Eli Katz wrote:It's a comic book, Herald.
Here we go. Another fanboy uses the old "'It's a comic book...' therefore, we're not supposed to take anything in it seriously, no matter how serious the subject matter is!" excuse.
If you quote lines out of context without considering how the style of the art affects the way readers are meant to interpret the lines, then you can make the book seem grim.
The dialogue and the attitude in which it's said makes the CHARACTERS seem grim.
The way that the dead guy is depicted head first in the pavement, it makes the death (and the rest of the pages) look cartoonish, not grim.
That happens at the END of the preview, AFTER "Az-Bats II" cycles through his whole "Grimmer than thou" schtick.
NOW who's "taking things out of context", hmm??
You may not like that particular tone for a Batman and Robin story.
Again, it's not about the story so much as it is about the relationship between Batman and his Robin. Again, BOTH characters are grim, with "Robin" actively trying to out-grim Batman. This Batman-Robin partnership has no balance whatsoever. Both weights are on the same side of Lady Justice's scale, causing the whole works to crash horribly onto the floor.
This sort of thing is what went wrong with Jason, what got him voted off the Bat-Cave.
And I'm not at all convinced it works any better now, especially since Damien out-grims Jason-as-Robin.
I'm not really sure what tone you'd prefer. But given that there are a zillion Batman books on the market now, and a zillion more back issues of Batman stories, the world can probably make a little room for a darkly absurd Batman-Robin story, where Robin scowls in adolescent exasperation as he talks casually about the need to commit homicide.
Which isn't the kind of thing Batman needs in a Robin.
And Herald, teenagers in real life often wish their parents dead.
Gee, didn't YOU say "This is a comic book"??
"Style of art", and all that??
Real life doesn't get "stylized art".
Therefore, real life must have nothing to do with this.
Can't have it both ways, buddy.
Either "this is a comic book", or this is just like real life.
Teenagers say terrible things all the time. The joke in these preview pages is that heroic, tough Batman is reduced to being like any parent: he has to put up with a self-possessed little twerp for a son while the kid muddles through that horrible hormonal stage.
Again, we already read this with post-Crisis Jason Todd.
This is the same kind of behavior that ultimately brought the crowbar down on Jason.