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    Edited By gmanfromheck

    The Good

    This is an issue you'll want to read before you find out what the hook is. In a surprising fashion, we managed to go months without knowing what Endgame was about or who would be in it. It's rare to go into a comic these days and not have a full idea of what is going on. As we see Gotham City attacked by some unknown force, Batman is shown all armored up and ready to fight.

    After a year long absence from the present, as we explored Batman's early days in Zero Year, it's interesting being back in the present. Actually, as with issue #34, this story takes place after the events of BATMAN ETERNAL. We're still seeing some of the after affects and repercussions. Bruce and some allies haven't come out of it completely unscathed. With this glimpse into the current events, it's almost a strange new status quo being show. Until the action kicks in. When it kicks in, it kicks really hard.

    Another nice change of pace is seeing characters we haven't seen within these pages before. It's like a wish list being fulfilled getting to see Greg Capullo and Danny Miki work on these characters. We're getting some daylight action, as we saw in some parts of Zero Year, as well. I'm always fascinated by how easily such brightly colored Batman stories (by FCO Plascencia) can feel so natural. We're used to the Dark Knight being a creature of the night.

    While it's easy to see this issue as a fanboy's wish come true, there is a much deeper story beneath the surface. You'll sit back and enjoy seeing everything play out. When everything is revealed, it's pretty cool.

    The back up is pretty amazing as well. The story is by James Tynion IV and focuses on an aspect of the main story. What is kind of mind-blowing is seeing Kelley Jones' art here.

    The Bad

    The main story is something I've wanted to see on two different levels. I can't really complain about anything except there's the depiction of a Green Lantern on the cover which doesn't take place in the comic. Not a big deal.

    The Verdict

    DC Comics and Scott Snyder have managed to keep the focus of Endgame a secret for months. It's rare to be able to read a comic with a big shocking twist and not have any elements of it leaked out before you get a chance to read. Snyder and Capullo are setting up a pretty big story, even if it's only a six-issue arc. For a 'part one' issue, there's a lot going on. It's crammed with action that should bring a smile to any Bat-fan's face. The reveal at the end will make your smile grow even more. If the main story wasn't enough, we get a back up written by James Tynion IV with art by the legendary Kelley Jones. Just when you think Scott Snyder and the rest of Team Batman couldn't top the previous story they gave us, they manage to blow us away all over again.

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    Just finished reading this. WOW!

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    #2  Edited By gmanfromheck

    @patrat18: Exactly. I've been biting my tongue. I am so thrilled the big reveal hasn't been leaked. I hope everyone can read the issue before they find out.

    That being said, we'll have an interview with Scott at noon PST. It will contain spoilers so hopefully people won't click before reading.

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    It was really good, but I can tell there will be a lot of Batman vs the Justice League stories coming our way and those a getting old. How about any other hero fighting the Justice League or Batman becoming an evil dictator?

    My favorite bit was the glimpse at future Harper and future Duke. I like the idea of Batman guiding a team of birds.

    5/5

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    Frack, I'm excited!

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    @captain13: Well...I think the last page makes it clear what the focus may be. As I mentioned, read the interview that goes live later today. You'll get a great idea what the real focus of the story will be.

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    Great issue. The ending is surprise for me. Never saw that coming

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    #8  Edited By Captain13

    @g_man said:

    @captain13: Well...I think the last page makes it clear what the focus may be. As I mentioned, read the interview that goes live later today. You'll get a great idea what the real focus of the story will be.

    I read it, and I like the reveal, but at the end of the day, it's still a Batman vs the Justice League story. Snyder takes it up several notches by adding potency to a certain character, but I'd like DC to switch up the dynamic in other books or events.

    Great review! Great art and writing.

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    Can't wait until I'm out if class!

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    I'm just praying it's not about Joker.

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    #12  Edited By Outside_85

    @g_man said:

    @captain13: Well...I think the last page makes it clear what the focus may be. As I mentioned, read the interview that goes live later today. You'll get a great idea what the real focus of the story will be.

    I read it, and I like the reveal, but at the end of the day, it's still a Batman vs the Justice League story. Snyder takes it up several notches by adding potency to a certain character, but I'd like DC to switch up the dynamic in other books or events.

    Great review! Great art and writing.

    Actually, I am still waiting for something like that to happen. Considering Batman is one of those heroes thats nearly always balancing right on the edge of sanity, how come it's never him that (even temporarily) looses his mind and someone has the tough job to go sort him out?

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    I have questions about the issue;

    A) What are the green pads Bruce puts on Wonder Woman's temples?

    B) Is WW hallucinating that she's fighting mec-Bruce and is that white lasso causing it?

    C) WW is right on top of Bruce when he calls the plan into action, when did he have time to get into the mec-suit?

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    Sounds great. Gonna have to wait to read it until next week when it arrives in the mail

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    I freaked out when I saw Kelley Jones' name, I love the old Moench/Jones Batman comics.

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    I have questions about the issue;

    A) What are the green pads Bruce puts on Wonder Woman's temples?

    B) Is WW hallucinating that she's fighting mec-Bruce and is that white lasso causing it?

    C) WW is right on top of Bruce when he calls the plan into action, when did he have time to get into the mec-suit?

    Some sort of sonic device for a quick getaway would be my guess.

    The white lasso created the illusion that she killed him, and apparently left her standing there in the middle of the road.

    The gas that Alfred released across that entire section of Gotham disguised Bruce long enough for him to get to the suit.

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    Just....HOW DID HE DO IT!?

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    #19  Edited By dernman

    -__- Batman taking out members of the Justice League.

    Only hope I have is if this is just more hallucinations like he was having in the beginning but knowing DC's usual stance on Batman I doubt it.

    Batman is one of my faves but I do not like it when they portray him in this way.

    I might have forgiving it if it was written better. Truth be told I just haven't been liking Snyder's writing lately. For me it's been going down hill since before Zero Year.

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    This is just a great issue. I do see them dancing around the story or slow playing just a bit as to not show anymore of Batman's allies until after December when the "New/Old/Who Knows" Robin is announce. It does make me wonder if Joker knows about Batman's new allies, Harper, Stephaine, etc that may or may not come out of Eternal. This could be a really great time for Dick to jump back into hero action, especially Joker really bought into the story that Nightwing died.

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    @captain13 said:

    @g_man said:

    @captain13: Well...I think the last page makes it clear what the focus may be. As I mentioned, read the interview that goes live later today. You'll get a great idea what the real focus of the story will be.

    I read it, and I like the reveal, but at the end of the day, it's still a Batman vs the Justice League story. Snyder takes it up several notches by adding potency to a certain character, but I'd like DC to switch up the dynamic in other books or events.

    Great review! Great art and writing.

    Actually, I am still waiting for something like that to happen. Considering Batman is one of those heroes thats nearly always balancing right on the edge of sanity, how come it's never him that (even temporarily) looses his mind and someone has the tough job to go sort him out?

    And given how often he defeats the Justice League, he would be a potent threat.

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    Someone just spoil it please. I didn't care about Zero Year and I don't want to read about the Justice League, so unless the story here is absolutely amazing it looks like I'm dumping Batman for the forseeable future.

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    Well Damn this story kicked off perfectly for me. Frankly it was awesome loved the pacing, strong action great charterization. I am all in for this arc sensational execution have know idea how this will play out but I can't wait to find out

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    It was a nightmare right? The only thing that makes me think that, is that he laughed.

    lol seriously though, that really made me think he's having a nightmare.

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    @entropy_aegis said:

    I'm just praying it's about Joker.

    Fixed. All the other villains have had their time in the sun, just not as big.

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    @g_man: those preview pages looked awesome, hopefully my comic book store has an issue in stock!

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    #27  Edited By entropy_aegis

    @entropy_aegis said:

    I'm just praying it's about Joker.

    Fixed. All the other villains have had their time in the sun, just not as big.

    Not as crappy either,DOTF was a crime against humanity.

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    @nightfang said:

    @entropy_aegis said:

    I'm just praying it's about Joker.

    Fixed. All the other villains have had their time in the sun, just not as big.

    Not as crappy either,DOTF was a crime against humanity.

    Oh, you're one of those DotF haters?

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    #29  Edited By blackhawk000111

    AwesoooooooooooooooooooooMMMMMMMEEeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! issue.Somewhere in the world Johns is face palming :)

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    Great issue, I liked it. Some really cool Batmoments.

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    I'm beginning to think I'm the only one who didn't like the issue.

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    Well this issue is something...

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    #33  Edited By RynerBay

    @dernman: For some reason i didn't like it either.

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    Loved this issue...have jumped onboard Batman..

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    Snyder, Azarello, and Lemire. The Big three of the DC writer's bullpen.

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    HOLY CRAP THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!!

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    I am beyond psyched for next month! So happy Mr. J is back!

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    So hyped for this. I just have to wait an hour before I can grab. Here's hoping my LCS didn't sell out of issues before I get there!

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    That Aquaman part was so dumb.

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    The only reason I dont buy it is that page where Bruce looks like hes fighting an alien invasion. Alfred says it himself (in the preview, its not spoilers), that Crane created a drug that gave him visions of his death, and Bruce said it worked like waking up when u die in your dream, thing is i believe this whole arc is going to be a waking nightmare scenario, that no matter what, when Bruce dies, he is still trapped. The big reveal at the end is awesome, but if its not real, i just hope they can make it work

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    I would love to watch Geoff Johns read this

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    @sog7dc said:

    I would love to watch Geoff Johns read this

    lmao that would make my year

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    #44  Edited By JohnYu

    freaking awesome issue! been waiting for too long!!!!

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    I hope Batmans awesome fight against the Justice League was not just another hallucination.

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    @dernman: I hated this issue to. It's was just too ridiculous.i hate how they make joker and batman >>>>> DC Universe

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    I'm thinking this could be Emperor Joker New 52 edition. What other way could he control the league, right?

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    #48  Edited By bigcimmerian

    What the hell is this?

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    How is Bruce not a freaking splat in the ground is amazing when he is dealing with Wonder Woman. She is an Olympian and God of War. Seriously batman fan boys and their writers. Snyder wants to use the JL to show how awesome Bruce is. Sick of it.

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    @holyserpent: Agreed and every time it happens it makes them look like low ranked c listers. That they are brainless and haven't faces impossible odds that they had to over come or use their heads for something more than bashing.They are suppose to be the pinnacle of the DCU, a step above other characters with similar level of powers because they are that good at what they do. This time was one of the worst because it was like an easy after thought of dominoes.If they weren't the top guys he should have major trouble. Even if you're one to think he should be able to over come such people it's simple not interesting to make it come off as so easy or so quick.

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