Comic Book 3: Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family

 

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Batman, Vol 3. Death of the Family, writer Scott Snyder, artists Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion

Finished reading on October 25th, 2014

Rating: 5/10

As I’m quite new to the whole comic book business, I just have to wonder whether it’s absolutely necessary to make the story-line so gruesome, that you’d think it’s been thought up by your elder brother at a camping trip to scare you or lose your appetite…

In this volume of Batman, there is the Joker. I don’t like him (nor other villains either, but he’s just a psychopath isn’t he?) and that’s why I’m not too excited about this volume. Also, because the previous Batman comic books I’ve read have had some mystery, then this one paled in comparison and all the mystery has been substituted with violence and pure horror.

Since in this book the Joker is after Batman’s sidekicks (who are almost total strangers to me), then it was all sort of a blur… maybe with a fan’s commentary I would have liked it more.

I think I’d go back to pink unicorns and butterflies now…

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Comic Book 2: Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 2: The City of Owls, writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo

Rating: 6/10

Finished reading on May 4th, 2014

In The City of Owls we find out what happens from where the previous volume left off – Batman having to deal with… spoilers (continue below if you don’t mind spoilers) . As the story progresses and finds a surprising solution and the solution ends with a twist, we go a bit further away from Batman and get to know a little bit more about the family of Alfred – the Waynes’ butler.

The illustrations are cool and since Batman has  a stubble for the whole volume, you wouldn’t even notice his non-existent cheeks 🙂

In general not quite as interesting as the first volume.

Spoilers start here…

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Comic Book 1: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls

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Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls , writer Scott Snyder, penciller Greg Capullo, inker Jonathan Glapion

Rating: 9/10

Finished reading on April 22, 2014 (in about two hours)

This was my first Batman comic book I’ve read. And overall second comic book ever. Hooray for starting with some nerdy education!

I liked the story – it was quite mysterious and made me suspect totally innocent people in the comic book (but, hey, if the Batman movies are any indication, you have to watch out and not trust just about anyone in Gotham city).

In this comic book, there is a man found, murdered with a secret message hidden on the wall “Bruce Wayne will die tomorrow”, which naturally doesn’t sit too well with Batman. And then there are different signs and places were the imagery of owls creep up, and Batman is about to try and find out whether there ever has been and maybe still exists such a thing as the Court of Owls. What it’s all about you can read yourself.

It was cool, and the end definitely makes me want to find out what happens next.

I’ve never really given much thought to why I didn’t read comic books, probably because they never got in my way, and in general I tend to want the books I read (or at least buy) to have a lot of words and pictures aren’t really important.

The artwork in this one didn’t leave much of an impression on me except for being really bloody and Bruce Wayne not having any cheeks…

I liked the fancy technology though, and the quite imaginative (although not too realistic occasionally) science.

So in general I found it a pleasant reading experience, albeit a short one.

My favourite quote from this one:

“Tomorrow is just one dream away.”