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"In my work for The Atlantic I have, for some time, been asking a particular question: Can a society part with, and triumph over, the very plunder that made it possible? In Black Panther there is a simpler question: Can a good man be a king, and would an advanced society tolerate a monarch?" - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Trigger Warning: Rape

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Kotaku: I feel like you can’t have that guy be the Priest character forever.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: No you can’t. Also there’s an element where people get into comic books because they want to live through the character. They want to see Wolverine do a bunch of cool shit. That will always be an element. You have to have some of that but that’s not what grabs me.

As a writer, I can’t stay there because of that. Once I saw Hickman hitting on this whole notion of what would Kings actually do, as he said, “what giants do,” it was like oh. OK. It’s not enough to just be a badass and everybody does what you say.

It’s not enough for Dora Milaje to say, “Oh we love you.” And that’s just it. Obviously he had Nakia and that sort of thing with Malice and all of that. But I’m talking about something even deeper when people actually have deep seated beefs with you. That are real beefs that people should have.


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... written by Chuck Dixon.

(That said, it's a strong contender for Greatest Joker Story Ever Ever too, at least in my book.)

One of the few Joker-related things done by the New 52 leadership that I absolutely agree with is their including Detective Comics #726 in the Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years TPB. I find Chuck Dixon to be one of the most criminally underrated Joker writers of all time, and they probably couldn't have picked a better representative of his Joker writing than this one (Robin #85, while delightful, is a little too continuity-heavy, and most of the others are too long).

This is a tight little yarn that depicts the Joker at his most primal - no purple suits, no laughing gas, and he doesn't even leave Arkham. And yet he's instantly recognizable in every panel, not just because of the white skin and green hair, but because Dixon gets the heart of the character: that sneering, sadistic edge, always (always) cut with a genuine comedic flair. It's a lesson that certain other Joker writers would do well to take to heart.

Let's take a look.

A Lecter and his Starling, behind the cut )
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This should surprise no one who's familiar with my posts in this community, nor, really, anyone who pays attention to my username.

I. Love. The. Joker. Always have, probably always will.

Now, I'm fully aware of the "Batman/the police/some civilian should totally kill this asshole Villain Sue!" sentiment on many corners of the Internet, and I can understand them. Hell, in some ways, I emphasize with them. For the last ten or fifteen years, the man who once proudly called himself the Clown Prince of Crime has been headed down a pretty steep slide into mindless, humorless violence (interspersed with those obnoxious events that shove themselves in our faces and scream "SEE! SEE? THE JOKER IS BATMAN'S #1 VILLAIN AGAIN! HE'S NO LAUGHING MATTER NOW, BABY!"), and if anything, the DCnU and Scott Snyder have only exacerbated it.

And yet... and yet, no matter how low his low points get, they can never quite cancel out the highs. Perhaps those high points will never return, but even if that's so, he's already got plenty under his belt for us to peruse at our leisure.

Besides, I just can't hate a face like this.



The Best of the J-Man, behind the cut! )
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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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Last part of this event we saw what happened when a Parasite struck Metropolis while it was protected by Steel. This issue we see how Batman fares in Gotham against one.

Time to meet a new Gotham hero, Joe Public!

18 pages from a 56 page story.

The Greed of Gotham )

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Fans of comics love to argue who is the best/fastest/toughest character. Among DC Martial Artists, Cassandra Cain, Lady Shiva, or Batman often get the nod. But there's one fellow who sometimes gets missed, even though he's been around since the early 70's:



Part of it is understandable, as he disappeared from comics after his short-lived series (based on a novel by Denny O'Neill & Jim Berry) was canceled, but 23 years ago, Denny re-invented him as the archetypal martial arts master, that guy who isn't as flashy as some, but is the best person to learn from.

Class is now in session )

It's because these scenes (among others) were so cool that I didn't care for the Dixon revamp. I do have a pet theory that "Richie" is a different fellow entirely, but this might not be the place for that. :)

(Scans from Birds of Prey #87, Batman Chronicles #5, Cry For Blood #3, and 52 #27.)
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It's science versus sorcery, round 2, in The Authority: The Lost Year #7.

Four pages )

title: the authority, creator: keith giffen, creator: grant morrison, creator: brian stelfreeze, creator: joel gomez, publisher: wildstorm
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Again, I come to the table late and have to choose just one! Figure I should consider myself lucky I even got that much, though.

And for mods' sake, I'm gonna go ahead and keep a count of what's been posted so far:
Hawkman: 2
Superman: 1
Wonder Woman: 1
Supergirl: 1
Metal Men: 1
Flash: 1
Metamorpho: 1
The Demon and Catwoman: 1

One more spot open for this week if you want to post something from this issue!
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This post consists of 6 pages (5 full pages and two halves of two different pages) from an 18-page story from The Batman Chronicles #5 (and a cover), called "Oracle--Year One: Born of Hope", written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale.

The story is supposed to take place after the events of The Killing Joke, where former Batgirl Barbara Gordon was shot by the Joker and her legs paralysed.





I'd also like to bring up something you may have already seen 'round the comics blogosphere, but writer John Ostrander has been battling with glaucoma, is apparently in danger of losing his eyesight, and is struggling to pay the medical costs. A website's been set up (www.comix4sight.com) with a longer explanation of the situation, but there's a online donation drive and an auction in August. Any money leftover is to be donated to the Hero Initiative.

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