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Batman: No Man’s Land by Greg Rucka


This book is going to get rated harsher than some of my other book posts. Does it deserve it? Probably not. Is it going to happen anyway? Yes.

Hi, yes, HUGE Batman fan here. We’re talking the girl who had a Batman bathroom. We’re talking about the girl who plans on getting a Batman tattoo sleeve. We’re talking the girl who calls out people on their not-so-accurate love of Batman. “Ohhh, you only like the Nolan films. Obviously you don’t really love Batman.” Yeah, that girl is me.

That being said, I haven’t read every single Batman comic out there. I’ve read a bunch, but not everything, and No Man’s Land is one of the ones I’ve yet to get my hands on. It gets talked about a lot in some of the comics I’ve read, and I know a lot about what happens during NML, but I haven’t read it.

You don’t need to read the comic to know that this book is wrong though. Books can be wrong, and this is one of them.

Picking up this book for $1, I was intrigued. “Someone made a book about the comic book? Okay? Well, I might as well read it.” First off, I like reading books, and I like reading comics. I’m completely fine with reading comics that get turned into books, but comic storylines into books? I feel like maybe that’s a sacred space and shouldn’t be touched on. It’s already a written media. Come up with your own storyline for NML using what we don’t know but still keeping everyone in character and the original storyline accurate.

Did that get confusing? Okay, so let me try and explain. What this person has attempted to do is rewrite the comic book in a strictly “words only” format. I don’t feel that should ever be done though. You could say, “Well, remember this period of time we didn’t know where Batman was? Here’s a short story about those missing days” and I would accept that. That is ok. This just kinda feels like plagiarism, and not even good plagiarism.

Okay, so what you want to actually know about the book: Let’s talk specifics. First, it’s not a bad read. I was entertained y the whole book. A little annoyed by some out of character-ness from Two-Face, Joker, and Nightwing, but still a good read. Greg Rucka is a good writer. I just think he chose a bad storyline to write about.

For example, you can’t just come into the Batman universe and rewrite people’s beginnings. Harley Quinn has a show and a book that go over her origin story. This guy decided she needed to seem crazier, thus giving her an absurd origin story. You can’t rewrite history, guy! That’s what Fanfiction.net is for, not a published book.

I think if you truly love Batman, this book isn’t for you, but if you have a passing interest and don’t really know too much about it, then why not? Pick the book up. I sadly won’t be reading anything more by this guy though, even if the plot sounds good.

Word of advice: Go original next time. Make your own Batman plot line.


5 Fandom Friday: Things I’ve Bought, But Haven’t Played/Watched/Read Yet

Yes, I realize it’s not Friday. Yes, I realize I’m late on this. Yes, I am okay. I’ve been on a weird mental hiatus lately, so sorry for my absence on my blog (I’ve also renewed my relationship with Alistair this week. When Dragon Age is present, everything else is out the door). I got so many ideas for blog posts this week! Right now, you’re just going to have to settle for this and an apology. I swear, this next week will be better!

So the theme for this week’s Five Fandom Friday is Things I’ve bought, but haven’t touched yet. As some of you regulars know, this has been a continuous problem for me, one I’ve been steadily working toward remedying. This list could’ve been greater, but due to my work ethic of this year and my friend’s insistence toward a minimal lifestyle, it’s actually not.

1. X-Men Monopoly


First off, how cool is it that this exists? Second, this makes me so sad that I haven’t been able to play it yet. This is why I need geeky friends, and more than one. Wanted: Baltimore geeks for Monopoly game.

2. Video Games

11018866_817613544941528_4825177123125507893_nThis is one game out of many that I bought but just never played. A friend was selling her games for cheap, so I bought practically all of them. I find good deals, buy, then never play. To date, the games I haven’t played are (I’m counting never even popped them in, not played for a second then stopped): You Don’t Know Jack Mock 2, God Of War II (I have to beat one first, so there’s an actual reason why this one was never played), Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire, Jak 3, Jak & Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, Midway Arcade Treasures 2, Sega Genisis Collection, Sonic Plus Mega Collection, X-Men Legends, Fallout New Vegas, God Of War Ascension, Portal 2, Prince Of Persia PS3, Ratchet And Clank Future: A Crack In Time, Ratchet And Clank Future: Tools Of Destruction, Red Dead Redemption, Ivy The Kiwi, Super Mario Galaxy, Gauntlet, Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, TrueCrime, Child Of Eden, Dance Central, Dance Central 2, Dead Or Alive 4, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 3, Halo Reach, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, The Battle For MiddleEarth, MotionSports, Skate, Skate 2, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

3. Comics


Two years ago, I had the greatest Free Comic Book Day known to man. In fact, I’m still reading comics that I bought there.

3. Batman Novels


I keep buying novels for comics, but not reading them. Honestly, I don’t count on The Stone King being very good.I don’t even know that I bought it.

5. Supernatural Books


While I pretty much refuse to read any Supernatural novels (I will get my fill on fanfiction), I still have The Official Companion Guide for seasons 5-6, the John Winchester Journal, Bobbie Singer’s Guide to Hunting, and The Mythology Of Supernatural. I started reading Season 6 companion guide, but I think that was around the time I started losing interest. Or maybe I’m just in denial that I’m still a fan. Maybe after I read them, I’ll get rid of them. Who really knows?

Looking at this list just makes me realize I need to get rid of more stuff. We, as a culture, live with all this excess in our homes. If we had REALLY wanted it, we probably would’ve played or read or watched it by now. This is just another nail in the head for “Save money” for me.