One of the most popular requests I’ve got since I launched Batman-News.com a year ago was to cover comic books. I’m happy to announce that we’re going to do just that. With DC Comics relaunching their comics under the “New 52”, now is the best time to start reading. I couldn’t do this alone however, and I’m thrilled to welcome Andrew Asberry to Batman-News.com. Andrew will be reviewing all of the new Batman comics under the New 52. Get to know all about Andrew after the break.
Hi, I’m Andrew Asberry. I’d like to say I’m a lifelong Batman fan but, if you want to be exact about it, my attachment to Batman didn’t start until I was 4. Before that it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and before that it was Ghostbusters. Now, 21 years after I convinced my mom to throw Batman #445 into the grocery cart, I’m still addicted. I grew up with Tim Burton’s Batman films, but it was Batman: The Animated Series and Mask of the Phantasm that I watched religiously. In high school I started collecting the trade paperbacks with The Long Halloween and The Dark Knight Returns being favorites. In 2005 I began posting on the SuperheroHype’s Batman forums as Banana-Hotdog, which I still do today only sparing so I avoid spoilers. I followed every step of The Dark Knight viral and even won a few prizes for the photo I submitted to RorysDeathKiss.com.
And last August I was an extra in The Dark Knight Rises’ Heinz Field shoot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I flew in from St. Louis, by the way.
So those are my Batman-fan credentials. As for my comic reviews, I’m going to tell you whether or not I think the comic deserves to be purchased, skimmed through at the store, or avoided entirely. If I think it’s a good book, I’m going to tell you what it’s about with as few spoilers as possible so you get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of the comic when you do pick it up! But if it’s bad, I’m probably going to give away all the spoilers while I rage over my keyboard. I can’t say that these are going to be the best written reviews online, but they’ll be honest, to the point, and hopefully I can help you make a decision on those books you’re on the fence about.