I've been ignoring Heroes In Crisis. I've read the occasional review, but the gist I gathered was a bunch of D-List heroes and a few b-listers like Arsenal, Wally West and Poison Ivy were killed. The whole concept was that the heroes had created a place where they could talk through their problems and deal with them. To be honest, it didn't appeal to me. However, the latest issue begged for my attention, and worked me up a little. That's right, it's one of those reviews. Also, there's spoilers ahead.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't going to pick up Batman #69. The entire Knightmares story really seemed a little contrived to me, and I wasn't sure if I really cared to read another case of a Batman foe messing with his mind. I opened it up and saw the artwork of Yahick Paquette. I loved his work on Wonder Woman: Earth One, so I gave it a try.
It seems like forever since I reviewed a new comic, much less read a new batman comic. It seems like I only show up in Gotham when something big is happening. However, this issue caught my eye because it's an Amanda Conner one. The preview pages had the feeling that Tom King was giving her a script that suited her talents and were much like the work that she and her husband Jimmy Palmiotti have come to be known for. While I like the creators behind this issue, I really dislike the way Batman has been treated in recent years.
At Wal-Marts all over the country, DC Comics makes stories available featuring their greatest heroes. The general purpose seems to be to get comics in the hands of new readers, perhaps even those that do not have easy access to a comic book shop. The general public will read this as "kids," and in some cases, they're not far off. That's why it's disturbing that the original content offered up in Superman Giant #7 is literally twelve pages of Lois Lane being repeatedly tortured and murdered.
Instead of fake awards, and highlighting news for the past year, which seemed to consist almost entirely of people complaining online about one thing or another. Instead of trying to come up with lists of things that I enjoyed, which will most likely embarrass me to look at in a few years, I'm going to hit on a few things from the past year that I thought were worth looking back on with some fondness.
DC Comics sent us a preview of Batman #9, and while it's since made the rounds everywhere, I thought we should still share it with you, because I have some serious love for Psycho Pirate as a villain. Maybe it was his appearance in the All-Star Squadron/Infinity, Inc. crossover that cinched it for me, but his role in Crisis On Infinite Earths certainly helped and his story in Grant Morrison's Animal Man run was some of what proved what could be done with a meta-type of story.