I’ve been debating since I’ve joined the Code2 Team on which comic/graphic novel/trader I should start with. Some thing new and exciting? New and lame? Old and classic? Or old and over-rated? I guess those are the categories. I have a stack of all of the above that I am dying to cover. Including a comparative essay between Sentences: The life of MF GRIMM and the autobiography of Miles Davis. I just started working on the Miles Davis book so it may be a while before that one comes out.
So where oh where to start. Spin the dial…click..click..click.click.click….click……click……………….click. New and Exciting it is!
Batman and Robin issues 1&2 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.
Well what isn’t exciting about anything Grant Morrison writes? (except for Filth, but I’ll get to that later) For those of you who don’t know, Grant Morrison is sort of a big deal. Basically the Zip’s (2000′s) Alan Moore, although I like Moore better. But I do like what Grant does, I’ve read several of his stories. Grant Morrison is from Scottland I believe and does a lot of Superman and Batman titles. He’s fairly famous for a mini-series called We3 also illustrated by Frank Quitely as well and also The Invisibles.
So we’ve got two people who have worked together and they are about to endeavor upon not just a new Robin (because Bruce dealt with 3 different ones, including one that was killed) but now we have a new Batman. That’s right a new Batman. There is no secret to the reader who these two actually are. Nightwing aka the Original Robin aka Dick Grayson is the new Batman and the offspring of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul (daughter of Ra’s al Ghul) Damian Wayne, trained since birth by thieves and assassins and the kid has been and probably always will be pissed off about the world.
Dick has got a real job on his hand, The Batman has been missing, Bruce is dead, under Alfred’s advice he’s got this punk ten year old Damian as a side kick when he could probably just get Tim. He hates the cape, he’s not as big as bruce, sounds different and Com. Gordon knows it, Damion is defiant and violent. Batman, for the first time, feels out of control and helpless. This struggle of identity is painted beautifully throught this DC team. I’ve never seen such a posture from batman on page one of the second issue and for the first time, Batman becomes valnerable. That is a strange concept right? Because Batman has always been, just human, just a man, mortal. But he wasn’t valnerable, he was stoic, stallwart, invincible.
Quitely does a very nice job with the art. The lighting really stands out to me in this one. Most of the time, Batman can be a little too Noir, it is Noir but sometimes its a little too Noir, but I learned once in a film class that good lighting is normally so good that you don’t even notice it. That means it flows seamlessly from scene to scene, you know what time of day it is, where they are, where their light is coming from and what the gravity of the situation is.
Most of the time I wait for traders, lets be honest, less advertisements, but the buzz was so high for this one, that I just couldn’t wait, so I didn’t.
I need some kind of a rating system….hmm…..I know!
4 Super-Colbert Me’s!!!!! T.HAKES