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Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams

I can’t remember the last time I was legitimately excited to read Bat-anything. I was excited to read this. The Maxx is a hero I’ve always loved, I his much too short-lived TV run as part of MTV’s Oddities, and I loved the comic. Due to a number of factors, I’ve only read about 1/3 of The Maxx series, even with several reprints over the years, although this title allowed me to discover an upcoming omnibus collection coming in the near future. But that’s another story for another review. Today we are looking at what happens when you drop The Maxx into the slums of Gotham and when you drop Batman into the wilds of The Outback in Maxx’s head.

Issue #1 opens in The Outback of Maxx’s mind, as he gives us a brief setup of something strange happening there...

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The Joker / Daffy Duck #1

When I first started writing for Geek-o-Rama I had a schtick. I opened all my reviews with “I have a confession to make”. It seemed like a fun idea to stand out, until it wasn’t. Well here we go again:

I have a confession to make. I really really really expected to hate this, and I am happy to say I was wrong.

Scott Lobdell’s story (brilliantly titled “Why Tho Theriouth”) was spot on. His Joker fell along the lines of Mark Hamil’s characterization, which is probably my favorite Joker. His Daffy hit all the right beats going from happy, to exasperated, to deadpan, to rage, and in the course of one page flipped my whole outlook on what I was getting into. By writing Daffy’s telltale lisp, Lobdell is able to use it as the running gag it should be.

Andrew Dalhouse’s colors worked well througho...

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The Shadow / Batman TPB

The Shadow / Batman crossover is a unique beast. I read it, I enjoyed it, but the entire time I was trying to figure out if I missed something. It consistently references a shared backstory between the two heroes. That backstory is amazing, and completely plausible, but it never gets more than referenced. So I went back into these two heroes past. Back. Back. Back to the 1970s, when they first met. Too far. How about six months before this series first went to print, and the Batman / Shadow miniseries I previously reviewed for your reading pleasure. (You should go read it right now.)

The two six-issue series ran back to back with the first six being published by DC, and the second six by Dynamite. (That’s one way to solve the “who gets top billing” discussion)...

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Batman / Shadow #1-6

So, the collected TPB of The Shadow/Batman, from Dynamite came out recently. As I was reading it (more on that tomorrow) I found I wasn’t sure if some of the references being made had been previously established, and as it turns out the answer is sort of.

Before Dynamite’s The Shadow / Batman miniseries, came DC’s Batman / The Shadow. So to better understand what I was reading I went back to dig out that series as well. Sadly I couldn’t get my hands on the collected TPB (entitled Batman/Shadow: The Murder Geniuses) but I was able to track down the individual issues. Full disclosure, I wasn’t able to get #4. But by most accounts, I didn’t miss much for plot in that issue, just a few great lines and a big battle...

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Batman Dredd Digest

Batman Dredd Digest

$9.99

Writers

Alan Grant & John Wagner

Artists Cam Kennedy & Simon Bisley

Cover Artist Mike Mignola

JUSTICE GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD!

Judge Death has crossed dimensions to Gotham City and Judge Dredd is in pursuit! However, this is the home turf of a certain caped vigilante – the Batman. Two very different brands of uncompromising justice are destined to clash!

Stories include:

  • BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD: JUDGEMENT ON GOTHAM
  • BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD:VENDETTA IN GOTHAM

Coming into this, don’t expect a clever detective story or a tense drama.  This is a high octane, over the top, crazy action adventure store involving Judge Dread and Batman deal with some evil foes and wild plots.  That’s why the artists, especially Simon Bisley is perfect for this job...

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