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The Appeal of Batman as a Timeless Figure

And here is the third post for today, as promised. This is the 75th anniversary retrospective I did on Batman for Sourcerer back in 2014. I hope you enjoy my words even now, five years on!

Batman Turns 75

 

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The Appeal of Batman as an Instructional Figure

How did Batman become the Dark Knight? Here’s a post I did at Sourcerer a few years ago detailing his early years training under a number of masters around the world.

Batman’s Six Masters

 

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The Appeal of Batman as a Mythic Figure

Good day, everyone! Been a busy week, so much so that I messed up and completely lost track of my blogging schedule. To make up for that, I’ll actually share three older posts today that sort of represent a beginning, middle, and ending for Batman over at Sourcerer. Here’s the first!

Blogging A to Z Day 2: Batman (2015)

 

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The Appeal of Damian Wayne as Batman

Here’s another Sourcerer throwback. The character of Damian Wayne, son of Batman, has certainly undergone a lot in the past five years, but I think my ideas still hold some weight. Check them out at the link below!

Batman: The Beloved and Reviled Damian Wayne

 

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The Appeal of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992)

Good day, everyone! In keeping with my review reblog from last weekend, here is its original follow-up. Stay frosty, Gothamites!

Review: Batman Returns

 

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The Appeal of the Joker (Part 4 of ?)

Hello, everyone! Busy week once again, so I return to my back log of posts from several years ago I’d like to see return to the light. Here’s one where I talk a bit about the original introduction of the Jerome character in Gotham and how I enjoyed his evolution as the Joker. I’m happy to see they eventually brought him back. Anywho, stay crazy and enjoy!

The Best Joker Yet!

 

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My Favorite Comic Book Series, 2000-2012 Part 1: Marvel

A disclaimer, since I have had to address silly complaints on posts like this before: What I am saying here is that these comics are my personal favorites from this era. I am NOT saying they are objectively the greatest comics of this era. Loosen up and enjoy! 

 

Part 1: Marvel Comics

Image of the cover to Vol. 1 of The New Avengers taken from My Comic Shop
Image of the cover to Vol. 1 of The New Avengers taken from My Comic Shop

The New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and various artists

This is what made Bendis’s name at Marvel, and this coupled with his runs on Daredevil and related books from the same era likely represent the peak of his comic book work. This book also helped get me back into comics in college after I’d been off the wagon for a short time.

Image of Astonishing X-men Vol. 1 taken from Goodreads
Image of Astonishing X-men Vol. 1 taken from Goodreads

Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

This comic was a treat, and precedes Whedon’s involvement in The Avengers film by years. It’s sad to think what could have been done if Whedon had had the ability to work with these characters on film as well. I already enjoyed Whedon’s work (Buffy and Firefly, anyone?), so his involvement with another of my favorite properties cinched it for me.

Image of Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 taken from Goodreads.
Image of Uncanny X-Force Vol. 1 taken from Goodreads

Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña

When this title was around with Remender at the helm, it was the single best book Marvel was putting out. The choice of cast was spot-on, and they were all handled so very well. In particular, this includes enjoyable versions of both Wolverine and Deadpool, if for any reason you find either character tough to read.

 

Image of The Amazing Spider-man Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski taken from Goodreads.
Image of The Amazing Spider-man Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski taken from Goodreads.

The Amazing Spider-man by J. Michael Straczynksi and various artists

Everybody has a favorite Spider-man storyline/writer, and this one is mine. I’ve read other stuff over the years (the more recent Superior Spider-man being a standout honorable mention), but the full scope of Straczynski’s work on the character and then having all of that undone by a single editorial decision at Marvel grant this period a mythic quality.

 

Image of The Ultimates Vol. 1 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch taken from Goodreads.
Image of The Ultimates Vol. 1 by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch taken from Goodreads.

 

The Ultimates and The Ultimates II by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch

These comics set in a now-dead universe hold a special place in my heart. They provided a well-crafted, action-packed Avengers story in an era that needed it, and it actually held some narrative surprises given the freedoms the Ultimate line afforded. I tell you, these comics had some of the best moments of the entire era, and they accomplished two great feats: 1. They made Captain America a powerhouse badass again, and 2. They presented some ideas that would later be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as Nick Fury looking like Samuel L. Jackson. Find these and read them if you never have.

 

Some honorable mentions (besides those mentioned in the post) would include Greg Pak’s run on The Incredible Hulk, Straczynski’s run on Thor, and Fabian Nicieza’s Cable & Deadpool. 

 

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