Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Batman 80-Page Giant 2010 #1

Overall: As you can probably tell from the title of this post, this comic encompasses 80 pages and 7 stories, so there's really no way I can give any kind of in depth review for this comic. Instead I'll give a quick(VERY quick)rundown of each story. Story #1 stars the Joker as he butts heads with a TV psychiatrist who was called in to diagnose Joker's condition(or lack thereof). Story #2 deals with the Riddler being blackmailed into stealing a statue from a heavily guarded museum, while story #3 is about the Calendar Man and gives some insight into what turned him into a villain. The forth story deals with the Gotham City equivalent of the Mythbusters, who are searching the sewers for a crocodile, but instead come face to face with Killer Croc. Story #5 is about the Scarecrow as he attempts to analyze Batman and figure out what scares/drives the Dark Knight. The sixth story is about Batman, but that's about as much as I could understand about that one... And the final story stars Humpty Dumpty who is presented with Two-Face by the Joker on Humpty's birthday and tasked with “fixing” Two-Face.

So seven stories... And you know what, with the exception of the Batman one, they were all very good to great! Let me tell you, I was expecting NOTHING from this comic. Literally nothing. Upon opening it and looking at the stories, characters and creative teams as listed in the table of contents page, I was a bit distressed when I didn't see a single writer I recognized, and a bit annoyed to see that the Calendar Man and Humpty Dumpty had received stories in this issue. But when I was done, I was left amazed! Hell, I even enjoyed the Calendar Man and Humpty Dumpty stories, and normally I hate those characters! My favorite of the bunch was either the Scarecrow story, which had Scarecrow using a new fear gas concoction to force Batman to face his greatest fear/regret/disappointment. After Bruce is tormented by the images the fear gas shows him, he finally breaks down and says that everything was all his fault, which leads to Scarecrow deducing that Bats had suffered a childhood trauma, and couldn't come to terms with it. Yes, the story ends with Scarecrow being beaten by Bats, but it leaves Scarecrow happy and almost victorious, since he had discovered a new piece of the Batman puzzle. I'm telling you, I was expecting a bunch of hastily written garbage stories, but instead I got polished, interesting and at times brilliant tales. Sure the cover price of this one was $6, but after reading it, I'd happily pay that price again with no problem. Awesome stuff.

Score: 9 1/2 out of 10.This comic even has Two-Face punching the Joker in a Humpty Dumpty story! It TRULY has it all!


  1. Two, I'm EXTREMELY shocked you know what the hell Mythbusters is. Secondly, that Joker story was SO damn good. That story was amazing, I even looked up the writer afterward to see if there was anything else by him I need to read. That and the final story with Dumpty were my favorites, everything else was cool except the Croc and Scarecrow stories kinda bored me, and that Batman one was...odd.

  2. See that, I'm not the wasteland of pop culture I sometimes make myself out to be! Although I will admit that I've never seen the show...

    The Scarecrow story bored you?!?! I LOVED that story! Especially the ending! Even though he had lost(again)Scarecrow came away with some new insight into Bats, which can almost be looked at as a win for Scary. Plus I loved the way Scarecrow psycho-analyzed Bats the entire story.

    The Batman story though... What the hell was it even about?! I was baffled by the whole thing!

  3. Haha, I just didn't like it, it seemed very rehashed, just like an episode I saw of Batman the Animated series, which was on...what... almost fifteen years ago?

    I don't know.... It was called Two-Face so I expected Two-Face...I know, call me crazy. Then we get some weird... in costume/outta costume Batman story.

  4. Sounds like a great issue, X! I was curious so I looked up the writers of this issue, and I haven't heard of any of them either! Well, except for one...Paul Tobin (the guy who wrote the Riddler story), who's done a lot of Marvel Adventures books, the Spider-Man and the Secret Wars miniseries I was telling you about the other day, and the Spider-Girl back-up story in Amazing Spider-Man #648.

    Anyway, I think I'll give this issue a read. I love done-in-one stories like these when they're done well, but the problem with picking them up is that they usually end up sucking. But every single one of these sounds interesting! (Oh, and I'm looking forward to reading this confusing Batman story just to see if I can figure out what the heck is going on!)

  5. Ah, see, I only watched like the first season of that show, so that's prob why the story seemed so good to me. Either that, or the fact that it really WAS good! :P

    EXACTLY!!! I figured we'd get some sort of Batman/Two-Face story, but no, instead we got a weird Batman story with no Two-Face in sight! Weird...

    Ah, no wonder I didn't hear of that guy, Marc. I haven't picked up any Marvel Adeventure books in ages, same with that Spidey mini. Yeah, I'm also a sucker for a good one and done story, which is something we rarely see with everything going at least 4 issues nowadays. But almost all of these stories were worth a read, which is enough to justify the steep price of this one for me. And I'd LOVE for you to be able to say, "X, this is what that Batman story was all about!"