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June 17, 2014

Crisis of Infinite Reviews 06/11/14

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Written by: Arnab
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batgirl 32Batgirl #32
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, and Blond
Cover Artists: Alex Garner and Ant Lucia
Publisher: DC Comics

One of the interesting aspects of comic books is their ability to rotate through story arcs at a regular fast pace. With Batgirl, Gail Simone has continued to do this to an extent. Each arc serves its own purpose, readers have been getting a nice variety of villains, and Batgirl has had to deal with multiple personal situations that have kept the series entertaining and exciting. However, Knightfall’s continued role as Batgirl’s nemesis is beginning to be rather tedious. Having been around now for well over a year, she continues to be the perpetual thorn in Batgirl’s side, and for whatever reason she has yet to be satisfyingly dealt with. That being said, Simone is doing a fantastic job of merging Barbara’s personal life with her role as Batgirl. The way she is able to seamlessly transition from personal problems to vigilante problems is really what has been keeping this series so interesting after all this time. Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion, and Blond continue to exceed expectations issue after issue. Their art is beautifully paired with Simone’s story. 4/5

batman eternal 10Batman Eternal #10
Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, and Tim Seeley
Artists: Riccardo Burchielli and Dave McCaig
Cover Artists: Guillem March and Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC Comics

When you have a weekly title, you’re bound to come across a handful of issues that aren’t exactly terrible, but aren’t particularly great either. This issue is a prime example of that. While there were certain moments that were well executed, such as Stephanie Brown’s appearance, which did well to highlight her intelligence, most of the issue was filled with moments that could be missed without any regret. Professor Pyg, who has been overused, and rather unimpressively at that, made an appearance that was rather unnecessary. However, the biggest miss of the issue was the artwork. Riccardo Burchielli’s art felt choppy, rushed, and at times unfinished. His handling of the characters in costume was decent enough, however out of costume, such as with Bruce and Jason, the characters were virtually unrecognizable. 2.5/5

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Arnab Pradhan
arnab@comicattack.net

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