Batman Cataclysm Viral Kindle Hot on the heels of the just as terrible Batman Contagion this book serves as a set up for the next bloated Batman event No Man s Land Let me save you some time a
Batman: Cataclysm Viral Kindle Hot on the heels of the just-as-terrible Batman: Contagion, this book serves as a set-up for the next bloated Batman event: "No Man's Land". Let me save you some time & frustration: while there are (somewhere in there) a few good moments, mostly it's uneven writing with uneven art. Here's a brief summary of "Cataclysm": - A monster earthquake hits Gotham City.- Lots of people die, a lot more need help because they're stuck somewhere or under something.- Batman & friends can't possibly save everyone, and that bums them out.- The usual "how can we do this?" interior monologues / discussions follow.- Some mostly unrelated stories about how "regular folks" cope with the aftermath of the earthquake, usually coupled with a cameo appearance by Batman or one of his buddies/sidekicks.- Big downer all around.That's really all you need to know. (You're welcome!). It is a foe Batman can see and hearbut cannot touch.It will strike only oncet will change his life forever.Already weakened by a debilitating plague, Gotham City is struck by a devastating force of nature an earthquake that registers over 7.5 on the Richter scale.In A Single InstantThe Batcave And Wayne Manor Are Left In RuinsThousands Are Dead.It is a foe Batman can see and hearbut cannot touch.It will strike only oncet will change his life forever.Already weakened by a debilitating plague, Gotham City is struck by a devastating force of nature an earthquake that registers over 7.5 on the Richter scale.In A Single InstantThe Batcave And Wayne Manor Are Left In RuinsThousands Are DeadAnd The Batman Is Among The Missing.From the writers and artists of Batman Contagion and Batman Legacy comes one of the most tragic and powerful Batman stories ever, as the Dark Knight and his allies try to save what is left of Gotham in the wake of a disaster from which the city may never recover.Collects Detective Comics 719 721 Shadow of the Bat 73, 74 Nightwing 19, 20 Batman 553, 554 Azrael 40 Catwoman 56 Robin 52, 53 Batman Blackgate Isle of Men 1 The Batman Chronicles 12 Batman Huntress Spoiler Blunt Trauma 1. A viral Book Batman: Cataclysm This was better than I was expecting. Too often these mega-series crossover events fall flat. The effect of so many different creative teams, more often than not, is to lose the focus of the story, pulling it this way and that, usually prolonging it beyond reasonable length, and just generally making a mess of things. What Cataclysm gets right, is to come up with a storyline that can be--almost demands to be--told as a series of vignettes. A major quake hits Gotham City, and there are many chances for heroism in the rescue and cleanup that follows. The shifts from one title and creative team to the next, that are normally the weak points of these crossovers, become strengths, because shifting from Batman to Catwoman to Robin and so on seems an entirely natural way to tell this type of story. The event is so huge that it needs to be told in bits and pieces. The book does start to go to pieces toward the two-thirds mark, when a mystery villain called "The Quakemaster" takes credit for the devastation, and threatens worse if the city doesn't pay a ransom. The descent into normal superheroics seems like such a letdown after the scenes of heroes and villains alike responding to the quake. The Quakemaster plotline feels much more anticlimactic than it should. Still, the preceding two thirds of the book are well worth your time. There is a scene with Catwoman coming to the rescue of a child that damn near made me cry. Any book capable of that deserves to be read.