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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we take a look at the Elseworlds graphic novel, Batman: Holy Terror, by Alan Brennert and Norm Breyfogle…
Now, before be begin, how amazing of a creative team is Alan Brennert and Norm Breyfogle? The one guy has never written anything NOT cool and the other guy is about as dependably awesome, art-wise, as they come! So just on the creative team ALONE you know you’re likely in for a treat!
The concept of the comic (the very first one to actually have Elseworlds on the cover) is that the United States is a commonwealth of England run by a corrupt theocratic government.
Right as he is about to be ordained, Bruce Wayne learns from his old friend James Gordon, who was the Inquisitor at Bruce’s parents murder (seemingly in a mugging gone wrong), that Bruce’s parents were murdered because they were secretly anti-government rebels!
Check out this brilliant little scene with Brennert using DC continuity in a way where knowing who these characters are is nice, but not NECESSARY to the scene…
This leads to Bruce finding an old costume his father had once worn in a passion play and use it to fight back against the government to get his revenge on the person who ordered his parents’ deaths!!
Really dynamic work by Breyfogle.
Bruce eventually discovers that the government has been capturing and experimenting on metahumans for decades. He frees a speedster named Barry who introduces Bruce to some of the captives (I’ve leave most of them for you to discover when you get the comic) but we meet one familiar character just in time to be attacked by a second familiar character…
How amazing was Breyfogle in that sequence? Simply stunning!
I will leave you here, and just let you know that the rest of the comic involves the mysterious captive “Green Man” as well as Bruce learning a thing or two about how sometimes the person you’re after is not really a person after all, but a system!
Great stuff. I dunno if it is print or not, but you should still be able to find a copy somewhere!
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