I am Batman. The Batman. From Gotham City. THE Batman from Gotham City. That Batman. —DC Comics, 2018
BATMAN by Brian Michael Bendis
new villain in Gotham. He’s a young, up and
coming gangster, he’s had enough with the current status quo.
He begins: I’m
the boss here now. We’re under new management. I’m telling you, this is how
things are going to be: NEW RULES in this house. MY RULES. We’ll branch out.
Take over Gotham, one neighbor after the
other. Nobody is going to stop us. This time, we make the city our own. Anyone
messes with us? We kill him.
The Bat? We. Kill. Him.
punctuate the meeting, New Boss attacks and kills B-Listman. Now
we know he’s a man we have to be afraid of.
New Boss has
a new drug that will make the streets go crazy… Kryptonian growth hormone. Whatever
the hell that is.
shows up. He makes a joke. The punchline
is “Blue Beetle is lame”. Because Blue Beetle is a not an A-Lister, he doesn’t
deserve respect, y’see. Also he dresses like a Blue Beetle. LAUGH YOU SHEEP.
uses the word “SEXY” to describe a crime, before being taken out of
Killer Moth. He’s funny, everyone laugh at him!
issue. Superman is in Gotham. He faces a drug
dealer. The drug dealer says “Y'know, I didn’t believe you actually
talks to Bruce. “Why do I have to be BatGIRL? It feels so unfair!” After
that, a comic site runs an article: BENDIS THE FEMINIST FIGHTS THE GOOD FIGHT
FOR US ALL
Killer Moth again. He probably has a
serious mental disorder. Also, he’s funny, everyone laugh at him.
faces New Boss. She’s beaten to a pulp in a weirdly sexual manner to prove what
a badass he is. After that, nobody talks about it.
fights Batman. New Boss screams “IT’S DONE. THIS IS YOUR FAULT. YOU LEFT
ME WITH NO CHOICE. YOU BROUGHT THIS UPON YOURSELF,” regardless if it makes
sense or not in context.
New Boss is
defeated, turns into a massive crying snivelling bitch. Twelve issues later he
comes back, and we’re supposed to still see him as a badass.
So, I can for a fact say that Brian Michael Bendis got me into Marvel Comics. Back when I was young, the only Marvel I had read was the Marvel vs. DC comics and a few old issues of X-Men. And sure, I’d watched the cartoons, but X-Men and Spider-Man aside, I never would have considered myself a ‘Marvel fan’.
That is until I read Ultimate Spider-Man Vol. 1. It legit changed my life. As I read more and more of the series, more books started to come onto my radar. New Avengers, which spun away from Avengers Disassembled and added two of my favorite Marvel Characters (and 2 more that I would come to love as the series went on), was my real Marvel awakening and suddenly I wanted to know more and more. And of course, Bendis wrote that one too.
Bendis is obviously a very divisive figure in the comics world today. He’s done and said a lot of things that have excited people, irritated people, or let people down.