On a new episode of the podcast, Comic Books are Burning in Hell, Joe McCulloch, co-editor of TCJ.com, formerly of Comics Comics, Savage Critics, and the legendary Jog the Blog, deigns to babble about Bryan Talbot and Batman – at great length!
The team on the podcast describe this as an episode about some all-time “Serious Superhero Comics”, in particular, the great Legends of the Dark Knight deep cut Batman: Mask.
Published back in 1992 in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #39 and 40, collected in Batman: Dark Legends in 1996, writer/artist Bryan Talbot (2000AD, Luther Arkwright, Grandville) weaves a story in which Batman, injured and delirious, awakens in the hospital. His doctors tell him he is an alcoholic bum, who dresses in a batsuit made of garbage.
Is it some sort of hallucination or is his life as Batman the real illusion? In his confusion, even the Batman is not certain whether he’s really The Dark Knight – or whether his crimefighting career is no more than an illusion…
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Talking of classic comics by Bryan, Frank Fazakerly was one of Bryan’s earliest published works – and is available to download and read it its entirety, for free, from the Frank Fazakerly: Space Ace of the Future homepage
Batman, injured and delirious, awakens in the hospital. But in his confusion, even he is not certain whether he’s really The Dark Knight – or whether his crimefighting career is no more than an illusion.
Bruce Wayne may be in the hospital, but he is certain of one thing: He is Batman. Can he escape the doctors and nurses who have become his captors?