SPOILERS: Batman #25

Nothing is funny, and that's the problem.

SPOILERS: All-Star Batman #11

Random note, but I really like the design of the villain of this arc.

SPOILERS: Nightwing #23

Dick Grayson is a pretty shitty boyfriend.

SPOILERS: Batwoman #4

At the end of the day, this arc was just too plain.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

SPOILERS: Detective Comics #957


I'll be perfectly honest up front: I really didn't like this issue, at all.

The Spoilers: 

Remember Stephanie Brown? She was on Batman's team, then Tim "died," and she got all sad then annoying? Well, boy is she back, and even more sanctimonious than ever. 

She's still on her "The public was fine without superheroes and all the damage they bring" kick, and is out to prove that... by doing ANYTHING BUT PROVE IT!

So she's taking out the Bat-Signal, then when Wrath attacks a TV station to get Batman's attention, you know, by shooting up and killing people, Steph goes to show the public that they're fine and don't need superheroes to help them because they can do it themselves, BY BEING A FUCKING SUPERHERO AND DOING SHIT THAT THE PUBLIC COULDN'T!

But it's totally okay, she changed all the news reports to make sure the GCPD gets all the credit. Totally showed Batman, didn't she?! Now she's going to team up with Anarky, because lets add "naive" next to "sanctimonious" to really build up this character assassination.

The Opinion: 

So yeah. Stephanie Brown's arc in this title is the one thing that I think is real fucking bad. Total misstep. It's actively making me hate the character and want to see the issue where she gets told off and shamed for being a fucking idiot. Her logic is flawed and she's a hypocrite on top of that. Then you take a step back from the story and look at this as a comic and figure "Yeah, this accomplishes nothing because with or without Stephanie Brown, Batman continues in one form or another, because comics, so why is this wasting my time?" 

I think what just made me so mad at this issue that I could barely read it is the combination of her holier than thou attitude, like she knows so fucking much, and the fact that she completely undermines everything by giving the public a false sense of accomplishment. It's just like: NO, dumb dumb, you did what the public and the police couldn't, thus justifying superheroes. You know the idiom that goes you can either give a man a fish and feed him today, or teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime? Well it's like Stephanie gave the man a fish, but then just told her she taught him how to fish and patted herself on the back.

Fuck, man.

I'm so not looking forward to that next story arc after the Zatanna/Azrael one. 

18 comments :

  1. The fact that she's being a hypocrite and doesn't realize it is kinda the point, I think. It's intentional.

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    1. Then I just shot myself into a work, brother.

      -HH

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    2. Man, even if that is the point, it's not very fun to read.

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  2. Remember when Steph was Batgirl? Good times.

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    1. Remember when she wanted to be a superhero so badly that even Damian was astonished since she didn't even have dead parents? Tynion doesn't it seems.

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    2. My favourite Batgirl title, hands down.

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    3. Cassandra Cain is the only Batgirl for me!

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  3. You wanna know what is must hypocritical of her actions? And bear in mind, as I say this, Stephanie Brown is one of my all-time favourite superheroes. What's most hypocritical of what she's doing and saying how it's so much better than what Batman does? This is EXACTLY what Batman used to do: Act completely in the shadows and let the GCPD take the credit. He only stepped out and let himself be known outside of urban myth status because he had to.

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  4. Seems like typical, annoying Stephanie Brown to me. She's not out of character: she's always been pretty terrible, parts of Eternal aside.

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  5. Definitely agreed that Spoiler's hypocrisy is intentional and part of her arc. One assumes some sort of reconciliation between her and the Bat-folks is in the offing at some point, and she'll have to leap off her high horse at least in part for that to happen.

    I'm trying to remember who Anarky is now. Is it Lonnie Machin or someone else? Seems like he assumed the identity (again) during Manapul's Detective run?

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    1. No clue whatsoever. Tynion really liked the Tim Drake Robin series, so I'm just assuming whichever one was in that one the most haha.

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    2. At the end of the original series, Ulysses Armstrong aka The General had assumed the role and Machin was comatose. Given Ulysses' presence in Tynion's run I guess that is a possibility but Anarky looks way more buff in #957 than Ulysses has during this run.

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    3. Tynion confirmed on Twitter it's Lonnie.

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  6. Okay, I'm not going to flip out, but I'm conflicted. For one thing, Steph technically has a point about collateral damage from superhero battles. On the other hand, her doing exactly what Batman does but glorifying herself is dumb. My idea is that a) she's going to see after working with Anarky that her position is wrong, b) modify her stance, or c) give it up after tim comes back.

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    1. That seems to be the angle that the solicitation for 963 is indicating. Steph tends to be bad at assessing herself, seeing Anarky gives her an outside perspective on her motives making it a bit easier for her to see that she is being irrational.

      She is kind of right about some super villains such as Joker or Hush. They are motivated by a desire to beat Batman. Others like Penguin or Black Mask are basically gangsters and want money and power and would do the same in the absence of super heroes.

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    2. Well of course superheroes need to be more mindful of collateral damage. That's one of the things that drove me nuts about the end of Man of Steel. If that was the extent of her issue, and if she was dedicating herself to being a hero who was more mindful and careful of who and what could potentially get caught in the crossfire, I'd of course understand that stance. But it's not.

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  7. I really dug this issue. I like the way she's coming off as a hypocrite. Being the fact that she's the daughter of a "super villain" it makes sense that she's pushing back against Batman, even if it's not the right way to go about it. She must have serious trust issues do to her father and probably is projecting them onto Batman.
    P.S.- I'm also wondering if Anarky turns out to be Tim.

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  8. I've never been a fan of Stephanie, but I agree that here she's particularly hard to like. I know that superheroes are supposed to be idealized to an extent, but the notion that nothing bad should ever happen while they're around or they need to be stopped is so naive it's absurd.

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