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The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman by [Walker, Cody]
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  • File Size: 4626 KB
  • 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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Cody Walker is following the foot steps of several other authors in offering up this study of Grant Morrison's longest running work, his time on DC comic's Batman. There is a lot to enjoy about the work that this book analyzes, and the book does a great job of going in depth. But, there are problems.

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.
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Rarely do I get to say that something is insightful while also in bad need of an editor and much of which is superfluous. Cody Walker is probably one of the best close readers of Grant Morrison's comics and what he has done here is a 250+ apologia and analysis of Morrison's run on Batman. Furthermore, Morrison's run was long, dense, meta-textual, controversial, and--while I doubt Walker would see it this way--uneven, so this would be an interesting undertaking. Walker is a teacher, and it shows in both the virtues and flaws of "The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh." The explorations and explications of theme are, while not exactly scholarly or critical in an academic sense, insightful and show evidence of deep (and scholarly) engagement with material of Morrison and of treating popular culture as literature.

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.
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Excellent analysis of Morrison's Batman run that breaks down many of the tropes, meanings and symbolism in Morrison's work both in his Batman run and other works.

A scholarly tome of wonder!

But it if you love genuine literary criticism.
Not for the casual fan nor the uneducated.
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While Cody Walker sets out on an impressive undertaking in analyzing Grant Morrison's long, dense, and, oftentimes, polarizing run on Batman, something about this project falls flat. This is neither the extended annotation nor the comprehensive close reading that Morrison's complicated and allusive work deserves - instead, Walker's book relies too heavily on fractured plot summaries and repetition of the same simple conclusions, which should have been evident to even a casual reader.Walker's arguments would be more at home on a blog, and do not necessitate an entire book; even though Morrison's series can open up plenty of room for debate and speculation, nothing so interesting happens between these covers. I was personally disappointed in the dismissal or complete omission of certain issues, plot-points and characters, but perhaps Walker's book was not big or ambitious enough to properly tackle the project at hand. Superfluous for hardcore Morrison fans but too specific for new readers or general Bat-fans, most would be better served by saving their money.
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The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh focuses on Grant Morrison's run on Batman and the way the character is reinvented, looking at the different elements that are stablished even from the first stories crafted by the writer.

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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