I came back to comics after this happened, at the beginning of the Marvel Regenesis period, having read most of Civil War, but nothing much else. (I dI came back to comics after this happened, at the beginning of the Marvel Regenesis period, having read most of Civil War, but nothing much else. (I did read House of M, which was important for this.) For that reason, this book answered a lot of questions that I didn't really even know I had.
I'm glad to know about Kade Kilgore and Quentin Quire and WHY everyone was so mad at Quire. All of this makes Wolverine's work with him at the new school even more mature and Xavier-ish.
Mostly, though, what this book did for me was show the final descent of Scott Summers into idiocy and megalomania. This brings us the Cyclops of AvX and of the new Mutant revolution. It's good to see that happen.
(view spoiler)[The key, of course, came when Wolvie was willing to blow the Sentinel to bits if Scott would only get people to safety, and Scott refused because, I don't know, "where would we go?" (Hint for you Summers: the shores of San Francisco until the blowing up is done and then you can come back—Magneto can rebuild your precious city with his mind in a week.) I know that he'd been persecuted his whole life and had been running and running and running for as long as he can remember, but there was no need to take a martyr's stand and make the kids fight for what HE perceived as the only way. By letting wolverine blow himself and the robot up, a Mutant would still be doing the fighting, would still be making a stand against this kind of genocide, but would be doing it without harm to himself. (oh, sweet, sweet regeneration!)
It is this martyr's stance, this insistance that he ALWAYS be facing the hate of the world (even though it was just Kilgore trying to make money at their expense, not a true mutant-hate attack) that has made him the horrible person that he has become. (hide spoiler)]All the years have blinded him to the good and left him myopically seeing the hate. Now, more than ever, he truly is a cyclops, and the accompanying lack of depth perception that comes from not seeing things from two points has blinded him to anything else but his own hurt. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've been meaning to read the Knightfall saga for years, and have occasionally checked out the first TPB from the library, etc. But since DC put out tI've been meaning to read the Knightfall saga for years, and have occasionally checked out the first TPB from the library, etc. But since DC put out these new, well colored, expanded and more complete editions last year, I decided the time had finally come. Of course I've known the general outline of the whole thing for ages, but it was great to actually read the whole thing.
I really enjoyed this. It was great to sit down with over 600 pages of Batman to read (and I've still got the other two volumes to go!) and to watch a story this big unfold. It was a roller coaster. I was at turns upset and frustrated with Bats for his inability to accept what Tim and Alfred could see and for his constant reluctance to let Robin help. I understood why (Jason), but wanted him to overcome his pride and his fear for Robin's safety and get the help he needed.
Perhaps one of the best bits of this was actually the first issue, The Vengeance of Bane, that told his origin story.
The art is by turns good, by turns not so good. It was the 90's, and that shows through in some respects, despite the general feel of timelessness that often pervades these and other Bat stories. Not a fault, justa n observation.
I don't have much else to say about it. It was fun, it was frustrating, it was good. Nice that the Joker actually cracked a few jokes, too. ...more
I like how this dealt with the becoming of superman and the acceptance that Clark has to come to for Superman to be. His shot at belonging, his chance to not have to cover his abilities all the time—these he willingly sacrifices for the good of all, and you can see that it hurts. Call me a sucker, but I love it when comics use idealistic heroes, and this book does a great job of that. I look forward to vol. 2...more
This is what graphic novels have the potential to be. It has ideas, it has insights, it has 21 separate styles ofThis is really, really, REALLY good.
This is what graphic novels have the potential to be. It has ideas, it has insights, it has 21 separate styles of painting! It is intense at times, and sweet at times. It is filled with meditations on outsider-ness, on same-ness, on Superman, on übermensch, and on writing. It is superb and everyone should read it....more
Some things about the art I really liked. Like how Batman looks like a guy dressing up in a bat costume. Stitching, seams, bulkiGood, but not amazing.
Some things about the art I really liked. Like how Batman looks like a guy dressing up in a bat costume. Stitching, seams, bulkiness. Same goes for Catwoman, whose goggles looked like they would on a lady dressed in leather wearing goggles. I know that sounds obvious, but the costumes seemed much more like they would if this were real and people had made these things and worn them.
The fitting of the Christmas Carol to the story was good, but not brilliant, and there were gaps that were glossed over by the narrative.
I liked it, but think either Hush, or the actual Christmas Carol would do better. I know that's no surprise, but there it is....more
As good a Batman detective story as I've read in a long, long time. Not just punching things, but solving things, dealing with people, thinking. I didAs good a Batman detective story as I've read in a long, long time. Not just punching things, but solving things, dealing with people, thinking. I didn't expect the villain to be who it was, and thought that the personal development of Batman was very good. I recommend it to any bat-fan....more
Very well done. The voice was very true to the original author (I don't know if these were his words or not), and I am apparently quite a fan of I.N.JVery well done. The voice was very true to the original author (I don't know if these were his words or not), and I am apparently quite a fan of I.N.J. Culbard's illustration. I liked his work on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, and I liked it here.
I don't have much to say about it other than that I liked this much better than books inspired by Lovecraft (I'm looking at you, Alan Moore). The pacing was fast and as undecorated as H.P.'s works are, and it of course featured a glimpse into that classic mythos that everyone loves so much.
Because the story is brief, I consider this a snack of a book, even among other graphic novels. ...more
This goes back to the roots of Batman, in so many ways. The age in which it is set, for one thing; but really in that it was, moreReally, REALLY good.
This goes back to the roots of Batman, in so many ways. The age in which it is set, for one thing; but really in that it was, more than anything I've read from DC lately, a Detective Comic. It hearkens back to Batman before Frank Miller, and while I know how important he was to the modern understanding and interpretation of the Bat, leaving behind Miller's world of grim slums and mistreated hookers is an absolute relief. And the inclusion of some—gasp!—humor was an unexpected surprise.
There are interesting themes reminiscent of The Fountainhead, and the attitudes towards unions are interesting, in that they surface at this time in our society. I don't think the author is anti-union, but anti-corruption. Discuss.
Now, onto the art. I LOVE the look of this book. the entire thing was done in pencils, and none of the original work was erased. That is cool. That is craft. Color and shading from computer overlays round out the finish, but the look that is achieved is spectacular. The Bruce Waynes of today are bulky, muscled hulks, which bespeaks their advanced training and physical prowess. But really, how many guys look like that? Ask any Bat-fan, and they'll tell you one thing to love about Batman is that he's just a guy. No super powers, no alien blood, no gamma rays. He is a man like me, and that makes him more relatable and real. This Bruce Wayne/Batman does it even better. He isn't a three-foot wide gunship, but a fit, strong, healthy man. Yes, Batman still has huge muscles, but not more than you'd expect of someone who had mastered all the martial arts and spent his nights fighting lunatics. ALso, the lightening of Bruce's hair was interesting.
Actually, the fact that Bruce appeared at all was nice, especially how much he did appear. Most comics that have come out recently (I'm looking at you, New 52!) have had so much batman, that you'd almost never think there was a Bruce Wayne hiding underneath him.
There were a few niggling problems with the drawings of the characters. Bruce's face wasn't as constant as it should have been, nor were most of the others. One of the most constant, and therefore practiced-looking, face in the book was that of Garnett Greenside. This strikes me as odd in many ways, but, while avoiding spoilers, I will say it makes some sense in the long run of the story.
I'm going with 4 instead of 5 stars because of a few art issues, but if they hadn't been distracting me, it would have been a total 5. Aside from that, I'd easily put it in the top 5 Batman graphic novels I've read.
As a final note, I will add that my wife asked if I didn't like this as much as DC's New Frontier, and I said no, because it didn't affirm my ideals of heroism, make me want to be better and braver, or just generally more awesome than I am. But, you know, so few books do. This I enjoyed reading and experiencing....more