Not much to say about this, but it was pretty sweet. A great look at the Joker from a perspective other than Batman's. The villains are designed moreNot much to say about this, but it was pretty sweet. A great look at the Joker from a perspective other than Batman's. The villains are designed more realistic, especially Killer Croc, but the art is too astounding for me to care. I would've liked to see more done with Harley. She was just kind of there, and she's too great character to just have in the background. I liked that Batman was nowhere to be found until the very end. He did have some lines, which I thought ruined the whole gimmick with this book. He should've been silent. He usually is anyway, it wouldn't have been a stretch at all. Now I'm just nit-picking. It's a good read....more
I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan. When I heard not only did he dabble in comic books, but he's written for some of my fav DC heroes, I knew I'd love it. I wI'm a huge Kevin Smith fan. When I heard not only did he dabble in comic books, but he's written for some of my fav DC heroes, I knew I'd love it. I was not disappointed. He really gets the dynamic between the Batman & Joker. Even when given already established characters & setting & everything, the occasional pop-culture reference & "not-so-kid-friendly" joke assures you it's Smith behind the wheel of this one.
I'd also like to congratulate him on creating a very original villain. While he didn't premiere in this one, Onomatopoeia (Hey, I spelled that right on my first try!) is an original & cool character with a gimmick that can only work for comics (that of only speaking in the sound effects that occur in the comic as they're happening. BAM! "bam" for example) He's created a villain that couldn't translate well outside of comic books at all, which is actually pretty impressive...Who am I kidding? If he becomes popular enough, TV or movie people will think of something....more
I went into this story completely blind. No idea what I was getting myself into. What I was expecting was a Batman story...WOW. Bad idea if you haven'I went into this story completely blind. No idea what I was getting myself into. What I was expecting was a Batman story...WOW. Bad idea if you haven't read this, folks. This isn't a Batman story. It's a psychological mind-frack with Batman characters in it.
Half of the time I couldn't even tell who the villains were supposed to be. Scarecrow had something I would consider less than a cameo. He just...walked by. I didn't even get his purpose in that single page he was in until I looked in the back of the book where Morrison was kind enough to provide the SCRIPT. I get that he wanted to show how Arkham was making all the inmates WORSE than they were before, but this was taken to an extremity I was not expecting.
The main thing that clinched my dislike of this book was when a crazed doctor gets his throat cut, Batman retorts with something along the lines of "He got what he deserved." What!? That contradicts Batman's entire moral code! If that random guy deserves to have his throat cut, what the hell is Joker doing breathing? Oh, what, it only counts if Batman doesn't kill? That's the only way he could justify that line. However, I guess that's not the case, since Morrison also had Batman SHOOT DARKSIED WITH A GUN when he wrote Final Crisis. Batman has only ever used a gun& killed when his comic book was first starting out and he hadn't yet become a solid fully-developed character. Nowadays, his stance on killing is completely black & white! Killing = bad. NO exceptions! From what I've seen, if there is one character Grant Morrison just doesn't seem to get, it's Batman. Here's what the man himself said about this book:
"I wanted to approach Batman from the point of view of the dreamlike, emotional and irrational hemisphere, as a response to the very literal, 'realistic', 'left brain' treatment of superheroes which was in vogue at the time, in the wake of The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, and others."
Vogue at the time?...At the TIME? Dude, go to a comic shop today. Watchmen and TDKR are still some of the most popular graphic novels around. You're talking like they were just some passing fad, man.
The art was interesting to say the least. I did like that. Really detailed & out-there. Kudos to Dave McKean. However, the Joker's dialogue, while cool, was almost impossible to read at times. They didn't give him bubbles around his speech, and the font was barely legible. It was supposed to be, I get that. Stylistically, it's awesome. Practically, it's lacking.
And that's my take on what some consider to be one of the greatest Batman graphic-novels ever. It's definitely original, and the art is fantastic...I just don't see what makes it so amazing & great. It's definitely different...but personally, that was TOO different for my liking....more