About Us

This is the official blog for the comic book club held in the book lounge of Waterstone's Liverpool One.

The group meet at 6pm on the third Monday of the month to discuss their thoughts and opinions on the comics selected.

It's a fun and friendly atmosphere and all are welcome: from those who have never read comic books, manga, or graphic novels before (call them what you like), to those who never read anything else.

The group, and this blog, are administered by Glyn Morgan, the Bookseller responsible for the Graphic Novels and Manga sections of the store and a big comic book fan who is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Liverpool.

If you would like to comment on any of the comics we've read, this month or in the distant past, please feel free to contribute to the comments section of the relevant posts.

Visit this club's big sister: The Science Fiction/ Fantasy Book Club

A Note on the Blog

Although this blog may appear slow paced and close to death in fact the group is very much alive and now entering its second year. Most of the group discussion (not done in person in Waterstone's of Wagamama's) takes place in the Facebook group - feel free to join. In the meantime I will try to keep a copy of the reading list here for general consumption. - G

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Batman: Year 100 - Discussion

I'm just going to throw up bulletpoints rather than turn our discussion into an elegant Glynnish narrative for a couple of reasons. First of all, there was plenty of disagreement and debate, so picking out a single strand is too tricky for this editor. And secondly, I'd never get it done. I barely got this done.

Throw in any thoughts or additions you like in the comments.

So here's Batman: Year 100:

There were differences of opinion on the art - some found it messy and undisciplined, others found it raucous and dynamic. Influences were noted including luchadors and Latin culture. It was often difficult to follow - the Batmobile's mechanics and structure were 'questionable'.

Supporting characters were more interesting than the supposed hero.

There were questions about the plot - what had Batman been doing a week previously to the events in the comic? Why did the telepath take so long to appear? Why did Gordon choose that password?

Robin was well used and given things to do, an often difficult task with the character; at the same time had a fairly limited role.

The dense art combined with oblique text made deciphering the plot difficult.

Other comments welcome.

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