Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham

Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham

A part of DC Universe: Rebirth! The Caped Crusader has never been stopped. Not by the Joker. Not by Two-Face. Not even by the entire Justice League. But now, in the wake of DC Universe: Rebirth, Batman must face his most challenging foe ever: a hero who wants to save Gotham...from the Batman! From one of the biggest breakout writers in years and former CIA analyst, Tom Kin...

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Title:Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham
Author:Tom King
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ISBN:1401267777
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:192 pages

Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham Reviews

  • Sesana
    Jan 15, 2017

    Better than I'd been afraid it would be, but not as good as I had hoped. It seemed like every time I felt like King was getting into the swing of things with the story, something would happen that was jarring at best and just plain bad at worst. Hugo Strange and the Psycho Pirate are genuinely interesting, but there isn't nearly enough of them. The whole book is little more than a prologue for the next crossover event, and it feels like it. I sort of liked Gotham and Gotham Girl, but a lot of th

    Better than I'd been afraid it would be, but not as good as I had hoped. It seemed like every time I felt like King was getting into the swing of things with the story, something would happen that was jarring at best and just plain bad at worst. Hugo Strange and the Psycho Pirate are genuinely interesting, but there isn't nearly enough of them. The whole book is little more than a prologue for the next crossover event, and it feels like it. I sort of liked Gotham and Gotham Girl, but a lot of their scenes dragged on or felt repetitive, and I just can't shake the feeling that they won't get through their first year in the DCU. Some of the scenes between Alfred and Bruce felt a bit off, though some were really nice. And let's just all agree that we don't need to see Alfred in a cowl again.

    I might be sounding a bit harsh, but I really did like this book more than not. I'm hoping that King will settle in with more time, because there's definitely some promise here. And maybe once he doesn't have to set up the next crossover event, he'll rise to the occasion. Assuming, of course, that there's ever a time when this book isn't setting up the next crossover event.

  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    Nov 12, 2016

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    What a poor, poor storyarc to start things off. If you didn’t have time to check out my review of

    where I explain the new beginning for DC Comics after New 52, you should definitely do so now. Batman (Volume 1) – I Am Gotham is the very first storyarc to kickstart the Rebirth run for Batman and includes issues 1 to 6. I can’t stress enough how disappointing this was, especially when you’ve got your hands on one of the big

    .

    What a poor, poor storyarc to start things off. If you didn’t have time to check out my review of

    where I explain the new beginning for DC Comics after New 52, you should definitely do so now. Batman (Volume 1) – I Am Gotham is the very first storyarc to kickstart the Rebirth run for Batman and includes issues 1 to 6. I can’t stress enough how disappointing this was, especially when you’ve got your hands on one of the biggest superhero series to work with. Of course, plenty of fans would easily love to jump at this opportunity to compare this debut to the Scott Snyder era that has blown more minds than we can count. But even without doing so, I still found plenty of reasons to be sadened and remain in awe at how many steps backwards this took the Batman name. Tom King’s first story arc, I Am Gotham, is a pot of random ideas that simply didn’t stir well.

    One of the biggest issues I had with this storyarc is how irrelevant Batman was in the whole story. What he basically was is the turning point in the life of two kids who later become super-humans. From that moment in their lives, and with the wise words of Batman that scarred their lives forever, the Caped Crusader becomes an outside observer. Somehow Tom King also made Batman a lot more open-minded in the idea that working as a team might be better for him. He also made the storyarc feel very repetitive in dialogue and greatly ignored that this is a series for Batman. While I can appreciate how fundamental Batman was to the lives of our new heroes, his character still got butchered in several ways, like his chemistry with others.

    In fact, there’s no turning our heads to the horrible, I mean, really horrible, dialogues between Batman and Alfred. This is probably the storyarc with the most uncomfortable, awkward and implausible exchange between the two characters. Whenever they were to have a discussion, I couldn’t stop but wonder: “Is this for real?”. Tom King also thought that using Alfred as some sort of comic relief in issue 5 of 6 was a brilliant idea. Do you know what that singular moment reminded me of? The boss ‘dance’ battle in the movie Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1). In fact, I also can’t help but see the influence of so many of these cinematic superhero movies on this short storyarc (Suicide Squad seems to be a trend in this one too). I don’t know where this need to alleviate danger by pummeling in a joke or two came from (Nop, I do know. *looks at Marvel’s Cinematic Universe*), but I’m not a fan of it.

    The other issue I had was how uninteresting and absolutely boring the two new Gothamite heroes were. They were introduced weirdly and they never managed to capture my interest since. I also hate their names. Gotham and Gotham Girl? Memorable? Check. Lame? Check. Their design isn’t anything that would make your jaws drop and their personalities—not sure if they even have one—is absolutely lackluster. While introducing heroes into this storyarc to challenge the idea of “To whom does Gotham belong?” had great potential, I strongly stand that it was poorly executed.

    The helping hand moment in issue 5 of 6, that also turned to shit REAL quick, was no plus for this storyarc. That, supposedly big, event made absolutely no sense and just makes us wonder about so many things unnecessarily. While it could be seen as another one of Tom King’s ideas that he tossed into his pot to further explore the whole idea of Gotham and its owner, the event was atrocious and really deceiving. When I saw it happen in a flash (it honestly doesn’t even last 10 seconds), I just hoped it was some kind of dream sequence, cause otherwise, that superhero moment was a real bummer.

    Honestly, the only big plus that I could give this storyarc is the artwork. Although some of the bulkier characters couldn’t stop me from thinking of The Hulk, I found the artwork quite descent. But even that isn’t enough to conjure the extra 3 stars the series craves for. David Finch usually keep the time frame at dusk (of course) with all the orange-brown-gray gradations that cover the skies of Gotham. He also does justice to all the characters by thoroughly drawing them out and by keeping the Greg Capullo’esque vibe going for this Batman run. It’s nice to see that the artwork was able to save this storyarc at least.

    I hope the next storyarcs will be an improvement (I believe to be wrong about this). In fact, the series is about to get into its first crossover event with the Detective Comics and Nightwing runs. And, from the look of things, the event will be a retelling of the famous Monster Men storyarc by Matt Wagner; something that follows the Halloween spirit. The simple idea that there are multiple writers and artists working on this project scares the living shit out of me. I also have a hard time digesting the idea of having crossover events like these, as they rarely succeed. In all honesty, from what Tom King has shown me with this first storyarc, there’s only room for improvement. Even if his introduction of new unoriginal characters, his slaughter of iconic personalities and his uninspiring comedy has only gotten me to crawl to a corner and cry, a Bat-fan must stay strong and live through these dark days.

    All I can do now is pray. Eventually the run should find its identity… because…

    It’s Batman.

    Yours truly,

    Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer

    Official blog:

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    What a poor, poor storyarc to start of the Rebirth run of Batman. I have to reiterate how disappointing this is, especially when you've got your hands on one of the biggest superhero series. This is, of course, without comparing the run to a fan-favourite Snyder era. Tom King's first story arc, I Am Gotham, is a pot of random ideas.

    One of the biggest issues I had about this storyarc is how irrelevant Batman was in the whole story. What he basically was is the turning point in the life of two kids who later become super-humans. From that moment in their lives, and the wise words that scarred their lives because of Batman, the whole storyarc felt repetitive in dialogue and highly ignorant that this is a series about Batman.

    Aside from that, there's no turning our heads to the horrible, I mean, really horrible, dialogues between Batman and Alfred. This is probably the storyarc with the most uncomfortable, awkward and implausible exchange between the two characters. Tom King also thought that using Alfred as some sort of comic relief in issue 5 of 6 was a brilliant idea. Do you know what that singular moment reminded me of? The boss 'dance' battle in the movie Guardians of The Galaxy (Vol. 1). In fact, I can't help but see the influence of so many of these cinematic superhero on this short storyarc (Suicide Squad seems to be a trend in this one too).

    The other issue I had was how uninteresting and absolutely boring the two new Gothamite heroes were. They were introduced weirdly and they never managed to capture my interest since. I also hate their names. Memorable? Check. Lame? Check.

    The helping hand moment in issue 5 of 6, that also turned to shit REAL quick, was no plus for this storyarc. That, supposedly big, event made absolutely no sense and just makes us wonder about so many things unnecessarily. I just hoped it was some kind of dream sequence, cause otherwise, that superhero moment was really ugly.

    Honestly, the only big plus that I could give to this storyarc is the artwork. Although some of the more "bigger characters" couldn't stop me from thinking of The Hulk, I honestly found the artwork quite descent, but even that isn't enough to conjure the extra 3 stars the series craves for.

    I hope the next storyarcs will be an improvement (I think I'm wrong about this). All I can do is hope, because... it's Batman.

    P.S. Full review to come.

    Yours truly,

    Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer

    Official blog:

  • Donovan
    Feb 05, 2017

    Turns out Tom King writes a

    somewhat readable Batman.

    I finally broke down and bought this. Couldn't wait. While it has moments of bombast and overwrought tragedy and darkness, it has problems and isn't terribly original.

    I'm going into detail in this review, because it's a big deal that Tom King has taken over from Scott Snyder. There are mixed feelings about this. Myself included. Because I'm kind of a Snyder fanboy.

    Plot. The plot is okay. It's not mind blowing. Not even as inventive,

    Turns out Tom King writes a

    somewhat readable Batman.

    I finally broke down and bought this. Couldn't wait. While it has moments of bombast and overwrought tragedy and darkness, it has problems and isn't terribly original.

    I'm going into detail in this review, because it's a big deal that Tom King has taken over from Scott Snyder. There are mixed feelings about this. Myself included. Because I'm kind of a Snyder fanboy.

    Plot. The plot is okay. It's not mind blowing. Not even as inventive, I'd say, as some of Snyder's storylines. (He started with Court of Owls, whereas this has Gotham and Gotham Girl. See what I mean?) Gotham and Gotham Girl did surprise me as being better written than I imagined, but it's just okay. This isn't the first story of omnipotent heroes making a sudden, mysterious appearance. Their origin is too intentionally parallel to Batman's origin. And they're kind of shallow, or at least unconvincing. I just didn't feel her pain in the end. And that shaved head and cape? Yikes. And that hint of Batman's death...does this really have to happen again? How many times do these characters have to "die"?

    Subplot. The crashed 747. Solomon Grundy. Hugo Strange. Psycho Pirate. This "release villains to implement my plan" idea isn't a new one. In fact, it's probably one of the most overused villain ideas in comics. And we're told, in the end, by Amanda Waller of Suicide Squad fame, that Batman can find the mastermind on the island of Santa Prisca... While I'm excited to see what King will do with this, I feel like we've already seen what this character has to offer in terms of story.

    Characterization. King doesn't do great with Batman's voice and characterization. Batman is more the World's Greatest Detective here, methodical and technical, even in his cowboy heroics like riding a 747, but he's almost lifeless. His dialog is robotic. Because his repetitiveness just gets annoying. "I know. I know. I know. I know." Jesus. Is it that hard to write another sentence? I don't know, just seems like he isn't as self-aware and emotional as he should be for a psychopathic Batman jumping off rooftops.

    Artwork. I'm not usually a fan of David Finch because it falls into the "in-house" category. Pretty, but boring. But here his illustrations are refreshing. Clean and dramatic. Purposefully reminiscent of Greg Capullo. Jordie Bellaire's colors are solid, they're good, but I miss FCO Plascencia.

    Despite my complaints, I did buy this and read it all the way through. I mean, it's Batman. He's jumping on planes. He's fighting omnipotent heroes. The plot and characters were underwhelming compared to what Snyder did on the first volume, but I have faith in King as a writer. Either that or someone else will take over. I guess we'll see.

  • Roxanne
    Sep 08, 2016

    When the rebirth issue came out there was a lot of negative reviews and i did defend the issue saying give it a chance, why is everyone so quick to hate on it....however six issues later and you guys were totally right it's bad.

    Now i did give this a chance, believe me i wanted to like it even knowing i'm not a fan of King's work but this is Batman and we all know by now i will read anything Batman related but this tested me. There's just so many little problems with this volume and they all add

    When the rebirth issue came out there was a lot of negative reviews and i did defend the issue saying give it a chance, why is everyone so quick to hate on it....however six issues later and you guys were totally right it's bad.

    Now i did give this a chance, believe me i wanted to like it even knowing i'm not a fan of King's work but this is Batman and we all know by now i will read anything Batman related but this tested me. There's just so many little problems with this volume and they all add up quickly to where it's just boring to read.

    The first being that this volume should not have existed solely to set up a cross over event, it literally takes six issues to explain one tiny plot point for this cross over to take place. I think they should have waited a while to do this cross over especially since this is a rebirth title i'm no closer to knowing anything about this new Batman than i was at the start, other than him coming across as a younger shittier dark knight.

    I hated how Bruce spoke to Alfred, i've never read anything like it their entire relationship was all wrong in this, just no idea why King thinks Bruce would talk that level of disrespect to Alfred, he tries to play it off as sass or jokes but honestly it just comes across as uncomfortable.

    Oh yeah the plot let's mention that real quick, it's a fucking shit show, honestly did anyone give a shit about Gotham or Gotham Girl? The pacing is all over the place, you never get to know these two characters to care what happens to them, they're literally introduced in one issue and then Gotham is tearing the place down by the next. It comes across as rushed and messy and they're like the weakest characters to be introduced in a while. The sixth issue is basically all about Gotham Girl year one, like why?

    It just sums up the whole bloody volume, there's no Batman in it. If i wanted to read about these two characters i'd pick up their shitty volume instead, where was Batman in this? When he did show up he was being a dick, and for like 70% of this he's just a no show and the one thing i want from a Batman volume is Batman. They even have Alfred dressing up as Batman because Bruce just can't be arsed anymore, and i'm not surprised after reading this.

    It might sound harsh, but i'm disappointed i didn't hate it but i definitely didn't like it, the only good thing about this was Duke, maybe if the story had focused on him it would have been better. Overall i'd give it a miss, even with the cross over event i don't think you need to read this shitty ass tale plus the Gotham fam having the same back story as Bruce like give me a break. So yeah take your chances with this one, others will probably love it, i might just be too picky but i did give it a fair chance. I hope the next volume is about Batman, because this is a Batman trade not that anyone has told King that.

  • Jedi JC Daquis
    Oct 02, 2016

    I am Gotham is a very disappointing start and I am not even comparing this to Snyder's New52 kick-off story, The Court of Owls.

    Tom King fails to tell a cohesive story. When you think all goes well in its first three issues, everything went south thereafter. I am Gotham fails to tell a story and became so busy in setting up the next one. Building up for the next arc is a good thing really, it is a way to show readers that everything connects to a bigger picture, given that you are telling the cur

    I am Gotham is a very disappointing start and I am not even comparing this to Snyder's New52 kick-off story, The Court of Owls.

    Tom King fails to tell a cohesive story. When you think all goes well in its first three issues, everything went south thereafter. I am Gotham fails to tell a story and became so busy in setting up the next one. Building up for the next arc is a good thing really, it is a way to show readers that everything connects to a bigger picture, given that you are telling the current story good. But this one isn't.

    God, aside from that, this story is so wrong in many things:

    1. Alfred in the Bat cowl is a huge disgrace. I know it was meant for a comic relief but that was severely awkward and unwarranted.

    2. Gotham and Gotham Girl are annoying. Duke and Batman even spent precious panels just to comfort an whining, emo Gotham Girl. They started truly good though, giving an element of inspiration and youth in the dark city of Gotham.

    3. Psycho Pirate and Hugo Strange not getting enough screen time. It's not just I wanted to see more of them, but they were so vital in the story. They were the ones responsible for the downfall of the Gotham duo! Instead we learned about it as an exposition from Amanda Waller.

    4. Underutilized Justice League. They were literally just there for a squad pose then went ass-kicked by Gotham. (I dunno, but if your "life-force" is what gives you power, your whole life is in no way enough in taking down Superman, or the whole League for that matter. So if I were a villain who provides that type of life-force, I'd just train a couple of kamikaze Gothams to defeat JL.)

    5. Amanda Waller. She's conveniently placed there for exposition (#3) and as well as telling what would happen next. This is not a suicide Squad Series. This is Batman!

    If this book hits the shelves, I recommend that you skip it. Go buy Detective Comics: The Rise of Batmen (Tynion IV) or Superman: Son of Superman (Gleason and Tomasi) instead.

  • Anne
    Feb 25, 2017

    Evidently, I just don't like Batman anymore.

    I'd been staring at the cover for

    for over a week, and just pushing down bile every time I thought about picking it up. I mean, I'd read that stupid

    a few times already, so I already knew

    wasn't going to impress me. All I had left was the hope that

    else was wrong, and this

    .

    So. Yeah, I'm going to have to say that they were wrong. I'm not sure if my friends are all just super-ni

    Evidently, I just don't like Batman anymore.

    I'd been staring at the cover for

    for over a week, and just pushing down bile every time I thought about picking it up. I mean, I'd read that stupid

    a few times already, so I already knew

    wasn't going to impress me. All I had left was the hope that

    else was wrong, and this

    .

    So. Yeah, I'm going to have to say that they were wrong. I'm not sure if my friends are all just super-nice people or what, but (to me) this wasn't mediocre.

    It was awful.

    I honestly thought that by keeping my expectations low, I'd be able to enjoy this more than all my buddies. Because, after all,

    had gone into it with high hopes. But...no.

    Ok, before you get mad at me, I opened this up hoping for

    that would redeem all the Bunny-Bat/Bat-Amnesia/Bat-Clone Pit/Whatever nonsense. The bar was set low.

    I even skipped reading the Calendar Man story, because I knew it would just piss me off, and I was

    to like this thing.

    But then, right off the bat

    :

    Yep. That's Batman, driving half an airplane like some deranged Santa Claus, with Duke and Alfred squawking important sounding pseudo-numbers into his earpiece, all in the effort to push the plane into Gotham Harbor. Of course

    the passengers will survive (due to said important crunching of latitude/longitude/velocity/air pressure/fairy dust), but Bruce will not. Because hopping off the fucking plane at the last minute would be crazy talk?

    Tearful goodbyes to Alfred...Tell the boys I love them...and (of course) the obligatory:

    Oh, shut the fuck up and jump into the water. Idiot.

    That was pretty much the death knell for me, so by the time the ridiculous Gotham & Gotham Girl showed up, my eyes had already rolled as far back into my head as they could.

    Spoilery things happen, and Gotham Girl pulls a Brittany Spears! She comes back looking like a young Sinead O'Connor, fighting crime while yammering knock-knock jokes to her invisible friend. Thankfully, Bruce is there to yank off his mask and give her Bat-hugs till she feels better.

    For fuck's sake, the chick needs hardcore therapy, not your secret identity and a pat on the back!

    And maybe that wouldn't have raked my nerves so much if there hadn't been some cryptic mention of some future event where

    kills Batman.

    I just can't. I simply don't like this character enough to keep reading garbage stories about him anymore. I'm tired of the dead parents theme being repeated & overused, I'm tired of the

    jokes, and I'm tired of Bruce dying or getting replaced as Batman.

    Dear Bruce,

    It's not

    , it's

    . Except it sort of

    you.

    Maybe someday in the future we can be friends again, but for now, you'll find your clothes on the front lawn.

    -Anne

    Ok, I'm probably in the minority. Like I mentioned, most of my friends thought this was decent, so take my opinion as...

    . I didn't enjoy

    , but you might.

    Both stars are for the very nice art.

  • Char
    Dec 26, 2016

    Well, this was fun! It's my first Superhero comic and I enjoyed it a lot!

    I loved the darkness of the story-line, the much more developed character of Alfred, (as compared to movies I've seen in the past), and especially the graphics.

    It's hard for me to opine about how this compares to other comics/graphic novels about Superheroes, since I haven't read any others. But as a friend so kindly just reminded me, I do know STORIES, and I know that I liked this one.

    If a dark and stormy turn to your Ba

    Well, this was fun! It's my first Superhero comic and I enjoyed it a lot!

    I loved the darkness of the story-line, the much more developed character of Alfred, (as compared to movies I've seen in the past), and especially the graphics.

    It's hard for me to opine about how this compares to other comics/graphic novels about Superheroes, since I haven't read any others. But as a friend so kindly just reminded me, I do know STORIES, and I know that I liked this one.

    If a dark and stormy turn to your Batman is something you fancy, I think this volume will be right up your alley!

    *Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for the e-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it. *

  • Sam Quixote
    Jan 23, 2017

    As one dynamic duo, Tom King and David Finch, take over the main Batman title, another dynamic duo appears in town: Gotham and Gotham Girl, two Superman/Supergirl-types out to help Batman in his war against crime! But this fresh-faced pair are about to discover how dangerous the shadows in the city can be even with the Dark Knight at their side…

    Under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Batman unfortunately wasn’t good for a while so I’m glad to say that with a new creative team on board, the relaunc

    As one dynamic duo, Tom King and David Finch, take over the main Batman title, another dynamic duo appears in town: Gotham and Gotham Girl, two Superman/Supergirl-types out to help Batman in his war against crime! But this fresh-faced pair are about to discover how dangerous the shadows in the city can be even with the Dark Knight at their side…

    Under Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Batman unfortunately wasn’t good for a while so I’m glad to say that with a new creative team on board, the relaunched series is firmly back on form - I Am Gotham is a great beginning to Tom King’s run!

    King opens the story explosively with Batman diverting a downed commercial jet away from downtown Gotham. Action-packed describes the book as a whole as we move from one exciting set-piece to another, from one reveal to the next, so the reader’s never bored with what’s happening. The main Batman title is usually the more sensational and superhero-y - Detective Comics is the one where Batman puts on his deerstalker and investigates nuanced street-level crimes - and King fully lives up to that expectation here. He also nails Batman’s character and gives him some damn cool moments like during the climactic confrontation when he gets up and snarls “I am Gotham,” - yeah!

    Like Scott Snyder’s first Batman book, The Court of Owls, King introduces some new characters into Batman canon with his first book. However, Gotham and Gotham Girl aren’t the most compelling characters - though I didn’t dislike them either - especially as Superman-types are hardly original, but they were fine as part of a larger problem Batman has to deal with.

    The story developed well with King setting up intriguing future storylines at the same time - they look like they’re going to be remakes of previous sorta-well-known but crappy Batman books though with King in the driving seat I’m hopeful he’ll find a way to improve them for contemporary readers. I wonder what happened to the “three Jokers” storyline teased in DC Universe Rebirth #1 - will King get around to that later, will someone else write it, or has that idea been abandoned? I wouldn’t mind if it was the latter!

    I also liked how Batman reached out to others when he felt out of his depth, showing he’s learned to ask for help when he needs it and that he’s not alone - a holdover from Scott Snyder’s Batman run. And speaking of Snyder’s Batman, it looks like the New 52 stories are still in play - Rebirth hasn’t wiped out that canon and there are references to Zero Year, the Court of Owls, Joker and Bloom. Under King, Duke, the new Robin, is starting to grow on me, and I was pleased to see Alfred miraculously has his hand back - I hated what Snyder did to poor Alfie in Endgame which felt like pure shock value more than anything.

    I’m not the biggest fan of David Finch’s art but I liked what he did here. It was more restrained than usual, more focused and looked a lot cleaner. The Regan/All-Star Superman homage page was great though the Gotham Girl outfit looked a little corny. Largely though I was very satisfied with the art.

    Easily the worst part of the book was the handover issue that opened the volume, co-written by Snyder. Calendar Man is reimagined as this weird mutant-type dude who literally dies at the end of winter and is reborn in the spring into a new body? Ugh, it was terrible! What a stupid idea - thank goodness Snyder left when he did before he did more damage! Mikel Janin’s art in this issue though was spectacular, very sharp and clear, appropriately big-screen movie-type illustrations to match the dramatic action.

    I’ve never been a fan of either Tom King or David Finch but, credit where credit’s due, these guys created a fine Batman book here - a career best (so far) for both, I’d say. I love the energy in this book the most. Batman feels reinvigorated and I was excited reading a Batman comic in a way that I haven’t been since Zero Year. Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham is a great Batman story and an excellent start to a series that hopefully maintains its quality going forward - I Am Entertained!

  • Stephen
    Feb 08, 2017

    I had no intention in reading Rebirth titles at all aside from Flash and Green Lantern, but my goodreads friend Donovan convinced me after i read his review.

    A plane is flying into Gotham and it gets hit out of the sky by a missile. Batman does everything he can to save he plane, when the plane is about to crash its saved by two figures Gotham Girl and Gotham who resemble Superman and Supergirl a lot.

    Later Gotham and Gotham Girl fight Grundy. When Batman arrives on the scene he takes Grundy down.

    I had no intention in reading Rebirth titles at all aside from Flash and Green Lantern, but my goodreads friend Donovan convinced me after i read his review.

    A plane is flying into Gotham and it gets hit out of the sky by a missile. Batman does everything he can to save he plane, when the plane is about to crash its saved by two figures Gotham Girl and Gotham who resemble Superman and Supergirl a lot.

    Later Gotham and Gotham Girl fight Grundy. When Batman arrives on the scene he takes Grundy down. While the two superhumans have good intentions they still have a lot to learn.

    At the police station, Gordon gets a visit from a bank worker who confesses that he released Grundy from prison, And suddenly grabs a knife from Gordons desk and stabs himself in the neck, saying that the monster men are coming while he bleeds out.

    I Am Gotham was enjoyable, still not on Snyder's level when he came out with Court Of Owls, but i think Tom King can do some great things with Batman.

    Writing: B+

    Artwork: B

    Plot: B+

  • Jeff
    Feb 13, 2017

    Three and a half stars.

    DC Publishers, after what seemed like an eternity with The New 52, have finally done a re-boot of sorts for its comics, a “re-birth”, if you will. Whilst the wife was getting a haircut, I hung out in the bookstore across the street and read this for free. I did, however, buy an overpriced cup of coffee – black (like my soul) and three sugars.

    : Unlike everybody’s favorite centenarian, Aunt May, Aunt Harriet still has “needs” and is in the market for a fella. Right

    Three and a half stars.

    DC Publishers, after what seemed like an eternity with The New 52, have finally done a re-boot of sorts for its comics, a “re-birth”, if you will. Whilst the wife was getting a haircut, I hung out in the bookstore across the street and read this for free. I did, however, buy an overpriced cup of coffee – black (like my soul) and three sugars.

    : Unlike everybody’s favorite centenarian, Aunt May, Aunt Harriet still has “needs” and is in the market for a fella. Right on cue, the bad guys come a courtin’.

    After a massive brawl on the grounds of Wayne Manor, Aunt Harriet picks the lucky guy: Oswald Cobblepot, The Penguin. Over the strenuous objections of Bruce Wayne, Aunt Harriet gets hitched. At first, all is hunky dory as Aunt Harriet grows to love living above the fish market with its strong odor of raw fish , but trouble brews when, encouraged by the Penguin, her passion for baking Meth cookies (with white chocolate chips) gets out of hand and she comes into conflict with Batman….

    Uh…no.

    : The first issue included here is self-contained with the

    Calendar Man rigging an old blender, a fishing reel and a garter belt (powder blue) to come up with a machine that forces the seasons to change on a daily business.

    It’s also an excuse for Bats to continue on the teen-aged-boy-sidekick road to perdition.

    Yellow? I could never wear yellow. It clashes with my girlish figure.

    The bulk of the book is made up of the “I am Gotham” storyline. A couple of juiced-up Batman worshipping kids are new to the crime fighting game and Bats is there to mentor them…

    …until things go off the rails…

    …and its meta-humans running amok.

    Thanks for the fortune cookie bit of wisdom, Bats.

    : Even though the story has a been-there-read-that quality to it, it’s fairly entertaining and Alfred does have some good lines.