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A neat list for those obscure character aficionados.

Do all 21 deserve this treatment?

Was there a #22 who deserved to make this list?

 

Yes, the list isn't the greatest....The Killer Moth was in the Lego Batman video game (I know because I own that game!)....and Calendar Man was rehabilitated by Jeph Loeb (which he does mention)....

He brought up the fact that Clock King got a cool Batman:The Animated Series episode too, but he's still on the list.

 

Surely #1 is the wrong choice!

Rainbow Beast is awesome though. Now that I know he exists, I want an entire year's worth of Morrison issues to update that story-line. Yeah, like it couldn't happen after what we did see of Morrison's run on Batman!

 

21 Batman Villains We Probably Won't See in Arkham City:

http://www.1up.com/features/twenty-one-batman-villains-arkham-city

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There is an episode of Batman: The Brave & the Bold which features not only the Rainbow Beast, but also the Rainbow Batman. I laughed and laughed. It's ace.

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Well...Moth man did get a DCU Classics action figure so...he's got that going for him.

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That reminds me, anyone remember The Condiment King from Batman: TAS?

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That list was very entertaining, if only because it showed me the extent of babbling acid-induced insanity the creators of Batman have indulged in over the years.

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I wouldn't put it past the game designers to make some of the nuttier bat-villains unlockable easter eggs or something like that. Still remember cracking up when i played that old Spider-Man game narrated by Stan lee, and you had his makeshift costume with a paper bag on his head as an unlockable treat.

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I'm not sure where to put this, as it's not part of the "New 52" DC, and this was the least off-topic Batman thread I could find (it's my own creation too).

 

So, recently I have been picking up Batman by Doug Moench and Kelley Jones (on art).

The covers caught my eye and persuaded me to buy a few.

I'm afraid I owe Doug Moench a big apology. He may not be my favourite writer, but he's not as bad as I once considered him, based on my reading of a large (though incomplete) chunk of his writing.

Sure, he still has on average more awful than awesome comic work, but after I stopped reading Batman with the whole "Knightfall" debacle, I never stopped to give Moench anymore chances with the title.

His run does a complete 180 once Jones comes aboard. They take the book in a more Gothic direction, and I dare say that the closest I can compare the Moench/Jones stories is the Engelhart classic.

For someone who takes writing over art, Jones artwork is lovely (as always) and really adds to the story. But, I can't give Jones all the credit, as Moench's stories are actually entertaining and coherent.

 

Also, on a related but non-Bat themed note, my decision to buy a Doug Moench comic was helped by randomly picking up from the 25cent box the Electric Warriors maxi-series published by DC during the 1980s, which was also written by Moench.

I have to admit that it ranked as my favourite read of the month when I was reading it in August. I rate it as Doug Moench's best work.

Considering that I've found so small of Moench's work worth reading, that might not seem to be saying a lot...but, trust me, it's a good science fiction comic.

Derivative, yes. But, derivative of Brave New World, only with cyborgs...so, if you're going to steal an idea, steal the best.

 

So, I must say I'm sorry to Doug Moench. You aren't untalented. You have done some good work over the years, it was just over-shadowed by junk.

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I remember when the Moench/Jones run first started, I hated it. Rather I hated Kelley Jones' artwork. "that's not how Batman's supposed to look! his ears aren't 2 feet long. He doesn't look like the caped crusader" What can I say? I was young. Now, I have a new appreciation for Jones' Batman work. Like, you said, it is very gothic, playing up more of the horror aspects of the character. He really made Batman scary!!

I really need to read more of this run.

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