Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

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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With the release of the two recent Batman movies I have developed an interest in the graphic novels by Frank Miller.  The same graphic novels that have supposedly informed Christopher Nolan and his dark take on the Batman.  First I would like to say that The Dark Knight Returns kicks ass. Ahem. What I mean is that it is an engrossing ride and a thrill to read.  Like the History of Superglue I couldn’t put it down. Waka waka waka.

I enjoy Frank Miller’s fervent conservatism and patriotism, which doesn’t inform me on anything, it only serves to further the comic book tradition of let’s say Superman and Captain America and even Batman.  The evil in the book must be destroyed and Batman and Superman are there to take it out of the picture.  The only problem is that Batman has become an enemy of the people and himself.  Gordon isn’t there to fight for him anymore. So he must fake his death in order to survive. One of the reasons I dig the whole thing is because of this undercurrent of evil which strikes Batman to the core every so often. He murders the Joker and uses guns on policemen. What is cooler than a 50 year-old man coming out of retirement and fighting crime? Not much else.

The coloring and sketchy style of the novel are illuminating.  Gotham has never been rendered more noirishly beautiful.  Batman never looked better and in some spots worse because of his constant mash-ups. What else can I say but go out and get a copy for yourself.


A word on graphic novels:

What is the difference between an illuminated manuscript and a contemporary graphic novel from the likes of Frank Miller?  I would argue that there isn’t much of one. Sure one is religious and the other is mild escapism. But in the coming years couldn’t these things merge together and then where would we be? Or are we already there?  But what about the web press, a large type of printing press, and the work done by hand in the thousands of illuminated manuscripts, books of hours and devotionals that are extant? Surely crass commercialism can’t be afforded the museum space and rare book shelflife of the divine? I don’t pretend to know the answer to these questions, but I do believe they are good questions to launch into the blogosphere. Here’s hoping that The Spirit is as good as Sin City. In the key of Monk I’ll say, Bye-a!

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