Thursday, August 14, 2008

Top Ten Favorite Comic Stories #10: Batman: Holy Terror

A co-worker of mine was complaining that is being overrun by pointless top ten lists.  I agreed with him and had a long talk about how such lists only exist because they are easy blog fodder for lazy writers.

So of course I have decided to add to the pile with my Top Ten Favorite Comic Stories.

Norm Breyfogle Rocks! Batman: Holy Terror comes in at Number 10.  It is kind of an odd choice for me because I am normally not all that into alternate universe "Elseworlds" stories.

The premise is that Oliver Cromwell didn't die when he did in our world and this small change led to a world where the United States never came to be.  There is no separation of Church and State, and both England and its colonies are firmly under the control of a repressive religious regime.

In this world, a young Bruce Wayne is about to take his sacred vows when he finds out his parents were not killed in a random mugging like he believed.  Instead, they were tried in absentia and executed as enemies of the church.  The revelation shatters the young man's faith, and he decides to get revenge the way only Bruce Wayne can.

That is just the jumping off point and the story proceeds to take some interesting twists and turns along the way.  While it is a bit heavy handed with some of the points it makes at times, it still manages to make some interesting points about government, religion, and faith.  Which is why I am such a big fan of it.

It also probably doesn't hurt that it was illustrated by Norm Breyfogle, one of my all-time favorite Batman artists.

Come back tomorrow for #9 on my Top Ten Favorite Comic Stories list.


Scafloc said...

I always loved this one. It is the first comic I bought as an adult and is quite good, especially the art.