I don’t often link to reviews, but I’m not sure this is so much a “review” as a “blustery rant” in the vein of “You kids and your rock and/or roll.” In any case, the Portland Oregonian‘s Steve Duin doesn’t like Batman/The Spirit #1, and he’s not about to suffer in silence. Some highlights:
- “It’s a comic book, you remind yourself. It’s not putting on airs. It doesn’t aspire to poetry or permanence. It feels no obligation to honor the icons that have allowed the art form to survive for more than 70 years.”
- “The credits for this loopy disaster include a ‘special thanks to Denis Kitchen,’ presumably for the proverbial sink.”
- “The storyline is asinine, the artwork pedestrian, the page layouts uninspired and the dialogue juvenile. The mystery is why I’m surprised and disappointed. It’s a comic book. It doesn’t aspire to greatness. Isn’t that what all the snobs and critics say?”
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen Darwyn Cooke’s artwork described as “pedestrian.” I certainly enjoyed the art, and liked the writing more than I thought I would. Johanna Draper Carlson posted her reaction to the comic last night.