An odd collection of comics

Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder # 10 by Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair

Superman Returns Prequel: Lois Lane # 4 by Brian Singer, Micheal Dougherty and Dan Harris

Gotham Knights #74 by A.L. Lieberman, Diego Olmos and Bit

The New 52: Nightwing # 19 by Kyle Higgins, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund

The New 52: Teen Titans #18 by Scott Lobdell, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferriera

Robin # 142-144 by Bill Willingham, Scott McDaneil and Andy Owens

There should be a word for the partners of siblings. Like, my sister has been with this boy for quite a few years and I want a title I can use to make it clear that he’s part of my family, even if he’s not you know… married to my sister. Anyway, he found an awesome pile of comics in the back of his closet that he didn’t really want, so score for me! I can pretend I didn’t squeee and giggle and do a little dance if it helps anyone.

So given my rather haphazard approach to comic book purchasing throwing in a bunch from the back of a closet is almost guaranteeing delightfully confusing comic book reading. For the purpose of this blog post I will mention them in the order in which they were published.

The three Robins (2006 if anyone’s concerned) see Tim Drake hanging out with a team of metahuman soldiers trying to stop various evil armies. My favourite part was every time the unit commander or Tim talked about asking Batman for permission to do something. It was a good story, although obviously these ones fit somewhere in the middle of a much larger arch and I didn’t have a lot of background in it. Also, it showcased the Pre-52 Tim Drake I know and really, really love.

Lois Lane’s prequel to Superman Returns was pretty much what it sounds like. Lois brooding, getting over Superman a little and writing her Pulizter winning “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman”. Nice enough I suppose, but definitely lacking in anything remotely surprising.

The Gotham Knights was much more interesting. It was kind of a three way battle between Batman, the Joker and Hush and it was pretty epic. From a character-y perspective there is a lot of Bruce struggling with his prime directive (don’t kill ’em) and whether, by allowing the Joker and Hush to live, he is responsible for the deaths of their victims.

The Batman and Robin was okay, although not as clever as the Gotham Knights. The first bit had Bruce and I’m not sure which Robin (I’m thinking maybe Jason) looking for Selena after she’s seriously injured. While Selena is my favourite Bruce Wayne love interest (SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MURDER YOUR OWN CHILDREN TALIA?) I always kind of like it better when they’ve never really said it, which isn’t how this one goes. Still, I did really like it. There was also a bit about Black Canary (probably my favourite DC lady who doesn’t wear pants) but without the books that come before and after it I didn’t get much out of it. Jim Gordon spent most of it agonizing over his wife and Barbara got arrested. Good times I guess.

The Teen Titans had a beautiful first few pages as Tim Drake mourned Damian. Beautiful, heartbreaking pages that just felt so empty and guilty. And then we resumed the New 52 Teen Titans, many of whom I really like but overall are terribly bad at handling Tim.

As usual, the Nightwing was delightful although as a stand alone story not particularly exciting. It seems Dick Grayson is in Chicago investigating some folks who may have been involved in his parents’ murder but the Chicago police don’t like vigilantes very much.

So there we have it: A bunch of random comic books.All of which I liked.

Last movie I watched: The Lady. So, so, so sad.

Last TV episode I watched: America’s Funniest Home Videos. The funniest one didn’t win.

Oh 1980s, why were you so goofy?

Archive Editions: The New Teen Titans Volume 1 by Marv Wolfman, Dick Giordano and George Perez (and a load of other people)

This delightful book is the story, in glorious technocolour, of how the Teen Titans reformed, which I guess means they broke up at some point although I’m unclear on the details.

So, apparently normal colours were just not an option in the 1980s, because everything is obscenely brightly coloured. It feels a little blinding. And ┬áman, the costumes, the costumes! I mean, everyone knows Robin’s is super bizarre (primarily the WHERE ARE YOUR PANTS!? part) but he looks practically sensible when standing beside Cyborg, who’s got this kind of stripper look and Starfire whose boot covers more surface area than the entirety of her outfit. What were they thinking?

Then of course ┬áthere’s some slightly uncomfortable racial portrayals (Cyborg’s talkin’ like a black man, yo!), pretty serious objectification of the ladies (Starfire is so beautiful she can even wear clothes and earn men’s attention) and something that I’m starting to think is a DC tradition that makes me super weirded out (women using power to control men sexually or otherwise – in this case Raven using her magic to make Kid Flash fall in love with her – which is treated as a minor road bump at worst).

Some of that I’m going to write off as a product of the time. Some of it is going to really irritate me ’cause we still haven’t moved past it. And some of it I’m going to laugh at. ‘Cause it’s hilarious.

Storywise though, this was pretty neat. I mean, I kind of prefer my heroes to be earth bound crime fighters, but if you have to go to another dimension to fight a giant demon god I guess this is the way to do it. If you’re going to force a showdown between the Teen Titans and the Justice League, that’s totally the way to do it. If you’re going to have commentary describing what’s going on in the pictures of a comic… well I guess that’s your call, but it’s a super weird choice.

Anyway, fun times were had! The eighties were mocked and then I moved on to read some old Batmans. ‘Cause I’m a dork.

Last movie I watched: Equilibrium. Although “watched” might not be the word I want, since I fell asleep shortly after Sean Bean’s death.

Last TV episode I watched: Don’t even really remember. Probably something stupid like Two and A Half Men