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By John Francis Moore and Kieron Dwyer. Lee Loughridge, colorist and John Costanza, letterer. From Batman Chronicles #11.



I just discovered this recently and really like it. I'm leaving out the big plot points because I don't want to spoil it (and because this is as much as I can include-it's a dense though not lengthy story) but I highly recommend it if you like pulp, and/or horror and/or noir. Personally, I love the layout, art, language and story--wish I could include more because I think it's fantastic--and I think it has a really perfect ending.








Date: 2009-09-07 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damar148.insanejournal.com
So what's the ending? Bruce taking over the curse and becoming Manbat?

Date: 2009-09-07 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taggerung301.insanejournal.com
i dunno what the real ending is, but I like damar148's idea, haha

Date: 2009-09-07 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retro_nouveau.insanejournal.com
...if you like pulp, and/or horror and/or noir.

Yes, that would be me! Thanks for this, I'm looking for it as of now.

Complete with the zoo and the gnarly tree (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUt0rRQEdNE)?

Image See these eyes so green
I can stare for a thousand years
Colder than the moon
It's been so long...
Image

Ouch! Preview, retro, preview!

Date: 2009-09-07 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipsnopotatoes.insanejournal.com
mysteryfan! i've missed your catwoman posts!

thanks for this. i love the fifties feel of this...

where can i find batman chronicles #11?

Date: 2009-09-08 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com
Still love this! Especially Bruce's happy ending.

Date: 2009-09-08 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] parsimonia.insanejournal.com
It's almost jarring to have Bruce calling her "doll" and to have Alfred be a bartender, but then you have Bruce and Selina being drawn to each other like magnets and they're so recognizable that way, you know it's the same characters.

I think I need a Cat/Bat icon.

Date: 2009-09-10 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
You could take a sample from this - I mean, it's an Elseworlds Cat/Bat, but that panel where she's asking for a light is a pretty good portrayal of their respective characters.

Date: 2009-09-13 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
And it's a beauty! Oh, Selina, you foxy lady, you.

Date: 2009-09-08 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superfan1.insanejournal.com
This is a fantastic story,can't say it enough!

Date: 2009-09-08 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queenanthai.insanejournal.com
On a vaguely off-tangent, nobody appreciates letterers. 'Specially now that everything's all computer-generated handwriting fonts. Does John Costanza still work in comics? Because I always loved his work.

Date: 2009-09-08 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jelly_ace.insanejournal.com
It's your love juice, Bruce, your magical love juice!!!

Date: 2009-09-08 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] colonel_green.insanejournal.com
What's Dwyer done recently? The last thing of his that comes to mind was much of Busiek's final Avengers arc.

Date: 2009-09-08 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halloweenjack.insanejournal.com
He did a zombie book with Steve Niles called Remains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remains_(comic)); I thought that his art for it was pretty awful. His site indicates that he also does commercial artwork; perhaps he's busy with that, although I'd like him to return to comics (as long as it's not like Remains or the poopy-kaka juvenile humor that he did for LCD, his own book).

Date: 2009-09-10 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Selina should really be drawn as a traditional femme fatale type more often - it's a good look for her. Really, it goes back to her classic Golden Age outfit, which was basically a slinky dress with a mask and a cape. I've always somewhat preferred that look - sure, it doesn't work if she's going to be a literal catburglar, but as the 'master criminal' type that she used to be, it suits her admirably.

Date: 2009-09-10 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipsnopotatoes.insanejournal.com
i heartily agree. that's why i love gaiman's whatever happened to the caped crusader. and the purple skirt is my favorite costume.

Date: 2009-09-11 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Has that been collected in a trade yet? 'Cause I'm interested in it, but not so interested in hunting down back issues.

Date: 2009-09-11 12:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chipsnopotatoes.insanejournal.com
it's already available on amazon...and Selina is drawn beautifully here -- femme fatale but utterly classy!

http://www.amazon.com/Batman-Whatever-Happened-Crusader-Deluxe/dp/1401223036/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1252628490&sr=8-1

Date: 2009-09-11 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Thanks; good to know.

Date: 2009-09-13 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
It would be interesting if the two different varieties of the character were somehow able to meet. I believe the term 'catfight' would fully apply in that instance.

Date: 2009-09-13 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Femme fatale, yes? She'd be who I'd vote for, anyway; we need more classic femme fatales in comics. They used to be all over the place, but they've vanished recently - the only one I can think of offhand is the White Rabbit (the DC version), and she hasn't made an appearance for years.

Date: 2009-09-13 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Thought so.
Incidentally, am I the ONLY one who remembers the White Rabbit? I've brought her up here before, and either no one's heard of her or no one's interested in her.

Date: 2009-09-13 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Well, she's not a Batman villain, actually, she's a Steel villain. I don't know if you've ever read the whole 'Death of Superman' storyline, but she first showed up during the 'Reign of the Supermen' bit - she was John Henry Irons's ex-lover and ex-colleague at the arms company where he used to work. She stole some of his old designs, and started manufacturing them and selling them on the streets of Metropolis as 'Toastmasters', prompting horrific gang violence, which prompted John Henry to build the Steel armor. I know she showed up afterwards in the Steel series, but as I don't know much about that, I'm not sure how much impact she had. She's a classic femme fatale - slinky dress, talent for wrapping men round her little finger, ever-present cigarette holder, the works. (She's also interesting in that she's one of only two only albino African Americans in comics that I can think of, the other being Tombstone from Spider-Man.)

Date: 2009-09-14 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Let me know what you think - it's a pretty good storyline, in any case.

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