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  • Fabian Nicieza | Shiny Shelf
    Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September

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  • Batman @ 70 | Shiny Shelf
    the page in 1939 or on a screen in 2009 Batman s essential appeal remains the same with endless stoicism and nobility he faces down cruel thugs and terrifying villains and beats the living hell out of them When created it was exciting enough to see a four colour image of a blue cloaked man smacking a zoot suited gangster in the jaw whereas nowadays you hit A then B and Y together to see him a kevlar coated Batman slomo flipover one thugs head grab another and nearly break him in two The medium may change the method of delivery altering but boy is the message always the same KAPOW wrongdoer Of course the origin and modus operandi are iconic and unchanging but it s interesting what other smaller elements are consistent While Superman never gets a scratch unless he s doused in Kryptonite or fighting cosmic spacegods Batman seems to be at his best while coming back from a serious beatdown The Black Casebook a recent collection of SF themed Bat stories from the 50s and 60s show Batman repeatedly thrown into nightmare scenarios whether it be wandering an alien planet after the apparent death of Robin or developing a phobia that prevents him from being Batman In those early Bob Kane strips he s frequently knocked out and beaten recovering quickly due to his own endurance training Arkham Asylum sees Batman poisoned tormented and set upon always rising up to endure albeit right after you ve hit Retry There s also a thread of pulp science fiction in virtually every version of the franchise even Nolan s uber realism has room for a little fear toxin after all The Joker and Hugo Strange who should continuity nuts wish to follow up on this seems to have created precursors to both Venom and the Scarecrow s fear gas are both turning men into monsters and unleashing horrible transforming poisons from the earliest strips In Gotham toxic chemicals can kill but they also have a strong tendency to turn you into something nasty first Arkham Asylum ties a lot of these plot device chemicals together for its story and ends up with something remarkably similar to Hugo Strange s creation of the Monster Men back in 1939 The odd thing does change and permanently The greatest trick Spider Man ever pulled was to convince the world that he and he alone was the superhero who came out with the constant sub Bondian quips while fighting Pre Spidey you couldn t shut Batman Robin Superman and every other hero going from throwing out zingers with every punch You look like you need a lie down yells Batman or words to that effect as he smacks some crim into unconsciousness a jolly one liner always easing the pain of a major head injury Nowadays Spider Man is the chatty one and anyone else doing that schtick seems like an imitator the rest are a lot less gobby and Batman is the

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  • DC comics in August | Shiny Shelf
    and all he does is sit around saying he has no idea why he was brought back like the writer doesn t realise he s typing what he s thinking into the script In Teen Titans which has recently felt like some sort of funded study into how bad a comic can possibly get they ve gone from metaphorically f ing the corpse of the classic Wolfman Perez run to literally doing it the cover of the August issue has Gar snogging Terra and the copy reads can Gar resist the charms of Black Lantern Terra Here s my answer YES FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT SHE DIED IN 1984 AND YOU CAN SEE SHE S GONE ALL MOULDY As well as Blackest Night there s another event in the DCU in August It s called Things It s Actually Physically Impossible To Give A Toss About and as the name suggests the concept is that a whole bunch of things happen in the DC Universe that contain no possible suspense interest or entertainment value for anyone at all even the most die hard DC loyalist 1 Who is the new Batgirl The only possible way you could care is if it was Barbara Gordon and that would only be notable because it would be so crass 2 Spin Offs from characters from Final Crisis Which one of the following is a reason toread a comic Grant Morrison the Human Flame those Japanese superheroes from Final Crisis The Tattooed Man Which one of those four is missing from those comics Hmmmm 3 Starfire was shagging someone now she s not That s in two different comics and it s two different blokes completely unconnected 4 The Red Circle characters are coming to the DCU Yes contain yourself Or if you can t wait and want to do something just as exciting microwave a slice of cheese pizza Four titles 5 The Doom Patrol is back 6 Booster Gold hasn t been cancelled yet 7 There are four books set on random boring DC alien planets 8 The Spectre is in Dakota 9 The JLA fight the All New Royal Flush Gang 10 The JSA is forced to make a compromise in order to chase their fleeing enemies or return to the mansion to find out why Mister Terrific s communications have suddenly stopped the surreally inappropriate exclamation mark and weird grammar are both quoted verbatim from the solicitation copy Rumour has it that in September we ll learn that it was all a plot by Monarch and he s sapped all the energy and originality from the DC Universe in order to well that would be telling DC need to turn this around They re in a horrible place right now and that s despite the fact they have loads of great characters and loads of great talent It would be lovely and easy if this was all one person s fault or because of some corporate directive It s

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  • Batman #681: RIP Conclusion | Shiny Shelf
    style of writing would be put off years of straightforward Bat action haven t exactly primed readers for anything this multi layered The ending once the big action finale is over and done is exceptionally snappy Remember how Morrison s first issue of The Resurrection of Rha s Al Ghul skipped straight over the actual resurrection because Morrison just wasn t interested in the crude plot mechanics of how what happened with whom Well he s playing the same game here skipping forward in time and highlighting the important story beats as he sees them The last few pages of this issue don t really require a Battle for the Cowl but they leave space for DC to eke one out while allowing Morrison to pick up his story threads sometime next year when such matters have been settled I m fairly certain Morrison will return regardless of his absence from the next few months of solicitations While there s many a slip and so forth I d sooner believe that Bruce Wayne was gone forever than that Morrison didn t intend to return the ending of RIP may make a number of big statements about Batman and Bruce Wayne but it also leaves threads and possibilities hanging which I can t believe Morrison is just tossing away for other writers to deal with I suspect he s cannily giving DC space to do the more straightforward and commercial crossover events he can t be bothered with himself but which the market will lap up Personally I m at best semi interested in these interim stories and am eager to see Morrison pick up the story threads My suspicion is that Bruce Wayne has disappeared following his own Reichenbach Falls for similar reasons to Holmes dismantling the Black Glove from the inside adopting the guise of Doctor Hurt If so how far into this new role will he have sunk by the time he re emerges Will he need saving for himself or come back in the prescribed Arthurian manner when Gotham is at a historic low to save the city once again I don t know but I can t wait to find out Batman RIP long live the Batman Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share Batman 681 RIP Conclusion Tags Batman Batman RIP Comics Grant Morrison Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian

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  • Batman RIP | Shiny Shelf
    Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006

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  • Batman: Gotham Knight & DCU Animated Movies DVDs | Shiny Shelf
    Movie division will ever find such perfect source material again as an artist who has worked in animation Cooke s designs work as well in one medium as the other with minimal streamlining The voice work is exemplary and best of all combines with the character designs to just disappear behind the characters David Boreanaz and Neil Patrick Harris are in the voice cast but I completely forgot I was listening to Angel and Doogie Howser I was just watching Hal Jordan and Barry Allen The wistful period detail extends from the Saul Bass inspired title sequence to the semi animated montage at the end Like the comic book that inspired it Justice League The New Frontier is a very precious thing and I m very glad it exists Which brings us to Batman Gotham Knight which has a slightly different pedigree as it also fits into a separate trend stalled of late for animated prequels to big live action movies The Animatrix Van Helsing The London Assignment Slotting in between Batman Begins and this summer s Batman The Dark Knight Gotham Knight also has to make itself distinctive in a crowded marketplace of Batman animated interpretation which include the recent The Batman also set early in the character s career and the forthcoming The Brave and the Bold The solution they ve come up with is ingenious if slightly perverse borrowing from The Animatrix to present six separate but loosely linked stories set between the two cinematic releases each written by a different screenwriter and animated by different talent from the world of Japanese anime The result is highly enjoyable and surprisingly coherent Character designs and styles of animation may vary from different takes on Batman s costume to Bruce Wayne s apparent age to whether Alfred has a moustache or not but the central tone and aesthetic from Begins of a young Batman in a crime ridden decaying Gotham knits the whole thing together These are short stories about ten minutes each but the end result feels substantial with most segments feeling more like a compressed animated episode than an extended short Aside from the different styles on offer here there are plenty of other pleasing variations from the different aspects of Batman they highlight disturbed psyche hi tech crime fighter etc to the reinterpretation of familiar characters such as Crispus Allen and Deadshot It s also a supreme pleasure to have Kevin Conroy the definitive voice of Batman back in action Conroy even gets to present a new version of the character playing younger for the installments where Bruce Wayne has been drawn as a typical anime youth Gotham Knight is a great little project which has left me eager to see The Dark Knight as well as whatever DC Universe animated movies come next which must surely count as a definite double success Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the

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  • Anime | Shiny Shelf
    at present Tags Anime BFI DVD Movies Saiko Exciting By Mags L Halliday on 03 August 2002 Comments Off Cartoons pop music and games that s what Saturday mornings are made of Saiko Exciting has all three Tags Anime Japanese TV RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011

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  • SHINY ADVENT: Batman Returns | Shiny Shelf
    as the bat and the cat respectively works well thanks to both actors ability to giddily see saw between robust determination and pained vulnerability Best of all over a decade before March of the Penguins Batman Returns does something similar But these penguins have rocket launchers on their backs And what brings more of a seasonal smile than a cute creature turned into a deadly weapon Line Break By Mark Clapham Mark Clapham is a Devon based writer and editor You can find out more about him at the egotistically named markclapham com Share SHINY ADVENT Batman Returns Tags Advent Calendar Batman DC Movies Comments are closed RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas

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