Yeah, between A Death in the Family and Tim becoming Robin, there's a solid reason for him to be so cold and driven. After that, it's writers not realizing why that characterization came about, and not wanting to change it.
Batman #430: Reading these out of order, the reason for the tension between Batman and Gordon in #432 becomes clear: he's yet to tell Jim that Robin is dead. So here, when Gordon asks if Robin is with Batman tonight, your heart breaks for Batman. Besides that, the small addition to Batman's origin is interesting, and it makes it seems like this was meant to be a soft jumping on point for new readers. (One imagines there were a lot of new eyes on Batman post-A Death in the Family, so it makes sense.) While not the most memorable issue of Batman, there are good moments in here: Gordon hinting he knows who Batman is, Batman being slightly off his game, and the seven pages containing the origin and contemporary stories spring to mind. Batman #431: Batman throwing a frying pan at a ninja has to be my new favorite Batman moment. This one is jumbled. Skip it. Comics: 221
Batman #432: Along with the three issues mentioned above, this is another Batman comic I very distinctly recall buying off the newsstand. The cover made it an absolute must-buy: Batman fighting the FBI on the steps of a burning building? Hell! Yes! The one-issue story is a solid detective tale, in which Batman falls backwards into a seven-year-old cold case revolving around a missing boy. At any other time, he would have acknowledged it was too cold to be worth his time, but this is weeks after Jason't death and Batman cannot bare the thought of another dead boy going unavenged. So he pushes everything to the side; cases are ignored, his friendship with Gordon is tested, and he virtually dares the FBI to come after him. It's fantastic. For many, I think, the best bit will be Batman (disguised as a firefighter) fighting the FBI, but for me it's when he confronts the suspect and said suspect realizes it's over. The way Jim Aparo sells the fear in three panels is a masterclass in storytelling. Comics: 219
Agreed. There are only two words spoken in the entire book, and they are so powerful. Upon seeing the first dead "Batman" in the morgue -- not knowing this is just the beginning of a crime spree and that the body isn't really Batman -- Gordon tells the beat officer to "get out" before unmasking the corpse. It's fucking brilliant. My other favorite moment is Two-Face flipping his coin to decide if he should be happy or pissed that someone killed Batman.
Batman #433-435: This is the three-part story The Many Deaths of the Batman, which was the first Batman storyline I ever read month-to-month off the newsstand. Thing is, no matter how many times I read it, I always misremember the plot. For some reason, I recall it as being this: a man has deduced that Batman must be rich and athletically fit, so he begins murdering Gothamites fitting that bill, forcing them to dress up as Batman before delivering the killing blow. But that's not the plot at all. It's actually this: Stone, the man who trained Batman in defusing bombs, realizes Batman's technique is one he himself invented and only taught to one person. Since Batman uses it, the person he taught must be Batman. Worried Batman's greatest foes will also realize this, he fears they will stalk and kill him to get to Batman. So Stone begins tracking down the other men who trained Batman, killing them (after forcing them to wear Batman costumes), then faking his own death. This way, Batman's foes will think Batman's trainers are all dead, keeping Stone and his wife safe. If it sounds convoluted, that's because it is. But I still love it. John Byrne writes a great Commissioner Gordon, in that he's tired and world-weary, but he's not morose and pessimistic. Sitting behind a desk has not slowed him down. His Batman is a brilliant detective, putting all of the clues together quickly but not so quickly he feels omniscient. And his Alfred has the perfect level of dutifulness and snark, and he's clever in his own way. Jim Aparo nails each page; every death is gruesome without being gory, every player has their own way of moving, and, as always, his Batman is slim and sleek and oh-so powerful. Most people will probably see this as a short Batman storyline with nothing too memorable within (and it probably is), but it holds such a special place in my heart. Comics: 218
Darth Maul #2: A touch slower than last issue, but the glimpse into Maul's beginnings was interesting. I also enjoy his posse of bounty hunters. Star Trek / Green Lantern: Stranger Worlds #1-4: This is the squeal to Star Trek / Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, and so far it's even better than the first crossover. There are two more issues to go, and I'm very excited to see how it all wraps up. Hopefully IDW and DC leave room for a third part, because ring-bearers being in the Star Trek universe is an idea that has long legs. Comics: 214
Prowler #6: In the wake of The Clone Conspiracy, Hobie doesn't know what to do with his life, so he consults Peter and they weigh his options. None of which are good. As the final issue of a series, it's a nice sendoff for the character and book. Soon I plan to read The Clone Conspiracy and all of its tie-ins, including Prowler, and I find myself looking forward to those issues. Comics: 209
While I really, really, really want to give Dark Seasons a fair shake, I had to turn episode one off after a few minutes because I actively wanted to punch Marcie in her face. From the moment she set foot on screen, she became the worst lead character I have seen in a long time. If not ever. Maybe she'll have an arc and become likable by the end, but, thus far, she is despicable. All that said, I cannot wait to listen to this episode. So far I'm six minutes in and Ian's contempt for Marcie is already palpable.
Action Comics #976: Nothing was answered, and I'm not sure what the point was. It's a shame, really. The first two issues of this four-part story started strong, then it seemed to get jumbled. Comics: 208
Arkham Manor #1-3: Arkham Asylum has burnt to the ground, leaving nowhere safe to place the inmates. That is, until someone gets the bright idea to use the recently vacated Wayne Manor. After a murder is committed in his old home, Bruce goes undercover to find the killer inside the new asylum. There are three more issues in this series, as well as an Endgame tie-in oneshot, but I'm not actively compelled to read the remaining four issues. It's okay, and I like the art, but it doesn't hook me. Maybe I'll come back down the line. Comics: 207
1978: Superman 1979: Alien 1980: The Shining 1981: [ nil ] 1982: Poltergeist (but First Blood is a very close second) 1983: A Christmas Story 1984: The Karate Kid (but Gremlines, The Terminator, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Ghostbusters are all breathing down its neck) 1985: Back to the Future (it's Anne of Green Gables if TV movies count) 1986: The Karate Kid Part II 1987: The Princess Bride 1988: Die Hard 1989: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure 1990: Tremors 1991: The Rocketeer 1992: My Cousin Vinny 1993: The Fugitive 1994: The Shawshank Redemption 1995: Se7en 1996: A Time to Kill 1997: Jackie Brown 1998: Dark City 1999: Stir of Echoes 2000: America Psycho 2001: Training Day 2002: 28 Days Later 2003: Kill Bill: Vol. 1 2004: Shaun of the Dead 2005: Batman Begins 2006: Rocky Balboa 2007: Once 2008: The Dark Knight 2009: Inglourious Basterds 2010: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2011: Midnight in Paris 2012: Skyfall (with Django Unchained as a close second) 2013: 12 Years a Slave 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy 2015: Creed 2016: Captain America: Civil War