The Bunker 3 (2 October 2013)

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In this issue, Fialkov gives the first sustained look at life in the post-apocalyptic world the main cast creates. There’s not a lot, mostly because Fialkov wants to keep a big reveal (but it’s not really important so far) for the last scene. So there are bits and pieces and Infurnari does something really cool with how he transitions through time. He goes from lots of detail to a sketch, then into the new time period. It’s neat.

Sadly, the future stuff is the only interesting thing. Once Fialkov got the ball rolling on the series, the characters and their petty post-college interactions get boring. It’s not funny anymore, especially with Fialkov structuring each issue as a letter to a character from his or her future self.

It’s not a bad issue, but Fialkov isn’t trying to sell the concept anymore. It’s way too soon to stop selling.


We Did the Right Thing.; writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov; artist, Joe Infurnari; publisher, Hoarse and Buggy Productions.

Trillium 4 (January 2014)

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I really hope DC didn’t cancel Trillium. The issue ends with a very final note, but Lemire is playing with time travel and black holes so hopefully it’s not some unannounced cancellation.

It’s a good issue, even if the finish is a little rushed. That rushed feeling again seems like Lemire wanted to get a few things done before he lost the series. Something about how the supporting casts resolve… it feels abbreviated and final.

Lemire gives somewhat equal time to both his future scientist and her past explorer love interest. Lemire never goes for the kiss; he moves around it in intense scenes, which is kind of nice. He also lets them have cultural arguments, also nice.

The art continues to underwhelm and the reveals are never particularly original, but the core relationship Lemire has between his time travelers keeps the book going.

I mean, if it isn’t canceled.


Entropy; writer and artist, Jeff Lemire; colorists, José Villarrubia and Lemire; letterer, Carlos M. Mangual; editors, Sara Miller and Mark Doyle; publisher, Vertigo.

Batman: Black and White 3 (January 2014)

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Most of this is very lame. Lee Bermejo’s opening story, for example, featuring a revisionist take on Robin’s training… very lame. Beremjo goes for tough and real, then ends on a bad joke.

But it’s nothing compared to Damion Scott’s entry, which has Bruce Wayne’s internal narration a hip hop song. Even if one likes Scott’s art, there’s nothing to like about the idiotic narrative.

Marv Wolfman’s story–with Riccardo Burchielli doing a fine job on the art–has Batman trying to save a wrongly convicted death row inmate. Is it a familiar character? Like one who had this same story told in a graphic novel in the nineties? Who edits this?

The Rian Hughes future one is dumb. It’s supposed to be funny. It’s not.

Then Paul Dini and Stephane Roux turn in a truly fantastic final entry. Shame the rest of the stories aren’t a tenth as good.


Rule Number One; writer and artist, Lee Bermejo; letterer, Carlos M. Mangual. Hall of Mirrors; writer and artist, Damion Scott; letterer, Dezi Sienty. An Innocent Man; writer, Marv Wolfman; artist, Riccardo Burchielli; letterer, Taylor Esposito. Namtab: Babel Comes to Gotham; writer, artist and letterer, Rian Hughes. Role Models; writer, Paul Dini; artist, Stephane Roux; letterer, Jared K. Fletcher. Editors, Camilla Zhang and Mark Chiarello; publisher, DC Comics.

Batman: Black and White 2 (December 2013)

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While Dan DiDio and J.G. Jones’s story is good–though Jones is a little static and one has to question whether Batman should really be allowing Man-Bat to eat people, even if they are really bad guys–it’s also the only decent story in the issue. The rest are atrocious.

Rafael Grampá, who has a very indie style until he apes Paul Pope’s Batman, does this terrible little story with the Joker and then a big reveal at the end. Awful narration.

Rafael Albuquerque does something similar, just without narration and it makes a little less sense. Batman in purgatory, confronting his past. Dumb final reveal, bad sting.

Then Jeff Lemire goes for the heavy narration too–about Thomas Wayne mostly–set against Alex Nino’s nearly incomprehensible action art.

The last story, with lovely Golden Age inspired art from Dave Bullock, has an idiotic script from Michael Uslan.


Manbat Out Of Hell; writer, Dan DiDio; artist, J.G. Jones; letterer, Travis Lanham. Into the Circle; writer and artist, Rafael Grampá; letterer, Steve Wands. A Place in Between; writer and artist, Rafael Albuquerque; letterer, Sal Cipriano. Winter’s End; writer, Jeff Lemire; artist, Alex Niño; letterer, Dezi Sienty. Silent Night… Unholy Night!; writer, Michael Uslan; artist and letterer, Dave Bullock. Editors, Camilla Zhang and Mark Chiarello; publisher, DC Comics.

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