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Batman #8 Review

batman-issue-8-coverA cavalcade of incredibly well executed action!

Creative Staff:
Story: Tom King, Steve Orlando
Art: Riley Rossmo
Colors: Ivan Plascencia
Letterer: Deron Bennett

What They Say:
“NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN” part four! The giant monsters might be bad, but Gotham’s heroes encounter a whole new threat level when two of their own start terrorizing the city! Batman must face the horrifying possibility of losing two of his closest allies to Hugo Strange’s vicious attack.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
I hate crossovers in the modern age. I truly do. Even within a small “family” of books because it invariably means I miss out on story since I’m very selective about what I read and have only so much time. Thankfully, King and Orlando have done things well here with the Night of the Monster Men arc as this fourth part, of which I only read the first part previously, picks up right after that as the other two parts play out at the same time. The events from those other parts are referenced here but I don’t feel like I missed anything with the core story that I’m reading as a Batman book. That’s… just fantastic. I’m really surprised by it and it has me hopeful that other mini-events I get caught in work as well. I know the hope is to draw readers to other books but odds are there’s a reason I’m not reading those other books.

With the giant creature rampaging through the streets as we saw before, Batman’s doing his best to take care of it through a wide range of attempts that aren’t really doing all that much beyond making it angrier. Which is understandable as it’s not your traditional villain the streets kind of things. THere’s a lot to like in seeing how he’s going about this since he’s making sure that nobody is lost again after some of his recent losses, such as Gotham and Red Robin, but that’s also proving to be a point of contention with others. While Duke is getting agitated since he wants to help Claire, it’s Batwoman that gives him the most grief since she’s in the field with him and reminding him that he’s part of a team now. He’s still adjusting to that idea overall and I definitely like the group that’s come together for this particular event.

What the book largely does is work us through various action sequences as it unfolds throughout the city while Batman also gets the clues to put things together as to how Hugo Strange has gotten all of this to happen. Batwoman’s going up against the transformed Gotham Girl and Nightwing makes for some simple old school action with a great bit of flair from Rossmo while Spoiler and Orphan similarly handle their own trouble with the mold covered citizens that are suffering. Tie that with the main event and it’s a pretty constant barrage of action. Which can be frustrating in some books because you want more story – and more so here because I won’t see the finale for the arc as it’s in some other book. But what delivers things here is Riley Rossmo as his artwork is just fantastic throughout. There’s so much going on, so many great layouts and positioning of the characters and the view, that it’s easy to get caught up in a few panels for a while just to soak it all up.

In Summary:
While I’ve been mixed on the Batman series since it kicked off and have been holding out for things to settle into a better post-Gotham place from the first arc, I’ll admit that the Monster Men arc really had me very wary from the start because of my distaste for such events. But with the two issues of that I’m being exposed to it’s proven to be a lot of fun as it’s brought in other characters I haven’t seen in an age and has delivered some stellar artwork from Riley Rossmo with great action. I’m eager to see where the next arc goes as events are tightening up there and the ties to this and previous stories also works well. There’s a larger tale being told across all of it that has me interested and I’m hopeful for some payoff sooner rather than later. And very hopeful that we’ll see Riley Rossmo here again!

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 12+
Released By: DC Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: October 5th, 2016
MSRP: $2.99

Chris has been writing about anime, manga, movies and comics for well on twenty years now. He began AnimeOnDVD.com back in 1998 and has covered nearly every anime release that’s come out in the US ever since.

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