Imagine my surprise when this arrived in my comic shipment this week.
How about a gut reaction mini review?
They’re still making this? The last issue came out in March 2006. MARCH 2006! I gave a quick thumb through the issue and will say this is some fine work by Jim Lee, but lord the writing is so cheesy. It’s worse than “I’m the goddamn Batman” line from issue #1 from way back in September of 2005. The words “Shut Up” were used at least five times in the first five pages, and Diana saying, “Out of the way sperm bank!” is just too much. Miller even has Batman saying, “I love being the goddamn BATMAN”.
From here on out we shall call Batman by his true name – The goddamn Batman! (you must include the exclamation point).
The entire exchange between Wonder Woman, Superman, Green Lantern and Plastic Man (yes Plastic Man) falls completely flat and comes off as pure cheese equal to the crap being hacked out on network television. Even worse, the exchange between the “Justice League” goes on for eight pages – EIGHT PAGES – and does nothing to advance the story except that at some point down the road (hopefully before I reach retirement) Superman and The goddamn Batman! (and maybe even the rest of the Just Us League) are going to come to blows. Blows -hehe, kind of like this series.
I will admit to liking the The goddamn Batman! out on patrol sequence as he takes down a couple of rapists and makes them feel real pain, but his maniac glee while doling out his own brand of justice seems more akin to the Joker than a hero detective. And his Samuel L. Jackson impersonation leaves me flat.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Frank Miller’s writing in nearly all of his other works, but it just seems lately he’s turning cheesy dialogue all the way up to 11 just for shock value and controversy, almost like he’s thumbing his nose at the entire hero genre. There are some brilliant gems if you dig down far enough. As The goddamn Batman! runs over the rooftops his inner dialogue (yes, even the I love being the goddamn Batman) comes off brilliantly and makes me yearn for the 80s and The Dark Knight Returns. It’s just the other stuff I’m having a real problem with.
To tell the truth I don’t even remember what the heck is happening in this storyline since it’s been over a year since the last issue. I think everyone is still upset The goddamn Batman! kidnapped Tim Drake (who finds a bunch of pointy weapons in the batcave). I going to archive these issues away until the arc ends (or the series, whichever is first) and then read it in one big sitting. I think that is the only way I’m going to be able to half-way appreciate this title.
Let’s hope we are not waiting 455 days for the next installment.
I want to love this book, I really do.
When I reached the last page, the only thing going through my head was “You have to be kidding me…”
I’ll give All Star Batman and Robin #5 a more than deserved 1 Star. The only saving grace in this issue is Jim Lee’s artwork.