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Subj: Re: batman 678 (Spoilers)
Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 at 09:55:54 am EDT (Viewed 277 times)
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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 09:31:34 am EDT (Viewed 299 times)
I must admit I feel quite the opposite and have always done so. Whenever a "new" character popped up in one of the comics I was reading I got interested in learning more about the character (which is probably why Who's Who was one of my all-time favorite books when it came out). To me these ties to old Batman stories have made me want to seek those books out and see what they were all about even though I don't think it is actually important to have read them to get into the story. To me they are just icing on the cake (granted it would have been nice to have had some reprints of the books that are being referenced just so that everyone COULD get to read them if they wanted to)
And while having read Batman #113 might give you a clue as to who the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is I don't really think it gives you a better clue of what is happening. Personally it feels like the more times I read the issues the more clues I find and when re-reading it again after having read the following issue or issues I keep finding more stuff. At first I was kinda underwhelmed by the current storyline but the further we get into it the more I like it and the more I keep going back to read the earlier issues to see what I missed.
I'm not sure this stuff should be in the main Batman book but I for one am quite enjoying the ride. I love books that have more layers to them so that you can come back to them and keep getting more out of them on repeated reads. I must say that Morrison's earlier storylines were more straight-forward and even though they had easter eggs and clues of all kinds you were still able to enjoy them on a more superficial level. Personally I'm inclined to think that this also had something to do with the choice of artists.