T-shirt #294 - The New Shirt - Darth Knight or BatVader
This is a new shirt. I had to have it. I love Batman. And I love the character of Darth Vader. It seemed like kismet when I saw this merged logo marketed as "The Darth Knight" shirt or "BatVader," as I like to call it.
I created a Star Wars category now that this shirt brings me to three total Star Wars shirts.
I also have a "Batman Related" category in case you wish to examine all posts related to Batman with one click.
My previous Star Wars related posts:
T-shirt #45: The Evolution of Darth Vader
T-shirt #50: The Rebel Alliance
This shirt brings to mind a question often debated in geek circles: Batman or Darth Vader?
Who is cooler?
Who is better?
Who would win in a fight?
Choose one and only one to have as an action figure? As a cameo in a movie? To be your favorite character?
Who is cooler?
I think Batman wins that debate.
Does anyone aspire to be Darth Vader? Do you want to be kept alive in a breathing apparatus and be a slave to the Emperor and the Dark Side of the Force? Darth Vader is deformed, and he's a bad guy. He kills people for looking at him cross-eyed. He rules through tyranny. Okay, sure, he has a tragic past. He was Anakin Skywalker, a flawed man prone to uncontrollable rages. And he's Luke Skywalker's dad. He seeks redemption in his last moments and is a happy ghost, like something out of My Three Dads. (Okay, I am thinking of the sitcom My Three Sons, but the line of ghosts at the end of the Return of the Jediare all fathers or father figures and so it seems more appropriate to say My Three Dads).
Batman is just cooler. He gets to kiss Catwoman. He's just a man. He has no magic fueled by the Dark Side of the Force. He's a good guy, but he's a bad ass. He beat Superman (see the Dark Knight Returns for details). People aspire to be Batman. People may like Darth Vader. They may even dress up as Darth Vader. Some may aspire to be Darth Vader, but more people aspire to be Batman. It's a fact. There's data to back it up. Compare the numbers of fan sites. More fan sites. More movies. More story and art. More history. A richer and more detailed history. But most importantly, Batman is GOOD GUY. He's a hero. Darth Vader is not a hero.
BATMAN DOES NOT KILL. This alone makes him "cooler" by most definitions of "cool."
Apparently, this has been a subject discussed some in geek circles. Do your own Google search of Darth Vader vs. Batman for results. Here's a few things I found.
The consensus seems to be that Batman would win. Without the Force, Darth Vader is a seriously broken man in a high-tech iron lung. If Batman can negate the Force as factor in the battle, no problem. In the Star Wars universe, Batman might be the greatest Jedi of all time and kick Darth Vader's ass.
BATMAN vs. DARTH VADER - IGN MESSAGE BOARDS
BATMAN-DARTH VADER Light Saber Duel
BATMAN vs. DARTH VADER BATTLES COMIC VINE
And some people have actually made VIDEOS. This is proof that the Internet is a wonderful place for all kinds of creativity. Or, maybe, proof that people have too much time on their hands.
I like this video, even though Vader prevails. It may be the best of the three I selected. There are others. Sadly, I cannot embed this one. Apparently, Kevin Smith held a contest, so there are several videos. Some are a little stupid.
WEEKLY COMICS LIST
Here's the Weekly comics list on Thursday this week because Friday's blog is special and will have nothing to do with comics. Now that I have caught up on some of the issues I am reading, Sex Criminals, which is a wonderful comic, jumps to the second spot. I almost had it dislodge The Walking Dead, but the zombie comic is always a quick and easy read so it continues in the top spot if only for that reason. The Cataclysm comics jump into the top five this week because they are written by Bendis and feature great art with Marquez on the Spider-Man comic and Bagley on the other other.
Actually, some of last week's comics crept up in this list, like Flash, which I had not read yet.
I am actually completing this entry on the Sunday following (1401.12) the Thursday when I posted this entry originally. I am planning a day of reading Sunday (which as I confessed is the day I am actually writing this one). I will report back on the results of that. I am really looking forward to the Black Widow comic.
I have been stacking up many comics that I want to review, but such things will have to wait as I continue to catch up. Recently, I have read Revival, volumes one and two, which I enjoyed immensely, so I am hoping to review those soon, but not today.
COMICS FOR 1401.08
Walking Dead #119
Sex Criminals #4
Afterlife With Archie #3
Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #003
Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #003
Green Arrow #27
Black Widow #001
Avengers World #001
Avengers A.I. #008
Young Avengers #015
Iron Man #020
Daredevil: Dark Knights #008
Batman: Detective Comics #27
Earth Two #19
Green Lantern #27
Superman: Action Comics#27
The Awakening #002
The Shaolin Cowboy #4
Buck Rogers #4
SEX: The Summer of Hard: Volume One From Image Comics (Casey/Kowalski)
Revival Volume Two
BTW (By the way), yesterday (1401.08) was David Bowie's birthday. Had I been more organized, I would have featured a shirt for Bowie yesterday. But I cannot always get organized around such things. I am trying to feature something great for T-shirt #300, which looms, and I am not sure I am going to finish what I am working on in time.
Anyway, Happy 67th Birthday Mr. Bowie. Thanks for all you have given me with your art and your presence in the world. My life, all of our lives, have been richer for it.
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