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My First Book Review! – Batman Earth One: Vol 1

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Since my PC broke I’ve been reading more than I usually do and I thought it would be a good idea to introduce books to my blog. Here’s my first book review and what better character to do one on than Batman!

I love Geoff Johns. I think he’s a great writer. I loved his work with Green Lantern, I’m currently enjoying his take on Aquaman, and I really like the direction he took with Batman. I think this might be my least favorite book I’ve read from him, but that’s not a knock against this book. I still really enjoyed it. I liked how different this origin story is compared to other Batman books that I’ve read. For starters, Alfred is a total badass here. Yes, he’s still Batman’s butler, but he’s more rough looking and grumpy than I’ve ever seen him in portrayed. He’s not afraid to kill people and he taught Bruce everything he knows about fighting, but since Bruce is so young here he obviously makes a of mistakes. 

Batman gets his ass handed to him in just about every fight. I’m not used to seeing Batman get his ass whooped. I mean… I know he has gotten his ass whooped plenty of times in the past, but it was just odd for me to see how inexperienced he was in this story. Most people that I know thought Bruce was a big douche in this book. I look at it as him being hurt by the death of his parents and he’s clouded by vengeance. There is a nice heartfelt moment near the end of the book between him and Alfred and I thought he was very relatable here. I expected a young Bruce Wayne to be somewhat immature and reckless and he was here. I really enjoyed getting to know him and I loved him here. I loved Alfred, and I even though I thought Penguin could have been fleshed out more as a character and a villain I really enjoyed him too. And I REALLY enjoyed how it ended because I never expected it to the end the way it did. That came out of nowhere and my jaw dropped. 

Gary Frank did the pencils here and I’ll admit that I’m not very familiar with his work, but man he did a great job here. I know he’s done some work with Marvel’s Hulk. And he did Bird’s of Prey and Supergirl, but I’ve never read a single of those book and it’s been forever since I was into Hulk. This book has made me want to go back and read some of the stuff I missed out on. Right now I’m focused on whatever is free on Comixology’s unlimited plan. I’m basically playing catch up with the New 52 and Rebirth series. I’m mostly focused on Aqua Man, but once I started reading this story to my son I was hooked. I had to know what happened next and I finished it in an hour. I immediately jotted down some quick thoughts in my notebook and started writing about it today. 

If I had to choose a favorite character it would be Alfred. He was initially hired to run security by Thomas Wayne for his mayoral campaign, but he never got the chance because we all know what happens to Bruce’s parents by now. And if you don’t well… they die. Alfred was shocked by their deaths and blindsided by the fact that he was written in their will to raise their son. He didn’t want to raise Bruce. He didn’t know how to raise Bruce, but he did it anyway. I LOVE this version of Alfred and I loved the tough love approach he had with Bruce. He insulted him, kicked his ass, and is always there for him when he needs him. That’s a good butler right there! 

The Verdict

This is my very first time critiquing a book here so I don't want it to be really long like my game reviews are. I really enjoyed Batman: Earth One Vol 1 and I can't wait to read Vol 2. I have to buy that one and I have no problem with that. I read this on my Fire 10 in one sitting. Once I started I couldn't stop. I was completely absorbed in this book until I finished it and after I was done instead of moving on to something else I just kept thinking about certain scenes that took place in this story. I kept thinking about what would happen next and that's when I knew I had to buy the second book and continue reading this story. So... maybe this isn't Geoff Johns best work, but, honestly, it's up there with them in my opinion. 

8.5
Final Score:
8.5

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    mattdoylemedia
    Jan 14, 2019 6:12 am

    Good review. I must admit, I’ve dropped out of the loop a lot with Batman over the alst few years I think the last time I was keeping up was The Battlw For The Cowl and the immediate aftermath right up to the return of Bruce.

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      drakulus
      Jan 18, 2019 11:56 am

      Thanks! I’m sorry for taking so long to reply to this. It’s kind of hard for me to get to a computer these days :). I’m playing catch up myself when it comes to Batman. I’m currently reading Death in the Family.

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        mattdoylemedia
        Jan 18, 2019 1:53 pm

        That’s no worries. 🙂
        There’s just so much Batman out there, it’s hard to get back on top of it once you fall behind.

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    The Shameful Narcissist
    Jan 23, 2019 9:24 pm

    Book reviews are a great addition to any blog imho, and you can never go wrong with Batman. I have never actually read either DC or Marvel…well except for the Kingdom Come graphic novel a friend lent me and Watchmen, so I guess I’m a big liar lol. I might have to check this one out. I love crusty, rough-around-the-edges, bad ass old guys.

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      drakulus
      Jan 24, 2019 10:50 am

      Lol! So far I’ve been reading nothing, but graphic novels. I’m currently reading the Dark Nights Metal series and it’s incredible. It’s basically what would happen if Batman went insane and decided to become a villain. The only difference is it takes place in multiple universes. So… you have a Bruce Wayne that became Green Lantern instead of Batman and a Bruce Wayne that became the Joker! It’s a twisted story, but it’s so good. There’s even a female Batman called Bryce Wayne that did some freaky shit to her own body so she could breathe underwater and go to war with Atlantis.

      And yes, Alfred is one badass, crusty, old man in Earth one :).

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        The Shameful Narcissist
        Jan 26, 2019 5:05 pm

        There are so many comics/graphic novels I need to read. I’m currently in the midst of this one called Black Hammer that’s AMAZING. I just got the third volume. It’s kind of like if John Henry was a super hero and the power came from the hammer which gets passed down from one person to the other. It’s pretty great and I highly recommend.

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          drakulus
          Jan 27, 2019 2:32 pm

          I’ll look it up. I’m always looking for new books to read and I’ve never heard of that one :).

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Feb 02, 2019 6:41 pm

            I don’t read nearly as many graphic novels as I wish I could but that one was fantastic and Saga is a masterpiece.

          • drakulus
            Feb 03, 2019 12:58 pm

            I already added it to my wishlist. After I’m done with my DC books I’ll look into it. I’m currently playing catch up with all of my favorite superheroes. Superman, Batman, Aquaman, etc.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Feb 10, 2019 5:50 pm

            Did you see the Aquaman movie? I heard mostly good reviews and a few mixed, but it seems like one of the better DC flicks, and I love Jason Mamoa.

          • drakulus
            Feb 10, 2019 7:02 pm

            I haven’t seen it yet. I’m always super critical when it comes to superhero movies because I’m a huge comics fan .

            I tend like DC movies more than Marvel and I think The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie of all time.

          • The Shameful Narcissist
            Feb 16, 2019 7:32 pm

            I think The Dark Knight is the best superhero movie ever made, but I don’t think DC has been doing that well lately except with Wonder Woman, which I loved. I haven’t been making a of movies lately, but I wanted to see Aquaman. At this point looks like I’m waiting for Blu-Ray.

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