Thursday, 12 July 2012

Comics: New 52 Batman 1st issue round up

 Once again, like Justice League, brought into the light from the dark

Review in Short: From First to Last
  1. Batman: Detective Comics
  2. Batman
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight
  4. Batman and Robin
I feel there is a Catz the musical joke in here somewhere

If you are even remotely connected to the comic scene (Or happen to know someone remotely connected to the comic scene) you are probably aware that DC are doing something quite special at the moment, though in which meaning of the word that will take remains to be seen.

As it stands though they are currently undergoing a completely clean sheet, and this isn't your Crisis on Infinite Earths clean sheet, no sir. A cancellation of all their comics, and the release of 52 new series. So what better time to start up a new comic based segment, now that all my previous DC knowledge is basically mute...For now, but we will talk about that later.

With that brief intro over, here is the first (and hopefully not last) in a series of reviews covering the new 52, and in an effort to pick out the good and the not so good, so everyone of us doesn't have to buy every single one. A noble cause. This first one will be focusing on the frankly ridiculous amount of Batman variations that have come out, with Batman, Batman Detective Comics, Batman Dark Knight and Batman and Robin, being purely the ones featuring the big man's name. When you then include Batwing, Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman, Nightwing, as well as the group efforts of Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Justice League and JL International then if you want to keep up with the full School of Batman Alumni alone then you are going to be buying 14 comics a month, more than a quarter

So with just the first 4 Batman (Batmen?) Comics in mind, for your daily dose of just the Wayne family. Now just for the record, I pretty much enjoyed all four of these in one way or another. But I can pretty much safely say I will be giving:

Batman and Robin
a miss, it gets the lowest score, and this is mainly because Damien Wayne is a horrible human being, and an even worse Robin, they've done this weird thing where they have tried to make him a cocky and cool 13 year old, but really I don't understand why Bruce hasn't bitten his head off yet, it might get better, I may get a few more to check, but as it stands, unless you yourself are a 13 year old boy who wants to be the only person in the DC universe willing to backchat Batman, then avoid this one.

Batman: The Dark Knight is second to last, which is by no means a bad thing, as the next two are some of favourites of the new 52. I have read 1 and 2 at this point, but I felt it achieved a lot less in that than the other two did. The Two-Face fight cop out coloured me negatively from the beginning, though it does have a very cool bit in the middle of the second one involving the Birds of Prey for some scope on the matter, which redeemed it, but it did start to do that thing where the Alice in Wonderland/Batman model becomes ever more close, trying to tease us with that White Rabbit, it might just have worked as well...Damn

Batman comes in an honourable 2nd, mainly due to a stellar Arkham break out scene, much better than Dark Knights, and a fine looking and speaking Comm. Gordon, complete with a lovely little *Batman has disappeared while Jim was talking* bit that always strikes home, but didn't quite feel cliched. The end was a cheap, but effective cliff hanger, which guaranteed an issue 2 purchase

Batman: Detective Comics made me happy in many many ways, the art style is great, the Batman inner monologue is finely tuned and awesome. The joker appears in my favourite mind games Joker variation, that of chaotic brilliance. Dollmaker got me pretty damn psyched as well, I won't lie, the last image of DC is something to behold, and generally the tone of this made me happy that the World's Greatest Detective is still an apt title.

So there ends the first attempt at a comic blog, something much harder to do than Movies/Games, because your audience is that much more critical. I meant no offense to anyone, but these are my personal views, take them as you will, but don't get angry. I'm as right/wrong as everyone else. Until hopefully next time.

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