Rucka's run on the regular Batman titles culminated with Batman realizing that he's still Bruce Wayne at his core, and that he should be nicer to his family for the x time.
When Rucka came back to write "Death and the Maidens" he simultaneously reinforced his previous points while attempting to plug one of Bruce's other persistent wells of angst and drama: the perpetual mourning over his parent's death.
And in doing so, he gave Martha one her most extensive roles in a Batman story that I can think of.
( Read more... )
Martha Kane's dad was bankrupted by a gangster, Judson Pierce, who now wants to shut down the clinic that Martha and her friend Leslie Thompkins work, so that he and make a mint by knocking it down as part of his plot to gentrify that area of Gotham.
Previous scans here,
Triggerwarning for sexism and child abuse.
( And now the (trunkated) continuation... )
Up next, Batman: Noir!
I have pretty much no commentary nor insights to offer here, as it's the one story in which I have the least interest, but I'm posting it here both for the sake of completeness and for the Dick fans. It's a standalone story with no references to the previous arcs, as will be the next part. After that, the grand finale with the Mad Hatter in Arkham.
( A slightly different take on the usual Robin origin, behind the cut... )
( Enemies....those he has an unlimited supply of... )
( seven pages from Batman 430 )
title: batman, char: batman/bruce wayne, char: jim gordon, char: thomas wayne, char: martha wayne, creator: jim starlin, creator: jim aparo
This is from Superman/Batman 50 where we discover that improbably Jor-El and Thomas Wayne met.
It's a 38 page book I've got twelve and 2/3's below the cut. Basically Thomas's entire Kryptonian adventure.
So I was drafting up my second post when the comm got suspended. Fortunately it was already under the new "one-third of the comic" limit. [Mods: How's the balance between the commentary/the scans? I'm still vague on where the balance is supposed to fall.]
"The SAGA of Superman vs. Batman!"
Published November, 1963, complete with those awesome old-timey ads and one-pagers.( page2 ) ( page3 ) ( page4 ) ( page5 ) ( page9 ) ( page16 ) ( page17 ) ( page18 ) ( Cape and Cowl Comments )
The issue finishes off with more ads, more shorts, and "The Boy Who Changed The Future!", wherein one of those omniscient 1960's computers that talks to you in punchcard binary predicts the imminent destruction of life on earth (6am, June 1, 1952--mark your calendars). But since the kid used the computer without permission, he has to keep THE END OF THE WORLD a secret lest he get into trouble, so he sets to save it himself. It takes about two pages, naturally.