He Done Riseth

With regard to the subject matter of today’s page… It never ceases to amaze me the weight we give to the opinions of people who really don’t matter. Especially when you consider those people are paid to say outlandish things “professionally.”

But I digress. There’s more important things afoot. By the time you read this, chances are I’ll be settling in to an AVX-equipped theater to watch The Dark Knight Rises. The last time I was this stoked about a movie, it was a little flick called The Return of The King.

The question of “Who will win the summer: The Avengers or Batman?” is about to be answered. Though according to a guy who knows a little bit about Batman, Neal Adams “‘The Dark Knight Rises’ does NOT beat ‘The Avengers.’ The reason? It is a totally different kind of movie — to compare them is an empty exercise. ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ it turns out, is a classic Batman epic. How can I relate it to you? A Greek tragedy? ‘The Iliad?’ ‘Macbeth?’ It’s a giant movie. ‘Avengers’ was a great comic-book movie. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a great epic.”

Sounds pretty good to me!

I agree with the use of the term “epic” (a word I normally can’t stand) in this case. There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between Nolan’s Bat-verse and Jackson’s Rings-verse, both in scope and size, as well as attention to character and detail.

Also, they are damn fun movies and in the end that’s what matters.

Finally, if you’re heading out to take in the flick, make sure that you’ve got a comfy seat. At 3 hours your butt will thank you.

Today’s page has risen thanks to Greg Cravens:

At fourteen, Greg’s first comic strip ran in a local newspaper, which shut down after three weeks.  At seventeen, he was a caricaturist at a theme park, which was then turned into a shopping mall.  At 22, the university that awarded him a degree in graphic design promptly changed its name. He’s done comic book work for Caliber and Malibu, if that tells you anything. Leaving this trail of destruction, Cravens went into advertising, an industry that rightly deserved a good kneecapping, but was unable to destroy it.  So he went back to comic strips.  His two syndicated features are The Buckets and Hubris!.  He lives, but he won’t say where, with whom nor how many darn pets might be involved.

Have a great Bat-Weekend, friends! We’ll see you back here Monday, same Bat-Time, same Bat-…er, Site.


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