Ian Miller's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: The Batman Universe Reviews: 83
7.4Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Bane: Conquest #1

May 4, 2017

Dixon and Nolan have begun a year-long journey with Bane, starting out with several literal bangs, from Banes fists to satisfying vehicular explosions.

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6.0
Bane: Conquest #2

Jun 8, 2017

Bane and Batman fight alongside each other in a punchy prisoner drama.

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6.0
Bane: Conquest #3

Jul 6, 2017

Banes path to global crime domination seems to offer an opening as he and Batman continue their struggle.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 28, 2016

Combining humor, cute and accomplished art, and a whimsical and fun-loving yet action-packed approach, the new Batgirl team starts us out on our new adventure.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 25, 2016

Larson and Albuquerque bring us for an enjoyable ride in Singapore with Babs, moving between flirtation and fighting with ease.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

Batgirl swings back into action, both in her personal and heroic lives, and propels her title forward.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #4

Oct 27, 2016

In Conclusion: Barbara Gordon stakes out a place for herself as one of the Bat-Familys strongest members, both in mind and combat, as she rids Asia of a pernicious super villain's gang.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #5

Nov 24, 2016

The first arc of the new Batgirl closes cleanly, setting Barbara up as an independent, admirable heroine in a world of potential.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) #6

Dec 29, 2016

Batgirl returns from Beyond Burnside in a fluffy one shot adventure with Poison Ivy.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 26, 2017

Larson starts off her new arc of Batgirl with a bang, weaving a complicated web of intrigue and action with brilliant new artist Wildgoose.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) #8

Feb 23, 2017

Though Batgirls work/life balance could use some work, Son of Penguin continues building a decent foundation for its story.

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5.0
Batgirl (2016) #9

Mar 23, 2017

Though Babs's personal life fails to contribute much interest, Batgirl's investigation into Vicform provides interesting twists.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #10

Apr 27, 2017

The threads of the Son of Penguin arc weave together in a satisfying buildup to next months climax.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) #11

May 25, 2017

Batgirl handles the conclusion of her second Rebirth arc well, if unmemorably.

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5.0
Batgirl (2016) #12

Jun 29, 2017

Batgirl takes a break from romantic troubles to engage with her community for a welcome, but a bit dull change of pace.

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5.0
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 30, 2017

Setting up the next Supergirl story arc and shoring up Babss personal life, this Batgirl Annual isnt quite as interesting as the last one, but still fun.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 18, 2016

In Conclusion: An action packed romp through the history and present of the Birds of Prey.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 15, 2016

In Conclusion: In their first outing together, the Birds have some wobbly steps, but maintain a thrilling pace and start developing the relationships that makes the title well worth following.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Oct 13, 2016

The combination of banter, action, and mystery in the Bird's life continue to be very enjoyable, but the Benson's skillfully layer in moments of genuine emotion and relationship.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Nov 10, 2016

The Huntress returns to her vengeful roots and rejoins the team in an excellent issue.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 15, 2016

Though a slight dip in quality mars this issue, on the whole, a very nice look at the impact of our heroes on the non-costumed population, and a solid lead-in to the finale.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 12, 2017

Though it never reaches the heights of the Dixon and Simone years, this Rebirth arc of Birds of Prey is worthy of its name.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7

Feb 9, 2017

In Conclusion: The Bensons give us a feeling of the current status quo for the Birds – and its a great one – quipping, fighting crime, and bonding.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8

Mar 9, 2017

Blackbird Sings starts off the Bird's next adventure with a bang and strong character moments.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 13, 2017

While dialogue and art remain strong, the solo Dinah story doesn't generate as much appeal as a full team mission.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10

May 11, 2017

Bringing the book back up after a sagging middle issue, the Blackbird arc concludes nicely, and leads right into the next story.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Jun 15, 2017

Kicking off the Source Code arc with surprising continuity revelations, solid character work on all three Birds, and the promise of many exciting guest stars in Catwoman and Calculator, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey are flying again.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 13, 2017

Catwoman and Poison Ivy raise the stakes in an uneven issue.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 7, 2015

A thrilling and exciting beginning to the second season of Eternal, focusing on Dick, Harper and Cassandra Cain, promising the same twists and action as the first season.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #2

Oct 14, 2015

Issue two propels the present action forward, glances off the past storyline, and keeps strong threads of characterization and humor throughout.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #3

Oct 21, 2015

The issue has some solid interaction between Dick, Jason, Tim, and Cass, and provides intriguing setup, but doesnt provide as many vital character moments or action beats as previously.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #4

Oct 28, 2015

A brilliant kitchen fight setpiece, a glacially slow B-plot with Cassandra Cain, and a few unnecessarily sour and confusing character notes. 4 out of 5 for the action, 3 out of 5 for the characterization, leading to an overall rating of…

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #5

Nov 4, 2015

A reasonably fun issue, marred a bit by abrupt tonal shift and forced character conflict, but moving the plot to the next stage.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #6

Nov 11, 2015

After the uneven excitementof the last few issues, this issue sets the series back on track with a dark, tragic mystery and the reveal of the Mother.

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9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #7

Nov 18, 2015

With stellar writing and art this week, the international direction of the narrative provides intensity in both character development and mystery.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #8

Nov 25, 2015

The series closes out its second month in disaster, as Mother outmaneuvers our heroes, and Cassandra Cain takes flight.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #9

Dec 2, 2015

A fairly unspectacular issue reintroduces Azrael and Bane to the Eternal world.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #10

Dec 9, 2015

Lanzing, Kelly, and Antonio provide a much stronger second issue than their first, providing action and character stylishly and with humor.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #11

Dec 16, 2015

An exciting, reasonably well handled re-introduction of Cassandra Cain's backstory into the new 52, this issue makes a few missteps, but is otherwise very enjoyable.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #12

Dec 23, 2015

Brisson brings intelligent thematic work into the backstory of the new character of the Sculptor, and brings back the opening flashback of the series in a well done issue.

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9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #13

Dec 30, 2015

A powerful issue with careful writing and very appealing art that solidifies Cassandra Cain and her origin in The Batman Universe.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #14

Jan 6, 2016

A solid issue pushing the story forward in many small ways alongside exciting, well constructed action and character beats.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #15

Jan 13, 2016

Tim and Jason return to the forefront of the story with a literal bang in a very enjoyable issue.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #16

Jan 20, 2016

Tim and Jason face their demons, both physical and spiritual, and come out stronger than ever.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #17

Jan 27, 2016

A decent issue, finally laying to rest the silly speculation about Batman raised by issue #1, but does little more than move most of the active characters in the narrative to the same place.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #18

Feb 3, 2016

While it provides some important backstory, and the character moments are competently handled, theres still a sense that this issue is merely transitioning from one point of the story to the next, instead of providing as satisfying narrative on its own.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #19

Feb 10, 2016

While Tim Seeleys return to the series brings a dash of humor, and Paul Pelletiers art is a step up from the past few issues, nothing much of weight happens in the brawl at Spryal.

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9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #20

Feb 17, 2016

Dick and the Bat-family have their work cut out for them, but fortunately, they seem to be pulling together in the face of Mothers success.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #21

Feb 24, 2016

Due to strong writing and solid art, we recommend picking this issue up, though it might also be worth waiting for the trade due to the intertwined nature of the plot.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #22

Mar 2, 2016

Valentine sets up the end of her arc with dark poetry, portraying the connection between the Robins and the depravity of Mother.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #23

Mar 9, 2016

In Conclusion: Balancing the increasing cast of Dicks allies well, this issue provides a solid building block for the finale by putting most of the pieces into play.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #24

Mar 16, 2016

In Conclusion: Though the overall narrative is merely moving pieces around on the board without victory or defeat, Orlandos fun action and dialogue bump the rating a tiny bit up.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #25

Mar 23, 2016

As we go into the finale, the Bat-family achieves several steps forward, but Mothers response promises dire retaliation.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #26

Mar 30, 2016

In taking us on a journey showing us the consequences of raising children to be weapons, Batman and Robin Eternal demonstrates the intense need for families which allow children to grow into their own identity. My individual rating is below, but as a for the series as a whole, I give four out of five batarangs.

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8.0
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 25, 2016

It's a fine Flash story, a solid big picture look across the universe. It's not that directly related to The Batman Universe of characters, outside of Batman himself (who doesn't really do much besides provide exposition). We give a "pick up if you feel like it" recommendation, especially considering that it's still $2.99 (plus tax) for over 60 pages of narrative content plus previews.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 8, 2016

Tynion's strength is definitely in his characterization. He provides really enjoyable introductions to each of the characters, and gives them all at least one really awesome moment, from Batwoman knowing Bruce's secret identity to Cass's one-word declaration to those she's rescuing. The villains' plot is fairly generic so far, par for the course with the villains in the two Eternal series, but the strength of Tynion's characterization, and the moody effectiveness of the structuring of the story combined with the art pushes past that minor flaw.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

Detective Comics powers through its second issue,developing relationships and raising the tension both inside and out of the team.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #936

Jul 13, 2016

Facing betrayal and the loss of Batman, Batwoman and her team stick together in the face of overwhelming odds.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Jul 27, 2016

The story brings things to a boil, with the team joining Batman for a full on confrontation with Jacob Kane and the Colony.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #939

Aug 24, 2016

Batman and Batwoman take decisive steps to defeat the Colonys plans for good, but Tim is forced to put himself in deadly danger as a result.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #940

Sep 14, 2016

In Conclusion: Beautifully paced, gorgeously drawn and colored, Detective Comics #940 delivers a Batwoman, Robin, and Batman story of family, loss, and betrayal born of love and skill.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #941

Sep 28, 2016

Though unlikely to be a crossover that really shakes the continuity of the Bat-Family up, Night of the Monster Men continues to respect the current storylines of its three titles with this issue of Detective Comics.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #942

Oct 12, 2016

Steve Orlando completes the story of Batman and his family vs. the Monster Men with style, even if the entire story feels a bit like filler.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #943

Oct 26, 2016

Complex themes and visual storytelling techniques propel this story of a fractured family forward to face their next challenge.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #944

Nov 9, 2016

A stirring combination of horror and action, Tynion pushes his examination of Batmans mission further in The Victim Syndicate part 2.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #945

Nov 23, 2016

As the Victim Syndicate sows disruption in the team through Stephanie, already fractured by the death of Tim Drake, Batman and Batwoman struggle forward.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #946

Dec 14, 2016

Tynion and Barrows put all the pieces in place for a killer finale as Batmans team confronts the Victim Syndicate.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #947

Dec 28, 2016

An extremely smart, beautifully illustrated conclusion to a dark, personal arc is absolutely worth picking up.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #948

Jan 11, 2017

In Conclusion: A fun, dark start to Batwomans solo series, drawing expertly on the continuity of the series for conflict.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #949

Jan 25, 2017

Tynion, Bennet, and Oliver do a solid job of bridging Tynions work with Bennets forthcoming series, fleshing out Kates history and purpose.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #950

Feb 8, 2017

In Conclusion: A brilliant celebratory issue for the less-exposed members of the Detective Comics team, and a great setup for the next few stories.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #951

Feb 22, 2017

League of Shadows kicks off in earnest, as the assassins are Unleashed on the team.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #952

Mar 8, 2017

The team crumbles in the face of Shivas ferocity, and Cass deals with the pain of finding out her connection to another monster.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #953

Mar 22, 2017

Lady Shiva takes down the majority of the team, leaving Ras al Ghul in a good negotiating position with Batman.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #954

Apr 12, 2017

Though this issue sets up more than it pays off, its all done with the writing and artistic polish weve become accustomed to here in Detective Comics.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #955

Apr 26, 2017

With stellar art, and writing honoring the old and the new, Tynion sets up the finale of the League of Shadows with ultimate flair.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #956

May 10, 2017

The League of Shadows concludes with a tense conclusion, though thankfully not explosive, as Cassandra proves her quality to her mother and the world.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 24, 2017

With an examination of her beliefs the center of this story, Spoiler shines as shes caught between her convictions and Batmans methods.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #958

Jun 14, 2017

Zatanna and Nomoz burst onto the teams lives to make sure that they wont stay boring as Ascalon attacks.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #959

Jun 28, 2017

In Conclusion:We dig into the story of Jean Paul, Bruce, Zatanna, and the rest of our heroes in this second issue.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #960

Jul 12, 2017

In Conclusion:A solid, if a bit disconnected, middle issue of an arc chock full of fascinating questions.

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7.0
Gotham Academy #18

May 12, 2016

Gotham Academy shuts the cover of the Yearbook with a warm but slightly underbaked conclusion.

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6.0
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5

Jan 20, 2017

The penultimate issue of this crossover delivers a lot of fun lines and mounting stakes.

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