Re: Essential Batman
Lapis Exilis wrote:
Never read it myself. Something about the idea of Batman taking drugs just doesn't ring true to the character for me, but if anyone has a review that says it's really good, I'd be interested to hear it.
Let me set it up...
Batman has been following the trail of a kidnapped little girl. He meets the father, who has been working on drugs that enhance strength - steroids, in essence. He offers the pill to Batman, who takes a beat, and refuses them.
Batman tracks down the kidnappers and the little girl, through hours of detective work, and finds the little girl trapped under some rocks in a cave that is caving in. The water level slowly rises. Batman must lift a pile of rocks to reach the girl before the water level rises too high. He can't. He's done everything he can, but isn't strong enough. The little girl is killed.
Batman returns to the professor, and asks for the pills.
In his first fight afterwards, he lifts a man over his head, throws him through a plate glass window, and laughs and laughs...
Whether you read that or not, I'd say that "Batman takes drugs" is a gross simplification, and the first issue goes to lengths to spell out the conflict.
But again, I should wait to hear from someone who read more than one issue...
Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.
- Kurt Vonnegut
Last edited by Yassim; August 31 2008 at 07:39 PM.