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Tuesday, January 11, 2022 

Valdosta Daily Times sugarcoats the demise of Alfred Pennyworth

The Valdosta Daily Times published a short but still quite sugarcoated take on a new collection of the Joker War Saga from Batman:
Anyone who read the massive "Joker War Saga" may feel like – and wonder how – they missed something upon discovering "Batman Detective Comics: Joker War."
I think the following is exactly why those who haven't read it aren't missing anything:
The emphasis here deals with the aftermath of Alfred's death. Alfred Pennyworth, Batman/Bruce Wayne's longtime butler/father figure, was killed in the "Batman" titles several issues ago. "Pennyworth R.I.P." reveals how the Bat-family is dealing with Alfred's death.
Because all we need is another cliched tale of an innocent being murdered by villains, as happened nearly 3 years ago. Even for the Batbooks, this has long become way too much. If Alfred had died of natural causes or an auto accident, that would've been much more acceptable at this point. Instead, Tom King and company relied entirely on the worst of cliches, and we're supposed to think it's great because Bane was set up as the culprit? No way.

It's quite reprehensible, but not surprising, how the MSM is fawning over this excruciating regurgitation of such a pathetic direction, something even the Batbooks have to move away from. The way the funerals for the dead characters are emphasized is another reason for dismay, as is the constant emphasis on villains like the Joker.

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