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Omar Karindu

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Omar Karindu

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Subj: And now the more Spoilery version -- Batman #678
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 09:28:17 am EDT (Viewed 313 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Batman of Zur En Arhh
Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 at 09:21:03 am EDT (Viewed 314 times)


> > > this is one of the greatest batman arcs of the the last 20 Years!
> >
> > uuhhh how exactly is it great?
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> Why, in its greatness, of course! ;\)
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> More seriously, it's too early to tell whether everything will pull together satisfyingly in the resolution of the arc. I'll spot Morrison lots of points for ambition and sheer nerve, but I have to deduct on grounds of poor clarity.
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> I do admit to liking the basic idea: the silly 1950s material being brought back in as a surreal and far-reaching, and genuinely sinister conspiracy to destroy Batman by hitting him at his strongest point -- his mind. Something about the disparity between the superficially goofy elements and the horrific effects they're having on Batman really works for me, and it's something I haven't seen before.

I'l add that the current issue has gone some distance in improving the story greatly for me. For starters, it's made exceptionally clear just what's been going on in Bruce's head.

More to the point, this is the beginning of a rally on Batman's part -- even drugged, his mind tampered with in Manchurian Candidate fashion, and all the accoutrements of his vigilante identity stripped from him, he bulls through as best he can.

While it's disturbing to see that Hurt has damaged him to the point that he's lapsing into the delusions of Zurr-En-Arrh, Bruce seems to be finding a way to be Batman int he face of a massive and well-orchestrated effort to sever him fromt hat identity as completely as possible. If he has to hallucinate himself as an alien with an omnipotent Bat-Radia to do so, he will. His willpower is beating everything Hurt's thrown at him so far, to the point that he's gone from an amnesiac addict to a bizarrely refracted version of himself within one short issue.

This may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory in a lot of ways...but it won't be because Bruce Wayne is weak or because Batman is less than incredible in his abilities and drive to use them.




- Omar Karindu
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