**spoiler alert** What is so good about this take on Batman is the crime-noir approach, something highlighted in the introduction. It heavily relies o...more**spoiler alert** What is so good about this take on Batman is the crime-noir approach, something highlighted in the introduction. It heavily relies on past gangster movies for its images and plot. The cuts into gray flash-backs further amplifies this effect. It is truly something extraordinary.
With this said, the villains see somewhat out of place, but with purpose. Each villain is released by the mob to stop the Holiday killer, but one by one they are taken down by Batman as he also pursues the mystery. Holiday is a perfect point of argument in this dark universe: if he's killing off evil, how terrible is it?
Any fan of The Dark Knight will notice how the movie borrowed image and characters from this novel. Nolan did a wonderful job making a mob movie with a superhero in it, rather than a superhero movie with elements of the mob. It highlights the insanity of the Batman villains and how they are not ordinary criminals out to keep their interests in line.
The Long Halloween does much to deepen the Batman cannon. (less)
**spoiler alert** Very much a fun adaptation of classic Victorian era sci-fi novels with enough side bits to keep you literarily engaged. If you are a...more**spoiler alert** Very much a fun adaptation of classic Victorian era sci-fi novels with enough side bits to keep you literarily engaged. If you are a fan of those older novels, then you will pick up the references to them, which is part of the fun.
For instance, at one point Jekyll says, "You know he used to be smaller," in reference to Hyde. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Hyde is a small, ape-like imp rather than the Hulk-like monster we have come, in popular culture, to view him as. Moore's post-modern inclusion of this line also implies that Jekyll's inner demons have been growing. Indeed, each of the League members is a comment on the Victorians and as Jekyll's demons grow, so does the darkness in Moore's Victorian England. The small leap from the end of these stories, like Mina's divorce and the hiding of her vampire's bite, incorporates a post-modern glance at Victorian anxieties: scandal (Mina), sex (Mina, Invisible Man), colonial retaliation (Nemo), "going native" (Allan), opium's deracinating effects (Allan), the ID gone wild (Jekyll, Invisible Man), evolution (or de-evolution) (Hyde).
I subtract two stars for two reasons: It's too short and I wanted to see it expand more and the second reason is Allan Quartermain's awkward backstory in the appendices of the book. Moore's mimic on Victorian writing is downright boring. Even though I enjoyed the inclusion of The Time Machine, it was just not a fun read after the adventurous pages of the League. (less)
**spoiler alert** Though I enjoyed the post-modern blending of religion, literature, and myth, as well as the graphic novel's concern with a kind of c...more**spoiler alert** Though I enjoyed the post-modern blending of religion, literature, and myth, as well as the graphic novel's concern with a kind of control by White Noise, I found it a bit hard to follow. Plot-wise you are really not sure where you are headed (though it is only vol. 1) and its energy is used very much in expounding the ideology of the group the "Invisibles". The parts with Tom are a big overdone, as well as the fractured narrative of the Shelleys and Lord Byron (no mention either of the fact that Percy and Mary met and carried on an affair while Percy was still married, which I find odd).
Sometimes it seems that Morrison's education was dumped unceremoniously into comic form, without regard for the reader, who probably does not have the knowledge to recognize the incessant quoting of history and literature (which is not read widely today). Props for almost pulling it off though. The Marquis De Sade is quite well done and I think that he fits in, where Shelley's narrative doesn't quite.
I'm not a big fan of Dane, the main character, and I do not find the other Invisibles likable in anyway yet. But, as I have said, the concept is quite exciting and I would like to read Vol. 2 and see where it goes.
Though it draws from similar inspiration, it is no Sandman (but what is, exactly?) (less)