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CBR Reader, 366 MB.Overview:
Legendary Batman artist and comics pioneer Neal Adams returns to Gotham City with the two part miniseries!
In this electrifying new story, The Dark Knight faces a series of seemingly unrelated challenges as villains and allies old and new push him to his limits like never before. After Batman discovers a dark and mysterious matrix being superimposed over his life, what sort of life-changing voyage must he embark on to escape from this powerful and insidious force? Be here to find out as Adams writes and illustrates his next masterpiece Batman tale! Batman: Odyssey
Neal Adams writer, penciler, inker, coverDownload Instructions:
Continuity Studios, Moose Baumann colorist
Michael Golden inker
Rob Leigh, Dave Sharpe letterer
Joey Cavalieri, Mike Marts, Chris Conroy, Janelle Asselin editor
Published by DC Comics, 2010-2012.
Neal Adams, That's More Than Enough Reason To Buy This, Reviewed by G-Man on July 8, 2010.
Neal Adams back on Batman. Before reading this issue, I had no idea what it was about. It didn't matter.
You can easily say that Neal Adams is a classic artist. You could say he's a legend. The man's work is amazing. As soon as you open it, you almost feel like you're going back in time with a classic Batman story. What's bound to upset many of today's fans is seeing Batman carrying a gun. The issue begins with Bruce telling Dick about one of his first adventures. He carried a gun to boost his confidence. You can rest assured that he's not out to shoot the bad guys the way Jason Todd did when he recently tried taking Batman's place. Adams' art has a rough yet stylized feel to it. By rough, I mean you can almost feel the action taking place in the comic. This isn't a campy Batman story from the past. This Batman will get hardcore if he has to.
Batman's interaction with Dick isn't the watered down, "Hey chum" version. Batman is a serious guy. He's not playing a game. As the two prepare to take on the current case and assist Commissioner Gordon, you get a feel for the way Batman's mind works. He doesn't take the clues at face value. He has already analyzed the heck out of it.
Along with the art and the flashback feel, certain things have been updated. Dick Grayson is wearing the Tim Drake Robin suit. The Batmobile does some things that we haven't seen Bruce's version do. Even when they use glider/capes, it just has a modern feel. I mentioned that I didn't know what this mini-series was about before reading. I wasn't sure if it was supposed to be a flashback story or an "elseworlds" type story. I simply got so sucked into the art and story that it didn't really matter.
If anything, the story does get a little muddled. Again the fact that it's a little unclear when this is supposed to take place almost gives the story an out-of-continuity feel. Perhaps that was the point. Seeing Batman with a gun and using it is weird. Yes I know he carried one very very briefly in his first appearances. Seeing Batman act so...rudely to Dick felt weird as well (he calls him "Boy Blunder" at one point and says "Shut up, kid" at another). For me, I can easily overlook these things but the story could use a little more of a pull. Things are clearly being set up for the rest of the first six-issue arc.
I wasn't completely crazy about the story but the art easily won me over. Reading this, you'll forget about all of the craziness currently going on with Batman and Bruce Wayne. It may not be clear when this is supposed to take place (if it's even in current Batman continuity). Even though Neal Adams' run on Batman was before my time, seeing it takes me back to all those old back issues I was able to pick up at cheap prices. If you've never read a comic with Adams' art, you need to pick this up. It's classic Batman in a slightly modern way. Because of the art and the warm feeling it gave me inside, I really enjoyed this book. I really hope the story picks up in the next issue and have a feeling this may be an arc that I'll end up buying in hardcover when it's released.
The Journey Begins, Reviewed by ASLAN186 on July 11, 2010.
Let me start off by saying that I have not use for legends. Yes, Neil Adams has cultivated quite a following, and rightly so. But, for me, coming into this book I had no preconceived ideas of what to expect good or bad. What I wanted was a good Batman story filled with mysteries to be unraveled, and fast paced action, and for the most part I got what I wanted.
Adams art style is great mix of old and new that serves to create a unique look that is super crisp and detailed without compromising on atmosphere. Adams fills the pages with highly emotive close ups of the characters that help clearly convey the character's emotions behind their dialogue.
The story begins with Bruce retelling the the story of why he does not use guns to a young Dick Grayson. The scene is fast paced and filled with tension, ultimately climaxing with the inexperienced Batman shot in the arm and the mysterious Maniaco appearing to save the day, er night. Here Batman goes into a long diatribe about how statically if you go into a room of armed men unarmed you are statistically more likely to come out unharmed. This lecture is juxtaposed with the arrival of Man-Bat and Robin's subsequent sparring with the mutated Kirk Langstrom. This interaction helps keep the action high, but ultimately comes across as distracting and unnecessary. The most intriguing thing to come out of the incident is the unabated cruelty and callousness that Batman shows to the poor serum addicted Kirk. His coldness is quite jarring, but it continues on as the commissioner calls out about an attack on the pier, Batman knows it is a diversion for the Riddler's raid on the Mint, but decides to go to the pier anyway. When Robin calls him out on this we get a harsh, "I know what I am doing and don't give a damn about what you think" response from Batman. In some ways Batman has always been this way, a loner keeping his plans close to the belt, but Adams presents it in a way that shows how cruel and alienating it can be to those close to him. It is these emotional button pushes that help balance out the disjointed storytelling.
It is at this point that I would like to draw special attention to the "number 2" batmobile, which has just come back from the shop looking super sexy, and upgraded with Back to the Future style flying capabilities. Cause let's face it that is just 100% bad ass.
So overall, yes there is a strong disjointedness as the story moves from one event to the next, but there is something going on here. Not only the mysteries of the Man-Bat and what is so important about the pier, but with Batman himself, and I am excited to see where Mr. Adams takes us.
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