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CAVEAT: I write this review not so much as a hardcore Bat-Addict, but a casual Bat-User; though I love the character, I spent many years not really reading his monthly comics ( the only time I can remember following Batman prior to Morrison was during Loeb/Lee; not particularly impressed by their Bat stories ), even as I followed the trade paperback classics, the cartoons, and to a point the movies. And I haven't read much of the 70's stuff, the O'Neil/Adams and Englehart/Rogers works that Morrison is such a fan of. I like Batman, but I've been burned by his comics before.

Anyway, I'm elated that Morrison and Kubert have returned to Batman after their hiatus, and this issue is proof of why. After a long hiatus ( the Ostrander/Mandrake run and that weird prose story ), the two have returned to their collaboration, and the results are quite good. Kubert is an excellent dynamic artist, while Morrison is an incredibly layered writer. Though Morrison often gets paired up with artists who can't match his vision, it's not the case here, and the art is as wonderfully mad as the writing.

Two storylines are set up here; one, Bruce Wayne's attempt to re-establish himself as a human being, and two, Batman's crusade against corruption in the GCPD. The former is particularly interesting, as Bruce works to seperate himself from the Bat, with dubious success ( attacking the Paparazzi and all ). The last line of the scene, where Bruce tells Jezebel Jet that he " got over it" in regards to his parents' death, is particularly jarring in light of this scene; is Bruce lying to protect his identity, lying to try to assert a new persona, or telling the truth? ( Any of those is applicable ).

Following that, Bruce goes back to Gotham in his Bat-suit to discover the GCPD ( literally ) in bed with DeShawn the Pimp's girls, and ending up saving several prostitutes from a gigantic steroid freak who looks like Bane but dressed like Batman. The internal monologue is used in an interesting fashion, random snippets of deduction that don't even need to be complete sentences, the way you'd expect Batman to think. Moreover, when Batman goes into override detective mode, it proves his undoing; he's so busy deducing the case that he gets stomped flat.

Can't wait for what happens next.


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punishment




I myself am enjoying the Morrison/Kubert run a lot but certain individual issues are leaving me with a feeling of being underwhelmed. Yet that still doesn't mean I didn't enjoy #664. I'm always curious to see what Morrison has coming next and this apparently gritty story works very well into Grant's vision.

Kubert has a very Neal Adams-esque take on Batman and I'm happy that he can keep the book on a reasonable schedule as far as artwork goes.

I got a huge kick out of the fight at the end because for a split second I thought Bruce had come face to face with a new Bane.


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emerickman




-attention grabbing bloody cover
-good implication with the 48 hours of fighting ninja-manbats
-cooler than Bond playboy escapades
-what's the guarantee on an L-Pod?!
-mini batarangs work/look good
-black pouched utility belt was nostalgic, gold cylinders utility belt was futuristic, gold pouches -- hmmm...
-Batman doesn't actually turn Roxy down out of respect for her making a living, right?
-wow, that Bane (or Bane-wannabe) does look menacing - and proves to be just that! Can't wait for the rematch next ish...


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Jokerisdaking




I think he was serious about getting over his parents as the Post IC Batman seems to be more about justice and less about unattained revenge especially seeing as Joe Chill was caught in his new timeline.


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> CAVEAT: I write this review not so much as a hardcore Bat-Addict, but a casual Bat-User; though I love the character, I spent many years not really reading his monthly comics ( the only time I can remember following Batman prior to Morrison was during Loeb/Lee; not particularly impressed by their Bat stories ), even as I followed the trade paperback classics, the cartoons, and to a point the movies. And I haven't read much of the 70's stuff, the O'Neil/Adams and Englehart/Rogers works that Morrison is such a fan of. I like Batman, but I've been burned by his comics before.
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> Anyway, I'm elated that Morrison and Kubert have returned to Batman after their hiatus, and this issue is proof of why. After a long hiatus ( the Ostrander/Mandrake run and that weird prose story ), the two have returned to their collaboration, and the results are quite good. Kubert is an excellent dynamic artist, while Morrison is an incredibly layered writer. Though Morrison often gets paired up with artists who can't match his vision, it's not the case here, and the art is as wonderfully mad as the writing.
>
> Two storylines are set up here; one, Bruce Wayne's attempt to re-establish himself as a human being, and two, Batman's crusade against corruption in the GCPD. The former is particularly interesting, as Bruce works to seperate himself from the Bat, with dubious success ( attacking the Paparazzi and all ). The last line of the scene, where Bruce tells Jezebel Jet that he " got over it" in regards to his parents' death, is particularly jarring in light of this scene; is Bruce lying to protect his identity, lying to try to assert a new persona, or telling the truth? ( Any of those is applicable ).
>
> Following that, Bruce goes back to Gotham in his Bat-suit to discover the GCPD ( literally ) in bed with DeShawn the Pimp's girls, and ending up saving several prostitutes from a gigantic steroid freak who looks like Bane but dressed like Batman. The internal monologue is used in an interesting fashion, random snippets of deduction that don't even need to be complete sentences, the way you'd expect Batman to think. Moreover, when Batman goes into override detective mode, it proves his undoing; he's so busy deducing the case that he gets stomped flat.
>
> Can't wait for what happens next.


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matt-man




I LOVE that we're actually seeing bruce wayne..for awhile, he was almost not existent in the bat books...bruce wayne is as much a part of what makes the character/history great as bats himself...

I think morrison's a great fit for this book...the dark and moody atmosphere suits him well..I HATED his run on the x-men but I'm glad I decided to start picking up Batman again when he and Kubert started on the book

the artwork's great..very reminiscent of the late 70's into 80s batman that I always liked, but still modern enough

is that guy the new Bane or what?!?!?!? Can't wait for the next issue

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> CAVEAT: I write this review not so much as a hardcore Bat-Addict, but a casual Bat-User; though I love the character, I spent many years not really reading his monthly comics ( the only time I can remember following Batman prior to Morrison was during Loeb/Lee; not particularly impressed by their Bat stories ), even as I followed the trade paperback classics, the cartoons, and to a point the movies. And I haven't read much of the 70's stuff, the O'Neil/Adams and Englehart/Rogers works that Morrison is such a fan of. I like Batman, but I've been burned by his comics before.
>
> Anyway, I'm elated that Morrison and Kubert have returned to Batman after their hiatus, and this issue is proof of why. After a long hiatus ( the Ostrander/Mandrake run and that weird prose story ), the two have returned to their collaboration, and the results are quite good. Kubert is an excellent dynamic artist, while Morrison is an incredibly layered writer. Though Morrison often gets paired up with artists who can't match his vision, it's not the case here, and the art is as wonderfully mad as the writing.
>
> Two storylines are set up here; one, Bruce Wayne's attempt to re-establish himself as a human being, and two, Batman's crusade against corruption in the GCPD. The former is particularly interesting, as Bruce works to seperate himself from the Bat, with dubious success ( attacking the Paparazzi and all ). The last line of the scene, where Bruce tells Jezebel Jet that he " got over it" in regards to his parents' death, is particularly jarring in light of this scene; is Bruce lying to protect his identity, lying to try to assert a new persona, or telling the truth? ( Any of those is applicable ).
>
> Following that, Bruce goes back to Gotham in his Bat-suit to discover the GCPD ( literally ) in bed with DeShawn the Pimp's girls, and ending up saving several prostitutes from a gigantic steroid freak who looks like Bane but dressed like Batman. The internal monologue is used in an interesting fashion, random snippets of deduction that don't even need to be complete sentences, the way you'd expect Batman to think. Moreover, when Batman goes into override detective mode, it proves his undoing; he's so busy deducing the case that he gets stomped flat.
>
> Can't wait for what happens next.


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Goo Girl




Thank goodness, more BRUCE...let's see the flesh under the skin, not just the suit and endless psychobabble attitude!

I can't help but think there's more to Jet than meets the eye...would be wild if she knows Talia's league of Assassins.

The "Bane" thing? Nah, it's a swerve...can't wait to see what happens there. And what was with the little girl in clown makeup? Kiddie porn?


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