Thursday, August 29, 2002

ANOTHER BATMAN: BLINK REVIEW

This one's from Jeff Meyer on Usenet. I like it because he said it reminded him of an Archie Goodwin story. How cool is that? Review below:

BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 156-158

Picked this up on other reviewers' recommendations; and indeed, I enjoyed it -- but, apparently, for different reasons than those stated elsewhere.

For me, the central feature (and attraction) of the story isn't the Batman, but a supporting character, Lee Hyland -- a blind man with the odd ability to see through the eyes of others. Rather than dress up in red jammies and date ninjas, Lee instead has become a small-time crook, using his power to perform identity theft. Until one day...

This story reminds me of one of those classic Archie Goodwin "short stories", where a (relatively) non-descript person gets caught up in one of the Batman's cases. While the plot McDuffie reels out is excellent -- a good mystery, with some truly evil M-Fs behind it all -- you really want to find out what happens to Lee. He's turning out to have a lot of guts and (to his own annoyance) a conscience; in Gotham City, that's rarely a safe career move.