“I remember one time I asked my father why. What made Gotham so special? And my father, he looked down at me, and he said…some places just have a hunger about them, son. And you either feed them what they want…or you stay far, far away.” – Dick Grayson
Some graphic novels are powerful enough to make you feel as if you’ve left a part of yourself behind on the page. I felt that sensation after reading Batman: Black Mirror, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Francesco Francavilla and Jock. It follows Dick Grayson as Batman and how he deals with Gotham as a living entity that is trying to challenge him. There’s murder and mayhem around every corner and Commissioner Gordon is dragged into the fray when an old ghost comes calling.
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“You’re bigger than your feelings. Bigger than your body. Your heart, your eyes…You’re Batman. And you’re going to stop him. Just like you always do. You’re going to stop it all.” – Batman
Over the years, there’s been many great Batman stories. But in my opinion, I’d be hard pressed to think of a more consistent duo than Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. For nearly a decade they’ve pushed The Dark Knight to new limits and redefined his mythology. It all had to lead somewhere, and that’s where Batman: Endgame comes in. The graphic novels sees The Joker return for a final confrontation with Batman after the Death of the Family arc. Here is my review.
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When someone reaches out to me personally to review their work, it’s a great reminder that people are paying attention to The Comic Vault. Today, I’m reviewing a webtoon called Forever Green by indie creator, Luke Welch. The sci-fi story features two space explorers who have landed on a planet in search of a scientist. Here is my honest review.
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With modern comic writers redefining the struggle between heroes and villains, it’s easy to focus on what’s happening in the present. But some stories are timeless and that’s certainly the case with 1993’s Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage arc, written by Tom DeFalco and J.M. DeMatteis. The graphic novel sees the return of Carnage, who’s assembled a group of killers to go on a murdering spree across New York. Spider-Man is pushed to his limits and here is my review.
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“A bullet coming at you. Eyes that say he’s more than a man, eyes that say he knows you. No…you know what he is. Tell yourself the truth. He’s just a man who fell into a vat of chemical waste. He’s just a man like you, made of bone and flesh and blood.” – Batman
Batman: Death Of The Family, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, is one of the most visceral Batman stories of all time. It involves the return of The Joker, who’s been away for a year and has set his sights on destroying the people closest to The Dark Knight. Previously, Joker had cut off his face and disappeared, claiming he would be reborn. The relationship between Batman and Joker is given new depth, and the Clown Prince of Crime is at his most deranged and unpredictable.
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“It all starts with you, son. Not the man you’ll become, but the man you choose to be. No one’s going to hand these things to you. You have to earn them. And until then, one of the hardest things to realise is that nobody owes you anything. You can be anyone — anything — you want to be, son. You can have the world. All you have to do is remember these things…all the things I haven’t done.” – Jax Teller
Sons of Anarchy was one of my favourite series, and I’m continuing to delve into the world through reviewing the comics. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 5, written by Ryan Ferrier and drawn by Matias Bergara, is a standalone story that involves a new prospect joining the club. Dillon is the nephew of Bobby Munson and he seems like a good addition to the Sons to begin with. However, things quickly go wrong and Jax is forced to make a hard decision.
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Sons of Anarchy earned a reputation for being a violent show that depicted anti-heroic characters you couldn’t help but be fascinated by. The comic series is no different. Sons of Anarchy: Volume 4 is written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Matias Bergara. It reads like a short story collection, with four separate stories focusing on four different Sons.
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