Batman 377 (November 1984)

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Moench runs directly into that Bruce Wayne problem he’s been having for a while. He has to have Bruce decide he wants to sneak around with Nocturna; it comes after a lengthy conversation with Alfred. Moench does fine with that conversation–the art from Newton and Alcala is fantastic, Newton’s compositions this issue are amazing–but he hasn’t established any of Bruce’s romances well.

It doesn’t help the issue starts with an absurd courtroom scene with Bruce acting nuts.

As for Nocturna–who Bruce apparently picks over Vicki (who he hasn’t seen romantically in five or ten issues) and Alfred’s daughter (Moench avoids a mention of her when Alfred’s talking to Bruce)–Moench basically just makes her Catwoman. The back and forth about her life of crime sounds like Batman and Catwoman.

Moench’s digging himself a deeper hole, but Newton’s apparently more than capable of getting him out of it.

CREDITS

The Slayer of Night; writer, Doug Moench; penciller, Don Newton; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterers, Ben Oda and Alcala; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

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  1. Moench really lays on the soap opera theatrics in this issue but at the same time I appreciate how he brings chaos into Bruce Wayne’s life. I don’t think many other Batman writers ever focused on giving Bruce personal life problems of a Peter Parkerian size on Brice, who has been a cypher for so long.

    I like Nocturna despite her melodramatics and similarities to Catwoman in terms of her relationship with Batman. Moench might as well have Nocturna play footsie with Batmansince we know that a Bats-Selena Kyle romance will always hit a dead end. I would even go so far as today that the Batman-Nocturna romance is the most interesting since the days of Silver St. Cloud.

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