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Subj: Batman #70 Review
Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 at 09:13:20 am EDT (Viewed 535 times)
More King tropes in play.
Bats wakes up, meanwhile the text box quotes Rintrah Roars, a poem by William Blake representing the just wrath of the prophet.
Bats beats up everyone in his path to escape Arkham. This is a callback to when Bane beat everyone up to get into Arkham.
Bats does things like punch out Solomon Grundy off panel. He talks to Freeze about how Bats always wins and punches him out, he punches Riddler then solves the Riddle.
Basically a lot of punching in the reverse order Bane punched to get in.
Two-Face tells Bats to go to Hell. Bats tells Harvey to tell Bane he's coming to Gotham, his city.
(This is the 21st century, does no one text?)
The story ends with a character I don't recognize quoting Dante's Inferno, abandon hope ye who enter here, as Bats heads to the Door With Blinding Light. I guess Gotham is Hell and there's no hope, certainly not in crime alley.
What I liked? The art. It was pretty good.
What I didn't like - everything else. It was, like I said, all King tropes. Using quotes from classic literature to do the heavy lifting. Say what you will about Stan Lee, he wrote the dialogue for a lot of stories and it gave the books character and interest.
The structure is a reverse of Bane's journey. Get it, Bats is the anti-Bane, get it? GET IT? I AM PROFOUND!!!! I DO NOT ACTUALLY HAVE TO GO TO THE TROUBLE OF WRITING ORIGINAL TEXT BOXES OR DIALOGUE, I CAN PAY HOMAGE TO GREATER WRITERS BY STEALING THEIR STUFF THAT IS IN PUBLIC DOMAIN. I AM THE BOT GOD.
The story really doesn't advance from last issue. It starts with Bats waking up, it ends with him walking out a door. He punches a lot of people. There is no wit, no out-thinking anyone, no figuring out a way to get out that doesn't require horrible violence.
Also, just as Bane punched above his class and beat guys like Grundy, who can go toe to toe with Superman, Bats does the same.
Overall a decompressed issue that does nothing and has no cleverness of character or plot. Just mindless action to get a man out a door.
Or I could be wrong.