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- Print Length: 273 pages
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- Publisher: Sequart Organization (June 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KWG5S4K
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First, I often found myself disagreeing with the author's conclusions, and feeling that many times he missed the mark. Parts of the book seem to be written before the series' conclusion, and so they miss seven important connections. Even more so, several obvious connections are hinted at, but never fully explored. One example of this is when the author discusses the Joker in relation to the Invisibles. He says that the Joker could be a member of the Invisible College in another life, yet, he doesn't seem to draw the conclusion between fluid identities in the Supercontext and the Joker's super-sanity. Lastly, I feel like the author repeatedly hammers home the same points over and over again for the sake of page length. Yes, we know that Morrison's Batman incorporates all eras of the character... And if I read that line one more time, I'll go postal!
That said, I really did enjoy the book. I've started re-reading Batman and Son and already am drawing conclusions that I missed the first few times through. While this book had its problems, it definitely has it's high points and is a book I am proud to own and will definitely revisit.
So here's the problem: this book suffers from this teacherly trait in a way that undermines a lot of its readability. There are far, far too many summaries of every issue and arc Grant Morrison ever touched on Batman, and little discussion of how this really related to other Batman writers and other works by Grant Morrison. While Walker's exegesis is strong, the pages upon pages of summaries are unnecessary for those who would be interested enough to read a defense of Morrison, but give too much away for those unfamiliar with the work. This kind of explication with intensive summary is often a teaching tool in a literature class--where one cannot assume everyone has read the work--but an editor should have cut at least fifty pages of this out. Walker's style is reading and personable, but the summaries slow this way, way down.Read more ›
A scholarly tome of wonder!
But it if you love genuine literary criticism.
Not for the casual fan nor the uneducated.
Even though at moments Cody Walker seems to be over examining elements, looking for clues where there are none, it's a recommended reading not only for the fans of Batman or comic book scholars, but for those of us who really enjoy books (and comic books) that have such craft that are worth reading on multiple occasions. The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh can help you as a guide to have a better understanding of reading and writing stories.
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A comprehensive review of Morrison era Batman. I had previously read the Morrison Batman and this book prompted me to reread it and give me lots of extra things to look out for and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was perfect to understand Grant Morrison's six year run on Batman. I've this runs about three times and see a different story each time, Cody Walker does an amazing job... Read morePublished 18 months ago by j.hines
As an avid comic reader as well as someone who sells comics for a living I was blown away by Cody Walker's fantastic analysis. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Vintage Stock
If you enjoy Grant Morrison's Batman and you enjoy thought provoking, well constructed analysis, then this is the book for you. If you don't enjoy having your mind expanded... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sam
A terrific summary and analysis! Perfect for anyone who takes comics seriously!Published 24 months ago by Peter Royston
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