Batman

Batman Confidential 41 (April 2010)

There’s been a blind Batman story before, right? Oops, spoiler alert. Kieth makes Batman blind at the end of the issue as the twist. He opens it with a bit of a twist too. The Kieth girl is a blind, but we don’t know she’s blind in the first issue. So it’s a surprisingly character […]

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Batman Confidential 40 (March 2010)

So Sam Kieth has gone photoshop? I guess it’s not a surprise, only how photoshop he’s gone. He’s got panels with smoothing effects here. It’s so photoshop-happy, in fact, the thing looks like a bad digital collage. All the art is too crisp–even the stuff clearly digitally enlarged (he’s not into inking much this story […]

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Batman and Robin 9 (April 2010)

Morrison recovers pretty well for the conclusion. With Batwoman, Batman (Dick Grayson), Damian and Alfred all fighting a zombified Batman… I wish I could say Stewart’s art finally fulfilled the promise his name brings. But it doesn’t. It’s this mainstream, glossy Cameron Stewart. Maybe it’s the colors… but I don’t think so. I think it’s […]

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Batman and Robin 8 (April 2010)

Oh, ok, so this arc is a forerunner to The Return of Bruce Wayne, where it’s explained Darkseid really cloned Batman or something. And then Batwoman dies in Dick’s arms so he can resurrect her in the Lazarus pit. There’s also a big fight between Batman and the clone–insane–Batman. Dick seems like he’s going to […]

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Batman and Robin 7 (March 2010)

I think Morrison likes to be intentionally opaque. It makes him seem mysterious and thoughtful. It’s a shame because he’s a good enough writer he doesn’t need to try so hard to impress. Personally, I imagine it’s an inferiority complex to Alan Moore. No matter how much lauding Morrison gets from the comics’ crowd, it’s […]

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Batman and Robin 6 (January 2010)

I do love this issue for Robin calling the flamboyantly gay South American toreador gay. Or whatever Morrison named his second original villain for the series. The rest? Not wild about it. Batman and Robin get their butts kicked, again. Morrison gets in some meta-textual references to Jason Todd’s resurrection (nothing about Bucky though) as […]

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Batman and Robin 5 (December 2009)

Ok, what? I’m a little groggy or whatever, but why can Jason Todd’s untrained sidekick beat up Damian? Wasn’t he trained by the League of Assassins? It just seems silly. This issue is the first one in the series where it doesn’t feel like Morrison’s got a hold of what he’s doing–Batman and Robin is […]

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Batman and Robin 4 (November 2009)

Philip Tan’s an interesting choice for Batman and Robin. He’s absent any personality, which actually doesn’t hurt the book during the Red Hood’s scenes. Morrison’s characterization of Jason Todd is as a complete nutjob lamer, which works pretty well. He also seems like he’s ready to get creepy with his underage sidekick. There are two […]

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Batman and Robin 3 (October 2009)

This issue’s strange. Not strange creepy, strange it doesn’t fit the first two. It’s like Morrison realized he wasn’t going to have Quitely forever and so he better get some things done. More happens in the third issue than happens in the first two (times two). Damian doesn’t just form an emotional attachment to a […]

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Batman and Robin 2 (September 2009)

Reading this arc–I know, I know, the circus stuff makes it perfectly suited for Dick Grayson–I can’t help but think of Batman Returns and the evil circus in it. Again, this issue is Morrison decompressed. Seeing Quitely do an extended action sequence–the issue is basically just the action scene, with some bookends with Dick and […]

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Batman and Robin 1 (August 2009)

How can Morrison infuse so much humor, so much idealism, in such a nasty story? The book’s full of that buoyant Dick Grayson positivity, which is what makes his scenes with Damian so funny, but it’s juxtaposed with the serious negativity of the Pyg story. See, the issue opens with the Toad and his threats […]

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Batman: Unseen 5 (February 2010)

Moench leaves his Batman subplot unresolved. He still is getting less and less frightening to criminals. Soon he’ll be on cereal boxes and underwear. This inevitably is another thing Moench could have concentrated on, but did not. I like Moench and I like his writing, but the way he leaves this issue, like he’s going […]

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Batman: Unseen 4 (January 2010)

Moench’s all-too human Batman runs into more problems this issue, which is an all action Kelley Jones issue and needs to be seen to be believed. Moench’s invisible man character is so totally unhinged, so totally insane (I forgot to mention the issue before, when he decapitates an ex-girlfriend–DC doesn’t do age warnings?), he doesn’t […]

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Batman: Unseen 3 (January 2010)

Here’s one of those “it just don’t make sense” moments. Batman versus the invisible man and Batman can’t take him in a fight. I thought Batman was a ninja and can’t ninjas fight in the dark (look at Daredevil)? Moench’s take on the character emphasizes detection over martial arts ability and, while it works in […]

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Batman: Unseen 2 (December 2009)

The second issue meshes a lot better. Moench has calmed his whole, “no one’s afraid of Batman anymore” subplot (it’s still present, but he’s not drawing attention to it anymore), and he’s mostly letting Jones do an invisible man story. Batman’s all supporting in this issue, which instead concerns itself with the invisible mad scientist […]

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Batman: Unseen 1 (December 2009)

Jones’s cover art is dated 2007, which has me wondering if Unseen is really just a Legends of the Dark Knight arc DC had in a drawer. It’s definitely a retro tale (even says so on the title page) as Moench tries to work out what happens when the bad guys aren’t scared of Batman […]

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