Tuesday, December 8, 2009

News & Notes

DC's Source blog has the details on upcoming original graphic novels that update the origins of Batman and Superman. Comics fans will find this to be familiar, since Marvel did it beginning in 2000 with their Ultimate line, which was a pretty cool idea and resulted in some quality comics for a while.

What's odd, though, is that Batman's origin isn't the least bit dated. Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One hasn't aged at all (with the small exception of Catwoman seeming pretty 80s (she reminds me of Joan Jett)). So I'm not entirely sure what the point of it all is, but the costume doesn't look half bad (though Bleeding Cool thinks it might be a ripoff), and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank is a solid creative team.

Elsewhere, one of the best Batman comic moments in a good while happened a few weeks ago in Detective Comics #859. The Weekly Crisis has some images (scroll about 1/3 of the way down).

And io9 talks about the philosophy of Batman and the Joker in an article that mostly went over my head.

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