This week, even without a Detective Comics issue is a great week, and many great issues overshadowed the very minor poor productions.
As Mr. Haley said, let’s get down “to the heart of it.” Nightwing was awesome, while not overly exciting it just set up a killer story that has Dick Grayson hunted for his past and will bring him back to his childhood and finally explain what brought down his family.
Nightwing takes on a hitman who has obviously read too much of Marvel Comics, but somehow got ahold of Nightwing’s Origins issue and knows more than an enemy should about the Original Robin of Gotham. Clearly the story is going to delve into what caused the murder of the Flying Graysons, but I am also hoping with the gifts that the son is about to have bequeathed to him bring him an independent place. My first thoughts on the warehouse were all the toys stored away and that the Batcave has much of the same artifacts randomly lying around… could this be his future home?
Ya, cheesy title, but if you know the story it is right out of a B-script that should have been featured on the Outer Limits. The first time I was introduced to the Resurrection Man was 1999 during the #1,000,000 issue runs that put DC heroes far into the future.
Mitch Shelly is: One part 80’s horror feature – He just keeps coming back. And one part Regarding Henry – He can’t remember his life before the accident. He travels the world trying to find his identity and who he was while avoiding those that pursue him. Think Matrix and Agent Smith, but without the suits.
Last issue of Batman and Robin I voiced a lot of discontent for Damian as Robin and how his attitude and parallels to Batman and their deep pit of hatred, and difficulty with positive emotion. Number 2 is one of those “After School Special” issues with limited action and a strong focus on character struggles, for a guy like myself who studied psychology in college it is interesting to see the writers dig into more than the surface of the subjects.
Alfred, always the fatherly figure is working as hard on Bruce as Bruce is trying to develop Damian. It is interesting to see how far Bruce still has to go before he could actually begin to make strides in his own life before he can begin to, as he puts it, “heal” Damian. The ending sort of reminds me of Twin Peaks with its odd and put of place setting that just happens out of nowhere.
Wow, I am speechless.
Still reading? Sorry I was trying to digest The Penguin: Pain & Prejudice Part 1.
Do you remember the movie Big when Josh Baskin is brainstorming about the faux-transformer that went from building to robot? He went on to complain how utterly useless it was, I had similar views on the Penguin. For a supervillian he always came off as pathetic. How can anyone fear a little fat and slow-moving bitter man? Well I will tell you, read Gregg Hurwitz tale on the Birdman, he is more than a late in life Marlon Brando.
Red Hood and the Outlaws
I will either really liked this book or really hate this book.
First let me vent. I can’t tell if the Red Hood is a great invention or absolutely the worst. On one hand, dead is dead and if you are going to kill people off, stop bringing them back. On the other, the whole Pet Semitary-Effect of a more evil and sinister rebirth is interesting and works.
The idea of a “cross the line into criminal almost villainish” group of Outlaws is compelling to read. Watching a character that has no line for morality and wondering if they are essentially good or bad is always a discussion type book. Jason Todd who is grey leaning towards darkness pairs with Arsenal who I really think tries to be a good guy, but is reckless and Starfire who as an alien does not see any value in humanlife I would say is the farthest into the evil spectrum even if the intent is not really there to do harm, but without a conscience she is the true definition of a sociopath.
While in the whole of it all I consider Detective Comics the greatest comic book conceptualized to date, past and current, this particular issue also set forth to reach a benchmark quality by which comics are judged perfect in my opinion. As a writer and artist for the debut Tony Daniel was able to not only write a great story, but also visualize for us the image he envisioned for his dialogue and storyboard.
While I did not find the art exceptional, I found the story and the ability for the author to relay his mind’s eye more than overcompensated for a slight lack in artistry. I would take a strong story with marginal art any day over the inverse of great art and poor writing. This is not to say the art is poor, it is a mid-to-high 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. Daniel has a great artistry for background, structure and tones, but I found his faces, particularly the mouths rather flat.
Enough with the creative talk and onto the meat of the issue.