'Batman Streets of Gotham' #5 Reviewed!

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Babs reviews the latest issue!

'Batman: Streets of Gotham' #5
Written by: Chris Yost
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Inks by: Derek Fridolfs
My undeniable love for Dustin's sleek pencils and gorgeous watercolors are obvious reasons why I chose this as an issue I wanted to review. Chris Yost takes over for two issues for part one and two of two of 'Leviathan' for Paul Dini, taking 'Streets of Gotham' in a whole new direction and bringing in Huntress who must stop ' Man-Bat' from terrorizing the city and prevent him from taking innocent lives. Let us start with the title, shall we? 
The fact that Yost chose 'Leviathan' as a title to his two part mini made me smile; not to mention caused memories of sitting in on my Modern Political Theory class to resurface. However, the "Leviathan" in Yost's issue of " Batman' has nothing directly to do with Thomas Hobbes' theory of social contract, but I do think that it is somewhat relevant to the book in that it mimics the era in which the book was written. When Hobbes wrote "Leviathan," he pictured a society where the life of the average person was "nasty, brutish and short." In essence, 15th Century England was miserable for the ordinary person. His theory focuses on the fact that life, at the time, was anarchic and civil upheaval and unrest was dominant throughout society. Does that sound to you like ' Gotham City'? It did to me. "Leviathan" is not only the name of one of the most prominent pieces of political literature to come out of 15th Century England, it is also a word that is used to refer to a large and evil sea creature in ancient Jewish lore. References to the "Leviathan" can be found in the Hebrew Talmud as well as in the Christian Bible (specifically, Job). Why am I talking about this? One can argue that 'Man-Bat' is an evil monster, sort of like "Leviathan." 
Now that you have had your dose of socio-political and religious theory for one day, we can move on to the comic book. Is it me, or does Chris Yost do a better job at writing the 'Huntress' than he does with 'Tim Drake' in ' Red Robin'? My only complaint with this book was that the story seemed short, and that from what I gathered in the first part of 'Leviathan,' a longer, more drawn out story could easily be derived. The 'Huntress' should get her own book and Chris Yost should be writing it. Admittedly, I think I will be sad when I have to read part two, and Paul Dini returns to the title. 
 4 out of 5
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#1 Posted by DirtyRobot (1 posts) - - Show Bio

You may have just convinced me to pick this up! Love Nguyen's art. The glasses are fab. ONG BAK 2 was pretty wicked when I saw a screening last month, just don't expect a 'story' :)

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#2 Posted by rpaolasso (31 posts) - - Show Bio

I have been on the fence with reading Streets of Gotham and I'm almost 100% sure this review has pushed me to pick it up this week.
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#3 Posted by Moomin123 (2252 posts) - - Show Bio

This looks good. Is the current Batman series kind of going deeper into the lives of the Batman Rogues since Bruce's death? 
I don't really read the new Batman issues.
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#4 Posted by LFCMANIA (125 posts) - - Show Bio

nice to see you back babs ! good review !
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#5 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio
@Moomin123 said:
" This looks good. Is the current Batman series kind of going deeper into the lives of the Batman Rogues since Bruce's death? I don't really read the new Batman issues. "
Not more than usual, I don't think.
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#6 Posted by Archetype (726 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with everything you said...too bad there's no more Birds of Prey but at least we have Gotham City Sirens.

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#7 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3641 posts) - - Show Bio

 Last night, I think I actually found the cure for congestion. I took my first try at making tortilla soup. Perfect amount of spice and not too much heat.
I really like how Batman looks on that cover, but something about Huntress feels 'off'. You know, you look at the size of Manbat's wings compared to his body, as shown in that pages. There is no way he could fly. It would be like an eagle trying to fly with sparrow wings.

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#8 Posted by Vortex13 (12140 posts) - - Show Bio

I find the comparison between Huntress and Punisher interesting... but now I have an image of Punisher in Huntress's costume. It's not a good look for him.

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#9 Posted by LP (683 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds good, looks good...

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#10 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

Haven't had a good Man-Bat issue in a while.

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