Saturday, July 23, 2005

Groin Injury Saturday: Batman

A lot of comic book fans are getting tired of the idea that the Batman, a mere mortal rubbing shoulders with giants, is invincible. Well, let's face it...he's BATMAN! The current over-used cliche is that given enough prep time, Batman will beat anyone down, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash included.

This idea goes back many nerd-years but has lately gotten a lot of attention, thanks to the Tower of Babel arc of the JLA and the recent Countdown to Infinite Crisis books (where Batman's secret files on everyone are once again compromised and used by an unlikely bad-guy against both the heroes & villains of the comic universe. I still think the man behind the evil curtain is the butler, Alfred, but that's fodder for a different post).

But what happens if he doesn't have the opportunity to prepare? A recent appearance by Batman in a mini-series changed my mind about his ass-kicking abilities forever. Prior to seeing him in the new book I thought it unlikely that Bats would always win over impossible odds. But now I'm now one of those who have to say the scales tip over in Batman's favor for winning any contest. This is because when it hits the fan...Batman fights real dirty.

Yep, when the fight just isn't going his way, the Dark Avenger of the Night goes right for the crotch. So don't even try to tell me he wouldn't be able to take the Man of Steel out of service with a shot from a Kryptonite gauntlet to the Super-Jewels.

Batman is cool. A bastard, but a cool one.

from Batman - Jekyl and Hyde #4
DC Comics, 2005

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