The End of Year One…and more criticism of Batman
Knightfall wasn’t that good when it came out. I’m starting the final Adequacy of the year, a two parter, with that assertion. Now, almost twenty years latr, somehow people look fondly back on what was in fact, a pretty stupid plotline. Part of that is the fact that the recent “get that man a throat lozenge” Bat film was loosely based on it.
Summary. Bane, a new crook who wants to “break the Batman” unleashes all the psychos from Arkham Asylum. Batman, already suffering from burnout, is in no real condition to deal with this. Batmn deals with it anyway, and at the end of the gauntlet of nutcases, is in no condition for a hot, fresh out of the box, just delivered Bane. His back is promply broken by Bane.
However…in this story, knowing that he has a problem, Batman refuses…REFUSES to let anyone help him. Does he call Dick Grayson? No. Robin is set on permanent, “you barely help, dude,” backup. He tries to handle it all as a one man show.
Forget that THE SAME THING happened in Batman No. 400…with all of the same lunatics bankrolled by Ra’s al Ghul. Bats calls in the rest of the Bat Family, including Catwoman, and it takes a night. A night to solve the problem.
Forget that he could call Clark Kent, or the Justice League, and it would still take a night. Instead, knowing he is not at his best, he does everything himself.
This is supposed to be the superintelligent Dark Knight? Really? Granted, the point was to cripple him, so there could be a new Batman for a while…but he’s a dude in a Batsuit. Shouldn’t be that hard to come up with a more plausible plot. Especially when Batman is currently hailed as some kind of strategic genius. A strategic genius knows when to call Clark.
Hence, the art above. I wanted to have a flashback to the kind of idiot treatment that I was suggesting our hero endured, to make her down on Batsy. In much the same way I’m down on the plot, really. So I delved into Knightfall, and selected a villian that should be very easy to deal with, that took an issue to do so…and made Batsy look haggard afterward.
The Mad Hatter.
The guy is on the older side, small, out of shape with a big head. His schtick? Hats. Traps that are in the shape of things from Alice in Wonderland, and hats. Hats that hypnotize you when you put them on…but since you know that…don’t put on the hats. Pretty easy.
Should be a cakewalk for Batman, even at half wattage.
Hence the artwok above. I was excited enough by it, that I made a part two, for a longer final post of the year. You’re welcome, True Beleievers.
And that second page really brings home the point. Accept some help, Bruce. Don’t be such a tool. The second page was inspired by the idea that Ethan Van Sciver is taking over a Bat book in about a month…and will actually be using the Hatter as a heavy. I did not know that when drawing page one, and felt that bonus content was in order.
I do miss old school, Adam West style deathtraps like the big hat.
On that note, two things. We get back to regular sarcasm about education starting next week…as we are still on break at LAUSD. Secondly…it’s kind of a big deal that this site has actually gone for a year. My pencils have certainly improved from it, and I really appreciate the support of the readership.
Nice sentiment over. Tomorrow, we start the New Year off right, by continuing to mock Aquaman.