Saturday, September 29, 2007

Review: All Star-Batman and Robin #7

I think Frank Miller is insane. This is not a bad thing. In fact, for Batman, it's pretty freaking hilarious. This is not the Batman you know and love. This is what happens when Batman loses it and just kicks ass and drops the phrase "Goddamned" every panel, at least once. It's also a retooling of the Batman universe. Think of it as Ultimate Batman. Whereas the All Star Superman book is more of a loving homage to the character, this is Batman at his grittiest and most violent. He won't kill, but he'll come pretty damn close.

The first arc, if you will (it's taken a long ass time to get this far) is the origin arc of Robin. He hasn't appeared as Robin yet. Right now he's in the Batcave training, if by training I mean held captive there killing rats and vomiting. Meanwhile, Batman is burning people alive and making out with Black Canary, a fine Irish rogue. Along the way we have gratuitous ass shots as drawn finely by the always talented Jim Lee and a hectic ride that puts the other Batman books to shame in terms of pure brutal goodness. Not that it's necessarily in character, but it's a fun time. It's a shame that the book is so late since I could read it on a monthly basis, easily.

I don't believe this has been collected at all yet, so you'll probably have to wait if you want to read it from issue one. I think it's worth it. It's a nice take on Batman (almost a parody of the extreme gritty Batman that's been portrayed in comics since The Dark Knight Returns) and you don't have to know much except Gotham is corrupt and he is the cure. You could probably jump on with this issue since it seems to be leading into the next arc with a surprise villain, but you'll probably have to wait a few months.

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