Batman #32 - "The War of Jokes and Riddles, Conclusion"



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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Batman #31 - "The War of Jokes & Riddles, Part 5"



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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[personal profile] icon_uk2017-09-19 09:13 pm

Batman 371 - Some early 80's Catman

And Jason 1.0

Saw some original art from this issue online and realisd I'd always meant to share the issue. It's a minor story in many ways, Doug Moench writing the first of a sort of two part story which isn't major or "important", but to share Don Newton pencils with Alfredo Alcala inks and Adrienne Roy colours, is always a pleasure.

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First up, that cover )

Batman #30 - "The War of Jokes & Riddles, Interlude: The Ballad of Kite Man, Part 2"



I want some Kite Man action figures. When you squeeze his legs he sighs resignedly. Hell yeah! -- Tom King

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[personal profile] thanekos2017-09-15 11:58 pm

Batman drove towards the Washington Monument.

Men working for the man he was after chased him.

That man, atop the Monument, took his call.

Batman accused him of orchestrating the end of the world through the works of Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, and the Mad Hatter.

He said that those were only a lesson.

" I was showing you the three most likely ways the world would end.

" Cataclysm.

" Plague.

" Solipsism.

" Those are the ways the world would have ended, in a year, maybe five, if it wasn't ending here now. Tonight. In a fourth way. My way. "

He aimed his sniper rifle at Batman, who was closing in.

He asked what it was that'd pointed the way to him.

" ..

" I found a ' daemon. ' "

He pulled the trigger, shooting Batman's cycle out from under him.

He, Ra's al Ghul, watched Batman and the cycle's wreckage fly through the air.

He looked down on his work. )

Batman #29 - "The War of Jokes and Riddles, Part 4"



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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[personal profile] thanekos2017-09-12 10:25 pm

Men calling themselves the Blackhawks were on Batman's heels.

They'd followed him to Alaska and Mr. Freeze.

They'd met him in Nevada, with Poison Ivy.

They were before him in Mississippi, in front of the Mad Hatter.

He fought them off and went to confront the Hatter, thinking about the first time he'd met him.

It'd been some time back. )

Batman #28 - "The War of Jokes and Riddles, Part 3"



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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[personal profile] thanekos2017-09-09 12:55 am

Poison Ivy was in Death Valley, working with a tree.

She heard a sound outside her tent.

She opened the flap.

Batman appeared before her.

" Dr. Isley. "

She tried to drive him away. He vanished.

She asked if he was here to take her in.

" No. "

She caught him.

" I'm *unh*.. I'm here to ask for your help. "

He showed her the problem. )
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[personal profile] thanekos2017-09-05 10:14 pm

All-Star Batman's been taking parts of Batman's mythos in turn.

Issue #6's focus was Mr. Freeze.

It opened in Alaska, three hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Batman entered a research station and saw its occupants frozen.

He heard sounds.

" Victor! "

He turned.

" What have you done? "

What Victor'd done came out of the shadows. )

'Eye of the Beholder'

 

'Eye of the Beholder' from Batman Annual #14 is probably the most important modern Two-Face story ever written. This was the issue that fleshed out Harvey Dent's origins and redefined his characterization as someone who was already struggling with his psyche before the acid hit. A lot of the material here was later used in 'The Long Halloween', the animated series as well as The Dark Knight.

Unfortunately this has yet to be reprinted by DC, either in trade or in digital format. I imagine the latter will happen sooner or later (Comixology is constantly adding old comics to the archive) but DC's treatment of this has always puzzled me.

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Superman & Batman: Generations III #12: "Century 30: Time and Time Again"



'One of the complaints the Byrne Bashers like to dust off from time to time is that I have a "fetish" about young girls crushing on older men. In a forty five year career, this is something I have done a grand total of four times with Mac and Heather Hudson, Lana and Superman in GENERATIONS, Rita Farr and Cliff Steele, and Reed and Sue Richards. And that last one was set in place by Stan and Jack. As fetishes go, not much to write home about.' - John Byrne

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Superman & Batman: Generations III #11: "Century 29: Little Girls Lost"



'That small scene, um, generated a brief rash of outraged posts and emails to DC from the Work Far Too Hard At Being Offended crowd. "Byrne portrays Superman as a child molester!!" Happily, this was more than counterbalanced by responses from female readers who thought the scene was "beautiful". I guess they got it!' - John Byrne

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Superman & Batman: Generations III #10: "Century 28: Gods and Monsters"



'When you're likely to live forever, perceptions are going to change, and sometimes drastically. Some of the readers who took time to respond to the series were apparently not ready for my musings! There was a ripple of outrage when Bruce Wayne became involved with, and eventually married to, Lara Wayne, his "great granddaughter". Many people seemed to stick on the language, and overlook the fact that Bruce and Lara had no blood relationship.' - John Byrne

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Superman & Batman: Generations III #9: "Century 27: A Soldier's Story"



'Once GENERATIONS is presented as any kind of coherent "universe" or "ElseWorld", it completely falls apart. It's like looking behind the curtain and finding out who Oz really is. The "hypertime" inclusion springs directly from Alan Moore's infamous "but aren't they all" line, in reference to "imaginary stories". For some reason that became a battle cry for FAR too many over-aged, ennui-engorged "fans", people who simply could not accept the old stories for what they were -- or GENERATIONS for what it was meant to be. Sigh.' - John Byrne

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Superman & Batman: Generations III #8: "Century 19: History Lesson, Part Two"



'When I was working on GENERATIONS, one of the first things I needed to figure out was just how old the Kents were when they found the rocket. Originally, they were described as "elderly", but since I would be dealing with an adult Superman in 1939 in my first story, which set the landing of the rocket sometime around 1910, I got to wondering what "elderly" meant back then, when "old" kicked in around 50! Eventually I decided Pa was around 65 in 1910, old enough to qualify as "elderly" by the standards of the time. That meant he would have been born around 1845, meaning he could have fought in the American Civil War.' - John Byrne

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