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Jun 29

Batman’s The Black Mirror

Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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.

May 7

Blind Benefits

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

daredevilWhen I was little I wondered what it would be like to be blind. I didn’t know anyone blind, but I did read Daredevil comic books.

While reading Daredevil comic books I learned that main character Matt Murdoch was blinded as a boy, but remarkably his other senses were heightened to compensate for his blindness.

Later I learned that not all people who lose their sight have such benefits.

God inspired Jesus Christ’s close friend John to recorded the following story about a blind man. “As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?”

Apr 13

Batman: Heart of Hush

Posted on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

HushLast year when I read Batman:Hush it immediately became one of my favorite graphic novels. Written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee it set a high benchmark.

I just finished reading Batman: Heart of Hush, written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen. It is not the masterpiece Batman:Hush was, but it is a rich, emotionally complex followup story.

Originally in Detective Comics #846-#850, the story has been republished in the story “The Heart of Hush.”

Surgeon Thomas Elliot is now a manipulative sociopath, known as Hush. Elliot has returned to humiliate and kill Batman.

Feb 9

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

Oct 30

Batman, Superman & Perspective

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

“If you support _____ immediately delete me.”

That was posted on Facebook, tweeted and repeated passionately in the last few weeks leading up to our national election.

It’s interesting how much anger and vitriol arises during election years.

I see it everywhere.

Even among comic book readers.

At the risk of alienating fans of other fans I’m only going to refer to two set of loyalists, the Batman and the Superman fans.

Recently I read a graphic novel called Trinity by Matt Wagner featuring Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman. In the Trinity there is a conversation between Wonder Woman and Superman about Batman.

Oct 29

Batman: Hush

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

If you need a change in your usual reading list let me recommend Batman:Hush.

  Batman:Hush is a well-written, suspenseful graphic novel written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Jim Lee.

The story depicts a mysterious observer who seems intent on sabotaging Batman through subtle and manipulative use of a large number of Batman’s greatest villainous foes.

Hush leads us through parts of Bruce Wayne’s personal life including untold pieces of his childhood and an exploration of a romance with between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle.

I was impressed with the rich and compelling mystery.