Batman, Detective Comics

Batman, Detective Comics

Vol. 01, Rise Of The Batmen

Book - 2017
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"Follow the adventures of Batman, the world's greatest... teacher?! The Dark Knight and series co-star Batwoman team up to take new proteges Red Robin, Spoiler and the villainous Clayface under their leathery wings! The only problem is, neither new super-instructor knows exactly what they're in for as the attempt to train these wiould-be heroes before a mysterious army takes Gotham for themselves."--
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, 2017.
ISBN: 9781401267995
Branch Call Number: FIC Tynio v1
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Rise of the Batman

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forbesrachel Aug 28, 2017

One might expect with the heading of Batman Detective Comics, that this series would emphasize Batman's brain, not his brawn... that we would get a story that focuses on his brilliant deductive reasoning, and ability to outmaneuver his enemies. Sadly, one would be wrong. As a sidenote, wouldn't i... Read More »


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forbesrachel Aug 28, 2017

One might expect with the heading of Batman Detective Comics, that this series would emphasize Batman's brain, not his brawn... that we would get a story that focuses on his brilliant deductive reasoning, and ability to outmaneuver his enemies. Sadly, one would be wrong. As a sidenote, wouldn't it be great if DC would hire a mystery writer to create a standalone Batman story where the "World's Greatest Detective" is more than just a label; enough with all the deus ex information reveals, let us be part of the process. Infusing genre traits into superhero comics breathes fresh new life into them (look at what the western genre does for Old Man Logan). Still, the Rebirth's premise isn't all that bad, and it does bring in a few not-overused ideas into the series. Instead of another story where Batman is fighting the lonely fight, we get a new team, drawn together in a moment of crisis, and lead by Batwoman. While the "enemy" is quickly dispatched through a sequence of intense action, and, dramatic dialogue scenes, there are enough hints about an enemy lurking in the shadows to suggest where it will go from here. To help us better connect to the characters, each of them is given at least one scene to express their humanity. This can be hard to accomplish when the accompanying art is your standard comic variety. It is serious, made to highlight cool moments, and the characters can look quite grim (one cannot make a deeper frown than this Batman). This series does have one thing going for it that other iterations don't. The writer's discussion about the effectiveness of the lone hero versus that of a trained military unit adds some food for thought. Hopefully, this will be a central theme throughout. A good premise, and a decent gateway title.

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