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    'Batman' #692 Reviewed!

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    Take a look at Tony Daniel's first book since 'Battle For The Cowl'


     
      
    'Batman' #692
    Writing and pencils by: Tony Daniel
    Inks by: Sandu Florea
     
    Tony Daniel has once again taken on the task of writing and drawing Dick Grayson as ' Batman' following his work on ' Battle For The Cowl' with issue 692 of 'Batman.' There is no question that he is both a superb penciller as well as a writer. While the details of certain panels exemplified his talent as an artist and writer; there was something off at times. As far as writing is concerned, I felt that he really got Dick Grayson as ' Batman.' Finally having transitioned the character from being insecure in the cape and cowl, Dick seems to have made it his own. No longer does Dick Grayson question and compare himself to his predecessor. I really like the fact that Commissioner Gordon is still uneasy dealing with the new "Dark Knight," but I am surprised he still does not know who is beneath the cowl, considering he dated his daughter! If Grayson is not yet comfortable as the new 'Batman,' then Daniel certainly has me fooled. The book moves relatively smoothly, but is confusing at some points and the primary adversary is still unclear. Will it be Black Mask, or will we see a resurgence from the Falcone's? 
     
    You can always tell when an artist really knows what he is doing based on the way he or she structures and draws his panels. The great thing about Tony Daniel is that oftentimes his art itself will tell the story and there is no need for the word bubbles. A good example of this are the panels where Daniel uses black and white photographs of the Falcone characters 
    to reference Jeph Loeb's ' The Long Halloween' story arc. The photographs referencing the past are strategically placed over the panel depicting the present, adding a gorgeous dynamic to his storytelling. Overall, I liked this a lot. I enjoy where Daniel is taking the story. Both the art and writing is great, but some things could be better organized. It is however, still the beginning!  

    3 out of 5
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    #1  Edited By xerox_kitty

    Curses!  I only have issue one of Catwoman: When in Rome... I don't know why I didn't keep buying that.  Still, this is interesting that the Falcone family is back.  I miss the old fashioned mafia aspect to Gotham's villains.

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    #2  Edited By No_Name_
    @xerox-kitty said:
    " Curses!  I only have issue one of Catwoman: When in Rome... I don't know why I didn't keep buying that.  Still, this is interesting that the Falcone family is back.  I miss the old fashioned mafia aspect to Gotham's villains. "
    Might I recommend you get it in trade! Even if it's just for the adorable scenes where she daydreams about Batman :)
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    #3  Edited By Pheeke

    great review! ^^
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    #4  Edited By HaloKing343

    cool
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    #5  Edited By Vortex13

    I'm anticipating this books arrival in my mail now (I subscribe because there is no way that I am going to miss batman). I was really not enjoying this series as much in the last story arc because compared to 'Batman & Robin' it was just a little irritating that dick was so insecure about himself as batman when he was so confident the other series, though I understand that the last story arc takes place before 'Batman and Robin' begins. I'm glad that Dick is confident now in this series as well, It will make it more enjoyable for me.
     
    You said Red Skull instead of Black Mask at one point which is very understandable seeing as the both have the same kind of look. It was made ironic when I saw the man in the gas mask in the video, seeing as he was obviously a nazi like Red Skull.

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    #6  Edited By goldenkey

    sound........ bad.........again
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    #7  Edited By goldenkey
    @xerox-kitty said:
    "Curses!  I only have issue one of Catwoman: When in Rome... I don't know why I didn't keep buying that.  Still, this is interesting that the Falcone family is back.  I miss the old fashioned mafia aspect to Gotham's villains. "
    long halloween is great, so are dark victory.
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    #8  Edited By burr787

    This was a really good issue but I have a few complaints.

    1. Dick has been fighting crime almost as long as Bruce, how did he not know there would be a trip wire by the house
    2. What's with the Black Mask, he's like 10 feet tall and has giant claws in this. I'm also on the fence about the science team that he has. I understand that he has to rally as many people as he can get and they show promise but they kind of give team a legion of doom feel.
    Overall a good first issue but I'm still hoping that Tomasi gets the book after Daniel. Great review btw :)
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    #9  Edited By TheBlueAngel93

    I have to say, I was disappointed with this story, I was happy to see Catwoman since I really like her character, and I loved the art, but the story over all really left me confused and I couldn't understand half of what was going on, which is really disappointing since I loved Battle for the Cowl and is what really made want to read this issue, but the biggest thing that I think an comic is supposed to do for the reader is to want them to come back and read the next issue, which, sadly, this issue didn't do for me.

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    #10  Edited By FoxxFireArt

    By the by, your voice sounds like you are doing better. That's good.
     
    Really, is $25,000 really asking too much when the hero theoretically has access to funds in the billions?
     
    Whoever that guy in the gas mask is. I'm going to take a wild guess, and say that I doubt his favorite book is "The Diary of Anne Frank".

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    #11  Edited By Comiclove5

    Selina and Dick has a weird like Ex-Step Mother Ex-Step Son relation.

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    #12  Edited By dukealoops

    batman sucks again thanks to tony daniel 

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    #13  Edited By Mbecks14

    anyone else noticing the return of the black/red patterns?
     
    -Two Face's batman costume
    -Black and Red Skull
    -That image Babs showed with the guy w/ the swastika eyes was 1/2 black and 1/3 red
     
    just an observation. probably nothing.

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    #14  Edited By TheBlueAngel93

    I like Dick better in this issue, but I really want Bruce back, I just don't like Dick that well

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    #15  Edited By waruikumo

    I didn't pick this up cause I thought the Battle of the Cowl characterization of Tim Drake was kinda off (to me, this was after reading red robin and assuming a more mature Tim, not one that will throw a temper tantrum).  But prob will pick it up.   
     
     
    Also I appreciate that you (Babs) are conservative with ur ratings.  (G-man seems to give books that he says are ehhhhhh, a 3 and books he likes a 3.5 or 4)

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    #16  Edited By NightFang3

    Nice review Babs and its good to have the Falcone family back.

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    #17  Edited By Dr. Detfink

    Did I miss something? Last page of Winnick's arc showed Dick finding a disk hidden under his Robin costume memorial that had information about his family. 
     
    Daniel's first issue completely skips over that and just goes its own way. A bit of a slight but I am guessing Judd will have his chance to return to where he left off.

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    #18  Edited By Fastback

    This issue reminded me of gotham underground, I loved gotham underground. 

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    #19  Edited By Media_Master

    Catwoman: When in Rome sounds like a cool read. 

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    #20  Edited By your_navigator

    All in all, I liked this issue and I do enjoy all of the villains that are creeping out of the woodwork... 


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