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After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, a figure in an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor roams the streets of Gotham City. More powerful than ever before, Batman’s pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he...or she here? Plus, learn the secret origin o After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, a figure in an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor roams the streets of Gotham City. More powerful than ever before, Batman’s pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he...or she here? Plus, learn the secret origin of the strange new villain known as Mr. Bloom! Collect: Batman 41-46, & material from DC Comics: Divergence


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After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, a figure in an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor roams the streets of Gotham City. More powerful than ever before, Batman’s pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he...or she here? Plus, learn the secret origin o After his deadliest battle to date, Batman is bruised, battered and scarred. And forever changed. Now, a figure in an 8-foot mechanized suit of armor roams the streets of Gotham City. More powerful than ever before, Batman’s pursuit of justice has never been more swift or efficient. But who is the new Dark Knight? And why is he...or she here? Plus, learn the secret origin of the strange new villain known as Mr. Bloom! Collect: Batman 41-46, & material from DC Comics: Divergence

30 review for Batman, Volume 8: Superheavy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Spoilers: Maybe... What. The. Fuck? When I said I liked Adult Themes in my comic books, I did't mean I wanted the writers to take a page out of AARP. Did they just give Bat-Gordon an RV to try and make him relevant? Bat Truck, my ass. You're not fooling me with that shit! That's a fucking camper! Ugh. What the hell is the point of this plot? Anyone? I would love to know why Bruce has has been replaced as Batman...again. What? Are there actually readers out there who think that 'it's time' to move on? Spoilers: Maybe... What. The. Fuck? When I said I liked Adult Themes in my comic books, I did't mean I wanted the writers to take a page out of AARP. Did they just give Bat-Gordon an RV to try and make him relevant? Bat Truck, my ass. You're not fooling me with that shit! That's a fucking camper! Ugh. What the hell is the point of this plot? Anyone? I would love to know why Bruce has has been replaced as Batman...again. What? Are there actually readers out there who think that 'it's time' to move on? That we 'need' a different person under the cowl? Ok. *deep breath* So, this time he's not pinging around in the timeline, he's just got some weird form of Lazarus Juice induced amnesia...or something. Blarg. And what's with the facial hair swap? I mean, Jim shaved off his lip pelt, so we don't get treated to a Bat-Stache, but Bruce has it covered. Literally. Behold! The Bat-Beard! *sobs* For a whole lotta contrived reasons, Jim is chosen by the Powers Company (who I'd never heard of till this volume) to become the next Batman. By the way, when did he get ripped? No. No, it's not better Jim. I'm slowly dying inside... The premise is that there's some skinny villain with a sunflower on his face, handing out superpower pills. Go get him, Inspector Gadget! I love Jim Gordon, and I love Batman. But this was (to me) riddled with weird story choices, & odd characters. If you want to read exactly what I thought was wrong with this one, take a peek at Sam's review. He nails it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Bruce Wayne/Batman was “killed” in Joker’s Endgame - but Gotham City can’t do without a Batman ‘cos it’s full of widdle babies! Enter Powers Corp who’ve bought up Wayne Enterprises and produced their own Mecha-Batman. And who better to step into these giant robot boots than a past-middle-aged, heavy smoker like Jim Gordon? Uh… Oh boy. These last couple books - the odds’n’sods collection Graveyard Shift and the disappointing return of the Joker in Endgame - have seen a slide in quality from the us Bruce Wayne/Batman was “killed” in Joker’s Endgame - but Gotham City can’t do without a Batman ‘cos it’s full of widdle babies! Enter Powers Corp who’ve bought up Wayne Enterprises and produced their own Mecha-Batman. And who better to step into these giant robot boots than a past-middle-aged, heavy smoker like Jim Gordon? Uh… Oh boy. These last couple books - the odds’n’sods collection Graveyard Shift and the disappointing return of the Joker in Endgame - have seen a slide in quality from the usually dependable creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. But this eighth volume, Superheavy? It’s the first time I’ve been horribly bored reading one of their books. Bored and baffled at the storytelling choices. That scene early on where a crowd of people are gathered with the most powerful handheld torches ever, beaming up their own Bat signals onto the Gotham night sky - would the people of Gotham mourn Batman so much? Considering the costumed crazies arrived roughly around the same time as he did and together they wrecked the city over and over? Living in Gotham must be a nightmare! Fun to read about for us but I think the reality would be that people would just want them all to piss off so they can have a quiet life! So Wayne Enterprises is no more and Powers Corp have taken over - since when? And who are Powers Corp? And why do they think Gotham needs a Batman - why do they care? And why build a Mecha-Batman suit - what are they getting out of it? All questions that go unanswered. The biggest question of course is why Jim Gordon? Why a nearly-fifty year old heavy smoker with glasses and extremely limited computer/tech skills? Sure, he’s an ex-Marine and the best cop in the city, but even if the suit does a lot of the work, is he really a good enough physical specimen, or mentally capable enough to operate something so complex, to be the new Batman? The Powers Corp CEO glosses over it all by saying Gordon knows the city better than anyone else - THAT’S the reasoning behind putting him in charge of such an expensive and dangerous enterprise?! I’ve been a big fan of Greg Capullo’s artwork on this series but that Mecha-Batman design is so crap. It doesn’t look like a bat, it looks like a rabbit! It’s Robocop crossed with Chappie! The Bat-Truck too is an awful substitute for the Batmobile. You wanted to drive the Batmobile because it was so cool - the Bat-Truck looks like an un-manoeuvrable, unattractive hunk of metal! And Gordon looks really weird now. He’s shaved off his moustache, gotten himself a Bruce Wayne haircut, he’s wearing contacts or had laser-eye surgery, and he’s got muscles - does not look like the Comish. Also Capullo draws Maggie Sawyer - who’s the new commissioner - looking way older than she does in Batwoman for some reason. As expected, Bruce is back but I didn’t think he’d be back immediately - Snyder didn’t even commit to Bruce being dead for longer than an issue! How did Bruce escape that cave-in? We don’t see but, like too much of this story, it’s ignored and Alfred says some piffle about how he found Bruce on the side of the road with his new love Julie Madison. He had amnesia, now he doesn’t, but he’s also not interested in being Batman. Bruce’s new storyline is the worst - he’s grown a beard and now he just wants to work in some rec centre! Seriously, if that’s how it is, I don’t even want to know what Bruce is up to - just keep him off page until he’s ready to be Batman again (which of course is going to happen)! Gordon gets his first supervillain in the form of Bloom, a guy who’s handing out magic seeds to gangsters in the Narrows (the poor part of Gotham), which gives them superpowers. So we see Mecha-Batman fighting nobodies with generic superpowers when we’re not seeing Gordon get used to his new role or see Bruce helping out in the rec centre. It’s such a boring, boring read! Even Snyder’s Black Mirror/Wytches artist, Jock, can’t liven things up in the issue he draws where Batman (Bruce this time as it’s a flashback story) battles crime in the Narrows and we’re introduced to a forgettable minor gangster character. Besides the rubbish designs of the new things, I enjoyed Capullo’s art as always. I liked small details like how the Bat signal (attached to one of Gotham’s iconic blimps) is pointed downwards to the criminals rather than up into the heavens (though it kinda takes away from the element of surprise Batman used to have). Gordon discovers he can customise his suit’s colours and there’s a panel where we see the Zur-En-Arrh design from Batman RIP, and the whole Batman disappearing while talking to the commissioner thing is referenced with a new digital camouflage cloak – cool! I know some people might see this opinion as that of a reactionary fanboy who can’t stand change but it’s not. I love it when Batman writers take risks and try new things: Dick Grayson Batman, Damian Wayne as Batman 666, Vampire Batman, Batman Beyond (those last two more the idea of rather than for specific books), Zur-En-Arrh - even the current New Gods Batman - are all interesting, enjoyable and keep the character fresh, exciting and relevant for readers. But sometimes the risks don’t pay off and those things fail which is the case with Jim Gordon Batman. Superheavy is unfortunately just a crap Batman book. And with both Snyder and Capullo set to leave Batman (Snyder’s working on a different Batman story separate from the main title while Capullo’s going off to draw a Mark Millar Image comic - ergh!), the golden age of great Snyder/Capullo Batman comics looks to be over. Gotham does need a Batman - just not this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Commissioner Gordon slims down, bulks up, and gets a terrible haircut in order to take on the mantle of Batman and fight a giant plant. More fun than getting punched in the teeth by a kangaroo? Undoubtedly. More EXCITING than getting punched in the teeth by a kangaroo? Debatable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I haven't seen them do a story like this and I think I rather enjoyed this. Spoilers ahead: So, after the last issue of Endgame where the Joker and Batman seem to be buried under the city, Batman is presumed dead. The story starts with Jim gordon in a robot suit looking like a Bat of some kind, but it's Iron Man. He is doing his best to protect Gotham. At first, I hated this idea. It was horrible. I don't see how they can go forward. Now, I am ready to give this story line a chance. It turned when I haven't seen them do a story like this and I think I rather enjoyed this. Spoilers ahead: So, after the last issue of Endgame where the Joker and Batman seem to be buried under the city, Batman is presumed dead. The story starts with Jim gordon in a robot suit looking like a Bat of some kind, but it's Iron Man. He is doing his best to protect Gotham. At first, I hated this idea. It was horrible. I don't see how they can go forward. Now, I am ready to give this story line a chance. It turned when Bruce Wayne shows up in the story. I'm not sure exactly the theory, but it is presumed Bruce is a clone or something and so he doesn't have memories of his parent's tragic death and he doesn't have all those years of combat training. He doesn't even own Wayne Enterprises for some reason I don't get. He doesn't have the drive and motivation to be Batman. This is where I get intrigued. I don't like the fake Batman, but it's obvious something is going to happen. I'm willing to give them one more volume before I get upset. I can't wait too long to get Bruce back in the Batsuit, butI haven't seen anything like this. It has me intrigued, for the moment. There is also a new villain introduced - Bloom. I actually think he is a pretty cool new villain. He has no dimension yet - he seems all bad and no gray, but he's ok for now. The next volume, I won't to see these things resolve. Kudos for doing something so unique to the history of Batman.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    “And I’d like to go on record as saying this is the dumbest idea in the history of Gotham City”—Commissioner Gordon Well, if you have been reading Batman for any length of time, you know there’s a lot of competition for dumbest idea, but this one is certainly in the conversation. Commissioner Gordon is referring above to the idea of he, Gordon, a cop becoming the new Batman, in the absence of the Actual Batman who was, with the Joker, “killed” in the previous volume, Endgame, though Snyder also p “And I’d like to go on record as saying this is the dumbest idea in the history of Gotham City”—Commissioner Gordon Well, if you have been reading Batman for any length of time, you know there’s a lot of competition for dumbest idea, but this one is certainly in the conversation. Commissioner Gordon is referring above to the idea of he, Gordon, a cop becoming the new Batman, in the absence of the Actual Batman who was, with the Joker, “killed” in the previous volume, Endgame, though Snyder also put forward the theory in that last volume that Joker just might be immortal, which no true fan actually buys, and of course they know Bats’ death is only, as always, temporary. So in this kind of silly, light-hearted break from Endgame volume we see Gotham trying out Gordon in a silly neo-Bat costume (designed by the Powers Corp? A kind of robobunny?), minus the stache and suddenly, in middle age, ripped, though those might be implants. This is not new for Batman history; for instance, Dick Grayson played Batman in The Black Mirror, but that was a serious endeavor. And then there seems to be a kind of internal competition among studly cops dressed as Batman, also not a completely new idea when Batman is gone. A possible Batman Force? Eventually, with the approach in this volume, instead of just being annoyed, as I was for the first part, I sort of just relaxed and went with it, thinking the team is kinda just foolin’ around until the real Bat comes back. The Bat Truck? Bat-apps? I’m guessing they are just joking? Anyway, it looks like their main choice is Gordon, who has to fight some creature that looks a bit like a resurrected Swamp Thing (stay tuned!) (who has magic seeds?) as we see Bruce Wayne, with some kind of amnesia, working with small children, and being told by Alfred of his past as Batman. O-kay! Next! But I am wondering why I returned to reading Snyder’s Batman, which for several issues was classic level. Is the title, Superheavy, the (ironic) key to this tale, with its psychedelic coloring? I only read it once, so I can't quite decide, so will see what y'all said when it came out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    I enjoyed most of the Scott Snyder series, but this one left me wanting a bit. Perhaps I felt that the Superheavy bit reminded me too much of Azrael in the Knightfall cycle. I'll go back and read this one again before reading Vols 9 and 10 to finish out the cycle. I enjoyed most of the Scott Snyder series, but this one left me wanting a bit. Perhaps I felt that the Superheavy bit reminded me too much of Azrael in the Knightfall cycle. I'll go back and read this one again before reading Vols 9 and 10 to finish out the cycle.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Wow! Talk about huge changes. I enjoyed it even though Gordon getting into Batman-caliber shape is a HUGE stretch. Mr. Bloom is a cool villain. The one thing I didn't like is the placement of the Mr. Bloom flashback story. It occurs right after a cliff-hanger in the middle of the main storyline. It really pulls you out of the story, nor is it very well-written. Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow! Talk about huge changes. I enjoyed it even though Gordon getting into Batman-caliber shape is a HUGE stretch. Mr. Bloom is a cool villain. The one thing I didn't like is the placement of the Mr. Bloom flashback story. It occurs right after a cliff-hanger in the middle of the main storyline. It really pulls you out of the story, nor is it very well-written. Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    In theory this should have worked because it sounds like a good idea, batman has amnesia so obviously james gordon becomes batman. The problem is, it's a shit idea and it fails miserably! When will the writers learn that batman without bruce wayne doesn't work we've already seen this in the knightfall saga and countless other times, this really is nothing new and the topping of this shit layered cake is that it ends on a cliff hanger, meaning we're gonna be subjected to this plot even more. Basic In theory this should have worked because it sounds like a good idea, batman has amnesia so obviously james gordon becomes batman. The problem is, it's a shit idea and it fails miserably! When will the writers learn that batman without bruce wayne doesn't work we've already seen this in the knightfall saga and countless other times, this really is nothing new and the topping of this shit layered cake is that it ends on a cliff hanger, meaning we're gonna be subjected to this plot even more. Basically Bruce has no idea who he is just that he's hella rich so he's helping out at youth centres and he's getting engaged (like that took no time at all) and he's turned into sterling archer. James Gordon decides if you want to be batman you gotta get rid of the stache, terrible mistake, the batstache could have saved this volume, and now we'll never know. The artwork is so bloody confusing at times i thought Gordon was midnighter because they looked so bloody similar, i'm like when did midnighter show up, oh wait it's Gordon sans stache. The new villain Mr Bloom is as weak as a kitten's fart, after the first issue you get bored of him he really offers little and he's quite a forgetful character, and yet he's gonna be sticking around in the next volume. I'm really disappointed, it does start off interesting enough but just wrap this amnesia storyline up, they should have done it all in one volume and moved on, i miss moody bruce, there's something so eerie about happy bruce it's just not right. Definitely avoid, you're missing nothing i've no idea what snyder was thinking with this one, usually i love his work but this is utter shite.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    "In the beginning, there was nothing. And then... There was Batman. And this was good." This is great! It's definitely different, the beginning of a new story arc, with a change in tone and character, but what do you expect after Endgame? That was a game changer and conclusion to the Joker's insanity begun in Death of the Family. And Snyder likes to change gears with each new story arc. If you don't know who Batman is in this volume, to avoid spoilers I suggest you stop reading right here. In the "In the beginning, there was nothing. And then... There was Batman. And this was good." This is great! It's definitely different, the beginning of a new story arc, with a change in tone and character, but what do you expect after Endgame? That was a game changer and conclusion to the Joker's insanity begun in Death of the Family. And Snyder likes to change gears with each new story arc. If you don't know who Batman is in this volume, to avoid spoilers I suggest you stop reading right here. In the wake of Endgame, Powers International has acquired Wayne Enterprises, and there's a new Batman in Gotham. Picture Jim Gordon clean shaven with a mohawk in a bat mech. No joke. "It's like a...bunny. Like a robobat-bunny?" -Jim Gordon Snyder doesn't take himself too seriously, making fun of the bat mech design with zingers and previous Bat suit accessories and colors, even the purple, yellow and red of Zur en Arrh. So it seems purposefully hyperbolic. The bat suit, however, is incredibly designed and sleek, dark and minimal, and totally appropriate for a suddenly invigorated Jim Gordon. There's lots of joking about Jim's age, physique, and his smoking habit, and this is my favorite element of the whole book, the green horn struggle and humor. After the very serious Endgame, Snyder brings back the humor when it's most needed. I also feel like Snyder is channeling Grant Morrison here. The Zur en Arrh reference started it. Then the legitimized Batman totally connected back to Batman Incorporated. Aha! The villains are straight sci-fi, fairly unusual even for Batman. There's the "walking bioelectric field" creature, the gang members with temporary superpowers, and the new super villain namesake of Volume 9, Mr. Bloom, who is absolutely incredible. So there's the so called Interlude, illustrated and inked by Jock, which I really liked. This chapter was gritty, and with Jock's art reminded me of Batman Year One. I liked how in the story of gang warfare and sociology, Snyder very briefly touches on how unarmed black men are being shot by trigger happy cops. You don't expect that in a Batman comic, but it works with his character, origin, and in contemporary America. I also appreciate that this chapter isn't just thrown in, because it ties back to Mr. Bloom. Snyder's Batman run evolves over time, even in the narrative. Court of Owls, Zero Year, Death of the Family, Endgame, each story arc with its own tone, themes, and art style. He's doing for Batman what Morrison and Miller have: indelibly change the legend. His unique vision and style of storytelling is unlike anything else I've ever read, instantly recognizable, impossible to forget. While Superheavy isn't as epic as his previous books, it has balance and plenty of moments, great fights and action, humor, and new and exciting villains. It reminds me of early Zero Year thoughtfulness with Court of Owls detective work, along with a sort of coming of age theme with Jim Gordon. Greg Capullo and Jock's artwork is perfect in my opinion, with FCO Plascensia's nearly unmatched coloring intensity. If you've enjoyed Snyder's previous volumes then this one won't disappoint.

  10. 5 out of 5

    RG

    As much as it changes up a traditional Batman story, I still found that it worked. A new Batman, Bruce Wayne is back but not, and a Villain called Mr Bloom who is causing havoc post Endgame/Joker.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    Snyder and Capullo take a big time risk to securing their respective legacies to their own take on the Batman mythology. Superheavy is their follow up arc to the Joker-centric Endgame and it is a new beginning for Gotham and its orphaned citizens. The Batman is gone and in its place is a new one. This reader is still picking its jaw from the floor with the changes Snyder and Capullo brought to this arc. First, long time supporting cast Jim Gordon is promoted to lead character; he gets a brand new Snyder and Capullo take a big time risk to securing their respective legacies to their own take on the Batman mythology. Superheavy is their follow up arc to the Joker-centric Endgame and it is a new beginning for Gotham and its orphaned citizens. The Batman is gone and in its place is a new one. This reader is still picking its jaw from the floor with the changes Snyder and Capullo brought to this arc. First, long time supporting cast Jim Gordon is promoted to lead character; he gets a brand new mech-suit and is the new Batman. Second, they remove his iconic glasses and mustache and gave him a mohawk. This new take Batman may be different from the recently departed and amnesiac Bruce Wayne but Gordon is a more grounded Batman. Less aloof and more human; Gordon is no child of privilege Wayne was; he's an ex-Marine, blue collar Batman. Gordon is probably a better detective too; he's done better with less after all. Still, this reader awaits the next volume, and with good reason, it's the last arc before Snyder and Capullo take their leave on this iteration of Batman.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. This is really, REALLY bad. I never thought I'd say that about a Scott Snyder-penned book. James Gordon is now a young, cut, mohawked ex-marine wearing a nano-carbon batsuit. Bruce Wayne, who can't seem to EVER stay dead, is back almost immediately after Endgame, but has amnesia and only knows he's rich and is supposed to somehow help the down-trodden people of Gotham City. Oh, and even though he has amnesia, he's engag I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. This is really, REALLY bad. I never thought I'd say that about a Scott Snyder-penned book. James Gordon is now a young, cut, mohawked ex-marine wearing a nano-carbon batsuit. Bruce Wayne, who can't seem to EVER stay dead, is back almost immediately after Endgame, but has amnesia and only knows he's rich and is supposed to somehow help the down-trodden people of Gotham City. Oh, and even though he has amnesia, he's engaged to his childhood sweetheart. Or something. There's a new bad guy, Mr. Bloom, and while this is supposed to be an "origin story", there's nothing to indicate where he came from. And somehow, Penguin is involved, but it looks like Bloom kills him halfway through the book. Or something. And what's with the post-Zero Hour story in the middle of the book? Talk about throwing the reader for a loop! Is it supposed to be James Gordon remembering something that Batman did? Is it supposed to be a Bruce Wayne story so the reader doesn't have to reminisce about the real Batman? Does it have anything to do with the Bloom story arc? Who really knows? I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, even rabid Batman fans. This is really, REALLY bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A fair and interesting reaction to the death of Batman in which the city trains a new and robotic Batman to fight crime in Gotham. OVERALL GRADE: B plus

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Batman isn't Batman, Superman's practically human, Wonder Woman is a crappy God of War, and Batgirl is a wedding planner. Should've called this run of comics "Identity Crisis." 2.5 because this wasn't completely awful, and Bruce brought out the 🦖 Batman isn't Batman, Superman's practically human, Wonder Woman is a crappy God of War, and Batgirl is a wedding planner. Should've called this run of comics "Identity Crisis." 2.5 because this wasn't completely awful, and Bruce brought out the 🦖

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    If we learned anything from Grant Morrison’s seven-year run and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, is that Batman is not just a man, it is an idea as anyone can don the cape and cowl and fight for justice in the crime-ridden streets of Gotham. As for Scott Snyder who did explore this idea years ago his short run on Detective Comics, he returns to it whilst putting a new spin in his final story arc on his legendary run with artist Greg Capullo. Following the events of Endgame where Batma If we learned anything from Grant Morrison’s seven-year run and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, is that Batman is not just a man, it is an idea as anyone can don the cape and cowl and fight for justice in the crime-ridden streets of Gotham. As for Scott Snyder who did explore this idea years ago his short run on Detective Comics, he returns to it whilst putting a new spin in his final story arc on his legendary run with artist Greg Capullo. Following the events of Endgame where Batman had his final confrontation with the Joker, Gotham is in mourning but crime continues. Financed by Powers International and with the full cooperation of the GCPD and the mayor, former police commissioner Jim Gordon steps into the bat-mantle and investigates the mysterious weed-like Mr Bloom. The concept of franchising Batman goes back to Grant Morrison writing Batman Incorporated in which Bruce Wayne financing a global team of heroes who were inspired by the Dark Knight to fight crime in their countries. With Superheavy, Batman’s legacy has become the latest product of law enforcement, funded by corporate America. No doubt that Snyder’s biggest non-comic influence is Robocop (in both its 1987 and 2014 incarnations) as there are a number of sequences about the continuing discussion of how this new Batman should look, in terms of how the high-tech Batsuit should look as if they were talking about a toy as displayed in the first page of Issue #42. No doubt that Snyder and Capullo are having fun with the new designs which have a subtle evocation to Batman’s history, such as a page showing how the Batsuit should be coloured where you get references to Frank Miller’s Dark Knight and the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh. The funniest sequence shows Gordon receives not a Batmobile, but a Bat-truck which hearts back to the Dick Sprang era of Batman, as well as that corporate American idea that “bigger is better”. As if it couldn’t get more ridiculous, Capullo crafts some of the most over-the-top action we’ve seen in their run to date, with Gordon in his “robobat-bunny” armour fights a number of super-powered enemies that could rival the Flash or Superman. There was certainly trepidation when it was announced that Gordon would be the new Batman and certainly it does raise the question for us readers and the fictional characters that why would a middle-aged smoker become the successor, given his background as a marine and a policeman. It is a question that remains unanswered although hopefully it’ll be explained in the next volume (view spoiler)[especially how an amnesiac Bruce Wayne will step into the big picture (hide spoiler)] . However, the greatest achievement of Volume 8 is with Issue #44 which departs from the main storyline and flash backs to a post-Zero Year Gotham. Co-written by Snyder and Brian Azzarello, it is less about super-villains – though they are mentioned with the events of Zero Year changing the landscape of Gotham – and more about a young Batman investigating a simple case of urban crime. Although it does tie in with the main story, this issue alone is a brilliant psychological examination about a city which is not all about the fantastical with conflicts such as organized crime and police brutality. For those who are fans of The Black Mirror, will scream with joy with Snyder re-collaborating with Jock whose visceral artwork is rough and surreal which is what you want from a hard-edged Batman story. Although Jim Gordon as Batman isn’t as interesting as Dick Grayson donning the Batsuit back in The Black Mirror, the first half of Superheavy is an entertaining actioner with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo experimenting with the Dark Knight’s legacy. Roll on Volume 9 which will not only conclude this story arc but this amazing run.

  16. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Loved it. After lackluster "End Game" I was eager to see Scott return to form. He did NOT fail. He gives us a Gotham after the events of End Game. It's in shambles, Batman is gone, and we need a hero. Jim Gordan, our fave Detective comes into play and becomes the one and only Batman, equipped with a big ass Bunny Mech Suit. I always enjoy fresh takes that are well done and Jim is no Bruce but that's what makes him compelling in my eyes. A very different Batman, more gun play, and way more rash y Loved it. After lackluster "End Game" I was eager to see Scott return to form. He did NOT fail. He gives us a Gotham after the events of End Game. It's in shambles, Batman is gone, and we need a hero. Jim Gordan, our fave Detective comes into play and becomes the one and only Batman, equipped with a big ass Bunny Mech Suit. I always enjoy fresh takes that are well done and Jim is no Bruce but that's what makes him compelling in my eyes. A very different Batman, more gun play, and way more rash yet exciting. I really dug this Batman as something very different yet still have the same feel. I also love Bloom as a villain. Scary and disturbing, giving us a new villain we can be fearful of. I really enjoyed his introduction and the ending makes you excited as fuck for Volume 9. So off I go to read that!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seba

    After 40 issues Snyder introduces Powers Corporation. A Corporation so powerful that bought Wayne Enterprises and with so advanced R&D that they had a "Robo-Bunny (?)- Batman" project running already. Not only that but they decided to chose Jim "no-stache" Gordon for the job. The reason? because he "knows the streets of gotham" (see vol. 9) never mind his age, health or zero preparation (meh, we had some pages of training so I guess we are covered, right? RIGHT?) and how can we forget THE BAT-TR After 40 issues Snyder introduces Powers Corporation. A Corporation so powerful that bought Wayne Enterprises and with so advanced R&D that they had a "Robo-Bunny (?)- Batman" project running already. Not only that but they decided to chose Jim "no-stache" Gordon for the job. The reason? because he "knows the streets of gotham" (see vol. 9) never mind his age, health or zero preparation (meh, we had some pages of training so I guess we are covered, right? RIGHT?) and how can we forget THE BAT-TRUCK. Snyder why do you hate us so much? Who hurt you? This volume not only has a very bad story (like everything after Death of the Family has been) but also they decided to spend a whole issue explaining a conversation among two former (?) Robins (that I assume are from We Are Robin) disrupting the flow of the story! I can't and I won't deal with all the Bruce arch that killed the plot of Endgame.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Awesome comic book. Interesting to have Jim Gordon as Batman. Mr. Bloom seems very creepy looking. Happy to see Bruce Wayne back. Wonder if he will take up the mantle of Batman again. Is the Joker gone? What is the Joker's real name? Can't wait to read Bloom!!!!! And more Bat Family comics!!!!! 5 stars Awesome comic book. Interesting to have Jim Gordon as Batman. Mr. Bloom seems very creepy looking. Happy to see Bruce Wayne back. Wonder if he will take up the mantle of Batman again. Is the Joker gone? What is the Joker's real name? Can't wait to read Bloom!!!!! And more Bat Family comics!!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    3,5 stars (view spoiler)[ So Commissioner Gordon is the new police sanctioned mech armored Batman... This sounds really like shit, Gordon agrees with that too... Armor seems taken by Patlabor or some other anime... But, surprise, this was just far better than expected. Really. The pumped-shaved-no more smokin-Gordon is a smart one Bats, funny and original, and the story is good. Mr Bloom is a weird villain seeming jumpin'out from 60s Bat stories. A nice touch. And don't worry, DC fan-boy, Bruce come bac 3,5 stars (view spoiler)[ So Commissioner Gordon is the new police sanctioned mech armored Batman... This sounds really like shit, Gordon agrees with that too... Armor seems taken by Patlabor or some other anime... But, surprise, this was just far better than expected. Really. The pumped-shaved-no more smokin-Gordon is a smart one Bats, funny and original, and the story is good. Mr Bloom is a weird villain seeming jumpin'out from 60s Bat stories. A nice touch. And don't worry, DC fan-boy, Bruce come back in his cowl from a broken spine in "Knightfall"... Do you really think a simple amnesia is going to keep him away again for long??? Really??? C'mon, just enjoy the ride and have fun. I'm doing that. :) (hide spoiler)]

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    The story needs to be finished but I like where it is going.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Zaz

    I expected to dislike this volume a lot, because Bat-Jim is a no, but it wasn't terrible. The stories were pretty average, but I found interesting to see Gordon deal with this new role. Surprisingly, it didn't work too badly and the art was nice, so at least I wasn't bored all along. I expected to dislike this volume a lot, because Bat-Jim is a no, but it wasn't terrible. The stories were pretty average, but I found interesting to see Gordon deal with this new role. Surprisingly, it didn't work too badly and the art was nice, so at least I wasn't bored all along.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends

    Batman is gone and Gotham is in danger again. So it is time to get a new Batman. This comic was super cool. Great action, good illustrations and it was funny at some times. I was hooked when I knew the batman, a huge robot fighting the bad guys wasn't Bruce Wayne, don't get me wrong, I love abruc, but seeing people training to be batman, men and women, was the best. There was a point in the story when the Bruce Wayne himself made apparacnce and I thought he would join the new batmans, but th Batman is gone and Gotham is in danger again. So it is time to get a new Batman. This comic was super cool. Great action, good illustrations and it was funny at some times. I was hooked when I knew the batman, a huge robot fighting the bad guys wasn't Bruce Wayne, don't get me wrong, I love abruc, but seeing people training to be batman, men and women, was the best. There was a point in the story when the Bruce Wayne himself made apparacnce and I thought he would join the new batmans, but that didn't happen, sadly. But I am sure a seed was planted there to make that happen in the next volume of the comic. Overall 4 stars. PS this was so funny!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jedi JC Daquis

    I liked it. Even though I thought I would not, but I say it again, I liked Superheavy. Commissioner Gordon as the new Batman was a tough thing to accept at first, but once you get over that, evrything falls in place as an entertaining Batman story. It is just that Scott Snyder has consistenly delivered great Batman stories eversince the first issue of his New 52 run that Superheavy felt inferior. In some sense, there is truth there, but this volume is not really aiming for greatness, it tries to I liked it. Even though I thought I would not, but I say it again, I liked Superheavy. Commissioner Gordon as the new Batman was a tough thing to accept at first, but once you get over that, evrything falls in place as an entertaining Batman story. It is just that Scott Snyder has consistenly delivered great Batman stories eversince the first issue of his New 52 run that Superheavy felt inferior. In some sense, there is truth there, but this volume is not really aiming for greatness, it tries to be relatively more fun and energetic. Gordon Batman is not Wayne Batman, and I respect how Snyder treats the story with a lighter mood. Even Gordon himself facetiously shows this with his utter dislike with this idea of being the Batman. His meta-comments about how he hated this idea made me laugh! The villain Mr. Bloom is interesting, though he did not feel unique. Batman's rogue gallery is a mixed bunch of interesting characters, but Mr. Bloom doesn't fit very naturally in the group. I mean he is interesting, but it really felt that he is not someone we did not see before. There was one issue (44) that is very different from the rest of the issues in the volume. Although it was in fact a great read, putting that in a collected edition kind of disrupts the continuity of the whole story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    3.5 stars Interesting perspective, but this series is losing a lot of momentum more than gaining.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    This is where I quit Snyder's Batman. Either it's DC who are once again being idiots with their marketing and editorial decisions or whatever, or it's Snyder himself who has completely lost it (and Endgame reassures this theory even more), but this. Book. Is. Shit. Absolutely idiotic storylines. Yes, we all knew that Bruce won't be dead for long after Endgame, and sure enough, he is alive and well and happily amnesiac right in the first issue. He is just a dude who doesn't know squat about who he This is where I quit Snyder's Batman. Either it's DC who are once again being idiots with their marketing and editorial decisions or whatever, or it's Snyder himself who has completely lost it (and Endgame reassures this theory even more), but this. Book. Is. Shit. Absolutely idiotic storylines. Yes, we all knew that Bruce won't be dead for long after Endgame, and sure enough, he is alive and well and happily amnesiac right in the first issue. He is just a dude who doesn't know squat about who he is except that he's rich and is supposed to be philanthropic, so that's what he does now. He also got engaged to his childhood sweetheart while he was at it. While amnesiac. Because eh, why the hell not. Jim Gordon is the new Batman. Police-sanctioned Batman. Because of course GCPD think their city needs another one, right? GCPD looooove the Batman. And not only do they decide to put Jim Gordon in costume, but then they put Jim Gordon in costume inside a huge robot with idiotic rabbit ears. Because that's what Batman is about, apparently. Because fuck sanity. Overall, this book is just very bad at every single aspect. Bad writing, bad plot, terrible (TERRIBLE) dialogue and no actual ending to this horrible storyline in sight. Sigh. Not even Greg Capullo's great art can save it this time. I am so done with this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    In the wake of Endgame and the disappearance and supposed death of Bruce Wayne, the GCPD has carried on with a new Batman robo-suit (shades of Robocop), piloted by none other than James Gordon. And a new villain, Mr. Bloom, has appeared, who offers "seeds" to a variety of gangland leaders. These seeds are small, implanted, radiation-powered devices that give their user superpowers (like control over silica) and can also be used to kill them should they fall into police hands. But, apparently, Br In the wake of Endgame and the disappearance and supposed death of Bruce Wayne, the GCPD has carried on with a new Batman robo-suit (shades of Robocop), piloted by none other than James Gordon. And a new villain, Mr. Bloom, has appeared, who offers "seeds" to a variety of gangland leaders. These seeds are small, implanted, radiation-powered devices that give their user superpowers (like control over silica) and can also be used to kill them should they fall into police hands. But, apparently, Bruce Wayne didn't die at the hands of the Joker after all and he's now working at an inner-city school. He's completely lost all memory of being Batman and is trying to do his best to give back to Gotham the only way he knows how. This wasn't a bad story and I'm not as dissatisfied by it as some readers, but it does seem like Snyder is taking Batman a bit too far off the rails here. The flashback to Zero Year and the origin of Mr. Bloom was not handled very well--just tossed into the middle of things with no transition. I like seeing Bruce Wayne trying to do something else and Jim Gordon as robo-Batman is a neat idea. I just hope it doesn't get pushed too far--it looks like the next volume is poised to continue this arc, but it shouldn't stretch on much beyond that. Strong artwork, as usual (though the flashback scenes weren't so hot).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    2.5 I'm sorry, but I hate where this went. Where this has gone. Where this is going. I sorta get why Gordon was chosen (by Powers, for whatever reason), but I totally hate it. Yea he's the best detective, yea he's actually worked with Batman... But really?! Gordon? (Why did Snyder have to go ruin a perfectly good character by making him do this?) Things I didn't like about this volume: *Batman/Gordon *Bruce surviving Batman, Volume 7: Endgame and having no memories/living out his life as a Good Sama 2.5 I'm sorry, but I hate where this went. Where this has gone. Where this is going. I sorta get why Gordon was chosen (by Powers, for whatever reason), but I totally hate it. Yea he's the best detective, yea he's actually worked with Batman... But really?! Gordon? (Why did Snyder have to go ruin a perfectly good character by making him do this?) Things I didn't like about this volume: *Batman/Gordon *Bruce surviving Batman, Volume 7: Endgame and having no memories/living out his life as a Good Samaritan. We know this isn't going to end well. Why do it at all? *Julie Madison (Bruce's old gf from when he was a teen. Remember the one he could have had the future with, but ignored her, choosing to be Batman instead?) showing up again conveniently. I repeat this isn't going to end well. Only real chuckle this volume got was at this:

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    Good at the beginning... and it kinda takes a fall and goes to mediocre in the middle all the way down pretty fast until Mr. Bloom. I didn't mind Jim being Batman, nice change, a bit of a fresh change, of course I have complains cuz Gordon, an old dude suddenly being with a damn mohawk and muscles and abs is a bit of a stretch--but hey, we're reading fantasy here so, yeah. My problem was the end of Mr. Bloom which I just finished and can't get that sorry ass story out of my head. It was like watc Good at the beginning... and it kinda takes a fall and goes to mediocre in the middle all the way down pretty fast until Mr. Bloom. I didn't mind Jim being Batman, nice change, a bit of a fresh change, of course I have complains cuz Gordon, an old dude suddenly being with a damn mohawk and muscles and abs is a bit of a stretch--but hey, we're reading fantasy here so, yeah. My problem was the end of Mr. Bloom which I just finished and can't get that sorry ass story out of my head. It was like watching the cringiest power ranger episode ever. And this is NOT a simile. It was EXACTLY THAT. Oh well. I'd recommend this volume to anyone who likes Jim Gordon (I guess? Maybe cuz on this one he's Batman that'd make you angry? Lotsa angry nerds out there) and to Batman fans who already read the previous volumes and want to finish this series. If someone wants to pick up this volume to read some Batman, don't. Sadness.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Gibson

    I wasn’t sure I’d really get into a Batman volume that doesn’t feature “Batman,” but I actually enjoyed seeing James Gordon step into the role in this story. Even more interesting for me was the subplot of an amnesiac Bruce Wayne feeling the pull to help Gotham even though he does not remember the tragic events that lead him to become Batman. Alfred and Superman’s disagreement about whether or not they should put Bruce through that anguish again shows how will Snyder can write superhero books!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The author tries to deflect criticism by making light of it in his own script, but shaving James Gordon's mustache and head, shoving him into an Iron Man suit with bunny ears and calling him Batman is just stupid. And the new villain . . . ugh. The author tries to deflect criticism by making light of it in his own script, but shaving James Gordon's mustache and head, shoving him into an Iron Man suit with bunny ears and calling him Batman is just stupid. And the new villain . . . ugh.

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