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Batman 19: Written by SCOTT SNYDER and JAMES TYNION IV; Pencils by GREG CAPULLO and ALEX MALEEV

Superman and Batman haven't interacted a whole lot recently in canon that I've spotted, short of discussing tactics here and there. But this month featured a couple of more in-depth interactions, the first of them in the Batman title.

As most of you probably know, the most recent Robin, Damian (also Bruce's son) died recently. Bruce is, of course, not dealing with it terribly well. So I was really happy to see that Clark isn't steering clear of his friend right now. The first hint we get of that is in the main story by Snyder & Capullo, with this brief exchange:

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*wibbles*

This scene pays off later in the backup by Tynion & Maleev, where Superman shows up to talk to Bruce, even though Bruce isn't very interested.


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I like the dynamic Tynion has here--it would be out of character for Bruce to open up to Clark right now, but he isn't driving him off, either. It seemed a very realistic friendship to me--Clark wants him to know he's there for him, and Bruce at some level (I think) wants the company, he's just not ready for a heart-to-heart.

Snyder has said he's been writing interactions between Superman and Batman recently--I'm curious as to whether it will be in the Batman title or in the Superman title he's picking up starting in June. With only that one first panel to go on I can't tell how he'll write them yet...

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Date: 2013-04-27 08:42 pm (UTC)
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It seemed a very realistic friendship to me--Clark wants him to know he's there for him, and Bruce at some level (I think) wants the company, he's just not ready for a heart-to-heart.
I agree.
I haven't really read any of the new comics - *new* meaning anything after No Man's Land/old issues of Gotham Knights (which I still have to finish). I am trying to go chronolocically (which is hard enough)...*headdesk* There's just so much!
Of course through fandom I know the rough storyline (and Damians' fate). Why do they do this to him? Give him children and take them away? Just for the added drama? As if Bruce isn't traumatised enough! There has to be something edgier, nastier, more horrifying so things don't get boring?? What happened to old-fashioned story-telling?
And if you are going to revive the character (like Jason) - why kill him in the first place? Comic writers/editors - I don't understand you.

ETA: on a lighter note: The cowl ears in the first panel look hilarious!
Edited Date: 2013-04-27 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2013-04-29 10:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mekare
Thanks for the link, I got a good laugh out of that discussion - phallic indeed LOL.
I prefer middleground ears - as someone there pointed out: it's just more practical when running through doorways. Imagine Batman getting caught with his ears on a doorframe or the like. So you need to balance practicality with sense of drama. I bet Bruce thought about that compromise long and hard. :-)

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