Blood Ties (Batman versus Predator #3)

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Title: Blood Ties

Series: Batman versus Predator

Author/Artist: Chuck Dixon, et al

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic

Pages: 136

Format: Digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Yet another Predator comes to Gotham, this time bringing a protege to train.

Tim Drake is the current Robin and he is now in the sites of the young Predator.

Can the Dynamic Duo put a final end to the Predator’s interest in Gotham and its Champion?

 

My Thoughts:

Now I know why I never bothered to buy this book back in the day.  This was pure pablum and a complete failure as a story.

It was formulaic, lacking in any and all intensity and felt like the money grab it was. There was hardly ANY fighting and Batman “capturing” the older Predator to shame all the Predators so they’d leave Gotham alone felt like an idea that someone had at 4am after about 8 cups of coffee.

There was nothing bad about this, but insipid is the best I could call it. To continue the coffee thing. This was a cold cup with generic creamer that’s congealed in a paper cup. Ughh.

Bloodmatch (Batman versus Predator #2)

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Title: Bloodmatch

Series: Batman versus Predator

Author/Artist: Doug Moench, et al

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic

Pages: 144

Format: Digital scan

 

Synopsis:

A rogue Predator comes to Gotham to take on Batman. A group of Rule Keepers [for lack of a better word] is after the Rogue Predator.

At the same time, a group of Super Mercs have been hired to take out Batman.

So you have Predator versus Predator, Predator versus Batman, Predator versus Mercs and Batman versus Mercs.

If that isn’t complicated enough, the Huntress is hunting down the criminal who hired the mercs and gets involved herself.

 

My Thoughts:

This wasn’t as enjoyable as the previous battle. Part of it was the novelty was gone but part was the story itself. The Huntress just didn’t fit in and it made things awkward.

Also, I had forgotten just how sexualized women usually are in comics. My goodness, talk about a lot of cleavage, leg and butt.

The “bad ass” rogue Predator wasn’t. He just kills a lot.

*wave hands and make scary ghost noises*

This was just ‘meh’ for me. It didn’t appeal. I didn’t hate it, but I sure wasn’t loving it.

Batman versus Predator (Batman versus Predator #1)

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Title: Batman versus Predator

Series: Batman versus Predator

Author/Artist: Dave Gibbons, Andy & Adam Kubert

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic

Pages: 128

Format: Digital scan

 

Synopsis:

A Predator comes to Gotham and starts hunting the top dogs. Batman gets involved and it comes down to a brutal finish between a wounded Batman and a wounded Predator.

 

My Thoughts:

I own this in paper. I bought the collected edition when it came out in the 90’s and my teen self was amazed at how amazing amazingly amazing this was. What could be more amazing than Batman, in amazing bat armor,  fighting an amazing predator?

Yeah, that is a lot of amazeballz there.

Reading this now, it is a solid, if a bit short, story.  There is actually very little of Batman fighting the Predator, more like skirmishes while the Predator kills off various Gotham elites. Thankfully, right at the end, there is a scene where Batman takes a baseball bat to the Predator. I think that scene alone would make this book worthwhile.

I am not sure I’ll ever be reading this again though. It had sat on my bookshelves, lo these long years, and I hadn’t even thought of it until I read that silly book, Archie versus the Predator. That was just so much fun that I had to dig these out [there are 3 graphic novels in this series, even though each is a standalone story if I remember correctly] and see how they’ve fared over time.

I was planning on reading all 3 in a row and then review them right after the other but after this one I think I’ll let it rest for a week or so before trying the second.