Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at a great take on the death of Batman's parents, courtesy of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
It's hard to believe now, in 2009, that there ever was a time when Martha Wayne's pearl necklace being broken during the scuffle that led to the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne was NOT a major part of the Batman mythos.
But before The Dark Knight Returns, that was the case.
It was Miller who added the breaking of the necklace in the following brilliant re-imagining of the murder of Bruce's parents (this is also the scene that leads directly to Bruce deciding to become Batman once again).
Simply stunning work by Miller and inker Klaus Janson.
It's a bit difficult to pick just ONE moment from the preceding scene, as the whole concept of Miller's piece here is to demonstrate how quickly Bruce's life is changed/ruined/whatever - all in the time it takes for the pearls to hit the ground. So I guess just pick any of the pearl panels for "the" moment.