Comic Review: Batman Broken City

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Comic Review: Batman Broken City

Batman Broken City

Batman Broken City

It’s a noir style Batman story that has the perfect kind of grit that Brian Azzarello (Loveless, 100 Bullets) and Eduardo Risso (Spaceman, 100 Bullets) have come to be known. Their usual style transfers quite well into the world of Batman.

A murder takes place in Gotham City with a dead woman found in the dump. With the body partially eaten, it fits the profile of Killer Croc. When confronted Croc points out that there is no real evidence and that Batman can’t do anything about it. This sends the Bat all over town putting him at odds with such people as the Penguine, Scarface and others. Will he find the killer or will this become another unsolved crime.

This world has a very dark and scary feel to it. It really is noir style, with the violence much more visually brutal. At times, the story can be confusing and you can feel lost.  If you like Brian and Eduardo than this is a good, quick read.

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Comic Review: 100 Bullets Volume 1 First Shot Last Call

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Comic Review: 100 Bullets, Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call

100 Bullets, Volume 1:, First Shot, Last Call

100 Bullets, Volume 1: First Shot, Last Call

Vertigo is one of my favorite publishers because they are always guaranteed to put out new and exciting ongoing series — 100 bullets rightly falls into that category. With a writer like Brian Azzarello (Wonder Woman, Hellblazer) and artist Eduardo Risso (Spaceman, Logan) teaming up, the results will be something to spectacular.

You’re minding your own business and an older gentlemen gets your attention. He shows you a briefcase and explains its contents. Inside is a gun, 100 bullets and a folder. In that folder is proof of a wrong done against you and the chance to take revenge.  The gun and bullets are untraceable. If you are caught by the police upon finding those items they will give them back and let you go. It’s up to you if you decide to take revenge or not. As for the old mans motives — that’s a story for another time.

The writing sounds like a conversation you might over hear at some dive bar or walking through a dark alley at night. The images feel dark and desperate, which adds different dimensions to each character. You see the despair on one person’s whole being opposed to the privileged aura of another.

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Comic Review: Spaceman

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Comic Review: Spaceman

Spaceman

Spaceman

The dynamic duo of Brian Azzarello (Tales Of The Unexpected, Deathblow) and Eduardo Risso (Logan, Alien Resurected) are back again to bring you Vertigo’s Spaceman. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it’s the story of one man’s time in space and how he lives his life here on Earth.

Orson spends his days salvaging for scrap and the money he makes is spent on drugs and computer sex. When his mind isn’t preoccupied he thinks back to his days exploring the surfaces of Mars with his genetic brothers. Orson is not a man but a genetically engineered being created to sustain long flights in space. But, when their program is shut down he must live a life of little importance. It’s not until he happens upon a well known celebrity who has been kidnapped, that his life takes a drastic change

As with 100 bullets it may take some time before you see the whole picture of whats going on. Risso’s artistic style is the perfect thing for a grimy apocalyptic future. They have a cool take on how some people speak using abbreviations and internet lingo. Great thing about the ending is there are a few ways to look at it. Check out the web for people’s opinions, it might just blow your mind.

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Comic Review: Joker

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Comic Review: Joker

Joker

Joker

Told from the perspective of a criminal working for the Joker. This DC title written by Brian Azzarello (Doc Savage, Cage) and illustrated by Lee Bermejo (Hellblazer, Winter Soldier ) is the criminal side of things in Gotham City.

Jonny Frost is a menial criminal sent to pick up the Joker from Arkham Asylum. Joker instantly takes a liking to Frost and takes him into the fold. What ensues is an unprecedented viewing of the Joker and what makes him tick. During their escapades, Frost begins to question if this is the future he really wants.

It’s always interesting to see new material on the Joker. With this title you get a 24/7 window into what The Joker does with his time.  The artwork really grasps the disgusting nature of the Joker and the crimes he commits. Great read for anyone who enjoys the despicable nature of The Joker.

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Comic Review: Jonny Double

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Comic Review: Jonny Double

Jonny Double

Jonny Double

This is the comic that brought Brain Azzarello (Wonder Woman, Deathblow) and Eduardo Risso (Spaceman, Vamps) together for the very first time. Jonny Double from Vertigo is what eventually lead to 100 Bullets.

Jonny Double is a down on his luck aging private investigator. He’s barely getting by with the money he makes and his latest client turned up dead. His luck may be turning around on his next job though. The girl he is being paid to keep tabs on has told him of a 5 figure heist. It’s guaranteed to be a walk in the park. But with everything going so well, can it really be that easy?

I find that with the artwork of Risso you can get the faces mixed up from time to time. If you’ve read 100 Bullets you will defiantly see some characters that started out in this series. Not the same people exactly but their essence and looks. A quick read that will be enjoyed all the more knowing how far Azzarello and Risso have come since.

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Comic Review: Loveless Volume 1 A Kin Of Homecoming

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Comic Review: Loveless Volume 1 A Kin Of Homecoming

Loveless Volume 1 A Kin Of Homecoming

Loveless Volume 1 A Kin Of Homecoming

Nothing like a good ol western with a side of revenge. Yup, I reckon that there’s some mighty fine reading. So come round the campfire and listen to this Vertigo tale from Brian Azzarello (El Diablo, Cage) and Marcelo Frusin (Hellblazer, Flinch).

Wes Cutter has come back to his hometown of Blackwater to right some wrongs. A brother who has been spreading rumors that he is dead. Friends who want to see him dead. Trying to put the pieces of what happened to his wife after he left for war. If you have wronged Wes Cutter than you are surely damned.

Great story all around, it’s hard not to like a western. My biggest problem is it goes back from past to present quite a lot. I found my self getting confused about what exactly was happening every now and again.

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Comic Review: Before Watchmen Comedian/Rorschach

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Comic Review: Before Watchmen Comedian/Rorschach

Before Watchmen Comedian/Rorschach

Before Watchmen Comedian/Rorschach

Watchmen is back with 2 of its darker members, the Comedian and Rorschach. This DC title is written by Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Spaceman) with The Comedian illustrated by J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, 52) and illustrations for Rorschach by Lee Bermejo (Joker, Daredevil)

In The Comedian, we see where he fits throughout modern history. It turns out he has a long standing history with the Kennedy family. Also we see his time during the Vietnam war and the atrocities he has committed. In Rorschach, we get a deeper look into who the man really is and what makes him tick. More than once he is entrenched in violence and fighting for his survival. Soon he finds himself being the prey when he thinks that he is the predator.

Both series have a firm story line that they stick to. The Comedian is centered on historical events and the parts he did or didn’t play in them. Extremely violent and unforgiving while he carries out his missions. With Rorschach, it’s all about what he does during the day and how it leads to his night time excursions. It’s full of the guttural journal entries that we’ve all come to enjoy. A great read from the Before Watchmen series.

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