Last time on Batman Eternal: Hush has finally made an entrance, at the cost of Alfred Pennyworth. It's up to Alfred's daugh Originally posted on my blog
Last time on Batman Eternal: Hush has finally made an entrance, at the cost of Alfred Pennyworth. It's up to Alfred's daughter to take his place before the bat-computer. Now, as much as I like Hush, I prefer him in the Heart of Hush and Hush Money. Here, it feels forced. Once again, Tommy is the bad guy, looking to destroy Gotham for no real reason except to make Bruce's life a living hell (as usual). I'm still trying to figure out what Hush's motive is, beyond wanting to be like Bruce--which is overused and lacking the depth is once had.
All the other plot threads from the last volume have been pushed to the side, and we don't see the rest of the bat-family, which is disappointing. The last volume felt rich because of the celebration of family, whereas, the most this volume has in terms of family is the strained relationship between Alfred and his daughter, and even then it's barely touched upon. The clear difference between this volume and the previous is the plot. Very little happened.
Selina has turned out to be the daughter of Leo Calebresi, ex crime lord of Gotham city. And she's been given the mantle of crime lord of Gotham, whether she likes it or not. This isn't expanded in the comic, but it's promised in her own comic series. Which disappoints me. I was hoping to see more of her mob boss action, since the last volume was full of gang war politics. But I suppose we'd be seeing more of that in Catwoman's own series.
Waylon Jones, aka Killer Croc, plays another vital role in the comic. It's important to note that he isn't a villain, no matter how many crimes he may have committed. He is an anti-hero, the world pitted against him because of the way he was born and is constantly perceived. His role as Selina's bodyguard makes him have reason, after having been demonised in the last volume by Commissioner Bard.
Look, I'm basically very disappointed in this volume. Most of it was filler, and after reading the last hundred pages twice, I still can't remember what happened apart from Arkham Asylum blowing up for some reason, making way for Arkham Manor (review of that to come soon). I'm hoping that this is just a low point in the series, because the first volume built up some heavy shit. Eagerly awaiting the final volume....more
I love the way this book is written, in diary entries and short vignettes and the like. It made it so easy to attach myself to Maddie, a POC African AI love the way this book is written, in diary entries and short vignettes and the like. It made it so easy to attach myself to Maddie, a POC African American and Japanese (though this is barely touched upon, which is a shame) girl who essentially lives in a bubble. It is a very intimate book, much in the way the Princess Diaries series were.
Reading it on my kindle feels like it doesn't give the book justice. There are illustrations, and charts, and lists, and handwritten diary entries, and such that I'm sure would have looked fantastic in physical form, without having to wait for the lag of my kindle to load the pages. At first I thought, You betcha sweet ass I'll be buying this book and rereading it over and over for the feels and the proper experience. But as I read on, something didn't feel right. Maddie's condition was odd. And Ollie ended up helping her endangering her life, which made him the opposite of a sweet sexy love interest. That he would let her go through with her potentially life-threatening plan makes him an unreliable lover, bordering on abusive.
Speaking of abuse, let's discuss her mother, who knew that Maddie was never sick to begin with. Who kept Maddie in this bubble, isolated from the world so that they could be together forever. Who ruined Maddie's immune system as a result of keeping her hidden from the world. I detested that there wasn't more done to chastise her mother, no police involved, no nothing. It was just glossed over as a mother who cared too much. That made me mad, that abuse like that was seen as being overprotective.
This book was a huge disappointment. I wish I could say better things about it, but, morally, I just can't....more
I've given this two stars not because I don't like it--on the contrary, I liked each individual story quite a lot--but because I just don't "get" it.I've given this two stars not because I don't like it--on the contrary, I liked each individual story quite a lot--but because I just don't "get" it. I don't understand how the stories are all connected to each other apart from this vague yet ever present spiral. If anyone wants to weigh in on this and explain it to me, I'd be more than happy to listen....more
I'm so late to this bandwagon. Like, 4 years late, so I supposed it was about time I read it and found out what the big deal was about. *SPOILERS AHEAI'm so late to this bandwagon. Like, 4 years late, so I supposed it was about time I read it and found out what the big deal was about. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
Unfortunately, I didn't find it to my liking. For the most part I was bewildered by the concept of the factions. It felt like a cheap imitation of the Hogwarts houses. That they were so concerened with particular personality types, such as intelligence, courage, was confusing when it was explained that the houses factions were created to settle discourse between people. It was a way to create harmony and abolish racism, sexism, classism, oppression from religion, etc, but I found that within those factions there were many of those already present.
There's about 3 plot lines that are created and dropped all in the space of half a dozen issues. I don't particularly blame all this on Nocenti, thougThere's about 3 plot lines that are created and dropped all in the space of half a dozen issues. I don't particularly blame all this on Nocenti, though. Gothtopia wasn't her idea. No one could have made Gothtopia work. It was just awful. Then there's Zero Year, which, while it's decently written, it is jarring when placed within this bundle. The problem with this volume isn't the fault of the writer. It is the fault of the editorial, who decide that crossover events like Gothtopia and Zero Year are a good idea. It's such a huge shame, because I really liked Nocenti's run on Joker's daughter and Death of the Family. It sucks to see her talent being squandered away like this....more
This was a hit and miss. I pretty much adored the entire part about Parks & Recreation, and then rest was a confused blur for me because she was tThis was a hit and miss. I pretty much adored the entire part about Parks & Recreation, and then rest was a confused blur for me because she was talking about show business this and comedy that, and I just wasn't engaged with it. That's not to say it's a bad book, because it's great. I just had trouble connecting with a lot of parts....more