Batman & Robin

I started reading Grant Morrison's "Batman & Robin" because it's gotten such rave reviews, but... I find that jumping into the story just reminds me of why I quit reading Batman in the first place. It's not that it's bad; rather, it's that the backstory is so complex and contrived that I hate reading it because I'm constantly thinking, "I didn't read that story arc, so I'm not really sure what they're getting at." It's jokey, it's action-packed, but it's just... not the Batman stories I like. And I like Dick Grayson as Batman.

I also kind of hate the angst of Dick trying to psych himself up to believe he's a good Batman. It's not the first time you've done this, Dick; get over it.

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100 Bullets

As I work my way through 100 Bullets (I just finished The Counterfifth Detective), I realize how fond I'm becoming of the Vertigo titles like it -- DMZ, Scalped, Criminal, et cetera -- and am seeking out more books to that effect.

I don't think I'm growing out of what I used to like, per se, but I am definitely taking a bent toward the gritty hard-boiled storytelling of guys like Jason Aaron, Brian Azzarello, and Brian Wood. Just something I noticed.

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Endless Quests

So I both love and hate the quests.

I love them because they're fun. I've completed 153 quests at posting, closing out 28 sets, and I'm loving it. Loving it.

I hate them because so many of them are broken.

I've managed to elide a few broken quests -- the one where you have to find nonexistent concept pages for Zombies and Werewolves, for example -- but all of the video quests are broken, you can't link up to Facebook, and that's just awful. Hopefully that gets fixed. I'm not going to decry the injustice of it, because it's for fun and it's a site I use for free, but it certainly is frustrating to know that I can't possibly complete some of these quests because the mechanism that allows for it is broken.

In time, I guess. In time.

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