2012 Memorable Moment: Bat-Cow

What was the last thing V. was expecting in the blood-soaked first issue of Batman Incorporated? A cuteness bomb.

In the first issue of the second volume of Morrison’s Batman Incorporated, Bruce and Damian are in hot pursuit of the goat-faced, gun-toting Leviathan rank and file. The chase leads them through a slaughterhouse. As bullets and bone saws fly, things get really, really bloody. With the bad guys subdued, but drenched in animal blood – Damian makes a life decision. Chris Burnham and Nathan Fairbairn execute this unforgettable moment … adorably!


2011 Memorable Moment: Damian Goes Dark

It’s easy to dismiss Bruce Wayne’s son as an annoying brat, but I think that’s a shallow criticism. There’s a struggle within Damian that is fascinating, and his killer instinct has always been dangerously close to the surface. (Remember last year’s memorable moment, when he bashed the Joker’s head in with a crowbar?) Continue reading “2011 Memorable Moment: Damian Goes Dark”

Friday Favorite: Damian

Small, mighty, and mouthy. Art by Minuiko.

No, I’m not kidding.

It’s no secret that I’m a Robin(s) fan, but perhaps even more than Jason Todd, Damian Wayne is controversial among the Bat-faithful. There’s no middle ground with him, and the readers who loathe him really loathe him. I understand that because, let’s be honest; Damian is — to borrow a word from our British friends — a little sod. Continue reading “Friday Favorite: Damian”

Squee! of the Week: Lukico’s Gallery

The offerings on Deviant Art are all over the map, but some of them are breathtakingly fresh and creative. That’s where I found the work of artist Lukico, and I am completely in love with her elegant comics-inspired illustrations. While some of the pieces show characters in costume, many of them are beautifully subtle. Continue reading “Squee! of the Week: Lukico’s Gallery”

2010 Memorable Moment: Hurts So Good


Damian  had a lot of big moments in 2010, but when the kid rearranged the Joker’s face with a crowbar in Batman and Robin #14, he took it to a whole new level. He’s overconfident, infuriatingly superior and rude, and he tends to pummel before thinking a situation through. Damian’s got a lot to learn, but in my opinion, he’s great fun to watch.

Not that this particular moment was fun. It’s disturbing to see a 10-year-old beat the living daylights out of someone, especially when Frazer Irving is in the artist’s seat. And without spoiling too much, things didn’t end so well for our 5th-grade hero. But for those of us who had nightmares after reading A Death in the Family, it was also satisfying to see an awful, leering villain on the other side of the crowbar. Damian most definitely got his licks in, and the Joker even had to utter a simple “Ow.” Unforgettable.

Sin vs. Damian: Who Would Win?

Sin bonds with Big Barda.
Damian rides shotgun with Dick.

She was being trained to replace Lady Shiva. He was trained by the League of Assassins. Aside from the years of therapy they have ahead of them, Sin and Damian are some mighty impressive minors. While we do not condone hand-to-hand combat among children, you have to admit that a spat between these two would be interesting — and tough to call. Sin is younger, but after seeing her bring down a bunch of hired killers who invaded her school in the Black Canary miniseries, I wouldn’t underestimate her. On the other hand, Damian is … well, Damian. Meet me at the arcade — it’s goin’ down!

Bruce … Is It Really You?

Batman: The Return is a beautiful and moving reminder of the impact of Bruce Wayne.

Bruce Wayne as Batman by David Finch

Bruce Wayne as Batman is by far the most iconic figure in the DCU, and certainly a mega fan-favorite. I have to admit that I am not a fan of Batman. Part of the reason is that so many marketing resources are spent on him, and him alone, when there are many other characters deserving of some attention. Also, he pissed me off when he judged Diana for killing Max Lord. For someone who wasn’t really feeling you in the first place, then you get all high and mighty on a one-time goddess? Bitch, please.

Fast forward to Final Crisis. I love Final Crisis. I know it got all smooshed and convoluted at the end, but the layers and implications of that story were fascinating to me. We all now know what happened there, and have lived an entire year without Bruce Wayne. True, I’ve had The Return of Bruce Wayne to chew on for the past six months, but it gave me sort of an odd feeling. It was Bruce, but it was him through time; Bruce doing the genius things that he does, but not quite the same as him being in the present DCU. Continue reading “Bruce … Is It Really You?”