What makes a great superhero comic? It’s a tough question. You can look back through the decades and a few really standout: Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man, Brubaker’s Captain America, Johns’ Justice League and Snyder’s Batman. And in all honesty, I’m not sure where you put Hickman’s run at Marvel in the 2010s? It spawned two of the best events in the last decade, Infinity and Secret Wars, and somehow it was all connected. What he did is beyond words.
What do all these comics have in common? Sorry, it’s not some out-of-the-box answer, but simply, a clear beginning, middle and end. And that does make a difference. It gives the reader a sense of completion, which is vital if you’re making a classic comic book run.
Let’s a take a look at King’s story so far, shall we? (Minor Spoilers For King’s Batman)
King’s Batman started with two new heroes saving Bruce’s life, Gotham and Gotham Girl. Two heroes on the same power-level as The Man of Steel. And yeah, their powers had a few catch-22s. And they were also inspired by Batman as he saved their parents one frightful night. So, Batman, thought these two could be the heroes that Gotham deserve. Because at the end of the day, Bruce is just a man, and these two are gods.
And this is the first part of King’s story: Batman feeling inadequate. It’s mirrored nicely with the villain, Bane. Most people think Bruce always win, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Almost everything he touches ends up badly due to his obsessive nature. He can never have that moment of peace that we all so desperately want. The peace which Bane found in Psycho-Pirate, which Bruce then kidnaps in order to help, Gotham Girl. overcome overwhelming grief due to Hugo Strange’s meddling, and her brother’s death. Because he failed her. This led to one of the all time great fights in Arkham with Bane. But something magical happened during all of this:
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