Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Subj: Batman 114 Review
Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2021 at 01:15:55 pm EDT (Viewed 111 times)

In the old days, all the action of this issue could have been compressed into two pages. Basically all that happens is that Simon the Pieman's other troops fail to take down the mad dog guy controlled by Scarecrow and Molly the Ecstasy girl says she knows Scarecrow's plan. She also declares what her organization's goal is - to allow people to become what they could have become without all the DC Major Action Plots stories.

Let me sum up what all means to me - Huh? Apparently Molly and her group have their own brain device or something. Whatever. Basically they are doing the same thing Simple Simon is. Freeing Gotham from the old systems and installing their own. Way to stick it to the Man, man. You guys are so radical and cool. Whatever.

The funny thing is that Batman could have sat out this issue and the results could have been the same. The battle was between the forces of Simon Says. Lift the Batman pages out and the action could have stayed the same. His presence did not tip the balance of either fighter.

Also, if you are going to fight armored guys, just hitting them with your fists is not a great strategy Bats. Just saying. How about bringing some, I don't know, EMP devices that can cut out electronics. That shows you can actually think and why perhaps depending on technology and not hard training for years that produce smart, tough strategic and tactical fighters is the not-better way to go.

Again, Gotham just seems to be happy doing nothing. The police, feds and national guard can't storm Simon, Simon's lair? The governor can't declare a state emergency?

Telling people they are helpless via the false Oracle doesn't strike me as something that would actually paralyze the authorities. It might keep people indoors, which is actually good in an emergency, but that's it.

This plot does not pass the smell test. Plus, Batman has tons of allies. Where are they? Tynion you have to deal with the Bat books and all their characters if you're going to write some huge magnum opus story. You can't ignore what is inconvenient to your plots. It's called the difference between being a good writer and being a Hack. Good luck on Substack. I honestly can't imagine why any reader would follow you there. At DC, you, at least, have Batman. He is a popular character and people like to read Batman. Notice that I said Batman and not Tynion. Something to think about. At least with you gone, DC can get all petty and make sure not to use any of your lame Batman characters so as to deprive you of residuals.

Or I could be wrong.

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