I'm a huge Batman fan. I don't know whether this came about by way of sampling and rejecting other supes, but my love for the Bats is pretty much supreme. About 6 weeks ago, I was chuntering about the fact that I hadn't read a Batman book in a while, so I went online to search for Batman trades worth reading which I didn't already own.
As nothing is worth doing if you're not going to overdo it, I ended up buying *deep breath* No Man's Land vols 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, New Gotham: Evolution, Secrets, A Lonely Place of Dying, Going Sane, The Last Arkham, Black and White vols 1 and 2, Ego and other Tails and Batman: The Collected Adventures 1 and 2. Don't look at me like that.
When I was in the throes of above spree, I was wholly committed to the idea that as a proper Batman fan, I really should own all the trade titles (I don't like collecting issues). However, problems have risen. Yeah. . .didn't see that coming. The thing is, some of them are just not very good. The second thing is I do not like 50's style art. Do not like. Possibly hate. I find myself unable to read a story if the art is in that style. I know it's of a particular era and a distinct style which some consider kitsch or cool, but I just can't get into it. Which brings us to the third thing: I can't keep books I don't like on my shelves. Call it a quirk or whatever, but if I really don't like a book, it needles me to see it taking up space on my shelf, which could be inhabited by a good book (especially since my Dad rejected my floor-to-ceiling shelving idea. Thanks Dad). If I can find one decent thing about a book I'll keep it. I was going to get rid of Batman vs Robin until I got to the pages in the end and saw all the different logos with their various colour combinations, which I thought were amazing and kept it solely for that.
And so I have come to the conclsuion I am not a completist. Does this make me a bad fan? I don't know. Anyhow, as much as I love yonder pointy eared dude, the following are moving on to pastures anew (read Ebay)-
|The bad art. Also somebody please bitch slap the hysterical female.|
A Lonely Place of Dying: which internet people said was good and IT WASN'T. My own fault for believing them. Not only did it have the bad art ( which is what I shall now refer to it as, much like the bad colour in The Village), it also had the bad dialogue (is it me or am i starting to sound French?). This is allegedly a treatise on the the pro's and con's of Robin's existence, but it failed to convince me. I like Tim Drake, I think he's a really solid character, but his introduction here seemed mainly to consist of him annoyingly popping up everywhere and plaintively bleating 'Batman needs a Robin!' which does not a story maketh. Eventually Bats is so fed up of him he just caves. Although I did love the way Dick and Alfred were really suspicious of Tim, you could just see they didn't want to let him join their little secret gang.
|By Frank Quitely, he of the good art.|
New Gotham: Evolution: Utter crap. Seriously, words fail me. I really enjoyed No Man's Land, even if the pacing was a bit off and it was 2 volumes too long, and was expecting good things from this follow up story. Incoherent and unnecessary. Utter tripe.
Having vented above rant, I must admit I have been contemplating buying Batman and Robin Reborn again. I sold it because I was that disgusted with it. The art was fine, Frank Quitely = love, Grant Morrison = not. But I have the second volume and intend to get the third and now I feel I should have the first.
Yeah. . . I'm going to go now.