Thats not where my right knee cap is supposed to be…

This week I have done very little except for getting in my own way for academic success.

I finished the Frank Miller contribution to the DC series Batman, The Dark Knight, which I really loved. I have always liked Frank Millers works, Sin City and 300 being the most note-able and accessible trades, which is why I was not at all surprised about my quick interest in this trade. A dark perspective on the classic Batman series, set 20 years after his supposed retirement, complete with a new robin (a young teenage girl) and a new police commissioner (complete with the inherent political backlash).

I was recently informed The Dark Night movie has little to nothing to with the Frank Miller addition to the traditional DC comic Batman, and in fact is mostly based on a 5 part Batman cross over series War Games and marginally influenced by the actual comic, The Dark Knight. There are some major themes which are echoed in both the Frank Miller novel as well as the movie, but really, its a movie based on a DC comic book so major themes are few and far between. I have yet to have an opinion not having seen the movie, but now I am a little intrigued.

There is not decent segue to be found here so….









(Dear Taylor: An open letter to you. This is the way action is taken. Ergo: here is the action. )

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2 thoughts on “Thats not where my right knee cap is supposed to be…

  1. Taylor says:

    If you are trying to insinuate that one elicits change through blogging I don’t know if I should be appalled or indignant. That premise is based entirely on the assumption that people will stumble onto your opinions on their own accord. To take that further, it would show the blindingly self-indulgent belief that the public and you think along similar veins AND go about doing so in similar manners. This is false. Anything less is a poor man’s delusions of grandeur. I would go so far as to point to your own material in an effort to demonstrate why change could not be derived from behind a graphic novel review and some abstract, albeit funny, web comics. The true irony of your suggestion comes from its inclusion to a write up on Batman: The Dark Knight in which, quite clearly, the individual causing the change is not pandering to the public at all. In fact, the tragic flaw of Frank Miller’s Batman is entirely predicated on Batman’s inability to relate to the public through his methods of crime fighting.

    Found in the final issue of Frank’s series I quote;

    /You sold us out, Clark. You gave them the power that should have been ours. Just like your parents taught you to. My parents taught me a different lesson… lying on the street, shaking in deep shock, dying for no reason at all. They showed me that the world only makes sense when you force it to/

    I can appreciate the desire to sit back and have people ready for change come and find you. Its a lot less work. Frankly (pardon the pun), life doesn’t work like that and likely never will. Your method is only conducive to finding like minded individuals already focused on issues near and dear to you. That by no means changes the world.

    In other news, if you want to read a comic about a changed world I suggest the Walking Dead or Y: The Last Man. Both are utterly fantastic and worth the read. Y just finished a couple of months ago and trade 10 should be out soon enough. Walking Dead is working on trade 8. Sadly, they have hit a publishing snag once again and it will likely be delayed.

  2. jpro86 says:

    Taylor – Firstly, thank you very much for your comment and your constant vigilance on my humble blog page. I merely write to open up discussion on a topic which may indeed hold a bevy of opportunities for comment and discourse. This one faction of life (comic books and graphic art in general) I have only recently found and cannot help but be excited and intrigued to the world of possibilities that it holds. A blog is only one way to convey this but it has proven to be an extremely interesting and cathartic way of doing so. Joining the legions of other bloggers on the multitude of topics available may seem to be only creating a couple ripples in a very large pond, but I still feel pride in what those ripples meant and the work put out to produce them. Although I do hope to provide some fodder for discussion in someone else’s circle of affluence, this is not the same as “sit (ting) back and have people ready for change come and find you.” I mostly keep this blog to enjoy the musing’s of my own mind and to cultivate a greater writing style which I could apply to a bevy of other interest. The interest expressed by others is of course a fantastic and rewarding side effect. I do believe it was Henry Miller who said “All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.”

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