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The Crime Syndicate is about to meet their match


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From DC Comics—


SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read FOREVER EVIL #5 and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).

Is there anything that can stop the Crime Syndicate? So far, they haven’t had any problem infiltrating themselves here on Earth and progressing with world domination. With no Justice League to stop them, there’s little they need to worry about. Sure, the Crime Syndicate has their own infighting and insubordination and more than a few secrets they’re keeping from each other, but they leave it to Earth’s various power-hungry villains to do their dirty work!

But now there are a few threats they’re going to need to deal with themselves.

First, Lex Luthor has joined forces with the toughest rebel team around. Sinestro, Black Adam, Slade, and Bizarro are rallying behind Luthor to form the Injustice League. And, while just a few days ago Batman might have had the influence to call the shots, in this new regime he’s outnumbered, out-powered and outvoted. Can the Dark Knight allow Lex Luthor to lead the fight against the Crime Syndicate?

And, in the final pages of Forever Evil #5, the creature that destroyed Earth Three has found the Crime Syndicate! They fled their dying world to escape it the first time. What can they do to stop this creature now that it’s here?

Above, take a look at the final double page spread of FOREVER EVIL #5. Then place your bets in the comments section below about what the Crime Syndicate will do next!

FOREVER EVIL #5, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by David Finch and Richard Friend, is available in stores now.


Crime Syndicate meet their match



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Comic Cover of the Week


Out of the all the comic books released this week, we like to pick our favorite covers and then vote on which was the best comic cover of the week.  This week’s cover comes from DC Comics’ Forever Evil #4.


  • Written by:  Geoff Johns
  • Art by:  David Finch, Richard Friend
  • Cover Art by:  David Finch, Richard Friend


Synopsis from DC Comics:

It’s all-out chaos as the DC Universe continues its march through darkness! War erupts across the Earth between the villains! Allegiances are formed! Rivals are murdered! And at center stage it’s Lex Luthor versus Batman-and their fight couldn’t come at a worse time as Deathstroke’s Hunting Party closes in on the world’s only hope against the Crime Syndicate!


Forever Evil #4 - Comic Cover of the Week



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Review – The Dark Knight #6

Batman: The Dark Knight #6 Cover

Batman: The Dark Knight #6 Cover

Even though I figured out Bane was behind all these supercharged villains three issues ago, the buildup to his New 52 introduction was well worth the wait.  Although nearly the entire Batman rouges gallery has made an appearance in these first six issues, I was excited to see Bane.  The Dark Knight is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the New 52, in spite of my disappointment with the title before the reboot.

After a rather heated and nearly deadly battle with Superman, Scarecrow‘s toxin seems to have run its course in Batman’s bloodstream.  Still dazed from the fight, Batman is able to deduce that it was only being pushed to his limits by Superman was he able to survive the toxin’s effects.  He sends Superman after Flash who has also been exposed to the toxin and has been trying to outrun its effects.

Batman follows White Rabbit to Scarecrow but somehow he knows that the truth behind the toxin has yet to be revealed.  He quickly and efficiently captures and incapacitates Scarecrow only to be suddenly and viciously attacked the man who has been pulling the strings from the very beginning…Bane.


“Look at you…you knew in your heart I’d kill you the first day you ever encountered me.  Lie to me.  Tell me you’re not afraid.”

“I’m not afraid of you Bane…never was.”


Regardless of my glowing admiration and general acceptance of this title, there are a number of flaws with it.  The good far outweighs the bad in this case, but I am still bothered by a few things.  I have yet to figure out how or why White Rabbit is even relevant to anything in this story.  Other than letting Batman chase her around, her lack of clothing and spouting off some nonsensical crap about Alice In Wonderland, she is no more than a distraction so far.  I certainly hope writer Paul Jenkins has more in store for her than just being Bane’s arm-candy.  If she is Harley Quinn to Bane’s Joker, then Jenkins has failed so far.

Another thing that has bothered me is Batman’s call to the Justice League for help and the subsequent appearances of Flash and Superman.  This is typically un-Batman like behavior for him to ask for help from anyone.  Especially with the common foes he’s taken down time and time again.  Now this sounds very contradictory to my opening paragraph, but in spite of all that, I am enjoying this book.

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

I am hoping and praying in the next few issues that Superman doesn’t show back up to save the day.  That would be far too predictable and way to cliché for Big Blue to bail Batman out in the finale of the story arc.  Maybe some tie-in with the Court of Owls would be in order.  I think Bane is one of the most fascinating of recent Batman villains and he deserves a story line that doesn’t include him squaring off with Superman at the end.

When it’s all said and done, I really do enjoy The Dark Knight.  Jenkins has done a good job with it so far and would continue to do so, if he doesn’t allow himself to fall into predictable plots and having Batman do things so far out of character.

Batman: The Dark Night #6

Written by: Paul Jenkins – Art by: David Finch – Inker: Richard Friend



Review – The Dark Knight #3

This is dedication folks, I am working on Thanksgiving.  As the turkey slowly bakes away in the oven and the smell travels throughout the house, I am sitting here reading this week’s new releases for you.  The first book in my list was Batman: The Dark Knight #3 and I have to say that so far it is the best issue of the series to date and probably the best book I’ve read out of this week’s releases.
This month’s issue is full of surprises and guest stars as Batman tracks down the source of the toxin being used to give his most dangerous adversaries super strength. But every lead he tracks down only reveals more questions.  And who is this mysterious White Rabbit and how is she involved in all of this.
Caught on a subway train with no immediate avenue for escape, Batman takes on Joker who has been bulked up to superhuman proportions.  While White Rabbit looks on, Joker and Batman battle; but Batman knows the course of the toxin and Joker only has limited time to take him out before the toxin wears off.  Closer examination of Joker’s moves mannerisms reveal that he’s not the real Joker. Clayface has tipped his hand and revealed his secret.  Not long after, the toxin has run its course and Clayface collapses.
Exhausted from the fight and somewhat trapped beneath the unconscious Clayface, Batman is at White Rabbit’s mercy.  But before she can inject him with something,Batman’s distress call is answered, by The Flash.  White Rabbit quickly runs off as Flash rushes in to Batman’s rescue.
GCPD Lieutenant Forbes has it out for Batman and is vowing to bring him and anyone helping him in; convinced that Batman has compromised his investigation.  As usual, The Dark Knight is way ahead of Forbes and turns Clayface over to him.  The gift of a suspect also comes with a warning.  Batman warns Forbes to stay out of his way and not compromise his work.
Further analysis of the toxin points Batman in an unexpected direction, Poison Ivy.  Even though she has been working with the Birds of Prey, Batman doesn’t fully truth them.  He decides to confront Ivy on her turf and brings Flash along as backup.  Want to know what happens next?  Head down to your LCS and pick up Batman: The Dark Knight #3.
“If you mess with me, I’ll find you and you’ll never see me coming.  If you compromise my work, I’ll knock your down so quickly you’ll think you traveled backwards in time.  If you try to hurt my people…if you so much as hand them a parking tickets…I’ll be the first shadow you forget to check.”
This new Dark Knight series so far is so much better than the pre-reboot series.  This first story arc has been full of surprises and has left me guessing about what will happen next.  This book hasn’t been nearly as predictable as most other books.  For meat least it has been a pleasant surprise out of all the other new books.  Paul Jenkins has put together a fantastic opening act while introducing a great new villain in White Rabbit.  I know I am eager to learn more about her and who or what is behind this super-steroid toxin.
Batman: The Dark Knight #3 was written by Paul Jenkins, penciled by David Finch and inked by Richard Friend.
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