I am reading the Legends Of The Dark Knight Archie Goodwin Batman trade (I ordered it a long time ago, I just recently opened it and have been reading it.), and it also has the Manhunter storyline in there (I'm surprised that the whole thing was reprinted, instead of just the Batman parts.). Has anyone read this? I wanted to read it, because I heard what a classic it was, and it was good, but I was confused and certain things didn't seem to make sense to me. The main one being that Paul Kirk (The Manhunter.) is supposed to have super strength, but it seems very plot-based. For example, he gets shot at quite a few times, but shouldn't he be impervious to it? What was the deal with that helmet thing that Dr. Markos had on at the end? Why didn't anyone else seem to want to stop or question the Counsel? Why did Batman just like The Manhunter walk away after he just killed a guy right in front of him? And why did they choose to resurrect Kirk anyway? I also thought that his death could have been a little bit more poignant. But I am glad that I read this, and there were some good parts to this, as well as some poignant moments and some good characterization.
Thanks for the help.
I have the Manhunter: Special Edition that collects just the Manhunter story and includes a lost chapter that was completed by Simonson after Goodwin had passed. It also contains some text pieces explaining how the story came to be.
It's been long enough since I read it that I don't remember most of the details you are asking about. I remember they said they wanted to create an original character for a ninja storyline but decided it would take too long to give him his own backstory. It was faster to use an existing character so they could rush through the backstory. I'm not sure how they arrived at Paul Kirk and I'm not sure how much sense this explanation made anyway since the character hadn't been seen in 30 years so no readers probably would remember him anyway. I'll see if I can track down those text pages.