Grant Morrison’s Batman – The Plan

Batman-Inc-13-8This post represents the framework for a semi-crazy idea I had. One that came to me in those moments of time between getting in bed and falling asleep. You know those ideas, the ones you have that are brilliant and you tell yourself you will remember them in the morning but promptly forget as soon as you drift off? This was an idea I liked so much I forced my sleepy self to type out a note on my phone that read,

Gene my Morrisons batman

Which after some deciphering on my part a few days later when I found the note translated into,

Re-read Grant Morrison’s seven year Batman run with as much background detail and analysis as you possibly can.

There are several reasons why I am doing this, one being that I have wanted to re-read Morrison’s Batman since it concluded last year. Another is that I like the idea of looking at one creator’s body of work with a single franchise/character in detail over a prolonged period of time. You can see the creator’s long term plan play out and you have the knowledge of what is to come to help telegraph what you missed initially. The main reason though is that Grant Morrison’s Batman run is personally very important to me.

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Awesomeness: Thor #4

Thor #4

Thor #4 – Poor Odinson, he is not really having the best of times at the moment 😦 Still at least the new Thor is kicking butt and taking names!

Awesomeness: Flash Gordon #8

Flash Gordon #8

Flash Gordon #8 – Sad to see this series/creative team come to an end, this book has been a blast! Hopefully King: Flash Gordon will be half as good as Parker and Shaner’s adventure.

Awesomeness: Batman Eternal #42

Batman Eternal #42

Batman Eternal #42 – Bluebird = Awesome!

Awesomeness: Wonder Woman #38

Wonder Woman #38

Wonder Woman #38 – Please don’t ruin Donna Troy. Please don’t ruin Donna Troy. Please Don’t Ruin Donna Troy…

Fantastic Four – Trailer #1!

Let me just start by saying, I want to like the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. I really do. The cast looks great and at its core the Fantastic Four is prime movie material. The comic is the template for Marvel’s output. They are Marvel’s “First Family” and are so important to the Marvel Universe. This trailer however does not excite me a whole lot, I’m interested but not desperate to see more.

There is just no life to it. The Fantastic Four is all about life, colour and madcap science adventures. This is taking a grim and gritty approach that just does not match with the source material. Also there is no real money shot of the team being awesome together. Instead we just get a shadowy shot of their backs in front of what looks like a dimensional portal.

The only positive is that it looks like it is taking a few queues from Ultimate Fantastic Four (a book which was really good for the first few arcs) for things like their origin. Also there is a sense of them exploring the unknown which is a must and something that the first two Fantastic Four movies forgot to include because they were to busy getting Jessica Alba accidentally naked for prolonged sections of those films…

I just really hope that the next trailer shows the group dynamic and that we see them playing off each other. Especially The Thing and the Human Torch! It is just not the FF if those two aren’t pranking each other!

Awesomeness: Batman and Robin #38

Batman and Robin #38

Batman and Robin #38 – Loving Damian being back! Also loving his new found (and presumably temporary) superpowers!

#fourcomics – My picks

Jim Zub is a cool guy who makes comics books. He is also a cool guy who now makes comic book related hashtags on Twitter. Earlier this week he came up with #fourcomics that has taken the comics internet by storm.

The premise is simple, you share four comics either from your childhood and/or ones that had a formative impact on your love for comic books. So I did,

  • Akira Volume 1
  • Astonishing Spider-man #18
  • Batman: Hush Volume 1
  • Superman Red Son

I would say out of the many, many, many comic books I have read over the years these four books have had the biggest impact on my life. Both as an enthusiast for the art form and my tastes as a fan of fiction.

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Awesomeness: Black Widow #14

Black Widow #14 CoverBlack Widow #14 – Phil Noto has top be one of Marvel’s best artists at the moment. It also helps that Black Widow is also one of their best books at the moment!

Awesomeness: Amazing Spider-Man #13

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Amazing Spider-Man #13 – Spider-Verse has been crazy and fun to read. I’m sad that it is going to be over so quickly!