Batman Rebirth 1 – 17

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Batman (Volume 3) #1
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

In the first issue of this new Batman solo series, Batman prepares to give his life to save a plane full of people that almost crashes into Gotham. Spoiler Alert…he ends up not dying although he prepares to say goodbye to Alfred in a touching scene. The plane is actually saved by two Superheroes calling themselves Gotham and Gotham Girl. The idea of heroes showing up in Gotham with actual powers is an interesting thing. Would this make Batman feel useless? I guess we will see. I enjoyed the art in this. Finch knows how to draw Gotham City and its world well. Also, who is this new Batman protege Duke Thomas? I don’t know anything about

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Batman (Volume 3) #2
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

I love how Duke asks Batman if he trusts these new heroes of Gotham and Gotham Girl, and he says “I don’t even trust Alfred.” That made me smile. I thought this would make Batman jealous to have super powered heroes but I should have known better – Batman is a true hero and wants what is best for Gotham City. These heroes could stop things he cannot stop and he knows that. I loved how the Gotham Man is confused when Batman dissapears when talking to Commissioner Gordon. But who are these two heroes and how do they have powers that are almost Kryptonian in nature? I do not like how skinny Finch draws Amanda Waller. She is way too thin in this. But that is my only complaint about this issue.

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Batman (Volume 3) #3
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Well we learn Gotham and Gotham Girl’s origin – well their back story – not on how they got their powers when Batman goes undercover as Matches Malone to talk to their parents. They were saved by Batman as kids and were inspired to be do gooders by him. But that seemed a lot longer than a few years ago since they are basically adults now. It seems that this is more evidence of the return of Pre-Flashpoint continuity where Batman has been around longer. Anyways, the Psycho-Pirate shows up at the end of this issue. I wonder if he will give any clues to the Rebirth mystery because he was always the character who remembered the different timelines like he remembered the original Crisis.

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Batman (Volume 3) #4
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Since there are two Lois Lanes now, is the Sam Lane that shows up here the new 52 Sam Lane or is there really only one Sam Lane like there are the other characters? I hope all this gets cleared up eventually. Anyways, this was a fantastic issue as we find out what Hugo Strange and Psycho-Pirate were up to and it sadly ends with the murders of Gotham and Gotham Girls’s parents and Gotham sort of going rogue. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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Batman (Volume 3) #5
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

Batman has to fight the former hero driven mad by the Psycho-Pirate named Gotham. Batman is seriously overpowered so he calls in the Justice League – which almost never happens in a Batman comic. In fact, Alfred is shocked that Batman would ask him to call the Justice League into Gotham City which I thought was very amusing. We finally find out from Gotham Girl that using their powers takes lives off of her and her brother’s lives – they bought them so they would have two years to save the city and then they would die. Gotham Man quickly knocks out the entire Justice League! How powerful is this guy! The ending of this issue was quite shocking and I did not expect this character to die so soon. These are tragic characters.

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Batman (Volume 3) #6
Written by Tom King
Art by Ivan Reis

Now that her brother and parents are dead, Gotham Girl has went a little insane flying around the city talking to her dead brother as she stops crimes in this very sad issue. I loved how in the end Batman reveals his identity to her. Will she become a regular member of the Bat family or is she doomed to die from her powers? This is a really great series. I am impressed with Tom King. Ivan Reis does a great job as guest artist too.

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Batman (Volume 3) #7
Written by Steve Orlando and Tom King
Art by Riley Rossmo

Bruce and Dick are basically father and son, yet even they call each other by their code names in the field in this issue, take notice of that Bryan Hitch for your next Justice League issue! This is the first part of the Night of the Monster Men crossover and Cassandra Cain, the real Batgirl, guest stars which means I cannot be happier!

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Batman (Volume 3) #8
Written by Steve Orlando and Tom King
Art by Riley Rossmo

This is another issue of the Monster Men crossover. Rossmo certainly is a unique artist. This is art that works for this story but I wouldn’t want it long term. It is so great to have Cassandra Cain in so many comics again!  I wonder if Gotham Girl when she is cured of the monster cells she lost her powers too. I guess we will find out.

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Batman (Volume 3) #9
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin

In this incredible issue Batman decides to take Amanda Waller’s offer up so he can find Psycho-Pirate and restore Gotham Girl’s mind. He recruits villains from Arkham to help him. We even get a DC Rebirth reference when we see Saturn Girl in Arkham drawing the Legion symbol on the glass! DC is really making their universe awesome again. But I was definitely confused by one thing having not read the New 52 – why is Catwoman in Arkham and why does it say she has committed hundreds of murders? I always thought that was a line she would never cross. I like Catwoman as a villain better so I am not complaining but I am wondering what happened. Great comic. Great art. Great everything.

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Batman (Volume 3) #10
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin

Ok my questions about Carwoman’s murders were actually answered in this issue in which Selina narrarates. This is a substantial change to her backstory from Pre-Flashpoint. She was in an orphanage as a kid then too but I remember it being abusive and not happy place blown up in a terrorist attack. They change this but still keep that awful goggles costume? I have always like Catwoman’s 90s costume a lot better. Come on DC. Anyways, this was another great issue of Batman.

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Batman (Volume 3) #11
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin

In this issue they all go to Santa Prisca to get the psycho pirate. There are some great moments here and Janin is a wonderful artist. I was shocked by the ending where Catwoman betrays the team. She is much more of a violent character than I remember her being…unless this was pre-planned and she did not really betray them after all? We will find out.

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Batman (Volume 3) #12
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin

This was the first issue of this series I did not really enjoy. It was very decompressed. it basically had Batman beating up a ton of people to get to the Psych0-Pirate while in the background is a letter he wrote to Catwoman. Not much happens at all…but apparently he thinks she is lying about killing 237 people.

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Batman (Volume 3) #13
Written by Tom King
Art by Mikel Janin

As I suspsected Catwoman was just making Bane look like she doublecrossed Batman but it was all part of the plan. I love how the Ventriloquist is apparently uneffected by the Psycho-pirate. I was wondering why he was there. This was a great finale to this storyline. I only have one question, why was Bane naked the whole time? Not that I am complaining at all.

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Batman (Volume 3) #14
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerards

Okay so in this issue Batman and Catwoman say goodbye and end up having sex on a rooftop before she gets put back into prison. It was okay but I sure am sick of them calling eachother Cat and Bat, can’t they just be Batman and Catwoman? What the hell. Also, does Holly Robinson not exist Post-Flashpoint?

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Batman (Volume 3) #15
Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerards

Okay in this issue Batman and Catwoman reminisce how they first met. It was very interesting continuity-wise because Batman seems to remember their original first meeting in 1940’s Batman #1 while she remembers Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One story. Is that just a tidbit for the fans or something else entirely that has to do with Rebirth? Either way it was awesome. As for Holly Robinson, it turns out she does exist still but she was actually the one who murdered 237 people and Selina was covering for her! In the end, they both escape. This was a great issue.

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Batman (Volume 3) #16
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

This issue features all of the Robins besides Steph and Tim who both may or may not have ever been Robin in this continuity although it is heavily implied Tim was over in Detective Comics. I don’t like how Finch draws any of them. There is nothing distinctive about their appearence outside of their costume. Jason looks like he might be the same age as Dick. I also wonder why they are so chummy with Jason? Isn’t he kind of a killer now? Or has the changed during the New 52. Anyways, Bruce tells all of them plus Duke to leave Gotham because Bane is coming to break him and he isn’t going to let any more Robins die after Tim. I guarantee the terrifying last page of this comic cannot possibly be real. Or at least they are not all dead.

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Batman (Volume 3) #17
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

So all Dick, Jason, and Damian are not dead but simply nearly killed by Bane and are now recovering at the fortress of solitude because Batman wants them nowhere near Gotham. Why doesn’t he ask Cassandra to help him in this fight? If he thinks she can take him in a fight maybe she could take Bane? Either way, King is turning Bane into a force to be reckoned with again as the character also kidnaps Catwoman (and hurts her cats that bastard!), Duke, and Commissioner Gordon. Psycho-Pirate is aware of Dc Rebirth and kinda mentions it here that all the characters keep changing. I love that! I can’t wait to see where this is going. Tom King’s run on this book has been incredible.

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