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COMIC REVIEW: BATMAN #658
Author: John Fallavollita
Thursday, November 16, 2006

BATMAN #658 finished the "Batman and Son" story arc by Grant Morrison.

Oh man, it was awful! Sorry, I was going to try and be dramatic and have a great lead-in but all I got is "it was awful."

So, to get caught up, Batman has a kid with Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia. Kid comes home with Batman, is a little snot, whoops Robin big time and wants to be Batman Jr.

Caught up? Good.

This whole issue just completely falls flat. Damien has some forced dialog that is supposed to make us feel sorry for him…nah, he's still annoying.

Bats goes to hand-deliver him to Talia, shows up right on time to save the day from some ninja man-bats (ok, those were cool, I have to admit), and then gets blown up by a rocket -- only to appear on a nearby island looking wistfully at the sinking ship that Talia and Damien were supposedly on.

It was cliché and honestly not worth your time -- skip it.

The art on this book however, is top notch. Seriously, whoever came up with Andy Kubert should get a raise. Seriously. He's rapidly catching up to Jim Lee as my favorite Batman artist. He is fantastic with the iconic poses as well as the big action, which is what Batman needs. I can't say enough good things about the art on this book.

So I guess that makes this just a book full of pretty pictures. It could be worse.

Love this review? Hate it? John can be reached for comment at JOHNFAV@GMAIL.COM.

John really feels like he should write a bio for himself: He is a college drop-out with no formal training in literature or critiquing (he cites his mutilation of grammar as proof). He has written several short stories that have won no awards (nor are they published). He is currently agonizing over a graphic novel, which he hopes will break him onto the comics scene like this generation’s answer to Elvis. Now he’s pretty sure he knows why he never wrote a bio.

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