Debriefing #7: ‘Hush’

Batman: Hush (2002-3)
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Jim Lee
Letterer: Richard Starkings
Colorist: Alex Sinclair

A hostage situation with Killer Croc, a double cross by Catwoman and an elaborate plan by Poison Ivy tip off the world’s greatest detective that something new is afoot. As Batman seeks to find this hidden mastermind, he’s faced with a series of challenges that throw him off balance, both physically or emotionally. Are these mere coincidences or all part of an elaborate game? Continue reading

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Debriefing #6: ‘Dark Victory’

Batman: Dark Victory (1999-2000)
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale

Coming right off the heels of the year long reign of terror by the serial killer Holiday (in The Long Halloween), Gotham faces another mysterious killer. This time the mysterious murderer is going after cops, hanging their victims and leaving clues along the way. After the tragic transformation of Harvey Dent into Two-Face, Batman decides to lone wolf this case, but finds himself ill-equipped to find the elusive Hangman. Continue reading

Debriefing #5: ‘The Long Halloween’

Batman: The Long Halloween (1996-7)
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: Tim Sale
Letterer: Richard Starkings
Colorist: Gregory Wright

Batman, Commissioner James Gordon and new District Attorney Harvey Dent team up to bring down the Falcone crime family. But when a killer known as Holiday begins killing off members of organized crime groups during major holidays, the trio find their priorities shift to bringing the serial killer to justice. Continue reading

Debriefing #4: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Screenplay: Jonathan and Christopher Nolan
Runtime: 2 hours and 44 minutes

Batman has not been seen for eight years, Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) has become a recluse and the death of Harvey Dent has triggered an age of peace in Gotham. But a new threat looms on the horizon, a threat known as Bane (Tom Hardy). When a master thief known as Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway)  triggers Bruce Wayne’s emergence from hiding, he’s also teased back into detective work that triggers his path to donning the cape and cowl one more time.

WARNING: We dive into spoilers without warning, so it’s best if you read this after you’ve seen the film. Continue reading

Debriefing #3: ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ continued

Welcome back to the Batcave! For this week’s article, James and I continue our discussion about Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, this time our attention is on the philosophies which drive the story. The idea for a supplementary  discussion came about just as we were concluding the original review as we figured some additional territory needed to be covered. We hope you enjoy.
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