Monday, July 11, 2011

Reviews: Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #2, Shinku #2

Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance #2

A lot of the fun with reading Flashpoint tie-ins is seeing how long-standing characters have drastically changed in this altered universe. Catwoman, the Joker, and Batman himself are obvious standouts, but Azzarello goes one further and twists the usually collaborative Gordon into a detective who prefers to work solo without Batman’s help. Watching him attempt to locate the Joker makes for a page-turning plotline that climaxes into a huge reveal. The reveal is shocking at first, but the theme of this Flashpoint Batman series makes it feel intuitive; Azzarello perfectly set up all the pins and delivers an earth-shattering strike. Keep reading at Broken Frontier!

Shinku #2

Shinku, who wears a permanent scowl with high-arching eyebrows at all times, violently slays vampire after vampire in an attempt to get to Asano, who is responsible for the death of her clan over 400 years ago. This second installment has more blood, more action, and more vampires, but still makes some of the same mistakes as the first. Keep reading at Broken Frontier!

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