The cover to "Batman: The Dark Knight #9"
Batman: The Dark Knight 9 is a companion story to Batman 9. The reader gets a view of the events of the death of Lincoln March from the talon’s perspective.
Talon begins by noting his age. He then remembers how he was tested, and was chosen as a talon. He was trapped in a mobile home, it was set on fire, and he survived somehow. He remembers his time as he grew older that there was word of him possibly having to retire as someone would take over for him. That someone was the young Dick Grayson who Bruce Wayne rescued from such duty. Subsequently, Talon encounters Batman, and for the second time since being afraid of replacement, he feels fear from Batman. Unfortunately, his target he was trying to kill was thwarted by Batman, and he is forced into retirement.
Next, he is woken up along with the other talons, and given his target; that of mayoral candidate Lincoln March. He notes he is not up to the job as he is physically weak, and his past failures are still present before him. Batman comes to stop Talon, and Talon notes he feels fear but sees Batman is really human. He then feels he can stop him. Batman defeats Talon but tells Nightwing, Red Robin, and Robin to hunt him as Talon escapes….
Judd Winick, the guest writer for this issue, does remarkable work with providing more scope to Snyder’s latest issue of Batman. Not only that but David Finch hammers home this issue with his dynamic art. With a poor issue last month, I am glad to see this series is back on track for excellence.
To celebrate the release of a certain thunder god’s movie this weekend, Thor’s Day graduates to a daily feature this week only! Enjoy the next five days of 80s superhero goodness!
Someone should remind the two Thors that they can fly.
I never met him. If his introduction to one of this books is true, He was the literary descendant of numerous authors. I would say that Ray was my literary grandfather.
I remember reading my first Ray book when I was in the eighth grade. My mom checked it out from the library for me. It was a novel, that weaved together a collection of short stories. You see normally, publishers won’t publish short story books. It’s a loss for them. So Ray being the smart man he was, tricked them by placing a narrative in it. It was brilliant. That book was my first true love. It was a mix of science fiction and philosophy. That book was the “Illustrated Man.”
The next book I read was another collection of stories. This time it was a set of horror stories. I never finished it. I don’t like horror. In fact to this day the only horror book I ever finished was “Something Wicked this Way Comes”. That was my summer between eighth grade and ninth grade.
When I got into high school I read the “Martian Chronicles”. I didn’t like it as much as some of his other works. It inspired me to write. Ray inspired me to write. After that I read by far my favorite book from him, “Fahrenheit 451″. This book I have read almost as many times as “Treasure Island”. This is a big deal because I hardly ever re-read books.
He pushed the genres he wrote in. He pushed me to write. He showed me you can write multiple genres in multiple formats. He once said in an interview (and I’m paraphrasing) to write everyday a short story, and by the end of the year you will have written at least one good one.
Words to live by.
The cover to "Voodoo #9"
Voodoo #9 takes some weird turns.
Priscilla Kitaen wakes up from a dream where her parents were murdered by Voodoo, her clone. However, she is still with Lincoln, head of the Blackhawks, after she accepted working for him to help him with the Daemonite problem. Meanwhile, Voodoo is somewhere in South America, and seems to have found one of Helspont’s hideouts. She wants to prove she is worthy to continue the Daemonite legacy while she thinks the new Daemonites or the hybrids should be the ones in charge now as they are more advanced. The issue then highlights both Priscilla training to fight, and Voodoo fighting some of Helspont’s brainwashed humans. Priscilla stops, and meets her new trainer and possible love interest Axel Walker. Pris is not too happy to hear she worked at the Voodoo Lounge or at least her clone did. Helspont send Voodoo to the Dead City of the Daemonites. She is sent away while Pris has a vision of what Voodoo was hearing from Helspont. Lincoln then takes them to what seems to be a Daemonite sleeper transport, and it seems to be reaching out psychically to Pris. She is able to control it, and flies off to find Voodoo.
Joshua Williamson continues to make me confident in the narrative he is trying to tell with each issue. While I missed Ron Marz, Williamson is quickly making me love his crazy new direction for the book. Sami Basri continues to excel in his artwork for the book. To all who read this, you should join the Daemonite fight, and read this book asap.