Batman and Akira


A couple comments on a couple trades I recently read:

Batman and Son
by Grant Morrison, Andy Kubert and John Van Fleet

This was a fantastic read. Morrison delves into some old, old bat-tales and unearths them here for two story-arcs, both of which are a delicious read.

The beginning of this trade has got to be one of Morrison's best feats ever: Batman does away with all his supervillains, and resolves to learn to be Bruce Wayne again.

Of course, things don't work out so well. Two phrases for you: Ninja Man-bats and the Three Ghosts of Batman. Along the way, Morrison fleshes out Bruce Wayne for us as a James Bond-ian character, and it is a fun ride all the way through.
Wayne. Bruce Wayne.
I am so glad my library had this.

Akira vol. 1
by Katsuhiro Otomo

It's hard to deal with critically acclaimed stuff like this. There's usually no point in commenting on it because, well, what new things can I add?

That said though, this is a non-stop action ride with drugs, motorcycles and exploding heads induced via telekinesis.

It's a perfect example of the cyberpunk subgenre (of sci-fi), and I'm at the same time amazed and disappointed that there's a killer cliffhanger at the end of the trade.

It's good, but I wouldn't consider buying it for 25 bucks. Hopefully the library has the second volume.

That's it for today. I'm not sure if I even have time to read the comics I get tomorrow, which saddens me to no end, but hopefully I'll be able to get something in Wednesday.

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