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The Anatomy of Zur-en-Arrh: Understanding Grant Morrison's Batman Paperback – June 11, 2014
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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.
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.