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"I'd also like to stress that the portrayal of Batman presented here is not definitive and is not necessarily how I would write the character otherwise. The repressed, armoured, uncertain and sexually frozen man in Arkham Asylum was intended as a critique of the '80s interpretation of Batman as violent, driven and borderline psychopathic. My own later portrayal of Batman in the JLA comic was one which emphasized the character's sanity and dignity; in the end, I figured that anyone who had gone so far and been so successful in his quest to avenge his parents' death and to help other people would have ended up pretty much straightened out. Bruce Wayne would only have become conflicted and mentally unstable if he had NOT put on his scary bat-suit and found the perfect outlet for his feelings of rage, guilt and revenge." - Grant Morrison

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As seen further down the page, each issue of the SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN miniseries had a one page story. Issue #5 had a less "meta" story where Jimmy Olsen and Perry White don't appear, but they are both awesome.
Written by Max Landis with art by Matthew Clark

The New Jimmy )
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A.V. CLUB: So you actually consciously set out to change things in the comics industry?

FRANK MILLER: Well, I set out to remark upon them. And seeing how all these heroes had been castrated since the 1950s, and just how pointless they seemed to be... In this perfect world of comic books, which was what it was back then, why would people dress up in tights to fight crime?

A.V. CLUB: Because there wasn't anything bad enough going on back then to justify that extremism?

FRANK MILLER: It was just a bunch of goofy villains. It was 1985 when I started working on this, and I thought, "What kind of world would be scary enough for Batman?" And I looked out my window.


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"The punishment of crime is something everyone has some feelings toward. And I think by the end of the story, it will be interesting to see if the readers side more with Two-Face or with Batman." - Derek Fridolfs

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Batman: Arkham Unhinged is a series that collected digital comics about the lead-up to BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY.
Why certain characters did what they did, what their plans were, etc. And one story takes a page with the whole "Tell me what you saw when you saw The Batman" thing.

Manifestations )
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At the cost of being both predictable and cheating the theme a bit, I'm going to go with a piece that already has my five picks banded together. Granted, the artist probably didn't think of them as a team when he drew it, but the idea popped into my head as soon as I first saw the piece, and now it won't leave.

You probably know what inmates will be behind the cut. Can you guess which? )
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In the area of sheer visual distinctiveness, very few comic-book characters can match up to Harvey Dent.

Two-Face's costume is simple in concept - a suit and tie or some other outfit, bisected down the middle into different colors and textures - but it's that very simplicity that has allowed countless artists to create their own personalized variations. Depending on the variation in question, the character can look zany and fun as any Silver Age rogue or somber and badass to a degree that few (if any) of Batman's other enemies can match.

Strictly speaking, I actually like it more when Harvey is wearing ordinary clothes (so his facial scars are the only thing that stand out), but I can't deny that the comic book-y-ness of the split suits is a hell of a lot of fun. Let's take a look at some of them, shall we?

Please note that exactly two of these artists seem to have grasped how a bisected necktie would actually work. )
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Let the disagreements pour forth, but to this day, Frank Miller's Batman: Year One remains quite possibly the most well-told Batman story I have ever read. I'm tempted to say that it's proof of what Miller alone was capable of at the top of his game, but some sources have it that David Mazzucchelli was holding back all of his excesses, which isn't exactly unbelievable.

Really, Mazzucchelli's art and layouts make half the story, with a beautifully minimalist-yet-gritty aesthetic that can make even the hokiest scenes work (so naturally, the DTV adaptation glossed over all that with its typical wannabe-anime art. Feh). It's a shame that today he's gone into the Too-Good-For-Mainstream-Superheroes-Camp, but if anyone's earned that spot, it's him. I'm also of the opinion that this is one of those comics that absolutely must be read with the shitty, grainy coloring of the late 1980s to get the full effect, but since most of them TPBs today have that high-falutin' shiny digital coloring, this might be a bit hard.

The actual content of the story, I go back and forth on: I love what it did to Gordon's and Alfred's character voices, it's probably the sole reason that pre-scarring Harvey Dent has any traction in the modern era, and the corruption of the GCPD is practically gospel today, but I'm largely apathetic to any take on Catwoman's origin, and I've never sat too well with the third-act revelation of Jim Gordon's adultery. Still, when it's good, it's absolutely kick-ass

Come. Let us gaze on some of its finest moments...



I know comics. I know comics. Sometimes, I share them. With someone like you. )
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For those who don't know, Two-Face was set to appear in the old Batman television show. Harlan Ellison even wrote up a treatment for it. Unfortunately, it never saw the light of day. There's more on it here.

Recently however DC has published the story in comic format using Ellison's original treatment as the basis. Four pages from it are below.

Images under the cut... )

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