Why all the old comic scans???

Posted: December 3, 2008 in DC Comics
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You may ask why I have been scanning lots of old comics and have no scans or discussion or current modern comic books. Well, to be honest, I am currently not reading many current books. I do read some of the Batman books, but that seems to be more out of habit than out of enjoyment. My favourite character is Batman but I find that writers over the last several years have sucked the fun out of the character. I will in the next few days discuss both the latest arcs of Batman and Detective Comics and say why I feel that they failed.

One thing I have wondered about is why the writers seem so intent on putting Batman through trials and tribulations that would cause ordinary people to have a nervous breakdown or become seriously depressed. Less and less emphasis on Batman’s detective skills or his colourful rogues gallery, and more on inflicting physical and emotional pain on the Dark Knight. Here are just a few examples that have occurred since Crisis On Infinite Earths, which happened around a decade ago.

  • Robin (Jason Todd) is murdered by the Joker.
  • Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) is crippled after being shot by the Joker.
  • Batman has his back broken by Bane.
  • Batman’s girlfriend Dr Shondra Kinsolving, is kidnapped and then ends up brain damaged.
  • Batman chooses Azrael to take over as Batman while he is convalescing from his broken back. Azrael turns out to be psychotic and almost ruins Batman’s legacy.
  • The plague kills many people in Gotham City. Robin (Tim Drake) contracts the plague and is saved only at the last minute.
  • Gotham City is almost destroyed by an earthquake.
  • Commissioner Gordon’s (Batman’s best friend) is murdered by the Joker.
  • Batman’s girlfriend Vesper Fairchild is murdered by David Cain.
  • Bruce Wayne is imprisoned after being framed for the murder of Vesper Fairchild.
  • Batman’s old friend Tommy Elliott, who we have never heard of before, turns out to be super villain Hush.
  • Spoiler (Stephanie Brown, who also was briefly Robin), murdered by Black Mask. Dr Lesley Thompkins (who is like a Mom to Batman) ignored her hypocratic oath and refused to save Stephanie to teach Batman a lesson!!!
  • Robin’s (Tim Drake) father murdered by Captain Boomerang.
  • Jason Todd found not to be dead after-all.
  • Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) goes evil for some reason that no one really can explain.
  • Catwoman (Batman’s former girlfriend) gives birth to a son who is not Batman’s.
  • Batman takes a holiday and leaves Harvey Dent in control of keeping law and order in Gotham. Whoops, Harvey goes psycho and becomes Two Face again.
  • Stephanie Brown not really dead. It was all an elaborate hoax.
  • Batman found to have an illegitimate son Damien, with super-villainess Talia Head.
  • Ra’s Al Ghul, one of Batman’s arch villains, found to be not dead either.
  • Catwoman has her heart removed by Hush.
  • Batman is drugged and goes through some weird type of adventure. Seriously I had little idea of what was happening during Batman RIP. I think that Batman’s girlfriend Jezabel Jet turns out to be evil or dead or something and Joker learns Batman’s secret identity and, who really knows. Grant Morrison must have really been smoking some really strong stuff when he wrote this story because it really makes no sense and is totally stupid. (Drugs don’t always make you more creative, kids!)

Anyway, I will try to do a full review of Batman RIP and Heart of Hush in the next few days and explain why I thought they were both such horrible stories.

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