Batman Eternal #6 Crimes, Clues and Hunches

Updating my notes for Batman Eternal #6. This is not a review. These are notes to help keep track of what is going on and my wild speculation about how things may be resolved. It should go without saying (but I’m saying it just in case) there are spoilers in this post.

It should be just as evident that I am not a Batman scholar. I’m unable to identify all the character’s in the Bat-verse (which is partially why I’m maintaining these notes).

I hope to get it up to date by Issue#9. But no promises.

Key

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.

black text = text added for this issue.

gray text = text copied over from the last post.

stikeout gray text = text that is no longer applicable and will be deleted in the next post.

If text needs to be moved around from last time, there will be no indication that it moved. Same goes with minor changes.

Here’s what I know after Issue #6:

  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
        • Joker’s Daughter refers to herself as “Princess of Dreamland” (page 12 issue 6)
      • Hunch: I will be seriously disappointed if Joker’s Daughter is behind everything. In fact I’m considering listing that as a crime itself.
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
      • Page #8 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie tells her mom that her father and her mom’s ex-husband Arthur (aka Cluemaster) is working for someone who wants to “burn down all of Gotham.”
        • Stephanie cuts herself short of saying that the police are a part of the plan. But she is clearly convinced that she cannot go to them.
      • Page #9 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie’s mom appears to be apart of the scheme. Telling Arthur “He has a problem”.
          • Hunch: The mom will mislead Arthur/Cluemaster to protect her daughter
  • Crime: The attempted poisoning of children with nanobots
    • Pages #7 Issue 5
      • There are children in the building that have the same symptoms, but weren’t exposed to what Batman believes was Professor PYG’s Dollotron forumula
      • Nanobots!
      • Page #12 Issue 5 – Nanobots are seen coming out of the walls of the building.
    • Page #20 Issue 5
      • Nanobots activated ahead of schedule
      • There is a tie to “Young Mister Wayne” who apparently trained by an old man who talks to what appears to be a cyborg like chimpanzee named Maxwell.
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon. Specifically the new guy Jason Bard who looks very similar to Jim Gordon.
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
        • Pages #2-3 Issue 5See the Crime: attempted poisoning of children with nanobots
          • The Children Professor PYG sprayed and then tried to inject were all showing flu like symptoms before hand.
          • The children all reside in one building in the narrows.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)
      • Page 5-6 of Issue #2
        • Jim Gordon says has been shown footage from the MTA which shows that Grady did not have a gun, but Jim swears he saw one.
        • Jim Gordon is sure he wasn’t sprayed by Professor PYG.
          • this strikes me as significant. Since it is repeated in the dialogue.
        • Hunch: Maybe this isn’t the real Jim Gordon in the jail cell.
      • Pages 8-9 of Issue #2
        • Out of the ordinary: A man in a green suit with hypnotic capabilities shows up at the scene of the crime and walks past officer Strode.
      • Page 17 of Issue #2
        • Grady was affiliated with the Roman 5 years ago
        • Hunch: Roman may be involved in the train crash, but probably not the arson of Gotham (at least not intentionally). Falcone wants to retake Gotham. Profit from it. Arson works against him.
      • Page 10 of Issue #3
        • Per Alfred the blood work on Jim Gordon indicates that there is not anything more “menacing in his system than nicotene”?
          • Does Jim Gordon still smoke?
      • Page 14 of Issue #4
        • Falcone claims not tor remember Derek Grady
      • Page 15 – 16 of Issue #4
        • Batgirl points out that one person (Gonzolo Dominguez) was at the train station for 3 hours. Never said a word to anybody and then left after the collision
  • Crime: “Mystic Shennanigans” as Jim Carrigan puts it
    • Page #8 Issue 6
      • James Carrigan believes the violence from the gang war will feed the Magic
    • Pages #9 – 12 Issue 6
      • T0o bizarre to put into text in a way that is not even more bizzare. Here are a couple phrases
        • Joker’s Daughter
        • Prescient dreams
        • Summoning
        • Severed arms
        • Mazes beneath Arkham
        • Hand prints
    • Page #14 Issue 6
      • Jim Carrigan knows there is a summoning in or around Arkham.
  • Other things that are out of the ordinary
    • Lieutenant Jason Bard is new.
    • Batgirl is crazy mad
    • Harper is armed with tasers
    • Cullen (Haper’s brother) was infected
    • Vicki Vale won’t let personal safety get in the way of an interview
    • Warren Spacey used to be like Vicki Vale
    • Joey Day would rather be safe than get an interview that Vicki Vale wanted
    • Mario Ito is the new editor of the Gazette
    • Commissioner Forbes is a jerk.
    • Captain Maggie Sawyer is not.
    • Officer Nancy Strode is present and won’t remember her 14th birthday.
    • Mayor Hady is scared.
    • Bullock is Bullock.
    • The Roman has returned after a 5 year hiatus
    • The Mayor Hady and Roman have ties
    • Doctor Phosphorus has an encounter with a freaky green spirit and is forced to scream “Blackfire”.
    • There is a new group of 4 costumed + their boss (who has “associates” pg. 11 Issue #3)
      • One goes by the name “Cluemaster”, but his real name is Arthur, and has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.
      • Hunch: Cluemaster’s name is derived from a responsibility to plant evidence
    • Page #10 Issue 4
      • Commissioner Forbes wants to be brought up to speed on Professor PYG. This is in contrast to the previous issue where he wiped clean a dry erase board that had several caped and masked super criminals on it.
        • Hunch: Falcone is going to go after PYG
    • The Gentleman Ghost won’t be coming back until the next new moon.
    • Doctor Phospherous appears to be walking in tunnels underneath Arkham Asylum
    • Jim Corrigan “The Spectre” claims to Bruce Wayne that he knows he is Batman.

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

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Batman Eternal #5 Crimes, Clues and Hunches

Updating my notes for Batman Eternal #5. This is not a review. These are notes to help keep track of what is going on and my wild speculation about how things may be resolved. It should go without saying (but I’m saying it just in case) there are spoilers in this post.

I hope to get it up to date by Issue#9. But no promises.

Key

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.

black text = text added for this issue.

gray text = text copied over from the last post.

stikeout gray text = text that is no longer applicable and will be deleted in the next post.

If text needs to be moved around from last time, there will be no indication that it moved. Same goes with minor changes.

Here’s what I know after Issue #5:

  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
      • Page #8 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie tells her mom that her father and her mom’s ex-husband Arthur (aka Cluemaster) is working for someone who wants to “burn down all of Gotham.”
        • Stephanie cuts herself short of saying that the police are a part of the plan. But she is clearly convinced that she cannot go to them.
      • Page #9 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie’s mom appears to be apart of the scheme. Telling Arthur “He has a problem”.
          • Hunch: The mom will mislead Arthur/Cluemaster to protect her daughter
  • Crime: The attempted poisoning of children with nanobots
    • Pages #7 Issue 5
      • There are children in the building that have the same symptoms, but weren’t exposed to what Batman believes was Professor PYG’s Dollotron forumula
      • Nanobots!
      • Page #12 Issue 5 – Nanobots are seen coming out of the walls of the building.
    • Page #20 Issue 5
      • Nanobots activated ahead of schedule
      • There is a tie to “Young Mister Wayne” who apparently trained by an old man who talks to what appears to be a cyborg like chimpanzee named Maxwell.
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon. Specifically the new guy Jason Bard who looks very similar to Jim Gordon.
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
        • Pages #2-3 Issue 5
          • The Children Professor PYG sprayed and then tried to inject were all showing flu like symptoms before hand.
          • The children all reside in one building in the narrows.
        • See the Crime: attempted poisoning of children with nanobots
      • Lieutenant Jason Bard is new.
      • Batgirl is crazy mad
      • Harper is armed with tasers
      • Cullen (Haper’s brother) was infected
      • Vicki Vale won’t let personal safety get in the way of an interview
      • Warren Spacey used to be like Vicki Vale
      • Joey Day would rather be safe than get an interview that Vicki Vale wanted
      • Mario Ito is the new editor of the Gazette
      • Commissioner Forbes is a jerk.
      • Captain Maggie Sawyer is not.
      • Officer Nancy Strode is present and won’t remember her 14th birthday.
      • Mayor Hady is scared.
      • Bullock is Bullock.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)
      • Page 5-6 of Issue #2
        • Jim Gordon says has been shown footage from the MTA which shows that Grady did not have a gun, but Jim swears he saw one.
        • Jim Gordon is sure he wasn’t sprayed by Professor PYG.
          • this strikes me as significant. Since it is repeated in the dialogue.
        • Hunch: Maybe this isn’t the real Jim Gordon in the jail cell.
      • Pages 8-9 of Issue #2
        • Out of the ordinary: A man in a green suit with hypnotic capabilities shows up at the scene of the crime and walks past officer Strode.
      • Page 17 of Issue #2
        • Grady was affiliated with the Roman 5 years ago
        • Hunch: Roman may be involved in the train crash, but probably not the arson of Gotham (at least not intentionally). Falcone wants to retake Gotham. Profit from it. Arson works against him.
      • Page 10 of Issue #3
        • Per Alfred the blood work on Jim Gordon indicates that there is not anything more “menacing in his system than nicotene”?
          • Does Jim Gordon still smoke?
      • Page 14 of Issue #4
        • Falcone claims not tor remember Derek Grady
      • Page 15 – 16 of Issue #4
        • Batgirl points out that one person (Gonzolo Dominguez) was at the train station for 3 hours. Never said a word to anybody and then left after the collision
  • Other things that are out of the ordinary
    • The Roman has returned after a 5 year hiatus
    • The Mayor Hady and Roman have ties
    • Doctor Phosphorus has an encounter with a freaky green spirit and is forced to scream “Blackfire”.
    • There is a new group of 4 costumed + their boss (who has “associates” pg. 11 Issue #3)
      • One goes by the name “Cluemaster”, but his real name is Arthur, and has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.
      • Hunch: Cluemaster’s name is derived from a responsibility to plant evidence
    • Page #10 Issue 4
      • Commissioner Forbes wants to be brought up to speed on Professor PYG. This is in contrast to the previous issue where he wiped clean a dry erase board that had several caped and masked super criminals on it.
        • Hunch: Falcone is going to go after PYG

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

Batman Eternal #4 Crimes, Clues and Hunches

Continuing on with my notes for Batman Eternal. This is not a review. These are notes to help keep track of what is going on and my wild speculation about how things may be resolved.

I hope to get it up to date by Issue#9. But no promises.

Key

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.

black text = text added for this issue.

gray text = text copied over from the last post.

stikeout gray text = text that is no longer applicable and will be deleted in the next post.

If text needs to be moved around from last time, there will be no indication that it moved. Same goes with minor changes.

Here’s what I know after Issue #4:

  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
      • Page #8 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie tells her mom that her father and her mom’s ex-husband Arthur (aka Cluemaster) is working for someone who wants to “burn down all of Gotham.”
        • Stephanie cuts herself short of saying that the police are a part of the plan. But she is clearly convinced that she cannot go to them.
      • Page #9 of Issue 4
        • Stephanie’s mom appears to be apart of the scheme. Telling Arthur “He has a problem”.
          • Hunch: The mom will mislead Arthur/Cluemaster to protect her daughter
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon. Specifically the new guy Jason Bard who looks very similar to Jim Gordon.
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
      • Lieutenant Jason Bard is new.
      • Commissioner Forbes is a jerk.
      • Captain Maggie Sawyer is not.
      • Officer Nancy Strode is present and won’t remember her 14th birthday.
      • Mayor Hady is scared.
      • Bullock is Bullock.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)
      • Page 5-6 of Issue #2
        • Jim Gordon says has been shown footage from the MTA which shows that Grady did not have a gun, but Jim swears he saw one.
        • Jim Gordon is sure he wasn’t sprayed by Professor PYG.
          • this strikes me as significant. Since it is repeated in the dialogue.
        • Hunch: Maybe this isn’t the real Jim Gordon in the jail cell.
      • Pages 8-9 of Issue #2
        • Out of the ordinary: A man in a green suit with hypnotic capabilities shows up at the scene of the crime and walks past officer Strode.
      • Page 17 of Issue #2
        • Grady was affiliated with the Roman 5 years ago
        • Hunch: Roman may be involved in the train crash, but probably not the arson of Gotham (at least not intentionally). Falcone wants to retake Gotham. Profit from it. Arson works against him.
      • Page 10 of Issue #3
        • Per Alfred the blood work on Jim Gordon indicates that there is not anything more “menacing in his system than nicotene”?
          • Does Jim Gordon still smoke?
      • Page 14 of Issue #4
        • Falcone claims not tor remember Derek Grady
      • Page 15 – 16 of Issue #4
        • Batgirl points out that one person (Gonzolo Dominguez) was at the train station for 3 hours. Never said a word to anybody and then left after the collision
  • Other things that are out of the ordinary
    • The Roman has returned after a 5 year hiatus
    • The Mayor Hady and Roman have ties
    • Doctor Phosphorus has an encounter with a freaky green spirit and is forced to scream “Blackfire”.
    • There is a new group of 4 costumed + their boss (who has “associates” pg. 11 Issue #3)
      • One goes by the name “Cluemaster”, but his real name is Arthur, and has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.
      • Hunch: Cluemaster’s name is derived from a responsibility to plant evidence
    • Page #10 Issue 4
      • Commissioner Forbes wants to be brought up to speed on Professor PYG. This is in contrast to the previous issue where he wiped clean a dry erase board that had several caped and masked super criminals on it.
        • Hunch: Falcone is going to go after PYG

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

Batman Eternal #3 Crimes, Clues and Hunches

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Batman Eternal is the first comic book series I’ve ever followed as it was published. Reading comic books is new for me and with all the details for this series I’ve decided to (try to) keep an updated copy of Crimes Clues and Hunches.

Key

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.

black text = text added for this issue.

gray text = text copied over from the last post.

stikeout gray text = text that is no longer applicable and will be deleted in the next post.

If text needs to be moved around from last time, there will be no indication that it moved. Same goes with minor changes.

Here’s what I know after Issue #3:

  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon. Specifically the new guy Jason Bard who looks very similar to Jim Gordon.
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
      • Jason Bard is new.
      • Maj. Commissioner Forbes is a jerk.
      • Captain Maggie Sawyer is not.
      • Officer Nancy Strode is present and won’t remember her 14th birthday.
      • Mayor Hady is scared.
      • Bullock is Bullock.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)
      • Page 5-6 of Issue #2
        • Jim Gordon says has been shown footage from the MTA which shows that Grady did not have a gun, but Jim swears he saw one.
        • Jim Gordon is sure he wasn’t sprayed by Professor PYG.
          • this strikes me as significant. Since it is repeated in the dialogue.
        • Hunch: Maybe this isn’t the real Jim Gordon in the jail cell.
      • Pages 8-9 of Issue #2
        • Out of the ordinary: A man in a green suit with hypnotic capabilities shows up at the scene of the crime and walks past officer Strode.
      • Page 17 of Issue #2
        • Grady was affiliated with the Roman 5 years ago
        • Hunch: Roman may be involved in the train crash, but probably not the arson of Gotham (at least not intentionally). Falcone wants to retake Gotham. Profit from it. Arson works against him.
      • Page 10 of Issue #3
        • Per Alfred the blood work on Jim Gordon indicates that there is not anything more “menacing in his system than nicotene”?
          • Does Jim Gordon still smoke?
  • Other things that are out of the ordinary
    • The Roman has returned after a 5 year hiatus
    • The Mayor Hady and Roman have ties
    • Doctor Phosphorus has an encounter with a freaky green spirit and is forced to scream “Blackfire”.
    • There is a new group of 4 costumed + their boss (who has “associates” pg. 11 Issue #3)
      • One goes by the name “Cluemaster”, but his real name is Arthur, and has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.
      • Hunch: Cluemaster’s name is derived from a responsibility to plant evidence

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

Batman Eternal #2 Crimes, Clues and Hunches

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I’ve read 7 issues of Batman Eternal and my head hurts. So I started to write down some notes that I’m labeling Crimes, Clues and Hunches.

Key

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.

black text = text added for this issue.

gray text = text copied over from the last post.

stikeout gray text = text that is no longer applicable and will be deleted in the next post.

Here’s what I know after Issue #2:

  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon. Specifically the new guy Jason Bard who looks very similar to Jim Gordon.
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
      • Jason Bard is new.
      • Maj. Forbes is a jerk.
      • Captain Sawyer is not.
      • Officer Nancy Strode is present and won’t remember her 14th birthday.
      • Mayor Hady is scared.
      • Bullock is Bullock.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)
      • Page 5-6 of Issue #2
        • Jim Gordon says has been shown footage from the MTA which shows that Grady did not have a gun, but Jim swears he saw one.
        • Jim Gordon is sure he wasn’t sprayed by Professor PYG.
          • this strikes me as significant. Since it is repeated in the dialogue.
        • Hunch: Maybe this isn’t the real Jim Gordon in the jail cell.
      • Pages 8-9 of Issue #2
        • Out of the ordinary: A man in a green suit with hypnotic capabilities shows up at the scene of the crime and walks past officer Strode.
      • Page 17 of Issue #2
        • Grady was affiliated with the Roman 5 years ago
        • Hunch: Roman may be involved in the train crash, but probably not the arson of Gotham (at least not intentionally). Falcone wants to retake Gotham. Profit from it. Arson works against him.
  • Other things that are out of the ordinary
    • The Roman has returned after a 5 year hiatus
    • The Mayor Hady and Roman have ties
    • Doctor Phosphorus has an encounter with a freaky green spirit and is forced to scream “Blackfire”.

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

Batman Eternal Crimes, Clues and Hunches

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7 issues into a year long weekly series and Batman Eternal seems to be serving up a wonderfully elaborate mystery for the world’s greatest detective.

There is already a lot of detail to keep track of so I’m going to start* a list of crimes, clues and hunches in order to help me out along the way.

* =No promises I’ll finish, or even write a second post about this

I’ve read through issue #7, but I’ll be posting one of these for each issue using the following format.

Here’s what I know after Issue #1:

All page numbers are based on the comixology number and not the number in print.
  • Crime: The murder of all of Batman’s allies & the arson of Gotham City
    • First text in the series is “Your allies have all been slaughtered”
    • Second text in series is “Your city is burning to the ground”
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Hunch: Guessing fire is an illusion and the fate of Batman’s allies is a lie
      • Out of the Ordinary: Tall glowing tower in middle of Gotham
      • Page #18 of Issue #1
        • Whoever is speaking addresses Batman as Bruce. May or may not be significant, especially since he isn’t wearing his cowl.
  • Crime: Catastrophic train crash
    • At this point I’m going with the assumption that this was planned
    • Police have arrested Jim Gordon
    • Clues/hunches/anything out of the ordinary:
      • Out of the ordinary: New cop Jason Bard shows up in town
      • Out of the ordinary: Jim Gordon was rescuing children from Professor PYG. One child mentioned he was “sprayed”. PYG was also firing syringes at the children and the Commissioner. Later Jim Gordon said PYG had “dosed” the children with “something”.
        • If they had already been sprayed/dosed why inject them with other stuff?
      • Maj. Forbes is a jerk. Captain Sawyer is not.
      • Page 12 of Issue #1
        • In the first frame it looks like Grady (the associate of Professor Pyg Jim Gordon had been chasing) is holding a gun in his left hand. I had to zoom.
        • In the second frame it is clear that the character has a gun, but it is not pointed at Jim Gordon.
        • Third frame Grady says “I’m not holding…”
        • Last text is of the page is “THREE…” but it is unclear who says it
      • Page 13 of Issue #1
        • Jim Gordon makes an immediate observation of what the bullet passed through before hitting the box behind Grady.
      • Page 14 of Issue #1
        • Tracks aren’t switching AND brakes aren’t working (on either train).
      • Page 16 of Issue #1
        • Batman makes observation that Grady did not have a gun.
        • Jim disagrees, but mentions that the box behind the guy was “shut down”. (I paged through and I couldn’t see any signs that would indicate this.)

Let me know in the comments if I missed anything.

Review: The Dark Knight Returns

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I didn’t enjoy TDKR. I guess that statement makes this the first contrarian review for Issue 47.

I’m not saying TDKR is bad. It just wasn’t as enjoyable as other comic books I’ve read so far. And I wouldn’t recommend it to people who are new to comic books in general (like me). So mostly, I’m saying I didn’t find TDKR universally awesome.

Overtly Political Tone

I have a low tolerance for politics in any form of fiction, not just comics. Maybe this is because I live in a town that thrives on openly heated political debate. A story that includes those elements doesn’t provide me much of a release from the day’s tension.

Regardless of the cause for my low tolerance, I have a much higher tolerance when the political statement in the story is issue driven. To me those stories contain more insightful messages (regardless of whether I share their viewpoint or not), and doesn’t detract from the entertainment of the story.

I lose patience and interest when authors inject real politicians into purely fictional stories. I find the motivations of those characters become distorted by the author’s enthusiasm for his or her political views.

The inclusion of Ronald Reagan into TDKR basically set it up (in my mind) as a battle between Batman and Ronald Reagan… albeit by a proxy.

The political statement becomes “Ronald Reagan is (or was) a bad guy”. And to me that message isn’t insightful or entertaining. It isn’t a constructive contribution to the political discourse. It reads as a work of bitterness.

I Don’t Understand

Some might quickly point out that I don’t have any appreciation for how TDKR changed things. I would just as quickly agree with them. Reading comic books is a new thing for me.

Is TDKR an Elseworlds story?

I read somewhere that TDKR was an “Elseworlds tale”. I had no idea what that meant. After researching Elseworlds, it seems to me that this wasn’t an imaginary adventure, like Gotham by Gaslight. If it had been an Elseworlds adventure, I would probably still feel the same way.

If TDKR were a Pink Floyd album…

TDKR is not the Batman equivilent to Darkside of the Moon,which is unfortunately what I expected based on all the rave reviews. TDKR is Meddle. A fantastic album for that will be loved by enthusiasts for a very long time.

Plot holes, incomplete character development and more

The handful of reviewers who don’t love TDKR point to these elements. For the most part I agree. But this post is long enough.

Will I read it to my Children?

No. I don’t want to explain the Cold War between the US and the USSR to my 6 and 3 year olds. I don’t want to explain who Ronald Reagan was, what his policies were, or what the policies of his contemporaries were. I want them to enjoy a comic book.

The Search for a Comic Book Artist

About six months ago I began to read comic books for the first time in my life at age 34. After about three months I thought “why not blog about it?”. I mean who doesn’t want to read a detailed account of a grown man reading comic books?

Not long after starting Issue 47 I figured, “Hey I haven’t even been reading these things for a year. Why not try to write one myself? Oh and I bet it would make great material for the blog too!”

Emphasis here is on writing. So step one was to write a script which now covers 10 pages of sequential art.

Step two was to find an artist willing to take up the project. I figured for every 50 artists I contacted, I would have interest from 3 or 4 of them. These numbers aren’t an exaggeration. If anything excpecting to receive over 5% engagement from an email campaign with total strangers seems overly optimistic.

I’m not in any hurry and I wanted to make sure that I reviewed each artist’s work before contacting them. The emails might have seemed random, but they were not. I disqualified far more potential artists than I qualified.

I figured I would email one or two artists a week until something happened, or I completely lost interest. One of the two was bound to happen eventually.

But my research paid dividends since I only wound up only needing to contact two artists. There will be more posts to follow about this artist, as well as some of the work she has done so far. But needless to say, I’m excited about what is coming down the pipeline.

If anyone is curious I did most of my artist research on these two sites

  • Comic Art Commissions
    • I found this early on in my search. It was helpful in estimating how much I would potentially wind up spending. Many of the artists on the site are comic book pros.
  • DeviantART
    • I browsed this site a lot. The nice thing I found was that artists provided lots of samples, and frequently had links to the artist’s external web sites. Which in turn had ways to contact them.

This roughly what I emailed to the artists

Hello,

I’m looking for an artist interested in working with me on a small comic book project. At the moment, the script is for 10 pages.
… [tailored message to artist] …
At this point this is an experiment to see if I can complete the project. I’m not dreaming of converting this to TV series or Blockbuster movie. My goal is realistic. Just 10 pages. Preferably enjoyable ones.
Please let me know if you are interested in hearing more.

 

Free Comic Book Day

This year was my first Free Comic Book Day, and I used this fact as an excuse to make an entire day out of it with my boys. (Okay, an entire day is a stretch. It was more like 4 hours.)

My plan was straight forward: Drive to a comic book shop that is about an hour away to meet up with an old friend. Then head to a second shop which is only fifteen minutes from where we live. Somewhere in between the two food would be eaten and bathroom breaks would be made.

Before leaving I explained to my boys 6 and 3 year old that I didn’t know:

  • how this day would work
  • if there would be a limit to how many comics we could take
  • whether we had a choice a choice of titles to select from
  • how many people there would be
  • what I was doing
  • where I was going

Maybe it is worth mentioning that we were also skipping a little league double header for this master plan.

The one thing that I was convinced I know was that free comic book day was not going to be free. I was alright with this. To me it was less about getting something for free and more about something that would help get them excited about reading.

To emphasize this I let the boys take their two favorite (comic) books to read on the way to the first store. It was the quietest car trip in recent memory. At the first store they were able to pick 2 titles a piece, plus one or two leftovers from previous years. This store also carried games (board, rpg and cards), action figures, and M.A.D. magazine. It was a special moment as I watched my oldest flip through the issue laughing hysterically at all the drawings. We picked up some non-free comics: Mega Man (also referred to as “the blue one” by the three year old), The Flash and Wonder Woman (for Mama). Also picked up 2 action figures for good measure. I was surprised with how much we were able to walk away with, for what we paid. I’ve gone to baseball games with the boys and spent more money.

Before moving on the next store we sat down for some burgers and fries and we made plans to do this again next year. That’s right. We were only half way done with our adventure and it was such a success we were looking forward to next year.

Again, it was a pretty quiet car ride as the boys flipped through the pages of their new comics.

The second store was just as much of a success, even though they had run out of kid friendly comics by the time we showed up. But what they did have was a cosplayer dressed in Mandolorian armor (Star Wars). The helmet was so authentic that it made the radio sound effects when he talked. The store had a wider selection of comic books than the first, but didn’t have games or action figures. We had fun looking at all the different titles and occaisionally waving to the cosplayer from a distance. And eventually, someone in the store was able to find a batch of free comic books… from 2012… all of which were Halloween themed. But it didn’t matter. We were having fun. By the time we left only one of the boys asked me to buy one comic book.

No surprise: it was a Star Wars comic.