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Again, there’s no direct link between the company’s digital division planning to resurrect [the Adam West/Burt Ward] version of Batman [in a digital comic] and the DC Comics editors wanting to off the [John Stewart] incarnation of Green Lantern that managed to gain mainstream acceptance without being involved in a Hindenburg of a motion picture. But what it does tell us is this: the company would rather court fans of a nearly 50-year-old television show — one synonymous with the cheesiest stereotypes about comic books as a medium and the fandom surrounding it — than the fanbase of a critically-acclaimed television show that was on the air less than a decade ago.
I ended up liking him and I was surprised by that, he was a very good villain.
Still my favorite Bane will always be Gail Simone’s Secret Six Bane.
I have never not loved Bane. I don’t mean that as some kind of hipstery statement. I can’t really put any single reason why. Knightfall was one of the first trades that I ever read, when I first decided, with a pre-teen’s determination, that I was going to learn everything I could about Batman. At that point it was really only a 4 or 5 year old story arc. My experience with Batman was largely of the movies and the cartoons, which were light on violence and consequences, and heavy on the classic villains, so I’d had a good education in those.
Knightfall was something distinctively different. Despair was not an emotion that was easy to cover in a half hour show, but it was the emotion that Bane, more than any other villain, the story said, had managed to create in our invincible hero, Batman. He wasn’t just a strong man like Amygdala or Killer Croc, he wasn’t just a genius like the Riddler or Ra’s al Ghul. He was both, just like Batman. He was mysterious.
And I can’t discount the fact that he was Latino, just like me (or half of me). When he peppered his speech with Spanish words, I felt proud of the fact that my (admittedly rudimentary) Spanish gave me a better understanding of the comic than some other readers. I could easily imagine the accent he would have in my head. And I just thought he was fucking cool, man! I thought he was terrifying! The man who beat Batman! The man who made my hero not want to be a hero anymore, a power the Joker would never in a million years have.
I never bought it when Az-Bats beat him. It was too easy.
And that’s all years before I ever read Gail Simone’s Secret Six, and Greg Rucka’s Knightfall novelization, the latter of which gave Bane an origin that made him even more of colonial/imperial inversion of Bruce Wayne, the former of which carried his character along a wonderfully “makes sense” arc of fatherhood. OH HAI, another major theme of Batman’s character.
If Bane were just “evil Batman” he wouldn’t be interesting. (As much as I love Scott Snyder, I was frankly unimpressed with the reveal at the end of Court of Owls.) But he’s not “evil Batman.” In the hands of the right writer, he’s privilege-less Batman (same drive, no resources, no moral guidance at any point in his life), and that is fucking fascinating.
Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers is on sale on Comixology right now. I have wanted to read it for forever, because it’s totally up my alley. I probably shouldn’t buy ALL sixty-seven issues of it, though. I need somebody who’s familiar with it to tell me which starter issues I should get. I’d like to buy at least the first story arc, but if there are any excellent standalone issues or if the story and tone of Powers doesn’t really start to come through until the second arc, I’d be interested in that too. I’m putting this on Tumblr and tweeting it, so feel free to reply to me either place.
I’m hoping the internet can come through for me before the sale is over.
I wasn’t even born for the first one but I still die a little inside anyway.
I was born three months after Post-Crisis continuity began, eight months before Batman: Year One, and three months before Watchmen. I am exactly as old as the final issue of The Dark Knight Returns.
This information is probably terrifying to at least someone.
It is also why I don’t really understand people who STILL think Watchmen and TDKR are the end-all, be-all of the medium. My parents made a person in the intervening twenty-six years. The least the comics industry could do was find a new standard of excellence.
P. Craig Russell is adapting THE GRAVEYARD BOOK into a huge two-volume graphic novel. He’s doing it with several other artists (I’m not going to name them yet. They’re all stars.)
He just posted the first panel he’s drawn…
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So I got a Kindle for my birthday and so I bought all of the issues of Devin Grayson’s run on Gotham Knights and am reading them and then THIS.
Bruce shows Dick the legal papers that will make him his legal heir not just his emancipated ward and asks him if he wants to sign them as if there were any other answer and
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Well, Frank Miller is someone whose work I’ve barely looked at for the past twenty years. I thought the Sin City stuff was unreconstructed misogyny, 300 appeared to be wildly ahistoric, homophobic and just completely misguided. I think that there has probably been a rather unpleasant sensibility apparent in Frank Miller’s work for quite a long time.
- Alan Moore
Man, I love Alan Moore just for existing more and more these days.
- Jason Todd’s costume case is smashed. Everyone stands in shock.
- A character unexpectedly arrives in Crime Alley. Everyone stands in shock.
- Batman is sad because his parents died. This is presented as somehow different from the norm.
- The Joker tells Batman that they’re not really all that different and it makes Batman very angry.
- This pose.