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Subj: Re: Thoughts on Batman #37. Bruce, Selina, Clark and Lois's double date *SPOILERS*
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 11:05:57 am EST (Viewed 105 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Thoughts on Batman #37. Bruce, Selina, Clark and Lois's double date *SPOILERS*
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 08:04:17 am EST (Viewed 104 times)


    A lovely surprise this two parter! When I first read the solicits a couple of months ago there was no hint that this was going to be the content - what we got instead was a lovely upbeat, angst-free, story about learning to trust and what friendship can be.
    Having been increasingly disillusioned with Batman as a character these last several years this two-parter succeeded for me as it was purely character based and explored some worthy areas of both Bruce Wayne's difficulties in making bonds with others and Clark kent's own ingrained imperative for privacy and a clear line between his two identities. Selina Kyle is at her best when playing the middle-ground between criminal and selfless Robin Hood, and here Tom King taps into that longstanding seam of her character to present a figure we can;t help but love...


    Artistically this isn't a Superman tale no, but then the fact is this is Batman's book, and the choice in artist is a very wise and astute one as Clay Mann and his colourist make sure of Tom King's intentions that this IS a story told through the prism of BATMAN and Gotham's unique air of greyness and barely subdued moodiness. Graffiti covered walls combine with Bruce Wayne's subtley scarred body as he quickly changes suits, and from that first page of contrasts to that final page and the baseball powering towards us from out of the page Clay Mann's is a memorable and praiseworthy contribution here. Batman #36/37 really is pitch perfect as a production - and has to beg the question as to why it is the two main Superman books aren't this well managed. \(yes\)

I think the Superman books are managed better than since 2011. However, Superman has restriction that Batman just doesn't. The biggest example? Batman hitting the baseball. There's no way Batman should be able to hit a baseball thrown by Superman, but he does. In Dark Knights: Metal, Batman does everything from ride a dinosaur to become Doomsday. It's the Silver Age with modern trimmings. Superman? We must be reminded that he is a humble boy from Kansas. . .whatever that means. We must be reminded that he has limited . . .while Batman hits dingers. To paraphrase Frank Miller's TDKR: we must not be reminded that a god walks the earth.

Tom King is doing some nice work on Batman and has been for a while. Superman is treading the same ground as he already done. Superman needs the same creative freedom, both from creators and readers. I learned some time ago (thanks to omike indirectly) that Superman has a lot of layers that people want to ignore. He's not a man, but he acts like one. He's not human, but he loves as one. There is nothing he cannot do, but the day he realizes that potential, is the day he leaves forever. Those are great things to be explored, and done so through Clark, Lois, & Jon, but also Krypton, for Superman is above that name, as much as a Kryptonian is more advanced than a human being, per se.

    I may have to keep up with this title now...

You should. It's good stuff.

R. I. P. Kato: A good friend to one who has so few
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