I’m back after a long hiatus with another entry in Ye Olde Longe-Boxe! First, the hiatus part: I went on vacation, then I moved, then I started teaching. I was busy. But I haven’t forgotten you, dear reader. And so to celebrate my return from the abyss of joblessness to the lighted realm of gainful employment I give to you a turning point in the famous Knightfall saga: Batman #500!
So I’m about to put my foot in the latest fan mess on the internet: let’s talk a little about Thor.
This is it! The end of the Bat-Saga! We have come a long way — through seven years of comics, through layers of hope and despair, and even through DC’s stupid collection decisions (note to anyone still working their way through the comics: There’s three volumes of Batman Inc, and they’re numbered 1, 1, and 2. Because that makes so much sense. I know the reasoning is that the latter two volumes are “New 52” and the other isn’t, but it’s still stupid. I know there have been people who got the wrong comics. I’m one of them, I accidentally skipped a volume and that’s why this post is a week late, I had to go to a comic shop, which involves a drive of at least two hours — PSA over). Now for the last year of Batman Incorporated and the end of the Bat-Saga as we know it!
I’m going to go ahead and admit to you that the first time I read Batman Incorporated 1 I didn’t quite follow what in the hell was going on. As with the first time I read Final Crisis, I got the gist of things, but didn’t understand the importance of all the layers lying overtop the basic plot. I think I get it now, but I’m not making any promises here.
So this week in the Bat-Saga we’re dealing with the volume I tend to forget about when I think of the entire story: Time and the Batman.
Sorry for the radio silence last week, I was very ill with this flu that’s going around. Going around where, you ask? Everywhere! Apparently, anyway. I am mostly better, except for the coughing, which remains after the illness is gone, yay. With that said, it’s time for the next post in out Batman epic! Batman and Robin!I
This post is on Final Crisis, which is not a Batman comic per se — Batman’s in it, certainly, but so is Superman and Black Lightning and a lot of Green Lanterns and a bunch of Fourth World characters and, well, just about everybody, at least once. Hell, Zatanna appears in a single panel as one of the psychics trying to find an alternate universe. But in our sprawling Batman epic it’s important, even though it doesn’t focus on him entirely. So here we are, on the first day of the new year, dealing with this Final Crisis!