Each issue of Strikes has impressed me for one reason or another. This month's installment was no exception. The story arc went above and beyond, and managed to entertain the HELL out of me! I really enjoyed end twist and motivation for Joker trying to prove his sanity. Priceless!
Chris's layouts are amazing, as always...especially that final Arkham/Joker montage. Brilliant! His Joker is so beyond the model it actually improves the Joker's look at times!
Terry's inks are beautiful as ever..and the colorists actually came close to a shade of blue on batman! ....I said CLOSE...but not quite. SIGH!
as for little tidbits I noticed the team snuck in...
pg 1. - tv show interviewing Judge GRACE HARVEY - as in Grace is the first name of HARVEY DENT's wife! nice one there. The other person interviewed is a non-batman reference, but funny nontheless....its R. Mason Burr...for anyone that grew up watching re-runs, Perry MASON, a famous lawyer show starred one Raymond (or R.) Burr.
Joker's cell number is 027 (as in det. comics 27!)
also, the character Simon Skye has the inmate number 027 039 (det comics #27 out in 1939)
very nice touches.
I also very much enjoyed the tie-in between the childhoods of Batman and Joker! Fantastic work there.
Post by Hush Riddler on May 12, 2005 10:01:24 GMT -5
I loved this one, I fully agree with Matt's first paragraph. WEEE! The artwork was different, and I had to read it a second time to really enjoy it because the first time I just kept looking at the animation like "WTF?!?!"
Post by Hush Riddler on May 14, 2005 8:37:03 GMT -5
Yea Matt you being the Joker's lawyer was pretty damn cool, I must admit. I also would like to know where you can buy them on an Internet shop, because my town's comic book store has gone out of business... And I was their best costumer too... :-(
Post by Disgruntled Gremlin on May 21, 2005 23:02:05 GMT -5
Note: This is not meant to be taken too harshly or personally. I just think that a different perspective on the issue could be constructive, and I don't think anything that I'm going to say is unfair or unneccessary- it's just what I think.
With that warning, here's my two cents.
The premise in itself was excellent (I would've loved to have seen a darker focus on the Joker trial), but the Joker's motivation seemed too flimsy, and the final pages just seemed too cheesy for a Batman comic, even one designed for kids. I kind of found myself thinking, "Did I just read that?"
As great as the idea behind the story was, the execution on the ending just seemed rushed to me. I would've liked to have seen a couple more pages devoted to a more elaborate Joker plot, as opposed to him just being in it for some extra cash (and the thrill of meeting his idol).
On the plus side, the artwork was great, half BTAS and half The Batman, although some more shadows would've been nice in the courtroom. Clean up the dialogue, and the first 3/4 of the book would've been on par with some of the old 'Adventures' stuff.
The Batman Strikes is still finding its roots, and I really can't wait to see the take the writers are going to go with some newer villains. With all of their exposure on the show, though, I think it's annoying that the Joker and the Penguin have to be included so often, and these appearances just seem a little...forced.
As soon as the writers are given some more liberty when it comes to character choice (and hopefully some darker storylines), I'm betting I'll be picking up a brilliant book every month. For now though, things are still a little rough around the edges for me.
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