What are some bad Alfred Pennyworth moments
Batman is in the eyes of his many fans the most complex comic character that has ever seen the light of day. And this work is the best proof that artists and authors from all over the world are keen to find new aspects and nuances from this hero again and again. This is where the best of the comic biz come together and deliver small masterpieces about the midnight detective, both in terms of drawing and narrative.
The stories are detached from the monthly continuity and shed light on Batman in all his facets. This minimization to the essentials is a pleasure to read - a special highlight in the cycle is certainly the first story The career by Warren Ellis and Jim Lee. It describes how meticulously Bruce Wayne prepared himself for his task and how determined he is to pursue his destiny. No means are too far-fetched and absurd for him: This is how you see young Bruce standing in a morgue with a revolver and examining the wounds in human flesh that he himself caused with various firearms. He must have this knowledge in his never-ending struggle for justice.
These presentations in black and white leave a lot of space for unconventional but good ideas, both in terms of content and the sometimes experimental drawing style - and that is undoubtedly an enrichment, both for the comic book creators and for the readers. Once again we can experience what you can do with Batman. This character can be used in many ways. The food ranges from simple to substantial, but never thin or bad. Here Batman is illuminated from all sides and you can even get new nuances from him. Which is not that easy, since the dark knight is over 80 years old. But in these 104 (!) Stories we experience Batman from his best and most exciting sides.
Everyone gets their money's worth here: If you like realistic drawings, you will The call - illustrated by Claudio Castellini - fallen, that story by Mark Schultz about the unconditional friendship between the midnight detective and the man of steel. For those who like it rather weird, we will Fat city by Mick McMahon: The fattest woman in Gotham City has to save the city where Batman alone cannot do anything.
For those who like it rather weird, we will Bruce Wayne is Batman! by Cyrus Voris (story) and Chris Bachalo (Pencil, Inks) something: an unnamed inmate conjures up the ghosts to find out who Batman really is. And when someone actually appears (again) and reveals the secret, nobody cares. After all, the ghost had already named all possible candidates: Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger, and even George Clooney. Batman - disguised as cleaning matches Malone knows that his secret is never really in danger.
A very loving and surprising story is undoubtedly Alfred Pennyworth's madness. Jason Todd shows up here! Although only as a ghost, he still intervenes in the plot and helps Batman in his hunt for criminals. Now and then he even meets Alfred for tea. And if you want to know how Poison Ivy waters her fern when she's all alone in her cell at Arkham Asylum, you'll find out in the story The bet by none other than Paul Dini.
And that even Batman does have a sense of humor, we learn in Counterfeit money by Harlan Ellison. The Swiss are very into melodrama - a weakness that Batman skillfully exploits to get what he wants from Confederate Kaes Poppinger. Bad boys have stolen a lot of original paper for making US banknotes and now only need to print them perfectly and you have a lot of real money. To do this, they need the skills of an engraver - and Poppinger is the best at his job. He is flown in especially for this, but intercepted at the airport by a tip and taken into custody. And so that the hiding place of the counterfeiters can also be excavated and they do not become suspicious if Poppinger does not appear at the agreed meeting point, Batman has to take care of this case at the urging of the Federal Treasury.
He plays all his detective and psychological trumps that he has to offer and even shows a good dose of humor at the end! The dialogues from the old master Ellison are pointed and polished, the illustration by Gene Ha skillfully and his page layout tricky and sometimes as filigree as the lines on banknotes - real or fake. Why the Batman teacher Max Dodge always knew a way out as an escape artist, he finds out in the story No escape by none other than Paul Kupperberg.
But you can also tell comical episodes with these short stories - a Batman with a broken nose who looks at his face in the mirror in his bathroom, and later the perpetrator - quite a bungler of megalomaniac criminals - pays like for like in the monthly ones Look for staples in vain. Rightly so, but simply good in this narrative form. The dialogues between Alfred, who is treating him again, and Batman are polished and sharp. Alfred compares Batman's situation with the first broken nose with the loss of innocence and the first sexual intercourse - aptly and funny in this situation.
The topics are as varied as life itself: fear and courage, doubt and determination, agony and liberation. Fortunately, the various covers have also found their way into this work: Among others by Marc Silvestri, Frank Miller, Moebius and much more.
Due to its great success, DC also started a series of black and white statues (in resin) in 2005. The first figure is by Eduardo Risso. Here, too, the success was so great that the series continues to this day.
The 100th character of Todd McFarlane will appear shortly. The figure is based on his famous cover of Batman # 423 (September 1988). The figure is a new edition of his previous figure (with a slightly different tint). In the meantime, many figures have appeared in a 2nd edition due to the great demand. Here in the volume (unfortunately only) twelve figures are shown.
The very readable foreword by Mark Chiarello gives an insight into the genesis of these 912-page anthologies and tells of the initial difficulties and concerns at DC. You can also read about the story of a comic genius, which was "hilarious but malicious" and was therefore never printed.
Chiarello refers to the story of none other than Moebius, who wrote in 1998 in Penthouse comix # 3 slightly changed and under the nameRatman appeared, but in color!
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