Batman: Battle of the Cowl #1 Review

Following the events of Final Crisis, Darkseid had ‘killed’ Batman, in fact Batman managed to travel through time. But that meant that Gotham was without a Batman and thus more and more villains came out of the woodwork and try to take over control. And this is the story on how three former Robin decide to see who would take up the mantle of the Bat.

The story opens with Red Robin, Tim Drake, and Squire (a UK counterpart for Robin) who are on patrol where they stumble up on a group of Joker’s goons where they find them already wrapped up in rope with a note saying, ‘I am Batman’. Red Robin tells them that they are running late and we see them riding off on a Bat-bike where Red Robin narrates more about what has happening but the most important is that Nightwing and Batgirl forming The Network where we see in the smaller panels we see a lot of supporting characters with, Knight, Wildcat & Black Canary, Man Bat & Katana and Batwoman with Batgirl where they are all trying to help the GCPD with stopping the riots from happening. Red Robin helped Huntress by knocking out Professor Pyg goons, where he then informs Nightwing that they have a problem and he then informs the readers that Nightwing has started to be more like Batman since he ‘died’ by becoming cut off from his emotions and becoming unapproachable.

We then cut over to a prisoner transfer bus where it halted by a double- crossing guard and we see a masked individual standing in front of the bus where we see that Black Mask has stopped them. This seems to confuse one inmate since that he thought that Black Mask was dead. This is true since that Roman Sionis was dead and a new Black Mask had taken his place and in the main series that follows this we find out that the person behind the mask is Jeramiah Arkham. A lot of the prisoners seem rather sceptical about Black Mask leading them since that he wants them for his plan and one prisoners decides to step out of line in which he gets a harsh discipline. Black Masks has him killed with a chemical implant with what appears to be the prisoners head being attacked from the inside causing it to rot like a corpse. Croc asks him the reason for doing this in which he says that Batman is dead and then Arkham Asylum blows up. Going into this it seems rather strange but it does make Black Mask seem to be the bigger threat in the story since that the inmates that were going into Arkham are useful since that you have Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Victor Zsasz since that Zsasz is rather psychotic.

Outside the GCPD reporters badger Gordon for answers asking if the GCPD have given up with the amount of gang’s that have sprung up but he ignores them all except for one, that comes from the Riddler. At this point in the Batman stories, I believe that Riddler had decided to step out of crime to focus on becoming a Private Detective of sorts. He asks if Batman is dead but before he can answer Bullock draws his attention to the Bat-Signal which was shining with a new icon of the cowl with R.I.P ripped into it.

Inside in the Batcave, Nightwing is staring at Batman’s Cowl in the glass and poses in front of the costume where Red Robin says that one of them should take up the mantle of Batman, but Nightwing reminds him that they have already discussed this, but he gets informed that there is already somebody that has beaten then to wearing the cowl and that they have experience. Nightwing questions him in what he means and brings up the evidence that he has found including a Batarang and Bat-Rope. We cut over to a page spread with this new Batman wannabe standing atop a gargoyle and for a design it did make me think that it was going to be Azrael since that the costume does remind me slightly of the costume that he wore during the Knightfall story arc. In the smaller panels, we see this new Batman attacking gang members and we see that he is using a lot of force since that we see him throwing Batarang in the eyes of some gang members. Nightwing goes through some evidence of the notes that are left from the scenes of the ‘Batman’ attacks but Tim decides to do something more drastic and decides to don the cowl and become a Batman.

Nightwing then starts training against some dummies in which he manages to break the head off and Alfred manages to catch it and he asks if he has something to say. Alfred asks to talk about Bruce’s legacy, that for him to take up the mantle of Batman, but he refuses and says that he has already been over this decision with Tim and Oracle contacts him to inform him on what has happened with Arkham and then we cut over to the top of the Asylum with Nightwing talking with Gordon about what has happened and Gordon comes up with the notion that it could have been an inside job. But Gordon think that it just seems weird since that there were hundreds of inmates that just disappeared without a trace, but Nightwing has an idea with that being that they are all being kept under control. But there is something that I am surprised that hadn’t been brought up and that would be the dead body that was left near the entrance since an inmate did try to step out of line and was killed by Black Mask. The only thing that I could think of would be that Black Mask had the body be disposed of. Meanwhile underground Black Mask is rallying his army on Arkham Inmates and they find out that they are going to start their assault tonight.

Back up top we get Tim narrating about the Network and we see Catwoman dealing with some criminals and then she spots a person dressed in a Batman costume going across the rooftops which catches her attention. In the next page, we see Tim in a Batman costume which appears to be the 1970’s costume with the blue cape and cowl. He continues his narrations saying that he is going to focus on tracking down the Other Batman and it appears that he had found something, but that something isn’t known to us as we then cut straight over to the harbour with Black Mask’s army attacking what appears to be Two-Faces thugs and we see Zsasz ripping the head off one, Croc eating one and Poison Ivy binding two.

Meanwhile, we see that Damian has ‘borrowed’ the Batmoblie to impress a girl, who I don’t think was given a name in the issue, and after accidently turning the GPS system back on Oracle manages to contact him and then sends Girl out of the roof via ejector seat. Oracle tells him to wash the car and stay out of Nightwing’s way but as he is about to reply to her Killer Croc rams the car and causes it to be flipped over. Oracle asks Huntress and Blackhawk to go out and rescue Damien, but they can’t get there quick enough however Nightwing says that he will go and get him. Damien manages to get out of the Batmobile, which is down bogged down in a marsh-like area where he is trapped between Poison Ivy and Killer Croc and Ivy suggests that Croc should eat Damian. We also see that Croc had ate Girl and Damian tries to bargain his way out of Croc eating him, but Croc goes for the bite and we see Damian being swooped up by Nightwing who flies in hang-glider. Damian asks if he was going to keep this quiet and he replies says ‘We’ll see’. But that could be up in smoke as some sort of projectile hits the glider and the two of them are sent crashing down inside an abandoned building.

Inside the building, Damian is the first to get up and he goes over to see if Nightwing is alright and manages to get him away until another explosion, possibly from the glider, sends them flying and a group of masked armed thugs enters searching for the duo. Nightwing tells Damian to stay out of site and we see Nightwing possibly surrendering to the thugs, who then try to kill Nightwing, but one of then gets riddled with bullets and in the final page we see the Second Batman, dual wielding guns with explosions that remind me of Power Rangers where monsters would explode behind the Rangers, and he tells them that he is Batman ending the issue.

Overall the first issue is a rather decent opening since a lot of the issue focuses around one major point. That being Nightwing’s reluctance of donning the Cape & Cowl since that he was the first to be trained by Batman, but he doesn’t want to and he wants to be his own hero, which is why he dropped the mantle of Robin and became Nightwing. I like the idea of Tim becoming Batman since that he and Batman have somethings in common, that being they are detectives and that Tim was able to deduce Batman’s identity. Plus with Tim taking the mantle of Batman for just the series we wouldn’t see him taking the mantle again until the New 52 in which he takes the mantle of Batman Beyond during the Future’s End story arc.

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Top Seven Videogames I Want To Play

Since turning 25 this year I got to thinking about something that has been a part of my life, that being videogames and most importantly games and/or franchises that I haven’t played.

Metal Gear/ Metal Gear Solid (Some games): This one I am slightly cheating on since I have played a handful of Metal Gear Solid games, never to completion but still there have been some games that I have yet to play. Mainly since I never played them till PS2/PS3 era when I played Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriot, so that means that I still had at least several games still yet to play since that the franchise started on the NES which I never played since I believe my first console was the SNES. But a few years ago, Konami re-released Metal Gear – Peace Walker in a Legacy collection where it has all the games in between and hopefully I should be able to get it but knowing my luck when it comes to videogames, I think it will take time to get.

Resident Evil: A lot of the people that know me know that I love watching horror film but they should be surprised to know that I never played any games from the Resident Evil franchise since that I didn’t know where to even start with them. There is the original game that was on the PS1, then the was Resident Evil 4-6 on the PS3 that I now can get on the PS4 and now the latest instalment that came out last year in which I did play the demo for. But the two that do stand out for me would be the original game and Resident Evil 7 since that does attract me more since that they both make you feel isolated and this is something that I do enjoy about horror and was one of the things that I like about Until Dawn. But a good thing is that since Capcom have re-released the original games for the current gen consoles so there is another game that I could get my hands on.

Silent Hill: About a year or so ago, I played PT for the first time which was going to be the launch point for a new Silent Hill game for the PS4. However, things at Konami as we all know now, weren’t really going that well and the game was scrapped and Hideo Kojima leaving to work on new games with the first, Death Stranding, being a possible replacement for the Silent Hill sized hole that was left. But getting on with what had come before, I had never played any game. I had seen the films and reviews from the comic that Linkara had reviewed throughout portions of Halloween but they didn’t seem to hook me on that much. But I then saw some gameplay for it from a Let’s Play and it seemed to be rather interesting to me. But there is a slight problem on where I should start since I am unsure if Konami have or are planning on re-releasing the first game or that I should skip to play 2&3 since that I know that I can get a copy since that they are sold together for the PS3 port in which they had to apparently re-do.

Ratchet and Clank: My best friend introduced me to Ratchet and Clank and a few times when I went over to his house I found him playing Ratchet and Clank on a few occasions but the only time that I had ever played it was on a PS2 Demo disc and that was a long time ago. The only other time that I had much experience with Ratchet and Clank was the movie that came out and it I thought I was rather enjoyable of a film, but I didn’t even play the tie in game that came with that. Then I also have the same problem with this as I did with Silent Hill with not knowing where to start with the series since that there were PS2 games, but I don’t know if they got updated to either PS3 or PS4, or I skip to the PS3 games.

Crash Bandicoot: When I was growing up I played Spyro the Dragon over Crash Bandicoot so I never got to experience it back on the PS1. But when Naughty Dog announced that they were going to be re-releasing Crash for PS4 I was a little bit unsure whether to get pick up a copy and I might try and get it for Christmas to see if it is worth getting.

The Legend of Zelda: Even thought that I have owned a 3DS for a long time I have never picked up a Zelda game since I didn’t know what they were really like, but for the past few months since I picked up the 2DS XL I have been trying to find out A) which game to get and B) where to get them. I was thinking on getting Ocarina of Time since that is one of the most popular games from the franchise. But I also have a second option since that I am planning on buying a Switch in a few weeks and I did like the design for Breath of the Wild so there could be a chance that I could also pick this up around Christmas.

Final Fantasy Series: Like a lot from this list me not playing games is down to not knowing about games at the time or due to not knowing about the franchises till later in life. Final Fantasy is one of the franchises that I have slowly gotten into over the years and the most that I do know about the world is thanks to Kingdom Hearts and from what I have seen for Final Fantasy VII Machinabridge from TeamFourStar. I think that one of the games that I do want to play is VII since that it is going to be rereleased possibly next year but the version that I am going to get my hands on will be the original since it is on the PlayStation Store as a digital down load. But as for the rest of the franchise I am a little bit uncertain about getting, mainly down to not knowing the franchise enough. But XV could be another game that I could pick up since that it is the most recent game and if I do plan on picking up the remastered version on VII it would get me used to it since that it appears that it uses the same mechanics as XV, plus the weird Assassins Creed event that is currently happening seem to be rather interesting.

Destiny 2 Review

When Bungie announced this game a lot of my friends and I had rather mixed feelings about this game since that we did have a lot of problems when it came to the first game and we were worried that there was going to be problems that carry over. But lucky enough it seemed that some of those worries were gone.

The story is one of the better things about this game since that in the first game, there was barely a story since that it seemed to be up in the air and developed in some pieces of lore, but with this it starts out strong and it keeps on going. Dominus Ghaul is an interesting villain since that his story is well developed over the course of the cutscenes that we see since that he has his own agenda. Knowing of the existence of the Traveller and the powers that it can give to the Guardians and he wants that power for himself. Then we have the aftermath from the opening when your Guardian is ‘killed’ by Ghaul and is trying to get through the assault in the City, there is so much dread and the possibility that all is lost. But once you meet Hawthorn that is when there seems to be the start of hope in the game.

The rest of the story is rather interesting since that the first few parts is mainly getting the Vanguards back together to come up with a plan to take down Ghaul but there are all the usual Destiny fetch/destroy/defend missions along the way. For the rest of the story there were other things that I did like and the most enjoyment that I did have was with Cayde-6 and Failsafe on Nessus since that a) finding out what Cayde-6 got into the trouble he did with a Vex Teleporter and b) being introduced to Failsafe, the Exodus Black’s Computer for the fact that she is rather unique because of her personalities. But the best thing about the story is the penultimate and final mission in which the plan goes off, with some small hiccups along the way but it is some of the most beautiful looking missions that they have made since that the penultimate you get to fight on Ghaul’s command ship where it is about to absorb Mercury to take out the Sun and it shows a lot of the amazing design that they put into the Sun as well as the detail on the Almighty is rather spectacular.

However, the ending that they did for this is handled better than what happened before since that this had resolution. Being able to defeat Ghaul with all your abilities back that he had taken away from the beginning and then when you think that he is defeated the ending cinematic shows something that was bat-shit insane. That being Ghaul creating a weird astral form in which he tries to get recognition from The Traveller, since that throughout the game Ghaul’s main quest has been trying to get the Traveller acceptance for to be given the same powers as the Guardians. But unfortunately, that doesn’t go well for him as the Traveller, who is also bound in a chain-like cage, but it manages to break out of it and destroys the Astral Ghaul. But that wasn’t the end of it, just like with movies a post credit scene appears several Vex Pyramid ships, with one of them seeming like it was a Mother-Ship leading to mean that this would be the first DLC content that we will be having.

The rest of the game is rather alright. The new areas are designed rather well and each have their unique parts. Another thing that I do like are the Lost Locations in which are hordes of enemies that are hiding Loot.

But I did have some problems that I do have with the game and rather currently it has been down to it still being a relatively a new game and that has been a lot of the connection problems that has been plaguing. As a personal experience when I was playing the day after the first weekly reset I was plagued with five connection problems when I was playing Crucible with my friends. This caused me to even show up on the enemy team at times or even leaving the game, which was rather weird.

But one of my major problems that I have with this game are the Nightfall Strike, but not for the same reason why people have been having problems with. My problem comes with the Strike being set to a 10-minute time limit, in which I do find it to be rather pointless. It can be done but it does make it rather harder and more complicated for some players to do since that you would need to do multiple things on top of the actual Strike. I think that it would have been better if they had the time limit set to the Prestige mode for the challenge since that does give it more of a challenge. Hopefully there could be some changes coming to the Nightfall since that this does make it rather stupid.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the Leviathan Raid yet but hopefully in the next week, I may put something in to cover that.

Overall I did find this game to be quite the step up from where I did leave the first game and I do plan on playing through the entirety of this game. 8/10.