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COMIC REVIEW: BATMAN #665

Author: Bill Ramey
Thursday, May 17, 2007

FROM DC COMICS: "The 'Three Ghosts of Batman' continues as Batman tries to discover the mysterious contents of Casebook X! This issue takes us back to Batman's early days and reveals the truth about his final confrontation with Joe Chill, the man who murdered his parents. It also ties in to 52, as we learn what really happened to Batman inside the cave in Nanda Parbat when he underwent a seven-day Buddhist isolation ritual to purge his negative karma."

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I have no idea what the deal is with DC's synopsis of B665, but that's not a description of the comic I read and reviewed. - "Jett"

Since Grant Morrison took over as the chief writer of BATMAN, it often as if we were being treated to a hodgepodge of Bat-stories. Stories appeared out of synch and without continuity, leaving one feeling that DC and Morrison didn’t know exactly what they wanted to do with the title.

But we were wrong I think, dead wrong.

BATMAN #665 continues the “Three Ghosts of Batman” and we begin the story encountering a Batman who has just had his ass totally whipped. Who administered the butt-whipping? That Bane-looking, Batman-dressed dude who had been having his way with and killing Gotham prostitutes at the end #664.

After being pounded, The Batman makes his way to Bruce Wayne’s downtown penthouse -- and obvious nod to the comics of the 70s. He calls Alfred and informs him of his location and condition, and his loyal butler and adopted son are soon there to aide Bruce.

Tim Drake -- feeling some sort of “pressure” due to Damien’s presence -- takes off to avenge his adopted old man.

Now, it looks as if it’s all coming together -- the whole deal with Damien and Talia (who are indeed alive), the “Black Case Book” (which I believe is somehow a nod to the 1950s era Batman), as well as the corruption and cover-ups taking place in the Gotham Police Department. Also, the “Three Ghosts of Batman” stuff -- which we get a glimpse of while Bruce is unconscious -- plays a part in all of this as well.

Andy Kubert’s pencils are again tremendous. I simply adore his depiction of The Batman -- although I wish they would color The Dark Knight a bit more dark -- like BLACK, not damn blue! Anyway, not only is Kubert’s drawings flat nice to look at, the has the knack to say quite a bit in just one panel -- literally, one of those a pictures paints a thousand words deals.

Look, I’ve been enjoying Morrison’s entire run on BATMAN, despite the fact there is some criticism of it amongst some fans. But as I said earlier, it looks as if it all starting look as things starting to converge -- perhaps for one big reveal or event. I know that I’m looking forward to finding out what it is.

Perhaps we'll even see more of The Joker and his new “cut smile?” ;)

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