I’ve long been a fan of DC Comics Showcase Presents line. These inexpensive reprints of old comics in black and white allowed people like myself who enjoyed Silver Age comics to get a lot of issues without breaking the bank. These stories were often written in an age where the average reader’s (and writer’s) knowledge of real world science may have been questionable, so pure imagination and outright silliness became the rule. DC originally put out a volume every two weeks, often alternating between a well-known property (Superman, Green Lantern) and then a more obscure one (Metamorpho, Jonah Hex).
Sales must not have been too good, as over time volumes went on to come out once a month and then less. I suspect that the sixth volume of Batman stories may be the last one. I had ordered it from Amazon over a year ago when it finally showed up on my doorstep last February. Having just finished it, I can review it. And I will…after the cut.
Probably SPOILER-FREE, but these are 40+ year old comics, so, you know…
While DC Free Comic Book Day offering Divergence actually gave us our first taste of the new Batman, this weeks Batman #41 gives us the first full blown appearance. As I’ve mentioned on the site and in the Gabbing Geek editorial meetings, I’m very skeptical about the direction that DC is headed. I don’t care how much you want to try to humanize him, putting Superman in a t-shirt and jeans is just dumb. Granted, some might be fine with that, or the new “Canon over continuity” approach DC is taking with their books. But I’ve mostly heard negative press about the new Robobat, Chappie-bat, Batman.
I’ll admit, if it wasn’t for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, Batman would be another in a long list of DC books that I won’t be picking up post-Convergence. But the duo has been rocking since the New 52 launched. And Snyder has been one of my favorite writers since his excellent “Black Mirror” run on Detective Comics just prior to the New 52. It features Dick Grayson as Batman and is well worth tracking down the trade paperback.
But back to this issue, after the break, my initial thoughts on this new approach to my second favorite character ever. (Very minor spoilers inside.)
Continuing my look at the first week of DC Comics Convergence event. Be sure to check out Week One, Part One for my spoiler filled ramblings on Convergence #1, Batman and Robin #1, Nightwing Oracle #1, Batgirl #1 and Speed Force #1. After the break my mind wanders aimlessly and spoilery about Superman #1, Harley Quinn #1, Justice League #1, The Atom #1, The Question #1 and Titans #1.
Not to be outdone by whatever Marvel announces on The View today, DC is trying to make waves of their own with huge changes to their entire line of comics in the wake of Convergence.
Up first, RIP New 52 branding. It hasn’t made sense in a long time and I guess we are back to it simply being the DC universe. (Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like we’ll be back to the Pre-Flashpoint DCU. Sniff.)