This is a perfect introduction to the character of Batman and while I say that I realise that there probably isn t anyone who requires an introduction to this character But this book is full of nifty little titbits.
The story traces from the beginnings of the dark hero As the title suggests it begins the origin of batman, the origins which fork into two different timelines A gritty and acidic side to the hero as foreseen by Frank Miller and then, the famous generic doppelganger.
The comic is a character study, and weirdly as I have come to associate with Miller, not a study of our Knight himself, but rather of the Police Commissioner Gordon who is then Lieutenant Gordon Whereas the bat inspires fear, Gordon lends a relatable and humane taste to the story It is weird, because it being a story of the origin of Batman, would treat him as a garnish, but it works Those familiar with the Tv series Gotham, could find this in the same alley A corrupt city decaying and retching from its own stench, and an even corrupt police force and our one man army fighting to survive against it and overcome the odds This is Gordon But he isn t heroism personified He is a deeply flawed character and as often found battling against himself as he is found avenging the city.
Contrary to the Tv, the Bat isn t a kid here He is grown up and is the shadowy figure who serves the vigilante angle, a little less cocksure of himself, and sometimes stumbling on his feet He has just returned from training and we get to see him on his first night out as a vigilante He is not yet a bat The inspiration is yet to strike him And he fumbles Here we are introduced to the hero who is yet in the making and is a long long way to being the person who will eventually face Ra s al Ghul or even Bane.
Catwoman makes an appearance here as a prostitute, although her story is redefined in a later issue as a thief who pretends to be a prostitute in order to steal As far as covers for crime go, I am not sure I follow this one as thoroughly A classic story with a very distinct goth feel This one was reminiscent of the old superhero movies The artwork left a lot to be desired And I missed the emotional connection with this There was no black hole left behind after the final page was turned It was power packed but not packed enough Still, it was an enjoyable read and should definitely be counted as a must read.
This is one of those books that s been absorbed into the public consciousness so fully that, reading it now, it can be hard to see what was revolutionary about it This book has come to define the way we think of Batman today and was influential on the darker, grittier cape comics of the eighties and early nineties.
But it is also instrumental in introducing what made that period of comics so ridiculous It s been praised for its gritty realism, but like any Miller book, it s sensationlist than realist a hard boiled patina over an idealized superhero core.
Sure, Batman screws things up a few times in this, and seems to get shot, beaten, and burned in every attempt to stop a crime, but these are primarily to push the melodrama, not to enforce realism We ll get a classic Miller line about a bullet s searing hot flash of metal numbing my leg , but then Batman gets up, runs around, kicks through a brick wall, and at one point, takes a ski vacation to rehabilitate.
The wounds aren t there to make Batman human, they re to make him totally manly and awesome It s an eighties action movie where our hero gets shot in the shoulder just so he can wrap it up, grit his teeth, and take out some armed men with karate.
But Miller s a good writer He has a strong voice and a compelling sense of pacing, and if this story brings realism to Batman, it s in the small human moments, particularly Gordon s story, though he scraps like a Sin City tough, too, quipping to himself it s been years since I had to take out a Green Beret.
The way Batman takes death defying risks every few pages isn t a sign of greater maturity or realism, it s just a switch to a different kind of ridiculous, epic melodrama Sure, it s much bloody and grim, but if adding blood and sex to a story was all it took to write mature, realistic stories, film critics would spend their careers analyzing slasher movies.
Of course, it wouldn t be a Frank Miller story without whores, which is where we get to his rewrite of Catwoman she s a leather clad prostitute with a child prostitute sidekick She doesn t have as much character as the men, in fact Gordon s monologues run right over her scenes, denying us insight.
But even with the mandatory prostitutes and Die Hard injuries, it s a fun book, with character and story and some well crafted dialogue More than that, it s a vision of how to create male fantasies without catering to preteen boys It forms a part of that influential, genre shifting period defined by Wathcmen and it stands as an integral part of the modern Batman character My Suggested Readings in Comics
To me, Batman is kinda like Pizza By which I mean that even bad pizza is still pretty good But for me, the best Batman is written by Miller Maybe it s because I like his writing style, or maybe it s because his fairly dark writing style really suits Batman Or it could just be that the very first comic I read as adult was Dark Night Returns That s the comic that made me realize that comics weren t just a bunch of silly bullshit stories for kids Whatever the reason, this comic is in that fine Frank Miller style Showing Batman and Gordon at the beginning of their lives Both of them making mistakes Both of them learning about their city Both of them paying for their mistakes Yeah If you re into Batman and you haven t read this one, you re missing out You should try it.
I would have loved it if graphics were the work of nowadays technology.
I am planning to read my favourite superheros origin And I have started with my absolute favourite superhero, Batman I knew about his origin before But reading it was a good experience also.
There was also an appearance of Catwoman a.
a Selina She didn t appear much There was just a brief intro of how she became Catwoman She seemed to me an anti batman.
Lt Gordon was a good character But his affair with Sarah seemed pretty much a filler I highly recommend this comic if you wanna know how Batman came into being I loved this comic 2 December, 2017