Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Goddamn Batman

I love this image. True awesomeness. Thanks to Alex for pointing this out to me. Ah, Batman. More Goddamn Batman pictures here.

For those who don't know, the line, "I'm the goddamn Batman!" has been floating around the net for a couple of years now, ever since it's introduction in the new series "All Star Batman and Robin".
For a quick history:

The "All Star" titles were sort of DC's answer to Marvel's extremely successful "Ultimate" line such as Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate X-Men and The Ultimates (which is essentially Ultimate Avengers and is a truly excellently written series).
The Ultimate titles were re-imagined stories
told with a modern-day perspective and such. They were not restricted to continuity of previous comic events, or even by character details. They keep true to the essence of the story, but try to make it fresh and new-reader friendly.

The DC All Star titles are similarly fresh stories and out of continuity events. All Star Batman is written by Frank Miller, the man who gave us Sin City, 300 and several Batman stories: the excellent Batman: Year One and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, and the horrible Dark Knight Strikes Again. It is a retelling of Batman and Robin's meeting, with a twist. "Twist" means that it is an over the top exercise in crack.

Not only does it have gems like the goddamn batman line, but the combination of Miller as writer, and Jim Lee for art, two of the slowest and most behind schedule people in the industry , meant that after releasing issue #1 in the summer of 2005, we're only reaching issue #9 next month! Only a single issue came out in all of 2006!!! Not that it matters because, like I said, the series is a acid trip of bad writing.

I-Mockery does a much better job illustrating how bad the series is than I could. It's a good read.

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