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March 9, 2011

Batman: Odyssey is Completely Insane

Filed under: Comics — Tags: , , , , — Durandal @ 4:53 pm

Oh man. Oh MAN.

The first 6 issues of Batman: Odyssey, drawn and written by Neal Adams, are some of the strangest writing I’ve ever seen in a comic. Stranger than comics that are attempting to be odd. I cannot encapsulate it, because nothing makes sense in any context whatsoever. Fights occur in the background for no reason, with no impact on any character or reaction from anyone in the room. The two combatants, bloodied and broken on the ground, will occasionally pipe in with expository dialogue about an overarching plot that is opaque to the point of parody.

This happens:

It actually really happens.

It’s like eating a bad Batman and then having a fever dream.

I was going to do a whole thing myself about it, but well, I’ll save that for the final issue, because Comics Alliance has written an amazing summation of the first 6.

David: The issue you’re alluding to will bring us to one of the primary challenges of this comic, I think. Which is the multiple plots and how they overlap. Like, shirtless Bruce is telling this story right now, but then it seems like he’s actually telling a story about this time that he was telling Robin a story about the time that he was on the train. And that’s when things start to get crazy.

You should really read the whole thing, it’s truly worth it.


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