Friday, September 9, 2016

Comic Book Roundup: Batman #6, Black Monday Murder #1, 4001 A.D. War Mother

Batman #6 cover
Batman #6 - Written by Tom King; Art by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado; Published by DC Comics

Batman wraps up the first story arc with a standalone epilogue to the tale of Gotham and Gotham Girl. Gotham Girl has started to lose it after the death of her brother, her powers are starting to become overwhelming, and Batman tries to keep her from self destructing.

After a stellar end to the action in Batman #5, Batman #6 isn't quite as engaging, but it isn't supposed to be. It's a bridge to the next arc, a nice chaser after the first, giving Batman a breather before ramping up again. In a way it fills like a lost issue, but it is a solid transition to the next.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

The Black Monday Murders #1 - Written by Jonathan Hickman; Art by Tomm Coker; Published by Image Comics

A promising start to an interesting story by Jonathan Hickman about an occultish group run by all the financial powers that be that controls everything we know in the world. The first issue is quite long, but probably needs it to set up this world. I was not blown away, but interested to see where it goes next.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

4001 A.D War Mother #1 - Written by Fred Lente; Art by Tomas Giorello; Published by Valiant Comics

The war of 4001 A.D. is at its peak. New Japan is orbiting the Earth, but an isolated spot is trying to go about their lives. To keep things going, War Mother travels outside of their sector to get things that are needed for her tribe. However, the war outside is going to affect that isolation, and War Mother will be at the center of that.

As with most Valiant books, the art is outstanding, and they have created a singular world outside of any other comic book universe. War Mother is a solid start to what could be a great series.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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