Showing posts with label Penguin. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Red Hood and the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham | Comics

Artemis and Red Hood go out for a date night in Gotham while Bizarro takes the night off to have a drink.

For a while now, Artemis and Red Hood has been teammates and fellow Outlaws even though they got a rocky start. Tonight, they are going on a date to honor a bet Jason Todd lost to her and is baffled by her flattering looks. She asks Bizarro if they can use the Quantum Door for the night and he wishes them farewell for the night.

Lex Luthor was monitoring their recent activities that include an encounter with the Bat-Family and a mission alongside Suicide Squad from the solitude of his penthouse office at LexCorp, thinking over the progress his creation has made so far.

In Gotham, Artemis Grace enjoys a drink with Jason before she suggests that they go somewhere more private and are soon in the Batcave. Even though knowing Bizarro cannot eavesdrop on them, she non-verbally communicates with him about her concerns over the growing power of their friend with a hyper-intelligence.

Since his friends were out for the night, the big guy goes to a bar near the docks after taking a bath in liquid Kryptonite, where he meets a person named Solitary. When he opens his eyes later, he finds both Jason and Red came looking for him.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham | Comics

Later, Red Hood breaks into the Gotham Empire hotel to scare businessman Jakoby Frum out of town to stop a munitions dealing with Penguin. He then joins his teammates for breakfast and then they part away. Red keeps an eye on Biz to found out that he assembled a group of goons by tricking them into believing they are here for a job.

He attempts to poison the entire room but refrains from doing so in the last minute thinking he didn't gave them much choice. In the meantime, Lady Artemis discovers the hidden bath chamber with tanks full of liquid Kryptonite moments before Bizarro arrives. He fails to explain why he kept it a secret and admits he needs help.

She talks him out of his addiction toward the fluid and he drains all the supply he had but he was also regressing slowly. So, Artemis Grace takes it on herself to go and meet his maker about giving him an extended life. Given that he already saved him twice, Lex simply declines to help despite their shared distant past history.

Meanwhile, Jason was on Iceberg Lounge under disguise for some Gotham hold 'em and to annoy Oswald Cobblepot as well. Turns out, he saw through the coy and cornered Red Hood for stealing his money with the Outlaws in a previous run in. Yet, he still manages to escape by sabotaging the power grid at the last minute.

Jason confides in Alfred Pennyworth about his recent endeavors while wondering whether what he is doing is right. Then the granddaughter of Ma Gunn shows up to hand him an envelope containing letters from his deceased father. One of them reveals that Penguin was the one who got him arrested by setting him up.

The backward Superman's mental condition worsens and their secret headquarters floating over Gotham City initiates a self-destruction protocol that Artemis couldn't seem to break into anyhow. Red Hood's vendetta against Penguin for messing up his life will lead him to a path to face an angry and betrayed Batman.

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Date Night For Waywards

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Red Hood & the Outlaws – Good Night Gotham

The Dark Trinity of Artemis, Bizarro and Red Hood returns once again in their fourth storyline of DC Rebirth in "Good Night Gotham" by writer Scott Lobdell (Red Hood and the Outlaws – Bizarro Reborn, Red Hood and the Outlaws – Who is Artemis) and artist Dexter Soy (Batman – Arkham Knight – Genesis, DC Universe Vs. Masters of the Universe).

Collecting issues #19-25 from the second monthly ongoing volume of Red Hood and the Outlaws published by DC Comics, the story spawned a bunch of new ties that Jason Todd has to find the knot to, because of their direct connection to him.

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Outlaw Versus Knight

A lot of his past is revealed where it is shown that his father Willis Todd has worked for villains like Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and Two-Face, before Penguin. A relation to Faye Gunn came out as a shocking surprise that no one expected. Although whether or not Artemis and Bizarro will return is uncertain due to a cliffhanger ending.

Arsenal makes a surprise cameo appearance at the end of the story while Starfire and The Creeper showed up fighting a team of Bane, Cyborg Superman, Gorilla Grodd, Joker, Sinestro and Solomon Grundy in a dream sequence of Bizarro. The best part before the end of the story comes when Red Hood goes up against The Dark Knight.
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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.

For more information on this limited series, you can check out the link below.

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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, April 25, 2017

All-Star Batman – My Own Worst Enemy | Comics

In order to cure Harvey Dent to get rid of his villainous Two-Face persona, The Dark Knight takes on a cross-country trip!

In New Jersey, Auggie Mac's Diner was having a sunny summer day with its regular customers and patrons but then suddenly Batman comes crashing down through the window with two other hired guns; Firefly and Killer Moth following his tail.

He makes a quick work of them both by wrapping the former in his cape and incapacitating the latter by  stabbing into his wrist gauntlet as they were about to threaten the lives of civilians present there. Before he catches his breath, two mechanical arms of the mercenary and former Suicide Squad member Black Spider pulls him from behind.

He throws Batman into a nearby picket fence after dragging him off the diner thinking him outgunned but soon, The Dark Knight comes back at him with a chain saw to take him down. Firefly recovered and came back to take a shot at him when he is engaged but ran with tails between his legs after receiving a cold stare from the Bat.

Batman then finds himself up against the mob of locals seeking a bounty on his head and Two-Face appears from behind. As the crowd shoots him down, Batman quickly grabs Harvey Dent and cutting all communications, hits the road in a truckers' rig.

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All Star Batman – My Own Worst Enemy | Comics

It all started a while ago when Gotham's former District Attorney and an old friend of Bruce Wayne; Harvey Dent reaches out to him for his help to locate a formula which would allegedly got rid of his twisted Two-Face persona and cure him forever.

Despite his own doubts and Alfred's protests, Bruce decides to help his old buddy anyway to give him a chance to become normal again and takes off with Dent in his Batplane to a 500 miles long journey. Dent's alter ego secretly puts a back-up plan of causing an acid rain over Gotham in motion to make sure Batman never succeeds.

In addition, Dent's alter ego made an open offer to anyone who would stop them from reaching destination of paying a combined fortune of Gotham's three biggest crime lords and then a missile is fired at the Batplane, which knocks it down.

This is how they ended up on New Jersey earlier and now the Caped Crusader comes face to face with the crowd of heavy-hitters like Amygdala, Killer Croc and King Shark in his road-trip. This trio of muscles tried their best to crush their enemy into puddle for that huge stack of cash dent offered but they all eventually sought defeat one by one.

Moments later, Cheshire and Copperhead sneak attacks on Bats with poison darts, forcing him to jump off the train they were travelling. Upon resurfacing, more men came out of nowhere and shot Batman down before transporting them to a new location.

Meanwhile, Black Mask, Great White Shark and The Penguin of Gotham Organized Crime secretly meets master assassin Anatoli Knyazev AKA The Beast for a road kill. He agrees to one condition and asks them to clear the mess he is going to leave behind for this job. What these crime bosses didn't know is how messy it is going to be.

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Evil Over Good

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All-Star Batman – My Own Worst Enemy

With the Rebirth of DC Universe, two of most celebrated superstar comic-book creators of recent years have teamed up for an all-star saga of The Dark Knight. Featuring first five issues of the ongoing series, there was another sub-plot "The Cursed Wheel" by the same writer and artist Declan Shalvey (28 Days LaterMoon Knight) as well.

Acclaimed comic-book writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake) and Eisner Award-winner renowned artist John Romita, Jr. (Superman – Before Truth, Superman – The Men of Tomorrow) finally unites to collaborate in their first adventure of All-Star Batman ongoing story titled "My Own Worst Enemy".

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Road-Trip Action

Batman's new young sidekick Duke Thomas played an important part in the main story and in additional sub-plot as vigilante hero The Signal. Also, the Caped Crusader went against Court of Owls, acting as Dent's goons while lesser-known villain Gentleman Ghost and Royal Flush Gang had a cameo appearance in the entire plot.

The key focus shifts on the menacing bad guy Anatoli Knyazev, once known as KG Beast and is seen as most ruthless than any iteration of him ever played before. This is probably because he is now a part of Batman legacy in DC Extended Universe and was quite intimidating in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Batman – Bloom | Comics

Since Bruce Wayne's apparent demise, Jim Gordon became the all-new Batman, sanctioned by GCPD. Bruce Wayne was later found amnesiac but alive, living a different life. With Gordon stepping into the shoes of Batman, many new super-powered villains stating to show up and Mister Bloom is one of them. During a conference at Powers International, Bloom showed up, killing many civilians and threatening to kill Geri Powers, before being stopped by Gordon but he escaped quickly.

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Batman – Bloom | Comics

Wearing the Robin "R", Duke Thomas sneaks into the Iceberg Lounge to find a connection to Mr. Bloom by acting as Robin, only to be confronted by the Black and Whites of Gotham's organized crime. Duke made a narrow exit from the grasp of Black Mask, Penguin, Great White Shark and Ventriloquist.

Geri Powers introduce a whole new army of robotic-suits to Jim but he wants to catch Bloom on his own. In their next encounter, Bloom turns Gordon's very own Batsuit "Rookie" on him but after some struggle, Batman manages to turn the table and arrest the villain. However, a dozen more like Bloom shows up throughout Gotham.

They tear up the city and Jim is rendered bruised and bloodied. With hundreds of seeds hidden around the city, there would be many more of them. Meanwhile, as Bruce tries to recall who he was after Duke talked some sense into him, an unnamed person approaches him on the park bench and requests him into not going back to what he was, who strikes an uncanny resemblance to The Joker and appears amnesiac like him as well.

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Wild, Bloody Meadow!

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Drawing a previous cliffhanger from "Superheavy" arc, renowned writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Superman Unchained) and master artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn) has eventually reaches to a conclusion with the storyline "Bloom", that collects issues #46-50 from the second ongoing volume of Batman monthly series from DC Comics in 2016.

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Let Madness Consume

Connecting a lot of dots from the previous events in The Dark Knight's life, we came to know that his greatest enemy has also made it out alive and awaiting a return to the big-game. Several other villains have made guest-appearance and Duke Thomas from "We Are Robin" movement also growing into the shoes of a new sidekick. Running into the continuity of Prime Earth, the climax of the plotline leads to "Epilogue", the final story of The New 52 era.
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Batman – Superheavy | Comics

After taking down The Joker and saving Gotham from the clown's madness, both Batman and his enemy seemed to perish. To fill out the void of a hero to protect the city, Jim Gordon took the alias of Batman by donning a new mechanical Batsuit, sanctioned by GCPD. With constant persuasion from Geri Powers of Powers International and inspiration from his partner Detective Harvey Bullock, Gordon finally agrees to become the hero that Gotham needs.

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Batman – Superheavy | Comics

In Little Cuba, Commissioner Maggie Sawyer and officer Edmonds were trying to engage a creature made of bioelectric energy when the Batplane showed up and the new Batman jumps into the rescue. Gordon took it down by tracking the man Precious Precious of the Whisper Gang with help from Julia Pennyworth.

A man walking by the side of a park discovers Bruce Wayne sitting alone in a bench, who is mostly amnesiac now and doesn't remember his past. Julia checks onto Jim to see his progress and then, he is called in for another situation. A former street-level crime boss Gee Gee Heung has suddenly creating a lot of trouble with his new-found superpower. Many of Gordon's recent arrestees of such incidents start dying and apparently, some magic seeds are responsible.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne was helping at his girlfriend Julie Madison's rec center, where Jim Gordon surprise visits him regarding the seeds but Bruce declines to help. A new villain named Mr. Bloom is giving away seeds to criminals with his own hidden agenda to spread out his weeds to create a garden.

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Jim Gordon; All-New Batman

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In the aftermath of the events of "Batman – Endgame", both Batman and The Joker were presumed dead and to replace The Dark Knight with a new one, writer Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Superman Unchained) and artist Greg Capullo (Haunt, Spawn) has came up with the idea of making Jim Gordon the all-new Batman in "Superheavy" storyline in 2016, from DC Comics.

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Dead Flower Dolls

The storyline collects issues #41-45 from the second monthly ongoing Batman series and features cameo appearance from Superman in his civilian form as well as one of Gotham's organized crime-boss Penguin. The storyline of The New 52 ends in a cliffhanger and is later concluded to the following one titled "Bloom".
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