Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013
Frank Miller has written some great stuff.
Jim Lee is one of my favorite artists.
Enthusiastically I opened up All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder a graphics novel by Frank Miller, Jim Lee and Scott Williams.
Page after page Lee’s art popped.
Page after page Miller’s worked plummeted.
To new all-time lows.
I’ve read or watched Batman since I was a kid. I read back issues from before I was born. Some better than others. I have my favorite portrayals of Batman, but now I have a new least.
I hated the Batman portrayed in All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder. There is almost nothing redeeming about Miller’s characterization of him.
This “Batman” is a raving sociopath. He has no moral compass. He’s not a vigilante, he’s an anti-hero at best: kidnapped Dick Grayson, killed cops, and crippled people without remorse.
This “Batman” is a villain.
One reviewer explained Frank Miller’s work on Batman like this: “For every ‘Dark Knight Returns,’ there is a ‘Dark Knight Strikes Again.’ And for every ‘Batman: Year One,’ there is an ‘All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder.’” 1
That was being kind.
If you want to enjoy great artistry by Jim Lee skip this one; pick up Batman: Hush.
Batman: Hush is a reprint of Batman issues 608-619. It’s a murder-mystery story arc that ran through written by Loeb, penciled by Lee, and, like, All Star Batman and Robin, it’s inked by Scott Williams. They created a masterpiece.