Years in the making (fifteen according to Kurt Busiek in his afterword), this four issue series is collected in a hardcover that should be out soon. Kurt’s idea was to create an Elseworlds type Batman story that is as resonant and compelling as his SUPERMAN, SECRET IDENTITY, my favorite Superman story, that we worked on more than those 15 years ago. I like this one nearly as much, though I can’t say it’s my favorite Batman story, I would have to give that nod to BATMAN: YEAR ONE. It’s quite good all the same, with the Batman of this story a creepy, supernatural partner to a young Bruce Wainwright as they try to solve the mystery of his parents’ murder, and then to find a place in the world. But what exactly is this Batman, and where does it come from? That’s the real story, and it’s a good one. John Paul Leon’s art is perfect for this book, too, full of mood and shadows. It’s unlike any other Batman story I’ve read, and I highly recommend it.
Two deluxe hardcovers arrived together, one holding material from the recent past, the other a few years ago.
The Jack of Fables book is the final third of the series, issues 36-50. It was a fun ride, though I have to admit I never warmed to Jack as a character. I enjoy tricksters usually, but Jack had some unpleasant traits. Mostly I liked the writing and art, and it’s hard to beat those Brian Bolland covers.
This seems like at least the third collection of White Knight in the last year. This one has the deluxe treatment, so the art is a little larger. It’s a fine story, and fine art.
I don’t know when these hit stores, it it should be soon.
I’ve often wondered if DC would ever reprint the OMEGA MEN comics I wrote, and here they’ve reprinted numbers 31 and 33, the two issues that were slightly involved in the vast “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline that affected all the DC titles in 1985 and 1986, along with the similarly involved LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #16 and #18 as well as GREEN LANTERN #194-198. I don’t know how well this will read as part of the whole event today, at the time it was kind of annoying to insert Crisis elements in my storyline, but on the other hand I and the rest of the team knew it would boost sales, and the book was sliding downward toward cancellation, so that made it worth doing, and we gave it our best shot. I suspect the longer Green Lantern storyline written by Steve Englehart and the Legion issues by Paul Levitz will hold up better. Not sure when this hardcover is due out, look for it soon if it’s not already.
Arrived today, a collection of DETECTIVE COMICS #592-600, of which I lettered all but one. The big deal was the story “Blind Justice” written by screenwriter Sam Hamm, pencils by Denys Cowan in issues 598-600. I remember really liking it when I worked on it. I’ve just had a look on Wikipedia and found no credits from Hamm since 2006, and most of his work is screenplays, including two Batman movies. Also from DETECTIVE #600 is a tribute section with text pieces and art by a stellar group of creators. Fun to see it again. This should be available soon if it isn’t already.
These trade paperback collections showed up today, and should arrive wherever you get comics soon. Kat Howard’s writing on BOOKS OF MAGIC has grown on me, I look forward to each issue. This volume covers issues 7 to 13. The other book has many stories about “Gotham’s most sadistic serial killer.” I lettered his debut in BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT #1-3. Not really my kind of character these days, but if you like that sort of thing, here it is.