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Great ‘No Man’s Land’ stories – part 2

If you read the last post, you know what’s going on. Here are some other great stories to come out of the 1999 crossover No Man’s Land:   ‘Dead Man’s Land’ (Hitman #37-38) Besides the captivating character work, much of … Continue reading

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Great ‘No Man’s Land’ stories – part 1

No Man’s Land was an ambitious crossover that ran through the various Batman-related comic series throughout 1999. It took place after an earthquake had destroyed much of Gotham City, in Cataclysm, leading up to a strand of tasteless disaster-related stories … Continue reading

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Anatomy of Batman #285

When it comes to twisted-yet-amusing Christmas tales, forget Gremlins and Rare Exports or even Krampus. I cannot think of many examples that are as fascinating as ‘The Mystery of Christmas Lost!’ (Batman #285, cover-dated March 1977, but, according to Mike’s … Continue reading

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On the beat with Renee Montoya and Harvey Bullock

Detective Comics #691 Man-Bat (v3) #2 Detective Comics #702 Detective Comics #705 The Joker – Devil’s Advocate Detective Comics #708 GCPD #1 Nightwing #23 Batman #547 Batman vs Predator III #1   NEXT: Spy comics.

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Scars of Vietnam in Gotham City

As an embodiment of changing fads and obsessions of US pop culture, Batman’s adventures could hardly stay immune to the social impact of the Vietnam War. And while the Caped Crusader’s TV incarnation could initially be seen advertising war bonds, … Continue reading

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Gotham City elections

For some reason, the electoral process has been on my mind. And so I turned, as I often do, to Batman comics in order to reassure myself that, as screwed up as politics appear to be at the moment in … Continue reading

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Batman’s X-mas spirit

By all accounts, the Dark Knight should seriously hate Christmas. It’s bad enough having to put up with that annoying alternative version of ‘Jingle Bells,’ but the worse part is that, as eccentric as Gotham City’s criminals tend to be, … Continue reading

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Batman, the urban legend?

There have been many wrongheaded decisions in the history of Batman comics (often involving the use of guns). A particularly puzzling one was the notion, in vogue in the late 1990s and early 2000s, that the Dark Knight is perceived … Continue reading

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Gotham’s hyper-organized crime

The thing about Gotham City is that it doesn’t just have organized crime, it has hyper-organized crime. It’s like there’s a whole parallel system operating within the city. To be sure, the gangland bosses keep changing, and each one is … Continue reading

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People you should know in Gotham City

If you want to be a villain in Gotham City – an unwise but surprisingly frequent career move – there are some people you just have to know. Once you’ve figured out your villainous name and shtick, you’ll want to … Continue reading

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