This is not one of my more well written blog entries and I am not even going to edit it. I did want to mention these recent Batman news reports because it reminded me of when the radio reported Bane broke Batman's back 20 years ago. Batman books flew off the shelf once that news hit the mainstream....
I do get somewhat of a kick out of major news entities picking up new from the world of comics. The Associated Press among other major news services that there will be a major change in the Batman mythology. Such an assessment might be a little overstated. The new changes will basically be an extension of the Batman Year One concept Frank Miller devised many years ago. The new extension of events that occurred during the first year or so of Bruce Wayne's decision to become Batman and the various events in his early years wandering and learning will be covered.
I know, we have seen story arcs like this before. A host of stories in the original run of Legends of the Dark Knight revolved around the first year or so of being Batman. Granted, those were legends and not necessarily real tales part of the actual continuity of the series.
And we do all know a whole lot of changes have occurred with the onset of the New 52 DC universe.
Regardless, Batman is usually one of the best characters to follow if you like comics because the writing across the board in all the books is usually quite good. I would assume this new storyline will be an enjoyable one to follow.
Fantasy and science fiction short stories have been popular for well over 100 years. Back in the days of the old pulp magazines, many young readers saw their minds opened to the wonders of science fiction and fantasy worlds. One such young reader was Philip K. Dick and he would go on to become one of the most influential science fiction writer in history. Truly, he was a trendsetter and is considered one of the forefathers of hard science fiction.
The recent Total Recall movie was a remake of the classic 1990 version that fans know and love. Not all fantasy and science fiction fans are familiar with the short story that spawned the two Total Recall films: We Can Remember It for You Wholesale was the short stay that was the basis of these films.
is a look at this brilliant science fiction and fantasy tale:
I am going to talk briefly....VERY briefly....about the decision to kill off the Damian Wayne incarnation of Robin.
One word: money.
Sorry, but to so crassly remake a classic story arc such as Death in the Family (which was ruined when Jason Todd eventually returned) for the hopes of moving a few more issues after the somewhat flat end to the Death of the Family story line is a bit much.
The whole somebody dies plot line is just too played for me to care. It is all just crass these days and really does not make me want to buy any books.
of comic books are SURPRISE SURPRISE also fans of fantasy and science
Some critics believe the the comic book movie genre is actually a
subgenre within the worlds of fantasy and science
That is another argument for another day. (Although we could say that
many science fiction writers share many traits with comic book
On this day, you may wish to check out to unique hubs that delve into the topic of science fiction and fantasy literary and film movements.
All you have to do is click on the links to read the hubs.
As you might notice, these are mostly articles about hard science fiction. You will not see much from the world of space operas. This is not meant as a slight on those types of science fiction and fantasy works. However, the subject matter I like to promote is more of the hard science fiction variety.
UPDATE: There is a new essay and it will be of interest to those that are huge Philip K. Dick Fans:
Joker does things to certain people. A certain type of people. Some of them are just outcasts, looking for something to connect with. Others have something dangerous inside them, and the Joker brings it out.
I recently looked over the sample copy of the digital version of Wing Chun Illustrated and I was stunned to see this digital magazine was, pretty much, identical to a classic newsstand magazine. Other than being a digital magazine, it presents the layout and graphics once would expect from a traditional small press newsstand magazine. Actually, I take that back. Since the magazine does not have to print out thousands of actually copies on glossy paper, it can design the look of the magazine to mimic the layout of any major magazine from an international publisher.
What if you want a real magazine though and not an electronic one? You could always order a individual print copy that is made to order.
This led me to think back about a number of the excellent movie magazines that were published in the 1990s only to go out of business circa the early 2000s.The magazines were the progeny of the original Famous Monsters and Warren Publishing. The diversity of the magazines ranged from cult films to Japanese monsters to horror cinema to classic television and more. Unfortunately, virtually all of these magazines had to bow to economy reality and cease publishing.
The common reason why these magazines went under where the high cost of printing combined with the high cost of postage and problems with distribution.
All of these problems would be nonexistent today had the digital option be available then. Of course, you could say many of the problems in healthcare back in 3000 B.C. Would not have existed had the folks living at the time had access to modern hospitals. The fact remains the current technological and distribution landscape did not exist in 1998 and this is one reason why so many outstanding magazines ended ceasing publication.
If those publishers still do have an interest in resurrecting their old magazine, I want you to know the digital option exists and it is a really cheap one.
The recent Daredevil: The End of Days issue had a nice cameo by Melvin Potter, the Gladiator. Or I should say, the former Gladiator. For those that are long time fans of Daredevil, the Gladiator. was a somewhat generic villain that really did not show much of anything unique until the Miller run. Miller presented he former mob assassin/thug as a lunatic that really through he was an actual Roman Gladiator. Issue 166 of Daredevil features the villain in one of my favorite comic book covers.
The character of The Gladiator went under a major change. No longer a villain, Potter just wanted to go straight and work at his first love, being a maker of Halloween (and superhero) costumes. Ironically, this is actually a business you can make a lot of money at online and with a brick and mortar store. Consider Potter's new career, which first emerged in the 1980s, is not yet dated.
Of course, many of the stories featuring The Gladiator have been ones that dealt with him going mad and reverting back to the Roman Gladiator psychopath. This leads to Daredevil, Spider-Man and other heroes trying to talk through Potter's disturbed persona to reach the real Melvin Potter. Some of these story lines were very formula driven but there will also a number of them that were quite well written. The good ones and, of course, the ones from the Miller era show how a B level villain can be given new and original life simply by, well, adding something unique and original to him. The buzz saws on the wrists gimmick is really little more than just a gimmick.
In the End of Days, we do get to see another side of The Gladiator and that side would be one of a man trying to turn away from the wayward past he feels guilt over. Brian Michael Bendis does have a unique ability to add depth to his characters and we see such a nice touch in the guilt ridden Potter. We usually do not see such sentimentality in most comics because they are more action driven than dramatic (or melodramatic), but the structure of the story in DD: End of Days is a character driven one. This contributes to the nice touch of interesting look at one of The Man Without Fear's classic villains.
(By the way folks, if you follow that Daredevil link, it will lead you to a really interesting Hub article)