Jason's review of Shaman got me hankering for some more "year one" era Batman goodness, so I thought I'd delve into my back issues, pick up where he's planning on leaving off, and take a look back at Legends of the Dark Knight.

 

This time around, I'll start at Destroyer and hopefully work through the series week by week.  Also, I've decided to include ratings for each storyline... I'll see about posting my rating system below.

 

Shaman - LOTDK 1-5 (collected as Batman: Shaman)  

     Dennis O'Neil / Edward Hannigan ......................................................................................  7.4

Gothic - LOTDK 6-10 (collected as Batman: Gothic) 

     Grant Morrison / Klaus Janson ........................................................................................... 4.7

Prey - LOTDK 11-15 (collected as Batman: Prey)

     Doug Moench / Paul Gulacy

Venom - LOTDK 16-20 (collected as Batman: Venom)

     Dennis O'Neil / Trevor Von Eeden / Russell Braun

Faith - LOTDK 21-23

     Mike W. Barr / Bart Sears

Flyer - LOTDK 24-26

     Howard Chaykin / Gil Kane

Destroyer - Batman 474, LOTDK 27, Detective 641 

     Various ............................................................................................................................ 7.5

Faces - LOTDK 28-30  (collected as Batman: Faces) 

     Matt Wagner ..................................................................................................................... 7

Family - LOTDK 31 

     Jim Hudnall / Brent Anderson ............................................................................................. 7 

Blades - LOTDK 32-34 (part of Batman: Collected Legends of the Dark Knight)

     James Robinson / Tim Sale ............................................................................................... 7.3

Destiny - LOTDK 35-36 (part of Batman: Other Realms)

     Bo Hampton / Mark Kneece ............................................................................................... 6.3

Mercy - LOTDK 37 

     Dan Abnett / Andy Lanning / Colin MacNeil ......................................................................... 8.5

Legends of the Dark Mite - LOTDK 38 (part of Batman: Collected Legends of the Dark Knight)

     Alan Grant / Kevin O'Neill ..................................................................................................... 6

Mask - LOTDK 39-40 (part of Batman: Dark Legends)

     Bryan Talbot

Sunset - LOTDK 41

     Tom Joyner / Keith S. Wilson / Jim Fern

Hot House - LOTDK 42-43 (part of Batman: Collected Legends of the Dark Knight)

     John Francis Moore / P. Craig Russell

Turf - LOTDK 44-45

     Steven Grant / Shawn McManus

Heat - LOTDK 46-49

     Doug Moench / Russ Heath

Images - LOTDK 50 (part of Batman: Dark Legends)

     Dennis O'Neil / Bret Blevins

Snitch - LOTDK 51

     Robert Loren Fleming / David G. Klein

Tao - LOTDK 52-53 (part of Batman: Dark Legends)

     Alan Grant / Arthur Ranson

Sanctum - LOTDK 54 (part of Batman: Dark Legends)

     Dan Raspler / Mike Mignola

Watchtower - LOTDK 55-57

     Chuck Dixon / Mike McMahon

Storm - LOTDK 58

     Andrew Donkin / Graham Brand / John Higgins

Quarry - LOTDK 59-61

Knights End - LOTDK 62-63, and various (collected as Batman: Knightfall V.3: KnightsEnd)

Terminus - LOTDK 64

     Jaimie Delano / Chris Bachalo

Viewpoint - LOTDK 0

Going Sane - LOTDK 65-68 (part of Batman: Going Sane)

     J.M. DeMatteis / Joe Staton

Criminals - LOTDK 69-70

     Steven Grant / Mike Zeck

Werewolf - LOTDK 71-73 (part of Batman: Monsters)

     James Robinson / John Watkiss

Engines - LOTDK 74-75

     Ted McKeever

The Sleeping - LOTDK 76-78 (part of Batman: Other Realms)

     Scott Hampton

Favorite Things - LOTDK 79

     Mark Millar / Steve Yeowell

Idols - LOTDK 80-82

     James Vance / Doug Braithwaite

Infected - LOTDK 83-84 (part of Batman: Monsters)

     Warren Ellis / John McCrea

Citadel - LOTDK 85

     James Robinson / Tony Salmons

Conspiracy - LOTDK 86-88

     Doug Moench / J.H. Williams III

Clay - LOTDK 89-90 (part of Batman: Monsters)

     Alan Grant / Quique Alcatena

Freakout - LOTDK 91-93

     Garth Ennis / Will Simpson

Stories - LOTDK 94

     Michael T. Gilbert

Dirty Tricks - LOTDK 95-97

     Dan Abnett / Andy Lanning / Anthony Williams

Steps - LOTDK 98-99

     Paul Jenkins / Sean Phillips

The Choice - LOTDK 100 (part of Robin: The Teen Wonder)

     Dennis O'Neil / Dave Taylor

The Incredible Adventures of Batman - LOTDK 101

     John Wagner / Carlos Ezquerra

Spook - LOTDK 102-104

     James Robinson / Paul Johnson

Duty - LOTDK 105-106

     C.J. Henderson / Trevor Von Eeden

Stalking - LOTDK 107-108

     Lee Marrs / Eddie Newell

The Primal Riddle - LOTDK 109-111

     Steve Englehart / Dusty Abell

Shipwreck - LOTDK 112-113

     Dan Vado / Norman Felchle

Playground - LOTDK 114

     James Robinson / Dan Brereton

The Darkness - LOTDK 115

     Darren Vincenzo / Luke McDonnell

NML: Fear of Faith - LOTDK 116 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.1)

NML: Bread and Circuses - LOTDK 117 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.1)

NML: Balance - LOTDK 118 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.1)

NML: Claim Jumping - LOTDK 119 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.2)

NML: Assembly - LOTDK 120 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.2)

NML: Power Play - LOTDK 121 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.2)

NML: Low Road to Golden Mountain - LOTDK 122 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.3)

NML: Underground Railroad - LOTDK 123 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.3)

NML: Captain of Industry - LOTDK 124 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.3)

NML: Falling Back - LOTDK 125 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.4)

NML: End Game - LOTDK 126 (part of Batman: No Man’s Land V.4)

The Arrow and the Bat - LOTDK 127-131 (part of Batman: The Ring, the Arrow, and the Bat)

     Dennis O'Neil / Sergio Cariello

Siege - LOTDK 132-136 (part of Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers)

     Archie Goodwin / James Robinson / Marshall Rogers

Terror - LOTDK 137-141 (collected as Batman: Terror)

     Doug Moench / Paul Gulacy

The Demon Laughs - LOTDK 142-145

     Chuck Dixon / Jim Aparo

Bad - LOTDK 146-148

     Doug Moench / Barry Kitson

Grimm - LOTDK 149-153

     J.M. DeMatteis / Trevor Von Eeden

Colossus - LOTDK 154-155

     Mike Baron / Bill Reinhold

Blink - LOTDK 156-158

     Dwayne McDuffie / Val Semeiks

Loyalties - LOTDK 159-161

     John Ostrander / David Lopez

Auteurism - LOTDK 162-163

     John Arcudi / Roger Langridge

Don’t Blink - LOTDK 164-167

     Dwayne McDuffie / Val Semeiks

Urban Legend - LOTDK 168 (part of Batman: Under the Cowl)

     Bill Willingham / Tom Fowler

Irresistible - LOTDK 169-171

     Tom Peyer / Tony Harris

Testament - LOTDK 172-176

     John Wagner / Chris Brunner

Lost Cargo - LOTDK 177-178

     Devin Grayson / Jean-Jacques Dzialowski

Full Circle - LOTDK 179

     A.J. Lieberman / Greg Scott

The Secret City - LOTDK 180-181

     Dylan Horrocks / Ramon Bachs

War Games: Act I - LOTDK 182 (part of Batman: War Games Act 1: Outbreak)

War Games: Act II - LOTDK 183 (part of Batman: War Games Act 2: Tides)

War Games: Act III - LOTDK 184 (part of Batman: War Games Act 3: Endgame)

Riddle Me That - LOTDK 185-189

     Shane McCarthy / Tommy Castillo

Cold Snap - LOTDK 190-191

     J. Torres / David Lopez

Snow - LOTDK 192-196 (collected as Batman: Snow)

     J.H. Williams III / Dan Curtis Johnson / Seth Fisher

Blaze of Glory - LOTDK 197-199

     Will Pfeifer / Chris Weston

Gotham Emergency - LOTDK 200 (part of Batman: Going Sane)

     Eddie Campbell / Daren White / Bart Sears

Cold Case - LOTDK 201-203

     Christos N. Gage / Ron Wagner

The Madmen of Gotham - LOTDK 204-206

     Justin Gray / Steven Cummings

Darker Than Death - LOTDK 207-211

     Bruce Jones / Ariel Olivetti

Chicks Dig the Bat - LOTDK 212

     Adam Beechen / Steve Scott

Otaku - LOTDK 213

     Matt Wayne / Steven Cummings

Superstitious and Cowardly - LOTDK 214

     Christos N. Gage / Phil Winslade

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...I've never read #41 , but I recall Don Thompson reviewing it , saying (Billy Wilder's) " SUNSET BOULEVARD is one of the most-swiped stories of the 20th Century..." !

  What issue was thew then-crossover with the mainline Bat-titles , building up a " Gotham's visage/appearance collapses into a like-the-Burton-movies' Gotham façade..." one ???????

What issue was the then-crossover with the mainline Bat-titles , building up a " Gotham's visage/appearance collapses into a like-the-Burton-movies' Gotham façade..." one ???????

That was issue 27, discussed here.

...Thank you ! :-)

Legend of the Dark Mite - LOTDK # 38: [Alan Grant / Kevin O’Neill]

 

Basic Plot:

A criminal who was strung out on drugs claims to have had an encounter with the Bat Mite.

 

My Thoughts:

I can’t say this is really a type of story I enjoy.  Despite the brevity of the plot, the creators obviously put some effort in based on the sheer volume of visual gags and puns.  Additionally, I appreciated the attempt to play it coy with whether there actually was a Bat Mite encounter or if it was all in Overdog’s drug addled mind, however, I felt the attempt fell a bit flat as there wasn’t enough differentiation in the art between Overdog’s narration and the Batman’s experiences.  What it boils down to I think is if you like Ambush Bug style stories, you’ll probably like this... for me, not so much.

 

Things of Note:

- The comic starts off telling us, “this is not an imaginary story”, but it turns out this is being said by an unreliable narrator.

 

- Page two takes the idea of talking heads quite literally, setting up the head’s in a nine panel grid.  (Batman wins tic tac toe.)

 

- We get a small amount of panel borders this issue, specifically, when Overdog is surrounded by pills.

 

- The Bat Mite starts out friendly and then goes darkly violent.

 

- The page of Bat Mite’s people could easily be at home in Li’l Gotham

 

Best Line:

“And that’s it?  You didn’t commit the murders?  You were the victim of a magic midget from another dimension?”

 

Rating:

Although this issue wasn’t really my cup of tea, for what it was, it played to its strengths, except where the art undermined the story ambiguity.

 

Rating - 6

I've added the creator information to the front page of the thread.

I was actually kind of surprised by a couple of things.  First, I hadn't realized just how much of a who's who of the comic biz was encompassed in the LOTDK run.  I also didn't realize how many arcs were accounted for by James Robinson, Dennis O'Neil, and Doug Moench (or artistically by Trevor Von Eeden).  Finally, I found that some of the arcs where I didn't recognize the creative teams at the time, I now look back and see solid work by some big names, (DnA and Dwayne McDuffie come to mind).  Looking back, there were a lot of good comics here, (of course, that's not surprising :)).

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