Going Sane

Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:02 pm
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I first posted this here three years ago but with I figured with Batman's anniversary it's worth another look. On a related note, Comixology is having a huge Batman sale right now (750 issues for 99 cents a piece) and this story is one of them.

Scans 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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They say that any comic could be someone's first comic, and my first comic, the first one I remember reading, is one that didn't spark my current interest in comics, but I thought I'd mention it anyway because after a long while, I found out what it was.

Legends of the Dark Knight #37
My first comic )
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Another of my favorite issues from the Bloodlines event.

In a bit of a confusing event this issue was less about the heroes fighting off a Parasite (or really at all) and more about what happens when you make two New Bloods at the same time one good and one bad, but with another twist.

18 pages of a 56 page story.

Some odd art in the story and fairly uneven but I can't say I disliked it.



New Blood versus New Blood versus New Batman )
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Somebody mentioned these two as a possibility in an earlier post, and I realized I knew just the scene I wanted to post. It's from No Man's Land, when Bats and Jim have a midnight confrontation in the Gordons' back garden. Some context: Bruce was stuck outside of Gotham when the government cordoned off the city and made it No Man's Land, and so Gordon was stuck shoveling the shinola without Batman's help for some time. Batman calls Jim his "partner," sparking a rant on the equitable nature of partnership, and Bats can only respond with this:



And Gordon's response is why he's maybe the only perfect friend for Batman. )
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So I've been rereading BATMAN: NO MAN'S LAND, both the original comics and the novelization by one of the comics' leading writers, Greg Rucka.

What really struck me is how, unlike the vast majority of multi-title crossovers (especially one that ran for an entire year!), it was far more based in character than action and events. The only part that really feels like an EVENT is the finale, which feels shoehorned-in compared to the rest, right up to the gratuitous use of the Joker and the gratuitous death of a relatively major supporting character.

But much like THE DARK KNIGHT--another story with a large cast of Gotham citizens--the human core of the story is Commissioner Jim Gordon. Really, in the real of all-time great DC comic characters, I think Jimbo has to be in the top ten. He's perhaps the only life-sized character in Gotham City, as heroic as he is human.

(Personally, I thought it was a huge mistake to lose Gordon as a cast member. OFFICER DOWN was a good story, but what was the point in having GOTHAM CENTRAL without Commissioner Gordon? Or Harvey Bullock, for that matter! Bullock, Gordon, and Renee Montoya are the holy trifecta of Gotham Police awesomeness, and to lose 2/3rds really robbed GC of what it could/should have been. But that's another rant.)

But a key component with being human is to be tested, and for one's flaws to show through. And as this is Jim Gordon post-BATMAN: YEAR ONE--where he cheated on his pregnant wife with Lieutenant Sarah Essen--it's a hell of a character to throw in the middle of NO MAN'S LAND.

And while this is Two-Face Tuesday and Harvey features very prominently, I think the best way to kick off his series is to look at where Jim Gordon is psychologically and emotionally as NML kicks off... and where he finds himself before too long.





We are two of a kind, Commissioner... )

Next week, Part 2: Gordon gives Renee Montoya a mission, Two-Face makes his move, and bonus extra scenes exclusive only to the NML novel where Harvey Dent and Renee are reunited. You do not know awkwardly cute until you have seen Two-Face with a crush.



Suggested tags: event: no man's land, char: jim gordon, char: two-face/harvey dent, char: question/renee montoya, char: harvey bullock, creator: bob gale, creator: ian edginton, creator: alex maleev, creator: d'israeli
[identity profile] thanekos.insanejournal.com
once upon a time, Batman realized stemming the tide of crime wasn't a one man fight.

It's never been, really, even for a Batgod- so for a man who's been at the job for 1 1/2 years, it's almost impossible to be effective one hundred percent time.

Criminals like the afro-sporting something-planning Peter Scotta can get lucky, and Batman can't defend himself against that luck. He needs to mitigate that factor with help...

But no one's helping him, because he can't mitigate people's feelings either...  )
[identity profile] brushed_velvet.insanejournal.com
From No Man's Land Volume 4, chapter title 'Falling Back'.

Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Rick Burchett, James Hodgkins and Klaus Janson.

This scene was anonymously requested on another post and as I'd previously uploaded these scans to a different comm I thought I'd share them here too. Am I right in thinking that I can't link to the post with the whole scene elsewhere because it's against the rules?

Anyway, I absolutely adore Batman and Gordon so my love for this particular scene knows no bounds.

[identity profile] lipsofpoison.insanejournal.com
I bring you some scans from the Jason story from Legends of the Dark Knight #100. With huge thanks to [insanejournal.com profile] islwyn who encouraged me to go hunting for this, I found it a very enjoyable issue. Please excuse the slight wonkyness of the scans, my scanner hates me.

It's six months after Jason's training began and he's now an officially trained Robin. He's been really happy all day. This is running concurrently with flash-forwards to Bruce searching for Jason when Jason was searching for his mother during A Death In The Family. This little bit with Alfred, Bruce and Jason was what sparked my love for the story, though.

4 scans under the cut! )
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From Legends of the Dark Knight 177-178, I present the moment when Selina learned that Matches Malone was Batman.
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Also, Photobucket's being really glitchy with the first image and I don't know why. It's supposed to be cropped, but preview isn't showing it that way. Sorry if that causes any confusion.

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