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Batman: The Black Mirror Hardcover – 25 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (25 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123206X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401232061
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.9 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The art is beautiful. The writing is terrifyingly spectacular." --IGN"This is going to be one of those Batman stories I remember for a very long time, as a perfect marriage of story and art."--iFanboy"Scott Snyder, with rotating artists Jock and Francisco Francavilla, has solidified the title as the place for serious crime fiction in the Bat-universe."--The A.V. Club"Detective Comics follows the tried-and-true formula that has been working for decades, yet it also adds layers Batman with some much-needed character flaws. Not to mention, there's a heaping splash of atmospheric art by Jock."--Complex Magazine"Scott Snyder is, simply put, doing a career-making job...this is just killer stuff here....If you're only reading one Batman book, it should be this one, folks." --MTV Geek"The best Batman arc in years."--Omnivoracious

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Scott Snyder is one of comics' best young writers. His current works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWAMP THING. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals. He teaches at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence University and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his son, Jack Presley. He's currently at work on a novel for the Dial Press.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2011
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With Bruce Wayne busy setting up Batman Incorporated, Dick Grayson (the first Robin) dons the cowl and becomes Gotham's Dark Knight. But as Grayson has been finding out since he became the Batman, it's not easy being the Caped Crusader and "The Black Mirror" shows him going up against a macabre and monstrous auctioneer of Batman paraphernalia called "The Dealer", a cyborg carjacker called "Roadrunner", a blind-folded pirate called "Tyger Shark", the Joker (of course) and the double-dealing Sonia Branch aka Sonia Zucco, daughter of Tony Zucco who murdered Grayson's parents. But of all the colourful villains lining up to take down the Batman, none are more disturbing that James Gordon Jnr, who makes a murderous return to Gotham...

Having just read "American Vampire" I wasn't sure Scott Snyder had the writing chops to create a Batman series this good, but he proves in "The Black Mirror" that he is easily as talented as the more experienced Batman scribes out there and can create a menacing, taut storyline to boot. I particularly liked the nuances he gives Grayson's Batman: when meeting with Jim Gordon he doesn't suddenly disappear when Gordon turns to switch off the Bat signal, much to Gordon's surprise; Grayson's banter with fellow hero Red Robin, aka Tim Drake (the third Robin), is much more comradely and friendly as the two are really equals than teacher/student as is the way with Wayne/Grayson.

Snyder writes the James Gordon Jnr storyline brilliantly, where the suspense between whether or not he's telling the truth is kept up tightly until the right time, and the way the character is written is both chilling and captivating, like Kevin Spacey's performance as John Doe in "Se7en".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Morgan on 16 Sept. 2013
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I am a Batman fan - having enjoyed the Nolan films and the Arkham games in particular - but never feeling particularly satisfied with the comics. I have tried many of the classic Batman graphic novels but very few seemed to click with me.

The Black Mirror far exceeded my expectations.

Set during a time when Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has taken up the mantle of Batman, this collection is part horror, part thriller, part mystery. It is a far more cerebral storyline, with one central genuine puzzle that gently unravels. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that focused on other characters - it shows Batman as just one part of a busy city. Note that the story is quite dark and is not child-friendly.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone - whether you are a comic fan or not. The only other Batman comic that comes close is Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth which I also recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 May 2013
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The stories from Detective Comics issues #871 to #881 are collected as Batman: The Black Mirror TP (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)). These are actually interlinked stories, though the links are not obvious until the finale.

I gave up buying Batman comics after the end of the `Knightfall' and `Azrael' storylines, however many years ago that was, as basically, after all the shouting had died down, nothing had changed. I occasionally read a Batman-related graphic novel from my local library if something catches my eye, as with this collected volume here. It is an exciting read, with exceptionally good artwork, this time around with Dick Grayson as Batman following the establishment of the `Batman Incorporated' franchise.

The stories presented are
The Black Mirror 1-3
Skeleton Cases 1-3
Lost Boys
Hungry City 1-3
Skeleton Key
My Dark Architect
The Face in the Glass

The `Black Mirror' involves yet another international conspiracy of fabulously wealthy people who this time are buying criminal memorabilia - stolen from police storage - at auctions held in famous crime scenes, and organised by a dastardly foreigner. Dick Grayson infiltrates one of the auctions etc. etc. The story stats with someone having freed the birds from Gotham's aviary, which of course makes the reader think of the usual suspect, but he's nowhere to be seen in this volume.

The supporting cast are Commissioner and Barbara Gordon, Harvey Bullock, and, to a lesser extent, Alfred and Tim the Red Robin. As the volume progresses, the stories revolve more and more about the `family' of Dick Grayson ("call me Dick, please.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catalin on 23 Jan. 2014
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Ok, this was my first Batman book in which Grayson and not Wayne is Batman. And it was just amazing. The stories are good, the character has complexity and it was a great read. I'd like more like this. Of course, the fact the Snyder wrote the stories had something to do with how good it is, which is why I also enjoy a lot the new 52...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR J T KENNA on 5 Dec. 2012
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Black Mirror is what confirmed me as a Batman Graphic Novel collector - the art, the story; everything about this book is fantastic, and it won't be long before this is listed as a classic alongside The Killing Joke and Knightfall!
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By Jake Jordan on 16 Aug. 2013
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For every batman fan who's reading this, when you're writing a review don't tell everyone what happens in every part of the story. It's annoying. It's okay if it's half way through and you write "*SPOILERS*" other wise, just don't. Ruins it.

First of all, I'm starting a batman collection and I didn't want to read any batman book with Robin in it or anything like that because I didn't like the idea of robin. Then I bought this thinking it was Bruce Wayne. Completely changed my mind. Now I want to get all the graphic novels with Dick, Jason, Tim, Barbara, red hood, night wing, and Damien. It would be impossible not to anyway, but this was just so brilliant. It shows how empty Dick seems, yet seems like there's a lot to him.

I'm never bothered by art work unless it's just plain bad, but this seemed amazing. Something about the art work goes really well with the story line which you can tell has been chosen for reason as it flicks to a different story, the artwork flicks with it.

When I first read it, I read a few pages and then forgot about it. Picked it up again a while later and oh my. I really got into it after those few pages. At first it seemed uninteresting with dim art work and then bam. Suddenly the art and story link and the story builds up.

If there's going to be a bunch of comic books you want to start with, I'd say this is a bullet point book.
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