19 Nov 2012

DETECTIVE COMICS #14

By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  05:00   JOHN LAYMAN

[ LADY'S KNIGHT AT THE SHOPS
Why name yourself after a bird? It seems preposterous, ludicrous, and absurd? I'd rather be named after an actor. Or someone who's won the X-Factor. Plus has a diction that isn't rushed or slightly-slurred. Not un-like the nocturnal creative team of Writer: John Layman; Artists: Jason Fabok and Andy Clarke; plus Publisher: DC Comics in December 2012.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Poor Batman. If it wasn't bad enough that the Penguin has outsmarted him with a dubious ninja attack. Worst still, Poison Ivy kisses him on his lips, in this adventure entitled, 'Unnatural Selection'.

  • Yeah. Honest to Gaia. This one time 'Bird of Prey' is back to her old tricks again, trying to kick into touch whoever pollutes this planet with their industrial ways.
  • Don't fret though -- as I just mentioned -- the Dark Knight has gotten right in her face. And manages to get his hands on her not so long before... VZZZZZZZZ... Penguins ally, Ogilvy, does. 
  • Funnily enough, you also can say exactly the same thing about Batman and Ivy's husband too.

Meanwhile, in the back-up feature, Poison Ivy goes internet dating at Arkham Asylum.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I'm sorry to say that there was a conversation I wasn't that keen on reading this issue, one involving a particular scene where Bruce and Damien talked to each other about Poison Ivy and the Penguin.

You see, from a story perspective, 'Ivy's recap' felt a bit too much like 'a recap' -- exposition heavy -- keeping people up to date with what's been happening between her and the 'Birds of Prey'. Moreover, that whole bit where Damien bated Bruce about the Penguin shenanigans -- well -- that also felt very childish in prose. Too childish if truth be told.

Apart from that though. Nah! The rest of this yarn was fairly decent. 

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
In my most humble opinion, one of the best things about this issue, is also one of the worst things about it as well.

On a narrative level, as much as I did enjoy how this story was structured -- with the back and forth manner it was conveyed in -- in the same breath...

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
... the initial jolt from the 'Pengiun' part of the story to the 'Ivy' part of the story, made the Penguin stand feel slightly hollow in execution.

To me, it was as though this segment was relegated for another issue; because it solely concentrated on Ivy and her antics right up until Ogilvy showed his face at the end of the adventure.

Please note, this is not a big gripe. It's a nano-gripe at best.  

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Now if I come to think about it, dear reader, I am somewhat perplexed with that addition to Batman's Bat-visor. On the one hand, I did like the concept of using 'video-game technology' to fight crime with. Whilst, on the other hand, I thought it bloody stupid that the said-same technology would give you a head-ache in the process.

Alright, I got the gist that this piece of equipment is meant to give you a headache, and was one of the main reasons for using it. Still, seems a bit silly, huh? Silly yet creative.

ART: Last week I compared Jason Fabok's art to Paul Gulacy's art on the Bat-book, 'Prey'. This week though -- no --  I can't seem to compare his stuff to any other another Bat-artist out there; he just seem to be in class of his own.

Granted, I can see a touch of 'Jim Lee' here, and a spattering of 'Ed Benes' there. But by in large, Jason -- and Andy Clarke -- have both really done this title proud, rendering bold, whilst laying-out their panels very cinematically indeed. Class act; through and through.  

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
POISON IVY: Sticking to the stand-up comedy theme I'm adhering to this week, I have no choice but to cast Rita Rudner in the role of this botanical bag-girl. I have no choice because she said she'll splash me with acid otherwise.

THE PENGUIN: Just look at him for crying out loud! Go on. Look at Vegas bound comic, Don Rickles, and tell me he doesn't say 'Wak-wak-wak' a lot! 

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Who Would You Rather Kiss? A Bird? A Plant? Or An Actor? Please Be Careful With Your Choice Though, It Might Bite You Back.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
OK, so in essence this story was about a person who seems to go too far with their protests, right? You know; someone such as Larry Flint perhaps? As depicted in the film 'The People Vs Larry Flint'. Just with a lot less girth, and a lot more soil. Ha!




FINAL thoughts...
Dear People At DC I Give My Money To Each Month,

Last week I started to write to those bananas over at 'Marvel' through this section of my... errr.... whatever it is. So guess what I am doing this week? Correct. The same thing to you apricots at DC.

Don't worry though. I won't be rude like most of you're adoring public. I want to say thank you instead. Thank you for giving this book a new lease of life with a creative team that is just out of this world.

Yeah. John, Jason, and Andy, are all really great chaps, who've managed to produce some really great stuff on this book so far. However, I am slightly worried as well. Worried that you're editorial edict will screw things up as they've done in the past.

Please don't. Try to maintain some sense of stability in at least one of your titles. Particularly this one. You're maiden title.

Remember; DC = Detective Comic. Don't forget. I won't.

Love, Light and Peace. The Reviewer. 

MARKS out of 10? 9

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