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Aug 21

Comic Book Foe

Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 in Emotional, Intellectual, Relational, Social, Values

Some people like “bad guys.” I might admire their intellect, courage, determination, creativity or leadership, but I never liked “bad guys.” So when people tell me that they love a “bad guy” I’m a little perplexed. One of the favorite “bad guys” is the sociopath adversary “The Joker.”IMG_0292

This series of pages from Batman: The Killing Joke. This comic was written by Alan Moore with art by Brian Bolland and John Higgins. Batman: The Killing Joke, illustrates why I love heroes instead of villains.IMG_0293

Though The Joker was a murdering killer Batman still saw some virtue in him.
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Jun 29

Batman’s The Black Mirror

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Reviews

BlackMirror_p37_65pIn “The Black Mirror,” a series of brutal murders have occurred in Gotham City, Batman’s home town.

The Black Mirror – written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Jock and Francisco Francavilla – was originally a story arc in Detective Comics 871-881. The artwork is very good, the writing is even better.

Like Scott Snyder’s story arc The Court Of Owls (which I’m reading now), Snyder’s Gotham City somehow corrupts its inhabitants. It’s an interesting perspective. It’s as-if the city literally has the power to corrupt in and of itself.

Jun 23

Batman: The Man Who Laughs

Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 in Reviews

BatmantheManWhoLaughsIn 1987 Frank Miller rewrote the origin of the Batman in Batman: Year One.

In The Man Who Laughs – written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Doug Mahnke and David Baron – they re-wrote the origin of The Joker and the Joker’s first encounter with Batman.

Brubacker’s Joker is violent and sadistic from the first page forward. Captain James Gordon and other officers are investigating a building filled with mutilated corpses. The Joker follows that with a trip to the Williams Medical Center. After killing the security guards, he arms the inmates and releases them on the streets. Batman must stop them. Stop him, and bring the sociopathic Joker to justice.

Feb 9

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Reviews

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.