Batman 675. Bruce Wayne tries to break up with his girlfriend as the eyes on fingers guy attacks; Robin and Nightwing discuss Batman's psyche; Talia, Batman's son, and an archer named Merlyn get a prologue, and the girlfriend discovers the Wayne-Batman connection. Tim Callahan says that Morrison is not served by the 90s art here, and then moves on to discuss the strengths of the story, but I simply cannot -- or will not -- get over how bad this all looks, and how bad much of Morrison's run looks. The conversation between Wayne and his girlfriend relies heavily on their facial expressions, but Benjamin is not Barry Kitson, and the scene looks absurd. I think Wayne is laughing at one point but you really can't tell from the art. Wayne seems to have walked in from a Liefeld comic -- his face is a patchwork of random lines; in a patterned suit he looks like a no-personality gangster. Look at Damian's face when he takes the blindfold off -- when did he get to be 40 and bloated? Check out the second panel of Merlyn with his bow and arrow and explain the unnatural Liefeld-esque stance; and remember the blog that made fun of Liefeld by asking "How many teeth in a mouth? A hundred right? I'll just draw a hundred"? Check out the teeth on the second to last page, and then turn back to the cover -- two separate Morrison artists made this mistake in one issue. As for the story? Morrison is at the top of his game on Superman, and the bottom of his game here, and I have argued it is the fear of Miller. That said, is this dialogue, form this issue, a parody of Miller's intentionally repetitive Vale dialogue on All Star Batman #1:
Yes you're witty and charming and clever, but underneath there's something deep and dark and terrible, isn't there? Underneath that wit and charm there's something so cruel.
I do not know what it is, but I am pretty well sick of it. I am very much in the mood to cull my comics down to the titles I actually enjoy on a regular basis, and not the ones by writers I generally, or used to, enjoy.
In comics news, there is still a lot of fallout from the NYCCC, including a Grant Morrison video, but basically I am not keeping up with it.