I love Batman. If people asked me who my favorite comic book character was I’d probably say Static or Rocket, but after they say ‘who are they?’ and I explain for an hour or two and they asked for someone else I would probably say Batman. One of the sixteen hundred reasons I’m into super hero comics at all is because of Denny O’Neil’s novelization of Knightfall (if you are interested in a cool batman story but don’t want to buy the three trades and like your story more condensed give that book a try). Greg Rucka’s No Man’s Land novel was another big one for me. I’ve sense read both of those events in comic form and the novels are better. Anyway, Batman is super cool. Every TV show has been pretty dope in some form or another. The character has a life of his own in the fan fiction world where given three seconds of prep time he can beat Galactus with one hand tied behind his back in under a minute (including the prep time). It is pretty dope. Bladdy Bladdy Bla, Batman is cool. Even All-Star Batman is cool. My Favorite Batman story ever though is now Grant Morrison’s run from Batman to Final Crisis to Batman and Robin and finishing at Batman Inc. It’s one of the few things that makes me happy I bought floppy issues for so long. So for me, this reboot isn’t so bad. I feel like I have a complete Batman story that may be the best one ever all wrapped up nice and neat. I can come into this new thing completely fresh, and so I shall.
Detective Comics #1
Look at all that blood on those babies! I don’t hate Tony Daniel’s writing (battle for the cow not withstanding)[note: not a typo, it’s a funnier read that way] I just am not going to go out of my way to read it. The cover really doesn’t excite me at all. What would excite me is some Detective work on Batman’s part. Less blood and brains. We’ll see how this goes.
Scott Snyder has done some cool stuff, or at least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ve only read one issue of American Vampire and none of his other stuff. Here’s hoping it’s really good and he has a long time on the book and does good stuff.
I’ll wait and see on this one.
Batman The Dark Knight
David Finch writes and draws? Wait for the trade.
Batman and Robin
I’m very interested in the Bruce and Damien dynamic. I thought Damien worked so well with Dick Grayson as Batman and grew over time. I hope they don’t ignore all that happened in the past and stunt Damien’s Development.
I’m not going to be picking this one up either. I honestly think I am going to take a break on Batman until the first TPB of Batman Inc. comes out after it relaunches. I just think I’ve read as good a Bruce Wayne story as I’m going to read in a while so why spoil it?
Birds of Prey
I know everyone loved this book, I just rarely got into it. I read it for a while before it got cancelled once and enjoyed it a little. I have a trade or two from the series and it wasn’t bad. I liked the TV show. . . .
Yeah, I’ll see how this one fairs.
How do you sell a book with a female lead? Sex.
I’m not buying this one. Not on principle, I just don’t really care about Catwoman enough to read a solo book monthly anymore. I liked “When in Rome, but I read that ten years after it came out. I read her OYL title and liked it, too. I don’t have a great reason other than I don’t want to spend even $2 a month on it.
Apparently I am going to split this one into two posts as well. I have so much to say about Batgirl and Batwing that we’ll have to wait until the next post.