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Jim Gordon's tenure as Batman continues as those closest to him struggle to deal with the tragic loss of his moustache. • 32 pg, FC • $2.99 US • RATED T

Also, what's your favorite superhero "secret identity-reveal" moment? I've always liked the Ultimate Spider-Man/Mary Jane one.

(Cameron Stewart/Brendon Fletcher on script, Babs Tarr on art)

Ice cream and unicorns and fade haircuts )
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David V. Reed is a writer I'm very... ambivalent about (for reasons I don't feel like getting into here). His work on Batman consists mostly of two runs: one during the 1950s and one during the 1970s. He's not exactly a big name among most Bat-fans (I think his biggest claims to fame are creating Deadshot and writing "The Joker's Utility Belt"), but he did get the honor of writing the milestone issue Batman #300.

While the issue itself is mostly a yawn, it is somewhat notable as a last-days-of-Batman-but-not-really story (in THE FUTURE) that came out about a decade before The Dark Knight Returns. More notably, its tone is the exact opposite of DKR's grim, gritty cynicism.

Just look at this.

A kinder, gentler future behind the cut. )
[personal profile] lego_joker
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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With Gotham premiering today I figured some of you might find this amusing. From Dorkly.

Read more... )
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I figured I'd post one more Batman comic for today. It's from Detective Comics #747. It's a nice little one-shot (although it leads into something else) and also serves as a bit of a counterpoint to some Batdickery.

Story under the cut... )
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The first page of BATMAN #26 has Young Bruce Wayne watching a Zorro movie in a theater... by himself. He is confronted by uniform officer James Gordon. The rest of the issue in the present (which is also the past) is Doctor Death fighting Bruce Wayne and Lucius Fox and Gordon rescuing them. Bruce wakes in the hospital with his foot handcuffed to the bed.

Important coat. )
[personal profile] lego_joker
In our last installment, Tim failed to stop the Joker for a second time, allowing the Joker to complete the next step of his plan. Now the Joker's put a serious cyber-bug into Gotham's mainframes, making the oncoming holiday season look more nightmarish than ever.

How bad can it be, you ask? Well...
See for yourself, behind the cut! )
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This is a fan story that was posted online at Moonhead Press (I.E. not affiliated with DC) by Gerardo Preciado and Daniel Bayliss. It's gotten a bit of attention from various news sources. Here is an interview with the creators (don't read until you finish). I'm posting the whole thing given its free nature.

Warning, it's pretty gory.

Story under the cut... )
[personal profile] omgwtflolbbqbye
With over a year until the Superman/Batman movie, people have already begun speculating how WB will portray the first big screen meeting of the World's Finest.

The buzz so far indicates that Ben Affleck's Batman will be an older and more world-weary foil to the novice Man of Steel.

Since Zach Snyder invoked an excerpt from The Dark Knight Returns to announce the project at Comic-Con, people cite that story and Kingdom Come as the most likely comic touchstones for the forthcoming depiction of Batman.

And they will probably be right, since those are the most prolific 'Elder-Batman' depictions by a wide margin.

Although, I'm guessing they'll at least tweak things to make Batman more 'tired and battle-scarred' rather than just 'old' since they probably don't want to slather old-age makeup on Affleck's face and hair.

Nonetheless, I thought it would be interesting to revisit a more obscure Old-Batman story that was published in the pages of Legends of The Dark Knight #55-57.

Written by Chuck Dixon, drawn by Mike McMahon, with coloring by Digital Chameleon, Watchtower in some ways remind me of a lighter version of TDKR.

It's not as politically tinged or deconstructive, but the blocky art style and 'Over-The-Hill Batman' premise always draws the connections in my mind. Also I think old Bruce sort of looks like virtual Reagan. 

Ok, enough yapping, here we go. )


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