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Subj: Batman 34 Review - Has spoilers, but no Spoiler
Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 at 03:05:13 pm EDT (Viewed 95 times)

What to say about this issue? That's tough, because not a lot happens.

Bat and Cat fight Talia's ninja. Bat is tired out, so when Talia shows up, beats Bat in a fight. Cat grabs the sword sticking out of Bat and say "meow." Read next issue, same bat-time, same-bat channel.

Damian and Richard (I refuse to call him Dick, not for reasons of vulgarity, but because no one named Richard under the age of 65 is called Dick). Go the entrance of the Forbidden Zone. Superman shows up says I have to get Bruce, but doesn't because of emergency elsewhere, flies off.

We do learn that the reason Cat and Bat go to see Talia is because of Holly. It's not just a visit the ex thing.

That's pretty much it. All this could have been done in three pages back in the day when kids stayed off my lawn. The art is pretty, but again, lacks the flow fights in the old days used to have. We still learn nothing about Selina, what she's thinking, how she is as a character.

We just see that she banters with Bruce during the fight. It's cute, but it doesn't provide a sense of physical danger and the fights, like so many fights in comics these days, lack a sense of motion. We don't get thought balloons where Bats thinks things like, I'm surrounded, if I attack one front and get everyone facing me in one direction because their numbers will work against them and I can fight them one at a time".

That gives a sense flow and danger and keeps me in the moment. As things stand I am just watching a series of pretty pictures that create a sense of static-ness.

Again, I like the art, but Joelle Jones is not quite there yet. Her faces are a bit, for lack of a better description, pointy. Her art, while being quite good, is just short of being something a head of the regular crowd.

So what did we learn this issue? My main take away is that Bruce being big and strong is good, but don't neglect your cardio. It's a marathon, not a race.

Overall, not terrible, but my problems with decompressed story telling and lack of showing Selina's character as a character with her own hopes, dreams, thoughts, ambitions and desires remain.

Or I could be wrong.

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