Digging this so far
I appreciate the hell out of the detective angle Layman is using. This issue had a mix of everything and a solid pace despite tying into several other titles. I think he's gonna build up some serious momentum if he's allowed. This team is already doing well in showing that dark doesn't have to be grim.
This was also the best Andy Clarke I've ever seen.
For a start, I'm not a fan of Batman, or the whole street level superhero milieu. Done well, I'm into it, so long as it's deeply character focused (Gotham Central, Daredevil, etc). But when it comes to superhero action books on this street level, driven by plot and action? Generally not my thing.
That is what this book is. Now if it were doing something novel with the plot I MIGHT be interested in it, but it really isn't. Layman is executing things well, I think he's building a nice complex web of situation and interaction, he's doing some fun character work. But this issue was, at its core, about the Penguin wanting respect, and about Poison Ivy attacking polluters. I've seen that a billion times in a billion ways, and I've got no interest in it.
So this isn't an indictment of Layman. He's just not writing the kind of book that I want to read. I suspect a number of people would have said the same about Morrison's Batman, and probably do say the same about Lobdell's Red Hood.
Two issues in a row, Layman is still making this fun for the Penguin fans. I may have to subscribe to this comic.
*shrug*I've seen that a billion times in a billion ways, and I've got no interest in it.
I mean I don't remember very many Penguin vs Clayface occasions
It really is okay. I'm not maligning the quality of this. I am glad people have something they enjoy, and that DC is making an effort to put out high quality stuff. Just in terms of basic craft and quality it is leaps and bounds ahead of what they were putting out before.
Not all stuff that is good is going to be for me. I'd like to think I'm open to anything that is GREAT or revolutionary or what have you, but good? That's going to depend on so many things!
Also, read Chew. Like seriously. Right now.
[QUOTE=DarkKnghtJared;16126072With the migranes thing--my interpretation has always been that Bruce has a pathological need to be in control of both his mind and body, so if he needs to suffer pain to keep it that way, then that's the price he has to pay.
Also, read Chew. Like seriously. Right now.[/QUOTE]
I've read the first two arcs in Chew and got a little bored with it. Loved it up until the end though.
On your point about Bruce being pathological, you're probably right and that's a good point. Maybe if Layman pointed to this or insinuated it more clearly I would have thought of that myself.
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Major props for "fighting featherweights" though. Great line. <grin>
If you're not reading Unwritten you should be.
However I'm pleased to see that we can have a normal batbook,the kind that does'nt earth shattering,foundation shaking stories every other issue.
Saga, Chew, Umbral, Deadly Class, The Private Eye
She-Hulk, Loki: Agent of Asgard, The Punisher, All-New X-Factor
Yeah...that's pretty much just going by the similar visuals there.
I think Layman is worth a little more patience. I can't think of anyone who's done better with Batman in their very first two issues.