Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas, Gothamites! Reviews #5


On this episode of Gotham Central, Justin and Hunter are accompanied by Willie Gillis of the Geekland Podcast to discuss all of the books from the week of December 23, 2009!

This week's books:

Azrael #3 (quick review)
Arkham Reborn #3 (of 3)
World's Finest #3 (of 4)
Gotham City Sirens #7
Detective Comics #860

12 Nights of Gotham-Pull List #5

In this week's episode, Justin and Hunter discuss the releases for the week of December 23, 2009.

This week's comics are:

Arkham Reborn #3 (of 3)
Detective Comics #860
Batman: The Wrath (TPB)
Gotham City Sirens #9
World's Finest #3 (of 4)

Make sure to check out our reviews on Wednesday December 23, 2009!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

12 Nights of Gotham: Villain of the Month-"Holiday"

We are knee-deep in the 12 Days of Gotham, and I can’t think of a better topic than to talk about one of the best Batman stories out there. Batman: The Long Halloween is a fantastic year long mystery that follows the Batman: Year One storyline written by Frank Miller. LH was written by Jeph Loeb and the artist for the series was Tim Sale. This story was originally printed in 1996 and concluded in 1997. If you have not read this story, you definitely should. I am not going to outline this story, but focus on the main villain “Holiday” also known as “The Holiday Killer”. I will warn you one last time, if you plan on reading The Long Halloween, you should wait to read this blog post. You have been warned.

Long Halloween focuses on Captain James Gordon and DA Harvey Dent as they try to bring the Falcone Crime family to Justice with the help of Batman. While this is the backbone of the story, a much deeper mystery is discovered as members of the Falcone crime family are being killed my some unknown person. The killer continues their reign of terror for a full year, only killing on Holidays. This presents problems for Batman, Harvey, and Gordon as they are for the majority of the story, not certain of Holiday’s identity. Holiday always uses the same method in killing his victims. A .22 caliber pistol with a rubber baby bottle nipple used as a silencer and the grips are taped with the serial numbers filed off. The killer also leaves a trinket relevant to the holiday that the murder takes place on. The newspapers of Gotham City dub him “The Holiday Killer” because of this method. The crime spree begins on Halloween and continues for a full year to the following Halloween. Each month during this year a murder takes place, except for April fool’s day where the Riddler is confronted but left alive for some reason and on New Year’s Eve where the victim is later found to be alive as well. Loeb treats us to a number of clues and swerves that make the mystery even more difficult to figure out.

The list of victims is a vast range of people in Gotham with connection to the Falcone crime family one way or another.

The first Halloween killing was Carmine Falcone’s nephew, Johnny Viti. This murder looks like its mob connected because Johnny had threatened to testify against his uncle Carmine Falcone (head of the Family). On Thanksgiving a gang of five Irish assassins were killed and it was revealed that this gang had been ordered to kill Harvey Dent. Carmine’s personal bodyguard, Milos Grapa was killed on Christmas. Alberto Falcone, who is Carmine’s son, faked his death on New Year’s Eve. Mobsters hired by Carmine as well as many innocent patrons of Sal Maroni’s restaurant were killed on Valentine’s Day. April fool’s Day was the enigma; The Riddler was shot at but not killed. This could be because of the nature of the holiday of April fool’s Day. Mothers Day was the next holiday that someone was murdered. It was the gunsmith who had been making Holiday’s .22 pistols. Luigi Malroni who is Sal’s father was murdered on Father’s Day. The Gotham City coroner was killed on Independence Day. This murder along with the gunsmith shows that Holiday does not want to be discovered, and when your city is the home of the world’s greatest detective that’s probably a good idea to cover your tracks as best you can. On The Roman’s birthday Carla Viti was killed. She is the sister to Carmine Falcone and the mother to Johnny Viti. As the year draws to an end Sal Maroni was killed on Labor Day and Carmine himself was killed on the Halloween along with Vernon Field who was a corrupt assistant to Harvey Dent.

OK, now that we have zipped through the list of victims, what about the identity of the killer you might ask? Well that what’s so great about this story and why it is still one of the greatest Bat stories every told in my opinion. No one knows who Holiday is for sure. There is quite a list of possible suspects who could have been the Holiday Killer. You could even make the argument that there was more than one person responsible for these killings. Here are the most common possibilities of who might have been responsible.

Alberto Falcone was the youngest in the family and even though he faked his own death on New Year’s Eve he was the one sentenced to death for the Holiday murders. He was captured by Batman and Gordon after the murder of Sal Maroni. He becomes the lead suspect after faking his own death because the murders following that were to cover up his own false murder. Carmine’s daughter Sofia tracks down the gunsmith in an attempt to figure out the identity of Holiday, but finds the gunsmith already dead. The coroner is killed because he is the one who knows that Alberto tried to fake his death. Carla Viti is murdered because she is able to research the police files on Holiday and presumably gets too close to figuring out the identity of Holiday and the fact that Alberto is still alive. Some unused Tim Sale panel artwork was published in the Long Halloween hardcover that shows Carmine sobbing over a decomposed corpse after New Year’s. While trying to connect Alberto to the first three Holiday killings some facts don’t add up. First the Irish were on the Falcone payroll, Milos was a trusted bodyguard to Carmine himself, and Johnny Viti, the first victim was Alberto’s cousin. Even though his loyalties were not always with the Falcone family. Gilda Dent, Harvey’s wife confessed to being Holiday, but it can only be assumed that she was the killer up to the New Years Eve event. However she was hospitalized when the Irish were taken down so her confession is thought to be a delusional event she created in her mind. If you look at Aberto’s motives for being Holiday there are some inconsistencies. He claimed to be lashing out against his father for not allowing him to be more involved in “the family business” and he also was so envious of the fame that went with being a murderous villain in Gotham City. A prominent running theme of LH was the transformation of a mob-driven city to a city of murderous and evil “freaks”. So this confession of Alberto was a clear demonstration of how things were shifting in Gotham at the time.

Gilda Dent who is the wife of Harvey and subsequently Two-Face admitted in a private monologue that she was the first Holiday. She explained her motives for doing so was that Harvey could not settle down and have a family until the crime family was destroyed. She suspected that Harvey had taken up the Holiday mantle after he came home on New Year’s Eve with wet hair. Gilda thought that Harvey had taken it upon himself to rid Gotham of the Falcone mob and decided to let him proceed uninterrupted by her to finish the job so they could finally raise a family. Like I mentioned earlier, it was impossible that Gilda was the sole murderer due to the fact she was bedridden in the hospital during the murder of the Irish. However she admits to sneaking out of the hospital to do the job without anyone knowing she was gone. Another problem was how she could have infiltrated the Falcone headquarters to kill Johnny and Milos without being detected.

Harvey Dent was technically responsible for being the last of the Holiday Killers. He murdered Carmine Falcone and Vernon Field on the final Halloween. He left behind his trademark two-sided coin at the scene of the final murder. Harvey before becoming Two-Face was already a suspect. Batman had provided a ledger from Carmine’s safe that had all the crucial information on it that Harvey would have needed to commit the murders. But it was inadmissible in court as Batman naturally obtained it without a warrant. Gilda had found a .22 pistol in the basement of their home which Harvey claimed was evidence in a crime. Batman and Gordon conclude that Harvey was the Holiday Killer from the start, but the reappearance of Alberto throws their theory for a loop and make them not so confident that it was Harvey. Earlier in the story when Dent first hears of Johnny Vito’s murder he says “Two shots to the head. If you ask me it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.” Two-Face says the exact same thing after killing Carmine Falcone. Harvey’s involvement and suspected guilt raise a question integral to the character of Harvey/Two-Face. Was he prone to these types of acts before getting acid thrown in his face making him Two-Face? Or was it the event itself that drove him over the edge loosing grip with his own personality. This was theme to the recent movie “The Dark Knight”, examining the psyche of Harvey and how far he would go for “justice” to be served.

There are a few other characters that were thrown in as red herrings to make the mystery even deeper, causing the reader to really question who possibly could have been the Holiday Killer. Sal Maroni was an early suspect as he was the top rival to the Falcone family. But when his own father is killed, the innocence of Sal in these killings is revealed. Selina Kyle (Catwoman) was theorized as being the Holiday Killer mostly because of the light nature of the murder weapon, a .22 caliber pistol. Batman clears her of any involvement when she helps him capture Scarecrow and Mad Hatter who was working with the Falcone family. Carla Vitti was a suspect for a short time as well when it was believed that she might have murdered her own son, Johnny for betraying the Falcone family by threatening to testify against them. She was cleared of suspicion when Holiday killed her.

So with all this crazy mash up of a suspect list where does it leave us? I’ll tell you where, right back at the beginning. The true identity of Holiday has never been revealed. The Riddler has made some theories towards the end of the story, along with Batman and Gordon. The consensus is that Holiday was more than one person. Started by one individual for a certain reason, and then taken up by others for completely different reasons. This my friends is what makes it so hard to figure out who it was and what makes this such a fantastic story in itself. Often we expect that we will be given the answers we seek in a story, it is nice to be able to read a story that keeps us guessing to the present which is more than 12 years after it was published.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Under The Hood

It had recently been announced that the next in the line of DC Animated PG-13 Movies is none other than "Under The Hood".

The good thing about this is that the script for the movie is written by Judd Winick the same person who penned the Under The Hood storyline in the Batman comic (and reality TV star).

The story focuses on the return of The Red Hood to Gotham, while also delving into a war between the Joker and the Black Mask.

I for one am excited to see more animated movies being based off of storylines from the actual comics, and the fact that they are using the same writer is definitely a step in the right direction.

Source: Comic Vine

The (Not So) Super Life of a Superhero

Caleb Paullus' Super Not Super is a series of brief photo comics exploring the not-so-superheroic trials and tribulations of caped crusaders. Batman finds even he is not immune to the economic meltdown and Catwoman unwinds with a little catnip.

You can read the full comics at Super Not Super.

[via Geekologie]

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 Nights of Gotham - Reviews #4 (December 16, 2009)

On the 3rd night of Gotham, Justin and Hunter are joined by Darby to discuss the Gotham comics for the week of December 16, 2009!

This week's comics are:

Azrael #3
Batman 80 Page Giant
Batman #694
Batman Confidential #39
Arkham Asylum Special
Streets of Gotham #7
Superman/Batman #67

Batman - Holiday Knights

By popular request, here's another great holiday themed episode. Enjoy :D

"Holiday Knights" is the premiere episode of The New Batman Adventures. Despite being originally aired in September, this episode contains three Christmas themed vignettes, all completely unrelated to one another. The first story stars Batman in pursuit of Gotham's dames, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn; the following tale is about Batgirl's confrontation with Clayface; finally we have the Clown Prince of Crime on the loose with Batman and Robin trying to stop him.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Nights of Gotham - Pull List #4

On the second night of Gotham, Justin and Hunter talk about the new Gotham books for the week of December 16, 2009

The week's comics are:

Azrael #3
Batman 80 Page Giant
Batman #694
Batman Confidential #39
Arkham Asylum Special
Streets of Gotham #7
Superman/Batman #67

Get ready for Wednesday's comics!

Christmas with the Joker......and Batman

Tis the season to be jolly, and also to enjoy some holiday cheer, Gotham style. Here is the episode of Batman: The Animated Series that relates most to this time of year, "Christmas with the Joker" as well as a clip from the 1960's Batman live action television show. Merry Christmas Gotham :D

12 Nights of Gotham - Why We Love Batman

12 Nights of Gotham kicks off with a bang!

Joined by Darby, Hunter and Justin discuss why it is that they love Batman.

Please email us your stories of what Batman means to you to

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gotham Confidential #2: Earth One and the Return of Bruce Wayne!

In this episode of Gotham Confidential, Justin and Hunter are joined by Darby (Candy Cane) and Tim (we'll come up with a nickname eventually) to discuss the recent news of Batman: Earth One and Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne.

So please enjoy and send in your thought to!

Gotham Reviews #3 December 9, 2009

In this episode of Gotham Central, Justin and Hunter are joined by Darby and Tim to discuss this week in Batbooks!

Up for Discussion:

Batgirl #5 (Overall Pick)
Red Robin #7
DCU Holiday Special 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gotham Pull List #3 "December 9, 2009"

This week, Hunter and Justin discuss the releases for December 9th, 2009. Also, we have a special discussion about the recently announced Earth One series from DC Comics.


Newsarama has a nice interview with one of my current favorite artists, Gary Frank. Check the link for Frank's thoughts on the newly announced Batman: Earth One.

DC Comics is beginning a line of Earth One comics that will tell the stories of iconic DC superheroes in a modern setting. While J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis will be creating Superman: Earth One, Johns and Frank will reunite for Batman: Earth One.

The Earth One comics will not only update the stories of the heroes themselves, but will be presented in a more modern format as well, with a continuing series of graphic novels.

As Johns and Frank finish up Superman: Secret Origin, Newsarama talked to Frank about his upcoming work on Batman: Earth One and why he keeps coming back to Geoff Johns as his creative collaborator.

My excitement for this project continues to grow. For more on my thoughts, be sure to download this week's Gotham Central Podcast.

Danny DeVito Reflects On Tim Burton And His Time As The Penguin

MTV Splashpage recently reported on the new Tim Burton exhibit at New York City's Museum Of Modern Art. The exhibit is running through April of 2010. They were also able to catch up with one time Burton collaborator Danny DeVito. In the clip below, DeVito reflects on his time as The Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 film "Batman Returns."

I love that film and DeVito's performance as The Penguin. What did you guys think?

Monday, December 7, 2009

How to Fire Someone in Gotham City has always been a great source for hilarious Batman/Gotham City material.

Today they posted a comic about how to fire someone in Gotham City, check out the link below :D

Welcome to Earth One

DC's Source Blog has just released info on an upcoming series featuring all new, original stories with Batman and Superman in graphic novel form from the biggest creators in the industry. And don't get it twisted, Gotham-ites, these are not one shot stories, but rather a whole new ongoing series of graphic novels set in a new continuity on a new Earth.

The Source Blog reports:

Starting next year, DC Comics will unveil SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE and BATMAN: EARTH ONE, two graphic novels spotlighting the most powerful heroes of the DC Universe, with their first years and earliest moments retold in a standalone, original graphic novel format, on a new earth with an all-new continuity.

Return to Smallville and experience the journey of Earth’s greatest adopted son, as he grows from boy to Superman in SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis.

Watch from the darkest corners of Crime Alley as a young boy is struck by unbelievable tragedy that will forge the greatest crime-fighter to ever stalk the rooftops of Gotham City in BATMAN: EARTH ONE, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.

What does JMS have to say? Well, here’s a snippet from his first interview on the subject:

“What I’m trying to do is to dig in to the character and look at him through modern eyes. If you were to create the Superman story today, for the first time, but keep intact all that works, what would it look like?”

“It is monumental for us as comic readers to see Superman birthed for the first time,” Davis said. “It’s a privilege to realize that you’re the artist that gets to draw it, better yet having the luxury to do it in an original graphic novel. This is going to be epic!”

What about Geoff Johns? Well, we happen to have a bit from his first interview as well:

“BATMAN: EARTH ONE allows Gary and I to break the restraints of any continuity and focus on two things: character and story.”

Artist Shane Davis spoke to Newsarama here

Gary Frank is one of my favorite artists working in comics today and the idea of Original Graphic Novels intrigues me. I'm on board, how about you?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Batman & Robin Commentary

Batman & Robin is one of the worst movies of all time.

Join Hunter Montoya and Commissioner Vactor as they deconstruct Joel Schumacher's Magnum Opus

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gotham Central Reviews #2-December 3, 2009

"December 3rd, 2009"

On this week's episode, Hunter and Justin discuss the Gotham books this week.

The books of the week are:

Batman Confidential #38
Batman Unseen #5 (of 5)

Also, a tangent!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gotham Confidential: "Gotham Reborn"

On this episode of Gotham Confidential, "Gotham Reborn", Hunter and Justin speak about their opinions on the Batman Reborn "series" that has taken place in the DC Universe.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Batman's Favorite Search Engine

Ever wonder what Batman's search engine of choice is? Well thanks to twitter user Armstrong28 you no longer need to ponder. WaBAM!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gotham Central Reviews #2-November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009

This week, Hunter and Justin discuss and review the following issues:

Arkham Reborn #2 of 3
Detective Comics #859
Gotham City Sirens #6
The Web #3
World's Finest #2 of 4

Also, a very special discussion on Azrael and Blackest Night.

Remember email with all your reviews, and thoughts on our opinions!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gotham Central Pull List #1 November 25, 2009

We discuss the Gotham books for the week of November 25, 2009

Arkham Reborn #2 of 3
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #11
Detecive Comics #859
Gotham City Sirens #6
World's Finest #2 of 4

All information and descriptions come from All opinions are ours.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Batman: The Brave And The Bold "Inside The Outsiders"

Newsarama has posted a special preview for Friday's episode of Batman: The Brave And The Bold, so head on over there and check this video out!

B:TBATB has been doing a lot of great things lately, and if you are a Batman fan and not checking out this series, then I just have a couple of things to tell you.

Friday: 7:30pm/6:30pm CST
Saturday: 8:30pm/7:30pm CST

Both on Cartoon Network.

source: Newsarama

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bat in the Sun's Batman: Legends

This is a fan film that I definitely wish was real. They stick a lot of continuity in to this fan fiction trailer, but by God, if the real studios ever put a reference to Death in the Family like these guys do, I will jump and down. Amazing job, Bat in the Sun!

This Week In Gotham Books

Happy New Comic Book Day!

Hey guys, sorry I didn't get this up Monday, I've kinda had my plate full this week, but here are the Bat-Books for Wednesday, October 28, 2009.

Arkham Reborn #1 (of 3)

Batman #692

Batman: Monsters (Trade)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #10

Batman: The Killing Joke (New Printing)

Detective Comics #858

Gotham City Sirens #5

World's Finest #1 (of 4)

So, there you have it, the books of Gotham City. GO GET THEM!

Source: DC Comics

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Willem Defoe as Batman? Holy Green Goblin!

Apparently, when the 1989 Batman movie was in casting, Willem Defoe was one of the options to play the Caped Crusader. I'm not sure exactly how this would have worked out, but Defoe's prior work has proved that he has the ability to go dark enough to be able to pull off the persona of The Dark Knight, but I'm not quite sure how his Bruce Wayne would have felt.

This bit of news that broke from MTV Splash Page early on Tuesday definitely appears to be odd when you first hear about it, but when you sit down to think, he might have done a fantastic job.

Either way, Willem Defoe as Batman is a Hell of a lot better than Nic Cage as Superman, so thank God for that.

Source: MTV Splash Page

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

DCU Preview: Batman/Doc Savage Special #1

Here is a special preview page of the Batman/Doc Savage Special.
Writer: Brian Azarello
Artist: Phil Noto.

Now, I don't know what they are trying to do here, but this is clearly someone in a Batsuit firing two guns, and, as we know, Batman doesn't use guns. Draw your own conclusions and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Trade of The Month: The Long Halloween

A costumed hero learning he can trust no one.

A serial killer using the holidays to mark his handiwork.

A crime lord trying to hold onto a crumbling empire.

A city beset by gangsters, becoming a haven for freaks.

An honest district attorney hiding a terrible secret.

A dark woman tempting the Dark Knight detective.

and a friendship that would be shattered forever.

These are the pieces of the murder mystery:


Originally published in individual issue form over the course of a 13 month period spanning from 1996 to 1997 and then later collected into paperback in 1998, hardcover in 1999 and an absolute edition in 2007, Batman: The Long Halloween is a classic film noir tale of the crime families of gotham, Harvey Dent's transformation into the villain Two Face and also a thrilling murder mystery revolving around a killer who does his dirty work only on holidays.

The story is set a little bit after Batman: Year One, the Frank Miller miniseries that chronicled the character's modern origin and just happens to be my favorite Frank Miller Batman story. We see Gotham as a place being torn apart by various Mafia families while also seeing the rise of a cornucopia of super villains like The Joker, The Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Solomon Grundy which some see as a response to Batman's appearance in Gotham. This is such a great time in the history of the Batman, that pure and almost innocent period which is portrayed so well in both Batman Begins and Batman: Year One.

This was my second go around with The Long Halloween and just like the maiden voyage I embarked on several years ago, I could not put it down. This has got to be one of the most engaging and engrossing stories i've ever read. From the opening page to the last panel, Jeph Loeb is at his best here in the gritty world of Gotham City. He weaves a tight and cohesive narrative that rewards those who love a good mystery. The killer's identity is a mystery until the very end with twist after twist leaving you anxious and compelling you to turn the page and find out what happens next.

At the center of the story is the relationship between Commissioner Jim Gordon, Batman, and district attorney Harvey Dent. Of course those familiar with last summer's mega successful film The Dark Knight will be familiar with this territory as this story was one of the models the film took after.

The Long Halloween is the perfect story for Batman (The Bruce Wayne version, sorry Dick) and it also showcases what I enjoy most about the character. Nothing suits the world's greatest detective more than murder mystery. Why so many writers have either forgotten or chosen to ignore this fact is beyond my comprehension. In this tale, Jeph Loeb is able to magnificently flow from character to character and give us insight into the complexities of each while also showcasing what makes each dramatis personae unique. Much like another Leob/Sale team-up (Superman For All Seasons) you get a great revelation about Batman and you see his feelings for his city and the people that surround him.

I was not a big fan of Tim Sale's art when I first read this story. Oh how the times have changed. It was really fun going back and revisiting this because since my initial viewing Tim Sale has gone on to become one of my favorite artists in the industry and this might be his Mona Lisa. Every page and every panel is just a visual treat (No tricks here folks) and I love his character designs and splash pages in particular.

Overall, Batman: The Long Halloween is a captivating mystery with complex character interactions and relationships enhanced by Tim Sales gorgeous artwork and I can not recommend it enough to you. If you loved Batman Begins and The Dark Knight you will absolutely love Batman: The Long Halloween. I believe in Batman. I believe in Gotham City. And after reading Batman: The Long Halloween you will believe in Jeph Leob and Tim Sale.

Written by: Justin Vactor

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Contributor Profile: Justin Vactor

Name: Justin Vactor

Bat-Book: Batman & Robin

Favorite (Batman) TV Series: Batman The Animated Series

Favorite Live Action Movie: Tie - Batman Begins/The Dark Knight

Favorite Animated Movie: Mask of the Phantasm

Favorite Theme: Danny Elfman

Favorite Gotham Hero, other than Batman: Dick Grayson

Favorite Villain: Joker/Harley Quinn

What got you in to Batman?: My Dad

Personal Website:


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Comics For The Week #1

Hi guys, in this episode, Hunter goes over the new releases for 10-21-2009!

Episode 1: This is a Test

Hey guys, don't even listen to this, it was just a test/space filler telling you what we plan on doing with the Podcast, but that's pretty much been covered here on the site. It was basically a space filler for iTunes, which we are in now, by the way! Expect a Subscribe link at around 7PM CST tonight!

Episode "1"

G4's "Cheat" Takes on Arkham Asylum

Here is a little tip on the Silent Night: Extreme Mode challenge map for the Arkham Asylum video game.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Villain of the Month: Scarecrow

Another little segment that I would like to introduce here is "Villain of the Month", and October's villain is none other than Scarecrow!

One of my personal favorite villains, Scarecrow fits perfectly with October, the month of Halloween, and the weather of autumn, a perfect time for the Scarecrow to arise. Dr. Jonathan Crane, a former psychiatrist for Arkham Asylum uses mind controlling hallucinogens to distort the minds of all of the Gothamites. There was even a terrifying portrayal of The Scarecrow in this month's Batgirl #3, where he played some mind games with young Stephanie Brown, forcing her to face her fears of herself, a signature move of Scarecrow.

One of the most surprisingly accurate, non-comic book portrayals of Scarecrow was in 2009's Arkham Asylum in which Scarecrow played on Batman's fears about himself and his parent's death. These scenes of the game came off as completely horrifying and stunningly accurate.

Here is the Wikipedia entry for The Scarecrow:

"The Scarecrow is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in World's Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941) and was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

A former psychiatrist who uses a variety of drugs and psychological tactics to exploit the fears and phobias of his adversaries, the Scarecrow is a member of Batman's rogues gallery; although he made only two appearances in the Golden Age of Comic Books, [1] the character was eventually revived during the Silver Age of Comic Books by writer Gardner Fox and artist Sheldon Moldoff in the pages of Batman #189 (Feb 1967) and has since become a staple Batman villain.[2]

The character of Scarecrow has featured in other DC Comics-endorsed products such as feature films; video games; animated television series and merchandise such as action figures."

Source: Wikipedia

This Week in Bat-Books

Every Monday, we will be bringing you the new releases in Gotham City Books. This week, we haev some really exciting books on the roster with the first issue of "Azrael" and the continuation of the always superb, "Batman: Streets of Gotham". But don't take my word for it, see for yourself!

Azrael #1

Batman Confidential #35

Batman: Streets of Gotham #5

Batman: Unseen #2 (of 5)

The Ousiders #23

Superman/Batman #65

Source: DC Comics

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Contributor Profile: Hunter Camp

Name: Hunter Camp

Bat-Book: The Dark Knight Returns

Favorite TV Series: Batman (1960's)

Favorite Live Action Movie: Batman Begins

Favorite Animated Movie: Mask of the Phantasm

Favorite Theme: Mask of the Phantasm

Favorite Gotham Hero, other than Batman: Red Robin (Tim Drake/Wayne, not Jason Todd. Hate Jason Todd)

Favorite Villain: Two-Face

What got you in to Batman?: 1960's TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward starring Batman and Robin, respectively. The series aired on The Family Channel in the 1980's when I was a kid, and I pretty much stayed with Batman until the mid 1990's. In the early 2000's I started picking up trades and graphic novels in part due to Jamie Madrox of Twiztid's obsession with Batman. I was a big fan of Twiztid's from about 1999 to the mid 2000's, so that definitely brought me back in to the fold of Gotham City. I bought The Long Halloween and there was no turning back.

Personal Website: 2 Geeks 1 Podcast

Twitter: MK2Fac3

Holy Podcast, Batman!

Hi everybody, this is the official page/blog of the Gotham Central Podcast.

On this site, you will find all sorts of things like "trade of the month," "villain of the month," reviews of Gotham books, as well as some news about the Caped Crusader and the Gotham family. We also will be doing reviews of movies and tv shows.

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