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Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #169

Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Irresistible" Part I

Writer: Tom Peyer
Artists: Tony Harris, J.D. Mettler(c)
Publisher: DC

In Legends of the Dark Knight Batman's characterization is pitch perfect save for an unusual choice of metaphor which is so off the wall that it becomes comical. I cannot recall any time when Batman used nautical themes to describe his crusade against crime, and this type of analogy might have better suited Aquaman.

The lion's share of the book unfortunately does not involve Batman. Instead, the writer focuses on the antagonist, and unfortunately for him, the character's simply not very interesting, nor does he issue the power of Batman's arch-foes. The antagonist also recalls both in grotesque appearance and powers the superior Batman rogue Cornelius Stirk from the John Wagner, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle run of Detective Comics.

Tony Harris' artwork was much more impressive in JSA: Liberty Files and JSA: Unholy Three. The cheaper paper stock artificially muddies his usually precise linework. The short-eared continuity Batman also does not compare with Mr. Harris' more realistic leathery Bat from the two elseworld minis.

The plot of the story is neither original nor is it overly familiar. Ultimately the reader comes away with the feeling that while this was not the worst Batman story he has ever read neither is it the greatest. More excitement would have been welcome, and as it stands, the story just seems lethargic. Threatening the antagonist does not really generate suspense because he does not possess a single enviable quality. So the reader does not care what happens to him.



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