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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

DC Presents : BATMAN - IRRESISTIBLE: TPB Includes: Legends of the Dark Knight 169 170 171, HOURMAN 22 Review

Originally published as Legends of Dark Knight 169-171 in 2003
RATING: 2.9 out of 5 for the Trade Paper back as a whole.
The first story in this trade:
Batman: Irresistible: 
Writer: Tom Peyer, Pencilleer: Tony Harris, Inkers: Tony Harris,Wade Von Grawbadger &
Wayne Faucher, Colorist: J. D. Mettler and Tony Harris, Separator: JD Mettler, Letterer: Kurt Hathaway,  Editor: Harvey Richards

Rating 2.5 out of 5 on individual story.
The story is kinda meh... I felt nothing but resentment for the main character of the story which wasn't Batman. It kinda reminded me of the more recent Streets of Gotham series, where the stories are told more from the perspective of the bad guy, yet it isn't as good as the Paul Dini's stories. Not that Tom Peyer did a awful job, it just was ...blah.  The ending was I guess one of those happy endings, yet I really didn't think the guy deserved happiness.  It had some cute moments of dialogue between Bruce and Alfred, but all in all it's not a story I would rave about or even remember.
SPOILERS FOR FIRST STORY, skip to next story review in Blue.

A guy with a drastically deformed face, has the power to manipulate minds once he shakes their hand. He holds a lot of resentment against his parents and uses this power to get beer and women...until he starts to get crafty and get wealthy, but he finds all of this unsatisfying because he wants people to accept him as himself. {Even though he is crass and generally unlikable person.}  In the end, he decides not to use his gifts anymore and Batman checks him into a mental hospital, and his parents reconcile with him.  YAWWWWN...luckily this is only three issues long, or the rating would have been lower.
  Second story REVIEW:
HOURMAN Issue 22
Title: The Chrono Bums
Writer: Tom Peyer, Artist: Tony Harris,  Colorist: John Kalisz, Separator: Heroic Age,  Letterer: Kurt Hathaway,  Editor: Tony Bedard.
Originally published Jan 2001.
RATING 3.2 out of 5

What the heck?!!!...where's the rest of the story. This is like the beginning of the end for the Hourman series, so you need issue 23-25 to finish it. This series was fun and enjoyable... and this issue was fun...but it is NOT a done-in-one story issue...and you will want to read the rest, which is only available on ebay...if you are lucky, so even though I may want to give it higher points on the fun factor, I can't because it leaves you hanging. After reading these two stories, I've concluded that Tom Peyer should have stuck to creating light hearted fun which he excelled at. Same with the artist, Tony Harris, the art in Hourman has a fun enjoyable feel.



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