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"We know the Joker is a genius, we know he's relentless, and we know he can play the crowd, so why not make him a politician? Frank Miller modeled him after David Bowie. Chris Nolan showed him as a controlled sociopath. I see the Joker as Don Draper." -- Sean Murphy

So obviously this is an old issue with the entire series being finished and posted here months ago. That being said, DC is rereleasing the first issue for free both in stores and digitally for Batman Day to promote the upcoming trade so I am posting the first issue in its entirety. 

Scans under the cut... )
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"When we originally plotted this story, Bullock and Montoya were supposed to be the main protagonists, but after Paul turned in his script, I decided I wanted to put Batgirl in it, too (I love to draw pretty girls, in case you didn't know). As I recall, Paul's reaction was 'WHAT!!??!!' I explained how I thought we could do it and subsequently wrote most, if not all, of her dialogue myself directly on the boards. I think Paul was ultimately happy with the final result, but you'd have to ask him." --Bruce Timm, Afterword, Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories

'I'd like to see Robin beat that!' )
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For no reason other than I found this issue in a longbox not long ago, I bring you one of my favourite "bits" of Bat business from.... oh bloody hell... over 30 years ago Now I feel old....

Batman 370


LOVE that cover with layouts by the legendary (and underappreciated IMHO) Ed Hannigan who did a LOT of very clever and striking cover layouts. Look at the larger image in the link to see if you can spot where he appended the title to include the co-star! :)

Read more... )

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I wonder if Batman ever learned this little tidbit about Gordon during their field trip to the Gods Among Us universe.


Also, look who just made a cameo! Just slap the Gotham title and the FOX logo on that panel, and bam! Series.
Read more... )
Also, anybody see the Gods Among Us cutscenes? Someone put them together into a movie on YouTube, and it's as close to a Justice League movie as we're probably gonna get.
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The newest DC weekly has begun with a solid start as some old faces are reintroduced to the DCnU, and a Shocking Event that will have repercussions in the weeks to come...
Spoilers )
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This is a big one. Grab a snack.

I've been putting off reviewing Batman: Face the Face for five years now. Every time I started, my criticisms melted down into curses and incoherent ranting, until my computer screen became obscured by rabid spittle. Okay, it wasn't THAT bad, but still.

In some ways, it's actually an ideal introductory trade paperback to get into Batman. Like Hush, it's a murder mystery that also serves as a tour of Gotham's inhabitants, and it was immediately followed by Grant Morrison and Paul Dini's runs. Unfortunately, it's also deeply frustrating, especially if you're a fan of Harvey Dent.

This was the first story to use the character in the three years since Hush, since Loeb supposedly had plans for Harvey hich kept him in limbo until those plans would reach fruition. They never did, and I think folks at DC wanted their precious status quo back in place. I also understand that Two-Face is Dan DiDio's favorite villain, which may have been a factor. In any case, Face the Face is one of the most significant Two-Face stories in canon, and also one of the most painfully frustrating. After five years, I finally have the words to explain just why.





The lost year of Gotham's Unknown Protector, Harvey Dent )




Batman: Face the Face can be purchased here if you wish to read the story in full, including the Tim Drake subplot, several other Rogues doing their Rogue things, and the entire issue dedicated to Harvey and Two-Face's discussion. As mentioned above, it also serves as a gateway to the comics which are coming out today, leading directly to Dini's Detective Comics and Morrison's Batman.
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First off, my Henchgirl--being the learned and brilliant fangirl that she is--was sick and tired of all the misinformation about Catwoman's Post-Crisis history and origins, partially due to the fact that most of those stories are out of print. So she pulled together a ton of canon through scans and factoids and created the definitive, complete origin timeline of Catwoman.

She managed to incorporate and reconcile events in canon from several different sources, creating a single cohesive narrative that works beautifully and makes perfect sense. It's a thing of beauty, and biased though I may be, I'm honestly in awe. If only more actual comic writers gave the character as much thought and care as fans like Henchgirl does.

She put a ton of work into this project, and it shows. Check it out. Leave feedback/love/cookies.


Now, onto the Two-Face-Ness!


So I've been thinking a lot about Doug Moench lately. Not just his dubious Two-Face stories, but also Black Mask and Circe. And it's not just because I've been planning to post today's story, Moench's first Two-Face tale which also features the return of Circe (Black Mask's ex-girlfriend, whom he scarred and took on as his own henchgirl).

I've been putting off this issue for a long time, as I generally consider it one of the worst Two-Face stories of all time. For one thing, Moench is trying to juggle five or six plots at play over four issues, so the resulting story is a mess. At least I'll be simplifying things here by just focusing on Harvey and Circe, who actually meet here.





Be warned: this story takes a sharp left turn into Cracksville, by way of Ridiculous Lane.


Masks, makeup, flesh, and scars, all behind the cut! )

So what really happened to Circe? Anybody know? I'm thinking of making a whole profile page about her for ComicVine, because really, who the hell else will?

Moench would go on to write Harvey several more times, several of which are infamous (to those of us who care) as being among the very worst Two-Face stories. But perhaps memory is being too harsh. When I review them here and/or at my fanblog, I'll do my best to give them a fair shake. Yes, even with The Face Schism. *shudder*
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Hmm, I'll admit I wanted to kinda skip this New Blood. His power was amazingly stupid and very ill used even in this book. Though I guess at least one hero had to be gifted with powers that are...well...useless.

Meet Geist the Twilight Man. That's. Yeah.


The Invisible Man. But...Silly. )

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