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Batman / Fortnite – Zero Point Issue 4, Basilisk Issue 1 & More! – The Geekiary

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Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point Issue 4 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome to my comic book reviews for this week (June 2, 2021). I will cover Batman / Fornite: Point Zero Number 4, The pretty house by the lake Number 1, and more!

Of course I have to open with one of the best Batman market stories, Batman / Fortnite: Point Zero. The fourth issue really took the narrative forward in a spectacular way. After escaping the loop in the previous issue, the fourth installment opened with Batman facing Deathstroke (who was holding Selina hostage). In my review of number three, I mentioned how much I didn’t like Selina being used as a hostage during the cliffhanger ending. Fortunately, writer Christos Gage had other plans and Catwoman and Batman were able to get the upper hand over Deathstroke during the situation.

Much has been revealed in Batman / Fortnite: Point Zero number 4. It turns out that a number of people managed to escape the Loop. However, they were now stuck on a strange island. Plus, while they remembered all the times they’d been killed inside the Loop, they had no memories of their lives before The Loop. We even met a character who had been on the island for four years, unable to break free.

I liked the way Bruce immediately took charge of the situation and gave orders to everyone to help find anything that might respond to what was going on on the Strange Island. I also liked the explanation of how the group was made up of beings from different worlds. It helped explain why not all of them were human. Gage also continued to add sweet moments between Bruce and Selina. My heart!

With Batman / Fortnite: Point Zero With issue number 4 ending on another cliffhanger that’s sure to arouse suspicion within the group, I can’t wait to see the sequel.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

batman catwoman number 5 review
Batman / Catwoman Number 5 (Image: DC Comics)

Batman / Catwoman Number 5

Am I still reading the Batman / Catwoman series of writer Tom King even though some readers continue to call it confusing and boring to follow? I am on. I can not help it. I’m not going to sit here and say this is the best book ever written. I can clearly see why some readers have a problem with the narrative decisions King made. It’s just that I’m a fan of Selina and her relationship with Bruce. And I think Batman / Catwoman (even with very limited doses of Batman) offered something of interest when it comes to exploring a character like Selina.

In issue 5, Selina fought Harley Quinn. I could sort of understand where Quinn was coming from. Of course, she would want to be the one to kill Joker. Seeing an old Selina and Harley try to knock each other out was oddly fun. I was actually worried that one of them would slip and move a hip or something.

In the distant past, we saw Selina drunk and thinking about her relationship with Bruce. She is clearly confused about her place in Gotham as a young thief. And in the third timeline, Selina witnessed what Andrea was planning to do with people who wanted to join the Joker and how that related to her son.

While I enjoy the jumps between timelines and how previous versions of Selina tend to impact the old version, I understand how shocking it can be for readers. Plus, the pace can certainly be picked up a bit.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Up to you.

The beautiful house by the lake number 1 review
The beautiful lakeside house number 1 (Image: DC Comics)

The pretty house by the lake Number 1

From writer James Tynion the IV there has been a lot of hype around The pretty house by the lake number 1. In a way, this horror title might appeal to those who love sci-fi. I’m more of a paranormal fan. So, some revelations did not seem really captivating to me. However, I liked the overall unsettling vibe featuring a group of people invited to a lakeside house due to the reasons. I also liked how, with the exception of one character, the rest of the cast are in their 30s. We don’t get a lot of them. So Tynion points out for taking such an approach.

With the way things have turned out I think The pretty house by the lake is ready to dive deep into the human psyche and explore how some people react to… well, I don’t want to mess things up. In a way, I’m not even sure what we saw actually happened. Plus, if what happened actually happened, it’s not something we’ve never seen before. And the fact that the story is being published by DC Comics, I doubt it could push the boundaries as much as it could (visuals and story) under a different editor.

Anyway, I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking around for this series, though. But let’s see.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? Yes.

Recommendation: Up to you.

Basil number 1 review
Basil number 1 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Basil number 1

From writer Cullen Bunn, Basil Number 1 introduced us to a world where a bunch of people with (I guess) psychic abilities kill a lot of people. However, two years later, we find out that one of the psychics, Regan, has left the group and now finds himself teaming up with Hannah because Regan’s former associates have devious plans and need to be stopped.

It appears that Bunn plans to explore themes relating to seeking redemption, forgiveness, and dealing with a superiority complex. As for the horror aspect, there is nothing too scary. I liked the body horror, however. Anyway, I’ll be keeping an eye on the next issue.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: Up to you.

Nocterra magazine number 4
Nocterra Number 4 (Image: Image Comics)

Nocterra Number 4

Speaking of another horror comic, Nocterra continues to be a blast. Writer Scott Snyder knows how to balance action and horror perfectly in the dangerous fictional world he has created. Nocterra Number 4 showed that Val and Bailey’s bond grew stronger as they attempted to find a powerful source of light to weaken Em’s infection.

Along with the action beats, I enjoyed the flashbacks showcasing Val and Em’s past as they decided to leave their house after realizing that no one was going to come looking for them. I’m so here to see more of their childhood lives and how Val ended up being the woman she is in the present.

Nocterra Issue 4 ended on an exciting cliffhanger that will continue to expand upon Snyder’s thought. Also, I really hope Em can survive the ordeal.

Tony S. Daniel and Tomeu Morey, as usual, did wonders with the visuals, especially when it comes to monster designs, gore, and what everything should look like in different types of light.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: TO PICK UP!

Young Hellboy the Hidden Island issue 4 review
Young Hellboy: The Hidden Island Issue 4 (Image: Dark Horse Comics)

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Earth Number 4

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Earth Issue # 4 served as a satisfying conclusion to Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski’s mini-story starring the young Hellboy and the professor’s thrilling adventure on a mysterious island. Everything ended as planned. However, there was a time when I got worried about Scarlett’s fate.

Even though it was predictable, I had fun reading such a story. And yes, I want more young Hellboy tales in my life.

Does he have any obvious weird characters? No.

Recommendation: To pick up.

You can review Jessica from the Poison Ivy: Thorns graphic novel here.

What comics have you read this week? Did you like Batman / Fornite: Point Zero number 4?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a double master’s degree in psychology and biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in molecular genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville and The Game Master of Somerville. It gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime / manga, video games, and movies.

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