So, doo doo doo, there I was, finally going to read the AV Club's review of Two-Face, Parts 1 and 2
for their ongoing TAS retrospective. That, of course, is why I wrote the big rambling post last night
, because I wanted to get it in under the wire. "So okay," I thought, "now I can finally read their review, hooray!
Then I read the first paragraph of the review:“I believe in Harvey Dent.” The phrase has become primarily associated with
The Dark Knight, but was first uttered in Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s
The Long Halloween, the miniseries that served as a major influence on Nolan’s big screen take on Two-Face. Building on the underworld community established in Miller’s
The Long Halloween has Batman teaming up with Harvey Dent and Captain James Gordon to take down a killer picking off members of the Gotham mafia, murders that coincide with holidays on the calendar. Much like this week’s
Batman: The Animated Series two-parter “Two-Face,” Halloween portrays Dent as a valiant public figure struggling to negotiate his desire to see punishment for Gotham’s criminals with his obligation to the legal rules and procedures that he has sworn to uphold. And while Two-Face’s origin changes depending on the medium, there is one constant: once he loses the left half of his face, there’s no Harvey Dent left to believe in.
... I was originally going to post that above quote with an "AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
, and let you, my readers, take it from there in the comments. Because the thing I love about you guys is that I don't have to actually explain all the reasons why this is so infuriatingly WRONG because you guys ALREADY KNOW
. Besides, it was hard for me to type with my fingers curled into shaking fists.
But Henchgirl insisted that I step back, take a breather, and come back to this later. She wanted the same for herself, because--god, I love her--she was just as pissed off as I was. But for different reasons! That's the real magic of the reviewer's opening statement here: here's just so much fail to go around!
Look. I know
that The Long Halloween
is always going to be a popular, seminal comic for many. And I know
that while is "borrowed" liberally from the far superior Andrew Helfer story, Eye of the Beholder
, the fact is that EotB is not in print anywhere, it's not well-known, and people just aren't going to read it as much. I don't like it when somebody on a message board or a blog doesn't acknowledge EotB, giving TLH all the credit, but I understand it.
Nor, for that matter, do many comics fans realize that TLH didn't actually invent
the idea of showing Harvey Dent as a crusader for justice before he became Two-Face, no more than TAS did! Nor did it invent the iconic rooftop meeting between Jimbo, Bats, and Harv, which carried its way all the way through to The Dark Knight
. Nor was it the first time
we'd ever seen Harvey as a man "struggling to negotiate his desire to see punishment for Gotham’s criminals with his obligation to the legal rules and procedures that he has sworn to uphold."
I don't like it, but I understand it. People just don't know any better. And why should they? Can I really expect all fans to have spent/wasted as much time as I have--and still do--reading comics? No. Of course not.
Besides, they're just fans. It's not like they're, say, an actual paid, professional reviewer for a major pop culture publication, writing as an authority about Batman to an audience of largely non-comic readers.
Because heaven forbid that a reviewer--someone who is attempting to bring a fresh, educated perspective to something in an old episode that the readers have undoubtedly already watched--actually be KNOWLEDGEABLE about a character.
Not only does the reviewer draw from a work which is incredibly derivative and so popular that many people, like him, only associate Harvey Dent from that story, but he's also wrong about his big conclusion: that the only constant in all origins is that "there’s no Harvey Dent left to believe in."The Henchgirl Interjects: HAHAHAHAHAHA *breath* AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I'd say more, but I don't want to steal your thunder, dear.
No, no, it's okay. I don't mind sharing this one. Go nuts.YAY! RAGE! But I don't like italics. Just a second.Huzzah. Now, are you sure you want me to rant? Because there isn't going to be much left for you to cover once I'm done.
Girl, I spent, like, four hours working on a long, ranting post yesterday. I need a break. Please, help!
( Let's get into it, shall we? )