chap22 wrote:the thing with Batman : WTF, like the other Morrison stories that i've enjoyed, if i ignore all his crazy weird psychobabble-hopped-up-on-mescalin-and-peyote bullshit, and just read it as a plot (in this case, Batman & Co. get systematically torn down by smart planner with a whole managerie of back-up villains), it's a perfectly enjoyable story. it's just that he throws in all that other crap that his more sycophantic fans love that, while it does add a certain "depth" to the story, it also leads to plot holes, bad dialogue, ridiculous leaps in storytelling, and plots so overly-complex-sheerly-for-complexity's-sake that only the BEST artists (in terms of storytelling) can properly convey it on the page.
Daniel ain't one of those artists, and it's causing the cracks that are always inherent in Grant's stories to show more. it's still enjoyable, but it is by no means "fucking brilliant" or "as good as it gets".
I agree, and I am totally disappointed by part 3 of RIP. This is basically The French Connection II, where Popeye gets kidnapped and doped up for three weeks. Only, Batman RIP skips a number of important scenes between issues 2 and 3, and leaves readers with an overly long drug section that's basically pointless. I am looking forward to see where this story is going, but so far it has been hit and miss. The first issue was okay, but nothing special as it set up the story. The second issue was awesome -- one of the best single issues I've read this year. And the third issue is a head-scratcher. I expect next issue to kick major ass, as things get worse before they get better for our masked heroes. But I hope the storytelling returns to a more conventional, straightforward style.