Memory Monday – Batman Mourns

While the prose in this little moment hews a bit too much to the melodramatic, I think it’s still pretty powerful stuff. I know that as a kid I was stunned to get to this moment — through a series of entirely human foibles and mis-steps, Batman has allowed things to get so out-of-control that Catwoman is electrocuted. (It appeared fatal to Young Barry, and I believe that was intentional on writer Doug Moench’s part — we don’t learn until the next issue that she’ll live.) Batman has a horrifying moment of self-realization here…


Batman weeps


That notion — that he’d forsaken Catwoman because she had reformed, that he could only love a woman who was dangerous — was a shocker to Young Barry, a bit of adult psychology and epiphany that completely blind-sided me. Even as an adult, I think it’s a fascinating and very humanizing look into a fictional character’s soul. Batman’s realization, his own shock… Really interesting stuff and a side of the character we rarely see any more: The self-doubt, the endless questioning of his own motives and means.

(From Batman #390, December 1985. Written by Doug Moench. Art by Tom Mandrake.)

This Week in Rejection!: Mid-American Review

Not much to say here except…wow, that is one heck of a green rejection slip, eh? Reviews Mangaman!

Sometimes, there’s a fine line between reviewing a book and revealing a book. You go into a review wanting to know a little — enough to know if it’s worth your bucks, maybe — and end up learning more than you’d hoped.

Over at, they’ve run an excellent review of Mangaman. Enthusiastic. Well-thought-out. It’s kinda spoiler-y, however. I wouldn’t even really classify it as a review, actually — it’s less a tool for people to decide if they want to buy the book and more a discussion/analysis of the book. So if you care not about spoilers, or if you’ve read Mangaman and are looking for some interesting thoughts about it, check out InfoDad!