Okay, show of hands, who else shed some tears watching those brilliant Mr Fries episodes fromBatman: The animated series? I know I did. This issue hits me with wave upon wave of sweet nostalgia. Mr Fries is a character forever mocked by his live action portrayal but always redeemed by writers who truly understand what a great character he can be…..
So here it is the first non Damian inclusive issue in Tomasi and Gleason’s epic run. And somehow, someway I am a bit underwhelmed. Look don’t get me wrong I liked the story well enough to warrant a purchase but there are some things here that are worth breaking apart….
Grant Morrison’s big epic starts an epic wrap up here. Boy have the stakes never been higher in any other Batman stories of recent memory. It seems like along with the Batman and Red Robin issue this month, the Bat titles are truly the few “WTF” certified worthy covers. Not only do both books reveal an absurd notion but they also deliver on making it believable within the context of the story. Who will survive the man or the bat?…….
So, it’s been a little over a month since Damian Wayne was killed over in the pages of the mainstream DC Comics. Fan response for the most part has been an enjoyable thing to watch. I myself have already written my feelings on the subject and while I eagerly await the ending of Batman Inc. It’s a damn shame that what is in my opinion one of DC’s best creations of the past decade, is no more. Fans have gone on an emotional roller coaster the likes of which I haven’t seen in some time. Reactions range from those who no longer want another child Robin because of this, to those who are having a hard time coming to terms with the inevitability of another Robin showing up soon. Some fans however, are turning their passion for this character into something enjoyable, it’s great to see that a piece of fiction has inspired people to create their own stories and share them with a community that is eager to see a favorite character again…..
So the month of March has come to a close, and with it; two new issues of Li’l Gotham have graced us with holiday cheer. St Patrick’s Day and Easter are the subjects of issues 7 and 8 respectively and these issues certainly put a smile on my face for each of those days and reminds me how fun the world of comics can really be.