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  • SHINY ADVENT: Detective Comics #826 | Shiny Shelf
    mind for Robin An unnerving seasonal story pitting a boy with only his wits to fall back on against an insane killer holding all the cards this is possibly Dini s best written issue so far even though Batman himself barely features The story is perfectly paced and as befitting the title shows a degree of detective work and intelligence as Robin tries to predict the Joker s next move and find a way out of his predicament Artists Don Kramer and Wayne Faucher keep pace their Joker a neat balance between the animated series version and the more detailed look of current DC comics Kramer and Faucher s visual storytelling and dynamic action have a clarity that suits the story although their normal people are not quite as well realised as their grotesques a flashback featuring former Robin Dick Grayson and current incumbent Tim Drake in civvies shows them with slightly indistinct features and a scene with two burger vendors shows a similarly loose approach to faces However this is forgivable in a story centred on two exaggerated figures the wide eyed masked sidekick and the horrible clown both of whom are rendered with exactly the right level of caricature If you haven t read a mainstream comic in a while seek this one out and treat yourself to it for Christmas It s a perfect little seasonal shocker Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share SHINY ADVENT Detective Comics 826 Tags Advent Calendar Batman Comics DC Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October

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  • Batman #655 | Shiny Shelf
    and scheming going on elsewhere In keeping with the rest of the book this isn t another gangland turf war rather this is big time B movie villainy where damsels are menaced with dayglo syringes every villain has a map the size of a wall and armies of monsters gather in the shadows Andy Kubert in his first big gig since signing an exclusive deal with DC has endless fun with such a packed script out Hush ing Jim Lee with some gorgeous opening pages while also maintaining a classic clear line that stops the pages getting overly busy Morrison gives him numerous instantly iconic images to draw and Kubert rises to the occasion Dave Stewart s colours are as excellent as ever giving the book a warmth and colour not always seen in gloomy streets of Gotham Batman is a hugely popular character for many reasons but one of those is that he s open to numerous interpretations and approaches while also being wonderfully simple to understand The character and his universe is a dream to writers and indeed otherwise middling comics talents have found themselves churning out good Batman stories taking advantage of the strengths and story possibilities of the concept This has made the Bat books DC s most reliable franchise down the years not only is he always popular but you have to really do something very badly wrong to mess him up Morrison and Kubert s Batman takes a direction not seen in a while reducing the melancholy and adding a bit more adventurous zip to proceedings This is the first part of what promises to be an action packed big ideas epic which should nicely complement the one issue crime stories Dini is writing for Detective For as long as these two writers stick with their respective books its going to be great to be a Batman fan Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share Batman 655 Tags Batman Comics DC Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first

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