Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Originally appearing as a 13-part comic book limited series in the late 1990's, Batman: The Long Halloween is an epic, involving tale set during the early career of the caped crusader. Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale tell a story that skillfully combines Batman's colorful rogues gallery (Joker, Riddler, Catwoman, etc.); more realistic criminal elements (in the form of warring gangster factions); and a terrific whodunit (who is the mysterious killer known as "Holiday"?). It all results in a wonderfully immersive story and hundreds of pages of gorgeous, moody artwork.
By the way, many of the story elements and set pieces of Batman: The Long Halloween inspired sequences- sometimes pretty directly- in Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" films, and Mr. Nolan acknowledges his debt to this story in the collection's forward. In any event, I'm glad I finally took the time to discover this little epic by Mr. Loeb and Mr. Sale, and look forward to soon moving onto Dark Victory, their sequel of sorts to Batman: The Long Halloween.
Batman: The Long Halloween is available in both print and Kindle editions.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Until I post something a little more substantial, please enjoy this photograph of a pretty woman and the following handful of clever puns (both photo and puns courtesy of spam and the internet). The photo and puns really don't have anything to do with one another, but so what, right?
I changed the name of my iPod to Titanic. It's syncing now.
I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid. But he said he can stop anytime.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
I took a class trip to the Coca Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.
What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
How do make holy water? Boil the Hell out of it!