Monday, August 28, 2006

Comics Review: Batman, Officer Down by various

Officer Down is a Batman tradeback collecting a crossover in the "Bat-verse". Like the X-men of the Marvel Universe, Batman occupies his own little corner of the DC Universe with a unique and interesting cast of characters, most of whom appear in this crossover.

The Bat-verse is one of my favorite things about DC. First of course, Batman is an amazing character, one of the three most iconic in all of comics (the other two are Superman and Spiderman for the interested).

But his comics are also inhabited by a wide range of interesting characters, including Oracle, the former Batgirl, crippled by the Joker, now a hacker. She knows everything.

Nightwing, the former Robin, no longer a sidekick, he prowls the streets on his own, having come into his own as the leader of the Teen Titans.

The new Robin, Batman's current partner and student.

The new Batgirl, a very strange character who almost never talks and is Oracle's protege.

The Gotham PD, a Homicide-esque unit of cops, all interesting characters in their own right. Ever wonder what it would be like to be a normal cop in Gotham? Me neither, but these guys make you want to find out, to the point that they currently have their own comic.

This tradeback concerns the shooting of Comissioner Gordon, a long time ally of Batman. And it looks like Catwoman is responsible. What follows is a great mystery (at the heart of the best Batman stories) with a lot of action and of course, since it's Gotham, some twisted tales along the way.

This is one of my favorite tradebacks and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a good Batman tale by the many talented writers and artists who work on his books over at DC.


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