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Can There Be Too Much Batman?

Written by  Published December 5, 2013 02:05
If you read my Top 20 column here at ENR News & Reviews you know that I am getting more than a little tired of  the proliferation of certain titles  by  Big 2. Quite frankly I am tired of Avengers XMenSpideySupermanBatmanJusticeSquadTeamUP. Yeah that's not a title, but the way things are going I may have that trade marked. My point is I have two books that I am reviewing this week. Both books have the Bat in them and for the most part both are OK, but did we need them? Let's find out! I usually write I do SPOILERS here, but the fact is how do you SPOIL Batman when it's not really new?  

Another Origin Tale

batman_new_52_zero_year_coverBatman: Zero Year

Writer: Scott Snyder

Pencils: Greg Capullo

Inks: Danny Miki

Colors: FCO Plascencia

Letters: Alex Garner

Produced: DC Comics

Once again we are at a "usually" spot here. This is where I would tell you about the book and do the spoiling as it were. Not today. This is yet another "Zero" book, in which our young hero Bruce Wayne is once again traumatized by the death of his parents and decides to become the Bat. For the most part the story is uninspired because HOW MANY TIMES CAN THIS STORY BE TOLD? Yeah I know there are a couple of twists, but do I really care? The fact that DC decided to have Zero Year month makes this all even worse.

What Right

I like Bruce Wayne with a high in tight hair cut, it gives him a more military bat 1look and shows he means business than just the playboy thing. I like that Gordon shows up in the Bats life faster than he did in the regular series and somewhat knows about the Batcave. I also enjoyed the story at the end.

The pencils are good by Capullo, he tells a good story with his panels and walks that all so narrow path of never too much and never to little in each. I really liked his desert portrayals and his cave work. In fact I am on board as one of his bigger fans and will usually pick up a book if he is working on it. The colors are good, especially in the said desert scenes and I really like the way they highlight the background in some panels.

What's Wrong

This has been done countless times before, and to put this out DC really needed a massive 600 foot home run. This isn't it. It's OK, no better and no worse. This book and the idea behind it is Batman sells and "let's do another Bat book" to boost said sales. We are only two years and some months from the "NEW 52", where most of everything got turned upside down and DC as a company felt the need to do it again? Really?

Batman: Zero 5 out of 10 Tags

 

What's Black & White and Really Overdone?

COVER_1Batman Black & White

Written:  Lee Bermejo, Damion Scott,  Rian Hughes, Marv Wolfman, Paul Dini

Pencils: Lee Bermejo, Damion Scott, Riccardo Burchielli, Rian Hughes, Stephane Roux

Letters: Carlos M. Mangual, Dezi Sienty, Taylor Esposito, Jared K. Fletcher

Produced: DC Comics

Rated: T

So if you read Legends of the Dark Knight then you have read this book. Seriously it is the same format with just LOD being in color. That said this is a really good vehicle for the Bat.

 

What's Right

Just about everything is right with this book. The black and white set up leads BM_BLKWHT_3_2to so much more interesting  panels, allowing for a depth you just can't get out of a color book. Don't get me wrong I like the color books too, and the folks who have contributed to these stories have more time to do the art work than what would normally be given.  It's also nice that the stories are smaller and self  contained. All the story tellers with this issue #3 were spot on, with the telling being first rate. The final story with Harley, Poison Ivy and the Bat is by far my favorite.

The best part of this book and it's colored version is that these stories aren't a part of the big picture, but at any time any one of the stories could be. Much like LOD this book has a much cleaner less, for a lack of a better term dirty Batman. In short this is a Batman I can relate to.

What's Wrong

Simple, this didn't need to happen either. DC has the LOD format, why not just have special B&W issues of that and call it good? The cool thing about comic books is they are unique. There is no other medium except maybe (HUGE MAYBE) daytime soaps where we get to live with, grow up with, and know our favorite characters fro an extended period of time. This mad publication of one Super Hero cheapens the rest of the canon in my opinion and makes the Batman less the Dark Knight and more the everyday Super Hero. That said it is a top of the line book and I highly recommend it.

Batman: Black and White 9 out of 10 Tags

Dan Robertson

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