bishopcruz Posted July 7, 2009 Share Posted July 7, 2009 I know that just about everyone here loves Marvel more than DC, and let's be honest, they have had good reason to in recent years, where the good stuff that DC has put out has been either in the secondary titles or Green Lantern. Morrison's run on Batman has gotten mixed reviews, and while RIP did work out in the end, it was still a bit hard to get into. I have been a fan of Batman since my 10 year old self first saw the Burton film in 1989, that love was cemented by the animated series, which is still the best animated series ever produced by a western studio. As far as the comics were concerned, Batman has often been hit or miss, but has still produced some of the best stories of all time, I mean it's easy to point at classics like DKR and Year One, and hell even Long Halloween was over a decade ago. In recent years the books have been without much direction, and while Detective Comics, written by Dini has been almost nonstop win, most of the other side books haven't. Well, now Bruce is dead(ish), and Dick Grayson is the one in the cowl, against his better judgement. Bruce's annoying Mordred-y son Damian is the new Robin, and Tim Drake is on his own. And, oddly enough, this was the jolt that the series needed, at least for a while to really get things running again. Basically after the mediocre Battle for the Cowl (which can more or less be skipped,) DC brought most of its best writers in to handle all the books in the bat-line, and started a bunch of new books. I'm as shocked as anyone that they are mostly amazing, with the worst one of the group being merely 'good'. Haven't been this psyched for the bat books in years. The new line up is: Batman and Robin: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely - Odd. At least that was my impression of the first issue, having read the second, I'm now on board. I think it's when I realized that Morrison is going more for the feel of All-Star Superman than his previous run on Batman. The character moments have been great, the villain is pretty damn creepy, and it's making for a good introductory arc. Batman: Judd Winick is on this one, and wow, the first issue of the new run 687 was one of the more emotional ones I've seen in a while. This one, honestly deals with Dick taking the cowl much, much better than Battle for the Cowl ever did, and it has some of the most powerful scenes I've seen in a batman book for quite some time. Winick also gets Dick Grayson very well, and it shows. Detective Comics: Greg Rucka works with JH Williams III - I was psyched about this one because Rucka is one of my favorite writers at DC, especially when he's working on Batman stuff. What's interesting here is that they gave the 2nd main traditional Bat-book to cover Batwoman. She was introduced like 3 years back and has damn little to do ever since, outside of being an on-again, off-again love interest for the Question (who is the focus of the backup story). Winnick's art is beautiful, and as an introduction to the character it is pretty flawless. The overall story works too, and the dialog and pacing are pure win. It was ballsy on DCs part to put Batwoman on one of their marquee titles, but it looks to have paid off. Streets of Gotham: Paul Dini, my current favorite Batman writer helms this one with Dustin Ngyuen on art. Art is great, as it often is with Ngyuen, and Dini is as strong as he always is. The focus in this story is a bit more like the Detective Comics of years past where it not only has the dynamic duo, but the GCPD, and the man on the street. Firefly is a goddamn bastard in this one, and I have high hopes for the rest of this opening arc. Red Robin: This one follows Tim Drake, on his quest to prove that Bruce isn't actually dead. It seems that having lost so much over the last couple of years of his life has pretty much put him into young Bruce Wayne mode. Bitter, obsessed, and trying to make sense of what he should do next. This works primarily because, well Tim, more than anyone else is Bruce Jr. They've spent years showing us the similarities between Tim and Bruce, and it's definitely showing here. I know that some are pissed that Tim isn't Robin anymore, but I think that the character can have some really interesting stories with this one. Gotham City Sirens: Dini again, this time with Guillem March. This was probably the weakest of the books, though that could well be from introductory issue syndrome. Getting Catwoman, Ivy, and Harley together on a team takes a little bit of work, and while Dini knows these characters well (hell, he CREATED Harley Quinn, and is responsible for the modern Poison Ivy), it seems that a whole lot of exposition is jammed into this issue. The cliffhanger has me wondering thinking that this book might be darker than I thought it would be though. Still, I'm going to give it one or two issues before passing judgment. Dini has yet to do me wrong in the bat-verse. So yeah, if you've been away from Batman for a while, now is the time to get back in. These books are better than they have been in years, and they're a great starting point for new readers also. Great, great stuff. I'm not the only one saying it either, the iFanboy crew and Newsarama, among others have been raving about these books, and with good reason. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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