Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Vol. 2 (Anglais) Broché – 20 mai 2014
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This second volume of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight collects short stories of the Dark Knight by Jeff Parker, Christos Gage, Chris Sprouse, Ray Fawkes and more!
Collects LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6-10.
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It’s also a surprising collection as this book features stories from both Jeff “Batman ’66” Parker and Christos Gage and I ended up loving Gage’s comic and felt nothing towards Parker’s!
Gage’s story has Batman being dosed with a new strain of Scarecrow’s fear toxin, throwing him into a harsh parallel world where his exploits as Batman have left him crippled and delusionary – or is that the real world and his “reality” the delusion? Gage plays up the parallel world so convincingly that you end up thinking that crazy, wheelchair-ridden Bruce is the reality as it starts to make more sense. Jheremy Raapack contributes the best art of the book with his work on this story and I loved his Batman and Scarecrow designs – very cool, I’d love to see more of this artist’s work on Batman and other DC properties.
Parker’s story on the other hand is the dictionary definition of forgettable Batman – some thieves rob a jewellery store and get taken down by Batman. That’s it. Granted it’s fast paced and a fairly good version of that scenario, but it’s so unremarkable and drab that it’s hard to believe that this is the same guy who gave us the colourfully creative Batman ’66 series.
The other standouts were basically horror stories starring Batman. Ricardo Sanchez and Sergio Sandoval’s wonderfully gothic story, Unnatural Selection, features weird crypto-taxidermy creatures that’ve somehow come to life and are running amok in Gotham, while Rob Williams and Juan Jose Ryp’s spooky story of a really, really white dude and his terrifying van was awesome. They never show what’s in the back of the van either, so it’s up to the reader to fill in the blank, a neat trick borrowed from Edwardian horror maestro, MR James.
Paul Tobin’s story was so dull I instantly forgot it after reading it (Bandette is seeming to be more and more of a one off hit for him) but I enjoyed Tradd Moore’s art, which is always fantastic. Michael Avon Oeming’s art is also great in his story but don’t think Oeming’s quite there yet as a writer.
There are other stories here but those are the notable ones. The only other one to mention is David Tischman and Chris Sprouse’s story, Abbatoir, which is a total ripoff of the Image series, Chew: Batman’s on the hunt for a guy who eats people and experiences their memories. It’s played totally straight so of course the guy comes off as a total creep akin to Buffalo Bill or Hannibal Lector but the way it’s handled turns it into a pretty bland serial killer story that’s nowhere near as fun or brilliant as John Layman and Rob Guillory’s series.
The good stories to bad ratio is more even in this second volume than it was in the first but it’s still a decent collection featuring a plethora of top comics talent with something for every Batman fan – the standout stories alone make it worth picking up.
Unfortunately, Vol.2 is not up it. There is really only one close-to-top-notch story, Tischman's ghoulish Off The Menu. There are a couple of moderately entertaining vignettes (for example: Fawkes' Tap Tap). Gotham Spirit's art, by Gabriel Hardman is nice and gritty and should serve as a good audition for a longer, more interesting assignment than this simple story of The Detective chasing down armed robbers.
Unlike Vol. 1, which was rich with quick-hitting stories, this volume actually does feel more like a series of auditions - short pieces intended more to gather assignments than to actually tell an actual story. Two of three of these seem like condensed versions of what might have been more successful as story arcs or multi-part stories. As they are here, though, too often the stories feel half-developed, trite, or fragmentary and uninvolving.
Writing a successful short story is not easy. The task of a short, one-shot Batman story is a daunting one. Volume One of this series was up to the task. Volume Two, here, as a while, not so much.