Its Christmas time, and long-time readers of this blog will know that at this time of the year, we let our hair down a little and write about subjects that are a little off our norm, But then, we are a predominately a car blog, but not exclusively one. After all, we have featured a boat, a bus - and an android. Oh, and many bikes.
Well in our defence, today's offering is car related, as it features a Batmobile. Now its never made clear in any of the recent films, but while we know that Bruce Wayne is a car nut, he actually works on his own cars. I'm not sure of the availability of a Haynes manual for a WayneCorp-funded Batmobile, but given the work he's putting in to upgrade the nitrous system, I think his knowledge of a car's internal workings are beyond a mere oil change.
This particular tale (appropriately entitled Driven) comes from DC Comics new six-issue miniseries Batman Black And White. There have been several series of the Eisner Award-winning BBAW before, but the basic premise is the same: one-off stories in black & white by creative teams who for the most part wouldn't normally work on a Batman comic.
The creative team for Driven is a great match; writer John Arcudi, best known for his work on The Mask comic and B.P.R.D., Gen 13, Doom Patrol as well as working on a number of film-based comic books, including RoboCop, Terminator, Predator and Alien. Arcudi’s series Barb Wire, featuring bounty hunter and bartendress Barbara Kopetski, was of course adapted into the Pamela Anderson film.
The artist is Sean Murphy, the comic industry's newest 'rockstar'. Best known for work on books such as Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Teen Titans, Hellblazer: City of Demons, Shaun of the Dead, Joe the Barbarian and Punk Rock Jesus.