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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Batman – White Knight | Comics

The maniacal Clown Prince of Crime is finally cured of his insanity and tries to right his wrongs by saving Gotham City from Batman!

On the gates of Arkham Asylum, a Batmobile stops by and a person comes out of it to meet a patient, Batman. The guards escort him inside and as they update the man named Jack Napier about The Dark Knight, he simply asks the imprisoned vigilante to help him.

Flashback to a year prior, The Joker was on the run as Batman was chasing him in his Batmobile throughout the city with Batgirl at his side. During the pursuit, the clown makes him endanger public life by making him recklessly go through construction sites and rooftops. Nightwing saves a worker on the go and even one security guard was knocked off by the Bat when he was fanatically chasing the clown.

Following a brief taunting, these two arch-enemies start a fight in an empty building of the industrial district where the clown argues about the duality of their relationship and how his sanity is kept in check by fighting crime. At one point he pushes Batman too far pointing out the tragedy of his life and the young sidekicks only to be beaten more viciously.

The Joker takes out some pills he believes will cure him and the Caped Crusader shoved the whole package down his throat in front of GCPD, Jim Gordon, Det. Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya, effectively leaving him chocked while a woman filmed the scene.

The city breaks out in two fractions; some arguing over condemning Batman after the Hail Mary chase he put throughout Gotham and some still believing in him after the video of their fight was leaked and gone viral. Even Gordon and Bullock argues on whether they are on the right side before Batgirl arrives to check on the condition of the clown.

Bruce is confronted by Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon in Wayne Manor about his recent display of near-psychotic fits of rage, because his behavior doesn't seem alright. He then opens a secret door to passage downstairs where they see a dying Alfred Pennyworth lying on a bed and Bruce has enlisted the help of Victor Fries AKA Mister Freeze.

While he is deeply upset about his father-figure lying in a dying state, he goes back to check on Joker and then leaves abruptly. Jim Gordon meets the mayor in City Hall and Doctor Leslie Thompkins gives her report on the patient, Jack Napier has recovered and fully sane now. Although Gordon suspects that he is faking it, Leslie confirms him it to be otherwise.

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Batman – White Knight | Comics

With his newfound sanity, he is also working full-time on his legal case to file charges against Batman and GCPD. In a meeting with the cops, he gets out of his handcuffs and calmly explains how he can pin charges against them if he wants by going to trial, which he will win and claims that he is going to save Gotham from Batman as its White Knight.

In his trial, Jack Napier opens up about his recovery and how he was always a criminal who started with a bank robbery but was accused of committing murder or at least, the police never could show any evidence and been labeled as a super-criminal anyway.

He accuses the gatekeepers of Gotham to use his unstable mental condition as an excuse to scare the taxpaying Gothamites and used him as a source of revenue. With that, he walks free from trial due to lack of evidence and vows to eradicate vigilantism from the city.

He then goes back to Harley Quinn and although joyous to see him, she is almost immediately disgusted to see him not a psycho in makeup anymore. Napier apologizes to her for his years of abuse and negligence before proposing to marry her to make things right. She gut-punched him to the floor, only get kicked off by Harleen Quinzel.

It seems Harley left long ago and now came back to take him back with Bud and Lou. They catch up on their old days that are full of excitement but she was always blindsided by his obsession with The Dark Knight. Things went too far when Harley found him torturing Robin down in their basement and contacted Batman to get help without delay.

He beats down the maniac with an inch of his life before sending him to Arkham but they never found Jason Todd, ever. Even Napier couldn't remember what he really did to the Boy Wonder as The Joker. He wants to move on asks her help to rebuild Gotham together.

He calls for a meeting of his former colleagues including Baby Doll, Bane, Killer Croc, Penguin, Poison Ivy, Roxy Rocket, Scarecrow, Scarface/Ventriloquist, The Riddler and Two Face only to trick them into becoming his mind-controlled puppets with hat of Mad Hatter, by using Clayface as a signal conduit for a grand scheme to frame the Caped Crusader.

As planned, he unleashed an army of super-villains on the streets and police gave them chase before the Bat-Family arrived on scene. Wrecking havoc throughout the city, they are lured to the planned site of a library for Backport and it collapsed onto Batman. He came out badly injured and his life was saved at a great cost of a loved one.

Refusing to let go of the chance for Jack Napier to embrace The Joker persona once again, the Harley pretender suits up in an all-new avatar to get her lover back and finds out about the scheme Jack is playing and with help from Hatter, she managed to turn the tables.

Apparently, the pretender was a depressed banker named Marian Drews, who met The Joker during a bank robbery and became a part of his life. Now that he is gone, she intends to get him back and debuts as Neo Joker. She unleashes a crisis on Gotham that even Jack Napier sees no other way to save the city without the help of his archenemy.

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Jack Napier Leads The Show

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Batman – White Knight

To take the role of writer and artist, DC Comics hired Sean Murphy (Hellblazer – City of Demons, Year One – Batman/Scarecrow) for the eight-issue limited series title "White Knight" that started back in 2017 and ended in 2018, which is primarily focused on one of Batman's worst villains and instead of portraying him as a maniac, it reflects on a side no one saw before as he ascends to sanity.

The long-running debate regarding the vigilante methods of Batman has crossed a few lines and it helped The Joker/Jack Napier to portray as a villain. Harleen Quinzel also played an important role to the overall plot and a huge ensemble of villains from Gotham showed up for a major clash with the Bat-Family and members of GCPD.

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Unexpected Peace Offering

A fine nod to the poorly received Batman and Robin movie from 1997 and "The Dark Knight Returns" graphic novel are probably there regarding the fate of the trusted Wayne family butler Alfred Pennyworth. Pivotal elements from another popular storyline, "A Death in the Family" subtly played an influence for the ongoing Batman/Joker antagonism over the undisclosed fate of Jason Todd and unveiled new twist.

It appears that, Murphy took great inspiration from the popular TV show of 90's, Batman: The Animated Series and some classic characters like Baby Doll, Roxy Rocket and Veronica Vreeland appeared in the story, reimagined with almost same appearance resembling to the series. The sleek and edgy drawing style of Murphy was an overall refresher and was very well suited match to the dark tone of the story.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Batman – The Rules of Engagement | Comics

Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption.

When Batman proposed to Catwoman on a rooftop after being inspired to be happy in life by his father from an alternate timeline, they decided to come clean to each other about their past. She explains how she ended up at Arkham Asylum for accusation of murdering 237 men of a terrorist group.

It was her close friend Holly Robinson who actually committed the crime and Selina took the fall for her knowing she will eventually be saved by The Dark Knight when she will be sent to a death row for this mass murder.

So, they decided to travel to Khadym for a fifteen hour long journey though an unforgiving desert seeking redemption. They loses one of their horses and Batman comes to a former partner of Dick Grayson from his time as an agent of Spyral who goes by the name Tiger King of Kandahar for his help to reach his destination.

Since political interference and involvement of super-heroes are not welcomed there, he had to find a guy with enough intel to make an entrance to Khadym and Tiger reluctantly agrees to help them.

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Batman – The Rules of Engagement | Comics

Back in Wayne Manor, Alfred Pennyworth finally discloses regarding this illegal mission of his and about Bruce recently proposing to Ms. Kyle to his surrogate family of young vigilantes, which struck them all in awe.

While Duke Thomas and Jason Todd starts blaming each other for not being able to stop him from marrying her, Damian Wayne accepts this to be his fault and Dick Grayson tries to comfort him. Superman makes a call to Alfred informing of an unauthorized invasion in Khadym and Justice League is on their way.

Upon arriving at their desired end, Tiger is stopped by the Guard in the Desert, who turns away heroes and villains from entering. He refuses to allow entry for Batman and Catwoman decides to confront the Guard, which didn't end quite well for him.

As the three of them enters, Talia al Ghul is informed of their arrival, to which she asks to prepare her swords. They are surrounded by her men whom are ordered to tire them to exhaustion, something that the duo realized fighting the Silent Soldiers of the Pit for a while.

The Demon's daughter then comes swinging her swords at her ex as he tries to reason with her about their visit. All they want is to talk to Holly Robinson and then leave but knowing Selina Kyle is going to be his wife soon, Talia stabs him in jealousy.

Catwoman then picks up a sword to fight the former lover of her betrothed to a standstill unless one of them falls. When their ledger on Khadym is finally closed and done about, the Bat and Cat are about to go on a rare double date with Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

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Duel With Demon's Daughter

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Batman – The Rules of Engagement

Ever since DC Rebirth has kicked in, writer Tom King (Grayson – Agents of Spyral, Grayson – We All Die at Dawn) has been building up a legacy for The Dark Knight through stroylines like I Am Gotham, I Am Suicide and I Am Bane. Now he has join forces with artist Joëlle Jones (Helheim – Brides of Helheim, Helheim – The Witch War) with guest Clay Mann (Dark Reign – Elektra, Magneto – Not a Hero) and Lee Weeks (Incredible Hulk – Tempest Fugit, Superman – Lois & Clark) for the latest adventure of the Caped Crusader.

"The Rules of Engagement" is released in 2018 from DC Comics, consisting issues #33-37 and Annual issue# 02 of the third ongoing monthly volume of Batman comic-book series.

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Super-Friends for Life

As World’s Greatest Detective decides to tie the knot with one of Gotham City’s notorious thieves by giving in to their mutual attraction, lives are changed. Though his son and current Robin, Damian does not like the idea of his father marrying someone else other than his mother Talia al Ghul, he remains unfazed.

Members of the Bat-Family are a bit skeptical about this decision he made but they all are coming to terms. The two-part backup story explores many unseen shades of the friendship Batman shares with the Man of Steel and how both of these finest heroes are always corrected by their better halves.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro Reborn | Comics

Red Hood and Artemis' strange alien teammate receives an upgrade when he was on the brink of death and turned into something no one ever expected!

While reading a newspaper article covering news of Red Hood and his Outlaws returning to the Gotham, a mysterious individual explains to a person sitting nearby about the reason he was broke out of Arkham Asylum only to terrorize the city and the latter is revealed to be Solomon Grundy, a mindless zombie brute.

Following their latest trip in K'kyesh, Qurac, the Outlaws are declared as international war criminals and they took shelter in Ma Gunn's Home for the Criminally Impaired to treat Bizarro, who is in a critical condition.

When Artemis remarks about the fact that their injured friend should be in a hospital, Faye points out they cannot just go to S.T.A.R. Labs to get a checkup. She tells Jason to stop fetching false hope to Big-B and Ma Gunn tells them to go out with their bickering.

Despite knowing he won't live long, Jason grieves about the uncertain fate of their ally while she tries to comfort him by relating her own struggle of losing her love, Akila (Who Is Artemis). News of Grundy wrecking havoc comes to TV and the two rushes to the spot.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro Reborn | Comics

AR hits a rampaging Grundy but thrown out, which leads Jason to take shots at him with no effects. Back home, Bizarro decides to go help his friends upon hearing them getting thrashed in spite of Faye pointing out that he may not survive if he does so.

The brute monster was effortlessly beating the living crap out of them two but as he was about to deliver the killing blow to Red Hood, help came along in form of a Superman-clone. Grundy is taken down and asks them to take care of his doll, Pup Pup before he collapsed.

Unable to cope with Big-B passing, Jason suggests using a Lazarus Pit or something to revive him while Lex Luthor came to rescue his doomed creation and surprisingly, he managed to do the impossible. The big guy only returned as a big-brained genius after Luthor hands him over to Reds.

Next up, they went undercover as employees of Haly's Circus to meet Nightwing and face off USSR terrorist KG Beast together. Artemis and Red Hood then goes fighting a gang of mindless Dollotrons sent by Professor Pyg to rob ruthless crime-lord Penguin but Jason decided to keep it for himself.

The Outlaws sets up an invisible fortress above Gotham City to monitor crime starting with an Arkham Asylum escapee and serial killer Victor Zsasz. Soon, their unusual activity is detected by Gotham Knights at The Belfry and they encounter each other where Azrael, Batwing, Batwoman, Clayface and Orphan came out victorious after some struggle.

They are handed over to Amanda Waller at Belle Reve Penitentiary and agree to go on a mission with Suicide Squad members Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc to stop a ruthless villain named Harvest, leader of N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

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Fall of Bizarro

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro Reborn

With The New 52 coming to an end and DC Rebirth kick-started, the second monthly ongoing series of Red Hood and The Outlaws is doing great after picking up from a new point in "Dark Trinity". By far this arc has apparently featured a maximum number of important characters from various teams and groups of DC Universe.

The third storyline from the series collects issues #12-18 and Annual #01, plotted by writer Scott Lobdell (Alpha Flight, Generation X) with artists Dexter Soy (Batman – Arkham Knight – Genesis, DC Universe Vs. Masters of the Universe), Joe Bennett (Rann–Thanagar War, Teen Titans) and Tyler Kirkham (Deathstroke – God Killer, Deathstroke – Suicide Run).

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Knights and Outlaws

When The Outlaws sought help from the recent self-proclaimed Man of Steel, Lex Luthor regarding their big friend, it reminded him of Subject B-0, who sacrificed his life trying to save Luthor from Crime Syndicate during the events of "Forever Evil". So, he worked his way up to save the creature's life by turning him into Bizarro 2.0.

They have a run-in with Gotham Knights and already outnumbered, the trio held themselves off quite well. Then another misadventure with the notorious Task Force X has them butt heads with maniacs like Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc but came out alive.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Titans – The Lazarus Contract | Comics

One of the most legendary members of Titans, Wally West came back from void of worlds and Deathstroke is eyeing for his Speed Force!

Years ago, Grant Wilson AKA Ravager took it upon himself to take out the original Teen Titans with his augmented powers given by H.I.V.E. He manages to take down the whole team but his heart finally gave up when he was about to deliver the final blow to Robin.

Lilith senses what really went up with him and Kid Flash tries to stabilize his heart that is burning up with a CPR to no avail. Thus, Deathstroke lost his son and after comforting his dying son, Slade blames the Titans for this and swears vengeance on them. For years, he couldn't forgive them and was always looking for an opportunity to hurt them.

On present day, Slade wakes up in a hospital with his old friend Major Wintergreen sitting beside him as the former has just gone through a successful eye surgery after a recent incident that blinded him. Wintergreen updates him on his children Jericho and Rose while reminding that Grant is still dead because Slade kept calling his name in his sleep.

Meanwhile Arsenal, Donna Troy, Wally West, Nightwing, Omen and Tempest were fighting a bunch of goons that they thought to be working for H.I.V.E. One of them confesses that they were hired to deliver a message by a person named "Lazarus" and then the rest of the Titans realize that The Flash went missing among them.

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Titans – The Lazarus Contract | Comics

Wally discovers himself strapped to a machine as a voice asks his name, which he surprisingly answers to. He realizes that his captor is none other than Deathstroke, The Terminator and he proposes to Wally that if he helps Slade save his son by tapping into Speed-Force and going back in time, he will quit being Deathstroke forever.

Despite having the chance of saving many from Slade by agreeing, Wally is not willing to take chances that can mess-up timeline of reality once again. As he refuses to take his deal, Slade then reveals his back-up plan in case of his lack of will to comply. Wally sees a captured Kid Flash, who is the Wally West of Prime Earth, now in Slade's custody.

Back on the Titans Tower of Manhattan, Wally's teammates Arsenal and Tempest tries hard to locate him with no result. After trying to talk with Grayson, Lilith senses that even though he knows what's going on and what it means by "Lazarus", he's still lying to them.

At Titans Tower of San Francisco, while training with Beast Boy, Jackson Hyde and Starfire, Raven expresses her concern about Kid Flash when he didn't show up in time. Robin then points out that he is not the only speedster who's gone missing.

Damian Wayne faces Nightwing about the recent disappearance of the two Wally West of their teams and his disrespectful behavior towards Grayson agitated the remaining team members into taking a stance. After a little banter among them, they eventually all come to the conclusion that they should face Slade Wilson together for answers.

Deathstroke then offers Kid Flash the same deal he offered to The Flash and convinces him to help him save his son to redeem himself and as they travel through time, Slade manages to steal the power of Speed-Force from Wally for himself.

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Takedown of Titans

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Titans – The Lazarus Contract

"Titans – The Lazarus Contract" targets to be one of the most prominent crossover involving Deathstroke, Teen Titans and Titans, from DC Comics in post-DC Rebirth era of 2017. This five-part story-arc is plotted by writer Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow – Island of Scars, Green Arrow – The Death and Life of Oliver Queen), Christopher Priest and Dan Abnett (Annihilation – Conquest, Annihilation – Nova).

These finest comic-book writers were assisted by artists Brett Booth (Fantastic Four, X-Men), Carlo Pagulayan (Elektra, Emma Frost), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Nightwing), Larry Hama (Venom – Along Came A Spider, Venom – Carnage Unleashed) and Paul Pelletier (Fall of the Hulks, War of Kings) with their finest talents.

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Deadliest and Fastest

"The Lazarus Contract" is mainly a huge nod to the 1984 storyline "New Teen Titans – The Judas Contract" by Marv Wolfman (Convergence – New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths) and George Pérez (Infinity Gauntlet, Inhumans), which is adapted into a direct-to-video animated superhero movie of the same name in 2017.

The original story that inspired "The Lazarus Contract" was about Deathstroke's debut on the pages of New Teen Titans monthly ongoing series and taking on an unfulfilled contract of his son Grant Wilson with H.I.V.E. Here, the conflict with the Titans also involved the father-son duo of the revamped timeline of Prime Earth.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Batman – I Am Bane | Comics

In her attempt to recruit Doctor Hugo Strange and the second-string villain Psycho-Pirate into Task Force X, Amanda Waller accidentally set them free. Strange then unleashed his Monster Men on Gotham to wreck havoc on the city (Night of the Monster Men) and Pirate to critically affect the psyche of young super-hero siblings Gotham and Gotham Girl (I Am Gotham).

Though her brother did not survive in the end, Gotham Girl was suffering from a phobia that only Psycho-Pirate could save her from. So, Batman took it upon himself to assemble his very own version of Suicide Squad with several key-individuals from Arkham to raid the island of Santa Prisca and kidnap Pirate, which he did upon confronting his dreaded enemy Bane.

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Batman – I Am Bane | Comics

Since, Bane brought Pirate to cure his own life-long addiction to the Venom serum, he decides to come to Gotham and break everyone Batman cares about after this. So, at Superman's Fortress of Solitude, Batman put Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin into a suspended animation for their own safety.

Meanwhile, Alfred escorted Gotham Girl at Arkham Asylum under the disguise of a criminal and forces Roger Hayden to start her treatment with Psycho-Pirate's Medusa Mask. Bronze Tiger is taken down at his own hotel room, Bane's accomplice Bird shoots down Catwoman, then Trogg and Zombie tries to sneak attack on Commissioner Jim Gordon, only to be taken down with the aid of Duke Thomas.

Eventually, they all end up getting captured by Bane, who asks for Psycho-Pirate in exchange for their lives. In Batman's stern refusal, a furious Bane charges at him with the full power of Venom and savagely beats him to a pulp while they both recall their struggle as kids.

In his last ditch attempt to stop his unstoppable enemy, Batman lured his nemesis into Arkham Asylum and freed all of the super-criminals to stop Bane. But can they really stop the man who doesn't fear anyone and once broke the Bat?

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Monsters of Arkham

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Batman – I Am Bane

From the very beginning of the DC Rebirth wave, writer Tom King (Grayson – Agents of Spyral, Grayson – We All Die at Dawn) has started fabricating a well-devised plot that would lead to a story like this one.

After the events of "I Am Suicide", he is joined by artist David Finch (Brightest Day, Forever Evil) again to draw a conclusion to his third venture with The Dark Knight and one of his most feared enemy there is. When this all ends for good at some point, Batman and Catwoman have some personal scores to settle among themselves that will surely change the life of these two forever.

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An Unstoppable Challenge

Also this story features the huge roster of many Batman villains like Amygdala, Black Spider, Calendar Man, Copperhead, Doctor Phosphorus, Firefly, Flamingo, Hush, Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Maxie Zeus, Mister Freeze, Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Two-Face and Zsasz. Whether they were the heavy hitters or the bottom-feeders, all were destined to fall in front of the vengeful spirit that Bane came as.

The storyline collects issues #16-20, 23 and 24 from the third ongoing monthly volume of Batman comic-book series that will continue his ventures up next in "The War of Jokes and Riddles", featuring The Joker and The Riddler.
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