The Most Underrated Comic Book of All Time 4
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I was at the Long Island Toy Show on Saturday, which was held at my ala matter, Hofstra University. Great Show. Only problem was I didn't have a ton of money on me that day. I ended up spending it for an artist there to do a Planet of the Apes commission for me (I've been falling in love with the idea of commissions lately). After we shook hands, I noticed a small container of stuff that he was also selling for a dollar.
I saw this huge book sticking out, and it was Batman: War on Crime. Anything Batman related for a dollar is a no-brainer to me, so as I reach into my pocket to pay for it, the guy tells me to keep it as a sign of good faith. This turned out to be the best free thing I have ever acquired.
For starters, just the credit line was enough to know that this was gonna be good. Alex Ross is the artist for the story, and if you know anything about the guy he is a comic artist that paints his art as opposed to the traditional pencil followed by inks and colors. He makes beautiful stuff, that unfortunately is hugely time consuming. Because of this he very rarely does the interior for a full story, usually just exclusively covers and promos/pinups.
Paul Dini is the writer and is a legend in his own right, for those of you that don't know him and his brilliant work on Batman: The Animated Series and later comics.
The book is large, and besides the practical reasons behind the size that I am sure exist, this attribute plays into my sentiments on the story. Like Batman: The Animated Series, this book feels very geared towards children, but in a brilliant way where it retains the features that appeal to everyone that's not a kid.
As I am sure I have documented pretty well, Batman is my hero. He is my source of strength in my times of disharmony. When I see stories where the artists clearly concur that Batman is a source of inspiration, I have a soft spot for them. The story obviously is very simple. Batman stops a robbery at a convenience store, only to find out that he was too late to stop the thieves from murdering the couple that owned the place. He then finds a boy weeping next to the lifeless bodies of his parents. Sound familiar?
Batman keeps an eye on the boy, Marcus, who eventually descends into crime. At their second meeting, Batman thwarts a drug shipment and attempts to scare Marcus away from a life of crime. It doesn't work as Marcus is there when Batman invades the drughouse in the neighborhood (not a good one, if you couldn't tell) and even pulls a gun on him. Then this happens
Credit: Some guy on Reddit
Amazing. As you can also see, Ross' artwork is on par with his usual output, beautiful. Check out this story! It is actually the best one of the four I have done so far!