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BATMAN #688
Author: Jett
Saturday, July 11, 2009

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OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: There may be a new Batman in Gotham City, but that doesn't mean the city wants him. As Two-Face and Penguin take measures to keep the new Dark Knight at bay, one of the archvillains makes a startling discovery about The new Caped Crusader!

“Batman. BAT-MAN! Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a bat gets all of my press?!”
- The Joker in BATMAN ’89


Dick Grayson -- the “new” Batman -- certainly likes him some cameras. At least that’s the impression I got from reading the latest edition of the flagship Batman comic (I don’t care what DC or any fanboy says!), BATMAN.

That makes sense right? Dick Grayson was indeed a performer before his life as the real Batman’s sidekick and crime fighter.

One thing’s for sure: The “Dick Grayson Batman” is certainly different from the original (and real Batman).

Gotta admit that this approach is totally cool with me as I think I would have been even more upset if Dick had suddenly channeled Bruce Wayne and began acting, walking, and talking exactly like is father/mentor.

This markedly different Bat-Vibe is driven home during an exchange between Alfred and Dick in The Batcave early in issue #688. Seems that RG’s having some issues with turning his head in the cowl, with his peripheral vision, and the weight of the cape.

A cool little nod to “Movie Batman” methinks. Anyway…

Forget about the last issue as it’s only purpose was to help transition readers from “BATTLE FOR THE COWL” to “BATMAN REBORN” within the confines of this particular title. Yeah, it was good, but you really didn’t have to read it -- or “BATTLE FOR THE COWL” for that matter -- to easily pick up what’s going on.

Here’s the plot in a nutshell: Batman is BACK!

He’s already pissed-off The Penguin as this Batman does things the “right way” -- meaning he leaves a “clean” crime scene for police instead of a bunch of broken bones. Apparently, this modus operandi is favored by Gotham’s law enforcement folks as it’s much easier to get a conviction.

Oh yeah, he smiles for the camera and talks…a LOT.

Look, I’m not being facetious here, I promise. If you wanted Dick Grayson as Batman, that’s exactly what you’re getting.

After reading this issue, I’m certainly intrigued to see where this story goes...BATMAN-wise that is. Especially since a CLASSIC Batman rogue is now on to this new Batman.

Gotta admit, great little set-up issue here for this “Long Shadows” story arc. Good writing by Judd Winick and I dug Mark Bagley’s Bat-art.

Regardless, I still hate Damien (Who shows up and gets his ass kicked!), think all if this is stunt (Which worked, since I am reading -- touché DC), and I dearly miss Bruce Wayne.

And seemingly, so does Harvey Dent

"Jett" is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM.

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