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It’s a shame that one of the most important things to ever happen to Harvey Dent as a character occurred in an overblown mess like Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s Batman: Hush.

It’s even more of a shame that no one developed Harvey from there on, instead leaving the character to gather cobwebs in limbo for THREE YEARS before utterly squandering all that potential in Face the Face. In an exercise of sheer masochism, I shall review both to examine all the great potential that DC pissed away in the name of mediocrity and the damned status quo. But before I can even analyze Harvey’s role, I need to go over his appearances in Hush as they actually played out. Be warned: this will result in a LOT of bitter, bitter sarcasm. I loathe Hush, both the story and the character, but I won’t be able to review the story as a whole for two reasons:

1.) I’m only interested in Harvey’s story, not in any of the seventeen other subplots happening at the same time in this poop-strewn labyrinth

2.) I like my blood pressure where it is, thank you very much.

So yeah, fair warning to those who love Batman: Hush. If you wish to defend it in the comments (or correct me on any details I might have missed), feel free. I won’t bite your head off, I promise! I know that this is a popular and beloved book to many, so I don’t want to step on any toes, but I simply cannot accept this story as anything other than crap... not even considering what he does with Harvey, which is admittedly pretty cool.

By which I mean, MY version of what Loeb does with Harvey. Because I'm not sure even Loeb knew what he actually did.





The return of Harvey Dent (but not his hair) behind the cut, along with lots and lots of ranting on my part )



Does anyone know if it's true that Loeb planned to write a Hush follow-up with Harvey Dent, and thus that's why he didn't appear in comics for three years?
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Welcome to day 6 of [community profile] scans_daily's 30 Days of Winter celebration! Today's topic is Silent Comics!

Comics are, by definition, a visual medium, the sequential juxtaposition of images. And while they typically tell stories with words just as much as pictures, sometimes those words aren't needed at all.

Gotham Central included a couple particularly strong examples... )

So what are your favorite silent comics scenes or issues?
And stay tuned for tomorrow, when our topic will be Young Adult comics!
you can see our full 30 Days of Winter schedule here
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OKAY SO LIKE, sorry that last post turned out... wanky, here's some less controversial scans (all from different issues) of some of my favorite moments from Gotham Central. First, a little bit of follow-up about Romy and Batman:

''You know his name?'' — ''Of course I know his name.'' )

Oracle makes a cameo (sort of). )

Batman is sneaky. )

There. All better. B| Now get along. B|
[identity profile] wordswordswords.insanejournal.com
If I recall correctly: when the Joker was sniping people in an earlier arc, he also kidnapped a female news anchor, tied her up, and hung her upside down with a camera pointing at her with a bomb nearby. Detective Nate Patton tried to disarm the bomb. Meanwhile, Batman showed up and managed to rescue the woman, but not the detective. The ensuing explosion put Patton in a coma, and eventually his family chose to pull the plug. Nate's partner was Romy. The police department took down the signal and then instructed the officers to treat him as a hostile.

Good job, Romy. )

Aaaaaand if it matters, Romy does get her gun back before she gets in trouble, thanks to some diplomatic work from Robin and Stacy the receptionist.

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