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posted by [personal profile] eve_k at 05:05pm on 11/01/2011 under ,
Since DickBat, DamianBrat, Remote Control Batman, Red Robin and the new  yuck!Batgirl have been making annoying appearances in my Superman/Batman comics I saw myself forced to drop the series. Usually, when I need the legendary breath of fresh air, I manage to make it outside by myself, thank you very much.
So, when I saw Caleb raving about issue#79 on his blog:

I’ve talked at great length and great frequency regarding my affection for Morrison’s JLA run, and the DC One Million story spilled from it’s pages ...
So, sure, I’m happy to see some of these characters, designs, concepts and settings back in play. But I’m even happier to see them being done justice. The story is fast-paced, clever and occasionally surprising.

I decided to give it one more chance.
Ugh. Really. Clever and surprising?
Chris Roberson´s storytelling reads like the kind that Joe Kelley makes fun of in the preceding Superman/Batman #78.
What you actually see is a 21 page exposition of a costumed weirdo called Epoch collecting junk tech gadgets for his fling at taking over the world ("Ha-HAAA! I pulled this Control Core that I smuggled from the past to this time out of my ass! And now I break into the Batcave! Guess where I got the password from! A-HAA! Now I have a Polyalloy Battle Suit - with big protruding nipples!!!! YAY!!! Now I do this and that and go rule the world!"). Either the art or the inner monologue are highly redundant here, because all you see is posing and thought bubbles explaining what you´re supposed to see. Seriously, I get more entertainment reading the instruction manual for my new electric toothbrush.
What´s more, Grant (clones, clones, clones) Morrison´s faceless generic Batman isn´t much endearing either.



Fiona Staples, Cover of Superman/Batman #79

So, yeah, waste of money, paper, ink and the lifetime and skills of Jesus Merino, who drew the interiors.
The only thing that made my heart jump with joy was the last page: for all his cunning, Epoch lands somewhen in the 1970ies, right at the feet of Superman, Batman and the Dick Grayson Robin, the Teen Wonder!

I also flipped through the 2010 Batman 80 page giant DC wants to hawk for $5.99 and a Superman #704 that was gathering dust in the shelf. Wow. The art made my eyes bleed.
I got myself Arzak by Moebius instead. 80 Pages of brilliant art, clever, surprising and emotionally compelling story, hardcover, high quality paper for €22.



Moebius, Arzak l´Arpenteur



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