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    I'm pretty much bored by nearly everything Batman the past few years, with the exception of "The War of Jokes & Riddles," which, unfortunately, did not lead me further on into my hoped-for Batman reawakening, but I picked up the first issue of Universe, and it's not too bad... how do other Batman readers feel about it?
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    I picked it up yesterday!

    I like Nick Derington's art, and was very interested to see Bendis write Batman. I've also been really, really craving a Batman book that wasnt tied to other things and just told modern-y BATMAN stories. I love Batman but don't typically enjoy plot heavy main title stuff, or the endless Joker rehashes.

    I actually enjoyed it a lot! I didnt realize Jinny Hex was going to factor into this, and it was fun to meet her. Derington does a really great job laying out the story in a fun and interesting way (loved the bits with Batman just walking around that smalltown).
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt levin View Post
    I'm pretty much bored by nearly everything Batman the past few years, with the exception of "The War of Jokes & Riddles," which, unfortunately, did not lead me further on into my hoped-for Batman reawakening, but I picked up the first issue of Universe, and it's not too bad... how do other Batman readers feel about it?
    This is the one reprinting the Batman comic book previously sold only at Walmart stores?

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    Yes I think it's reprinting the Walmart comics, which, out of general dislike for Walmart, I passed on, so I'm glad to have some of the stories (hoping for the Jonah Hex material) in this form. And like Flash, I too have "also been really, really craving a Batman book that wasn't tied to other things and just told modern-y BATMAN stories."
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    We never got the Walmart books in Canada, so I'm glad they're finally being released over here. I like how both this and the Superman one are going really crazy with their stories and blend both a "modern" and "classic" feel. Derrington's art is an extremely appealing fit to this, and Bendis writes a good (albeit not that surprising) Batman.

    My one minor gripe (with the release rather than the content itself) is that they're selling these issues for $5, despite them not being the full 30 pages like those priced issues normally are, and instead are just 24 pages. Because of that I think it may be a better deal to get the trades for this, unless you are really curious, which it isn't ultimately a bad deal to pick up the single issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inversed View Post
    We never got the Walmart books in Canada, so I'm glad they're finally being released over here. I like how both this and the Superman one are going really crazy with their stories and blend both a "modern" and "classic" feel. Derrington's art is an extremely appealing fit to this, and Bendis writes a good (albeit not that surprising) Batman.

    My one minor gripe (with the release rather than the content itself) is that they're selling these issues for $5, despite them not being the full 30 pages like those priced issues normally are, and instead are just 24 pages. Because of that I think it may be a better deal to get the trades for this, unless you are really curious, which it isn't ultimately a bad deal to pick up the single issue.
    Can't necessarily count on trades anymore. Can't count on the longevity of DC Universe either but if you're a fan of any DC Comics and are willing to trade-wait, you can instead DCUniverse-wait and pay about $8/month for every single comic they've digitized, including new issues 12 months after the single issues hit the stands.

    To answer the original question, I liked #1 a lot. Derrington is always fantastic and I like Bendis's voice well enough here.

    I don't suffer from a lack of Batman books I appreciate though, being I can't get enough of King's run. Detective has been weirdly boring to me since Tomasi took over. I usually love his Batman.

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