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That sets up a Batman I want to read. That sets up a Batman whose pain comes from guilt, not just from inaction. I think a lot of us, when we think about the worst parts of our life, we think about ourselves being involved in them. It’s not just the pain that was done to us but [also] the pain we caused ourselves. In looking at Batman and making him more human and raising the stakes of the series, I wanted to bring out that guilt. -- Tom King

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MISTER MIRACLE is the story of a trapped man who can get out of any trap. It's about the weird that surrounds us now, that seems to push into every aspect of our being, that leaves us questioning the very foundations of our existence: how did I get into this and how the hell do I get out? -- Tom King

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We’re trying to elevate Riddler the way that movie elevated the Joker. Sort of be a villain worthy of that much attention. -- Tom King

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After my 1st Batman, I was struggling. Hated my stuff. Len [Wein] wrote a note, said he loved the issue. Gave me the confidence to keep going. -- Tom King

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The little part of him that broke when his parents died and he couldn’t put back together. That’s all the Joker is. It’s Batman without love. The Riddler is the opposite of that. It’s the detective in him. That utterly logical, has to get things done, has to solve this problem [guy]. It’s Batman without the humanity. -- Tom King

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We were going to take the bigness of Kirby and turn that into the intimacy of Mister Miracle’s life. Kirby used a metaphor for his time, written in the late ‘60s early ‘70s when the world was going utterly insane. We’re going to use it as a metaphor for our time, the late 2010s, when once again the world is going insane. -- Tom King

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"I wanted to write about the Trump era, but I didn’t want to write, “Fascism sucks” or “Trump sucks.” That doesn’t get you anywhere. You’re taking your Twitter feed and putting it in panels. What I wanted to do is capture the emotion of the period, and the anxiety, the way Alan Moore captured the anxiety of the ‘80s or Kirby captured the anxiety of the ‘70s or even Lee captured the optimism of the ‘60s; to capture the feeling, more than the politics. That’s what interests me. That’s how you make something that’s just not a polemic. After page four, the whole thing goes into a 9-panel grid, and it’s to give you a sense of that claustrophobia. To give you a sense of what it is to be trapped, not only in the themes and the words, but in the actual panel structure. He’s trapped behind those bars we had in Omega Men, and how does he break out?"

- Tom King


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Mikel [Janin] is widely known for drawing the sexiest men in comics. The idea of doing a buffer, sexier Riddler — I like that. I think he’s a reflection of Batman and I think of him like a scary, evil Batman. Like Bruce Wayne without a conscience. -- Tom King

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My previously mentioned Batman binge was partly motivated by Arkham Knight, and partly because on the spur of the moment, I added Batman #24 to my comixology basket one Wednesday morning. Because CBR is essentially unusable (and here are 15 reasons why CBR is completely unusable) I've managed to move well out of the loop on comics news, and it's pretty great, so I missed the big final page reveal being spoiled by the comics press and was able to actually be surprised at the end.

Anyway, from #24 (Every epilogue is a prelude) I went back and consumed Tom King's run on Batman, split into I am Gotham, Night of the Monster Men, I am Suicide, Rooftops, I am Bane and then the Flashpoint and Swamp Thing short stories.

And as a thread running through all of them was one character who ran a line through the whole story.

Hell Yeah. )
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For the last few weeks, I've been on a Batman binge. After beating Arkham Knight and the associated DLC, I've read Zero Year, Rebirth Batman, Rebirth Detective and Batman Eternal, as well as looking up some other series like Poison Ivy: Life and Death and digging out my copy of Cast a Shadow to re-read. I'm definitely going to put a post together on the last one at some point soonish.

This post, however, is going to be a sort of Poison Ivy pick 'n' mix.

Cast a Shadow does of course contain one of my favourite Batman panels ever )



While digging through my old books, I also re-discovered Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen's Li'l Gotham, which did a remarkably deft take on Poison Ivy in four panels. )

In Cycle of Life and Death by Amy Chu and Clay Mann, Ivy is working incognito at a lab when Doctor Quinzel pops in for a visit.  )

In Batman 26, we get to see Ivy joining The War of Jokes and Riddles )


And over at Detective, the Bat-hipsters are having fun at the basketball )
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Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done "The night is so dark." Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new... -- Tom King

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