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When we last left the story, our fearless hero was facing impossible odds: a city in turmoil, an apparently unstoppable supervillain behind it all, and his trusted mentor nowhere to be found. He's got one shot: a counter-stratagem that might turn everything around...

... or it just might crash and burn, leaving Tim to join his predecessor in the line of Good Soldiers behind glass in the Batcave.

Read more... )
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From The Batman Chronicles #3: "Riddle of the Jinxed Sphinx". A criminally underrated little Riddler tale, if I do say so myself. I find the art (a rather interesting collaboration between Bill Sienkiewicz and Brian Stelfreeze) to be rather hit-and-miss, but goddamn it all if Doug Moench didn't write one of the best Eddie portrayals ever.

The general plot: Riddler decides to do away with his riddles once and for all, and begins to hire himself out as a generic mastermind to various crime bosses in Gotham. Mind you, this doesn't mean that he totally abstains from riddles - just that he won't send them to law enforcement anymore. Like the Eddie we all know and love, he still performs his crimes with that overly complex supervillain flair.

Nice diner you got here... shame if something happened to it... )

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In a world with no Justice League - in a Gotham without a Batman - hope still springs eternal.
 
Even if it comes from the unlikeliest of sources.
 
 
What measure is 'the good old days?' )
Oh, and Ray Fawkes co-wrote this issue! He doesn't have a tag yet, so I'll just credit him here.
 
Food for Thought: What are the pros and cons of DC having a theoretical Villains Year? One year of no heroes doing angsty gray-area stuff - just villain character development. If so, which villains deserve a ten-month, Black-Mirror style story arc?
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...then you might want to skip this post, but if you enjoyed it (Whether as straightforward entertainment as a kid, or in a slightly more self-aware sense later on) then you may well want to give this title a try.

In which Alfred shows he's awesome in ANY iteration )
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Out of the three Dixon/Beatty Year One storylines, I think that I might like Nightwing: Year One best.

Now, general consensus is that this is the least liked of the three - but more often than not, those complaints tend to be about elements that I can't really bring myself to care about (the Teen Titans, Kory vs. Babs, Jason, etc.). Plus, there's the art - in my mind, Scott McDaniel is the Nightwing artist, and though the loss of his usual Nightwing inker Karl Story is regrettable, I still consider it leaps and bounds over the art of the other two.

(That's not to say I hated the art on the other two - but often, it struck me as a poor man's Bruce Timm or Darwyn Cooke. Still, there's a really nice scene from Batgirl: Year One that I need to post here sometime, that really shows off the benefits of minimalism.)

Chapter four, in particular, is probably my favorite. Dick's back in Gotham, going out and about and getting in the faces of every lowlife he can find - gotta spread the new Nightwing identity somehow. Throw in a date with Babs-as-Batgirl, plus a slew of appearances from villains that Dixon always writes beautifully (in other words, Two-Face and Freeze are nowhere in sight), and you've got one gem of an issue.

Sadly, since this issue is so popular here on scans_daily, I will not be able to post the awesomesauce Penguin sequence. It's somewhere on the Internet, though - you'll have to find it yourself. Instead, let's skip forward to Arkham Asylum, where a certain green-haired clown is about to join in on the fun.

Everything old is new again... )
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In the Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader trade they also collected some of Gaiman's older Batman stories from back in the day. One of them, about a recuiter for the Suicide Squad evaluating Poison Ivy to see if she'll be a worthwhile addition to the troupe I'll cover later.

But for now, here's a bit from a story involving a group of reporters who come to Gotham to make a documentary about how Batman is actually responsible for the amount of supervillains in the city...
This takes place just after Death in the Family, for those who were interested in when this was set. )
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As the sun sets (or rises depending on time difference) on scans_daily's "Dude in Distress Week" (and thank you to the mods for it and to everyone who contributed such great issues), I thought I'd make a couple of posts featuring my favourites... First post will be some commissions, the second post will be some classic moments from the past, and the third will be my nomination for perfect "Dude in Distress" issue. And yes, I should probably apologise in advance for the sheer Robin-centricity of them, but frankly you should know me better by now! :D If cute guys in pixie boots aren't you're thing, please feel free to skip them all.

Like comics... but not! )
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Now that is some fine family entertainment: the Riddler and the Joker about to kill a trussed-up Robin in a giant cheese press, all in front of a live audience.

At Sea World.
What's the story? )

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