Aug 18, 2008

Solo 7

One of my favorite comics of all time contains one of my favorite Batman stories of all time.
Solo#7, by Mike Allred, features the story "Batman A-Go-Go", which uses the Adam West Batman and puts him through the deconstruction and darkening that the character went through gradually over the years in the span of just over 10 pages. The result is a very stark disconnect, and a declaration that comics can and should be fun.

I ran into this blog, and it has a great review of the issue. But this part really sticks with me:

The '60s Batman story is probably the best overall, with Mike drawing comparisons between the campy television version (which heavily influenced DC's comics at the time) and the current Dark Knight version. He does a splendid job of showing just how sharply the two contrast even though it was more or less a gradual change in tone over the many years. Putting the two side-by-side really gives an indication of how much comics (and readers) have changed. The question is, is it for the better?

I enjoy reading Silver Age stories. And I understand that even though real life was just as bad as it is now, it was kept out of the comics for a reason.

Nowadays, readers feel that stories and characters (especially super-hero ones) can't be taken seriously without having a real-life authenticity about them. And forget about not taking them seriously. It's unheard of.

That's my current problem with comic book movies-- but then, you all know that anyway.