[identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 08:47 am (UTC)(link)
I have to say, I love the way Tomasi writes Dick and how he just 'gets' the Bat family members. (Why is he still working on Green Lantern, again?)

[identity profile] nymphgalatea.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:00 am (UTC)(link)
Because he just 'gets' the vast cast of Green Lantern too, I think. His work with Kyle, Soranik & Guy has been nothing short of fabulous, and the characters he's introduced -Miri, Kryb, Mongul & the Daxamites- have all been compellingly written.

Don't get me wrong, I would like to see what Tomasi could do on a Bat-book, but I really can't think who could replace him on GL Corps. It's a difficult book to write well.

[identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 12:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah I agree, GLC is not a book that just anybody could write. but hey, he could work on both right?

Basically, I want:

Batman: Peter Tomasi

Detective Comics: Paul Dini

Streets of Gotham (dealing with Batwoman and various other Gotham cops): Greg Rucka

Batgirl: Andrew Gabrych

[identity profile] sailorlibra.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I promptly second all of those, except for the Batgirl one, which I hesitantly second, because I've never heard of him.

[identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Maybe this will help:



Actually I made a mistake (if the tags are to be believed) it's Anderson Gabrych.

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I like Rucka's Batwoman arc being in Det and I'm waiting until a few more issues to see what this Brian Miller guy's going to do with Batgirl, but I otherwise agree. :D

[identity profile] yaseen101.insanejournal.com 2009-09-11 10:08 am (UTC)(link)
I like Brian Q Miller but I think he works better on titles like Teen Titans or Titans.

[identity profile] jelly_ace.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 08:52 am (UTC)(link)
Tim's in Blackest Night? Hmmm. Buy or not?

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorta--this is just a three-issue tie-in mini. But Blackest Night has been pretty good so far.

[identity profile] jelly_ace.insanejournal.com 2009-09-11 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Sold! Aaaannnd there goes my food money.

[identity profile] queen_marshed.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:41 am (UTC)(link)
Poor Timmy will be angsting for a very very long time...

[identity profile] crinosg.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 01:12 pm (UTC)(link)
As opposed to what he has been doing?

[identity profile] faile_neume.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh Timmy


[identity profile] zordboy.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
And you just know our heroes are gonna have to off the zombie-bodies of their parents, don't you?

[identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 02:03 pm (UTC)(link)
That what we have Damian for, he doesn't give a rats ass about offing them, as he has no personal connection to any of them

[identity profile] jelly_ace.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 03:35 pm (UTC)(link)
Yup. And major angst to follow. Alfred's gonna be busy the next few days with laundrying pillowcases soiled with tears.

[identity profile] foxhack.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 01:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Black Lanterns with semi-normal clothes? Awesome.

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 02:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, Peter Tomasi. How I love thee. Poor Tim. I love the way Tomasi gets that most of the core Batfamily is all about their relationship to grief and mourning and death. It seems like he's using the way each Bat looks at it to drive the story more than just the zombies themselves, if that makes sense?

Jack's comment on the outfit is just killer. I can't help but notice the Graysons have been given brown hair, but I'm with it.

[identity profile] mysteryfan.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, makes sense! I'm getting this one later today, but judging from what I've seen and Issue 1, yes. And I love it!

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Hell, that's been the key strength of Blackest Night in general so far--instead of just going for "oh! zombies! gore!" it's been running on seeing your friends and family rotting, saying horrible things and trying to kill you by consuming your beating heart.

[identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 03:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Bruce is gonna be so sorry he missed this.

(Anonymous) 2009-09-10 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Bruce: what? you got to meet your dead parents? :(
Dick: trust me, it was not as good as you would think.


in all honesty though... the tear in Tim's eye i think is the first real morning he has done since Conner died... or kinda died. And i think it really makes the panel

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"in all honesty though... the tear in Tim's eye i think is the first real morning he has done since Conner died... or kinda died. And i think it really makes the panel"

I can see that--he's been mostly in denial for a long time now, espicially as Red Robin.

[identity profile] xammax.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 04:09 pm (UTC)(link)
His skull is being dragged around, if Thomas and Martha Wayne don't show in the main book... well the WTH!?

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 04:10 pm (UTC)(link)
It could be reeeealy interesting to see what they'd have to say to the ones left behind there now.

[identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I think a huge part of Blackest Night will be when it's over and people notice that Bruce (and I assume the Waynes?) didn't rise like everyone else. It'll be clue he's not as dead as they thought.

[identity profile] interrobamf.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
The modus operandi of the Black Lanterns is to kill people after they've reached a high emotional state. Who can the Waynes do this to?

[identity profile] sailorlibra.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)

Which... I would totally murderize them if they did that to Alfred.

[identity profile] timemonkey.insanejournal.com 2009-09-11 02:01 am (UTC)(link)
Alfred will shame them into going back to their graves.

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, looking at this again...is Dick's dad making a pun? I think he is and I love Tomasi for it.

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:11 pm (UTC)(link)
The "high-wire act" line? I'm not sure if I'm getting it. :(

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Not your fault--it's me using totally the wrong word. It's not pun that I meant, it's just that he's saying one of those doofy things like Dick used to always say. Like if he threw somebody out of a car he'd say something goofy like "It's time for you to hit the road!" Or "No time to stop and jaw!" as he punched someone in the jaw.

So John Grayson smashing his way into the top of their flying blimp and announcing, "Now that's what I call a high wire act!" makes me think maybe his dad did it too, which is adorable.

[identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 03:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Poor Tim. What a year or two (DCU time) he's had. Seriously has anyone who cares about him (or says they do) bothered to get him professional help? Think what it could have done for Bruce at the same age had he gotten some. We've gotten all these panels from his friends and family wanting to "talk" to him but they are really not the people he should be talking to. A psychiatrist would be better.

I do like how matter-of-fact Dick is here though. He's not going to let the zombies faze him. Bruce would be proud.

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Seriously has anyone who cares about him (or says they do) bothered to get him professional help? Think what it could have done for Bruce at the same age had he gotten some.

Actually, I don't think that sounds so great. It's not like emotional support is only to be done in a professional, sterile environment by a distinterested person who's studied a subject that isn't even so black and white to begin with. It's not like a therapist has some easy answers for the kind of existential questions they talk about with each other.

If Tim really needs anti-depressants than yes, he'd need a doctor's prescription, but I think Tim would actually do just as well talking to the people who do care about him as with a therapist--or probably better. He won't talk to his loved ones for the same reason he would reject professional help and they can't push either on him. I don't think Bruce would have been any different or better with a therapist. In fact given the time period at this point I would guess he must have had one for a time because it would be standard.

[identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 05:16 pm (UTC)(link)
True, you have a point. But I still think Dick or somebody should have considered it. I mean obviously he won't talk to THEM, maybe a neutral observer (professional or not) could help. Of course, when Tim turns out to be the only one in the whole DCU who was right about Bruce, I expect him to stop being as emo.

This is one of the places when J'onn Jonzz really is needed in the DCU. He was usually the one person ANYONE could talk to for a sympathetic ear.

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Actually, turns out Dick did consider it and ask him to do it--it's in Red Robin #4.

It will be pretty interesting when Tim's proved right--part of what's so crazy about the way he's acting is he won't tell anybody why he thinks it, exactly. But he also thinks that finding Bruce will put everything back to the way it was when he was 16, and he's going to find out he's mistaken there!

[identity profile] jaybee3.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 05:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, totally agree. And I'm glad Dick took some action (except for brushing off Tim for Damien so nonchalantly, Dick seems to have made all the right Bat-moves to date).

I'm sure the writers have some plan why Tim thinks Bruce is alive but if I was writing it I would go with the obvious reasons: a)Bruce always had a plan - even with Darkseid b)Kon, Bart, Superman, etc. Almost everyone Tim knows has literally come back from the dead and c)Just because the corpse-DNA matched Bruce it means nothing, the whole DCU went through the same thing literally months ago (DCU time) when everyone BUT Bruce and Dinah thought it was Ollie she had killed (turns out to be the Everyman). All Tim has to do is use his own experience to tell him why Bruce is alive, the real question is why is he the ONLY ONE to think so?

[identity profile] sistermagpie.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that seems to be the problem, that his own experience is what people assume he's using and don't accept. They assume he just figures since everybody else came back from the dead, why not Bruce? But it seems that at this point Tim "just knows" in the way he "just knew" Dick was Robin...only what he knew then was that he recognized that quad somersault!

But he must have some concrete evidence because why else did he know to go to that museum etc.?

(Anonymous) 2009-09-10 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
blackest night may further cement in Tim's mind that Bruce is still alive, since Bruce's body has not come back.
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Wistful Diana)

[personal profile] kingrockwell 2009-09-10 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Failing that, we still have Wonder Woman.

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Pratically, a psychiatrist wouldn't work, because of the whole secret identity thing. But either way, I don't think Tim would really be able to listen to anything like that right now. What I've read of psychology, barring medicine there's really no solution that can be made unless the patient decides that it is the right thing to do.

[identity profile] mooppoom.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
God, I hate all the blackest night stuff. The rainbow of rings could have been kind of fun, but between this, ralph and sue, and Donna Troy's dead baby, it is about as creepy and unpleasant as anyone could possibly make it.

[identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
creepy and unpleasant

In a horror story? How. Dare. They.

[identity profile] mooppoom.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 07:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I look at the Lanterns as scifi stories.

But even in horror stories, I think there's the good kind of creepy, where you are thrilled by the imagination it took to come up with that scenario, and the bad kind of creepy, where you feel like they're going for a quick, cheap shock.

I dislike the Black Lanterns the same way I dislike event-driven character death or a writer making a regular hero act extremely out-of-character so they'll fit in one story. They're disregarding the wider universe so they can have a dun Dun DUN moment on one page.

Plus. Dead zombie baby? It didn't work for Stephen King, and it doesn't work here.

(Anonymous) 2009-09-10 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
when did King use a dead baby Zombie

(Anonymous) 2009-09-10 10:52 pm (UTC)(link)
Pet Sematary. And it totally *did* work, scared the crap out of me.

[identity profile] darkknightjrk.insanejournal.com 2009-09-10 11:22 pm (UTC)(link)
To be fair, horror is a genre that can fit into a lot of different kinds of stories and you can have a sci-fi/horror story. Look at Alien, for example.

And I thought the way they've been using most of the Black Lanterns haven't been cheap at all--it's meant to be shocking, because the BLs feed on emotions and really, everyones reactions to the BLs are pretty similar to anyone who's friend or family member reappears as a rotting corpse who wants to kill you.

I'll admit the baby did sound pretty border-line when I first heard of it. I haven't reat BN: Titans so I can't really say for certain if it was used alright or not.