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Batman: Dark Victory Paperback – October 1, 2002
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Jeph Loeb is an Emmy award nominated and Eisner award winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost and Heroes and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime TIM SALE on BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS,CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME for DC as well as Daredevil Yellow, Spider-Man Blue and Hulk Gray for Marvel.
Tim Sale is not only the artist for the numerous collaborations with Jeph Loeb listed above, but has also worked on DEATHBLOW, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, Grendel, Wolverine/Gambit: Victims, Billi 99, Amazon, and various other projects. He had the distinct honor of being the first creator chosen for the artist spotlight series SOLO.
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I feel like Dark Victory starts to fall into the trap of being dark just for the sake of being dark and violent just for the sake of being violent. Batman is a brooding loner who is constantly taking it out on his victims, beating captured thugs within an inch of their lives.
Gordon, finally a commissioner, is having even MORE marriage problems. The inmates of Arkham Asylum are on the loose yet AGAIN. And guess what? Some mysterious killer is striking on holidays! Again! This time the twist is that they're killing cops. Meanwhile a war between Harvey Dent's band of ex-Arkham inmates and the remnants of Gotham's organized crime families is heating up.
The bright point in all this is the re-introduction of Batman's colorful sidekick, Robin. I've never much liked Robin, as he seemed too cheesy, but he's presented very well here. And at the end of the story he finally gives Batman hope and someone to share his burden with, which is good... even if that person IS a pre-teen orphan.
At any rate, with this book I feel that Bruce Wayne's journey to become the Batman of classic lore and Gotham City's journey to become the villain-infested city we know and love are complete. And my urge to buy more of these books is sated, for now.
Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale are my new best friends! This time, the real "dynamic duo" first begin the story by showing how badly Batman and Commissioner Gordon have been affected by former D. A. Harvey Dent's traumatic accident, and transition to the schizophrenic villain "Two-Face." They also add to this by giving Two-Face himself the spotlight he truly deserves as the central antagonist. Two-Face is amazing villain because of his personal connection to Batman and Gordon. He, too, was once a crusader for justice, and a close friend to the two, which makes the hunt personal for the Batman. This, naturally, makes for a truly potent adversary. I also like the unexpected addition of Dick Grayson (Robin). Because Dick also witnessed his parents' murders much like Bruce did when he was Dick's age, this provides a short, but meaningful, side story describing exactly how similar Batman and Robin really are, and the best part is Loeb manages to flesh this out without turning it into 60s Adam West-style camp! In addition, just like last time, Loeb's crime-drama/detective-style writing keeps you reading on and on until everything falls into place and the true villain is finally caught. Oh, and there's also an interesting bit, somewhere in the middle, involving Catwoman and the Falcones.