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Old September 20th, 2014   Elias is offline   #1
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Born In A World Of Tragedy: Greg Rucka Reflects On His Batman Work, Part One [Interview]
To say that Greg Rucka had a profound impact on DC Comics in the 21st Century is underselling things quite a bit. After arriving on the scene in the late ’90s, he became one of the few writers to have written all three of DC’s biggest characters, with critically acclaimed runs on Action Comics and Wonder Woman. It was on Batman, however, where he made his biggest impact, as one of the writers for the year-long No Man’s Land crossover, the relaunched “New Gotham” era of Detective Comics, and cowriter of the enduringly influential Gotham Central.

Today, we begin an in-depth look back at Rucka’s tenure on the Dark Knight, starting with No Man’s Land, both the comic and its surprisingly popular novelization, in which Gotham City becomes a dark dystopia following a cataclysmic earthquake; his feelings about the core idea of Batman; and his frustrations on seeing the Joker show up in the pages of Superman.
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Paid For In Blood: Greg Rucka Reflects On His Batman Work, Part Two [Interview]
Our chat continues today as he looks back on becoming the regular writer of Detective Comics, speaking very candidly about trouble with DC editorial, his creation of Sasha Bordeaux, and the comic he and Rick Burchett created that he considers to be a perfect done-in-one issue.
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Batman Is A Fact Of Life: Greg Rucka Reflects On His Batman Work, Part Three [Interview]
Today we finish our three-part interview series with a look at Gotham Central, the book that focused on the non-superhero police detectives of Gotham City. Rucka speaks at length about how looking at Batman from the outside changes how the character works, the nature of collaboration with series co-writer Ed Brubaker and artist Michael Lark, and how the book produced one of the greatest Joker stories of all time.
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Not my favorite Batman writer. To me, he was best with the fringe characters...Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Crispus Allen. That was when Rucka was at his best. I'd love him back in that regard.
 
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He's my favorite Batman writer.
 
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Rucka's Batwoman was pure awesomeness. Left that title when he did.
 
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Those Martinbrough detective issues introduced me (and I assume many others) to Rucka. It led me to the NML novel and then Kodiak and then obsession.

So I can't objectively comment on them.

I need to pull out those books and go back and read them again just to remind myself.
 
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I discovered Rucka at my local library one day looking for a new author to read in mystery section. They had his two books available Finder and Keeper since he hadn't written his third novel Smoker yet.

One day I see Whiteout trade Rucka's name on it. Read it.

I pick up No Man's Land #0 based solely on Rucka. At that point, I hadn't been reading Batman at all.

I've been enjoying Rucka since Keeper. His No Man's Land issues always stood out among the other writers on NML.

His creator-owned comics and novels is where he excels and I find greater reading enjoyment.
 
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I enjoyed Rucka's run, with some caveats. Visually it was very distinct, with the muted color pallette, and I always thought that worked really well. There are a couple of issues in that run in particular - the Montoya birthday issue, Gordon's retirement dinner - that are gold.

I do think that Rucka played Batman as very machiavellian, and I never cared for that. He didn't start it - Chuck Dixon's Batman had a streak of it too - but Rucka seemed to amp it up to 11, even as far back as the NML issues. To me that was a bad trend in Batman's characterization that culminated in the awful War Games/ War Crimes mess.

Greg's not the only creator to express dismay over the state of the Batman editorial office once Denny was phased out, and it really sounds like that was a difficult time. I've actually been re-reading the Murderer/ Fugitive stuff recently, and overall it's not bad but you can see the seams showing - ideas get mangled between different creators and the overall story ends up with some odd logic gaps.
 
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His creator-owned comics and novels is where he excels and I find greater reading enjoyment.
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I do agree that is CO stuff is exceptional, but I have enjoyed his work for hire stuff too. He excels at procedural type of stuff and that is why I enjoyed his Batman/Woman, Gotham Central, Question, and Punisher. I also found his Wonder Woman to be outstanding and the fact that DC never allowed his full story to play out is a shame. THe grander things get the more he struggles and he never quite got me with his Superman.
 
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I do think that Rucka played Batman as very machiavellian, and I never cared for that.
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I always love reading your takes Matches they always make me think. In this case its funny, but that was one of my favorite things. Batman isn't really a man, he's a mission. Bruce Wayne isn't the secret identity of Batman, its the other way around. That is why Greg was so awesome on the Punisher. Batman is DC's punisher without the guns and the killing. To each his own I guess.

I do agree about the color pallate. It was so fitting of the story. That was one of those cases were the art so perfectly fit the tone of the writing making it come together as something greater than the sum of its parts. I do not believe I have come across Martinbrough since then and I wish he and Greg would hook up again at some point.
 
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I always love reading your takes Matches they always make me think. In this case its funny, but that was one of my favorite things. Batman isn't really a man, he's a mission. Bruce Wayne isn't the secret identity of Batman, its the other way around. That is why Greg was so awesome on the Punisher. Batman is DC's punisher without the guns and the killing. To each his own I guess.

I do agree about the color pallate. It was so fitting of the story. That was one of those cases were the art so perfectly fit the tone of the writing making it come together as something greater than the sum of its parts. I do not believe I have come across Martinbrough since then and I wish he and Greg would hook up again at some point.
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Thank you, and likewise of course. I've never really bought into the "Bruce Wayne is a mask" idea - one area where I part ways with the O'Neil-era interpretation. To me the whole point of the Murderer/ Fugitive storyline was to take that idea to its logical conclusion, i.e. to have Batman discard Bruce entirely once it became a liability, and then put the lie to it. One of the Brubaker issues of that arc laid it out pretty well, I thought. Unfortunately, as Greg notes in the Comics Alliance piece, that bit of character development got scuttered almost immediately. (One of the pluses of the New 52 IMO has been the return of Bruce Wayne as an actual entity.)

Martinbrough is currently drawing Thief of Thieves from Image, BTW. Still doing really good work.
 
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