Date: 2009-11-02 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeeeeeah. See, this is what happens when you let Tony Daniel near the writing. Guy's a great artist, no doubt -- he even did an excellent scene between Dick and Selina.

But the rest of the story? Jumbled and very rough. And I was very surprised to see this addition.
As well, when was the last time we actually saw Selina steal jewels? Just seems to be very random.

Daniel should really stick with the art. PLEASE, DC?!

Date: 2009-11-02 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why? Selina IS a jewel thief, the fact she doesn't do it consistently, doesn't mean she is any less a jewel thief, or not be apt to do it again if the mood, or circumstances, made it desirable.

Date: 2009-11-02 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She is, but I'm just being very nit-picky and grumpy regarding Daniel's stuff. :-P

Date: 2009-11-02 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As long as the man doesn't flaunce his ego I tend to give him a lot of pass considering he is still relatively new to the field. But why on earth would DC put an inexperienced man who is still new to the writing gig on one of their highest selling books? Is it because he can easily be controlled by editorial? Which wouldn't surprise me since Didio called Coutdown "52 done right!" and in 52 Didio had very little editorial control over. Or is it because the man has good ideas and some exceptional skills? Well his writing and art has clearly improved since BftC but I wouldn't call him exceptional.

Date: 2009-11-02 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But why on earth would DC put an inexperienced man who is still new to the writing gig on one of their highest selling books?

Perhaps because he has a good track record of being on time with his work, had expressed an interest in writing, is intimately familiar with the Batclan. Plus perhaps a deliberate effort to have a NEW writer's take on Batman since it IS a new Batman.

A risky strategy, but I'll see how it goes.

Date: 2009-11-02 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What happened to working your way up the ladder?

Yes, but the kind of people you mention usually gets mini-series or 2-3 issue arcs not event books like BftC.
Anyway, I choose to believe in more ridiculous theories even if it is for the laughs.

Date: 2009-11-02 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
A new writer's take on a new Batamn...hmmm. That doesn't really work since it isn't really an entirely new character. Not only is there a lot of backstory but a stint as Batman in the past as well. The writer doesn't get to reinvent how this Batman will act. He has to base it on the character's backstory.
(I'm still very ticked off at him for what he did to Jason)

Date: 2009-11-02 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
*headdesk* I meant Batman ...not Batamn *is embarrassed*

Date: 2009-11-02 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Because it *is* their highest selling book?

Basically, Batman will sell if written by a pair of chimps. Better put the good writers to work on more obscure titles where people might be tempted to go there for the writer's sake.

Date: 2009-11-02 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, but then the sales will just stay that way but if they get a really good writer, like Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka or Peter Tomasi, then the sales will be even higher. Why do you think the GL book's sales have stayed consistently high since Rebirth?

Date: 2009-11-02 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, it's certainly improved since BftC and is nowhere near as cliche.

But, agreed, why would DC put someone inexperienced at writing on one of their biggest books?
Sometimes I just think it's b/c DC hates us. Yep. That's it.

Date: 2009-11-02 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sometimes I just think it's b/c DC hates us. Yep. That's it."

And they express their hate by bringing in a newer writer who's a bit mediocre but steadily improving? No, if they really hate us they would have given the writing gig to Chuck Austin and had art by Rob Liefeld.

Date: 2009-11-02 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So far all the proof we have that Daniel is "steadily improving" is that it's not horrible, whereas BftC 2 and 3 were each worse than the last.

Date: 2009-11-02 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't think you can judge "steadily improving" by one issue.


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