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Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Bloodshot, Hardware and more comic book reviews

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm •  Published: April 23, 2011
Batman: Shadow of the Bat 1
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A rundown of some of this week’s comic books read!

Batman: Shadow of the Bat 1-4
The swan song of Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle on Batman.  In “The Last Arkham,”  Batman gets himself interred in Arkham Asylum to track down a murderer.   This series introduces  Mr. Zsasz, Jeremiah Arkham and Amygdala.   Grant and Breyfogle are one of my all-time favorite “Batman” teams, so I’d recommend tracking these issues down.  The comic features fantastic covers by Brian Stelfreeze.

Bloodshot 1-12
Sort of a high-tech mix between Wolverine and the Punisher, Valiant’s “Bloodshot” became a hit in late 1992. Written by Kevin VanHook with art by Don Perlin,

Angelo Mortalli is a former mobster, framed by a rival, who is sold to a Japanese syndicate who uses him as a test subject for an experiment that is intended to be fatal. The nanites he’s injected with resurrect him, though he’s lost all memory of his former life. Rescued from his captors, he takes the name Michael Lazarus and begins working on the side of the law.

The first issue of “Bloodshot” was actually released the same day as “The Death of Superman,” “Superman” #75 from DC Comics.

Darklight Prelude 1-3
Teri Sue Wood (now Resa Challender) followed up on “Wandering Star” with this paranormal mystery series featuring sisters who move into an apparently haunted house, rented to them by immortals.   It’s a really good-looking book with an intriguing storyline.

Detective Comics 875
Scott Snyder and  Francesco Francavilla create a great issue delving onto the past of Commissioner Gordon and his son.   As Gordon tracks down the Peter Pan killer, he’s forced to ask questions about his own family.   Highly recommended issue.

Hardware 1-8
This flagship title of Milestone Media in 1993 introduces Curt Metcalf, a genius inventor who discovers his employer is deeply involved in illegal activities.   Metcalf creates the Hardware armor and persona to battle his employer, businessman Edwin Alva.    These 8 issues were collected for the first time in 2010 in the trade paperback, “Hardware: The Man in the Machine.”   Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan did a great job of creating a flawed, realistic hero in this series.

Incredible Hulks 623-625
Greg Pak and Dale Eaglesham send Hulk and his group to the Savage Land to help Ka-Zar.   When there, Hulk discovers an enemy with a personal connection from his World War Hulk days, and is forced to confront his own inner demons.   Greg Pak absolutely has a great feel for the Hulk, and the wrapup issue, 625, showcases how Hulk and his son, Skaar, have differences both in personality and behavior.

Robocop 1-4

Rob Williams and Fabiano Neves resurrect Robocop for Dynamite Entertainment.   It’s set after the events of the first “Robocop” film, and fits in that world, but where this fits with the continuity of the other films or comics is anybody’s guess.    The story isn’t bad, but the art is a little inconsistent.

Comics read in 2011: 591.  Still to go: 1422

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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