Welcome everyone to this week’s foray into the World of Bats! Last week we covered the mini-series Batman: Black & White, so now we’re going to add a splash a color – more specifically, red! That’s right, this is a very special week because this is part of the community-wide Crisis on Infinite Clubs! As a celebration of the upcoming release of the massive Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover event on The CW, we’re all doing stories that connect to this iconic piece of event comics.
So for the Batman Book Club, we will be exploring some of the last of Pre-Crisis Earth 1 Batman in Batman #389-391, and Detective Comics #556-558! Both books are written by Doug Moench (surprisingly pronounced as “mench,” in case you didn’t know), with the Batman issues drawn by Tom Mandrake and Detective Comics illustrated by Gene Colan.
The skies have turned blood red. Up above these skies is a catastrophic story, with worlds living and dying…but in Gotham City, it’s just making an already tense place turn into a powderkeg. As Nocturna, the Mistress of the Night, now the leader of Black Mask’s former False Face Society, works to discover the origin of the red sky, a serial killer is ritualistically stalking her and murdering the gang. The police have one suspect in mind…the now-reformed Catwoman! For Batman and Robin, this crime spree is especially personal – can Jason Todd fight Nocturna, the woman who has become for him a surrogate mother? Does the Batman truly love Nocturna or Catwoman? Who will survive under these Bleeding Skies?
Now that I’ve got you all revved up, here’s the reading order. As you might suspect from one writer on two books, this story bounces around between the two books, so unless you want to be super lost, I would recommend reading in this order:
What to Read
Now, onto the discussion questions!
Unlike many stories going on during this time of Crisis, this story is decidedly much more grounded. Do you like how Moench handles the crossover here, or would you have rather read of Batman’s adventures in the grander, cosmic events of this event?
For some of you, this may be your first exposure to Pre-Crisis Jason Todd, the kinder, more innocent Jason before he tried to jack the hubcaps off the Batmobile. What did you think of this kindler, gentler version of Jason?
To say that Batman in this story is dealing with some girl problems would be…putting it mildly. Who do you think Batman loves the most? Does he love Nocturna, the woman who has Jason’s affection? Or Catwoman, the woman who has been the biggest constant in his life? Maybe even Vicki Vale, the jazzercising journalist? Or is Batman’s worst fear true, and he only loves those who are dangerous and therefore unattainable?
Of course, answers to these questions and any other thoughts, questions, praises, critiques, and memes can be sent below! Let’s get some discussions going!
This book club is a weekly affair, so here’s the time frame: 2019-11-16T06:00:00Z → 2019-11-23T06:00:00Z
But don’t worry, if you get behind, or if you’re from the distant future, you can always leave your thoughts on this and any installment of the book club.
So let’s get the book orders right, avoid the freaky red lightning, and get to reading!