WTF, DC?: Detective Comics #567

I rather liked this story, as it portrays The Dark Knight as a bumbling but well – meaning doofus, which is way, WAY out of character for the Caped Crusader. I liked the bit near the end where Batman sees a hulking behemoth that he sizes up as a criminal type, & instead, he’s urbane & well – spoken.
& I’m something of a fan of Harlan Ellison, as well.

WTF, DC?

A few months ago, I found Detective Comics #567 in the back issue section of my local comic shop for the bargain price of $3. “Special! An off-beat bat-tale by award-winning author HARLAN ELLISON!” screamed the cover.

Aside from being the most litigious man on the planet, Ellison is a writer of some repute. He’s also the author of famed Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” and his work was the inspiration for The Terminator (more or less). I have his short story collections Strange Wine, Gentleman Junkie, and Deadly Streets in a box somewhere, and, despite backhanded endorsements from Dorothy Parker, they’re mostly unread.

I understand Detective Comics #567 came out 26 years ago, but aside from being scripted by a well-known sci-fi writer, it also carries another notable distinction: it’s the absolute worst Batman story I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a…

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