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This descent into the criminal underworld of Gotham is a must read for any Batman fan. *SPOILER (almost, depends how you look at it)* The three possible Holiday killers angle rivets one to their seat and the pages somehow turn themselves in this graphic novel.  The Falcone and Moroni famiglias give us shades of la diable. The Joker is not at his best in this outing. Though he gets a gold star for trying to murder all of the festival goers on New Year’s Eve. I find the backstory for Two-Face to be a little thin but very interesting none the less. Being a relative newbie to the Batman comics franchise I was intrigued with the Calendar, locked up in Arkham Asylum by Harvey Dent, he ultimately could find no answer for the Batman or Gordon. 

I can’t really suffer to go too deep into this basic murder plot because the writer’s have to, as a duty to the reader, make the story visually appealing as well as hooking the cranium with the scantest of substances to move the whole thing forward.  But seeing Batman and the Joker duel on a crop duster is something that one does not encounter everyday, in the real or faux world.  Also seeing the Scarecrow on a horse amidst a two-page layout is, to be trite, really freekin’ cool.

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Gaiman does Batman

Neil Gaiman is doing a Batman 2-part issue for D.C. Comics. Here is the link to the page on D.C.’s hompage:



Check it out. While I can’t say for certain that I have finshed anything of Gaiman’s I will definitely be checking this one out.

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R. Crumb

So an R. Crumb exhibition blew into town the other week and a friend and I went to see it. I have always admired Crumb from afar, hell I even bought a couple Zap and Mr. Natural comix a few years back. But I have never truly thought of Crumb as a serious artist. That is until his series of Early jazz, blues and country greats came out.  Even though we might only have a single picture or two of an artist, for instance Robert Johnson or Charlie Patton, Crumb, who is quite an avid 78rpm collector, really gets at the essence of the performer.  Oh and he is one hell of an artist when it comes to these portraits.  But as far as his underground work I am not all that interested in what he has to portray. Especially the late 70’s weirdness where he tries to squeeze everything into a single panel and then the next panel is just as cramped for space. His proportions are good and his lines express the right things at the right times but his content seems to be lacking a certain something.  I can understand the weirdness coming from the times he grew up in but I don’t know if Crumb’s work has enough lasting qualities to make it to the 22nd century.

Something else I liked about the exhibition was the early comics that Crumb did with his brother.  There was a Donald Duckyness or a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfism about them that was pretty cool to reflect on, considering his current work and style never really deviated from the peak underground years of the late 60’s. Overall the show was fascinating because of the glimpse of Crumb’s working methods and all that good stuff, and it is always good to see the originals of artists who have been mass produced.

If you are interested please check out the ICA’s website for the event info:  http://www.icaphila.org/exhibitions/crumb.php

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