BORN IN A WORLD OF TRAGEDY: GREG RUCKA REFLECTS ON HIS BATMAN WORK, PART ONE [INTERVIEW]
By Chris Sims
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.
Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.
Had a lovely, long, and rambling chat with Chris Sims about my time in the Batman Universe. He’s easy to talk to. I’m not sure I’m that easy to listen to, but there you go….
[RE-post cuz the first one was screwed up]COPRA Round One is now available through Diamond Comic Distributors, order code OCT141106.The book has received some great write ups so far! One by Chase Magnett for ComicBook.com and the other by Oliver Sava for the A.V. Club!And, hey, I did an interview for Italian comics site Lo Sazio Bianco. Here’s the Italian version and the English version.Image by Adam Pruett
New (teen) Titans #50: ”Who is Wonder Girl?”
I didn’t read the first run of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans. I wasn’t collecting comics when they started, and the title wasn’t one my local bookstore carried anyway. I know I would have if I’d seen the Perez artwork, but that was not to be the case. Had to get them through Mile High and other dealers, after the fact.
But this ad … when I saw it, I knew I had to get this book. Perez’s art had come such a long way in such a short time - tighter and more defined. Love it. I might have to dig these issues out and see how they hold up.
Batman a Death in the Family
This house ad definitely got me onboard with buying the Batman books, back in the day. Overwritten, as many comics from that and earlier eras were, but the Aparo artwork is phenomenal. And this ad - genius.
The Bunker Vol. 1
Written by Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art by Joe Infurnari
Just got started on this strange series. Anyone who likes a good mind bending story should check it out. Reminds me a lot of Lost (minus the shitty final season). Story follows a group of friends who set out to bury a time capsule, but when they go to dig a hole for it discover a buried bunker containing letters written by themselves in the future. Apparently they are the cause of an apocalyptic event that is about to happen, and they must follow the directions of themselves in the future to make sure that humanity is not completely wiped out. I love the premise, and hope that it plays out well. And also the art is pretty great, and also very gritty.
Get this! It’s brilliant and beautiful.