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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 272

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 look at a clever little one-shot from the late 1990s starring Batman and Arsenal by Devin Grayson, Rodolfo Damaggio and Robert Campanella called, appropriately enough, Batman Plus Arsenal…

Enjoy!

DC’s Plus books were a great idea. Have team-ups with heroes who wouldn’t normally team-up and, well, there you go. They also got some good writers and good artists on the books (Mark Waid did one, I believe, Christopher Priest did two, I think). It was a fun idea.

This one was one of my favorites because of the inspired oddity of teaming Batman up with Roy Harper (although, lord, that Arsenal costume was awful).

Rodolfo Damaggio is a TREMENDOUS artist, and the movie industry’s gain (he is a designer and storyboard artist) is really the comic industry’s loss. Just check out the amazing storytelling skills he exhibits in these pages…

Meanwhile, Devin Grayson for awhile there had an exceptional run of Roy Harper stories. I was really pumped for her Titans series, but I have to say, I was a bit disappointed when she actually got a hold of the character on a permanent basis. Her work on his mini-series and this one-shot were a lot better.

Check out this sequence. She really seemed to “get” Roy and give him a compelling and intriguing personality…

So yeah, an action-packed issue with great art by Damaggio and Campanella, a fun story by Grayson and good character interactions between two characters who, at the time, nearly NEVER interacted. Good stuff.

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“Get it? A hand?”

Hee hee.

You like this, check the novel “Inheritance” by Devin Grayson from the DC Universe paperback line. Batman and Arsenal work together in that story, too. Of course, he only took on Arsenal so he could leave Nightwing behind to babysit Green Arrow!

I don’t know, it seems like Devin Grayson is really, really overplaying the whole “Batman is an antisocial jerk” aspect of the character that has plagued him on and off for over a quarter of a century since Frank Miller did Dark Knight Returns.

A much better Arsenal story is the 1996 one-shot written by C.J. Henderson and drawn by Will Rosado. Here is the info on it from http://www.comics org…

http://www.comics.org/issue/256097/

If you find a copy of it in the back issue bins, it’s definitely worth picking up.

Yeah, that Arsenal costume was pretty bad, but compared to the first purple and blue costume, this was an upgrade.

Wow. I loved these pages, I’ll be hunting this down. Thanks Brian.

I got this when it came out and enjoyed it a lot. It was among the first things I’d seen Devin Grayson do, certainly the first time I remember seeing her “human, actually” version of Batman later showcased in her Gotham Knights run – a man who, however characteristically withdrawn or tightly controlled, can still feel and even share emotion. Good stuff!!!

“I don’t know, it seems like Devin Grayson is really, really overplaying the whole “Batman is an antisocial jerk” aspect of the character that has plagued him on and off for over a quarter of a century since Frank Miller did Dark Knight Returns.”

I can see how this extract could create this impression but the work as a whole doesn’t support it in my opinion; rather, the contrary.

It indeed is a shame for the comics industry that Rodoflo Damaggio does not draw comics anymore.
I didn’t know about this one before, but I always enjoy his “Batman/Predator III”-Crossover again and again. And his Amalgam “Bat-Thing” was pretty sweet too, where his pencils were inked by Bill Sienkiewicz.

“Get it? A hand?”

Hee hee.

Risk: “Ha! Ha ha ha ha! Aha! Aha ha! Ahhhh…”

You know, between Arsenal, Risk and Pantha, they could always make a new Young Frankenstein out of Titans’ body parts.

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