Batman 80 Page Giant 2010

December 2 2010

 

It's not nice to start a comic book with lies on the cover DC guys. The Batman 80 page Giant hHas only 70 pages of story material inside. So call it 70 page giant! Adding to that are 6 pages preview material not related to Batman or his world. The Dustin Nguyen Cover may be beautiful but it promises more characters than the comic Features: No Ra's, Bane, Poison Ivy, Clayface, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Mr Freeze, Harley Quinn or Hush. Sorry for the guys who bought the package expecting more from their favourite villains inside.

 

Being aware of last years 80 page giant (I can't remember anything in it.) I knew what to expect and bought it anyway. My fault! Ultimately DC is doing their readers a disservice by putting mediocre and less than mediocre material like these 80 page Giants out there when premium characters like Batman deserve only the best writers and artists. At some point the audience will not hunger for more if the quality is low. Sometimes I buy stuff like that because I'm a Batnut and feel like missing out on something if I don't collect all the monthly issues. Frustration!

 

 

Joker "Reality Check"

December 2 2010
10 pages

 

writer: Peter Miriani writer
artist: Szymon Kudranski

 

Characters:
Joker (first appearance Batman 1, Spring 1940)

 

A celebrity shrink plans to proof that Joker is fit to stand trial becauseThe Clown Prince of Crime is not as insane as Joker wants the public to believe. If that's the case the Harlequin of Hate would be send to death row. For that story to work the reader has to accept the mentioned shrink must be fearless.

 

He does not only repeatedly meet with the Joker inside Arkham Asylum he even teases him
Completely ignoring the Joker's reputation (I'm sure he has one in the DC Universe) and his talent for escaping repeatedly! This set up could have gone wrong if the Joker himself would not be written as well as in this funny and disturbing short story. A character as overused as often as him and on occasion written poorly this version of the madman feels true. The Gorgeous art makes Joker resemble his classic appearance in a photo realistic way and shows Arkham Asylum's haunting halls and corridors.

 

 

Riddler "May I have this dancer"

10 pages

 

writer: Paul Tobin
artist: Ryan Kelly

 

Characters:
Edward Nigma or Nashton/Riddler (first appearance Detective Comics 140, October 1948)
Selina Kyle/Catwoman

 

Since the Riddler has gone straight and uses his talents working as private eye it is even more enjoyable to read about him than during his criminal past. In a new case his will is tested until Catwoman pops up to help him out. A short, well drawn adventure. All ages material and not as thrilling as the Joker Story.

 

 

Calendar Man "Every day counts"

10 pages

 

Writer: Matthew Manning
Artist: Garry Brown

Inker: Livesay

 

Characters:
Waylon Jones/Killer Croc (first appearance Batman 357, January 1984)

 

A filmcrew researches the urban legend of sewer crocodiles in Gotham City. You get another generic horror plot. It seems having the Batman around iIs not enough for some people. They want proof for another urban legend. Why? Don't know, don't care. Killer Croc should be well known to anyone in
Gotham at this point. Maybe its a tale of his early years? There's no given date. The art sucks as well. The villain looks like a real crocodile not like a man with bad skin condition. How was this snuck by editorial? Worse than the Calendar Man Story.

 

Killer Croc "The Crocodile Hunter"

10 pages

 

Writer: Mandy McMurray
Artist: Matt Southworth

 

Characters:
Waylon Jones/Killer Croc (first appearance Batman 357, January 1984)

 

A filmcrew researches the urban legend of sewer crocodiles in Gotham City. You get another generic horror plot. It seems having the Batman around iIs not enough for some people. They want proof for another urban legend. Why? Don't know, don't care. Killer Croc should be well known to anyone in
Gotham at this point. Maybe its a tale of his early years? There's no given date. The art sucks as well. The villain looks like a real crocodile not like a man with bad skin condition. How was this snuck by editorial? Worse than the Calendar Man Story.

 

 

Scarecrow "Threshold"

10 pages

 

Writer: John Stanisci
Artist: Garry Brown

 

Characters:
Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (first appearance World's finest Comics 3, Fall 1941) Bruce/ Batman

 

Bruce Wayne suffers from fear gas while Scarecrow tries to get under his mask. How many times have we seen this before? The scariest part is the artwork. It's that bad. Batman is poorly written even putting his foot on Crane's head after he has beaten him down. If Batman really were such a bully he wouldn't have that many fans. He's more than a guy beating criminals in dark alleys for pleasure. The editor must have fallen asleep during the first 9 pages. Even worse than the Killer Croc story.

 

 

Batman "Two-Face"

Writer: Sean Ryan
Artist: Joe Suitor

 

Characters:
Bruce/Batman Alfred Pennyworth Commissioner Gordon

 

Bruce Wayne suffers from fear gas while Scarecrow tries to get under his mask. How many times have we seen this before? The scariest part is the artwork. It's that bad. Batman is poorly written even putting his foot on Crane's head after he has beaten him down. If Batman really were such a bully he wouldn't have that many fans. He's more than a guy beating criminals in dark alleys for pleasure. The editor must have fallen asleep during the first 9 pages. Even worse than the Killer Croc story.

 

 

Humpty Dumpty "Within the walls of Dis"

10 pages

 

Writer: Brad Desnoyer
Penciller: Lee Ferguson

Inker: Marc Deering

 

Characters:
Humpty Dumpty (first appearance Arkham Asylum: Living hell 1, July 2003) Joker Two-Face (first appearance Detective Comics 66, August 1942)

 

It's Humpty Dumpty's Birthday and no one shows up. Except for the Joker who may be the last person you want at your birthday. And he brought Two-Face who doesn't want to be there In the first place. Suffering from bad art; safed by the colours, this story is deeper on an psychological level and succeeds in showing the different psychosises of three disturbed individuals.