And all this out-of-character nonsense is done under the defense that Alfred’s drunk, I guess, even though it is possible for people under the influence to still maintain a modicum of coherency in conversation. It’s offensive because it makes it sound as though being a pauper actually justifies criminal offenses. It could easily have been written by a follower of the now defunct Occupy movement. If they really had to reflect the contemptuous arguments of the anti-Batman crowd, it should be through a character of Ellis and company’s own creation, not an established character who’s meant to believe in justice as much as his boss. I notice Ellis and his other creators chose to make use of the very lowercase lettering Marvel dumbed their books down on in 2003. This Batman comic stands out as the most recent DC book I know of to use that kind of lettering approach, and it’s just as lazy as many of the others.
And this Ellis-penned mini is nothing more than another example of Batman becoming exploited for liberal propaganda that practically insults every innocent millionaire, and ignores all the impoverished innocents attacked by the criminals of the same status in real life. Of all the DC creations that’ve been run into the ground for 2 decades now, Batman surely suffers the worst, and is by far one of the most overused in comparison to others. For heaven’s sake, put the Masked Manhunter to bed already; there’s plenty of other supeheroes out there who could use the focus he gets, and whose visions are far less dark too. Indeed, Batman serves as a leading example of how woefully overused darkness is in popular fiction.