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Old Feb 17th, 2009, 10:23 AM        Weekly Comic Review: Batman #686
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Old Feb 17th, 2009, 06:17 PM       
This book issue was amazing. I'm glad you didn't go into details about Alfred's story. I luckily read the issue before looking online and seeing almost everybody pretty much spoiling the surprise. I read that the kid who ask to look after the villain's cars might be pre-Crisis Jason Todd, seemingly explaining why he is so scared of the Joker but not the others.
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Old Feb 17th, 2009, 06:31 PM       
I've been wanting to pick this up but forgot to do so the last time I was at my local shop. Sound's amazing though!
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Old Feb 17th, 2009, 09:59 PM       
Thanks for telling us about this as I hadn't heard of it and I would have missed this one if you hadn't said anything. It seems to me as they are remembering the death of the idea of batman more than anything else as all of the characters in the funeral are from different parts of the batman legend. The riddler at the funeral seems to be the one from the cheesy 60's tv show, for example.

The alfred story is very clever, but I'm more interested in hearing what the joker and two-face, the two characters who arguably made batman who he is, have to say.
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Old Feb 18th, 2009, 02:29 AM       
I must read this.
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Old Feb 18th, 2009, 02:33 AM       
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The alfred story is very clever, but I'm more interested in hearing what the joker and two-face, the two characters who arguably made batman who he is, have to say.
I'm betting we'll be seeing both of those tales in the second part of the story.
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Old Feb 19th, 2009, 04:31 PM       
Damn interesting.
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Old Feb 19th, 2009, 07:10 PM       
I didn't like it. The randomly switching continuities thing was gimmicky and lessened the impact of the story. Catwoman's story was random, and silly, and Alfred's was like a random one-off Elseworld's version of "What If Batman had Asthma?" condensed into just a few pages. It was confusing, awkward and reminded me of why I don't like Neil Gaiman's crap, it's the typical overhyped emo stuff that goes for style over substance.


I blame his hair for My Chemical Romance.


I guess I am partly to blame for my disappointment, i thought this would be about various people going to his funeral and recalling one of those nice Probably Happened moments, like a random fight or a particular fight that had no longterm repercussions, then imaging how they brought about his downfall in some loosely associated way.


Instead I got meta emos flitting about. This would of been better if Frank Miller had written it, least then Batman would of flown out of the coffin and chopped Alfred in half while shouting "NOBODY TOUCHES FREDO!" and while the Green Lantern suffers from erectile disfunction halfway across the country.
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Old Feb 19th, 2009, 07:31 PM       
I haven't read the comic yet, and though I'm sure it's great, I can't help but feel that it would feel too much like The Wake with Batman characters and concepts replacing those of The Sandman. I'm sure it's not, but I just can't help but think of The Wake when I think of Neil Gaiman writing a story of this nature.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 06:02 AM       
I don't normally have the Bat on my pull list, but on the basis of this review I went and got it. And I'm damn glad I did. Gaiman is just so good. The strong overtones of "the Wake" are there, sure; but this is something else entirely. A serious nostalgia trip, for one thing.
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Old Feb 21st, 2009, 08:16 PM       
Yay, Batman!
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