 2011 Comments Off

The New 52 hits UK newsagents with an anthology featuring Justice League, Action Comics and Green Lantern.

By Alex Fitch on 24 August 2011 1 COMMENT

A reasonable compromise between the simplistic entertainment of Batman video games, the pop art spectacle of the 1960s TV show and Nolan’s more adult approach.

By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2011 Comments Off

‘Knight of Vengeance’ is very good work, a beautifully assembled comic that just happened to leave me cold.

By Mark Clapham on 01 November 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘DC Universe Presents’ is the latest UK title to reprint US comics for the UK newsstand, and with one great story and two quite good ones it represents very good value for your three quid.

By Mark Clapham on 21 October 2010 Comments Off

‘Under the Red Hood’ manages the surprising feat of taking a comic book story mired in sprawling continuity and turning it into a highly enjoyable, accessible action thriller.

By Jim Smith on 02 July 2010 Comments Off

‘Detective Comics’ #866 marks the return of Denny O’Neil to Batman comics, and it’s cracking stuff.

By Mark Clapham on 14 June 2010 Comments Off

Writer Paul Levitz revisits the future of ‘Batman Beyond’ in a story that, in spite of being set in a dystopia, provides an upbeat and refreshing alternative to most of DC’s current books.

By Mark Clapham on 14 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘King Tut’s Tomb’ collects three issues of ‘Batman: Confidential’, smartly re-inventing a villain from the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV show as a far more serious threat in a story well-served by the gorgeous pencils of José Luis García-López.

By Steffan Alun on 07 May 2010 1 COMMENT

If Grant Morrison’s introduction is to be believed, the comics chosen for DC’s ‘The Black Casebook’ – a collection of Batman issues from the 50s and 60s which influenced Morrison’s run – are generally unpopular among Batman fans, owing to their supernatural and sci-fi content.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘First Wave’ features a curious mash-up of DC heroes (including a gun-toting Batman) and pulp characters (Doc Savage), as well as throwing in the Spirit for good measure. The first issue is passable, but not terribly exciting.

By Mark Clapham on 22 April 2010 1 COMMENT

The latest animated incarnation of Batman has been running in the States for a while and is, I believe, shown in the UK at an hour in the morning that I refuse to acknowledge the existence of. Thankfully, it’s being very slowly released on DVD, four episodes at a time.
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By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2009 Comments Off

… Bolton Wanderers Nil.

By Mark Clapham on 18 November 2009 Comments Off

A messy pulp.

By Mark Clapham on 05 November 2009 Comments Off

Or ‘Thursday Comics’, for readers in the UK.

By Mark Clapham on 16 October 2009 Comments Off

Fun with Dick and Damian… oh, and Azrael too.

By Mark Clapham on 12 October 2009 Comments Off

From being pencilled by Bob Kane to being made into a game by Rocksteady: a birthday look at Batman both in the beginning and in 2009.

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By Bruce Kent on 20 May 2009 Comments Off

I love DC Comics…

By Mark Clapham on 30 November 2008 Comments Off

Bruce Wayne RIP?

By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2008 Comments Off

A review of this week’s ‘Batman: Gotham Knight’, and a bit about ‘New Frontier’ and ‘Superman: Doomsday’ while we’re at it…

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2006 Comments Off

Tim Burton’s sequel to ‘Batman’ is riddled with perverse decision making – not only is it a big summer movie set at Christmas, but it’s also loaded with bleak moments of humorous violence and fetishistic relationships…

By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2006 Comments Off

Just in case you thought this advent calendar business was all going to be dewy eyed nostalgia about the movies we used to watch on TV when we were still young… here’s something new.

By Mark Clapham on 27 July 2006 Comments Off

Like ‘All-Star Superman’, this is a series Grant Morrison has been preparing to write for his entire career, and it shows…

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By Jim Smith on 21 July 2006 Comments Off

Comics’ oldest continually published title has a new, super-star creative team and by the look of this first issue, it’s going to be an outstanding run.

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By Jim Smith on 24 May 2006 Comments Off

Call me a heretic but, outside of ‘Year One’, Frank Miller’s Batman has never gelled for me. He is, in the writer’s own words, not a human being but ‘the god of vengeance’. He’s also ethically to the right of Nietzche.

By Mark Clapham on 03 March 2006 Comments Off

It’s ‘One Year Later’ in Gotham, and everything new is old again…

By Shiny Shelf on 01 January 2006 Comments Off

As 2006 begins, now is the last chance we’ll have to round-up all those things that Shiny Shelf should have reviewed in 2005 but, due to the constraints of time and competence, didn’t get around to. ..

By Jim Smith on 24 December 2005 Comments Off

If 2004 was, as we said at the time, the year of late arrivals and revivals, 2005 was a year of completing, and contrasting, circles.

By Jim Smith on 22 December 2005 Comments Off

‘Infinite Crisis’ #3 is another confused and confusing issue of the potboiling mini-series.

By Mark Clapham on 10 December 2005 Comments Off

If I go for too long without reading a satisfying Batman comic, my flesh begins to itch…

By Jim Smith on 24 November 2005 Comments Off

I was, I’ll admit it, really quite moved by the final page of ‘Infinite Crisis’ #1 the appearance of Kal-L, the Golden Age Superman, the first, best, character in super hero comics and the progenitor of the whole of this medium’s primary genre.

By Lance Parkin on 16 October 2005 Comments Off

After months and months of the set up burbling away in the background, much of it rather humdrum and offputting, the first actual issue of Infinite Crisis is here.

I like it.

By Mark Clapham on 17 July 2005 Comments Off

By getting Frank Miller and Jim Lee together, the first book in DC’s new ‘All Star’ line certainly lives up to its name…

By Jim Smith on 12 July 2005 Comments Off

Aaaah, do you remember the bad old days of Joel Schumacher’s Batman movies? Somnambulistic actors, insultingly deabsed versions of beloved characters and only the sight of Alicia Silverstone in a grey pleated miniskirt to keep one awake?

By Eddie Robson on 11 July 2005 Comments Off

In today’s crowded media market, you have to get your ideas across quickly and clearly and there’s no better way of doing that than reworking an idea people know already…

By Mark Clapham on 02 June 2005 Comments Off

Three crossover titles out this week – House of M #1, Superman/Batman #20, and Marvel Team-Up #9.

By Mark Clapham on 11 February 2005 Comments Off

To make up for the recent drought, here’s a random round-up of last week’s comics, in alphabetical order, to keep you going.

By Jim Smith on 01 December 2004 Comments Off

Some kind of error has meant that this issue of ‘Batman’ has gone out with Judd Winick’s name on the cover when he didn’t write that which is inside it.

By Eddie Robson on 30 September 2004 Comments Off

To my great alarm and not inconsiderable shock, I now live in a town without a comic shop…

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By Jim Smith on 24 September 2004 Comments Off

It’s “Batman: The Anime Series” essentially with an palette of colours and backgrounds seemingly drawn from Japanimation and character designs that seem to come via ‘Digimon’ or ‘Ultimate Muscle’.

By Mark Clapham on 21 July 2004 Comments Off

Anyone expecting an Eddie Campbell ‘Batman’ comic set in historic London to have a ‘From Hell’ level of intensity and complexity is going to be a bit disappointed by ‘The Order of the Beasts’…

By Mark Clapham on 09 March 2004 Comments Off

Yep, it’s this title again… already. What can we say? DC are throwing talent at this book, with interesting results…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

‘Gotham Knights’ has been a blighted title since its inception. With issue #50, a change of approach has arrived…

By Mark Clapham on 22 February 2004 Comments Off

In theory, the combination of indie-comics creators with big mainstream properties is a win-win deal. This isn’t necessarily how it always works…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

I read this latest issue of ‘Detective Comics’ under what are perhaps the ideal conditions for reviewing a mainstream comic…

By Mark Clapham on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

Some ideas are as good or as bad as the execution. So much of ‘New Frontier’ sounds terrible in abstract – but in the hands of writer/artist/genius Darwyn Cooke, this may well be the superhero series of the year…

By Eddie Robson on 20 February 2004 Comments Off

After a couple of issues mostly comprised of big long punch-ups, this issue of ‘Superman/Batman’ provides the payoff – and it’s more than I was expecting…

By Mark Clapham on 11 November 2003 Comments Off

After Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s award winning ‘Hush’, DC have decided to maintain momentum on the main Batbook by bringing in the entire team behind the Eisner-winning Vertigo title ‘100 Bullets’…

By Mark Clapham on 12 August 2003 Comments Off

It’s ironic that Greg Rucka should count Two-Face as one of his favourite Bat-villains, as the former ‘Detective Comics’ writer seems equally split between good and bad…

By Eddie Robson on 07 August 2003 Comments Off

It looks like DC has got sick of being accused of having dropped the ball these last couple of years…