01 March 2011

Internet Rumor Proves Comic Speculation Still Alive

Your next Catwoman, ladies and gentlemen.
In case you noticed in my last post that I read and reviewed issues 6-10 and 16-20 of Legends of the Dark Knight and began wondering why I skipped 11-15, it's simple.  That's a five-part story, and I only own the first issue.  The story, "Prey," was written by Paul Gulacy and features Dr. Hugo Strange (a mentally imbalanced psychiatrist obsessed with Batman).  It opens with Jim Gordon leading a task force to bring in Batman, and I'm told Catwoman makes an appearance.  Fans will remember that the last movie ended with the police pursuing Batman, and that Anne Hathaway has been cast as Selina Kyle.  Anyway, those five issues have sat dormant in back issue bins for the majority of the last twenty years.  Then the Internet rumor mill got involved.

See, word has it (from what authority, I can't say) that the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, will be based at least in part on "Prey."  eBay sellers are now hocking complete sets of the five issues for ~$30.  It stands to reason that the majority of those willing to pay these inflated prices are the same fanboys who live and die by the latest speculation gossip peddled by Ain't It Cool News.  How many of them are out there remains to be seen.  I'm of course irritated because it's a temporary speed bump in my filling in the holes of my library.  I'm tempted to be bitter over Hot Topic shoppers who weren't even born when those issues went to print being responsible for all this, but the truth is that they're simply being manipulated by sellers who are leaping at the brief opportunity to finally unload these 20 year old issues and actually (finally) make some money off of them.  In any event, it's only my own fault I never got around to buying the issues by now.

Legends of the Dark Knight #11
"Prey" Part One of Five
If anything, there's a part of me that's encouraged by this kind of price hike.  Buyers surely can't expect The Dark Knight Rises to be just a literal adaptation of "Prey."  Unlike the 90s, they're not buying with some kind of misguided investment plan in mind, thinking they'll make a fortune later.  Rather, they're buying because they're so eager for that movie that they're willing to pay $6 an issue to read a handful of comic books that might be used in some capacity in its story.  It's really a testament to Christopher Nolan and his Bat-films that this kind of enthusiasm has been generated.  And it's actually nice to know in the era of Hollywood-dominated Comic Con that there are still fans who remember that their superhero movies were based on comic books.  The industry has been floundering for the last several years (for various reasons).  This kind of enthusiasm has to be welcome, even if the only immediate beneficiaries are the collectors and dealers who've patiently held onto those issues for two decades.

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