Saturday, June 30, 2012
Batman: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
With Dark Knight Rises coming to theaters in July (It's just around the corner, holy shit!!), I thought it would be fun, to present our favorite Batman stories, our least favorites, and our favorite "What the fuck were they thinking?!" stories/moments.
Chime in, in the comments section, my minions... You never know when I'm going to surprise you with extras.
The Good: I am sure that there will be people disagreeing that this is the best (I think hands down, Batman: Year One is the greatest Batman story ever told, but bear with me...), but this is one of my favorites, so sit down, and put out that torch, and put down that pitchfork...
But Batman #666, by Grant Morrison, and one of those Kuberts (I kid, it was Andy Kubert), the story is set in the future, with Damian Wayne (current Robin) having donned the Mantle of the Bat. It's a stand-alone issue, with Morrison juggling implications of what happened since Bruce was Batman, with how Damian has dealt with being thrust in the role. As far as stand-alone stories are concerned, I'd be hard pressed to find one that has as much action and solid storytelling.
Runner up: Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso's "Broken City" story, from Batman. It's a hard-boiled detective story... Just go read it. You'll be glad you did.
The Bad: Frank Miller's DK2. All of it. From Miller's treatment of Dick Grayson, to his laughable portrayal of Bats, and his attempt to shoehorn in most of the JLA, regardless to how they fit in... It's Miller's artwork and storytelling at it's sloppiest, and really adds nothing to the Bat Family's mythos. It's poop. A whole lot of poop.
The Ugly: There was an issue of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, by Alan Grant and Kevin O'Neill, (one half of the team that gave us Marshal Law,) presenting a story chock full of WTF moments, starring Bat Mite. I believe this was Bat Mite's first appearance in modern comics, and he was presented as a hallucination of some street-level gangster named Overdog. If you're in the mood for the sheer ridiculous, check this one out.
Anyhow, I am very curious as to what the Minions of the Iron Toy Cult have to offer, in the way of opinions on this subject. Speak up, be heard.
For now, though, it's time to go.
It's been fun though, right?