Batman Confidential 54 (May 2011)

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It ends with a quote from the Bible.

And Batman joining the Justice League.

His powers were only temporary back in China—those dastardly Chinese turned opium into a superpower elixir!

What’s so funny—besides laughing at Guggenheim’s writing, his dialogue, his narration—is Guggenheim’s plotting. He never lets Batman uncover the mystery he’s been pursuing the last five issues.

It’s really lame. I think this arc might be the worst comic I’ve read in many years. If DC’s hiring writers like Guggenheim, I’m really not missing much by sticking mostly to Marvel lately.

It’s hard to explain just how terrible, on a page level, his writing gets. One could sit down with a red Sharpie and notate the issues (I assume neither DC or Marvel pays editors to actually edit for quality).

Bingham’s art is a little better this issue, but he’s not working miracles….

This comic is crap.

CREDITS

Super Powers, Conclusion: The Power of Six; writer, Marc Guggenheim; artist, Jerry Bingham; colorists, David Baron and Bingham; letterer, Ken Lopez; editors, Rachel Gluckstern, Tom Palmer Jr. and Mike Carlin; publisher, DC Comics.

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Batman Confidential 53 (April 2011)

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Guggenheim implies he’s going to give Batman superpowers. Let me explain—in China, the superheroes Bruce Wayne runs into tell him they source of superpowers is the totem (or logo). There’s an atrocious bit where Batman’s later calling the Justice League’s logos their totems.

Anyway, it turns out the Chinese are lying to Batman and you really have to drink a magic potion to give you superpowers. It ends with Batman drinking it.

Isn’t Batman secretly having superpowers something on the level of organic webshooters? I mean, I don’t really follow comic news blogs, but I imagine if anyone read this comic… someone would have made a comment.

Really awful modern day art from Bingham (he doesn’t care; he’s working on the flashback stuff and modern day art be damned). I think DC just tinted his page layouts and had them colored.

Guggenheim’s writing somehow gets worse, which is surprising.

CREDITS

Super Powers, Chapter Four: Altered States; writer, Marc Guggenheim; artist, Jerry Bingham; colorists, David Baron and Bingham; letterer, Ken Lopez; editors, Rachel Gluckstern, Tom Palmer Jr. and Mike Carlin; publisher, DC Comics.

Batman Confidential 52 (March 2011)

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Oh, wow.

So this arc is actually about Batman’s first meeting with the Justice League.

Now, I’m not up on my DC continuity—and is Miller’s All-Star Batman continuity now—but I’m pretty sure Batman had met Superman by year three. This story is set in year three. But no, Batman hasn’t met Superman (or Super-Man as he calls him), the Flash or Green Lantern.

The issue ends with him breaking in to the Justice League headquarters. Wayne Technology installed the compound and left Batman a way to break in. It’s so convenient and not at all unethical.

The flashback story (again, Bingham’s art on the flashback is fine) turns out to be about Bruce Wayne hanging out with Chinese superheroes.

I thought Morrison was in charge of Batman now… I guess not. Guggenheim’s writing and ideas are painfully insipid.

Bingham’s weak, modern time period art doesn’t help.

CREDITS

Super Powers, Chapter Three: Two Leagues; writer, Marc Guggenheim; artist, Jerry Bingham; colorists, David Baron and Bingham; letterer, Ken Lopez; editors, Rachel Gluckstern, Tom Palmer Jr. and Mike Carlin; publisher, DC Comics.

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