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Does the world need more Waynes?

20 06 2012

               Last week a new character was introduced into Batman’s life, claiming to be Bruce’s brother. This isn’t the first time a character has claimed to be a member of the house of Wayne, later to be revealed as an imposter, but Damien’s existence does show that perhaps DC is open to adding more living Waynes to Batman’s world. But should they?

               The idea of Bruce having additional family members isn’t anything new. In Adam West’s incarnation, Batman and Robin lived with Bruce’s Aunt. But the Batman that many fans identify with is this tragic hero who lost his entire family in a single night. Part of Batman’s mythos is a the reoccurring theme of family. Bruce tries over and over again to manufacture a family out of thin air, adopting orphans, mentoring pupils, and even adopting pets. Nearly every one of these attempts results in tragedy, forcing Bruce to once again find himself alone.

               In fact, in nearly every “future” incarnation of Batman, minus a few such as Batman Beyond, Bruce is find out. No child, no friends, just him and his mission. His desire to create a family failed, his mission to protect his city is incomplete, and he is the last relic of a dying name. Wayne.

               By giving him a son and more so a brother it also takes away some of what makes his relationships with Alfred and Robin so special. Batman’s mythos reinforced that you don’t need to share blood to be someone’s father, brother, or son. I hope that this idea isn’t lost with the increased use to Damien and Thomas Wayne jr.

You should be able to judge a comic book by it’s cover

6 06 2012

               For months I eagerly awaited last week’s issue of Batman: Dark Knight. According to the solicitations this title marked the official return of Tim Drake to Gotham city. Since the DC relaunch, Tim hasn’t done much with the other Batman cast, so for any Red Robin fans, this was a  big issue. I grab my copy, and the cover clearly shows Red Robin going toe-to-toe with one of Batman’s foes. I open it up, and read….then read….and then read some more. I looked high and low, waited and waited, for Red Robin to give a bad guy some dental work, but what did I get? Red Robin and one square, not even given a line. BULL SHIT!

               The issue itself was actually very good, but I wanted Red Robin. I paid to see RED F’N ROBIN fight a freak’n bad guy! I don’t care if the villian was some drunk hobo, I want Red Robin to kick drunk hobo ass! If you’re going to advertise “Red Robin returns to Gotham” and then put him on the cover fighting someone, have Red Robin in the book for more than a panel! I feel cheated out of my money!

               How can you expect people not to read book in the store rather than buying them if they can’t trust what is advertised? Comic books are a visual media. When I look at the cover, I expect that to represent, in some manor, what is inside of the issue. It doesn’t have to be literal, such as if I see Robin fighting Two-face I don’t care if it’s a battle of wits or some kinda of verbal face-off, but I do expect to see Robin as well as Two-face. This is particularly aggravating when it comes to new readers try out a title. They see “Robin” on a cover, so they think “Hey, I like Robin in that show Young Justice, I’m going to give this a try” and then who do they get? The freak’n Mayor of Gotham. No one wants to read about a fictional Mayor who’s gonna be killed soon anyway. And considering the price of comic books, next time I’m just gonna buy a shot of rum and hope to wash away my frusterations.