07-20-2011, 07:36 AM
Completely overlooked this, sorry. I just don't like Loeb's style. It's the same in every major story - bring every character in for some weird teamup, and invent some macguffin (a serial killer/the mob/a childhood friend) to tie it all together. Also, they have the greatest amount of exposition-filled thought bubbles in all of comics. Somehow the likes of Moore, Morrison, O'Neil, and even Miller always managed to tell the story as a STORY, not as repeated words. His Joker is okay, though.
Originally Posted by FatherMerrin
I'm not an expert, I just know what I like. You've probably read everything I've read ten times over.
-After some false starts, I think Morrison's run has been great at least from the "Island of Dr. Mayhew" story onwards. Batman & Robin issues 7-9 make up the most fun Batman story in decades.
-I'm also a big fan of the sentimental inner-city toughness of the Denny O'Neil 70's stuff. "The Joker's 5-Way Revenge!" is still possibly the best Joker story in comics. The character's defining moment, possibly. And the Ra's stuff is stellar. Not to mention Leslie Thompkins's shining moment in "There is no Hope in Crime Alley!".
-I also liked the somewhat muddled Cataclysm arc, as it felt like a true disaster epic. Even the usually underwritten Penguin was great in it.
-And like everyone else, I like The Dark Knight Returns and Year One (while hating Miller's recent stuff; just beyond awful).
-The Batman in Black & White collections were uneven, but occasionally stellar. Bruce Timm's Two-Face story is amazing, same with Ross & Dini's (I think?) Joker story. But the best is Brian Bolland's An Innocent Guy - possibly the greatest Batman short story ever written.
-I'm also one of the about seven people who really enjoyed Archie Goodwin's "Night Cries".
There's more of course, but these were the ones I remembered right now.
07-20-2011, 09:28 AM