Friday, March 3, 2017

Comics Rant: All Star Batman #6

All Star Batman #6
Written by Scott Snyder
Drawn by Jock
Colored by Matt Hollingsworth

Some creepy ass elements of Spawn have somehow crept into this issue of All Star Batman and I ain't mad. Mr. Freeze is back, (finally) with a new attempt to wreck the planet. Gee, this guy couldn't just sit back and let global warming do it's thing naturally? Would have just been easier.

Batman journeys to the top of the world
to battle Mr. Freeze who's not really looking to take over mother Earth, he's just looking to melt the ice caps at the top of the arctic and release a deadly virus that's been dormant for millions of years on us. Thus, taking us back to the ice age and leaving only a select few left on the planet so as to make it more habitable for he and his wife, Nora, who he's attempting to cure. Again with the "doing it for his wife angle?" You'd think Snyder would come up with something new.

Batman not only has a naked ass Mr. Freeze to handle, but his undead army, too. Turns out all these weirdos who've been trying to cheat death by freezing themselves are awakened by Freeze and are pretty much zombies. Shit, I think I just gave Kirkman his next idea for the Walking Dead. Now, with that said, I'll just sit here by the mailbox and wait for a royalty check of some kind.

Batman going to war with frozen undead? You just know he's got some new gadget to use. Why? Because Scott Snyder secretly wants to write James Bond, that's why. Batman has rockets that shoot heated copper from the arms of his bat armor. You just know Batman has to be rich with money to spend on copper. Shit, is expensive these days.

What confused me is when Mr. Freeze thought his plan had worked to take us all back to the ice age. Batman had a virus in his blood that when Mr. Freeze released his age old virus caused them to cancel out! Wait, what? Uhm, hey, don't pay any attention to that. Wow, look at this artwork from Jock. Haunting and beautiful all at the same time. Reminds me of a horror comic, or when Kelley Jones got the Batman penciling gig in the mid 90's. It's worth pouring over every page to marvel at the depth of the storytelling. Too bad I can't say the same about the writing itself. I really need to move on from this title.

-Tash Moore

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