BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3, DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #10, & GREEN ARROW #35 [Mini-Reviews]

batman white knight 3 cvrBATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #3/ Written by SEAN MURPHY/ Art by SEAN MURPHY/ Colors by MATT HOLLINGSWORTH/ Letters by TODD KLEIN/ Published by DC COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

As Jack Napier and Harleen Quinzel continue their plan to expose the misdeeds of Gotham City’s elite, the police force, and Batman, so too does the second Harley Quinn plot to bring back The Joker… one way or the other! Sean Murphy’s Elseworlds tale continues to impress, despite the relatively more sedate tone of this issue. The slow-boiling style has served this series well so far, however, and it is clear that Murphy is building to something big. The artwork is just as subtle and surprising as the story, making this a must read for all Bat-Fans and anyone who enjoys a good neo-noir story.

 

doctor who the twelfth doctor year three 10 cvr

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: YEAR THREE #10/ Written by RICHARD DINNICK/ Art by FRANCESCO MANNA/ Colors by HI-FI/ Published by TITAN COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

Arriving on a curiously empty space-station, The Doctor and his companions soon find themselves under siege by a familiar enemy. While I’ve enjoyed Richard Dinnick’s earlier work on this series, his story here seems cliched and repetitive even before he reintroduces a character and a monster from the TV series. The uneven artwork by Francesco Manna doesn’t help matters, with odd proportions and differing levels of detail for certain characters in the same panel.

 

green arrow 35 cvrGREEN ARROW #35/ Written by BENJAMIN PERCY/ Art by JUAN FERREYRA/ Letters by DERON BENNETT/ Published by DC COMICS

Reviewed by MATT MORRISON

Seeking a small fortune in stolen gold in the wreckage of a sunken Ninth Circle ship, Oliver Queen is surrounded by danger… yet the biggest threat may be something he doesn’t expect. Only my respect for Benjamin Percy as a writer and his work on the earlier issues of this series are keeping me sticking with it at this point. The story here is the very definition of an Idiot Plot, requiring Ollie to lose 50 IQ points to work. There’s also a sudden subplot involving two cops we’ve never seen before that fails to engage. And we don’t see anything of Black Canary until the final few pages! At least Juan Ferreyra’s artwork is still amazing but there’s only so much junk plotting I can tolerate in the name of good art.


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About Matt Morrison

Matt "Starman" Morrison is The Grand Exalted High Macha of Raspur - a non-existent but real-sounding country. He has been writing about comics since before the word "blogging" was coined. He enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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