Thursday, May 08, 2014

The Penguin has to kill any better looking crime-bosses, which would be a full-time job...


When possible, some writers will tailor their stories to the artist that will draw it. I wonder if that was the case today: from 2013, Legends of the Dark Knight #6, "Look Inside" Written by Rob Williams, art by Juan Jose Ryp.


Ryp did a ton of work for Avatar, usually terrifying and violent, but crammed with detail. This issue, he gets to draw Batman, a mysterious hitman, and the Penguin in a hot tub! What more could you ask for?

When a rival crimelord starts to move into his turf, the Penguin goes to a new hitter, a nameless man in white with a beat-up old van. But what's inside...is unfathomable. When the nameless man starts on his men, the Penguin has no choice but to go to Batman for help. Pengy realizes, as Batman is forced to look inside, that the van shows the viewer what they're most afraid of. But Batman's response is telling.

A great little story, that reminds me of Stephen King--and that's a good thing by me. Pretty sure it's available digital too, if that's your thing.

2 comments:

Dale Bagwell said...

So what was Batman supposedly scared of? As if I could't guess. Maybe becoming a killer, Failing Gotham and his family? Something like that?

googum said...

It's not shown, but Penguin thinks Batman's already seen whatever he's most afraid of--probably his parents' death--and that's what made him Batman in the first place. So instead of wetting his pants and dying, Bats is able to beat down the hitman...