Saturday, 25 February 2017
Batman: Turning Points Review (Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka)
Really - a book on Batman and Jim Gordon’s bromance? DC will milk every angle on Batman, won’t they? Turning Points is rubbish. There’s always been enough Batman/Gordon scenes in the background of better, more substantial stories to make something like this negligible. All this shows is that it fails as the main focus of a book because it’s so boring!
Writers Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Chuck Dixon take turns hacking out forgettable standalone stories set at various points of Batman’s history: Year One, Killing Joke, Death in the Family, and Knightfall. I’m not sure why as they only make you want to put down this book and re-read those better comics instead!
Batman fights a crazed gunman in a church, takes on Mister Freeze with Robin for the first time, hunts a serial killer - standard, bland Batman stuff. The final story is mildly interesting as a callback to the first but for the most part the writing is really weak. We don’t get a better understanding of Batman and Gordon’s relationship or see anything we’d see in any other Batman book - this whole collection is pointless!
Steve Lieber’s art was great, especially coloured by Javier Pulido, and Paul Pope’s issue was superb too - always enjoy it when Pope draws Batman. Still, Turning Points is yet another low quality Batman book that’s not worth the time it takes to read.