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“Archie Meets Batman ’66” Review

 

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THE GREATEST CROSSOVER EVENT IN COMICDOM!
Archie Meets Batman (2018) ’66 #2. Archie Comics.

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The greatest crossover event in all comicdom. Collect Archie Meets Batman ’66 on the occasions of Comic-Con and Riverdale watch parties. Available on Amazon.

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Gotham City meets Riverdale in this crossover graphic novel that brings together some of the most iconic characters in comics and television!

Two iconic comic book characters meet up for the FIRST TIME in this historic crossover mini-series! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale–with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy #1 of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!

Critically, Archie Meets Batman ’66 is the greatest comic crossover of all-time. In fact, the historie Archie comic crosses over with the popular 1960s version of Batman in a story of pure comedy.

Together, writers Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci and artist Dan Parent collaborate on the 6-issue mini-series. Really, you will relive old childhood memories and high school parties. Indeed, the art in the book is an entertaining fanfare of Silver Age comics: colorful, comedic and fun.

Indeed, share this comic to fans of Comic-Con, DC Comics and Archie. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Archie! And Batgirl!

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This graphic novel showcases Archie Meets Batman ’66. One good feature of this comic is that it is available in Paperback format. It is published by Archie Comics.


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  • Publisher: Archie Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Paperback format available.
  • Kindle & Comixology formats available.
  • 144 pages.
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2019.
  • Dimensions: 6.59 x 0.32 x 10.17 inches.

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To begin, the success of Riverdale on CW has led to an Archie revival. In a long time coming, Archie Meets Batman ’66 shows the greatest crossover of all-time between Archie and the 1960s television version of Batman.

Really, the comic is perfect for all ages and its straightforward tale of amusement and mystery will entertain adults and children alike. Also, witness Batgirl and Robin going undercover at Riverdale.

The comic is good for your DC collection. You will definitely love Dan Parker’s Silver Age pencils, the lighthearted story-telling, and the colorful panels.

This product has 84 global ratings with an average customer review rating of 4.6 out of 5.

POSITIVE REVIEW

The customer review said: “Archie Meets Batman “66” was a fun read for those who are not only fans of the classic Archie Comics but also love a bit of superhero in their lives and like most graphic novels – this was a quick read.”

NEGATIVE REVIEW

There is 2 negative global ratings. The negative review commented on the difference between the comic and the show: “Artwork looks nothing like the tv show. This Mag has Batgirl hanging out in the Batcave. Even worse, you are left with the impression that everyone knows each other’s secret identity. The story is passable at best.”

Overall, this comic was great.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Historic Archie-DC company crossover.
  • Silver Age storytelling and art.

NEGATIVE:

  • None.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this graphic novel as the greatest crossover comic of all-time.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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DC Day Series: The Best DC Comics Artists

 

DC DAY

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In our first video, we list our Top 5 Best DC Comics Artists. Over the years, DC has been a perennial staple of great and innovative artists and writers, willing to inspire millions of fans. Today, DC Comics continues its tradition of hiring the top talent willing to take comic art to new heights.

In our series, we list the best DC comics artists with additional honorable mentions. Also, you can watch our video above.

5. JIM LEE

At the present, DC Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee is among the most popular artists in comics. Recently, he raised $800000 for his 60 in 60 charity work for comic shops. Now, pay attention to the Batman #608 cover: With his anatomical precision, the musculature in his character designs, and his attention to detail and scenery, the Korean American artist’s panels give lessons on medicine and still-lives.

Positives: DC Chief Creative Officer, Jim Lee’s almost medical manual on human anatomy, clair-obscur and very realistic landscapes.

Negatives: Repetitive poses, facial expressions and non-distinctive characters.

4. DAN JURGENS

Indeed, Dan Jurgens is a fan-favorite at DC Comics. And with Death of Superman we can see why. Jurgens is the epitome of the comic artist: His pages are full-blown action-oriented panels that create excitement! With his curvy lines and his creative character designs, Jurgens has mastered the DC powerhouses! And we can’t commend him enough on his work with Booster Gold. Recently, he worked on Blue & Gold, about Booster Gold’s and Blue Beetle’s new business venture after Infinite Frontier.

Positives: Creative, literary and artistic genius, kinetic panels and action-oriented, distinctive characters.

Negatives: Under-developed villains, penchant for the dramatic.

3. GEORGE PEREZ

For all his glory, the late George Perez deserves to be more well known. Really, his body of work speaks for itself. Though Crisis On Infinite Earths and Wonder Woman are mythic masterpieces, we will remember his revamp of The New Teen Titans! Truly the stuff of legend! And let’s not forget the true sequel to Crisis On Infinite Earths: Infinite Crisis.

Positives: Mythic status, oversaw DC revamps and crises, commended for his attention to detail in covers and movement in panels.

Negatives: Not enough recognition for his monumental work.

2. ALEX ROSS

At DC Comics, Alex Ross’ work is very cryptic. His magnum opus, Kingdom Come, is an Elseworld of biblical proportions! Born in Portland, OR but raised in Texas, Ross is quite the intellectual as he graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago at the age of 20. Really, his work betrays his classical training and his appreciation for universal themes and idealism.

Positives: Paintings are photo-realistic, novelization and story-telling, universal themes.

Negatives: Suitable only for mini-series, Elseworlds and graphic novels.

1. JACK KIRBY

It is the consensus among comic critics that the late Jack Kirby is the King of comics! Certainly, everything he touches turns to gold: Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and at DC Comics the franchise he created with the New Gods. In many respects, Kirby’s art is quintessential comic book art. With his wacky designs, sci-fi concepts and space-faring adventure, Kirby’s panels are ingenuity and creativity come to life. When Kirby worked at DC, he completely changed the direction of the multiverse with the creation of his godly metaphysical beings. Ever since Darkseid stepped into the pages of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134, nothing has been the same.

Positives: Creative genius, universe-builder, sci-fi concepts. Negatives: Incomplete volumes at DC Comics.

Honorable mentions: Frank Quitely, Doug Mahnke, Ivan Reis, Carlos Pacheco, Mikel Janin, Gary Frank.

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Jim Lee in DC Database.
Jim Lee raises over $800,000 for comic shops with his 60 in 60 original art sketches in GamesRadar+.
Batman Vol 1 608 in DC Database.
Dan Jurgens in DC Database.
Death of Superman in DC Database.
George Pérez in DC Database.
Alex Ross in DC Database.
Jack Kirby : A Life In Comics in Jack Kirby Museum.
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DC vs Marvel: Batman vs Captain America, Who Is The Better Martial Artist?

 

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DC Day List: 5 Reasons Why Superman Is The Justice League’s Leader, And 5 Reasons Why It’s Wonder Woman (Film and Comics)

 

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Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Ivan Reis


Colorist(s)

Alex Sinclair


Cover

Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair


Publisher

DC Comics


Publication Date

February, 2020

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In the Post-Crisis continuity, Superman has been the Justice League of America’s public figure as well as its tactical commander. In fact, Superman’s leadership commands respect from his peers. In contrast, Wonder Woman has played a similar role, particularly due to her expertise in war and her role as a diplomatic embassador for Themyscira.

Let’s list five reasons why Superman is the Justice League’s true inspiration and five reasons why Wonder Woman’s leadership uncovers deception and sees the vision of the DC Universe.

10. IN THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN PROTECTS THE LEAGUE AGAINST DOOMSDAY

The Death Of Superman (2018) is the 11th installment in the DC Animated Movie Universe. In the movie, the monster named Doomsday is on a rampage across the United States and it is up to the Justice League to stop it. When the situation seems hopeless, Wonder Woman arises to fight the monster. Though she eventually loses, her leadership causes Superman to go all-out.

9. IN JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR, SUPERMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE INTO WAR AGAINST APOKOLIPS

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2020), is the final installment in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. At the beginning of the movie, Superman formulates a plan to invade Apokolips in order to prevent war on Earth. But Superman and the Justice League Dark are captured. After the Justice League’s forces are destroyed, John Constantine enacts a plan to save them. Finally, Superman is freed from Darkseid’s control on Apokolips. In the finale, an amped Superman takes on Darkseid toe-to-toe.

8. IN SUPERMAN: SACRIFICE, WONDER WOMAN FREES SUPERMAN FROM MAXWELL LORD’S MIND-CONTROL

In Superman: Sacrifice, Superman has attacked Batman at the Watchtower. After, the Justice League discovers that Maxwell Lord mind-controls Superman and has taken control of Brother Eye. Violently, Superman attacks the League and escapes. Now, with her powers of Truth, Wonder Woman tracks him down and locates Checkmate. After a vicious battle, Wonder Woman kills Maxwell to free Superman from his delusions. Really, a controversial decision that created a crisis of leadership in the Justice League. Importantly, it contributed to Infinite Crisis.

7. IN INFINITE CRISIS, SUPERMAN STOPS SUPERBOY-PRIME WITHOUT KILLING

In Infinite Crisis, the 52 universes in the DC multiverse are threatened of destruction by Superboy-Prime and Alexander Luthor Jr. Indeed, the villains seek to destroy the 52 earths to restore Earth-Prime, the perfect Earth. In a crisis of leadership, Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen rise to save the multiverse. On the Green Lantern planet Mogo, a depowered Earth-One Superman defeats a depowered Superboy-Prime after flying through a red sun, delivering a speech that inspired fans.

6. IN ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, WONDER WOMAN LEADS THE LEAGUE IN BATTLE

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Wonder Woman shows why she is the League’s tactical leader. With Superman inactive, Wonder Woman leads the League in battle against Steppenwolf and the parademons. When Batman decides to sacrifice himself to drive Steppenwolf’s army away, Wonder Woman rallies the League to help him. Again, she saves Batman from death at the hands of Apokoliptian armies. In the end, she decapitates Steppenwolf with her magical sword.

5. IN BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, SUPERMAN SACRIFICES HIMSELF TO KILL DOOMSDAY

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, is the second movie in Snyder’s trilogy. In the movie, Superman and Batman clash after Lex Luthor stages a political intrigue. In the finale, both heroes must fight with Wonder Woman against Doomsday, Luthor’s mutated Zod. In order to save the Earth and Lois Lane, Superman sacrifices himself, killing Doomsday with a kryptonite spear.

4. IN DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL, WONDER WOMAN CREATES THE FIRST ANTI-CRISIS

In Dark Nights: Death Metal, the DC heroes must stop an invasion from The Batman Who Laughs and the Dark multiverse. In order to stop the dangers to the multiverse once and for all, Wonder Woman leads the heroes into the first Anti-Crisis. After one final battle, she defeats The Batman Who Laughs in the death sun. At the end, the DC multiverse is restored with no frontiers and all the crises in continuity remembered.

 

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3. IN FINAL CRISIS, SUPERMAN RESTORES THE DC MULTIVERSE

In Final Crisis, Darkseid finally conquered the Anti-Life Equation. Now, he set out to create a Fifth World on New Earth. During the crisis, even Nil is threatened by destruction by the Equation. In the end, Darkseid destroys the entirety of the DC multiverse, past, present and future. Only a group of heroes and civilians remain in space on the Watchtower. Proving to be the Justice League’s true leader, Superman uses his remaining stores of solar energy to activate the Miracle Machine and restore the DC multiverse. Though it was not the last crisis, since the multiverse was rebooted again after Flashpoint.

2. WONDER WOMAN REFUSES TO ASCEND AMONG THE QUINTESSENCE TO REMAIN HUMAN

With Infinite Frontier (2021) #0, the Quintessence shows Wonder Woman a vision of the new DC multiverse. Then, they congratulate the heroine and propose her to ascend into their ranks as a goddess. However, Wonder Woman declines to preserve her humanity and fight the impending darkness.

1. SUPERMAN INSPIRES PEOPLE BY REVEALING HIS SECRET IDENTITY

Perhaps, the greatest reason why Superman is the Justice League‘s best leader is his example. In Superman (2020) #18, Superman finally comes out and reveals his secret identity to the public. Though his peers questioned his decision and Batman feared mind control. At the same time, the decision also worsened his hero status. Definitely, a decision of momentous proportions that changed the status quo and shows how much the Man of Steel can inspire people around the world.

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LINKS

The Death of Superman (Movie) in DC Database.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (Movie) in DC Database.
Superman: Sacrifice in DC Database.
Infinite Crisis in DC Database.
Final Crisis in DC Database.
Infinite Frontier Vol 1 0 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 5 18 in DC Database.

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Injustice 2: Who Has The Best Comic-Accurate Fighting Techniques?

 

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*In celebration of Independence Day, we go over the best fighting techniques in Injustice 2 for PS4 and Xbox One.

THE BEST FIGHTING VIDEO GAME

Injustice 2. WB Games.

The Injustice: Gods Among Us video game series has been both a financial and a critical success for WB Games.

Based on the popular comic franchise titled Injustice: Gods Among Us, the series centers on the events after Joker brutally kills Lois Lane, Superman becomes evil and sets up a tyrannical Regime on Earth. And Batman forms a coalition of heroes to oppose Superman’s Regime.

In the Injustice 2 sequel, the Insurgency has stopped Superman and his forces. However, they enlist the evil Superman‘s help when Brainiac attempts to collect the Earth.

According to reviews by MetaCritic, the sequel has improved gameplay and mechanics though other reviews criticize the plot. At MetaCritic, the PS4 and Xbox One versions have 87/100 and 89/100.

Since we are interested in the fighting game, let’s rate the main characters’ fighting techniques and how they compare to the comic. For the most part, we are interested in strength, speed, and damage.

So, from our video above, let’s find out which Injustice 2 character has the most comic-accurate fighting technique.

 

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5. COMIC-ACCURATE: DARKSEID

Generally, Darkseid’s fighting moves are inspired from the classic Bronze Age version though his costume and powerset take some inspiration from the New 52.

Really, Darkseid is imposing and his fighting moves make for some economy of movements, with strength, power and size. With his imposing physique, Darkseid can deal up to 40 hits of combos with at more than two-thirds of your life bar.

Certainly, his Omega Beams are his finishing moves showing that he may be the best for defensive-minded players who like to deal maximum damage in a few moves.

VERDICT: COMIC-ACCURATE


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4. COMIC-ACCURATE: BATMAN

Usually, Batman uses shadows, deception and technology to defeat his opponents. In fact, his fighting stance is usually a crouching, mysterious and exploiting technique.

Since Injustice is influenced by the Elseworld and its armored characters, Batman’s fighting techniques show a more offensive-minded and open-combat Batman. In fact, his techniques reflects the comic more accurately.

And Batman’s grappling hook is the difference-maker. Effectively, he uses it offensively to trap his opponent and throw him/her across distances. Certainly, moves reminiscent of Batman v Superman. With 40 hits, Batman can cost more than two-thirds of your life.

VERDICT: COMIC-ACCURATE

 

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3. COMIC-ACCURATE: DOCTOR FATE’S SPELL OF JUDGMENT

With the Black Adam movie, Doctor Fate and the JSA are getting some interest. Though the powerhouse is not well-known, his appearance in the game is very comic-accurate. In fact, Doctor Fate is a playable anti-hero in the game.

And this video game separates itself with the improved gameplay and design. Though Doctor Fate’s Spell of Judgment combos only deal 14 Hits, they damage about two-thirds of a life bar. What is special about his fighting techniques is that they accurately reflect the comics.

VERDICT: MORE COMIC-ACCURATE

2. COMIC-ACCURATE: SUPERMAN’S SPEEDING BULLET

Perhaps, one disappointment from Injustice 2 is the downplay in Superman’s combos in terms of hits, strength and damage. The first game featured Superman‘s Flying Ground Smash and other special moves.

However, our game shows moves more consistent with Superman’s fighting techniques Post-Crisis. Usually, Superman uses a lot of haymakers, crosses and bullrushes at super speed. At the same time, this reflects an aged and powered-down Superman.

Neverthless, the fallen hero still deals about half the damage in 14 hits.

VERDICT: MORE COMIC-ACCURATE

1. COMIC-ACCURATE: FLASH’S LIGHTNING PUNCHES

Before, we published an article about Flash’s lightning punches. In fact, the article asked how Flash’s punches can hurt Superman. In Injustice 2, the gameplay answers the question.

Without a doubt, Flash sports the best fighting techniques of any character in the game. Certainly, the improved mechanics make Flash’s lightning punches flow better. And really, Injustice 2 may be the most-accurate portrayal of Flash’s super speed.

From the gameplay, to the fighting techniques to the super speed, Flash simply appears and disappears like a bolt of lightning. In 20 Hits, the hero is able to beat a third of your life in damage. Really, Flash sits at the top and faithfully his special moves display the comics.

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VERDICT: BEST COMIC-ACCURATE

 

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VERDICT:

With lightning-speed, Flash blitzes characters in Injustice 2. Really, his fighting techniques accurately display the comics.

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DB Comics Mailbag: How Do Poison Ivy’s Powers Work?

 

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AT A BASE LEVEL, POISON IVY CAN BRING DOWN A SEVEN-STORY BUILDING WITH TREE VINES

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

In many respects, Poison Ivy has been described as a Gotham City Siren. Among Batman’s rogues she is a powerhouse that has threatened the Dark Knight both physically and mentally. At a base level, she is powerful enough to bring down a building. Let’s explain.

In Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn are out to save Catwoman. Recently, Talia Al Ghul has jealousy over Selina’s feelings for Bruce. As a result, she commissions Zatanna to wipe Selina’s memories of Bruce’s secret identity.

Though Zatanna is conflicted she agrees to keep Batman‘s secret. Meanwhile, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn attack the apartment where Zatanna and Talia are staying with Selina. Powerfully, Pamela topples the apartment building with her vines.

In New York, the average apartment size is about 866 square feet. At about 50 pound per square foot, a seven-story apartment building weighs 303100 pounds or 151.55 tons. Really, the question is to explain how Poison Ivy can produce such chlorokinetic power.

 

POISON IVY IS A CHLOROKINETIC

3. CHLOROKINESIS CAN MOVE TREES TO GIANT SIZE:

Gotham City Sirens (2011) #18. DC Comics.

Concerning Pamela Isley’s accident and become Poison Ivy, read our article. In the Post-Crisis continuity, the villain has vast chlorokinetic powers. Let’s explain. Namely, chlorokinesis is the ability to move plants, trees and organisms containing chlorophyll.

To calculate the insolation needed for the vines to move 30 meters high, we roughly assume a 300 meters squared albedo canopy. Typically, this applies to trees and not vines. However, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is directly depending on light absorption by photosynthesis.

In the issue, Pamela had to generate an Energy Projection of 5111019.38901 Joules. At 30 meters tall, a tree should generate a 0.11 albedo canopy. At 150.97 billion meters, the sun shines 1355.74 Watts per meter squared of light energy on Earth.

Definitely, Poison Ivy performed a Building Level of Energy Projection according to the Power Level Wiki.

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2. WITH TOXIKINESIS, POISON IVY CAN KILL 1000 MEN WITH PURPORTED CARDENOLIDES

In 'Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow' (1992), Pamela Isley is stated to have enough poison to kill a regiment.
Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992). DC Comics.

In Batman/Green Arrow: The Poison Tomorrow (1992), we learn about the extent of Poison Ivy’s toxikinesis. Since Crisis On Infinite Earths, the femme fatale has gained the ability to seduce or kill with a toxic kiss.

Incredibly, her poisoned blood contains thousands of toxins which despite their amount has not killed Poison Ivy. Rather, they have made her stronger. After an exam, we learn the villain’s blood contains enough toxins in her blood to kill a regiment.

At about a 1000 men, her poison is also able to kill an elephant. Recently, it has been found that a species of rats contains a toxin called cardenolide that allows it to kill an elephant in small amount.

Moreover, a small amount of cardenolides is enough to stop a human heart. With 115000 Joules of energy, the human heart beats many times a minute. Since she can kill a thousand men, she can generate 115000000 Joules of energy per day.

At a base level, her toxikinesis produces a Peak Human Level of Energy Projection.

1. THE GREEN IS HER CONNECTION TO EARTH’S BIOMASS

Gotham City Sirens (2009) #4. DC Comics.

Importantly, Poison Ivy is actually a mystic. Indeed, her chlorokinesis actually allows her to tap into an ambient energy called the Green. Really, this power exists within the Earth’s vegetation.

Effectively, Poison Ivy is able to see within the Earth’s biomass across vast distances and sense the events in the environment. As an eco-terrorist, this is very important when she has to solve problems or operate on a large scale. Finally, to answer the user’s question.

Indeed, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinetic cells are photosynthetic. Moreover, her photosynthesis would preclude her need for food, sleep and sex. Since she has access to the Green like Swamp Thing she may even duplicate herself by self-pollination. Visit Batman’s feat reversing her chlorokinesis.

ANSWER:

Really, Poison Ivy’s chlorokinesis is mystical and explains her ability to produce toxins and connect to the Green while maintaining a human appearance.


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Gotham City Sirens Vol 1 18 in DC Database.
Predicting Maximum Tree Heights and Other Traits from Allometric Scaling and Resource Limitations in PubMed Central.
The Secret Social Live of Giant Poisonous Rats in The University of Utah.
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“Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl” Review

 

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Superman/Batman: Supergirl (2005). DC Comics.

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One of the most popular Supergirl origin stories. Gift this comic to your significant other on the occasions of anniversaries, marriages, Valentine’s Day and birthdays. Available on Amazon.

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Superman and Batman work together to battle evil in many forms.  

Critically, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl is the most popular Supergirl origin story in Post-Crisis continuity. Importantly, in an alien contact Supergirl arrives on Earth. And a dangerous menace rises that threatens DC’s Trinity.

Together, writer Jeph Loeb and superstar artists Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald collaborate on the story. Really, the writing shines on the paranoia of alien invasions.

Nevertheless, the art in the book is characteristic of Loeb’s run on Superman/Batman: muscular, bold, violent. Moreover, Darkseid vs Superman!

Indeed, share this Paperback to fans of Superman and on occasions of anniversaries and Valentine’s Day. Definitely, it is worth its price and will leave you wanting for more Superman and Batman! And Supergirl!

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This comic showcases Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl. One good feature of this comic is that it is available in Paperback and Hardcover formats. It is published by DC Comics.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS


  • Publisher: DC Comics.
  • Language: English.
  • Print Length: 168 pages.
  • Paperback and Hardcover formats available.
  • Publication Date: September 12, 2005.
  • Dimensions: 6.65 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches.

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To begin, Superman/Batman, Vol. 2: Supergirl deals with Supergirl’s most popular origin story. In fact, the Hardcover was a sell-out at the time.

Importantly, as the Girl of Steel causes tensions within DC’s Trinity, a new threat rises. Dangerously, Darkseid has set his sights on Superman’s Kryptonian cousin. And Supergirl must choose between Earth and Apokolips.

The comic is good for your collection. You will definitely marvel at Michael Turner’s strong pencils, the characters’ erotic physiques and the color palette.

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This is the comic to own in order to build your Superman/Batman collection. Together, this comic is part of Jeph Loeb’s and Michael Turner’s popular run on the ongoing series. Successfully, the comic has been adapted to the popular Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

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CUSTOMER REVIEW RATINGS

This product has 116 global ratings with a customer review rating of 4.7 out of 5.

The customer review said: “Michael Turner’s artwork is the epitome of what comic art should like. In the introduction, Jeph Loeb said that Turner drew the best looking females in all of comics. I’d happen to agree with him. Not only the women look good though. Turner’s Batman is one of the coolest looking versions of Batman ever. Even as much as I love Jim Lee’s art, Turner’s Batman put Lee’s to shame. Like Jim Lee, Turner’s super-detailed work caused him to become one of the hottest artists in comics. It’s really sad that Turner passed away a few years after this volume came out.”

There are seven negative reviews. One negative review pointed the poor plot: “This was a shame. I think supergirl is a cool character and can be done well, but this just makes clear that DC has no idea what to do with her. There is no characterization, no back up characters and the story can only loosely be called a “story.” The art is cool and it seems that is all this book has to offer. It’s a real disappointment, especially after Peter David’s run on the previous Supergirl (linda danvers) which was excellent. Stick with Many Happy Returns, possibly the best supergirl story ever (along with Crisis on Infinite Earths).”

Overall, this comic was good.

CONCLUSION


POSITIVE:

  • Paperback and Hardcover format available.
  • Popular Supergirl origin story.
  • DC’s Trinity.
  • Hardcover sell-out at the time.

NEGATIVE:

  • Hypersexualized females.
  • Poor plot.

OUR PRODUCT REVIEW RATING:


I recommend this comic as the most popular Supergirl origin story in Post-Crisis continuity.


























Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


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The Best Sellers List: The Castling Battle In ‘Superman/Batman: Public Enemies’ Boosted Hawkman’s Rep In The DCU

 

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In our new hotness, we have The Best Sellers List. Here, we cover the greatest battles of a particular character in a comic or series, and how it made it a best-seller. In our new hotness for March, is Hawkman in Superman/Batman (2004) #4.

First, let’s reveal a poll on Twitter. Then, let’s show how it was a success.

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Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. DC Comics.

WHY HAWKMAN IS ON THE BEST SELLERS LIST

Superman/Batman (2004) #4. DC Comics.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

Namely, the creative team on the story arc is an all-star talent. In a few words, writer Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness collaborate on the story arc. Together, they produced the cataclysmic Our Worlds At War crossover event.

When both superstars collaborate on works, you know they are playing for keeps. In fact, the heroes are not pulling any punches!

THE WORLD’S FINEST ON STEROIDS

Really, Public Enemies is The World’s Finest team-up on steroids. What happens when you pit the two most popular DC heroes, namely Superman and Batman, as underdogs against the DC Universe?

And add to that characters drawn with bulging muscles and oversized physiques! In the story, President Luthor has put a $1 billion bounty on Superman and Batman. Previously, our World’s Finest defeated the supervillains.

Now, the heroes are sent to take them in. Particularly, Hawkman and Captain Marvel are sent in because they don’t hold back!

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THE BATTLE THAT SOLD THE STORY ARC

Importantly, the castling battle of Superman and Batman vs Hawkman and Captain Marvel sold the comic. Let’s explain. In the desert, Superman, Batman, Power Girl and Katana need to locate Hiro Okamura to help stop Asteroid X, a Kryptonite asteroid.

Suddenly, they are intercepted by Hawkman and Captain Marvel. However, Superman is at a disadvantage against Captain Marvel’s magic. And Batman is disadvantaged by Hawkman’s flight. Hence, Batman calls castling. Then, both superheroes exchange partners.

Really, the Superman vs Hawkman fight has been talked about online for quite some time.

In Superman/Batman (2004) #4, an amped Hawkman hits Superman with the magnetic field of the Earth. DC Comics.

Incredibly, Hawkman used the Claw of Horus to hit Superman with the magnetic field at the Earth’s core. Definitely, a Planetary-Level of Energy Projection. Moreover, a question that has been posed is whether Hawkman’s Claw of Horus is magical.

In fact, how it affects Superman’s invulnerability.

Though the artifact may be scientific, it is able to disrupt magical energies using Nth Metal. In addition, it amps its user’s powers and grants them magnetic abilities. For his part, Captain Marvel was able to defeat Batman by outsmarting him.

SALES, SALES, SALES

Really, though the comic did not significantly boost sales, it did result in boosting Hawkman’s reputation. Indeed, it showed how a JSA and C-list character like Hawkman can take down an A-list character like Superman.

In fact, Superman/Batman #4 ranked 172nd in January 2004 unit sales according to Comichron. Perhaps, the series contributed to the sales of the main Hawkman series. During that same month, Hawkman had the highest rank in unit sales within a three month span.

 

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Let’s rank Hawkman’s formidability with the Claw of Horus.

FORMIDABILITY

Strength Class: Planetary 50%
Weaknesses: Divine Enchantment 100%
Quality Opponents: Champion 75%
Limitations: Durability 25%

SCORE: 25

FORMIDABILITY:

STREET FIGHTER

For the most part, Hawkman amped with the Claw of Horus is around Martian Manhunter Level. His Strength Class actually measures his Energy Projection. Since he hit Superman with the planet, his Strength Class is Planetary-Level.

And really, Superman as his Quality Opponent is around Champion Level who can defeat a planet.

However, Hawkman’s formidability is limited by his Durability. Indeed, his Durability is too low to allow him to rank higher. Though his Durability is properly Enhanced or Variable with the Claw of Horus and other Nth-metal enhancements.

QUALITY OPPONENTS

During the comic, Hawkman faces Superman and Batman. Though Superman ranks as Champion, Batman ranks as Peak Human or Assassin.

FAN RECEPTION

Since its initial release, the Superman/Batman series has remained very popular among fans. In fact, it has been adapted to the DC Animated Universe in multiple films such as Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and the mega-hit Superman/Batman: Apocalypse.

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LINKS

Superman/Batman Vol 1 4 in DC Database.
Claw of Horus in DC Database.
January 2004 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops in Comichron.
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DC Day Series: Is Batman A #Batgod Or A #Batninja?

 

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Batman, The God of Knowledge. DC Comics.

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INTRO

Over his long storied history, Batman has been incarnated in various media: comic, live-action series and movies, video games, radio and more. Importantly, what has seized the fans’ imagination seems to have been the Dark Knight’s tortured but disciplined humanity.

Though Batman may have demons, he always seems to come out on top. And he always comes to a battle prepared with ten moves ahead.

However, Batman seems to consistently outperform metahumans, gods and cosmic beings. What is Batman’s formidability in battles?

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

Batman Begins. WB.

In his titanic battles, Batman has out-performed DC powerhouses.

And at the same time, he has struggled with his rogues and criminal masterminds.

Two factors that seem to determine the outcome of Batman’s fights is preparation and the level of unpredictability.

From our previous article, we continue the central question of our series:

Does his preparation bring out the best in Batman making him a #Batgod?

Or does unpredictability affect his formidability making Batman a #Batninja?

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So far, the Twitter audience has given one vote to Bat vs Bane.

Let’s look at four instances of Batman’s battles and explain how they affect whether they are #Batgod or #Batninja.

 

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#BATGOD OR #BATNINJA?

#BATNINJA: BATMAN VS BANE

Notoriously, Bane is famous for being the one who physically and mentally dominated Batman.

In Batman: Knightfall, the supervillain orchestrates the downfall of the Dark Knight.

Masterfully, the hulk frees the criminals from Arkham Asylum.

Then, it is up to Batman to capture and return them. However, the process proves very difficult.

Even more, Batman’s relationships are tested and he decides to take on the Herculean task by himself.

With little preparation and due to the rogues’ sheer number, Batman is taken near exhaustion.

Ultimately, Bane defeats Batman and iconicly breaks his back.

Definitely, Bane’s mental and physical superiority prove unpredictability makes Batman a #Batninja.

In Batman (1993) #497, Bane breaks Batman’s back. DC Comics.

#BATGOD: BATMAN VS SUPERMAN

Perhaps, one of the greatest battles in comicdom. Over the years, Batman and Superman have fought.

Though each have had their victories. At the same time, Batman has shown why he is ultimately a #Batgod.

Indeed, one of the Dark Knight’s greatest strengths, is his preparation before his missions.

In fact, Batman is a tactical genius who evens the odds with preparation, tactics, martial arts and technology.

Certainly, Batman succeeds in putting up a fight against the Kryptonian because he knows how his opponent thinks.

In most fights, unless Superman were bloodlusted, the outcome would be a draw.

In 'Batman' (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring.
In Batman (2003) #612, Batman punches a mind-controlled Superman with a Kryptonite ring. DC Comics.

#BATNINJA: BATMAN VS JOKER

Indeed, Joker is Batman’s nemesis. In many respects, many of the Detective’s rogues have mental instability.

In the recent The Joker War (2020), the Clown Prince of Crime decides to take over Wayne Enterprises.

In fact, in order to force Batman to reveal his secret identity.

Dramatically, Joker manages to take over Gotham City in order to wage war.

On multiple occasions, authors have wondered why Batman does not permanently end his rivalry.

Partly, it is because Joker’s insanity creates unpredictability.

At his heart, the Detective is a scientist who seeks to control Gotham City and end crime.

For these reasons, Joker contradicts everything Batman seeks to achieve.

Definitely, Joker makes Batman a #Batninja.

'The Joker War' Part One.
The Joker War Part One. DC Comics.

#BATGOD: BATMAN VS MAN-BAT

To begin, Man-Bat’s first appearance in DC continuity is in Detective Comics (1970) #400.

In the New 52, Kirk Langstrom is originally a scientist with good alignment.

Indeed, he attempts to develop a serum to help the deaf and the blind. But he develops the Man-Bat serum by accident.

In Detective Comics (2014) #26, Batman outwits Kirk Langstrom.

In order to save his wife from her Man-Bat transformations, Batman tricks Kirk.

Indeed, he administers the scientist with his own counter-serum, telling him it is a sedative.

When his wife fights them, Kirk drops the sedative. However, Kirk transforms into Man-Bat and bites her.

Soon, the bite injects the sedative reverting her transformation.

And depending on your opinion, Batman is either a #Batgod or #Batninja.

However, Batman punches Man-Bat to revert him into Kirk. Definitely a #Batgod.

In 'Batman/Superman: Annual' (2015) #2, Batman fights Man-Bat.
In Batman/Superman: Annual (2015) #2, Batman fights Man-Bat. DC Comics

Please see our JLA Big Seven article on Batman’s formidability rating. Ultimately, we disagree with the user and state that Batman is properly speaking a #Batgod.

 

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THAT FAMOUS BAT-KICK

In Batman, ‘Batman vs The Incredible Hulk’ #1, we rated Batman’s notorious Bat-kick in the DC/Marvel crossover from the 1980s.

Given Hulk’s tough skin and “oversized lungs”, no one outside of at least a Metahuman Level in Strength Class could have caused Hulk’s reflex.1

Evidently, Batman kicked Hulk at a pressure point, the solar plexus.

In terms of Strength Level, Hulk’s oversized lungs would have necessitated a Planetary Level of Super Strength in order to gasp for air.

For this reason, we can state that the Bat-kick likely required #Batninja Fighting Skills with chi manipulation.

Or blame it on Deus Ex Machina.


LINKS

Batman: Knightfall in DC Database.
The Joker War in DC Database.
Detective Comics Vol 2 26 in DC Database.
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Reviews: “Batman: Hush” (Graphic Novel)

In 'Batman' (2002) #608, Batman has to fight Killer Croc in order to save Edward Lamont IV and recover the ransom money.
 

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Batman (2002) #608. DC Comics

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Good: 4 to 3 stars.

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BEST: BATMAN: HUSH (2002-2003)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In Batman: Hush, the Dark Knight must recover the Lamont ransom. To this end, the comic features a who is who of Batman’s rogues. And the Dark Knight races to uncover the identity of the masked villain who threatens the Bat-family.

Together, collect issues #608-619 in Batman: Hush (New Edition) (Batman (1940-2011)).

Perhaps, one of the most popular Batman story arcs in recent memory. With superstar talent from writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee, Hush is one of the greatest Batman graphic novels. In addition, Superman appears in issues #611 and #612. Also, witness Batman vs Killer Croc.

 

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DIALOGUE

To sum, the dialogue serves the ambiance of mystery and thriller characteristic of the best detective stories. In part cryptic, and in part terrifying, the dialogue heightens the comic.

Certainly, it is a strong part of the comic and the narration helps point important moments and their urgency.

PLOT

Generally, Hush has a stellar plot though with some great themes. Indeed, the central theme in the graphic novel is Batman’s failure to protect Jason Todd, the second Robin.

Though the first part of the arc is its strongest, the big reveal of the masked villain at the end may feel contrived. In addition, the resolution leaves some plot holes unanswered. Overall, the plot is focused and brilliant as a detective story.

CHARACTERIZATION

Perhaps, the most faithful aspect of the comic. Really, Jeph Loeb’s characterization is top-notch. For the most part, heroes and villains act in character.

In addition, Batman’s budding romance with Catwoman is left unresolved though with an indication the villain may know more than she seemed. However, other rogues only appear for fan service. Notably, Joker is not fully developed in the story.

ART

When the series debuted in 2002, the creative team was its strongest selling point. As matter of fact, Jim Lee’s art is legendary in this comic. In Superman: For Tomorrow, the artist continued on the work started here.

Really, Batman: Hush has been one of the most successful Batman comics in years.

VERDICT

With action, mystery and romance, comic collectors love this story. Definitely, this storyline is one of the greatest Batman stories.

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LINKS

Batman: Hush in DC Database.