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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.

Oct 29

Batman: Hush

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 in Reviews

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.