Anybody else read this comic? I just finished it. It's pretty damn good. Obviously the art work is the most impressive part of the book but the story was sweet too. Anyway what I wanted to discuss was the original portrayal of the characters in this book, and how they differ form the conventional villains we have come to know.
Joker and Two face I felt were relatively unchanged besides their characatured, exaggerated and nightmarish appearances. Personality-wise I'd say they followed the books with those two. Scarecrow was very straight forward, but didn't have a very signifinacnt role. Mad Hatter more or less also was faithful to his traditional self.
I liked that they made Killer Croc an actual reptilian monster because it fit the theme.
But did you know the ugly disgusting little green guy was Clayface? Batman was screaming SICK! DON'T TOUCH ME! His skin was rotting away apparently due to some disease.
Then there was a guy who was electricity themed who kept claiming to be the Messiah. I had to check the back of the book for that. He's called Maxie Zeus.
Lastly there was a guy who only appeared on one page. He was looking for Clayface to push his wheel chair for him. He didn't even interact with any other characters, or contribute to the plot at all. I'm guessing that must have been Black Mask because he is listed in the back as well, but I really don't see the connection or resemblance at all. He gets pushed down the stairs and falls out of his chair. Then on the next page the story has already moved on and Batman is talking to Scarecrow.
So what did you guys think? Can I hear your interpretations/explanations?
Its my favorite Batman story. The art and the writing are both brilliant and compliment each other perfectly. The story of a psychologically unstable Batman having to face his reflections in Arkham and come to terms with his own sanity is powerful. Also the way they weave in the story of Amadeus Arkham in there is awesome and horrifying.
Black Mask is in the story though he doesn't have a main role by any measure. The character who is listed in the back but not in the story is Professor Milo. The interpetation of Clayface seems to be based off the one from that Alan Moore story, I forgot its name. Clayface III I believe who melts things with his touch. However this version doesn't have a containment suit so he seems to be mostly original however stays in the spirit of a deceased dying creature. The character in the wheelchair was Dr. Destiny.
So then which one was Black Mask? Where does he appear? I could not find him. But you're right about Dr. Destiny I saw that on wikipedia too. Clayface I read was like..rotting because he hadn't been "feeding" (whatever that means.) I guess one of the Clayface incarnations needs to eat people to survive and being in Arkham had withered him away. But the black mask thing is bothering me.
Yeah thats right I forgot. Clayface III needs to touch and destroy other people to ease his pain.
Ok, after the scene where Batman stabs his hand with the broken glass both Black Mask and Professor Milo show up. Black Mask had only one line "I say we go after him now". His face is completely black. Milo is the nerd with the bad haircut. Then at the end of the book where Batman breaks in with the axe Black Mask has another line. Like I said he's not really a part of the story but he is there.
I tried to read it, I really did. But the art, no matter how pretty, is worth nothing in a comic when it is not coherent in any way. I couldn't understand what the hell was going on, which is sad since I've been reading comics for a while. And having Joker scream and look really insane every few pages does not help to make a character seem believable at all, or make it a good story. The concept was interesting from what I could understand, but the plot and interactions between characters was hard to comprehend due to the art style and perhaps even sloppy writing(it's hard to tell).
I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. It was unique that's for sure. I was able to follow the art fine except when it came to the people in Arkham. Not everybody was immediately recognizable for me, and that's why I created this thread actually. Maybe let some time pass, read through here and wikipedia, and give it another go. It's really enjoyable if you can follow it.