Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Batman #35 Review and *SPOILERS*



Cat Fight


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's back to the Rules of Engagement, where Batman and Catwoman have traveled to a forbidden city to track down Holly Robinson so that Catwoman can clear her name of 237 murders she confessed to to protect Holly........ You know, a little takesy backsies, but Talia Al Ghul was also there and when doesn't she want to have a sword fight to the death?  Yeah......... I don't know, she wants to sword fight so sword fighting is what Catwoman and her do and with that, you're all caught up.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Catwoman could possibly stand toe to toe with Talia Al Ghul.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Selina Kyle and Talia Al Ghul sword fighting for some reason.......... still not sure about why besides for "No one's good enough for my baby daddy" and while that's going on we see Holly Robinson in the background watching.  During the fight, which Selina is able to handle way better than she ever should, we get an excellent big of dialog between our two female characters here about what it means to love Batman and how no matter what, he'll only ever put you second to a vow that a child made.  I have to give Tom King credit because while we do have the repeated dialog that I hate and the nonsense jokes that go on way too long, this bit of dialog and also, the dialog between Damian and Dick outside, where Dick explains that Batman always gives with everything he has, but asking for happiness is something that would seem selfish to him and that's why he never told them about the engagement........... Well, this is probably the best dialog we've had this whole run of Batman in the Rebirth era.


In the end, Selina bests Talia, which is bullshit and asks Holly to clear her name so that she and Bruce can get married and as we leave this issue we have our heroes walking out of the forbidden city....... where no one is there to kill them like we were originally told and the newly engaged couple walk off with Damian and Dick, where they talk about probably killing another horse.......... without Holly Robinson.......


That's it for this issue of Batman and I gotta tell ya, while I have not been hip on Batman for a long time, there were parts to this book that actually made me sit up and start really paying attention because the dialog between Talia and Selina and also, the dialog between Dick and Damian were probably some of the best writing that we've seen in this run of Batman and they actually added emotion and depth to the characters while talking about the faults of our title character.  The art was really great in this issue and my biggest gripes are that Catwoman could beat Talia with a sword and that our heroes walk off in the end, talk about possibly killing another horse and leave without Holly....... I don't get why this needed to be done, but there was enough to enjoy through the majority of this book to make me think that not all is lost with this series right now...... Yeah, I'm probably just setting myself up for disappoint, but this issue was well written for the most part and it's not everyday that we get that.

Bits and Pieces:

While there are still parts to this issue that don't make any sense to me, the majority of the issue was really well written and gave you a deeper look at how the people closest to Batman see him, all with great art the whole way through.  Hopefully, this can continue so that I can finally feel like I'm a Batman fan again........ Even if it doesn't though, I had a decent time with this issue and what it gave us.

7/10
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12 comments:

  1. Sorry, I can't get past Selina holding her own against Talia. Nope. Pass. Next Storyline, please.

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  2. I just read that King plans on writing 100 issues of Batman. I feel like someone punched me in the nuts.

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    1. keep the faith that he will just get bored and move on

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    2. If that's true, makes me glad we get x2 a month so it goes quicker.. sorry Jim that also means x2 reviews...

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  3. I actually didn't hate this issue. That's a refreshing change...

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  4. Tom King is the best writer of all the characters in this story arc. He writes with subtlety so I can understand why the reviewers on this site didn't completely understand what happened in this issue. Why is it when something ridiculous takes place, people can only say things like, "Fuck that! That was ridiculous!" instead of saying things like "I wonder why Selina beat Talia? That shouldn't have happened. Let me think about what that means." I mean, Talia basically explains that whole bit when she sits down by Batman. She had no intention of killing the woman Batman loves. She was just getting to know her!

    I'm sorry. I was too critical and not goofy enough in the previous paragraph. That goes completely against my nature. I think maybe I have a slight cold. But I am still working on that rejoinder to Jim Werner. Just wait until November 8, 2018! I'm going to burn him so good!

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    1. I don't know if I should be scared!!!

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    2. Why would Talia want to get to know Selena? How did she and her men know that they were getting married? Did Alfred tell them too? It seemed as if Holly was under Talia's protection, but not once did Talia act like it or even seem to care about her. How are 4 people getting out of the desert on 2 horses (That already made the trip there) when the others couldn't take it? Did the second horse that Batman and catwoman ride on on die? I guess so or they would have had 3. Where did the whole army of toungeless warriors go? Did Bruce and Selena actually kill them? Why didn't holly leave with them? Wasn't that the point of it all? Where are the U.N. troops that were going to come in when they left? Batman told Tiger they would be killed if they came back out...where is Tiger? Did Selena beat up that 10 foot guard because he wanted to get to know her???? Questions, questions, questions...

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  5. Thalia is crazy, I'm sure there will be something with her in the future, we already saw how I use daimian like a puppet. Holly was under his protection along with the rest of her lovers, she looked, in case she did not care in herself but she was her property, I think she over understood. The horse bruce and selina sure selo I wear tiger. Bruce and selena did not kill god, Batman has been knocking people out for hours forever. Most likely, Holly said not wanting to go with them as Selina offered. Tiger did not say it literally. The most likely thing is that Talia let them go for a future

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    1. I have no idea what you're trying to say to me.

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