End of 2010 Trade Collections Wrap Up

It was a good year to be a comics fan, a lot of great reading to be had. I want to list a few trade releases I didn’t get a chance to cover earlier. BATMAN AND ROBIN: BATMAN VS ROBIN DC Comics The second volume of Grant Morrison’s refreshing new Batman and Robin team. At first I was disappointed when Frank Quietly left the book, but the truth is the art is still terrific. Cameron Stewart, Andy Clarke, Scott Hanna and Dustin Ngugyen have been doing a great job. The dynamic of a Dick Grayson batman and Damian as Robin is almost more refreshing than it should be. The wise cracks from Robin seem more hip and a bit darker, if not at...

Late October trade reviews

BATMAN: GOTHAM AFTER MIDNIGHT DC Comics This is what Batman was in the beginning, dark creepy and spooky. A detective on the hunt fighting evil despite what the pursuit means to his own well being. Steve Niles brings his wonderful horror sensibilities to the dark knight and with Kelley Jones on art it’s a match made in heaven. A new crazy is loose in Gotham, Midnight, and he’s using some of Batman’s more disturbed foes for his own ends. Bodies are falling everywhere and it’s all Batman can do to keep up. He can barely investigate as he does all he can just to keep putting his foes back in Arkham. By the time the climax starts Batman is...

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TRINITY Volume 2

From DC Comics Trinity Volume 2 (trade collection) is loads of fun. Kurt Busiek’s story is ambitious and as far as I’m concerned he’s pulling it. At the end of Volume 1 the three Trinity members, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have been erased by Morgana and the anti matter Riddler. But the spell is off a bit and the world is not transformed quite to their liking. They take measures to fix this.Meanwhile people who new the big three are starting to recollect and they eventually band together to find what’s missing in their lives.Filled with all sorts of other elseworld like goodness and plenty of magic and action...

12 Trade Reviews to Take us Into Winter

Black Summer Avatar Press This was a really wild read. It at first seems like another deconstruction of the superhero genre, but very soon it becomes obvious that it is more. It is also a look at the world today and the politics involved with running the world. A team of superheroes, all of who were artificially enhanced has over the years gone through some changes. Members have died and retired. Those remaining seem to have gone a little nuts. John Horus was a founding member of the group, the seven guns. He extremely powerful and he’s really pissed. The book opens with him showing up in DC and wiping out the president, the cabinet and...