Superficial review of Batman Allies: Secret Files and Origins 2005
Now I'm really not that impressed with the Fourth Rail's reviewers, but I'll certainly be willing to thank Don MacPherson for pointing out in his review what the problems are with the special.
"The problem is that the script doesn't tell the reader how the Spoiler died or why Robin blames Batman. Derenick's art seems a lot more polished than usual. His work here reminded me a little of the styles of such artists as Darick (Toxin) Robertson and Amanda (The Pro) Conner.Not to mention that DC (and Marvel) seems to have developed quite a habit of sweeping things under the rug, or taking such an incredibly biased [editorial] position as to not even offering an actual profile for the character, simply because she's dead, whether it's permanent or not, and even trivializing the characters, dead or alive, to boot.
Oh, and the late Spoiler doesn't get the profile page treatment, despite being the central plot element in this story."
This kind of bias being displayed by the big two's editorial staff is but one of the problems that's destroying comics today. If it's not dealt with, how will they be enjoyable, and how will the readers even be able to care about the characters, dead or alive?
That's why these editorial biases are going to have to be stopped, sooner or later. And one really good way to do so is simply by not buying DC's "product".