What’s up Bat-Mites!
Todays Comic Book Panel of the Day was a real tough one for me to find. Obviously, its Batman Day, so we needed to find a real good one. Well, I looked far and wide through my extensive collection of Bat books and went through 25+ years of images in my head and came down to this one here. There has been so many great Bats through the years from the likes of Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Alex Ross, Neal Adams, and Greg Capullo to name a few. But I decided to go with a classic take on Batman right out of the pages of Year One. Ladies and Gentle-nerds, I give you art by David Mazzucchelli!
This panel originally came from Batman 405 from 1986. This is the 2nd part of the 4-arc Year One story where we see Bruce Wayne transform into the Batman. In this panel, Batman has basically burst into a party with all of Gothams crooked elite. You have the Mayor, a crooked Police Commissioner, Mob Bosses, Dirty Cops, and basically whatever other scum you can think of. The image is simple, yet powerful. This lone figure standing in the darkness makes an entrance that lets these people know that he’s on to them. Also, although you only see the splash image, the entire dialogue that Frank Miller gives us is awesome! Its simple yet effective and states:
“Ladies. Gentlemen. You have eaten well.
You’ve eaten Gotham’s wealth. Its Spirit. Your feast is nearly over.
From this moment on….None of you are safe.
Then it fades to black and these bastards will never sleep at night again! If you haven’t read Year One yet, I recommend getting a copy and reading it once a year because it only gets better! It’s not flashy, there are not super villians, and you see a Batman that is starting out and makes mistakes, but it is hands down one of the books that I plan to read on my deathbed, its that damn good!
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Daredevil has a lot going against him. A terrible superhero name, lame powers and one of the worst marvel comic movies ever made. I had approximately 0% interest in him my entire life. 6 months ago that all changed for me. I kept reading about Frank Miller’s formative run on the series in the late 1970’s and early 80’s where he transformed at third tier comic book on the verge of cancellation to one of the top-selling books. They same keywords keep reoccurring in everything I read, “dark”, “gritty”, “film noir”. Film Noir? Was I reading that right? I knew Frank Miller was known for his Sin City series dwelling in the heart of Film Noir, but I had never thought about it in the context of a super hero comic book. What better character than Daredevil? He’s in the depths of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC and all things considered he’s much more human than most heroes (with the exception of say Batman) he was the perfect fit. So I decided to pick up the Trade Paper Back called Daredevil Visionaries Volume 2: Frank Miller which covered issues #168-182 and included Daredevil’s first meeting with Kingpin as well as the entire Elektra Saga.
What can I say? Reading it, I was floored. I connected with it right off the bat. Miller was able to move the main story from issue to issue and subtly weave subplot into the series. This is something I miss in the trade paperback society we live in now, the story never feels claustrophobic or self-contained. It feels like a small part of a larger whole. He does a great job revealing more about Matt Murdock’s origin as we find out about his old mentor Stick, Elektra becomes the Kingpin’s top assassin and the Ninja clan the Hand also starts showing up. The themes and culture all feel familiar in an unfamiliar way, it’s classic.