Tag: The Dark Knight
DC Comics definitely hits its stride with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Never have I been more impressed with an animated adaptation of a comic book story arc than I am with this spectacular straight-to-DVD movie. At the same time, I am not without complaints in regards to it.
DC Comics delivers another great Bat-Family graphic novel with Nightwing Volume 2: Night of the Owls. The hardcover collection contains issues 0 and 8 through 12 of the monthly title. It consists of three different story arcs that continue to show the grown-up Boy Wonder can hold his own inside and outside Gotham City.
Batman Noir: Eduardo Risso: The Deluxe Edition celebrates the work of the accomplished artist by stripping the illustrations down to their essential pencils and inks. The black and white hardcover collection contains four story arcs written by Brian Azzarello. The tales themselves perfectly match the tone of the drawings, bringing to mind crime thrillers of classic Hollywood like The Maltese Falcon and such others.
“I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict… They are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”
These are the words Henry Cavill spoke to website SFX a little over one month ago while doing press for “Man of Steel.”
I read anything and everything related to Batman. If a comic has an appearance by the Dark Knight, chances are you'll find it adorning my library shelf. Very rarely do I find any book tied to Gotham City or the Bat-Family that I don't find worthy of reading. Obviously, I've found some stories are better than others. Thankfully, Red Hood and the Outlaws Volume 2: The Starfire is an invaluable addition to my collection.
There can never be enough Batman books featuring Ra's Al Ghul and the League of Assassins. Countless story arcs utilize the notorious villain either as a central character or the mysterious antagonist who pulls the strings behind the scenes. Although the Dark Knight always finds a way to foil Al Ghul's plans for the moment, the arch villain continues to return and cause more trouble.
Batman and Robin Volume 2: Pearl gives us more of the complex dynamics of the Bat-Family. At times, it begins to feel like a prime time soap opera based around the Dark Knight and his dysfunctional bunch. I don't mean that in a negative manner, either. It adds an emotional level that strengthens the book and elevates it above your simple action / adventure fare.
Not content to just be plain old building blocks, the LEGO brand has grabbed up licenses to create products based on everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter and competitors Marvel and DC Entertainment. What was once just a toy has transformed into an animated phenomenon that simultaneously lampoons and pays homage to the biggest franchises in pop culture.
When Batman Beyond premiered in 1999, I couldn't have been more excited. A show which featured my favorite super hero set in a futuristic Gotham City that resembled the world of Blade Runner was almost too much for my geek heart to process. It never disappointed me and assured fans of the Dark Knight that his legacy would never end. Twelve years after the last official episode of the series aired, the futuristic crime fighter's adventures continue in both Batman Beyond and Justice League Beyond comic titles.
Like many youth in 1988, the release of Tim Burton's Batman ushered in a renewed interest in reading the Dark Knight's comic book adventures. That summer, I borrowed stacks of Detective and Batman comics and devoured them in late night cramming sessions. Many of those comics were illustrated by Norm Breyfogle.