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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

Wired's pretentious Batbook recommendations

Prior to the airing of a new TV series based on Batman's city, Wired has again made recommendations that aren't worth the bother. The only one I figure is good here would be Frank Miller's Batman: Year One story. But the rest include newer items like Earth One, Gotham Central, Gordon of Gotham, and, oddly enough, the 52 maxi-series:
This one might seem like more of an outlier than the others, but the year-long weekly series that teamed superstar writers Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, and Mark Waid and attempted to redefine the wider DC Universe of the time has a legitimate connection to the Fox show in Renee Montoya, and specifically her relationship with a socialite ex—in 52, Kate Kane, in Gotham, Barbara Kean. We’re not saying that Gotham plans to go the full distance and turn Renee and Barbara into quasi-costumed crime-fighters (Kate becomes Batwoman in 52, which would be a nice way for the show to have a bat-themed superhero without rushing to Batman), but it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility.
We'd all be better off without 52, because the worst part isn't the transformation of Kathy Kane into a lesbian. No, it's the followup Waid wrote to Identity Crisis with Elongated Man transformed into a humorless shadow of himself. But then, even the new Batwoman stories as seen in this series aren't worth paying nearly 4 dollars for. And the "multiverse" turning up in this was eventually done away with, proving they had no idea what to do with a parallel dimension.

Some so-called experts sure know how to recommend the easiest of products when it'd be more challenging to encourage people to read the older classics instead. I'd recommend some of the archives featuring Ra's al Ghul, for example. And we can only wonder why Wired doesn't.

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