30 September 2015

Faster than a DC Bullet: Project Gotham, Part IX: Batman: Venom

Comic trade paperback, 140 pages
Published 2012 (contents: 1991)

Borrowed from the library
Read November 2014
Batman: Venom

Story: Dennis O'Neil
Layouts: Trevor Von Eeden
Pencils: Russell Braun
Inkers: José García-López
Letters: Willie Schubert
Colors: Steve Oliff

Year Two, February
My memory of this one is already pretty foggy. Batman decides that fighting crime is too hard, Batman decides to take Venom to make it easier (in the future, this will be more famous as the drug that fuels Bane), things sort of spiral out of control from there thanks to a somewhat weird plot by the bad guys. Like in a lot of Dennis O'Neil stories, Batman wears some weird disguises, and Alfred engages in some over-the-top physical action. The story covers an awful long period of time, too; a timeline pedant would probably discover that there's just not enough time in the early years of Batman for this to have "actually happened." Anyway, my overall impression was of something decent but not great, and not terribly Batmanish.

Next Week: Batman meets Lex Luthor for the first time in Rules of Engagement!

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