And so ends a classic run for the Batman ages. Detective Comics #881 ends a year-long saga from the minds of Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francisco Francavilla. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I was so glued to a Batman tale, especially one primarily focused on Dick Grayson and Commisioner Gordon. And put James Jr. up on the long wall gallery of great Batman rogues – his creepiness and long-term effects on this series will surely last a long time.
Speaking of classic runs coming to an end, cheers to Bryan Q. Miller for wrapping up a great run culminating with Batgirl #24. Just amazed to see how far Stephanie Brown has come – nobody gave her a chance when this all started 2 years ago and now we’re sad to see her go for at least the immediate future. This issue wrapped it all up in a nice, fitting tribute to what Stephanie brought the Batman family legacy.
American Vampire : Survival of the Fittest #3 takes us back to German grounds, as Felicia Book and Cash McCogan find the doctor responsible for the vampire cure. What they didn’t anticipate was thousands of Nazi vampires in the midst ready to go to war. It’s been great to see other sides in this decades-long battle against vampirism and how they ended this issue really sets the stakes high (as if they already haven’t been higher already).
Back in action and was there ever a lot to talk about.
We kick off with a quick review of Avengers The Children’s Crusade #2 for the week of 9/1. For all the crap I give the Avengers books as of late, this one series from Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung delivers in spades. Characterization is effectively done and it’s all plotted well to make you wonder where the hunt for Scarlet Witch will go next.
I then sound off on the continuing brilliance of the cosmic saga known as Thanos Imperative in issue 4 and the climax of Daytripper, which ends a well-told series about the appreciation of family, friends, and life overall.
In the end, I give it to Bryan Q. Miller’s work on Batgirl #14. He’s been writing up a great series that’s stood out on its own in its own little corner of the Bat universe. This particular issue gets quirky as Batgirl and Supergirl go out on the town to enjoy an average Friday night, only to combat 24 copies of the 1930′s movie version of Dracula. I think that’s all I need to say to get you to buy the book…