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I recommend you check out some older Batman. There's plenty of emotional content.

It really depends what story you're reading, how invested you are in the characters and how well you know the history for most mainstream Batman comics from about 1991-2005.

In other words, yeah, this issue is pretty much the perfect jumping on point.

Dark Knight Strikes Again is all you need.

Hey, Tucker- I know you read Batman comics pretty compulsively, with little particular investment as to their quality. These sort of line-wide revamps/creative team shuffles happen with some regularity, and I'd be interested in reading a piece that sort of puts eras against each other, rather than always looking to the latest iteration: I really appreciated your evaluation of Batman RIP as having the same plot as Knightfall, but with worse art, for instance. It's always funny how exciting these shifts are at first, and how things then become tedious enough for the next switch-up to be exciting.

"I don't know why Batman is dead, how he died."

That's okay, neither do I, and I read that one!

That's an interesting idea Brian, and one I could see being fun to dive into. I can't promise a time-frame, but now that you've put the idea out there, it's one that's going to be working on my head until it pops out. Personally, I've always wanted to read more about the short runs that Peter Milligan dealt out in the 90's--Stiletto remains one of my favorite Batman stories.

aghh, this is going to keep me up. There's the Grant stuff, the limited color palate in that Mad Hatter/Starbucks story..Moench and Mandrake. Thanks for reading.

Hmmm, Nina might actually like Dark Knight Strikes Again, at least for the weird Frank Miller stuff, the crazy media assault and whatnot. Probably won't make any sense to her (since it barely does to anyone), but that would definitely be an interesting reaction.

Also, yes, this review was good as always. What did you think about the weird villain who put freaky faces on people? That was strange.

If I remember correctly, back when he was writing The Filth, Morrison said he'd been 'researching' all manner of creepy internet erotic fiction for it. I reckon the Pyg scenes are a hangover from that - it's total forced feminisation stuff taken to its horrific extreme, right down to the weird, expressionless masks.

Oh, internet fiction. I can't believe I did a college essay about it.

What, Matt? Nina to read DKSA? Tucker's a hard taskmaster (after all, he made himself read Essential Man-Thing #1), but that would just be cruel.

I would like to see Tucker examine, in-depth, the Steven Grant contribution to the Batman books. I think that'd be goddamn fucking interesting, and a boon to comics too.

And Nina, as for you: just keep on being your own sweet self. I have two questions for you. One, if you saw a comic book on the shelves today, that was called "Jaws", with that iconic picture from the movie poster on it...would you buy it? And, what would you expect from it?

Two: if you could make any three television shows, past or present, into comics, which ones would you choose?

You're a better writer than your husband. And that's saying something, you know? I'm sure you DO know. But I just wanted YOU to know, that whenever I see "Virgin Read" come up on the blogatron, I scoot over here just as fast as I can to read your words. Tucker, eh, he's good I suppose, if you like blindingly smart and funny, knifelike intelligence, responsible journalism, and all that...but you, Nina...

You're something else.

You're more stellar than that, I mean.

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