Hey Matches, this one is for you.

Can I be honest for a second? I’m not mad about Damian’s death. Sad about it yes, god yes; I cried over this little boy. He just wanted the love of both his parents. I didn’t want him dead, I wanted to find a way that he could be with his father, running around fighting crime.  I wanted to see him grow up. I’m not saying I don’t feel a little cheated that Batman and Robin will have a new Robin, and not one I care about. But Mad? I have a hard time getting mad at it. But I have a hard time getting mad at something, on some level; I knew it was going to happen.  Morrison left us hints what was going to happen. I don’t know why they had to have Batman Inc. in the main canon, when it felt like it was something outside of it. It sucks, but I don’t feel it as bad as a few other things they have done. It is just more icing, on a cake that is more icing than anything else. I guess I’m just raged out at this point. Plus, I feel that there is a lot of ways that he can end up coming back. After all, he is Ra’s grandson, and that man isn’t opposed to stealing bodies out of the bat’s back yard. ((And you know, look how dead Jason Todd is.))

I can’t get mad that Morrison gave Damian a pretty good moment to shine. Over the comic from when he was introduced, to his death, he grew as a character. We got to watch him grow a soul, and learn that it was good. That was amazing. Morrison also gave Damian what I felt, was a hero’s death. He faced his problems with more dignity than a lot of the ‘adults’ in his universe(cough Superman, Wonder Woman). He didn’t run when things got hard. He didn’t try to find how he was really feeling, or push those feelings onto something else. He didn’t shy away from danger. He went for it. It is just a shame it had to end this way. This kid died saving the world, I can’t put it any less than that. Was it heartbreaking that he sat there and begged for his mother to save his own life? Hell yes it was. But I feel that it served a good purpose. That it had a purpose, unlike something else that is still in canon and fucking every where.

I guess what I am trying to say is that if you were reading Batman Inc. from the first issue, we had a pretty big hint this was coming. Bruce was standing in a grave yard, looking at a grave, saying it was over. Batman was over. That was the biggest hint he could give us. I can’t get upset when the hint was there. Unlike something else that they announced a few months back that had no hint or warning. This didn’t slam us in the face with no warning. This slipped in from the back room and hung out there.

The other thing I think we need to remember in all this, is Grant Morrison is leaving the company. Anyone get the feeling this was a big fuck you?

What I will say I am mad about is that Batman #18 isn’t going to deal with Bruce’s grief over his son’s death. That is something I can get fired up about. Damian is dead, I want to see Batman cry. I want to see that he gave to shits about his kid. I’m sorry, but what the fuck does Haper Row have to do with Damian’s death? Is she going to be the new Robin? Because I have hard time seeing Bruce taking on someone who has no training. And come the fuck on, Squire just lost knight. Wouldn’t seeing Squire and Batman work together, both as heroes and getting over their grief together as something fun to read? I would love to see those to go through their grief together, as they both lost their other halves. Not Haper Row. She would be fine in an oracle role, but you can’t have her replace Damian. Damian was Bruce’s son, he was highly trained, and to replace him with some punk off the street smacks of disrespect. And I don’t see Bruce doing that to his son’s memory. Or it just implies he never cared for the kid in the first place. Which is just insulting to him and the reader.

 

I also wanted to say, this isn’t me coming back. This is me just dropping in on something that Matches asked me to touch on. I still have a lot of issues on life that is keeping me away, but I hope, fingers crossed, to be back during the summer and up and running again. Maybe even sooner, if I can get my head on straight but I don’t want to make a promise I can’t keep. My metal health is in the crapper right now, still for a mutliple reasons. That needs to fixed before I can do any more of this. But I miss doing the blog a lot. I want to thank you all for the supportive comments as well. They mean a lot to me and it made me happy to see that the internet isn’t full of dicks.

Robin is too damn tall

Character Heights?

I don’t know how to start with this. I’m not sure it is a rant on art or not. And it is kinda stupid. ((And I’m using Damian becaue he is the one I noticed it with))

Let’s go with it’s an art rant. Or at least a style rant.

And it starts with this. Either Damian is different ages in the different range of comics he is in, or DC has no fucking clue how tall ten year old as.

There is something off about this. Maybe its the TEN YEAR OLD IS TOO FUCKING TALL

First of all, Bruce is a huge dude. He is over 6ft tall, and I have no problem with that. I do have problems with his TEN year old son coming up to his shoulder. I was tall at ten, but I didn’t come up to my mother’s shoulder. She isn’t a big woman. But not only that, I’M THE SEX WITH TITS! I went through my growth spurt before the boys in my class, like a lot go girls. Boys get their height later in puberty. SHIT almost all of DC is men. You would think they would remember this. And then it others it feels like he is coming up to Bruce’s waist. So either this Kid gets bored and hops on slits whenever he has the mood strike, or there is poor communication on how tall he should be.

They are standing next to each other. WTF?

The other thing that is, no matter who is drawing him, if they had a standard place where he hit on someone, it should translate over to all the comics. Least say, they do it by the height of a character based on, I unno, the number of the character’s head stacked on top of itself. (Clearly, I’m not sure how to state this, between the sick and the Dayquil. So if it makes sense, bully good for me.) If that is uniform, for all the artist styles, then the heights would be uniform. But clearly I’m batshit crazy and this can never be.

To sum my rant up, because in my head cold state, I’m not sure how clear I am: I understand different artist are going to draw him different ways. But that only explains why they will look at little different from comic to comic, not their heights. Character heights should be uniform because this shit isn’t that hard!

Sorry this isn’t really at long or that funny, I’m sick from stress and the weather changing out here.  ((It rained, in Southern California!))

My open Letter to Grant Morrison

Dear Grant Morrison,

Why, Why must you toy with my emotions? You got me to love Damian, and I mean love him to pieces, and now you are going to rip him away from me? Why are you doing this to me? I have song you praise, and yes, why it was I who made jokes about the Return of Bruce Wayne and it’s hatred of science, I still liked it. I love your stories, and you need to do canon porn to get off. (Which, with how much you have done, I’m sure is the only way you can get off.)

Why, why are you ripping Damian away from the only parent who gave two shits about him? Why are you ripping apart the only parent who really loves him to live with some bitch who tried to kill him? What is going to stop her from finishing the job?

Why do you hate me Mr. Morrison,  Why? What did I do to upset you?

Love, Skadi.

Well, I hoped you all enjoyed my little open letter to Grant Morrison there. I know most fans hate Damian, for whatever reason, but I really do love the shit out of that kid. And Batman Inc just made me want to cry. Maybe because I grew up with a broken home, and I know what it feels like to be shuffled from house to house, having to be ripped from the one parent that gave a shit about you, to a house were a woman actively toured me. (For the record, it was my mother who gave a shit about me, my dad couldn’t be bothered. In fact, he would sit there and watch his wife abuse the shit out of me. But this is about comic books, so let’s keep this shit light. After all, the blog isn’t about me.)  Which I think is a testament for a second of how great a writer Morrison is. I’m 24, and the last time I was forced to go over to my dad’s, I was 12. He was able to make me feel small and helpless again, which hasn’t happened in over a decade, IN JUST THROUGH TWO FUCKING PAGES! HAVE HIM WRITE JUSTICE LEAGUE DC, I COULD BUY THAT BULLSHIT YOU CALL A RELATIONSHIP THEN! Oh wait, he is leaving to write for fucking Image.

But as a fan, I wanted to things to be different. I need things to be different. But there would have only one other way this could have ended, and that was with Talia being killed. That wouldn’t have worked either, as it would have to have been someone on Batman’s side to do it. So I don’t know. Maybe things will be different, that this isn’t the end, even thou Bruce is saying it is.

I have a hard time seeing that the end of Batman is him being arrested. That just seems to, well, lame of an ending for a character like him.

But what is great about this series, aside from most of the bullshit coming out of DC, I don’t know how the story is gonna go, and I want to, painfully so. I want Damian and Bruce together, because that is what needs to happen. But I don’t know if it will or not.

Batman and Robin #0-Baby Damian is fucking adorable

I love this panel. I just want to stuff Damian full of chocolate till he can’t move.

I liked this issue. I love this issue for a lot of reasons. One of them is because I do love Damian as a character. Here is a kid, for all reason, should be a homicidal manic, but at the end of the day, wants to be good. He wants to be a hero like Bruce. I think a lot of fans who hate on him forget that fact. This child wants to do good, his mother just gave him a really shitty tool set in life to do that. And he is making the effort to overcome it. This character is so complex it is amazing to me. And people hate him for some reason. I’m amusing it is loyalty to Tim.

It is nice to see the different parenting styles that both Talia and Bruce have. Talia is clearly more insane, and in the first arc of Batman and Robin, we do see Bruce actively try to figure out how to parent his kid. Because he wants Damian to do well, and realizes that he has no idea what to do with the boy.  Talia just like keeping her distance from him, and anything she does with him that could be seen as mothering is very uncomfortable for her.

Mostly because she treats him like a small adult and any time he acts like a real small child she ignores it. Yet again we are in the position were this kid’s most loving parent is the Goddamn Batman. I believe that is screwed squared. But it is more than that. It is almost clear to the reader that Talia is in love with the idea of Damian but not really interested in the people he really is. And that is heartbreaking when you think about it. She doesn’t love her son, she loves the idea of her son. And when he isn’t something she wanted, she puts a hit on him. After all, that is what Batman Inc is going on about right now.

The other thing I enjoyed about this comic is that you see from an early age Damian has an interest on who is father is, and it boards into an obsession for him. And it is yet again, Talia who is created the distance. It makes you wonder how things would have played out if Bruce had any idea Damian existed when he was a baby what would have happened.

I love how they have been working on the father son relationship between Bruce and Damian, especially in the earlier arc of this series. The second arc they have has been more about Damian just trying to find himself in the Robin ranked; failing to realize he didn’t have to worry about his place because he is Robin. I feel like this issue was just showing were Damian’s desire on knowing where he came from as another piece of that puzzle. Issue 8 comes to mind as probably the most beautiful moment in the new 52, were Bruce tells Damian he just wants him to be himself. I can’t think of anything, anything in the new 52 that tops that moment.

I challenge anyone to find something more perfect moment in the new 52. And you can’t. So live with it. Yea, this and the three pages leading up to it, is amazing.

A 100 Post? In my Blog? Holy Shit.

I didn’t think I would ever to get a hundred post to tell the truth. I figured I would get bored and drop this about 20 post in. But here we are, the first hundred post are done, and I can’t wait to get to 200.

So I guess it is time to start saying a few things about some of my old post, and do a bit a flashback thing.

Looking back at the defense of the reboot and reading a lot of the bullshit that has come out of it so far, I have to say that I don’t agree with a lot of what I said. Well, live and learn. And admitting when you are wrong is the sign of adult right? While I still think that screwing around with Wonder Woman’s origin was fun and neat, I think that changing it around so she can fit into the Superman Mythos so they can dump Lois is, in the clearest terms, BULLSHIT!

I realize I have talked more about relationships on this blog than anything else for some reason. Which weirds me out just a tab. Because there was one thing I never thought I would write about Batman’s girl friends as much as I have. I assumed I would be writing more blogs like this one. Because that is the kind of person I am.

I also never thought that the number one search term to my blog would be Pirate Sex. I shit you not, that is what I have the most hits off of. Because of this panel.

Surprise pirate SEX! [Silk Spectre #2]

So Now I just want to hit some of my favorite panels to come out of my blog so far.

Yea, everyone lets you do your own things. Then clean up your messes. [Trinity #1, Trade]

Her Boots….you are going to talk about her Boots. Is this you coming out of the closet Batman? [Trinity #1 Trade]

 

I don’t know why, I can’t explain it, but I’m in love with this beard. And I want him to have it all the time. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DAMN BEARD!

 

Doing this blog has been a lot of fun with all the comments, and followers, and hits. You all have been fun to talk to or argue with, and it’s been a lot of fun. I can’t wait to go through another 100 post with all of you. Plus it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside that you all care enough to comment.

So I leave you with something really cute, and yet again I feel fucking dirty with calling a batman comic cute.

Just a quick question, how can anyone hate this kid after seeing this panel? He is fucking adorable.

I would say that my hopes for the next 100 post is that I get more into Marvel, wean myself off Batman just a hair, let a few things go, and just enjoy the ride.

I think we should end on Captain Marvel, because she is kicking ass and talking names.

Timetravel. It can be such a bitch. [Captain Marvel #2]

Funny Friday Panel Round up

Nite Owl met a girl! [Nite Owl #2]

She knows how to make friends…[Earth 2 #4]

Well, at least he is honest. [Batman and Robin #12]

 Edit: Awful Joke, but Did Batman make you call him Daddy too, Jason? It’s okay, you can talk about it.

At least he said Excuse me! [Batman and Robin #12]

Well…Boys, I don’t think now is the time to talk about it! [Sucide Squad #12]

Batman and Robin #11-Two down, one to go.

Well the Robin War is well on its way.

And all I can do is giggle at it. I don’t know if that is bad or not.

So he took out Tim and then went after Jason. And something tells me Jason is going to take his hood back, and go back to ignoring them. I mean, he didn’t give a shit when Damian announced he was going to do this and that he is dragged into it, he is going end it. Probably tell Bruce too, just to be a dick.

And if he is so over Batman and all that, why does he have a bat symbol on his chest? I mean, really Jason, it isn’t important I believe you, it is important you believe you. It is one of those, if you are really over it Jason, why do you have a bat symbol on your chest? MMMM? Or is it just a way to piss off Bruce? Because I don’t think he cares.

It’s just Damian running around, hitting people, and taking their shit.  I can’t wait to see how Damian and Dick go at it. Part of me just has this hope that somehow, Dick kicks the shit out of him and ends up sitting on top of him. Just sitting there, like, are you done? Because I am.

Also I can’t wait to see how Bruce ends it. Because we know he is going to be the one to end it. Just something along the lines of, you did what? I mean, Bruce isn’t going to give him a pat on the back for this, which is what I think Damian thinks is going to happen. Which is sad, that this kid has no idea how to make his father proud of him, but damnit if he doesn’t try. I think is because Bruce didn’t give him a hug in the Dark Knight #10 when he talked about his rage issues.

The other is just kinda shrug to me. Not as interesting as the Robin War story. There more character development in the War to tell the truth.