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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Arkham War #1

October 10th, 2013 by Jake Tanner Comments

Written by Peter J. Tomasi

Penciler: Scot Eaton

Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Published by DC Comics

Villain’s Month is all said and done, but the aftershocks are being felt throughout the DCU. With the Justice League gone and the baddies running amuck the question begs to be asked, when the world has descended into anarchy, who is left in charge? The Arkham War is our glimpse into the chaos that is Gotham. Without Batman around, which of his infamous rogues will finally take Gotham over? It’s a question not so easily answered! (Thank god!)

I’ve absolutely loved Peter J. Tomasi’s run on Batman & Robin. In fact, it’s one of my favorite titles every month. Going into Arkham War he had shown me his ability to convey deep, human emotion in his stories, but after reading this issue, he’s shown me he has another side: the ability to crawl into each of the Rogue’s psyche. He has some of Batman’s biggest baddies in this book and most of the time it would be easy to let their personalities water each other down, but that’s not even remotely the case here!

Reading this book was like watching a multi-million dollar action film. Scot Eaton and company knew exactly what the bottom line of this series was going to be…war! I’m happy to say; it shows that they fully embraced it. There’s some seriously twisted stuff that’s going to go down during this mini, and for once, I’m actually excited for a book that’s about nothing more than the action and the baddies trying to one-up each other.

I love Batman, Gotham, and the Rogues. Even if the Bat doesn’t make an appearance in this series, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad! This was definitely a build up issue, but I can’t wait to see what happens and who will show up! (Am I the only one that tried to name everyone on the cover?) The stakes have never been higher for Batman’s Baddies and I’m on board to see who comes out on top!

4 out of 5 nerds


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I'm 25 years old and I'm hugely passionate about comic books and I also LOVE gaming. The birth of my daughter, Abby, rekindled my passion for comic book stories. I grew up on them and I want nothing more than to share that passion with her! I'm a pretty typical guy, I love sports. (NHL-Blackhawks, NBA-Lakers, MLB-Cubs, and NFL-Daaaa Bears!). I've been writing for a pretty big portion of my life, and I've been nominated for multiple awards for some of the poetry I’ve written! Happy reading and follow me on Twitter @xJatmanx.