Batman, the Dark Knight protector of Gotham City, tends to
see the struggle between good and evil as black and white.
In this collection of all-new stories, he's got the artwork
to back that view up. A host of the comics industry's top
writers and artists - many of whom are making their debuts
illustrating the Caped Crusader - present all-new black-and-white,
noir-tinged tales of Gotham's greatest hero. Featuring John
Bolton, Mike Mignola, Brian Azzarello, Darwyn Cooke, Chris
Bachalo, Alan Davis and many more, this book is a must for
fans of Batman... and of great comics...
third and final volume to the Eisner Award-winning Batman:
Black and White series collects together 33 adventures
of the Dark Knight by some of the hottest names in the industry.
for me included Fat City (writers Mick McMahon, Dave
Gibbons, and artist Mick McMahon give us a tale that wouldn't
look out of place in a Judge Dredd strip as an alien
life form goes on the prowl in Gotham, sucking out people's
fat); Sunrise (writer Alex Garland and artist Sean
Phillips explore the world of a pensioner who finds an injured
Batman on the roof of her building); I'll Be Watching
(writer Ed Brubaker and artist Ryan Sook examine the life
of a reformed criminal who is convinced the Batman is still
watching his every move); and Snap (in which writer
John Ostrander and artist Philip Bond follow a photo journalist
determined to snap the first pictures of the Batman).
a collection of short, sweet tales, this is more hit than
miss. Although there are a few stories that just didn't work
for me. I figured out the twist to The Lesson almost
immediately and a lot of the riddles in Riddle Me This
are pretty lame. But then that's the problem with short strips
- the writer has to get his take on the character across very
quickly and whether or not the reader appreciates it (especially
when there are so many tales trying to do the same job in
this collection) is very much down to personal taste.
you are a serious Batman fan, then you'll need to add this
to your collection. Casual readers should have a serious flick
through before they decide to part with their cash.