The cover of Justice League 1 invites you in bold gold text to DC Comic’s “New 52”. It’s not just the headline either. The costumes look different, the attitude looks different, and we’ve even got a brand new logo for it. It’s too bad that the actual content doesn’t feel all that different. Geoff Johns provides a serviceable first issue that works as a good opener to the New DC, without trying too hard. It’s an enjoyable read, but nothing substantial.
Justice League 1 opens big. Batman is running across rooftops trying to catch a bad guy while Gotham helicopters fly above, chasing him as if he was another criminal. The monster is about to get away, when Green Lantern smashes the beast into the ground with a green firetruck. It does the trick, but now the police see them. Batman vulnerable and the Green Lantern in plain sight, the helicopters turn their guns and fire. It’s good stuff, it just ends far too early to mean anything. Read the rest of this entry
Scott Snyder has proven himself with American Vampire and his run on Detective Comics to be one DC’s best writers. Gates of Gotham, however, is not quite at that level. It is by no means bad or unreadable but it doesn’t capture the same thrill and intrigue that his other comics have done.
The story of Gates of Gotham regards the destruction of Gotham’s landmarks, where the city becomes a character in a plot that spans decades of its history. Batman (Dick Grayson) and all of his allies must stop whoever is responsible and discover their motives before Gotham becomes unrecognizable. The best attributes of the story are its characters and how it elaborates on Gotham’s past. I really enjoyed seeing Damien antagonize Cassandra Cain, and Tim Drake’s wit and Dick trying to hold all three of them together. They all make the story interesting and better realized. Read the rest of this entry
Batman: Knight of Vengeance is better than Flashpoint. I guess I should give Flashpoint the benefit of the doubt, since there is one issue left, but screw it. I’m going to be unprofessional and say right now that Batman: Knight of Vengeance is one of the best works of short fiction done for a event and a fantastic rendition of an Elseworlds Batman. Prior to this, I have never been curious what would happen if Thomas Wayne was Batman, and now I find myself curious about possible further adventures. Brian Azzarello ends his three issue arc in a way where a continuation wouldn’t really be viable, though leaves the reader mostly satisfied.
In spite of tendency for three issue series to be over stuffed or complete fodder, Azzarello produces some amazing work that is not only engaging but ties into the main Flashpoint series. Read the rest of this entry
The Dark Knight is and was awesome. Everyone who saw it says so and those who don’t will never say so due to the fear of getting mauled by hundreds of thousands of fans. Regardless, Batman was amazing. Great sound, picture, story, and characters. Heath Ledger as the Joker was one of the best parts of the movie, and it really sucks now that he’s dead. The only negative is that there no laughing gas. I really wanted the Joker to use that madness-inducing “Joker venom”. Too bad I suppose, but the film did really well regardless and he did give several deserving people his trademark smile.
All of this is really just repetition, so I won’t elaborate. I’m sure that ten thousand other blogs and their dog have basically said the same thing. The real reason I’m writing this is to explain the utter madness that occured because of the that movie. This movie beat out Spider-Man 3 of its title as world’s biggest cash cow. It also was much better than Spider-Man 3, then again that movie at this point doesn’t even compare to The Dark Knight.
I went to see the movie Friday, the day of its release. The midnight showing was sold out as I had realized the film was coming out too late to buy a ticket. After seeing the hype and increasingly positive reviews for the film, I try to go for the 7:00PM showing only to have it sell out the night before. I hastily buy a couple tickets for the 7:30PM showing and invite a couple friends to come along. We show up at about 5:30, two hours before the movie even starts. I took the necessary precautions when going to see a movie this hyped and went really early, expecting the theatre to be clear. “No one would show up more than two hours early for a Batman movie,” I say to myself as I approach theatre. Not even a minute later we see an inescapable line up of at least a hundred people eagerly waiting to see the movie. That was insane, completely insane, which in the end I should have expected considering irony of the situation.
Regardless the line up was a fun anticipation for the film. Everyone there was really enthusiastic about seeing the film and it helped make the Dark Knight much more enjoyable than it would have been had I not seen it Opening Day. Although it did require us to stand up for two hours.