The twelfth and final issue of Steve Niles and Kelley Jones’ limited series Batman: Gotham After Midnight comes out this Wednesday, leaving me no Kelley Jones Batman comics to look forward to in the foreseeable future. This is devastating news. You would think given this twelve-issue series, hundreds of pages worth of Elseworlds stories and a long, late-nineties run with Dough Moench and John Beatty on the Batman monthly, I should have more than enough comics full of Jones’ Batman to re-read, and that maybe Jones has said all he has to say about the wacky world of Batman.
You’d think that, but you’d be wrong. He continues to surprise me with every issue of this series which, okay, isn’t really the greatest-written Batman story ever and, sure, reads a bit like a very poor poor man’s Long Halloween at times, but I still keep coming back to it to see Jones’ increasingly ridiculous Batcave architecture, the many absurd vehicles Batman tools around town in, the Bat-gadgets that look as if Dr. Seuss had a had in designing them and the may over-the-top ways the characters’ costumes, anatomy and whole settings reflect their moods and attitudes.
Hurry back, Kelley Jones Batman!
Luckily, there are many other releases this week with which I can seek to console myself. Let’s take a look at what looks good, what looks bad and what looks really bad, after the jump.