Batman: Odyssey #1 – AT4W

It wouldn’t surprise me if Batman fights a Cyclops at some point in this.

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20 Comments on "Batman: Odyssey #1 – AT4W"

MountCDOSgamer
Guest

To be fair with the thought balloons not reflecting what Batman said he was thinking in the caption boxes, it would have been pretty narratively pretentious for it to have gone like “I was thinking [this].” “Man, [this]!”

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

The easy way to fix that would be to dispense with the thought balloons entirely. Let the narration stand as his internal monologue. Unless the narration and the thought balloons contradict each other, making Bruce an unreliable narrator, but I’m not sure what the point of that would be.

SpeedyEric
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I never heard of “Batman: Odyssey” until a year or so ago when you showed it as one of the bad comics in the opening credits of AT4W. I knew about Batman going back to a more serious tone in the early 1970’s after the cancellation of the Adam West TV series, thanks to a “History of Batman” documentary that came with the special edition DVD of Tim Burton’s Batman. 4:45- Is that Bruce Wayne or Robin Williams? 6:29- Ah crap, it’s the Warrior comic all over again. Please tell me he doesn’t talk about “Destrucity.” 10:10- Funny thing about… Read more »
Rezro
Guest

I think he planed adopt Golden Age Batman but failed..

ErichoTTA
Guest

I’ve never heard of this Asterik thing before. Batman is probably the most prolific comic book character. It only makes sense you’d review him the most. Aww, no story this week. Two Man-Bats? Odd situation.

The Real Silverstar
Guest

“I’ve never heard of this Asterik thing before.”

It’s AsteriX. And the internet is your friend.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix

Someoneelse
Guest

I think he’s french we used to watch his cartoons in french class

Someoneelse
Guest

Also I think there’s two man bats now

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

He’s kind of like Hagar, but Celtic instead of Norse.

Le Messor
Guest

The character is French, but the comic is Belgian I believe.

Shinigami
Guest

No story this week eh? That’s ok, we needed little breather before things will really get insane.

happymel
Guest

I’m surprised that there was no continuation from last week’s story line. O.O

MightyDavidson
Guest

Okay I’m really interested in hearing Linkara’s opinion on Asterix. Hope he’s not to harsh on them though, I love those stories.

ven
Guest

That won’t amount to much, Linkara is always worse if he is pushed out of his comfort zone, he won’t get Asterix, I guess a lot of the book is lost in translation anyway, it’s also rather old so if you don’t know enough about europe/france at that time, well, he won’t get it.

Twilight Man
Guest

16:30 Adams initially wrote Man-Bat as a “Hulk-like” ally toward Batman and Robin. He was powerful and a good asset, but once injured, he couldn’t control his rage and would lash out at everyone, including Batman and Robin.
21:25 Once again, Adams, back in the 70’s, had Batman driving around in what looked like nothing more than a customized Mustang.

Rezro
Guest

And he did used guns in Golden Age so that could be point of the story.. not that it isn’t still a clear failure.

ladydiskette
Guest

A Captain America shield out of guns and duct tape? Too bad The Courier didn’t think of that, would have made traveling through The Quarry, much easier and save on the cost of leather armor maintenance.

rwe1138
Guest

I moderated a Neal Adams panel at a con a couple years ago. And I use the term “moderated” loosely, as all I did was introduce him, then stand at the podium like a goof for an hour since he just kept telling stories. Which was great, I mean, no one was there to see me. But it was kind of surreal.

Le Messor
Guest
Hmm… this whole thing reminds me, I need some peppermint essence. You talk about who he’s talking to to tell this story; when we find out, it’s contradicted both by a line you read out and by what we see of his hands. Captions and thought balloons in the same comic were the style of the Bronze Age, in Neal Adams’ heyday. They weren’t meant to do the same things (as these are doing), though. I just figure he’s telling us some of his thoughts and showing us others, so it isn’t so redundant. I was surprised you didn’t bring… Read more »
Le Messor
Guest

Further:
http://www.cbr.com/x-men-captions-mean-to-x-men/
An example of captions being different to characters’ thoughts (the article even mentions that concept).

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