|Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?|
Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader is my second exposure to Neil Gaiman.
Earlier in the year, I read “American Gods” and while I loved the premise, the execution bugged me. I found it long winded and a little on the boring side. I was sure that when you put the mind of Gaiman into the Batman universe, you were going to get something very, very cool.
Truth be told, I found this to be pretty average. When I told my friend that gave this to me what I thought about the story, he responded with, “You have very high expectations of Batman”. I thought that this was kind of unfair, actually. I’ve read some of the best Batman work that had ever been done with Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween and most recently, The Black Mirror, so I’ve established in my mind what makes a great Batman story.
That’s not to say that this is a bad Batman tale, I just thought I didn’t come across as anything memorable which is really unfortunate since it apparently ends two long running Batman series (Batman & Detective Comics). It gobbled up several awards and is recognized as being a fitting ending to The Dark Knight saga.
I think I need a bit of a break from Batman graphic novels for a while – I don’t want to get burned out.