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Here's an image of Batman looking at a dog. There you go.

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2016 takes something else from us, and this time it's Chew.

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #945

The gift of Clayface, TAKE IT IN MAAAAAAAAAAN. (reference!)

SPOILERS: Batgirl #5

I could make a joke about memory and my feelings towards this arc, but that would be rude.

Batman Group February 2017 Solicitations

Batwoman returns to the world of having her own solo in February.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin Eternal #9


Oh hey, it's that guy we all knew was coming... At least it's not a Lincoln March situation where I spend 30 weeks asking if this is the issue where the reveal everyone knows is coming is actually going to happen.

The Spoilers:

Doing this a little out of order, but while Dick and Harper try and go over the old Prague case files, looking for something that was missed years ago, we see the flashback where it's revealed that Mother made Bruce and figured out he was Batman. It was there where she allowed him to escape, but not before instilling the lingering thought that he could possibly want a "better Robin." 

So back to the present, Tim and Jason have tracked a bunch of black market tech dealers having ties with the Order of St. Dumas, which brings them to Santa Prisca, where the church has set up shop over Bane's old home. Speaking of Bane, oh look, Bane. Short fight, the trio decide to work together, because Tim doesn't care about Santa Prisca, just wants to figure out whats going on.

Turns out the Order is up to some serious shit, healing people from illness... and they're real into tech, some of it real similar to the stuff mother uses... so into the church they go, where they see some of Bane's men converted. Bane freaks a bit considering a guy Bane knows to be mute be given the ability to speak by drinking the church's funky wine with some weird shit going on in it... Then in happens, they're found out and boom, there he is... Azrael. John-Paul Valley, as the first issue would suggest.

END.

The Opinion: 

So, the obvious talking point is obviously JPV, which shouldn't come as a surprise given his name was on the screen in issue #1. I'm open to it, outside of reading Knightfall, I honestly haven't read a lot of JPV, so I'm interested to see whats done with him in modern continuity. Obviously he's going to be the bad guy for a period here, but everything after that should be the good stuff. Weird character just to bring back, but why not?

Michael Lane though... he's the real fucking cool Azrael, just saying.

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  1. A issue mostly about Jason, Tim, and Azrael!

    Three characters people really care about!

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    1. I assume this is sarcasm. If so, I'll give you Azrael, but a lot of people care about Tim and Jason. Some a little TOO much.

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  2. That bit with Bane's mute henchmen given the ability to speak though... I really hope that's not a set up for something this story will do with Cassandra.

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    1. I think the difference is that guy was physically mute and Cass just didn't learn language? I'm real hazy on that.

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  3. Azrael is cool and you all know it! Also I would totally read a Tim & Jason buddy cop book. They make a fantastic odd couple

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    1. Not the first time I've seen a Tim/Jason book suggested.

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    2. I know it's not highly original or that radical an idea, but I've always thought that if they manage to get Batman continuity back to some semblance of "status quo," an ongoing focusing on the exploits of at least Jason, Tim, and Damian (individually or collectively), and maybe featuring Dick here and there, simply called 'Robins' would make sense.

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  4. Trust me, no one's gonna fault you for not knowing much about JPV. Out of all the people who have read Knightfall over the years, maybe a thirtieth read anything else with the character, and even that fraction is probably being generous. Not even Sword of Azrael, which is kind of necessary to know what the hell was going on with him in Knightfall and why he lost his gourd, much less his hundred issue solo. Everyone just remembers him as a nutjob; again, not many read Sword and the matter isn't helped by the fact that the quarter of Knightfall that called back to what was going on - Knightquest - went entirely uncollected until fairly recently.

    His deal is that he was basically brainwashed by St. Dumas since childhood to one day become their assassin, essentially. The brainwashing takes effect when he wears a helmet or full face mask. I'm cliffnotes versioning this, but it's basically why he became unhinged the longer he went on as Batman. Most of his deal after that was feeling guilty for failing so badly and trying desperately to redeem himself in Batmans eyes while basically fighting the cult of St. Dumas.

    I've always had a soft spot for Valley, so I'm glad he's back. Nothing against Michael Lane. Thought I did always find myself wishing he'd adopted some version of the red and gold armor at some point. The silver always looked off to me, especially when you had a design as cool as the original armor, as busy as it may have been.

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  5. Seeing Bane actually given an intellectual bent was very nice; I kind of feel like his appearance here was meant to be a bit of an apology for Robo-Bane in Eternal. Here, he demonstrates a classical education and combat prowess seperate from Venom and brute force when he catches Tim's batarangs to shatter Jason's helmet. And they actually utilized his personality and temperament for some humor in his team-up with the Robins, as opposed to the half-baked Alfred team-up.

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  6. This series = 90's Batman comics run amok. Figure Hardback Bock and Shondra Kinsolving will show up any minute now.

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    1. hahaha
      KG Beast, anyone? (I can't remember if he has ever been Nu52'd...)

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    2. His civilian ID showed up in New Suicide Squad.

      With both hands attached, but that's an easy fix.

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  7. It sounds like it. I'm surprised Chuck Dixon isn't on the creative team somewhere.

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  8. It does seem like at this point DC is using the 'Eternal' franchise to (a) allow Snyder to stretch his story wings with characters he has either created or wants to flesh out (Lincoln March) and (b) as an excuse to bring back all the 90s/early-aughts Batman characters that either died or were disappeared by the New 52. I understand why it's a fun idea and why a lot of fans would be in to it. My only reservation is that it seems like an apology for the New 52 -- which in my view, can't really be redeemed at this point. I'm not a continuity purist, and I'm not as distraught about the loss of post-Crisis canon as some, but DC can't just "buy me off" by throwing out a few characters from yesteryear.

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    1. I think it's more than that. I also am not crying over losing post crisis cannon and only got back into comics through the new 52. I feel by the bat office bring long back additional characters it is an attempt to launch future bat books that will not require batman in them. They def made that attempt with academy and Gotham by midnight. After this run of eternal they can launch an azrael book or Harper Cassandra book or Jason and Tim book. All would sell well and would allow batman to not literally be in every book to generate sales

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