Wednesday, August 21, 2013
DETECTIVE COMICS #672 - March 1994
Credits: Chuck Dixon (writer), Graham Nolan (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), John Costanza (letterer), Adrienne Roy (colorist)
Summary: Batman rescues Cindy, who the Joker has disguised as Robin. When he later checks on her in the hospital, he discovers she was discharged to the care of an “Allen Smithee.” The Joker sends a false clue to the police and media, leading them to the Monarch Theatre. Batman, meanwhile, investigates an old silent movie studio and finds himself caught in a series of traps based on old movies. He’s drugged and chained to the wall, feet away from Cindy, who’s trapped inside a water tank. The Joker is nearby, dressed in an homage to Casablanca.
“Huh?” Moment: Batman, who’s wearing armor and a full face mask, is somehow drugged by getting hit in the face with pies.
Review: More parody, as the Joker complains about Batman ruining his three-act structure, before setting up a series of death traps based on old movies. Dixon even throws in a reference to the old film pseudonym “Alan (or Allen) Smithee” during Batman’s pursuit, which was not a well-known fact at the time, so I’m assuming he’s writing this out of a genuine love for old movies. And it’s entertaining, but not very deep. There’s a nice scene that has the new Batman reflecting on why his predecessor obsessed so much over the Joker and cursing himself now for dismissing him earlier, but other than that, the issue covers the same ground as the previous one.