[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-20 06:26 pm

31 Days of Scans - Book/Storyline You Could Read Over and Over: Batman Year One

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...



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[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-19 11:15 pm

31 Days of Scans - Character you used to hate/dislike, but now you don’t: Black Mask

For the longest time, I'd always thought of Black Mask - especially the 2000s-era take on him - as Hush, but even worse. Hush might have been a huge Villain Sue with artificial competence and a wholly unoriginal composition, but at least he had the grace to leave the Bat-books (temporarily) as soon as Loeb was done with his debut story. Black Mask had all of the above (possible exacerbated by the fact that he was previously an unremarkable C-lister in Batman's rogues gallery) with the added caveat that editorial was in love with him for some reason, so we got him shoved down our throats as TEH MOST BADASS CRIMELORD EVAH for most of Gotham's mid-2000s status quo.

I'm not going to recap the disgusting mess that was "War Games" here - there are plenty of posts on this community devoted to covering that already - but suffice to say, BM got very little love from the female readership, and his fans in the male readership basically amounted to people impressed that he'd killed a Robin.

But then I sat down to Judd Winick's run on Batman, and realized that holy shit, apparently the newbie writer on the block agreed with me.

The life and times of Roman Sionis, behind the cut. )
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[personal profile] aeka2014-12-02 03:06 pm

31 Days of Scans, Day 1: Favorite Male Character (Main Post)

Just in time for Tom Blake's New 52 debut tomorrow, here we celebrate the existence of a man who's had almost as many face changes as Doctor Who himself since his initial inception in 1963! (Also the year Doctor Who debuted, fyi).

The Many Faces of Thomas Blake, aka The Catman! )

Also, sorry this is late. Photobucket wasn't cooperating with me ever since it received 938445989 upgrades. :(

As a reminder, please don't forget to tag your posts as Series: 31 Days Of Scans!
[personal profile] lego_joker2014-12-01 09:54 am

31 Days of Scans - Favorite Female Character: '66 Batgirl

Let's get something out of the gate: I love Barbara Gordon in almost any incarnation. I love Batgirl in almost any incarnation. There is only one specific intersection of the two, however, that makes it into the ranks of my Favorite Female Character.

That specific intersection, of course, being the one played by Yvonne Craig on the Adam West show.

 Introducing Batgirl

Behind the cut: the original Barbara Gordon )
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[personal profile] aeka2014-12-01 07:18 am

31 Days of Scans, Day 1: Favorite Female Character (Main Post)

Here we are! Day 01 of our 31 Days of Scans to celebrate the winter season (and for that matter the end of the year)!

What better way to start this off than with one of the most idiosyncratic ladies of the DC Universe?

Oh yes! We are talking about *this* lady! )
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[personal profile] skemono2014-11-02 05:53 pm

Some Sensational stories

I've been following the new digital Sensation Comics, and thought I'd share some of the stories so far. Three stories below, around 6 1/2 pages each of 20-page stories.

Wonder Woman twirl )

Batman Day- BATMAN #604: I am Bruce Wayne

So, it's Batman Day, huh?

BATMAN #600, the final part of "Bruce Wayne: Murderer" had Batman say "There is no Bruce Wayne," get into a fistfight with Nightwing, and then run away to one of the mini-caves around Gotham. Also, Jason's memorial case got smashed because that's what happens when there is a fight in the Batcave. And then "Bruce Wayne: Fugitive" starts This is to provide context.

Batman visits the East End )
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[personal profile] espanolbot2014-06-04 02:28 pm

What Good Is Batman? - The Actions of Bruce Himself

Lately I've seen people complain that the situation in Gotham City is so terrible that they've started asking "What good is Batman if it never gets any better?". Since has been shown to not be the case, I thought that I'd do a brief series of posts about the positive changes the various versions of Batman have made to their city over the years.

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[personal profile] espanolbot2014-04-13 10:50 am

Catwoman: Anodyne - Part 1 of 4

I still hold the Ed Brubaker/Cameron Stewart/Darwyn Cooke Catwoman run as possibly one of the greatest comicbook series DC have ever put out. And since I've not posted anything from their run in a while, I thought that I'd put a bit from the first storyarc.

Enjoy!
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