Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Booknote: Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift

Scott Snyder,, Batman, Volume 6: Graveyard Shift. New York: DC Comics, 2015. ISBN: 9781401252304.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: superheroes
Series: The New 52.
Format: e-book galley
Source: Provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This volume is a compilation of various single issues. Though the description emphasizes this story happens after the death of Damian, that is not the only focus in the volume. There are other stories from various Batman titles, including Batman Eternal, which is more of a near future Batman story arc. To be honest, the volume as a whole is not terribly coherent. We do get one story arc where Batman grieves for his son, but then we get other stories that barely seem connected. The result is that this volume feels like it was thrown together from various separate parts in order to sell something. I liked some of the stories better than others, but in the end, this is a volume to borrow rather than buy. If you have not kept up with the various series that this volume draws from, you may have a bit of a problem following details at times. For instance, I have not really read into Batman Eternal, so naturally I have questions about how that future came to be where James Gordon is in prison. That does not affect the quality overall, but it can affect the reading experience. In the end, as I said, borrow this one; I consider it an optional volume. It seems more a placeholder until DC gets to the next big stories.

For libraries, I would consider this one an optional selection. If your library already collects Batman titles fairly extensively, then you probably want to get this one for completist readers. Otherwise, I think you can probably pass on it and move on to the next thing. As for readers, I think only those who feel they need to have every single title would buy this. Otherwise, borrow it. I liked it, but it was just not that great. After reading other works by Scott Snyder, this did not seem to be the best he can put out.

3 out of 5 stars.

This volume qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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