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Subj: Re: It put the Bane in banal.
Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 at 05:58:39 pm CDT (Viewed 506 times)
Reply Subj: Batman #70 Review
Posted: Wed May 01, 2019 at 08:13:20 am CDT (Viewed 526 times)
Quote:More King tropes in play.
Quote:Bats wakes up, meanwhile the text box quotes Rintrah Roars, a poem by William Blake representing the just wrath of the prophet.
Never heard of it. This exposure did not generate interest.
Quote: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.
HATE THIS TROPE when any hero can easypass thru his whole Rogues Gallery, 1 villain per panel for merely the namedrop value. There are stories with whole arcs dedicated to the complicated and convoluted evil mechanizations of each supervillain and then when a writer does this plot device to advance a story in an direction unrelated to the otherwise rich layers of each bad guy. LAZIEST. GUANTLETS. EVER.
The riddle wasn't too bad.
Quote:Basically a lot of punching in the reverse order Bane punched to get in.
Nice catch! (Takin' your word for it 'cuz it sounds right.)
Quote: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?)
HA! Good one.
Quote: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.
Quote:What I liked? The art. It was pretty good.
It's been better. Lazy coloring schemes. The cover was pretty enough but the complete opposite of what happens.
Quote: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.
Yup. Once in blue moon is okay but this has been all run.
Quote: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.
Quote: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.
The one bit that seemed thrown in - did they just turn Ventriloquist's creep factor up to an a notch?
Quote: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.
Disgustingly unbelievable between pages TKO's.
Quote: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.
It put the Bane in banal (story).
Quote:Or I could be wrong.
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