Batman by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones Volume 1 HC Hardcover – 3 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Doug Moench has written novels, short stories, newspaper feature articles, weekly newspaper comic strips, film screenplays and teleplays. His first published work was My Dog Sandy, a comic strip printed in his elementary school newspaper. Moench has worked for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics and many other smaller companies; he has written hundreds of issues of many different comics, and created dozens of characters, such as Moon Knight.
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Belay that. Here, if ever there was one, is a book that ought to be judged by its cover. Everything that the dynamite combo of writer Doug Moench and artist Kelley Jones represent as a creative team is encapsulated by this single image. Within this collection, Batman is a force for Gothic justice, the purest embodiment of the supernatural as a means of dealing with superstitious criminals since Bill Finger decided why a rich guy would dress up like that in the first place way, way back when. Crouched, subhuman, and atop a mound of skulls, a lone candle flickering in the darkness only just illuminates that other key element in character definition in the Dark Knight Detective's left hand - the magnifying glass.
And that's just the cover, man. Like I say, here's a book whose jacket is wholly indicative of its content, but even on a much larger scale is singularly successful in capturing and presenting a character succinctly and essentially.
This run of comics from 1995 through 1996 veers a little close to alt-universe at times, and definitely moreso perhaps than any other duo ever dared to with Batman. Even Jones' Gotham is an architectural wonder in gnarled wood, towering stone and rusted metal, and his Batman an instrument of fear incarnate, more often a mere shape, a shade even, than a man in a costume. Think Nosferatu, and those pointed fingers of his, and you've got an idea. Tiny eyes glare from a shroud of darkness. Jones' Batman is SCARY, and so he should be. Criminals are a superstitious and cowardly lot, after all!
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This must have been a challenging run for DC to collect as many of Jones's issues are chapters of larger crossovers, that are NOT included in this collection. The books starts with part 1 of the "Troika" cross over that briefly ran through the Bat-Books, but the reader is left without any resolution. Similarly, issue 520 (NOT drawn by Jones) is omitted, even though it is part 3 of a story where Jones drew the first 2 parts. Also missing are the covers that Jones did before in in between the issues collected here. I understand why issues like 520 are omitted, but why not include the Jones cover to 520?
That said, the Moench/Jones chapters are great reads. The Poison Ivy chapter of Contagion that they did was the high-point of that crossover in my opinion.
I really hope there is a volume 2 and beyond. Volume 2 would certainly have to include the fantastic Joker/Etrigan romp as well as the best vision of Ragman that DC has ever put out. Beyond that there are numerous Jones Batman miniseries, covers, and more that could be collected (the bizarre Batman: Dark Joker the Wild deserves a fresh look.)